The HiFi thread

Discussion in 'Off Topic Discussion' started by Toff, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. hifiandmtb

    hifiandmtb King of his castle

    Wouldn’t have a clue, but want to know more about your requirements!

    No need for DAC or other streaming inputs? Is there even a valve preamp with those?

    And you don’t want to get it fixed?
  2. Dales Cannon

    Dales Cannon Super Moderator

    No DAC just phono, tape and CD inputs. Had an AV receiver set up as a pre but it has dropped a channel. Software related as it runs headphones ok.

    Rega Planar 3, Cambridge Audio CD4 or Yamaha deck then to preamp then to sub highpass then to Audiolab 8200P power amp and to Sonique 5.5SE and thunderbox.

    PrimaLuna looks the pick of thoseas far as I can tell from reviews.
  3. Dales Cannon

    Dales Cannon Super Moderator

    Soooo, if anyone is interested. The PrimaLuna is the pick at this price point but the Minister of war and finance rejected the idea of a valve amp due to warm up and shut down. Back to solid state so I ordered a Rotel RC1590 and will probably grab a DAC interface too and join the 21st century.
  4. hifiandmtb

    hifiandmtb King of his castle

    Nice! I'm a Rotel guy too...
  5. clockworked

    clockworked Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Sorry for the relatively noob question, any help appreciated!
    When i was growing up my mate's dad had a sick home theatre system. It sounded like an actual cinema.

    Is there a one stop option i can buy to achieve similar results? Ive got a couple of thousand dollars i can put towards it
  6. Dales Cannon

    Dales Cannon Super Moderator

    Since you are in Brisbun there are quite a few places like Todds or Aussie hifi etc. Have a google. Suggest you don't go to Northside hifi though he wanted to sell me XLR interconnects for $25k...

    I am not into home theatre so cannot help other than that.
  7. hifiandmtb

    hifiandmtb King of his castle

    For $2k you could build a wicked 2 channel system that does just fine for home theatre listening...
  8. Dales Cannon

    Dales Cannon Super Moderator

    Except for HD TV...
  9. Haakon

    Haakon Not happy, Jan.

    The Alfa got a pair of Silver Flute 6.5 and some Dayton tweeters. Crossed at 2800 with a little class D amp for 90watts per door.

    Next part of the project is a MiniDSP once I figure it out.

  10. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Wicked. You will enjoy miniDSP once you get your head around it.

    When you go with a steep crossover, you can get closer then tweeters resonance x 2 point. Plus of course time delay, 3db oct rollloff to compensate for vicious reverb up high. Possibilities are endless.
    Plus different eq based on road noise, takes a lot of bottom end to overcome 100km/h noise floor.

    MiniDSP is a compelling product at the price point
  11. Haakon

    Haakon Not happy, Jan.

    Yeah it’s looks like it will keep me amused for a bit! I’m trying it out in the other car first - it is badly limited by 5.25 drivers mounted into the plastic door cards and dash tweeters pointing at the glass... It has some Vifa tweets and Focal drivers and a small free air sub in the parcel shelf but the OE headunit and speaker mounts are awful and needs some serious eq - if the minidsp can make that sound ok, the Alfa with decent speakers and tweeters in the doors nicely angled will be amazing!! Only catch is the Alfa will need a new speaker wire run through the Molex connector for the door if I go active which is tricky...
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2018
  12. What are my options for streaming music from my NAS to an amp that has no Ethernet or Bluetooth inputs apart from a new amp ?

    Can't pass through the telly either ( amp pre-dates HDMI).
  13. Oddjob

    Oddjob Eats Squid

    Cheapest option is an old secondhand laptop from ebay. You can attach fancy dacs from Soundblaster and Asus via usb.

    A secondhand ps3 will also play music over ethernet or wifi.

    Otherwise overpriced solutions from Sonos etc.

    Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk
  14. Dales Cannon

    Dales Cannon Super Moderator

    Laptop as above but get a decent DAC.

    clock if you decidevto go 2ch hifi have a look at some of the Caxton Audio deals. Good value in your range.
  15. scblack

    scblack Wheel size expert

    Hmm you give me some ideas there. Cheers.

    I am out camping this week but I am going to pick some brains in this thread soon. I have finalised my Yamaha amp and speakers setup, just need to learn about setting up a NAS or new idea of old laptop.
    Oddjob likes this.
  16. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    A google chrome cast audio and an external dac is a viable option if your phone/tablet is android based.
  17. clockworked

    clockworked Likes Bikes and Dirt

  18. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Pretty ordinary, won't come close to real cinema sound.

    A better option are these if you can get the budget to ~2.5k for now, add a sub next when you can afford it, then centre, then surrounds
  19. clockworked

    clockworked Likes Bikes and Dirt

    sweet! thanks, thats good info. And those are brands i remember from my hifi aficionado uni housemate!
  20. Dales Cannon

    Dales Cannon Super Moderator

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