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  1. I do have an Oppo. @Snoopy8 also provided me some info on Bubbleupnp. I looked into a bit and it seemed that it was only for android. I am only just learning about digital files and streaming etc so i could have this way wrong. i like the idea of not streaming via my phone also, which the bluesound will do for me and just use the phone as the remote....(i think)
  2. Cool. All makes logic, thank you all for the replies to my post. I still have some deciding to do if streaming is a path I want to go down. Opening an account with Tidal etc but I am forecasting some self justifying starting to brew within me on why I should go down this path, I am sure we all know what I mean by that LOL From my researching and reading through this thread I am pretty well set on the BlueSound Node 2i and once I decide the time to leap will keep an eye on the classifieds or go grab new. It seems quite unanimous that the BlueSound as a unit functions very well, the built in DAC is more than reasonable and the app is also at the pointy end of usability. Fair to also say that resale should I for any reason not enjoy things wont be an issue and on the flip side if I really like things and want to climb the ladder down the line same applies.
  3. Absolutely loving this series, totally hooked. Just had episode 3 handed to me this morning, cannot wait to watch it this evening. Shame its only 5 episodes long. Hopefully there is a good post series documentary or something maybe intervieiwng some people there at the time. Some of the details and facts are just scarily mind blowing. On a side note, be sure to watch right through all the credits at the end, the director and some of the cast have been speaking at the end of each episode for a few minutes.
  4. Fascinating thread this one. I am considering getting into this streaming thing with Tidal and looking at the bluesound node 2i. I was looking at the vault but have been deterred. Reading up on other streamers a little dearer like the Cambridge Audio and also some cheaper like the Yamaha the one constant seems bluesound app is top shelf and it’s file playback options and on forwarding connectivity thru the house is also great - plus you can run thumb drive or USB powered ext hdd through it also. It seems to me (like a lot of things in this hobby) incremental improvements can be had with additional components like linear psu BUT depending on your needs or expectations may end up at a diminishing return? My main interest reading this has been in the question/option of using a cheaper streamer into a separate DAC or a better streamer stand alone. The answer as usual isn’t simple by the look of it. It is pretty rare to hear anything negative on the bluesound products functionality or its sound reproduction. ......Would a cheaper unit like the Yamaha at like $250 running into and utilising the DACs on an Oppo 205 (assuming you like that DAC) represent a smart intro and way to dip the toes in or does one just spend on the bluesound, choose between its DAC or the Oppo and enjoy the bluesound app also? Am I correct in my understanding after reading through the thread that a streamer irrespective of using its built in DAC or running to a separate external DAC has its own “house” sound that will influence either option?
  5. i just jumped on to have a look. I have some Audio Principe power chords running to my AVR and Integrated amp and quite like the outcome. Not suggesting all things are equal, but the seller mentioned in @stevoz post seems to have varying lengths, including 3m and 4m - both under $50. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4m-13-12ft-Hi-end-Home-Theater-Audiophile-HIFI-Audio-Power-Cable-Cord-AU-Plug/254188150124?hash=item3b2ecb5d6c:g:ShkAAOSw8U9bxFYz My need is 1.5m and for around $30, I might suss things out. If the claim is valid its cheap bonus, if its snake oil or doesnt present as well to me i can use it with the kettle LOL I also have the Schiit Mani with the separate swagman PSU so this powerchord could be interchanged when i play around with phono stages.
  6. would this apply to a floating timber floor? the vibrations in my room tend to sound more like they are in the walls than the floor. I've been considering these for some time but havent pulled the trigger yet.. https://www.mannys.com.au/auralex-subdude-ii-sub-isolation-platform ...or would the bag of rice trick work just as well?
