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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:24 am 
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This Quiz challenge is different. Instead of just trivial it will focus on "Useful". Useful to improve your sound. This Quiz will also have a prize. The prize is something to improve your systems sound; custom fashioned out of rare earth materials, by someone knowledgeable about what materials to employ and its something you cannot buy, because it is unavailable. Nobody makes it. In order to win the prize you must complete the quiz by posting your answers on Wednesday, Oct. 24th. Everyone participating will be asked to reveal a personal tweak that they employ to improve their sound. The more original and effective, the better. In case of a tie, the person with the best most original tweak will win the prize. This quiz will be partly about tweaking to improve your sound. Most tweak items, unlike items involving circuitry, work well (or not), based on what they are made of. Some of the questions on this quiz will be questions about materials that are used in audio. Instead of all the questions at once, there will be 2 questions per day. So you might need a pencil to write down your answers to the numbered questions. Hold off on posting your answers until the 24th, which incidentally is the day after game 1 of The World Series. Everyone is on the honor system. Looking stuff up on the net is cheating. As many of you may know I am a fan of baseball, and for some comic relief, like a quiz within a quiz, I will post some humorous quotes made by old time baseball players in salute to The World Series coming up. You Don't have to post your answers to the qoutes, just enjoy. Hopefully by the end of this quiz we will have some original new ideas on how to improve our sound and end up with more than just interesting memories.

Q1. Diamonds are used in phono cartridges, and graphite in a pencil, like what you will need to write down your answers. What do these two very different materials have in common?

A. They have the same weight per millimeter. B. Their molecules are arranged similarly. C. They are mostly made of carbon atoms. D. They are both incapable of becoming radioactive.

Q2. What are the 2nd & 3rd best conductors of electricity in order? A. Gold & Teflon. B. Silver & Gold. C. Copper & Nickel. D. Copper & Gold.

What 3 Old Time Baseball players made the following quotes.

" If they don't want to come out to the game, there's nothing anyone can do to stop them."

" Of course female sports reporters "look" in the locker room. When you read the newspaper, why do you think you sometimes see a capital letter in the middle of a word ?

"I wasn't the greatest player.One time in the ninth inning I came up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded, and I looked into the other teams dugout, and they were already dressed up in their street clothes.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:06 pm 
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Tweak = Absolute Phase - not to be confused with Relative Phasing of stereo speakers with
each other to avoid bass cancellation or phasing of LF, MF, HF drivers within a speaker system.

This is a DIY $10 Tweak from Dr.Decibel

Determined by listening to the same recording before & after switching phase on ALL speakers.
On a simple system, wire a 15-Amp DPDT toggle X-switch to flip speaker phase without rewiring.

Here's a 20-amp model for 5 bucks on Amazon: Gardner Bender GSW-16 Heavy-Duty Electrical
Toggle Switch, DPDT, ON-(OFF)-ON, 20 A/125V AC, Screw Terminal

With bi-amped and tri-amped systems, flip phase at the preamp or source. My ADCOM cd player
calls this switch "Polarity" and it's stunning to hear the difference on many recordings.

Imagine a solo kick drum, the initial pressure should be + with the woofer cone moving outward.
Since you have no audit trail on the recording (half the studio & playback gear is inverting phase,
half is non-inverting) you have to do this yourself.

Trust me, you and your audio pals will hear a difference, and agree 99% which one is "correct".
I have determined that the 1% who disagree have their ears (or brain) wired out of phase.

Happy listening from Dr.Decibel! You are very welcome!


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Here are the 2 questions for Friday, (a few hours early), as I may retire early tonight. As my instructions said, for those responding to the questions themselves; they are all numbered, so write them down on a piece of paper and post them on Wedneday Oct. 24th all at once, this will be easier for me. Also on the 24th, submit an original effective tweak, if you have one. I know there are some creative tweakers out there, and I thought this might be a way to get them to reveal at least one of their secret tweaks, which could benefit us all. I know it's a real kick to buy that new piece of gear and get a 30% improvement, but its just as fun & maybe even a little more rewarding to get a big jump in sound, by doing something that costs very little if anything.

The best original tweak will be the tie breaker if there is more than one person with the same number of questions correct. The Bonus Prize as described in my first post is something worth playing for. So here are the two questions for Friday, along with three quotes of old time baseball players, that are featured as a theme in this quiz.

Q1. Some really leading edge audio cables are now using Graphene. Some people confuse it with Graphite, which was mentioned earlier as the writing material used in pencils. Are any of these two materials also used in a nuclear reactor ? If so, which ?

A. Graphene. B. Graphite. C. Both. D. Neither

Q2. Without using breathing protection, which of these vintage factories making vintage equipment from "scratch" using raw materials, would be the most dangerous to work in ?

A. Factory that made 300b vacuum tubes. B. Factory that made Shure V15 Type V phono cartridge. C. Factory that made EMIT tweeters. D. Factory that made aluminum chassis for vintage audio components

Questions Strictly For Fun: Which 3 old time baseball players are credited with these quotes ?

