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  1. Brad_Harper

    How to conect a car amplifier in my home?

    If you are electrically inclined then you could always build your own power supply. A transformer hooked to a diode bridge rectifier should do the trick. Don't worry about supplying dirty power to your car amp as if it is any good already has a DC to DC convertor to clean up the dirty power...
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    A non-serious thread about money

    I think it all depends on your age and the interest rates at the time. Right now if you are young, interest rates a pretty low for mortgages and I think it would be a poor mathematical decision to pay off a low interest mortgage. I know a lot of people are afraid of the stock market but there...
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    Why do American cars and trucks suck so bad?

    The reality of the automotive industry is that most vehicles regardless of where they are made use the same parts. The brake module in a Porsche is the same one that is in a Chevy. Modules, brakes, radios, seats, etc are all supplied to the automakers from the same suppliers engineered to the...
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    Honda CR-V...Opinions?

    The CRV is very very under powered. Load that thing up and it struggles. I don't find the interior that appealing. As for the realiability; any car is realiable if you take care of it. I would buy the Equinox myself. It has a V6 and seems to have a more flexible interior. Plus with GM's discount...
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    Oil refineries...

    I think we all can agree that hydrogen is not the greatest in the EROI department. Nothing I can see in the future is going to beat oil. But for the planets sake hydrogen is a way better solution for transportation. It is clean and non toxic. We just need a cheap electrical source to create the...
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    Well I made my decision, sort of. Solid state or tube???

    Honestly I would forget tubes if I were you (my opinion). People may like the way they look and sound but they are a pain in the a** to own. All tubes will eventually fail and getting replacements can be expensive and hard. They are not kid or pet friendly as they get very very hot. Go...
  7. Brad_Harper

    6th Grader Finds Calculator Glitch

    I think the kids shouldn't be using calculators at all. It only makes them rely on machines later on in life. This is why we now have cashiers who cannot make proper change. No calculators in math class! Use your brain!
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    Man Oh Man This is Killing Me.............

    Listen to Holadem. Make things happen on your terms. That way you're not sitting around waiting by the phone. That is when the mind wanders. Only bad things come from a wandering mind. :D It doesn't mean that you have to be a jerk or anything, just do like Holadem said and tell her when your...
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    Man Oh Man This is Killing Me.............

    What always (100% guarantee) works for me if a woman dosen't call or email back right away is to call or email back a couple of days later saying "I see you're playing hard to get already. Nice." Make sure your voice tone is cocky but sounds like you're kidding slightly. I always always get...
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    Coach suspended for running up the score

    Whatever happened to having A, B, C, D leagues? That way kids of equal talent can play against each other. Either the team that won belongs in a higher league or the losing team belongs in a lower league. If there is only one league then maybe they should let the truely exceptional player play...
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    Shall we dance? Arranged Halo 2 match April 30, 2005 to celebrate updates!

    3, 2, 1 for me. My GamerTag is MrFatty1976. Hopefully there is still room:D Nothing like a Saturday evening of killing your HTF friends over the internet. :emoji_thumbsup:
  12. Brad_Harper

    Favorite/best job ever......

    My current job is my favourite so far. I'm an engineer for General Motors. I design brake modules for future vehicles. I basically get paid to beat the crap out of prototype cars and trucks on test tracks. If you drive the car into a ditch you just call the on site tow truck and go back at it...
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    Poll: Reason for the rise in autism spectrum

    I think one theory for the increase in certain birth defects is the fact that humans are not really affected by "natural selection" anymore. In nature animals that have some type of genetic defect often die before they can reproduce, so the gene is not passed on anymore. Humans no longer are...
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    looking to invest some money

    Another piece of advice I'd like to share: Learn not to become emotionally attached to your money. This can often be very very hard for people. In the future your going to make bad investments, everyone has at one time or another. The key is not to let those bad investments scare you away...
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    looking to invest some money

    The best advice I can give you as someone who started investing early is learn as much as you can about the stock market. Forget about mutual funds, savings accounts, etc. Nothing much competes with the potential returns on your money and it's not as risky as some people make it out to be...
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    Need advice on a friend...

