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  1. Powerful little beasts these are...and very handy....there's something about being able to lift a monobloc amp without breaking my back or straining my arm that I now totally appreciate and value.
  2. I did consider one based on the positive reviews - suggesting they offer good value for the money. Unfortunately once you add in exchange rate and shipping to Australia, plus the risk of getting slugged with GST + Customs, plus the risk of something going wrong, they're a pretty ordinary proposition. Not that they're bad - just not the deal they're made out to be
  3. Certainly beats my JBL internal laptop speakers...would make work zoom calls so much more....immersive:)
  4. Love mine....have plenty of transparency and slam. And very capable of revealing the quality of upstream electronics. GLWTS!
  5. Wow this is a massive takedown ....I haven't got an MQA capable DAC and thought it would only matter if I wanted better than 44.1Khz....but it looks like MQA actively degrades everything. And MQA the organisation seem to be in the same pathetic, dodgy category as other fine examples such as Monster!
  6. I think when they refer to sales they mean $ revenue. In absolute numbers CDs still outsell vinyl. And both have been dwarfed by online. Darko had done a video which showed the vinyl resurgence is a mere bump and a very very long way from it's glory days. I'm relatively new to vinyl (past my childhood adventures) and my experience has left me with a few burnt fingers - I've bought enough poor quality pressings at prices in excess of what a geniune high bit rate recording from hdtracks is available for...to be careful now. So I'm actually rediscovering my joy in CDs:)
  7. Thanks guys for your input... this is learning for me. I knew there would be quality differences between pressings, but what i didnt realise was just how dramatic the differences were... the in groove video was helpful. The key seems to be researching a pressing thoroughly before buying a record which kind of takes the shine off. Otherwise It's a bit like paying $50 for a bottle of fine wine and getting grape juice. Pretty sure no other industry can get away with treating it's customers like that.
  8. The problem is I bought online - even though the shop is local - and there were no details about the pressing on it's website. I suspect it's not an isolated case and its a real pity - it looks like there are many players in the vinyl production chain happy to exploit the 'fad' and and not even deliver the basics. Well I'll just have to learn my lessons the expensive way like many people here no doubt have. Or get a Crossley:)
  9. Just bought a brand new Fleetwood Mac Rumours album from a Record shop in Melbourne. It's a Warner music 'made in EU' pressing and physically looks excellent, however sound quality is abysmal. Even low bitrate mp3 sounds better. The highs are almost nonexist - cymbals for example sound pretty realistic on my CD and I thought the Vinyl would be a step up so a bit surprised at just how dull and muffled this is. Might check with more knowledgeable members here what the reason for this might be? Since it was a shrink wrapped brand new record, the store's response was tough luck unless its faulty.
  10. This one boggles the mind... https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Thorens-TD-165-Empty-Box/283889248515?hash=item42191e2903:g:ZUMAAOSwyoJeyek5 I'm just curious...is there a subculture into hifi packaging? Is that even a thing?
  11. I'm using Paradigm Studio 100s with an Anthem processor.....no issues with bass at all or lack of slam. I doubt the 60s would be very different - especially since the SVS will cover the low end nicely. I'm going to guess it might just be a setup issue? Did you run ARC? Sometimes ARC flattens the frequency response curve more than personal taste might prefer. You could manually adjust bass either on the Anthem or on the SVS to compensate. And as the other posters have suggested, dedicated 2 channel electronics might provide the step up you're looking for.
  12. I use a NAS - and have no troubles at all. It might be a bit fiddly to setup initially - but once that's done it works fine. The advantage of using a NAS is being able to isolate any hard disk noise from the player and being able to serve up music to any player in the house from a single central location. Latency is a non issue - latency just refers to the delay between sending a request to receiving a response and is measured in milliseconds - so you might have a few milliseconds delay between pressing play and actually hearing music - but after it starts playing. latency is completely irrele
  13. Special nod to Keith and Harry from SGR audio who is coordinating this – they were absolutely top blokes to deal with and had quality gear! Would have no hesitation buying from them again. Will have to go back and check out some of the other offerings from SGR audio – when the virus abates and funds permit.
  14. I'd PMed my interest in: 1 Anthem PVA2 2 Channel Power Amplifier. Cheers,
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