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  1. I picked up a 65" Sony 95G for a bit less than $2k a couple of weeks ago. I've seen the prices rise a bit since then but since these TVs are about to be superseded by the new models introduced at the CES, prices will inevitably come back down again. I'd wait, I doubt if it will be long. I'd definitely go the 65" over the 55". There's not a lot of difference in price and a BIG difference in the impact of the screen. As to the Sony, I reckon it's excellent. The bloke at the store (HN) was pushing the Samsung but once I got him to take both sets of the ubiquitous "Vivid" setting, I thought the Sony looked the more natural. And there is no judder or blur whatsoever when watching sport on FTA HD. I can't comment on Fox or Kayo since I don't have them.
  2. Duane Eddy - The Twang's The Thang (first album own money) Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby Dave Brubeck - Take Five Booker T And The MGs - Green Onions The Beatles - Meet The Beatles The Rolling Stones - 12 x 5 Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow Gordon Lightfoot - The Way I Feel The Beatles - Sargeant Pepper The Doors - The Doors Albert King - Live Wire / Blues Power Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed Frank Zappa - Hot Rats Santana - Caravanserai Oregon - Distant Hills John Mayall - The Turning Point Joni Mitchell - Blue Annie Lennox - Diva Paul Butterfield - East West Dire Straits - Love Over Gold Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus
  3. The base Panasonic OLED (TH65GZ1000U) would cost me about $1150 - or almost 60 percent - more than the TOTL Sony LCD. I've got 70 year old eyeballs and I watch a fair amount of FTA stuff and very little 4K stuff. I must admit I've been hanging out for an OLED set but now that I'm facing making a final decision I'm not at all sure that it's worth the extra scratch. Were I twenty or even ten years younger, things might be very different. But I'm not.
  4. Well, it would seem that our old Kuro (bought in November 2007 and running flawlessly ever since) might just have spit the dummy. And I also saw that report about the major players planning to phase out LCD. Sigh. I can get a 65" Sony KD65X9500G from VideoPro for just over $1950. I can get a Hisense 65" OLED for about the same price. The cheapest Sony 65" OLED (KD65A8G) would cost me about double the price of the equivalent size TOTL Sony LCD. What to do????
  5. I saw that link on my phone this morning, Bronal. It makes some very good points. In the days before Netflix and movie/TV show streaming we built up a small (125-150) collection of movie/tv DVDs. We've still got them although they've now been ripped to disc so we can take them with us on the road. If I was to rely on today's Aussie streaming services to watch the same content, I'd be all but totally out of luck. In stark contrast to music streaming, the selection available to video streamers is appalling. Aussie Netflix is particularly bad with next to no content at all that wasn't made in the last 10-15 years. We used the postal service of Quickflix for years. We're seriously thinking of going back to them and ditching movie streaming altogether since the (older) movies we like simply aren't available from any of the online providers.
  6. I didn't bother with the Newsweek list, typical clickbait rubbish. But I have scanned this topic and I'm amazed that nobody has yet mentioned Dr Strangelove, or if they have I missed it. IMHO it is by far the greatest anti war movie ever made. Utterly hilarious and grimly serious at the same time. Nor have I seen in this thread ... The Bridge On The River Kwai The Great Escape Waterloo - Rod Steiger as Napoleon and Christopher Plummer as Wellington (and Orson Welles as Louis XVIII) Letters From Iwo Jima MASH - the movie, NOT the TV series
  7. Yep, it's been ages since I burned an audio CD. It's now getting to the point where not many new computers (and very few laptops/ultrabooks) have CD/DVD burners. I just replaced a nearly 10 year old Dell XPS laptop with a new Lenovo (Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 6) which has no room for an optical drive. Sure, I know it's easy and cheap to buy an external USB drive but I doubt if I'll bother. If I need to rip stuff in future, my old machine can still do that. And as for new music, I'm leaning more and more towards streaming anyway.
