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    Thumbs up Sony A9 Master Series KE48A9 OLED winging its way to Marco Towers!

    So... Upon switching on the TV on Sunday morning, I was met with no picture and a flashing red light under the Sony badge, and subsequently despite trying various advised 'online fixes', to no avail, it became apparent that it was fucked!

    Or to be more precise, the screen was gone and it needed a new panel. Sadly TVs just don't last like they used to. In the old days, it wasn't uncommon for some CRTs to last 30-odd years! With today's TVs, there's no chance of that. You're lucky if you get 5 or 6 years from them. Turns out we got 5 (and a bit) from ours.

    Annoying too, we bought it on 03/09/16, with a 5-year guarantee, and it popped on 19/9/21 - a mere 16 days after the warranty expired!

    However, being a hater of just chucking things away (and the rather odious 'disposable society' we live in today), I still enquired about having it fixed, but was advised that it would be around 500 for a new screen, so as the TV only cost 800 new, it simply wasn't worth it, and of course, looking at things positively, it was an opportunity to upgrade!

    So, upgrade we have to this (purchased from John Lewis with a free 5-year guarantee): https://www.johnlewis.com/sony-bravi...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Superb review here: https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/son...8-inch-oled-tv

    It's last year's model, but still amply up-to-date, and which was originally 1800, so a good buy I thought, especially as with this particular model, performance wise, Sony really hit the highs!

    In any case, I've been wanting an OLED for some time, but it's only recently that manufacturers started making them in smaller screens than 55". That's just too big for our lounge and would dominate the room, which may be fine for those who consider what's ostensibly (with no image present) an ugly black piece of plastic stuck on their wall, or on top of their cabinet, as a 'centrepiece', or something to justifiably 'show off', but count us out.

    Therefore, with this model being a relatively 'dinky' 48", it's perfect for our needs and still bigger than the 43" TV it replaced! Anyway, it's being delivered on Saturday, and I can't wait to see the results with 4K HDR Blu-Rays, on our Panasonic DP-UBB20 player, plus all UHD material broadcast on Netflix, Sky or Virgin movies...

    Full review to follow!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    should be nice.. all 3 of my tvs are still(touch wood) working as well as when bought. not sure how old they are but all over 10 yrs. i must have been lucky and they all on a lot too.
    the 4k youve now got will be a bonus
    Regards,
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    Cheers, mate. Yeah it should defo be nice, and yes you've been lucky so far. Our last TV though was also 4K, but not an OLED

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


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    A "dinky 48" "? Our LG TV in London is 43", and our Sony TV in Essex is only 37"! For general viewing I find 37" to be more than sufficient (compared to my old 18" CRT), whereas the larger screen is preferred when watching films.
    Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    So... Upon switching on the TV on Sunday morning, I was met with no picture and a flashing red light under the Sony badge, and subsequently despite trying various 'fixes', to no avail, it became apparent that it was fucked!

    Or to be more precise, the screen was gone and it needed a new panel. Sadly TVs just don't last like they used to. In the old days, it wasn't uncommon for some CRTs to last 30-odd years! With today's TVs, there's no chance of that. You're lucky if you get 5 or 6 years from them. Turns out we got 5 (and a bit) from ours.

    Annoying too, we bought it on 03/09/16, with a 5-year guarantee, and it popped on 19/9/21 - a mere 16 days after the warranty expired!

    However, being a hater of just chucking things away (and the rather odious 'disposable society' we live in today), I still enquired about having it fixed, but was advised that it would be around 500 for a new screen, so as the TV only cost 800 new, it simply wasn't worth it, and of course, looking at things positively, it was an opportunity to upgrade!

    So, upgrade we have to this (purchased from John Lewis with a free 5-year guarantee): https://www.johnlewis.com/sony-bravi...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Superb review here: https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/son...8-inch-oled-tv

    It's last year's model, but still amply up-to-date, and which was originally 1800, so a good buy I thought, especially as with this particular model, performance wise, Sony really hit the highs!

    In any case, I've been wanting an OLED for some time, but it's only recently that manufacturers started making them in smaller screens than 55". That's just too big for our lounge and would dominate the room, which may be fine for those who consider what's ostensibly (with no image present) an ugly black piece of plastic stuck on their wall, or on top of their cabinet, as a 'centrepiece', or something to justifiably 'show off', but count us out.

    Therefore, with this model being a relatively 'dinky' 48", it's perfect for our needs and still bigger than the 43" TV it replaced! Anyway, it's being delivered on Saturday, and I can't wait to see the results with 4K HDR Blu-Rays, on our Panasonic DP-UBB20 player, plus all UHD material broadcast on Netflix, Sky or Virgin movies...

    Full review to follow!

    Marco.
    Very nice , although a bit on the “dinky” size for me, enjoy it
    Regards
    Robin

    .....................



    Acoustic Solid Wood MPX, Ortofon Quintet Bronze
    Pathos Classic Remix Amp, dac
    Primare R 32 phono stage
    Arcam CDS50 Sacd Network Player
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    A "dinky 48" "? Our LG TV in London is 43", and our Sony TV in Essex is only 37"! For general viewing I find 37" to be more than sufficient (compared to my old 18" CRT), whereas the larger screen is preferred when watching films.
    Yup, but with the latter, the larger the better, if you want films to 'feel' convincing! However, as I've said, within reason. No way would a 55" TV (or bigger) look right in our old lodge house, surrounded by antiques of various description, not just us!

    ...especially as, due to our living arrangements, it has to go on the wall in a corner.

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcin626 View Post
    Very nice , although a bit on the “dinky” size for me, enjoy it
    Lol, cheers. If we lived in a modern house with a long flat wall and a bigg-ish lounge, things might be different, but in our relatively small lounge, which is very traditionally decorated, a huge screen would just look hideous and stand out like a sore thumb!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Lol, cheers. If we lived in a modern house with a long flat wall and a bigg-ish lounge, things might be different, but in our relatively small lounge, which is very traditionally decorated, a huge screen would look hideous and stand out like a sore thumb!

    Marco.
    Too be honest ours is probably too big , 65 inch but when we bought it about a year ago just before the second lockdown, its been great especially for my wee grandson who just loves it.
    Regards
    Robin

    .....................



    Acoustic Solid Wood MPX, Ortofon Quintet Bronze
    Pathos Classic Remix Amp, dac
    Primare R 32 phono stage
    Arcam CDS50 Sacd Network Player
    ART Stiletto 6V3. Loudspeakers

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    mine is 32" just a little thing alas tbh it has a fairly big bezel so a bigger screen now might not be much bigger overall
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ ......Don't be such a big girl's blouse

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S - DIGIONE RPI3 -

    **Ive studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    "An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, while young kids sleep with their dreams"

    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"

    It was the weakest practical joke since Cardinal Wolsey got his nob out at Hampton Court and stood at the end of the passage pretending to be a door!

    I like my whisky old and my women young. "Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak!"

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcin626 View Post
    Too be honest ours is probably too big , 65 inch but when we bought it about a year ago just before the second lockdown, its been great especially for my wee grandson who just loves it.
    Lol, no worries... However, to show you what I mean (an old pic, as the speakers have changed since then, but you get the idea):



    As you can see, there's a finite amount of space for the TV to go, between our Welsh dresser and the window. It's just not the type of room for a huge 'tele'.

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


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