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  1. It is possible it’s a faulty unit, though there is enough critical comment on the software on forums to suggest that there is either a real problem with the software, or, there are a lot of faulty units out there. I mentioned the IT background to emphasise the point that we are both very familiar with applications, application interfaces and application bugs. We have enough real world experience to know a poor app when we see one!
  2. Node connected to Denon amp to Lenehan speakers, managed via iPhone. It’s an interim set up whilst I set up a media room. It would be near impossible to have a simpler set up. At least that’s the setup I have as of this evening, the trouble I had been having was with using an Android tablet. I finally gave up and moved to iPhones. So far it’s working fine - but we haven’t had a blackout etc yet to test it’s stability. Also, bluetooth is still crap.
  3. It’s time to call a spade a spade. The Bluos software for the 2i is dreadful. It is totally unacceptable for an expensive piece of kit to have such rubbish as its interface. And I say this as as an IT professional with years of experience. My wife has an even stronger IT background, she has designed, developed and installed multi million dollar systems. She is the one that describes the app as “dreadful”. I could rant for ages on the frustrations but will keep it to a minimum: ‘Bluesound is unusable. There is a crackle that gets louder the longer its left on. It’s a known
  4. Yep, a CD, I’ve no idea if there’s a download. It takes around 25 minutes to clean each pair of channels. I guess if all speakers are connected it will provide a full clean in one go. According to the site: The Full System Enhancer CD is an intensive ‘workout’ for your audio system. The disc includes specially developed signals to help ‘run-in’ new equipment, as well as demagnetising existing hi-fi components and rejuvenating your entire system.
  5. Nope. Me neither. And if someone told me you could I’d smell a big bottle of snake oil. But, it works and works well. My mate was so impressed with the 525 improvement he used it on his own HT setup with excellent results (he confessed he had no idea why he hadn't done it before - he’s more a stereo nut). Certainly worth trying, especially if you can get a loan of a disc.
  6. Thanks for the heads up ? I decided to go separates and picked up a 525 in excellent condition. To test it out I swapped amps in a friends high end system (Harbeth’s, Manly pre etc). I was disappointed - the 525 sounded muddy and lacked depth. He decided to “clean” the amp via an Isotek CD (I’d never heard of them and have no idea what they actually do). 25 minutes later the difference was profound. I’m actually really impressed with the sound quality of the 525 - not disappointed at all. My friend has used the Isotek a few times but has never heard such a big improvement.
  7. Thanks for clarifying on the technical differences. The problem with hifi is that it is so easy to become obsessive and to be sucked in by the marketing pitches. I’ve decided to go separates purely because logic suggests that a more expensive low feature unit is likely to provide higher quality sound than a cheaper unit with more features. But who knows??
  8. Thanks for the clarification. I’d guessed the noise factor but wasn’t aware of the balancing. It’s been interesting to see all the comments around “it’s better to go with seperates” (HT & Stereo), but I’ve not seen many sound comparisons eg between a NAD integrated and its equivalent pre/amp setup, or Denon or Anthem or ……… It would be great to read on blind comparative tests.
  9. I guess my real question then is if I use the cheaper Receiver as a Pre, would there be a noticeable difference in sound quality (I have an Anthem 525)?
  10. This is a very naive question, but what exactly is the difference between the AVM60 and MRX720, aside from amplification? From what I gather, the music processing capability of each is the same? If so, why would there be any difference in sound quality when used as Pre Amps? And, why is the Receiver more expensive that the straight Pre?
  11. From the Anthem website “manufactured in Canada”! Thanks for the digging, the Trinnov looks like a decent piece of kit, though at going on $40k I’ll have to wait for a once in a lifetime sale or put NAD, Arcam etc back on the shortlist. Maybe if I go used ......... mmmm
  12. Cheeky buggers. They wax lyrical on their website about the STR range being crafted and manufactured in Canada. I can’t find any mention of where their AVR’s are made! Thanks for the correction.
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