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  1. Interesting question. Not sure how much cost is a factor. I do know people who have downsized their speakers due to moving to an apartment from a free standing dwelling, so I'd say that is definitely a contributing factor. And I would agree with your 3rd suggestion too. More smaller speakers are hitting the market that rival larger ones. For a sacrifice of around 4 - 6dB of efficiency and maybe a tiny bit more distortion in the LF region at higher listening levels, designers can come pretty close to matching the LF performance of larger floorstanders. I think that's been the case for a long time, but is now coming to the fore because of the increased demand brought on by the other factor/s. Active designs incorporating DSP and Class D/G amps are also enhancing the performance of smaller units and providing a cost-effective/space saving alternative to the combo of big floorstanders and amps.
  2. Sad news. One of those artists you can go to regardless of what mood your'e in. Will also be remembered for his fundraising efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  3. Have you considered getting one of those little Bluetooth receivers with line level &/or S/PDIF output. Then the remote speaker can be anything with compatible inputs. This type of thing: https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/accessories/logitech/logitech-bluetooth-audio-adapter/560263/
  4. Was browsing integrateds for something nice with remote control and came across this Yamaha AX-396 at a very nice price. No remote, so not for me. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Yamaha-AX-396-Stereo-Amplifier/123786362697?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  5. Item: Sansui A-7 Integrated Amplifier and T-7 Auto-search Tuner combination. Location: Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC Price: $150 Item Condition: Quite good for their age. ID markings have been engraved on the top edges of the front panels as shown in the photos, but these are not really noticeable when installed. Reason for selling: No longer required. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I happily used this combo for a few years in a second system until the Tuner auto-search drive cord broke. By the time I got around to repairing it I'd already put a Rotel RA-970/Onkyo T-4700 combo into that system. The tuner has since been repaired, 5 new power supply caps have been fitted to the amp, pots and switches cleaned and both items are fully functional. (Photo of amp internals is before the caps were replaced.) PDF files of Tuner User Manual and both Service Manuals can be provided. AMP FEATURES Discrete class A/B amplification. Inputs for 5 sources including Phono Input. LED Output Power Level Meter. Speaker switching. Loudness control and High Filter switch. Front Panel ‘Tape 2’ input/output connections. Microphone input with input level control. AMP SPECS Power/Distortion: 45W/Ch into 8 Ohms @<0.05%THD Freq Resp: 5Hz – 60kHz +0.5/-2dB Hum & Noise: PHONO 80DdB AUX/TUNER/TAPE 95dB RIAA Curve deviation: +/-0.5dB (20Hz-15kHz) Dimensions: 430 x 132 x 247 Weight: 5.8kg TUNER FEATURES Motorized Auto-search feature. 5-step LED signal strength meter. 3-LED Dial Pointer Tuning Indication. Sensitive front-end and very good alternate channel selectivity. TUNER SPECS FM Usable Sensitivity (Mono): 0.9uV FM 50dB Quieting Sensitivity (Stereo): 19uV (37dBf) FM Alternate Channel Selectivity: 60dB FM S/N Ratio (Stereo): 72dB FM Distortion (Stereo): <0.15% AM Sensitivity: 300uV/m Dimensions: 430 x 87 x 260 Weight: 3.4kg Pictures:
  6. Item: Yamaha RX-V667 7.1 AVR with Remote and YPAO Microphone. Location: Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC Price: $250 $200 Item Condition: Very good. Fully functional. Some marks on the top cover and right-hand side as shown in the photos. Reason for selling: Updated. No longer required. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Extra Info: Great AVR with 6 HDMI inputs, support for the HD Audio formats and some I/O options not now provided on the newer models such as full 7.1 Pre-outs, 7.1 analogue inputs and Zone 2 capability. Amp assignment allows two of the power amps to be assigned to Zone 2 duties or for bi-amping the front mains if only 5.1 is utilized in Zone 1. Discrete class A/B amplification was re-introduced in this model after the luke-warm reception to the previous RX-V665 which used power amp modules. I used this unit for HT switching, processing and Centre/Rear amplification in my main system until it was replaced recently with a new Marantz NR-1508 to get the networking, remote app and Heos features. It was relegated to 2-Channel duties in the family room, but has now been replaced there by a recently acquired Audiolab 8000A / 8000T combo and I can't justify having it sitting around gathering dust. SPECS & FEATURES. POWER: 90W RMS/Channel using discrete Class A/B Amplification. VIDEO INPUTS: 6x HDMI, 5x Composite, 1x S-Video, 2x Component. AUDIO INPUTS: 1x Calibration Microphone Input, 6x Stereo RCA, 1x Multichannel (7.1) RCA, 2x Optical S/PDIF, 2x Coaxial S/PDIF. VIDEO OUTPUTS: 1x HDMI, 2x Composite, 1x Component. AUDIO OUTPUTS: 3x Stereo RCA (AV out/Audio out/Zone2 out), 2x Subwoofer out, 1x Multichannel Preout (7ch), 1x Headphone. AUDIO FORMATS: Dolby TrueHD, DD+, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD HR, DD-EX, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, Dolby Pro-Logic II, DTS Neo:6, etc. etc. FEATURES: · YPAO Room Optimizer (microphone included). · ‘SCENE’ function and Input naming for easy operation. · Zone2 capability. · HDMI & AV Input on Front Panel. · Headphone socket. · FM RDS. · Pure Direct mode. · Large clear front panel display + OSD on TV. · Multi-channel analog inputs & outputs for external decoder &/or external amplification. DIMENSIONS (W x H x D): 435 x 151 x 364 mm WEIGHT: 10.5 kg Pictures:
  7. Makes sense. The Audiolab 8000T is the only Brit designed tuner in my collection. Apparently they spent nearly 10 years developing it and obviously had a global market in their sights!
  8. May I have these please. Boards of Canada Music Has The Right To Children $10 Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street Gaye, Marvin What's Going On Stevens, Sufjan Illinois Gonzalez, Jose Veneer Okerrvil River The Stage Names Islands Return To The Sea White Stripes White Blood Cells
  9. Not as sensitive, or not sounding as nice? Generally speaking, when looking at specs I have noticed that UK/European designed tuners tend to be less sensitive and the focus is more on selectivity &/or audio quality. Possibly because the transmitters tend to be a lot closer and adjacent/alternate channel issues are more of a problem than signal strength.
  10. I solved it last night with the help of a you-tube video, which although wasn't very good resolution, gave me enough clues to work it out. Originally there was a narrow belt, but I just used standard dial-cord and it worked fine. My sketch is as seen from behind the front panel. It's a neat arrangement. Since the Dial Pointer pulleys are not fixed, when the tuning knob is used it causes the relative lengths of cord on each side of the dial pointer to be adjusted and the section of cord between the 2 top pulleys remains stationary. Conversely, when the motor drive is used, the section of cord between the 2 bottom pulleys remains stationary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggTCsokmXQo
  11. Plenty of service manuals show how to thread a new dial cord or install a replacement belt. This is really no different to those servicing/repair scenarios.
  12. Thanks Decky, That's the manual that I have. It has a photo that is a top view with the cover off in which you can see the belt and the dial cord, but no detail. It does provide the part number for the belt, but there are no assembly drawings.
  13. I have a Sansui T-7 that is an analogue tuner with a motorised auto-search & fine tuning mechanism that makes it a great little performer. The dial cord is good, but the drive belt for the tuning knob & auto search disintegrated. I have a PDF service manual and it shows the dial cord arrangement, but it doesn’t show anything about this drive belt and how it fits over its 6 pulleys. There is the motor pulley, the tuning knob pulley, two pulleys on the dial pointer and one at each end of the dial. I’m hoping someone might have a copy of the service manual that does have this info, or that someone might have this model and wouldn’t mind taking the cover off and taking lots of close-up photos &/or clear video, or loaning it to me for a few days if local. Happy to compensate the helper for their effort or make a donation to the forum.
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