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  1. Item: Shunyata Diamondback powersnake Location: Albany WA Price: $150 Posted Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Shunyata Diamondback powersnake 1.5m 20A C19. Has Euro plug at wall end. 12 months old, no marks or skuffs. Excellent power cable. Price includes postage anywhere in Australia. Pictures:
  2. Hi Kelvin, when i bought them i had one Luxman MQ70 Tube Stereo amp. 45wpc. Some time later i bought a second one and had them both upgraded to same specs and Bi amped the speakers. Sold both of them and bought a pair of Audio Valve Baldur Tube monos. 70wpc. I bought a second pair of these a few months later and Bi amped again. Sold one pair of the Baldurs and bought a pair of Supratek Mondeuse tube monos. 100wpc. Used them to power top end. That is still current set up. As for the sound, they are absolutely fantastic!! My wife is totally filthy with me for selling them, but the grass is always greener and the journey never ending...... I once put them up against a pair of Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M standmounts and to my ear the SA2K's were superior. Faster, clearer, more bass. I had owned them for about 2 years before i changed their positioning from the traditional toed in, to facing straight forward....wow massive widening of soundstage and the speakers did a disappearing act! I really can't fault them at all and can't believe there would be a better value standmount out there.
  3. Item: System Audio SA2K Speakers with FS2K Stands Location: Albany Price: $2200 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: RELISTED DUE TO NON PAYMENT BY PREVIOUS BUYER!! These speakers are just amazing!! Clear, detailed and disappear into the expansive sound stage. RRP $6200This review from Audioreview.com sums things up pretty well...there are many others on the net.I purchased this fantastic little speaker after a lengthy search for a new hifi system for home use. Other dynamic speakers in this price range and below left me more or less unimpressed because most of them sound too soft, lacking detail and attack which renders them incapable of reproducing cymbals and plucked strings etc in a correct way. Other brands like Dynaudio and Vienna Acoustics that seem to enjoy a bigger economic success than this, to me a completely unknown speaker brand before I heard them in the store, are, in my opinion, not tuned to an optimal high fidelity experience. They rather seem to be constructed in a way to please, what the manufacturer thinks is, a general taste among audio consumers, and then backed up by extremely aggressive publicity.Therefore, it was only natural for me to go and audition these brands when I searched for new speakers simply because I new they existed and had read reviews and seen commercials with about them. But very soon I realized I had to look elsewhere for speakers to please my taste, which is not extraordinary in any way. I’m just picky because I am a professional musician and I want to hear speakers that reproduce music as authentically as possible. After all, that’s what I thought we all want.But after having heard speakers that are claimed to be sophisticated and enjoy a widespread international acclaim and commercial success, I realised that the situation is a bit more complex than that.At this point I thought I had to let go of the idea of buying a “normal” dynamic speaker and was contemplating getting a Martin Logan, a speaker I have always liked but thought it too big and fuzzy about a lot of things, like placement, sweet spot and electronics. But then I heard the monitor speaker SA2K from System Audio in a store and was REALLY impressed.Here was a speaker that seemed to have all the advantages of the smaller monitor measurements, easy to place, great stereo perspective and a seamless blending of tweeter and woofer. It has the same clarity as Martin Logan without any of the problems of the electrostatic hybrid. I auditioned these speakers with various types of music and they didn’t display any obvious drawbacks or problem areas. They reproduced the large percussion section of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” without any strain what so ever. And the volume level was higher in the store than I would ever be able to play at home.I have had these babies for about 3 years now and I couldn’t be happier. In fact, I wonder if anybody whose listening room isn’t enormous or who doesn’t have a house where he or she can blast away without concern about disturbing neighbours would need a bigger speaker than this. The bass is low and powerful enough for anyone with normal requirements and somewhat conscious about hearing damage. I can’t find any flaws on this speaker. The only mystery to me is why this brand is not more well-known. Maybe they need a new publicity manager at System Audio. But this product is top notch!!Happy to ship at buyers expense approx $200-$250 to East Coast. Delivery to Perth - maybe meet halfway from Albany.Comes in 3 boxes, extremely well packaged. Pictures:
