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Sidney Crosley last won the day on September 15 2017

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About Sidney Crosley

Your Gear Setup

  • Turntable
    Tricked out* Crosley
    *just a regular Crosley with extra stickers
  • Speakers
    a tricked out guitar amp (aka so many friggin stickers)
  • Amplifiers
    What's an amplifier?
  • Phono Preamps
    Is that the cable that goes from the Crosley to the amp? I think it's black. I put stickers on it.
  • Turntable Cartridge
    I once found a milk cartridge and I put all 8 of my records in it.
  • Turntable Speed Controller / Speed Box
    Sometimes I spin my records faster to see how fast I can make them go.
  • Interconnects/Wires
    Wire is so overrated. I prefer Mission of Burma.

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    Toronto, ON, Canada

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  1. Sidney Crosley

    Cambridge CXN Digital Streamer

    Depending on who you speak to, and the level of critical listening, DACs to some make little difference, or a whole world of difference. Fifteen to twenty years ago, the costs of digital-to-analog conversion were significantly higher (which is why sound cards, discmans, and any other way to decode digital music cost hundreds of dollars). Now, a half-decent DAC costs literally pennies (take, for example the lightning to headphone adapter which costs $9 - it has a DAC in it, and it sounds pretty decent). Most cheap laptops now have passable DACs (though often terrible speakers). There are some incredible $100 DACs out there, and then when you start spending more, the improvements in sound are definitely noticeable but not significant until you start spending a lot more or get cutting edge technology. I do most of my listening with very expensive headphones, and I find I can definitely hear differences. On my speaker/turntable system, I don't hear as much of a difference (partly because my speakers are in my kitchen/dining room where I can't do as much critical listening). Let me know if you are thinking more about DACs - I've owned at least 7 or 8 in the past few years, and while I'm not expert at all, I have definitely learned a lot about the differences and approaches.
  2. Sidney Crosley

    Cambridge CXN Digital Streamer

    I've been looking into streamers as well. Part of I think what you need to figure out is if you want to use the built-in DAC in a streamer like the CXN or if you want to get a streamer/server and then use an external DAC. My advice is that you can get some pretty decent streamers/servers from the $40 Google Chromecast Audio to the Auralic Aries Mini (about $400, a bit less used) and then spend the difference on a solid DAC. I just picked up a Chord 2Qute for $900 CAD (about $650US). Currently using a Chromecast Audio which you can attach coaxial into the DAC, as well as an Onkyo Digital Audio Player that has my uncompressed files. I just did a bit of research on the DAC chips in the V1 and V2 CXNs. They are decent, but both of those are primarily designed as streamers more than for their DAC capabilities. Depending on if you want a screen, or an attached app, may be worth deciding whether you want multiple components or an all-in-one. If you have between $300-700 to spend, there are a lot of options. The thing I've found in doing research about streaming devices is that within two years they seem to be quickly obsolete, and/or their resale value goes way down. That's kind of why I've made the decision to have a separate streaming device to my DAC.
  3. No you’ll still need it as a phono preamp. But it will go between the preamp and speakers and will allow for headphone use.
  4. Just get a headphone amp with pre-outs that can go to the speakers. Schiit Magni 3 for $99 will likely be your best bang for buck, and will allow you to listen to headphones, and will sound pretty sweet in the meantime. http://www.schiit.com/products/magni-1
  5. Sidney Crosley

    VC Fantasy Hockey League

    Haha that would work for the older two, but the 1 year old just likes to eat dirt and such. It'll be what will be.
  6. Sidney Crosley

    VC Fantasy Hockey League

    Oh man, my wife just told me she's working this Sunday. Gonna have 3 kids under 6 while trying to draft on my phone...gonna be interesting.
  7. Sidney Crosley

    I don't like music anymore

    Just started exploring some Latin, African, and other non western pop styles. There’s so much to discover. I’m really digging some different African stuff across various genres, regions, styles, and eras - Fela Kuti, Basa Basa, Amadou and Mariam, Toumani Diabate, Ata Kak, and my fave, William Onyeabor. Picked up the Light in the Attic Erasmo Carlos reissues, plus a bunch of awesome other stuff from across the world. I love that there’s so much out there to explore.
  8. Sidney Crosley

    VC Fantasy Hockey League

    Quick question about undrafted keepers. Shouldn't they be in 15th round? As in, someone you picked up in the 16th round last year would fit in the 14th this year, so undrafted would be 15th? Not a huge deal really, more just curious.
  9. Sidney Crosley

    VC Fantasy Hockey League

    Hey @IanRees, could I pay my dues via Paypal somehow? I get ripped off with the exchange on my credit card because it converts currency at lousy rates from Canadian, plus I have a USD Paypal balance. Is there any way to add that as on option on League Safe?
  10. Sidney Crosley

    Best of 2018 - First Half of the Year

    Y'all need to listen to this album. He just won the 2018 Polaris Prize, very deserving. Check out the video from last night's gala. Amazing.
  11. Sidney Crosley

    VC Fantasy Hockey League

    Max 4 keepers, correct?
  12. Looks pretty cool. HGM have become one of my favourite bands. I don’t own any of these but it seems that all three are being reissued individually for about $20 each. Not sure I’ll splurge for the box, especially if it goes for more in Canada.
  13. Sidney Crosley

    VC Fantasy Hockey League

    What if we bump it a few hours earlier? Like if we did noon EST, that would be 9am Pacific, 5 or 6 Europe.
  14. I’ll give you $3. More seriously, this is likely the wrong forum for that. I can only imagine there are some Elvis collectible groups/sites that would know more. Plus you’d need as many detailed pictures as possible.
  15. Sidney Crosley

    VC Fantasy Hockey League

    Sunday is way easier for me too. Joe, can you check if wifi is available on your flight? If so, we can move the draft until 2pm Eastern so that you can be up in the air already.