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    Item: Wilson Sasha Watt Puppy speakers in desert silver Price: withdrawn Location: Adelaide village Reason: I'm going through a fairly crazy period of trying lots of high end speakers. Time for the next one! Other: mint condition with crates, manuals, accessories. Amazing, dynamic speaker. This is a bargain!! Buyer to arrange pick up/ courier
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    The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream (2014/2LP) This has been on my list for awhile on account of widespread recommendations. Picked it up this afternoon and gave it a first spin while cooking dinner. Strong album. I hear some shades of Dire Straits and early 80s Dylan, but it doesn't sound dated or derivative. Looking forward to some less distracted listening.
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    Some great recommendations in this thread... Saw Thomas Köner a couple of times in Melbourne - at the HiFi Bar playing room shaking Porter Ricks beats and a few years later at Nth Melbourne town hall presenting a video he'd been working on as part of Liquid Architecture... trances/drones is great but haven't listened to it in a long time. axiom ambient - lost in the translation 2350 Broadway 2 Paul Schutze - The Surgery of Touch, Rapture of Metals, and Apart Thomas Koner - Zyklop Chris Watson - Cima Verde and a new one that has been getting repeat plays... Asura - Radio Universe
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    Belden cables spec physical attributes of the cable including minimum bending radius and weight / 1000ft which would give a clue as to two of the issues in the first post. But like I implied above, I wouldn't really consider those as primary indicators in selection of a cable to connect a TT to a phono. 1505F vs 1694A those links show the difference in bending radius and weight between double braid shield + stranded signal conductor vs foild/braid + solid core signal conductor. @@Full Range: That mains filter looks good, might help, won't hurt!
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    @, if you come to Sydney you're more than welcome to call by for a listen, unfortunately I've not heard the Wilsons. @, a half hour drive & you can hear the Rockports
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    Paul, I just want to look briefly at a bigger picture aspect. Electrically the connection from cart to phono is very sensitive, due to the low signal levels. Every possible option for reducing weight will be a compromise on signal integrity. A double braid shield or foil/braid shield will be stiff and heavy but provide reasonable protection against electrical/magnetic noise. I'll dig out some tables from a book later tonight if I remember. But I just want to mention that you need to be thinking about both the electrical compromises that you are taking in exchange for the possible mechanical improvement. I think what Newman is getting at (and I tend to agree here) is - these look like they are supported by the plinth not the arm, the cart is adjusted with cables in place, the cables aren't moving during playback etc Chris
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    bzr, nowhere did I intentionally imply that cables sound the same! Please re-read the post more carefully. Cables vary widely in how much they degrade the performance of the loudspeaker / amplifier interface. What I do know through countless double-blind comparisons conducted by dozens of people is what I said in the post above. When you take out the "expectation effect" by removing the knowledge of what cable is being listened to, it certainly does come done to hearing and liking. It is just that the experience is a lot more prosaic than you think, or perhaps than you want to believe.
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    i think its more to do with the fact that you auditioned a pair of $80,000 speakers from a $200 doorway i think you need to get in more
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    AS 4177, schedule B lists all prescribed items that cannot be legally sold in Oz without a certificate of compliance.
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    You Frankston lotus eaters are all the same - you dont give a tinkers cuss anymore about us poor working stiffs.
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    I heard what I would recall as being the prototype at the Melbourne HiFi show about three years back. Garry had just set the room up, and they were sitting on the ground, and angled across rather than up the room, so not optimised for best demo. But I do remember thinking they showed a lot of promise. Garry produces audio of the highest qualities and you can bet this new model will be excellent. I use his power boxes and interconnects with great satisfaction. Garry is also a sweetie, and happy for people to drop by the factory for a chat. ( Phone first of course.) His music collection is the best collection of outsider music I have ever seen. ZM.
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    The Cambridge streammagic is like the swiss army knife of dacs, you dont need to use all the features, but handy if you need one of the features. You can turn the pre amp off.
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    Thanks Martin. Closing that thread was a bizarre move, made about as much sense as combining all the RIP threads into one....
