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    Why the Internet is the best thing ever for music lovers

    In the last 2 weeks -- from the comfort of my own couch -- I have ordered and received music from the following countries: Canada United Kingdom Belgium Austria Japan Hong Kong Australia This just wasn't possible before the advent of the Internet. 5 of the CDs I got are completely...
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    Music Industry Kiling the Single?

    A great article at about how the music industry is essentially alienating potential music buyer -- especially kids -- by forcing them to buy an entire CD for just 1 or 2 songs. I agree totally.
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    Honestly, How many members here use the IGNORE feature?

    Please don't post who you are ignoring if you're using it. Of course if you're ignoring me then I won't expect a reply here (eh K.C.?) How many people are using it for 1 or more members? I do not use it because I like to have all the information possible...even if it's not very good sometimes.
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    Any other Jann Arden Fans Out There?

    I just picked up her "Best Of..." and it's fabulous. Her voice is so smooth and just pours out of my speakers like sweet Canadian Honey. A great collection of songs on Greatest Hurts and 2 live tracks for over 75 mins of great stuff. For those not in the know, Jann is kind of a folky, pop...
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    A $27.00 solution to the DVD-A/SACD 5.1 input problem

    I was cruising around Parts Express and came across these little guys... You can see them here... Take 6 of these and plug them into your 5.1 inputs on your reciever. Run the DVD-A player into one input and the SACD player into the...
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    And the winner of the worst smelling DVD ever is....

    Evil Dead - Book of the Dead Limited Edition. The packaging is wicked cool, but Geez Louise I almost passed out from the vinyl fumes when I popped the shrink wrap off. It's really a rather disturbing piece of packaging, but you have to give them props for putting it out this way. Anyone else...
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    I just watched 7 people get run over outside my office window

    Hard to describe....mass confusion...this is the 2nd time in 3 days that there's been a hit & run in the same intersection. There's blood in the crosswalk and 7th avenue is taped off for 5 blocks. Here's the best link I can find right now. I'm...
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    Why Home Theater Magazine is worthless drivel

    I've known this for quite sometime, but occasionally they make it so easy that it's laughable. I acquired a subscription to Home Theater free as part of a promotion and I can hardly wait until April for it to run out. This magazine is doubtlessly the worst drivel in the marketplace and...
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    Does the Nickelback - Silver Side Up CD use QSound?

    I've been listening to this disc a lot lately and the soundstaging on this disc is amazing. In fact, it may actually be too amazing. Does anyone know if this disc uses QSound or an equivalent? I see no mention of it in the liner notes or on the QSound site. I'm getting staging way outside my...
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    As of 7:30pm CST I think the forum layout is perfect.

    I really do. I like the new organization and the combinations that were made. Good Job
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    Picture needs a caption contest!!

    Please add a one wins lots of admiration
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    Ok, what's up with the Crouching Tiger Mountain Dew ads?

    Anyone else see this one? I've been bombarded with it over the last 6 hours. It's a virtually perfect recreation of the first courtyard fight scene with two women fighting over a can of Mountain Dew ala "Crouching Tiger" Hokey I believe is the term I was looking for.
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    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy DVD - A REVIEW

    Douglas Adams' masterpiece presented in a lovely 2-disc DVD Set ADMINS: While this review is based on a region 2 disc set, Region 1 will be getting this set in April, so I thought that perhaps Software was a better choice than the Regional area. Thanks. I've been waiting for this set for at...
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    All PARADIGM Owners please respond.

    Edited since the original link is no longer active. Now, I'd like you to post here why you enjoy your Paradigm speakers, and why you bought them. If you want you can tell us what other brands you auditioned before deciding on the Paradigms. Thanks!! Incidentally I own 4 Studio 40's, I love...
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    Wheels fall off the NJ Devils Wagon

    Ugh.... Lou Lamoriello fired the entire coaching staff of the Devils today. Hired ex-Penguins coach Kevin Constantine. I'm not sure I like this move, but the players have been lazy sons of bitches this year that's for sure. Maybe they need someone to kick their ass. Crazy that the 2 teams...
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    Directors What's you favorite song with a COLOR in the title?

