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  1. I’ve finally got round to itemising my HiFi gear for insurance. My current policy has a $1000 limit per item, unless listed separately. Anyone have an insurance company they recommend for this type of gear? Budget Direct was about $1000 per year in premiums including my normal household contents. Maybe that’s not too bad, but nice to get a comparison.
  2. Update: I’m pretty sure the missing stand bolts are the ones used to mount the vesa wall bracket. So they are not ‘missing’ if anyone wants to fit the legs. Apologies for offering pickup only. It’s too big and no shipping box. My wife and I are retired. Covid free environment here. Contactless pickup available
  3. Further information: Purchased new in late 2018. Wall mounted in my HiFi room, so not used often. Very low hours (like new) see photo taken today. Cost over $4000. This Sony 75" TV has really excellent reviews and considered one of the best LED TVs. Great picture with many smart apps including Netflix in 4K. Wifi and ethernet. 4 HDMI ports etc. Remote control is like new too. I still have the two leg mounts for cabinet stand. (I don't have the 4 bolts but they are standard size). Great for both TV, apps and blu-ray/UHD disc viewing. Supports HDR, DolbyVision etc. No original box so need a good blanket to transport. Sony AU: https://store.sony.com.au/archived-television-4K/KD75X9000F.html Photos: Adv
  4. I picked up 4 of these for $10 each including shipping off eBay a couple months or so ago. I bought 2 lots of 2.
  5. I doubt you need an i7 processor for audio playback. My i3 NUC8 is fine with 7.1 multichannel audio and 4K video simultaneously. I have 8GB Ram but it never hits 2GB usage.
  6. Don’t rob your family of music. Don’t go it alone with headphones. (My daughter was placed in the ‘sweet spot’ at the age of 6 months and loved it. (still listens and loves music 23 years later).
  7. Yea, I’ve already decided on 4 only. I found a pair of 8” (ex demo) that were cheaper and (after reading one of your earlier posts) went for a pair of 6” at a reasonable discount. So under $2k but add another $175 for cable plus there’ll almost definitely need a plasterer (and an electrician). I’ll run cabling for future Top Middles as that’s not really adding anything pricewise.
  8. I’ve quite a few quad conversions now, some of which are excellent. The next Quadio is from The Doobie Brothers, their four albums from the early seventies originally released in quad.
  9. In the last year I’ve moved house. I managed to get a 2nd 5.1 system (smaller) in my living room with a new OLED TV. In my main room (the photo) I’ve bought a new 75” Sony 900F as a temporary screen and budgeted for a 85” OLED (or equivalent) when they hit stores in 2020 or 2021. So that’s the budget blown for next year or two. Especially now I’ve ‘snuck in’ new Focal ceiling speakers into my main room. So the dual AVR solution gets me into Atmos for about $2500 (just the speakers plus cabling contractor on top). I’d love to nab a decent prepro and separate power amps. In hindsight I should have done that a few years back. Cheaper to invest in great power amps and speakers (no upgrades) and just changeout the processor. But now I’m seeing prepros with XLR outputs only so If Id kept my old Mac multichannel amp I had when I bought the B&Ws even that would get left behind as it had RCA only... Anyway, I cant spend too much now, retirement may last another 30 years! Hey Snoop, glad to hear you’re still into MCH music!
  10. I just tried this and it works as desired. Thanks! I tried with only one channel (Left) via analog out to my 2nd AVR and played back a stereo FLAC with right channel out the original AVR. At first I heard nothing out left but after checking wiring I increased volume on the 2nd AVR and manually matched the two speaker levels. Then the first AVRs volume control worked to adjust both speakers ‘normally’. So this will work moving forward. I may initially do what you’ve done and only drive the new 4 Atmos ceiling speakers after I complete their installation, but I’m very tempted to move my five main large full range B&W 800 series to the Arcam (old 2nd amp) soon after. I forgot how heavy the Arcam is, back breaking to move it 😊 Luckily I’ve got space for two AVRs with plenty of ventilation. Thanks again!
  11. Thanks. I think I’ll use the Arcam for my main 5 speakers since a lot of my listening is quad and 5.1 music. Probably only watch an Atmos or 7.1 movie 2 or 3 times a month, although there’s Atmos music only stuff pre-announced but still known quantity (the press release mentioned ‘thousands’ of songs and a renowned engineer has said he’s done hundreds already). I may buy a Denon AVC-8500H in the future but I’m now retired so funds aren’t as freely available as they once were... Edit: I’ll keep my eye out for a 2nd hand power amp though.
  12. I’m about to upgrade to Atmos 7.2.4 by adding a second AVR to my system my current AVR (Denon AVR-7200WA) only has 9 amps but has line level outs for 11 speakers and decodes 7.2.4. My old AVR (Arcam AVR-600) has multichannel line level inputs (it’s a 7.1 amp). Can I use the Denon’s Volume control to control both AVRs output level or do I need to tweak both volume controls? (Which would be painful).
  13. 6 holes for the 6 ceiling speakers. (Although I may only install 4 speakers initially, so only 4 holes required as I’m going to have a 7.1.4 system initially - but run cables for 6 ceiling speakers, future 7.1.6) I’ll get someone in to do any work on the roof and/or external wall cladding (2 storey) to get the cables up into the ceiling space. I’ll install the speakers and connect as that’s the easy part. I ordered the cable yesterday. The speakers will be Focal 300ICW8 which I used downstairs in my living area as the surrounds in a 5.1 system: https://www.focal.com/en/custom-integration/in-wall-in-ceiling-loudspeakers/300-series/in-wall/in-ceiling-speakers/300icw8
  14. Thanks. Looks good. I used 10AWG for my 3 fronts and 12AWG for my current surrounds. Both bigger than needed but I thought ‘what the heck’. Those were run by my electrician when he ran Ethernet all through the house. I won’t use him again though. The job went way over budget and the guys he used were not happy about getting on my two story roof and insisted on running inside by knocking out about 20 holes in gyprock to get cables through studs and noggins. I reckon we were vacuuming up gyprock for months after that! I may use 14AWG for the new ceiling speakers, it may me a bit easier to pull. I’m currently using a Denon AVR-X7200WA which is a 9.1 amp and supports 7.2.4 with an external amp. I’m going to resurrect my previous Arcam AVR600 to move to 7.2.4. Then upgrade to a Denon AVC-8500H equivalent after their HDMI 2.1 model is released to go to 7.2.6. Since I’m pulling out the Arcam I’ll probably let that do the 3 fronts and the current Denon can drive all the surrounds. The Arcam seemed to have a bit more energy in the low end. I’ll experiment to confirm. thanks again for all the replies!
  15. Thank you! You’re right there are batons running on top of the rafters! I never thought of that. That’s why I posted, hoping someone would see something I missed. The speakers have a 260mm cutout so if I mount 6 (2 rows of three) we should be able to feed the cabling between them without making more holes in the ceiling. Now I just need to find best way to feed the cables up from the floor. Maybe run a conduit on the outside of the house? Actually one of the walls (right side in the picture) has Colourbond Kliplock cladding so pop that out and feed the cables up that into ceiling space would work. Thanks again to all for the feed back!
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