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  1. Very good looking speakers at this price point. With the rear port, did you find them sensitive at all when placed close to a wall? Which store in Perth did you get them from?
  2. At highest streaming quality I cannot blind-test tell the difference between the two, but my experience is similar to yours: Spotify app is more responsive and reliable on all platforms, has more features, and the recommendations match my taste more.
  3. +1 for Sendle too. Have recently received a pair of bookshelf speakers from a fellow SNA. Faster than expected. Online tracking. Quality pick up & delivery. Reasonable rates. Good for small items. https://www.sendle.com
  4. This is the best explanation I've ever read. Thank you.
  5. What would be a ballpark figure for minimum rms power per cubic metre for "live concert experience" in a typical home? Would be great to hear from your experience.
  6. The website is not helpful, you probably need to give them a call (probably the Cannington store where I got mine from). But I agree, you need to understand what you need first. They have 20% off all stocks twice every year so if you can still buy it cheap at the end of the year if it is what you want.
  7. We are all here to share and to learn so no "war" at all. I've looked at subs from REL, Velodyne, etc. but I am unable to find anything better than SVS purely in terms of specs. I'm more than happy to learn if indeed there is something that offers better value for money. I totally agree with you that integrating sub is not an easy task, and especially integrating a big sub with small main speakers due to high cross-over point. I do not own a REL to say about its "linearity" but the frequency response curve from SVS says everything needed about the SB-2000's linearity. From your description and the specs of the REL T7i, I would say that you prefer a target curve with an early roll-off for music (by target curve I refer to Fig. 1 of this guide https://www.hifizine.com/2011/06/bass-integration-guide-part-1/) With the early version of SB-2000, this can be achieved by EQ your sub. If you have access to an external 31-band digital graphic equalizer (such as Behringer DEQ2496) that can be done with a bit of learning and measurement. If you were in Perth, I would be more than happy to show you in person. However, the newer version SB-2000 Pro comes with an on-board EQ, so the target curve can be achieved in a fairly similar manner. You can switch between movie and music modes quite easily and you can fine tune the roll-off to your taste (and, probably, your room).
  8. I hope you've realised that the question being asked is a sub for both music and movie. We are talking about a large room at 5m x 4m x 3m so we need a quality sub to fill the space. Small subs like REL T7i with only 200W rms and 30Hz at -6dB cannot compare with 550W rms and 19Hz at +/- 3dB. They are not qualified for movies. I do not think small subs will work in the room. I have learnt hard lessons with smaller subs like this from B&W and Focal. I ended up throwing them away. In Australia, AFAIK no other brands offer better value for money than SVS. I would challenge anyone to find a better price for the same specs/quality/resale value in Australia. I've owned an early version of the SB-2000 for more than 10 years now and it is still good like day 1. In my opinion, investing in a good sub will be actually more economical in the long term when it comes to upgrading your main speakers in the future - another convenient truth.
  9. WestCoast Hifi over here in Perth can do it for $1599. I've just ordered mine (SB-2000 Pro in gloss black). I can't wait to see how dual subs go 😀 https://www.westcoasthifi.com.au/?post_type=location&p=2364 Either you can order through them (because mine needs to be shipped from Melbourne anyway - Sydney might be even cheaper for them to ship), or mention the price to the local hifi store maybe they can price match. If you order two, I'm sure you can negotiate even a better deal.
  10. I agree, the SB-2000's are a very good choice when it comes to music. AFAIK the new version, named SVS SB-2000 Pro, has some improvements and it allows you to EQ the sub to suit either music or movie so maybe it is not a compromise at all. I do not know how much bass you need but with 550W rms/1500W peak one sub may be even enough for your room. The EOFY sale is still on 😀
  11. Just received this offer when checking my facebook today. On my phone it says Tidal HiFi $4 for 3 months, so my understanding is that instead of paying $72 you only pay $4. Probably for those who want to try out Tidal. T&Cs apply as usual so do check them. *Offer for new users only. Not available in all regions. Total discount varies per region and depends on the plan you choose. Your TIDAL subscription will begin immediately, and your payment method will be charged the promotional amount. After the promotional period expires, your subscription will automatically renew at the standard monthly rate for your region and chosen plan.
  12. I am also after this unit too (or even its big brother A-S3000), but preferably in black.
  13. Wow, great design. With 2m height you will probably need a concert hall to fit them in.
  14. Could you clarify if audition is available "Pickup available but audition is not available.,Pickup available and you can audition."
  15. Troels Gravesen is well-known for his DIY loudspeakers. The following does not use your specified driver and amp but it may give you some idea of the design and build process, just in case this is your first-time DIY experience http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/26W-4558T00.htm
  16. The Perth high-end audio market has been running hot with serious speakers up for sale recently. Last week I thought the BW 800D3s were the pinnacle, but obviously these Puppys are a league above and at less than half the asking price. A true bargain.
  17. Probably the best speakers in Perth so far this year as far as I can remember. The next owner must be very lucky.
  18. 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?
  19. 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*
  20. 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
  21. 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/
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. Great to hear another SNA member is happy with Focal sound. Congratulations.
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