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  1. 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˜
  2. 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
  3. +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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Never understood the obsession with subs, especially for music reproduction. I reckon they would be fine for my purposes just as they are.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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˜
  11. 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˜‰
  12. 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.
  13. My thoughts exactly. I remember when I bought my Kuro back in 2006 or so (I just replaced it with a Sony 65" X9500G), the Panasonic plasma was a close second in picture quality. The Kuros probably priced themselves out of the market. The Panasonics, especially the OLEDs, seem to have basically done the same thing. Too bad.
  14. Well, I AM an old fart since I turned 70 last month. I don't listen to new pop music and I must admit I've seldom even wondered if I'm missing anything. But I got curious so I gave all ten of these at least a minute and up to a whole two minutes each of a listen. G Flip was tolerable. A couple of others were innocuous at best. The rest? Not for me. I won't wonder if I'm missing anything in future. I know for a fact that there is still a lot of superb music being made out there. But it seems conclusive that none of it ever shows up on social media or pop radio. keyse1 said that the music on jjj was for 20 year olds. Pop music has ALWAYS been for 20 year olds - and much younger than that. It's true that the "new" music I was listening to when I was 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 ... (in 1963 - 1969) was sneered at by most of my elders - especially the really old farts of 70 and up. Doesn't much matter the generation, that's always the case. My only defence today is that I don't sneer at the new pop stuff, I simply don't listen to it.
  15. Ya beat me to it. ๐Ÿ‘ Watched that yesterday. Very useful.
  16. First speakers I ever bought myself were a pair of Wharfedale's and they WERE built in Huntington ๐Ÿ˜Ž That was a loooooong time ago, probably 1965. They weren't Lintons. Those were too upmarket although me and many of my impoverished mates lusted after them. They were either W40s or W60s, can't remember. These new Lintons still have that classic British speaker look. Would love to hear a pair.
  17. "Quality"? According to whom? Musical quality is and always will be subjective. Assuming you want to "rank" bands at all (can't think why anyone would want to), at least album sales and Spotify/You Tube hits are objective.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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????
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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