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Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 Bookshelf Speaker (Single, White)
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 Bookshelf Speaker (Single, White)
Offered by avSoundz
Price: $144.94
21 used & new from $79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sound in a small package, December 27, 2014
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I bought a pair of these Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 speakers about a year ago to use as front height channels in a 11.2 channel home theater set up, and they worked great for the limited role they played in the system, but I didn't realize how amazing these speakers were until I set them up as a pair in my office. The sound couldn't be better. The room isn't too large, perhaps 12 ft x 14, which probably helps the bass sound fuller, but its still surprising for speakers that are all of 9 inches tall that the bass sounds adequately full. I mostly listen to classical music, especially opera, and the sound from these speakers, paired with a relatively inexpensive Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 Premium Integrated Amplifier, fills the room and feels like its coming from much larger speakers. The enclosure seem really well designed to eliminate resonance and the bass radiators also keep key to the success of these design. In all, I think you'd be hard pressed to find any better speaker in this price range. Highly recommended.


Verdi: Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
14 used & new from $13.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably the BEST remastering of this fantastic classic recording, August 30, 2014
This review is from: Verdi: Rigoletto (Audio CD)
This is an absolutely brilliant, crisp, clean modern remastering of the classic Serafin/Callas/di Stefano/Gobbi Rigoletto. The horribly annoying tape hiss form the original audio is removed, presenting a crystal clear, clean, almost modern-sounding release. The sound, especially the vocals, seem much more open and lifelike on this remastering than on any other I've heard, and it's especially much better than the mediocre [[ASIN: B0036O0ELM EMI (now Warner Classics) remastering from 1997]]. The new [[ASIN: B00KTQD8KO 2014 release (now on the Warner Classics label) from the "Callas Remastered" series]] is also not bad. While I certainly much prefer the Documents Classics set, the 2014 "Callas Remastered" release will perhaps appeal to those looking for a less heavily de-noised and remastered release that more closely reflects the original master tapes, annoying tape hiss and all.


Hosa D5S-6 CAIG DeoxIT Contact Cleaner, 5 oz
Hosa D5S-6 CAIG DeoxIT Contact Cleaner, 5 oz
Price: $14.01
27 used & new from $8.55

5.0 out of 5 stars This stuff is absolutely amazing, August 19, 2014
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This stuff is absolutely amazing. I use it to clean the connections and terminals in my audio system, and it's amazing how this stuff just sprays dirt, contaminants, oxidation away. You wouldn't think gold plated connectors and jacks would oxidize, but they do. Even if a connector looks perfectly clean, one quick spray of Deoxit D5 completely cleans the surface, blasting away the greenish-black oxidation that was formerly coating your connector.

I had been using DeoxIT D100L, the liquid version of Deoxit D that comes in a little container with applicator brush. While that worked well, the connectors get much cleaner with the D5 spray, especially for small connectors that you can't get inside of all the crevices easily.

One word of warning, do not use Deoxit D (or Deoxit G, or any other Deoxit product) anywhere near finished wood surfaces such as table tops or hardwood floors. Overspray or unseen drips can completely destroy certain types of finishes. Best used in a garage or utility room away from valuable finished wood.


Ultra Omega-3 180 EPA/120 DHA 90 Softgels
Ultra Omega-3 180 EPA/120 DHA 90 Softgels
Offered by GROUNDS FOR TEA
Price: $11.70
10 used & new from $9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality omega-3 supplement with lots of EPA and DHA, August 8, 2014
These are excellent, very high quality capsules of omega-3s from fish oil sources. They contain the one of the highest proportions of the important omega-3s EPA and DHA. A quick comparison of 25 leading brands shows that these Protocol for Life Ultra Omega-3 have the lowest cost per mg of EPA, DHA, and total omega-3 content.

The high quality extends beyond the omega-3/EPA/DHA formulation itself. The capsules are enteric coated to prevent unpleasant, fishy- burps that can be caused by capsule without an enteric coating.

For a thorough debunking of Carrie Rouse's questionable assertions in her one star review, read my comment left on her review.


