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  1. That would be the bargain of the decade you got there and the corollary - the item on which I spent the most money for the least long term return. - the result of Audiophilia. LOL. I was one of the first subscribers to this magazine back in the days we worshipped founder Harry Pearson. At one stage Harry invited me to listen to his gear in NY but later withdrew it as he was having personal problems, the details of which I'll not relate here. And the audio industry benefited from me as a result of many of his glowing reviews. The "good old days:"?
  2. We face two basic problems: 1. What to buy 2. Where to buy it. Once upon a time many cities had one or more friendly local stores who would loan out gear to audition at home but those days are long gone so now our opinions and prejudices on what to buy for most of us are shaped by both reviews and hearsay. My approach has been to glean as many opinions as possible off the net to see if a consistent pattern of praise for an item exists. If there is a consistent positive opinion it is usually safe to give the item the thumbs up. But caution about reviews is required because no item is reviewed for its sound quality by itself. It is reviewed in a system and as such the result is the sound from that system and not just from the particular item under discussion. No item in an audio chain is perfectly neutral so the ying of one item can be neutralized by the yang in another. One can read of one review giving caution about e.g., the bass response of item A in a particular system yet find another review of item A praised for its bass response in a different system. And this explains why some audiophiles find item A brilliant yet others are more lukewarm about it. And there is the further complication of individual subjectivity. We might be 99.99% similar in out genome but that does not mean we look exactly the same or have the exactly same brain structure. Add in musical environmental differences and experiences and it is unsurprising that responses to both the music itself and its reproduction varies. There is no right or wrong, just what is right or wrong for an individual in the context of their experience and disposition. The concept of “Absolute Sound” is a myth, particularly with recorded music. The sound one hears at a live concert can vary according to position in a hall. Add in the minute complexities of microphone quality and placement plus all changes made in mixers and other electronics and the result is anything but absolute. However, despite all this the audio quality from most recordings is very satisfying and is outstanding from many. How well it is reproduced then falls to the chosen hardware and we come to the problem of where to buy it. Once upon a time, when exchange rates were better, importing or buying from overseas was attractive enough to overcome any lack of guarantee. But the exchange rate is no longer attractive and freight costs have become prohibitively high for most hi-end gear. Recently I purchased a pair of Sony anti noise headphones (excellent product BTW) when passing through Singapore but found they would have cost less purchased at Addicted to Audio. Not only would there have been cost savings but I would have had a local guarantee which would have been backed up with the excellent service Addicted give to their customers. So, we are fortunate in having this service available. The other buying alternative is to purchase from a fellow audiophile here, or on Gumtree or e-bay or Amazon. None of these are without risk although one does have recourse with Amazon or e-bay and with individuals if using payment with PayPal. Buying used can be attractive as sadly, most items depreciate to 50% of retail pricing. “Investment” in audio gear is a contraction in terms!! I have purchased both new and used from all of the above mentioned sources and have put together some nice sounding (to my ears) systems. I have been lucky with gear bought on Gumtree so far but will seriously consider using PayPal in future as I had a recent “near miss” experience. I’ve never had problems buying/selling here but have heard of one audiophile who has had a problem so again, PayPal costing 3% more could be a safer proposition. I keep announcing my audiophilia cured, but that is an illusion. There is no end to the audio rainbow but it is fun exploring in an attempt to find it. Good luck in your hunting but beware, take care, as audio illusions are frequently just that!
  3. No one can withdraw from that account but me. I'm happy for anyone to deposit into it!
  4. Sorry but I cannot find what you are referring to. Maybe best to email me direct: jcoulsonATiprimus.com.au
  5. Sigh. Old age (I'll be 85 soon) is getting the better of me. Send the payment And give me your address. It will be bundled inside bubble wrap and sent in an AP satchel. I'll post it Tuesday and send you the tracking no. Cheers John
  6. It is not being held for anyone at the moment. First in, best dressed!
  7. Further information: Purchased from here some time ago, it is not being used so is being offered FS. Time to clear out unused gear!!! You can read reviews here: https://www.tonepublications.com/review/the-audio-electronics-nighthawk/ https://www.hifiplus.com/articles/audio-electronics-by-cary-audio-nighthawk-headphone-amplifier-playback-58/ •You want a well made, well rounded, and not frighteningly expensive headphone amp sourced from one of America’s premier high-end audio electronics manufacturers. •You prize pristine clarity, neutral tonal balance, and a high definition sound, replete with excellent control over low frequencies. •You believe “simpler is better” when it comes to electronics components; the Nighthawk is a pretty minimalist design, but arguably sounds all the better for it. http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0912/audio_electronics_nighthawk.htm 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
  8. Further information: This little gem has been sitting here unused so time to move it on. Note it does not have a DAC inside. Here are reviews: https://www.headphoneer.com/schiit-jotunheim-review/ https://www.hifiplus.com/articles/schiit-audio-jotunheim-multibit-headphone-amppreamp/ https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/schiit-audio-jotunheim.21792/reviews Heap of reviews at https://www.schiit.com/reviews/jotunheim 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
  9. I guess I should part with mine as I have too many head amps. I have been trying to sell an MIT battery one but no-one wants it so I could use it instead of the Violectric - it is just as good! My Violectric has the upgraded volume control and remote control. You can have it for $ 2950 if interested. Get back to me at jcoulsonATiprimus.com.au with the AT replaced by @ of course.
