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  1. jakeyb77, sorry mate if I offended 🙂 , but it is a struggle to find sources of RRP prices outside of the 90's with my limited abilities on the net, I can see that they won an award for best speaker with the Excalibur in 96, but not much else out there that I could trawl up, and I do love these great speakers, so I have been on the look out for them for the past couple of years (To get a second pair).
  2. What do thes usually go for? Retail and used? I feel like the tweeters are definitely not going to be ear level with my new listening position. I looked at the specs, pretty impressive. Id love to hear a pair. hello @newmission, retail price? They were made way back in the mid 90's, and around $2500 or so a pair then from memory (When I got mine from Crown HiFi in NSW, and I would really like a second pair, so that is why I am looking for them, but found this set over east). I am not sure when Ralph stopped making the big Excalibur, but I think they were short lived as most people would not pay that for Australian made, so they dropped production of this beautiful speaker in the 90's I think. Seer this link with info about the old days of Richter for a guy who has a decent pair of these in their fronts on a theatre setup, that setup is on the last page of this link to our forums Re listening to the Excalibur, of course, it would not matter if they were $2 if they are awful sounding or physically damaged, but to my ears our Excalibur loudspeaker pair have not been beaten by our other speaker buys of B&W and Monitor Audio over years (These Excalibur's are keepers for us, they will be with us till death us do part 🙂 ). Re what they would sell for second hand, well they are rare as hens teeth on Gumtree over this side of the world, I recall seeing a pair for sale in WA (Ballajurra, WA) around ten or so years back, they were on for around $1500, and had pushed in centre cones from memory, but they sold quickly, and I was not in the market to get a second pair of them back then, but I am now. So, I think that $300 is a steal if they are in good condition of course. The seas tweeter in these is good at other listening angles other than straight on (Compared or our previous purchases of floor standers). And the "bass" that the dual hand doped woofer produces is closer to real bass that we have heard from the other speakers. Is this seller close enough for a drive from where you are in NSW?
  3. [ QLD - Pallara ] - GUMTREE advert RICHTER EXCALIBUR loudspeaker pair in cherry colour (With the brass/ gold speaker cover Allen screw fixings, a very nice touch) Advert placed 21st Feb, still available as of 24th Feb Gumtree, selling the pair for $300 (I Wish these were in Perth WA, I would snap em up for sure, had me checking pack and send, but I really want to hear them working first). https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/pallara/speakers/sound-speakers/1210738155 The Advert heading is not doing the lady any favours in selling to the right person, simply saying "Sound Speakers" as heading, advert content text says: "2 - Richter speakers - good condition"
  4. Hey @Wiffle - Re Crown HiFi and Richter Boring memory lane stuff coming for me We purchased our Richter Excalibur's, a Unicorn and also a pair of Hydras from Crown HiFi in the 90's, we were over in NSW from WA on a holiday (My dad used to work for the steel works in Wollongong back in the 60's, and I wanted to pop back over in the 90's and see my old school at Lake Illawarra, and my childhood home nearby). Anyway, we had already been thinking about buying some Excalibur's after hearing a pair at my mates house in Hillarys WA (our only Richter dealer over in WA was Japan HiFi, and I really did not like that store at all), then as luck has it, months later we were shopping for wifey stuff in Wollongong and I "conned" my wife into going into the CROWN HiFi store. My memory is not as it once was, but I think the guy I dealt with at Crown was named "Roger"? Is that right? The owner? Anyway, we auditioned the range there, and just had to have them right away, and they were all actually being delivered at our home in Perth WA the week we got back from the Eastern states. My regret was that I was also going to buy the Richter Sub you guys had (Evokator) and Roger talked me out of it, saying it was way overkill with the bass we will get from the Excalibur's, obviously an honest man in HiFi sales, but I should have ignored Roger and got it for my collection anyway 🙂 , even if it just sat in my room switched off 🙂 Still have them all, except for the pair of Hydras which I gave away several years ago (Then immediately regretted it). The serial or model numbers for both Excalibur say "EX296" written with a CD marker by the looks of it. Is that a MK2 made in 1996, Or Feb/02 of 96, or the 296th pair made? And, Just after paying for all those wonderful speakers from Crown HiFi, my wife and I went to the place they were actually made (Ralphs home at Pleasure Point, Sydney, I think, the big manufacturing garage/ shed where it all happened near the house). Cannot say for sure who we spoke with all those years back at the address, but we were given a "little" tour and also given an 8 set of brass colored allen screws for our Excalibur's speaker grill fixings, our original screws were black, the gold screws were export versions I think they said, and they also gave us some Richter Key Fobs and bass port bungs for all the speakers 🙂 . They Waters family REALLY made my day). Maybe that adds to the feelings I have about the Excalibur's, I could never let them go (The Excalibur still sound amazing to my untrained ears anyway)
