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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #10100 on: June 05, 2020, 05:50:04 pm »
and room acoustics. That's where your money should go and not to fancy electronic voodoo equipment. Room acoustic treatment is usually ignored since you can not buy it easily like electronic equipment and voodoo mains cords and alike.
I asked my local witch doctor about it and I bought 10 pounds of gold plated free range room acoustics. Where do I put them exactly?
 

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« Reply #10101 on: June 05, 2020, 06:01:02 pm »
and room acoustics. That's where your money should go and not to fancy electronic voodoo equipment. Room acoustic treatment is usually ignored since you can not buy it easily like electronic equipment and voodoo mains cords and alike.
I asked my local witch doctor about it and I bought 10 pounds of gold plated free range room acoustics. Where do I put them exactly?

I'd suggest you put them where other free-range items tend to come from :D

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« Reply #10102 on: June 05, 2020, 07:51:23 pm »
I'd suggest you put them where other free-range items tend to come from :D

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Funny, that's what he suggested as well.
 

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« Reply #10103 on: June 05, 2020, 09:22:27 pm »
Oh I am sure I can build a better THD setup, even a much better THD setup, but 100+dB down for audio, do I care?

I mean it is not like ANY loudspeaker is going to manage that at significant power (-60 is a stretch for most of 'em), and transducers are the only really interesting bit of audio these days.

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Fully agree. One puts the money and effort in electromechanical transducers. It is the hardest, most challenging piece of the chain, whereas the rest is solved for most practical purposes today, especially so if you're able to have a completely file/stream-based delivery chain.  Consequently, I've got a SL1000 record player in radio kit-out (wheel undercarriage, RIAA with balanced output, local monitor speaker, fader start, 78RPM option, wiring loom with DIN 41622 Messerleiste, etc) and active monitors made by swedish company Audio-Pro back when they did good things.

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« Reply #10104 on: June 05, 2020, 09:39:45 pm »
10 additional DSO's to add to the other 20 coming......now wondering if that will be enough to meet the current market interest.  ::)
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« Reply #10105 on: June 05, 2020, 10:48:26 pm »
"Why does this Sonifex clock say that it's got good WordClock in when it's fed with Blackburst?"
(actual thing that happened this week.)
Let me guess, 1/2 rack PTP generator, box made from stainless steel for some weird reason?
That will be because the software is ropy as fuck!

And Sonifex well know it, we found ours made better PTP when we unplugged the GPS then it ever did with it plugged in (Idiot thing would re do the PTP master election every time the number of satellites changed, turned out this annoys Embrionix kit).

Get Meinberg you will be much happier.
 
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« Reply #10106 on: June 06, 2020, 12:15:14 am »
10 additional DSO's to add to the other 20 coming......now wondering if that will be enough to meet the current market interest.  ::)
Quite impressive, tautech! Nice to see the business is booming. :clap:
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« Reply #10107 on: June 06, 2020, 12:39:59 am »
10 additional DSO's to add to the other 20 coming......now wondering if that will be enough to meet the current market interest.  ::)
Quite impressive, tautech! Nice to see the business is booming. :clap:
Thanks.  :)
It's been a very interesting couple of months here in NZ and towards the end of our Covid lockdown sales jumped I think as hobbyists found their old gear not up to their requirements after having the lockdown time to really get on and use it.
Lately, now small business can see the light of day again and they also have had time to consider their projects and futures, sales to them have also jumped as they now have a lot more confidence.
The next year or so will be interesting.  :popcorn:

Still, the whole of NZ is a quite small marketplace of just 5M that I can cover with just me and her......smaller than many cities around the globe but way more spread out so I get very few buyers calling in person which is a little sad as I really enjoy discussing what they are doing.
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« Reply #10108 on: June 06, 2020, 10:57:35 am »

Get Meinberg you will be much happier.

Oh, yeah. The single thing we're using Sonifex clocks for is to lock on to Wordclock, because that's not a thing our Meinberg does. Yesterday we had the final sync ( :-DD) meeting on the new clock infra. When the old BB/Tri-Level gens we've got are EOL (like two years ago...) we're buying another Meinberg and two Tek SPG that'll be steered from the Meinbergs. Order goes in next week, IIRC.