  10. Item: Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones & two cables Location: Dilston Northern Tasmania Price: $175 including postage anywhere in Australia Item Condition: Used but mint condition Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Bank transfer Extra Info: I'm finally clearing out some unused items. These are very nice, comfortable headphones and come with an ujpmarket cable for portable use and the standard Sennheiser one with a large stereo plug. There are lots of reviews on the net. e.g. https://au.pcmag.com/headphones/27564/sennheiser-hd-598 where their bottom line is "The superb-sounding Sennheiser HD 598 offers some of the best sense of space we've heard from $250 headphones." Note that is $USD250 which equates to over $AUD350 so at $175 delivered they are a bargain. My loss, your gain! Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  11. Item: AKG K702 Headphones & 2 cables Location: Dilston, Northern Tasmania Price: $265 includes postage anywhere in Australia Item Condition: Used but very good Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Bank Transfer Extra Info: These reproduce very nicely and have been used here with portable players so are being sold with 2 cables - an upmarket one for portables and the olriginal AKG cable with the large stereo plug. But I have too many headphones so it is time for a clean out. You can read a review from, Ken Rockwell here: https://www.kenrockwell.com/audio/akg/k702.htm In that review he states ; "The K702 are a very inexpensive way to get fantastic sound for a very long time to come. You'd have to spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on loudspeakers and acoustic room treatments and refitments to get sound as smooth, clean, natural and revealing as these headphones give you for a tiny fraction of the price." Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  12. I have sold the pair advertised but could be persuaded to part with a second pair if anyone is interested. Sanity is starting to prevail - I really only need one set of the Sennies as well as the Focals. The realisation has come that I have only one head so can only listen to one set at a time. Audiophilia has the tendancy to drive nutters like me even more insane!! So I will not mark the Sennies as sold until another pair go, And yes, they are be tter than the HD 650's, a pair of which I had and sold some time ago. And I have two other cans I really am not using - a pair of AKG K702s with custom cabling ($265) and a pair of Sennheiser HD 598s also with custom cabling ($165). I'll do a digital extraction and advertise them later today. Anyone in NZ can buy the Sennie HD800S for $1350 + postage but the price remains t he same , including postage, at $1375 for anyone in Australia.
  13. I agree the Utopias are less comfortable. The Sennies are brilliant in that area but I do find the Utopias a bit more revealing. Worth the extra cost? That is one for each individual to evaluate in the light of budgetry restrains and the system being used. Yes, that is a cop out of answering the question of which is "Better". John
  14. Item: Sennheiser HD 800S headphones Location: Dilston, Northern Tasmania Price: $1375 (posted anywhere in Australia) Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: I have 3 of these (+ other headphones) so it is surplus to requirements Payment Method: Bank transfer Extra Info: IMHO these compare favourably to the Focal Utopia I also have (yes I'm a confirmed nutter). There are many glowing reviews on the net like this one - https://www.whathifi.com/sennheiser/hd800s/review But a warning, garbage in -> garbage out applies with these like any other hi-end headphones, so do not expect miracles unlers you have good input. But with that good input the sound is superb. And these phones could help you achieve that by highlightling where you can improve the audio chain. So, if you have the equipment to match, give yourself a nice Xmas pressie. Any enquires welcomed. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  15. Yes it is the Mk II Taurus, As for which sounds the best, my take is that the quality of headphones is more important. Others have compared them and rate the Violectric a shade better but I have never A/B'd them, and am suspicious about aural memory because any significant time lapse betrween listening s skews thre impressions. Yes I did a carefuil A/B with the amp for sale but have never bothered to do the same for the Tauris/Violectric. But I must admit to being surprised at how good the MIT headphone cabling is. At one stage a solder lead (mine) came loose so I used the Black Dragon cable for a bit and was shocked at the difference in sound. The MITs were quickly repaired and back into service. So on that experience alone I'm confident this amp I'm selling is as good as you will ever get for a headphone amp. John
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