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    Cambridge stream magic 6 v2 This device has inbuilt dual dac & a truck load of other wizzbang dodad thingo's. I like being able to run it directly from external hard drive or flash drive & use ipad as remote control. It has a good quality remote control Can be used as a pre amp Good for controlling vintage amps. Only had this for a few days but am liking what I'm hearing. It adds depth to the sound. Its around $1199rrp have seen some for $999 You can pick up the older streammagic 6 for $864 seems they are clearing old stock for the v2 this does not have some of the features but has the dual dac & is under $1000.00 Hope this is of some help
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    Newman, surely there should be a speaker sensitivity check step in that process? Edit: never mind me ... Move along folks.
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    And that's my point I never implied that more $$$ equals better nor under any illusions... I think we should leave it there as its nothing more then counter productive and off topic..
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    thoglette's comment about clipping reminds me that there is a way to avoid it for audiophiles who are using digital audio. Simple 'clipping-proof' setting on a hifi. (assumes no horrible impedance dips with the speakers that the amp can't handle) [1] calculate the peak RMS output voltage of your amp, e.g. for a 100 watts into 8 ohm amp, V*V=100*8, so V = 28.3V RMS. [2] turn everything off and disconnect the speakers at the amp output. [3] play a full scale sine wave from a test CD into the amp while measuring the amp's output RMS voltage. [4] dial up the volume until you read 28V RMS. Mark that volume level on the dial. [5] turn volume down, turn everything off and reconnect the speakers. 'Clipping-proof': if you don't exceed the marked volume level on the dial, you cannot ever be subjected to clipping. Question: how often have you been listening to your CDs at volume levels above the marked position on the dial? [edit: this works better if you add a dummy load to the amp in step 2. With no dummy load, it will be conservative. Also WARNING: tube amps must have the dummy load fitted.]
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    Cable and it's merits are worth discussing in the great debate section IMO... The physicists, electronic engineers/experts, economists and know it all can suss all their agreements/disagreement out. Just give OP some suggestions and leave it at that.. I'm sure the mods are watching, and they must be groaning at yet another re-run. Anyway, wrt speaker cables.. Been there done that.. Turns out by just spending on some Ribontechs I realised I had wasted so much time, money and effort before in "experimentation"... DIY is good and fun, but sometimes it's unnecessary to re-invent the wheel... YMMV though as this cable will not work on all setup, but it sure works perfect with mine.. Try and borrow 'em and listen to various materials for at least 50 hrs.. If that don't work then go DIY, or DIY and replicate a commercial sample.. Whatever floats.. Money is meant to be spent, not saved, or invested. One can always earn more money, but nobody I know can earn more time. Spending money = time saved = more time to enjoy and that's the best investment ever in my books...
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    Really love to hear what you find out - please do post. Looks a really nice unit and that HDMI I2S is a plus for the DS. Not good though for my Killer which uses a Cat5 interface. I really like the Off-Ramp, but Steve is now getting a bit too pricey, with his latest version getting a big price hike when released. Fully understand what small makers need to do to stay in business and Steve is not ripping anyone off - its just getting too pricey for me. Thanks Bill
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    Output of the DAC is hooked up to the inputs of the Konnekt 8. The preamps and ADC are supposed to be the best feature of the Konnekt. I was playing test files from Pure Music and recording into Izotope RX4. Files were then analysed using RX4's spectrum analyser. The test files are 16/44.1 J-Test .wavs. I finally got around to testing after I'd listened to a couple of different configurations of Mac Mini -> SPDIF. I preferred the Konnekt 8 + LPSU over the cheap XMOS interface as it sounded darker, and the imaging was more tangible, and I was interested to see if this was reflected in jitter rejection. cheers Paul
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    You'll get this Audiolab for under $1k http://www.whathifi.com/audiolab/m-dac/review I've got the same DAC with built in CD player, called a 8200CD. Would certainly add detail and sparkle. You can choose filters to fine tune the sound you are after.
