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  1. Tassie Devil

    SOLD: FS Benchmark DAC 1 - Empirical Audio upgraded

    Interested? If so maybe we can work out some mutually agreeable price? I can do without it and it is rarely being used so should go somwhere where is is more appreciated! John
  2. Tassie Devil

    SOLD: FS Benchmark DAC 1 - Empirical Audio upgraded

    Hi No it is still here. I have it used in another place at the moment but it is still for sale if you are interesated.
  3. Item: Golden KEF Muo Portable Speaker Location: Northern Tasmania Price: $225 (Cheapest price new is $320) Item Condition: Mint Reason for selling: Not used Payment Method: Bank Transfer Extra Info: This has been sitting here unused for ages so time for it to find another home. Bought on impulse. My personal situation is that I'm now pretty much home bound so a portable is no longer used. It charges with the cord from any USB 5V supply. Read the review below from http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/kef-muo for more information or feel free to get in ntouch if I can tell you more. Thanks for reading John What is the KEF Muo? The KEF Muo is a high-end Bluetooth speaker of tiny proportions. It’s dinky enough to slip into a handbag, or a small pocket inside a rucksack. But at £299, the price is anything but small. For those raising an eyebrow, I’m not surprised – for this money you could easily get your hands on a seriously good wireless home-bound speaker. But I’m not turned off, because in many respects the KEF Muo totally flattens the sound quality on offer from usual recommendations such as the Bose SoundLink Mini II. The speaker drivers used here are a cut above. However, for those considering such an outlay for a portable speaker, take note of the sound quality section of this review carefully – this speaker may not be for everyone. 
 KEF Muo – Design and Features Surely splashing out £300 for a speaker that’s only big enough serve as a soundbar for an iPad is absurdity? This isn’t an unreasonable preconception to have of the KEF Muo at first sight. However, I don’t think pictures really do justice to how well made the Muo is. The body is formed of a single piece of metal; only the end caps are separate parts. The Muo is largely made of aluminium, with lightly rubberised plastic on the ends. It’s far classier than the Beats Pill or the Bose SoundLink Mini II. It’s a little larger too. KEF’s Muo has been designed by the same people behind some of the company’s top-end speakers. And I get the impression that this is the smallest size it was possible for designer Ross Lovegrove opt for. The Muo is home to the same-sized drivers as the significantly larger B&W T7 – which are 50mm a piece. And it is these drivers that are the most interesting feature in the KEF Muo. The UniQ drivers are of the same family as you’ll find in the company’s bookshelf and larger model of speakers. Their design is similar, not the same.The drivers here pack mid and treble driver sections into the same unit – which is clever. Hi-fi enthusiasts reading this may have come across a similar idea in dual-concentric drivers. There are rubbery pads on the underside While these aren’t common, many have been made over past few decades. It’s this smart driver design that gives the Muo a real chance of justifying its price. Elsewhere, the speaker features most of the extras you’d expect. There’s NFC and aptX, and an aux input to let you plug in non-wireless sources. You can pair two of them for stereo sound, although I’ve not been able to try this out. The KEF Muo isn’t waterproof, however. The Muo’s battery is rated to last up to 12 hours. Expect around half that