Some of you may remember me from several years ago - I've been pretty inactive until recently but hope to contribute again a little more regularly.
The Minister for War and Finance helped me come to the realisation that our 'front room' had been severely under utilised for far too long and i had the epiphony that i had allowed everything to stagnate and nothing was set up properly.
A few tweaks later to tidy up some equipment and enable the easy streaming from the likes of netflix on the big screen i realised that whilst easy video content on demand is pretty much an essential of modern life and that i really enjoy a cinematic experience in my home my real love is good old stereo playback.
This had been sadly lacking as my only CD transport options are currently a PS3 or very old Sony BR player (very much entry/midrange player) - and sadly who can find the time to dig through a CD collection anymore to spin up something for a listening session???
I am well aware the whole world has left me in something of the dark ages and HDD/Nas storage has been the way to access a music library for probably an eternity so i began the search to drag myself into the modern day.
My needs were simple enough - 1) Store my collection in a central place that can be accessed from multiple rooms
2) Stream subscription services easily
3) Easily interface with the Android platform
And so i stumbled upon the MusiCast system by Yamaha - it seemed to fit the bill and i was certain a couple of WXC-50 Preamp/Dac/Streamers would fit the bill for me. Sadly, Adelaide isn't the Mecca of HiFi/HT retail and there were few options to properly demonstrate the system.
Enter Denis White AV - In fairness of full disclosure i have bought a bit from them over the years and they have also helped several family members and friends into systems but I hadn't been into the store for a couple of years or more.
The team there were fantastic and happy to demonstrate the MusiCast system and it is pretty impressive and imho very well priced.
Then they let me play with HEOS. It is SLICK! The interface is fantastic and i love that it streams and can decode everything up to 24/192 hi res (suddenly I've started acquiring some hi res music).
So home I went with 2 Heos Links and a Heos1 with Go Pack.
Setup was a real PITA to be honest (could be my neanderthal brain struggling to keep up in fairness) and wasn't helped by wifi network issues on the day.
Take 2 - both Links are connected to my network over ethernet and the Heos1 is connected via wifi. Once setup it's been very resilient and just works.
The main Link integrates beautifully with my HT gear, currently connected to the 'old Nad 747 receiver' and i have a HDD attached over USB. Being able to play my digitised collection via the android app to any of 4 areas in my home is great and Spotify with the same flexibility keeps Mrs Pro happy (almost as much as being able to BT music from her phone straight to the Heos 1 in our bathroom when it's time to get ready).
Long story short, I am stoked with the flexibility and sound quality of the whole system. I'm yet to try analogue out and into the main receiver but will get around to this as an experiment.
Hi Res Flacs really take the experience to the next level and whilst i am clearly running a compromised setup, trying to optimise for both multichannel and stereo i am tickled pink with how the whole shebang has come together again.
Tellingly we have spent time in the 'front room' every day/night for the last few weeks.
Cheers for reading!
TLDNR: It's great!
Item: Oppo 93 with Pro Mod
Location: Carlton, Vic
Price: $470 + postage
Item Condition: Player is in excellent working condition.
Reason for selling: Excess
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (buyer adds 3%), EFT
Extra Info: I'm the first owner of this excellent bluray player. Never had any issues from new. It is fitted with the multi region pro mod which was installed by David from Gattiweb (http://www.gattiweb.com/bluraymod.html)
Oppo93 is not infected with Cinavia unlike the newer 103/105 series. All accessories that it came with will be provided. I have the original packaging and happy to post interstate.
For pics, please refer to the following url:
More stuff for sale as part my equipment downsizing, due to home theatre being converted into nursery
This time, a Popcorn Hour C200 (Network Media Tank). Unit is in excellent condition, and all original packaging is included.
Lotsa details here:
The C200 has a 2.5 inch 500GB Seagate 5400RPM drive in it. Great for installing the Popcorn apps and chucking a few movies on. The C200 has the famously easy to load 3.5 inch drive bay which will make you use multi terabyte hard drives like glorified floppy disks. Good times! If you are really motivated you can put a blu-ray (BD-ROM) drive in it for optical disk playback.
Has the latest firmware on the unit with the latest jukebox/indexing software on it (NMJv2), which is roughly equivalent to what is on the newer units. It's pretty slick and does a great job of building a nice jukebox interface out of your movie and TV collection.
Asking for $240
Pickup is strongly preferred, and is available from Melbourne CDB or inner city (Collingwood).
We're looking to buy a TV for our bedroom. It will be mounted in the top corner of the room on a swivel bracket. When we built the house I thought to get a double power point put in, but no ethernet cabling.
I'm keen to stream movies from our PC at the other end of the house onto the TV and was wondering whether there are any TVs out there around the 32" size that have been proven to have decent performance.
The key criteria are:
ability to connect wirelessly and stream movies;
ability to play a range of file types.
I realise that a WD player is going to give me everything I need, but the catch is I would need to mount it on the wall behind the TV somehow, which could be problematic, if not impossible, due to space restrictions in the corner.
Has anyone had any experience with a TV that offers this capability?
Any suggestions, or alternative solutions, are much appreciated!
