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#1156206
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Good headphones suggestions?
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ray_afraid said:

Jay said:

ray_afraid said:

Jay said:

Frank your Majesty said:

I’m very happy with the Beyerdynamic DT 770. They aren’t the prettiest headphones you can find, but the sound is great, they are super comfortable and they are built to last. I have the 250 ohm version and my current laptop can power them without problems (but I’m using an external soundcard anyways), my phone and mp3 player both are a little quiet.

Since they are far below your budget of $330, you should also get a soundcard with headphone amplifier, if you don’t already have one, as you will notice the difference to cheap onboard cards (even more so if you spend all of the $330 on even better headphones) and the headphone amp will definitely power the 250 ohm (or possibly even higher impedance of more expensive headphones).

If you want more mobility, you can also get a version with 80 ohm. (There are also versions with 32 and 16 ohm, but generally, you’d want to go as high as possible and 80 ohm should be fine, even for phones, if you don’t plan to listen at extreme volumes.) In that case you’d still want a dedicated soundcard for your PC, even if you don’t need it for the volume.

I forgot to address sound cards in my first post. I agree with Frank. I suggest you take some of that budget and get yourself a decent external USB DAC/headphone amp. Massdrop carries a bunch of those as well. I have both my headphones and desktop monitors hooked up to a USB DAC/amp and it smokes the motherboard’s built-in audio.

What amp do you use?

http://www.teac.com/product/nt-503/

There’s no need to go this far if all you’re looking for is a better DAC/amp than what your computer provides, though. I wanted something both to drive my headphones and to send line level audio with volume control to my powered speakers. Local FLAC playback is outstanding because it skips Windows’ audio processing entirely, and the network capabilities are a nice bonus (Spotify is CD-quality when played directly through this).

Wow, that thing seems great. But, like you said, I’m just lookin for a good DAC/headphone amp. Any suggestions? I don’t have much experience with em.
Been looking at the Dragonfly series. I’m looking for something solid state in the $200-ish price range and those fit the bill. Reviews sound good.

http://www.schiit.com/products/fulla-2

[insert Frink joke here]

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#1156110
Topic
Good headphones suggestions?
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ray_afraid said:

Jay said:

Frank your Majesty said:

I’m very happy with the Beyerdynamic DT 770. They aren’t the prettiest headphones you can find, but the sound is great, they are super comfortable and they are built to last. I have the 250 ohm version and my current laptop can power them without problems (but I’m using an external soundcard anyways), my phone and mp3 player both are a little quiet.

Since they are far below your budget of $330, you should also get a soundcard with headphone amplifier, if you don’t already have one, as you will notice the difference to cheap onboard cards (even more so if you spend all of the $330 on even better headphones) and the headphone amp will definitely power the 250 ohm (or possibly even higher impedance of more expensive headphones).

If you want more mobility, you can also get a version with 80 ohm. (There are also versions with 32 and 16 ohm, but generally, you’d want to go as high as possible and 80 ohm should be fine, even for phones, if you don’t plan to listen at extreme volumes.) In that case you’d still want a dedicated soundcard for your PC, even if you don’t need it for the volume.

I forgot to address sound cards in my first post. I agree with Frank. I suggest you take some of that budget and get yourself a decent external USB DAC/headphone amp. Massdrop carries a bunch of those as well. I have both my headphones and desktop monitors hooked up to a USB DAC/amp and it smokes the motherboard’s built-in audio.

What amp do you use?

http://www.teac.com/product/nt-503/

There’s no need to go this far if all you’re looking for is a better DAC/amp than what your computer provides, though. I wanted something both to drive my headphones and to send line level audio with volume control to my powered speakers. Local FLAC playback is outstanding because it skips Windows’ audio processing entirely, and the network capabilities are a nice bonus (Spotify is CD-quality when played directly through this).

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#1155998
Topic
Good headphones suggestions?
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Frank your Majesty said:

I’m very happy with the Beyerdynamic DT 770. They aren’t the prettiest headphones you can find, but the sound is great, they are super comfortable and they are built to last. I have the 250 ohm version and my current laptop can power them without problems (but I’m using an external soundcard anyways), my phone and mp3 player both are a little quiet.

