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  1. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    DLNA Server and UDP-203: Navigation Changed and became too complex

    When I first set up my UDP-203 in April, and a DLNA server on one of the Linksys 3200ACM routers, navigating to "network" menu was simple and easy. I'd select Network and then my DLNA server would show up as a yellow penguin icon. I'd click that, and it'd got to the Media drive and I'd only have...
  2. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    UDP-203 Network File Tree Question

    When I first got my UDP-203, using the DLNA server built into my Linksys WRT3200ACM router, the server drive would show up as a Penguin icon similar to LINUX's icon and opening that would take me right to the media drive, very few nesting levels. Something happened after a couple of weeks in...
  3. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    HOW I GOT A $15,000 4k PROJECTOR FOR $6500

    I bought this B-stock Sony VPL VW765ES projector on eBay, originally for $7500, haggled down from the asking price of $9900. It was supposed to come with a new, spare bulb, as the projector was a store demo that had 2600 hours on it. When the projector shipped, the extra lamp didn’t come with...
  4. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Looking for 4K Version of Zektor MAS7.1 Switcher

    I've gotten myself a lucky great deal (1/2 retail) on a store demo VPL VW675-ES true 4K projector from Sony. I have a Oppo UDP-203 en route to me, arriving Wednesday. I've upgraded all my cables and put in a new HDMI 4K/60P switch for my two video editing workstations to drive the projector...
  5. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Audiophile Unfriendly New Neighbor Moved In Last Month, Calls the Cops on Me

    It is a terrible day in American history: The Great Bass Pig has had nasty neighbors move in within close proximity to his Lair. For fifty years, this desolate mountaintop spot was home to the Bass Pig's Lair. But this past summer, someone bought the forest across the road and started clearing...
  6. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Prospects for Decent DCI 4K HDR REC2020 Projectors Well Under $60,000?

    I wonder how long we'll have to wait before 4K becomes the new 1080P and 4K projectors drop to the current 1080 prices? Will 16K be mainstream by then? I've been researching decent 4K projectors for while now, as I'll soon need a means to show my 4K production work to clients on a big screen...
  7. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Cost to Ship My HT, Studio and Lab Gear to Japan?

    It's been impossible to find an example of someone moving a large sound system to Japan on the expat forums. Maybe some of the folks here have moved sound systems across national borders. I'm trying to get a ballpark estimate of what it costs to move about 1800lbs of speakers and 900lbs of...
  8. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Looking for an Attorney to Sue School District and DCF

    'Been a while since I've been able to focus on life. Our autistic daughter was the victim of a system that's overzealous about taking children away. She said something at school that got the DCF and the police involved. Yet, it was normal fare for her to spew gibberish. However, poor teacher...
  9. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Classic Automobiles in 4K (video)

    I shot some 4K video last weekend at an annual antique auto show in town. It was shot in DCI 4K and uploaded to Youtube. I used a baked in LUT and the images are pretty much unaltered from how they came out of the camera. Be sure to choose 2160P if your connection...
  10. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Display Technology: Dynamic Range (We Need MUCH More!)

    I've been shooting high dynamic range DCI 4K content for a while and one of the frustrating issues that faces me is the fact that current displays only reproduce about half of the f-stop range that I can shoot. SpectraCal folks have an interesting discussion on how the display industry in...
  11. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    ANSI Lumens / Projector Calculator / Illogical Foot Lambert Readings

    I'm reading specs on various projectors and checking the predicted brightness on's calculator. The problem is that higher lumens-rated projectors are coming back with much lower FL ratings on the calculator, for the same size screen, which defies logic. Brighter projector...
  12. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    My Latest Recording (May 3, 2014)

    Last Saturday, I was commissioned to make a recording of early period music. The works range from 9th to 15th century and include works by Abel, Binchois, Cima, Gibbons, Maurus, Schütz, Preaetorius and Rorem. Since this is a live sounding space, I wanted to avoid the pitfalls of using omni and...
  13. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Spring's Coming! Time for the Next B.A.S.S. Meetup! (Connecticut)

    It's coming up on that time again. What time, you ask? Time for the Third Annual Basspig Audiophile Society Social! The way events are going, I'm likely to settle on April 5, a Saturday, for the meet. Our usual starting time of 2PM is planned. Dinner and a buffet will be served upstairs, as...
  14. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    2nd Annual B.A.S.S. Meetup - Connecticut

    It's been a busy month in the shop, and I realized it's almost April!! Planning of the second B.A.S.S. meetup here at the Bass Pig's Lair is underway and we're floating Saturday April 13 as a possible date. I haven't even finished my OTL VT amplifier project yet, as I've not had time and I...
  15. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    The Next Annual B.A.S.S Meeting: Pick Your Own Date and Vote On It

    March 30, April 6, April 13.. these are the possible dates for the next Basspig Audiophile Society Social meeting. If anyone would like to see the legendary Bass Pig's Lair (sound system and theater/studio as well as a tour of our electronics shop with some neat seminars, please...
  16. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    What I've Seen in the Vintage Amp Repair Business

