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Everything posted by tooclosetosee

  1. I think what a lot of people are missing here is that you are purchasing the software more than the hardware. If you want comparable audio quality out of a set of speakers you can do it for much cheaper than sonos. Good luck on controlling them easily from any source and any device though. I have yet to find anything that competes software wise. You can still use a hard wired solution and run connect amps to everything. It just gets expensive really fast, but then so does all of the other whole house audio solutions.
  2. If you already have amplification from your record player then what you want is a sonos:connect (non-amp) it will take the audio input and be able to put that out so any sonos device can play it. You can also probably use that device to stream digital music to your marantz amp. I use a sonos:connect to push and pull audio from my home theater sound bar because i didn't want to spend $2000 on a sonos sound bar and sub that didn't have an hdmi port. So I can pull audio that is going through my tv, and I can use my sound bar to play sonos controlled music. I use a sonos:connectAMP for my record playing setup. It is hooked up to a denon DP300f with built in preamp, and goes straight to the connect:amp that drives my wharfedale 10.1 speakers. It will also push digital music to the wharfedales. This is how I grab music from my record player and send it throughout the house. The difference is one can drive speakers and the other can not. http://i57.tinypic.com/28k36ah.jpg
  3. I think Sonos does not have a match on usability and amount of sources you can use. That is it's big selling point. It is extremely modular as well and you don't have to spend tons of time and/or money putting in physical wires. allenh, what was the source when you were listening to sonos? That has a lot to do with it. Audio quality is up to each individuals standards. If you are wanting extremely good sound, then look elsewhere. If you want to throw music outside by the pool, it is perfect.
  4. That is what I am doing. It will sound good (it's all relative) but likely not as good as your record set up, it will work, it will be expensive. What some people consider HIFI and what others do not is a personal thing and it depends on how picky you are about your audio. Me personally, I am not that picky. I can go back and forth from FLAC and vinyl and not care about audio quality. Records for me are more about the experience and feeling connected to the music than the audio quality.
  5. Yea, my record player room is a decent setup - Denon DP300f, Wharfedale Diamond 10.1, and Sonos Connect Amp. Some will scoff at it, but oh well. You could have a very nice record playing setup and buy the Sonos connect to push/pull audio from that room.
  6. The selling point with Sonos is to be able to play music from ANY source (actual wired audio, FM radio via TuneIn, pandora, etc.) to any combination of speakers all with a smartphone or computer with a limit of 32 devices.
  7. I have a Sonos whole house system and I have my turn table connected to it. It sounds really nice for what it is and it's intended purposes. The Play:1 is my favorite and I think it sounds amazing for it's size. The 3 does not sound good to me and I like the play 5 much more. Like someone mentioned if you are only wanting to do a single sonos speaker then there are much cheaper alternatives. When I was looking into whole house audio and wiring and everything, Sonos actually comes out cheaper and is much more modular.
  8. Create an account with Strava (it's free) and look up Strava heat maps. http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#12/-89.97625/38.80672/blue/bike It shows you where people are often riding. Where people are often riding is usually cycling friendly areas.
  9. Cool I'll send my daughter over to play old 70's kids records while she jumps up and down next to your turn table.
  10. I am a fan of my sonos system for the same reasons you mentioned with small kids and having to do stuff around the house. My time sitting around listening to music is very limited. Like mentioned, it aint cheap, but I can play vinyl throughout the house at a reasonable volume. Hoping to set up outdoor speakers this summer.
  11. Those are cool looking bikes. They are pretty unique and cool looking. I've seen a number of people (fast people) race those bikes in cyclocross races.
  12. lebowski, you will be happy with that bike (if it fits properly). Be prepared to do your own maintenance. Often times bike tools are special and cost way too much for what they are compared to harbor freight tools. However, doing your own maintenance is cheaper in the long run than going to the shop. It also allows you to know how to fix stuff on the spot instead of being dependent on others to fix your stuff. Something that is nice with BD bikes is that the components can be pretty nice as in the case with the one you suggested. If you find a different frame you want to try out (cooler brand, better fit, etc.) you can swap over everything and not have to upgrade parts. You will probably want to upgrade the wheels after a while if cycling is your thing.
  13. Rule of thumb is to not send more than two messages (phone, email, text) without getting a response. I would have waited until Monday to make that phone call. I try to send those things at like 10AM Monday when they won't have life get in the way. In my recent experience.... offered a job I didn't want after I interviewed and turned it down (crap hours crap company, great pay) interviewed, emailed thank you, no response interviewed, emailed thank you, was turned down but he put in a good word with his friends that landed another interview with a different company interviewed, emailed thank you, was offered a job an hour after the thank you, and accepted an hour after that or so all the other times that things didn't go my way or didn't work out I would get bummed. The job that I have now is my #1 pick of all the jobs I researched. Close to home (home by 3:45 every day), cool company, cool and smart boss, challenging and rewarding work.
