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About awkwardbydesign

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  1. What a gig!

    Just bought the download from Bandcamp. I'll listen later when the wife is out!
  2. What Music Memorabilia do you have.

    Various band T-shirts, fliers (Seckou Keita, Arvo Part in Ravenna), Fink's running order from Falmouth, Bevis Frond posters. Ah, I missed seeing Coil before they died, but did have a very stoned conversation (?)with David Tibet and Steve Stapleton at a Bevis gig.
  3. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    Unfortunately, most of my music is obscure. I have about 30 albums by one favourite; Tidal had two! Ripping takes just a few minutes (x16, IIRC), but I have to set to manual or it just won't eject.
  4. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    Sounds good, works well with some limitations. I am using Orange Squeeze on a cheap Android tablet, running Lollipop. I can paste cover art in, but it won't save, and it keeps trying to sync libraries with playlists but never finishes. A friend uses iPeng on an iphone, so we will try that to see if it is the app or the Innuos, and take it from there. But overall I'm glad I got it. And my wife is starting to appreciate it, as she can tell the difference.
  5. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    I've added one of these between the Innuos Zenith and the Benchmark DAC3 HGC, although I had to make my own PSU, using an LT1083 7.5A regulator. I also had a Chord Signature Tuned ARAY USB cable to compare it with. I was surprised at the differences in the sound between them. The Chord seemed louder (more forward) with some slight edge to the sibilance region, and the bass had a bit more drive. A wandering vocal behind the main image was sharper too, compared to the Kalliope, but the slightly softer and more "natural" sound of the Kalliope won me over. Almost valve like in its presentation. And the sound has its depth back again, which is one of the illusions that matter to me. Amusing, considering it's all just 1s and 0s! And next week I hope to have some TQ USB cables to play with too. Apparently I now have something like £5,000 worth* of cabling in my system! * When I say "worth", I mean retail price. Not necessarily the same thing.
  6. FREE Sqeezebox Duet

  7. FREE Sqeezebox Duet

    I have a Duet that I am no longer using. I got it free, as the power socket was intermittent, but I tightened it up, and although it might take a little wiggle to settle it. it works continuously if you don't move it. The remote works perfectly without wiggling. However, after a few years of sterling service, it recently stopped communicating with my Netgear ReadyNAS. I have tried what little I know to get it going again, but no joy. I am pretty useless with computers, and a friend had to set it up for me, originally, but I decided to move on to something more modern anyway. The radio section of the Duet works fine, so it is still talking to the internet, just not to the ReadyNAS. So if someone who knows about these things wants to try to sort it out (it may be nothing, just me!), or can use the controller, then you can have it for the cost of postage. Probably about £6.
  8. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

  9. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    Sorry, but it's ME you're talking to. But a good point about talking to them directly, as I don't understand half of it. And that's on a good day.
  10. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    Isn't the main difference the SSD drive? And YOU can probably add the missing data; as yet I have no idea how to do such things! i did say I am a computer idiot.
  11. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    It seems OK. But it's just a black box, and I haven't opened it up to look inside. The front panel's a solid chunk of aly, cut in a "stealth" shape, just to make it look a bit different. I think that works OK, but from across the room it doesn't really notice. The rest of the case is folded with air holes in the top and does the job. Oh, and you can change the LED colour or turn it off; I picked magenta, which is not too bright. The CD slot grabs the disc after you push it most of the way in, and pushes it halfway out when it's ripped. Initially I set ripping to auto and slow (quiet), but the CD I picked to rip was obscure and it couldn't find the data, so it took several hours to eject, and never saved the music! Now I have set it to normal speed and manual assist, so it works OK. On "mainsteam" music it rips and finds data and ejects in a few minutes, but odd stuff (Gayan Uttejak Orchestra from Hungary) foxes it a bit. It rips quickly, but keeps trying to find CD data and fails, so I have to manually eject it. New music is put into folders named cd quality, compressed or hi res automatically. I will move them into my new folders later. I bought a cheap 7" tablet on ebay to control it, which seems fine, and if you go online to the control panel you can mess about with settings. I don't really understand it, but I'm slowly getting to grips with it.
  12. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    New toy - Innuos Zenith Mk2. I have a Squeezebox Duet which recently stopped talking to the ReadyNAS, so I decided it was time to get something better. As a computer idiot, it's been a nightmare trying to get it to do what I want, even with help, but it seems to be getting there. It has a 1Tb SSD drive inside, hardwired to the router, so no wifi for playing the music, just for controlling it. I now have to move my whole library over from the NAS; as I arrange it alphabetically it will take ages. I'm only on B, and A took about 3 hours! Anyway, I hadn't realised how limiting the Duet was, the sound of this thing is way better. Once I understand it (!) it should be easier to rip and download.
  13. The last album i bought was

    There is none. It can be genuine or ironic, but always a personal opinion. Don't take it too seriously.
  14. Amplifiers and the End of Science

    Serge did once say, to me, that no matter how good an amplifier sounds, if it measures badly he can't listen to it.