  4. Item: Audio Valve Eklipse Preamp Location: Albany WA Price: $3200 Item Condition: Excellent Reason For selling: Too many preamps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Audio Valve Eklipse Preamp in excellent condition. RRP 7k. Valves have been upgraded from stock. First with RCA Clear Tops, then with matched NOS Raytheon 1960 long black plates with elevated Halo getter. Then replaced two of those with NOS Cifte approx 1960 also. This unit sounds absolutely incredible, clear, detailed with massive soundstage. Totally non fatiguing. Have original wooden crate so can ship. Has remote. Some tarnish on gold knobs and a couple of very minor skuffs. Always covered when not in use. Heaps of reviews on net. Here is one of them from Audiogon...Review: Audio Valve Eklipse Tube preampCategory: PreampsI started a lengthy home auditioning process of highly regarded tube based active preamps, after spending three years of having two great sounding passive linestages in my system, Placette buffered & Bent Audio Tap TVC, that lead to a clear winner in the context of my system and personnal taste the Antique Sound Labs Flora EX DT. However, the Audio Valve Eklipse was on my list of preamps I really wanted to listen to, but I could not find a dealer that could arrange an audition at that time.Well, recently the website Stereo Times had a review on the Eklipse and I saw that the reviewer, Mike Wright, had gotten his audition piece from Mike Kay of Audio Archon located in Libertyville, Illinois. I had never met Mike in person, but had over the last couple of years many delightful conversations with him dealing with all things in highend audio. So, when I called him and asked him why he had never mentioned that he carried the Audio Valve line in his salon, he retorted, "you never asked." I have been very lucky in that the numerous retailers that I have done business with, just a very few have been jackasses, have been stand up gentleman, helpful with their knowledge, and very honest to deal with. I knew that Mike was a good guy who knew highend audio before I auditioned and purchased the Eklipse from him, now he's way up on my list of great guys to do business with, he made everything easy and was a pleasure to work with. Thanks Mike.Before, I get into the body of my review I want to mention that besides Mike Wright's online review of the Eklipse, Stereophile's reviewers Art Dudley and Robert J. Reina had given superlative reviews on this linestage with one gigantic flaw in my opinion, they only reviewed it with the stock 12AU7 Electro-Harmonix tubes! No offense to anybody, but these tubes sound like horsecrap. This would be like taking a world class high performance sports car and putting the worst gas possible along with cheapest junky tires and then taking it for a test ride. At least Mike Wright put in NOS RCA clear tops to see what this preamp could really sound like. Remember, even with the crap tubes Dudley and Reina thought the Eklipse was quite good, but they have no idea how good without the right tubes. So, my review is based on listening to the Eklipse with my all time favorite 12AU7 tubes, Ameperex longplate D-getter. These tubes just sound like music to me.The Eklipse is built in Germany by a small family run company. Like my MBL transport and Accustic Arts DAC the German craftmenship and build quality is very apparent. This preamp weights over 41 pounds. I choose the silver face with chrome knobs because it matches my Pass Labs and Accustic Arts pieces. True eye candy. You also can get it with a black face with either brass or chrome knobs. I never get into technical details in my reviews, that you can get off the Audio Valve website or give Mike Kay a call.On to the specifics regarding the sonic performance of the Eklipse:1) The Eklipse produces an expansive soundstage in all directions with great accuracy. If the music was recorded in a large venue you hear it, if recorded in a small intimate club your there. It also creates very precise layering and location in the soundstage.2) Since I mainly listen to acoustic jazz one of the most important factors for me to enjoy the music is natural timbres and harmonic richness. My old reference, the Flora, was wonderful in this area, so I can't say that the Eklipse is significantly better, but it's terrific in this very important sonic area.3) The Eklipse has the lowest noise floor of any active preamp I have ever had in my system. Therefore, the clarity/transparency allows micro details to emerge more intact. I really noticed this on decay trails throughout the frequency spectrum and on cymbals and guitar strings.4) The Eklipse produces the most agile/dynamic bass with great weight and impact that I ever had had in my system. This is one of the areas were the Eklipse really was significantly better then the Flora.5)The other area were the Eklipse left the Flora as a second best was in overall micro and macro dynamics. This preamp offers a crispness and jump factor that is world class.6)The Eklipse also has that quality that I call liquidity or the sense that the music just "floats" into the room with great easyness that allows you to relax and get into the emotions of the music in a very natural way. I experience my Pass Labs XA-100's in a very similar way.Mike Wright stated in his review that with the NOS RCA tubes he and his friends liked the Eklipse better then the highly regarded Conrad-Johnson ACT2 series II preamp in his reference system. Robert J. Reina said in his review that after having another very highly regarded preamp, the Audio Research Ref 3, for a few months he was not disappointed to go back to his Eklipse in his system. Remember, Mr. Reina uses the stock horsecrap sounding tubes in his Eklipse, what would he have experienced with a great pair of NOS tubes!I still think the my old reference, the Flora, is a great preamp, however my new reference is the Eklipse for the reasons I shared in my review. While not inexpensive at the retail price of $5,500.00 USD, it's offers great bang for the buck and I believe will compete sonicly with much more expansive linestages. Pictures:
  5. Hi, is this still available? Best price delivered to Perth please? Cheers
  6. Hi, please advise if still availvable? Cheers
  7. Cheers Winter, i imported them from the Netherlands about four years ago to replace my electrostatics and have been in love with them ever since! Alas the grass is always greener tho......