  5. Hey PolkM5, a set were listed on here in 2016 from google search, if this is the same as your version of course.
  6. [VIC] eBay auction: Dali 7.1 speakers and a Denon AVR 2106 7.1, starting bid still at 99cents 😮 as of 7am 17/1/19. Pictures look like they are well looked after too https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/home-theatre-speakers-7-1-Surround-Dali-floorstanding-bookshelf-Denon-reciever/163490006415?hash=item2610c3858f:g:-~8AAOSwaJ9cPwY7:rk:59:pf:0 DALI Concept 1 Bookshelf speakers x 4 DALI Concept 6 floorstanding speakers x 2 DALI S 1.2 Active Subwoofer x1 DALI Suite C0.8 centre channel speaker Denon AVR 2106 7.1 surround receiver x1 Pick up in Albert Park, inner city Melbourne 🙂
  7. Anyone in Ballarat, Victoria who is on the prowl for a pair of "Opera Seconda" Loudspeakers https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Opera-Seconda-Loudspeakers-Italian-Audiophile-Speakers/303023869142?hash=item468da14cd6:g:ydIAAOSwWk5cNaUZ:rk:1:pf:0 $1200 pick up price. They have provided some very dark photos, so it is hard to tell if they are mint condition, but the price appears sweet, seller has been with eBay since 2012 with 100% score (If that helps)
  8. A beautiful pair of loudspeakers, spectacular even. GLWTS Link to version 2 removed, my apologies
  9. Some pictures inserted under where you say "Pictures:" 🙂 would be really helpful for your sale @thangvan
  10. Just picked up Jeepers Creepers (The 1st movie) on Blu Ray, selling at Amazon USA for $4.99 (US) at the moment http://www.amazon.com/Jeepers-Creepers-Blu-ray-Jonathan-Breck/dp/B008MU8ZOI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351589081&sr=8-2&keywords=jeepers+creepers This movie has been in my wishlist for some weeks since it was released in the USA (Prior to that you could get it in Germany I think), then it's price dropped to this price (71% off). I then rounded it up (lots) with Mystery Men, Fallen (Denzel Washington) and Spawn (Directors Cut). All up for $47.04 and $8.98 (US) shipping, total $56.02 (US). Paid in US dollars as I always appear to pay a couple of bucks more when I pay with Amazon conversion. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the details showing that all of the discs are region A and B (from bluray.com) are correct. I did not expect the movies to appear on the Aus market any time soon.
