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  1. 50 points
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  2. 48 points
    In the last two weeks I have caught and stopped at least 4 scammers, and possibly a few more who I was not 100% sure on. Please do your due diligence before committing to a purchase. As a rule of thumb, a scammer will insist on EFT only as payment option, and will not allow pickup. They will of course have Zero feedback as well. We highly recommend buying only from those that allow pick up, Paypal, and have trading feedback.
  3. 43 points
    This thread might be entirely too self-indulgent and I'll apologise in advance if it lands like that 😌 I am weeks from moving back to Australia (unexpected but necessitated by personal circumstances) after a couple of years living in the UK, and as a result of this we have recently sold our house over here. I was home during the buyers second house viewing and got chatting hi-fi with them and knowing that we were moving overseas they approached me the following day to discuss our hi-fi systems and if we would consider making them part of the deal. After giving it some careful consideration about what I really want I did what feels like a fair deal and we signed the final contracts today... This essentially means we will walk out of the house and leave behind my entire reference system (Whatmough Signature 505i, Parasound Halo Pre and Power, Luxman CDP and DAC) and my second system (KEF LS50W and REL T7i). 😵 If you're still with me you may be wondering what the hell the point of this thread actually is! I think it's at least partially for me to share that the overwhelming feeling I have at the moment is one of: RELIEF For at least the last 12 months I have been more and more inclined to listen to the LS50W system with my wife, and just enjoy the tunes rather than squirrel away by myself into a separate listening room and feel like I'm isolating myself. This has had the dual benefits of bringing me closer to my wife and spending more time with her, and getting her more interested in music and sound. Perhaps more importantly for me the LS50W system being essentially complete out of the box I stopped worrying about all the various system machinations and equipment and just got back to listening to tunes. Radio Paradise has become my number 1 source and I absolutely love it having discovered so much new music. Reality for was I had got to a point where I actually was experiencing far more musical enjoyment from a $6000 active hifi system than I was from a $50k plus system in a dedicated treated room and obviously this has nothing to do with the ultimate quality and fidelity of audio reproduction. The reference system sounds simply superb in it's current room, but yet if I'm really honest I was not really enjoying using it! I've been up and down on the cycle over many years now, but I think I am getting off the high end merry go round, at least for the foreseeable future. Not sure what the future holds system wise, maybe another LS50W based system, maybe something different. I certainly don't feel a compulsion to have a separate treated room anymore, especially if my wife doesn't want to share it with me. Whatever it looks like it will be back to music first and enjoying the tunes without obsessing over equipment and system! So if you've read this far then thank you for allowing me to indulge in my own story! I have heard the term' recovering audiophile' thrown about a bit recently and think maybe that is something that resonates with me....does it resonate with any of you!?
  4. 43 points
    The short version: I had a fantastic time at the show - an amazing opportunity to experience so much in such a short time in the company of a marvellous group of fellow enthusiasts. Can't see how anyone fails to appreciate that. Again, Marc and co deserve congratulations for another great event. The long version: Back in the 1970's, almost everyone had a record player and many aspired to the best audio reproduction that could be achieved. It was the golden age of Hifi as there was so much less to compete for our attention in both the home entertainment electronics field and other life interests . Hey, we even had Hifi shows in little old Adelaide and it was (almost) a mainstream interest. Over the following decades that all changed and it became almost nerdish to care about audio reproduction. I recall asking on a Falcon XR6 Turbo forum that I was on in those days if anyone had an interest in stereo and the only reply was from Simon (Mondie on SNA) He put me on to Planet Audio and we met up at a Herald Sun home entertainment Show in "Jeff's Shed" in the early 2000's. I suddenly realised I wasn't alone in my interest and that was great. Planet Audio evolved ito SNA and the whole concept of Hifi shows was resurrected, becoming what we have today. I think I've attended every one in the past 10 years or more, continuing to revel in the breaking of the drought that lasted for decades. Last year, there were two in Melbourne in subsequent weekends (one by Chester Group) and they were different enough that I could thoroughly enjoy both. I suspect anyone who knocks the show hasn't any concept of what life was like before we had the connection and resources that get too easily taken for granted. A few comments on rooms that particlarly interested me: OK, I have to admit a personal bias here, but i was delighted to see that the ever-affable Cameron had stepped up the presence of the Avantgarde brand this year and put on a fantastic display featuring the mighty Trios, Mezzos and several other models, with amplification by Avantgarde and the TOTL Statement Innuos streamer. The only reservation I had was that the Trios were the sober beige models. Now Cam must have read my mind because the next day the Trios were resplendant in the requisite red colour! How's that for showing that Cam is undoubtably one of the nicest and most accommodating blokes in the Industry? Bit spooky to find he's a mind-reader too, though. We all know that demoing stereo gear in small hotel rooms is a special challenge. But really big spaces present difficulties too. The B and W's that were in this lounge last year struggled to sound good and I remember big disappoinments with TOTL Dynaudios and PMC's in large rooms in previous shows at the Rialto. Even Joz's mighty Illuminators didn't (IIRC) reveal their full capabilities on release in a huge ballroom at that hotel. (As an aside, this thought does make me even more amazed at the excellent job the little Gale 401's did in a very large space at the inaugural Classic Album Sundays event in Adelaide recently. They did need a 600WPC Bryston amp turned up close to the