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  1. 50 points
    Your messages will not be answered and phone call messages / voicemails at our office will not be returned.
  2. 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!?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 23 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...
  6. 22 points
    My Technics SL1200 MkII. I purchased this from @Spider27 who was fantastic in helping me get it to the other side of the country in perfect condition. It used to be in stormtrooper form with a white top plate. Wanting something different I spoke to Mark at Dex AsiaPacific in Perth who told me we could do whatever I wanted! So - I sent him some images of a 845 valve and Line Magnetic level meter and look what he came up with! Awesome job if you ask me!
  7. 20 points
    Everything in its right place...
  8. 19 points
    G'day Folks. After a day long clean up... I haven't updated my gear at the bottom just yet... Same Yamaha CD, same Philips Media Player. Same Music Hall MMF 2.2 TT Rotel RA-971 Mk II Vintage cabinets with Hokutone drivers ( on floor ) $10 from the tip shop recently, handling Dusty Hill's bass on Thug with ease. Vintage Sony 434 Carbocon Speaker System ( centre ) TV and BluRay running through... Optonica SM-4100 ( not SM-5100 listed below ) Optonica CP-5100X speakers ( outer )
  9. 17 points
    I think there's another underlining, and more important story here. Too many people listen to their system and stop listening to the music it is reproducing. It's ALL about the music, the system is just a means of delivering it to your ears in a way you find it pleasurable to hear. Imagine if sound engineers adopted the same approach and critique of output, would the music start to lose It's soul? If over analysing the sound is starting to separate you from the music, it's time to stand back, take a deep breath, and reassess where you've lost the plot.
  10. 17 points
    A bit of rearranging so I could get my LP12 up and running again. It's sounding great with Lyra Delos cart running thru the TW phono stage. All 4 tables up and running to play at any time. From left LP12 / Naim ARO / Lyra Delos Technics SP10mk3 / Thales Simplicity II / Lyra Atlas Lambda SL Pioneer Exclusive P3 / Lyra Etna SL TW Acoustik AC-3 / SME 3012R / Dynavector XV-1S
  11. 17 points
    Done a bit of a tidy up and box reduction
  12. 17 points
    Pretty happy with how she sits for the moment. Accuphase E-203, Denon DCD-1650AR, EM-Audio DAC (Japanese boutique), Denon DP-47F, Epos ES14, Canare digital interconnects, Bill's pure silver analog connects, musical fidelity speaker cables, Cardas power. Maybe speaker cables are to be the next upgrade.
  13. 16 points
    Lockdown.2 in Melbourne more time to play some tunes😀
  14. 16 points
    Cable arrived today (cheers @Bill125812 👍 ) so I completed the remaining wiring and fired it up! As someone who also services gear i've taken a few non-audiophile approaches to this build with easy serviceability in mind and as such have used ring tabs on the speaker cables connected to the output relays as well as adding another connector at the input as again this will make it so much easier if I ever wanted to remove a module for future servicing instead of having to deal with a bunch of desoldering to get something out. So here's the completed (detachable) wiring looms for the inputs. Setting the bias to 400ma each channel and soak testing for approx 1 hour and the heatsinks are beginning to get warm. Tested each channel by injecting a 1khz signal and both channels are identical. And the final product 9a little more tidying up and she's done!
  15. 16 points
    Stormy evening in Perth...
  16. 15 points
    My TD 125 Mk II Caribbean rosewood plinth ortofon cadenza blue on it at the moment. sounds lovely
  17. 15 points
    Finally have my DAC back in the loop, All is well in the world 🌎...🙏🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼
  18. 15 points
    A big shoutout to @recur Wow. We have come a long way. To be able to use Zoom and have someone set you up remotely in real time and less than hour is incredible! I’ve been a member of Sna for a decade and I have to say, that this is what it’s all about. @recur I can’t thank you enough for all your time help and patience. For so long I have been too scared to go digital and stream as I have no idea what to do. Roon is incredible and this vinyl tragic has now come of age. That wine is on the way mate 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
  19. 15 points
    And we're back. Loads of connections and configs to make tomorrow. Getting the amps in their cubby hole is not going to be an easy task either!
  20. 15 points
    New NanoAT high current single end EL 509 just in a few days ago. 12 watts and high current even driving my LS50’s without much trouble. Sound is super clean and detailed but still very smooth. Its a hard sound to explain but it wows you and puts a smile on your face.