Okay time to jump on board and get myself a NAS, had a good chat with Matt today and he said Synology is pretty good, just wanting to start simple with maybe something that with take a couple of drives up to 6 to 8tb.......
will use the Oppo as my media player and just looking for something simplistic that I can copy my BR's to and playback without hassle along with some music about the only other thing it will be used for is to store some RAW photo images, no TV and I pretty much don't use the torrent sites.........
look forward to some suggestions please but once again let's use the K.I.S.S. theory..........
Now that I've got an Elektra Theatron amp in the HT things are sounding awesome, can't wait to go to the next level with a new HT pre/pro in the next few months. I've borrowed my parents CD player and hooked it up via analogue and am loving listening to CDs compared to via my Oppo 93 via digital but...
1; I have to give the CD player back, and soon
2; I don't have somewhere within the room to store all my CD's. Even DVD's will soon be sent to the under staircase storage area.
I'm trying to decide whether I should invest in a CD player or go to a music streaming device such as a Sonos Connect. I'll more than likely buy an Integra DHC 80.3 pre/pro for the HT which, like my Oppo, has streaming capabilities, but I'm told I'm better off with a dedicated device. Are they up to the quality of a half decent CD player of similar budget, ie $500? I often find it hard to sit through an entire CD unless it's on in the background while I'm surfing the net or reading. I'm not particularly interested in streaming video so don't really need a Dune type of device. Sonos would also be the idiot proof way of setting up an alfresco music system down the track (via a Sonos Amp and outdoor speakers) that SWMBO could actually operate.
Most of my music collection is already ripped to iTunes in lossless format but I do need to go back and rip about 80 CD's because I originally tried to save HDD space by ripping in low bit rate mp3 format when I bought an iPod Photo... remember them?
I have a ATV 2 in the family room (we are a bit of an Apple household, iPhones/iMacs/Macbook Air) and SWMBO can use that but for some reason it's flaky with it's connection to the home sharing facility. It's improved with more recent firmware upgrades but still not foolproof.
I just tried an interesting comparision:
I used my Apple TV V1, which is connected via HDMI to my Denon HT system, versus using airplay to stream the same track, both Apple lossless format, to my Denon system from my Macbook Retina.
The airplay version actually sounded better!
Now I know there are many confounding variables, but I wonder what the experience is for other users of Hard Disk based Music playback?
Paradigm Studio100V5, Jamos608 Hcs10_Sub660, Ultracube12V1, Yamaha Rxv1071,netgear 4Bay Readynas 4Tb, Harmoney 1100I RemoteBy Sub25
Circumstances change, I am in need of some money, the only i thing I can think of selling and get the sort of amount I am in need is to sell my Audio gears thats been less used in house.
Two months old paradigm studio 100V5 - Rosenut
Five months old Jamo S608 HCS10_SUB660 home theater package - Dark Apple. (its a 5.1 pack comes with 12" SUB happy to split if I find buyers for other stuffs.) Surrounds are not used yet, so still on the plastic wrap.
Ultracube 12V1. bought it as secondhand so dont know how old exaclty, previous owner said 3 years
Yamaha RXV1071 Receiver bought from JBHIFI - 6 months old.
Pioneer VSX920 Receiver - 2 years Old which i might keep as not expecting any good offers on it
Netgear Ready NAS 4bay with 4*1TB drives - NAS is 3 months old, drives are more older, dont know the exactly. NAS comes with my Bluray rip(720P and 1080P) Movie collection, almost full (Selling because i got a hp micro server with full movies)
Harmoney 1100i Remote - 3 months old
Everything in good condition as I well looked after my stuffs.
Only selling the ultracube12 and yamaha receiver if I can find a buyer for the above speakers. So thats the last priority.
Dont know how much I can get for these, but i thought put it here first instead of listing it on ebay first and get an idea about the price. Will only accept serious offers, please no stupid offers. Will sell it if I got a good offer soon or else will keep it and find other ways to make the necessary finance.
I got the boxes for both everything, but need to look for the receipts as I moved house recently and dont know where did i kept those. I am sure I can find those. Everything bought locally and i am located in Melbourne, but happy to post it anywhere on buyers expense or drop it of if the buyer is in Melbourne as I got an SUV. PM me.
First I must confess that I am not overly tech savvy. I have been doing a lot of research lately and I think I am completely confused between what NAS, HTPC and Network Media Players have to offer. If you can explain the key differences in laymen terms that would be great!
As I understand it now;
NAS - connects to your router, can share printers, data, movies and music to any computer/ smart tv / BR player with ethernet/wireless connection via the router.
HTPC - Stores all media on a computer which is connected to the smart tv / to share media with like media centre.
I want to set up a home network and want to access media through phone, computers and tv, but love how with HTPC's you can have like media centre installed and display all your movies in cool formats.
Is there a NAS that can do this?
I have recently bought an iPad and an Apple Airport Express (the new version) with the intention of streaming music from my iPad to my AVR via the airport express. I have connected airport express to AVR via an optical/mini optical lead (the mini optical is an adaptor to the optical lead). Airport express is connected to my home wifi network and has a green light. AVR is a few years old now - Onkyo TX-SR604.
I can't seem to get sound to come out of the speakers. I'm pretty sure that the settings on the AVR are correct.
Has anybody had any probs streaming music from an airport express to an older AVR? Any compatibility issues to be aware of? Any other tips? This is getting frustrating.
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