if you’re going to play at max volume, though. KEF Muo – Sound Quality This tiny speaker absolutely isn’t a “me too” Bluetooth speaker. With hundreds of companies cranking out portable speakers these days, the Muo sticks to catering for the KEF audience, rather than someone browsing HMV for something to hook up to their iPhone. You can hear this in the sound the Muo delivers. For mid-range and treble detail and fidelity, the Muo outstrips everything we’ve heard at this size. What is manages to achieve with only two 50mm drivers and a passive radiator is impressive. The KEF Muo is capable of playing at loud volumes too, making the Bose SoundLink Mini II seem quite tame in comparison. It isn’t only the detail that’s notable, but how pronounced the Muo’s mids are. It projects vocals powerfully, with great dynamics for such a small unit. Most recently I heard the Beats Pill try for a similarly bold style of presentation, but where that speaker ends up sounding a little crude and “basic” when pushed, the Muo can crank up the volume to uncomfortable levels without sounding like its drivers are trying to pop out of its frame. Looking and listening a little closer, the sort of tricks KEF has needed to use to pull this off become clear. Where most small speakers split the frequency duties between a pair of small drivers as one team and the radiator as another, the Muo breaks things down further. One 50mm driver is used for higher-end frequencies, the other for slightly lower ones. It seems likely this “lower frequency” UniQ driver is what feeds into the bass radiator. While the speaker is able to reach a reasonable bass floor for such a small speaker, I found that the sound was perhaps a little too much by the UniQ units. The KEF Muo sound is a lot less thick, and in some respects less cohesive, than the best cheaper portable speakers. Low and mid-bass is quite spartan compared with favourites such as the Bose SoundLink Mini II and Jam Heavy Metal. While this doesn’t stop the Muo from giving that “high-end” impression, it does make for a slightly less relaxing sound. In radically upscaling its ambitions in some areas, it has had to hold back in others. So while in some respects I’m far more impressed by the Muo over its rivals, there’s a sense that it’s “missing” a few elements. And it appears that while some lower-end speakers do their best to mimic the tonal balance of much larger speaker systems, the KEF Muo is more about demonstrating what the companies 50mm UniQ drivers can do. You get great mid and treble quality, but the KEF Muo doesn’t sound as “full” playing certain content. As a result, the Bose SoundLink Mini II may be of greater appeal to some. And if you can stomach a larger box, the Bowers & Wilkins T7 is another strong alternative. However, if you want a hint of high-fidelity sound in a speaker that you can hold in your hand, you need to give the Muo a listen. Should I buy the KEF Muo? The KEF Muo sets a new standard for the quality of sound you can expect from such a small speaker. It may be expensive, but this is a good portable speaker for those who truly appreciate the texture and detail of music, but have been underwhelmed by the small speakers currently on the market. For more casual listening, though, the KEF Muo sound isn’t quite as “full” in all areas of the frequency range as some lower-grade wireless units. While not harsh or hard, those who like speakers to sound bassy or “warm” may be better off opting for something a little cheaper – or going for a bigger box. Verdict If you’re fed up with the limited definition offered by the majority of small speakers, then the KEF Muo will truly impress. Score 4 /5 Pictures:
  4. Tassie Devil