  21. 14 points
    Until my website is up and running soon. All prices include postage The below prices are just a guide. I can make almost any length of cable. PM me for prices ive included a few pics to show you the quality of my work Bill Basic Range. ( formally the Covid busting range ) 1. Van Damme XKE pro cable and Amphenol Rca to Rca combination 1m $40 ( Set of 2 cables ) 2. Van Damme Star quad cable with Neutrik Xlr to Xlr combination 1m $60 ( set of 2 cables ) 3. Canare true 75ohm cable with Amphenol rca plug digital combination 1m $40 ( 1 cable ) 4. Van Damme Star quad cable to Neutrik Xlr plug to Amphenol Rca plug 1m $60 ( set of 2 cables ) 5. Canare 4s8 Speaker cable with Straightwire sawtooth banana plugs ( spades available ) 3m $80 ( set of 2 cables ) 6. Canare 4s11 Speaker cable with Straightwire Sawtooth banana plugs (spades available ) 3m $120 ( set of 2 cables ) 7. Canare 4s8 jumpers $40. ( set of 4 cables ) Bills Boutique Cables ( my hand made silver and copper range ) 1. My handmade pure solid silver rca cables with WBT termination 1m $140 ( set of 2 cables ) 2. My handmade pure solid copper rca cables with WBT termination 1m $120 ( set of 2 cables ) 3. My handmade pure solid silver Xlr cables Neutrik termination 1m $150 ( set of 2 cables ) 4. My handmade pure solid copper xlr cables Neutrik termination 1m $140 ( set of 2 cables ) 5. My handmade pure solid silver 75ohm digital cable WBT termination $100 ( single cable ) 6. My handmade pure copper and a touch of silver Speaker cables locking banana plugs. 3m $600 I can make Speciality cables as well. If you want something, just pm me and I’ll see what I can do
  22. 14 points
    For years I’ve been reading about people scoring bargain basement deals through the used goods marketplaces in various forums. I read most of the post purchase comments to these posts, and there are quite obviously two camps when it comes to bagging a bargain: it’s the sellers responsibility to do their research and understand the market value. Fair play and kudos to the first person that makes contact with the seller and takes it for the list price. The buyer should draw upon their own knowledge (and morals) and negotiate a fair deal for both parties. So on Thursday a listing appeared on the Australian Vintage Hi-Fi, Stereo & Audio Facebook group. There it was: An advert for two Garrard 401’s for $250! One was a motor unit pulled from an old all-in-one console and another one which is fully functioning and had been recently serviced with an SME3009 Mk2 mounted in a stock Garrard plinth. A quick check of the seller’s profile and you could easily deduce that an elderly gent who has been a member of the Lions Club for decades had listed it. I fell into camp 2. I can assure you that the seller hadn’t done his research, but he has spent the last 40+ years volunteering for the Lion’s club and community radio station. He is a regular at his local church. He honestly, and naively, didn’t expect anyone to take advantage of him. I put in my first offer of $1200 and told him I’d take the motor unit for that offer and that the other unit would be worth considerably more but I couldn’t afford it. Much to my surprise, about 2 hours later he accepted my offer, for both! He told me more than one person offered him 3k for both units. Unfortunately for them, they also offered to buy them for $250. He said to me “why would I trust someone who would happily take it for $250 but as soon as they’re aware of a competing bid, offer more than 10 times as much?” Sometimes the nice guy doesn’t always finish last. The good news is that there were other 'camp 2' members who also messaged him with advice they were worth more. I again offered to take just the single motor unit, but he was happy to make the $1200 because he could go and buy a Rega RP3 with it. So, as of this afternoon I now have these two sitting safely on my spare bed while I ponder what to do with them. I have no intention of selling them, but hoping to make one good one from the two. I've been communicating with @Shark to get some idea on setting a budget for some work. He's a fountain of knowledge and has been kind enough to send me his thoughts on what to do next.