  7. Very very rare to have a CC release signed with that line up dude! I assume THE CB 95 is Chris Barnes signature!! a great bragging right
  8. Known for their artwork, dong titles and lyrics. One of my all time fav death metal bands, reliable release after release If this artwork pushes your boundaries, pretty sure Tomb of the mutilated will tip it over - actually the artwork for their album vile up there too lol
  9. Just quickly looked up bubbleUpnp but it’s android only unfortunately I’ll look into a nas im not very digital savvy so this will give me some good learning too on the actual devices and acronyms etc etc
  10. I too started with rule of thirds, i placed my seating position on the first third but measured from the rear. I spent quite some time with different distances and also different toe in and now mine are from closest inside corner of the speaker to the back wall exactly 41.5cm with just over half toe in (19deg using the speaker app). When sitting in my chair I can see the inside of the speaker cabinet just. I think the position from the wall plays as much part as the seating position and also the speaker angle (toe or no toe) It took me quite some time to reach my happy spot and someone else may walk in and not like the sound reproduction at all but for my listening purposes, my ears and my music it was the most enjoyable sound and balance of soundstage depth, width and height. All rooms are different as is the furniture and by and large music being played. In my room Beethoven may not sound as it should, but Megadeth probably does. Also, one thing I have come to learn is that YOUR preferred version of sound reproduction may be different to mine, what sounds potentially muddy to you may sound solid to me and what sounds clear to you may sound thin to me. Choose tracks you know extremely well when doing this I guess is the key. Mark out with some tape the positions you are leaving behind and take some notes. When the speakers are in the right spot it just all comes together nicely. I also found it very useful (though my wife thought it hilarious) to use a camera tripod or similar and create an isoceles triangle and sit about 50cm inside the longest point. Angle the speakers to ensure the two long sides are equal and toe until the soundstage locks in to place with a good balance of width height and depth - I guess that illusive holgraphic sound we all chase. Of course not all speakers require toe in but its worth experimenting. Mine did not require full toe in but I found with no toe in I lost the surround sound feeling. I then simply moved the speakers in small increments back and forth until the bass, mids and highs hit their sweetest spot without losing too much other dynamics. There was some comprimise to be fair, in that you may sacrifice some mid for low end for example, but again, I think that comes down to personal preferences. Once you've found that sweet spot for your preferences, re check your speaker toe in angle to put you back in that 50cm inside the long point as it will probably have moved based on the speakers moving back and forth I am by no means an expert on this and nor is my room perfect but after tonnes of reading etc this process worked well for me. I learnt after reading and then exercising the reading that a lot of it came down to what I wanted things to sound like BUT certainly there were points of position and seating along the experiement that I could clearly hear did not work at all. Once i found the righ balance though, i wrote it all down and now i simply sit and enjoy the music....
  11. thanks guys yeah i am suspecting the Oppo doesnt like to read any of the metadata I have on my music files. I'll try the above and see how it goes Right now I have a 32gb thumb drive which I have just created a few folders on as genres, I'll drag and drop the artists into those that match. If this works well form then i'll grab 1TB ext hdd that is usb powered My files are not the highest quality avaialble and I am aware of that, this is purely just means of conveniance, when I want to sit and relax and enjoy the tunes more intently I'll play the record or the cd but there are occassions where this is not ideal and some back ground tunes on shuffle is best - thats really all I am wanting to achieve with the added conveniance of being able to shuffle a specific genre as I see it not as the Oppo sees it. I also have my eye on a bluesound Vault 2i, this would pretty much house my entire cd library in FLAC, it will allow me to join Tidal and I could also run this through the Oppo DAC. That would allow me to shuffle things as I intend, however I am still reading up on this and unsure if it allows me to create my own genres etc. Looking at the bluesound website I can also get it to read my iTunes library remotely and or plug a USB ext hdd into the back of it too. That all said, the vault is a $2000 dollar option, the ext hdd is $100 and for now while I am dress rehearsing the idea the usb is the sensible approach.
  12. haha, yeah possibly, the music is definately all mine and when i rip into iTunes it comes up with its own genre (usually a blanket drop ie, metal, but I then drill that down to a sub genre) and apple does let you alter the genre to whatever you want once the disc or file is added to the library. I dragged one complete album to my desktop and have added in pics below x1 of the itunes genres i have created as i see it on the iTunes program x1 of the details file of the song and you can see the genre is death metal x1 of the front properties screen x1 of the display readout via VLC x1 of the display readout via windows media player The data on the file definately shows what i have labelled the genre (death metal) but the Oppo will not see it. As you can see, If i choose VLC or windows media or iTunes to play the file it comes up the same on all and displays the genre as i have labelled it - seems just gets dumped off or lost on the Oppo. The short answer may just be the Oppo cant read the files metadata completely - which is perfectly fine, I am just wondering if anyone else has noticed this or am I the only fickle one?
  13. I dont think its necessarily an iTunes thing as I am not using the iTunes program, I am just using the files of music on my PC that I would also use in iTunes. Much like yourself I have been using the USB stick as a temporary process but given the conveniance it represents, I am thinking the outlay is not a large one to pick up an ext hdd plug it in and leave it in for use when I am feeling lazy and just want to just shuffle through my library or have my library just playing as a mix in the background with guests over etc etc One way around it might be to just create folders on the ext hdd in the genre names I want then add all my files in there accordingly. Slightly drawn out process and It also means I will never actually use the Genre tab provided on the Oppo app or the Oppo player menu it self - (which doesnt seem to pick up the genre data from the track files anyway.) I guess I am keen to know if anyone else using a usb stick or ext hdd with their Oppo player has managed to see their artists categorised into genres created/personalised by them on the Oppo OR if they're experiencing the same thing where their preferred music program has genres as selected but its lost when playing via the Oppo.
