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  1. 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 .

     

     

  2. 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

     

     

  3. 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

  4. 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/

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8.  

    nixon76;132204 wrote:
    Is it just me, or does that amp not have any digital inputs, nor any multi-channel inputs.....

     

     

     

    Stereo only. Still it's got a DTS 7.1 prosound II processor to spread the love out to 7 speakers. Absolute bargain at that price.

     

    Perhaps so they dont have to pay any royalites to Dolby Industries.

    That way they can put more money into getting that 3000W hit.

  9. What type of music do you listen to.

    I have a Marantz PS-17, 'warm' sounding amps dont seem suit all types of music.

    Music with losts of heavily distorted gat etc can sound a bit mushy (as do poor recordings/transfers with audible distortion)

    'Clean' sounding music sounds great

     

    Then again , it never sounds sterile like my previous 'clean sounding' amps(denon, onkyo)

  10. If its 1/3 of the price, then it may be OK for a budget buy. This price diff will factor in any reliability issues.

     

    After seeing the huge stacks of used/faulty/repaired DSE dvdr at one AK auction house, I have no doubts about DSE & other generics brands reliablity.

     

    I bought 4, & made up 1 working one from them. These players got horrendously hot, no wonder they often broke down.

  11. This 'tit for tat' back feedback is a big problem on trademe.

    Its got to where many now admit they wont post bad feedback on bad traders through fear of having unjustifed bad feedback placed back against them.

     

    This has happened to me,placed bad feedback on a idiot non paying buyer & got 3 back feedbacks in return (3x items).

    However, when an trademe a/c is suspendended/disabled, all the bad feedbacks they placed are magicly removed by trademe.

     

    Its a matter of deciding, do I do nothing & keep my good feedback rating, or post some bad feedbacks & risk getting tit for tat red face feedback.

    I think if a trader is a idiot, then I have a duty to place approriate feedback as a warning to others dealing with him.

  12. This 'tit for tat' back feedback is a big problem on trademe.

    Its got to where many now admit they wont post bad feedback on bad traders through fear of having unjustifed bad feedback placed back against them.

     

    This has happened to me,placed bad feedback on a idiot non paying buyer & got 3 back feedbacks in return (3x items).

    However, when an trademe a/c is suspendended/disabled, all the bad feedbacks they placed are magicly removed by trademe.

     

    Its a matter of deciding, do I do nothing & keep my good feedback rating, or post some bad feedbacks & risk getting tit for tat red face feedback.

    I think if a trader is a idiot, then I have a duty to place approriate feedback as a warning to others dealing with him.

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