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    I'll just never understand how any one of you guys would be right there to recommend the most current and advanced flashlight to any new person here, but when it comes to audio, better to just leave well enough alone; you'd find it odd if some new guy spouted off about "my flashlight from the Clinton years works just fine, incandescent is cheaper if you really think about it!"

    It comes down to the enjoyment of music, which any way you want to do it is fine, but you can't talk about how far we've come using the illustration of hardware/methodology that predates the smartphone. That's like saying "I drove a '78 Oldsmobile Cutlass and then I drove an '85 Ford Escort, it's amazing how far we've come!" This analogy isn't going to go well if you're still driving the Escort.

    And I'm in my forties; I would advise against the notion that current technology is a young person's game, as evidenced by some of our previous discussions about technology that vanished overnight when the smartphone appeared - Kodak didn't die just from the young people taking selfies..

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    Maybe you will never understand because your comment here is just filled with so many assumptions about the way things are when in fact many of these are merely your impressions about how things are which alone hardly makes them real?

    I just don't have time right now to try to take this on in as coherent a way to do justice to my comments but lets just say that your impressions of the validity and market reflect your personal feelings but hardly reflect the actual state of the art in the Audio world and especially at the higher end which might be an area that you are not that familiar with?

    The fact that I travel a lot alone makes streaming simply not practical a lot of times and though the ecosystem for music delivery seems to insist these days that we carry no actual music files at all this is simply not always a practical way to use music even though it is overwhelmingly the way things are done these days.

    I get calls literally every day from people wondering why they can not use the music that they think they own in their exclusive luxury vacation destinations where they either have no internet access or they are so confused about the way the music is controlled and delivered these days that they can not find the music that they think they own for many reasons.

    If you get a new Apple device as I alluded to above the iTunes ecosystem just automatically assumes that you will use the cloud for storage and actually removes the music from your local device without asking or letting you know this is even happening!
    Then if you can figure out what happened it takes an eternity to get it back if you even can at all,none of this is simple or intuitive for many people and this seems to be the actual goal anyway,to make your own music unobtainable except when streamed?

    And this is just one issue related to the content delivery and does not touch on the quality of playback that a lot of people feel has suffered for the convenience of the masses in general.

    Anyway like I said I can't go further right now but am happy to when I have more time.

    The thing is that the Digital Age should make it easier for all of us from both points of view but somehow quality usually seems to suffer at the hands of quantity and the simple money making agenda of the suppliers to the masses.

    But the bottom line is that it is really all in your point of view.

    We each listen to music for different reasons and what is important to each of us is pretty personal in the end so what I like does not need to be what you like and the reasons really don't matter too much in the end.

    Pretty much exactly like it is here for us with lights!


    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    I'll just never understand how any one of you guys would be right there to recommend the most current and advanced flashlight to any new person here, but when it comes to audio, better to just leave well enough alone; you'd find it odd if some new guy spouted off about "my flashlight from the Clinton years works just fine, incandescent is cheaper if you really think about it!"

    It comes down to the enjoyment of music, which any way you want to do it is fine, but you can't talk about how far we've come using the illustration of hardware/methodology that predates the smartphone. That's like saying "I drove a '78 Oldsmobile Cutlass and then I drove an '85 Ford Escort, it's amazing how far we've come!" This analogy isn't going to go well if you're still driving the Escort.

    And I'm in my forties; I would advise against the notion that current technology is a young person's game, as evidenced by some of our previous discussions about technology that vanished overnight when the smartphone appeared - Kodak didn't die just from the young people taking selfies..
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    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    Maybe you will never understand because your comment here is just filled with so many assumptions about the way things are when in fact many of these are merely your impressions about how things are which alone hardly makes them real?

    I just don't have time right now to try to take this on in as coherent a way to do justice to my comments but lets just say that your impressions of the validity and market reflect your personal feelings
    Recording industry revenues last year:



    If we look at only the albums themselves regardless of medium, only 26% of sales in 2017 were actual albums, so even the standardized format for physical music is nearly dead. Only two albums/artists that year had album sales of over 1 million.

