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  1. I understand. My kids thought the tweeters were a buttons on mine. So tempting for little fingers. Mine are 7 and 10 so I've got some more choice. As I said, we are living parallel lives. I'm just a few years older
  2. I would endorse Cyrus and Dynaudio as you mentioned in your OP . I've had Cyrus since mid 90s. Tried a range of different speakers but settled on what I love. I feel no need to upgrade, despite a mid-range set up from both. When I started on the hifi journey 30 years ago, I was amazed by the improvements as I changed my midi system for separates. The word I felt at the time was "creaminess" to the ear. Smoother and richer. Anyone can tell the difference. I had PMC before the Dyns and they sounded less creamy. Now the Dynaudio don't leave me wanting. No harshness. From what I've read, Cyrus is a bit bright. Maybe the Dynaudio smooth is out. Just bought a pair of Aktimate Mini B+ for our bedroom that my wife can listen to while she is getting ready. Great speakers for the price but it's horrid to me compared to my two systems. Like when you drive a hire car and then get back in your own nicer car. It's a good thread, because clearly the sound of components is tuned in a certain way (if not why would people change DACs)
  3. We seem to be living parallel lives. I had a pair of M53s too. I had to switch to bookshelves when we redesigned our lounge, so I went PMC then Dynaudio. To be honest the Dynaudios are better than anything else I've had by a long way. No reviews seen. Maybe they haven't got any shipped to reviewers yet based on your experience
  4. Which Mission? I have had several but the best were 752 Freedom. They are still at my mom's in England. I sold my PMC Db1 bookshelves recently to buy the Dynaudios I'm dying to hear from you what it all sounds like on really high quality input quality. Please post a review
  5. Thanks. I'd probably put the QXR on my second system and add a PSX-R. I'm on the lookout for a silver one second hand but there aren't many about. I've been a Cyrus owner since the mid nineties and I see no reason to change. I love the sound with the Dynaudios so it's not just about maximising what I have with upgrades. I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I'm just streaming through Google Play Music. I had Tidal with the higher quality, but in the end I found the integration with Google Home to be more valuable that the sound quality difference. I listed to a lot more music now as it's easy to put something on. So next upgrade with be a PSX-R and then maybe a QXR. I can't help but think there will be a lot of used QX modules that are getting taken out for the upgrade. I should really look at some higher definition streaming options too
  6. I look forward to hearing updates on this Blocky. I've got an 8DAC in one room and an 8DAC QX + PSX-R in another room. The rooms are very different in size and furnishings so it's hard to tell the difference between them (and how the QX improves the sound). I had been thinking about updating the 8DAC to QX but the QXR is obviously the best option now
  7. The badge on the right of the front panel indicates that this unit has had the Qx DAC upgrade. Just saying so you and potential buyers know. I've got one of each version
  8. Excellent speakers. So good, in fact, that I bought a second pair. GLWTS.
  9. Yes what happened? This series of speakers are such quality!! IIRC they invested a lot in those NXT flat panel speakers and then got bought by a Chinese firm soon after. I still have my 752F at my mum's house in the UK. Sorry for hijacking thread OP
  10. Very nice. I had a wonderful pair of the 752F towers a couple of models below these. I would argue that they are from an era representing the very pinnacle of Mission as a speaker manufacturer.
  11. Sold pending payment and pick-up at the weekend
  12. Item: PMC DB1 speakers with genuine PMC wall mounts Location: Sydney East Price: $875 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Fell prey to my Dynaudio bug and bought another pair or Focus 160s Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: I bought these speakers 'as new' a few years ago from a guy that had bought them for his studio but never used them. As such, they are in excellent condition with no dings or marks. They have been wall mounted since soon after I bought them on genuine PMC wall mounts. The mounts attach to the speakers via four holes in the back of the cabinet and then once attached to the wall can be adjusted by pan and tilt. They would be excellent rear speakers for a top end system due to the versatile positioning and sound quality. As they are designed to be mounted they obviously work well close to rear walls. As a front stereo pair they have been either side of a TV. On the subject of sound they are brilliant. I've used them as my main speakers in two Cyrus kits in a large room and they have impressive presence. Most recently they have been on a Cyrus 8 DAC, and before that I had them biamped with two lesser Cyrus boxes. I've compared them to my Dynaudio Focus 160 (second pair I own) and can't see enough difference to justify double the price. I will keep the Dyns because they are gloss white and my wife approves, but I've had second thoughts about keeping the PMCs. Pick up is in Maroubra 2035 in Sydney's South East, where they could be demoed. I could bring the to the CBD but obviously no demo is possible. I don't have the original boxes but I do have some Pack & Send boxes and materials in which I received my Dynaudios, so I'm willing to ship at buyers expense.
  13. I had the 752F from the same era which were awesome. I can confirm the crackle look on the drivers. GLWTS.
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