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  1. Mine too. I call it my solar powered car, but I prefer your daughters description.
  2. I’m an addict, not sure I could do it. If I haven’t had coffee by about 2pm I get a splitting headache. I was unfortunate enough to get knocked off my bike about 18months ago, ended up in hospital. I’d done some night work and woken late in the day, jumped on the bike but hadn’t had a coffee yet. Anyway, got knocked off, taken to emergency, sat around for hours before being admitted overnight for a morning surgery. Obviously nil by mouth. Once out of surgery and awake again I was on a morphine pump. The morphine didn’t even touch the caffeine headache. It wasn’t until a mate turned up with a flat white that it went away.
  3. Interesting@rmpfyf brings up the example of competition. I don’t have anyone to compete against but it has become a game to see how much I can squeeze out of a single charge. I try to extract as much regeneration from coasting and downhill as I can. I feel like I’ve failed when the petrol engine kicks in and I’m steadfastly refusing to put more petrol in the tank until I absolutely have to.
  4. 7.6kWh. It removes about 100l of boot space from a standard 3 series and adds 160kg of kerb weight. I get up to 30km of range out of a charge but with a 6km commute I do the vast majority of my round town driving on full electric. It’ll do up to 110kph on electric too. It’s not designed as a full electric car but even for longer drives it harnesses the battery and regenerative breaking/coasting to give remarkable fuel figures.
  5. I drive the BMW 330e plug in. Still has a reasonable 2l turbo petrol donkey under the hood but I do most of my commuting and town driving on electric. I drive it every day and I haven’t filled up with petrol since September. Plus I get to fill the battery with my solar power. Happy days.
  6. [quote post="1248018" timestamp="1418163021" name="betty boop" I do hope charging stations are generic. i.e. will do any electric car. otherwise this could be like the smarphone debacle where governments can't get them to standardise. Too late. It’s already a shamozzle.
  7. I’m into series 2 of Berlin Station. Series 1 was excellent but I’m starting to get the feeling there’s a bit of silliness creeping in. I’m holding off on Counterpart so I can binge a few episodes.
  8. They were certainly ok back in the day but its all Chinese made now.
  9. I’m a fan. Have a pair of ML1’s in my second system.
  10. I reckon the amp is the place to start. An NAD home theater amp is probably not the best option for the B&W’s. It turns out that over the last 7 years or so he’s popped at least three tweeters on his 805’s. The latest being just recently. This is what sparked the thoughts about new speakers. He’s now on an amp hunt. Two channel, integrated, onboard dac and digital inputs so he can still play movies and music DVD’s etc. Thanks all for the input, but it looks like the speakers are on hold. We just need to find someone in Brisbane who can fix the tweeter now.
  11. Thanks, good thought provoking stuff from all so far. The room is quite large, around 5x8 it’s an open plan living / dining with kitchen off to the side. However it’s an acoustic nightmare with tile and glass aplenty. The advice on component upgrade is also sound. He’s running an NAD M something multi channel amp. I think the driver behind the upgrade is simply want-itus. He’s sold some property and just can. He’s got B&W and is blindly wandering down that same path with a bulging wallet. Upgrading his amp hasn’t even crossed his mind. I’ve also suggested he look at some Aussie options, being the proud owner of a pair myself (Sonique Emcore MkII). If I had a lazy $20k I’d buy the new Duntec’s in a flash. Sigh...
  12. Hello and Happy New Year to you all. I have a friend (no really) who is not on this forum who currently owns a pair of B&W 805’s, fairly old but in great nick. He’s obviously had Command Approval for an upgrade and is looking at either a new pair of 804 d3’s or a new but superseded pair of 803’s, both selling for $13k. I’ve suggested he at least have a good look at what else he can buy in that price bracket and also that he might bag a bargain on here for something that originally sold for a much higher price. Either way, I said “for goodness sake, AUDITION!” Any suggestions on some nice speakers, new or second hand in that range? Cheers
  13. As the current owner of gear previously owned by rossb, I’m interested [emoji3]
  14. Hi Maxxx. Any idea how these would go in a bookshelf situation, ie close to the back wall?
  15. Vinyl Studio. My amp has an inbuilt dac and usb output making it easy to plug it directly into my Mac.
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