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  1. Item: Van Den Hul Cumulus 3T speaker cable bi wire 2.5 metres. Location:Yallingup WA Price: $3300 which is ONE THIRD of new price [US$ 7225/AUS $ 10,000] Item Condition:Very Good Reason for selling:Many cables Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:Selling for a friend.Comes with original case and terminal accessories.These are very heavy. Pictures:
  2. Item: Jorma Origo XLR interconnect cable 1.5 metres. Location:Yallingup WA Price: $2830 which is ONE THIRD of the new price which is US$6187/Aus $8517 Item Condition:Very Good. Reason for selling:many cables. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:Selling for a friend.Contact me and I will pass on his phone number/email. Pictures:
  3. Item: Jorma Origo bi wire 3 metres speaker cables Location:Yallingup WA Price: $7300 [Retail price from Cable Company is US $12,825 for a 2metre run [$17,654 Aus ] so around ONE THIRD of the new price. Item Condition:Very good Reason for selling:Too many cables Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:Selling for a friend who has many cables.Contact me and I will pass on his phone number or email. Pictures:
  4. THOMO

    Azura Bass Horns

    Gainclone amps can sound excellent with horns .Over the years of trying all sorts of amps with my Edgar horns a simple 3876T gainclone sounds the best.Everything else sounds a bit hazy and lacking in dynamics by comparison.
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    Great Buys On Ebay & Gumtree

    These could sound good.Certainly valve amp friendly.For $69 worth a try! https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VINTAGE-PIONEER-1960S-2-WAY-HIFI-SPEAKERS-WORKING-ORDER-NARRE-WARREN/132853241519?hash=item1eeeab96af:g:G8EAAOSwQtdb6UWt:rk:13:pf:0
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    DIY audio: what are you building?

    They sound quite like the Sonus Faber Cremona Auditors I had.That sort of composed and refined sound but probably a bit more weighty sounding.What is nice about these compared to the Sonus Fabers is they sound best closer to the wall whereas the Auditors had to be brought about 1.5 metres out to sound their best -which gets a bit silly in some rooms.The fact they are sealed rather than ported probably helps in this regard.I would say they are a lot better than the Dynaudio Contour 1.3s I had and also the Lenehan ML1s and Osborn Eos Special Editions which I have also tried [although the Osborns have fantastic treble courtesy of the Seas Millenium tweeter].The Kairos have a better/more natural midrange than those speakers and at least as good as the Sonus Cremona Auditor -which is saying a fair bit because they excel in that area. I reckon they compete with similar commercial speakers in the $4000-$6000 price range.Maybe a fair bit more than that.These Satori drivers would generally be found in pretty expensive speakers. As I have said elsewhere I prefer 3 ways but as two way stand mounts go these are very good.Dynamics of course are a bit curtailed but that is the nature of the species and a good sub would probably help in that regard.
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    DIY audio: what are you building?

    Meniscus Audio Kairos kit speakers in solid curly jarrah. 26mm thick curly jarrah with the sides laminated on to 12mm MDF . The sides are glued onto the 12mm MDF which is rebated into the sides with a dry joint where the timber meets to allow for movement. These are 17litre sealed. The jarrah is quite unusual being more of light brown colour rather than the usual deep red. Finish is satin 2 pack lacquer. I guess I need to make some matching stands! Or finish the three way version. The Kairos white paper- http://meniscus.lightningbasehosted.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Kairos-Write-up.pdf
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    DIY audio: what are you building?

    Yes.That is how I did mine using solid timber .I guess see which you think look best but if you are struggling to get enough width out of the veneer it will save about 20-25mm across the sheet.It meant I could get the full depth out of the boards I had but I also quite like the look .
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    DIY audio: what are you building?

    Looking good Cam. Silver Wattle should have some nice natural lustre to it like most of the acacia species.Shellac would bring that out nicely. You might find that angling the top boxes to align the front baffle so it is parallel with the grain direction will give a more interesting look as well as meaning you use a bit less width of the veneer sheet. I will post pictures of my Kairos boxes when they are finished.Just sprayed the last coat of lacquer today. Jon
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    EOI. Supratek Cortese Preamplifier

    Yes those photos do not do it justice.They are hard to photograph however. The cabinet timber is quarter cut WA sheaok.
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    Dark horse speakers at $4k?

    I really think it is a mistake to assume that smaller stand mount speakers are the best option for certain rooms.There are plenty of good floor standing speakers that take up no more floor space and which will probably sound better-especially if they are three way rather than a two way.Speakers like the ATC SCM 40 or Opera Seconda spring to mind .Furthermore speakers like those which are sealed box are probably more likely to suit smaller rooms than ported stand mounts.Especially those with rear ports. I have tried plenty of highly rated two way stand mounts in my medium sized room but none of them sound nearly as good as sealed box three ways like my Gales or Yamaha NS75Ts.
  12. In that case you are probably right then.Some furniture makers might be willing to do the job however and might have more design flair than the average cabinet maker.
  13. You want furniture designer/makers not cabinet makers. I just Googled that and several come up in the Brisbane area. Makimaki looks good. Most will include free design if you commission the pieces from them.
  14. Sorry i missed this years show.Hope to make it next time. Having a live singer is a great idea. Perhaps next year stay with the Wise theme and have Rowena Wise perform.She is fabulous too.
  15. Penny, There are a few vinyl and audio enthusiasts around.I have a friend in Bunbury with a huge vinyl collection. Also an unofficial group-The SWAT Team-South West Audio Tragics and we sometimes gather together . You would be welcome to come along next time we meet. Jon