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  1. Zardoz

    SOLD: FS: Bowers and Wilkins 805s

    Stunning bargain of the century for that price!
  2. Where in Melbourne are these located?
  3. I love my B&Ws but looking for a new sound. If these were in Melbourne, I'd be doing the impulse buying thing. Hmm, quote to postcode 3168?
  4. The current model has the 4KVM module to support 4K video, but this is still worth the asking price and then some! It really came down to the Denon AVP or one of these, but sadly nobody had one of these on the market - at your asking price, I'd be snapping this up in a second! Two XLR balanced inputs is a decent feature! Glad it's not in silver, or I'd be making a very bad decision right now
  5. ..and every other vendor who uses their platform. The answer is simple: accept UHD and disc spinners as obsolete and invest in digital streaming technology. This is, assuming that Oppo are ceasing development of OEM as well as end-user products. Keen to hear more about what this will mean long-term for the Oppo intellectual property and R&D. Perhaps Oppo were hoping that more big brands would take up their technology like they did with Blu-Ray but didn't? Interested to know more about the Apple TV 4K experience. I believe all the HDR stuff is there now and Atmos is still roadmapped. Given that I feel Apple have the most robust and mature video distribution system that seems to be studio-friendly (and has app support for those who are not, unlike the Oppo which has no app support anymore), I suspect the Apple TV 4K is the one to go for. I wonder where UHD BluRay will be at the start of 2019. Slight change of topic: what of Oppo's headphone business? Their PM-1s have been some of the smoothest cans I've heard.
  6. The MediaTek SoC used in these was a joint venture between Oppo and MediaTek. It looks like that Cambridge have used the reference design here as well for some of the layout. Perhaps this R&D work will continue, but will be subsidised through license fees etc, or the IP and/or company sold to another organisation or perhaps MediaTek will take up further development. The lack of development on flagship disc spinners from D&M is obvious. Their latest truly high end spinners were the Denon A1UD and the Marantz UD9004. I keep lusting after the UD9004, but the Oppo 205 has significantly better utility value, albeit at a hit to audio performance. Software distribution over the Internet is a lot more practical than delivering 4K Dolby Vision content over a consumer-grade broadband connection, even in 2018, hence why the Apple transition was successful. USB sticks were the obvious stop-gap between this and cloud-based storage (and outside of Apple's AirDrop, there's no frictionless way to send files to people. In 2018. It's. Still. Convoluted). Incidentally, the Oppo players I've used do a fantastic job of reading files from USB sticks, although I haven't tried with any 4K video content yet on a 20x series. The current state of the streaming ecosystem should not be a basis for predicting the future. There's a lot of noise with publishers wanting to pull their content off Netflix and forcing you to subscribe to their own streaming service. It's looking like a mess. Maintaining several subscriptions per month may not deliver as much value as the occasional Blu-Ray purchase. Per-dollar rentals may be a good middle-ground, which is why I expect Apple to be investing a lot more heavily in visual content as they have the perfect platform for this. I can understand why Oppo may not wish to invest in next-gen R&D given the market situation, but continued development on the 2xx series (HDR10+?) is a concern of mine.
  7. The rear panel from their website looks identical to the Oppo 203.
  8. Curious to know how many people are going to rush out and buy an Oppo 200 series now that the news is out? They say they will stop manufacturing new products, but no word whether they'll continue manufacture of their existing 203/205 products until they are end of life. Retailers are already increasing their prices online. Although Interdyn claim they have enough stock coming in for most of this year, this may not have taken into account future 2019+ potential sales that have now fallen into the urgent category once they're overcome with FOMO and want to secure their last disc player that they'll ever buy. There may be a short term supply crunch until more units come in. I can understand that the cost recovery of the Oppo products doesn't match the cost of manufacture+R&D to keep the lines going. I wonder if people would still pay $3K for the 205? Or perhaps it was concluded that the market will not pay what these things cost to develop, produce and support. I'm not yet convinced that the age of streaming has matured, but perhaps in a few years. What of McIntosh, Primare, Cambridge etc who base their disc spinners around Oppo internals and designs?
  9. Heya, This looks like an interesting sub! I haven't heard too much about these - do you have any comments, reviews, specs etc that could give me an idea as to what the performance is like and how it sounds?
  10. Zardoz

    SOLD: OPPO 103D

    Will you ship this to Melbourne by any chance?
  11. I have mismatched audio coming from my HD650s. Wonder if it's a bad driver - and if these will fix it? Hmmmmmmm
  12. Sent you a PM earlier about this amp. Interested!
  13. Zardoz

    SOLD: FS: YAMAHA YS-SW100 Subwoofer

    I have two of these and they're quite the gem! Great for small rooms and they go surprisingly low. Worth the dollars. How do you go *smaller* than this, though?
  14. Hi all, I've recently purchased some B&W DM601 S2s however after receiving them, both woofers are stuck inward and have no moment on them. When hooked up, I can hear a very faint noise from the woofers. I would guess that the courier may have dropped the box, as the nautilus tube on the back from one of the tweeters was loose inside the speaker box when I received them. Googling suggested that there may have been magnets internally within the woofer that may have moved. Is this likely? Is there a fix to this or am I tossing these (the secondhand value on these aren't really worth spending 100s on repair). Before they were shipped, one woofer was blown (but still moving just fine) and the other one was in perfect working order. Thanks!
  15. Thanks all! Danter to the rescue!