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  1. Pure plastic, my cable obsessed bretheren! [emoji41] Can't see the point in trying to achieve those last few points of performance out here, like I perhaps would on my indoor setups.
  2. A quick share of my patio system. It was originally sitting on an old kids computer desk, but was bugging the sh*t out of me. Being in the IT field, I figured I'd fuse my two interests. Ordered up a little rack cabinet, and a couple of hours, a few drinks and a metric f*ckton of cable ties later..... I wouldn't normally use a UPS with audio gear, but I figure this isn't top shelf gear, and if the power goes out, I can have a patio party and confuse the neighbours! Speakers are Richter Rare Earth models of some description. Wharfdale sub. Luxman pre/power combo is probably a little over the top for out here, but makes everything sing over and above what you'd expect. Rotel spinner, Chromecast audio and an as-yet-to-be hooked up tuner. Topping DAC30. Mainly running Tidal, and the addition of an old recliner place just so under a fan means I'm finding myself spending a lot of time out here, which is great. I even get the wife and even my daughter out here on occasions, which is awesome. Yey bonding! My boys can take or leave it: one is too young, one is too old! Currently dialled up Muddy Waters Folk Singer for a Sunday chill out with a few beers!
  3. Item: Focal Chorus 700v Active Subwoofer Location: Cairns, Queensland Price: $675.00 $600 - now just $450 Very Good Condition Reason for selling: House funds Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Hi all I bought this 18 months ago from another member (Original ad). When he says "it's nearly mint", he wasn't kidding. He even had a ring binder with all the documentation in it in immaculate condition, let alone the sub! I've paired it with my Focal Utopia Mini's with great success. In fact, remarkable success, considering the range (and price!) difference between the Utopias and the Chorus products. I imagine that's got to do with the setup - I'm running the Utopias on a computer desk as a near-field setup. The sub complements them perfectly - in fact, the moment I got the integration perfect, I haven't moved it a centimetre since! This isn't a extension monster - I wouldn't suggest it as a HT sub, or for ground pounding duties in music. Whilst it pumps out a decent amount of bass, the thing it does do extremely well is give the main speakers the ability to breath. I've always run my Focal "bookshelves" in a niche system, revolving around female vocals, acoustic guitars, folk and classical music, due to their incredible detail. Pushing them with heavier styles of music never worked. Add in a sub, and it's a different ball game. There is literally NOTHING I can't play on this system at the moment that makes me want to hit "next". Music from Alice in Chains, and Leo Moracchioli, for example, is now enjoyable on the Focals - no need to switch rooms and B&W it up! I'd be happy to discuss a discount if you buy the yet-to-be-listed Focals as a package. I have no original packaging, but will box it up with a tonne of padding and secure it extremely well! Thanks for looking Pictures: Edited May 2 by dasherhalo
  4. With a sub branch of specialist insurance that covers hospital stays when the significant other finds out what the system really costs vs what she may have been lead to believe? "OK Mr Smith, I've done a quick calculation here, and you can see where buying that tube amp whilst your wife was pregnant with twins has really impacted your premium...."
  5. Hi guys. This item is now sold, subject to payment. Thanks for all the interest!
  6. Item: Electrocompaniet AW180 Monoblocks (Pair) Location: Cairns, Queensland Price: $4500.00 now just $3000.00 Item Condition: See Below Reason for selling: House Deposit Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Relisting information So, these didn't sell. Where there has been much contact and discussion, there is an element of concern about the repairs, which is fair enough. Hence, I'm dropping the price to $3000. Whilst *I* know they're working properly, and sound fantastic, it's a leap of faith on a large outlay, regardless of my length of membership of good feedback. To alleviate that, I've taken $1500 off my original asking price. @ $4500 they're a great price. @ $3000 they're a steal! Original ad: For sale is a pair of Electrocompaniet's AW180 monoblocks. My AW180's formed part of my reference system for nearly a decade, and I wouldn't part with them willingly, but... need to raise some cash for our new house. (I've already been in trouble for suggesting we look into what one of the kids are worth, and I was only talking about a kidney, not an entire one! Wives have no sense of humour). These are high-end bits of kit in nearly anyone's language. I'll avoid the spiel - there are plenty of reviews online. They're still a current model - Aussie HiFi have them listed for $15,499.00 currently, I've used them to drive everything from Focal Utopia Minis, to big hulking B&W CDM9-NT's, up to Quad ESL2905 Electrostat panels. These have never broken a sweat The Good Sound: effortless. I'm not great with hi-fi superlatives, but "liquid" is a good one. SO smooth. Power: 250w @ 8 ohms, 380w @ 4 ohms, 625w @ 2 ohms. Weight: 