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  1. Can anyone tell me what exactly was in the Acoustic Energy room? I was only able to pop my head in the doorway as it was always full, so I generally just moved onto the next room.
  2. Congratulations to @Marc (and team) on another superbly ran Show. Number of exhibitors and people through the doors is just one measure of how successful this year's event was. Exhibitor and spectator enjoyment another - now you would, after reading some of the replies here, think there were a lot of disappointed spectators, but we all know they're just a minority of grumpy old men needing something to whinge about... 😛 Myself, and all the exhibitors I had a chance to talk to, had a great time. I was there Saturday and Sunday and completely ran out of time Sunday to get a good listen in all of the rooms, not to mention some were simply too busy/crowded each time I walked past. Standouts for me were the ATC SCM100ASLT in Warwick's PMG room. I was stunned by these and ended up spending a good 45 minutes in there over two visits. The Kiis, while good, paled in comparison for me. The Magnepans in Bill's room demonstrated fantastic value for money. I was very surprised there were no subs at play either, considering they were only the baby 1.7i model. The Osborn room was much the same as previous years, though sounding slightly different with the Scanspeak drivers compared to the previous Focal speakers. The lower models, I think, give great vfm, providing a big, full sound. but this at times can also sound a bit too full, fat, loose in the bottom end. I'd be interested to know how much design goes into the crossovers, and to a lesser degree, the cabinets. The Wyndham Audio BR1s were as nice as I remembered them. Worked very well in that small room. Sadly I didn't get a chance to be there for the Contrast speakers or bigger BR2s that were hiding in the back corners. There were a few others that sounded great too, oh, Fyne were another set of speakers I really enjoyed listening to. Also chatting with the gent there representing the brand. Got a good history of the brand and then a nice walk-around of the speakers explaining pretty much every part of the design. Really enjoyable with not a hint of sales 'push'. Some of the disappointments included the Yamaha room (way too bright and shouty), Linn/Kef (I think it was the Kef R11?...Just didn't sound very nice in that room at all) and the Kef LSx/LS wireless. Very underwhelming for the design premise and money. I was also sad to miss any sort of Vaf demo - the Kharma and skype presentations were happening whenever I went to check out the room. All in all, another great show and I look forward to hopefully another in 2021. Kharma, Avantgarde, B&W....$40k - $180k speakers not high-end enough for you? Like you, I love seeing all this gear that's leagues out of my budget. One can dream. Whoever replied in jest to the whingers about wanting more and suggesting popcorn. Funnily, there was actually popcorn at one of the previous shows!! A sad omission this year...but that would have just been "more of the same" and result in further complaints. Maybe a bag of licorice all-sorts or Werthers Originals next time, to keep the codgers happy....
  3. Australian whisky in general is very good. But as mentioned, is also generally very expensive when compared to its Scottish counterparts. Small production, higher overheads and much higher local taxes mean distillers in Oz have to charge a higher price for their product to stay afloat. Hellyers and Starward are the two exceptions due to their larger scale operations and, in Starward's case, investment received from Diego.
  4. As long as it's better than the 2017 12yo! Yuk!! Far and away the worst whisky I've ever tasted, and I usually love me a Laga 10 or 16
  5. Looks like Amazon AU has completely removed it from their site. I was just about to cancel my Amazon US order and re-order through AU....glad I checked the AU site before cancelling!
  6. Was not available on Amazon AU yesterday so pre-ordered from the US. A hair under $76. Seems Amazon AU now has it listed for the same price. Watch JB and Sanity crumble and drop their pricing within the next week or two.
  7. Ardbeg Uigeadail for just $120 at Dans for members. Name a better whiskey for that money and I'll happily tell you you're wrong The Glenfiddich 21yo Rum Cask fro $185 is also a very, very good price...about $80 off other sellers. Some might scoff at the "low" 40% abv, but it's all in the tasting and boy does it taste great.
  8. Dynamat/Roadkill (and the many varieties from other brands) is one of the best things you can do in a car if you want to improve the audio experience. The added advantage is reduced road noise, too. Front doors > roof > boot (if you drive a hatch/wagon) > front footwells & arches > firewall > everything else (eg. floor, rear doors and footwells, etc). Obviously if you do a whole car, that's a lot of added weight, so for a small or sporty car you might only consider the front doors and maybe wheel arches.
  9. Item: Various DVDs (50+, see list below) Location: Ballarat, VIC Price: $2 each or $75 for the lot (plus postage) Item Condition: All have been watched at least once Reason for selling: Either no longer want or have been replaced with BR/4K version Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: All are Region 4/universal unless indicated Titles 12 Monkeys (R1) 28 Days Later A Beautiful Mind Ali (R1) Alien vs Predator Aliens vs Predator 2: Requiem American Beauty Apocalypse Now: Redux (R1) Austin Powers (1, 2, 3) Beautiful Creatures Braveheart (R1) Catch Me If You Can (R1) Chopper Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs (R1) Con Air Dead Poets Society Death to Smoochy District 9 (R1) Enemy of the State Enter the Dragon - 25th Anniversary Special Edition (R1) Face Off (R1) Full Metal Jacket Garden State Inception (R1) Lost in Translation Man on the Moon Minority Report Momento Mulholland Drive (R1) Mystic River (R1) Predator Predator 2 Predators Reality Bites Red v Blue (seasons 1-5 + bonus disc) Requiem for a Dream (R1) Seven (R1) Spiderman (1, 2, 3) Starship Troopers Swordfish (R1) Terminator Salvation (R1) The Insider The Social Network The Thomas Crown Affair (R1) The Usual Suspects (R1) The Village Training Day Trainspotting Transformers Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Twilight Twilight: Eclipse Pictures:
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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).
  20. You could try a factory reset, but that would be a last resort...
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