  8. Item: System Audio SA2K Speakers with FS2K Stands Location: Albany WA Price: $2200 RRP $6200 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: RELISTED DUE TO NO PAYMENT BY PREVIOUS BUYER!! These speakers are just amazing!! Clear, detailed and disappear into the expansive sound stage.This review from Audioreview.com sums things up pretty well...there are many others on the net.I purchased this fantastic little speaker after a lengthy search for a new hifi system for home use. Other dynamic speakers in this price range and below left me more or less unimpressed because most of them sound too soft, lacking detail and attack which renders them incapable of reproducing cymbals and plucked strings etc in a correct way. Other brands like Dynaudio and Vienna Acoustics that seem to enjoy a bigger economic success than this, to me a completely unknown speaker brand before I heard them in the store, are, in my opinion, not tuned to an optimal high fidelity experience. They rather seem to be constructed in a way to please, what the manufacturer thinks is, a general taste among audio consumers, and then backed up by extremely aggressive publicity.Therefore, it was only natural for me to go and audition these brands when I searched for new speakers simply because I new they existed and had read reviews and seen commercials with about them. But very soon I realized I had to look elsewhere for speakers to please my taste, which is not extraordinary in any way. I’m just picky because I am a professional musician and I want to hear speakers that reproduce music as authentically as possible. After all, that’s what I thought we all want.But after having heard speakers that are claimed to be sophisticated and enjoy a widespread international acclaim and commercial success, I realised that the situation is a bit more complex than that.At this point I thought I had to let go of the idea of buying a “normal” dynamic speaker and was contemplating getting a Martin Logan, a speaker I have always liked but thought it too big and fuzzy about a lot of things, like placement, sweet spot and electronics. But then I heard the monitor speaker SA2K from System Audio in a store and was REALLY impressed.Here was a speaker that seemed to have all the advantages of the smaller monitor measurements, easy to place, great stereo perspective and a seamless blending of tweeter and woofer. It has the same clarity as Martin Logan without any of the problems of the electrostatic hybrid. I auditioned these speakers with various types of music and they didn’t display any obvious drawbacks or problem areas. They reproduced the large percussion section of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” without any strain what so ever. And the volume level was higher in the store than I would ever be able to play at home.I have had these babies for about 3 years now and I couldn’t be happier. In fact, I wonder if anybody whose listening room isn’t enormous or who doesn’t have a house where he or she can blast away without concern about disturbing neighbours would need a bigger speaker than this. The bass is low and powerful enough for anyone with normal requirements and somewhat conscious about hearing damage. I can’t find any flaws on this speaker. The only mystery to me is why this brand is not more well-known. Maybe they need a new publicity manager at System Audio. But this product is top notch!!Happy to ship at buyers expense approx $200-$250 to East Coast. Comes in 3 boxes, extremely well packaged. Delivery to Perth - maybe meet halfway. Pictures:
  9. Item: Wireworld Supernova 5+ Glass Toslink SOLD Location: Albany WA Price: $100 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgraded to Supernova 7 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Excellent glass toslink. Selling due to upgrade. Pictures:
  10. Item: Wadia 12 DAC Location: Albany WA Price: $800 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:One of the most amazing DAC'S i have heard. I also own a Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 and an M2Tech Youngdac with matching Palmer psu. The Wadia is easily the equal of these.The only Wadia DAC to incorporate the legendary AD 1865 chip.Audio Note also used the AD 1865 up to their DAC4 and DAC5 models. Check out their prices!Unit is in excellent condition with only one very minor scratch, see photos, and operates flawlessly.Includes spiked feet. Happy to post. Free within Australia.SPECIFICATIONS:RESAMPLING RATE: 16 times.RESOLUTION: 19-bit.POWER BANDWIDTH: DC - 20 kHz.Passband RIPPLE: 0.00005 dB.INVERTING SIGNAL: Digital Domain.MODULARITY / UPGRADEABILITY: Programmable Gate Array Chip and socketed DACs for hardware options and upgrades.OUTPUT LEVEL (O dB ref): 12.5 dBV.OUTPUT Impedance: 100 Ohm single-ended, 200 ohms balanced.WEIGHT: 11 lbs.POWER SUPPLY: 100, 120, 220, 240 VAC.DIMENSIONS: 3.125 "high, 13.75" wide, and 10.75 "deep.CHANNEL-TO-CHANNEL PHASE erroe: <0.5 degrees at 10 kHz.CHANNEL ISOLATION AT kHz:> 110 dB.4 digital inputs: Glass Optical, Coax (RCA) via BNC connector, Toslink and AES / EBU Balanced.2 analog outputs :, Gold Plated RCA and XLR Balanced Professional Quality. Pictures:
