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  1. @QuinnInSydney and @gwurb thank you very much for your replies.....lots to think about and research which I've been doing. My CDs had been in boxes for a couple of years so I was keen to get my initial system set up and the CDs out. This works fine. The AppleTV (using the Toslink out, mac-mini/iPhone/iPad) is sufficient to stream internet radio or from my NAS at the moment. I feel like I don't need to rush to decide on a upgrade path as I can do everything I want already...it's just about improving SQ. I think I want a seperate DAC and streamer (which rules out the Bluesound Node 2i and Cambridge Audio CXN unfortunately). I worry about a streamer becoming outdated and even unusable whereas a DAC can theoretically work for decades so my getting seperate units I feel as though i'm future proofing to some extent. As well as playing with positioning of speakers, leads etc first step in the upgrade path will be a DAC followed by a streamer. The Toppings look great gwurb, the e30 or perhaps even the D50s. No idea about a streamer yet. Thanks again and I'll let you know how I'm progressing! Chris
  2. Thank you for your quick response and knowledge....I intend to use the DAC downstairs for the Vincent/Triangle set-up. I'm really pleased with the sound from CDs and CD player which is what I bought it for and anticipate using for 75% of the time. However, if I play something through the amp, to my ear, it's not as good. And the CDs sound much better if I use the dac in the CD player rather than input it optically into the amp....so I'm assuming the dac in the amp can be improved??? I intend to (and can already) stream to both wirelessly. How often?....Vincent/Triangle not so much (25% of time??) but the audioengines will be streamed to virtually 100% of the time. I'm not too fussed about the sound coming from the audioengines as due to the room I suspect it will be difficult to get significant improvement anyway and, as I'm normally doing something else, it's not that important. Thanks again for you help, Chris
  3. Thanks everyone, particularly DrSK, gwurb, Rusty48, anandpkumar, and quinninsydney for your thoughts. I ended up buying the system in the photo below. A Vincent SV-200 Amp, a Vincent 200 CD player and Triangle Esprit Heyda EZ speakers. To my ear the hybrids sounded a little warmer and cleaner than other stuff I listened to. They lacked a little when I played Greenday but they sounded great for Natalie Merchant (Verdi Cries), Joan Osborne (Midnight train to Georgia) and Ryan Adams etc which is 90% of the music I play. I also suspect I'm not a true audiophile as other factors beside sound quality came into consideration. Factors such as size, value and the narrative....I like the fact that Triangle and Vincent are made/assembled in France and Germany respectively. The system sounded great as shown in the photo below but as soon as I put the speakers on the wall the sound fell apart. I suspect we all knew this would happen. From most positions in the room it just sounded like good quality mono....and I did try various angles and placements. Already they have been moved, to a lounge downstairs which has great acoustics and which was hardly used. Hopefully this system and room will now be used and valued much more. I have place the AudioEngine A5s on the wall and currently experimenting with streaming through an Apple Express or an old Apple TV (the old ones have an optical out) and a cheap $50 dac both of which I had laying around. This doesn't sound quite as good (but I don't really notice it as I'm normally doing stuff) but as a bonus I have a much better sound downstairs. The only difficulty is standing on a chair to turn the AudioEngine's on and off but I'm wondering if I do this at the power point will it cause any damage?? When I purchased these I also intended to buy a Bluesound Node 2i but couldn't as they were out of stock...this may have turned out to be a blessing. The sound through the Express or Apple TV may not be quite as good but I'm not sure I'm noticing a difference and I have an extra $1,000 to play with. Besides SQ (maybe) and convenience (maybe) I can't think of an advantage a Bluesound would offer. I may be better off investing in a DAC...can anyone suggest a good quality DAC for around $1000....or maybe even an Apple Homepod to play with??? And finally to the people who suggested buying second hand....I thought about this long and hard but the reality is I don't know enough to know what's good and what's priced appropriately...and the good stuff seems to get snapped up pretty quickly. Thank you for your suggestions, I'm sure there's some great stuff out there, and I'm certainly not ruling it out in the future, but at this stage of my journey it wasn't for me. Thanks again for your helpfulness and advice, Chris
  4. Thanks, this is great advice and exactly why I joined the forum.....it’s something I hadn’t considered but makes perfect sense! Going to check out the Xeo 4 now!
