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Introducing the Premium Performance of the Paradigm Cl Elite Series’ Latest Editions Made in Canada, the CI Elite Series has all the technology advantages and grille aesthetics of CI Pro, plus oversized voice coils and X-PAL pure aluminium cone technology for the ultimate in sound performance. Paradigm are known for their exceptional sound quality and sleek, elegant design. They are one of the best reviewed speaker brands of all time and it’s easy to see why. Very rarely do we see such high-quality products at affordable prices. Their new Ci Elite Series has recently arrived in Australia and will be available to purchase through Eastwood HI-FI in the very near future. Their three new models the E7, E5 and E3 are fast becoming the must have speaker products of 2017. All speakers in the CI Elite range come equipped with a ‘black box’ feature that eliminates the guess work of wall cavities, making them much easier to install. The selectable switch on every LCR model ensures you get true acoustic transparency when placed behind micro-perforated projection screens. Paradigm have a patent pending on their new ‘RED Technology’ which is a die-cast aluminium tweeter housing that helps reduce negative effects of diffraction while improving critical midrange frequencies. Their speaker boxes have been made with irregular edges and off-centre placement to break up ‘standing waves’ which are usually found around the woofer cone and tweeter housing of traditional designs. The aluminium structure was made to reduce heat which aids performance and allows a lower crossover frequency, improving sound and reducing dreaded speaker distortion. They have also been made with ultra- strong die-cast aluminium baskets for better bass, better dynamics, and less power compression. Overall, the new technology being delivered by Paradigm is second to none so be sure to get your hands on them when they become available! Feel free to contact us for more information.

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Cambridge Audio CXUHD – Brand New 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player Model Released Since the introduction of Blu-ray players, their popularity has only continued to grow and now with the support of 4K TV’s, picture quality is of high importance for many hifi consumers. Making its ultra-high definition debut, Cambridge Audio has now released its brand new 4K Blu-ray player, the CXUHD. The release of the CXUHD demonstrates the company’s competitiveness and showcases their ability to stay ahead of the game. It’s compatible with UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD Video, DVD Audio, CD and with pretty much any type of video, audio or image file formats. It also supports HEVC, H.264, VP9 4K and Hi10P video decoding, making it a versatile piece of hifi equipment. The CXUHD is capable of reproducing 4K ultra high definition content with a resolution up to 3840 x 2160. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range formats and has the ability to display 1.07 billion colors and intense contrast range details. According to Cambridge Audio, the CXUHD has been designed without digital to audio converters in order to reduce noise and to improve audio and picture quality. It does however, come equipped with internal pass-through of Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as bitstream pass-through for position-based immersive audio formats. The CXUHD come with two HDMI outputs at the back, one main 2.0 port for connecting things like 4K ultra high def TVs, projectors and AV receivers and a second 1.4 audio port for connecting older AV receivers. It also comes with USB 3.0 ports for media playback and a built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet for connecting the player to your local network. Put simply, the CXUHD is a universal device that fits perfectly into any home theatre system. For more info please call our store on 02 9651 4922.
Cambridge Audio: The Ultimate in Digital Streaming & Audio Performance Cambridge Audio was pioneered by music lovers in the early 1960’s, eventually launching in 1965. Their first product, the 2x 20W P40 integrated amplifier, gained them attention due to its iconic and innovative super slim-line case design. It also made history as the first amplifier to use a toroidal transformer which would go on to be a standard component inside virtually every high end amplifier produced since. During the 1970’s, they innovated the design of what’s believed to have been the world’s first digital tuner, the T120. They continued changing and improving on the original design in order to draw out the highest quality sound from their tuners. The most significant product by Cambridge Audio, however, arrived in 1975 with the launch of the Classic One 2 x25W integrated amplifier. This was the first of its kind to feature a new design with much of the circuitry contained in custom made integrated circuits (another world’s first) and using multi-layer boards as well. The 1990’s saw this once small company expand throughout the world after the launch of the A1 amplifier. The A1 stayed in production for over a decade and became the one of Cambridge Audio’s most popular products with over 200,000 units sold throughout the UK, France, Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Germany and Denmark. Throughout the 2000’s, the company grew in success and their product range increased with the release of more amplifiers including the popular Azur range. They later released speakers, Bluetooth speakers, AV receivers, blu-ray players, network players and more. Cambridge Audio have proven to be one of the best names in audio and hi-fi, not only in the UK but also here in Australia. Check out their product range and buy online from Eastwood HiFi today!
