Batty57

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  1. 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......
  2. 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: 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:
  3. Hi, thanks for reply. Can you advise the tube compliment, age of unit and your price? I assume it comes with matching psu and connecting cable. If you could email a couple of pics or mms that would be great. Cheers Mark
  4. Item: Supratek Preamp Price Range: $$$ Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: Hi wanting to buy a Supratek Preamp, probably Chardonnay. Let me know what you have. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  5. 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:
  6. 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:
  7. 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:
  8. Item: 5AR4 Tubes Price Range: Neg Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: Chasing some 5AR4 Tubes. Let me know what you have. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  9. Item: KT88 Audio Tubes Price Range: Negotiable Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: Chasing KT88 tubes. Prefer Genalex, Electro Harmonix but will look at all offers. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
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  11. Hi Ben, to be honest I am not sure if I want to sell them. I am in KL for a couple of days. When I get back I will have the rebuilt tweeters put in and will decide then. Sorry to muck about, but I paid total of €400 delivered and can't see any point losing money on them. Might just keep as spares, they are fantastic tweeters! Cheers Mark a
  12. Hi Ben, I have a pair that I bought a few months ago. I had them installed in my SA2K speakers while their tweeters were rebuilt. Only had about 15 hours use. Was going to keep them ,but willing to look at an offer. Have original packaging for post. Cheers Mark
  13. Hi, pink floyd the wall will add more in pm cheers mark