I purchased the Yamaha RX-A3050( Refurbished) from Excel Hifi. The first unit I purchased was faulty but they replaced it with a fully tested one within a couple of days. Before this I had a Pioneer LX-60 and I thought it was good but it lacked 4K pass through and the new sound codecs. The Yamaha in my opinion is better in every way, for me the main difference is the quality of the picture which has dramatically improved through the 4K up scaling. The Projector I am using is a JVC X5000 and I would really recommend anyone who has this model to get an amp like the Yamaha or better. It is like viewing a new projector where the colours, sharpness and detail are fantastic. The sound has also improved with much better details without using the Atmos or DTS X, better high and lows. Quite a lot of details and an immersive experience via 7.1 Surround sound like I have never heard before.
13 Hours. The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Now here is a good movie. Based on a true story. Made very well and definitely worth a look.
i knew before I watched it that no way could they have filmed it in Libya so I knew I wouldn't see any places I had been, but I still wanted to see how and where it was made.
l had made 75 trips into Libya over a 20 year period, worked 6 weeks on, 6 off, spent most of the time in the desert but worked a fair bit in the office and workshop in Benghazi. So getting back to the film, it was done very well but I never saw a Vespa scooter or a Suzuki motorcycle in Benghazi.
I did recognise a couple of places in Malta, where most of the filming was done so I was happy with that. We use to fly into Malta, get a visa and fly onto Benghazi, but then had to overnight in Malta to get visa. Then it started to take a few days to get visa, the Libyan embassy doesn't move very fast.
But all in all a very good film, director Michael Bay, done a good job and the special features disc is worth a look to see the effort that went into making it true to the actual advent. Apart from the Suzuki bike, you just didn't see motor bikes in Libya, just as well as they are crazy drivers, apart from going round a roundabout in the wrong direction, you have to give way to people coming onto the roundabout...
So enjoy the movie, it has atmos soundtrack for all you lucky atmos people....