    Speaking as an employee of the world's largest vinyl retailer, I can say I see nearly as many vinyl albums being sold as CDs.

    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    but hardly reflect the actual state of the art in the Audio world and especially at the higher end which might be an area that you are not that familiar with?
    My impression of the audiophile world is that it's a sparse and fractious fringe niche in which very small manufacturers, often individuals, sell to men who are willing to forego any form of fiscal compromise in order to charge as far as possible into the margin of diminishing returns that could be provided/theorized over a well-ordered current ~$1,000 system. I'm open to other interpretations.

    I fully understand that you don't recognize any of my equipment as being audiophile, but that's not why I bought it; I had a $3,000+ Infinity Reference 5.1 setup when I was younger, the amount of time and effort it required to negotiate speaker placement, cabling, device switching, etc was highly entertaining as a custom-gaming-Windows-PC youth, but as an iOS grown up I'm much less interested in the setup and more interested in the results. A fully wireless system means I don't have to bring people to a specific place under specific conditions to audition the music, I can just pick up my speakers and put them anywhere - I like that idea more than dealing with another pack of banana plugs.

    I'm not alone in this bang-for-the-buck line of thinking; if you happen to be in Denver for the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year, where the $10K+ speakers and amps will be on display, there on the 9th floor will be one presenter with a cache of $200-500 hardware from manufacturers that don't usually get invited to such gatherings, which means now any festival goer will be able to A/B in person how much difference there is between a serious hardcore home equity loan audiophile system and a sensible available-to-all setup using current technology. If you heard a $1,000 speaker that's definitely ~20% better than a $500 speaker, would you then pay 100% more?

    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    The fact that I travel a lot alone makes streaming simply not practical a lot of times and though the ecosystem for music delivery seems to insist these days that we carry no actual music files at all this is simply not always a practical way to use music even though it is overwhelmingly the way things are done these days.

    I get calls literally every day from people wondering why they can not use the music that they think they own in their exclusive luxury vacation destinations where they either have no internet access or they are so confused about the way the music is controlled and delivered these days that they can not find the music that they think they own for many reasons.
    iTunes and Spotify are two totally different things; iTunes is the old "buy your music in pieces" retailer, Spotify is the streaming model that evidence suggests will be the breakup/semi-death of iTunes [as Apple Music streaming becomes the main method of music consumption for the Apple ecosystem, and iTunes is replaced by Apple Music, Apple Books, etc.] It's a given with any streaming service that the music isn't on your device by default, Spotify clearly labels which music you have marked as "available offline", so you always know at a glance what will be there when the internet connection disappears. Because you're paying for access to the library, you can have as much of the library on your device as you want.

    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    And this is just one issue related to the content delivery and does not touch on the quality of playback that a lot of people feel has suffered for the convenience of the masses in general.
    It's 320kbps Ogg Vorbis, it will reveal any limitations of the master.

    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    We each listen to music for different reasons and what is important to each of us is pretty personal in the end so what I like does not need to be what you like and the reasons really don't matter too much in the end.
    Agreed entirely, I just want everyone here who is carefully culling and maintaining a giant-pile-of-files digital music library across a flotilla of hard drives and various media to know I was once there, and you could stop doing that entirely and have access to most of the history of recorded music for a monthly fee on any device anywhere instead, I know it's not for everybody but wow what a difference it makes..
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    I think you are echoing the main point that I was trying to make here anyway,that it is all in your point of view.
    This is all I am trying to say really and also I suppose that while I well know that you CAN take it with you that supporting people in the wild that think they already are but just do not understand seems to underscore my point that though this new delivery paradigm is clearly the preference these days there is still work to be done to make it real for many,especially those who might not come by the computer skills in the course of normal life otherwise.

    Good to know there is another in the business too!
    I guess I had no idea?

    Maybe I will see you in Denver?

    I usually have something come up at the last minute and miss it but I try to make both that show and Infocomm if I can but things get in the way too.

