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  1. I watched the first one a few weeks back and really enjoyed it. The seat-of-your pants aspect was kind of thrilling. Some truly ingenious turns, and even when it kind of “broke” they managed to make it funny. Thanks for the reminder to watch more of it!
  2. Oh I totally overstated the eBay auctions, right now one is asking $120...still quite ridiculous given that the entire desk was about that when it was made. https://www.ebay.com/itm/IKEA-Jerker-Swiveling-Shelf-2nd-Generation-GOOD-CONDITION-See-Description/124195814841?hash=item1ceaa5bdb9:g:DdsAAOSwr15ex0DV
  3. Nice! Have you ever taken a look at Ebay to see what parts for these go for now? It's totally ridiculous. People asking $250 for the swivel shelves!
  4. The June 4 event has been postponed https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/06/the-future-of-gaming-playstation-5-game-reveal-event-dated-for-june-4/ Good call, Sony
  5. That's almost identical to the setup I had at my previous job. The risers work well, great for converting a desk to sit/stand. The one I had was a little 'shaky' when fully extended with multiple monitors (ie extra weight). Not shaky as in "it's going to fall," but just prone to carrying vibrations through the structure, especially laterally. The other issue I had, back when I raised and lowered it daily, is that I had to be careful of cable extensions, making sure cables, or anything else, don't get caught in the mechanism. That includes putting things within the footprint of the upper platform while it's raised that will be in the way when it's not. (EDIT: I went to close that tab, and noticed that the mechanism is not the same as the one I had. That one scissors up, the one I had used a kind of flat scissor mechanism on each side...when it was up, the space underneath was open. So the one you got may be more stable)
  6. That motorized Uplift desk looks a lot like the one I have at work, which of course I haven't actually used in months now. It's really kind of wasted on me because I never sit, I'm 100% standing. Which reminds me, if you plan to stand for extended periods get yourself a pad to stand on! It's not just a nice thing to have, it's an ergonomic necessity. I really lucked out when I got my desk at Ikea in 2007, when I moved to the East Bay. I say I 'lucked out' because a few years later they discontinued it, but improbably, an online fan-club developed, including a site devoted to hacking the design with DIY shelves, etc. I'm a bit wary of Ikea in general, because some of it is really shitty quality. But the desk I found seemed to be the exception. At that point standing wasn't even on my radar, I just liked the modular construction of the desk, and how they had an 'ecosystem' of sorts built around it, with extra shelving and these swiveling "satellite" shelves. It's a ingenious design that allows almost any part to be attached at almost any level. I found a pic online that gives a sense of how it works (the main frame is steel and super solid): I have everything this pic, plus a second horizontal shelf. The swivel shelves can be mounted inside or outside the main frame. Right now I have one installed near the floor on the inside of the frame which holds my Drobo and other external HDs. The only downside to this desk is that in order to change anything, it has to be unbolted from the frame and rebolted. This past winter I decided to change my studio setup (I think I outlined this in the music production thread). I really needed to be standing, which I've been doing at work for a few years. After playing with different configurations, I arrived at a setup that works perfectly for me. All for an initial investment of ~$150.
  7. Thanks for spelling that out. I still have a gap in my understanding, but you helped me get a grasp on the concepts. BTW, I think the real blame for low impedance headphones lies with Sony and the Walkman. Actually as I just typed that, I flashed back on my first real “hifi” love. Back in 1987 or 88, I discovered the Sony Boodokhan Walkman. I was in an electronics store one evening, kind of like Circuit City, but that chain wasn’t around then (at least not in NorCal). The Boodokhan was a freak of a device at the time, a tiny cassette player, barely larger than the cassette itself, paired with gigantic headphones. I mean the headphones were nothing extraordinary by today’s portable audio standards, but back then there was nothing like it. I asked to try it in the store and was completely floored by the sound. All in a portable package! I remember also that the transport mechanism was immune to shaking. A lot of Walkmans (Walkmen?) back then had issues if jostled, the tape would change speed as the spinning parts sped and slowed from rotational forces. The Boodokhan has some kind of flywheel that made it resistant to that, it was rock solid playback. I was obsessed with it after that encounter at the store, so I saved my pennies for months and months and finally walked out of that store with one of my own. I treasured that thing for so long. It was like being in my own world of music wherever I went. People would stare at this kid with those ginormous headphones on.
  8. Wow, Jeff. Very sorry to hear that news. I hope you and yours come out of this healthy (and immune!)
  9. Well today was completely lost to these headphones. I spent about 9 hours going back through the last 4 things I’ve recorded (starting in January), redoing the mixes with the Beyers. Not redoing masters, but going further back to the original mix to clean them up. Lots of eq-ing to help separate layers. The headphones are like magic, I can zero in on problem areas so quickly. I wish I’d gotten them sooner, actually. But glad I bit the bullet finally. Remastering will be next. It might eat up all of tomorrow at this rate. ———— a few more observations. The supplied cables are really excellent. One is a long fairly thick wire, and the other is partly coiled, like an ancient phone cable. But what I love about both is that they are almost dead sonically. They don’t transmit much at all if you move around and the cable stretches or hit things. That was a gripe with my old NADs, the cables transmitted a lot of low frequency vibration. They are not as “open” as other open back cans I’ve had. Compared to the Grado SR325, these are more closed. The Grados were close to transparent, so you had to be in a quiet room. The 1990s cut out quite a bit of the external world, but you can still sense they’re open.
