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Old 02-13-2022, 01:18 AM
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Very cool Charles!
Thank you Mark.

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Old 02-13-2022, 01:34 AM
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You're a better dancer than I am, surely. I'm much more a listener. Always have been. And never got as far as you have with skates, so it's even more impressive.

My weird audio joke aside, life is all about how it's lived and for what purpose. Your backward-skating dude has a point. You lose if you don't get up. Notice I said "don't," not "can't." And your point about age being a non-factor is true as well. Two of my better friendships are with women who each could be my daughter. Common ground is what brings us together; both relationships started in church as a result of Sunday school (I teach adults and young adults at my church). I was a bit amazed that either wanted to be friends, but both friendships have proven to be rich experiences. Wouldn't trade them.
prepress, you have hit it on the head. That's what AA is all about. My music and gear wouldn't be ten percent without my AA buddies. Same with skating or church. Who wants to skate in an empty rink or a church devoid of people?

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p.s. I'll be lacing up at about 8:10 pm cst tomorrow. I expect I'll do it next to Chris. He is so good. His skates are identical to mine in every respect, except the toe stops. He's from Detroit and has been skating all his life. I think the Snyder plate a bit heavy so I'm going to try a modern plate. Chris says never to switch from Snyders. He employs huge toe stops. I'm going to cut mine down even more. I identify with Antonio in skating style.

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Old 02-13-2022, 06:31 AM
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Hi Charles. Great photo's from beginning to this point. What a major set of upgrades you've done to your system. I can only imagine the sound.

I'm glad you have such a fine hobby in both audio and skating. I used to love roller skating when I was much younger. Sadly all the rinks around here have long ago closed down just like all the good bowling alleys.

Keep fit, keep active and keep listening.

BTW, you look good in those pics.
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Old 02-13-2022, 06:33 AM
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Charles… sorry, I couldn’t resist.

OMG! I just spit my coffee on that one.
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Old 02-14-2022, 11:55 AM
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OMG! I just spit my coffee on that one.
Freddie, I can tell you have a sense of humor like Ivan. High end audio is all about enjoyment. I enjoy my music immensely.

No falls last night. No front wheel skating until I shorten my toe stops again which will happen today. Worked on flexibility and technic for 2+ hours. I bench press 200 pounds each leg on a device I call the butt buster. I go around the house balancing on one leg with each knee bent at about maybe 20 degrees. I can do this "forever". I flex to 180 degrees like sitting on the commode that isn't there and hold it for over a minute. I'm old but I don't feel old. I feel like I'm about 20 but I know I'm not. I can still hear pretty well. I've always been a physical fitness absolute nut. My vision is perfect. I see better than I did 20-30 years ago and I have zero arthritis. I never get a sore joint or muscle. I get muscle cramps in the legs. It's a true blessing. I eat a meticulous diet, one meal per day and I almost never eat out. I weigh twice daily and do 5 hours of treadmill and gym 4 days a week, skate the other 3; Tuesday, Friday, Sunday nights.

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p.s. Last night at about 10 pizza went to a dollar a piece. Oh man! What a temptation. I love pizza. Correct eating is the key to good health. 4-5% body fat, 144.5-148 pounds. It's amazing how much my weight varies throughout my day.

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Old 05-13-2022, 10:39 PM
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Here are some recent updates.



















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Charles Updated System: Wilson McIntosh Audioquest
New gear on order: 3 AS125 custom made McIntosh amps stands
Most recent updates: Latest is the last one posted: AQ Diamond USB replaces AQ Coffee; Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx replaced by Wilson Audio Specialties XVX Chronosonic; new subwoofer crossover; new Galaxy Grey Thors Hammer; Wilson Pedestals; heating and cooling completely reworked and reinsulated resulting in a much quieter, cooler, and more efficient room (cost about 10,000.00). McIntosh MCT 500 SACD/CD transport; Wilson Audio Acoustic Diode for XVX Chronosonic; WEL Signature digital Coaxial cable for MVP 881/D1100 digital connection replacing the optical connection; New plinth for Thor subwoofer made of X material with the Wilson Acoustic Diodes; Thor is now off my floor; MC3500MKII mono block amps (2) and two custom granite slabs; Wilson ActivXO Stereo Electronic Crossover; new 75-ohm multi-directional FM antenna for tuner
Amps: McIntosh MC3500MKII mono blocks (2), McIntosh MC1.25KW’s (3). All amps set on floor on custom made granite slabs
Preamp and DAC: McIntosh D1100
Sources: McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport, MVP881 BR player, MVP851 DVD player, MR87 tuner, Marantz 510LV Laser Disc player, ASUS laptop USB (JRiver Media Center 23)
Speakers: Wilson Audio Specialties XVX Chronosonic; custom made Wilson Acoustic Diodes
Sub-woofer: Wilson Audio Specialties Thor’s Hammer (1) horizontal lie; custom plinth of X material with Wilson Acoustic Diode feet; Wilson ActivXO Stereo Electronic Crossover
Cables main system: Audioquest WEL Signature speaker cables and balanced IC (preamp to amps); WEL Signature AES/EBU balanced digital IC for CD playback; WEL Signature digital coaxial cable for MVP 881/D1100 digital connection; Audioquest Diamond optical (1) for tuner, (1) for MVP 851 DVD player, and (1) for LD player for total of (3); Audioquest Diamond USB cable; McIntosh MCT cable for SACD playback; Dragon power cords (5 HC cords and 3 source cords for total of 8); Thunder HC power cord for MR87 tuner
Cables subwoofer system: Audioquest Redwood speaker cable (1); Wolf balanced subwoofer IC from WC to amp; Wind balanced IC from preamp to WC; Hurricane HC (2) and Dragon HC (1) power cords
Power conditioners: Audioquest Niagara 7000 (1) and Niagara 5000 (3); (4) dedicated 20-amp lines with no. 10 wire straight out of fuse box
Isolation: Wilson Pedestals for D1100; MVP881 BR player; MCT500 transport; MR87 tuner; plinth for Thor subwoofer made of X material with the Wilson Acoustic Diodes
Cabinet: Double Custom Woodwork & Design (CWD) solid walnut cabinet on large casters; holds all sources and preamp; also, Niagara 7000; 11 feet minimum distance from speakers
Acoustic Treatments: Room and Echo Tunes
AC: Dedicated to this room only, an ultra-high efficiency and quiet recently installed Ruud split system 3-ton heat pump.

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Old 05-14-2022, 12:16 AM
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Congratulations on the new amps and crossover Charles!
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Old 05-14-2022, 12:59 AM
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Congratulations Charles, that’s quite the system you’ve built.
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Old 05-14-2022, 03:26 AM
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Charles, amazing system, congratulations on the new acquisitions and upgrades!
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Old 05-14-2022, 07:58 AM
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Charles - nice!!!
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