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  1. Thanks for the hot tip @Snoopy8, after further investigation, I have found that the NAD doesn't have Airplay as you mentioned but more than that, it doesn't have HDMI ARC. It does have HDMI ports but considering it doesn't have the arc tech there'd be no advantage over a regular toslink connection. I'm not sure whether it's just me but I find it most frustrating when the audio and video is out of sync. Some people might say to adjust the delay setting on the receiver or tv. From my experience, the delay is different from different apps and/or inputs.
  2. My avr is a Yamaha RX-V3073. I do like to turn it up. It’s a 2.1 setup. The best sound I get out of it is when I use Pure Direct mode, I can hear the difference. If a power amp is going to take it another step beyond the Pure Direct sound then I’m interested. I’m focused on music but still want the tv to go through the system with minimal fuss, using CEC. I box to do everything would be great but I’m also keeping my eye on the future for potential upgrades. Something like the size of a Bluesound Node and a March Audio amp would be smaller than the AVR I use now.
  3. Thanks @Snoopy8, I have looked at that Nad combination but I might struggle to get something like that in my price range. @petetherock, I'm currently using an AVR that has HDMI arc and Airplay 1. I guess the question for me becomes, how well can I expect the DAC in my AVR compare to something such as the Bluesound Node 2i? @ethro, I have actually brought a Powernode 2i home to try it out, I didn't really feel like I was really getting much more quality than what I get from my AVR. My latest plan has been to acquire a preamp and pair it with a decent stereo a
  4. Yes @petetherock, I have seen this but as you suspected, it’s way out of my budget.
  5. I’m looking for a preamp with HDMI arc and Airplay 2. If I had the power to modify a current product. I would take a Bluesound Node 2i and add HDMI arc to it. This kind of item would be at the top of my budget, looking to spend less than $800.
  6. Thanks for the update. I’m exploring adding the power amp to my avr and doing a home theatre bypass.
  7. Hi @Rockford, I enjoyed reading your review of the March Audio amp. Do you still love it as much 1 year on? It sounded like from your review that you were using a valve amp previously. Valve amps have typically produced more of a warm sound. Did you find the March Audio amp still had enough warmth? Thanks for sharing
  8. Here's the update! Sorry for the delay @Jebediah, I found I became quite addicted to the banter on here so I've been on a bit of a sabbatical. I've really reached a stalemate at the moment. I don't think I'm going to get much better unless I spend big. I went ahead with the Merlin S6's and I'm very happy with them. As mentioned in a previous post I really thought for the money these were a great. When I listened to them in store they were hooked up to serious McIntosh amplification, probably around 10-15k worth. I've stuck with my RX-V3073. When
  9. Thanks @Dunnersfella for your input. I think you're probably right but just checking, my receiver has Airplay integrated into the hardware. The receiver sits on the network and an iOS device can see the avr in standby mode and then send audio to it which triggers the the receiver to turn on from standby through the network. This may be what you meant but just wanted to check... @bizzibee mentioned that he thought his receiver would turn on to the setting last used, that would work great for me but it doesn't seem to work for Pure Direct, for me at least.
  10. Thanks @bizzibee! I had no idea such a configuring tool was available. I haven't had success trying to solve my dilemma as I haven't been able to find a way to set the default setting to Pure Direct. In the Scene menu there is an option to recall settings, I was hoping modifying these would bring success but I was wrong. If I could force the AVR to load a scene on startup or selected input, I hope this would work, cause I can set a scene to use Pure Direct. I just can't see how to automatically load a scene or even if that is possible. @bob_m_54 it turns out my receiver, RX-V3073,
  11. Hi, I’m looking to glean some expertise on how to set up my Yamaha AVR to start up with Pure Direct mode enabled. I listen to music via Airplay so the receiver turns on automatically when I send audio to it. I have also set up my tv to turn on the receiver when the tv is turned on. In both of these cases I don’t have any direct interaction with the AVR. However, I want the audio to be produced in Pure Direct mode by default. At the moment I either have to fumble around for the remote, physically access the AVR, or use the Yamaha remote app to enable Pure Direct. All of thes
  12. @seaninbrisbane, I know this is a super old topic. Do you recall the brand/name of the power board you got at bunnings? I’m looking to track one down.
  13. I’ve been looking for a musical sub to complement a pair of Richter Merlin S6’s. There are minimal reviews of the Kurlette and my local Legend Speaker stockist doesn’t have a Kurlette to preview. If you own one of these please leave a testimonial below. If you’ve heard one but don’t own it, maybe just clarify that in your response.
  14. Thanks @Snoopy8, I posted in your other thread before I realised you’d posted here... well done on the researching. I think if people want to track this thread in the future they will benefit by looking at your thread as well.
  15. So as it turns out, the specs from my Yamaha RX-V3073 aren’t that shabby for a 2 channel setup. (As you stated, it doesn’t overcome the music limitations with avrs.) Rated Output Power (2-channel driven) (20Hz to 20kHz, 0.06% THD, 8Ω) Front L/R 150 W + 150 W https://au.yamaha.com/files/download/other_assets/3/328083/RX-V3073_V2073_om_En.pdf
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