  11. The new cables do look sweet, but the image quality is the same as before (But at least if I ever get any more issues, I now have that many HDMI cables now, about fifteen in total, that I have some to rotate around to test). I got five one metre ones, but thought that there was meant to be some marking on version 1.4's to indicate that they were capable of 3D and ethernet, maybe I got 1mt version 1.3's. Still look very nice, and a lot less cluttered behind the scenes. Well worth the money for that alone. Tell your mate (That you sold your Kuro to) to get rid of all his low voltage lighting, maybe even from the garden path (If the reflection can get in through the outside windows) , Your Kuro wouldn't be the one that is on Ebay now would it? Plus, I do wonder after I brought up about the Kuro in Victoria on Ebay, with no bids at that time, then two bids were put on just after I put it up here.... Come on, who is it bidding from here . I see that it is up to $530 with one day to go. I love my picture quality so much, if that was in Perth I would be going for it too, as a second TV (Without the wifes permission too). What screen did you move to from the Kuro Foxtail? Or did you go to projector? I find that looking at screens over the last year or so has left me wondering what I can go for next. If Pioneer still sold these, I would be looking at getting a bigger one of the same. Though as jsmith points out about OLED coming on line, and if they ever come under $10,000 for something like 60" or up, I would go for that if the image quality knocks my socks off. But does OLED perform better than Plasma for action movies (With LED/LCD I notice image judder in fast scenes, my plasma copes with those scenes better to my eyes). I am sure it will run cooler and with less energy use (My plasma is great on winter days, it heats the theatre room up quite well). Mark
  12. As I said in my last line above...... The wife says she is always the one who helps me to sort these things out in the end. I find it better not to argue those points. Hmmmm, a very indirect sort of sort of help she gave me there. But if she had not just walked in as I was going through switching things on and off, I would have been at this for the next couple of months, and end up replacing my fully functional Plasma screen with another screen (Because of one damn light bulb sent from hell to my kitchen). Funny how I can get the blinkers stuck on, and just dig myself in deeper and deeper, because the simplist thing would not cross my mind. I still think that if I had not raised the problem here, and then started getting back into playing with the system again over and over, I would not have found the actual problem at all. I already felt like I was repeating the fault finding without any success. Thanks again to all for the nudges to get me back into it Mark
  13. I could have been at this for another couple of months, and still gotten nowhere near what was happening. The boss (Wife) says it was all her work, if she had not walked in at the one time that both my brain cells were connecting to talk while looking up at her and seeing the recessed low voltage light in the kitchen ceiling behind her, I would still be off in laa laa land. Now I hope that I will not be dreaming about this at night (Yes, I have been dreaming about what may be going wrong, and then put that into action through the next day without success). Mark Bloody low voltage lighting sucks. A $3 lamp has cost me lots of grey hair and tiume (and some money),, though better not think about how much it has cost Pioneer service (I hope they don't call me back..... please)
  14. Fitted the new HDMI cables that arrived this morning from Oznetics. Looks a lot neater with cable that are just the right length rather than what I had going on before (Most of my cables were 1.8mt, and I had coils strapped up at the rear of the unit to get rid of the excess. Now this is where all the pennies dropped at once (Epiphanies that would have been nice to have some months ago). Not that I have to confess anything, and maybe this makes me look a little silly. While changing all the HDMI cables over to the new ones, I have then come to try the setup afterwards, first the Dune HD media player, all boot up and then shut down as they should, then the PS3, again all boots up and shuts down as it should. Then as I start up the system for the BP550 Sony Blu Ray player, the TV stays off, will not take any commands at all, but at that exact same time, my wife had just walked in a side entry door that we have joining our closed off Theatre Room to our kitchen. I know that this may sound silly, but she opened the door to the room at the exact time that I was booting up the system for the Blu Ray player. So I asked her to close the door, and suddenly the TV takes commands again. Asked her to open the door again, and tried to shut down the TV, and it will not take any commands. This took me back to a comment the service tech made on visiting our home, he said that Wi-Fi signals and lighting can cause errors on the IR sensor. So I can disregard the Wi-Fi, but my wife had switched on a low voltage down light that is over our kitchen sink,. I could see the light from the Theatre armchairs we have, but the light would not be in line of the IR receiver. So then I asked my wife to switch the light off that is over the kitchen sink, and then I tried the TV remote again. The TV switched on and off fine with the kitchen light off, but as soon as she switched it back on, the TV stopped responding again. Now at that point I was feeling rather silly, but how on earth light was bending around from a door way to hit the IR receiver had me scratching my head, and this light would be about ten