  23. 14 points
    When I first joined Stereonet in 2007 I was in the early stages of searching for a complete new system to replace my Dynaudio Audience 82’s/ Marantz PM17 integrated/ Denon DCD3000 and subsequently received some great advice and leads to various manufacturers and suppliers. That eventually led to my purchasing the earliest of the Maestro series from SGR Audio with subsequent upgrades, all of which have been wonderful, the company being a joy to deal with, but that’s not the story I want to relay here. Because all the while that I have used the Dyn’s and SGR’s I have had a pair of speakers stashed in the study behind the door. A (hoarded) pair that I put too much time and effort into to just chuck away, that were too good to abandon but not well known enough to sell for any worthwhile amount and that I had too much affection for to forsake for good. They were a kit speaker, the drivers and crossovers purchased from Pat O’Brian’s WAR Audio here in Perth Original Cabinet design ^^^ Frequency response of my finished originals ^^^ and tweeter blurb can't find anything on the Access drivers. and enclosures produced by a cabinet maker mate in a nice Jarrah finish. I added internal mid-range enclosures, a plinth base and spikes and filled the bottom third chamber with dry builder’s sand to add mass. Originally intended as large stand-mounts I decided the stand should be integral, therefore simply to make them floor-standers. A note on the kits, built in ‘98 they are MTM design with Access (Focal offshoot) 120mm x 2 mid-bass and Orca Tweeter with Axon caps and WAR custom inductors. Once I had assembled the speakers and fired them up I never quite got them sounding as good as I expected. Different amps and pre’s maybe made them sound different but not great and eventually I bought the Dynaudio’s with the WAR’s relegated to the study. There was a brief renaissance when I found a pair of DIY speakers by the side of the road with a very nice 10” bass driver called Wico Acustic (German) that I decided to include in the build by emptying the bottom chamber of its sand to free-up the space in the sides (above) for the bass driver and created a 'port' of sorts by building out the back an add-on section with openings that I could adjust with inserts and stuffing. This actually worked reasonably well considering the volume of the chamber was pretty random and the crossover was adapted by myself having no real experience in custom speaker building despite the fact I did build a pair of Wharfedale speakers from kits back in my twenties (early ‘70’s) and they lasted for almost 30 years. The Dovedales had a super-musical sound, if not hi-end, but one thing I knew (though I did keep myself well in denial) was that the WAR Audio speakers just didn’t have that musicality of those plain old Dovedales. So, the speakers languished behind their door for years and years. Though again, I did attempt to revive them briefly by swapping-out the passive crossovers for a pair of Redback A5350 active processors and using 6-channels of SGR amplification to power them, though using the Denon CD variable output as source. Now as good as that player was back in the day, having to use the output from the CD at less than half volume didn’t do the sound any favours. Although performance was much better it was still too messy, too inconvenient and not, of course, near the level of the SGR –Bel Canto combo, so back to the study they went, even more unloved. Forward fast several more years to Covid 19 boredom and the need to free up the area behind the study door for a new bookcase,- what to do with the unwanted speakers? Still not happy to simply dispose of them and knowing they’d be unsaleable I had to give them another shot at proving their worth, so started to look for enough channels of decent amplification to get them singing. I have a Rotel stereo power amp and then two Marantz stereo integrateds that I wanted to use but they’re not practical for use as power amps. Cruising the classifieds I found and enquired after a few multi-channel power amps and mono-block sets that I lost interest in or were just too expensive for a whimsical experiment that could be a total waste of time (apologies @Spinnergeoff & @AJL999 & others ) Then came @Analysis and his Marantz Multi Zone Selector ZS5300 that looked as though it may be right for the job and for once I stopped pondering and went for it. Many thanks to Bill for his patience and excellent packing. I must remember to learn how to give positive feedback for sellers who come good like that. The upshot of all this, - did it work? Well yes, it bloody-well did. This time I fed the system from the spare XLR analogue outputs of my Bel Canto CD2 which has all the connectivity you could need and is a better player than the old Denon then into the Redback X/O’s then six line feeds to the power amps,- I had to make six XLR to RCA patch-leads up to make it work though, then six speaker cable feeds. Jeez, I do remember one of the reasons I gave up previously was the faffing about to connect a system like this. A little more determination got it done properly this time. You may see from the pics the set-up and positioning of the speakers is not ideal. My room simply does not have the space for multiple sets of large speakers and I am lucky that this is at least MY area of the house to play around in, though I do get the occasional whinge as to the mess. One potential drawback has been the inclusion of 13 yes thirteen! volume controls in the chain. First the pair in the variable output from the Bel Canto then the two master vol’s and six, (3 x 2 individual sets) in the Redback for each channel. THEN 3 more in the Marantz controller/amp.- Recipe for disaster or what! How I’ve largely overcome that is to set the outputs from the player to 95 – 100%. Set the Redback gain levels for each driver to the attenuation required for a flat (to my ear at least) response. Then set the amp levels to around 50% so as not to overdrive them and use the Master gain in the Redbacks as volume control, though I do have the option of remote volume in the Marantz for listening position fine-tuning. Another quandary was the crossover points for each driver. Luckily the Redback allows this adjustment very easily and I’ve tinkered with different combinations for the last week. The mid-tweeter was reasonably easy as according to the documentation from WAR Audio that I still have the X/O point is around 2.5 to 3kh and anywhere around there I can’t hear too much difference, fine tuning is not so fine with the Redback. Mid-Bass, allows a far greater play around as the two mid-bass units were originally meant to do full bass duties anyway. I’ve been as low as 200Hz all the way up to 700 as the Wico 10” is pretty capable, but settled around 500 as being best for tune-full and not-too-boomy bass performance All up I’m more than happy to have these old friends back in my life. No they sure can’t match my SGR’s, at a fraction of the cost I couldn’t expect that, the bass is not as full and deep, mids not as pure and defined but they are a surprisingly pleasant listen the tweeters are excellent really chrystaline and sweet. I tell you they bring a smile to my dial just to have them back. What is a revelation is how much better they are than what I remember. Musical, engaging and clear (up to certain levels) I have been having fun listening to album after album and really enjoying the experience. All that's left to do is clear some space in my rack to fit all of that in there, which I can do as the old DVD player and multi-disc CD (for party times)can both go. Happy days, Ged
  24. 14 points
  25. 14 points
    The answer to the original question is, Yes, it's fake. eBay and McIntosh have been notified of the counterfeit items being offered for sale. In regards to other items being sold by the same vendor that could be questionable, those distributors have also been notified and will look into it.