"I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is that I threw pitches, that generation never seen before, till myself."

"If you see a fork in the road, take it."

"One year in order to try and draw a big crowd out to the ballpark; we held "Bat Day". Boy I wanna tell ya, those suckers can really get tangled up in your hair."

Two more questions and more quotes each day till Wednesday.


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Here are the quiz challenge questions for Saturday, a few hours early once again, and more quotes from famous old time baseball players.

Q5. Name the high end audio manufacturer whose products have included a turntable with the same name as a type of candy, a preamp named after a singer born in the 14th century (1500's) and a cable named after what snowflakes have many of, under minimal magnification. Also the company name sounds simialar to the last name of a famous guitarist

Q6. Cross a famous high-end cable companies name with the name given to less fattening beers to get the name of a type of rock where they get diamonds out of. The cable companies name is an old Anglo Saxon word for a type of fortress.

Here are some more quotes from famous old time baseball players, some interesting, some both interesting and humorous. What 3 players are credited with these statements ?








"Make sure you go to other peoples funerals; or they won't come to yours."

"Hitting is 50% above the shoulders. In life, if you don't think well, then don't think that much."

"There's winning and there's losing in baseball. I like to let the other guy lose."


The fist quote is from someone whose son also played professional baseball.


The second quote came from someone who was the last guy to do something that players dream about doing since around World War II.

The third quote is from someone who was born on the same day of the year the Titanic sunk and the same day of the year that Abraham Lincoln was shot.

Yesterdays questions were numbers 3 and number four. Make note if planning to compete. We are up to six questions now. The quote questions are just for fun.

More questions and quotes in this quiz every day till Wednesday.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:35 pm 
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Correction concerning the singer from the 1500's, of course it was the 16th century not the 14th century. TGIF.


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Here are the quiz challenge questions for Sunday, several hours early.

Q7. What "unusual" thing do these 3 familiar "phonographic" companies have in common: Grado, Grace, & Garrard ? Besides their names all starting with a G and having a bunch of r's ? The answer has absolutely nothing to do with lettering. It has more substance than that. Think natural.

Q8. Kevlar is a well known material used in loudspeaker drivers. What is its association with the old time classical composer Alexander Glazunov and Mr. Clean (the advertising character) ?
Clue #1. Re: Glazunov. Think about the correct answer to the above question + Kentucky "correction" and you will have the answer.
Clue #2. Re: Mr. Clean. Annular adornment and letter. Also Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade coming up in about a month.


Here are some more quotes from old time baseball players. What 3 players blurted out these?

" You cannot defeat a man that keeps on trying; who never gives up."

"Baseball is disguised combat. For all it's genteel nature and seemingly leisurely pace, it is violence under wraps."

"If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be."

Two more questions and more quotes daily till Wednesday, when all answers will be revealed.


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The answers to all the questions will be posted here on Wednesday Oct.24th at 10 pm eastern time. Contestant answers and the tie breaker (original effective tweek ideas) if you have any, should be submitted the same day before the 10 o clock at night deadline. Thanks.


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Quiz Challenge. Questions for Monday.

Q9. You are cruising down US Route 66 in your year old 1961 Chrysler Imperial, after having enjoyed a Triple Decker cheeseburger and a milkshake at a roadside diner. That new group from England; The Beatles; you get a sudden urge to take a listen to their hit single while in your car, just released here in the states a few weeks ago. What are your options ?

A. Play a cassette tape of it. B. Play an 8 track tape of it. C. Use Something Else. D. Both B & C are options. E. None of the above.
Clues: Watch it, Dominoes weren't rolling yet. A compact disc because of bricks.

Q10. Name the legendary audio designer who in his younger days was an undefeated boxer ?


Congratulations to The Dodgers and Red Sox making the World Series. The first World Series matchup ever between those two teams who have a good history of winning seasons. Which 3 old time baseball player are credited with saying the quotes below ?

I never liked that hotel, when we were on the road. Their towels were so thick, you could barely close your suitcase.

It was embarrassing at times. The reporters asked me for a quote. Didn't even know what a quote was. I thought it might have been a soft drink.

Baseball has been doing very very well since 1886.


This is the next to last day of this quiz. The final 2 questions will be tomorrow; in the afternoon or evening sometime, ( remember that looking answers up on the net is cheating) Also more quotes tomorrow.


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Here are Tuesday's Quiz Questions. These will be the last questions for this quiz. Another Quiz Challenge will be coming up shortly, during The World Series, whose game 1 starts tonight. Answer Day for this quiz is tomorrow the 24th, before 10 pm eastern time. Don't forget to also submit an original, effective tweak idea, if you have one, as a tie breaker. You might need it. The prize is worth playing for. The prize is built from advanced and ideal materials to use.