limit to do so though) Anyway, given this perspective, the fact that on many tracks the Avantgardes managed to show off most of their true capabilities and sound magnificent is genuinely commendable. Occasionally, I got the feeling they needed a little bit more room reinforcement and that's totally to be expected. They definitely made for a spectacular display and I'm rapt that they were there. I really enjoyed what the big bass horn added to the sound I'm familiar with. Another system that wasn't backward in coming forward visually was the mighty Kharma/Chord extravaganza presented by VAF. How anyone could suggest VAF didn't make the effort this year is mind-boggling to me. Honestly, what more could anyone expect? However previous comments suggest this system was a little polarizing and I found this even on an individual level. I listened to a couple of tracks initially and was slightly undewhelmed by several aspects of the sound. Then the marvellously erudite but quiet, unassuming and self-effacing Rob Watts stood up and gave some fascinating insights into the esoteric and highly techical world of DAC design. A real guru, he presented the info in a way that even I believed I followed and understood it, even with my dearth of background knowledge of the subject. Just as one tiny example, he explained in a perfectly plausible fashion how components (including cables) can measure the same but sound different. No need for speculation about mysterious parameters yet to be identified and measured. The system was played again and the next track sounded superb to me - there were a lot of acapella vocals and I've never heard anything like that sound so solid, real and natural - very impressive. However, a mate of mine was sitting next to me and he really didn't like it at all. The weird thing about that is that we agree most of the time on how things sound. Of course, we can just put it down to individual variation in sound perception, but work done by Floyd E Toole suggests there should be a much higher agreement in likes and dislikes than the show review comments have indicated so far. But Floyd's experiments were blind - I don't think I'll go there at this point! Another exhibitor renowned for always presenting excellent equipment in a very polished and professional fashion is Warwick Fremantle of Pure Music Group. On my first trip to his room the Kiis with bass units were playing and they sounded technically and objectively excellent to me. I couldn't find any way to fault the sound I heard........................except it just didn't seem to engage me emotionally in any way. I can't explain this, but (although I hate to admit it) it might have something to do with the fact that I find the Kii aesthetic a bit clean and cold for my old fashioned tastes. But I hated the look of some Vivid Giya speakers at previous shows and absolutely loved the sound, so the appearance influencing sound assessment argument seems a bit suss. Maybe I was too busy being intimidated by the price of the electronics on display to get into the sound! However I went back to that room the next day specifically to hear the big active ATC's. I've read lots about ATC speakers (founded by Australian Billy Woodman) over the decades, but never seen or heard one. And it was a revelation. I've never heard a piano sound so solid and real, with correct timbre. And I always assumed from photos that ATC's would look boring, but they were really quite beautiful albeit in an old-school style. The finish in high gloss was superb and the build quality looked like if could survive an earthquake! In short, I loved them and they did everything I'd want a speaker to do. Hmmm - $33K for big, powerful superb-sounding 3 way actives seems within the realms of aspiration. I'll keep these in mind! A room the seems to have received more than it's share of negative comments IMO was the McIntosh/Sonus Faber system. I understand the SS amp was hastily recruited when the initial valve amp died, but the presenters were more than happy with the substition on the day. They seemed very open and friendly and more than willing to candidly address any concerns or criticisms. I really enjoyed some of the insights and revelations that they offered about pairing various Sonus Faber speakers over the years with specific amplifiers, mentioning some disappointing combinations. The room was set up with some moderately comfy armchairs at the front and this is where it sounded good to me. Those perched on stools or standing at the back undoubtably experienced excessive bass, but this was a room effect not due to the subs. While I was there, they turned off the subs mid-track to show how subtle their effect actually was. The McIntosh gear looked very pretty in a McIntosh way - not very well captured in this pic, unfortunately. As presenters/retailers go, Bill McLean is generally considered a consumate professional. I thoroughly endorse that opinion. He sources excellent products, knows them intimately and presents them with relaxed, authoritative flair with a great music selection played at just the right volume. He's a genuinely nice bloke too. Whether he's presenting a range of gear in a big room or just one system in a small one, it's always a nice place to be. At this event he was showcasing the "entry-level" Magnepans with class D amps and the sound /dollar ratio was probably the highest in the show. The sound was excellent and seemed to work well anywhere in the room, almost defying logic. How sub $4K speakers can sound so good is amazing! Well the secret is largely just hard work and caring about doing things properly. Bill told me he spent several hours determining the optimal positioning of those speakers in that room. Even with his experience and expertise, a hard slog is the recipe for success. He also told me that he took about a year to find the position for his speakers in his own home that he felt satisfied with. So, how arrogant would I need to be to think there's even a possibility my speakers are placed correctly in my room currently, given my affliction of terminal laziness? Obviously I need to do some work and to devise some method of moving the speakers more easily so I don't give up to quickly and settle back into the "good enough for me" mode. ATM I'm resolved to do so - wish me luck in sticking to that! One other room that was very good for me was the collaboration by my good friends Keith/Cheekyboy (wyndham Speakers) Anthony/Grizzly (Grizzlyworks, Contrast Speakers) and Ben (Nano valve amplifiers). I didn't spend much time there as I have heard and admired Keith's excellent speakers on many occasions and in many venues, (eg, at the launch of the CH-2's at Rev Thompsons, at a demo of the BR-1's