  14. Hey All Quick question re the Oppo 203 or 205 (and possilbly other models too) and using a usb stick or ext hdd to play music from. If drag music out of my hard drive (currently iTunes files AAC) and put them on a thumb drive the genre's dont carry over as they are on iTunes. I have checked the music file it self on my PC and it pretty clearly states the genre, ie Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Blues, or whatever else I have named things. It has no issue playing or reading these files but it just lumps everything into one generic file called Rock and having say for example Foreigner come up in Rock followed by Cannibal Corpse aint cool!!! I want them to be in files like Rock for Foreigner and Death Metal for Cannibal Corpse My aim is to buy a usb powered ext HDD today and drag my music files onto it and using the Oppo app have my library accessible for quick easy music BUT i definately want to keep the genres as they appear in my iTunes library... I dont want to use my phone to bluetooth music either Is this a common issue with the Oppo in that it only recognises Genres that it knows the artist for OR is there a way i can make it see the artists and the genres i have assigned to them thanks guys,
  15. Item: Yamaha AS-1100 Integrated Amplifer - (BLACK with Piano Black Sides) Location: Melbourne Price: $1490- Item Condition: Excellent - Mint; Suit New Buyer Reason for selling: Change of Direction, NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit. Happy to post using courier with tracking and insurance but its approx 25kg so might be pricey to post - Extra Info: Purchased 28/06/2018 from Audio Trends, receipts etc all in box, still 4yrs of 5yr Factory Warranty Left.. I am putting my Yamaha AS-1100 up for sale as I am going to try out some valve amps and change paths. The Yamaha has been fantastic, I don't abuse any of my equipment and have found this very powerful and very clean amp. I had it hooked up to x2 turntables, one into the phono stage and one into a separate pre amp, I also had my Oppo 205 hooked up as well as a separate Ipod doc. It perfomed excellently with all devices and the VU meters are a delight to watch dance! Not using the the tone dials switches them amp into pure direct mode, the remote control is easy to operate and there is a stand by mode or a complete off. You can select the VU meters to peak or VU mode. There is also capacity to run x2 sets of speakers A/B mode and BiWiring There is not a mark or nick or other on this amplifier, will suit someone looking at new purchase at discount price. Below the internet information I have pasted in are pics of the actual unit for sale. Thanks and any questions please ask.... From the Internet... Dedicated single-ended, high-grade integrated amplifier design that faithfully draws out all the intrinsic value of your favourite player or D/A Converter. Floating and Balanced Power Amplifier with MOSFETs Dedicated single-ended amplifier for all types of audio sources All-stage full discrete configuration for strong reproduction of high notes Thorough low impedance design ensures powerful bass response with extremely Superior quality electronic volume control for optimum sound dynamic, energetic feel Large capacity power supply unit delivers energetic, dynamic sound with fast response Symmetrical design in pursuit of ideal stereo reproduction Discretely configured phono amp Level meters visually reflect the dynamics in the music Elegant design with luxurious real wood panels Original speaker terminals combine ease of use and beauty with high sound quality Specifications: Maximum Power (4 ohms, 1kHz, 0.7% THD, for Europe) 160 W + 160 W High Dynamic Power/Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms) 105/135/190/220 W Damping Factor 250 Frequency Response 5 Hz-100 kHz (+0 dB/-3 dB) RIAA Equalization Deviation 20 Hz-20 kHz +/-0.5 dB Total Harmonic Distortion (CD to Sp Out, 20 Hz-20 kHz) 0.025% Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CD) 100 dB (S: 200 mV) Input Sensitivity (CD) 200mV/47k ohms Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 157 x 463 mm Floating and Balanced Power Amplifier with MOSFETs The basic design of the power amplifier circuit adopts Yamaha’s own, uniquely developed Floating and Balanced Power Amplifier technology. Adopting output elements with the same polarity on the plus and minus sides of the output stage, and also completely separating the NFB (Negative Feedback) circuit and power supply into total of four plus and minus sides of the left and right channels, results in thoroughly symmetric push-pull operation of the output stage, Completely floating the entire power amplifier circuit from the ground removes any negative impact of minute voltage fluctuations or ground noise. Moreover, the output elements are comprised of MOSFETs, which provide a warm and natural sonic character. The use of MOSFETs, which have the same polarity on the plus and minus sides, further evolves the ideal of a complete symmetrical design, to eliminate sound quality variations due to difference in polarity—a major distinguishing characteristic of the Floating and Balanced Power Amplifier—resulting in sound with a superior signal-tonoise ratio and superbly well-defined sound field. Dedicated single-ended amplifier for all types of audio sources Since this device employs a dedicated singleended amplifier, it provides excellent response in amplification of single-ended analogue sound from all kinds of audio sources, such as CD players of D/A converters—and the A-S1100 takes advantage of this in having been carefully fine-tuned for optimum sound quality. By fully utilising single-ended amplification, the A-S1100 transparently draws out the intrinsic qualities of your favourite audio devices, including those made by other manufacturers. All-stage full discrete