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    Set top box?

    I've just moved back to Melbourne after a couple of years in the UK. I shipped back my Panasonic TV, only to find out that it won't tune to the Australian free to air channels. Panasonic have confirmed this is the case.. So annoying. So it seems I need a set top box of some sort.. I only want something that will allow me to watch free to air TV. No need for recording or access to Stan etc. Will one of the cheapy models from JB Hifi / Harvey Norman etc be sufficient here?
  2. Set and forget - that's me... Once the system is in place, I want to enjoy the music. I want everything to work in terms of connectivity (esp with the streamer functionality). No interest in chopping and changing components regularly..
  3. Please help the new guy... aesthetics aside... How is this Peachtree better then the Yamaha AS701 I've been looking at? https://au.yamaha.com/en/products/audio_visual/hifi/a-s701/index.html
  4. Agree... so many great offers in Perth over the past week...
  5. Some great points there @Tone Malone, especially around number of boxes/space.. I've done a lot more reading since my original post, and am really keen to have a system that doesn't take up a lot of space, and can be easily used by my wife and kids (both of which will only really want to be able to use Spotify. The new Bluesound Node 2i looks very nice, and in terms of amp, the PS Audio Sprout100 looks like it could do the job nicely, as well as looking the part. I have no issue going down the path of 2nd hand, especially for the speakers and amp - I just don't have the knowledge of the brands that many here on the forum do. Seems a bit of a minefield for noobs like myself.
  6. Thanks for the link. That was a great thread. It was interesting to see the breadth of opinions around how one might allocate their budget. It cemented for me that at the price level I'm looking at there are many entry level options... The Bluesound Node 2 is looking mighty appealing. In terms of amp/receiver, the Yamaha R-N303D seems not to have a phono input. But I get your point about dropping to a lesser model
  7. Yes. I have CDs, Vinyl and Digital Files. I could indeed end up ripping all my CDs (frankly have already done a fair few). The Digital/Vinyl/AM-FM Tuner requirements are mandatory. The CD/BD component is the lowest priority.
  8. Item: Aktimate Micro Desktop Speakers Location: Footscray, VIC, 3011 Price: $135 Item Condition: Very Good. iPod dock is slightly bent, however this is for the old style of connector so is unlikely to be of much use anyway. Right top grille pushed in slightly. Neither affect playback. Please refer to photos. Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Power cable included Pictures: See below
  9. Item: Whatmough Synergy 2 series 5.1 Home Theatre Speakers Location: Footscray, 3011, Victoria Price: $500 Item Condition: Very Good. There are some surface marks on some of the speakers, and you can see a small mark on the front grille of the subwoofer - refer pics. Work perfectly. Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash or Paypal Extra Info: Please look at the photos to see specifications. Subwoofer cable included. Pictures: below
  10. So if I went down this path, could then I get an integrated amplifier rather than a receiver - since the Bluesound would handle all the radio / streaming requirements?
  11. Yeah, I had thought about that. Am not quite sure where to look. Am just not sure how I feel about playing Gumtree roulette..
  12. Yes, it's a Synology...