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  1. I agree about the KT88's. If you want a good compromise with the extended top and bottom of the KT88's and the sweeter mids of the EL34's then try the Gold Lion KT77's, I'm so happy with them
  2. I use a PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Power Amplifier (with 86db 3-way floor standing speakers) and IMHO the output transformers are pretty special in this series of amps (including the integrated Dialogue) and they make a massive difference to the lower frequencies in comparison with other tube amps I've owned or auditioned. So much so infact that with the PL Dialogue Premium I no longer feel the need for the sub
  3. Item: Sugden Masterclass IA-4 Class A Integrated Amplifier Location: Melbourne Item Condition: Immaculate condition, like new. Comes with all the original paperwork, remote, power lead, box and packaging. Price: $4300 (RRP is $9650) Reason for selling: I’ve change my source to a server/DAC system and the DAC acts as the pre-amp so I no longer have a need for an integrated amp. Payment Methods: Paypal, Cash - Pickup, or Australia Post COD. Extra Info: The IA-4 Masterclass is a very high quality no nonsense product which is hand made in England. It is a full Class A design with every element focused on sound quality. I use it to drive 86db floor standing speakers and rarely get past 9 o’clock on the volume dial so it truly has plenty of power. I thoroughly enjoyed using this amp and wouldn't be selling it if I hadn't changed my source to a server / DAC system.. Full product details can be found on the Sugden website here: https://www.sugdenaudio.com/ia-4-integrated-amplifier Pictures:
  4. +1 for the KT77's. I use them in a PL Dialogue Premium PA and they are excellent, better base and top end than the standard PL EL34's, a great alrounder IMHO. My close second favourite in this amp are Shuguang Treasure KT88-Z Black Bottles (note these are not a direct EL34 replacement, the PL allows you to run EL34 type or KT88/120/150 type tubes at the flick of a switch). I'd be interested to try some Sophia's, so much choice so little time!
  5. Item: Sugden Masterclass IA-4 Class A Integrated Amplifier Location: Melbourne Item Condition: Immaculate condition, like new. Comes with all the original paperwork, remote, power lead, box and packaging. Price: $4695 (RRP is $9650) or I would consider swapping for a Sugden SPA-4 Power Amp. Reason for selling: I’ve recently change my front end to a server based system and now use a DAC which is also my pre-amp so I don’t need an integrated amp. Payment Methods: Paypal, Cash - Pickup, or Australia Post COD. Extra Info: The IA-4 is a very high quality no nonsense product which is hand made in England. It is a full Class A design with everything focused on sound quality. I use it to drive 86db floor standing speakers and rarely get past 9 o’clock on the volume dial so it truly has plenty of power. Full product details can be found on the Sugden website here: https://www.sugdenaudio.com/ia-4-integrated-amplifier Pictures:
  6. Item: Sugden Masterclass HA-4 Class A Headphone Amplifier Location: Melbourne Item condition: Immaculate condition except for a small scratch underneath at the rear, see pictures. It comes complete with the original paperwork and accessories etc. Price: $1295 (RRP is $2895) Reason for selling: I’ve recently changed to a full server based system and my DAC now doubles as my headphone amp. Payment Methods: Paypal, Cash - Pickup, or Australia Post COD. Extra Info: The HA-4 is a very high quality product hand made in England. It is a full Class A design and capable of driving even the most demanding headphones, I use Bayerdynamic T1’s. It can also act as a high quality pre-amp. Full product details can be found on the Sugden website Pictures:
  7. Item: B&W Zeppelin (MK1) iPod/iPhone Active Stereo Speaker Dock Location: Melbourne Item condition: Great condition, comes complete with all original accessories and packaging etc. Price: $200 $175 or best offer (RRP was $995) Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Methods: Paypal, Cash - Pickup Extra Info: I’ve had the Zeppelin in storage for the last 4 years since moving house. It works perfectly and comes complete with all its original accessories and packaging etc. but I no longer have use for it. Please note it uses the 30-pin style iPod / iPhone connector. It does also have a mini jack AUX input which can be fed from the headphone output of your device or you can buy a Lightning to 30 pin adapter from various places for as little as $5. Full product details can be found in the B&W Zeppelin manual. It has an excellent sound quality and was widely regarded as one of the best speaker docks available when it was launched - see this ‘trustedreviews.com' review. Please note the iPhone and mini jack cable shown in the last picture is not included in the sale Pictures:
