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I’m hoping you knowledgeable people can help me out.
I originally posted a thread seeking help on selecting a suitable AV receiver and speakers (fronts and centre) for a 3.1 setup. I was originally planning on getting a 7.2 receiver as I may (a very unlikely may) end up getting some surround L/R built into the wall.
The other day I went into a local Hi-Fi store and demoed a number of speakers and decided to buy the Wharfedale D320 bookshelf speakers (we were very impressed with the sound from such tiny speakers) and the Wharfedale D300c as I was initially set on a 3.1 setup through an AV receiver.
However, upon reading up on a few forums and receiving advice from knowledgable people on other AV forums, it sounds like I’d be better off going for a stereo amplifier and buying two bookshelf speakers. I never considered this as I always thought a 2 channel setup would result in poor audio quality for film/TV, especially dialogue.
I currently use a JBL Cinema SB 450 (soundbar) hooked up to my TV via optical (the Arc HDMI input has gone - either on the SB or my TV). I only have a PS4, 4K player and Apple TV 4K hooked up to my TV. For music I use a Bose Wave SoundTouch.
I’m looking to buy a setup to replace the soundbar and Bose Wave to improve on the sound quality, the major issue with the soundbar is the dialogue. My partner has hearing problems so we’re having to have subtitles on all the time. We don’t want the setup to be too big (ie floor standing speakers) as the room it will be in is used a lot for having friends over, so we don’t want the setup to be a dominant feature of the room.
Whatever setup I get I’ll be using it equally for music and film/TV. I haven’t got a turntable yet but will be looking to get one soon.
I may cancel my speaker order tomorrow and use advice from members to buy a suitable system.
I do have a reasonable budget for the system, but was hoping not to go above $3k. If I do go for a 2 channel stereo system, I’d probably need a sub too so that would need to be factored in. Is $3k going to be enough to buy me a 2 channel stereo setup that will out perform my current soundbar? If so, what amp and speakers should I consider - will the D320s be ok to keep? We don’t want floorstanding speakers and the bookshelf speakers will sit on top of our entertainment unit on either side of the TV.
As most of my music listening is done via streaming, should I get an amp with Wi-Fi or can this be done through phone / computer? Or would it be best to get a stereo amp and a DAC with streaming capabilities?
Or should I stick with an AV receiver with a 3.1 setup?
If it helps my living room is 5.8m x 3.8. About 2m x 3.8 is not used for entertaining as it is an empty space with some wall furniture and one seat that we use for reading. We sit about 2.5 metres from the TV. The room is also carpeted.
Item Condition: Very Good, working Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Pickup available and you can audition.,Shipping is included in price. Suburb or Town: LALOR PARK State: New South Wales Payment Method: Cash, Paypal Reason for selling: Not needed, clearing out old equipment for space Further information:
Unit is in original and working condition
Sound quality is great requires minor warm up time to get best sound quality
No refurbishment, has only been cleaned since original purchase
Can ship item, however I will require your postal code in order to judge whether it is within my budget to do so.
You can check shipping to yourself if you wish:
Dimensions: 55 x 42 x 38cm 12kg + signature on delivery
Minimum price to include shipping is the $600 listed.
Item Condition: Excellent Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Pickup available and you can audition.,Shipping is included in price. Suburb or Town: Blue Mountains State: New South Wales Payment Method: EFT, COD Reason for selling: NLR Further information:
Michell Engineering Orbe SE Turntable with full Stage 3 Gert Pedersen upgrade featuring dual-level machined acrylic and flagship suspension system.
Everything in perfect working order and given full bill of health in mid-February 2020 by Sydney turntable setup specialist Mark Busby.
Additional Package Items:
Famous Trans-Fi Terminator Linear Tracking Air Bearing arm (cartridge not included) provided with air pump and long air tube.
Trans-Fi Tomahawk wand.
Includes silver interconnect cable.
Includes Optional Upgrade Origin Live Motor Drive Ultra controller (33/45rpm).
Includes Optional Upgrade external Balanced Transformer Motor featuring large high current power supply.
Includes Michell Engineering Record Clamp.
Miscellaneous spare parts
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Item Condition: Cartridge Excellent. Stylus will need re-tipping Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is included in price. Suburb or Town: Dulwich Hill State: New South Wales Payment Method: PayPal, Cash on Pickup, EFT Reason for selling: Trying something new Further information: Bought this cartridge when I purchased a MoFi UltraDeck turntable less than 2 years ago.
The cart and cantilever are in excellent condition. The stylus will need re-tipping. It's had about 900hrs of use and starting to show.
This cart goes for around $899RRP. $190 is very reasonable. Retipping will cost around $160 - $220
UltraTracker extracts immense amounts of detail, dynamics, tone, and texture from LPs. Literally made to live in records’ grooves, the configuration gives this cartridge innate advantages few others can claim at this price. MoFi cartridges are designed by looking at where a record starts: On a cutting lathe like the model used at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. UltraTracker features a V-Twin dual-magnet generator that mirrors the layout of the cutting head that originally makes a record’s grooves. Employing two low-mass, powerful magnets aligned in a V formation parallel with the record grooves, this cartridge features excellent tracking ability.
V-Twin dual-magnet generator Nude Elliptical stylus Well-damped billet aluminum body 3.5mV output WELL-DAMPED BILLET ALUMINUM BODY
The well-damped billet aluminum body controls resonances for tight, accurate bass reproduction. UltraTracker delivers finely tuned wide-bandwidth audio, with extension at both frequency extremes and no smearing of detail.
NUDE-ELLIPTICAL DIAMOND STYLUS
By using a nude-elliptical diamond stylus, UltraTracker easily tracks complex dynamic passages. You’ll hear superb detail and experience musical emotionalism that will send shivers down your spine.
Type: Dual Magnet Stereo Frequency Response: 20 to 25,000 Hz Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 Capacitance: 100pF Output Voltage: 3.5 mV Tracking Force: 1.8 – 2.2grams Stylus Construction: Nude eliptical Weight: 9.7 g To see more of the MoFi range
Item Condition: Used, good condition
Am looking for a good well looked after TT , $1000-1200; the clearaudio concept is my dream unit but am also open to alternatives. Am in a pretty remote part of NSW so will have to be shipped (am happy to pay).