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1990 Radio Shack catalog
Nostalgia for a record brush:   Radio Shack in the 90's and later was not the "Shack" of the 60's and 70's.  I worked as an Assistant Manager in the late 60's when Charles Tandy took over and cleaned out any managers that were not White Christians... 
How do I discharge the capacitors in my PS audio P20 ?
Cleeds, et. al. -  I don't know if there is any standby power battery in the described device, but if the unit has been unplugged from the wall, ANDS REMAINS UNPLUGGED, I am not sure where the power is coming from to recharge the capacitors when ... 
When did you last update your Wifi firmware?
I have 4 Asus XT8 mesh routers, set to auto-update both firmware and security patches.  Nothing was current until I manually updated them 2 days ago in response to an article on TheHackerNews.com.  Disappointed.  Routers bought in '21, last update... 
Double up on speaker cables
  @1971gto455ho Interestingly, I agree with you on almost everything you said, including the gullible market. The challenge is to weed out the real from the pseudo- engineering from the actual effort to make a significant difference  by trial and... 
Reel to Reel
bbarten  -  Do you want to tinker, or just enjoy?  Many Audiophiles seem more focused on the process of how the music is reproduced than the actual music.  As an engineer, I suffer from that too. In the case of R-R, it is first and foremost a mech... 
Power cords: does length matter?
@immatthewj       The really short answer to why most stock power cords are similar is that the cord is seldom the reason for purchase.  Many customers don’t know enough to care, and the rest will buy what they want and don’t want to pay much for ... 
New expensive power cord for amp and no change in sound?
  @immatthewj   ,   So would I, and also if it was the exact same length, strung in the exact location across their room and compared based on the same source playing at the same level.  Finally, changing any other characteristic of the room, in... 
New expensive power cord for amp and no change in sound?
  davetheoilguy  and    jpwarren58 :   Completely avoiding the issue of value and the ability to discern any differences between a stock cord and an upscale one  - I applaud your efforts to focus on what can make a difference vs. whether that dif... 
The Midnight Effect - Who-How?
Our electrical grid is an amazing thing where your power can be coming from a solar panel this morning, a wind farm this afternoon, a fossil fuel plant this evening, and a hydro station overnight - with none of them being anywhere near you. On its... 
The dangerous world of Reel-to-Reel Tape
Mijostyn -  Many of the old Nagra decks were truly amazing, and if refurbished well, can hold their own against some of the best today.  Streaming HRes saves you most of the fuss and the physical interaction with your media.  If you just want to ... 
The dangerous world of Reel-to-Reel Tape
Ah, Retirement!  Jan 1 2024!  Now I can have some time to play with my toys again.  Back in the dark past when decent R2R was all new and I was single, I bulked up on MoR Teac 6010's and TDK or Maxell tapes.  (I ran an FM station out of my dorm ro... 
Why whole house surge protectors are not enough
Mfinch -  You may be right that it is hard to get the utility to pay for a new WHSP box, but my goal is to protect my audio equipment investment, and if I can just replace a couple of hundred bucks worth of surge protection and still have my soun... 
Why whole house surge protectors are not enough
Erik -  I totally agree.  I speak from the hard experience where the contractor originally building my home ran out of positions in the SE panel and rather than put in breakers with two circuits per box position or add a secondary panel, they jus... 
Why whole house surge protectors are not enough
Erik -  If the spike your equipment encounters is coming from the same branch circuit feeding it (say a wonky vacuum cleaner in the next room), the spike will probably get to your components before it is snubbed by the WHSP back at the service en... 
Why whole house surge protectors are not enough
Surge protection and isolation are intended to protect you from something from somewhere else getting to the stuff you want to protect.  I designed in Whole House protection at the main panel of my home and that protects two ways - between the two...