  8. Hi Kev It's taken quite a lot of trail and error but I believe I've now got a system that comes close to the sound quality CDS3, but it doesn't better it. I use a dedicated MacMini with Audirvana playout software feeding a Chord Hugo TT DAC via a Curious USB lead. It was good that during my trails and experimentation I had the CDS3 to use as a reference and I wouldn't have contined down the server path unless I could get close to its sound quality. Once I got close I ripped all my CD's using dBpoweramp Now I only wish that CD quality downloads were more readily available (as opposed to mp3 or HiDef/DSD) and that someone would develop a format that had ALL the album artwork embedded including sleeve notes etc. Cheers Paul
  9. I agree and have thought long and hard about parting with it. I think it's already a classic player and will be sort after in the future a bit like the Linn Sondek. I was going to sell my CD's as well, like I did with my vinyl, but have decided to hold on to them for now :-| Cheers Paul
  10. Thanks Tase. The CDS3 was manufactured in 2004. I bought it from my Naim dealer in 2009 after the original owner traded it for a CD555. I bought the XPS2 brand new at the same time so that was manufactured in 2009. Both have been fantastic and the only reason for sale is that I have transfered all my music to a dedicated server now and I just don't use the CDS3 anymore. Cheer Paul
  11. Item: Naim CDS3 CD Player with dedicated Naim XPS2 Power Supply Location: Vic, Melbourne South Price: $6500 or best offer Item Condition: Truly immaculate, always kept in a dedicated music room and doted over. Reason for selling: I have moved to a full streaming solution Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT, PayPal Delivery Options: I would prefer pickup as the XPS2 especially is a heavy. However I can post at the buyers cost as both items have their original boxes. Extra Info: For sale is my Naim CDS3 with Naim XPS2 power supply. The combination is very analogue sounding, smooth yet detailed and dynamic. Both units are built to an extremely high quality and are in perfect condition. The combination is widely regarded as one of the best CD reference sources. What HiFi summed up their review of this pair with “Overall, we have no doubt this is one of the best CD players money can buyâ€. You can see the full review here - http://www.whathifi.com/naim/cds3xps2/review The player has both RCA’s and DIN outputs so it can be used with any pre-amplifier / integrated amplifier and it plays all CD’s, HDCD’s, and CDR ‘s. Both items come complete with all their original boxes, packing, accessories, transit screws, remote control, instructions, leads etc. etc. plus I will also supply a couple of spare brand new pucks for the CDS3. I’m only selling these as I now used a dedicated music server. Pictures:
  12. Item: Naim CDS3 CD Player with dedicated Naim XPS2 Power Supply Location: Vic, Melbourne South Price: $6500 Item Condition: Truly immaculate, always kept in a dedicated music room and doted over. Reason for selling: I have moved to a full streaming solution Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT, PayPal Delivery Options: I would prefer pickup as the XPS2 especially is a heavy beast. However I can post at the buyers cost as both items have their original boxes. Extra Info: For a long time the CDS3 was Naim’s top of the range CD player and the XPS2 is its dedicated power supply. The combination is one of the best CD payers ever made. What HiFi summed up their review with “Overall, we have no doubt this is one of the best CD players money can buyâ€. You can see the full review here - http://www.whathifi.com/naim/cds3xps2/review The CDS3/XPS2 combination is very analogue sounding, smooth yet detailed and dynamic. I still have not bettered the sound quality of this player even with my latest streaming