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Yes, I would say its worth it.  Biamping got my AV amp closer in performance to my old Marantz stereo amplifier, I'm not sure how to describe it, everything sounded a touch more three dimensional, and a touch more like it wasn't trying so hard?  For £20 worth of cable and 30 minutes cutting and stripping its a low risk thing to try Smile

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RE: Paul's BR/805 system thread

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Yes, I would say its worth it.  Biamping got my AV amp closer in performance to my old Marantz stereo amplifier, I'm not sure how to describe it, everything sounded a touch more three dimensional, and a touch more like it wasn't trying so hard?  For £20 worth of cable and 30 minutes cutting and stripping its a low risk thing to try Smile

Thanks Paul, good to hear your thoughts as your running MA speakers, will give this a go when I get a quiet weekend and will post the results. 

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Lots of shiny newness to report Smile the big Onkyo is finaly out, I have a boxed up Marantz SR7007 to go in.  A HP N54L micro server is handling my media and time machine backups, as well as a modest cart upgrade for the Project.

Everything is still boxed up, just polished off my second Christmas diner so don't think I can move enough to set it all up (let alone move the Onkyo!) so will post updates when it's all up and running.

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Pics pics pics please. I believe you have some expertise in that area. 

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I'll give it a good go, but I sold my super duper wide angle a while back.  You know when photographers say it's not the camera it's the photographer?  Bullshit Blum 3

 

Its worth adding so far that the SR7007 is wonderful.   Its definitely got that 'something' that my PM7200 had and my Onkyo 805 lacked with music.  Not tested it with film yet, but my DVD of BT's This Binary Universe sounds incredible.

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Click the pictures to go bigger!

 

So here it is, pics of new stuff as promised.  Marantz SR7007, Goldring Electra cart on the TT, I have a little project phonobox hidden out of the way as well.  In the hallway I have the HP N54L micro server, but assumed no one would want to see that.  I have Freenas up and running, Plex server and time machine duties up and running.  It is swift, very happy with it.  Freenas is ace, it was a nice little project.  The N54 is in the hallway directly linked to the router with about 6TB in it, all the AV kit is now hooked up with a Netgear 4 port powerline (XAVB5004) and so far, Plex has been bullet proof.  Should hopefully be a while before I start hankering for things again Smile

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Good job, Sir.  Dirol

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I bought a thing!  My TVs

I bought a thing!  My TVs panel failed after three and a half years.  It's been quite inconvenient timing so I couldn't afford to get something as nice as I would like.  I needed something though, so I've bought a sort of stop gap tv until someone manages 0 blacks and crazy brightness.

In the end I've taken a punt on a Panasonic 58DX700B, got it for £840 from John Lewis. It shows up in Thursday.  My system is a dusty mess so I'm going to strip everything down and start from scratch, will have Civil War waiting to test it.

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So pleasantly surprised by the Panasonic 58DX700! The AV forums review was pretty up and down but the main cause of the low mark (50hz problems) has been fixed and is irrelevant for me. 58" from two meters is massive!

I paid £840 for a 58” UHD tv, that seems very cheap to me. As a result, I half expected it to be a bit mediocre. I was OK with that; this was meant as a stop gap for a while until I could afford something awesome. I’m pretty chuffed to be honest, it doesn’t have the LCD look that I was worried about. A TV in this price point having local dimming (albeit a basic implementation) is one of the things that swayed me over the Samsung 55KU6400, and the contrast was pretty good.  I’m not that fussed over deep blacks as I don’t like watching TV in a pitch black room anyway, but it does seem to beat my old Samsung 51E6500 for contrast performance. The panel seems closer to one of Samsung’s 7 series panels than to a 6 series, it’s got a good quality filter and doesn’t appear as frosty.

Motion performance was a pleasant surprise too.  As per AV forums recommendations I set the motion processing to low.  This doesn’t introduce any nasty artefacts but just seems to take the edge off the 24p judder on pans. At this price point it’s not going to be up there with the best but it seems very good value.

So far I have watched Deadpool and Civil War on Bluray (not getting in to UHD until more films are available).  Upscaling seems good, plenty of detail from a 1080p source.

I haven’t tried any HDR content yet and am not expecting wonders as this TV only puts out 350 nits, but daytime viewing is a marked improvement as expected over my old Plasma, I don’t need to pull the curtains when the sun is low now.

The Firefox interface is wonderful I have to admit.  It’s definitely better than Tizen but not too familiar with LG so couldn’t comment.  Its attractive to look at, simple and not overly cluttered.  Freeview play looks good but don’t think I will use the terrestrial feed. I can see less app savvy people loving Freeview play. Bit disapointed there is no Plex but I can use the Chromecast instead.

Overall I’m pleasantly surprised! When my Plasma died I wasn’t sure I would be able to find something to beat it for sensible money but I was wrong.  Unless you have a very high end Plasma like a KPR-500a I’m confident this chap would have the drop on it. For the buttons I paid for it that’s impressive.

*Before anyone tries to judge the picture quality based off of the photo I have attached, its broad daylight and I set the backlight to maximum to compensate. You can’t judge picture quality on your phone screen anyway so stop being ridiculous Wink

 
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All looks good Paul nice

All looks good Paul nice setup enjoy.. give us a shout if you want a race anytime on GT6 by the way.

Regards  .Paul

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All looks good Paul nice setup enjoy.. give us a shout if you want a race anytime on GT6 by the way.

Regards  .Paul

Thanks! Haven't been playing too much recently, so I unplugged the PS3 in the recent reshuffle Sad

Had a play a few months back when I realised I could build an exact replica of my Clio and then do hideously irresponsible things in it! It's fun in real life but damn hot hatches seem slow in GT...

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Just from reading my old

Just from reading my old posts I realised I went two years and eight months without spending any money on my system.  That has to be some kind of record Blum 3

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Lucky you cost me another

Lucky you cost me another £1350 so far this year on upgrades, added 5 speakers & upgraded an amp, but I am enjoing it more so thats the main thing.

As to the ps3 & GT6.... I race GT300's, GT500's & LM cars mainly, on made up tracks that are replicas of the real thing & others. My name on the ps3 is the same as on here so easy to remember if you ever want to race.

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