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Sign up for our email newsletter and get the stuff I’d be sued for on an open webpage. Don’t subscribe if you get easily offended, have no sense of humour or are a wowser - If you really do enjoy our irreverent humour however, please feel free to offer your opinion on Google by clicking on the Logo above (top right hand corner of page.) We also have a Specials e-mail which we send out about once a month. To be on the list for those, you need to click HERE  and put subscribe in the subject line. 3rd May 2022: Optoma Release 2 New Stand Out Projectors: Optoma have just released 2 brand new models that have really turned the industry on its head. Firstly the UHD66 is a dedicated home cinema projector using a lamp based light source that delivers a high brightness, high contrast image with a 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 standard for incredible colour range. With specs like this and a performance to match, it is no wonder it has bettered its predesossor in every way. As an immediate replacement for the UHD51 we are expecting this to continue where the UHD51 left off as our biggest selling projector ever! It has a retail price tag of $3699 and is available now. The second new release is the most exciting of the two units as it does something unseen before in its price range and that is the integration of a laser light source. By utilizing a laser you can maintain a perfect image for up to 20,000 hours without the varyation in output associated with lamp based units. The unit runs cooler and is quieter as a result and has an almost immediate start up/cool down time. With a 3000 lumen output and a massive contrast ratio of 2,500,00:1, saying that the image from this unit pops is an understatement. This unit has to been seen to be belived and is an instant staff favourite. Available now for $5299 and in store for demonstration. 19th April 2022: Polk Audio Now Available: Polk Audio have been kicking some impressive goals with their latest speaker offerings. The two ranges in perticular are the recently revised Signature Elite series and the incredible Reserve series. With product offerings for almost any situation they are a brand that should definately be on your shortlist. The largest floorstander in the Reserve series, the R700 is going to be a real winner for the brand and feels like a true replacement for the sady discontinued and heavily missed Studio 100s from Paradigm. A very balanced presentation coupled with big volume and bass capabilities make them ideal for the listener who likes to listen a little louder, or who needs to fill a bigger room. On the other end of the scale the R100 bookshelf speakers also pack a hell of a punch for their size and provide some real stiff competition for the Monitor Audio Silver series and Paradigm Premier so it is fair to say that the staff here are very impressed with the latest Polk releases. With select models now in stock and available for auditioning I highly recommend checking them out. 31st August  2021: Denon Now Available: After nearly 18 months of supply issues with Onkyo, we’ve turned to Denon as a replacement brand to fill the Onkyo boots and boy was this a good decision. With a noticable uptick in musicality for both their hifi and home theatre equipment and a plethora of awards up their sleeves there is something for the most demanding of system needs. Featuring the latest in 4K/120hz and 8K/60hz hardware support and a large range of musical streaming services such as Spotify Connect, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer and internet radio, they can truly be used as a one box sollution meeting many peoples needs. The key model in the range is the AVC-X3700H which recenty won What Hifi's Product of the yearaward, offers huge performance with 9 channels of amplification and 11 channel decoding for a retail price of $2699. Given that Yamaha's cheapest 9 channel reciever is now the RX-A6A at $3699, it will slot nicely into the range. The Denon AVC-X3700H is now available in our demostation louge to audtion (when the lockdown finishes.) 24th June 2021: KEF Q Series Free Upsize Promo: KEF are currently running a promotion which offers a free up-size in speaker when purchasing a qualifying product from their Q series. Simply purchase your new set of speakers before the end of trade on 31st July and receive the following upgrade at no charge! Bookshelf Speakers Purchase a pair of Q350s for the price of the Q150 Floorstanding Speakers Purchase a pair of Q750s for the price of the Q550 Purchase a pair of Q950s for the price of the Q750 15th May 2021: Cambridge Audio Evo All-In-One Network Amplifiers Cambridge Audio have just release one of the most exciting products we've seen in a long time. An all in one amplifier with plenty of connectivity and access to almost any mainstream streaming service. Finished in a stunningly designed housing this compact