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  1. As I understand it, the main determinants for choice of subwoofer are typically size of room and where your speakers' bass response drops off (so a small bookshelf may benefit from a relatively small sub but a floorstander may need to be paired with a larger & more powerful sub to derive much benefit). Irrespective of what brand you go with, rel.net has some knowledge articles in this space (eg, https://rel.net/how-to-choose-a-subwoofer/). But it's still not a simple science given how much room acoustics and speaker characteristics can vary. One thing you mentioned earlier is that you typically need to listen to the speakers from just 1.5-2m away. In terms of your next stereo speakers I think that's a really important consideration, I suspect smaller monitor style speakers would work better than floorstanders in that case.
  2. @leon81 If understand correctly, you've got a genuine HiFi amp (maybe $3000 worth) powering $300 speakers, and you're looking for an interim fix until you can get other better speakers/components? It's a tricky one ... if you've got a grand to spend, you might find upgrading the speakers offers more overall improvement (including in *clear* bass response) than adding the sub. Alternatively, you could get something like a Rel sub (maybe a T5i or T7i?) ... they have a speaker and room matching tool on their site. If you did this, it might be worth thinking about what your next stereo speakers will be, and seeing if the sub is also likely to match those speakers. Just thinking in terms of minimising $ loss on your upgrade path. Personally, if you can hold out, I'd save up for the stereo speaker upgrade.
  3. In terms of other review sites, productreview.com.au does good reviews for many product categories (you have to be careful of small review samples done for less popular products, possibly done by staff, but overall I've found the guidance there to be valuable). Sad to say I've had more luck with guidance from this site than with the reviews from Choice, even though I'm a supporter and subscriber 🙁. Also Seattlecoffeegear (both YouTube channel and shop with site reviews) is a fun and informative place. I get the impression from several friends that for general reliability, Breville is right up there and makes a good coffee.
  4. I overhauled my system just before home active speakers really took off in the marketplace, so I'd check out actives now. Less wiring and less angst trying to match the amplifier to the speaker. I'd also focus on what source components and software allow me to access my music most easily (whether in a digital or physical format). The more accessible the music is, the more you'll play and enjoy it.
  5. I'll take them mate if they're still available.
  6. I've really enjoyed Steve Guttenberg's articles as the Audiophiliac on CNET. He has an easygoing writing style and is positive and enthusiastic, which I'm sure has encouraged others to explore and enjoy our hobby. A few months back he announced he was no longer going to write the column. It's an understandable decision after so many years, but a loss nonetheless.
  7. I think it's worth checking the reputation of NBN providers both generally (eg, for customer service) and on a local level (eg, for their connection speed and reliability in your area). Facebook local groups often have discussion threads which can give you an idea of satisfaction levels with the different providers in your area. Of course, all the providers depend on the NBN setup so there are some locations where connections will be flaky, no matter who you go with ... We ended up going with TPG and are happy. It also came with an Archer VR1600v modem/router (one of the better ones you can get via a provider, some of the default modems offered by providers are utter pieces of ****) - but I'm not sure how TPG perform in your area. Telstra was initially a tempting option because they offered a 4g backup system if the nbn went down - but then I read the reports of how bad and slow that 4g backup connection was. They also locked you into to larger upfront cost. It's better IMO to bump up your mobile phone data plan if need "insurance" and then have the freedom to walk and change providers if you don't like them.
  8. I don't know if this will work for your Chromecast devices, but I've generally found my wifi connections to be more reliable when I assign a static IP address to each device I use regularly at home. Find out what the Chromecast's unique MAC is, then give them a static IP address in the router/modem software. Just a thought. Good luck!
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