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  1. I’m not even a quarter of the way there... 😕
  2. Spotted a deal at Costco (members only) on Oz Bargain...$2499.98 https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/450314?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_am
  3. A very disappointing thing about the PS4 compared to the PS3, is that it doesn’t allow playback controls to be assigned to the Harmony Hub remote. With the PS3, I even had a button that scrolled through the subtitles instantly, such was its configurable prowess. The below is the only way (apparently) that the PS4 can perform playback commands whilst a Blu-ray is playing... Taken from the Harmony website... Blu-ray Disc While on the Disc Menu, a double press on the PS button is required before PlayStation 4 will accept commands from other remotes or keyboards. Once done, Harmony can control Blu-ray playback. Direction Keys will navigate the Blu-ray menu. Media Keys do not work; however pressing Menu or Direction Up buttons will show an on screen display permitting movie control. Was on a second call with Logitech today trying to get this working. 50 minutes later & not even close. The menu button would only bring up the discs Top Menu, & the only other buttons that did anything were the Guide & Exit buttons (acted like the PS button). All other buttons either did nothing, or brought up the film time/progress bar, á la when you press pause. Has anyone managed to get the Blu-ray Playback Controls menu to appear with their Harmony Hub remote???
  4. Some bad & good updates. The Bad is that the PS4 isn’t supported as much as the PS3. You need to turn the console on manually as Sony doesn’t allow foreign controllers to power it up (yet it can be powered down...). & button support for watching BD movies has been significantly reduced...very disappointing. The Good news is that I’ve found an App that syncs with the Harmony Hub & allows Siri voice control to change Activities - it’s called Yonomi & it’s brilliant. It also has location-based triggers, so you can turn all devices off when leaving home etc.
  5. My 58" V series is still going strong too. I'm planning to replace it with a new 65" Panasonic OLED this year. Seems a bit sad as there's nothing wrong with it, but I want to get on that 4k bandwagon as I'm streaming at that quality now... The 58" will live on in the bedroom though.
  6. I'm interested in the up-firing Atmos speakers & weather they can be used with existing 5.1 setups? I have my components running through my AVR (RXA2050) which then passes through video to the TV via a HDMI 2 port, but aren't sure if this will allow the Atmos speakers to work in conjunction with my 5.1 speakers... With the aim of not needing to buy separate Atmos speakers for a non-dedicated HT room.
  7. Well, the pamphlet arrived this week. I'd noticed the equipment fired up in my local exchange a few weeks back, & the rolling out of the green NBN fibre along the main roads just this week, so it came as no surprise. January 2018 is the ETA, but i'm not as excited as I was years ago........maybe due to the issues those I know with FTTP have had....my FTTN won't be spectacular..........maybe having low expectations will work in my favour......we'll see...
  8. What do mean offered? As a free upgrade?
  9. I'd posted this over at Stereo.net, thinking this place was closing down. But since it's not, I'll re-post it here... I jumped on these early - had them since December 22. They're a big part of my week - use them every day at work & during my 3 gym workouts. The first hurdle is fit - if your ears are like the majority out there, they'll be ok, but unfortunately they can't fit everyone. No manufacturer can make ear buds that suit every ear, especially without rubber/foam covers. If they fit & don't feel like they're loosening during activity, then you're set. The next thing is Siri - if you've adapted to voice commands then their lack of physical volume/track controls won't be as big an issue as you think..... Initially, this was a deal breaker for me, but having taught myself to use Siri more frequently in the lead up to their unexpected release, I thought I'd give them a go. They were brilliant from day 1, & only get better as you get better with Siri. They're just so seamless in not only the way they connect to your IOS device (iPhone 6s user myself), but in the way they connect you with your device. Phone calls - The call quality (both ways) is great, even with background noises (I work with equipment fans whirring away behind me whilst on many calls during the day & the people I'm talking to say they're hearing me loud & clear). It's genius how you can talk for 2-3 hours, hear a low battery tone, take out one Airpod, place it in the charger for 10-15 to quick charge to near full, whilst you still talk on the other. Then after 10-15 minutes, you swap them over & quick charge the other whilst using the freshly charged one. Charging Case - This little companion completes the package. It's small enough to be mobile & fit in your pants/shorts coin pocket....it gives you 24 hours of charge & quick charges brilliantly, as mentioned above. Battery Life - Superb. If anything, Apple's stated 5 hours music & 2 hours talk time are conservative. I'm getting a little more for both. But it's really a non issue if you're packing the charging case. Music - Audio quality is noticibly better than the Earpods. Overall a richer, more detailed sound. I'm a big music listener. Love Spotify/Apple Music & have discovered more new music in the past 6 months than in the prior years as I have these things plugged in near all day. I don't need the best audio quality, just enough detail with the volume turned down or up, & compared the Earpods, these are superior in both regards. Tap commands - The simplicity & intuitive nature of either conjuring Siri (my preference) or Play/Pause music are great. & With IOS11, more options are coming with seperate tap commands for each Airpod (track skip/previous). Only a matter of time before volume tap controls are introduced, which will mean these things will sell big (bigger then they have already). Removing an Airpod pauses not only audio but also Youtube clips & resumes them all once placed back in.....clever . Noise cancellation - I've never owned noise cancelling ear buds, & due to the safety issues they can create walking down a street or at work, I'm thankful that I can still wear the Airpods whilst talking to a person face to face. Their loudness is high enough to drown out environmental noise enough for me (I don't recommend this, but I turned them up whilst mowing the lawn & was still able to enjoy my music. Gardening's now less of a chore!) Range - This is another huge plus... I'm able to stand 27m (personal best) from the iPhone & still get uninterrupted music. At gym, I can place the phone on the open locker & exercise anywhere within the complex whilst listening to my tunes & not the repetitive playlist of the gym itself. 6 months later, I'm still discovering reasons why they were worth the money spent. The way I see it, if you own recent iPhone/iPad, are able to work with Siri, & have similar use habits to me, then these are a must. Apple have managed to balance sound quality, mobility & practicality. As mentioned, Airpods seem to have a very decent package & whilst they're not world beaters in audio fidelity, they're not poor by any stretch. They even work with Android devices, albeit with less functionality & slower pairing. Anyway, I hope this helps those considering them. Any questions, let me know.
