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  1. I was looking at the A700.

    They are not as big a floorstander as you might think.

    About 28 kg each, 1000 mm high (1035 mm with the feet), 180 mm wide and 280 mm deep).


    they have 6” drivers, and are only 7” wide.


    They seem to be small form floorstanders with bigger sound.

    I might be interested in 18 months time - a new project looms.

    Really clean, simple lines, few components needed, and few wires needed.  Yay!

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  2. Joz


    BBQ Inn is great if you want steak/meat.


    If you get the tram into town, go to Lantern by Nu,  It is in Selby St, just near gouger/Morphett corner.

    The chef is excellent (Thai, chef Nu).

    Alternately, Little NNQ is excellent.


    If you want any advice on where to go, please call.

    If you can get to Tanunda, try Ferment Asian.  Fantastic.


    Benje, Norwood

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  3. Betty, no just the standard seats.  Getting matt dark wheels though.

    It is my wife's car.  She is the car lover (and the music freak).  My C250 is pure white.


    The yellow is her idea - she liked the CLA from when I bought my C-series 4 years ago, and the CLA has just had the major refresh.  Saw a yellow one on display and thought that was it - the other colours did nothing for her.



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  4. Betty


    If you were in Adelaide, you could borrow my PM-3.  :)


    You mention pairing with an iphone.

    I also have an OPPO HA-2 Dac/Headphone-amp.

    It does high res, even DSD.

    I could load up a DSF file on my iphone (which does take up a lot of space, so it isn't really tht great an idea), use the Onkyo HF Player app on my iphone, connect the iphone to the dac with a lightining to USB-A connector, plug the headphones into the HA-2 and there you have it - DSD from the phone to the headphones.  The HA-2 is about the same size as an iphone SE or iphone 6.  Jin the two with the oppo rubber bands (supplied) and voila an amazing player.  It is overkill though.


    Neither received much use despite how good they are.  I have Nuraloops now as well.



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  5. why do you want 10 kW?


    do you have a long-term contract from someone who is going to buy your output?

    or do you just want to be a PV generator, irrespective of the financial return?

    or do you propose to convert the vast majority of your output into batteries for your own use?


    if you are going down the battery route, have you worked out how expensive the battery will be and what the savings might be? 

    Have you worked out how much battery you will need for your in-house use to avoid expensive prices? (electricity isn't always expensive, if you have chosen a TOU plan).

    Or, do you just want to be self-sufficient no matter the cost?


    If your main aim is to sue the solar in-house, and are less worried about being a PV generator (and are concerned about the risk of investing in panels that will only ever export,with the expectation that PV export prices willfall, or go negative at times) then think about how much PV you need for in-house use.


    If you are using 24 kWh a day, over a 24 hour period that means an average load of 1 kW.  Your actual demand will be higher at breakfast, and in the late afternoon/evening but it won't average much more than 2 or 3 kW, and is unlikely to get much above 1 kW during the day when the sun is shining.


    Don't get me wrong, solar is excellent, but I just don't see why having a large system on a house makes financial sense.

    A 3 kW system, or perhaps a 5 kW system would be good.

    Something with northerly or north-westerly aspect is good.

    Southerly aspect - you are wasting your time.




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  6. I went and saw a fellow SNA'er yesterday, and had the Nuraloops in the car.


    So, we did a test with his ears - not a perfect test as the seal wasn't great and his 2 year-old daughter was singing at the same time.  Anyway, the profile was fascinating.  He isn't a young dad, so his hearing reflected his age.  This was a very quick session, so don't read too much into this.


    His stereo system is genuinely hi-fi (well known to many here in SA and on SNA) and some here find the bass a little strong (I don't).  So, I listened to my nuraloops with his profile and what do I hear - a strong bass, particularly the left channel. Stronger than my profile needs.


    Now, if I could just visit @Kensell21 and check his profile, we will probably complete the story.

    I am certainly understanding why our systems might sound different to each of us that are middle-aged.  Our hearing isn't as good as our opinions are.



  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

  9. 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.




    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.

  10. 43 minutes ago, Marc said:

    OK these have been stolen by my wife, who immediately warmed to them in every way.

    Go figure. Maybe I'm just not the target audience :)




    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.

  11. 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.




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  12. 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.

  13. 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.



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  14. 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.

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