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    Potentially the longest thread in history...

    I hope it was obvious I was trolling :ROFLMAO: Though that reminds me - i've done multiple of those online tests that compare 320Kbps MP3 or 256 ACC against WAV or FLAC, and I can hardly ever tell the difference, even on really good headphones.
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    I hope you're using fiber for your plex server network or the music bits might get corrupted over normal ethernet making your music sound much less detailed.
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    Wouldn't surprise me, speakers don't change a lot. There are 30 year old speakers that still hold their own today. Technically the newer high end speakers are built using computer simulations, FEA tools etc so they should theoretically be tuned better and have less secondary/tertiary harmonic...
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    Sacrilege ! take it back ! o_O Nah I'm joking, there are better looking speakers. But I like their history and reputation as much as their looks.
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    The 803 D3 is about £13k a pair here - and they'd be purely for a stereo hifi system. I would buy cheaper front and rear speakers for the AV home theatre, as it's more about high SPL and low distortion rather than extracting the final percentage of timbre or detail like with hifi. But the SVS...
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    My dream in life is to have a detached house (expensive in the UK, basically $500k+ for something half decent) and a nice hifi and dolby atmos home cinema setup. I want some B&W 803's for my Hifi and for the Atmos setup I'm not sure, other than the fact I'm pretty sure I will go with two SVS 16...
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    Is it a japanese amp ? I've seen reviews of some Rotel amps push out way more watts than they are advertised at.
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    Fair point on the tubes. They interest me but I can never get beyond the fact they are just objectively and measurably worse than discrete amps. Audio equipment is as expensive as it is so it's hard for me to stomach paying for something that is worse on the spec sheet, but I am curious so I...
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    The problem with the audiophile industry is you can *measure* a lot of things and prove they are better with a 10 grand oscilloscope. But that is so far beyond the human level of hearing it's unreal. Time and time again scientists have proven it with AB and ABX tests, people just cannot tell the...
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    The worst bit is how many people I found saying they bought half a dozen of them for their system and how *amazing* they are.
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    https://www.synergisticresearch.com/fuses/orange-fuse/ I wish this wasn't real. But it is. A $159 audiophile plug fuse.
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    First thing I do is disable my webcam in any meeting. I don't see the need for one with internal meetings. If you are speaking to customers then yeah maybe. But I don't see why my normal colleagues need to see my face on a daily basis. And holy shit, £200 for a webcam. It best make you look...
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    Apparently they backed away from it anyway. Or it was a misunderstanding of what they said. I just checked again and NHS England have said it's extremely unlikely vaccines will be mixed. "Dr Mary Ramsay, the head of Immunisations at Public Health England, said: “We do not recommend mixing the...
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    The strategy to maximise 1 dose initially is probably a win, so long as 1 dose efficacy is above 50% - which the limited data suggests it is, then it will protect more people faster than the 2 dose regimen going to half the amount of people. The mixing of different vaccines is less clear, but...
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    UK is taking a full "YOLO" attitude to vaccines. Just one dose, and if they run out of vials for the second dose (12 weeks after the first...), they give your second dose using a different vaccine instead! :confused:
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    Nice! @Trotter, fingers crossed for you and your family!
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    £46.2k car allowance ? how does that work, it's normally an annual lease allowance, like £10k per year is pretty good for senior roles / directors. I'm guessing they are not giving you £46k a year as that would let you roll around in a fully spec'd Rolls :ROFLMAO: Or do you mean 46k salary...
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    Missed your post til now. Whoops. Congrats though, what is the role ?
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    I wouldn't either but I don't have much choice for my TV. It's mounted on the wall so getting to it's headphone output is a pain in the ass, and it's awful and noisy anyway. I live in a mid terrace so past 8pm I basically have to use headphones, which I wouldn't mind at all if I could find a...
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    Got AirPods Max. Returned AirPods Max. They have sibilance issue. I found myself skipping atleast 10% of tracks because the S was just harsh and hurt my ears. The overall sound quality was great but wasn't worth the insane price over my Audeze Mobius. So the only benefits left were the quick...
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    You can really tell the RAM part. Mine is the base model and only has 8GB, but you multitask on it way more than it has any right to handle. My desktop does feel a touch faster. But then it should. It has a 8 core CPU and 32GB RAM. I guess the M1 is 8 cores technically but half of them are slow...
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    I don't have my old MBP, just my work HP one.. which I would happily give you, if they didn't fire for me doing so.
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    I'm gonna sound like an Apple shill but that is par for the course for my posts on TF over the past decade, so may as well continue the trend. Ever since I got my M1 MB Air, other Intel laptops feel so shit. I have a pretty new and high spec work laptop. An Intel i7 HP Elitebook with 16GB RAM...
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    Sounds like I should buy the 2TB then, once I've paid for Christmas maybe lol.
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    In stock on Scan but kind of pointless til I upgrade my mobo which could be a year away /shrug.
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    I hope you're right. I would imagine it's just a semi-custom ASIC. A general compute chip capable of 9 zen 2 core's of compute would cost as much as a 9 core zen 2. Basically the only reason I was even considering upgrading my mobo and CPU was to get one of these 7GB/s PCIE4 SSDs. But doesn't...
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    Im wondering how the SSD tech is going to play out on the PC if any PS5 games are ported to PC. If I remember correctly, the SSD decompressor on the PS5 SSD is pretty powerful and if replicated on the PC it would take a significant chunk of actual CPU power to achieve performance parity. But...
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    Oh yeah I really want to see that in action. My guess is that it won't be as impressive once they try and incorporate it into an actual game that has a bunch of other things going on such as game logic, AI etc. Probably still going to be great, but a step down from what they show in the tech...
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    I think they apologized to that reviewer and have removed that stance and will continue to provide him with gpu review samples. I like RTX a lot but it is still a massive FPS hit which is a bit painful. Feels like we're still a couple generations away from being able to turn on RTX not get an...
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    Yeah I have high hopes for mods. I meant to write mods in my post above but somehow I wrote moveable instead of moddable :\. With any luck the game engine in terms of how it packages the game won't be too disimilar to Witcher 3, and those tools can be easily updated to unpack and edit 2077...
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    I am enjoying it a lot too, but I find for an open world game there is some stuff missing. I've came to the conclusion driving AI doesn't really exist. Vehicles follow a very set path and if anything is in their way they will not drive around the thing blocking them. There are no police cars...
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    Interesting, the Digital Foundry initial take was it's the best looking PC game they've seen. I probably agree overall. At it's best it looks stunning and at it's worst it still looks decent. Consistency wise RDR2 looks better more of the time. Like a solid 9/10 consistently. Whereas for me...
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    Cyberpunk has launched in a very sad state for a lot of people, but I'm glad I have been vindicated after people on reddit and discord telling me I was wrong for the past year. It was so obvious. They basically never showed base console footage, the lowest they showed was Xbox One X and PS4 Pro...
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    iPad Pro is slick. Bought one for my mom a couple years ago. Wish they would hurry up and bring the 120hz screen to iPhone. Apparently they were going to do it this year, but between 120hz and 5G in it's infancy, the impact on battery was too big, so they favoured 5G over 120hz. Honestly I don't...
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    I prefer Windows for it's... windows management. But MacOS is fine, Big Sur is an improvement. There are somethings I find genuinely better, like Spotlight. It's unbelievablely better than Windows search and way more useful. But I still get annoyed I can't window snap by dragging them to the...
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    All the Apple stuff is native ARM. But some 3rd party apps are already native too, like World of Warcraft, Baldurs Gate, Chrome. You can run Activity Monitor and it has a new column to tell you whether the app is built for Intel or Apple Silicon. See the "Architecture" column. Steam is still...
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    All the Apple apps are ofcourse ARM native. So things like Final Cut Pro will take advantage I would assume. Adobe apps are going to start supporting Arm beginning of next year, but no idea how well they will scale. It’s going to be niche for sure, but I suspect the support will be there for...
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    Rumors theyre gonna release a 32 Core ARM Mac Pro in 2022. Now that I want to see.
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    The M1 MBA is great. It's fanless, and therefor silent - and it runs cool. It wakes instantly. The SSD is very fast and the integrated 8GB RAM on the SoC for the base model honestly makes it feel better than any 8GB RAM Windows machine i've ran. I've had multiple 4K videos playing on YouTube...
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    What You've Just Bought!