    Do You Suffer From APE?

    All too true. Our moods are variable due to a large number of factors, some in our control, others not. What we enjoy one day we might not enjoy the next. Enjoyment of music and its reproduction via a system is very subjective so opinions are personal and should not be extrapolated generally. And this makes arriving at a satisfactory system very challenging when one cannot audition before buying and can only process the opinion of others as a guide.
  5. Tassie Devil

    Do You Suffer From APE?

    I'm not denying there are distortions in some recordings BUT my experience is that they are less than I once thought. I have in mind one piano CD, purchased a long time ago, that I posted negatively about on a forum but have since found it to be fine. Apologies for getting on my hobby horse, but I blame this situation on faulty DACs, and they had me hating digital for a decade or more. Not that all reproduction is now perfect, but via the LKS DA-004 it is the best I've ever experienced. As I said in the first post of the thread, there is no absolute sound, so we should just seek sound reproduction we find satisfying. But curse the urge to make it better as this often is not the result of large dollar expenditure.
  6. Tassie Devil

    Do You Suffer From APE?

    I penned this wisdom some months ago and it is finally printed in the Stereophile letters in the May issue. It is the prognosis of a sufferer who has experienced over 6 decades of audio confusion. Here it is for your comment: A.P.E. - “Audio Placebo Effect”. Symptoms: Delight at the improved sound with a new/different toy in the audio chain. Cure: About the only proven cure is a depleted bank balance which hinders further toy purchase. It is often a genuine placebo effect because the sound is not necessarily any better, it is just different. There has been no progress forward, but, although only sideways, is still regarded as a positive achievement. Such illusions are keeping the audio industry alive and audio scribes in employment looking for even more ways of confusing an engrossed audio fraternity on how to further chase audio moonbeams. All this is possible because all audio components and recordings are imperfect to a greater or lesser degree so do impose a different signature on the resultant sound. Those with extreme APE addiction, compound the problem by mixing/matching components in an effort to achieve something called synergy. Various meaningful (??) descriptions like “Ying” and “Yang” are often used as a means of describing the indescribable. Bottom line is there is absolutely no such thing as “Absolute Sound”. The sound heard in an auditorium is anything but absolute and varies from one seating position to another. And a different group of musicians playing exactly the same music in that same hall will sound different. As a corollary, the placement of recording microphones, how they are mixed etc means there can be no “absolute” replication of the sound of the music in the auditorium. That absolute simply does not exist! So what are audiophiles chasing? I guess the aim is to put together a set of components which reproduce recorded music to their liking and in turn, audio engineers attempt to create audio files which help achieve that. But there again is the rub. What one listener or engineer likes will not necessarily appeal to another because of 2 important personal variables – (1) genetics which affects brain structure as well as ear canal etc shape and function and (2) environmental exposure to music which influencers which types and natures of music that are appealing. In some situations that exposure can actually damage the delicate ear mechanism. Enjoying music is very subjective and thus very personal. So, don’t worry if you suffer from APE and can afford the toys. It is a great journey and, as a nice side benefit, there is a lot of pleasure to be had from listening to reproduced music. Go to it, I do get such enjoyment, despite being an APE sufferer myself!
  7. Tassie Devil


    https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/3/17191912/hi-fi-audio-disc-player-oppo-digital-shut-down News to me but maybe posted about before. John
  8. Hi Mike Apologies, it has been sold - I'll now alter the as accordingly. But I still have an even better alternative you can have for the same price - a highly modded Benchmark DAC 1. I had two, one has been sold but I still have the other. Digital expert, Steve Nugent in the USA used to modify them (at a cost!!!) . I have a lot of detail about all this if you are interested. Maybe better to continue this conversation off board - email me at jcoulsonATiprimus.com.au replacing the AT of course. Making me a scapegoat for your record collecting is a bit suss, but as you are several states away I guess I'm safe from any matriarchal (should I say maniacal? - no because that is the camp we are in!!) attack. Again, email me off board and I'll make a feeble attempt to justify my actions! John
  9. Item: NEW 1.5 m Vero Reference headphone cable for Audeze Location: Northern Tasmania Price: $699 including postage. Item Condition: Brand new - still in sealed packaging Reason for selling: Surplus to needs. I had intended to change it for use with my Sennheiser HD800S cans but decided against that. Payment Method: Bank transfer Extra Info: I had two but have converted one for personal use for my Focal Utopia headphones. So the second one for the Audeze is up for sale. It is terminated in a 3.5mm unbalanced plug but could silver solder in a 4 pin balanced one if required for a little extra cost. The US cost is $USD899 [$AUD12165] so at $699 it is a bargain for someone (and a bit of a loss for me). The Vero reference got high praise from TAS: http://www.mitcables.com/us-reviews/absolute-sound-2017-top-pick-vero-reference-headphone-cable.html My Focal Utopia headphjones, away for 7 months being repaired, are about to be returned so PM me if you want my impression of this VERO cable as it will not be long before I've tried it out myself. However I have used the Vero dongle and am impressed with what it can do [I do have another new dongle FS so PM me if interested]. Please ignore the picture for the HD600 cable as it has been withdrawn from sale and converted for use with the Focal Utopias. Thanks for reading John Pictures:
  10. I guess so, I have it somewhere. John PS: I think I've located it. It is a standard 12V 1.5A and that relatively low power rating has always puzzled me when the Arcam specs show a higher power rating is specified. The wall wart is here in Tasmania - the rest of the Arcam is in Adelaide with my friend.
  11. Item: Arcam irDAC with Linear Power Supply Location: With a friend in Adelaide Price: $495 Item Condition: Mint with original box Reason for selling: Unused as now into balanced audio Payment Method: Bank Transfer Extra Info: I could not believe the puny power supply which came with this lovely DAC so purchased a linear PS and inserted into the container as shown in the pics. Note it is NOT an Arcam PS but is far superior and makes all the difference to the effectiveness of the DAC. The heavy PS brings the all up weight of the package to 2.2 kg . I part with it with some reluctance as it is one of the best single ended DACs I've had the pleasure to own - you can read glowing reports of it on the net but remember those reports are with the original wall wart PS. The linear one with this DAC takes it to a new level. Pictures:
  12. Tassie Devil

    Break/Burn in. Is it Real?