  26. 13 points
    Further information: Unfortunately due to Pandemic I am forced to sell my gear. This is my favourite TT and has been the longest I’ve had. This TT is phenomenal and I don’t I want to let this go but don’t have a choice. The Ref2 is the latest with the updated power supply. Purchased from the wonderful guys at Sonic Purity. Will be selling Phono stage separately Your chance to get an endgame TT package at nearly Half price!!!! RRP: $14,900 Buyer to pay out of pocket Paypal fees. Will be boxed so can arrange freight to interstate. TURNTABLE ONLY FOR SALE Have all boxes and packaging. Will be boxing them in the next few days Nd will post photos. Photos:
  27. 13 points
    Further information: These were a set I quickly made up from 2 seperate runs of Canare 4s8 per cable. So 8 seperate pure copper wires per speaker. Then I added a solid silver wire to see if it added detail. ( yes it does ). It was a step towards my boutique cables. They are much better than straight Canare 4s8 or 4s11. They are not super pretty but very pretty damn good ( a Small donation to SNA would be great ) Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
  28. 13 points
    New power amplifiers of the thermionic variety ;-D
  29. 13 points
    I have the TD 124. Is time to rebuild.
  30. 13 points
    The truly wonderful LM-845Premium
  31. 13 points
    Ready for Lockdown. Stained and varnished the audio rack Whatmough 202 in da house Cranking ABC 774 AM radio on the Craver Tuner. Outside world sounds depressing. Maybe I need to post the booze I'm about to drink in Currently Drinking
  32. 12 points
    At the end of the day, the restrictions are above and beyond StereoNET and our authority. The rules are clear, you should not be leaving your home. If someone wants to stupidly run that risk then that's between them and the authorities. I know I wouldn't allow pickup were I selling something at the moment, so I trust other sellers to also do the right thing.
  33. 12 points
    Making sure I have the required facial covering
  34. 12 points
    By an unbelievable stroke of luck I came into possession of this device, which was used in the GDR for professional record playback and testing. Released in 1968, developed as a portable device with 16" platter! The original arm with MM system and balanced preamplifier are included and in top condition. To save the original system, because I don't have a replacement yet, an excellent Alfred Bokrand Ortofon arm was mounted provisionally next to it. The unit is absolutely silent and hum free, no matter if you use the built-in arm and preamp or the improvised arm. Everything is designed by an engineer. Beauty was obviously not a criterion... There is almost no information and no documentation or circuit diagrams of the device at all. If anyone knows anything about it, I would be very interested.
  35. 12 points
    After meditation Monday afternoon tunes. 🎶🎶🎶
  36. 12 points
    Another Lock Down 2.0 Victorian Post Given spending alot more time listening to music and won't be doing any travelling anytime soon upgraded my sub from an SVS SB2000 to a REL 212/SX. I need to set up properly but WOW this thing makes the SVS seem like a toy.
  37. 12 points
  38. 12 points
    Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ Time Out
  39. 12 points
    For sale is my Weston Tempest Integrated Tube Amplifier. Would prefer local pickup as it is pretty heavy. This amp has worked flawlessly and sounds fantastic. It has 4 inputs on the back. This is on the optional Jarrah base upgrade The power supply of the Tempest uses a massively over sized power transformer rated at 600VA, dual rectifiers, hand wound filter choke, and German made F&T filter capacitors. Spec : 70W per channel Power tubes KT-120 Preamp tubes 6SN7 Rectifier tubes 5U3C Includes the manual and bias adjustment screwdriver
  40. 12 points
    Moved to a new pad, and got me a new room. Much better suited than the last one. One very happy camper over here Room is still a bit of a mess , getting there though. More tuning to do.
  41. 12 points
    Have had it for a while now but finally got the setup where I am mostly happy. Worked fairly hard to get the footfalls out of my setup. Sprung floorboards are a pain in the a*se. Just have to do something about the cable management now and maybe my photography😁
  42. 12 points
    Cool wet dark night up here in Melbourne just me and my amp keeping each other company...
  43. 12 points
    Cold windy walk this morning, some birds are now starting to reappear. This Eastern Spinebill was busy on a grevillea and performed a hummingbird type hover to reach flowers at the end of a branch. More practice needed, more speed, more light, but take what you can get at the time.
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