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  1. Edit - I see the OP was Dec 2016, so this info may be redundant for @Addicted to music I run 14 panels with micro inverters - 8 on a northern aspect sloped roof and 6 on a flat roof angled to the west at about 30 degrees . Adelaide. I could tell you the output on individual days in summer - on mild days and on extreme days. My monitoring system (Enphase Enlighten) tells me what every panel is doing/done. Small variations between each of the 8 and between each of the 6. Large variations between the 8 northern aspect and the 6 westerly aspect (west produces perhaps 80% over the year vs north, but with a better afternoon/evening profile) There hasn't been the variation between panels that I thought might occur. Then again, it may be that the shadow that causes issues moves progressively across all panels, causing small disruptions at different times to each panel - who would know. Some of the new microinverters can be managed to self-supply the house, ie load-follow with no export. Nice feature, but unless daytime outages are common and frequent to the property the value wouldn't be there for the cost.
  2. Further to my note above. Did a listening session with my wife, who loves music more than I do. She has always preferred more treble adjustment when she listens to music. Sounds thin to me. I listen to the nuraloops with her settings set for her ears, and there it is - the higher treble balance. Her ears are just different to mine. I am now starting to question whether I should care about the opinion of others on the quality of speakers. I still do, but now I appreciate how different what I hear is from what they may hear. Quality sound is quality sound, so that is good. But whether the balance of sound/bass/treble/mids is right will depend on the individual's ears. Definitely a case of 'your mileage may vary'. Of course, my ears are 61 years old, and so my opinion might not apply equally to someone not yet 30 with better hearing. Would I take the opinion of someone with red/green colour blindness on whether a piece of art had the right colours? No. But I probably don't know that what they see is different to what I see. I am impressed with the technology in such a small package. I do like technology though. If any SA friends here on SNA want to see/try, send me a message (sms or IM). I'll be delighted to share 20 minutes with you and to undertake your own personal hearing adjustment.
  3. Well, the first hour was frustrating. I am now in love. I haven't had anything like this before - others with more headphones and in-ears migh have, but not me. I am surprised at how comfortable they are, once you get them on and in your ear (not easy). I am fascinated by the social mode - so silent, then one tap and you are back in the conversation. I was really taken by the difference in sound using my brother-in-laws setting, then mine. We hear things somewhat similarly but oh so differently. Haven't used the microphone/call side of it yet. The noise cancelling is significant. And the immersion if you want some more or less base. It does take an hour to get into them, and I don't think I have a fault with mine. I might be lucky. The instructions are pretty thin - all intuitive stuff. So light. Only used bluetooth so far, with TIDAL. I did try the TV with bluetooth - that was patchy. Could be the television.... Well done NURA. And, one day, I'll try those other headphones which are better. 12 months was worth the wait. Benje ps all I need now is a plane or a bus or train to catch. These nuraloops would be terrible on a bike or running - you wouldn't hear anything around you.
  4. Marc I look forward to advising my experience next week when mine arrive. I really value honest feedback - it sounds like they could be quite specific to the customer. I wonder whether your hearing and adjustments are different to your wifes? (apart from the typical male deafness related to the higher frequencies of the wife's vocal chords ). All good to hear. My ears are 61 years old. They are not perfect.
  5. yes - tracking links via Australia Post. some reviews appearing on the internet. Positive.
  6. Apparently, my NuraLoops arrive next week. They were in Australia Post Chullora NSW this morning. Just got to get across the border into SA....... Looking forward to them arriving, and seeing what the experience of others has been when they arrive. Benje
  7. Yangarra just keeps surprising and delivering. Those Coates Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have me salivating - I need a trip down south soon. Had one planed for April 5, but COVID-19 destroyed that I'm having a Richard Hamilton 2017 Barbera at present - need more than one glass to judge it. I do like seeing how these wines go on day 2 though - good whites and reds last well, lessers ones are ok but a bit thin on day 2. Benje
  8. Pops if you have plantar fasciitis issues, keep a frozen water bottle in the freezer. Roll your feet on the frozen bottle first thing in the morning, and after a run. It will help, as long as the condition hasn't become chronic. Obviously, manage your distance, make sure your shoes aren't stuffed and make sure they suit your foot. As you no doubt know from painful experience, you can't run with chronic PF, nor will it improve from a mild state with too much running.
  9. I did 14 km this morning along the Torrens River Trail SSZ. And 13.5 km on Wednesday. Plus some hills last week and some grandstands this week. I am mixing some bike rides with running - none of it is quick but the fitness is returning and the waist line disappearing. A day running, Two days on the bike, repeat, then a day of for golf. Doesn't seem to be as bad for injuries as previous routines I have done which had more running involved. I am a lot slower than you - I aspire to do that in about 6:25 pace for 21.1 km in about 6 weeks time - social run, not organised of course. Benje
  10. I got the email too. I'm surprised that if there are 10,000 made that there hasn't been any distributed. I wonder whether the packaging, or the manuals, or some other bit hasn't been made. I hope some units get out to 'influencers' and 'reviewers' sooner rather than later. I am surprised that it will take 5 weeks to deliver what is being made out as stuff alraedy made. In 5 weeeks, they will make another 10,000 units, perhaps 14,000 units. That makes 20,000 plus units. Still, worse things are going on. Looking forward to a delivery before the one year anniversary of the original payment.
  11. @Mendes are you sure you aren't from Adelaide? I find I like and may have had so many of your choices. Red, white and beer. Heavy wine and lighter styles. Benje
  12. I am very disappointed. I am reminded of that phrase 'only the good die young'. First Pioneer, now Panasonic. Hopefully my Panasonic OLED lasts well. Benje
  13. @The Bluesman I can't quite follow what you are trying to do. I power my speakers with a separate 5 channel power amp (anthem) using the RCA pre-outs. I use the 2 lesser amps in the MRX720 to power a couple of smaller rear/ceiling speakers. Are you planning on using two different sets of speakers - a stereo pair (via the separate power/integrated amp) and a theatre set (via the anthem amps).
  14. @The Bluesman the amps in the MRX720 cannot be reassigned to other channels. the better 5 amps are for the first 5 channels (L, C, R LS and RS). the lesser 2 amps can be assigned as rears or as atmos effects. Nothing wrong with running a stereo amp for your front two channels though, it just won't free up two channels (unless you shift the connections of the stereo amp to the 8 and 9 channel pre-out). Benje
  15. @blybo that describes my ride exactly! But, I can slow down when I see people, all I have to worry about is the mad cyclist passing me from behind. A lot less risk than the infrequent car poses. Benje
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