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  1. I quite sure Id get more than a few hundred, these originally sold for many thousand. $200 buys almost nothing worthwhile, even much lesser Marantz amps sell for more than that. Admittedly , It would not be sellable for as much as I'd like, looks like its a keeper now.
  2. For a few hundred over a replacement amp I wouldnt bother . Just whats it worth now ?
  3. Im just considering options at this stage, no big hurry. I have a PM66 in the spare room, so I could drag that out & see if its a sound I could live with , Ive had much worse in the past (Onkyo..) The PS17 hasnt even been turned on in the last 3 months, its just not being used. If I downgrade I can pay off some debt (ha , as if ), or upgrade the systems in the other rooms that get more use. Im actually spending more listening time in the mancave/workshop or via the PC .
  4. Budget is around the $250-300 mark. I do like marantz, but would consider any brand. Obviously anything descent in that price range will be 5-10 years old. At the mo I have a Marantz PS-17SA . Its a bit silly to have a hardly used amp that cost more than my car :-)
  5. Hi guys I'm downgrading my amp to something better suited to my system, budget & changed listening preferences (ie the hifi doesnt get used as much as it used to) Which used amp , a used Marantz PM66 or a marantz SR6300 (or similar). These seem to be pretty good value for money on trademe. 5.1 isnt really necessary, but sub out will make driving the sub amp alot easier
  6. Hi there. Things being as they are Im spending less time listening to main Stereo system in the lounge. So I thought I'll put together a hifi system for the man cave/workshop. The room is very small & speakers will be close to where I sit (by the workbench)...also I will often have to keep the volume down . I really dont want to use headphones. So I need some cheapish bookshelf speakers, perhaps someting like near-feild monitors(speakers being so close to my seat in a small room) I was thinking something like Warfdale Diamond 9.1 , or preferably something cheaper from trademe, perhaps some older Mordant Shorts ?? or Kef Q series ?? Id prefer something a bit cheaper than the Diamonds, but if anything cheaper will just be a disappointment then I'll bite the bullet & just buy the 9.1's The mancave allready has a NAD 705 AMP & NAD 514 CD player at the mo. I could upgrade the amp , plenty of cheap nice AMPS on trademe for those willing to wait a bit. Would a DENON PMA350SE or Denon AVR-1803 be better than the old NAD receiver ?? I also have a Marantz CD53 I can move to the man cave. Just after some opinions & idea's. I'd like to keep the cost down, but dont mind spreading the cost over a year or so & waiting for cheap AMP/CD bargains on trademe. I do need some 1/2 descent speakers ASAP though, the cave speakers are terrible. Cheers
  7. All open to offers. I just want to get rid of them. I need the shelf space. Id rather not send the heavy stuff due to cost (will if you pay freight) Includes Marantz CD94 main board (TDA1541) Hitachi MosFets (unsure if the work) 5 CH EQ kit built 4 ch mixer kit buit Amp power supply kit, speaker protector kit UNUSED TESA ECC81, other misc valves(unsure of cond of those) ALPS Blue, pot Philips CD930 + Philips FA930 Amp(incl remote) + Philips Tuner (will sell separately) AMP & CD930 working (Amp has 3 dead lights on fr panel) Tuner was OK when last used Pics here http://imageshack.us/g/23/cd94.jpg/
  8. Cheap Chineese doesnt automatically mean poor performance (reliabilty hit & miss perhaps). Thats all I was really getting at. I remember Glowing reveiws of a certain supermarket DVD player, on this website. Untill some reliabilty issues turned up. I saw some rather average reveiws on some of the name brands (not all), Samsung even now having a Caveat in cnets reviews due to poor reliability "Last year, we noticed a troubling trend. While we tended to give high review scores to Samsung Blu-ray players based on their design, features, performance and value, CNET users consistently rated them much lower, often citing reliability issues." There were also issues with lack of timely firmware updates on some name brands. ...so much for not buying generic chinese. Perhaps they at least wont be having issues with lead free solder joints. (PS3 & Xbox ???) So I went for the cheap option. I havnt had a chance to test it on a quiet night, so I havnt noticed any wirr when playing (yet). Arrgh, It'll prohably now seem louder since you mentioned it :-) I also arnt expecting any descent upscaling ability, this would have been nice. The remote is cheap & nasty looking, but I already have a good Logitech Universal I have to agree, it is clunky,no optical dig o/p(RCA only),I have reservations about reliability of Philips, but was only $129 after all. Its these el-cheapo Blu-rays that will drive down prices of name brands, and as Joe Average start buying them (from supermarkets), we can expect the Blu-ray movies to be more available from Vid rentals,cheaper & released in a more timely fashion.
  9. For those after a budget Blu-ray.. cheaper than generic's DSE Albany (& possibly other branches)are selling Philips BDP 2700 for $129, incl a HDMI cable this is an unadvertised discount, you will need to go into the shop, down to the B-Ray rack & look for the little notice. -they made an error on the latest flyer, so are offer this at bargain price instead Just got one myself The reviews I saw werent that bad. I sort of wonder if some of the opinions in this thread are based 100% on bias & brand snobbery... I wouldnt expect $130 player to be as reliable or as perfect as a $400 one.But the difference may not be that noticable if you are watching a movie NOT just to be awed to the picture quality. It also depends on how much you really want to spend & just how many bluray movies you expect to watch. Personally ...There really arnt that many new movies I really want to see- I wish there were, a perfect picture doesnt make up for a turkey of a movie. If they were alot of GREAT new movies, then I would definitely have considered spending more.
  10. I think it can be set to multizone through entering the magic numbers. havnt tried yet 1. Make sure there is no disc in the tray when you switch on. 2. Press "home" key on remote control. 3. Enter number "1389310". 4. Switch off. Wait a few seconds and then switch on...now region free.
  11. Hi there. Not sure were to put this so.. For those after a budget Blu-ray.. cheaper than generic's DSE Albany (& possibly other branches)are selling Philips BDP 2700 for $129, incl a HDMI cable this is an unadvertised discount, you will need to go into the shop, down to the B-Ray rack & look for the little notice. -they made an error on the latest flyer, so are offer this at bargain price instead Just got one myself
  12. Watch out for rotted out foam surrounds on older speakers (incl AR)
  13. not my auction, a bargain or junk?? strange looking Ariston TT http://www.trademe.co.nz/Antiques-collectables/Other/auction-319046692.htm
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