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  1. NBN HFC setup question

    My special thanks go to everyone who said that Brian Trumble's ridiculous NBN plan was great, contrary to the evidence/advice from anyone who had a clue, ie. the entire communications industry excluding the vested interest sector. Electing Abbott was such a great idea in hindsight wasn't it? On the brighter side, I've won second prize in the Fraudband Lottery™, allegedly we're getting FTTC (Fibre to the Copper*) some time early next year or the next year or some decade or other. I'm currently getting 14Mbps+ on ADSL2 - we're 400m from the exchange - so I'll be in no hurry to move off of that. *Yes I know what it stands for.
  2. Netflix currently watching

    Start Trek Discovery is not very good IMO.
  3. Hi all, after some suggestions to replace some Etymotic HF2 IEMs that are getting a bit worn out. It seems that Etymotic no longer make headsets that aren't for stinking Apple products, so I need to go elsewhere after many years. Needs to have: A microphone, buttons that will work properly with Not Apple. Canal phones Very good passive noise cancellation. The Hf2s absolutely shat on everything else I tried, but it's been quite a few years since I looked at what's on the market. Prefer BA over dynamic drivers. Around $300 or less. These are for commuting only, and I use them about 4 hours a day so they will get replaced fairly often. Thanks.
  4. Some questions about power cables

    I can bench press my Commodore, but it's only a 64.
  5. Some questions about power cables

    That's a very high idiocy level.
  6. Netflix currently watching

    I've done 8 episodes of Stranger Things 2. Took a while to get moving, but back to its gripping best a few episodes in. I'm waiting for Stranger Things 3, where they apparently introduce a new character. "Eleventy" is an overweight cigar-smoking failed ex-politician who, after landing the plum sinecure of Australia's Ambassador to the Trump Cluckfuster, is transferred as emissary to The Upside-Down because it's "exactly the same but with fewer lies".
  7. Nice unit, GLWTS. Strangely, I just had a sudden craving for salt & pepper calamari.
  8. Netflix currently watching

    Second series seemed to fall apart about half way through. It's like they blew their budget, or changed director or something. All of a sudden, it seemed cheap and soapy. Not sure exactly which episode, but the change coincided with when they stopped having a prologue prior to the titles.
  9. RMC-1 Emotiva's New 16ch Processor

    Those with 40% discount cards are going to get a bargain. Makes it USD3K +freight/GST. Less than AUD5K all up I reckon. Dirac at 192Khz on all 16 fully differential channels. 'Tis to drool.
  10. Item: Monster Power Centre 1750 Location: 2773 Price: $350. Serious offers seriously considered. Item Condition: Used but v.good. Reason for selling: Doesn't suit my power distributor. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Can post if required. Extra Info: Bought this second hand on stereonet about 8 months ago, mainly to be a tidy connectivity solution rather than any alleged protection offered. Ripple signal (for off-peak power) sometimes confuses the device into protecting my equipment by disconnecting the power. Additional Extra Info: Ripple control signals are only used in some parts of NSW and Queensland, so the unit is perfectly fine (and a bargain) for everywhere else. Pictures: Later as it's still in my furniture and photos would not give any information. It looks like the ones in this advertisement.
  11. Replacing stock power cord

    Normal liquid helium will not do you any good. You need Audiophile Liquid Helium™, only available from Proper Audio Shops, not hardware or box movers. Colour does not matter - what are you, some sort of idiot?
  12. I have a cheapish one that I bought second hand, mainly to simplify connectivity than for any perceived audio benefits. As it turns out, the only thing it does that is quantifiable is it shuts everything down at 5PM each day when the street lights come on, there must be some sort of power spike/drop when that happens. It is not long for my system. The manufacture in question measures his amps at 0.001% THD+N at rated output (rather than rating the output at 0.01%THD as some do). He does this without a power conditioner, I think he's pretty well placed to determine whether any additional equipment needs to be added into the chain.
  13. FWIW, The bloke who hand built my multichannel power amp says to just plug the thing into the wall.
  14. Do Rooms Break in?

    Even if rooms don't break in, that wouldn't stop people trying to sell some piece of overpriced arse to make it happen faster. Wouldn't stop some people from buying it either.
  15. Specs, from the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.