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  1. @steven365 you are welcome to PM me if you'd like my take on Totaldac DACs
  2. Sorry @daveyonthecoast these were sold within the day. Thank you everyone for your interest. Now sold. Cheers
  3. Thanks everyone. Have had quite a bit of interest. Sifting through PMs this morning. Terrific speaker which I will miss...
  4. Item: Thiel CS2.3 loudspeakers Location: Sydney Price: $2100 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Thiel Audio CS2.3 speakers (pair) in very good condition, including the grilles. Perfect working order. Classics 'Made in the USA'. These speakers have received tremendous reviews from the press and users. The sound is very detailed, dynamic and with powerful and tight bass. Very good imaging and sound stage. The CS2.3 is a 3-way with a 1-inch tweeter and 4.5-inch midrange driver in Thiel's proprietary Coincident aluminium driver technology. The bass is via a high quality 8-inch aluminium driver augmented with a 9-inch passive radiator. The design is time coherent as per all Thiel Audio designs. The cabinet is finished in beautiful Amberwood real veneer. No scratches or tears in the veneer. Cabinet construction is first class with the super-solid MDF front baffle being 3-inches thick while cabinet walls are 1-inch MDF. Specifications: Crossover frequencies: 900Hz, 3kHz. Crossover slopes: Acoustic first-order, 6dB/octave. Frequency response: 37Hz-20kHz, ±2dB. Phase response: minimum phase ±5 degrees. Nominal impedance: 4 ohms (3 ohms minimum). Sensitivity: 87dB/2.83V/1m. Recommended power: 100-400W. Seller is throwing in a pair of excellent Harmonic Technology Fantasy 3m speaker cables with high quality lockable banana plugs at the amp end and spades at the speaker end. The boxes are long gone so Sydney buyers are preferred. Interstate buyers must arrange own courier and protective boxes. Pictures:
  5. Heard the Statement pre/power a couple of weeks ago at a private home overseas. Within the context of a beautiful room (not an audio show) and all Naim system from source to speakers. Superb control, stunning power and delicacy at the same time. A very memorable experience for this battle-hardened listener. Cheers, EK
  6. Will accept reasonable offers for this as new camera package.
  7. Item name: Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless camera with 70-200mm f4 Telephoto/Macro lens* Location: Sydney -- St Leonards, Hornsby or Blue Mountains* Item condition description: See below* Price: $1395* Reason for selling: NLR * Payment Methods: Paypal, Cash - Pickup, or Australia Post COD The Fujifilm X-T1 is considered one of the best APS-C mirrorless cameras on the market. No introduction needed for this MADE IN JAPAN camera. All metal construction (no cheap plastics). Dozens of glowing reviews online. The X-T1 has extraordinary image quality & is famous for its stunning Fuji colour JPEGs. This unit is in almost as new condition. It has had little use as is obvious from it's immaculate condition. All is in perfect working order and the camera has the latest firmware upgrade. I include the following items at the price: 1. Fujifilm X-T1 camera body in black - Original box and all accessories (charger, cable, battery, strap, etc) 2. Fujifilm flash unit designed for the X-T1 3. Beautiful Cosmicar (Made by Pentax) 70-200mm constant f4 zoom with MACRO setting. Built-in metal anti-reflection lens hood. All metal lens MADE IN JAPAN. An expensive lens when new with superb image quality, sharpness and contrast 4. Fujifilm MHG-XT Medium Hand Grip (Value at around $170 RRP and have seen this item sell for $100 second hand) with built-in machined Arca-Swiss tripod adaptor 5. Pixco Adaptor for Fuji X mount 6. 58mm Hoya Skylight 1B filter This is a superb photographic package at a bargain price.
  8. Thanks Steve. Indeed I think you hit it on the head re the NS-5000's tonal balance. Cheers, EK
  9. The Yamaha NS-5000 is beautifully engineered and executed. One of the best speakers I've heard in my system. I had them in for review for about 3.5 intensive weeks of listening and sonic pleasure. The NS-5000s are mainly demoed with Yamaha's own integrated amplification, usually the range-topping A-S3000, and as good as that amplifier is (and they make a good pairing), the NS-5000s elevate even higher with more upmarket amplification (as you'd expect from a quality speaker). In my case, the Gryphon Antileon EVO (no need to go this high but that's what I use) provided a matching that revealed these speakers to be truly phenomenal. Quality solid state and high-power valve amps will work. The NS-5000's drivers are superb and, in my opinion, provide a more refined, dynamic, sweeter yet detailed sound than the superb-even-to-this-day beryllium drivers of the NS-1000 -- a stunning speaker itself. Imaging is far better than the NS-1000 and it's a wider, higher and deeper soundstage. The build quality and the piano finish are stunning. I hope Marc won't mind this non-conflicting plug but the NS-5000s appear on the cover of the current Audio Esoterica magazine with my full review inside (other excellent speakers are reviewed from Magico, B&W, Dynaudio, JL Audio and a great selection of high-end electronics). Cheers, EK
  10. Looks superb Al, enjoy! I use SGR racks too –– superb design/engineering and exemplary finish quality. The modular aspect makes them very adaptable too. Great stuff. Cheers, EK
  11. Thanks. Wilsons can sound fantastic both with solid state and valve gear. Having said that, the Alexia in particular (but also the others) thrive with high quality/high current solid state. You'll get the full dynamic expression of the considerable bass power the speakers are capable of. Recently, I was using Parasound JC1 monoblocks and they were superb. The better the amps the better the sound, obviously as with all good speakers, but perhaps even more so with W/P8, Sasha and Alexia. The amp I run right now is the Gryphon Antileon EVO and it's magnificent. I've had great results with the Audia Flight Strumento stereo, Gryphon Diablo 300 integrated, Thrax Heros, Audio Research Ref 150SE, VTL MB125, Technical Brain monos, McIntosh Mc452 and many others (it's a long list, I've been doing this for many years). If you are looking at a pair of Wilsons and have more specific questions feel free to PM me. Cheers, EK
  12. I have fond memories of the W/P 6. It addressed a slight mid-bass hump in the W/P 5.1's bandwidth and improved on the overall dynamics (low level detail and was explosive at the other extreme). The Sasha (version 1) was a phenomenal speaker that built upon all the attributes of its W/P 8 predecessor. The Alexia is the best I've owned but it's a rung up the ladder, a larger speaker with massive scale. It's quite fussy with set-up/room positioning and ancillary gear but if you get it right it disappears while communicating the music. Image of my current set-up below. Cheers, EK
  13. Have owned WATT/Puppy 5.1, W/P 6, W/P 8. Then Sasha and now own Alexia. Cheers, EK
  14. Good to have you back George. Play nice ;-)
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