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Arthur

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  1. I think everyone in the S.A.C. president and committee has to be congratulated for a very successful get together, in celebrating 10 years of existence of a very friendly and down to earth club. Also, our gratitude must go to John McEvoy for his vision of a club worthy of it's name, in offering members a comfortable environment to interact and enjoy both, equipment and music. Also, for his great offerings and knowledge in Classical Music that he often shared with us. Finally, we must thank all contributors, past and future, of all the great audio equipment they made available to us, that make all meetings such an interesting Sunday afternoon pastime. Well done guys!
  2. Tom, it would be much appreciated if you can give us the full transcript of Morris's poetic contribution. I would love to have this framed on the wall of my living room and look at it every day, as part of my therapy from 'audiophilia nervosa'! Morris can claim royalties if the therapy proves successful!
  3. At the end of the meeting while driving home, I was thinking, these speakers can 'take on' some of the big name imports, no problem at all! They were that good. Of course, at the end of top notch amplification and with an almost perfect front end, they were able to impress beyond expectation. I would imagine, set in a 'real' living room and with correct placement, they could sound even better in terms of imaging and soundstage. After questioning Morris about the impedance characteristics of the speakers, I was informed they present a very 'benign' mostly resistive load to the amplifier and as a result, they don't require massive amounts of power to give their best. Impressive! One of the bright moments of the meeting was the short 'debate' of one of our members with Morris, about the nature of digital signal transfer and the ability to manipulate it. It occurred to me that such technical debates could be an inclusion in future meetings, just as the member music presentation is. In these, say ... 30 min. debates, technical matters can be debated rationally ( i.e. valves v solid state, RCA v XLR, high power amplification v flea power, digital sound v vinyl etc. etc.) We all stand to learn from such debates, especially as we have some very talented and sound educated people among our ranks. Thanks to all involved in this meeting, in setting up and presenting such wonderful equipment. Arthur.
  4. Item: Audio Analogue 'Maestro' CD 44 / 96 CD Player Location: Epping, NSW Price: $1,000 Item Condition: Totally unmarked, immaculate presentation. Reason for selling: Upgraded to Transport / DAC digital front, excess equipment not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: A 15kg monster of a player from Italy, with a very musical presentation and not a spec of digital 'nasties'. I enjoyed it's presentation for about 5 years and as I now have gone to separate transport / DAC combination, it's best someone else will be seduced to it's charming character. RRP when new, 3,150 Euros (see here: https://www.audiophile.org/archive/digital-equipment/advertisement/14120/audio-analogue-maestro-cd/ It can be used as a stand alone CD player or as a DAC alone, with the ability to upsample to 24 / 96 kHz at a push of a button. Fully functional remote comes with it. Pick up in person is much preferable as it's VERY heavy and postage could be considerable. Pictures:
  5. Item: Audio Analogue 'Maestro' CD 44 / 96 CD Player Location: Epping, NSW Price: $1,000 Item Condition: Totally unmarked, immaculate presentation. Reason for selling: Upgraded to Transport / DAC digital front, excess equipment not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: A 15kg monster of a player from Italy, with a very musical presentation and not a spec of digital 'nasties'. I enjoyed it's presentation for about 5 years and as I now have gone to separate transport / DAC combination, it's best someone else will be seduced to it's charming character. RRP when new, 3,150 Euros (see here: https://www.audiophile.org/archive/digital-equipment/advertisement/14120/audio-analogue-maestro-cd/ It can be used as a stand alone CD player or as a DAC alone, with the ability to upsample to 24 / 96 kHz at a push of a button. Fully functional remote comes with it. Pick up in person is much preferable as it's VERY heavy and postage could be considerable. Pictures:
  6. I still love the simplicity (and the sound) of the silver disc. Always great to read all the notes about the CD I am listening to. Occasionally, I play music through USB cable from my Dell XPS in FLAC format. I still can't make my mind up as to which format sounds 'better'.. The disc spinner is a CEC TL51x belt driven transport while, the digital signal is processed by a NAD M51 DAC, via a balanced AES/EBU digital link and, sometimes for the 'hell of it', via Toslink just to see/hear the differences in certain recordings. I tend to favor the former transfer for it's more 'full body' sound while, the Toslink offers great detail but somewhat 'colder' sound. Quite happy with the level of sound quality I have achieved and, perhaps, the only plan for the future is an even better DAC when funds allow such a move.
  7. I may cause a bit of a turmoil here but, my negative vote goes to a pair of KEF Ref 3 - two that I bought brand new many years ago. I never seem to be quite happy with their sound, despite all the re positioning, toeing in and out, different cables etc. etc. After a while I came to the conclusion KEF tried to kill two birds with one stone, i.e. have a potentially audiophile speaker serving music as well as home theater, NOT a good mix in my view. I was lucky enough to find a buyer who loved their sound while his wife thought they looked great! Never missed them since then!
  8. What a great presentation that was! Cameron should be congratulated for not being hesitant to do A - B comparisons of the equipment at hand. This, to me, indicates confidence in the equipment he made available to us for audition. The changes in sound were well spotted by many, even though there wasn't' a clear consensus on what sounded "better". It often becomes a case of how good one's hearing is, what is expected from a sound system and, last but not least, personal preferences. Overall again, a great meeting with very good music - especially from George - and good company and conversation with like minded people. Many thanks to Cameron for making the trip over the border, to display such a great sounding system!
  9. Yep! Agreed, and I've just done so. Many thanks and good luck with the sale. A.
  10. @Muscat Greetings! I have a member of StereoNet who likes to buy your stands but cannot log in for some reason, I think he's forgotten his password! His name is Milan. ( phone number removed) You may give him a phone call to discuss the sale. Best regards, Arthur
  11. You know you're and audiophile when......

    Well, you know you're an incurable audiophile when, instead of enjoying the music, you enjoy the SYSTEM. BTW, I did have someone telling me how much he enjoyed his new speaker cables worth $$,$$$ (his words!) Also, you know you are beyond ...repair when, instead of listening to an album, you listen only to the first minute of one track, again, and again,.... and again (while moving your speakers 1/2 inch at a time..)
  12. I always thought that *noise* is measured in decibels. What this device is displaying must be some abstract unit, (perhaps linear?) that goes from 0 to Max reading. In any case, a very handy tool to have me thinks.
  13. I was planning to upload a video of this meeting, however, the quality of the take was not as good as I have expected so, I will give it a miss this month. I will try to make a more 'professional' effort in the next meeting, with close ups of the equipment on display as well as a 'take' of the system performing. One word about the meeting. I wish I could afford a Mosaic Genesis.. It IS seriously good!
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