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  1. Woah! Someone call the police - this price is criminal and costs less than a current repair I have booked in for the same model. Yikes.... this is also the cheapest I have ever seen one of these go for in AU. I can't justify owning a third (heh) but for current owners who need spares, this would be a great pickup. The audio section in this beats everything for pure audio quality until you step up to the likes of Datasat and Trinnov. I can't believe this is still available.
  2. I recall Lincoln Dale loaning me some Cisco Nexus 5K gear (when it was new) to run some LAN gaming events with. Hearing some great names being dropped in this thread
  3. Curious to know more about this box. Looks like 10G. Noisy? My "audio" needs when it comes to switching and routing is something that doesn't sound like a jet engine. That means the 40GbE switch that I would dearly love to kick into production is sitting on the floor collecting dust. The house is such that I don't have a single space where loud, screeching fans can't be heard from a nearby room where either sleeping, or audio listening takes place. Plan is to ensure the next place has a garage with sufficient space to drop an APC NetShelter CX in there and then I'm sorted, but until then, it's a 3750X with 2x10G and as I move further into 4K/8K video and moving large VMs around, gigabit quickly becomes a frustrating bottleneck. I have a Cisco 2921 that I modded with Noctua fans and sits in a cupboard. They're cheap enough that if I do fry the box somehow, I can get another one for loose change, but this will be an issue when I want to move to faster Internet; the 4451s can't be modded as easily.
  4. Came here to see what people thought of this. They come in significantly more expensive than the 8500H. The big kicker is that with all that "HDMI 2.1 upgradability" stuff that was going on, there's no 8K60 support on the X8500H; a lot of the tech made it into this one, though! The amp appears to be the same design, or at least incredibly similar to the X8500H. I really do wonder why there was no upgrade architecture developed for these. At least the good news is that there should be some cheaper X8500H's out there. I'm not sure what 8K sources exist yet, but all I need is something that does eARC HDMI audio extraction from a compatible 8K TV and I'll be good to run the A1HD stack for many years yet! Did you see their new SACD player? Chassis looks remarkably like the DVD-A1UD.
  5. I'm using ARC so I can run the Apple TV directly in the Sony X95G to get Dolby Vision. I'll test with the Apple TV via the Oppo as an input to see if I still get the delay. Unfortunately I haven't got anything else that supports ARC to test the output of the TV to see if that's the source of delay.
  6. Hi, Firstly, apologies for bringing this up here or if this is not the appropriate place. I've exhausted other avenues and wish to leverage the experience from people here if possible, in resolving this issue. I purchased some rather expensive (for me) audio gear around the start of the year from a member, as they responded to a WTB listing I had. Everything seemed legitimate until I received the gear and noted that there were a few issues. They suggested I contact the manufacturer and after I brought the equipment in to be looked at, am staring down the barrel of several grand worth of repairs and part availability issues. Two of the three components purchased were purchased from a previous SNA member earlier via these forums so I had assumed that everything was legitimate. I PM'd them to ask if them if they were familiar with any issues with the equipment but that message has gone unread. The seller not only has ignored my text messages and PMs via this forum, but is also blocking my calls (the phone rings when I don't send my number or call from a new number, but otherwise goes straight to voicemail). The last phone call I had with anyone on that number claimed to be a person related to him and was running the business while he was out of the country. He didn't seem to understand what I was saying very clearly but said he'd get him to call me back. This was a number of months ago. I have the seller's name, phone number and bank details which appear to belong to a Pty Ltd company which seems hard to track down, and appears to have just been served a notice of de-registration. I attempted a charge reversal in the hope that I could get in contact with him, but his bank has ignored his requests and was unable to do so (thanks to commbank for not charging me for the attempt, though!). I do not have their address, as I threw away the courier shipping labels the moment the equipment arrived. Seller is located in a different state to me. What are the next steps I can take for compensation or recovery of costs associated to repair? I'd like to make to clear that I do not in any way hold the forums responsible for any of this - this comes down to an individual not doing the right thing. Just looking for some suggestions on how to proceed.
  7. Might still be on the hunt for one of these in working condition. I purchased from @Gtr35 and the amp had several faults and he is no longer responding to any attempt at contact to resolve the issue (two channels faulty, all three VU meters not working, hum from one of the transformers). Here's hoping there's a better example out there.
  8. Heya, If you're looking to transfer a bunch of MDs to digital, the easiest way to do this is with a mid to high end deck with optical out (I'd recommend the JE480 or JB980) but they seem to be hard to get. The other alternative is the MZ-RH1 which is the final Sony Hi-MD portable that allowed full PCM uploading and transcoding of ATRAC material originally recorded to traditional MDs. This is possible for material that was recorded via line in or mic input (but not NetMD transfer). If you're just after a way to transfer recordings from MD discs, I'd be happy to assist. Shoot me a PM if you want as I'm able to get PCM .wav files from those MDs for you.
  9. Love how they get the full R performance drivetrain, even if it dilutes the R brand a little more. Wonder if this spells the end of the Golf R wagon. Between this and the Arteon R shooting brake, I think there's a lot of fragmentation in the product line-up now.
  10. This was one of my favourite games *ever*! I had a thing for the Ferrari Testarossa when I was growing up, then the Holden Commodore VL SS Group A Walkinshaw. I never thought I'd ever be driving a Golf R wagon!
  11. I have one as my daily (ex @betty boop) and one that's currently in for repair. There's nothing else that's obtainable for a realistic price that will touch this in terms of audio quality. There are still spares of the DSP board available (at a price! but they exist despite the Internet telling people otherwise) and the main thing that goes wrong with these is usually the capacitors, which can be replaced with higher grade ones to prevent any future issues at a component level. From your images, it looks like your unit was kept exceptionally ventilated so I'd be confident that the new owner shouldn't run into any such issues. Sadly I can't justify owning a third! Nice to see that you have the POA-A1HD! I bought one secondhand that's currently being attended to for some very serious repairs (two channels, plus the VU meters). Are you planning on selling yours at some point?
  12. The gory details! The missing pieces are safely kept away in a zip lock bag. The replacement tweeter looks a bit different, though... (see 3rd and 4th for different speakers). Did I get the wrong tweeter?
  13. Thanks! Just letting everyone know that they were able to swap the tweeter over for me. $950 which seems to be the going rate, but they had one in stock! Plus, they are located two minutes from my office and gave me an excuse to go to the office for my weekly visit Also some very nice gear in that store. Got very distracted by a pair of 1028Be's sitting there which are tempting me - might have to pop back at some point to have a listen...
  14. Item: Pair of full range Magnavox 8WR Mark V 8 ohm speakers in cabinets. Seen better days; one faulty (treble only) Price Range: Free! Item Condition: Very much used. Some damage to boxes. Drivers look okay but not brilliant. Extra Info: Pickup from Croydon North 3136 Victoria A pair of Magnavox 8WR 8 ohm speakers with enclosures. Both have old connector plugs on them but cables are included. Front grilles pop out so you can get to the drivers. Only one of them works properly - the other is treble only. Could be repairable or a fun project. Drivers allegedly top out at 12kHz.
  15. Never owned any pre-recorded material. but still have all my minidiscs (some still sealed) and various portables and two decks (JE330, JB980). Not selling any of it just yet though I'm trying to get my hands on a battery for the MZ-RH1 as the battery is no longer made and the only ones still available are 10 years old and fetch three figures. Sigh!
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