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  1. While this is generally true, what you don’t want to do is change the speaker configuration while the amp is turned on. Unplugging the speaker (or plugging it in) while the amp is on can short the speaker output, resulting in no impedance load, which can fry a solid state amp.
  2. Unfortunately, it has been my experience across multiple platforms and many, many years of moderating websites that nothing remains effective for long against spammers. They come up with something new to impede them, then the spammers come up with a way to get around it. Measures / countermeasures - same as it’s always been. Still, we keep fighting the good fight, and spam deletion here is actually faster, easier and hopefully more effective in the long run than on the previous software. You said it took you a few tries to get here. If you don’t mind me asking, what kinds of difficulties and challenges did you encounter?
  3. Thanks - both Chris and I knew it we had seen it somewhere, but neither one of us could remember where it was offhand.
  4. AES Headphone Technology Conference to Dig Deep into Emerging Audio Technologies and Applications — Mobile Spatial Audio, Individualization, Assistive Listening and Audio for Augmented Reality offer new areas of study and innovation for this year’s conference — New York, NY, August 22, 2019 — The AES is set to hold its second International Headphone Technology Conference, August 27–29 at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco, CA. The Conference offers three days of presentations, sessions, demonstrations, and more, all dedicated to headphone technology, with a special emphasis on the emerging fields of Mobile Spatial Audio, Individualization, Assistive Listening and Audio for Augmented Reality. “We are eager to bring this topic to the international stage, once again, after the overwhelming success of our 2016 Conference in Denmark,” states Conference co-chair Christopher Struck. “As the role, and very definition, of ‘headphones’ continues to evolve, we plan to take a closer look at how new applications, technical designs, and evaluation of headphone technology and its impact can be applied to the headphone, hearing aid and audio delivery industries across the board.” A highlight of AES Conferences are the guest keynote speakers, of which the Headphone Technology Conference offers six. These include Prof. Michael Vorländer (Aachen University) speaking on “Acoustic Transparency of Earphones and Headphones”; a talk on “HRTF Modeling and Rendering" with Prof. Ramani Duraiswami (University of Maryland); and Prof. Dorte Hammershøi (Aalborg University) with her remarks on “Hearing Damage Risk from Headphone-Based Listening.” Scientific research papers – now available for preview in the AES E-Library - will also be presented, covering an array of topics including active noise cancellation, signal processing, virtualization, test and measurement, modeling, binaural rendering, and more. Demonstrations of headphone measurement, response simulation and rapid HRTF rendering will be a part of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s afternoon sessions, in addition to poster presentations and sponsor exhibits. Other highlights include a workshop titled “Measuring 3D Directivity of Microphones and Radiated Sound in Headsets and Hearables" by Robert Werner of Klippel GmbH, and a Workshop/Panel Discussion on "Practical Considerations of Commercially Viable Headphones" with Moderator Michael Klasco (Menlo Scientific, Ltd) leading a discussion with panelists John Patrick Quigley (Eastman Chemical Company), Christopher Struck (CJS-Labs), and Mark Donaldson (SoundChip). The full technical program, keynote speaker schedule, and more are available online at aes.org/conferences/2019/headphones. The AES is set to hold its second International Headphone Technology Conference, August 27–29 at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco, CA, offering three days of presentations, sessions, demonstrations, and more, all dedicated to headphone technology. About the Audio Engineering Society The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating over 70 years of audio excellence, now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information, visit aes.org. Join the conversation and keep up with the latest AES News and Events: Twitter: #AESorg (AES Official) Facebook: http://facebook.com/AES.org
  5. Mine was over two billion yesterday, and is significantly smaller now. I suspect that as the indexing and caching continue and conclude, that will work itself out.
  6. Most bookmarks / redirects should work, although as Chris said in another thread, there were some redirects that we apparently missed. The site's front page is completely unchanged in terms of URL, and sign up / password reset is much easier now than it was previously. We certainly don't want to make it hard for anyone - in fact, we've tried to make the transition to the new site as easy as possible, and we provided an email link in the latest edition of our HC e-zine (which went out on Monday to over 135,000 subscribers) for people to contact us directly in case they are having any trouble getting back into the site. However, I was just checking that email account, and no one has used it to contact us with login issues recently. If it's a multi-page thread, you'll see a list of page numbers right there on the link - each page number is a direct link to that individual page. Just click on the last number, and you'll be taken directly to the last page of that thread. I'm not sure if there's a link that will take you to the last read post or not - I just left Chris Loeffler a voice mail asking about that... I'll let you know when I hear back from him.
  7. I always thought that meant “you’re number one!”
  8. It's more likely to short out and make no sound... but saliva isn't going to melt that lacquer insulation on the wires - you'd need to drop something like acetone or lighter fluid into it, and in much higher quantities than you'd deliver with a sneeze. Soaking a pickup in water for a long time might cause various components to rust, but even that's not a guaranteed to kill one. Still, it's not something I recommend. You wiped the pickup off after you sneezed on it - odds are you're going to be fine.
  9. Old post, but I somehow missed your question - sorry Bill. I suspect that's hard copies of any kind - LP's and CD's.
  10. Emoticons were but a small part of it. Regular updates for new browser version compatibility and security, a better mobile experience, the return of multi-quote, functional “ignore” and search tools, lower site hosting and maintenance costs vs. our previous, highly customized (IOW, not off the shelf) system, and other similar benefits were much higher priorities.