    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Recording industry revenues last year:



    If we look at only the albums themselves regardless of medium, only 26% of sales in 2017 were actual albums, so even the standardized format for physical music is nearly dead. Only two albums/artists that year had album sales of over 1 million.

    Speaking as an employee of the world's largest vinyl retailer, I can say I see nearly as many vinyl albums being sold as CDs.



    My impression of the audiophile world is that it's a sparse and fractious fringe niche in which very small manufacturers, often individuals, sell to men who are willing to forego any form of fiscal compromise in order to charge as far as possible into the margin of diminishing returns that could be provided/theorized over a well-ordered current ~$1,000 system. I'm open to other interpretations.

    I fully understand that you don't recognize any of my equipment as being audiophile, but that's not why I bought it; I had a $3,000+ Infinity Reference 5.1 setup when I was younger, the amount of time and effort it required to negotiate speaker placement, cabling, device switching, etc was highly entertaining as a custom-gaming-Windows-PC youth, but as an iOS grown up I'm much less interested in the setup and more interested in the results. A fully wireless system means I don't have to bring people to a specific place under specific conditions to audition the music, I can just pick up my speakers and put them anywhere - I like that idea more than dealing with another pack of banana plugs.

    I'm not alone in this bang-for-the-buck line of thinking; if you happen to be in Denver for the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year, where the $10K+ speakers and amps will be on display, there on the 9th floor will be one presenter with a cache of $200-500 hardware from manufacturers that don't usually get invited to such gatherings, which means now any festival goer will be able to A/B in person how much difference there is between a serious hardcore home equity loan audiophile system and a sensible available-to-all setup using current technology. If you heard a $1,000 speaker that's definitely ~20% better than a $500 speaker, would you then pay 100% more?



    iTunes and Spotify are two totally different things; iTunes is the old "buy your music in pieces" retailer, Spotify is the streaming model that evidence suggests will be the breakup/semi-death of iTunes [as Apple Music streaming becomes the main method of music consumption for the Apple ecosystem, and iTunes is replaced by Apple Music, Apple Books, etc.] It's a given with any streaming service that the music isn't on your device by default, Spotify clearly labels which music you have marked as "available offline", so you always know at a glance what will be there when the internet connection disappears. Because you're paying for access to the library, you can have as much of the library on your device as you want.



    It's 320kbps Ogg Vorbis, it will reveal any limitations of the master.



    Agreed entirely, I just want everyone here who is carefully culling and maintaining a giant-pile-of-files digital music library across a flotilla of hard drives and various media to know I was once there, and you could stop doing that entirely and have access to most of the history of recorded music for a monthly fee on any device anywhere instead, I know it's not for everybody but wow what a difference it makes..

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    I'll just never understand how any one of you guys would be right there to recommend the most current and advanced flashlight to any new person here, but when it comes to audio, better to just leave well enough alone; you'd find it odd if some new guy spouted off about "my flashlight from the Clinton years works just fine, incandescent is cheaper if you really think about it!"

    It comes down to the enjoyment of music, which any way you want to do it is fine, but you can't talk about how far we've come using the illustration of hardware/methodology that predates the smartphone. That's like saying "I drove a '78 Oldsmobile Cutlass and then I drove an '85 Ford Escort, it's amazing how far we've come!" This analogy isn't going to go well if you're still driving the Escort.

    And I'm in my forties; I would advise against the notion that current technology is a young person's game, as evidenced by some of our previous discussions about technology that vanished overnight when the smartphone appeared - Kodak didn't die just from the young people taking selfies..
    That’s interesting SH because as I do appreciate advancements in technology as long as it’s not too complicated and to me, simple is best.

    As to your analogy concerning automobiles, I wouldn’t touch a late model car as I don’t want an airplane cockpit in front of me no matter how useful and besides, all the complicated electronics in new cars are the first things that go south in new cars and owners complain about these failures constantly. Also, with all these electronics, it’s getting harder and harder for dealerships to find mechanics with the knowledge or willingness to be trained to work on them. I still get a kick out of when my 44 year old son gets into my 1998 Honda CR-V with 250,000 miles and still runs like new, teases me how “old school” my dash is.