unit has beautifully solid weight and feel to the housing, buttons and front dials. The Evo series are supplied with two different side panels so that you can dress them up to best suit your decor, a black panel with a lovely wave-like design or a cherry coloured timber panel. A stunning high resolution screen takes up approximately 70% of the front panel with a well thought out layout and lovely animation to the volume control. The Evo 75 offer 75wpc RMS, analogue and digital inputs, bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ethernet connections built in, along with a HDMI ARC connection for a truly all encompasing system. The Evo 150 takes the 75's features and builds on them with 150w RMS, balanced XLR input, built in phono stage, second set of speaker outputs and an improved ESS Sabre DAC.  Already winning some serious praise and awards in the industry these are a highly recommended products and well worth a look. Available in store now so pop in for a look and listen, you won't be dissapointed. Pricing is as follows: Evo 75 - $3,299.00 Evo 150 - $4,299.00 24th April 2021: REL T/x Series  REL have updated their award-winning T/i series with the latest incarnation known as the T/x series. With direct replacements to last years models the new T/5x, T/7x and range topping T/9x. Each model sports a new cabinet design with rounded edges and a shorter, stockier appearence looking meaner and more attractive than the ourtgoing models. Newly designed drivers allow for greater excursion for greater output yet faster reaction times for a quite striking improvement in musical fidelity. With each model available in a beautiful gloss black or white finish they're on to a winning formula of looks, and performance for both music and movie listeners making them a true cross-over subwoofer no matter what your listening habits are. Available in early May pricing will be as follows: UPDATE - NOW IN STORE REL T/9x $2,399.00 REL T/7x $1,999.00 REL T/5x $1,399.00 30th March 2021: SVS 1000 Pro Series SVS have recently updated the 1000 series of subwoofers to the new 1000 Pro. This update has some fairly major improvements on the effected models with a slight bump in power output to 325w RMS (820w short term peak,) an all new digital control panel and the addition of app support for Apple and Android users to be able to fine tune the subwoofer's performance from their seating position. The sealed SB1000 Pro starts from just $899 for the Black Ash finish and climbs to $999 for the gloss white and gloss black finishes. The ported PB1000 Pro also stays the same price as its predecesor at $999 and is available in Black Ash only. This is impressive given that the PB1000 Pro now features an upgraded 12" driver compared to a 10" in the last series allowing for greater depth and output. Display models have now arrived and stock is now available to order so pop in and have a look when you can! 13th March 2021: Paradigm Founder Series Exciting times are ahead with the imminent release of Paradigm’s newest range, the Founder series. Due for release in May the series consists of 3 floorstanding speakers, a serious centre speaker, a set of bookshelf speakers and an LCR that can either be used as a larger bookshelf speaker or a smaller centre. Avalailable in 4 beautiful cabinet finishes there will be something suitable for almost and room decor. For the first time ever in this price range Paradigm have introduced a large hybrid floorstander called the 120H which offers a built in 1000w rms amplifier in each speaker. This is employed to drive the bass drivers only and coupled with ARC Genesis calibration technology the low frequency delivery should be almost perfect in any room. The new 40B bookshelf speakers are a very welcome addition as we haven't seen a speaker of this size and capability sing the Signature series discontinued 5-6 years ago. With a larger 6" mid/bass driver over the outgoing Prestige 15B we're expecting more scale and presence. The Prestige 15Bs were simply stunning for their size so we are very excited to hear these new beauties. NOW AVAILABLE IN STORE! 23rd September 2020: New KEF Models Released The LS50 Wireless 2 gains a big bump in power to a massive 380w RMS and now benefits from a completely new control app designed from the ground up for an easier to use expeirence whilst also gaining the latest streaming tech. Pricing for the LS50 Meta has been set locally at $2,495 whilst the LS50 Wireless 2 retails for $4,295. With demo stock due to start arriving from next month they're a hot product to pop on the short list! Anyone wanting a pair should get their orders in nice and early to avoid any lengthy delays. 