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  1. 7 points
    Review Setup GIESELER Groß DAC with usb only input option (standard has s/pdif & usb inputs). Groß connected to Sotm SMS-200 with Audioquest Carbon usb cable. Used XLR outputs to SGR CX3B (Mk 1) powered speakers. Bass optimised with dual subs (SVS SB13U, SB-2000). SMS-200 bridged to Synology DS414 NAS to access music. Used MPD server on SMS-200 and MPDroid on phone for playback. Update 17 Feb 18: Upgraded equipment with Uptone ISO Regen, Behringer DCX2496 with Behringer Mods. Swapped positions of subs with SB13U doing more and further bass optimisation using Multi Sub Optimisation. Update 17 May 18: Upgraded SMS-200 to Ultra version which brought a lot more nuance the music. External Appearance & Remote The unit has a smart looking front, with a power button and 4 line display. Update 17 Oct: new firmware removed Channel, now 3 line display The rear panel has a usb input, XLR and RCA outputs and a 9V AC input from an external transformer to feed low noise internal PSU's. Update 17 Oct: Note that Groß has output transformers which allows it to be directly connected to power amps or powered speakers. Smaller and much lighter than previous Audiolab 8200CDQ (DAC plus pre-pro, CD player, headphone amp). 8200CDQ displayed both the bit depth and sample rate but Groß only the sample rate. Groß display could do with brightness adjustment because it was too bright at night. The remote was slim and easy to use. Red power button cycled through home menu, screen off, large volume and filter display. Channel Up/Down cycled through filters, Volume Up/Down, plus mute button. Volume control was digital with a bypass available for a pre-pro. In my case, requested that bypass be disabled to prevent an accidental overload on the amps in the CX3Bs. Setting up on the SMS-200 was straight forward. After plugging the usb cable into Groß, the SMS-200 picked up the DAC. Then, manually changed DAC setting from non-DSD to DoP in Eunhasu MPD setup. Update 17 Feb 18: using DSD instead of DoP. DAC Comparison As expected, Groß out-performed 4 years old 8200CDQ (which was highly acclaimed then). The difference was marked when switching back to the 8200CDQ after a few hours on the Groß, with less detail, transparency and naturalness among many things lacking. Looking forward to reviews of others comparing Groß with more recent DACs. Update 17 May 18: The Groß comfortably beat the 2Qute with better detail, sound stage, clarity in my setup. Listening Experience Most of my music consisted of ripped 16/44.1 flac, with some purchased 24/96 flac and also have ripped DSD64. Groß is my first unit able to play native DSD; previously DSD converted to PCM during playback. Long time favourite, Parce Mihi Domine (Jan Garbarek & Hillard Ensemble, Officium, 16/44.1 flac) had never sounded so good. Jan Garbarek’s saxophone was more natural and transparent and there was clarity in the position of the saxophone relative to the Hillard Ensemble. In numerous 16/44.1 flac, Groß managed to bring out the details and improved the imaging, depth, sound stage. Vocals, particularly female (e.g. KD Lang, Hallelujah, Hymns of the 49th Parallel) had a presence. Even relatively poor classical recordings sounded cleaner. Groß does 16/44.1 flac very well. With higher resolution music, the piano in Gjeilo’s North Country II, Stone Rose, 24/96 flac was natural and as close as I have heard to a real one. When the flugelhorn comes in, imaging was good and realistic. Diana Krall’s My Love Is, from Love Scenes, 24/96 flac, had deep tight bass bass, tighter than I knew, with an excellent voice. Groß managed to improve the bass a bit more in an already optimised dual sub setup. Groß’s DSD capability is outstanding. Eagles’s Hotel California from the same named album was a revelation in native DSD64. Detailed, transparent, nice sound stage. Much better than 16/44.1 and beat 24/96 version. Similarly, Arnesen’s Magnificat 4: Et Misericordia from Magnificat album (DSD64) on 2L label was very good. However, in an unfair comparison, it could not (& not expected to) match the atmosphere and presence of 5.1 PCM with the piano and organ behind the conductor. DSDs came across superbly on the Groß. Could have written a lot more about how good the listening experience was but above was a fair representation. Update 17 Oct: The listening experience improved after 30 to 40 hours of use. Not sure whether this was because I was getting more used to the Groß’s presentation? Female vocals continued to capture my attention with their presence. And still amazed by the details in PCM material. DSDs remain outstanding, problem now is opening wallet to get more DSD material. Update 17 Feb 18: Details, sound stage improved with the upgrades (ISO Regen, Behringer Mods and Amanero firmware). Am surprised how much the Amanero firmware contributed to audio quality. DSD made my wallet lighter but brought more