and 2's at my place and the CH-1's at a mates' place, driven by a mighty Line Magnetic valve amp), Anthony's Contrast speakers at his home in the Adelaide Hills and I've even heard one of Ben's lovely little valve amps driving my Avantgardes, thanks to Anthony. But, close to the end of the show, I popped into their room to say seeyulater to the lads as i was on my way to the airport. So I shake hands, wave goodbye and head for the door..........................then spontaneously turn around, come back in and sit down and listen. Yes, I'm sure it looked silly and I didn't explain at the time (I am now). The music coming from the little Contrast standmounts was so relaxing and compelling that I simple couldn't leave. It wasn't even a track I was familiar with, there was no Hifi boom and tizz to catch attention, just sheer, genuine musicality, played at moderate volume. The fact that it grabbed me in a vice-like grip even after 3 days of listening to Stereo systems is a pretty powerful compliment from my perspective at least. Well done, Guys! Now it gets tricky! I have mentioned some plusses, one mainly to balance the negatives that system received from many others. But I do like to hear about systems that people had some reservations about, provided the comments are polite and respectful. So. I think I should mention a couple where I didn't share the universally positive assessment others seem to have submitted. It's not criticism - just a comment about my reaction on the day. I had read some very postive comments about the Serban and Swift speakers so they were on my "must not miss" list. I went to the room with very high expectations. Now the sound I heard lived up to the build-up in several aspects, including the amazing soundstage width and the speaker disappearing. The problem I encountered is that the volume seemed to be set too high and it felt like the speakers were being asked to do something that weren't quite capable of doing comfortably. There was no obvious distortion of indications of strain that I could pick clearly, just a feeling I had with the sound that made me vaguely uncomfortable and prevented a true appreciation of either the music or their technical sonic achievements. I expect it's eminently possible that a slight lowering of the volume would have changed my experience dramatically. Maybe even more familiarity with them would've reassured me they were not going to break and they weren't being treated unkindly. Anyway, no sensible person should make a final decision on a speaker based on a 10 minute audition under show conditions and if i were in the market for a pair of small, high quality standmounts they would definitely be on my list for further investigation and listening, OTOH, a set of $50K speaker cables that look like a vacuum cleaner hose? - maybe not. Nice to look at and find out about the rationale, though. Another sonic miss for me was paradoxically one of the most innovative concepts I've come across for a long time. My ambivalence about the Wing speakers was profound. I thought the concept was refeshingly novel and the execution looked very snazzy in a high-tech industrial design way. Unfortunately, on a briefish listen, the tonality seemed wrong to me and I was disappointed by that. Still, it's a new concept and I suspect it's still under development - so the potential is there. I hoped to get back to reassess the sound on a different track, but didn't make it. I'll keep an eye out for future progress as I'd love to be given cause to change my mind re their sonic attributes. I've recently installed a projector and screen in the shed as posted in another thread, but I'm just using the 2 channel stereo system for the audio - seems adequate for my purposes for now at least. Anyway, this prompted me to have a look in at both HT displays on offer. The thing that struck me is that they were both very impressive. The Selby/Krix/Epson system seemed outstanding value at around $18K all-up show special. The Barco system OTOH at about $120,000 seemed to epitomise the perils of diminishing returns. It was better, sure, but the case for retaining $102K and "putting up" with the cheaper system to watch a few movies seemed quite powerful to me. Which got me thinking about how we tend to overlook the "diminishing returns" factor in areas that we are passionate about and in which we become more discerning and appreciative of small gains. I think there might be a good argument that it is better not to get too involved in things where the price vs quality goes up exponentially vs linearly, like wine, watches, audio.......... Well, this has been a truncated version of what I did earlier, but it's as much as I need to do to feel happy. I thought I'd throw in a few other random photos mainly from gear I haven't mentioned, but I think I'll do this in a separate post as I want to get this one out of the oven ASAP before it disappears like the other one! I also have few people pics that might be worth sharing - will probably post them too if the blackmail money doesn't come through soon!!!!
  5. 39 points
    Maybe I'm not perceiving this correctly, but there seems to be a lot of negativity in some of these comments that would normally be taken down from any other thread (as per the Classifieds Policy, in particular the 'White-Anting' section) I'll make clear that I have no affiliation with the OP in any way, no previous contact whatsoever, but so what if the OP was fortunate enough to win this awesome Turntable, but cannot afford to buy the vinyl to make use of it - was there any prerequisites of entering the competition that you must have a vinyl collection, or be prepared to gradually purchase one? I think not... You have to admit, vinyl can be a pretty expensive music love, one that I'm fortunate enough to have some of my favourite albums on! I really enjoy this community and am probably putting myself at risk here of being hated on, but thought I should say something... Good luck to the OP, and I hope you don't one day regret selling such an awesome Turntable!
  6. 38 points
    Hi guys I’ve decided to become a Commercial member , as I thought it wasn’t fair to the other commercial members that I was selling my cables through the member classified’s . ( I will still make them for members at cost, or near to cost ) There are some exciting new cables on the horizon , including a Speaker Cable that will simple compete with anything out there A web site is now being put together, so that making your cable decisions a little easier Message me for anything you would like to know. Cheers Bill
  7. 36 points
    My current system! Recorded handheld on my iphone with inbuilt microphone...so take it with a big dose of salt.
