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  1. Replacing stock power cord

    Normal liquid helium will not do you any good. You need Audiophile Liquid Helium™, only available from Proper Audio Shops, not hardware or box movers. Colour does not matter - what are you, some sort of idiot?
  2. I have a cheapish one that I bought second hand, mainly to simplify connectivity than for any perceived audio benefits. As it turns out, the only thing it does that is quantifiable is it shuts everything down at 5PM each day when the street lights come on, there must be some sort of power spike/drop when that happens. It is not long for my system. The manufacture in question measures his amps at 0.001% THD+N at rated output (rather than rating the output at 0.01%THD as some do). He does this without a power conditioner, I think he's pretty well placed to determine whether any additional equipment needs to be added into the chain.
  3. FWIW, The bloke who hand built my multichannel power amp says to just plug the thing into the wall.
  4. Do Rooms Break in?

    Even if rooms don't break in, that wouldn't stop people trying to sell some piece of overpriced arse to make it happen faster. Wouldn't stop some people from buying it either.
  5. Specs, from the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
  6. Item: SGR Active subwoofer. Sealed box, Exodus Audio Maelstrom-X18, Dayton SPA1000 plate amp. Is black. Location:Blue Mountains NSW Price: $1900 plus shipping if required. Item Condition: Used but nothing wrong with it. Reason for selling: Looking at other options. Payment Method: I would much prefer pickup, but can be sent using a service like Pack & Send. Will cost upwards of $200 to send anywhere. Cash, bank transfer, yes I suppose paypal as well. Extra Info: I bought the sub on this forum or somewhere else maybe a couple of years back. Damned fine unit, weighs more than 50kg from memory. I have it turned up to about 3 and it fills the room which is 6m X 12m with a cathedral ceiling. Also fills the rest of the house when son is playing XBox at night. Surprisingly deft with music - no boom, integrates nicely with the mains. Happy for a potential buyer to come up and have a listen. Some specs, stolen from the person I originally bought it from: Pictures: Looks just like the one in this ad, it is actually that unit's twin. Minus the statuettes. I will post some actual photos when I get a chance, and try and convey some idea of the size of this thing.
  7. AMR dead in the water (Boat anchor)

    I've never had a single problem claiming a stat warranty. Even online. Even from Harvey Norman. Although they did try to tell me that the broken band on my new fitbit was a "consumable, like printer ink" because it could actually be replaced. How we laughed!
  8. Would love this is there was a way it could get to Sydney for a reasonable amount of money.
  9. Currently Watching - popcorn anyone?

    New series of Broadchurch starts tomorrow on their ABC. Not sure what the story is going to bring as S2 was a bit of a let down after the first series, however even if it's drivel it will still be worth watching for the acting of the leads (David Tennant and Olivia Colman).
  10. Netflix currently watching

    I started watching "The Shannara Chronicles" because I can remember reading some of books (by Terry Brooks) in the early 1980s. It doesn't seem to bear much resemblance to the books I read although it was a really long time ago and my mind is not the awesome steel trap it used to be. Maybe it's a mish-mash of the second book, "Elfstones", not entirely sure but the stones are in it as is the baddy from that book. It is a standard LOTR-type fantasy. It looks very good and is nicely shot, think is was made in NZ. The acting is mostly pretty ordinary, especially the younger cast members although to be fair they don't have much to work with. Wil Ohmsford has a Bronx accent, not something I imagined when reading the books, and Allanon (sp?) is a kiwi. Continuity and editing are very odd in parts (where are we now? And when?). The CGI baddies are well done. I'm four episodes in and uncertain whether I'll see if it improves enough to spend time on it.
  11. The Sydney Opera House

    Opera House is a great building, but the acoustics aren't too flash in the concert hall.
  12. GLWTS. At this price there is nothing even close IMO. As long as you don't need Atmos etc immediately. Whoever buys this, I'd highly recommend buying the USD99 Dirac upgrade which gives you full control over the target curves.
  13. Netflix currently watching

    Am about 7 episodes into The Expanse. Really liking it. It has the depth of actual scifi behind it (even if a bit of a space opera), a tense character-driven mystery rolls through each episode, and the inter-colony politics are well handled. Also, for once, the physics are excellent.
  14. Netflix currently watching

    Half way through Star Trek Season 3, having watched the first two series over the last month or so. Some rules: 1. If you are a woman beware of the Lady Music. As soon as they start playing it William Shatner will sleaze all over you. 2. Never wear red to a landing party. You will almost certainly die. 3. Operating the transporter seems to require almost exactly the same skill set as running the sound desk at the local pub on Karaoke night. Shame you can't disappear some "singers" in the same way. I can see why they only went with a short third season (about half the episodes of the first two) - the one I just watched was a real shark jumper. Consigned by a plasticene muppet to relive the OK Corral gunfight. Awful.
  15. Love Portal 2, best game ever.