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  1. Spending 10k - integrated or separates?

    If I was in the market for an integrated amp in your price range I'd go for the BAT VK3000SE. 150 wpc into 8 ohms, with a first class valve preamp section.
  2. I'll take the Bocchinos. Will PM you.
  3. Item: Vincent SP-T800 Monoblocks Location: Monash ACT Price: $1950, including freight Item Condition: Excellent, one small mark on lower LHS of one monoblock Reason for selling: Gone back to valves Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank transfer Extra Info: I bought these with only a few hours on them. I believe them to be about 15 months' old, if that. I have replaced the stock valves with NOS Russian 6N1s, JAN 12AU7s and RCA Cleartop 6CG7s. Sound is on the warm side of neutral with great depth and excellent bass. 200wpc into 8 ohms, 320wpc into 4. First 20 watts class A into 8 ohms. Original packaging. No problem with shipping via Pack & Send. Pictures:
  4. One brand that keeps coming up as a good match for Harbeths is LFD, although it would be difficult to get a secondhand one in Australia. Another good brand is Quad, although you are looking for an integrated, not separates. As it happens, I have an older LFD Zero that I keep as a backup. It's 55 wpc and drives my 7ES3s perfectly. You're welcome to have a lend of it and see whether you like the sound. ... and Alan Shaw has never said that amps don't matter. What he has said is Harbeths will sound good with any credible amp.
  5. Have you had the speakers checked to see if the driver surrounds need replacing? That might be contributing to a 'foggy' sound.
  6. Harbeths or PMCs Confused!

    As it happens, I have experience of PMCs and Harbeths in a room almost exactly the same size as yours. I've been using 7ES3s for some years, but 'just for a change' bought a pair of PMC GB1is to try. Like you, I noticed the punchy bass, but felt that at times they excited the room too much for my comfort. Mids and highs were very good, but not quite in the same class as the 7ES3s. Just for an experiment, I tried the GB1is in my main system and they were a revelation, easily filling a larger room. I get useable bass down to 31.5Hz with DRC from my 7ES3s, so I'm a bit baffled by your report of lack of bass, even from the SHL5+s. (I've also had them in my second system but had to part with them because they were too big for the room.) As I've said before, I feel that if you are prepared to invest in a little more power (say at least 100 wpc) then you will get much more solidity from Harbeths. Based on my experience, the challenge you are faced with is getting the level of performance you're looking for from a such a small room. It's very easy to over-excite a small room (even with DRC) and you then get a very blurred, muddled presentation. You basically have to compromise. I won't say anything against PMCs as they are a very well-respected brand. However, their 'house sound' does seem to be on the forward side and I would be careful of that in a smaller space. The more relaxed presentation of the 7ES3s suits my room and IMO provides a less fatiguing experience in the longer term. But everyone is different of course. Good luck!
  7. Sorry, can't remember the pin-out. That's why it's free!
  8. Item: Revelation Audio Labs 'Passage' Umbilical Power Cable 1.5m Location: Monash ACT Price: Free - you pay postage only Item Condition: New - never used Extra Info: I bought this a number of years ago for a preamp with a separate power supply. It turned up over a year later - after I'd sold the preamp. I can't remember the termination configuration, hence I'm giving it away. Pictures: Image is in this link - http://www.revelationaudiolabs.com/cables-power/
  9. I have a matched quad of NOS Siemens 12AT7s if you're interested.
  10. I think I just figured it out. The thinner pins of the OEM 101Ds align with the outer locking pin. By placing the Psvanes in the same position they work.
  11. I'd like to replace the OEM 101Ds in my Linear 1. I can't make out the brand but they aren't TJ or Psvane. The base on the TJs I've tried is too wide for the socket (which helpfully is recessed into the top plate). I got a pair of Psvanes but can't get them to work. The sockets for the 101Ds are the type used a lot for valves like 845s where you insert the valve and then turn it. The OEM valves have a little locking pin on the side (like a light bulb) but the Psvanes don't. I don't know whether this makes any difference. I've emailed Osborn about this...but in the meantime, does anyone know which valves to use, or whether there is s specific way to insert them?
  12. Rega and Harbeth

    I note that reviews of the Elicit-R describe it as lean-sounding. The 30.1s are also the leanest of the Harbeth range, so I would want to hear the two together before making a decision, other wise you will run the risk of losing the rich tonality that Harbeth speakers are known for.
  13. Remember the old adage: if the deal looks too good to be true then it probably is.
  14. Quad ii power transformer

    Don't be too hasty - the OP started a duplicate thread and your post is here -