Pilot
Pilot
DVD
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars How the fach did this show not get picked up?, July 28, 2014
How the fach did this show not get picked up? It's fachin awesome! More episodes, please!
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 10, 2014 12:04 AM PDT


Modi USB Digital/Analog Convertor
Modi USB Digital/Analog Convertor

40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incompatible with current MacBook Pro and many other systems with Intel's 'Haswell' microarchitecture, March 20, 2014
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This review is from: Modi USB Digital/Analog Convertor
While all the stellar reviews of this DAC are good to read, I thought someone should mention that due to a known system issue, the Modi (like some other USB DACs) is incompatible with many computers using 4th Generation Intel Core (code-named 'Haswell') processors, including the current (mid-late 2013) models of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The incompatibility problems can exist with systems running either Windows or OS X. While the latest update of OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), released on 25 Feb 2014, successfully resolved audio distortion problems affecting some other USB DACs, the update had no effect on the issues affecting the Modi.

When plugged into the USB port of a current MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptop, the audio output cycles a random intervals between the Schiit Audio Modi DAC and the default audio output--usually the laptop's internal speakers. Sometimes, the machines may not recognize when the Modi is plugged in, only for the USB audio output to rapidly cycle on and off once the Modi is successfully discovered.

My brand new Modi, which arrived yesterday, didn't work at all with my new (current model) MacBook Pro, it worked just fine with my older (late 2012) MacBook Air, which uses a 3rd Generation 'Ivy Bridge' Intel Core processor instead of the affected 4th Generation 'Haswell' processors.

Although the Schiit website so far has no mention of the problem or of a resolution for it, discussions of the problem on various computer audio forums have speculated the problem is related to insufficient power being delivered via the USB 3.0 ports of affected machines. Solutions involving separately powered USB hubs have been rumored to have resolved the issue for at least some users.

For those with machines using Haswell processors, an alternative could be the Schiit Bitfrost DAC, which appears to be unaffected by the problem.
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Giacomo Puccini: Tosca [New York -- January 7, 1956; Renata Tebaldi, Richard Tucker, Leonard Warren; Dimitri Mitropoulos]
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca [New York -- January 7, 1956; Renata Tebaldi, Richard Tucker, Leonard Warren; Dimitri Mitropoulos]
4 used & new from $24.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be sure to compare with the other releases of this classic 1956 performance, February 13, 2014
On the afternoon of Saturday, January 7, 1956, the stage of the Metropolian Opera witnessed this historic performance of Renata Tebaldi as Tosca, with Richard Tucker and Leonard Warren, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the capable baton of Maestro Dimitri Mitropoulos. That day's matinee, which was the company's 334th performance of Puccini's fifth opera, was recorded in mono and broadcast live over the ABC radio network.

While the Tosca [MP3] (Tebaldi, et al.) recording of the opera is a great bargain, the audio quality not only suffers some because of the lossy MP3 compression, but the bigger problem is that this re-release seems to have been made from a highly degraded copy of the original recording. Another annoyance is that there are no track numbers within each Act, but the main drawback to this edition is the poor audio quality.

Of the releases of this recording on CD, the highest quality transfer and best audio can be found on the Myto 2 CD set (Cat. No. 2MCD 044 297), released in 2004, which can also be purchased here and here. Myto is a specialist label, focusing on carefully performed, high quality transfers of historical performances to CD. While digital remastering is used to reduce noise and remove flaws and artifacts present on the historical media, Myto's engineers follow a conservative approach to remastering that seeks to preserve the recognizably authentic and un-manipulated sound that is present on the original recording. Widely recognized for the audio quality of their releases, this digitally remastered CD release of Tebaldi's historic 1956 Tosca is no exception. In addition to the complete recording of Tosca from the Metropolitan Opera on January 7, 1956, the Myto 2 CD set also includes a bonus from another Tebaldi performance--highlights from Act II of La Traviata, recorded live in Florence on May 6, 1965, with Ugo Savarese as Germont and Nicola Filacuridi as Alfredo.