14th July 2020: REL HT/1508 Predator Arrives The latest REL HT series of subwoofers have long been a favourire of the store with the HT1003 and HT1205 being the top of the pecking order at their price point. These units offer huge control and musical accuracy coupled with the output desired by many home theatre enthusiasts. Enter the new top of the range HT/1508 Predator. With a cool name like this you would expect it to be serious, and serious it is...very! With a short stocky design allowing for easier placement than most of this capability this 15" sealed subwoofer offers 850w RMS for huge slam and depth without ever sacrificing finesse, something that REL have built their name on. At $2899 RRP it is a steal so anyone looking for smile inducing bass should look no further. Pop in store to check it out today. 5th February 2020: New Q Acoustics model Q Acoustics have just released word of their new upcoming model the 3030i. This is a larger bookshelf speaker featuring a 6.5" mid/bass dirver and larger encolsure allowing for a more effortless room-filing range and performance. With a claimed frequency extention of down to 46Hz they'll give you as big of a sound as you'll likely ever get from a speaker of its size. Available in Arctic White, Carbon Black and Walnut finishes. Arriving late Feb and priced at $899 they're likely to be a winner. 19th November 2019: The New KEF R Series Arrives We’ve long been fans of KEF’s Q and XQ series of speakers from years gone by and the latest iteration of the Q series has been superb. We’re now excited to announce we are stocking the new and improved R Series (which is one step above the Q Series). Offering models for both stereo listeners and home theatre enthusiasts, the range consists of three different floorstanding speakers (R11, R7 & R5), a large stand mount speaker (R3,) a serious centre speaker (R2c) and a pair of Dolby Atmos/Presence speakers (R8a.) With three beautiful finishes featuring colour coded drivers they both look and sound incredible. Check out the top of the range R11 in the Walnut finish - I think they’re the best-looking speaker we’ve ever seen in store! The R3 recently won the What HiFi 2019 Award for Best Stand Mount Speaker and the R11 won the EISA Award for Best High- End Loudspeaker 2019-2020. Evidently the industry thinks just as highly of them as we do. We’re currently offering some introductory discounts so pop in store for a listen today or give us a call. 28th October 2019: Toy Story 4 Shines On UHD Blu-ray There aren’t many films that are natively created and mastered in native 4K with most current content being upscaled from a 2K intermediate. The latest instalment of the Toy Story franchise comes to UHD Blu-ray with a full fat true 4K presentation and the result is beautiful. Animated moves do have a tendency to look good but this release really shine. The image is incredibly sharp and some of the details in the animation look almost life-like from time to time. The implementation of HDR gives realistic lighting and shadow depth whilst colour saturation is vibrant and exciting allowing the image to really pop. This is a true reference grade disc from a visual point of view and throw in a super fun and dynamic Atmos track the audio isn’t too far behind. This movie isn’t for everyone as some of the characters can be a little scary so not great for a very young crowd or for anyone afraid of ventriloquism dolls! Other than this I give it a 5 out of 5 as a truly enjoyable watch that’ll also really show you what your system is capable of. 16th October 2019: Cambridge Audio AX Now Available Cambridge Audio's latest offering are a AX series models. These are replacing the very popular Topaz series units which bring high end audio quality and performance to an entry level price point. With much improved aesthetics and a total ground up build of the range they offer top notch performance that belies belief and with some very positive industry feedback already they're likely to be one of our biggest sellers this side of $1000.   Comprising of 6 models in the line up there are 2 CD players, 2 all analogue stereo amplifiers and 2 stereo receivers featuring bluetooth and even digital inputs on the AXR100. Available in store now. 4th October 2019: Martin Logan’s new Motion Series Arrives We've just received delivery of the new and exciting Martin Logan Motion series. The new improved models have a revised driver design and a much needed refresh of the speaker covers. Moving away from the metal covers to a nice new two piece material grille helps them look less industrial and more well suited to a home environment. The cabinet finishes have been rethought with a new red-walnut timber veneer finish replacing the older gloss cherry option and a new satin white to replace the gloss white. For the first time the white speaker gets a visually softer appearance wth a silvery grey front cover. The range is now available in store and ready for auditioning! 