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« Reply #10109 on: June 06, 2020, 01:04:35 pm »
10 additional DSO's to add to the other 20 coming......now wondering if that will be enough to meet the current market interest.  ::)
Quite impressive, tautech! Nice to see the business is booming. :clap:
Thanks.  :)
It's been a very interesting couple of months here in NZ and towards the end of our Covid lockdown sales jumped I think as hobbyists found their old gear not up to their requirements after having the lockdown time to really get on and use it.
Lately, now small business can see the light of day again and they also have had time to consider their projects and futures, sales to them have also jumped as they now have a lot more confidence.
The next year or so will be interesting.  :popcorn:
Since the beginning of this crazyness I always expected a boom due to the suppressed demand. The isolation may have left more money in the pockets of people (at least the ones that still have a job).

The million dollar skill is to perfectly sense the new demand boom, so you don't end up with excess inventory. :-+

Still, the whole of NZ is a quite small marketplace of just 5M that I can cover with just me and her......smaller than many cities around the globe but way more spread out so I get very few buyers calling in person which is a little sad as I really enjoy discussing what they are doing.
I am familiar with this as well; in a past life we had to cover the entire South Ameirca with a relatively small market (in US$)
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« Reply #10110 on: June 06, 2020, 01:21:23 pm »
Yes well I thought I did with my biggest order ever in Jan getting held for a month as a result of China's lockdown so got a small airfreight order in to cover backorders and now very nearly all has gone.  :o
So if what's coming keeps me in stock for the rest of the year who cares but they are usually very steady sellers so they will go.
The only risk is the level of the buyers pocket !

Just 2 mounts ago Siglent were expecting me to be up on last year and I told them not to be so silly.  :horse:
Fun times.  :)
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« Reply #10111 on: June 07, 2020, 03:25:52 pm »
Used, cheap and a pair of DELL PERC H730 1GB cache with BBU RAID controller  :palm: , bought two in order to reduce the risk of RAID controller single point of failure for swmbo's rig adventure -> HERE.

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« Reply #10112 on: June 07, 2020, 08:26:24 pm »
Though I don't like Adobe's business practices, I can't deny it's still the industry standard. I've heard good things about Affinity Photo being an alternative and considering they now have a 50% Covid discount, I thought I'd give it a go. I was prepared for some frustrations and issues as all alternative software tends to have, but am surprised to find I can just jump right in and get on with things. It's not just good enough to avoid having to deal with Adobe, it's actually good. I've spent a few days opening and editing my existing files and exporting them back and forth, putting it through it's paces and it consistently managed to impress me. I like to so much I've now also bought their other apps. It's essentially just Photoshop with small but worthwhile enhancements, except without the cloud and subscription nonsense. At around $30 it currently is an absolute steal. Even their terms and conditions are very reasonable as you can install the programs on as many of your personal computers as you like. Bye bye Adobe!



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« Reply #10113 on: June 08, 2020, 08:36:17 am »
Though I don't like Adobe's business practices, I can't deny it's still the industry standard. I've heard good things about Affinity Photo being an alternative and considering they now have a 50% Covid discount, I thought I'd give it a go. I was prepared for some frustrations and issues as all alternative software tends to have, but am surprised to find I can just jump right in and get on with things. It's not just good enough to avoid having to deal with Adobe, it's actually good. I've spent a few days opening and editing my existing files and exporting them back and forth, putting it through it's paces and it consistently managed to impress me. I like to so much I've now also bought their other apps. It's essentially just Photoshop with small but worthwhile enhancements, except without the cloud and subscription nonsense. At around $30 it currently is an absolute steal. Even their terms and conditions are very reasonable as you can install the programs on as many of your personal computers as you like. Bye bye Adobe!



https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/

Thanks, because I've been planning to dump photochop too for a while, and that's why I've been playing with Gimp, but for that price and with .psd import capabilities I will also buy Affinity Photo.
 

