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  1. Thanks for that, I did think it was a bit odd!, will look into what I'm doing wrong.
  2. I’ve been using Roon for a couple of years now and quite like roon radio and the album/ artist reviews that are integrated. For those looking at end point options, I use Gen 3 Apple Tv’s as they come with an optical out and are cheap as chips 2nd hand. At present I’m using 4 of them and a multi channel slave amp for multi zone music in the house and shed (the shed has its own amp) One of the features is that you can play different music in different zones, so the kids can be be listening to music separately in the house while I’m listening to decent music while Im tinkering in the shed 😀, although you can only control the music selection from one source point which is an IPad, It would be great to be able to control different zones from different IPads simultaneously. ( maybe I just haven’t found a way to do this). I also have an ATV gen 4, but the music is slightly out of sync with the other Gen 3’s because of the HDMI only out, similarly the Mac optical out is slightly out of sync with the Gen3’s and Gen 4. I found that the core spec is important, I was using an older NUC with the optimised Linux Roon core but found that the music pitch altered and It was annoying me (ie. the beginnings of songs would sound slightly slow, then a few seconds later roon would catch up and play the next few seconds slightly faster, then normalise.) It was only slight but I could hear it enough to expect it most times I changed tracks I changed to a dual core Mac mini and a 1TB SSD which also has optical out and it’s been sweet ever since I have the choice of using the NAS, but changed to the SSD so I can take the Roon server to the beach house easily, the NAS now just backs up the media on the Roon server.
  3. Interesting topic which caught my eye as I have recently changed the shed system which included the tuner, I've moved from a big Onkyo receiver to a component setup. The only tuner I had spare is an old Yamaha TX-492, and the sound, well.... It's just flat and boring, in fact I often just turn the radio off and throw in a CD whereas before I always had the radio going. Reading through the posts reminded me that I have an old Quad FM tuner (FM1?) with the separate multiplexer hidden away somewhere so I'll have to dig it out and have a listen.
  4. Many vintage radio people keep them in stock, I'd try the nzvrs.com forums and ask there, bound to be someone local that has them
  5. Have to agree that it's annoying and has the reverse effect to what you intended for me personally, especially when several devices are used to browse. I strayed over to the .AU site to see if that board had more going on but before I could get my teeth into anything interesting I was blocked, so I ended up on another site.
  6. Interesting device bluedog, The features look similar to roon and makes me wonder should I continue paying the annual $ licensing fee or go for a hardware device like the bluesound.. might have to go have a play ?
  7. Recently after long periods of contemplation I finally moved from CD/Phono to a music server/NAS setup, purely for convenience. I’m running Roon on a roon optimised Linux NUC and using the optical out on an old gen3 Apple TV for the output device. I can say that roon is everything I wanted in function and ease of use, the music quality is good, nothing that makes you wow but that’s because of the source files and no doubt the output devices. I’m interested in looking at a USB or network DAC but haven’t really kept up with what’s available or better still, what is recommended. Budget approx up to $1k and I dont mind looking at good 2nd hand gear Keen to hear people’s thoughts on what direction to take. Cheers MM
  8. Not sure where to put this as there doesn’t seem to be a general discussion area. I know that Marcus was moving to a new location a couple of months ago in Welly, however his emails now bounce and mobile number doesn’t work., I’m hoping nothing untoward has happened to him?. Id like to catch up with him on a possible trip down there, can anyone share his contact details with me, or give an update? Cheers, MM
  9. I'm looking for a single 511b Horn without the driver or maybe Horn/s with driver/s? depends what comes up I guess... Cheers MM
  10. The Pye amp looks like an HF4000?, quite a nice amp in it's day, the OPT's are supposed to be quite good from what I'm told.
  11. Operating temps were normal, in fact QSC was in idle most of it's life in good ventilation, it was mentioned to me once that NZ's 230+ VAC supply is pushing the QSC caps to their limit The quad was in a typical Hifi rack
  12. Having experienced first hand a couple of Bad Capacitor experiences I thought it might help others if we gave a "heads up" to other DIYer's on the site showing what can happen if they go unattended. This is not intended as an opportunity to bag manufacturers etc., (most of us have fallen victim of components that cause failure), but rather an opportunity to give others a warning to check their own devices BEFORE this happens to them. I'll start with a Quad Platinum amplifier. As you can see from, the photos, several of the capacitors have the telltale bulges on top and one or more eventually went into a dead short. Here's another pic of the board from the top, note the burn hole on the bottom left, the transformer wires had melted together as a result of the short. Next up, A QSC GX5 amp. Same thing again, the caps shorted and took the amp out burning holes through the main board and filling the place with smoke. A local repairer mentioned that he's had to replace the main reservoir in capacitors several of these, if you have one that's been working hard for a while, , ageing or been working in high temps it may be worthwhile getting your amp checked out. These of course are the more extreme cases, but it illustrates clearly what can happen when a $2-10 component decides to go rogue and hopefully a useful prompt for others to at least inspect, or have their gear inspected MM
  13. Umm, I'll need to go through the recycling now... It was a cold day and the rain was bucketing, the shed was warm, the music was great, the tubes were glowing, the test bench was clear and the wine was flowing 2015 I think? I have a specialist testing device for gift wrapped bottles of wine in the shed @LogicprObe1553552783
  14. Penfolds Bin28 Kalimna Shiraz Yummy....
  15. Speaking of leak gear, did you guys see that pair of TL12+ amps go for over $2.8k on TM?.gosh...
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