  11. Item: Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC Location: Albany WA Price: $900 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Remarkable Tube DAC from Musical Fidelity. Oustanding performance at every level. Rare opportunity to own one of only 1300 ever made. It is in exceptional condition and operates flawlessly. Smoke free environment. Will be carefully packaged for transport.Review from Audiogon USA...I awaited for the arrival of the TriVista 21 with both excitement and nervous apprehension. Sure, it had some rave reviews, as did its ancestors, the TriVista SACD player and the TriVista 300 Integrated. But I wondered, do the British mags live up to the accusations brought up against them as being unjustifiably biased towards products from their motherland? And, I wondered, is Stereophile's glut of Musical Fidelity reviews & raves based on advertising dollars & inner handwashings & perks, as is often suggested by many? Is this Trivistor-Nuvistor phenomena just a cleverly conceived marketing tool of Antony Michaelson? Armed with my trusty Bel Canto DAC 2, I was determined to get to the bottom of this.The TriVista DAC is certainly a beautiful and impressive piece. Weighing 30 pds, it is truly a substantial piece. My little Bel Canto looked afraid that it might get eaten alive. A photo of the interior reveals a huge power supply with multiple transformers and chokes and an impressive layout. The thick faceplate, done in an elegant, frosted silver with a chromed silver bottom edge, was graced with a row of cool blue lights. This 24/192 processor was switchable between 96 and 192 via a rear pushbotton. The side panels are attractive black heatsinks, which are functional, I believe, as they do get warm.I used a variety of demonstration grade & conventional recordings, because, in my experience, a wide range of different material really allows me to focus in on the abilities of a piece.Listening to Sarah Vaughan (Mercury 1963-1967), it became clear that the TriVista fleshed out vocals better than the Bel Canto. Sarah's voice was fuller, more complete – the cavity resonances in her large voice were fuller, more distinct, more dimensional. The BelCanto sounded like it may have slightly more clarity in the attack, but then lost out in the sustain, the meat of the note, sounding leaner and less complex in harmonics. Two cuts off Sarah's Mancini album good to use and well-recorded are "Dreamsville" and "Slow Hot Wind." Moving to a 1961 Roulette recording, "Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan" gave similar results. This recording is very clear, though a bit bright. It was more listenable and enjoyable on the TriVista. I was coming to the conclusion that the Bel Canto was a touch brighter and leaner and more forward in the upper mids to lower highs, yet vocals were a bit further back in presentation.Sinatra's voice reached its peak during the Capital years, although it can be argued that there was a maturity of expression during the 60's Reprise years that followed. A great recording ,and his last for Capital, is "Point of No Return." Some classics off this album are "When the World Was Young," "I'll Remember April," "There Will Never Be Another You," "It's a Blue World." This recording only reinforced what I found with Sarah – there was a completeness and fullness to vocals that was beguiling and true, from the attack on the lips or teeth to the sustain through to the release that the Bel Canto was not capable of, good of a DAC as it was. All elements that comprise a human voice line up in perfect fusion in a way I have not heard before. There is an organic wholeness that the TriVista possesses that just sounds right, and sounds closer to the real thing.I still wondered, however, if the Bel Canto was cleaner and more exacting on the attacks of notes, or if this was simply a case of transients sounding clearer because the whole sonic picture is leaner, emphasizing this area of performance more. I continued to listen, moving on to Chesky recordings.Listening to Chesky JD1, the guitars on "Stompin at the Savoy," the pluck of the strings sounded more incisive on the Bel Canto. However, following each pluck, the ringing of the string and the resonance of the guitar cavity were much less heard in the Bel Canto. The TriVista also provided a more realistic size and presentation of the guitars, which sounded confined by comparison in the BelCanto.At this point, it was clear that the TriVista created a huge soundstage that solidly kept each instrument in a defined position with spread and air around them that sounded