  10. @AlbertA Awesome, thanks for that. I was under the impression that higher impedance meant kind of the opposite, that more current was needed to achieve the same gain (I'm sure I'm getting the terms wrong). Which, in my cartoon understanding of electricity, sounds like less sensitivty. What am I not getting? Currently listening to the latest Dead Can Dance CD, this easily wins the award for most improved by good headphones. Holy crap this recording is phenomenal.
  11. The headphones arrived today. It’s been an interesting afternoon of exploring. I’m in the late stages of finishing a track, and as I mentioned before I was kind of anxious that these uber-detailed headphones would expose weakness. But before I plugged them into my mixer, I thought it would be best to listen to some tracks I know well. So what did I choose as my inaugural track? Why Motherlover by Lonley Island, of course. (If you haven’t heard it, and you’re easily offended, I’m not responsible for your reaction). It wasn’t part of any plan, I’d just listened to it recently and, probably due to Justin Timberlake’s involvement, it actually sounds quite good, with a really profound sub bass and nicely positioned percussion. Indeed multiple layers of the track suddenly revealed themselves with breathing space around each one. You can focus pretty effortlessly on any given layer, really nice. But the day’s first surprise was the second track I chose, Happy Cycling by Boards of Canada, again, only because I’d listened to it on headphones a few days ago. I’d been afraid of hearing artifacts in my music, so imagine my surprise when I suddenly could hear, really plainly in this Boards track, the loop point of the opening sample repeating over and over, and on top of that some very subtly static blips on the drums! I’ve listened to that track hundreds of times and never heard any of that. In fact, I’d never really thought that the opening sound is a sample, it never really crossed my mind. After spending a good 90 mins geeking out on music I’ll already quite familiar with, I plugged them into my mixer, hit play, and was quite pleasantly surprised to hear a coherent mix of instruments. And after that initial sense of relief, I could immediately hear details that needed attention. It was like putting glasses on for the first time. A real sense of “oh so that’s what’s over there!” Far from being a painful experience, it felt like I’d donned a device that gave me superpowers, like x-ray hearing, I can sense all of the textures and hear through sounds to what is masked behind them. At some point in the first 90 mins, I swapped out the pads that come with the headphones. They give you two sets, a “balance” set, fitted by default, and an “analytical” set. After donning the analytical pads, I revisited some music and indeed they flatted the response. Bass In particular is less beefy, but still quite full. Swapping the pads was a little stressful, but supposedly it gets easier as the material stretches a bit. It’s nice to have different listening “environments” in the form of pads. There are also a number of different 3rd party pads with different characteristics. I may look into those before looking at an amp. I tried these on my iPad, my iMac MacBook Air (CDs), and through my mixer. All were able to drive them just fine. Although the mixer did seem to have the most dynamic sound, but that could be because of the fidelity of the synths plugged into the mixer. They are very sensitive at 102db, but they are 250 ohms. I don’t pretend to understand the relationship between those two specs. After reading and watching so many reviews, I was expecting something more “hard” and clinical, but reality was a lot easier on the ears and more musical than I expected. Nothing feels forced or in your face. As I said above, it’s more like that sense of ease that comes with putting the right prescription lenses on, like you’re suddenly connected to what you are seeing, or in this case hearing, in a way you weren’t before. So yeah, 100% happy with this purchase.
  12. Actually, “Apple Glasses,” even though morphologically similar to “Apple Glass,” it does take on quite a separate, and much more specific, meaning. That could be it. This all assumes it’s a product that is far enough along to have a marketing moniker.
  13. So, maybe I'm slow, but I just realized that the "excellent" reaction is more Montgomery Burns and less Bill and Ted.
  14. Fingers crossed! Cheers for using "bigly" in a sentence. It will be interesting to see what we do. My company is small (~40 people), they've actually hired a few since SIP started. And we don't have a ton of space to begin with, so we won't be able to work at minimum safe distance if everyone is there. I would actually like to be in the office now and then, I miss some of the camaraderie and spontaneous conversation that breaks out. I never thought I'd say such things, as I'm really an introvert at heart. Overall, I'd say I prefer working at home just for the ease of being able to pop in and out of work mode at a moment's notice (start a load of laundry!), having total control over my environs (music playing out loud!). Commute-wise it's a wash, as I'm a 5 min bike ride from the office. Originally, they projected dates at which they would evaluate the WFH situation, but now there's no more talk of specific dates. It's just how it's going to be for the foreseeable future. And I sense that we've hit a good rhythm as a company working from home, and there's not much financial pressure to get everyone back together.
  15. My experience is somewhat the same. Since I changed jobs last Sept, I felt I made the right move to a smaller agency. One of the reasons I left my previous place was that over the 9 years I was there, they grew and grew, and over that time became more and more 'impersonal' - I won't go into details, but at some point I started feeling more like a line on a spreadsheet than a valued employee. And now that the shit has hit the proverbial fan with our health crisis, I can definitely say I feel like a valued employee. We too are getting extra money to cover WFH expenses (backdated to March), and because they recognize that in some cases work hours have become more blurred than normal, every Friday is a half-day if you don't have an urgent deliverable. It's not just the private sector either. My BF works for the city of SF, in social services. Because he is a supervisor, he is automatically deemed a "disaster response" worker. Some of these folks actually are doing different jobs related to the pandemic, my BF is still doing the same job, but he does have to go IN to work every day (although there are only a handful of people still on site), crossing the city on busses and on foot. This is why I haven't seen him in 2 months...because his exposure risk is vastly greater than mine. But the city of SF is offering all disaster response workers an extra day of paid vacation for every week of work since the lockdown started.
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