  8. 35 points
    Further information: Well finally they are here. My boutique Speaker Cables After over 2 years of research and trialing different combinations of cable, I have finally come up with a combo that I believe you will all love . I’ve blind tested this cable with many people, against well known low, mid and very highly prices cables, and not only does it hold its own with the exotics, but in most cases beats them. ( my most critical test is my wife, who can hear differences in cables while cooking up a storm, and will wonder in and tell me yes or no ) Some info on what they are Each positive and negative termination ( red and black ) are made up from 6 x differing gauge, crystal aligned double baked copper wire ( bloody hard to source ) but I now have a reliable supplier. Each differing cable is wrapped in PE dialectic. So each side has 12 individual cables. They are then hand wrapped in copper foil insulation. There is then a small solid pure silver wire component, which adds that detail that ever you loves. The combination is neither warm or shrill. Reproducing the music as it was recorded. They are quite flexible. Quite thin. Look great. These cables are not easy to make, and the components are quite expensive, hence the higher price, ( well higher for me anyways ) but as normal, I have kept the price as low as I can Prices which include postage 2m set $500 2.5m set $550 3m set $600 OTHER.LENGTHS PLEASE PM ME As with all my cables, I offer a full refund if not satisfied
  9. 35 points
    As the cat seems to be out of the bag I thought I may as well reveal our plans for our 2020 show. As many know, given what has transpired with shows in Australia over recent years, and despite proving once again in 2020 that our show was the biggest, widest advertised, best supported and most well attended thanks to the hard work of our entire team, we had decided to take a break next year. I said to many (and let's face it, the exhibitors are the ones with the ability to call the shots) that the industry would ultimately decide the future of shows in Australia. Well, I can now say that I was wrong to take a break. The overwhelming support from our previous exhibitors, and the great reputation of our show spreading even on an international level has led us to completely rethink that decision. We will run a show in 2020. It will still be in Melbourne, and at the same venue, however it will be an all-new format. It will now take place within the Pullman Conference and Event Centre, and a brand new dedicated show entry via Lorne Street. November 6-8. 2020. It will be called the Melbourne Home Entertainment Expo, and as well as 46 dedicated hi-fi spaces over two levels, there will also be six large cinema spaces (and maybe more cinemas in the smaller spaces). The Record Fair will move to a brand new area (4-5 times the size of previous years), and we will introduce the Expo area with over 65 3mx2m spaces (or variations of), showcasing the latest in TV's, Smart Homes, Gaming, hi-fi and home cinema accessories, Custom Installation products, plus lifestyle audio and tech products and much more. There will also be a new dedicated 60 seat seminar space that will feature guest presenters across all three days. Headphones will be better represented via a dedicated headphone zone in the Expo. One brand will also be exhibiting in the exclusive "Brand X Nightclub" which is going to be something pretty special too, but more will be revealed on that later. There will be a big marketing push across mainstream media, with the hope to cover TV and Radio for this show. We want to bring "hi-fi" back to the masses. So, ultimately a show that is nearly three times the size of previous shows in Australia. The most brands likely ever represented at a show in Australia. The plans are only in their early stages so far but the dates are set, the venue is booked and it's full steam ahead. Stay tuned!
  10. 35 points
    I hope Doug doesnt mind me posting this here ... Today was a happy day for him and a sad day for me... my beloved Duntech Soverigns have found a new owner 😭 Doug and "Red" made the long journey up to me in East Gippsland to take possession of the Duntechs. They are 2 of the nicest blokes you will meet!! Thoughorly enjoyed their short stay. I am sure Doug will update with some more pics in time but i just thought id post a couple of the "Loading/Packing" of the mightly Soverigns... All i will say to those kind volinteers who will be helping Doug unload the Soverigns is ........" I hope you have all been muscle building in the last couple of days!!!"
  11. 34 points
    All donations made to StereoNET for Classifieds sales throughout January 2020 will be 100% contributed to Australian Red Cross and the Disaster Relief drive. I have kicked it off with a $500 personal donation on behalf of StereoNET: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/donate/goal-43-classifieds-donations-to-bushfire-appeal-red-cross/
  12. 33 points
    my recently purchased pile is getting larger. Need to put some records into the record racks soon Loving the Glorious Record boxes - almost like being at a record store. Pity I have no more room for more.
  13. 31 points
    Finally got the records in place. Big job putting backs on the Kallax and then hauling the lot downstairs then bolting them to the wall, levelling and aligning everything. My brother was a godsend. His cabinetmaking skills were invaluable. Spent this weekend hauling the records downstairs and replacing them (in alphabetical order and split into a few genres). Long heavy job but lots of fun. Works well as an absorber too. I made sure to space them out for additions. Next step, shelving for the components. Still thinking concrete for that.
  14. 31 points
    2 low ballers now blocked - surprisingly I’m not willing to sell this for $2500...
  15. 30 points
    Had a great time with Doug yesterday chatting about everything vinyl. 😎 This is a 2 part feature: one on his massive wax collection, and one on his system. Here's Part 1 - please give it a Like and a Subscribe over on YouTube if you find it valuable?
  16. 29 points
    Still not 100% but pretty close.