  14. yea, I am not one of those parents that get mad at kids for doing kid things. The needle jumping is more of my daughter presses the button and immediately starts running and jumping around right next to where the TT is. Not much a fault of the TT. Maybe I could take the feet off and see if it helps. I created this thread to show parents that the turntable is simple enough for kids to use and that is both a + and -.
  15. What do you mean by off road? Do you mean dirt and crushed gravel roads? If so then a hybrid would be great for that. If you mean mountain bike single track with rocks/roots then a hybrid would be a bad idea. If you want to maintain your bike yourself I would go this route. You can go even cheaper if don't want a suspension fork and disc brakes. After riding nice suspension and crap suspension I would rather ride a nice carbon rigid fork than crap suspension, but to each their own. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/fuji/fuji-sunfire-2.htm If you don't I would go to your local shop and express what you are looking for.
  16. What is your fascination with CF? It is nice, but it isn't magical. Unless you are racing it is over-rated. Many would say that unless you are racing at an elite level it is over-rated. When you buy from a shop you aren't buying a warranty, you are getting a warranty with the purchase. The shop has no horse in the race other than to try and keep the customer as happy as possible. The manufacturer of the bike is the one backing up the warranty. I would not buy a carbon framed bike off of ebay that I have not got to ride, let alone do not know the seller. True story 1: I was cleaning my 2013 Specialized Epic Carbon Comp ($2000 frame) and saw something that I thought might be a crack. I took it into the bike shop and showed them what I was worried about and the frame was warrantied no charge to me with a 2013 Specialized Epic SWORKS frame ($4000) with all of my parts swapped over completely free of charge. Specialized and many other brands have lifetime warranties for manufacturing defects. They often also have crash policies that if you total out a frame you can purchase a new frame at a little over cost of the shop. Warranties and crash replacements only work for the original owner of the bike. True story 2: I bought a motobecane fantom CX bike ($500) as my first bike when I started riding seriously. It is one of the worst fitting bikes I have ever owned because I didn't know what the measurements meant and how they related to my body type. For a really long time I didn't know that the bike fit like crap until I rode some bikes that fit really well. That bike is still mostly stock (except for the wheels (wheels are important)) and it is my commuter and still a really good all around bike and gets the job done. However, I'm not going to take it on a long ride because of the fit. True story 3: I bought a motobecane fantom 29 MTB ($1000) as my first mountain bike and this is the second worst fitting bike I have ever owned. In order to get the proper reach I have to put a long stem on it in which puts my weight too far forward and gives it crappy handling. It wasn't until I bought a steel rigid SS off of ebay that fit me well that I realized that the moto fit like crap. Pro Tip: You can haggle with a bike shop just like you would a car dealership. If you are talking about a $500 purchase then you are only talking about $50 or so and wasting everyone's time, but if you are talking about $1000+ then it is worth it. Some will work with you, some will not. It also depends on how bad you need the bike (just like buying a car). Also contact points are VERY important: handlebars, grips/tape, seat, pedals. These things will make or break a ride fairly quickly. If you go the ebay route then you will be buying stuff and playing with stuff to figure out what works for you. Where at the bike shop you can try multiples and figure out what works for you right there and maybe there will be a bike that is already set up perfect. If it is not, you can usually say, I like this bike but those bars and they will work with you, or at least you know what you want when you go to ebay. A lot of shops have lifetime adjustments to the bike. If something isn't working quite well, you just bring it in and they will fix it for you. If it is a warranty issue on a part, they will warranty for you. I personally like to do my own maintenance, but this is worth something to a lot of people. Spring time is coming around and something I strongly urge you to do is take advantage of bike manufacturers demo days. They let you take their bikes in various sizes and let you ride them around on actual roads/paths/trails. You can try out multiple models and sizes in a few hours. If you have found a good fitting bike from a demo and want to go used, then I see no problem with going Ebay. Maybe this will put it in perspective, it is like buying a used Project Debut Carbon because it has a carbon tone arm and everyone says it is good. However, without listening to it and comparing it to other turn tables you won't really know if it is in good mechanical order, or if it is really the turn table for you and your preference. You could be looking at a decent amount of money to get it in good mechanical condition, or the needle might be worn out. There is a lot more to a turntable than the fancy carbon tonearm. I understand that bike shops can be dicks. I have one 5 minutes from my house and I choose to go to one that is 30 minutes away. http://www.cannondale.com/nam_en/2015/bikes/road/elite-road/caad10/caad10-5-105 That is what I would test ride if I was looking for a road bike.
