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  1. I'm having an issue with a ProJect Phono Box MM. I have been using it to run my Music Hall turntable into my Onkyo TX-1080. The issue I'm having occurs only when using headphones. I noticed the other day when I plugged in my headphones to listen to some records that the left channel had dropped out. I checked the back of the preamp to see if the cables for the left channels in/out might be loose. None of the cables were loose. However, I noticed when my hand bumped the power cable that the left channel came back. I fiddled with the power cable - it wasn't loose, but when I wiggled it, the left channel would come in and out (with a lot of noise). Anyhow, I went to listen to a record just now, and again the left channel has dropped out. Tried wiggling the power cable, but this time was unable to get the left channel to come back. So it seems there is some issue with the box. Funny thing - stereo output does go through my speakers without the headphones cable plugged in. Headphones work in stereo for all other inputs - TV, iPod, etc. I've got an email in to the place where I buy my equipment, so I'll probably hear back from them in the morning tomorrow, but was hoping to sit back tonight and listen to some new LPs I picked up today...
  2. Just this past weekend my system was hit with an accidental burst of stupendously loud audio, blowing out the woofer in one of my beloved old KRK K-Rok monitors. I've had these speakers for 20 years, and have been playing vinyl through them since I got back into vinyl collecting... Finding a replacement driver for this KRK might be a challenge, so I'm considering new speakers. My first thought was to go the studio monitor route again and get new KRK speakers, but the new KRKs get poor reviews and are supposedly nowhere near as nice as the old K-Roks from the '90s. Could anyone here recommend some nice audiophile speakers for me to check out? I'd say a 6" or an 8" woofer would be ideal. The room is 20' x 12'. These would be used both for music and for movies/tv/netflix. I like to be able to go loud. Good bass response is important. Budget wouldn't be huge. I wasn't counting on having to replace these speakers. Maybe up to $800 for the pair?
  3. Ordered that Los Coronas album (love it) off Discogs. Most of the other stuff was only available on CD, unfortunately (at least from what I could tell).
  4. I like some of the Sandy Pussy stuff (yeah that name is pretty ridiculous). Maybe a little too much of the metal flavor in the Secret Chiefs stuff for my liking, though I can certainly appreciate the coolness of it. Any other suggestions?
  5. Great stuff. I do know the Paris, Texas soundtrack and love it. Great movie, great music. And those are some great clips, BuzzersonKillwell. Just what I'm looking for! Thanks.
  6. I love Ennio Morricone soundtracks, Dick Dale, Calexico, Link Wray's "Apache"... Looking for some great albums on vinyl that I might not already have heard. I like the "For A Few Guitars More" compilation, but I believe it's only available on CD. Love trumpet and surf guitar together (as on Dick Dale's "Misirlou")... I think that gives a pretty good idea what I'm looking for... Anyone got some cool suggestions for me?
  7. Protective Outer Sleeves?

    You're right - I just realized it's like a record a day, practically! There was a lot of stuff I wanted and had to get! Slowed down considerably now though.
  8. Protective Outer Sleeves?

    Cool - thanks! Will check those out.
  9. Protective Outer Sleeves?

    Ahhhh. I believe mine are the hazy type... Will cancel that order and keep looking for some that are clear and non resealable.... If anyone wants to recommend a particular brand, please feel free.
  10. Protective Outer Sleeves?

    Thanks for the replies, everyone... I just ordered some of the 3 mil sleeves off Amazon. I didn't like the idea of the ones with the flap - seems like just one step too many for simply getting a record out of its sleeve and onto the turntable. Are the 3 mil ones clear though? I read somewhere (after ordering) that they tend to be sort of hazy, which would be a drag... As for printed inner sleeves, I simply put them back in the cover, next to the record in its new poly lined sleeve. If the fit is too snug, I store the printed inners in a box I have from an old box set. Holds them nicely. I rarely look at the printed inner sleeves more than once or twice anyway so it's not a big deal to not have them with the record.
  11. I began collecting vinyl again about 6 months ago, and have a collection of about 175 records at this point. I've replaced all the inner sleeves with poly-lined sleeves, but to date have not bothered to use the protective outer sleeves. This afternoon, on a rainy, muggy, humid day in NYC, I walked into the room where my records are kept and noticed that many, especially those towards the front (I store a big portion of them record store style, allowing me to flip through them), had that sort of wavy look along the edge where the record slides out. I immediately turned the AC on to help dehumidify the room, but was wondering if perhaps keeping records in the outer sleeves would help protect them from the humidity in the future... Thoughts?
  12. It worked really well. Especially if you can use some sort of magnifying glass.
  13. Toothpick does the trick! Thanks again.
  14. Cool, thanks to both of you! I'll try the toothpick first, and if that doesn't work, might try the wood glue.
  15. Just got a nice copy of a record that was on my want list. Sounds great except on side two, track one there's a spot that looks like it may be paint spatter or something similar. At first glance I thought it was just a big piece of dust or paper from the original sleeve. But once I began cleaning the record on my Okki Nokki, I found that this spot did not come off. The record sounds fantastic, but at that one spot, this glob of whatever it is causes 4 or 5 super LOUD pops right in the middle of the song. Ugh. Can anyone recommend any methods by which I might safely remove something like this from the surface of the record? I'd be fine with simply reducing the volume of the "pops" but I really can't stand listening to it the way it is... I can snap a pic of the spot tomorrow if that would help... Ideas?