Why Q Acoustics Speakers Deliver Award Winning Performance Q Acoustics are unlike any other loudspeaker company on the market. They are a young brand, only established in 2006 when a team of professional engineers and businessmen got together with the sole purpose of creating best in class loudspeakers with outstanding audio performance. In their first year, Q Acoustics released their first range of loud speakers, the 1000 Series, which went on to become best sellers’ due to competitive pricing and top of the line quality. In 2009, the 2000 series was released which took all the best components of the 1000 series and improved on them, to set a new standard in audio performance. Between 2009 and 2014, the Q Acoustics brand grew exponentially, releasing more award-winning products such as the Concept 20 from the Concept Series which showcased ground-breaking cabinet making and introduced an industry first with ‘Gelcore technology’, greatly reducing cabinet distortion for the purest sound. Concept 20 went on to win “Product of The Year” by What HiFi. 2014 also saw the launch of their first ever ‘one-piece’ in the shape of the M4 soundbar incorporating BMR driver technology, with superior room-filling sound that Q Acoustics have refined so perfectly. The critically acclaimed M4 soundbar quickly progressed to win What Hi-Fi ‘Product of the Year’ not once, but twice! Their ground-breaking speakers have been described as some of the most forward-thinking products in existence which for a company only just over 10 years old is unheard of. The reason Q Acoustics are such a revolutionary brand is largely due to the way the team approach their business. They are always working on new innovative technology and new ways of extracting pure, full sound from every loudspeaker, subwoofer or hi-fi system they create. Please call through to the store on 02 9651 4922 for our best pricing and stock availability on Q Acoustic speakers.
The Best of Rega Turntables & Accessories. Get the Most Out of Your Vinyl Rega have been one of the best, most well known names in turntables and have consistently produce high quality turntables, audio equipment and accessories for music makers in the UK and around the world for over 40 years. Music lovers and music makers have been turning to Rega for decades not only because of their outstanding quality and natural dynamic performance but also due to their user friendliness and stunning simplicity. Our range includes the Planar 1, 2, 3 and also soon the the highly anticipated 6. The Planar 1 is their most popular turntable. It’s by far one of the most user friendly turntables you can buy, taking mere seconds to set up out of the box and is the only turntable you need for spinning your favorite vinyl’s. Every part of the Planar 1 has been meticulously designed for quality performance including its 24v, low noise, synchronous motor to reduce vibration transfer combined with a brand new RB110 tonearm fitted with Rega's bespoke zero play bearings. For something slightly more advanced, the Planar 3 is packed with features including improved tone arm, aliminium bracing, improved cable quality and first and foremost, sonic performance making it a truly new turntable, carrying over just two components from the previous model. Rega turntables and their accessories are made with the highest quality materials designed to preserve your vinyl’s and whichever model you chose, they are all built to last a lifetime. Bases in Sydney, Eastwood HiFi are the most trusted reseller of Rega products in Australia, making available all your favorite Rega turntables at affordable prices. We offer very competitive discounts from the retail price so please call through to the store on 02 9651 4922 for our best pricing and stock availability.  
Get to Know the New Yamaha Aventage Range Yamaha are undoubtedly one of the best names in audio here in Australia and overseas. They are continuously increasing and improving on their range of speakers, subwoofers, home theatre systems, AV receivers, hi-fi and sound bars to offer you high quality products with new features. Most recently, they have expanded their line of AV receivers with the new Aventage range and at Eastwood Hi-Fi, we are proud to say we will have these in stock in the very near future. The models in the new Aventage range are: RX-A670 RX-A770 RX-A870 RX-A1070 RX-A2070 RX-A3070 Each model offers key features that are completely new to the line such as the RX-A870 featuring a newly designed, high-density structure that utilises two different kinds of interior ribs; straight and curved. These ribs enhance strength and damping performance. Installation stability has also been improved in the Aventage range and chassis resonance is dispersed, to help eliminate external vibration. The low-range response is enhanced, while resonance peaks in the mid and high range are reduced, providing dynamic sound and clear, accurate reproduction. Yamaha have really come into the 21st century by incorporating Bluetooth and WiFi into their receivers. The Aventage range of AV receivers are equipped with Bluetooth functionality that lets you enjoy easy wireless music playback from smartphones and other mobile devices. The Compressed Music Enhancer from Yamaha has been optimised for Bluetooth audio transmissions to ensure that your music will have vivid, lively sound quality during wireless playback. The built in WiFi compatibility allows you to connect your receiver to your home wireless router which simplifies your system connections and means you can easily pair your receiver with your mobile device to stream music. We offer very competitive discounts from the retail price so please call through to the store on 02 9651 4922 for our best pricing and stock availability.  