  17. 29 points
    Dumping thousands not making a difference....mmmmm I did just this when diagnosed with bowel cancer 5 years ago...why you may ask...well a couple of reasons first off was the fact that I may not make it and at least I would like to enjoy what a really nice..albeit vinyl ..system could sound like as well as living with one... From my perspective this helped me greatly in my recovery and associated challenges along the way..I spent time with system set up which meant learning some new stuff and once all was sorted and settled with the system the enjoyment, calmness and relaxation that the system offered up was a blessing and revelation. What was being offered up in SQ was just as important..or had just as an effect..as the recovery process per se. I owe a lot to my system back then and still thank some of the gear I still own to this day though I know I will have to part with some purely because it aint getting used as it should. YMMV...just thought I would share this. Tase...who's all clear and healthy...
  18. 29 points
    Hey Bro, I'm thinking there may be something else going on in your life. It doesn't sound like a tongue in cheek comment to me. Mental health seems rampnt in our society at present. Especially in men. If you are a big lover of music and suddenly lose the passion. That tells me that maybe there are other issues at play. Depression and anxiety has touched my life, and it's a real bastard. And through it all, music has been the one constant in my life that got me through it. If you are depressed, or think you are depressed, reach out further mate. I admire you for raising this issue on such a public forum, if that is the case, and l wish you all the best for the future. Ken
  19. 28 points
    Definitely. You buy a black or sliver disc and you never need support of any kind. The only support my LPs and CDs need is a shelf.
  20. 28 points
    Folks, Thought I would update you all on system development and what is now in my setup. I've had a few months off recovering from surgery and had a lot of time on my hands, so the focus has been on music and system. Both purchasing new vinyl and playing it, plus purchasing some new components, adding in isolation and replacing some cables, carts. Most of the advice and equipment has come from Keith at Wyndham Audio @cheekyboy with assistance from Harry at SGR What is in the system now is as follows: Soulines Kubrick with Brinkmann 10.5 tonearm and Acoustical Systems Archon cart (with PSC Custom Tonearm cable) TransRotor Dark Star with stock Jelco (to be upgraded soon) and Shelter Harmony cart on a Acoustical Systems Archon headshell (with Furutech AG-16 tonearm cable coming from @Krispy Audio) Brinkmann Edison Phono Stage Luxman D05 SACD player Luxman 590AX Amplifier Wyndham Audio CH2s (with Travertine slabs as isolation) Blusound Node 2 streamer (into the SACD DAC) Cardas Clear Reflection XLR cable between Phono and Amp from @rossb So the major changes have been the addition off the TR turntable, the Acoustical Systems Archon Cart, Acoustical Systems Arche headshell, Wyndham Audio isolation platforms for the TT's and Phono Stage (with assistance from @Dave O))) with isolation cubes). Cant thank @cheekyboy Keith enough. A lot of time discussing and planning the upgrades over the past 4 months to get the additional Transrotor Dark Star TT, the isolation platforms (the white beech hardwood looks absolutely beautiful), The headshells and Archon Cart. Also @Doppelganger Greg for setting up the carts last night (my hangover is still with me). The biggest surprise has been the positive effects of putting the isolation in - dramatic. **EDIT - for those who have enquired about the wooden isolation platforms, pls see link https://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/natural-timber-audio-component-isolation-platforms Now onto the pics.. (there are pics prior to the cart swaps last night - but I've included them to show off the beautiful hardwood isolation platforms)
  21. 27 points
    Been a long time since I posted any new pics in this amazing thread. After a complete ground up rebuild by SNA maestro @Shark, including an engineering masterpiece of a plinth with built-in isolation, my 401 is sounding better than I could have imagined. For now, Jelco 750 and Shelter 9000 in residence but a Reed 1X on its way. Many thanks to Mark for the amazing job he did restoring the 401. It will have pride of place for the rest of my days!👍
  22. 27 points
    Helps with the imaging......... GLWTS
  23. 26 points
    My refurbished Commonwealth 12C is custom rock maple plinth/stand and Schroder CB tonearm. New cartridge to come. Golden Age Audio Reference Phono
  24. 26 points
    The monos and home theatre preamp are back. Time to celebrate with snaps.
  25. 26 points
    trusted my amplification with progression mono
  26. 25 points
    So I finally moved into my own place, just renting for now but it's still nice to have my own space. Thought I'd share the music & movie set up. TT - Musichall MMF 7.1 Cartridge - Garrott Brothers P77i Phono - Avid Audio Pulsus Network Streamer - Cambridge Audio CXN V2 DAC - Holo Audio Spring DAC Level 2 V1 Preamp - Modwright Instruments LS100 Power Amp - DIY Holton Speakers - Lenehan Audio ML1 Plus R Power Conditioner - Isotek Aquarius / PS Audio Detect Cables - Lenehan Audio / Cardas / Nordost Soundbar - Yamaha YSP 1600 MkII TV - Hisense PX55 OLED Blu Ray Player - Sony UBP - X800
  27. 25 points
    A completely new direction for me, so I'm starting a new thread. Adding this to the old thread did not make sense. Said I'd stay away from valve pwr amps; and had reservations about horns, but stuff comes up and I made a change to what I never envisaged. It sounds good, but still more changes to come. From Magneplanar 20.7 to Trio XD. From AVM MA 8.2 to AR Ref 160M. From Koetsu Onyx to Ortofon MC Anna. The Onyx had a low output resulting in the phonostage running out of gain on the MG20.7. The MC Anna has even lower output, but luckily the change to Trio XD gives me plenty of gain to easily cover the low output of the MC Anna. For over two decades I have not been happy with my analog set up. It has under performed. I think I needed to use a step up transformer for the Onyx and have the Onyx retipped by Koetsu. With the MC Anna I love my analog sound. The Trio is not flat to 100hz. The REL does not go much above 120hz. We have a problem Houston. No midbass in the current setup. I've been moving the subs around, but there is no cure for component limitations. (See Later, I changed Trio setup). These pictures are ugly, but I'm an audiophile not a bloomin' home decorator. The setup is Ortofon MC Anna on Graham 1.5t on Aura tt. AR ph8 phonostage. AR Ref 6 preamp. AR Ref 160M pwr amp. Trio XD maiin speakers. REL 212se subs. Cables are Audioquest and Synergistic Research. Two dedicated 20A circuits and 2 dedicated 15A circuits. Custom fuses on any component that needs them. They do reduce noise floor.