  10. Big thanks to those keeping DTV alive!
  11. Voice assistance will evolve & become the norm over time. Tap commands on ear buds/phones seem a natural progression. I guess it comes down to how each of us have adapted. I think you're having a 'literal experience' with my expression there. Only liberating in the context of being free of wires in relation to thread's topic. But I think we both knew that... No, & I don't think they're trying to be. I guess it depends on how one balances sound quality, mobility & practicality. As mentioned, Airpods seem to have a very decent package whilst not being world beaters in sound quality, although they're not poor by any stretch.
  12. People will get used to them alright. Especially after software updates add tap commands that completely replace physical button controls on wired buds. I look at wires now & think how silly/clumsy they look. No wires is a liberating experience.
  13. It doesn't bother me what others think I look like with these in my ears. Although, I guess I'm lucky in that they sit almost behind my jaw, nearly hidden from the front. I notice on others they protrude out, which may seem odd, but their practicality & sound quality win out for me. If you think about it, wired earbuds look sillier in comparison, with their dangly wires getting caught on things & tugging on them, actually increasing the chances of them falling out. I much prefer the minimalist design of these, & dislike the bulky headphones which cover your ears completely. Their tiny size add to their practicality & improved mobility. Added extra info in review above...^
  14. Hi, first post I jumped on these early - had them since December 22. They're a big part of my week - use them every day at work & during my 3 gym workouts. The first hurdle is fit - if your ears are like the majority out there, they'll be ok, but unfortunately they can't fit everyone. No manufacturer can make ear buds that suit every ear, especially without rubber/foam covers. If they fit & don't feel like they're loosening during activity, then you're set. The next thing is Siri - if you've adapted to voice commands then their lack of physical volume/track controls won't be as big an issue as you think..... Initially, this was a deal breaker for me, but having taught myself to use Siri more frequently in the lead up to their unexpected release, I thought I'd give them a go. They were brilliant from day 1, & only get better as you get better with Siri. They're just so seamless in not only the way they connect to your IOS device (iPhone 6s user myself), but in the way they connect you with your device. Phone calls - it's genius how you can talk for 2-3 hours, hear a low battery tone, take out one Airpod, place it in the charger for 10-15 to quick charge to near full, whilst you still talk on the other. Then after 10-15 minutes, you swap them over & quick charge the other whilst using the freshly charged one. Music - Audio quality is noticibly better than the Earpods. Overall a richer, more detailed sound. I'm a big music listener. Love Spotify/Apple Music & have discovered more new music in the past 6 months than in the prior years as I have these things plugged in near all day. I don't need the best audio quality, just enough detail & loudness with the volume turned down or up, & compared the Earpods, these are superior in both regards. Tap commands - The simplicity & intuitive nature of either conjuring Siri or Play/Pause music are great. & With IOS11, more options are coming with seperate tap commands for each Airpod (track skip/previous). Only a matter of time before volume tap controls are introduced, which will mean these things will sell big (bigger then they have already). Removing an Airpod pauses not only audio but also Youtube clips & resumes them all once placed back in.....amazing. Noise cancellation - I've never owned noise cancelling ear buds, & due to the safety issues they can create walking down a street or at work, I'm thankful that I can still wear the Airpods whilst talking to a person face to face. Their loudness is high enough to drown out environmental noise enough for me (I don't recommend this, but I turned them up whilst mowing the lawn & was still able to enjoy my music. Gardening's now less of a chore!) 6 months later, I'm still discovering reasons why they were worth the money spent. The way I see it, if you own recent iPhone/iPad, are able to work with Siri, & have similar use habits to me, then these are a must. They even work with Android devices, but with less functionality & slower pairing. Anyway, I hope this helps those considering them. Any questions, let me know. Edit... Range - This is another huge plus... I'm able to stand 27m (personal best) from the iPhone & still get uninterrupted music. At gym, I can place the phone on the open locker & exercise anywhere within the complex whilst listening to my tunes & not the repetitive playlist of the gym itself.
  15. Thanks also to all the members here who had the patience with newbies like me & spent a bit of time recommending gear for our AV needs. My Blu-ray hobby was piqued here. So many savings from ordering through Amazon UK etc. & then anxiously awaiting for them to arrive. I now basically have all the titles I wanted, & have slowed right down with my BD purchases, but this place made it an enjoyable collectable exercise. Cheers to all the reviewers of BD titles also. Handy info all round.
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