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  1. Totally agree, I would also like to proudly own very Australian made audiophile-grade speakers. The Ella Mk2s look amazing, it really looks like Australian manufacturers can make serious speakers that look good and sound great at an affordable price. What is missing in the supply chain here I wonder?
  2. how reliable the following information is - I do not know, but it looks like some retailers are still selling Focals https://www.stereophonic.com.au/brands/Focal-Speakers.html?sort=pricedesc https://www.sightandsoundgalleria.com.au/product-category/hi-fi-speakers/?orderby=price-desc https://www.vinylrevival.com.au/search?type=product&q=Focal*+speakers*
  3. There was a change in the local distributor and it might be that many retailers were not happy with working with them - that is the impression I got when talking to a store owner here in Perth when he was clearing out his Focal stocks. https://www.stereo.net.au/features/celebrating-40-years-of-focal
  4. My 2-cent suggestion is that if possible you should consider an upper model T9. If it is above your budget, you may consider a second hand one, which is around $1000 In my opinion, there are several reasons for considering a good sub above the minimum requirements based purely on specs: smaller subs won't move air that great as big subs do, there is no need to worry about too much bass because you can always control the output level of your sub to integrate smoothly with your main speakers (in addition, this is actually better because the THD is usually less when your sub is not pushed to its max capacity), and finally if you happen to upgrade your main speakers in the future then you won't have to sell your sub. When you buy a sub, I suppose you do not just want to hear your music, but also feel it and big subs do a better job. Also, there is no question that closed-box design is the way to go for music. I have a 12'' SVS sub and I've been enjoying it for the last 10 years. When it comes to bass integration, it is very important that you do it properly and I cannot recommend enough the following https://www.hifizine.com/2011/06/bass-integration-guide-part-1/
  5. Actually, I take the comment as it takes an experienced listener months to tell the difference between state-of-the-art Class D and Class A/B reference amps in a (possibly) bias setting. Even if Class D does not win the heart of the listener, I think Class D has done a very good job
  6. With the latest Purify and Ncore, do you think Class D amps now are in a position to compete head to head against expensive Class A amps in a true ABX blind setting? It would be interesting to see such a study to really understand whether there is a true gap, or is it just personal reservation against class d.
  7. Great to hear another SNA member is happy with Focal sound. Congratulations.
  8. Interesting. I recall someone on SNA once said some use their gear to listen to music, some use music to listen to their gear, and some are in between. Maybe the ones who listen to music are more likely to escape from the upgrade path and enjoy satisfaction for longer than the others - just a guess.
  9. Very rare opportunity for Perth buyers, indeed. The Carmels were competitive against Magico S1s. Personally, I find the cabinet design of the Carmels more elegant.
  10. I agree, Scott is very friendly and there are multiple rooms to audition different combinations of amps and speakers. Each HiFi store, I think, focuses on few brands and models (talking about hi-end stuff). Go to Midland if you are after Sonus Faber, Focal (probably only in the past), PMC, but if you are after B&W 800 series then go to Cannington. Other non WestCoast hifi stores may have other brands. But we are so disadvantaged compared to the East, unfortunately.
  11. Not a big discount but this may save new Musical Fidelity buyers few hundred bucks from normal retail price https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/midland/stereo-systems/musical-fidelity-m6si-stereo-amplifier/1246645746
  12. Could you please advise how it actually works for people in Perth? Is there anywhere to sign up and is it a matter of coming to the store to pick it up? Thanks.
  13. If I were you, I would measure the frequency of the buzzing sound first before trying anything. If you do not have a pro meter, just find a spectrum analyzer app on the app store - my two cents.
  14. I also suggest a great bass integration guide by Paul Spencer https://www.hifizine.com/2011/06/bass-integration-guide-part-1/
  15. Except for a little low input impedance the specs are quite impressive
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