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  1. Why not try the PSB M4U2 or Def Tech Symphony One? I think KEF have some too, part of the new Porsche design range.
  2. Thanks for the referrals gentlemen, that is my CD player for sale! I've actually also previously owned an 8200CD and it doesn't hold a candle to the Vincent TBH, completely different class of beast. If interested, shoot me a PM and we'll see what we can work out.
  3. While I can't be 100% certain, I do believe the brunt of NAD's investment dollars lay in the digital end of audio. Their turntable is a re-badged Rega RP1, so I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the manufacturing of the phono stages were outsourced too. Could explain the favoring of the CD player compared to the phono stage too.
  4. The problem with this is that your Yamaha will only be receiving FL & FR information from the preouts, which in HT formats doesn't contain the LFE signal.
  5. To each his own I guess.
  6. Have just burned my way through the first 12 reasons of 13 Reasons Why. Excellent show with an exceptionally talented young cast which helps to bring topics such as bullying, depression and self harm to the forefront. Very much looking forward to seeing how it is all wrapped up.
  7. Don't know what I'll do if I ever upgrade to heavier speakers!
  8. I didn't see this thread before I started one about the Iso Acoustics Gaia's, but so far, they have certainly been a welcome addition.
  9. I can't imagine it having much of an effect. My spikes already had the speakers sitting a few centimetres from the floor, at worst the Gaia 3's may add an extra centimetre. You can always adjust for this by having the rear ones sit slightly higher to give a slight forward tilt should you need it.
  10. Can't say I have been that observant yet, but I'll be sure to keep my ear out!
  11. I picked up a couple sets of the Gaia 3 units (support speakers up to 32kg) yesterday and set them up last night on my PSB Synchrony One towers (not without a few curse words along the way). I'd been hearing a lot of good things about them, so decided to bite. Early signs are very positive so far. Played a number of my regular tracks and all sounded more open and bigger than they ever have. For those that aren't aware, Iso Acoustics have done speaker isolation for studio monitors for years, though I believe these Gaia units are their first real dip into the world of home hi-fi speakers. The idea behind them: “When a speaker is placed on a hard surface, secondary internal reflections result. Any artifacts of this smear that is similar in the two channels is perceived to be in the center, causing the sound stage to collapse. The GAIA series of isolators eliminates this smear resulting in a larger 3-dimensional sound stage.” They seem to be spring loaded in some way/shape or form as upon initial installation, I was a little nervous about the 'wobble', but after some time toying with them it appears that is how they are meant to be. Will do more listening over the weekend, but so far pretty happy with the investment! One word of caution, the base of the Gaia Isolators appear to be some sort of sorbothane/similar material and thus left some 'moisture' marks on my bluestone slabs that I sit the speakers on. Not an issue for me, but could be for someone putting on expensive floors. More details about them can be found here.
  12. Item: Vincent CD-S7 DAC CD Player/DAC Location: Maribyrnong, VIC Price: $1450 inc $30 Donation to SNA Item Condition: 9/10 Like New Reason for selling: Not being used frequently enough to merit keeping Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (Please add 3%) Extra Info: Bought new last year to feature as part of my SNA review system. I overestimated my need for CD playback and as good as this player sounds, it just isn't seeing enough use to merit keeping in the system. I would hazard a guess that the number of CDs I have played on it is still single digits. Primarily been used as USB DAC for my MacBook Pro, the unit is in excellent condition. Potential buyers please note that the in-built DAC is a relay type like that found in Schiit products and so it makes an audible click when tracks start and end. I'm not bothered by it, but it could be grating to the wrong person. I have priced the unit based off recent sales, the condition it is in and amount of use the unit has seen. The cheapest I can find it new is $2399, and refurbished for $1819. It comes with the original box, book, power cord and remote control. Pictures:
  13. This is probably going to get some backlash, but perhaps some focus on the very entry level as well as esoteric and everything in between. There are some very nice active speakers popping up and some nice Bluetooth speakers starting to creep in too. Just heard the new Cambridge Yoyo stuff again today and it's actually pretty good. Dali Katch, Kef Muo etc. It's like a loss leader, have them there to bring people in, if even one in ten it draws in ends up leaning towards something better, then it's one more than it was and mission accomplished!
  14. Cracking interconnect, use a set of the RCAs myself. GLWTS