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GKPE 8, Yet more NZ ramblings from some flightless Kiwis.

 
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Nov 20, 2010 19:29 |  #331

I just returned my 50" Samsung Plasma. The buzzing, halos around moving objects (mostly caused by anti jitter feature), and burn-in got to me. I've exchanged it for a 55" LCD Samsung, which looks almost as good, no buzzing, less power usage, and less blurring. No 3D and the picture isn't quite as crisp or the blacks quite as good, but on balance better for me.

The Onkyo receiver, Wharfdale speakers, and PS3 are doing great though. Just having fun with the home network trying to get it working, i'll probably have to give up and run an ethernet cable under the house.


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Nov 20, 2010 20:54 |  #332

Hey Tim, what model wharfedales did you get? Any positives / negatives about them? Audiophiles seem to scorn them as entry-level, but they sound pretty good to me in the stores I've heard them.


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Nov 20, 2010 21:45 |  #333

Wharfedale Vardus. They're definitely entry level, but they sound amazing compared with the $400 stereo I had before. They cost $1200 less 20% at L V Martin.

I know i'll want to upgrade to something better in a year or three, they sound pretty great but they're not perfect. I suspect it'll be the main speakers that'd be upgraded first, then the centre.

Incidentally L V Martin has been fantastic with replacing the first TV and then letting me change to an LCD. There've been no extra charges other than a delivery fee, whereas I think a restock fee would've been quite reasonable given they can't sell them as new now. I'll buy anything I can from them in the future.


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Nov 20, 2010 23:25 |  #334

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Thought I better break our 2 day silence, must be a GKPE record. :lol:

Doesn't help when the laptop dies.... RIP my 3 year old thing, its been slowly dying over the last 6 months or so, and finally gave up the ghost Thursday night. Now have a brand new i5 460m based laptop, so may not have to use the desktop for processing large stuff now...:cool:

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Hey Tim, what model wharfedales did you get? Any positives / negatives about them? Audiophiles seem to scorn them as entry-level, but they sound pretty good to me in the stores I've heard them.

I had a set of Wharfedale Crystal bought from Hardly Normal in 04 (about $1200 back then). Sold them when i shifted to the US. For me - best bang for the buck. Massive difference between them and the cheap end stereo speakers, and I couldnt tell the difference between them and the higher (at twice or more the price) end speakers. When you get into the higher end gear - it's a lot like photograph forums - the smallest little details, or a weird happenings in certain rare scenarios tend to get blown out of proportion. For me the wharfedales were the best balance between getting good quality, and still having a bank account balance.

Negatives seem to be the subs arent the best. Mine started having problems with autopower off not working (at about 4 years old), and my brothers did the great puff of electrical smoke at about 2.5-3 years old. neither were abused by overstressing the speaker.

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Nov 20, 2010 23:26 |  #335

I'd be interested to hear how the i5 laptop does for image processing.


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Nov 21, 2010 00:25 |  #336

Well I've been busy setting myself up on redbubble (external link) in some vain hope to put together a calender for the folks , still ripping though my back catalog of images, slowly, oooh so slowly..:(


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Nov 21, 2010 02:04 |  #337

Evening all

Nothing interesting from me, very busy, just finished trying to catch up on paperwork.

Also, just finished voting in the Canon Photo 5 comp. None of mine made the cut but worth while having a vote.

Got another funeral to photograph on either Wed. or Thursday, another one of Fiony's uncles.




  
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Nov 21, 2010 06:04 |  #338

RobDickinson wrote in post #11320003 (external link)
Well I've been busy setting myself up on redbubble (external link) in some vain hope to put together a calender for the folks , still ripping though my back catalog of images, slowly, oooh so slowly..:(

Hey Rob, would still be keen to catch up for an outing one day/evening soon if you were keen.


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Nov 21, 2010 23:31 |  #339

Good evening all! Just thought I would pop in to say hello.

Things are still moving quickly at work... and I am finally getting things sorted to my liking -- enough stocks = less stress... I can start focusing on gaining new business... not that there is any to be had at this time of the year when food companies are focusing on getting their Christmas stocks built. Oh well, there's 2011 to look forward to!


