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  1. Great AVR. Very versatile. I used an RX-V667 as my processor and Centre/Rear amp for a few years until a recent upgrade which was done only to add networking features. It supports HDMI 1.4 and the HD Audio formats, has discrete class A/B amps, Zone 2 capabilities, and was one of the last models in its price bracket to offer full 7.1 analogue Inputs (which I used for SACD/DVD-A playback from the CA751BD) and 7.2 Pre-outs for external amps &/or active subs. Rather than part with it after the upgrade in the main system, I've kept it for 2-channel audio and HDMI switching in the family room. I have the service manual and can confirm that the HTR-6063 and RX-V667 are the same product, and are almost identical to the RX-A700 'Aventage' which only adds RS232 serial interface, a schottky bridge rectifier and an extra foot. Yes, that's it. Really! GLWTS
  2. Interesting experiment. Coming from an RF background I'm curious if you also did the lid off / lid on / lid off test without the ERS paper, since the metal lid itself would also influence RFI/EMI fields quite significantly. Without separate tests it would be difficult to know whether the lid itself or the paper or both were causing the improvement. Also, I would suspect that the linear power supply, which has no oscillators or switching devices, would produce much less RFI than components like the microprocessors, synthesizer chip/s and fluorescent display, etc. If you are thinking of doing any more experiments it might be worth trying some ERS paper between the front panel and the main board. Anyway, lovely bit of kit. Hope to add a machine like that to my Tuner collection one day.
  3. I've been using Universal DVD, then BluRay players for my CD playback for years and haven't missed having a dedicated CD player. To be fair, these players are designed with higher-end audio playback in mind, which helps. My current/previous players all have a 'Pure Audio' or 'Audio Direct' button which switches off the video circuitry effectively making the unit a dedicated CD/SACD/HDCD player.
  4. Item: Yamaha RX-596 Stereo Receiver with Remote. Location: Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC. Price: $140 Item Condition: Very good Reason for selling: Gone to separates in all my 2-channel systems. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a great receiver which served as the heart of my main system for a few years until I went back to separates. It was then used in a 2nd system for quite a while until we needed something with HDMI switching. Build quality is impressive and I never had any problems with it. I was keeping it as a backup, but have other spare tuners/amps and while I don't like parting with it, I can't justify it taking up space any longer. Power rating is conservative and it has heaps of headroom. The RX-596 and its big brother, the RX-777 probably had the best FM tuner you would find in a receiver of this vintage. I'm in a fringe reception area and it's sensitivity and sound quality are almost right up there with the better Yamaha dedicated Tuners. The tuner performance in Yamaha receivers after this series dropped off a little as customer priorities were changing. The RX-596 also incorporates Yamaha's 'Top-Art' design technology and has CD Direct and Pure Direct switches and a Sleep Timer. Pickup is from Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC. Happy to post at buyers expense and could also deliver to Outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne for some petrol money. SPECS: Power: 80 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo) Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz +/-0.5dB Total harmonic distortion: 0.01% Damping factor: 240 Signal to noise ratio: 88dB (MM), 110dB (line) Channel separation: 65dB (line) Speaker impedance: 6 to 8Ω FM 50dB Quieting Sensitivity: Mono 1.55uV. Stereo 21uV FM Capture Ration: 1.5dB FM S/N: Mono 80dB. Stereo 75dB AM Usable Sensitivity: 100uV/m AM S/N: 50dB Dimensions: 435 x 151 x 390mm Weight: 9.5kg Pictures:
  5. Or grab this machine and have $700 left over for a dedicated streamer?
  6. Item: Pioneer F-402 AM/FM Tuner. Location: Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC Price: $60 $50 Item Condition: Very good working condition. Reason for selling: Replaced in a 2nd system when I found its big brother, an F-91 'Reference' tuner. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Happy to post at buyers expense. Extra Info: This tuner is an impressive performer with excellent sensitivity and great sound. It sits just below the Pioneer reference or elite tuners of the time and shares many of their features including IF bandwidth selection, RF attenuation switch and the Digital Direct Decoder. Good solid build quality with honeycomb chassis/feet, clear attractive display and 36 presets. PDF copy of User Manual will be provided. FM SPECS Usable sensitivity (Mono): 1.1uV 50dB Quieting Sensitivity (Stereo): A very impressive 17.7uV Alternate Channel Selectivity: 70dB (Normal). 65dB (Super Narrow) S/N: 78dB (Stereo). 83dB (Mono) Distortion: 0.3% (Stereo) Separation: 50dB Frequency Response: 30Hz-15kHz +/-1dB Pictures:
  7. Item: Rotel RX-850A Location: Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC. Price: $20 Item Condition: Good physical condition apart from text fading around the power button. Amplifier section and AM reception in good working order, but FM reception is intermittent. Reason for selling: No longer required. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This was the heart of my garage system for a few years until the FM problem came along and it was replaced by a separate amp and tuner of similar vintage. I intended to try and repair the FM issue, but haven't got around to it and I need a clean out. At power up there is no FM but on a good day after about 5-10 minutes the FM will start working again. Happy to post at buyers expense. Can also deliver to Melbourne Outer Eastern suburbs for a small fee. Pictures:
  8. Item: Jamo E5CEN.5 compact centre speaker Location: Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC Price: $50 Item Condition: Very good. Some wear in bottom left corner of grille as shown in photo, but only noticeable from close-up. Reason for selling: Upgraded. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Happy to post at buyers expense. Extra Info: 70W RMS. 100W Peak. 8 Ohms. 2x 4" Mid-bass. 1x 1" dome tweeter. 90dB/2.8V/1m. Frequency range: 65-20,000Hz. Shielded drivers. 438 (W) x 136 (H) x 150 (D). 4.4kg This is a great little Centre-channel speaker if you have limited space, which was the reason I purchased it. It's a sealed enclosure, so not too fussy with placement either. Have owned since new and it hasn't been worked hard. Recent changes to my HT system meant that I was able to upgrade to something larger and a little better. Pictures:
  9. Item: Marantz NR-1501 7.1 Channel Slimline AVR (Black) Location: Gembrook or Knoxfield, VIC Price: $150 $140 Item Condition: Very good. Reason for selling: Updated to NR-1508 for new features. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Happy to pack really well and post at buyers expense. Extra Info: I bought this for my daughter when they moved into their home, but they didn't want to run speaker cables, so opted for a Yamaha sound-bar system. So I happily kept it to replace an old Yamaha Receiver. Recently upgraded to the NR-1508 while they were on clearance, so this unit is no longer required. Comes with all accessories including the setup microphone, AM loop antenna, remote, etc. Supports HDMI V1.3a along with Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD. Lots of features. Please follow link for details. https://www.qualifi.com.au/product/Marantz/NR1501/56719 Pictures:
  10. If it had to be limited to one artist, then in my vinyl collection it would probably be Van Morrison or Neil Young. It would be damn hard parting with my Roy Buchanan and early U2 vinyl though. Still have around 500 LPs but there would probably only be around 10 artists where I have more than 2 or 3 of their albums and even then there would be no more than 5 or 6 LPs from any one of them. I have always had pretty eclectic tastes. Having said that, I do have all of Died Pretty's albums on CD and my 7" vinyl of Everybody Moves would have to stay!
  11. I still have the previous incarnation, the DV-S733A and it still performs flawlessly. These players were beautifully built.
  12. Pretty sure it's a coating that would have been applied in the factory. I haven't done anything to them myself and doubt the original owner would have. I've had other drivers with similar treatments on the surround. e.g. Some Foster woofers with an 'impregnated cloth" surround had a very similar look.
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