Q11. This is a theoretical question, but accurate. In recent times manufacturers have released 45 rpm LP's, trying to take advantage of the higher groove velocities & other factors to improve the sound quality. CD's obviously spin much faster than a record. If person (A ) was an Olympic level cyclist racer and you were person (B), and you were capable of cycling (tire rotation) at the exact same rate as a spinning compact disc without slowing down, who would be faster, you or the Olympic cyclist ? Lets take it a step further. Suppose there was an elevated highway for bikes, that went in a straight line from L.A. to Boston, (the site of tonight's game), and traffic and stamina were not factors theoretically. At the moment the winner (leaving L.A.) got to his cross country final destination (Boston), how far behind would the loser be, and around where would they have made it to ?

A. Las Vegas, Nevada. B. Kansas City, Missouri. C. Kalamazoo, Michigan. D. Cleveland, Ohio.

Q12. We are all aware of the different tape formats of the past; reel, 8 track, cassette. Or are we ? In the early 1960's, what totally new tape format (and licensed pre-recorded tapes) was introduced in only California and Florida, that most of the rest of us never heard about ?

All past and current quizzes content is Copyright 2018 VLR Enterprises.

Answers will be given tomorrow night around 10 pm eastern time. Submit before then.


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Here are some old time baseball player quotes which go to the above quiz. They are just for fun and do not count as part of the official questions.This time they are all from the same person. Who's quotes are these?

"Know where you are going; otherwise you might end up someplace else."

"The future ain't what it used to be."

"Nobody goes there anymore. It's always too crowded."


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Here are the answers to the Quiz Challenge. A more thorough explanation of the answers and clues will be given tomorrow, along with the old time baseball player quotes identities.

A1. C. Both diamonds and graphite are made of carbon atoms. The atoms are arranged differently, producing 2 very different materials. A2. D. Copper & Gold have been considered the 2nd and 3rd best conductors behind silver. However there is another material which has been found to have less electrical resistance than silver, which might upset the order. A3. Graphite is used as a moderator in nuclear reactors.

A4. B.The Shure V15 V used a berrylium cantilever. Berrylium dust is considered a fatally hazardous material.

A5. Townshend. They produced The Rock (candy) turntable, The Allegro (singer) preamp, and the "Fractal" interconnect. Snowflakes under magnification are full of fractals; repeating patterns.

A6. Kimberlite is a rock in which diamonds are sometimes found. "Kimber" the cable company + "Lite" beers.

7. Grado, Grace and Garrard all had something in common. They all marketed wooden tonearms.

A8. Kevlar is also used now in reeds. When people think of reed instruments, they most often think of saxophones and clarinets. Alexander Glazunov composed both The Saxophone Concerto and Clarinet concertos. Kentucky "correction" refers to Kentucky Windage which riflemen use to compensate for the wind by aiming a little off on purpose to compensate. The clue said to think of the above answer "wooden" tonearms + "windage" and you get wood(en) winds. Mr. Clean is always wearing a whit t-shirt and has a white mid-section like almost all types of drums which have a white skin mid-section. Kevlar is now added to many drum skins to give it a "clean" sound. Annular means round and refers to his ear ring. The clue implies to add an annular (round) letter; the O,
which gives ring+o. Ringo Starr, who everyone associates with the drum instrument.

A9. C. Something else. They had record players in some cars like old Chrysler and Plymouth. Watch out for "brick" roads, which could make your record skip and Dominoes Pizza was not out fixing potholes back then.Way to go Dominoes.

A10. Yoshiaki Sugano, creator of the original Koetsu cartridges was an undefeated boxer in his youth.

A11. B. Kansas City. A world class bike racer can achieve not far from twice as many rotations of the tires per minute as a CD spinning in a player. He would be at his Boston destination, around when person B would reach Kansas City.

A12. Muntz 4 track, it was called, and was said to have pretty good sound quality as tape systems go. Never heard of original Beatles Muntz tapes, (they required licensing), so in car record pllayers was the answer to a previous question. More tomorrow.


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The old time baseball players quotes by quiz question numbers are:

Q.1 & 2. Yogi Berra followed by two Bob Uecker quotes.

Q.3 & 4. Satchel Paige, Yogi Berra, Bob Uecker.

Q 5 & 6. Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, Pete Rose.

Q 7 & 8. Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra

Q. 11 & 12. As stated, these 3 quotes were from the same person.The person whose quotes appeared the most, because he was the funniest: Yogi Berra.

Some final thoughts on the quiz questions. Even though silver is still listed as the #1 conductor of electricity, graphene has lass resistance. Muntz 4 track was also referred to as Stereo Pak. The under dash record player came equipped in some Chrysler and Plymouth cars. Might be others too. It was an option like air conditioning on some models. Muntz did indeed eventually come out with Beatles tapes, but just what titles were available early in the game is questionable. Spell Right wronged again on one of the answers. The old singers name was Allegri, not Allegro. The name sounds like Zenith.


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