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  1. Have owned the E70 & E90 which are nice lively speakers from the 1980s ...they are enjoyable to listen to with their horn loaded tweeters and high efficiency, full of character.👍 However, I wouldn’t bother modding the attenuators as they have a purpose - they allow you to tone control the speaker to suit your room or to adjust for component changes. Also, I have a feeling the speakers are not perhaps resolved enough to yield a benefit by removing the large in-series cement resistors which are a simple and effective (clean) way to provide attenuation. Regards, Steve.
  2. And now definitely SOLD to an outstanding gentleman, who visited today. Thanks to all who expressed an interest. Steve.
  3. Latest Update!! I’m going a bit weak at the knees on the Holodac and can’t quite bring myself to let the unit go? It’s the first time I’m thinking of pulling the sale - never happened before to me in 30 yrs of hi-fi’ing. It doesn’t help that I did a careful comparison today with four other dacs in my possession (albeit cheaper ones) and the Holo is indeed very special sounding. You know that flat dimensionality that many digital products can manifest, well, the Holodac just doesn’t have that signature - it sounds wide open, hyper detailed and real. Fortunately, the local buyer is a good bloke and is sympathetic to my position. 👍 He is coming around tomorrow for a listening session and I guess we will decide then whether the Holodac leaves the house. Cheers, Steve.
  4. Revealing some dentistry trade secrets, I presume? Or are you calling Barnaby a blowfish?
  5. Going to cogitate about that while chasing pink snapper at Shark Bay in a big boat, Andrew.
  6. Thanks Bryan, agree it would take a very special (expensive) dac to best this one. Steve.
  7. It apparently has a few extra bits going on compared to the Level Three, so the guys on Head-Fi, SBAF or Computer Audiophile refer to it as a ‘Level 4’ ...to differentiate it I guess.
  8. Item: Holo Audio Spring DAC ~ Level 4 Wild Stage Edition (Silver Transformer Version). Location: Perth Price: $2550 includes postage in Australia ( RRP is $3400 landed in Oz). Item Condition: Excellent 9/10, with factory packaging. Reason for selling: don't know?? probably shouldn't be selling it. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This beautiful sounding r2r ladder DAC needs no introduction and is favourably reviewed all over the internet. It will play everything from 44.1Khz to hirez 384 to SACD-64 up to 8 x DSD-512. And, do it all seamlessly switching from one format to the next without having to further touch your computer audio settings. This version of the Holo Audio Spring DAC is from Wildism Audio and is the top of the range Wild Stage Edition Level 4 version with the bag of tricks installed including Jensen Capacitors, wiring mods and Silver Mains Transformer. This version comes without the thumbnail size extra trafo on the AES balanced connection, no biggie for me as I do not believe in balanced connections in a domestic environment. Wildism sells the dac for $2600 USD and by the time you try and land it in Australia, it costs around $3400 AUD with shipping, taxes etc. See the technical details about the Wild Stage Edition Holodac here: https://wildism-audio-hk.myshopify.com/collections/dac/products/holo-audio-spring-r2r-dac-wild-stage-special-edition There are many reviews and user reports saying that this is one of the most detailed and natural sounding dacs out there - regardless of price. It is certainly one of the best that I have ever heard. Here are some reviews including one from Stereophile Magazine USA which gave it a big thumbs up. https://www.stereophile.com/content/holoaudio-spring-kitsuné-tuned-edition-level-3-da-processor https://www.audiostream.com/content/holo-audio-spring-dac-level-3-kitsune-tuned-edition https://www.computeraudiophile.com/ca/reviews/holo-audio-spring-level-3-kitsune-tuned-edition-r2r-dac-review/ https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/holo-audio-spring-dac-level-3-kitsune-tuned-edition.21984/reviews#review-17337 *Images below taken from the web except for the last couple which are of the actual unit. The Singxer SU-1 is not included in the sale price as I need it elsewhere, but I could be persuaded to let it go at a reasonable price?
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    WTT (Want To Test) Preamp

    Be careful with your choice of preamplifier Dave, it can make or break the sound of your whole system. After all, the signal from all of your source components has to pass through the preamp unsullied - it is very easy to stuff it up at that point. In my experience, it is hard to find a very good sounding preamplifier. There are lots of good sounding preamps out there, but very few exceptional ones. Steve.
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    FS: Eichmann Power Cable Pod

    Sold pending pick-up ...
  11. Item: Eichmann Power Cable Pod Location: Perth WA Price: $150 plus postage Item Condition: Good Reason for selling: surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: For sale is an Eichmann Power Cable Pod that you can place in-line with your power board to treat the AC power in your system. This single pod will condition and affect the sound of all your components, connected this way. It can also be used singularly as a power cable into one important device that requires the best AC signal integrity, such as a Preamplifier, CD Player or a DAC (source component). The Eichmann pod was originally purchased from Simply Hi-Fi here in Perth and had an RRP of $500.
  12. 🙄 not true, enough said from me ...
  13. Hensa, agree we are all different and entitled to our our own views. I guess my attempt at humour backfired with the ‘mixing in circles’ joke.😌 I meant nothing by that other than the Yamaha is a value proposition compared to flagship models from other speaker manufacturers which run past $50K+ some into the $000’s of dollars. At the end of the day all speakers are an acquired taste. They affect the sound of our systems more than any other component. The Yamaha’s probably have a soft and delicate touch and sound more like electrostatics (with better bass and macro dynamics) ...I guess not everyone likes that type of smooth transparent sound, and I can appreciate that. This review probably sums it up best: http://av2day.com/2018/03/yamaha-ns-5000-loudspeakers-part-ii/ Steve.
  14. Like BQL said, the hobby is subjective ... You might be mixing in the wrong circles Hensa 😝 as $20K RRP for a flagship speaker from a big audio company like Yamaha, seems quite reasonable. Yes, they may not keep up with the really big speaker constructs in terms of impact, being limited by their physical size, but I think for accuracy and sheer refinement the Yamaha NS-5000 competes in the $100K arena.
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