  5. I hadn’t seen these before and if the reviews are correct they could be the perfect solution, staggering about the quality of sound if all true....no doubt, somewhere along the line, this and their like will be the future of listening to music! But, on an emotional level, I’m not sure I’m ready for it! I buy CDs and then rip to stream through my home network because I still like the physical connection....and enjoyment wise, I feel like I still need a CD player, amp, speakers etc.....maybe, it’s time to let the past go and embrace the future?? On a purely, intellectual level this is probably the the perfect solution but I’m not sure it’s for me....but it probably should be! Thanks, those thoughts are worth a lot more than 2c!
  6. Thanks....going to look now! edit: Had a look and they look and suspect they would sound amazing! But as well as being out of my price range I think they’re out of my knowledge base as well...eg I have no idea how to drive them. I’m also pretty sure they’d be wasted in my environment due to the ordinary acoustics. Thanks anyway!
  7. Cheers and I did realise that they could be connected by RCA and I would definitely be doing this. In fact this was one of the reasons they appealed so much. But I will also be using them wirelessly and my current set-up works with a wireless network as distinct from Bluetooth. It’s more of a hassle to covert than an insurmountable problem....and I’m still thinking and researching and I still like them...a lot! Regarding ALAC....my understanding is that anything Bluetooth can only do AAC. The only way to get ALAC (without loss or compression) streamed is by using Airplay which only works on a wireless (as distinct from Bluetooth) network. Obviously, I can still play ALAC through the rca inputs so I need to consider how how important streaming ALAC is. But technology changes quickly so maybe my knowledge is outdated....more research! Thanks again for your help, Chris PS I should add that Bluetooth isn’t bad and it has it’s advantages but being able to connect to my current wireless network and stream from that suits my needs better. PPS I should also add that there are other ways of streaming ALAC besides Airplay eg Sonos, MusicCast & others but I’m pretty sure they can't do it over Bluetooth either, only a wireless network. I think Bluetooth’s the limiting factor, not Dynaudio.
  8. Thank you, I enjoyed reading about the 150’s last night which led me to the q350’s...similar but a little bigger for not that many more $. May be a little too much bass for my preference but that can always be adjusted! That then led me to Definitive Technology and their D9’s and D11’s which are both in my price range. After that the Klipsch rp-160m which could be great and the rp-600 which could be ideal but sadly just out of my price range. But they all look good with (from reading) not much between them....but is that the case when listening? Decisions! More research to be done today and thanks again for your thoughts. Chris
  9. Thank you, I've spent the last hour reading about these and they get fantastic reviews. Also being advertised at a great price. I also like that if there's no signal coming in they put themselves to sleep. I'm interested but they're not perfect for my intended use for these reasons...none of them insurmountable. 1. They're wireless, which isn't a negative, but as I have to run a 240v cable to both it's no extra hassle to run a RCA cord. I do need the ability to get wireless in an amp or pre-amp but there's a number of ways of doing that. 2. Interactions are bluetooth only. I'm in an all apple household and we have a seperate wifi network for playing video and music from a NAS...this network isn't connected to the internet and we mainly use apple Airplay. Switching to bluetooth will require adjustments. 3. My CD collection is stored as ALAC (Apple lossless) and this doesn't stream ALAC. I can convert to ACC (plays but is lossy) or FLAC (Lossless but doesn't play on apple devices) but neither of these are perfect. I could keep two sets but... I'm impressed but for my use and system they're not perfect....but then nothing will be.....but I do like them....thanks again for introducing me to them! Chris
  10. Cheers guys and thanks for the prompt replies. I agree the speakers will need to be angled down to some extent and had planned to do this. I had looked at both the classifieds you linked to earlier and discounted for a couple of reasons. 1. I don’t think either comes with a remote so that would involve me climbing on something to turn on and off....or leaving them on all the time...neither ideal. 2. I think both are more designed to be connected to computers or for wireless use...the only analogue feed in one is a 3.5mm Jack. The other was only in fair condition...I want something pretty close to perfect or new...I don’t want to touch again this decade. 3. The other components will be in the study so it will be pretty easy to run cables to the speakers...there’s no real advantage in having wireless speakers...although I will stream to the amp and play through the speakers from there. 4. I already have an audioengine 5 with an apple express acting as a bridge attached. The sound is fantastic so either of the above may not be that significant of an upgrade for the cost. I do love active speakers so I’m not ruling them out but in this instance I think passive probably suits my needs better. And if I did go wireless I would probably have more than two speakers and make sure they could play in sync eg Sonos?? The area of the study is only 4 or 5 sq m. I call it a study but really it’s only 2 m high shelving with an old Mac-mini I use standing up as a server for streaming audio and video. Once I get the speakers and amp sorted I’d like to connect this via Ethernet. I have been here for a little over 12 months and I have considered other locations and in the ceiling (costly to install (min $500 where I’m located) and also no flexibility once installed). Overall, unless I’ve missed something major, I’m just after some recommendations for some speakers (probably passive) for the location described in the OP. Thanks again for your replies, Chris
