I really appreciate this extensive test, which covers a broad spectrum of prices and brands. That being said, I'm disappointed that the Fugoo speaker wasn't included. At 169 dollars, it's on the pricy side but delivers the sound quality to match the price, not to mention the phenomenal battery life and the durability. » 12/13/14 5:18pm 12/13/14 5:18pm

I know a former Jalop who might be willing to part ways with his 8 series. He recently pulled the engine and tranny (tee hee) to conduct all major fix-er-ups that needed to be done, and got himself an Alpina B7, so he's still firmly in the quick and comfy BMW camp. I can inquire about it if you end up being interested. » 12/09/14 5:13pm 12/09/14 5:13pm

How does the latest 4Matic system compare to BMW X-Drive? I ask because, at least in the wet, most reviewers agree that the X-Drive can be coaxed into revealing its rear bias, while I have yet to hear such a thing regarding 4Matic, despite it purportedly also being rear biased. While I'm sure a snow machine or… » 10/18/14 9:52pm 10/18/14 9:52pm

I think I covered this on one of your more, ahem, bodacious posts on oppo either last year or the year before. We get crazy taxed on everything and not much return on investment. The latent oppression of sexuality also means that when our comparatively ignorant (or enlightened, depending on who you ask) public do… » 5/10/14 5:37pm 5/10/14 5:37pm

I'm probably one of the oldest members. Started following the site in 04, started commenting on offtopic in 05. I haven't been to the front page since Google Reader shut down this summer, and I sporadically visit oppo but rarely comment anymore. » 10/28/13 8:35am 10/28/13 8:35am

I think if you are going to look at this philosophically, you must take into account that the existence of the concept relies on the existence of a vehicle with which to transport persons and possibly their belongings with minimal exertion of energy from those individuals utilizing it, within a certain confine of… » 9/26/13 9:58am 9/26/13 9:58am

Salomon boots are usually at the top level of comfort and car friendliness because they basically use a running shoe base with ankle bracing and Gore-Tex. So basically they're comfortable, flexible enough to drive in, sturdy enough to last a while, and have a breathable waterproof membrane outer that keeps you dry but… » 9/17/13 3:26am 9/17/13 3:26am

I'm actually in the process of trying to get one. They aren't being sold where I live yet, and official imports of the 4x4 are supposed to start in 2014 but Fiat of Turkey (Birmot) is not being cooperative. I've put down a deposit for a military green 4x4, and am waiting for confirmation that it can be imported… » 9/05/13 2:20pm 9/05/13 2:20pm

I'm on the fence about this one. The cat didn't have a clean fall, and neither did it have a clean landing, but running away it seemed well enough. All the stories we hear about cats surviving falls out of buildings usually end well because they fall unobstructed and their v-max is quite low, while the tensile… » 9/02/13 12:15pm 9/02/13 12:15pm

I agree with your EQ sentiment, but to get the best out of better headphones, you need a better signal to better power the drivers, which is where a headphone amp would come in. Of course, the good ones cost a lot, and the cheapies change the sound signature. I have to say though, that once someone has stepped up to… » 8/28/13 1:19pm 8/28/13 1:19pm

I disagree with the sentiment that "for the money, they should be able to take the abuse" as that's reserved for Jeeps and Baja racers. However, I do believe in the mantra "if you've got it, flaunt it", which means that I don't see anything wrong with irresponsibly hooning exotics if you can afford to fix what you… » 8/27/13 4:57pm 8/27/13 4:57pm