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by N7SC
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Ultimate Computer Chair....
Replies: 42
Views: 36270

Matt: Your reply popped up after I posted the last of mine, above. But I know what you mean about tweaking the Aeron when you want to change position. The very fine control for tilt tension is great for getting just exactly the right tension, but fiendish when you want to rapidly loosen the tension ...
by N7SC
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Ultimate Computer Chair....
Replies: 42
Views: 36270

It was a bit of a surprise to see this thread pop up on the SPCR home page after so long. This presents an opportunity to update my previous comments: Late in January I contacted the local Herman Miller dealer about an Aeron. Not only would they give me an outrageous price, well, really well below t...
by N7SC
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Full tower cases with front door (good clearance)
Replies: 6
Views: 2484

I've got a PC-A10A (brushed aluminum instead of black), and think the bottom-mounted power supplies are a great idea (you can put two in the case). It seems much more stable than having the weight of the power supply at the top of the case. My PS is a PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610, and the cable...
by N7SC
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hum in recorded/digitized audio - would a sound card help?
Replies: 3
Views: 1535

Hum in recorded/digitized audio - would a sound card help?

My PC is hooked up to my stereo system and I use it sometimes as a digital recorder to record stuff off-air from my tuner. I have a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard and am using the built in audio system, based on a Realtek 888 chip. Software is Adobe Audtion 2.0. Have noticed that there is a buzz o...
by N7SC
Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Honest question about the theory of evolution
Replies: 8
Views: 2419

P.S. I'd recommend avoiding Wikipedia on this type of adventure. You want something that is well-vetted by reviewers that are established experts in the field. A good college text fills the bill here. Further, the style of a good text is going to be designed to be for teaching. And, the book will co...
by N7SC
Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Honest question about the theory of evolution
Replies: 8
Views: 2419

1. No one really knows, the range of guesses is pretty wide, and new ones are discovered frequently. 2. Quoting from "Biology The Science of Life" by Wallace, King and Sanders, "The general definition of species is any group of organisms that could interbreed. The definition works will in many situa...
by N7SC
Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Vibration mounts... for a turntable.
Replies: 2
Views: 1199

What do you think about Sorbothane? Don't know where to get it in Australia, but if you do a Google search that might help. Have seen blocks of it that were maybe 2 to 3 cm thick. Or you could use Sorbothane feet for computers or turntables, if they are the right size and you can modify them for you...
by N7SC
Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My first build: Lian-Li PC-V600B
Replies: 3
Views: 1785

Motherboard: after much research, I chose a Gigabyte for my system and am very happy with it. It is a GA-965P-DS3 rev. 3.3 , the generation before the P35 chipset, but still Gigabyte seems rock solid and reliable. Video: If you make a living with Photoshop, and you use its more sophisticated feature...
by N7SC
Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Monitor
Replies: 12
Views: 3200

When I had to buy a new monitor a few months back, I passed on Dell because of the well documented stories about how they would release a great new monitor and build it with a superior IPS panel, but after a while quietly change to using MVA or PVA panels. There were accusations that they waited unt...
by N7SC
Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Ultimate Computer Chair....
Replies: 42
Views: 36270

Bluefront, actually, that is an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, a design which has been around forever and is considered very much a classic. It is made by Herman Miller, who also makes the Aeron. The current price for that beauty you posted the picture of is also "classic" too, well over $3000. I w...
by N7SC
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Ultimate Computer Chair....
Replies: 42
Views: 36270

Out of curiosity, have any of you ever used an Aeron? I mean for at least a few minutes, not just the "check it out" type few seconds in a store. They look pretty neat and the theories behind their design make some sense, so I'm trying to justify spending that kind of $$$ on one. But if they are not...
by N7SC
Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Breaking up soundwaves?
Replies: 11
Views: 8983

Short, but incomplete answer: yes. In fact my daughter and I were just discussing this at lunch. During my college years I studied, among other things, architecture, for two years. One of the classes covered this topic. For example, the little, apparently random sized (but not) holes in acoustic cei...
by N7SC
Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:27 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Are you rooting for the lawyers?
Replies: 2
Views: 1321

Re: Are you rooting for the lawyers?

Greetings, Will Bush still support Musharraf, and keep sending Pakistan military aide and money? Is Musharraf using the excuse of fighting terrorism, for his own purposes of holding on to power? Yes, unfortunately, on both counts. In fact, as of about 5 minutes ago the stories have started to appea...
by N7SC
Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Fans: comparisons vs absolute measurements
Replies: 26
Views: 10169

FWIW, don't big wind tunnels use all manner of vanes and airflow management devices to straighten out and remove the turbulence from the air flow their turbines/fans produce? If there is concern that the differing fans being tested are producing different types of swirl and turbulence that could be ...
by N7SC
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: audiophile tripe to be tested!
Replies: 31
Views: 11535