  17. I am glad that I got it and not something more expensive. Maybe when the kids are older I can invest in something nicer. Until then, I don't want to yell at her and have her become disinterested in it when she is just enjoying the same hobby as me. I think that's pretty cool.
  18. I really like this record player and I have it connected to a Sonos amp and Wharfedale diamond 10.1 speakers. I really like the auto play and return functionality as with small kids I often have to get up and take care of them and walk away from it fairly often. With the Sonos system it is set to play the record for all locations that are in the current group, the current group is almost always the whole house. However, my daughter also likes it and may or may not have dropped the needle on the rubber mat. So I fixed this issue by putting an old record from my wife when she was a kid that has old mcdonald, oh susanna, hokey pokey, etc. So now my daughter loves to play records by going into the room and hitting the play button and having it play throughout the house. She also gets excited and starts dancing and jumping around and thus causing the needle to jump. Any time we are listening to our own music through the Sonos system that my daughter thinks is lame, she will start up Old Mcdonald. Good - Daughter is enjoying records and thinks they are cool and showing her appreciation and love of music. Bad - Annoying kid changes my pandora music all the time, and causes the needle to jump. So all in all.....cool starry bra
  19. I ride and race mostly mountain bikes. I own steel(2), carbon fiber(1), and AL(3) bikes. Frame material isn't that important. All materials have their own characteristics and pros and cons. Brand of bike is not very important. They are all going to "perform" and "ride" about the same, and what you are really buying is their warranty reputation. Even the groupset is not all that important. With todays technology pretty much everything expect the super low end stuff is going to shift and hold up reasonably nice. Fit on the bike is very important, and you can pretty much only do this at a bike shop. The only exception is unless you REALLY know what you are talking about in terms of fit and can look at all the dimensions and determine if it will work for you or not. From a bike shop you can pick the best bike that fits you the best, has the best overall groupset, looks the coolest to you, and for the best price. I would pick a bike shop that is not only friendly, but not trying to nickel and dime you every step of the way. I have probably well over $10k invested in mountain bikes, and my road bike is one that I traded a cheap garden tiller for. It's a 1985 Schwinn Super Le Tour made out of steel and fairly original with friction shifters. I put new wheels on it (EA70s) and made it 9 speed (thanks to friction shifters aren't indexed). This bike rides really well, and since I'm not racing it, it performs perfectly for what I want it to do. I personally own two motobecane bikes (AL) and although that have been cheap and have definitely been good bikes. I would prefer an AL Scott bike over a CF moto bike any day due to that they probably tuned the Scott Al frame pretty well and the warranty behind Scott. Saying you are going to buy carbon fiber and not going to crash is like saying you don't wear a seatbelt because you aren't planning on crashing. Don't buy a bike that is too expensive to replace. Wheels are very important. A nice set of wheels will not only be lighter, but they will be easier to true and stay true, and ride much better than the oem wheels that come on bikes. Often times super expensive bikes still come with crap wheels because they assume they are going to be taken off anyways and upgraded. Carbon Fiber Pro - Lightest, Stiffest, able to mold/tune ride characteristics easily. Carbon Fiber Con - Does not take impact damage well. Expensive. Catastrophic failure potential with hidden issues. I would make sure I had a good warranty with a carbon frame due to the expense. Titanium Pro - Light, but usually have to use more material to get stiffness and ride equal to steel. Titanium Con - Expensive, often custom made. Steel Pro - Rides really well with a nice damping quality, has the best longevity as long as no rust, frame can be slightly bent and bent back without any issues. Steel Con - Heavy relative to other frame types. Can rust if not taken care of. Aluminum Pro - Relatively light, cheap, and strong. Able to mold/tune ride characteristics easily. Durable in the event of crashes. Aluminum Con - Harsh ride, brittle material that does not have longevity of steel or Ti, and can not be slightly bent and then bent back. Once Al fatigues, it is done. For someone who isn't racing but wants to start riding fairly seriously I would buy aluminum because it seems to be the best all around frame type there is. It won't give you the best ride, but it does most things well. I would also go to a bike shop and ride around on bikes and pick one that feels the best and is the best size. After that if riding is something that you want to take seriously, then a wheel upgrade would be next up. I wouldn't buy wheels for less than $400 or so. So there ya go....
  20. Supporting Caste is when I got into Propagandhi. I listened to them in like 2000 and i wasn't too impressed and gave up on them until Supporting Caste.
  21. yea, I saw this and I was thinking something was up. When the guy was talking about breaking bad and was like, you want it to end on a high note and not fade away and be forgotten about. You could tell that Stewart was taking that in pretty good.
  22. I used to think the arrows shooting ability was a little too far fetched......and then I saw this.

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