    It has been about a year now since I’ve opened the doors of my shop to the general public. In that year, I have seen an amazing range of different amplification devices. While about 70% of my work involves guitar amplifiers, I have also seen my share of audiophile equipment. Reel to reel...
  17. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    I've Started an Amplifier Repair Business

    For some time, I've been gently nudged into considering doing repairs and mods to amplifiers, ever since my Phase-Linear D-500 mods blog appeared on Things finally came to a head in February of this year. The video business never really got going and was dying away in exponential...
  18. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Client, Victim of Piracy, Asking for Copy Proof Video Online (including camcorder)

    I have a client who produces instructional videos, and due to his fame and demand for these videos, the traditional DVDs have been pirated and he stopped production this year upon discovery. This summer, his manager talked him into doing the videos again, but this time only releasing them...
  19. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Taking the OTL VT Concept to the Next Level: NO Transformers

    Back in the '60s, I built an OTL with 8020 triodes. It produced a modest 25 watts into 16Ω loads. After many years of tubes, then building the ultimate audio system over a 38 year period, I am back to tinkering for pure pleasure in the lab. So my fascination with OTL VT amps resurfaced after a...
  20. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    1st Annual Basspig Audiophile Society Meetup (Connecticut)

    Dear Friends and Colleagues, March 31st 2012 marks the very first meeting of the Basspig Audiophile Society. Venue: Theater with 12' AT screen and legendary 16,500 watt sound system Laboratory: The 'mad scientist's' lab, where I tweak, redesign, and sometimes repair audio gear. Equipped...
  21. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Ceramic vs. Polystyrene Capacitor Distortion Analysis

    This is some very interesting results that I obtained while testing capacitors in interstage op-amp circuits. I breadboarded a quad of inverting op-amp stages and intercoupled them with capacitors for this experiment. The first trace with the green callouts is four polystyrene capacitors...
  22. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Re-Living My Past (OTL Vacuum Tube Builds)

    Way back in the '60's I wanted to build a hi fidelity amplifier, but could not afford the output transformer of that quality. So I looked over several tubes that had low plate resistance and settled on the 8020/6AS7 back then and built an amp with 3 6AS7's. It put out 25W into 16Ω loads and was...
  23. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    THD Analyzer Test of the Subwoofers

    Very interesting test.. 20 Hertz signal, driven to Bassmaxx ZR18s, SPL of 110dB as measured on SPL meter. Behringer ECM8000 omni capsule mic measuring the sound, fed to Behringer MX1804X mixer, output of which drives Tektronix AA501 Distortion Analyzer and HP 3580A Audio Spectrum Analyzer...
  24. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    The Audio Expert - New Book by Ethan Winer

    My good friend Ethan has finally completed his book, which he's been working on for much of last year. It's entitled The Audio Expert and it is close to 700 pages of in-depth information about a wide range of aspects of audio technology. It will be equally useful to the serious audiophile as...
  25. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    24-bit 96KHz Symphonic Recording - Download Avail til Christmas!

    Just until Christmas... I have up here a 10+ minute 24/96 FLAC file of one of my orchestral recordings. A Rachmaninov movement that's dramatic with chimes, bass drum, percussion, etc. Lots of ultrasonic energy to 37KHz on the bell harmonics. Good resolution testing material. Grab a copy while...
  26. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Yours Truly Recording of the Bridgeport Symphony!

    A Rachmaninoff concert I recorded in March.. 4 cameras, 7 microphones, original mix is 5.1 surround.. Enjoy!
  27. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Oppo BDP-83: Can't Play Blu-ray Movie!

    The BD movie Adjustment Bureau, doesn't play on the Oppo BDP83, not even with the latest firmware. The disc plays through the ads then gets to TOP MENU and crashes. Nice work, content protection. Ironically, I had no trouble playing it on my 2007-vintage Sony BDP-S301. Oppo disappoints me...
  28. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Need Zektor MAS7.1 Audio/HDMI Switcher ASAP!

    Seeing as the Zektor MAS7.1 is discontinued, and I have to return mine, which was on loan to me for 2 years, I need to find a replacement before this Thursday. My requirements are: 3 inputs switching HDMI 1.3 spec, plus 3 inputs switching 7.1 analog audio through dry contacts (no op amps or...
  29. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    My Latest Recordings of the Bridgeport Symphony now on YouTube!

    My recording of the December concert of the Bridgeport Symphony is now on YouTube: "Scheherezade", final movement, by Rimsky-Korsakov: Enjoy our best concert yet!
  30. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    So I Went to See a Movie in a Commercial Theater Today..

    So you may be asking "why" when you own a fantastic HT. Well here's why.. because Atlas Shrugged was playing and I wanted to gauge audience reaction. So here's my technical reaction: Wow.. 35mm film looks just as blurry as I remembered from the last time I watched a film, ten years ago. It is...

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