components. As a two box standalone solution I think this player is very hard to beat. Both units are extremely well built, and have been 100% reliable. The serial number of the CDS3 is 202xxx and it dates from 2004, it has both RCA’s and DIN outputs and plays all CD’s, HDCD’s, and CDR ‘s. The XPS is the later version that comes with the better sounding black Burndy cable. Its serial number is 279xxx and it dates from 2009. It doesn’t have the latest Discrete Regulator (DR) fitted but it can be upgraded if required. Both items come complete with all their original boxes, packing, accessories, transit screws, remote, instructions leads etc. etc. plus I will also supply a couple of spare brand new pucks for the CDS3. I am genuinely sad to be parting with this player and I sure I’ll regret it like I do selling my vinyl. However with the money I’ve spent setting up my music server needs must Please let me know if you need any more information Pictures:
  13. Item: Icon Audio ST60-MkIIIm Signature KT150 Integrated Amp Location: Vic, Melbourne South Price: $4000 - OBO Item Condition: Excellent, as new, kept in a dedicated music room. Reason for selling: I no longer need an integrated amp due to setting up a streaming system where the DAC is the pre-amp Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT, PayPal Delivery Options: I would prefer pickup as the amp weighs over 30kgs. However I can post at the buyers cost as the amp has its original double box and the valves travel in a separate box. The main box is 40x50x58cm and weighs approximately 32kg and the secondary box is 27x36x62cm and weighs approximately 4kg. The delivery would also need to be insured for the appropriate amount. Extra Info: This is the KT150 based Icon Audio ST60MkIII Signature integrated amplifier. The signature model comes with upgraded Jensen capacitors and this particular amplifier also has the first stage valves upgraded to PS Vane CV181-TII’s, which cost $430 for a matched pair (the original first stage valves are also included). I bought the amp brand new from my local dealer in Melbourne, it is now 18 months old and has always been used in a dedicated music room (smoke/ kids/ pet free). I use other amps as well so it has only had limited use in that time. The current RRP for this amp is $6,995 plus $430 for the CV181-TII's. Icon Audio is a dedicated team of audio engineers led by David Shaw. They have been designing and producing pure valve (or tube) amplifiers and hi fi equipment since 1999 and are based in the UK. From the beginning their amplifiers were awarded “best buy†and “five stars†by British Magazines like Hi Fi News, Hi Fi Choice and Hi Fi World. I have found the ST60-MkIIIm to be a truly amazing amp, very powerful and dynamic with its KT150 output stage and new low distortion output transformers. Feedback can be virtually eliminated at the flick of a switch and the amplifier presents a fantastic holographic sound stage. The new output transformers deliver an excellent frequency response and the amp produces low, punchy bass, beautiful mids and smooth highs. The amp comes complete with all original accessories, remote control, factory test certificate, packaging etc. The valves have their own individual boxes and packing so they are not damaged during transit. The amp is heavy, weighing in at over 30kgs!! The ST60MkIIIm was awarded a full ‘5 Globes’ by Hi-FI World and was classed as “Outstanding – amongst the best.†You can read the full review here This is a current model and full details can be found on the Icon Audio website Highlights include: • Built in bias & valve test meter • Hand wired point to point • Japanese Blue ALPS volume pot. • Class A, Triode front end • Output circuit Ultralinear or Triode switchable • 4x KT150 precisely matched* • 2x PS Vane CV181-TII first stage valves (original 6SL7's also included) • 2x 6SN7 output driver valves • Valve warm up, protection circuit • 2x 80 Watts Ultralinear • 2x 40 Watts Triode mode • Signal to noise level -90db Pictures:
  14. I had a pair of these for a good few years and loved them. I've been through many sets of speakers since, some costing costing considerably more including the B&W 800 series and I have to say the 7NT's were definately one of the highlights of my hifi journey so far. GLWTS, I hope they go to a good home :0) Cheers Paul
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