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  • Re: AudioQuest Cinnamon HDMI Cables vs. The Cheap Stuff - Review

    I did many shootouts with various HDMI cables over the years and have very similar results as DK did.
    Im my personal system I'm running a mix of Carbon mostly with a Cinnamon up to the Display( Pioneer Elite Kuro 60inch). I stopped at Carbon because I wasn't getting any more benefits.
    If you compare side by side the Cinnamon and Chocolate, I feel there is basically no difference at all.
    When you compare the Forest and Cinnamon it's basically the same thing. It's so close it doesn't warrant spending the extra money.
    Even the Carbon vs the Forest or even Pearl for that matter it's so small you have to ask yourself if the money your spending is worth it. Some say it is, others say no.
    As tonyb pointed out , the more important thing with HDMI cables is the quality of the cable in reliability, handshake issues etc.
    I think personally the best value in the Audioquest line is either the Forest or Cinnamon. The price point IMO is very reasonable for a high quality cable and in all my years I never saw a bad Audioquest cable. I can't say that for any other brand.
    I also like DK use all Audioquest cables. The reason is first and foremost before performance is reliability. I have some old Audioquest cables and a lot of newer ones.
    On the performance side, they are extremely consistent.

    I enjoy reading DK's views on everything he reviews. He is very thorough.
  • Re: Diana Krall fans! New album

    I've listened to the entire thing now and think it's fantastic. Smooth soft and so nice to sit with a nice glass of Wine.
  • Saw Ghost and Iron Maiden Lastnight

    As usual Iron Maiden was incredible. They are just as good as they where 30 years ago.
    Wow what a show they put on.
    The Shocker of the night was Ghost. They opened up and shocked the entire place. I know this as when they where done and everyone was out in the Lobby getting drinks etc, everyone was talking about how damn good they where and not many people knew who they where.
    If you like heavy metal, if you where into King Diamond back in the day, you will probably love Ghost.
  • Re: 12 Gauge vs 16 Gauge??

    F1nut wrote: »
    mantis wrote: »
    I however have learned from the industries best and learned one common thing coming from engineers who make wire and who make the equipment that needs to be connected to that wire. Once you achieve the goal of passing along the signal from A to B there is nothing more you can do to make anything better. You can certainly harm the signal with poor designed wire, in proper gauge and a ton of other factors like EMI and RF interference.

    And yet your current flavor of the month cable company makes a multitude of versions from inexpensive entry to expensive TOTL, so if what you learned from the engineers at AudioQuest is that once you achieve the goal of passing along the signal from A to B there is nothing more you can do to make anything better then why do you think they make all those versions?


    I've been using Audioquest cables since 2004 so I wouldn't consider them a flavor of the month. It's 2017 if you haven't checked the calendar lately.
    As far as who I heard that statement from was not just audioquest but from many Audio and Video manufactures. To name a few would be B&W , Definitive Technology, Audio Control, NAD , Harman International , Theil , Cardas the list goes on and on man.
    So to answer your question about why do they make so many cables is easy. They built the best cables then can in the WEL signature series spare no expense . Then from there they build down to make more affordable priced cables for people who can't afford perfection but want better quality cables at their respected price points.
    This is true of the brands I have come to respect and that list is very short.
    Audioquest
    Cardas
    Kimber Kable
    As a consumer you can call them at any time to get any info you need. You don't have to be a professional like myself to get this info.

    I stick with Audioquest as I find them to be the best overall cables in the industry. Nothing made at any price IMO is better, nothing. Thats my opinion and we don't have to share it. Your a MIT guy and as I am not for many reason, I respect that. You have your reasons why you feel they are the best cables for your system and I'm sure you have plenty of reasons why. We don't have to agree.

    This thread sucks as usual and why I tend not to get that involved. My advise has been given and I'm leaving it at that.

    Carry on.
  • Re: Internet Connection Problems - Help!

    scubalab wrote: »
    Dan,

    Things were looking up this morning. I got a better modem (Arris SB6190 - 32 channel) last night set it up and this morning things were going well. Around 10 or 11 AM, things got bad again, and I mean REAL bad. Constant loss of connection.

    The first thing I did was take the wireless printer offline entirely. That didn't help. Then I called Xfinity again, and they are sending a senior tech out on Friday. Then I tried to get onto the router and change channels, but couldn't get on. I called Linksys support and they were able to get things going better (so far). He checked firmware, and changed the router channels (2.4g is on 11 now and 5g is on 153 I think...). ran a speed test, and it buried the needle. We're getting 120+ Mbps down and 6 Mbps up. It's been about a half hour now, and so far so good.

    So, THANK YOU for the advice. I'm keeping the Xfinity appointment just in case things act up again. If all goes well this week, I'll probably cancel the appointment. Strange thing is, talking to a friend who lives up the street, he said they have to reset their modem and router at least once a day. Additionally, I saw a Comcast/Xfinity truck working on a pole about a half mile from our house last night. I think they are doing some upgrades that are s.c.r.e.w.i.n.g up people's wifi... The tech who came out last week mentioned that they are upgrading things and have a LOT to finish. Wonder if that's what the truck I saw last night was doing...

    Fingers crossed that things go better now.

    Good deal man. I do networks everyday. We use Luxul, Araknis, Pakedge and Rukus network equipment.
    So setting up and trouble shooting Network issues is my thing. I can also remote log into your computer if things go real south and I can make adjustments to your network from home. I may have to bill you for that service LOL

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