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WCES '99

 

  Sometimes you just wake up knowing it is going to be a good day.  Maybe it is the way the dry Las Vegas air smells, or the way it warms up during the day in January.  In any case i woke up, took a shower, and went hunting for leads to solve this baffling case.  This guy in the alley stopped me and began telling me about the new G&D Transforms cable burn-in device.  Hmm, now i've been down this road before with the Duo-Tech Cable Enhancer, but this guy Alan showed me why it was different... and it was.  Their new Maximum Overdrive Break In Engine (MOBIE) can be used with RCA and XLR line level and speaker cables as well.  They claim that five days on the MOBIE burns-in cables previously thought to already be burnt-in!  It is claimed to work especially well on phono and digital cables as they usually are subjected to small signal levels during normal use and therefore need a device like the MOBIE for full burn-in effect. Priced at $250 this might be great for reviewers, high-performance audio stores, and cable junkies alike.

Speaking of cables, the folks at Nirvana have some new cables for 1999.  Their new S-X interconnect (1.5 meter/$1,495) builds on their S-L Series interconnect yet is claimed to yield an even lower noisefloor!  A new dual-coaxial 110 ohm AES-EBU digital cable called the D-C AES-EBU (1 meter/$895) will soon be available.  Meanwhile they also have some new power cords too.  Check out their website for more info on these and one of this private eye's favorite speaker cables, the Nirvana Audio S-L.

 

WBT Tools

Tools.  What good would a private eye be without a great set of tools?  Walking through the WCES were these amazing set of high precision tools by the highly respected WBT.   Unlike those cheaply-made tools my ex-girlfriend got me for Christmas, these were just what i've been looking for.  All the small tools like torx, Phillips, flat-head and much more were here plus they were stored in a great case ready for all that hard dic action i get into.  Remember, a dic needs a great set of tools to get the job done (you know what i mean).  So check out the WBT set available from Kimber Kable when you are ready for action!  After all, there are some jobs only a good tool can gratify.

 

WATTaGATE

Of course during my many investigations there comes a need to plug in my tool(s).  Especially my highly sensitive private detective power tools.  Now when you are on a job looking for clues by staking out someone, the last thing you want are those low-quality electrical outlets.  It happened to me one time, i remember when this guy was about to talk and the plug to my super sensitive sound recording system fell out of the plug!  Three weeks of hard work wasted down the drain.  Well, these plugs by Wattgate are ready for you to plug your prong into their tight loving slits.  These are no ordinary slits/plug mind you.  In fact i was suspicious about them myself and found out they can easily handle 20amps at 125 volts.  In fact, the contacts are 24k gold plated!  With triple-wipe contact action, these plugs solidly grab your plug when you insert 'em into the plug's slot.  The model 380 plug retails at $240, yet when you need a good slot for your prong(s), these seem to be the best.  This dic can tell ya, there is nothing like good slot. 

On the right of the above photo is a new plug by Wattgate.  If you hate those less then great power plugs, then you might wanna get these 330 plugs like me ($120).  Sure my name is Richard and i'm living on a low private eye's salary, yet even a guy like me knows the best music to my ears could happen when i use my great 330 plug into a good, tight 380 slot by Wattgate.  All this tool talk is making me hungry.

 

T.H.E. Show Lunch

Richard Rochlin lives for a good meal.  While searching for clues i used my fine-tuned skills to transparently join this great bar-b-q.  Seems the big happenings here was a thing called T.H.E. SHOW.  Great place, better then this other show in some ways.   Free super large hamburgers, free hotdogs, and free beer!  Seems the locals here were very happy.  T.H.E. SHOW seemed like a great place too.  So i stayed for some grub and to see if there were any clues to help solve this case.  After all, this private eye has a job to do.  Still, great food is like a good lover...   Always able to keep a good dic satisfied.

 

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