27th September 2019: Epson Projectors Now Available: We've just taken on Epson projectors after a flurry of awards and positive reviews. After a 10 minute demo of the new EH- TW9400 we were hooked. The picture is incredibly bright and sharp with huge amounts of detail and its 4K enhanced technology looks like it is equal to if not better than some of the cheaper Native 4K offering on the market. Add in the ability to do Anamorphic widescreen and a huge amount of lens adjustment and zoom and it becomes one of the most versatile performers on the market. HDR looks superb and the frame interpolation gives a very smooth cinematic/filmic movement. With models starting from as little as $1149 through to the top of the line EH-TW9400W wireless projector at $4999 they have an impressive offering for most people. With the EH-9400 now available in store, feel free to pop in for a demo. I'm sure you'll be just as impressed as we are. 14th August 2019: Martin Logan Motion Series Clearance: With the discontinuation of the current Motion series being announced we’ve got some great pricing on the last of the remaining stock. With very few bits and pieces remaining this is an incredible opportunity to snap up some of the staff’s all time favourite speakers. All supplied as new with a full 5 year warranty except where stated. 29th July 2019: The UltraCube 12 Returns: We just said goodbye to one of our favourite subwoofers of all time and what do you know, the importer has found some more stock. I’m not sure how you “find” 20 large subwoofers but this is very much to our excitement as the 650w sealed 12” subwoofer is an animal for movies and when coupled with the optional PBK becomes an incredibly capable musical performer too. Using a downward firing 12” driver and two 10” bass radiators this compact subwoofer can hit below 20Hz which is incredible for its size. The best part of this is that we took them all in order to offer a great price so whilst we have stock available this $2000 subwoofer will set you back only $999! The music lovers out their can add on the optional PBK equaliser kit for only an extra $99 that will take it to another level again. Stock is limited so don’t take too long to snap one up or you’ll miss out. 20th July 2019: Q Acoustics Concept 300s Arrive: After many months of anticipation the latest flagship speaker offering from Q Acoustics have arrived. The new Concept 300 is a reference grade bookshelf speaker that looks and sounds like nothing else we’ve experienced before. Available in 3 beautiful two tone finishes and supplied with a pair of stands that look like they belong in an art gallery, they truly are a statement items that will complete any high end compact setup. Available to audition in store now. 7th March 2019: QED Cables Now Available: QED cables are considered one of the industries premier cable manufacturers offering anything from speaker cable and  interconnects through to data cable and HDMI. We’re currently stocking their range of speaker cable and audio cables to suit both stereo and home theatre systems of any calibre. With a new range of high-spec HDMI cables due for release shortly that will offer support for native 4K  resolutions and beyond, there’ll be something suitable for even the most demanding hardware or application. Give us a call and we’ll recommend a suitable cable solution to really bring out the best in your system. You’ll be surprised how much of an improvement can be made from such an affordable upgrade! 24th January 2019: New Monitor Audio SoundFrame Display: A personal favourite of mine, the fully customisable Soundframe series of descrete speakers offer an incredible performance and sound quality for what simply looks like a piece of art. Whether you stick with the standard black or white finish or you opt for a custom image of maybe a holiday snap or wedding picture these models mount either in or on the wall and look like a traditional canvas print. The sound performance from these things is superb and a great way to integrate audio into a living space where a more traditional speaker may not suit. Available in 3 different sizes and either framed or frameless, we have the SoundFrame 1 available in a new perminent display to audition in store. Please come in for a look and listen to see what all the hype is about. 3rd January 2019: New Monitor Audio Gold Series Announced: Monitor Audio has really taken off in the last few months and this has certainly been aided by them gaining some big industry awards and fantastic reviews. The Bronze series has quickly become my speaker range of choice under $2k so I would heavily recommend a listen. The latest range to get a make over is the Gold series with the new arrivals announced today. The new models will start to arrive in February and pricing should hopefully be confirmed shortly, The new design and finishes look simply beautiful and for the first time the premium Gloss Ebony finish will be the same price as the rest of the colour choices. Have a look at the new range here: https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/product-ranges/gold-5g/ 1st January 2019: Happy new year!: The new year has just ticked over and I’ve