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  • Those Stihl blowers use that strange 4-cycle/premix engine. Not as simple as traditional 2-stroke motors because they have intake/exhaust valves. I'd stay away also. My Husqvarna (based on a tried/true Redmax design) has been going strong for over 6…
  • Yes and No. I still have about 25 discs, but I've ripped them all to my server and use Kodi to playback. Grabbing one of the X-box 360 HD-DVD drives on clearance from Frys ($20?) 10 years ago was the best foresight ever. It sat in a box for at le…
  • Steve, I don't think the playback interface is very good for most players. If the Oppo dies, I'd say go to a dedicated streamer plus a good DAC. It will wow you. I have written plenty about how simple little fanless computer (<$50) running Daphi…
  • I have been accused of over researching vacuum cleaner purchases...I have 3 working currently (not including shop vacs). One for each floor. For the top floor, (4 carpeted bedrooms, tile bathrooms/laundry room, wood hallway), I have an older Pan…
  • yeah, honestly I explored all this a year or two back. I live in a valley with no OTA reception. That is what limited me. Many years back, in a previous house I did get by with OTA (10+ HD channels), a Tivo box, and Netflix. Other than live sports, …
  • DirecTV Now is another alternative, but it may have more channels and be more expensive than you want. The basic package is $40/month. It can playback on Apps for Android, FireTV, AppleTV and Roku as well as directly from an internet browser.
  • Do you have a stand alone phono stage or is is part of a receiver/preamp? If you have a stand alone, wire the output into a computer/laptop mic-input and record .wav files. There are some free software out there. Audacity comes to mind. You can do s…
  • Nothing in the garage but a set of very old 1960s Aztec speakers that my FIL gave me. I do have a system in the garage that I use though. It is a Realistic receiver with some 1980s Mission sealed 8" woofer speakers. I play that for outdoor parties o…
  • UPS=United Parcel Smashers They have always been the hardest on packages in my experience.
    in UPS Comment by billbillw December 2018
  • Yes, the fees have risen and people sell the low end and medium end gear elsewhere. Now it is mostly high end.
  • It is Class A/B. There are really no "Class B" amplifiers in common use (they would sound horrible). In common use, there are really only Class A (hot, low power, sound great), Class A/B (most common), or Class D (digital). You may hear of some othe…
  • Not sure why I didn't notice this, but I'd like a shot at the karma. I am a big fan of bookshelf speakers. I have given all mine to my kids for their bedrooms. I have never heard ERA, but I would like to try them out with the old Harman Kardon 2…
  • Personally, I'd keep saving for when that receiver dies. Then get one. Otherwise, not worth upgrading unless there is a feature you HAVE to have in the newer version. I've had a lot of receivers through the years. If primarily watching movies/TV,…
  • Not in, but I thought I'd mention a few times that Polk forum members helped me out. I hope that I've been there to help some of you as well. Going way back, a former (banned) member named Chuck that lived in metro Atlanta made me a large slab of…
  • F1nut wrote: » They don't wear out, so not sure why the desire to archive. The players wear out (belts/lasers) and the discs get scratched if not handled perfectly. I have also moved to playing all mine back over the network to my stream…
  • krazypolk wrote: » Not sure but I think your math is wrong. You already had it in October 2012, making it now 6 years. Yep, I was looking at the repair receipt from 2013 and that stuck in my head. OK, so 6 years. That makes me feel bette…
  • Sad news for my A3010. It died without any signs of early failure. No warning whatsoever. Was using it all day Saturday. No issues. Then on Sunday, it just wouldn't power up. Tried reset, tried self diagnostics. Appears to be in Protect mode for ove…
  • I guess I shouldn't have gone ballistic on my account. When this originally happened, I deleted all my photos and cancelled my account. I never kept photos on photobucket that I didn't have stored on my PC. If I had just ignored things, my photo …
  • Been listening to them for years.
  • Emlyn wrote: » billbillw wrote: » F1nut wrote: » Ummmm......Arlington isn't near the sea. The Army Corps prediction is proof their head is inserted in an ****. Are we talking about the same Arlington? In Virginia? Isn't that next to…
  • F1nut wrote: » Ummmm......Arlington isn't near the sea. The Army Corps prediction is proof their head is inserted in an ****. Are we talking about the same Arlington? In Virginia? Isn't that next to the Potomac River, which feeds into the C…
  • treitz3 wrote: » Vanilla is so messed up. I have one of these so called "ancient" badges and it says that I earned it in October of last year (2017). That's not even a year! LOL ....and I have been here blowing hot air for over a decade. Shu…
  • I think they are expecting this to be the worst in modern times for the Carolinas. Praying for all the folks down there.
  • I think the member info from the very original (pre-2004) forum didn't transfer over to when they started using vBulletin. I remember when I started in 2005, most of the members showed 'since 2004' or something like that.
  • Sadly, many of the ancients are gone from this forum, either by choice, by banning, or by untimely passing. I'd say more than half of the regulars from back when I started (2005) are no longer around.
  • The LG 4K OLED sets are pretty impressive IMO. They don't come in huge sizes, but for most rooms, 65" is enough.
  • It is possible to just share from a PC drive that runs 24/7, but Windows OS doesn't always cooperate when it comes to sharing files. It works sometimes, but then for unexplained reasons it doesn't work at other times or with certain devices. With…
  • If I had it to do over again, I'd take a used/refurb business PC, throw in a pair of decent sized drives, load FreeNAS (on a USB stick), and go with that. It would easily out perform any 2-bay stand alone NAS and be cheaper. Something like this: …
  • I'd think about the future before setting up any NAS. Do you want to use it for anything other than music? Photos, documents, videos? Do you want it to run Plex or other apps? Do you want it to be redundant (RAID mirrored)? There are literally dozen…
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