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  1. Panasonic TV. After the Bose sound bar installation another engineer sent by the same company said 'of course you could have set up the Sonos to do exactly the same' when the original installer said that volume would not work with the telly remote, and you need to use your smartphone. Who do you believe when you ask a specialist?
  2. Shame about the hearing problem - it makes things so much more difficult. When I had my telly installed on the wall, they also installed a sound bar because with these flat screens the speakers are at the rear and sound as if speech is with both hands cupped in front of the mouth. Obviously it is sound that has been reflected from the wall and not direct to the ear. I wanted a Sonos bar which has reasonable size speakers, but after they could not get it to work with the telly remote (they said use a smart phone but my wife needs easy switch on and work on one remote) so ended up with Bose. My wife loves it, the glass top is easy to dust and it is very convenient and does not look intrusive. Suffice to say that I am secretly looking (don't tell the wife!) for a small form factor amp or receiver and a separate pair of speakers - just like you have been using. The sound is ok from the Bose even though there seems to be a high level of background noise, and much better than a standard telly, however it is nowhere near hifi quality. If I were you I would try to persevere with the amp/speaker combo you have, or failing that find some place to have a decent soundbar demo to see if it suits. Standing in Currys or John Lewis is no good at all, and I wonder if somewhere like Richer sounds might have demo rooms with them fitted.
  3. Thanks BlackSabbath - you appear to be almost local to me! I had noticed that the picture is really good in daylight hours, and at night if I switch on the ceiling lights, again it seems to be no worse than with the room darker, sometimes even better? I presume that is the automatic adjustment of the telly to daytime/night time conditions and I am happy with that. My problem concerns how to light the room at night time without those lights reflecting back from the glass. It would be great if lights were off but not popular with the rest of the household. Reflections appear much brighter when action in the program showing on screen takes place at night and the reflections are exactly where the action is taking place. I think that maybe it's a problem that I have to live with.
  4. I had a hifi cabinet made some years ago. It has wooden doors so when not in use all hifi is hidden and they also help to keep dust out during periods of inactivity. Initially made with a (removable) back panel, this had to be removed completely when the equipment changed and as you say, the system became more complicated, but the initial discussion included making the cabinet strong enough without the rear panel attached. The suggestion to slide it closer to the wall when you are away seems sensible and again will keep more dust out. When in use the doors can remain open allowing cooling if its location allows. Kit can sit on the bottom level, any one of 4 adjustable height or removable shelves, and the top. The shelf adjustment is with little metal pin things, two per side, that have individual metal sockets which works quite well - rather than those ladder things you see on bookshelves. As the makers were skilled cabinet makers, all four of the pins line up keeping the shelves level! Quite obvious that they should I suppose, but important to mention as I bought a ready made cabinet before that and the shelves wobbled a bit as one row of supports was at a slightly different height to the other three - it went back. When I had less kit, one bit was a valve amp which ran hot, and I used a spare shelf above it angled steeply upward (by using the next higher locating pins at the front) to try to convect the heat away. It worked ok but the valve amp did not stay long. The disadvantage of a cabinet with closed sides is that it is a pig to change wires. Thats because its difficult to push a connector or mains plug on from the rear while reaching round to the front to stop it sliding of the shelf. Very long arms required! For locking plugs the only way is to slide the cabinet forward which is also a pig! Mine moves reasonably easily, sliding over the carpet, but with some big amps I had, weighed well in excess of 100kg and I needed flattened cardboard boxes under the front edge to help it slide. Currently I am using a pair of bel canto power amps with their on/off switches mounted on the back - who thought that one up? - but it is just manageable.
  5. Thanks for the replies. The problem of light reflection is definitely when watching TV, and is by far the worst when the screen is dark - for a night scene or similar. Also annoying for sports though. MY personal solution would be to watch in the dark, but as others live in the house too, they prefer a bit of light because they are sometimes distracted from watching England Rugby for instance (cannot think why) because they are trying to solve a crossword puzzle. Ambient lighting would be a solution, except they can't read the clues. Problem of ageing I suppose. Back in the day when I did some rally navigation and needed map lights, we would tape sheets of black cardboard strategically to prevent light reflections from the windscreen and from the drivers line of sight. It worked quite well, but when i suggested this for the lounge my other half objected to being taped into a corner surrounded with black cardboard. Interesting to read about blue light emissions. I think our problem is more straight forward than that though.
  6. This may seem like a silly question, but how can you prevent reflection from a large screen telly? Mine is fixed to the wall, angled down at about 5 degrees and unmovable. It seems that wherever we site lights, whether ceiling mounted or table lamps, somebody in the room gets a reflection of the light. Have even tried uplighters, but although the light itself does not then reflect, the bright area of wall/ceiling is a problem. Any solutions to this problem?
  7. "Cash on collection" - but from where? (nothing in personal info).
  8. Good observations. It is surprising how much better even an acoustic guitar sounds with more bass available. A decent bass response can underpin the whole listening experience, seeming to allow the rest of the scale to be appreciated - so long as the bass is not bloated! That is not always due to speaker change though. A friend has recently changed his dac (plus power supply and digital cable) and has found more bass that way. It all depends on system balance.
  9. What terminations? Spade or banana?
  10. 'Would prefer collection' - so why not give us a clue where from!
  11. listenup

    Bel canto

    Tony Sallis at Coherent Systems is one of the most experienced repairers and modifiers of bel canto gear in this country. Check out his website and especially the reviews section. Over the years I have purchased bel canto equipment from him, and have experience of his modified bel canto amps, dacs and cd players which have all operated without problem. Currently using an Esoteric dac which he modified, so I have no hesitation with this recommendation.
  12. if you can get a cd player or transport which can accept the signal from an external master clock you have an easy upgrade route. The clock will not be in the signal path but should reduce jitter and enhance the sound which you hear. If you go for separate transport and dac then the external clock is even more important because instead of having two units with slightly different clock timings, both will be synchronised. IMO the source is most important, and you would be surprised how good a system can sound with relatively modest speakers.
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