metres away from where I was sitting, so not bright as it came into the room. My wife pointed out that as she was standing in the doorway to the Theatre room, she could see a reflection of the Plasma screen on a glass plate covering an oil painting that hangs at the rear of the Theatre room. Took the oil painting down and the TV works fine with the kitchen light on or off. Further to this and the flowing list of epiphanies that had hit me , I then recalled the comment from the tech about light globes causing issues, he did say that when a light globe does cause a conflict, you can often replace the globe with an identical globe and not have the same issue, as it may not give out the same IR in its light. So I replaced the kitchen light globe with another one that was part of the same double pack that we purchased to replace that globe a couple of months ago (I know, maybe I should have linked the error starting within a day or so of changing a light globe in another room, but I didn't), put the oil painting back up in the theatre room, left the kitchen entry door open and with the kitchen light on, the TV worked fine with all remote commands. I swapped the globe back to the other low voltage lamp, and straight away the TV was not taking orders from the remote. The service tech had tried switching the lights in our theatre room on and off during using the system to see if there was any conflict (Which I thought was strange up until now having an actual light induced fault that I can see for real), clearly he did not consider that indirect light from another room would cause this fault. All the headaches I have had over this, and the messing around with components and cables for nothing. And the reason that I can pull the HDMI out of the TV and it works when the kitchen light is on, is due to that standing at that side of the screen to lean back and pull the HDMI out, puts my body in the line of sight from the IR receiver to the oil painting (with glass cover) that must be reflecting IR from our kitchen light. How can I have reached 50 years old, and never had an issue with IR conflicting with any device I own I just don't know. To be honest though, if I had not been messing around with so many things following tips here I would have still been scratching my head as to what was going wrong. If we always had the side kitchen entry door to our Theatre room open, then I am sure that I would have figured this out sooner, as the TV would have been playing up all the time. A series of things lined up with the root cause of IR interference. The main thing is that the system is working fine now (Well I hope this is not just another coincidence. But being able to lock out the IR at will with that one lamp in another room appears to seal the case). Thanks again for everyone's input, and I hope that my bizarre reflected IR interference problem that I have had may help anyone else to think a little further out of the box (Or theatre room). Mark (Feeling pretty stupid today but happy to confess in the hope that this may help others)
  15. I am only using HDMI standard cables without audio return or ethernet at the moment, I will be installing HDMI cables capable of that once they arrive from Oznetics, the receiver is set to upscale anything via HDMI to 1080P, but not to change aspect ratio, not that this should do much work as nearly everything is coming in at 1080P from the devices (Even my MagicTV is set to output 1080P), I had though about changing that setting to passthrough video on all inputs on the receiver, as I wondered if having that setting would have the receiver double handling and playing around with 1080P video content coming into it. I will try messing with the remote first, and try to change some of the settings suggested above, I would not have thought about slowing down the commands or changing the order of power up and down. The easiest one will be to try and add delay to command execution from the harmony, and I will see what happens from there. Why this would have become an issue after working fine for about a year does my noggin in, but I am happy to have something else to try. My wife and I have been spending some time going around looking at new screens (60 inch and up), I still prefer the look of action movies on Plasma screens, and neither of us like 3D TV (still see it as somewhat of a novelty, but tiring to the eyes and annoying having to wear those goggles). Strange though this may sound, we both think that we get a sense of 3D from watching our Kuro LX508 now, the picture is so clear and crisp (We just use the picture setting from when we had it calibrated), that is the big issue when you look at current models (Like the Samsung PS60E8000), we both thought that to our eyes it was not as "real" as our Pioneer plasma. With our current (annoying) screen, the picture has us both feeling that we could be just looking out of an open window on the scene that we watch (Not that stops us getting really annoyed when something starts to play up). I am hoping that we will see some new screen technology soon, so that I can jump on the upgrade wagon happily and buy a new screen and maybe upgrade the rest of the system too. Thanks you again to all. I will give it a couple of days use before updating the result of the changes to the Harmony (Unless is plays up again first time I use it). Mark P.S I have just double times for all commands to the LX508, and see where that takes me. Changing something from 1000ms to 2000ms (Power up and down) and input changes from 500ms to 1000ms is not something that actually appears much different when you are switching your system on or swicthing inputs, so if that helps, yipee.
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