configuration for strong reproduction of high notes This amplifier adopts an all-stage fully discrete configuration through all sound circuit stages, using only the most meticulously selected high-precision parts from input to output. (Applicable during tone control circuit defeat.) The slew-rate of the audio signal has been improved to bring lively and strong response to high musical notes. Moreover, the tone control circuit lets you switch to defeat state and enable a full discrete configuration that bypasses the op-amp IC of the internal circuit, simply by setting the BASS/TREBLE knobs to their center points. Thorough low impedance design ensures powerful bass response with extremely dynamic, energetic feel By strengthening the capacity of the high current route (raising the section area of the cable core wire to about 60% of that of the A-S1000) and by pursuing thorough low impedance design, including forming screwclamped wire connections of major ground points, the A-S1100 boasts excellent speaker drive power with a damping factor of more than 250 (8Ω, 1kHz). Along with the large-capacity power source transformer equipped with an EI core, this design delivers bass reproduction that is both strong and uplifting. Superior quality electronic volume control for optimum sound We’ve utilised a high-quality digital volume control specially designed by New Japan Radio Co., Ltd., which consists only of adder-type resistance, removing the impact of slew-rate decline or colouring of the sound, delivering higher purity in the sound, and excellent, fast response to large volume changes and steep transients. Moreover, the tone controls employ a triple-parallel method, minimising the detrimental impact on sound quality seen with straight-line tone controls. In addition, the bass, treble, and common circuits each utilise simple construction in which the NFB of the amp is not used and the CR elements are simply fixed in a straight line, ensuring exceptionally pure sound reproduction even when tone control is applied and superb response to audio signal transients. When tone defeat is applied, straight signal flow from only one volume circuit to a discrete configuration buffer amp is realised. Large capacity power supply unit delivers energetic, dynamic sound with fast response The A-S1100 employs an original EI transformer, carefully customised for optimum compatibility with the chassis. Combining four large capacity carbon sheath block capacitors delivers an energetic sound—even during high volume—that is possible only with the A-S1100. Moreover, since the control amp and control system is equipped with twelve shunt type local regulators that prevent deterioration caused by currency fluctuation, a clean and stable power supply is achieved. The EI transformer is mounted on the chassis using brass washer, restricting internal vibration that would result in noise. Symmetrical design in pursuit of ideal stereo reproduction The left-right symmetrical construction with the power supply in the centre and the power amp blocks on the ends achieves greater separation of the left and right channels—necessary for proper two-channel stereo reproduction—and ideal weight balance. Including fine tuning by a centre frame which extends from the front to the back of the casing and specially made metal legs (selectable from spike or pad), the A-S1100 has superb mechanical rigidity and installation stability that dramatically lessens the impact of external vibrations on sound quality. Discretely configured phono amp The phono amp is comprised of an MC head amp and an equaliser amp, each of which are discretely configured, resulting in a rich sound with pronounced musicality, when playing vinyl records with both MC and MM phono cartridges. Level meters visually reflect the dynamics in the music The centre of the main unit features level meters that provide visual enjoyment of the music as well, with the rapid and delicate movement of the needles. The meter is illuminated softly from inside by LED, giving a warm, beautiful lamplight look. The meter indicators can, along with VU display, be switched to peak display, and can be selected according to your preferences. The window of the meters has been precision-fit to the panel—completely flat, with no gaps—for an elegantly beautiful appearance. Elegant design with luxurious real wood panels The refined design and construction of the A-S1100 reflects Yamaha’s commitment to fine craftsmanship and art, uniquely drawing on its long experience as a world-class musical instrument maker. The metal front panel and the side wood panels have been beautifully integrated by the masterful use of advanced processing technology. Moreover, the dials and tone controls are machined aluminium knobs, for a richly textured finish and graceful touch. Original speaker terminals combine ease of use and beauty with high sound quality Our meticulous obsession with quality continues through to the speaker terminals, which are the last and crucial link in the audio chain. Featuring screw type terminals. with originally designed handles, these are created by cutting pure brass, enabling secure connection with no reduction in sound quality. Contoured to the shape of human fingers, they not only look beautiful, but can be turned easily and fastened tightly with minimal effort. They are also compatible with connections using banana plugs. Remote control with simple design and superior texture The supplied remote control features a design complementary to the aluminium panel of the amplifier itself, with a simple, easy-to-understand button layout and gorgeous metallic texture. In addition to the basic volume adjustment and input switching controls of the A-S1100, it can also be used for operation of the companion CD-S2100. Pictures:
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