As the existing inventory of this Myto release has dried up and yet remains very much in demand, prices have gone up considerably over the past several years.

This 2 CD set on the Fenice label is one of several limited-run imports from smaller labels that are usually available at lower prices, albeit with decidedly variable audio quality.

You may want to also consider the 2 CD set on the Andromeda label, issued in 2006, and newly digitally remastered using 24-bit, 96 kHz high-resolution technology. This release also has a second Amazon listing here, so be sure to compare prices before purchasing.

Lastly, this recording is available to stream from Met Opera on Demand, a subscription service that is accessed on the website of the Metropolitan Opera. The Met Opera on Demand library features hundreds of archived audio and video recordings of Met performances that are available for unlimited streaming, 24 hours a day, directly to your computer or mobile device. The broadcast is also sometimes played on the Metropolitan Opera's satellite radio channel, Met Opera Radio, on Sirius/XM.


Tosca
Tosca
Price: $12.81
28 used & new from $3.81

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Andromeda's new 24-bit, 96 kHz digital remaster of Tebaldi's classic 1956 Tosca at the Met, February 13, 2014
This review is from: Tosca (Audio CD)
On the afternoon of Saturday, January 7, 1956, the stage of the Metropolian Opera witnessed this historic performance of Renata Tebaldi as Tosca, with Richard Tucker and Leonard Warren, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the capable baton of Maestro Dimitri Mitropoulos. That day's matinee, which was the company's 334th performance of Puccini's fifth opera, was recorded in mono and broadcast live over the ABC radio network.

While the Tosca [MP3] (Tebaldi, et al.) recording of the opera is a great bargain, the audio quality not only suffers some because of the lossy MP3 compression, but the bigger problem is that this re-release seems to have been made from a highly degraded copy of the original recording. Another annoyance is that there are no track numbers within each Act, but the main drawback to this edition is the poor audio quality.

Of the releases of this recording on CD, the highest quality transfer and best audio can be found on the Myto 2 CD set (Cat. No. 2MCD 044 297), released in 2004, which can also be purchased here and here. Myto is a specialist label, focusing on carefully performed, high quality transfers of historical performances to CD. While digital remastering is used to reduce noise and remove flaws and artifacts present on the historical media, Myto's engineers follow a conservative approach to remastering that seeks to preserve the recognizably authentic and un-manipulated sound that is present on the original recording. Widely recognized for the audio quality of their releases, this digitally remastered CD release of Tebaldi's historic 1956 Tosca is no exception. In addition to the complete recording of Tosca from the Metropolitan Opera on January 7, 1956, the Myto 2 CD set also includes a bonus from another Tebaldi performance--highlights from Act II of La Traviata, recorded live in Florence on May 6, 1965, with Ugo Savarese as Germont and Nicola Filacuridi as Alfredo.

As the existing inventory of this Myto release has dried up and yet remains very much in demand, prices have gone up considerably over the past several years.

This 2 CD set on the Andromeda label, which boasts a new, 24-bit, 96 kHz digital remastering, is one of several limited-run imports from obscure labels that are usually available at lower prices, albeit with decidedly variable audio quality.

Note that this release has two separate listings on Amazon with different prices, so be sure to compare prices here before buying. You may also want to compare with the 2 CD set (Fenice) on the obscure Fenice label (UPC/EAN: 0032633141270).

In addition, this recording is available streaming from Met Opera on Demand, a subscription service that is accessed on the website of the Metropolitan Opera. The Met Opera on Demand library features hundreds of archived audio and video recordings of Met performances that are available for unlimited streaming, 24 hours a day, directly to your computer or mobile device. The broadcast is also sometimes played on the Metropolitan Opera's satellite radio channel, Met Opera Radio, on Sirius/XM.


