@heartny@MagnaVis The screen on my Sansa Clip died last year. I replaced it with an AGPTek A12, but it’s just not nearly as good for audio books.
Audiobook mode on the Sansa is great, since it won’t skip tracks, and having the discrete position on the power switch for control lock just worked so well.
The AGPTek A12 doesn’t have either of these features, and it causes me trouble regularly. You toggle the control lock by just pressing and holding a single button, and I seem to accidentally do this regularly while doing yard work or whatever. And it doesn’t have an audiobook mode that disables track skipping.
I the newer sansa players aren’t as good at the old ones, but I may give one of them a shot.
@heartny@Limewater I never bothered to get a replacement Sansa, and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. I had a Sony Walkman phone at the time, and it worked really well as a replacement, then it too died. So, I started using my old Cosmos 3 (another dumb phone) to play music. Quality wasn’t great, but the simple interface and easy navigation made it all I’d need for a good while. Sadly, that also broke.
Now I sit in the dark and cry. My quiet, stifled sobs are my music.
@heartny I had a Sansa Fuze that I LOVED. Used it every time I was outside working, mowing etc. Left it out and it got rained on and I nearly cried! Recently replaced it with a Sandisk Clip and it has been pretty good so far. 40gb total capacity and not too costly. Not sure if the Sandisk is any different from the old Sansa, or just a branding difference.
Have a picture! Those are Pioneer HPM-700s on top, Yamaha NS-A100s underneath. I’ve been working on this system since I was about 14 (I’m 30 now). That’s also a 40-inch 1080i HD Sony Trinitron CRT TV. Oh, and Mac says hi.
@PooltoyWolf Sorry, I’m rather colorblind, and am usually guessing on colors. I do want to say, I super envy your setup. I got rid of my GameCube when I got my Wii, because the backwards compatibility was perfect, as far as I could tell. Now, with the software mod that allows the Homebew Channel? I ripped all my disks to a 128 GB Thumb Drive I just leave plugged into the Wii (SSBM wouldn’t rip, so I did a naughty thing, but I swear to god I bought the game and have the disk!), and play whatever I want from my old library! Some of the greatest consoles ever made.
I can imagine they look freaking amazing on your TV. Also, what kind of receiver is that? I see the Sony logo, but that’s all I can get out of it. I love my old Sony deck from back in HS, and I just recently gave it away, but it still worked! That’s 17 years!
@MagnaVis I’m slightly colorblind myself, but mostly with green, gray, and pink. Being a die-hard Nintendo fanboy, I play all of my games on the official hardware
My stereo setup is mostly Yamaha, including the receiver (RX-V592), CD changer (CDC-575), turntable (P-28), and original speakers (NS-A100), though the tape deck is a Sony (TC-WE435). Upper speakers are Pioneer HPM-700s.
The thing in question is the head of my full fursuit, Mac. He’s blue and yellow, patterned after CSX’s railroad locomotives. And yes, I wear him quite often, more in the colder winter months!
@PooltoyWolf I have a CSX station by my house! Well, not a station really, maybe a facility? My daughter and I, especially when she was younger, would run to the tracks when we heard a train so that we could watch them go by. They’d always wave, and I’d cover my daughter’s ears and they would make the train noise. It was really cool.
Took this late April, at the crossing in Apex, NC, where I used to live. Ex and Daughter are still there, so we occasionally will still bike over to the tracks when we hear them.
@PooltoyWolf Well, it’s not a rail-yard like in Thomas the Tank Engine (literally the extent of my knowledge, not trying to be a dick). From what I can tell, there’s some tracks that go off to the side of the regular travel tracks, and they tend to store freight cars on those for short whiles. One has a fence around it that can be locked. I think there’s a lumber yard built around some others.
I’ve often wondered what the heck this place is, let me see if I can look it up.
Here’s an overhead of the tracks in the area, from Google Maps:
and with them in red:
Honestly, I never realized they split into two different directions. I always assumed they separated, then came back together a bit north of Apex. From what I can tell, they go in different directions forever.
Sorry to spam you with info, I’ve been curious what this place is and what it does for a long time, and you seem to know your stuff.
@MagnaVis I did a little research and it appears that might be a division point/crew change point on the railroad. (Railroad crews get ‘swapped out’ when they reach their maximum allowable hours at work.) On the opposite side of the road crossing from the CSX building is an old passenger station, currently the Chamber of Commerce for Apex, according to Google. I can pretty safely assume, then, that the CSX structure is the corresponding freight depot, which is supported by the presence of the loading dock/platform facing the tracks. At a guess, I’d assume these are ex-Southern Railway tracks. I’m not certain what CSX is using the freight depot for these days, but it’s a good bet it’s track and equipment maintenance.