  28. 25 points
    It's cold in Adelaide tonight.
  29. 25 points
    system been sounding nice tonight
  30. 25 points
    Item: JBL 4350 Location: Ipswich QLD Price: $17000 Item Condition: For a 48 year old speaker, great. Reason for selling: I have owned them for a few years now and my room just isn't wide enough to get the speakers far enough apart. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Anyone considering the investment in these speakers know what they are so I won't go on too much of a rant. In my opinion these are the pinnacle of the 43xx Blue Baffle monitors. Overall system sensitivity of 95db/w and capable of SPL's exceeding 126db. Why would you require such high SPL's you may ask? Whilst you are not likely to crank the speakers to a level approaching 126db it's the sheer effortlessness of reaching high SPL's that is so addictive with large JBL monitors. They will play loud without a hint of strain. The dynamics here is just off chops. I have never heard another speaker come close to the mid-bass wallop these have. It's just insane, unless you have heard these speakers you couldn't even begin to imagine what I am referring to. I assume if you are considering these you are familiar with the drivers so I won't go into there sound signature of each but I have to say these are the most dynamic vintage JBL monitor. You may ask where the 4345's fit into the mix? They are a similar sized monitor in size and sensitivity but with a larger 18 inch woofer as opposed to 2x 15's. Well you can keep your 18inch woofer and I'll raise you a 12inch mid bass, but most importantly the 4350's have a 4 inch compression driver and 2inch horn. The diaphragms are more than twice the size of the 4345 and the driver weighs nearly 20kg alone. It makes the 2420/2425 look like a toy. The 2440/2441 is really as good as it gets with vintage JBL horns. It's not just the sheer size of the 2440/2441, it's just a superior driver. All the cones and diaphragms are original JBL OEM and being the "A" variation the drivers are all Alnico. The speakers come with the JBL 5234 Active Crossover with the 250hz crossover cards installed. This is just a freebie thrown in with the speakers but I would seriously look at a better crossover for these. I used a DEQX but something like a Bryston 10B or First Watt B4 would be good too. The old JBL crossovers are a bit long in the tooth these days, even if you recap them. I bought these of the original owner so these have not been passed around or abused. I have the foilcal for the grilles but the plastic flim has started to peel off so I didn't stick them on. You could heat them up with a heat gun or maybe get on to them with an iron. Cabinets are in pretty good nick, the speakers are now approaching 48 years old so that has to be taken into consideration. If you look close there a few marks here and there but they are a solid 8/10. There is one defect worth noting, on the top left corner of one side there is a bit haziness in the finish. I have hi-res photos with the flash on so you can have look. It's not a big mark but worth mentioning. Unless you had a pair stored in a vacuum I doubt there are many 4350's in better nick. Sequential serial numbers 12007A 12008A. These will never depreciate and along with the Paragon are the most valuable and sort after JBL speaker. I doubt this would interest any buyers but I have a pair of charge couple 3155 crossovers I could include if you wanted to bring these to 4355 spec. Jantzen caps, Jantzen Wax Inductors and Superes resistors. The HF portion of the speakers have been re-wired with Duelund 16AWG and the binding posts are CMC's. For a little extra I can provide a JBL MPA600 power amp to drive the LF section. 400 watts in 8 and 600 into 4, plenty enough to drive the 4x15's. Not expecting to sell these quickly so I will not entertain any low ball offers. If you are local and want to hear the speakers without the interest in buying I am happy to give a few people a listen. This would have to be at a time that suits me as setting these up requires substantial component changes in my system.' Edit I should also add I am open to trades. The speakers I am interested in seldomly come up for sale but it's worth a shot. If you have a pair of Duntech Sovereigns, Sonus Faber Amati Anniversario or Elipsa Red or Stradivari. Let me know. Photos:
  31. 25 points
    What an amazing couple of days. To think this time last week the thought of actually owning a pair of Sovereigns would have just been a daydream to now actually having a pair in situ in the church is mind blowing. Equally as mind blowing was the overwhelming show of support and community spirit by the fine folk on this forum. Special thanks goes out to @Red MacKay for generously giving me his time for the 12 hour journey there & back, arranging the van as well as the audio nuggets of wisdom and the interesting tails in audio land during the trip (and yeah he does barely ever shut-up 😂) Knowing the deed was done the pickup was just the beginning so I put a call out for help via PM naming it "operation back break" as I knew i needed at least 2 others (Red had already volunteered) but instead had 8 show of hands willing to lend a hand and risk there backs for the cause! As previously mentioned everyone showed up on time and for a bunch of audiophiles I found them surprisingly organised and in next to no time the Duntechs were in the room unschathed which I gotta say was a nerve racking moment as these speakers are no joke and can easily cause serious injury if the utmost care and respect is not taken. In terms of positioning I thought I only had 2 options given the fact the room is quite small (4mx6m) but it soon became apparent they were not suited to short wall placement as even the mighty Sovereigns cannot overcome bad room acoustics so the decision was made to put them along the long wall where the JBLs had been situated. Ahhhh much better. So for the next few hours @Martykt was like a man possessed constantly tweaking the dunnies until he was happy with what he heard. I then got the rare opportunity to sit in the listening chair (im sure theres a joke somewhere about a bunch of audiophiles and just one chair but I digress) and wow things were beginning to take shape. One thing that was