    Also, as to your analogy concerning flashlights, I own almost all of the up to date, latest lights and their U.I’s, (to me), are getting more and more complicated just for the sake of being complicated, like most things nowadays and I do appreciate some of them. Even owning most of the latest lights, I still carry everyday a 10 year old Tank 007 E09 single AAA light that accepts a 10440 cell. It does everything I want. 3 modes, low, medium and high and when turned off, it reverts back to the mode I turned it off from and works as reliably now as it did 10 years ago.

    Your charts are very interesting but even the small slices of synch, physical and digital downloads still encompasses thousands if not multiple thousands of people. That’s not to say it won’t shrink even more in the ensuing years but there will always be folks like myself who will continue to embrace them.

    Look, I admit I’m pretty much a luddite, (and an old fogey senior citizen!), and don’t care for change just for changes sake and I appreciate what appeals to you “young guys”, (I have kids older than you ), but physical media still works for me and does everything I need. Whatever works for you is great and whatever works for me is still somewhat viable.


    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    ....these days there is still work to be done to make it real for many,especially those who might not come by the computer skills in the course of normal life otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    This one sounds fun; a thin (0.6") pocket radio with AM/FM/SW/CB/AIR/VHF [which covers WX.] Clock with seconds, signal db power meter, physical whip antenna, includes longwire antenna, internal Li-ion with Micro USB recharge, $37. Quite the pocket radio rig..

    Hey, did anyone purchase one of these? Wondering what they thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    Don’t mean to intrude with this cheap Chinese stuff again and especially after I had the bad experience with the Retekess PR15 but SOME of this cheap Chinese stuff is amazing!

    I had ordered this tiny 2”X2” cube FM/MP3/external speaker, (TD-V26), for $5.57, (had to pay $.058 for shipping ), from AliExpress a couple of weeks after I was waiting for the PR15 to arrive.

    It arrived several days ago and I had some time to play with it. What a great little thing! The main body is sturdy aluminum and the tiny thing really seems quality. The controls on the body are in English instead of Chinese. The built in FM antenna is short but also sturdy like my Degens antennas.

    When you put it into FM mode from new, it automatically searches for FM stations near you and puts them into it’s memory bank. Like I’ve stated many times before here, I live in a remote area in a deep canyon that can only pick up the strongest FM stations, (only 1 near here! 1001.1), and the rest from stations in Redding, CA, and Medford, Oregon which are 50 and 100 miles away, respectively.

    This tiny thing picked up as many FM stations and more than my most sensitive radios! And the sound! It’s not great as expected from such a tiny thing but it’s pretty amazing! Unlike my Degens, it actually has a little bass and the sound is far superior. No big deal but as an aside, while it’s playing, it has some colored LED’s on the underside built in that put on a mini light show while it’s playing!

    The only negative I have with it is the charging light is wonky in my example. The LED charging light is supposed to change from red to constant green when it’s charged. My example flashes constantly from red to green and never settles down. But it has an icon in the screen where it shows when the battery capacity is full and when I checked it after about a couple of hours, the icon displayed it was full and I removed it from the charger. I’ve been enjoying it now for over2 hours and the icon in the screen is still showing full.

    All in all, it’s an amazing little thing and pardon my enthusiasm but I’m impressed!

    Carry on gentleman!
    Okay, I now eat crow! You get what you pay for! This tiny thing is great...NOT! It really does everything I raved about above but the the built-in rechargeable cell sucks! After it shows 100% charged on the screen, it’ll only play 10-15 songs that are downloaded into the card. It seems that the cell’s capacity has degraded since I charged it a couple of times.

    Still, experimenting with this cheap Chinese stuff is fun!

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    Hey, did anyone purchase one of these? Wondering what they thought.
    There's a load of videos of the 737 being tuned around..

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    random head to head on AM 1280 from an important (windowless) location...

