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  1. There was a Bose store in Perth but are now called Audio-Hub (well i think it's the same store) had the pleasure of walking past it every footy home game. They still sell Bose but also Bang Olufsen, Sonos etc.
  2. excellent question, I don't know but am very interested to know if people have worked out any systematic or methodical approach's to this. Watching with anticipation.
  3. Agree with Irek. I think rear speakers are a bit gimicky unless set up well and at the right height. I used to run rears, moved house, and never really bothered to re-set up the rears. just a 3.0 system. a good system can be pretty descent at throwing the sound but I never really thought to myself that I miss the rears. In saying all this I should set them up again and see how I go. another point being a small room, how many people do you have watching movies at any one time, if just yourself and your wife, you "could" forgo the centre. set up the speakers properly and you should get a nice image. but obviously test it first without the centre with your existing speakers. But of course if your heart is set on new system, then go for it. Not a big fan of the Bose systems I've heard, they seem seem to be very light on and plain sounding, not very powerful. even with a subwoofer. but that probably won't be to much of an issue considering the room size. Sonos sound bar and sub woofer from west coast hi-fi, whatever model was available around 3 years ago, sounded clean crisp loud with some power, but for the 2 grand asking price i couldn't justify. The cheaper Beam would be different model and probably doesn't include a woofer? so maybe find out if there was woofer running when you heard it and if it's even an option? that will make a big difference considering its a sound bar. Have not heard anything regarding denon's Heos system. Finally, it's good to accept opinions and views but ultimately let you're own ears guide you, try and spend as much time as possible with the candidates, and listen/watch both movies and music making sure music is being decoded in 2.0 or 2.1 (as that is typically how it's recorded). because between 10 mins of listening and say 45 to an hour of listening your opinion could change quite drastically with things like listening fatigue and what not. Hope you find the right system for you! Mike.
  4. Hi Greg Welcome and enjoy yourself. Plenty to learn from lots of experienced people here. Mike.
  5. "I concur" Welcome Mate!!! 👍👌🍺🥃🍾🥤
  6. Welcome Hando. This Might open a big can of worms, but have you considered a tube Pre-amp? if your after some warmth and sweetness, less bright it may be the way forward. but obviously try and find one you can borrow/hire for a weekend. But also agree with the other 2 posters, overall synergy and having components that 'GEL' well together is very important.
  7. fine, I'll bite. WELCOME!! 👍🙌👌 Enjoy the site!
  8. considering I don't know the speakers that well, but B & W may well have made a centre to match the 685's.
  9. G'day KillBill Your best bet if you don't want to tumble too far down the rabbit hole would be to ask your friend just to try out the amp with the speakers in your own room and you'll know pretty soon if you are enjoying the sound and if it fits/fills your room ok, and if possible try and have listen to some other peoples systems or go to a hi-fi store and have listen for comparisons sake, take advice but don't let a salesman convince or force you into anything and most importantly TRUST YOUR OWN EARS. If its for multi use like TV, streaming, games and what not it should be a good starting point. considering the amp is around 100 watts and the speakers are only 25 watt handling just don't crank the volume to high to quickly, start low then gradually crank the volume and as soon as you start to hear the speakers sound start to break up and distort you will find a good volume level that the speakers can handle. The centre channel may be needed. Once everything is setup you will know pretty soon whether you need one if the dialogue is vague and hard to hear. But if playing music I would say 2 channel only and you should be able to change the speakers driven in the amps setup menu if do opt to get a centre channel. but considering you only have 2 speakers at the moment its a mute point. Then also check the amps functionality, can it stream music/movies, bluetooth functionality, air play, does it have a tuner built in? and then its just a case of being able to add a cd player, tuner or streamer if needed. if you want to tumble down the rabbit hole then you can start going a seperate pre-power setup or a dedicated 2 channel setup just for music and you will certainly get better results on the music front but then it's more components that cost more money and you have to pay more attention to what components are being used. Well that shoud be an ok starting point but I'll leave it that and let someone else chime in because there is so much more information to give. Hope this helps.
  10. Welcome Mike from Perth I'm Mike from Perth Enjoy the sight! 🤪
  11. Welcome Keith Look forward to seeing what you have available when you post in the for sale thread. Or are you trying to sell the cassette? Enjoy the site!
  12. Ah, sorry mate, was referring to Scrumpy Jack apple cider. Not a lot of experience (in fact, none) in the design and building of any type of amp but find it intriguing. I'm more of a just an enthusiast of vintage gear. Hope you find the guidance and information required to complete your project, be cool to see some pics when your done. Out of curiosity, are you an electrical engineer or did you decide to just learn along the way while throwing yourself head first into such a project? Mike.
  13. depending how long they have been there, perhaps a distributor back in the day to supply the army, navy etc. and unfortunately went bust. I'd be very surprised if it was a private collection. 😮 maybe someone should ask them for a specific pair or quad! I'm sure they would respond! [Edit] "come check out my tube collection" opens basement door. jaws hit the floor.
  14. G'day Grumpy Jack. Welcome! Is that name pointing towards a particular apple cider? Mike.
  15. Awesome I started out the the same why and whilst I have certainly learnt a lot, I'm still an infant, the pit really is bottomless. If your interested in anything information wise just make sure you hit the right forum ie. amps, speakers, general etc. lots of quality stuff second hand in the classifieds also. my entire system barring the speakers are second hand. Mike.
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