  11. I’ve heard about a few challenges on the Android side from one member, but they seem to have been taken care of. On the iOS side, the mobile experience is significantly improved overall IMO.
  12. You need to be logged in to see the off topic forums. Also, to find the main forum list, click on Browse in the menu bar at the top of the page, then click on Forums. That will take you to the master list of all the HC forums. We are owned by Gibson, but we are editorially neutral. We welcome honest POV’s about all gear / companies here. As far as daddymack, he is having issues logging in (per an email he sent me this afternoon) but we’ll get him fixed up tomorrow, if Chris hasn’t done it already.
  13. No, we're hoping to improve it, and make sure it gets regular updates for security, browser compatibility, etc. etc. Yes, some links and bookmarks won't work now, but for the most part, everything is pretty much as it was before - except now you have even more emoticons than before, you have a working "ignore" function, you have multi-quote back, you have a much faster and more responsive user interface, true drag and drop for inserting images and videos, more options when "liking" posts, and as soon as the site is finished indexing and caching (which may take a few more days), you'll have a working search function again. All in all, this is going to be a considerable improvement over the site we were all using last week. However, we don't expect a transition to new site software to be completely glitch-free, so if you do run across any issues, we'd appreciate it if you'd let us know so we can try to fix it. Also, we're here if you have any questions about how to use the new software...
  14. PRS Guitars Introduces Private Stock Santana I Limited Edition for New Guitar Center 2019 Crossroads Guitar Collection Exclusive Limited-Edition Model Recreates the First Guitar Paul Reed Smith Built for Carlos Santana and Benefits Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre Antigua (STEVENSVILLE, MD) August 20, 2019 – PRS Guitars is pleased to announce the Private Stock Crossroads Pre-Factory Santana I Limited Edition in conjunction with Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer. Only six of these Private Stock instruments will be made. The PRS Crossroads Pre-Factory Santana I Limited Edition is modeled after the first guitar that Paul Reed Smith built for Carlos Santana. In the fall of 1980, Smith made his way backstage to meet Santana before a gig in Maryland. Santana played an all-mahogany prototype that night and agreed to commission a young Paul Reed Smith to build him a guitar. While they were talking, Santana picked out maple as the top wood for this instrument after looking through a scrapbook Smith had with him (Howard Leese’s famous Golden Eagle was the inspirational picture). Made in thirty days’ time and delivered in November of 1980, the original instrument was only Smith’s third maple-top guitar. This guitar inspired a life-long relationship between Carlos Santana and Paul Reed Smith that would prove critical to PRS Guitars’ success. The PRS Crossroads Pre-Factory Santana I Limited Edition celebrates this pivotal partnership and the beginning of PRS Guitars along with it. “Crossroads is a present-day international concert institution. To build these historic Santana instruments for this event is an honor,” said Paul Reed Smith, founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars. Some unique features of the PRS Crossroads Pre-Factory Santana I Limited Edition include the body shape, inlays, pickups, and electronics. The pre-factory body shape was the predecessor to the current PRS Santana body shape. The fretboard inlays are fashioned after PRS “pre-factory” style birds and are made from solid-shell abalone. There is a pre-factory eagle on the headstock veneer, an “OM” symbol on the truss rod cover (which would become a hallmark of PRS Santana models), and a green ripple abalone purfling strip on the guitar’s top. The pickups include an HFS treble and Santana bass pickup. Both pickups have been through PRS’s new TCI (tuned capacitance and inductance) methodology, which essentially fine-tunes pickup specs and voicing to the exact desired tone and musicality. The electronics set up, one volume control and two mini-toggles, was fashioned after a guitar that featured soapbar pickups, so the mini-toggles functionally turn the humbuckers on and off (instead of coil-splitting, which is more common on modern PRS guitars). Santana requested this layout even though a 3-way toggle would have essentially done the same job. PRS Guitars and Guitar Center have partnered with the Eric Clapton’s 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX, taking place Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. Guitar Center, The Presenting Sponsor of the Guitar Center Village, and PRS Guitars, a premier sponsor of the Guitar Center Village, will display the limited-edition PRS guitars along with the complete Guitar Center Crossroads Collection. The Collection can be viewed between 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm on September 20-21 at Victory Plaza, on the south side of American Airlines Center. Please note, access to the Guitar Center Village is strictly limited to Crossroads ticket holders only, on the date of their concert ticket (nobody will be admitted without a ticket). A substantial portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of the guitars in the collection will be donated to benefit Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre Antigua. The Crossroads Centre was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons. Treatment is provided through residential care, family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the movement toward a change in lifestyle. For more information, including build process photos, on the Private Stock Crossroads Pre-Factory Santana I Limited Edition, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/yyg4qqe2 About PRS Guitars: Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high-quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, John Mayer, Jimmy Herring, Tim Pierce, Orianthi, Mark Tremonti, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, David Grissom, Martin Simpson, and Tony McManus are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers. PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com About Guitar Center: Guitar Center is a leading retailer of musical instruments, lessons, repairs and rentals in the U.S. With nearly 300 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. Guitar Center also provides customers with various musician-based services, including Guitar Center Lessons, where musicians of all ages and skill levels can learn to play a variety of instruments in many music genres; GC Repairs, an on-site maintenance and repairs service; and GC Rentals, a program offering easy rentals of instruments and other sound reinforcement gear. Additionally, Guitar Center’s sister brands include Music & Arts, which operates more than 200 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students, and Musician’s Friend, a leading direct marketer of musical instruments in the United States. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com.
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