Sony 4K Projectors - Native 4K now starts at new lower pricepoint. Sony have just announced a new range of native 4K projectors that will bring the full 4K experience to the masses. The cheapest of three new offerings comes in at only $7999 when it arrives here in Australia in late September/early October. The new offerings start with the VPL-VW260ES which features 1500 lumens output, HDR including HLG, Sony’s fantastic reality creation and up to 6000 lamp hours making it an incredible package at a price not yet seen so far in the industry for native 4K. The second unit is the VPL-VW360ES which offers similar specs to the 260 but with the inclusion of a dynamic iris and motorised lens memory for users that want to experience Anamorphic widescreen without the need for an external lens. The VPL-VW360ES will go on sale at $10,999 and is also expected late September/early October. The third and most expensive new release is the VPL-VW760ES. This unit offers a 2000 lumen output from a laser light source for beautiful inky blacks and a life span of 20000 hours on the laser. Virtually no maintenance is required so is perfect for high installation or difficult to reach locations. Extremely flexible lens shifting for mounting in even the most difficult of spaces and is whisper quiet for overhead mounting. No Australian pricing has been announced for this model yet and is due to follow the other models slightly later in the year. The 260 and 360 models will be available in black and white options and the VPL-VW260ES will be available instore for demo when they become available. Please give us a call for discount pricing and product availability.
The New Flagship Speaker Model: Q Acoustics Concept 500 Q Acoustics have been bringing us expertly engineered audio products for over 10 years now and with every new release, delivering more inspirational designs and state of the art technology at affordable prices. The new Q Acoustics Concept 500 achieves the perfect balance between art and technology. It’s a floor standing loudspeaker that brings together stylish, sleek designs with powerful, crisp sound. It couples low directivity with wide bandwidth, good sensitivity and sensible impedance, making the new Concept 500 an easy load to drive whilst allowing amplifiers to deliver their best performance. To create a stereo sound quality of that found in a live performance, requires high quality drive units, a well-designed crossover and an accurately constructed cabinet. This was the goal of Q Acoustics and to achieve this with the Concept 500, they put together a truly talented team with many years of combined experience in the design, engineering and manufacture of loudspeakers. The teams hard work and determination paid off and resulted in an exceptional loudspeaker, worthy of any high- end system. Where Q Acoustics have really done well, is with the bass tones in the Concept 500. Reviewers have described the bass as breathable and warm but at the same time, tight and controlled. Achieving a pure, rich bass within a floor standing loud speaker that doesn’t distort, is not an easy feat to achieve, yet they most certainly have with the brand new Concept 500. Please call through to the store on 02 9651 4922 for our best pricing and stock availability on Q Acoustic products. Only the retail pricing is shown below. We offer very competitive discounts from the retail price on our range of Q Acoustics speakers. Please call through to the store on 02 9651 4922 for our best pricing and stock availability.
The New Look Emotiva Range Now Available Eastwood HiFi is proud to have the new Emotiva range available in stock for our customers. If quality and power is what you’re after, look no further than Emotiva power amps, processors, CD players, stereo amplifiers and more. Based in Tennessee in the United States, Emotiva was founded by Dan Laufman out of his passion for audio, music and home theater with the idea of bringing high-quality, high-end equipment to consumers who are after only the best quality products. Emotiva design and engineer their products at the company’s facilities in Tennessee, and are manufactured in factories worldwide. The XPA Series is now in its third generation with only their most popular XPA-1 Mono Block power amp remaining unchanged. You get the immense power combined with switchable 60W Class A mode for even more quality and depth of sound. Additionally, Emotiva have upped the power output to 600W into 8 ohms in Class AB mode. In terms of ‘all-in-one’ amplifiers, look no further than the XPA Gen 3. Winner of the Winner of the Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity 2016 Bad Ass Award, the XPA Gen 3 amplifier comes fully stocked with up to 300 WPC modular power with 2-7 channels and with the ability to configure as needed. Emotiva have taken some of the best features of previous designs and made significant improvements in order to optimise maximum output. The XPA Gen 3 takes a high-current switch mode power supply, capable of delivering over 3kw of continuous power with high efficiency and absolute reliability. As with many of Emotiva’s products, the XPA Gen 3 is completely lightweight, intelligent, and extremely powerful. Eastwood HiFi offer competitive, affordable prices on the new Emotiva range. Call through to the store on 02 9651 4922 for our best pricing and availability.