becoming clear though was that it was a bit to easy to get my amps working at there limits which really surprised me seeing the put out 500w/4ohms so thats maybe a potential upgrade down the track. Once everyone had gone I decided to give it a few more tracks before calling it a day so on went side 1 of "The Wicker Man" soundtrack which contains some fantastic folky female vocals and arrangements by the brilliant Paul Giovanni. WOW WOW WOW!!! It was a revelation with everything so clear, concise & uncannily real sounding so after that side I decided to give the Mike Oldfield opus Amarok a quick spin as that is a piece I know extremely well and is filled with many dynamic twists and turns. Even though the single track runs at a whopping 60min duration it still sounds very nice on vinyl and I can tell you my arse was welded to the seat for the duration. People often comment about hearing things they have never heard before and that was precisely the experience I had with the speakers revealing every textural nuance during those complex passages that lesser speakers bury. I am in love! Again a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who offered there time yesterday as it is much appreciated.
  32. 24 points
    Fortunate to be involved in some capacity with this awesome system, the addition of the dCS Bartok the final piece in the digital jigsaw...
  33. 24 points
    The person with the biggest dose of suspense was me. The speakers took longer to come than expected. Mind you I always say the anticipation is half the pleasure and I was rewarded. They were a special order as I wanted a matte finish and not gloss. They normally come in gloss only. I was quite desperate to see them. They are exactly what I wanted. I have coveted the Marten Mingus for some years. The big issue was that the affordability was a very very steep mountain for me to climb. With the way we are all required to live at the moment it made me contemplate amongst various things, my mortality. I have no intention of falling off my perch for some time to come. Yet I did think it would not be good for me to pass on just wondering how my system would sound with these speakers? I decided why not? Bugger it. Just do it. Just more debt. So now I know the answer to the wondering. These speakers are the end game for me. The primary basis to my system is a Weiss 502 Roon End point, Weiss Man 301 Streamer, Weiss Medus DAC, Soulution Level 5 Pre, Soulution Level 5 Power plus now the Martens. There are numerous other bits and accessories such as a Linux box for Roon core, NAS, Power conditioner, Ethernet switch, Spec RSP and more. Straight out of the boxes the speakers are seriously sublime both visually and sound wise. I do expect over the next few weeks that there will be SQ improvement as the speakers settle in. I am very satisfied with the outcome. All that has to happen now is that the speakers get the PAF tick this evening. I am sure they will. John
  34. 24 points
    Thanks Bill. I had seen this thread earlier and was pondering whether I should get into it....or not. I spent about 25 years in the wholesale and retail audio trade and I met some of the pioneer designers of gear, the brands of which are now iconic among audio enthusiasts. I had a wonderful, blessed and enjoyable time and the customer and audio anecdotes are legion. (Almost ) everything we now take for granted was new and exciting. Many iconic brands and designers were like travelling roadshows back in the day and despite the long prequel, our customers were a vital part of the momentum. People who had lived with AWA all-in ones were suddenly confronted by companies and designers who challenged the collective thinking process into something that made you realise what was possible and attainable. I recall customers walking into places where I was employed with magazines under their arms and a plethora of spec sheets and magazine reviews of the time and the challenge was to disarm them from the baggage and actually sit, listen and compare. Of course this concept was both new and somewhat disturbing at the time and people felt that they should audition gear only with the help of an expert,who could make the choice for them ( or reject it entirely ) because they were experts, although I never managed to find out why they were identified as such. I had a radical approach in that I encouraged people, whoever they were, to listen, identify what they liked ( or did not like ) and give me some perspective into what they were trying to achieve and to trust themselves in the decision process. This may seem almost amusingly obvious to most people here, but was not so in 1982. The word of a salesperson was powerful, then but I strived to never make myself a as principal in the decision making process. I figured that I was a facilitator in bringing certain aspects together which I knew would work and the key was my product knowledge and knowing what worked with what else. I actively encouraged people to participate in auditions, with their own music, at their own pace and I always left them knowing that they themselves had made their decision, even though they never thoughts of themselves as experts. One thing I always said was that the two most important things to use in making a decision were on the side of their head ( their ears ). Although audio was both my hobby and my job, I never tried to sell people anything other than what appealed to them individually and I never knowingly sold anything to anybody that I would not use myself, in their circumstances and with their budget and I never treated anybody in a way other than which I would like to be treated. Empathy. Being possessed of knowledge is relatively easy, but the trick is in distilling this and presenting it to the customer in a coherent and non condescending way is/was they key to building trust and this was borne out in customers coming back time and time again. People need to believe in themselves when choosing audio systems and good sales people are guides and facilitators who respect and identify their needs and not their own. I guess I could ramble on forever but selling audio gear should be fun and the key to this is to understand the customer, observe their body language and walk a mile in their shoes.