smiles. North Country II in DSD has now replaced the 24/96 PCM version as my favourite piece, with the piano better. Filters The Groß with the AKM AK4497EQ DAC chip came with 6 filters: Super slow roll-off: no echo reproduces natural sound Short delay, slow roll-off: minimal echo reproduces original sound Slow roll-off: minimal echo reproduces original sound Short delay, sharp roll-off: post echo enhances bass sound Sharp roll-off: pre & post echoes make powerful sound. Low dispersion short delay: sound quality optimised Selecting the filter was via the remote and could be changed on the fly for PCM. Filters do not apply to DSD. There were supposed to be subtle differences between filters, but was beyond my old ears to resolve consistently. Update 17 Feb 18: finally found differences! Used short delay, slow roll-off, previously low dispersion short delay, to reduce the echo. Found the short delay, sharp roll-off and sharp roll-off filters had too much echo. Firmware Owning the first USB unit is wonderful and exciting but came with imperfect beta firmware. The firmware was derived from the Gieseler Konverter (same AK4497EQ DAC chip plus pre-pro) and still displayed channel in first line. Also, there were pops when skipping DSD tracks, and occasional pops elsewhere. Will get update once these niggles have been resolved. Update 17 Oct: Firmware has now been updated which removed channel in display, eliminated the annoying pops/clicks. It turned out that the Konverter firmware had the same problem. Both sets of firmware now been overhauled and improved. Update 17 Feb 18: Used Amanero2003_71A firmware optimised for Linux players (SMS-200) . Note that this is different to the Groß firmware referred above. Skip Groß If You … Like the unboxing experience and want to make a YouTube video of it. GIESELER Audio has spent R&D dollars on how it sounds and none on the packaging (but unit was well packed with 3 layers of bubble wrap). Bonus was no one was tempted during shipment! Update 17 Oct: Clay has sourced a double box for shipping Desire international brands with big reputations, leading edge look & feel and extensive reviews. GIESELER Audio have well regarded niche products here on SNA. It may yet gain a wider acceptance as a result of Groß! Conclusion Proud and delighted to own an Australian designed and manufactured DAC which delivered superb audio. In summary, WOW! Update 17 Oct: a theme coming through from the early owners is that the Groß DAC is addictive and we want to listen to it even more. Update 17 Feb 18: With the upgrades, enjoying the Groß DAC more than ever. p/s Clay Gieseler @Gieseler Audio is a fantastic person to deal with and service is second to none.
  2. 5 points
    Yes quite true actually, Mods have no tolerance! [emoji6] Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk
  3. 3 points
    Well, very interesting. Tonight, I went to a wonderful concert at the MRC - Brenda Rae (a Yankee soprano) and the superb ANAM orchestra, doing a program of arias and music from various Rameau operas. I guess it's the excellent acoustics of the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch hall but a couple of times during the concert, Ms. Rae went up to the back of orchestra - and, when I closed my eyes, I could clearly hear her singing way behind the violins and violas (which were, respectively, front left & right). Then when she came to the front of the stage - again, this was clearly audible. What wasn't straightforward, though, was when the percussionist (at the back of the orchestra - so near the front wall of the hall - and a bit to my right) hit a triangle ... it was very difficult to work out (with my eyes closed) where that triangle was located. The sound seemed to be coming from a long way to the left of where I knew he was standing! So people at home who suffer from lack of soundstage depth ... this is not just a "hifi thing" - which isn't worth having. Depth is present in the real world, at a concert - so it is worth trying to get depth from your hifi system! Andy
  4. 3 points
    You're impatient??????...the bloody horns sits there looking forlornly at me all day..."when are you going to hook me up Anthony...you don't have to work...you can just spend some more time with me". So much so that I have decided on the artwork that is going to sit on the wall in between the speakers as a reminder of the three years of temptation..."damn sireeens" (oh Brother)
  5. 2 points
    Item: Plinius SA Reference Stereo Amp Location:Thornton 2322,Maitland Area NSW Price: $9000 Item Condition:Excellent Reason for selling:trying some thing different Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank deposit Extra Info:SUPERB Sounding amp,300watts A/B 100WATTS Class A Per channel .can be mono blocked to 1000watts ,RRP $18900 Have box so can be transported for interstate purchases. plenty of reviews online. Pictures:
  6. 2 points
    I don't lick the back of my records.... yet.
