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Harmon Kardon Enchant 1300 Review

The soundbar market has been moving ahead with great strides, especially in place where space is a premium and the true boss of the home (nope it's not you mate, it's your wife) demands less clutter and cables.

The trend of making slimmer TVs with tiny bezels also helps as the sound coming out from the TVs is as thin as their bezels.

So now we review a product which comes in at the high-mid levels and promises to give sound, convenience and maybe looks in a reasonably priced package.

First the technical blurb from their site:

The soundbar is situated in front of my Pioneer TV, and slips in nicely with a low profile form factor.
The subwoofer, which is wireless, also fits nicely into the front left corner of my room, where there's a power socket convenient located. 
The sub is sold separately, but you can have both for under two grand …

My setup 4/2019

It took a while to assemble and it's still being tweak as more gear arrive.. 

Review equipment:
Sony ZD9 75"
(Sony TV review)
Denon AVC X8500H (Denon AVC X8500H review) Dynaudio Confidence 1 Platinum
Dynaudio C1 Platinum Review ) Sony UDP X800 (Sony UBP X800 Review )
Sony UDP X700 Dynaudio Confidence C1 and Centre Platinum front and centre Usher 520 side surround back Monitor Audio RXFX in dipole mode for rear surrounds JL Audio E112 
REL HT/1205 subwoofer
( Anthony Gallo A'Diva for ceiling Atmos placement QED XT Revelations for front and centre speakers QED Micro speaker cable for the surrounds Monoprice Premium Cables from 4k players to amp and onwards to the TV Audioquest Snake subwoofer cable  Blue Jean subwoofer cable Wireworld Oasis 6 & 7 Interconnects Wireworld Oasis 6 power cables Assorted Xindak, PS Audio and other power cables MK wall power sockets PS Audio Juice Bar Rhodium Right Angle Plug adapters for USA power cables Au…

REL HT/1205 review


The Similarities in Shopping for a Home and a Car

There are some similarities when one buys a car and a home. Yes, often times we are reminded that one may depreciate and the other appreciates. But the common vein is the passion and emotion involved in the buying process. As much as we like to pretend we are cool, and decide with our minds, there is a big element of heart involved. Even when we buy the most basic car, we still choose color, accessories, brand and add our personal touch to it. Witness all those members posting questions on how to add stuff, mod their rides, no matter how basic it is and how limit they may declare their budget is.
So it is with the house buying too. Even if we are only buying for investment, we should like the place. Like it enough to stay, and feel good about the place.
Some of us buy right off the bat. See it, call the bank if we haven't already done so, and write that check, there and then. I have done that before. Bought two places at the first viewing, and never regretted it.
Sometimes it'…

Trash - movie review

Just watched and it's one heck of a ride.
It's a Brazilian / US production, with two Hollywood stars throw in, plus some fine actors from Brazil. But the stars are the kids. They exhibit a great deal of maturity, depth and range of emotions and should have been awarded Oscars IMO.

A man steals evidence of crime from his employer who is a corrupt politician and the wallet containing the evidence lands in the hands of these kids, who could have taken the simple route, take  the loose change in the wallet, then return the wallet for a reward. Instead they do what's right, and that sets the cops and one particularly sinister one after them.

Through the chase, you see the range of emotions, from fear, to doubt and then resolve and courage to do what's right, even in the face of such imminent danger and odds. You also see a vignette of the poor in Brazil, the lives and surroundings of where they live. It makes for an even greater contrast to what they are up against and the…

Siting the air conditioning condenser - some important considerations

Just a little something to share.. choose where you place the condenser and do check it’s dimensions. Even the quietest one make noise and emit hot air. If it’s next to your bedroom, some may be affected by the din. Some condensers are pretty big and can block your window view.
Also consider how hard is it to access it and service it.
Don’t site it too far from your blowers as this decreases the cooling efficiency.

Setting Up A Mesh Network In Your Home - tips and links

If you buy an older place, you need to check if the fibre cable is still working, and you also need to brush up on certain terms:

FTP(first termination point)

ONT (Optical Network Terminal - also called the modem) connects to the First Termination Point (TP)

OpenNet is the local company assigned to install the FTP, now they are called Netlink Trust. Intially they have gotten a bad rep simply because they were overwhelmed. Everyone was going into fibre a few years bad. 

You need to call them to do the FTP setup. But first, find out if your home has already been reached by optical fibre. Then check if the line still works. Eg, if your builder has cut the line, then you might be in trouble.

Now those chaps will charge you $160 for apartments or $288 for landed properties. You need to give them 2 weeks notice and select from a menu of dates. Then they will survey and tell you if the…