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  1. At least they inspired a great song by Joni Mitchel-Bose Sides Now. She wrote that after attending a party where she found herself sitting on a sofa sandwiched between a pair of Bose 901s .
  2. Molly Tuttle.International Bluegrass Music Awards -guitar player of the year for last two years running. This is her playing claw hammer style but she does great flat picking too.
  3. Thanks for the advice.I contacted Telstra and basically said I was not going to pay the $50 change of plan fee .After some haggling they agreed to give me $5 a month credit for 10 months off my new plan to make up the $50.After more haggling they then agreed to credit that in advance off my next bill.So at no time have they really admitted that it was wrong to charge that $50 in the first place but rather that they are doing me a " one -off favour" due to their wonderful customer relations !I bet a lot of others just can't be bothered and cough up the $50.
  4. There are very few non-ported stand mounts.ATC make a few.I built Kairos Meniscus kit speakers because they can be used in a sealed or ported box and they do sound better to me when sealed.As ported bass goes the M&Ds are pretty good and they really do go quite low. By far the best stand mount speakers I have heard are Dynaudio C1s and they are ported.It must be extremely hard to build really good two way stand mounts because the C1s are the only truly convincing ones I have heard.Even the slightly cheaper Dynaudio Contour two ways are not quite right.
  5. The trouble is I live in the country and often travel in more remote areas and the Telstra network provides by far the best coverage.I could change to Aldi which uses the Telstra 3 G network and pay less than a third the price but the 3G network will be shut down soon.
  6. Telstra recently texted me to inform me that my mobile phone plan [I am not on a contract] would now have more data allowance.I never used up my previous allowance.When I received my bill they changed my plan to another more expensive one and then had the hide to charge me a $50 change of plan fee.At no time did I give them consent to make these changes and at no time did they inform me that this charge would apply or that my old cheaper plan was being deleted so I would have to take up a more expensive one. I wonder how this is even legal.Especially in light of penalties and findings which have surfaced from the finance sector royal commission dealing with overcharging clients and charging them for services which they did not use.
  7. Mark and Daniels .
  8. When it comes to digital there have always been some cheap CD players that sounded better than far more expensive models.Often from the same maker.Most of the expensive Sony ES players for example did not sound as good as their relatively cheap players like the CDP 715.Same goes for many of the Marantz players.So the same thing is likely to apply to DACs and so the claim that modern cheap DACs like the Toppings sound better than most of the older expensive DACs is just telling you that a lot of those expensive DACs were not very good and concluding that therefore modern DAC design must have improved is not really valid.That is just a coincidence . My conclusion for some time has been that the vast majority DAC/CD player designers/builders really have very little insight into what makes a good sounding digital source and if they do make something good it is probably just a fluke .One company that does appear to have cracked it is Accuphase but that probably has a lot more to do with their expertise in power supplies and output stages than digital processing.
  9. Yeahno.Audio Gd must sound better because they use fully discrete output stages and Accuphase DACs must sound like crap because they use op amp output stages.Did the Stereonet golden era of DAC of the month not teach us anything?And where are the Killer DAC people when we need them?
  10. Getting them to integrate with other drivers has always been the problem.
  11. I agree with Al M. that it is a pointless exercise.Without level matching and appropriate positioning and using an amplifier that suits each speaker it is worse than useless because it is likely to misrepresent the potential sound quality.All this is made worse by using a crappy old recording that is probably not even recorded in stereo.A bit like test driving a car in a car park.
  12. These sorts of clips should come with a dumbarse content warning.
  13. I have a review of the matching AHB2 power amp in Hi Fi Critic June 2016 which had similarly low distortion measurements.They said "Most results were at or below measurement thresholds"And ..Its possible to hear one of the lowest possible distortion audio systems around.." They also said it .."but it failed to impress in terms of musical involvement,attaining an overall score of just 45 points"
  14. Having owned the Studio 590s a comparison would be interesting.The 590s were really excellent and one of the few mainstream speakers that were genuinely valve amp friendly.They over- loaded my medium sized room which is the only reason I sold them.Rear mounted ports do not help. I sold mine to a fellow member who had nice big room and they sounded fantastic in there.I suspect the 698 and 690 might also need a big room to sound their best. The tragedy with these speakers is that most will be sold and used with mid priced receivers whereas they are deserving of much better sources and amplifiers.They are only so affordable because Harman can mass produce them.The research and design expertise that goes into them is probably not much less than those of Harman's expensive flagship JBL and Revel speakers.Maybe even more effort is put in to get them right because most of the turnover comes from selling speakers in this sort of price range.
  15. Excellent move.Much better for parking and passing traffic than former locations.
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