    Let's hear 'em... Peter Gabriel - Red Rain Please forgive the ludicrous error in the header.
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    Perpetual Technologies P-1A DSP/Upsampler!

    The Ultimate Add-On For Digital Music Bliss! See the Link Below for all the information you need on this amazing unit. If you already use an Outboard DAC, then you must get this unit, it's amazing. Even if you just run a digital cable from your CD player to your receiver, you will be...
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    Frankie Say....This SACD Rocks!!

    Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard, The Sonic Collection Just got this SACD direct from London and it is awesome! I have been a FGTH fan for many years and have been through 3 CD's and countless 7" and 12" mixes of their greatest tracks, so this SACD was an absolute must buy for me. The...
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    What's the OLDEST CD that you own?

    Now by oldest I don't mean in terms of the music. I mean what is physically the oldest CD that you own? I have a CD by The Power Station (remember them?) that I bought in 1985 and I still have it! Crazy. Anyone else?
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    You never know when this will come in handy...

    How to diaper a monkey
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    Could it be? I think I'm done with my system for awhile

    After a decision to drastically improve my setup in September, I think I'm finally finished and have vowed to myself to not upgrade a single piece of hardware until August 1st at the earliest. The only major piece of gear that wasn't upgraded or replaced was the TV. I really am very happy with...
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    Universal announces first SACD Titles!

    This is great news!! SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's largest music company, today announced further details of its commitment to make music available on Super Audio CD (SACD). Starting with the first releases in Spring 2002, UMG plans an...
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    Huge SACD announcements at CES!

    2 Huge announcements today at CES. That link describes all the hardware vendors that are lining up to produce SACD players in the coming year. Universal also announced their first batch of SACD titles. Great news here!!!
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    A Little patriotic post if I may....

    .:::. ':::'GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! .: .:*~*:._.:*~*:.*.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:. .:*~*:.*.:*~*:._.:*~*:.*.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:. .:*~*:._.:*~*:.*.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:. .:*~*:.*.:*~*:._.:*~*:.*.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*...
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    Assorted Media For Trade/Sale

    I've had requests to put prices on since I'm not getting many trade offers so here ya go! I have the following mish mash of items. I'll entertain all trade offers. The Sopranos - Complete Season 1 DVD - $50 A Clockwork Orange (from new Kubrick collection) DVD - $14 Ken Burns - JAZZ - 10 DVD...
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    Anyone else like Naked Food Juice?

    I'm totally addicted to this stuff, it's great! For those who don't know what it is, it's a fruit juice that is very thick, like a puree. There are all kinds of different blends and they're great. See for more info Anyone else love this stuff?
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    I Am Sam to feature Beatles Cover Tunes...interesting story

    Beatles blues symbolizes tough road to gain top tunes for films By DAVID GERMAIN .c The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) - Director Jessie Nelson admits to having had some naivete when she and co-writer Kristine Johnson wove a batch of Beatles tunes throughout their film, ``I Am...
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    Can we amend the HTF Mission Statement?

    Or at least add something to the rules & regulations regarding the ever-more-common practice of thread-farting. I posted a rather long diatribe about this a few months ago and it really hasn't gotten much better, and it seems that it's the new members that are the most common offenders. Post...
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    Classical Afficianados...Need your help with Beethoven sonatas

    I am looking for the best combination of performance and recording fidelity. I need a box set or the equivalent of all of Beethoven's piano sonatas. I currently own the EMI Classics set performed by Daniel Barenboim and I am less than completely enthused by it. Anyone have any...
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    I got my SCD-XA777ES's mind warping

    This is just an initial impression after only 10 or so hours of playback but...In the name of all that is Good and Mighty... This is the best CD/SACD player I have ever heard under $6,000. Multi-Channel SACD is simply a bonus. Every one of my SACD's has a brand new life. I'm still deciding on...