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  1. Is this these still available? PM sent
  2. I received my Singularity upgrade and installed it yesterday. I'm really pleased with the result- better top end extension, better bass control, more micro detail and a layer of harshness removed (not that there was much before). Piano and vocals are sounding even more lifelike. The upgrade has passed a couple of tests - noticing things I hadn't heard before in my reference tracks and probably the more telling result for audiophile tweakers - listening to whole tracks before jumping around to the next must listen track. The upgrade was relatively straight forward - remove the 3 internal dividers, desolder input connectors and then remove the 4 power cables from the undserside of the PCB. My HDMI I2S board and Amanero USB needed recabling too (new cables provided). There's a good thread on HeadFi for anyone interested in more detail. The Master 7 has been a great purchase and with this latest upgrade even better still. Kingwa's after sales support and very affordable hardware upgrades (something of a rarity amongst manufacturers) in my view continues to make Audio GD an exceptional company to deal with.
  3. My board shipped on the weekend, so hopefully I will see it before the end of this week. The instructions I have so far were around the change of display wiring and the rest is usually self evident. This will mod will be double check everything as I go one.
  4. Item: Cambridge Audio Azur 851W Power Amp Location: Perth Price: $1,600 + shipping Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Trying Class D Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+fees), EFT Extra Info: The Cambridge Audio Azur 851W is the flagship amplifier of the Cambridge Audio range. It is a "Class XD" amp which "has the sonic purity of Class A and the efficiency of Class AB for the best of both worlds". Class XD was devised by the famed audio design Douglas Self and so it has an excellent design pedigree. The amps specs are suitably impressive with a very sweet class A sound and 200W/ch to drive the most demanding speakers - Power output – stereo/mono 200W per channel into 8 Ohms / 350W per channel into 4 Ohms Power output – bridged mono 500W 8 Ohms / 800W 4 Ohms THD (unweighted)< 0.001% 1 kHz < 0.005% 20 Hz - 20 kHz Frequency response - 5Hz – 80kHz S/N ratio (ref 1W / 8 Ohn) >90dB (unweighted) Sensitivity – stereo or mono - 1.5V RMS unbalanced 1.5 + 1.5V rms balanced Sensitivity – bridged mono- 0.775V RMS unbalanced 0.775V + 0.775V rms balanced Input impedances- Balanced input 38 kOhm / Unbalanced input 68 kOhm Power amp damping factor> 110 at 1 kHz Max. power consumption - 2400W Standby power consumption - Standby <0.5W Dimensions (HxWxD)148 x 430 x 365mm (5.8 x 16.9 x 14.4”) Weight - 19.1kg (42.2lbs) Some important links - Manufacturer's page - https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/851/851w Review - http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/hi-fi/cambridge-audio-851e-and-851w-review-test-421201 Review - https://andreweverard.com/2014/05/30/review-cambridge-audio-azur-851e851w/ There was another one of these recently on SNA for $1,900. Whilst mine is in perfect condition, it developed a fault in the right channel. The entire right module was replaced under warranty and so the amp remain essentially as new. Nonetheless, I have reduced the price by a few hundred from the last sale. Current retail is $3,599. I have original packaging (and manual) so I can ship, which I would expect to be in the order of $70 ~ $100 over east. Pictures:
  5. Yes, I will be sure to update once it's installed and settled down. Kingwa's pricing is always very reasonable. I can only say good things about their after sales support, moreso when you consider that all my DAC purchases have been second hand and he has still been exceptionally helpful.
  6. Cost was USD340 delivered. Kingwa says the board has 300 hours burn in already, so that will help. There's no warranty on this, so the burn in has additional value. Someone in HeadFi has done the upgrade already - https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/audio-gd-master-7-discrete-fully-balanced-dac-pcm1704.625793/page-246#post-13557762 "The sound so far is clear and a bit dry but. I expect (know) that it will open up to get more body to the sound when it matures more." I'm not sure how much of an upgrade this will be, but my decision was influenced in the improvement from the DSPv7 where Kingwa was responsible for the design. The new board has a "high exact" mode - https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/audio-gd-master-7-discrete-fully-balanced-dac-pcm1704.625793/page-241#post-13259260 In an Email Kingwa further explained "high exact" mode. It is high performance mode reserved for the best quality inputs and only RJ45 and HMDI I2S. This mode is programmed for each I2S input when ordered from the factory. In my case with HDMI I2S on input #5 is the only input that supports "high exact" mode. If I had ordered another I2S input then that source would also have been programmed for "high exact" mode capability. The other inputs - USB Amanero, SPDIF, and AES/ EBU input don't operate in "high exact" mode. And they do not respond to the Bypass jumper and operate normally jumper on or off That and NOS included will give me lots to play with.
  7. I ordered the Singularity upgrade (digital board) for my Master 7 & am hoping it will be shipped in the next week or so. I'll update once it's installed.
  8. Item: Beyerdynamic DT880 PRO Headphones Location: Perth Price: $220 + shipping ($15 Australia wide) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Trying different headphones Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: These are clean, fast sounding headphones that are also very comfortable to wear. I'm selling because I've since purchased another set of headphones. Specs (from http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/dt-880-pro.html) - The DT 880 PRO is a reference-class, semi-open studio headphone which combines all strengths of open, transparent headphones with those of more powerful, closed headphones. Specially designed housings and an improved system equalisation turn this “remake” of the studio classic DT 880 into an ideal studio monitoring headphone, with analytical qualities. Soft ear pads and adjustable, sliding, earpieces together with a single sided connecting cable ensure listening comfort during extended periods of use. Characteristics: > Semi-open diffuse-field studio headphone > 250 ohms > Analytical Sound > Comfortable fit due to rugged, adjustable, soft padded (leatherette) headband construction > Robust, easy serviceable construction as all parts are replaceable > Velour, circumaural and replaceable ear pads > 3.0 m (9.8 ft.) coiled cable (single sided) Pictures:
  9. Agreed - great DAC. You can upgrade the DSP version & USB to Amanero also to take it to the next level Sent from my HTC 10 using Tapatalk
  10. Cambridge 851W problems

    My 851W is in for repair too. I had a pop and then the amp went into protection mode. When I had a closer look, the smoke escaped from the right hand side. Prior to this I had heard some low level crackling but (stupidly) put it down to interference somewhere. i rang the repairer yesterday and they said they were replacing the whole RHS power amp module. However, luck was on my side as I just snuck in on the tail end of the warranty. Hopefully I will have it back next week.
  11. A highly recommended purchase! I have a P10 and it's been an excellent upgrade. I'm in WA and the power isn't great. The graph comes from the on-line portal every P3 /P5 / P10 has access to (http://powerplay.psaudio.com) - you just need to connect the unit to the network for internet access (no special config required). For example -
  12. Item: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones (series 1) Location: Perth Price: $125 including postage Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer used & retrospectively trying to pay for other upgrades Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT, Paypal Extra Info: Pictures: I bought these headphones a couple of years for work use, but ended up using Bose QC25s instead because of their active noise cancelling. I actually thought the Sennheisers sounded better though. Original cables, carry case, pouch and after market cable are all included. Some reviews - http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/review/sennheiser/momentum_on-ear_headphones/523388/ https://www.whathifi.com/sennheiser/momentum-ear/review
  13. No problem. My Apple TV can go back to it's cable envy
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