Since they are far below your budget of $330, you should also get a soundcard with headphone amplifier, if you don’t already have one, as you will notice the difference to cheap onboard cards (even more so if you spend all of the $330 on even better headphones) and the headphone amp will definitely power the 250 ohm (or possibly even higher impedance of more expensive headphones).

If you want more mobility, you can also get a version with 80 ohm. (There are also versions with 32 and 16 ohm, but generally, you’d want to go as high as possible and 80 ohm should be fine, even for phones, if you don’t plan to listen at extreme volumes.) In that case you’d still want a dedicated soundcard for your PC, even if you don’t need it for the volume.

I forgot to address sound cards in my first post. I agree with Frank. I suggest you take some of that budget and get yourself a decent external USB DAC/headphone amp. Massdrop carries a bunch of those as well. I have both my headphones and desktop monitors hooked up to a USB DAC/amp and it smokes the motherboard’s built-in audio.

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#1153048
Topic
If you need to C*mplain about the CGI Grand Moff Tarkin in <em>Rogue One</em>... this is the place
Time

NeverarGreat said:

Photorealistic CGI faces are hard. Photorealistic CGI performances are ten times harder, even with really good motion capture. An example from Blade Runner 2049: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV34mT5m0bM

In the side-by-side comparisons, the digital double looks nigh indistinguishable from the original, but translating that into an entirely new performance leaves a lot to be desired. Look at the eyes - human eyes constantly shift and refocus in a dance of micromovements, and you can see the model shifting its eyes in a way that mimics how humans scan another human’s face, but it is still too slow and obvious. Similarly, there is a lack of coordination between the muscles of the face, and that same smooth animated feel. In reality, the muscles of the face are constantly twitching in close coordination to betray the extremely subtle emotions that may not even register to our conscious minds.

All of these problems were apparent in Tarkin and Leia from Rogue One.

Exactly. Most living things, including humans, are twitchy. CGI motion is still too smooth. The visual fidelity is pretty much there though; once someone nails the motion, CGI characters will blend almost seamlessly with their real-life counterparts.

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#1152568
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If you need to C*mplain about the CGI Grand Moff Tarkin in <em>Rogue One</em>... this is the place
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Mavimao said:

My one real issue with the R1 Tarkin is that he was too expressive. Cushing’s performance in ANH was much more subtle so it therefore no longer felt like the same performance. Were it another actor, it’d be different - a different interpretation if you will. But because his face was realistically recreated, it made all of the grimacing and snarling and raised eyebrows that more off putting.

This right here. Cushing’s face barely moved in ANH; he emoted almost entirely with his eyes. Combine the more expressive facial animations with that weirdly smooth CGI motion and you get TarkinBot.

That said, Leia’s toothy grin weirded me out more.

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#1148887
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Public Message
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Please respect the OP and keep personal attacks and politics out of this thread. The whole “Mary Sue” argument in regards to Rey has been beaten to death.

Warnings have been issued.

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#1146913
Topic
Banned members
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I’m reserving this thread for any announcements or explanations related to banned members. It’s now closed to public discussion.

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#1146839
Topic
Banned members
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Handman said:

I will say this, this forum does have a lot of unwritten social codes that I haven’t encountered literally anywhere else in my life, and when someone breaks that code, they get a host of people on their back, which isn’t really fair. I don’t believe Dr.Dre’s offense is a perma-bannable thing, more like a warning, however Frink did go overboard, there’s no other way to take his response.

Handman said:

yhwx said:

Handman said:

I think we should wait for Frink to return from his temp-ban before we continue to condemn anyone else or go on endless conjecture.

What’s the problem with “condemning anyone else?”

I don’t think that’s very fair to do if they are not here to defend themselves. I’m fairly certain everyone we’re talking about doesn’t visit this section of the forum.

Handman said:

I guess I just don’t understand what any of you are trying to accomplish. Talk to the people you like and ignore the ones you don’t. Everyone has different ideas of what is proper and decent, and everyone is offended by different things. If they attack another poster, then it becomes a problem.

You should all read these posts over and over again until they sink in.