just finished watching the fireworks, time for a refill. The team here at Eastwood Hi-Fi wishes you all the best for 2019 and hope you have a great year. 20th December 2018: Paradigm Premier Series Awarded: The new Paradigm premier series has only just hit the shelves and already the positive reviews are starting to flow. Online reviewing powerhouse Audioholics have just reviewed and awarded the new Premier 800F floorstanders and 500C centre speakers as their Product of the year. For those of you wanting to read the review then click the link below. For anyone wanting to hear the speakers please feel free to pop in for an audition. https://www.audioholics.com/tower-speaker-reviews/paradigm-800f  29th November 2018: Definitive Technology Promo Final Days: The Definitive Technology upgrade promotion is due to finish at the end of trade tomorrow so make sure to get in any orders quickly to take advantage of one of the best promotions we’ve seen in recent years. Kef  Q Series With EISA Award: The Expert Imaging And Sound Association have awarded the KEF Q Series as their Home Theatre Speaker System of the year 2018-2019. The system comprised of the Q750 front speakers, Q650c Centre Speaker , Q350 rear speakers and the matching Q50a Dolby Atmos enabled speakers. The speakers are available in black or white and we have them available in our demonstration rooms ready for auditioning, pop in for a listen today!
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December 1st - Stereo Amplifiers are becoming more popular (as are Turntables) since the advent of SoundBars for TV which aren’t really suitable for music listening (perhaps with the exception of the Definitive Technology W-Studio range). I see Yamaha have done a dump on their slow moving AS1100/2100/3000 range in certain colours but even at the dump prices they represent only good but not outstanding value. We’ve looked and listened to the alternatives and have decided the Anthem i225 beats the pants off the 1100 and 2100 Yamaha’s so we’ve put those on sale at $1499 with free shipping (normally $2999) as the Stereo Amp du jour (or month depending on how the stocks hold out) - here’s a taste of the reviews - http://www.digitaltrends.com/amplifier- reviews/anthem-integrated-225-review/ Sure, the price in the US is $1500 but that equates to over $2200 Australian with GST so we figure $11499 is a great price. October 5th - Ah, the joys of retail. One of these days I’ll get a break from people who don’t read manuals (although I must admit to using one myself as a last resort). Some of the calls I’ve been getting lately leads me to believe there are people out there who couldn’t take a piss without someone telling them what to do. Sad but true! The new range of Definitive Technology Speakers with built in subwoofers are just amazing - we’ve been playing around with them for the last week or so and whereas the Martin Logan Motion series are still my personal favourites, the DT’s are actually better value in some model ranges, we have them all in store for demo (the 9000 series Def Techs that is) so it could be worth a visit. September 22nd - Just back from the F1 race in Singapore. Lots of fun although the F1 cars are way quieter than back in the days of the exhaust diffusers so perhaps not as exciting. Here’s a photo of me re-acquainting myself with the Singapore Sling So, to help me pay for the excesses during my sojourn, I’ve had to do some dirty deals, consequently if you’re in the market for Yamaha’s new RX-V2081 A/V receiver or YSP-2700 SoundBar then give me a call on 02 9651 4922 and I may just drop my pants (metaphorically speaking) as I have overstocks on those at the moment. 7th September - Sorry if I’ve been a bit lax on the blogging front but I’m still recovering from the op. All good now however so I can start abusing people again without pain (to me that is). Talking of pain, our thoughts go out to Mel Chillari, founder of Apollo HiFi, who had a really nasty accident, broke nine ribs and has bleeding on the brain. he’s currently in the ICU at RPA. Get well soon Mel, we miss you. Definitive Technology have released a new range of speakers with built in subwoofers. The last range was good but our initial testing of the new 9000 series indicates a significant improvement. More on that range later. August 24th - Yamaha have now released their flagship RX-A3060 A/V Receiver and one now resides in Chez Neil. Not sure if there’s a great improvement on my older RX-V3079 (AKA RX- A3050 - almost) but there seems to be an improvement in picture quality from native 4K sources so maybe a tweak in HDR management. Who knows (who cares) but any improvement is welcome. Sonically, it still leads the pack when teamed with my Martin Logan’s (various receivers react differently with certain brands of speakers) so I’m a happy camper. August 15th - Back in store after having my gallbladder ripped from my very being - kind of like giving birth