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    Graham

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  1. Question and debate, it is well known that our hearing diminishes as we grow older, so with that in mind, is our ongoing quest for the perfect and highest quality sound system a waste of time after we reach a specific age - maybe 60 or so? I mean, at a certain age we loose the ability to discern the higher frequencies (and maybe have a more narrower range of frequencies in our heating spectrum) - so why do older people spend large amounts on very nice equipment, when in fact their older ears may not fully “acknowledge” or appreciate the ability of that equipment? So should we all stop our searching and upgrading for better equipment after we reach 55-60? is this a fair question? anyone care to comment?
  2. It may be me, but I just don’t like single box solutions - namely, I like to maybe try a new dac, a new amp etc and I can do that with a multiple unit solution. To me, an all in one is very limited but multiple units (on the other hand) give me greater flexibility and an easier upgrade path. (Yes I know I can “deactivate” or bypass some parts of an all in one solution, but that just seems wasteful to me eg, buy a NAD integrated amp, but you bypass the power amp and just use the pre-amp or vice versa). one other point, if one element of an all in one solution breaks, then you are totally “offline” while that whole box is away getting fixed. A multiple unit solution will allow you to “slot” in a spare or a loaner while that dodgy component is off getting fixed. I like flexibility. one downfall though, you use more powerpoints with a multiple box solution.
  3. I can look after the equipment for you until the baby/children have grown up. This way you don’t have to sell the equipment, and you need not worry about the expense of child proofing it all. if you want, I can set up a webcam and you can look at it anytime you want too. How does that sound?
  4. Following from my previous post, also have a large wooden cabinet styled colour TV (refer to photos). This tv matches the radiogram and is a HMV 26 inch. This was top off the line when colour tv first came appeared in Australia. I remember the excitement as we were the first family in the street to get colour and this was the actual set. again, it is big and heavy. I am too scared to turn this one on though so don’t know if it works. It is vhf only. Same as the radiogram, it is based in Dubbo NSW. so any idea, suggestions (or offers)of what to do with it?
  5. Hi all, I’m cleaning out my parents house and have dusted off the old General Electric Radio gram. It hasn’t been used for ages but surprisingly I fired it up and the AM radio works and still pulls in the ABC and local channel. No FM though. The BSR turntable still spins and even plays (it can also do 78s). Alas the tape wheels do not spin so cassette doesn’t work. Could be a simple fix though. it is a very nice piece of heavy wood furniture and there are 2 possibilities of what time do with it (in terms of music). Firstly, restore it completely and get it all working - or gut it,and put all new equipment inside and enjoy the very nice cabinet. The cabinet itself is in very nice condition (look at attached photos). Even has the original instructions and basic circuit diagram. I do wish I could keep it though as I would restore it but I don’t have the room and time for it. So I am thinking of selling it but don’t know how. One problem, it is located in Dubbo NSW and I don’t want to freight it anywhere (or even arrange freight as I have too much to do in clearing out the house, arranging funeral, finalising details etc). So to sell it, I just want someone to come and pick it up and unfortunately I think a possible customer base is too limited in the local area. So I am open to ideas and suggestions (or offers). Any ideas? thanks graham
  6. It was 41 years ago. Not that long ago really as I have memories from then. I am guessing she was in her mid to late 20s in that video. Can’t imagine her being much past 30 though. Jana is in her early 20s in this film and I don’t think this lady is too much past Jana. really curious who she is/was. Having a rolls but listening to the village people implies to me she has old money - ie born or married into it. I reckon if we really wanted to find out, then Alex may have an idea - I am guessing all those people in the video were his customers and Jana worked with him to get their interviews.
  7. Just remember that blonde would be in her late 60s, maybe early 70s now - also she would be someone’s Grandmother so show some respect. I do agree though that she was very beautiful. Imagine if someone here knew who she was/is and is reporting back to her what we are saying. Remember, in the scheme of things, It is a small world - especially for Hi-Fi lovers past and present in Melbourne and Australia.
  8. I don’t know who she was - but she was very attractive. I wonder where she is now (and if she still listens to jet aircraft)
  9. Hi all, I’m just about to retire an old iPhone 5s model from normal everyday use as phone - but will now turn it into a roon end node for the bedroom. so I am hoping to find a decent docking station/port that I can plug it into and then leave it permanently in this docking station for music and radio listening purposes. From that, does anyone recommend a decent docking station that possibly has 2 separate stereo speakers - or the outputs for the connection of 2 separate speakers. FM and DAB radio would be nice but not necessary.. remote control for volume would be good though. cost up to about $200. i know there is a huge amount of such devices out there but wanting to see if anyone recommends a particular one or not. thanks.
  10. hi all, I've been sussing out Roon via its 30 day day free trial and i must say I am rather happy and impressed with it. It certainly does a lot and is a welcome addition to the resources for any music loving person (such as myself). One thing that bothers me though is the price for lifetime "membership". It is expensive - i mean i can get myself a semi-decent pair of bookshelf speakers for that. Something real, something i can look at, something that owns another carton that sits in the shed. Fair enough i can pay for a yearly subscription and i think i will do that- at first. But what bugs me, and from what i understand, one of the reasons Roon is so expensive because the cost includes the various services that Roon utilises. Things like artist bio info, imagery, catalogue info, tour dates etc - these are using third party providers and part of the subscription covers the cost for that information. So anyway, if more and more people choose to pay for the lifetime membership then how does Roon get continual money to support those external payments? I assume the yearly memberships caters for these fees but i am guessing after about 4 or so years of a lifetime membership then Roon is still spending this money to pay for these services but not getting it back when someone pays for a lifetime subscription - forever. They just keep paying for it (and maybe relying on more yearly subscriptions). How much profit do they make if 80% of the people pay for lifetime subscription and keep that for say 10 years (while the company is still paying out those fees) Is this a hole in their business model? Looking one step further, what happens if Roon goes bust (because of these ongoing outgoing fees). We've invested close to $750 AUD into it which is a fair whack of money. These are the questions i am pondering at the moment.
  11. Title says it all. Is roon worth it? i already use jriver and it is good for what it is. Although there are a few quirks that drive me crazy sometimes. However I have invested many hours into jriver and I am rather proud of the tagging I have done with it. but I have started to think about roon though - the interface and information seems good. I have yet to try the 14 day free trial though and to be frank, 14 days is not long enough for a trial as I am rather time poor at the moment. but I would like to see what the consensus is - especially by those that have used both jriver and roon. So is roon worth it? I mean for the cost of roon, I can buy myself some more hardware - ie a new dac etc. So opinions and thoughts please....
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