    If you still want to be his friend then you're going to have to suck up your pride and call him to talk. Say exactly what you mean and don't pull any punches. Trying to guess what someone else is thinking or feeling is like trying to pick the right lotto numbers. So stop guessing and find out...
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    Beginner questions about car audio

    1. Almost any Alpine head unit will be better then your stock one. The 9827 has all the bells and whistles you'll need. 2. Your FM and AM reception shouldn't be any better. It is the antenna location and type that makes the most difference. 3. Satellite radio is way way better then FM. It...
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    sub placement in car?

    Mounting the subs in near the wheel wells is a great idea. I have seen lots of installs take that route. Just be sure to make the enclosures large enough for whatever subs you choose.
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    sub placement in car?

    Yes you will need to vent the trunk into the cabin. Most of the time existing speaker holes will do the trick. The best place for subs is facing the rearward about 2 inches from the rear of the trunk. Unfortunately this is the worst place for storage of other items. I have two 10s in one...
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    Upgrade for base factory Toyota ?

    You may not be able to replace the headunit. The headunit is likely networked to all the other modules in the car and you could screw things up by removing it. Speakers won't be a problem though. I find they are usually the best thing to replace.
  21. Brad_Harper

    Seatbelt chmes...

    Most new vehicles have two stage driver and passenger front airbags. The airbag system looks to see where your seat position is, and if your seatbelt is done up to determine which stage to fire. If you are far enough away and your belt is done up the larger explosive will fire in a crash...
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    Seatbelt chmes...

    Most seatbelts I've seen use a hall effect sensor. There is a permanent magnet in the buckle that completes a circuit when it is close enough to the sensor. Do not disable the sensor electrically!!! Your airbag system needs to know if you are truly fastened in or not to deploy the correct size...
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    stock honda tweeter question

    Put the multimeter on AC voltage mode and measure the voltage level of the song going to the good tweeter. It will fluctuate. Now measure the voltage going to the bad tweeter using the same song passage as the good tweeter. The voltage levels should be approx the same. If they are close then the...
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    stock honda tweeter question

    Ted, Either the tweeter, the crossover for the tweeter or the amp channel is starting to go. All parts are available at the dealer or a good wrecker. You will have to use a multimeter to determine what part is failing though (or just chance that the speaker is a problem). Most auto speaker...
  25. Brad_Harper

    Adding a Seperate AMP ???

    Ok I guess I should have stated that the amplifier must be made for bridging in order to follow the instructions of my previous post. Most bridging amplifiers will automatically switch over to bridged mode once the correct two amplifier terminals are connected together. Trying to bridged a amp...
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    Adding a Seperate AMP ???

    The bridging of amplifier outputs normally raises the THD levels. Often though the increase is not audible. Bridging an amp is very simple, you just hook the positive of one channel to the negative of the other channel. Once you add the new amp just recal the channels affected with the receivers...
  27. Brad_Harper

    If You Had Two Amps...

    Any component that doesn't consider what type of load it is going to be driving (or could drive) shouldn't be sold to the public. It just comes down to responsible engineering and testing. That is what the iron ring is for. :) Zobel networks on amp outputs should compensate for speaker and...
  28. Brad_Harper

    Can't seem to find DVD-A /SACD in stores up here?

    I got most of mine at Best Buy and off of Amazon.ca. Otherwise we are out of luck. We don't get near the selection that our neighbours to the south do.
  29. Brad_Harper

    Need some car stereo advice, especially about speakers (long)

    Wayne: If you want to go active just buy another 5 channel amp by a reputable company. Most 5 channels will have enough power on the mono channel to power your sub in a sealed box. As far as speakers go, you have pretty much come up with all the popular component sets. The infinity...
  30. Brad_Harper

    Ever rent out a property yourself?

    About the sueing...Just write up a very good lease agreement. Make sure who is responsible for what is clearly stated so that there is no confusion. I am pretty sure there are laws in place to protect the landlord from tenant stupidity. There are in Canada anyway so I can't imagine the U.S not...
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