22kg's. Each. Style: on point. Seriously, they're fun to look at! The Bad One has had a visit to the doctor - it got surged in a storm. My hope that it was "just a fuse" was dashed, and ended up being an $850 repair bill, with parts from overseas. It turns out that EC in Australia is only serviced by certain dealers (which is fair enough), but when you've got 25kg in insured shipping both down and back to a dealer down south, the freight bill alone was prohibitive! I've used them extensively since, and the repair was top notch. tonal balance, volume, etc is still perfectly matched. The Ugly Living in Cairns is great. If you like the heat. Unfortunately, I went away for a few weeks over summer a few years ago, and we got a heat wave. All my equipment was turned off, but the plastic shock absorbers built into the feet on the amp melted. They were actually glued to my tiles!! Not realising this, I literally ripped off a foot, and cracked another before getting a spatula and easing the rest off. I tracked down the price of some genuine feet for them, and decided to buy a house instead. Wasn't paying that much money - no way. So, I simply sat the old one back on, secured with blutack (don't judge me), and found another (silver) foot as a temp. I went to eBay and found some awesome solid metal feet to upgrade both amps. Haven't put them on yet, as I'm lazy, and have been using my Plinius amp due to space restrictions. These will be included in the sale. I've priced the amps according to the issues above. Happy to answer questions and consider offers. Freight: happy to go 50/50 with the prospective buyer, but the freight needs to be insured! I don't have the boxes for these guys, so I'll have to go bananas with the packing, or use Pack and Send. Rough estimate here is around $300 to Brisbane. Pictures: I've added in a stock image to show off how good they really do look, because my photography skills don't do these things justice. Thanks for looking!
  7. Item: Record Doctor V Record Cleaning Machine Location: Cairns, QLD Price: $240.00 Item Condition: Used once Reason for selling: Cashing in my chips! Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Superfluous to requirements. Originally purchased from Decibel for $365 in January 2018 Opened once at work to clear a record. Boxed up and brought home. Pretty sure it's a superseded model now, and price reflects! Freight at cost via AP or your chosen courier. Stock image included for reference, plus two highly uninformative pictures of the box it comes it Photos:
  8. I'll 'ave it..... send me a PM mate, we'll exchange the details Cheers Wayne
  9. As per above, yes, the Hiato is still for sale. May be waiting for the re-list to be approved by mods! Plinius Hiato
  10. Item: Plinius Hiato 300w x 2 Super Integrated Amplifier (black) Location: Cairns, Queensland Price: $5500 $5200 $4900. $4700. Below half price for a year old amp!! Item Condition: Fantastic - like new Reason for selling: House Deposit Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is harder than I thought. I'm listing up my pride and joys.... the Marantz TT (see other listings) never saw the light of day, but the Hiato was my end-game super-integrated that was supposed to keep me entertained for the rest of my working life, and it's been in use most days for the last year! Sigh. Purchased in March 2018. 300 watts of velvet covered iron-fisted power. It's a beast, as you'd expect in for the $10k price tag. Plenty of reviews out there for those looking for info! All the good stuff: 4 x RCA inputs - all WBT connectors 2 x Balanced additional inputs on CD and Line 1 (XLR Neutrik) HT Bypass via RCA and XLR Line level and Pre-outs 300w x 2 / 8 Ohm* 450w x 2 / 4 Ohm http://www.pliniusaudio.com/en/Plinius_Range/Integrated_Amplifiers/Hiato.html This amp doesn't have the phono card included, as I've got the matching Koru phono stage listed as well. Nothing better than a Stack!! Of all the gear I'm posting up, this is the one I'm going to miss the most. I've never had an amp like it. It made my Focal Utopia Mini's sing, and those power hungry little suckers are as picky a set of speakers as I've ever heard...... I know "effortless" gets thrown around a lot, but this amp has never broken a sweat. Chucked it on a set of B&W CDM9-NT's, and it damn near killed the neighbours. RRP is $9995. I'm happy to split the freight with the prospective buyer 50/50, but need to insist on insured freight. I have the original double-boxed carton for shipping. Bring a friend for the lifting - i just held the thing out from my body whilst moving it for photos and may have developed a hernia. Some pictures: some include the Koru phono pre-, just for taste-bud tantalisation! By the way, the case-work is absolute modern art, that I can't hope to capture with my meagre photography skills. The blue sub chassis, with lines visible through the chassis in places is pure audio porn. Thanks for looking. Happy to answer any questions, and can trial for a local user - I'll annoy the wife for while by leaving all the gear strewn across the dining room before packing it into their shipping boxes. Cheers Wayne Pictures:
  11. Another further price drop! It's all nicely boxed up now, with typical Plinius over-engineering: double boxed, 50mm foam, etc.
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