to an Alien (as in the movie) - I have the photo’s to prove it! I feel great now although I’m off the piss (technical term) which means I’m more focused and nastier than usual (yes, that’s actually possible). One thing my forced lay off did was give me plenty of time to peruse the latest HiFi equipment reviews as I’m always looking for new ways to improve my sound here at home. As speakers are around 70% of the overall sound, that’s where I usually concentrate my efforts. After finding this review from Absolute sound however, I decided to keep what I currently have. http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/marti nlogan-motion-60xt/ Considering we’re selling them at less than the US price (when currency conversion and GST is factored) the 60XT’s are a no-brainer. My fingers are now about to seize up after such a long lay off so I’ll now go and contemplate my scars. August 1st - Off to the Doctors for a little surgery (no, I’m not getting Docked) so have put some hot specials in place to entice purchasing whilst I’m away. Check they specials out under Steve’s Clearance. July 26th - One way to eliminate the opposition is by stealth and there is no one stealthier than Mel Chillari (patriarch of the Chillari Clan - owners of Apollo Hi-Fi) You may have heard of my recent hospitalisation due to gallstones blocking my Bile Ducts, well it turns out that Mel was probably responsible as he loaded me up with Salami, Cheese and red wine when I visited him at his Port Stephens retreat just prior to the attack. Cunning indeed! I also have a cunning plan however and intend to invite him over to our Port Stephens retreat (a mere 100 metres from his) and fill him up with so much Grange that he won’t know what hit him - Expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? We’ll see. July 25th - During the week when things are quiet, we don’t mind demonstrating or talking to customers who have no intention of buying (we may just sow the seeds for a future purchase) but when they come in on a busy Saturday, they are oblivious to the problems they create in respect to inconveniencing other (actual) customers. Last week was a doozy (technical term) - one guy spent over an hour hogging the main sound lounge on the pretext that he wanted to audition some speakers with the view to a possible purchase. It was only after an hour that he admitted he had already purchased a pair of speakers elsewhere and just wanted to be sure he had done the right thing. It’s amazing how some people can walk even with a pair of floorstanding speakers having been rectally inserted. Even better than that was the guy who wanted to see the new JVC 7000 projector (we consider it to be the best projector under $12,000 currently available)  - he’s seen the Sony 4K projector elsewhere and wanted to compare (as if! You can’t see a picture in a different room with a different screen and source then make an objective comparison). I can tell you now that the JVC in 90% of all situations is the better projector at $6K less - the aforesaid gentleman (who it turns out had no intention of purchasing ANY projector) not only said he couldn’t see any difference between the Sony and the JVC but when he compared our JVC to the $1999 Optoma HD26 in the next room, said he couldn’t see any difference between that one either. As we bid him adieu and offered him a free eye test at the local Optometrist, I once again wondered why I bother. Maybe because most customers are interesting and I still get a kick out of explaining and demonstrating the latest gear. I guess I’m getting too old for self centred time wasters. July 16th - Long time between Blogs, that’s what happens when your bile ducts get blocked and they haul you off to hospital to get poked/prodded/sliced and diced. Sad really, The good thing (for you) is that things went a little quiet whilst I was on my back so next week I’ll do a stocktake and try to move some goodies. Just call me direct on 02 9651 4922 if there’s something you want at a good price and I’ll see what I can do. June 14th - Just returned from FiJi after a weeks break. Absolutely brilliant place to holiday as long as you don’t mind spotty Wi-Fi. After listening to live bands (and bloody good ones at that) each night at the Sheraton it was a revelation to come home and listen to how close my ML 60XT’s with the Dynamo 700 sub comes to reproducing that “live” feel. I just discovered a semi documentary on Hulu Plus (via my Roku) based on the life of Cilla Black and her performances through the system come out as raw as “The Cavern” would have been. Highly recommended if you can acess it, it’s just called “Cilla” June 2nd - This is getting way beyond my technical capabilities. When I changed the HDMI cables to 2.0 and used shorter lengths (1.5 metres instead of 3 metres) I was able to access certain picture parameters that were “grayed” out previously. I can now achieve a far better picture when playing native 