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    My normal listening levels are around mid to high 60's dB. The levels I'd like to listen at are around 80db but unlikely to happen with kids and a wife who appears allergic to SPL
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    Last week I posted that I had installed in in my Antipodes Server that feeds my DS DAC, Synergistic Research Red fuses. The fuses went onto the power supply board and I said that there was an absolute wow moment in terms SQ improvement. I did want some for the DSD DAC but the first shipment of the correct amp rating ones for the DAC were sold out. I will get some from the next shipment. What I did not know at the time that the Server has four fuses. There are two more at the IEC power inlet. Today I received two more fuses for the Server and in they went. It was not a wow moment this time. I thought there was a small but still discernible improvement. I did expect more based upon the previous experience. The server has now being running for nearly twelve hours with the additional fuses. My reaction is that over that time that the SQ has improved. The change this time is not about the smoothness which is still there. Now there is more life, fine detail and clarity. There is probably a little less noise floor. Black is blacker. These fuses will be staying in the Server and I will now put the top back on. What it does show to me is that whilst the DS does render a fantastic outcome regardless of what it is given to process, the better whatever goes in, the better what comes out. My listening assistant said to me tonight that I need to be careful that I do not go too far and end up with something that no longer sounds real. Interesting comment John
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    Subs were an early house warming present to myself. Unfortunately the new room/house is roughly 5-6 months away, as we've only just signed contracts. But I'll be sure to share once I get it all there.
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    Metallurgy as in how it is formed, how pure it is & the mechanical extruding of said wire etc. It's all price relevant to the extent of everything takes time & labour so there will be an according cost. Whether it sounds better is your call but my advice is listen & let your ears be the judge, otherwise people with a name like "Nigel" will start taking the piss....
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    I'm not sure exactly, as there are no real specifications released yet. I gave them a good booting this morning before work however to see what they could do. I would say quite low. Impressively low in fact. They were keeping up with my sub easily, so 30-40hz was no real issue for them. My amp in the other hand was not loving it so much.
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    Hi Yes saw them at Festival Hall in late 1974, were a really good live band then, and 'July Morning' and 'Salisbury' were my favourites back then .... JJ
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    Lovely speakers. Harbeth SHL5 owner here. If you were nearby an audition might just persuade me that I need these. I think they would be too big for my room, though.
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    I finally took the plunge and purchased my very own C375bee, form was_a, thank you arrived in tip top shape. After a couple of hours reconfigin' it is up and running. First impressions are very good, should say VERY GOOD.
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    Quote Our best performing amplifier, the SX-1000 will never let you down. With endless headroom, this amplifier is one which will likely be in your system for a long, long time. Unit Features: Powered by ICE POWER® 570w in 8Ω 1,140w in 4Ω Factory Selectable mains 115/230VAC Idle power consumption 15w Thermal protection Over current protection DC protection Sound optimized soft clip Rugged construction Standard 12V DC Trigger ½†Machined and Anodized front panels Gold Plated insulated 5 way binding posts Gold Plated unbalanced (RCA) input Neutrik Balanced (XLR) input Exceptional input stage raises input impedance to 60.4kΩ Compact size (8.5â€W x 4.125â€H x 13.5â€D) 14 lbs. Covered by a 3 YEAR WARRANTY "Tube aficionados could be quite shocked to discover that the STP aces the dynamic and timbre expander action one traditionally expects predominantly from superior valve units. Compared to most of those I've had through, the STP is quieter and hence, more resolved." --- Srajan Ebaen If you're looking for the ultimate in transparency, and an unbelievably accurate pre-amp, then we have the product for you. Spot on imaging and an extremely wide sound stage are just a few attributes of our STP preamp. We had so much fun with the proto-type it's actually intrigued us to continue making changes to the design than intended. More improvements were also made beyond the standard STP, the STP-SE was born. In the Special Edition unit we are upgrading the internal input/output wiring to Kimber Tcss (multi-gauge, multi-strand, continuous strand pure copper). We are also