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

It has been a real long time since I dabbled in this whole ordeal, however I distinctly recall installing something called rEFIt, which is an EFI manager for Mac that replaces the original boot manager, and it made everything worlds easier. » 8/27/13 4:50pm 8/27/13 4:50pm

I can live with the name, since I don't see how this will ever get off the ground. The unsprung weight is probably much more than a traditional wheel, at least on this basic level, and in the video there seems to be a very serious balance issue when the Forester with the Shweel is on the dyno, and with so many… » 8/23/13 3:05pm 8/23/13 3:05pm

One fundamental reason is that old Japanese engines are massively overengineered while newer German engines are very finely engineered. The difference would be that the bottom end and internals of, say, a Supra or Skyline engine are capable of handling lots of tuning from day 1, while ze Germans tend to build their… » 8/23/13 7:48am 8/23/13 7:48am