    Excellent post MLXXX. The problem with audio topics of this nature is that rationalism, as illustrated by you, gets ignored in favour of emotionalism with subsequent ego grandstanding leading to pissing contests. It has been said that if one person believes "XXX" then that is enough to substantiate it. Sadly beliefs in "XXX" can lead to the formation of cults with disastrous consequences to believers. Obviously that is not the case in this audio discussion but other similarites do exist, particularly the "comfort" a person achieves from a certain conviction. So, as I said before, we must be respectful of others who hold beliefs we disagree with, as long as those beliefs do not impinge on our own personal freeedoms. Bottom line to me is that "burn in/break in" appears to be an unprovable concept. If it was provable, as has been stated here many times, there would be respected papers of research showing it. There are some odd arguments being used in all this discussion with one being that if it has not been disproved, then logically it could be true. To this old brain such an argument is illogical and many posts have repeatedly pointed this out. The human brain is a very complex organ and no two brains, even identical twins (althought they are extremely close), are absolutely identical. We all "see" (brain interpret) colours slightly differently so it should not be surprising that we interpret sounds differently. So it all boils down to whether or not the brain interpretation of sounds in some people is more sensitive than in other dummies like myself, again, something which so far has neither been proved or disproved. So if believing in burn in gives more musical satisfaction to some audiophiles while others like myself enjoy the reproduced music just as much, it really does not matter who is right or wrong about the topic. No arguments will convince the burn in belivers they are wrong and conversely noithing in this humongously long series of posts has been produced to persuade those of us in the non believer camp to change our minds. Guys, it has been an interesting ride, but it really is time to move on.
  13. Tassie Devil

    Break/Burn in. Is it Real?

    Guys, I think this topic is exhausted - rather obvious in the last few interesting, but not completely relevent posts in this thread. Mood affects our listening to most people and could, or might not be a factor in observed burn in. Being so subjective it is unprovable. Yes the burn in observed by some could be due to mood, to placebo, to ........ Bottom line is that individual expreiences are enough to convince some of its existence but are not enough to convincve others like myself. But it really does not matter if you enjoy the music from your toys, whether burnt in or not.
  14. I've never used the iPad or iPhone in this house for portable music and have been prejudiced against the popular iPod. My first venture into quality portable music was via the Korean Cowan but the operating system was a PIA so the player was not simple to use. Then SONY finally did a digital extraction and came out with small, functional hi-rez players the NWS A16 and later the NWS A25. Many of my friends bought the inexpensive and fine sounding NWS A25 and we still have one here for my wife. Next graduation was to the SONY Z100 which was better than than A25 and just as functional. I flirted with an Askel & Kern very briefly but hated its touch screen. My current choice is the Pioneer XDP-30R (same as the Onkyo DP-S1 Rubato) which has two micro slots which will take 200GB cards and a huge library of music. The AQ is up with the best but the small screen can be frustrating for navigation. But using Sennheiser HD800S headphones with an MIT dongle, the music quality (mainly classical for me) is awesome. and that is THE most important feature for me. The music is already ripped into Roon so filling up the cards for players is a simple operation. So your history & experiences?
  15. There have been many significant purchases but the most recent has been the LKS D-006 DAC - a remarkable item that removes all traces of digital harshness, something which initially had me hating digital and sticking with vinyl for many years. IMHO the DAC is the most significant item in the digital audio chain and recent innovations have been significant. Previous others: Roon (replaced Sooloos, another significant purchase 8 years ago) Sennheiser HD800S headphones (replaced HD800) Anthem VAVM 50V A.V processor (replaced Onkyo) Sound Labs electrostatic speakers (replaced locally made Moss electrosts) Plinius and Halcro amps (replaced .... gee I really cannot remember)