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  1. I counted 34 that I have owned - many of which I bought as they were issued. If I went through my meagre present CD collection I'd probably find less than 10. Reminder to self - get on with setting up some kind of a decent streaming system. ๐Ÿ™„
  2. I have a (used) pair of Confidence C1s - with Dynaudio stands - that I am contemplating selling so I can switch to actives. Not sure what you mean by an "adapter".
  3. Some of you blokes really should go to the Buchardt site and take a look around. The S400 price does NOT include customs and tax. The A500 price DOES as part of their pre order promotion. As for the two year warranty, I've been buying more than two year old hi fi electronics of all descriptions all my life. Don't recall that ever being a problem. YMMV๐Ÿ˜
  4. The black or white A500s with hub and remote are priced at 3450 Euros pre order basis (the walnut ones are 150 more). On current exchange rates ๐Ÿ˜ช, that's about $A 5625. Not cheap? True. But that includes speakers, amps, dacs, room correction, inputs for any other sources (via the hub), shipping AND any applicable import duties. Taking all that into consideration, one could make a reasonable argument that they are cheap. I can plug the TV in via HDMI, connect the hub up to my network and voila - system done and dusted. ๐Ÿ˜ But we're getting off topic here. I'm still very interested in users impressions of broken in ๐Ÿ˜‰ S400s
  5. +1 I'm very interested in the 400s, for themselves and also because they are the basis upon which Buchardt's new A500 actives are being built. The business about break in is interesting. It's been a long time since I bought a NEW set of speakers so I've always had the break in done for me. If the A500s are as good as I hope they will be, they'll probably be my next speakers. Unfortunately, they're not due out until June.
  6. A great drummer from a great ECM era. https://youtu.be/z3TfjPMwBj4?list=RDz3TfjPMwBj4 Ralph Towner - Guitar/Piano Jan Garbarek - Sax/Flute Eberhard Weber - Bass/Cello Jon Christensen - Drums/Percussion From Pat Metheny's favourite ECM album. One of my favourites too.
  7. Yer right, I don't. ๐Ÿคจ Besides, with my aged ears, it's a pretty sure bet that while I might be able to feel a 32Hz (or lower) tone, I couldn't "clearly" hear it. AFAIK, the lowest note on a grand piano is 27.5Hz but nobody goes there. Anyway, I've never used a sub with my present speakers (see sig) and never felt any lack. Your mileage clearly differs.
  8. Never understood the obsession with subs, especially for music reproduction. I reckon they would be fine for my purposes just as they are.
  9. I agree. I reckon that the Buchardt A500 (or floorstanding A700) is a very attractive option. My situation is that we moved to Australia from Canada in 1983, just at the time that CDs were starting to take over from vinyl. After a fair amount of agonizing, we decided not to bring along our vinyl collection but to replace the ones we couldn't live without once we arrived down under. That being the case, I haven't had any vinyl for nearly four decades and have no plans to start again. Of course, all my CDs have now been ripped to FLAC and stored on hard drives and USB keys. If you do decide to try out the Buchardt actives (either standmount or floorstanding), please waste no time in posting your impressions here.
  10. Harvey Norman, back in early January. Pretty well all the usual outlets (HN, Good Guys, JB Hi Fi etc etc) had them for around that price. They seem to have gone up since then. Weird, since there was a new model (x9500h ??) introduced at the CES which will probably be introduced here in Oz sometime in the next 4-6 months. Anyway, the Sony 65" X9500G is a very good flat screen IMHO.
  11. Had a quick look at Videopro. You could try a Sony 75" KD75X8000G which they're selling for a bit less than $2.3k. We recently bought the higher spec (KD65X9500G) Sony LCD at 65". Cost us a few bucks less than $2k delivered. But the 75" size of that model is well over your budget. Is 75" necessary?
  12. If anyone is looking for pair of KEF LS 50 wireless speakers, here's a pair which are a tad more realistically priced than were those offered by our recently outed scammer.๐Ÿคฌ https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/payneham/stereo-systems/kef-ls50-wireless-less-than-one-year-old/1238427630 Asking price? $2500 And they're black!!๐Ÿ˜
  13. That's a good idea. Although in this case, the allegedly brand new speakers were being offered for 40% of the new price at an Aussie bricks and mortar shop. Hmmmmmmm... ๐Ÿ˜‰
  14. Well, I've been messing about with separates - including passive speakers - for a long time now. Are active speakers something I would consider? Not to put too fine a point on it. YES! In the first place, I've never been one to chop and change components on a regular basis so not being able to change the amplifiers driving my speakers is not something that would bother me. Active speakers will have a different amplifier for each drive unit and will also have active crossovers placed before the amps in the signal chain. This allows the amplifiers to be perfectly matched to the drive unit they are powering. Throw in DSP for room correction and other things and what's not to like? In fact, I am seriously considering a TWO piece stereo/AV system consisting of: My recently acquired Sony 65"X9500G A pair of Buchardt A500 active speakers - with hub and remote control. These really interest me. They can be pre-ordered now for a June delivery. Don't need a NAS because I don't have a big enough music/movie collection to warrant one. Don't need turntable facilities since I haven't used one in decades. Don't need a CD/DVD/BluRay/4K player since all my music/movies/videos are already ripped to an external USB HDD. Without question (in my mind), Active speakers are the future of Hi Fi.
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