    Got a preorder in on scan.co.uk within 15 mins or so and they delivered it after 3 weeks. Scan didn't raise order prices until about 4 hours after orders went live and then closed down preorders entirely. It probably bottlenecks quite bad at low res's but I play at 4K so not that much. Between...
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    What You've Just Bought!

    Yeah. I just wanted to see if it uploaded in HDR to be honest. Well I passed on the Xbox Series X and Ryzen 5xxx series. So... not quite ;)
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    Not been around in a while... Quest 2, MacBook Air with M1 chip, RTX 3080, PS5 and LG 48" CX OLED since I last visited, I think. I can't remember when I was last on here...
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    Random Chit Chat

    Cool I guess. Maybe I will check in more often again...
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    Random Chit Chat

    What the heck happened to this place ? :oops:
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    Woah you're aliveeeeeeeeeeeeee! :lol:
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    What You've Just Bought!

    Yeah I did Comp Sci at DeMontfort Uni for 3 months before quitting. So I had about £3000 to repay :p
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    I too finished paying off my student loan! My current car lease goes back in April so I had to find a good deal to get my order in in-time (new cars usually take a 3 to 4 months to build). Found a base model Audi A6 for a good price so ordered one of them. I don't really like the fact it...
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    Damn. Nice. I'm just trying to imagine earning so much money my car can die and I can afford to just go buy a $50,000 car off the lot at the drop of a hat :lol:
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    Brand new or what year ?
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    I ****ing hate FOSS **** right now. I am TRYING to install tcpdump via rpm or tdnf on a minimal PhotonOS appliance but no matter what I do it just gives me this: error: Failed to initialize NSS library I tried so much stuff and it refuses to work. Even just typing 'rpm' and hitting enter on...
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