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  1. Finished it a couple of nights ago. I understand how it can be divisive, but I personally enjoyed it. This has got to be the best animation I have seen in games. Both in play and in the cut scenes. So much detail everywhere - the work that went into this is mind boggling. The end did drag quite a bit though. They really could have ended it a few hours earlier. On hard I think I finished it in the 38 hour mark - took many pictures on the way, and savoured every moment of it. I'd love to see this on the PS5 like they did with the first one remastered for PS4.
  2. Sounds like it would make a good Home Theatre power amp, which is what the guys in the US primarily use it for. Insane power and neutrality as well as great bass handling. I think soundstage/depth etc takes a backseat when you have a separate surround system.
  3. Thanks for sharing this. I wanted to try out the xls2502 as well but we have such a vibrant second hand market here, I think I'd rather take a punt on purpose made home stereo amps. In saying that, I still get tempted once in a while... How did you find the mids and depth?
  4. That's a great price for a speaker not even run-in - and DrMikeOz is a top bloke to deal with. If a floorstander or sub is out of the question in your listening room, need good WAF or need to put your speakers close to walls, then this is a perfect speaker. It's a great all-rounder. Pretty amplifier friendly, but it does improve with better amplification.
  5. I think it's ideal for the obvious reasons - the the tonal characteristics do not change when you have panning effects front to back or vice versa. It's a much smoother transition. In saying that, I would totally understand people spending spending less on the satellites - specially if 2 channel music listening is a priority.
  6. For sale is an Xbox One X 1Tb in pristine condition and 3x games: Forza Horizon 3 Star Wars Battlefront 2 The Division 2 Comes with Xbox One X controller, HDMI cable, power lead and box. Sorry, no offers. Selling as it is not being used. Originally planned as a 4K Ultra BluRay playback device, but never even bought a single 4K Ultra disc. Further information: Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  7. For sale is a well taken care of Oculus Rift, complete with remote control, 2x IR trackers and touch controllers. Outer boxes and travel case in pristine condition. Has not been used for a year, but tested very recently with Half Life Alyx and works very well. Some slight wear on the face-plate from normal use - but this is replaceable. Selling as I bought a Rift S on release. Further information: Photos:
  8. For sale is a Pro-Ject 1.3 RPM Vinyl Turntable in excellent condition. Runs both 33 and 45 rpm records. Comes with a wall wart power adaptor. It needs a cartridge replacement, hence the massively reduced price. Very well reviewed and still retails for over $500. https://www.techradar.com/au/reviews/audio-visual/hi-fi-and-audio/turntables/pro-ject-rpm-1-genie-3-678479/review Please no offers at this price. Only selling as I am fully invested in digital and this was an experiment with vinyl I did not pursue. Further information: Photos:
  9. Hi Tom, Want to give my 2 cents worth, because I was in kind of the same spot. I bought a Topping D90 from @DrMikeOz - that had the AK4499 chipset. I liked it - and it had detail, realism, soundstage and smoothness - but it was missing the enveloping sound of tube from my previous DAC which I never thought was so important until Iost it. I subsequently sold the DAC and went back to my old one (also to fund another gear purchase - I did not dislike the DAC). I believe DrMikeOz felt the same about his tube DAC. He's selling the gear he went back to - see below. You might want to have a chat with him. Good luck!
  10. Nothing fancy - B&W685, Elac BS244, Proac 1SC, Buchardt S400, KEF LS50. Loved and kept most of them for years - all had their own strengths and sound signature. B&W - Just a good budget all-rounder with sizzling top end Elac BS244 - Pin point imaging, great bass, transient speed Proac 1SC - Magical midrange, Tone Buchardt S400 - Depth, Soundstage, Frequency response KEF LS50 - Detail, Punch, Exciting top end The only ones I didn't keep for very long were the Jamo C803 and Krix Equinox. That's the great thing about bookshelves - easy to try new ones, and easy to move if it does not work out for you :-). As long as you don't go too exotic...
  11. All those brands have great representation at different price ranges. Maybe work out how much you want to spend first? Bang for buck and resale value are high on my list of requirements and the LS50 (if you have a high power, high current amp) is pretty good value IMHO. Especially second hand. Maybe even 2 bookshelves you can swap over? Been doing this with my system for years. Keeps things interesting. B&W-Elac, Elac-Proac, Elac-Buchardt, Buchardt-KEF
  12. I think you have to figure out what you are hoping to get and get a preamp and DAC that matches that signature. Do you want more smoothness? Clarity? Depth? Also suggest purchasing a popular product you can onsell should the sound not synergise well with your gear. The BS244's imaging is insane. I didn't find mine too fussy with toe-in or placement - it was also just spot on.
  13. Thanks. I have never heard other Topping DACs. My other DAC is a 9 year old Eastern Electric Minimax DAC which sounds completely different. Likely due to the tube section. Both have their strengths and I am happy to keep this, but I have my eye on another piece of gear in the classifieds and could use the funds... Order it in black if that suits your gear. Well recommended. It's a definite upgrade from other Topping DACs according to reviews.
  14. For sale is a basically new Topping D90 DAC (non-MQA). Great DAC. Incredibly detailed (not analytical) yet musical at the same time with a very wide soundstage. Instrument separation is pin-point with a completely black background. Balanced output, pre-amp (defeatable), Bluetooth 5.0 (defeatable) and built in power supply. Remote, USB cable and IEC cable all included. Selling to hopefully fund another impulse purchase on SNA (not a DAC) like this one was :-). If you are after a D90, save yourself $200-300 and a month long wait. No offers at this point please. Happy to keep if unsold. Prefer local sale for now. Happy to deliver in person if in Sydney. Further information: Photos: One of the best measuring DACs on Audioscience: https://audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/topping-d90-balanced-usb-dac-review.10519/ Lots of good reviews: https://soundnews.net/sources/dacs/topping-d90-review-a-genre-master/
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