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  1. What are you listening to?

    Not the Blaze stuff! However, I'm gonna put a couple of the Di'Anno tracks in there. Can't decide which because they are all a bit the same. Most Likely Charlotte the Harlot and Wrathchild though. I can't say Maiden are a favourite of mine but I do like a lot of their 80's stuff. After the 80's my list only contains Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter, Fear of the Dark, The Wicker Man, Brave New World and Rainmaker.
  2. What are you listening to?

    Iron Maiden. Most of the day. Making a playlist. Don't know why I bothered because it's predictably full of mostly their older stuff.
  3. I rather like that man cave! That said, I am preferring streaming now, especially playlists of all the good bits and music discovery (how else would I have found out that a band with a horrible name, Five Finger Death Punch, are really fun to listen to?). That said, it's only renting so I shall never get rid of my CDs or purchased MP3 downloads. I'll also probably never get round to organising them like you have.
  4. 540i has arm twirling steering and is a bit front heavy. I loved mine but often wanted the balance and steering rack of a 530i. My E39 never felt too big but my F11 often does. Other than obvious differences in infotainment, the size is the most obvious thing to me. When I replace the F11, I will look to more E39 size. I still think the E39 was ahead of it's time and only the fact that I can't be arsed to maintain one would put me off one nowadays.
  5. BMW Car Mag - Why so BUSY?

    Does look horribly similar to the publications below it. I just down years ago to just Evo. I keep thinking how irrelevant it is on 80% of the pages but I do enjoy it anyway. Even though they print it on shitty thin paper that warps as soon as you look at it.
  6. HiFi speakers and set up advice

    It's been, what, 10 years or more. Please let it die You know, I've never changed wheels on a car since ... can't take the strain! I'll try my loft speakers as I've just spent my speaker money on another RC aircraft. I've never had a decision problem with them. I just don't known when to stop. Over 20 now ....
  7. HiFi speakers and set up advice

    Ah, OK, thanks for that. I understand what you are saying but £200 is a bit more than I would ideally spend but I must admit that the BT3s and the JBLs do get cracking reviews. Is the following a silly idea? In the loft I have an old, but good, Sansui amp (was a discontinued model in the mid 80's, bought from Richer Sounds) and some hexagonal Tannoy speakers (605s maybe?). Would it be worth setting those up with the PC or are they the wrong sort of speakers for the job? (Sorry Duncan ... now I'm a thread hijacker )
  8. ZF auto shifts past it limit

    Mine only has 3 but I imagine Sport+ was not fitted to the 520d?
  9. Which Alloys

    I like my 19". See sig pic. I think these are the 351? That said, I also think the similar 18" rim looks almost as good and has the benefit of a slightly higher profile tyre. I would have been as happy with the 18's but I wanted the HK and nobody ever seems to order it separately, only as part of the MSport Plus pack with black glass and big wheels (my car was bought secondhand). Am I the only ungrateful bastard on here that has 19's but would have been happy with 18's?
  10. Considering F10 M-Sport...

    I'm not sure what to say about the 520d. I bought it as I wanted certain kit items missing from my E91 325i and needed more space. It don't hammer it as I have something more interesting in the garage for the odd blat. 8000 miles into my ownership, I am very happy with all aspects of the car but the 4 cyl does irritate a bit. It's not the performance, which is similar in the real world to the previous car and all I want for my motorway hack/family estate. It's the noise that it makes when starting off from a standstill. Whereas a 6cy diesel would be silky smooth, the 4 cyl is just very ordinary. The efficient and low 1st gear just makes things worse. Over 90% of my driving is on the motorway where the refinement is the same as any other 5 series, of any engine type. Phew. If I was buying again, I would get a 6cyl for refinement at slow speeds. From everything I read, the economy levels of any of the derv powered 5 series are similar. The OP has a high annual mileage so is definitely in the bracket for whom a diesel makes sense. At 14,000 miles a year, I think I am as well, albeit only just.
  11. Radio on F10 525d is SHITE

    I guess things changed year on year because mine shows the song playing on DAB. At least it did the one and only time I turned the radio on. I usually play music that I have chosen and the odd podcast.
  12. HiFi speakers and set up advice

    They are pretty big but my daughter uses KRK Rokit RP5 G3 monitors. She bought them for music production/mixing but raves about them for just listening to music. They are on isolation pads. No grills so you have to be careful with them. I have to admit to often thinking of updating my old Creative T20 PC speakers and am strongly considering some Edifier R1280T which are under £100 from Amazon and get great reviews.
  13. I seem to achieve similar economy levels with Eco Pro or Comfort so, like I said earlier, I just use Comfort. I don't use Sport as I don't have adaptive dampers so all it would do is put the 'box into Sport which I can easier do with a nudge of the gearstick. Given that all Sport does is lockout 8th gear and make more noise, I generally don't use that a great deal but will pop the lever left before an overtake.
  14. ZF auto shifts past it limit

    OK, something I have learned about my car then. I just bang it the whole way and no idea there was a subtle mode!
  15. You can burn to CD: https://www.apple.com/au/support/itunes/windows/tutorial/aciTunesPc_t14.html I used to buy all my music but I stupidly took advantage of EE's 6 month free Apple Music trial. I have downloaded so much stuff I like it would cost a fortune to buy it all ... and I am still discovering stuff ... this is how they get you! My kids would love a streaming service so I am caving in and getting Spotify Family ... I'm using their free trial at the moment. I like the way the app works and how the phone app effectively talks to the desktop one. I prefer it to Apple Music and the F11 iDrive has a Spotify app in it