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In Reply to: RE: Where do you stand? posted by Ozzie on January 15, 2024 at 16:49:42
Recently retired at 66.
Have enjoyed my dream speakers since 2005 which is the foundation for my system. My gear is multi K but purchased long ago (much decade or more so), is "good enough" and has proven to be reliable in the long run. I plan to send the Sound Lab backplates back to Utah for checkout and minor mod that I've been putting off for a while.
Recently de-contented garage system using modest gear after experimenting with some "new" stuff. Actually spend more time with it than the main system as I enjoy the outdoors. We got the Arctic blast in the mid south so I bundled up and played some music there during snowfall. Fortunately, my neighbors are good with that as it faces their (still under renovation) house.
I enjoyed climbing the mountain for years to hear some of the very best and had two reviewer mentors who helped me achieve that. I appreciate what is possible but I'm well content with what I have. Looking forward to going to an intimate Liz Story concert later this week and the symphony towards the end of the month.
Live is truly where the beauty lives and remains my reference. :)
Beautiful, even if 3 weeks late. In DFW we got a literal dusting Sunday night. It pretty much closed the metroplex down.
About ten years ago, we purchased our first of several AWD vehicles so that we could still get around our small college town. No need to travel great distances - just out of the neighborhood and down the main roads which are clear at least for one lane pretty quickly.
The university where wifey teaches has been closed so we took a three mile "cold walk" around the golf course. She gets a lot of work done in our home office and working behind me right now!
As you know, my Honda Passport is silver.
I am still very impressed with Honda's "Intelligent Variable Torque Management" ( i-VTM4 ) All-Wheel-Drive system. It helps a lot in the snow as well as cornering on dry pavement not to mention getting out of tough spots. Not all AWD are created equal. In fact, Honda doesn't offer i-VTM4 in some of their smaller vehicles like the CR-V. The CR-V uses a less capable AWD setup.
Subaru is excellent too.
Wife is considering a Subaru at some point to replace her 11 year old Honda CR-V. It still runs perfectly with no issues but she wants a refresh with some added features. The newest CR-V's have a couple significant compromises like no spare tire in the higher trims.
It helps a lot in the snow as well as cornering on dry pavement not to mention getting out of tough spots. Not all AWD are created equal.
I didn't fully appreciate the difference between that and the basic AWD system used by my former Ridgeline until after the purchase. With the RL, the vehicle is largely FWD. Only when the computer senses slip does the rear diff get any torque and equally to both sides. Which for the most part works fine to negotiate traction problems.
Soon after we got the Passport, we were driving back from the F1 at COTA on some twisty two lane roads and I was impressed how well the somewhat highish and large vehicle negotiated them. I'm sure you've watched the i-VTM4 display and see that torque is always delivered to the rear upon acceleration and applies more to the outside rear tire upon cornering - much like when you place more weight on the opposite heel while turning on snow skis.
My nephew-in-law Honda mechanic says the earlier versions indicated direction but not magnitude as the current one does via the number of diagonal stripes.
BTW, he and my niece are expecting their second child. She was driving an older MDX but he found a great deal on a recent Odyssey better suited for two kids. Immediately, he replaced the brake rotors and pads all around, changed the oil, coolant, plugs and...installed a muzzler having repaired a number of engines due to the added wear and spark plug fouling on the front bank. His only concern was losing mileage and performed an experiment. The drove the 350 mile trip here around Christmas without and returned with it attached. Results? 22.6 without on ECO and 24.1 WITH the muzzler. He's a believer as well with the win/win results.
I'm amazed that the Passport engine just loafs along at 1500 RPM at 62 MPH and 2000 RPM at 80!
Many of my former colleagues in Utah drive Subes. Largely boring from a driving enthusiast perspective, but reliable and quite capable in wintry climates. I think you're stuck with a CV tranny with either choice.
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