4K movies (upscaling standard DVD and Blu-Rays gives no benefit at all). The technical experts at KORDZ tried to explain it all to me but I’d need to sober up for far longer to take it all in. I think I’ll go play with the cats (Claw V1.0 and V2.0) May 31st - More fooling around with the 4K stuff last night. To get the best out of the HDR enabled units you need HDMI cables which handle 18Gbs (usually designated HDMI 2.0 or 2.0a although not always). Our friends at EZYHD will ship cables to anywhere in Australia and all their HDMI cables are 2.0. I’ve just ordered some and will give you the results after more testing. May 30th - Just connected my new Sony 75” UHD (with HDR) 4K TV up to all my sources (specifically my Samsung 8500 4K Player)  and discovered a couple of things - Unless you have everything set up perfectly, such as using HDMI 2.0 or preferably 2.0a cables, the picture isn’t much better than standard Blu-Ray. Unless the TV has HDR (High Dynamic Range) there’s bugger all difference anyway. A shit movie is a shit movie no matter what the resolution. Standard resolution programming (576p) is almost unwatchable - you need the HD channels or streaming  Apple TV/Roku/Smart TV app etc. to get any benefit from your new 4K TV. Most frustrating is the variation between the picture quality of various sources. After almost a week of fooling around with colour temperatures, Black Levels, sharpness and a zillion other adjustments, I still can’t get as good a picture as my Samsung 75” 1080p TV (although I have had that unit for 10 months and have had more time for fine tuning) for the majority of programming and would prefer that TV set overall. As we don’t sell TV’s, I have no ax to grind with any model so I’ll keep you informed on my progress. May 18th - Holy Crap batman, I’ve just had an Epiphany! All great subwoofers are not the same (Duh!). In the past I’ve stuck to my Martin Logan Dynamo 700 (RRP $1399) as nothing under $2000 came close - in my acoustic environment anyway. I’ve shied away from bigger subs as my weak, frail body has problems with moving and placing larger subwoofers. As we has a surplus of the Martin Logan BalanceForce 210 subwoofers however, I thought I’d try one with my set up at home. Well. after wrestling the 43kg, 48cm cubed box into our lounge-room, I tuned it in with the aid of the PBK kit and all of a sudden, my system was transformed, not only for the movies (talk about the earth moving for me) but also for music. I suppose I should have expected something pretty awesome given the $6000 price point (currently on sale at $2999) but I wasn’t prepared for such a massive improvement. May 17th - Fun times again as we enter this years EOFY sale. Some items you’ll have to call for price (such as Yamaha’s Aventage range), others are listed on the site. Best deals are on the Martin Logan speakers as we found some with damaged cartons (yes, really) so although the product is perfect, the shipping cartons are crap but at up to 50% off RRP, stop complaining! We now have the Samsung 4K Blu-Ray Players in stock (UBD-K8500/XY) available at $549. Talking of system set up and placement (which I wasn’t but now will), the lovely Noelene bought a new entertainment cabinet for Chez Neil which meant a slight repositioning of my beloved Martin Logan speaker system. to re-tune the set up I re-discovered an old recording which I used to use many years ago as my reference - I lost the original (around 1987 from memory) but found it for download. It’s called Fresh Aire III by Mannheim Steamroller (go on, Google it). The first track (Toccata) is what we used to call ”New Age” music although most of us from that era (it was recorded in 1977) are now “Old Age”. It offers a dynamic and sound stage which enables me to set up my levels and toe-in just perfectly. You should buy that one track just for a hoot! May 12th - Samsung have now released their 4K Blu-Ray Player with a RRP of $599. Absolute bargain as it also streams any Netflix 4K content. They also have two HDMI outputs, one for audio and video for connection to A/V Receivers with HDCP 2.2 and a second HDMI output for audio only so you can bypass the video and plug the primary HDMI output directly into the TV with the other HDMI going straight to the A/V Receiver. Very few movies available as yet but Roadshow will be releasing more next Wednesday. We’ll have stocks early next week. I’ve seen ads for the players at butchered prices already (even though most stores doing stupid prices have no stock). We’ll try to match pricing if possible but can’t always match the Internet cowboys as they have absolutely no technical support, throw you the box and then treat you with the contempt THEY deserve if you need help (just read their return policies). If you were wondering how we keep The Claw (V2.0) so clean, wonder no longer. The fur is a bastard to get out of the filter however.


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