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  1. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Best Countries to Visit?

    A few years back, we went to Hyannis and took a boat out up the coast to see the whales. I filmed this video of the whales breaching:
  2. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Favorite pillow?

    My favorite pillow is the feather pillow I bought in 1962. I had it til about 2000. My wife threw it out because it had perspiration stains. I've bought other feather pillows since 2000, some as costly as $70, but none were really soft, nor had enough feathers inside, nor the right type. I...
  3. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Best Countries to Visit?

    Without a doubt, Japan. Delicious and healthy food, courteous, respectful people, clean cities, breathtaking countryside, efficient public transit, tons of hi-fi shops! Was there in 2017 in an exploratory to move. Met with Kenji Hosoi at Kenrick Sound in Nagahara for four hours. Lots of...
  4. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    How do you get rid of that smoky smell?

    I recommended an ozone generator to my daughter's piano teacher. She'd bought a house recently and it smelled of mold and cigarettes. She was amazed how effective it was at clearing up odors.
  5. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    What situation are you most worried about?

    4 AM SWAT team raid. (Always a problem when you're $70K behind on property taxes and not on good terms with the tax collector).
  6. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    UDP-203 Network File Tree Question

    Linksys hasn't updated this router in over a year. I've been waiting for new firmware that would support modern hard drives, but alas, they are stuck in the 1990s with only MBR support. So no firmware updates have happened.
  7. 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...
  8. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    UDP-203 Network File Tree Question

    It seems odd that the folder structure would change on its own. And maybe Oppo should consider programming some sort of shortcut button, perhaps the number buttons, to jump to various alphabet letters in the folder, for large folders. Say, pressing '5' takes you to the 'M' titles and '9' takes...
  9. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    UDP-203 Network File Tree Question

    That's pretty much how his file tree works, but it doesn't explain why mine changed without warning from a simple, easy to navigate structure, into a complex, many levels deep, nested structure. It also doesn't explain why the icon disappeared from the SMB server device. I don't know if this is...
  10. 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...
  11. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    If it's got flying creatures, I am sure my daughter will like it. She's a big Gamera fan and former Toothless fan.
  12. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    I met a guy in my daughter's Taekwondo class who told me about that book in 2015. He has an autistic son and found that a lot of the behavior problems were mitigated by going off wheat products. LOL, I won "best read of the week"!
  13. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    I'll suggest that new Bladerunner moving to my wife--she's the one who buys the American flicks--I only buy anime. I'm working hard to minimize the negativity in my life. I think that cancer is the body's way of saying "life is hopeless" and giving up. That's why traveling, eating good food and...
  14. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    I have the original 1980 Blade Runner, but I heard the new remake was awful so I steered clear of it. U-571 has lots of explosions, but that soundtrack almost ended our marriage! The wife did not appreciate it at all. She bought Gravity last year on BD, but I should tell her about the 3D...
  15. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    My favorite 4K flicks lately are the ones I shot with my wife's Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 drone from DJI. Lately, we're seeing a lot of blue in our aerial videos and that's because of all the tarps covering damaged houses (we had tornadoes come through here on May 18). The only two Ultra HD titles we...
  16. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    The original owner was some retail store down south. I doubt they'd care, though if they had sent it for service before selling, they could have gotten a much better price. Sheer luck for me.
  17. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    What's the best projector for under $35,000

    3D is wonderful. I was a skeptic and had a very negative attitude toward it until I tried it. The only problem is the content is lacking. But we have a half dozen 3D movies that look good. The experience is quite a bit more dramatic than I expected. The flat plane of the screen disappears and it...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

    Relating Distortion Percent (%) to dB

    According to this and other articles on the topic, the human listener has quite a challenge identifying distortion: http://www.axiomaudio.com/blog/distortion This article measured several loudspeakers and presented a table at relatively low SPLs: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/bas/0708/...
  21. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    There's two aesthetics to this issue: one is cinema tradition of controlled contrast levels. The other is achieving a realistic lifelike image. For the latter of the two, the realism is greater if the picture on screen actually matches real life. Our eyes react a certain way to real life. They...
  22. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    There are quite a few projectors on the market in the HD category that are decent. I tend to prefer DLP-based units for the better contrast and shadow detail (deeper blacks). I haven't researched much of the HD models of late, because I'm focused on 4K. I can tell you that I'm pretty satisfied...
  23. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    Guys, it's not like I do this 27/7. I only do it for maybe an hour or two, once or twice a month. Anyway, with the appearance of my property (think Gasoline Alley), one would think high falutin' rich spoiled people would say no to moving across the road from me. "If you don't like the smell...
  24. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    Yikes..that'sprettydreadful! As I said, my meter only goes to 140 on the top scale, and it's pinned with every percussion hit, so who knows what the actual SPL is.. but average levels a much lower, as the recordings are open and wide dynamics.
  25. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    As I mentioned earlier in this thread, our town has no noise ordinance. I think I had also mentioned somewhere that the subs are 112dB efficient, as measured at 4' on axis with 2.83 vrms of brown noise (upper band stop less than 80 Hz). When the QSC -30dB indicators start to flicker on peaks...
  26. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    Thank you, RogerD. This is the most accurate assessment of the situation. As you said, I was here first. I was here before practically anybody else. There were a few vacation cabins here that burned to the ground in the summer drought driven forest fire of '66, and there's a radio tower down the...
  27. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    I have no ABSOLUTE proof that it was the neighbor directly across the road that called the cops on Friday afternoon. It could have been one of the the McMansions built a couple of years before this one, further to the southwest of me. The cop didn't say WHO complained. So without being 100%...
  28. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    Ah, butt... something kicking you in the arse isn't the same as the full on body slam experience I have worked nearly forty years to achieve. I like to be able to walk around a bit sometimes, not just sit in the chair. Actually, it tickles a lot when I sit in the chair because it's vibrating so...
  29. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    Bob, you're probably right. They should have euthenized me at birth, I'm such an evil person. Why couldn't I have a less evil addiction, like drugs, or child pornography, or speeding through busy streets on a motorcycle? Why, oh why do I have to be saddled with such an evil pasttime of BASS?
  30. Mark (Basspig) Weiss

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

    I'm not worried about the guy picking a fight. I think that if he truly IS a martial arts instructor, then he lives by the creed of avoiding physical conflict unless cornered with no options. Secondly, just because he has a Hillary sign in his yard does not make me a Fascist (Trump) supporter...

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