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Discussion in 'General' started by Mister_Tad, 16 Jun 2020.

  1. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    Yeah it's a biggun - same driver complement and cabinet volume as the L/R, as centre speakers should be.
     
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  2. walle

    walle Minimodder

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    Great thread, made me miss my old Hi-Fi system.
     
  3. Byron C

    Byron C Official Necromancer

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    Thanks to a visit from @Arboreal, the stack grows...

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    Works perfectly - I'm literally recording Gojira's From Mars to Sirius on it right now. More than can be said for my NetMD though :(. It just doesn't record properly now at all; NetMD mode fails to save even one track and optical recording just throws an error. Time to tear it apart and see if I can spot anything obvious...
     
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  4. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    A few separate requirements have converged and culminated in a chap from a Control4 dealer having a visit this morning.

    Some entirely separate lighting/control/security needs actually got me back to a "proper" home control/automation system, because I'm just not sure I can bear DIY, but if I end up going down that road then AV control will definitely be a part of it.

    (funnily enough it was the LTT videos showing how simple home assistant was that made me say - "no, I really CBA with any of that")

    Since the writing has been on the wall for Harmony for a bit now - anyone else looked into viable alternatives that are somewhere in between winging it with CEC and full-on Control4/Crestron/Savant? A couple of weeks for the quote to come back so want to make sure I've not missed out on researching any other alternatives.
     
  5. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    For AV stuff, I've not come across anything in my idle searching that can match the Harmony, which is a disappointment.

    That said, I am still considering buying a Harmony, because for now at least it can't be any less infuriating than CEC. Maybe by the time it dies, there'll be another company doing it.
     
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    i am still using harmony, nothing really out there that is a viable alternative
     
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    Pookie Illegitimi non carborundum

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    Funnily enough I'm looking for a NED MD capable recorder, I have tons of Mini-discs from 98-05 when I stopped using MD. It is surprising how expensive the separates still go for at the moment!
     
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    just got this
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    for some thing that is cheap and runs off usb it lives up to the hype purchased it on the back of zeos reviews

     
  9. MiNiMaL_FuSS

    MiNiMaL_FuSS ƬӇЄƦЄ ƁЄ ƇƠƜƧ ӇЄƦЄ.

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    Oh, I need a new DAC to go with my Amptastic Mini 1, that might be right up my street, how is it?
     
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    Mr_Mistoffelees The Rotary Cat.

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    Based on what I have read, that is probably the best DAC under 200 squids.
     
  11. Yaka

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    its sweet runs off usb u don't need the power brick. both my fostex and hd650 sounds sweat also used it as a dack for my little dot IV and my classd amp/desktop speakers.
     
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    fix-the-spade Multimodder

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    What's the noise floor like? I seem to be able to hear even the tiniest hiss and my current little headphone amp makes a teeny-tiny one that drives me round the bend.
     
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    i have been using my hd650s no hiss that my ears can detect compared to the ibasso amp i had been using for years
     
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    legoman breaker of things

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    Any thoughts on Cambridge Audio Minx MIN 22? I'm looking to replace my book shelf speakers for something a touch smaller but still sounding decent.
     
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    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    Had a quote through for home cinema automation via Control4, amongst a variety of other automations stuffs.

    It's an interesting one - as a standalone system for home cinema automation only, i.e. like for like with harmony, completely different ballpark universe of costs.
    But as a component of a wider automation system, the entertainment control components are relatively competitive. Basically the brains of the operation is a fairly hefty lump sum regardless of whether it's doing home cinema alone, or a million other things in the house.

    There are a few AV specific plugins that add a modest amount - I'm not actually sure whether I need most of them yet. The remote is either comparable to a Harmony Elite for the standard one, or around 2-3x for the fancy shmancy one. It was suggested that the standard one is actually better in terms of usability/experience, but the fancy one is... fancy. On the fence with that.

    So TLDR - it's not really a "replacement" for Harmony, but we already knew that. As a component of a wider home automation system though, no brainer.
     
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    Mr_Mistoffelees The Rotary Cat.

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    Just took a look at; https://www.audioconcept.co.uk/installation/control4-systems I can see what you mean about the cost...
     
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    saspro IT monkey

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    If you power it with a (good) 5v adapter rather than USB it gets better.

    Just picked up a S.M.S.L SU-9 to go with my Helot 2x, really enjoying the combo.
     
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    yeah the manual states it but with what i have got , the really old hd650 , drop pandas and fostex i have not felt the need to plug a 5v psu i have tried it but didnt really notice much diff.

    but power switch is a night mare, my 2yr old nephew tapped it twice while i had my 650s on (switched it to iem mode then back) i am sure my ears would have bled had i not thrown the headphones off, z reviews mentions this in he review, i honestly thought he was over exaggerating it
     
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    Quick AV related query, relating to Sonos…

    Does anyone know if while I wait for my speakers to be hardwired into my Sonos amp, whether I can use my other Sonos speakers with it for any input that is attached ( eg tv via hdmi)?

    thanks in advance!
     
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    Yes you can
     

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