  35. 24 points
    I think it's time to start the signing off on this little integrated amp tangent of mine. Over the last 9 to 10 years I've been a bit of an overly enthused advocate for integrated amps. I have been asked why on several occasions and my answer was basically why not. Why would I not be more interested in a product that takes more effort to get right than separates? It takes more skill to jam both a pre and power section into the same chassis and not have them interfere with each other so why shouldn't I be interested in how various companies try to get it right. And now that digital circuitry is often in the mix as well, that makes things even harder. It can be done of course, just not by lazy engineers and not without putting in at least a little effort in the area of power supply separation and signal shielding. Anyway, enough of that, I was starting to sign off. Yeah, that's right guys, I've about had enough. I still like integrated amps but my enthusiasm for the solo reviewing and comparing side of things is waning so I'm putting the whole voluntary reviewing thing to bed. I'll probably still do one here and there (still have several on hand that I have yet to get around to, in fact) and I still have some work to do with Terry on the amp comparing front but for the most part, I'm done. I hope all you SNA'ers have a happy and cheerful Christmas season and I hope your family and friends take just enough interest in your hobbies to get you an album or T-shirt or some other audio themed pressie to unwrap on Christmas day. Cheers Everybody. And here's looking forward to the 2020's.
  36. 24 points
    Ive finally taken some pics of the new beasts. Once again I find myself with an Aussie product that delivers so much. These are a prototype of the speakers being built for our SNA friend @mondie. Those units will sport a very high end finish with very high end drivers and will be, if these are anything to go by, incredible. For me, that route is way above my pay grade so I was very fortunate to be able to snare these early prototypes with far more modest a driver compliment and with (as they are now) the most basic finish. My first experience with these made me rethink the whole HiFi thing and what it was I was looking for. They have majestic power capabilities with detail to spare. There is never a hint of strain even at volume levels that can only be described as ridiculous. John Burnett is the man behind the design and he has produced something special indeed. The finish will change in time with a new baffle and relocated amplification but for now, I am enjoying being taken to the next level They aren't pretty (yet) but the sound they produce has a beauty all its own. The next step (apart from some cosmetic and electronic finishes) will be room treatment and thats where Lenard Audio via @Los will have a huge input in order to extract the prodigious potential these Proto-Symphonys have in my little room. The pictures are pretty ordinary but they give you a sense of how these fit in the room. Cheers, M
  37. 24 points
    Okay long time ago I can't remember his name posted some base Ikea bowl speaker enclosures for free . Was around December and I apologise for not remembering who. Anyway I had been struggling, I had finished looking after my father as his carer he passed away because he couldn't take any more amputations. I had to make the hospital stop treating him on Christmas eve a week after his birthday . The toll was significant you see my father was supposed to live only two years , he had myeloma leukemia, diabetes , and was double amputee. So I took him in and left my job as Senior Fumigator inspector at AQIS in Melbourne. Anyway he survived twelve years, I had exhausted my savings , near broke and had suffered a frigging heart attack . A dear old friend helped me get through it as believe me a bridge was looking good . I wanted to pay her kindness back so she said she wanted some music in her life . I bought her an old amp and tuner JVC off eBay , but she loved the look of the Ikea bowl concept . These are about to be sent to Newcastle for helping me not end my life. Thank you to pay it Forward .
  38. 23 points
    Faffed around recently in the workshop and whipped up a ‘Now Playing’ Vinyl Stand. I’m quite pleased with it - family thinks I’ve completely ‘lost it’ now... Fully clothed: Nude: Nude side view: Side view clothed: Tasmanian Blackwood plugs hiding the screws: (Actual timber is New Guinea Rosewood) Action shot! Cheers, Michael
  39. 23 points
    I used the recent time at home to build some hifi racks
  40. 23 points
    What a shame. Yamaha and I spent hours upon hours pouring through literally thousands of entries to very carefully choose a winner. 😕
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  42. 23 points
    Further information: As you all know, I already make a line of affordable cables. But I know many are struggling out there at the moment, so I’ve put together Bill’s basic interconnect using Van Damme silver coated 99.99% copper. Quality Neotech locking rca plugs. Yes there is no tech flex, but they still look stunning, and more importantly sound bloody great. Price includes Aust post express postage Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  43. 23 points
    Some temporary guests have moved in, still trying to get the best out of them via positioning. They haven’t got the illuminators slam nor is their bass as deep and articulate but they certainly have something . Dreaming of mods that could really really lift them to epic status. Oh and they are certainly thirsty when it comes to power. Thanks to @ppsa who was a complete pleasure to deal with for the purchase.
  44. 22 points
    I think the reminder has served its purpose and the thread is going off on a tangent now. Needless to say we are on it - we have countless checks in place. It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good. We'll continue to screen new members and check every single classifieds ad.
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