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« Reply #10114 on: June 08, 2020, 11:10:59 am »
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« Reply #10115 on: June 10, 2020, 07:34:34 pm »
HP3236B to my collection :) I love those PSU

 
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« Reply #10116 on: June 11, 2020, 01:31:25 am »
HP3236B to my collection :) I love those PSU

For some reason I like the look of the banana jacks HP uses.  ^-^
I think some of the newer Fluke calibrators had jacks that lit up, I don't wanna know the price of those...

The Keysight M9260A I picked up for 3 grands, after some cleaning, ADC/DAC binning and aging, achieved -122dB best case loopback THD and worst case (with sensible amplitude) THD of no worse than -118dB.
With its default ADC/DAC, it still works better than its paper specs, and my tweaking only improved it by around 2dB on average. What's mot important is I made its two channels more symmetric, which only serves to satisfy my OCD.

Thanks for sharing, I've always wondered how those perform! -122dB THD is still limited by the ADC and is just about what the best can manage without notching, do you remember off hand the typical THD+N performance?

The old ShibaSoku am51 will do -130dB THD easy, about -111dB THD+N mainly hampered by the ancient venerable 5532 opamps. The older ShibaSoku 725 can go down to -120dB THD+N with some basic mods (opamp swaps and fixing some ground paths).

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« Reply #10117 on: June 11, 2020, 04:16:24 am »
Tek Type 106 Square Wave Generator. Cosmetically it's a "10". Not a scratch on it. It does have some electronic issues that need to be worked out. Details in the TEA thread.




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« Reply #10118 on: June 11, 2020, 07:11:12 am »
Today I bought this dirt cheap (72.90€ incl. shipping) MAG-450 RF Signal Generator, one of the many clones of the more usual TSG-17:



I know it is quite crappy but I need it to align the IF of a late fifties Grundig K2 AM/SW receiver (known as the "Majestic" in the U.S.A). I'm not wasting more in a better gen for just a single use. I think I'll have some fun modding it to make it less crappy, 'though I've not yet found a schematic for this beast. Anyone?

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« Reply #10119 on: June 11, 2020, 11:16:20 am »
Bought a while back but used for the first time today.... worked first time and even communicates with Win10 and my dodgy USB Serial adapter

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« Reply #10120 on: June 11, 2020, 03:05:20 pm »

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They don't do video editing SW? Too bad.
Not yet, at least. They do offer tight integration of their existing suite, so it wouldn't surprise me if they extended their portfolio later on.
 

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« Reply #10121 on: June 11, 2020, 09:49:20 pm »
Bought a while back but used for the first time today.... worked first time and even communicates with Win10 and my dodgy USB Serial adapter

Burn baby burn

dam that is is seriously old school - most old burners used parallel because serial was too slow, is yours serial?
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« Reply #10122 on: June 11, 2020, 11:30:55 pm »
Like the 1983 calibration sticker. Not sure what they would calibrate though, write voltage?  :-//
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« Reply #10123 on: June 11, 2020, 11:42:01 pm »
dam that is is seriously old school - most old burners used parallel because serial was too slow, is yours serial?
Interesting... I started burning EPROM's around 1980 (2716's and the like). On a 9600 baud connection the full 16K would download in under 15 seconds, considered acceptable in those days. Actually burning took a bit longer. {grin} Can't say I've ever seen a parallel interface EPROM programmer, though I'm sure they existed.

Ever used a National Semi Starplex development system? It was their answer to Intel's MDS "blue box". On the right side of the console there was a big square area where you could insert an EPROM programming module. Had a nice lever-operated ZIF socket and everything. I started using one of those in about 1981. The cool part, for me, was that at my next job I was the only guy who knew how to use a Starplex - somehow National had convinced that employer to buy one - which meant I basically had a whole development system to myself and didn't have to jockey for access to one of the very few, very expensive Intel MDS's in the lab. I had a dedicated development system, emulator, and EPROM programmer all to myself.
 
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« Reply #10124 on: June 12, 2020, 01:43:28 am »
Beautiful!
 I hope it gives you many years of service.

a tek465 ,it cost 35$.very pretty  ^-^
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