  7. 2 points
    High Praise indeed .............. taking the world by storm there, Clayton ................
  8. 2 points
    If I convert Vinyl to digital file and feed into good quality DAC, would sound be improved comparing with budget cartridge/stylus? I'm afraid rubbish in = rubbish out. Driving your 1950 Triumph Mayflower on the Nurburgring will not make it go any faster, in other words you can't polish a turd.
  9. 2 points
    Digitizing your vinyl collection is one of the possibilities. Or if you have some sort of DSP device , e.g. room correction or parametric EQ, you could feed your analog sources into it.
  10. 2 points
    Well, the project sorta morphed into something greater than initially intended to be honest. "Knock something together" changed into "let's do this right" and all the ocd behaviour that that entails. I'm definitely still enjoying the project but how could I not? I'm building everything...room and room treatments, horns and speakers, amplifiers, equipment rack and isolation platforms, cables, power distribution, music computers, preamplifier/headphone amp and plenty of other stuff too, all entirely from scratch except for a few pcb's that I have not designed. One day I'll even get to reconditioning a 1980 FM Tuner (that thing is a sexy beast - it lights up beautifully at night - I'll post a photo one day). At the start I disliked woodwork, could barely solder two wires together, had little electronics knowledge, had never been interested in anything other than listening to speakers (certainly not building them), had a tiny shed (it's ok, I still feel like a man - haha), my painting skills were, and still are, primitive. Talk about a learning curve! But I've had good help. My mate Al set me up with the woodworking basics, Romy has been nothing but helpful this whole process, @davewantsmoorecontinually brings me back to reality, Lucas from Black Art has not only provided just about all of the iron for the amplifiers, but has dispensed so much invaluable advice and information for which I am extremely grateful, the powdercoater has enabled me to do a lot less painting and my wife and family have given me a lot of leeway to get this stuff done (for about a year there my son thought I built speakers for a living!). I've also devoured a lot of books on a lot of audio subjects in the past few years. It has also led to some very amusing moments. My young daughter, on the double-up bike behind me as we were on our way to childcare says to a complete stranger at the traffic lights "This is my Dad. He's not very smart but he likes to build things." She's onto it that girl!!
  11. 1 point
    Since there is not a dedicated place for Dolby Atmos music not sure where to put this but this is a real game changer. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.udiscovermusic.com/news/inxs-kick-reissue-dolby-atmos/amp/ Can only hope for more to follow.
  12. 1 point
    Item: Burson Conductor V2+ Location: Brisbane Price: $890 Item Condition: good, apart from small scratch on the top (see previous ad) Reason for selling: not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought recently from fellow SNA member. Ran only for a few hours. Wanted to check whether the DAC was an improvement over the one of my Bluesound vault. Couldn't hear a difference at the volume I usually listen to. NOTE: IT DOES NOT HAVE A REMOTE! Previous ad:
  13. 1 point
    While Vanessa and I can't make it due to show commitments, I just want to say a sincere thanks to you @evil c for the hard work you're putting in this year (and last) on behalf of the members to put this together. Cheers - and please guys, buy him a drink.
  14. 1 point
    And there could be blood involved! [emoji53]Again I need to reiterate that we need to lock in a menu option which is Belgian Banquet. Also again I repeat that every single person would have to commit to a drinks package (ie. Gold package) and with a few non drinkers it ain't gonna happen. I tried to get different choices at different tables but when we book a group it is classed as one table only. I don't make the rules and if anyone is unhappy with the choice please book alternative seats. Last year at the Belgian beer cafe was with a set menu only so no different this year. Not trying to be nasty at all but have invested considerable time so far and will have a lot more ahead till the event. Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk
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    Yeah think you might want to check the use by date on that milk if your coffees still black Stump....... ?
  17. 1 point
    what happened to the bug ? welcome bug lol
  18. 1 point
    nufotrO what happens on the field stays on the field ;-) ... good to see you back
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  20. 1 point
    @mello yello Just world events making me angry or I'm allowing them to make me angry and some leakage here and there, I still don't agree with that post you made on that thread, but It's done and past.
  21. 1 point
    Yeah i know but my best combo before was Integra 30.5 with poweramp for front and DAC for 2 channel. i don't need a power amp now for this beast so Integra and Dac and you probably wont hear from me ever again. some will be happy. Yeah i agree but I really am just enjoying this now and I really can't see it being a Major! improvement for the hassle that it is to learn and set up.