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Nov 22, 2010 01:47 |  #340

Mark, sure! Ak I usualy have no fixed schedule or anything and go shoot when light or time allow... I also want a few flash modifiers/toys etc but not entirely sure what!

May be off this weekend somewhere fun who knows?


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Nov 22, 2010 02:58 as a reply to  @ RobDickinson's post |  #341

Boys fishing trip was cancelled at short notice last week so decided to use the tickets to Queenstown and visit family and friends in Southland. The weather was not great for photography but I didn't let that stop me take a few.

The set of 16 is on my Flickr.


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Nov 22, 2010 06:35 |  #342

RobDickinson wrote in post #11325157 (external link)
Mark, sure! Ak I usualy have no fixed schedule or anything and go shoot when light or time allow... I also want a few flash modifiers/toys etc but not entirely sure what!

May be off this weekend somewhere fun who knows?

Wednesdays and Saturdays I can be free at pretty short notice, very keen to get out and experiment more, especially with landscape stuff and you certainly seem to know what you're doing :)

I'd also be up for day trips to the lakes and that kind of thing, motivate each other and split the gas :)


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Nov 22, 2010 07:22 |  #343

tim wrote in post #11318969 (external link)
I just returned my 50" Samsung Plasma. The buzzing, halos around moving objects (mostly caused by anti jitter feature), and burn-in got to me. I've exchanged it for a 55" LCD Samsung, which looks almost as good, no buzzing, less power usage, and less blurring. No 3D and the picture isn't quite as crisp or the blacks quite as good, but on balance better for me.

The Onkyo receiver, Wharfdale speakers, and PS3 are doing great though. Just having fun with the home network trying to get it working, i'll probably have to give up and run an ethernet cable under the house.

I just connected my ps3 via ethernet cable after I tried to watch a movie from my Home server which kept on jumping. I ripped it at a quality setting too high & the wlan just couldn't hack it.
Makes everything smoother and faster. Well worth it.

RobDickinson wrote in post #11320003 (external link)
Well I've been busy setting myself up on redbubble (external link) in some vain hope to put together a calender for the folks , still ripping though my back catalog of images, slowly, oooh so slowly..:(

I plan to start on that project tonight ! :(

tongmaster wrote in post #11325280 (external link)
Boys fishing trip was cancelled at short notice last week so decided to use the tickets to Queenstown and visit family and friends in Southland. The weather was not great for photography but I didn't let that stop me take a few.

The set of 16 is on my Flickr.

Looks cool.
A colleague of mine just arrived back from N.Z. yesterday after 3 weeks holiday there. Had great weather & a great time..

Managed to do my tax yesterday... Another job I have been pushing in front of me for ages done.


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Nov 22, 2010 11:55 as a reply to  @ akiwi's post |  #344

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Hey Tim, what model wharfedales did you get? Any positives / negatives about them? Audiophiles seem to scorn them as entry-level, but they sound pretty good to me in the stores I've heard them.

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Wharfedale Vardus. They're definitely entry level, but they sound amazing compared with the $400 stereo I had before. They cost $1200 less 20% at L V Martin.

I have Diamond 8s which I have been very happy with. The Diamonds are the next model up from the Vardus. The Diamond 10s have just been released, so there might be some good deals around on the 9s?

I wasn't very impressed with the matching Warfedale sub though, so got something else that was better for the price.

Audiophiles will always scorn "cheap" speakers, even ones that sound 100 times better than a HTIB, but the fact is that the law of diminising returns applies to speakers as much as anything else. So work out how much you want to spend, and find something that sounds good to YOU for that price.


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Nov 22, 2010 13:38 |  #345

The wharfdale sub isn't great, it bottoms out pretty quickly. I might upgrade it one day. For now I just don't run it too loud.

My wireless bridge works well... except the Linksys keeps forgetting the settings when I leave the power off so I have to do them again. I'll run an ethernet cable once I get a bit drill bit and work out a nice way.


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