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Posted on December 25, 2016 at 11:13:47
Jim Pearce
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I was looking forward to an LG 55" oled 6B, but my wife was thoroughly distressed at the thought of losing the old Pioneer Elite pro-1000HD because she loves the shiny black frame. And then Best Buy got in league with her by reducing the price for their Boxing Day sale from $2999 to $2499 CDN. I smelled a rat and cancelled the order. Sure enough, Best Buy are playing games - they reduced the price but installation and wall mount are no longer included. I would really need help getting the 100 pound Pioneer off the wall!

Oh well, I'm pretty sure I could get everything for $2800 if I showed up tomorrow morning at 6 A.M., but the thrill is gone. I suppose oleds will only get better over the next year, and my wife might go for a 65" - especially if it has the "glass in glass" look.

 

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RE: a lump of coal in my stocking..., posted on December 25, 2016 at 19:21:46
fantja
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Nothing is better than that Pioneer Elite.

 

Pretty much what you said about the Esoteric fantja..., posted on December 25, 2016 at 20:54:15
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But I'm enjoying the Oppo BDP-95 just as much. However, on sober second thought, viewing a 50" (or 55") TV at 12' I don't know if I could distinguish between 720p and 1080p upscaled to 4K, and likely the LG would exhibit some motion artifacts.

Who'd a thunk I'd have so much trouble, piece by piece, updating a 13 year old system? Since I've given up on the TV for now I'm on to pre-pros. The trouble there is finding one as musical and transparent as my Anthem AVM 20.

 

RE: Pretty much what you said about the Esoteric fantja..., posted on December 25, 2016 at 23:31:28
fantja
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13 years can be a long time for certain electronics- Jim.
Is your Anthem breaking down as well?

The reason I mentioned the Pioneer Elite, it is the only better Video source, compared to my Sony XBR CRT (now 12 years old and still looks perfect). I had a chance to view both sets prior to buying. The Pioneer Elite was substantially more in cost back in 2004.

 

the TV and pre-pro could go on forever..., posted on December 26, 2016 at 06:25:56
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By the way that particular model was $20,000 CDN in 2002; I paid $13,000 in 2003. Anyway, my plan always was to bring the whole system up to current SOTA, provided that I could sort the wheat (4K) from the chaff (3D). Where I am now is, within a year I want a pre-pro that does 4K and Atmos (I could go 5.1.2) and a 4K TV. I 'll then upgrade the Oppo to the upcoming BDP-205. And that should be it for the rest of my natural days.

Quite frankly UHD Blu-ray and such don't really impress me much: not because of anything technical so much as a lack of content that will ever be meaningful to me. I can get as much pleasure from watching Casablanca off the Fibe TV DVR in the bedroom on the 51" Samsung F5500 plasma ($600) and Polk Audio MagniFi Mini ($400) as I'll get from any system, regardless of specs. But I'm ready to play the game one more time, as long as I don't have to compromise the visual or auditory playback of my thousands of "legacy" discs.

 

RE: the TV and pre-pro could go on forever..., posted on December 26, 2016 at 06:47:03
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I can remember the 1st generation Pioneer Elite Plasma was $25K.

Sounds like you have a plan- Jim. Keep me posted on your journey.

 

RE: Pretty much what you said about the Esoteric fantja..., posted on December 29, 2016 at 21:23:29
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Anthem has a new processor AVM60 out, check Home Theater Review online for a review. The 60 is all current with 4k and latest decoding etc. I remember liking the clarity of the original AVM20 over the Mac processor costing 3 times as much.

If you have a Marantz dealer their processors sound good and loaded with features.

 

RE: Pretty much what you said about the Esoteric fantja..., posted on December 30, 2016 at 14:07:46
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Thanks! for sharing-

I rather enjoy the Anthem 225 integrated amp. Anyone experience the Anthem series of Receivers?

 

RE: the TV and pre-pro could go on forever..., posted on December 30, 2016 at 14:08:14
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Jim-

how do those Anthem Receivers sound?

 

the AVM 60 lacks 5.1 analog inputs..., posted on December 30, 2016 at 19:18:23
Jim Pearce
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It also can't handle DSD, forcing the Oppo to convert SACD to PCM. Too bad, Anthems really are excellent pre-amps. I may be forced to go Marantz, plenty of local dealers.

 

RE: the TV and pre-pro could go on forever..., posted on December 30, 2016 at 20:49:19
Jim Pearce
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They are ridiculously good fantja: the sound in analog direct is comparable to a fine analog pre-amp.

 

RE: the AVM 60 lacks 5.1 analog inputs..., posted on December 30, 2016 at 21:14:54
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Thanks for pointing that out, the review gave so much info and raved about the features, I missed some it didn't have.

The way their room correction works Is a deal breaker for me. I know it's supposed to be great but I'm just not into using a separate computer etc. for set up. And I am one who likes the room correction/auto set up. Keep it simple for me though, LOL

 

Me too..., posted on January 3, 2017 at 19:28:43
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I've been getting the itch to replace a Samsung 55" LED. The wife even gave me a check with a decent budget. Then, I compared. I could get a really good 65" LED or stretch it a bit for a 55" OLED. the LG 6B seems to be the winner.

But how much bigger is a 65" versus a 55". I decided to wait for the 75" OLED next year.


-Rod

 

RE: Me too..., posted on January 3, 2017 at 22:43:12
fantja
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Rod-

you have a very sweet Audio system. Good to see that Phillips SACD 1000 in there. Does it still spin? If so, you are fortunate.

 

RE: Me too..., posted on January 4, 2017 at 06:04:37
Jim Pearce
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Alas, in our ancient abode (circa 1840) the TV sits on what could best be called a chimney breast over the fireplace mantel. Anything larger than 65" would seriously compromise the better half's décor.

 

75" OLED, posted on January 10, 2017 at 07:37:06
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That's my goal when my 65" Plasma gives up the ghost. Still playing great and I'm not itching to replace it. I would like OLED to continue falling in price.


-Wendell

 

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