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~Spyne~ last won the day on April 2 2014

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  1. ~Spyne~

    Comprehensive image retention over 24wks

    Yep, jump on WP and there's plenty of users who have experienced burn-in on OLED TVs. Admittedly, they're mostly talking about 2016 models...who knows if in 12-24mths there will be the same frequency of burn-in with 2018 models. The posted youtube video makes a good point though - the main advantage of OLED is the pure blacks they can achieve compared to LCDs. However this is only noticeable in a very dark room - most rooms have at least some ambient light which means an OLED and leading LCD will have extremely similar performance in 99% of viewing cases.
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    Holy carp - best bookself speakers ever made

    Will these fit on my $50 stands?
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    Yep, it's been pretty widely reported and discussed. The rtings test is an 'accelerated' real-world usage test. They do refresh cycles per manufacturer recommendations and the TV is turned off for several hours during each 24hr period. Manufacturers say under "normal" usage, there is zero risk of burn in, however the number of posts I've read from seemingly real-world usage customers suggests that burn-in is a real risk. Sure, it's still a low percentage of overall sets out in the wild, but a risk nonetheless. And it seems so far, that LG in particular do not come to the party when a warranty claim is raised.
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    Samsung QLED Price Drop

    Bottom price for 55" OLED seems to be about $1700 (give or take $100) based on clearance prices of 2017 models and the most recent large discounts on 2018 models. I think Samsung really priced themselves out of the market with their Q8 and Q9 models, a price drop across the range is a smart move.
  5. ~Spyne~

    Possible Fetch replacement

    Is it an older model (Gen 2) or a current Mighty that you have? I had nothing but problems with my Gen 2, which Optus then replaced with the new Mighty free of charge and our experience since has been faultless.
  6. Hi Rick, I'm not sure i caught the full session as I don't recall hearing anything about the electronics, but I was definitely impressed with the little Studio 2 (black) stand-mount speakers. Unfortunately I didn't get to hear the Studio 1s as I was only at the show for a few hours so had to rush through a few of the rooms. I had not heard of Lucie speakers before, so it was great to see yet another local manufacturer on show. Well done. Despite having to rush through many of the rooms, and completely missing some, I REALLY enjoyed the Dutch & Dutch speakers - incredibly impressive for their size. The short time I had in the Kharma room was also immediately enjoyable. Effortless, nuanced, dynamic at all volumes. Mind-bogglingly expensive. The Hulgich/Holton room, SGR, Osborne, Krix (& Selby) and Sonus Faber rooms were all enjoyable too. Disappointments included the VAF room - not the speakers themselves, but after last year, the room/set up and presentations were a step down in my opinion. The Legend room - only because I found the bass quite boomy when I was there. Obviously the room wasn't ideal and I think the source at the time wasn't exactly A-grade. The Kii speakers didn't do much for me but the worst sound, for me, were the Meridian DSP-5200 speakers. Sounded like someone had put a wet blanket over them whenever they were played. Yet again, a great show organised by @Marc and his team. I would have loved to get more time to wander, listen and chat so will hopefully be able to do so next year.
  7. The above discussion/'issues' were raised at previous shows - it's the nature of the beast. Often brand new equipment on demo, stuffed into small rooms with extremely minimal time to optimise anything - no component 'burn in', rushed room treatments (if any), seating to suit the show/room, not to suit the listening experience, etc... Add the fact that the construction of most hotel rooms is not the same as most houses and you're pretty much guaranteed to end up with a system that barely hints at its real-world potential. It is a great way to SEE new equipment and TALK to the people distributing/selling/manufacturing the gear. And of course, to socialise with other like-minded hifi enthusiasts
  8. ~Spyne~

    Single malt whisky

    While it may not be the first whisky mentioned when people ask for recommendations in the +$70 bracket, I grabbed a few bottles of Bowmore Small Batch last week....some BWS stores were selling them at half price! $39.50 instead of $79.00 My local DMs would only price match for a single bottle, which I grabbed and then went to the few BWS stores around Ballarat looking for stock. Found one with a few on the shelf so grabbed 2 more there. 3 bottles of $80 whisky for just $120
  9. This is a reply from Oppo Australia (oppodigital.com.au) back in 2015 when I asked... Thanks for getting in touch. Netflix Australia is not supported on the BDP-9x series. This is on account of the software provided by Netflix during the initial integration. Many people have circumvented this issue by using Netflix US over a VPN. The BDP-9x series had Netflix 2.0 installed and Netflix won't allow us to upgrade that to 4.0. As a result the US Netflix, through a VPN, works but not AU services that require 4.0.
  10. Booked See whoever else at the Sat 12pm session.
  11. Quite satisfied. Did a big (for me) upgrade last year, with a new DAC/pre & power amp setup. Could always sound better, but because the whole system also doubles as the primary audio for all TV/movie duties in the main lounge room, there's a limit to how far I can go. I've got some acoustic batts to frame and position that have been sitting in the garage for over a year. One day I'll get around to that. ....Oh, and budget restrictions too, of course
  12. Price has been lowered.
  13. IPS vs VA Just different panel tech. This article from rtings sums up the differences pretty well; https://www.rtings.com/tv/learn/ips-led-vs-va-lcd HDR10 is the base format for carrying picture information. It uses static metadata - sent once at the beginning of the data stream. Every HDR-capable device supports the HDR10 format. DV = Dolby Vision. A new format for carrying information about the picture, from source to display. Similar to how Atmos was the latest evolution of how audio information is carried. It has licensing fees but has wider support from content providers and electronics manufacturers. Couple of articles below. https://www.whathifi.com/advice/dolby-vision-hdr-everything-you-need-to-know https://www.techradar.com/au/news/dolby-vision-is-it-worth-paying-extra-for-the-premium-hdr-format HDR10+ is Samsung's (and Amazon's) competing format to DV. It also uses dynamic metadata and is free but has smaller support from content providers. This is a pretty good article for understanding the basic differences; https://www.cnet.com/news/dolby-vision-hdr10-advanced-hdr-and-hlg-hdr-formats-explained/ Ultimate Extreme processor. Just a processor that Sony uses in their latest flagship TVs. Every smart TV has a processor of some sort, the Sony UE just happens to be one of, if not THE, most powerful one available right now. Smart Hub OS. Every smart TV runs some sort of OS (operating system). Many are based on the Android OS (similar to many mobile phones). Samsung has their own 'Tizen' OS, LG has their WebOS and Panasonic uses My Home Screen 3.0 (which is based on the now-dead Firefox OS).
  14. Just the inconvenience of losing any settings
  15. You could try a factory reset, but that would be a last resort...