Acoustic Research PR101 Pro Series Video Cable Gold RCA to RCA (6 feet) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Acoustic Research PR101 Pro Series Video Cable Gold RCA to RCA (6 feet) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by BlueProton
Price: $7.33
4 used & new from $3.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars $20 for a cable with no metal shielding?, January 9, 2014
I have a bunch of these cables that I saw at a yard sale for $0.40 each and I bought just to have on hand for when I need to make some random connection in my home theater. They work great for analog audio applications. I have one running to a subwoofer and I have two connection the pre-outs on my A/V receiver to the amp that powers my front speakers.

By unscrewing the covers on the connectors, you can get a good look at the construction of the cable. These cables are fairly stiff, so it's no surprise there's a solid inner conductor. Unfortunately, the claim of a "multi-shielded design" is just blatantly false. Ideally, to keep interference out of the cable, you'd want two layers of high-coverage braided wire shield, or better yet, wire braiding (to reduce EMI) plus a foil shield under it (to reduce RFI). However, with the connector covers unscrewed, you can clearly see that the only shielding on this cable consists of one layer of mylar shielding with a drain wire, with the drain wire soldered to the outer conductor on each RCA connector.

Given low-fidelity applications, for example, connecting a VHS VCR (that's a video cassette recorder for those of you too young to know what one is), these cables should be fine. However, for I suggest buying on sale, because there's no way these things are worth anywhere near full price.

The cable you'll want to buy if you're actually going to use it for video is this Custom RCA to RCA cable - Belden 1694A w/ Canare connectors.


Certified 5 foot Black Cat 6 Patch Cable, Assembled in USA, Blue Jeans Cable brand, with Test Report
Certified 5 foot Black Cat 6 Patch Cable, Assembled in USA, Blue Jeans Cable brand, with Test Report
Offered by Blue Jeans Cable
Price: $11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Network went from 20 Mb/s to 29 Mb/s just by switching modem patch cable, January 9, 2014
So if you go to the Blue Jeans Cable website, you'll see an article they've written about how many Cat 6 and Cat 6a patch cables actually fail to meet the required performance specs when actually tested. Prior to reading this article and deciding to try a patch cable upgrade, I had been using a Cat5e cable that came free with some gadget I purchased to run between my Motorola SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem and my Apple Airport Extreme Base Station. Although Cat5e is supposedly capable of carrying gigabit ethernet, I decided to go ahead and try switching to an ethernet cable that was actually properly manufactured then tested and certified to meet the performance specs. I thought I might get lucky and see a little bump in speed with a properly working cable, and I figured it was way less expensive than upgrading my cable company's faster tier of internet service, which at $480 per year was about 48 times the cost of trying the new patch cable.

So my cable arrived from Blue Jeans a few days later. Before installing it, I ran a speed test, which was just over 20 Mb/s for download speed, and then I switched out my old (apparently crappy) ethernet cable for my new Blue Jeans Cat 6 cable. I ran the speed test again, and my download speed was instantly nearly 29 Mb/s. An increase of 9 MB/s for the cost of a new 5 ft patch cord! Amazed, I ran the speed test about 5 more times, and each and every time it was between 28.80 and 28.87 Mb/s--an amazing increase.

Blue Jeans website makes a big deal out of their using Belden brand cable stocks, which used something called bonded twisted pair technology to control the twist rate of each pair of wires, even as the cable bends and flexes. This apparently reduces cross-talk and interference between the pairs, increasing data transfer rates. After connecting the cable stock to quality, American-made connectors, Blue Jeans tests each and ever each and every cable they sell using their super-expensive Fluke DTX-1800 Cable Analyzer. Then they print out the test report, which contains all kinds of fascinating and interesting information about of the performance of your new patch cord, and it's included with each and every cable. The report is surprisingly detailed and technical for only being about the electrical performance of 8 strands of twisted copper wire, but the fact that it says "PASS" in big letters at the top means you're going to get the performance out of your cable that you should expect from the category specifications.

Needless to say, this product is highly recommended. I've purchased ethernet, HDMI, and analog audio cables from Blue Jeans, I can say all their cables seem to be carefully designed and built from high quality components for a finished product of impressive quality that offers top of the line performance.


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