@MagnaVis I find that trains are the most easily accessible example today of large, loud, exciting heavy machinery. They tend to be fascinating to a lot of people, and it’s fun to make it a family and friends thing.
(I didn’t realize it was a zombie thread.)
Plasma speakers (for when you want to smell your tinnitis)?
How did you tune the system?
Got any graphs?
Here, I’ll make you cringe first.
Me: Mid-to-low range system.
Denon receiver (nice)
Sony floor speakers that I could NOT get rid of. I tried to upgrade, within my budget, and gave up quickly. They are well-broken in!
Dayton Audio 12 " sub.
Sony surrounds. They could use an upgrade.
Downstairs, shit RCA surround with all 5.1 Dayton Audio speakers. For the children.
I mostly use old powered computer speakers… nothing wonderful, but then my hearing was severely damaged about ten years ago by a course of cipro I took to treat a case of severe food poisoning. I do have a Vizio soundbar with subwoofer on my PC, tho I rarely use after getting a smart TV with its own Plex client.
Eons ago, I did have some nice stuff, but it was damaged in a flood shortly before my hearing got fucked and I saw no point in spending money on stuff that I couldn’t really hear. (I’m great up to about 1500 hz on the right and 1700 hz on the left… then it drops off very quickly.)
@baqui63 And that’s why my allergy list says “Cipro”, although I don’t have a reaction. I watched a friend sustain massive damage to the shoulder joints over a 3 day period. The ER nurse figured it out. Sorry.
Schiit Stack (Modi2 DAC+Mangi2 Pre-Amp), which is either set to output to a pair of headphones or a generic class-D amp that drives a pair of Micca speakers. Not the fanciest setup, but works well for apartment life.
Yamaha Av Receiver, Klipsch Cornwalls as the mains, polk center channel, fronts and sides, Pioneer rears, Polk powered 10" sub. OLD Sony Trinitron tube tv. Including Technics turntable and single cassette deck (circa 1982?)
HomePod, earPod, bose surround sound under the flat screen, iPad, iPhone, and mac Book to drive the first two. used to have a better setup but got rid of the vinyl years ago and saw no further purpose, i stream it all now and save money. i drink better bourbon today because of that decision.
I got the five standard speakers, a Sony receiver, and a KLH sub for $300 back in 2005 from a rich friend who was upgrading to the latest and greatest, and the speakers have served me very well. The Sony eventually crapped out, and he’d beaten up the sub pretty badly, so I eventually replaced them with better pieces.
It’s nothing super fancy compared to Atom and 7.2+ setups, but it’s fun to see friends look around when watching a sporting event or movie that has a proper 5.1 track. Seems like a upgraded home theater setup isn’t a very high priority for most people nowadays; I think I’m the only one in my friend group who actually has a receiver.
This doesn’t include amazon echos nor google home devices nor smaller bluetooth speakers and such…
garage: 2 in-ceiling speakers powered via older stereo receiver
kitchen: 2 in-ceiling speakers powered by “whole home” unit
living room: 5.1 surround sound (Infinity speakers) plus in-wall sub - powered by Samsung 7.2 receiver and mono amp for wall sub
master bedroom: 2 in-ceiling speakers powered by “whole home” unit
master bath 1 in-ceiling speaker powered by “whole home” unit
other bedroom: 2 in-ceiling speakers powered by Samsung 7.2 receiver (when zone enabled)
basement/den: 7.1 surround sound (5.1 + atmos channels) in-wall/ceiling speakers powered by Yamaha 7.2 receiver plus an external powered sub.
back deck: 2 wall-mounted outdoor speakers powered by Samsung 7.2 receiver (when zone enabled)
back garage: 2 large “bookshelf” speakers powered by old ghetto-blaster-type stereo
I have Echo devices connected to most things, so I’m able to stream music to various combinations of rooms at the same time. Pretty nice little setup.
Yamaha receiver connected to my Roku and Blu-ray player driving a 5.1 set of speakers and a projector. Over all sounds good enough for these 63 yr old ears. Kindle output to a set of 6 wireless AR speakers scattered around the house for Pandora, etc.
Assorted headphones (prefer over ear), earbuds and speakers/ BT speakers around the house. Also a set of outdoor speakers around the pool.
Almost always have something playing somewhere in the house.
B&W DM-602 S3’s for front pair, B&W HTM-62 center and a pair of klipsch rears. Also have a DefTech prosub 800 subwoofer…in other words, my wife is a saint to let half of it in the house.