Okay, why don't we see what an electrical engineer, who was Director of Acoustic Research at McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. has to say about the subject. He spent a lot of time, effort and money researching the subject. This guy designed the best sounding speakers I've ever heard (McIntosh XRT-20), and I...
by N7SC
Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li A10B review?
Replies: 6
Views: 3671

Hey! Take it easy on the PC-A10, it is really not that bad or noisy. I have one, and the only problem I have with it is its enormous size. In other words, now that I have it, where in the heck am I going to put something this big? And it is beautiful, which complicates the problem because it is near...
by N7SC
Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quieting down my computer case
Replies: 15
Views: 5702

Ntavlas, the main source of noise, by far, is the Swiftech MCP 350 pump (the same as the 12 watt Laing pump) for the watercooling system. I have hunted it down with an automotive stethescope and there is no doubt about it. The fans are all running at less than 12V, temps are excellent and there is v...
by N7SC
Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quieting down my computer case
Replies: 15
Views: 5702

Thanks for the info. I'm in Florida, and know about JoAnn Fabrics - I buy the 3" and 5" thick high density green foam they have to make beds for my three Great Danes. Will check it out by the weekend. Would you know if there is a souce for cheap, thin, eggcrate or waffle foam? I'll look at JoAnn, bu...
by N7SC
Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quieting down my computer case
Replies: 15
Views: 5702

Good point about avoiding the extra cost of purpose built stuff. If I can't find heavy enough floor tiles, do you think a double layer of the less expensive eDead would work as well? Or maybe a layer of original eDead over a sheet of thin plywood (not MDF or particle)? Where do you get the black aut...
by N7SC
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:46 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Front Intake Fan and Dust?
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

I do not have any pets in the house, plus I do have two Ionic Breeze machines running in a small bedroom. Hopefully the dust issue will be minimized, but I really want to max out the desk space a bit. Don't the ionic air cleaners make the dust clump and fall out of the air? Seems that is what I rem...
by N7SC
Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Front Intake Fan and Dust?
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Good questions you've posted, I have wondered about the same things regarding the filters. Hopefully there will be some helpful replies. As for placement of the computer, near the floor versus up a bit higher, I doubt that the difference in ambient temp, if any, will make more than a degree differen...
by N7SC
Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Quieting pump noise
Replies: 5
Views: 3443

Actually it is more of a mechanical hum or buzz. Was wondering if the mounting screws are transmitting sound to the motherboard tray. Maybe I can rig up some kind of elastic mount to hold it in place. Also considering eDead or something heavy to mass-load the back/bottom of the motherboard tray and ...
by N7SC
Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quieting down my computer case
Replies: 15
Views: 5702

Thanks for the replies. The point about MDF or particle board reflecting the sound was one I had completely overlooked. Good that you pointed it out as I was leaning in that direction. The only eDead stuff that the company has available now, as of about 4 or 5 days ago, is the newest stuff, . . . WA...
by N7SC
Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quieting down my computer case
Replies: 15
Views: 5702

Thanks for the reply. I'll look into the roofer's tape then. There is also some self-sealing barrier stuff that we just applied to the valleys on a friend's roof we re-shingled in February. It is thick, has a clear plastic layer on the top, and peel off paper on the bottom which is very sticky. The ...
by N7SC
Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Quieting pump noise
Replies: 5
Views: 3443

Quieting pump noise

I have a Swiftech cooled system, using their MCP 350 pump. The whole shebang, including the pump, is mounted on the removable motherboard tray of a Lian-Li PC-A10A (yes, pump, reservoir, and radiator all come out on the tray). The pump is mounted with two very loose bolts/screws going through the Sw...
by N7SC
Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quieting down my computer case
Replies: 15
Views: 5702

To clarify what advice I seek: Which of the less expensive materials is going to be the best? It seems that once in place they all are pretty hard/impossible to remove, so I need to make the right choice the first time. What about trying to stiffen the rather large (20" X 20") side panels with alumi...
by N7SC
Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quieting down my computer case
Replies: 15
Views: 5702

Quieting down my computer case

Have been reading the forums, and trying to figure out what to do. I have some lingering questions about what to do, and seek advice. My computer's case is a Lian-Li PC-A10A. And, of course it is all aluminum. While it is beautiful, roomy beyond imagination, and of the highest quality, it seems to a...
by N7SC
Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1675787

They just finished playing a delightful performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. Joshua Bell, violin, Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting, and I don't remember which orchestra. Now it is Beethoven's Seven Bagatelles for Piano. Listening on a McIntosh C28 Preamplifier, MC 2205 Pow...
by N7SC
Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please review - first time build for photoshop - Q6600
Replies: 31
Views: 10034

A few pointers: If you use Photoshop CS 2 , make sure that you apply the patch or update that properly enables it to use 4 cores. Otherwise it won't. If you use, or plan to use Photoshop CS 3 , please take a look at the Adobe forums before you commit to Vista. They are having nothing but trouble wit...