so right and natural, and, most importantly, COHERENT. The BelCanto couldn't compete with this level of imaging and soundstaging.Next was Chesky JD28, "Viola Fora de la Moda,." This busy, rhythmic, jungle-esque mix of vocals, highly percussive instruments and guitars was more clearly delineated, with each instrument more clearly placed in its own space within the whole, with more depth and separation than the Bel Canto was able to do.On Chesky JD97, "Out of this World", James Taylor's brother, whose voice has a spooky similarity, was set back a bit more, as were voices in the other recordings as well. I realized there was a difference in presentation between the two DACs. The Bel Canto was more like being in row 5, the TriVista being in row 15. Which is correct? Probably neither, since no electronic piece is perfect, but recreating its version of reality. However, the TriVista's ability to more clearly sculpt spaces for each image to hang in space in was clearly closer to the real thing. On Taylor's recording, his guitar sounds more like a living, breathing instrument, whereas on the Bel Canto it sounds more cramped and confined by comparison with less guitar cavity resonance. I don't want to give the impression that the Bel Canto sounds wrong or bad. It does not, and it is a great DAC that I could be happy with as well, had the TriVista not come along.On Reference Recordings, "Dick Hyman From the Age of Swing," The Bel Canto demonstrated its great ability at delineating the initial attack. Brass instruments had bite, blare and that blatty quality that real brass has. There was a rhythmic propulsion that drew you into the music. The TriVista did not have as much of this, though it excelled again in the "meat" of the sustain, possessing a somewhat fuller sound that sounded true to the instruments. On track 7, there is a passage where a quartet of saxes & trumpets separately echo each other in a chromatic descent, followed by a chromatic ascent, that creates a lush bloom of blended sound that is quite captivating. This track sounded wonderful on both processors, but the separation of the instruments and the delineation of their images in space was more fully developed in the TriVista. I highly recommend this glorious recording to lovers of big band jazz.A note on the 96/192 switchable choice. After considerable comparison, I preferred to 192 setting, finding it added depth, impact and high end extension. I can see where the hard-core tube lovers might prefer the 96 setting, as it does sound quite nice and coherent, especially on vocals.A note on power cords. The TriVista seems sensitive to power chords. I found best results with a BMI Shark, followed by the Acoustic Zen Tsunami. You don't need a chord to warm up the sound. A transparent, detailed chord is what you want.To sum up, here are two musical DACs. The BelCanto has a somewhat cooler sound with excellent, defined attacks on the beginning of notes, excellent rhythmic drive and pace. It has a grain-free, extended response at both ends of the frequency spectrum, and a nice midrange presentation. It is marginally upfront in presentation, but far from a highly forward sound. It is a great product, especially at its price point, and I highly recommend it.The TriVista DAC is more of an attempt at the state-of-the-art. It is a further refinement of the DAC section of the $6500 TriVista SACD player. Its unique use of miniature military triodes that last for at least 15 years provides certain of the positive attributes of tubes that still elude transistor design. It has a palpability, an ease, an awe-inspiring recreation of space, air & soundstage that I have never heard before. The TriVista creates an enormous soundstage that is wide, high & deep with images anchored in space. The Bel Canto stages nicely, but is clearly not up to the level of the TriVista. The bass is tuneful and natural-sounding, with a full palette of color & overtones that elude many other pieces. This is especially evident on acoustic bass. Voices are beguiling with a naturalness and rightness to them I have not found before. The only area where the Bel Canto bests it is that last degree of incisiveness to the attack on certain instruments such as brass, but it could be argued that the slight emphasis the BelCanto gives to this frequency area, along its leaner rendition are responsible for this perceived superior attack. In any case, this is a minor issue and outweighed by the TriVista's incredible performance in all other areas. These positive qualities, combined with an overall quality of a natural, organic wholeness to the sound, define a digital processor, that in its $2400 price range, makes it a formidable opponent for other DACs to measure up to. Pictures:
  12. what is the screen size? what is minimum distance between projector and screen?
  13. Hi, pink floyd the wall will add more in pm cheers mark