I banned Frink for losing it and attacking another member because something offended him personally. Not only was that against the general forum rules, but also the thread-specific rules, which are explicit. It’s also become a pattern that has affected how other members discuss certain topics, as mentioned by several in this thread. I’m hoping this is something Frink bears in mind when he returns.

The offending party apologized sincerely once they were made aware of Frink’s personal situation, and I decided not to ban them because of that. Had Frink led with an explanation of his feelings instead of launching into an attack, it’s likely all this would have been avoided. In fact, the offending party requested that Frink’s ban be lifted immediately after it was enacted. I declined.

Regarding the “r-word”, we’ve disciplined other members for using it and will continue to do so when it’s brought to our attention. Had Frink contacted us about its use in the TLJ thread instead of going off, we would’ve corrected it there as well.

I’ve changed my mind and won’t be reviewing the 50 or so pages of the TLJ review thread prior to Frink’s banning. You’re welcome to report specific posts that you think are against the rules to oojason and SilverWook via PM since they’ve seen TLJ. I’ve avoided all but one major spoiler up to this point and would like to remain relatively spoiler-free until I have time to see the movie. Those of you who think it’s a “problem” that I haven’t seen the movie yet are welcome to volunteer as my personal assistant so you can manage my calendar and explain to my family and employer why they come in third place to a movie released right before a major holiday.

I have no intention of returning to this thread to discuss this further as I consider the matter closed. Please refrain from further speculation or judgment/criticism of your fellow members or I’ll lock the topic.

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#1145893
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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DrDre said:

Jay said:

Frink has been banned for the “asshole” thing. I’m going to be reviewing the thread myself in the coming days and will probably issue additional bans.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, so thanks guys.

I missed some private messages, and have made the situation worse.

Is it too late to unban Frink, Jay? This board would not be the same without him. Having been given some context, I can understand his reaction. I was being very insensitive. I apologize to everyone here for being a dick, especially to Frink.

It’s a temporary ban. I think Frink needs to learn how to express his displeasure with others’ posts without flipping out every time.

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#1142359
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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SilverWook said:

You’re going to need one of these to remain spoiler free that long! 😉

Ha, yeah. I managed to wait a week or two for TFA and not see any spoilers. I deleted my FB account a while back and I mostly follow political topics on Twitter, so my exposure is minimal. I’m not even sure I care all that much though.

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#1142349
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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moviefreakedmind said:

I feel like people that don’t like TFA or Rogue One are being treated like trolls. There seems to be little distinction between users that have legitimate and clearly articulated gripes and people that bitched constantly and rudely about how they’re the worst things ever.

I posted my thoughts on TFA right after its release (I think I rated it a 5/10 if memory serves, and I only saw it that one time in the theater) and haven’t bothered since because I didn’t think it was worth going against the prevailing (or at least most vocal) opinion. Maintaining that TFA is a mediocre movie is a difficult position to hold in this community.

I still haven’t seen RO (R1? I don’t know the shorthand) and have no definite plans to see TLJ unless I find a day over the holidays when I have nothing else to do.

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#1142338
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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This thread contains spoilers

This is the official spoilerific TLJ review thread. Please post all reviews and opinions containing spoilers in this thread. There’s no need to preface your post with spoiler warnings.

WARNING: Any behavior that requires a mod to intervene in this topic and potentially ruin the movie for them before they’ve had a chance to see it will result in an instant and permanent ban for all offending parties.

Keep it civil and be on your best behavior. If you disagree with someone’s opinion, do so politely. We’re not kidding about banning people.

 

Jay said on 28th Dec '17:

A final warning to all participants: no more political discussions in this thread.

It’s pretty clear how everyone feels about the ST’s supposed feminist agenda by now. Please don’t post about it any further.

Violators will be banned without warning.
 

SPOILERS BEGIN BELOW

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#1138810
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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Handman said:

Warbler said:

Possessed said:

Dude you really need to chill. He told you to stop sighing without explanation. He didn’t ban you for expressing your opinion.

actually he did once. Remember the 2nd temp ban he gave me?

I’m surprised you went with that instead of the recent “comparing someone to a Nazi will result in a ban” post in response to the “No one was banned for comparing us to Nazis” post. But that’s just me 😛.