upgrading 4 crucial power-supply capacitors to our W4S Low ESR "Super Cap". These improvements offer improved 3-D imaging and instrument placement. There are so many particulars that make the STP superior to other preamps. The best possible preamp would be one that didn’t exist! We have created the closest anyone has ever come to that while still offering a fully functional preamp. For the cleanest sound, what goes in should come out, nothing less, nothing more. For this we’ve made our preamp passive and active at the same time. To keep the signal path clean as possible, the line stage is automatically switched in when needed, and left out when not. This offers the quietest operation for any level up to unity gain. Noise in the passive mode is <6uV, and <18uV in the active mode which is incredibly good. And yes, this product is fully balanced input to output. When we say passive, we mean as in no gain. We all know that all passive preamps have many issues regarding input and output impedances. These issues are massive because of the lack of drive current the preamp is able to produce. The result is a loose, floppy bottom end, and a constricted, dry top end. To solve this, we inserted our Ultra-transparent discrete buffer stages to address this issue, which proved to give us remarkable results. Like any audio electronic product, everything starts with a power supply. This is the first stage that gives the STP unbelievably clean power. With a 25A Schottky bridge rectifier connected through 164,560+uF of capacitance in our proprietary TRR (Triple-Ripple-Reduction) power supply circuit, the STP preamp has more capacitance than some amplifiers! By the time power reserves supply the audio chain with power, there is no hint of noise left to buzz through your speakers. Of course we left 2 stages of filtering up to nothing but the best; the Nichicon Bi-polar MUSE audio grade capacitors do a fantastic job! Our proprietary fully balanced dual FET unity gain buffers supply the meat behind the curtains. While being sonically transparent, our buffers keep the input and output impedance right where we want them and don’t allow for deviations like so many other passive preamps. Hand selected, matched and adjusted, each pair ensures minimal DC offset, and maximum linearity. Every preamp has to have a volume control. This is also a HUGE part in why our unit differs. The easy route (practically everyone else takes) consists of putting audio in and out of a volume control chip. While being cost effective and easy to design, the audio is left at the mercy the chip. The best possible electrical connection that can be made and released on command is made by a switch. The best sounding switch is one that has the least resistance and can maintain at all frequencies, for this we chose to use relays. While much more expensive, slower and noisier when switching, they are far more sonically superior to any switcher chip on the market today. The second part of our volume control is the resistors. That’s right, relays and resistors are the only components interacting with the audio signal. Like all our other products, we use Dale rn55d copper leaded precision resistors. Supplying exceedingly accurate channel to channel level matching (+/- 0.05db) and isolation (>106db)our discrete volume control is the most transparent and spaciously sounding attenuator we’ve heard. A maximum attenuation of 128db will quiet the loudest of sources, and as little as 0.5db steps allow for the finest control. With 2 sets of balanced inputs/outputs, 3 sets of unbalanced inputs and 2 sets unbalanced outputs, connection possibilities are vast. Being fully balanced input to output; the phase going in comes out. When an unbalanced input is selected, an inversion circuit is connected to maintain balanced outputs and optimum versatility. Absolute phase and balance control are easily selected through the supplied remote for those out of phase recordings, and room adjustments to be made on the fly. User interface is made easy with the VFD display and optical rotary encoder. Allowing input naming and HT Bypass input selection, the setup menu is easily accessed for customization. Several display dimming steps including “off†are available through the remote for stealth operation. Powering up the STP can be done several ways, by pushing in on the volume knob (power button), by pressing power on the remote, or by the remote DC trigger input when HT Bypass is selected in the setup menu. When an input is selected to be used as the HT input, the DC trigger can be activated by a surround processor to “power up†the unit, and automatically set the volume to unity gain. This allows for all volume controls to be made through the surround processor. When the processor is shut down, so is the STP and connected gear through the DC trigger output. When 2ch listening is desired, then manual operation can be executed from the front of the unit, or through the remote. What are you waiting for? Rediscover your music, Wyred 4 Sound, Just listen.... STP Specifications: Typical Distortion THD+N (20-20kHz / 2V) <0.003% THD+N Noise (A-weighted / VOL ≤ 63) < 6 µV Noise (A-weighted / VOL ≥ 64) < 18 µV Noise (20-20kHz / VOL ≤ 63) < 9 µV Noise (20-20kHz / VOL ≥ 64) < 27 µV Frequency Response (20-20kHz / 2V) +/- 0.02 db Channel Tracking (All Steps) < +/- 0.05 db IMD < 0.002% Crosstalk (20-20kHz / VOL ≤ 63) >106 db Crosstalk (20-20kHz / VOL ≥ 64) > 96 db Output Impedance (VOL ≤ 63) 113 Ω Output Impedance (VOL ≥ 64) 78 Ω Input Impedance 60.4kΩ Maximum Output Voltage 9V RMS *Vol ≤ 63 (gain stage not engaged) *Vol ≥ 64 (gain stage engaged) Unit Features: Input / Output wiring upgraded to Kimber Tcss wire 2nd stage filtering caps (4-22,000uf caps) are upgraded to the Wyred 4 Sound Low ESR "SUPER CAP" designed for power supplies Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) Optical rotary encoder (volume knob) Fully functional remote control 12V DC Trigger input (to automatically activate HT Bypass mode) 2- 12V DC Trigger outputs Home Theater bypass (customizable for any input, also DC Trigger input selected) Balance control Absolute phase control (0°/180°) Efficient (no heat) Tripple-ripple reduction circuit contains 164,560uF of capacitance Extremely low noise floor Fully balanced input to output Buffered passive/active design Automatically switched in Line Stage (when more volume is needed) Discrete volume control using dale RN55d resistors Unbalanced to Balanced conversion (when RCA input selected and XLR outputs are being used) Idle power consumption = 15w Rugged construction ½†Machined and Anodized front panels 60kΩ input impedance 3 sets of gold plated unbalanced (RCA) inputs 2 sets of gold plated unbalanced (RCA) outputs 2 sets of Neutrik Balanced (XLR) inputs 2 sets of Neutrik Balanced (XLR) outputs Factory Selectable mains 115/230VAC Compact size (17â€W x 4â€H x 13â€D) 22 lbs. Covered by a 3 YEAR WARRANTY
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    Axiom:Mysteries of Creation.Bill Laswell and the usual suspects.Very dark dub.Love the cover art and the liner notes.
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    Ok here it goes. The mids on the rev.1 is what has made keep mine still after owning and trying the rest of the Audeze and Hifiman family of planars. The bass on the rev.1's go deeper. There is some sibilance just around the upper treble extension on the Alpha's. The rev.1 extends very nice and low on the low-end. Sound stage is tad bigger on the Alpha's but that could be due to it being less dark/neutral overall to the LCD. The rev.1's is a bit more finicky with amplification and not really in terms of needing more juice but pair the wrong amp and they sound like mushed ****, pair it right and it will come alive but still has it's shortcomings. Detail retrieval is a bit ahead of the Alpha Dog but the Alpha is no slouch. Personally I don't think the Alpha dogs are worth there $650+ asking price and not the second coming most noobs on head-fi proclaim them to be. If you really enjoy your rev.1's why bother sidegrading. If you ever upgrade, upgrade to something with a bigger gap in improvement like electrostats or speakers.
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    Gee the Antipodes server is a lovely bit of kit. Señor Darkoski lined up the Antipodes against a Mac laptop and a Resonessence Labs Concero HD as a USB to SPDIF converter (a combination which is fairly representative of a decent quality computer and digital interface rig) and the Antipodes was altogether more refined, less edgy and far easier on the ears. If funds will permit, the Antiopodes is a superb sounding device. We also compared the new AURALiC Aries server. I was mentally compiling my thoughts when Darko donned a pair of dark glasses and wipe my memory 'Men In Black' style... so you'll have to wait for a formal review instead
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    I went through a few but simple dog box ( bass ) tweaks And after many many hours of listening and getting second opinions I settled for this Normally unnecessary but due to the addition of the bass box section I felt it prudent to help the sound waves as much as I can First I sourced from Spotlight (a craft type shop) some styrofoam cones of a suitable size to fit inside the cavity and attached them to the back of the driver magnet ( think aerodynamics ) At first I wasn't sure if this tweak would work but listening tests confirmed that it made a difference in a wholesome way to the sound and especially tighter bass
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    God, where do I even start on this one? I've owned hundreds of ambient discs . . . here's my Top 10: 1. Brian Eno: On Land 2. Michael Brook: Hybrid 3. Jon Hassell: Last Night the Moon Came Dropping its Clothes in the Street 4. Harold Budd: The Pavilion of Dreams 5. Robert Rich: Trances & Drones 6. Biosphere: Cirque 7. David Sylvian & Holger Czukay: Flux & Mutability 8. Bang on a Can: Ambient 1 (their reworking of Eno's classic is, IMO, better than the original) 9. Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden 10. KLF: Chill Out Andrew
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    Ferk, denon sure worked hard to fill up that box.
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