    Sangean DT-400W - song recognizable with static

    Sony ICF-P26 - clear as a bell

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    I own close to 2200 compact discs. As well, I subscribe to Apple Music. My iTunes is enormous to say the least. While I really like the instant gratification of downloading or streaming a disc, I detest the bands that I listen to (say on Bandcamp) that do not make a physical disc.

    I’m old fashioned in that respect; I still subscribe to two print newspapers, I get five print magazines during any given month (two of the magazines are weeklies), I have, and use extensively, a monthly calendar on my refrigerator, and my wife and I still use written invitations to functions at our house. I now pay extra to get a physical ticket mailed to me for concerts or sporting events just to bypass to “e-ticket.” For me, the physical compact disc insert is no different.

    I am not on any social media, and but for sometimes missing out on concert announcements of bands I like to see live, I don’t feel like I’m really missing out on anything.

    Physical media still has its many supporters. We haven’t yet gone the way of the dinosaur!

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    I have hundreds of classical pieces from the daily download. I stopped, as I'll never have the time (or the battery power) to go through all of them. I have a couple of microsd's filled with them and I play them now and then. One is in the ICR-110 ready to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    random head to head on AM 1280 from an important (windowless) location...

    Sangean DT-400W - song recognizable with static

    Sony ICF-P26 - clear as a bell
    How many miles to station 1280 from your location?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    There's a load of videos of the 737 being tuned around..
    Thanks SH, I was just wondering if any of our guys here had one and what they thought?

    Quote Originally Posted by wacbzz View Post
    I am not on any social media, and but for sometimes missing out on concert announcements of bands I like to see live, I don’t feel like I’m really missing out on anything.

    Physical media still has its many supporters. We haven’t yet gone the way of the dinosaur!
    I totally agree. I’m not trying to stir things up again but physical media REALLY is a LONG ways from being dead. I too don’t belong to ANY social media sites and God forbid, wouldn’t belong to any of them no matter how pertinent they are. Pie charts or not, there are multiple thousands of us out here who choose to go a different route.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    I have hundreds of classical pieces from the daily download. I stopped, as I'll never have the time (or the battery power) to go through all of them. I have a couple of microsd's filled with them and I play them now and then. One is in the ICR-110 ready to go.
    I too have multiple micro SD cards loaded with thousands of my favorite music and glad I have them. Again, I LOVE all these tiny radio/MP3 players that are coming aboard. I love gadgetry and these things are addictive! 😄

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullzeyebill View Post
    How many miles to station 1280 from your location?

    Bill
    It's a local - 16 miles.

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    Aren't we on a Social Media Site here?

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    Aren't we on a Social Media Site here?
    yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    yup.
    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    Aren't we on a Social Media Site here?
    Yes we are a social media site but it’s so much more civilized here than the “social media” sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever the heck is now out there. I don’t belong to any of them and glad I’m not!

    The problem I have with this “social media” site is I’ve spent a lot of money because of it but it’s always fun!

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    yup.
    No! This is only a forum. No friends or family, long lost contacts...just a topic specific hobby form. Social media is much different.
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    No!
    sure it is.

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    Anybody want to talk about Small Portables Radios?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    No! This is only a forum. No friends or family, long lost contacts...just a topic specific hobby form. Social media is much different.
    Thank you Red but thank goodness it doesn’t entail all that internet garbage! This is still a “social media” site for all us weirdos who love radios!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    sure it is.
    Exactly!

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    Anybody want to talk about Small Portables Radios?

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    I thought we were Bill! You were the one who started all this great mess and sometimes it drifts but it’s all interesting!

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    Head to head this morning - 3:00 am PST.

    Best reception area in the house - sliding glass doors facing NW - N. Radios laid flat with coil / top facing W (duh) yields best AM reception.

    Station: AM 680 San Francisco
    429 miles away (Henderson NV)
    rebroadcast of Giants @ Orioles game.

    CC Pocket and CC Skywave - best reception.

    Tecsun PL-310ET - very poor, somewhat able to make out commentary.

    Retekess PR15 - good, low volume but easy to follow the game.

