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  1. https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/245042-mini-review-mcchanson-6em7-set-headphone-amp/?tab=comments#comment-3888180
  2. Which version of the DAC19 are you selling? (DAC-19, DAC-19SE, DAC-19MK3, DAC-19DSP, or DAC-19 with PCM1704UK)?
  3. goldiver

    DAC Recommendation Needed

    You're missing the point. Someone fairly new in the game should be receiving good advice. Elevating a Topping DAC to Chord Dave status is not helpful. Elevating a Topping DAC to $2000 status ditto. That's not to say that a well-implemented budget DAC can't deliver a good listening experience - the latest ES-9038 boards from China are incredibly good value. The ES9038 chip itself boasts great tonality and dimensional soundstage/layering. Implementation is the key - power supply, output module, reclocking etc. That's where the price starts to rise. Surely all of this is just common sense. That's why I object to rash, unbalanced comparisons, where people just write anything.
  4. goldiver

    DAC Recommendation Needed

    Agreed. Also, there's a terrible amount of hype around Topping and Schiit products on HeadFi, AudioScienceReview and some other websites, fueled by 'entry-level' enthusiasts jumping on the budget bandwagon. Reading between the lines you get the impression they've never heard a $1000 DAC, or a $4000 SACD player. The reason I commented earlier is for the benefit of newcomers to this hobby who haven't heard 50 or 60 DACs like many of us have. They shouldn't be misled by rash statements.
  5. goldiver

    Spendor A1 vs other sealed little guys

    Legend Kurre 9. Wonderful sound quality, wonderful price, local excellence.
  6. goldiver

    DAC Recommendation Needed

    ... I really don't know what to say, folks. I like Topping as a brand, have done for years. They make reliable, sensible, well-packaged budget gear that does a great job at the price point. But step up to current competition at $700 or $800 and sound quality becomes much better. There are some rather ambitious claims being made here, based on measurements and new chip technology, that aren't true or helpful in my opinion.
  7. goldiver

    What is "Member's total reputation"?

    I got a bad reputation... I was trying for 'cool' but became a try-hard instead... Please like this post.
  8. goldiver

    Narrow Integrated

    My 50w Arcam Alpha 8 fits the bill; you can find the Alphas on the second-hand market for bargain prices, they sound terrific.
  9. On hold for local buyer (above!).
  10. As a Sydneysider, that's what I always say about Victoria!
  11. Item: AXIS LS-28 bookshelf speakers Location: Sydney east Price: $80 Item Condition: Very good Reason for selling: Lack of space Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Size: 42 x 21 x 27 cm (HWD) Extra Info: Gorgeous sounding speakers in great condition (apart from a dust-cap that could be replaced for a few bucks, although I personally wouldn't bother). Designed and made in Australia, the LS-28s have a lovely balanced sound that really invites you in. Suits a neutral, clean sounding amp. Easy to drive: my 50-watt Arcam Alpha 8 tamed them easily. Bass is particularly well-controlled with a deep solidity.
  12. I guess we could all compile 40 or 50 top-ten lists - fine, if you treat such a list as a sample of great music. Here are two of my lists! Beatles - Sergeant Pepper's Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers Blind Faith - Blind Faith Led Zeppelin - II Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks Stevie Wonder - Innervisions Curtis Mayfield - Curtis Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town Fleetwood Mac - Rumours Supertramp - Breakfast In America Marvin Gaye - What's Going On Blood Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man Neil Young - Harvest Genesis - Foxtrot Free - Fire And Water Dave Mason - Alone Together Andy Bey - Experience And Judgment Van Halen - Women And Children First Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine St Vincent - St Vincent
  13. goldiver

    SOLD: FS: Yamaha CDS3000 SACD Player

    I mix silver and black all the time. Wouldn't be turning down a player like this because of the colour! Great price GLWS
  14. goldiver

    Impressions of my first classical concert

    Nice to hear you enjoyed it, Mike. I did too. Yes, in Australia (and countries with similar demographics) the average age of the audience is high. In Asia this is not the case; in China, the majority of the concert goers are young! The Yuja Wang / Lang Lang factor. A great thing - even if Yuja and Lang Lang's pianism is not! Yes, the concert hall in the Sydney Opera house has so-so acoustics, even where you were sitting. They've repeatedly put off a renovation to upgrade the acoustics, and as a regular attendee I've been become more and more disappointed with this lately, so much so that I've bought far fewer tickets this year.
  15. goldiver

    SOLD: FS: Beyerdynamic T90 headphones

    Nice price! But you might like to mention the changes made by the previous owner. GLWS