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  1. Marantz 2015 AV processors

    Blybo Have you found your Marantz 7702mk2 to be a significant improvement from your old Integra? I ask as I have the Integra DTR 50.2 using its 7 ch preouts with external amps atm. I actually really like my Integra and it was a big step up in both audio and visual from my previous Arcam 888 processor. But I'm contemplating upgrading the Integra at home as I need an AVR at my work as my old one has died (for audio only) which the Integra will be perfect for. I don't really know anything in regards to HLG or dolby vision but I'm thinking that as long as it is HDCP 2.2 compliant it should be future enough for me. My screen is an old Kuro so not going to update screen until the Kuro dies. Hopefully not for some time.
  2. Marantz 2015 AV processors

    What is the best price on a 7702 mk2 out there atm? Or is it just the new 7703 available?
  3. HIFIMAN HE 400-S

    My HFM 400s have 500 hours up on them now. Yes they sound good. No they don't sound sensational. Yes they definitely do sound like they would be better with an amp no doubt. But...they do sound pretty good with just the A&KJr running them. So an amp with them would be better but again I really don't want the expense or hassle of an amp so for now I wont get one as they sound alright without one. Maybe one day if a decent one comes up around here and I have the cash but until then...
  4. HIFIMAN HE 400-S

    Ah Yes...You mean Coffs Coast Audio. Yes I know it well. Gav and Jarrod were at Park beach music and HIFI for many years let me tell you I've maxed out many a credit card in that shop over the past 20 years. When that shop owned by Kev Budge closed its doors after 25 years of wonderful service they went out on their own. They specialise in installations. Really nice guys. They only opened their doors last year. As far as the Senny Head amp goes I wouldn't really want to try it out if I wasn't half keen on buying it and I wouldn't buy Sennheiser again. Also if I bought an amp at all it would be used from these classifieds probably. But for the purpose of what I want my headphones for I don't really want the hassle of a headphone amp anyway. I guess if I try one at some stage I might be swayed but we'll see....
  5. HIFIMAN HE 400-S

    Looks like it was defiantly a burn in issue. Had a listen last night now they have 200+ hours on them and they sounded like a different set of cans to the ones I listened to last week. MUCH more open with nice sweet mids and tops. Still a bit thick for my liking in the lower mids but with some more burn in and maybe a new cable down the track I think they will be really nice. I'll get around 500 hours on them and see how they sound then.
  6. HIFIMAN HE 400-S

    Interesting. What was the source? Was it a audio player? With an amp or running solo?
  7. HIFIMAN HE 400-S

    Hi. Yes the Etymotics are very good. I've owned mine for many years. I only use them now for a gym workout. I've just ordered some Comply foam tips for them which will be a new experience for me as I've only used the standard foam tips in the past. I have the plastic flanged tips but don't like them. I had a look around the headfi forum a while back when researching what DAP to get. I decided on the A&K Jr. I might head back over there at some stage down the track to get a cable recommendation for my HFM400s. cheers.
  8. HIFIMAN HE 400-S

    Yes without a doubt they would sound better with an amp but I really don't want the expense or hassle of a headphone amp which was a big factor in my purchase. With their high sensitivity and low impedance they are sold to run on portable devices. Easy to Drive One of the highest efficiency planar phones in the world! HIFIMAN’s newest HE400S sounds terrific on your smartphone or most any portable audio device. They have over 150 hours on them atm and they are opening up nicely. I'll get them up to 300-500 hours and hopefully they will open up some more.
  9. HIFIMAN HE 400-S

    I've just purchased a new pair of HIFIMAN HE 400-S. Is it worth upgrading the cable? I read in a review somewhere that the stock cable is pretty basic. Not sure if an upgrade would be worthwhile. They are now 70 hours into burn-in. I had a listen with my Astell & Kern Jr after around 30 hours and I was very underwhelmed. They sounded closed, flat and lifeless but hopefully its a burn in thing and they will open up after some decent burn-in time. Underwhelmed in comparison to my Etymotic ER4Ps, Bose QC 25s and a deceased pair of Senn HD239s.
  10. I love my QC25s. Waaay better than my Senn 450s. I use them all the time when on a trip not just on flights but hanging around hotel or resort just chilling. In fact im in my hotel room looking out onto the Savaii north coast listening to Beth Orton on my QC25s as i write this. I use a Astell & Kern jr as my source playing WAV which is a huge step up from my Samsung S7 or my ex iphone. I have a pair of Etymotics that are grest for the gym but no good for travel. I use my QC25s at home occasionally when doing the grocery shopping or chilling in a cafe. Great way to block the world out. Senn 450s were never great and now the internal switch is faulty so often gets stuck on one channel. This started under warranty and even though i mentioned it in writing i was stupid and didnt return them. By the time fault got worse they wouldnt fix them. Paid $25 to send them back and got the same faulty cans back. I wont buy Sennheiser again. Going to miss you Chris Cornell. Thanks for the music.
  11. Favourite Midnight Oil album

    Maybe....if 'Outbreak of Love' from Earth and Sun and Moon isn't a love song. Surfing with a Spoon from the Blue album debut still gets me going for the volume dial and waving my arms around.
  12. Favourite Midnight Oil album

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/apr/14/midnight-oil-bring-scorching-set-to-sydney-pub-on-a-day-for-the-diehards With a few here posting Head Injuries as their fave Oils album I thought this review of their kick off leg of the great Circle Tour was relevant.
  13. Favourite Midnight Oil album

    First time I saw them was Wanda Beach 82 on the Postcard tour. Free concert. Wow. Blew me away. They had me hooked from there. Support was INXS. Lucky Country off Postcard still sends tingles down my spine. Ive seen them 46 times live inc that one and Oct will bring up 47 in Coffs and 48 at Hope estate where i paid a bit more and got in quick to get GA standing front of stage. I loved their message then and still do. I have nothing but respect for PG but it must be remembered that much of the message and lyrics and power and passion are coming from Hirst and Moginie. I used to like standing front LHS in front of Rotsney. His guitaring duos with Moginie still move me emotionally. I havent heard two guitarists sound so good together since Stills & Young. Favourite album. Hard call. Its a bit like picking a favourite Beatles album in that it depends on the mood....and no Im not comparing them to the Beatles. The power of Head Injuries (Stand in Line) or the mellowness of Breathe (Bring on the Change). The rawness of the Blue (Surfin with a Spoon) album or the classics of 10 to 1 (Only the Strong) The wonderful pairing of Deisel & Dust (Warakurna) and Blue Sky (River runs Red) or the lets do something completely unexpected of Red Sails (Sleep). I love all the prementioned albums in this thread but ill go with short and consise and say the Species Deceases ep. Saw them 3 times on that tour at the Homebush basketball stadium if memory serves me correctly. Bring on Rocktoba baby.
  14. I wouldn't mind these but Im in Coffs Harbour so freight will make them too expensive.