Experience the REL Subwoofer Series T & S Models There are many hifi brands on the market that produce quality subwoofers, but few that specialise in just that. REL Acoustics is one of few brands that make subwoofers and only subwoofers, meaning their standards are incredibly high and as a customer, you are going to get amazing quality sound from their products. They are known for obsession over details and continuously refining their engineering to produce the best musical subwoofers in the world. Serie S combines a higher performance level than they have ever set out to deliver within their mid-level range which is able to elevate higher-end systems in medium to large rooms. As well as their newly developed ultra-lightweight, rigid ‘Continuous Cast’ alloy cones for power and crisp clarity, they’ve developed zero-compression embedded wireless for freedom of placement and a clean visual aesthetic to match its sophisticated finishes. Experience this quality with the S2 and S3 series available to buy online from Eastwood HiFi. The completely reimagined Series T/i provides the most seamless integration and musical performance of any subwoofer in its price range. The perfect combination for smaller to mid-sized home theater systems and rooms. REL have refined their technologies and built upon the foundations of best-selling previous models to deliver top performance in its range with the Series T/I, representing a new standard for performance with upgraded drivers, cabinets, amps, and even zero-compression wireless capability when paired with the ‘Arrow’ wireless system. With models such as the T5i, they began by updating their classic 8” bass engine to reduce mass, while greatly increasing stiffness. This improvement led to upgrading cabinet dimensions and wall thickness to better control the deep bass. Additional upgrades extended even into the design of the ‘feet’, resulting in greater speed and solidity to the presentation of sound. Eastwood HiFi offer competitive prices for both Series S and T by REL Acoustics. Call through to the store on 02 9651 4922 for our best pricing and availability.
Definitive Technology W Studio Micro: A Premium Slimline Soundbar Soundbars have had a pretty bad rap in terms of reviews since they launched on to the market, with many saying the sound quality produced from them simply is not comparable to stand alone or surround sound speaker systems. Definitive Technology W Studio Micro Soundbar however, is an exception to the rule. Designed in California, Definitive Technology set out to create next-gen audio equipment, supported by cutting edge research and implementation. Their advanced speaker materials have been combined with a look that inspires you to listen and a sound quality that is nothing less than extraordinary. Their goal with the new W Studio slimline soundbar, was to challenge the somewhat disappointing soundbar market by bringing to life something that would ‘wow’ those who’ve been quick to give up on soundbars, and cement their place in our living rooms once again. This speaker and subwoofer combo is up to date with current technologies and combines wifi with an app for ease of use when connecting to multiple rooms. Sound wise, there’s simply no other soundbar currently available on the market that compares. The W Studio Micro is a real performer that delivers far more one expects. It’s highly effective for television and movies when coupled with your home theatre system, but also works great on its own. In addition, it performs surprisingly well for all types of music, filling the room with full, rich sound and paired with its companion subwoofer, is all you need for music and home theatre. It offers a great alternative for those who wish to have great sound quality, without an elaborate set up of wiring and multiple speakers. Eastwood HiFi offers very competitive discounts from the retail price on the Definitive Technology W Studio Micro Soundbar/Subwoofer combo. Visit our specials page to get your hands on this product at a heavily discounted price!
The Home Cinema: How to Make the Dream a Reality Have you always dreamed of having your very own home cinema? With a little know-how, you can transform that spare room into a dedicated home cinema space that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. The definition of a home cinema is a space in the home that is 100% dedicated to an exceptional audio and visual experience. It differs from a home theatre as it does not double as a living room, family room or den. The first thing you will need to consider when setting up your home cinema is your projector and making sure you have the space for it. For the best viewing experience, you can either paint a ‘projection wall’ or use a projector screen, both options work well. Also, think about whether you want to watch movies in HD, 3D, or 4K because this will help you decide on the right projector for your needs. Secondly, think about sound quality. A good surround sound system, configured correctly should transport you from your home, into a whole other world. Either 7.1 or 9.1 speaker configurations will give you the highest level of audio performance possible and both are ideal for home cinemas. You may even want to add some soundproofing to help keep sound in the room, rather that throughout the home. Lastly, why not go all out and purchase some comfortable and functional cinema seating? Often neglected, cinema seating can turn a simple home theatre room into a professional looking home cinema. Cinema seating creates a ‘wow’ factor that will blow your friends and family away! Eastwood HiFi has everything you need to set up your home cinema. Browse our products and make sure to call our store on 02 9651 4922 for competitive discounts on recommended retail prices.
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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.

Steve’s

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