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  1. Aura - is it worth fixing?

    Your assumption is correct.
  2. A friend of mine has an Aura turntable. It currently has no belts, smashed mirror and the platter would need re-chroming. It doesn't have a tonearm either. On the plus side everything else seems to be working. It also has a better power supply and motor and the platter is a heavier prototype (I think). So I'm thinking it's a fairly major project. I'm thinking that at bare minimum it needs new belts (are custom belts even available?), a new mirror (I presume a glass cutting place could make one if they had the specs) and of course the re-chroming. Add the cost of a decent tonearm, it's going to be a fairly expensive exercise. Is it worth taking this on?
  3. pioneer plx-1000

    Thanks for the reply @mloutfie but I was just asking the question as I am curious to what it might sound like. I have tried several cartridges with this turntable: AT150MLX, Denon DL103, Ortofon Concorde Nightclub MKII, AT95E, Garrott Brothers K1. The AT150MLX probably sounds the best but the Ortofon sounds excellent too. The DL103 is a few mm too short if you want the VTA to be correct.
  4. pioneer plx-1000

    Has anyone here pulled the pin on the pioneer cartridge specifically made for the PLX-1000? At $349 it's fairly expensive for a DJ cart. It seems to be made by Nagaoka. High output and conical stylus. https://djcity.com.au/product/pioneer-dj-pcx10-cartridge-for-plx-turntable/
  5. Canton Speakers

    Any opinions here on the German made Canton speakers? Not many reviews online but I did find one rave review of the Vento 826. They look very well made and Rio has 20% of everything at the moment. They look like a good alternative to KEF LS50's or Dynaudio x18's etc. and cheaper now with the current discount. https://www.canton.de/en/hifi/vento-series/vento-826 https://www.lowbeats.de/test-canton-vento-826-so-klein-so-gut/
  6. In my current main setup I am using a pair of Tannoy XT8F floor-standing speakers. It can sound a bit boomey, especially with modern electronic stuff. I have put this down to the speakers being too large for my listening space. I'm thinking of going back to some stand-mount speakers OR getting an amp with tone controls so I can just easily dial the bass back a bit. The speakers I am considering are Dynaudio Focus 160's or Tannoy Definition DC8's . My amplifier is a Musical Fidelity m6si and has enough grunt for most speakers I think. Any opinions on which direction I should take? Thanks.
  7. Great looking amp! I'd love to hear one. No pre-out though which could be a deal breaker for those wanting to use a sub. I'd love to have tone controls back
  8. FS: Pioneer N-70A (Relisted)

    They're pretty good these Pioneer streamers. I have the older and cheaper N30. I find using the MusicStreamer app with Airplay better than Pioneer's proprietary app for playing network music files. GLWTS.
  9. I'd head over to the Whirlpool forums and find the one relevant for your ISP. Try and work out which modem/router works well for others. It can be depressing though as everyone seems to complain about their NBN experience. FWIW I went with the el-cheapo ISP - My Republic and it's been very good. My speed is about 10 times faster than what my ADSL2 was. The cheap router they sent out was absolutely fine but I already had a TP-Link VR600 so I use that and it's excellent. https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/
  10. SSD vs HDD for audio streaming

    All of my music files reside on a cheap 2TB Toshiba USB HDD attached to my router. Mechanical noise is not an issue as it's in a room far away from my HiFi listening room.
  11. The first thing I would do is restart your router.
  12. A lot of routers have usb storage. It basically turns your router into a NAS by adding an external HDD. I've ditched two dedicated NAS devices in favour of this. It's faster, cheaper and more convenient. I've used Netgear and TP-Link routers and they have worked equally well.
  13. If you've got an iphone or an ipad you could just play Spotify on the N70a via Airplay.
  14. Apologies if this has already been posted but it got a fairly lacklustre review on What Hifi. https://www.whathifi.com/oppo/sonica-dac/review