  11. Hi and thanks in advance for any responses, I've recently moved and i'm in the process of purchasing a sound system for my new house. I want to start with the speakers (2.0 but maybe 2.1 if better) as I think that's the most difficult and then probably an integrated amp. My main room is largish, L-shaped, open plan and with difficult acoustics i.e. hard floors, some full length windows (which can be covered by blinds) and some ceiling height windows (which aren't covered by blinds). The walls are plaster but aren't vertical. They are 4 or 5 plaster sheets slowly rotated from the almost vertical to the almost horizontal. I have attached a floor plan showing both. The house in on the coast and built on pylons sunk into a sand dune. It vibrates, for example I can feel the house moving in strong winds or when the washing machine is in the spin cycle. The position of the speakers is also pretty well fixed. Part of the main room has been partly walled off to form a study. These study walls are 2.2 meters high but do not reach the ceiling. Between the top of the walls of the study and the ceiling is a 600mm gap and it is in this gap, sitting on top of the wall, is where I want to place the speakers. I have marked this in red on the attached house plan. As the house is open plan this gap opens into the bedroom and bathroom so there is a lot of room behind the speakers. With both speakers on top of the study wall (approx 2.2 m high) they can be a maximum of 2.1 m apart. As the gap is only 600mm high I would like, for aesthetic purposes, the speakers to be a maximum of 400mm high.....unless they can be placed on their sides??? The front of the study is open (no door) and has a width of 1.2m. The study will house the amp and any other components when and if purchased. With the fixed speaker locations and bad acoustics I appreciate that getting a great sound will be difficult but I would still like to do the best I can. I have a budget of approx $1,000 but I can increase this if I can get a significant improvement by spending more or I can spend less if a similar sound (for my environment) can be obtained for less. I would also rather be flexible and find something that is good value (on sale, demo, quality/recent 2nd hand) rather than have my mind set on a particular item. I have an eclectic taste in music: r & b, soul, rock, classical, acoustic, electronic, pop....probably everything except dance and hip-hop. My party days are over and my listening level is background to medium. I never sit in a chair just to listen to music....I tend to have it on while moving around the house cooking, cleaning, doing household chores, painting, fixing stuff etc. I don't need it attached to the TV or for playing DVDs. I have a few hundred CDs and I tend to either listen to these or stream ALAC copies of these from a NAS or bluetooth MP3 (lower quality) from my computer or iPad. After I get the speakers sorted next step will be to add an amp...maybe a Yamaha r-s801 or r-n803 if I can get one for a bit over a $1000....but again i can't decide this until I know the speakers match. After that a CD player and a streamer (if needed) and then I'm done for the next decade....well that's the plan! Appreciative of any advice, Chris
  12. My first response here so be gentle if I'm doing something incorrectly. From the panasonic website: "If you have a 10 or 20 Series Panasonic digital TV, you'll need to run the 'Add MPEG-4 AVC Channels' menu function to view MPEG4 TV channel." and "How do you "Add MPEG-4 AVC Channels" ? Press Menu on the remote control Select Setup Select Setup Menu Select Digital TV Tuning Menu Select Add MPEG-4 AVC Channels and follow the on-screen prompts" There is also a list of TV models which support MPEG-4 channels in Oz! http://eng-au.faq.panasonic.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/34853/~/australian-free-to-air-networks-adding-mpeg4-tv-channels
  13. Hi, Recently retired and i now have time to update and improve my knowledge, equipment and sound. I have a few hundred Cds that I haven't played since my pioneer cd player (sorry can't remember the model) gave way a decade or so ago. I also sold a house fully furnished in January and with that went the majority the rest of my hifi stuff which i wasn't really using...I did this deliberately so I could "re-set" my equipment. During that time I've only really played music i've bought through iTunes or from CDs that I own and have ripped. These have just been streamed over the home wifi system into audioengineA5 active speakers. These speakers were all I kept and currently all I use to play music. They have been great for what they cost and my then needs but I'm sure there's much better out there. Also the type of music I'm listening to (today some classical, some corinne bailey rae and some riceboy sleeps) has been changing and I find i need a much "cleaner" (if that's an appropriate word) sound to appreciate it fully. Here to learn so thanks in advance! Chris
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