    County Comm GP-5/SSB - worst, barely able to recognize transmission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    Best reception area in the house - sliding glass doors facing NW - N. Radios laid flat with coil / top facing W (duh) yields best AM reception.
    Did you get that CCrane Twin Coil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Did you get that CCrane Twin Coil?
    I did. I bring it out now and then, with all of it's spaghetti wires lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    Tecsun PL-310ET - very poor, somewhat able to make out commentary.
    310 performing better this morning on another Giants Orioles AM 680 rebroadcast. CC Skywave and CC Pocket still with better reception. Those two CC's would be perfect if they had Tecsun's VF/VM freq / memory channel select vice using the number pad.

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    XPS 8500 XPS 8500
    Operating System Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English
    Processors 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz)
    Memory 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs
    Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640 1GB GDDR5
    Wireless Driver Dell SRV Software 1703
    Hard Drive 2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
    Chassis XPS 8500, Black Chassis w/19:1 media card reader
    Network Card Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    Optical Drive 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW), write to CD/DVD
    Sound Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4
    Wireless Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE


    Thank you for any advice you can provide
    to me here, my CPF friends !

    Please keep it * SIMPLE *!


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    *Flashaholic* StarHalo's Avatar
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    Default Re: Small Portable Radio's?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    The video board in my desktop PC is dying.
    Need to replace it very soon.
    But I am * SO CONFUSED * !


    Please assume I am "quite stupid" in these matters,
    when you reply with suggestions. < wink >

    Please keep it * SIMPLE *!
    Very simply: You are using a business computer design from the 1980's that was meant to be serviced by specialists and engineers to accomplish simple tasks in 2020 that don't require that level of complexity.

    A current $80 Fire tablet or $250 iPad would be able to do exponentially more than your PC setup is able to do without the drives, cables, peripherals, disassembly, cards, fans, etc.

    You don't need the riding mower to mow the mini golf course - if you want to avoid technical complexity, get a technically simple device.

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    Default Re: Small Portable Radio's?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    Please kindly allow me to briefly
    side-track this great discussion, because you all are
    VERY knowledgeable, and I desperately need Help !
    I'll make this Very Brief, I promise !

    The video board in my desktop PC is dying.
    Need to replace it very soon.
    But I am * SO CONFUSED * !

    I'm 65 years old, and simply want to
    yank the original (defective) card Out,
    and slip the new replacement card In.

    Currently have a NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640 1GB GDDR5

    This has served me well for the past 6+ years,
    as my primary use is photo editing, and internet.

    An Increase in performance is Fine,
    as long as it doesn't require ANY CHANGES
    in hardware, power supply, etc.
    Please assume I am "quite stupid" in these matters,
    when you reply with suggestions. < wink >

    THIS should tell you everything
    you need to know about my PC:


    Dell XPS 8500 PC -- ordered online from Dell website, 10/15/2012
    SYSTEM COMPONENTS
    XPS 8500, Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English
    Catalog Number: 4 BXCT6D3
    Module Description Show Details
    XPS 8500 XPS 8500
    Operating System Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English
    Processors 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz)
    Memory 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs
    Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640 1GB GDDR5
    Wireless Driver Dell SRV Software 1703
    Hard Drive 2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
    Chassis XPS 8500, Black Chassis w/19:1 media card reader
    Network Card Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    Optical Drive 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW), write to CD/DVD
    Sound Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4
    Wireless Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE


    Thank you for any advice you can provide
    to me here, my CPF friends !

    Please keep it * SIMPLE *!


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    Having in mind you are not a PC gamer, you don’t need anything extraordinary. NVIDIA 1050 will fit your needs more than enough. It will cost you around $140 buying directly from NVIDIA e-shop depending on one or two cooling fans you select:

    https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/shop/ge...rce&sorting=lp
    Last edited by vadimax; 06-04-2019 at 11:23 AM.

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    Default Re: Small Portable Radio's?

    Burgess, there may be a better place for your post, maybe the Café or somewhere.

    Vadimax, did you HAVE to quote his entire post?
    Last edited by Alaric Darconville; 06-04-2019 at 11:23 AM.

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