I was trying to make the point that we’ve traditionally been very lax when it comes to receiving criticism and typically haven’t responded by banning members even when thoroughly provoked (and the 2006 “forum Nazis” incident was specifically designed to get us to ban the offenders just so they could make their point).

But yes, comparing another forum member to a Nazi is a problem. It’s hyperbole that allows its user to avoid presenting an actual argument. Of course, context is a factor (i.e., “Soup Nazi”).

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#1138754
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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darth_ender said:

I am for being kinder to people and I admit that I wasn’t always nice to the new members. I don’t mind some stricter enforcement. But the constant weight of a potential ban for a bad day like today is ridiculous. We should all be able to prop each other up during challenging times.

The first sentence in this quote is, by far, my biggest driver for stricter moderation — not because I want OT.com to be a sterile Disney theme park ride where we welcome everyone by singing “It’s a Small World”, but because nobody deserves to be harassed simply for showing up and not immediately blending in.

And yes, moderators may step in if it looks like senior members having a spat don’t appear to be on the path to resolving it themselves. The months-long grudge matches are over. If a “bad day” turns into “bad days” and there’s no end in sight, you can expect us to talk to you about it.

However, no one will ever be banned for expressing their opinion about this place as long as it doesn’t get personal. A little over 10 years ago, we were being compared to Nazis due to some moderator actions, and yet no one got banned. You can feel safe knowing that you can be the same jerks to us you’ve always been (winky…face?).

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#1138315
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Banned members
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TV’s Frink said:

Are we allowed to express approval after they come back with a sock and post in this very thread before getting banned again?

That was definitely a boneheaded move.

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#1137683
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Banned members
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Please note that we keep this thread alive to serve as a mechanism for announcing or explaining the reasons certain bans occur.

It is NOT an outlet for you to express your approval of (or joy at) users being banned, regardless of the reason.

Users are banned temporarily because their infractions aren’t serious enough to be removed permanently; negative comments about them while they’re gone aren’t conducive to a friendly atmosphere when they return.

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#1135757
Topic
kk650's Regraded Blade Runner: The Final Cut V2 (blanket green tint removed from blu-ray)
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RayRogers said:

kk650 said:

RayRogers said:

22GB V2 is 1080p BD25 compliant, right?

From the screencaps you can see that the top and bottom bars have been cropped to maximise image quality. If you want to make this release a playable blu-ray, you would need to reintroduce the top and bottom black bar to have the 1920x1080 ratio you need.

So you didn’t make a BD25 version at all. Typical.

You might get more help from people if you didn’t act like an entitled ass. Make your own BD25 and offer it to the community if you think it’s something people would like.

There’s no specific forum rule about what you just did, but consider it a warning anyway.

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#1132933
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Firefox Quantum
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My impression so far is that it’s great on my Windows 10 box and I’ll probably use it there (happy to have a good alternative to Chrome), but it’s a bit of a dog on my MacBook Pro. High energy usage as already mentioned by others and not-so-great performance overall (somewhat choppy scrolling, laggy UI). Probably sticking with Safari for now.

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#1132130
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MAC or PC
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Jeebus said:

Jay said:

Jeebus said:

Why is it Apple’s job to coddle the users and make sure they don’t accidentally fuck something up?

If we lived in the world you envision, microwave ovens would continue to run even if you opened the door. Users don’t deserve to have their faces burned off just because they make a mistake.

I would say it’s more like the microwave runs perfectly fine, as if it were a normal microwave; but if you trust your skills, you can open up the back panel and tweak the microwave to have a cooler looking timer, or even supercharge the microwave to heat really fast. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you may accidentally mess up the wiring and the microwave will stop running as well, or maybe even stop running at all; but it’s usually alright in the end because you can rollback the microwave to before you tweaked it at all.

I think this is a key difference between more advanced PC users and Mac users. PC users like to tweak, often as a hobby. I built my gaming PC years ago and have swapped out numerous parts since then, which I enjoy. Mac users see their computers as a tool for accomplishing tasks. I like my Mac, but to me, it’s a toaster. I make the toast, then I walk away and forget about it.

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