  22. 1 point
    William Elliot Whitmore - Field Songs. Mississippi bluesy tracks, social conscience, banjo and geeetars - its all there. Folk singer with a gravelly voice, hardened by tobacco? and a good days work in the fields. His voice sounds a lot older and wiser than his actual years and is the standout for me. There's something earnest and sincere that strikes a chord. Highly recommended.
  23. 1 point
    Good god man...my eyes!
  24. 1 point
    Nah 100,000 % done now, i just have a Klein II dac coming and that is it, I'm sick of connecting these things up. At least I have tried a ton of different products and combinations so I definitely know what is best for me.
  25. 1 point
    The same item (photos) are listed in another site stating item is in Victoria lol
  26. 1 point
    O good, there isn't a name and date engraved in gold on the underside ..............
  27. 1 point
    I need to give Outlast another go. My brother keeps telling me to play it. I couldn't get into it the first time coz the graphics kinda sucked. But i'll give it another go. Apparently the new one is good too.
  28. 1 point
    I have the original Grace F9 with the original stylus that sounded good to me when I ran it for a few records. Still I can't tell how long it would last. I could send it to Garrotts for a confirmation inspection but doing so wouldn't be economical. So it stays in my stash since I have better carts and yes they happen to be MC
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    Pffft - income??? Just sell a few records! Names added to list
  31. 1 point
    Welcome to the Dark Side? Pleased that these worked out so well. I do note however the possible use of what looks like below standard figure 8 cable for your speaker leads.
  32. 1 point
    Good to see you you found someone in Toowoomba. i had a look in my documentation with the tester I have and it did not mention UX-245. At least Tezza has the knowledge to be able to use settings for other tubes. I don't
  33. 1 point
    @crisis, I understand your points, though in practice it's not exactly so. Economies of scale don't exactly work above certain volumes for cars, there's many factors that matter. Unless you're VW that pioneered platform sharing, scale arguments are usually moot above viability minimums. What does matter is labour cost, reduced environmental and OH&S requirements and above all... significantly more government support for industry. E.g. China is about to go through an EV manufacturing boom not because there's over a billion people there, but because the government's decided that China will be a world leader in EV production. And has invested accordingly. Stuff like that is easy to feel bitter about - we had pretty much everything to that end here to attack the future with, from govt/private/university research groups, research and innovation teams within the automakers, skilled people in required adjacent industries, relevant raw materials industry... had it all over 10 years ago... and a complete failure to units govt, industry and possibility to build a future. Too much reliance on status quo. What's more - just because there are factories in China, India, Thailand etc doing great work punching out cheap cars at low cost... doesn't mean there's not requirements for other factories doing other work for other model lines. Cost elasticity isn't identical across all products and segments. Not exactly. Exporting to the middle east is not as simple as 'substitute x with y because it's cheaper from location z'. Import permissions are long and complex. In both Holden and Toyota's cases the export opportunities were developed by the Australian affiliates.... as was the product development, the production volume appropriations, the import approval and homologation process... the lot. Just because you have a production facility doesn't mean you can do engineering and foreign market homologation too... which we could do here. Quite well actually. Often these are good niches that grow big relative to the scale we need... remember the Ford Capri? For a time in the US it outsold the MX5... engineered and built here. What Holden was exporting to the middle east couldn't actually be made anywhere else at the time - it was the only amenable RWD platform GM had globally at the time. Call it a niche if you want but these involved were all high-spec and went on a boat fully paid up... was a friggn profitable niche. The biggest death knell for Holden was the 08/09 financial crisis. GM chose to look after American jobs first, and wish diminishing volumes at home the Australian arm got screwed over - it was decided in the next product generation that the export contract in question would go to Buick. America first. If it were the blot on a broad horizon as you suggest... would you really think it'd have worked out as such? Large and medium segments have devolved into small/medium and SUV purchases. For various (sound) reasons, no one here was looking at making an SUV unless it was a shared platform with anything else. Quality of workforce actually counts for a lot in auto. Cars are not so simple to design, engineer or manufacture. Many countries have a GM, Ford or Toyota manufacturing facility. Very few have engineering centres of excellence from these firms. All three majors had one down here, and both GM and Ford still do. Toyota will maintain a (very complete and skilled) design office. Other auto firms retain specialist engineering and manufacturing groups in Australia... our people really that good. They still do work for the rest of the world. This doesn't mean that the future needs to be Australia exporting production to the rest of the world in the maximum scale possible; it does infer that the next best outcome isn't 'kill it all'. Some stuff we've done is so well-suited to manufacture elsewhere that we don't do it anymore (engines are a good example - casting in China is a ton cheaper). Like most countries there's an economic reality though, particularly when the supplier base falls out the bottom of any equation. It was going to be hard with two manufacturers, and when Holden pulled the rest was inevitable: job done, Coalition. Car factories aren't built in countries, complete industries are. It's a symbiotic thing. C'mon... the new V6 sounds pretty good! Seriously the cars are less relevant than they ever were, but that doesn't make them any less special or their achievements any less relevant. Save that CV8. And get a drive in a new HSV! Holden+HSV's engineers were seriously let off their leashes for the last generation... awesome cars.