  8. Don't know if you could call it a "mini series" but Seachange was one of the best things I've seen on Australian TV. Or on anyone else's TV for that matter. The early seasons of Blue Heelers were no slouches either. And then there was a 2007 ABC series with Rachel Ward and Gary Sweet (and others) called Rain Shadow that was excellent.
  9. Before I bought my Dynaudio Confidence C1s, I had a chance to audition these exact same Duntechs using the exact same ancilliaries (pre, amp, source cables etc) that were used for the Dynaudio audition. Were the Duntechs better than the Dynaudios? IMHO, most definitely. Why didn't I buy them? Because the Duntechs were a brand new pair and the Dynaudios were a demo pair so the Dynaudio price was less than half the Duntech price. At the price these are listed for, they're a steal. If you are in the market and near the seller, check them out. You'll be gob smacked. GLWTS.
  10. A tragedy! BMW 1602. That's precisely the car I passed my first test on - in 1966 - in Vancouver (Canada). My old man did have at least some taste, that was his car. I have driven faster and much more luxurious cars since. Have I driven a better handling car? Well, there was a 981 series Cayman S. Apart from that, I don't think so.
  11. In the 1950s and '60s (and 70s and 80s for that matter) the idea of human beings playing rock music in their 70s or of a rock band surviving for more than half a century was looked upon as being ludicrous. And so it was, and still is, and rightly so. By the late 1970s, the Stones were not a rock band, they were an institution. Ronnie Wood did much better work for the Faces than anything he ever did for the Stones. But it cannot be denied that he's had a very good gig with the latter for the past four decades and counting. So have the rest of them, but they haven't made much music worth listening to for a very long time now.
  12. As I talked about earlier in this thread, I started a weight loss program with the 5:2 diet after seeing some Dr Mosley You Tubes. It definitely works. It got me started and peeled off about 15 kg (from 102 to 87 kg) in 3.5 months. But I got stuck at 87 kg on this diet and my weight didn't move for a month. And that's with daily calorie counting so I didn't negate the two calorie restricted days on the other five. So I switched to proper intermittent fasting - every day - and kept calorie counting. Intermittent fasting is very easily done, just skip breakfast. I didn't ingest any calories at all between 7 PM in the evening and Noon the next day and I did that every day. That got me down from 87 kgs to my present weight hovering between 77-78 kg. 5:2 may be the more popular diet but I have no doubt at all that intermittent fasting is the more effective diet and MUCH easier to stick to. Google "Max Lowery". I'm easing up on any diet at all for this month. I reckon my previous propensity to "binge" has been pretty well eradicated and I'm now much more aware of what's good to eat and what I shouldn't eat. In the new year (not necessarily on Jan 1 🧐) I'm going to institute intermittent fasting as a permanent lifestyle and up my resistance and HIIT routine. My intention is to live forever. So far, so good!
  13. I can remember buying both the White Album and Beggars Banquet in 1968. Beggars Banquet in particular was a huge relief after the Stones stuffed it up completely with Their Satanic Majesties Request and I agree that it was better than the White Album. But I bought a bunch of other albums in 1968 too! 🤩. Two that I'm sure got more time on my turntable than either the Beatles or the Stones were Electric Ladyland by Hendrix and Wheels Of Fire by Cream. Either one is my 1968 pick.
  14. The greatness of Paul Butterfield?? Indeed!! Michael Bloomfield too. I was priviledged to see them twice in the mid/late 1960s. Another great white blues harp player was Corky Siegal. Check this out: Others: Taj Mahal with the great Jessie Edwin Davis - Bacon Fat Jeff Beck - Wired - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat John Abercrombie and Jan Hammer - Timeless Emil Gilels - any Beethoven Piano Sonata Mitsoko Uchida - Mozart Piano Sonatas Ralph Towner - Oregon and his many magnificent ECM recordings Little Feat and the great Lowell George - Rock n Roll Doctor, Dixie Chicken and others Miles Davis - In A Silent Way and many others (yes, including Kind of Blue) Bill Evans - Consecration and lots and LOTS of others Herbert von Karajan - Beethoven #9, 1977 recording, especially the slow movement (#3) - perhaps the finest music ever written
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