  34. 1 point
    Hi all you guys planning things while I'm still in sunny Spain.. Well in Barcelona, better say Catalonia ATM. As thing are interesting here with independence issues. Flying back tomorrow so no more planning until I can read what you guys are up to. Have my ticket for the show.. [emoji102] Looking to catch up with everybody Cheers. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  35. 1 point
    See those 10 Watt resistors floating around? I've worked on a Supratek preamp and found that one of those unsecured resistors (which is appalling construction practice, NEVER seen in any professional product) managed to melt part of one of the large white capacitors. By comparison, the ARC product is superbly constructed.
  36. 1 point
    Wow, some prog/blues Oz classics there....and from what I've seen while searching for Spectrum LP's and the like, a pretty penny in all three! Treasure them! I have 'Warts Up Your Nose' by Indelible Murtceps (Spectrum's alter-ego) and my brother has the 'Out of the Blue' McKenzie Theory LP and 'Testimonial' by Spectrum........all great stuff! An enjoyable session I'm sure!
  37. 1 point
    The Foundations - Baby, Now That I've Found You.
  38. 1 point
    BEN FROST - The Centre Cannot Hold A rather dark, and powerful album on blue vinyl (which is a little noisey in places - must try cleaning) from this haunting looking Australian
  39. 1 point
    These also from bookshop in Juneau. Arch rival to Miles, love his playing too. Probably digitally-recorded in the 80's but I just gotta have them, eventhough already have the CD!
  40. 1 point
    I used to have this great album back in the day but lost it somehow.
  41. 1 point
    And another one ... a Lyra Dorian Mono. I rarely buy used cartridges, but I picked this one up quite cheaply with less than 250 hours on the clock, so it was worth a punt. So far sounding very nice on Miles Davis' "Ascenseur pour L'Echafaud" (thanks @scuzzii!).
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    Tide coming in at Pt Cartwright this afternoon: Nikon D750 camera + Nikkor 16-35 lens @ 16mm, f/11, ISO 50, 1.6 seconds. --Geoff
  44. 1 point
    Just completed cabling and it works fine now.
  45. 1 point
    In a general sense i would agree, that is why I believe with any purchase the person needs to do extensive research into a item/brand before taking the plunge. I also believe that when it comes down to it it doesn't matter where a product is made, that same research is required, no place (country) is beyond making compromises in a product when trying to reach a market. I don't favour any place as such where origin is concerned, these things need to be viewed on the individual case. A country like China can and does produce fodder that can even be unsafe, but can and does also produce very good products. This is why I dislike blanket views.
  46. 1 point
    +1 for Witcher 3, the sound effects in the forest was really well done, and Geralt is straight badass! Games that spring to mind that I really liked with bonus points if it makes my sub rock :P) Mass Effect 3 aka the last good game the title song is awesome with a hunting piano that is used nicely in dreams sequences. The Last of Us was great too, nice acoustic guitar work that really set the mood Red Dead Redemption, It was always fun to jump on a horse and hear the music pick up with a sweet bassline and percussion to get you moving As for straight sound design. Horizon Zero Dawn and the machine effects in that really help communicate there distance and placement in the environment, by the tone of the sound effect you could tell their level of aggression too. Very nice. Zelda Breath Of The Wild use audio sparingly in general roaming but when it kicked in it was always in a way that told you something about the area, if was dangerous, a secret is near or if a challenge was ahead.
  47. 1 point
    Depeche Mode - Spirit. Love this album now - seeing them live did no harm
  48. 1 point
    How much for a set of the spacers? The gherkin jar lids on my Polski USM are killing me! Agreed that the labels don't need protecting, the film of cleaning fluid doesn't run or drip on to the labels. I run with the labels about 8mm above the bath fluid level. Actually I haven't wet a label since I graduated from cleaning records over the kitchen sink.
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