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Everything posted by shogo33

  1. Agreed with your initial impressions of the Mani. Hard to beat this little gem for under $300. Resolution and space sings to my mind with this preamp. Its not the quietest preamp, but that amount of coin, thats really asking.
  2. Very true. Discovered this recently after years of fooling around with exotic pre's - both SS and tubed. Now i just use a simple 2 way switch/passive pre (Schiit SYS) and found a new world of resolution that i was missing before. Especially when you have 2v out of your OPPO as a source, that should be good enough. Less is more IMO. Pnyx is a good preamp, but it has soo much gain, and it was not quiet from my listening experience. My rule of thumb is that if the preamp is quiet, at listening volumes, you should not hear any hiss or noise coming from the speakers at your ears up close to them.
  3. @ your listening room size, If you're after deep tuneful bass, i would demo the SVS PC4000. Yes, its a ported sub, but it can be run sealed via dsp calibration on the app. When it was tuned to 16hz, at the starting scene of Mad Max Fury, Max's voice was very deep, clean, and best of all fast! I thought it was a much better sub than its sibling the SB4000, playing though the same demo.
  4. Item: iFi Micro iTube2 Vacuum Tube Buffer and Passive/Active Preamplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $380 ono + shipping at buyers expense. Donation to SNA upon completion of sale. Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Lack of use Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought from Addicted to Audio. Had this a little over 2 years now, but probably used it for less than a year as a preamp in the study room. A very flexible unit and as a preamp and buffer, the tube is very quiet, unlike my previous Yaqin tube buffer from ebay. The options to add 'width' to the soundstage was quite handy. Also, when needed, some bass boost at 40 or 80hz can be added with a flick of the switch. IMO, the best function of this little unit is the ability to run the tube in Push pull or SET modes. I prefer the SET mode for folk, classical, jazz but for Rock or pop, the Push Pull sounded best to me. Comes standard with the iFi low noise 15v power supply. I tried a linear power supply with this unit, and I couldn't tell the difference over the stock iFi psu. However, I felt that its strong selling point was the preamp section. No noise at all ear level against my speakers in passive mode. You can check out the extensive reviews on HeadFi.org or on google. https://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-itube2/ Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  5. Item: RCM Sensor 2 PhonoStage (Furutech upgrades) - in Black Location: Melbourne Price: $2700 ono (no lowballs please) + shipping/insurance at buyer's expense. Donation to SNA once sold. Item Condition: Perfect working condition, as new and dust free. Original boxes/manuals etc. Reason for selling: No time for vinyl, lack of use. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This phonostage needs very little introduction. I am the original owner and was purchased directly from PMG about 3 years ago. Has the Furutech connector upgrades and uses a fantastic Amphenol connector for the external psu. Sad to see this one go, as it has been my reference phonostage but i havent used it for months now, with a change in job and young kids, very time poor, so best to move it on to a more deserving home. Current new price from SonicPurity is $5700 with Furutech upgrades. I have the original box and manual, but they're stored away in the shed. If needed, i'll take pics of the box and manual upon request. Prefer local pickup but can post as mentioned above AUS wide. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. We will be looking forward to hear which one gets Schiited on... that being said, i'm toying around with my stack of small schiits. Btw, what subs were you running earlier?
  7. pick up on or will you post? @chrisnus
  8. Second what @Snoopy8 said above. AV gear arent cheap in KL, especially the new/latest stuff. Warranty issues are another matter altogether. Have relos in KL and over the years have been patiently listening to their dilemmas.
  9. Got a pair recently - certainly wont disappoint the new buyer. Fantastic pair of headphones.
  10. Perhaps but you could always get the wireless unit from SVS and run them cable free.
  11. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Star-Quad-RCA-Stereo-Pair-Twin-Phono-Van-Damme-Audio-Cable-2-Gold-Plated-RCAs/162837591343?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=461874556316&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649. At 10mtrs, its gonna cost you more than $100. Question - Does the rega fono need to be 7-10m away from the yamaha though?
  12. Tannoy Saturn 6 LCR speakers here. Pairs well with tube amps, UL push pull designs with a bit more wattage over SETs. Had them for nearly 18 years and watched a movie using them yesterday - still kicking hard no issues Only thing that fell apart were the original port bungs that were made from foam. They crumbled 6 years ago when i tried to remove them....oh well.
  13. Ditto. I did the same with the Convex MK2 actives, addressed 4 issues re: speaker, amps, subs and speaker cable dilemmas. This allowed me to simplify the overall system and pay more attention and coin across the sources, namely in this order - preamp, dac, streamer. I have a TT setup, again this is simplified where the TT is connected to the phonostage (gain adjusted) so i can run it direct to the XLR input of the SGR actives. My preamp is a passive one, ie - Schiit Saga, which i use for my digital sources - essentially a source selector with attenuation. No gain needed as the output gain from my sources are 2v,. I use 3m RCA and XLR cables, even at these length's i noticed to drop in gain or noise pickup at all - just dead silence at unity gain with my ears again the speaker's tweeters.
  14. Very nice! Cant wait to hear your thoughts once you get the Wilsons in room powered by Schiit..
  15. Agreed. I just went through the same dilemma and looked at a couple of headphones and the Sony came out tops for my requirement and bang for buck value. The bose was a bit more comfortable and the noise cancellation a bit better than the Sony, but the soundstage was much more narrower and the bass had a bit more of that duff duff quality. The Sennheiser momentum 2's were good but ear fatigue came in after listening for an hour.
  16. Am loving every episode! Definately put this on your radar. There was another BBC - reenactment done a few year back on Youtube. Not as dramatic as this, but quite similar.
  17. I have listened to the LS100 many times @Porkbuns69 I believe he had VT99 tubes and an EML meshplate rectifier running on his. This unit scales up with different tubes in play. If you have the stock sovteks or tungsols in there, swap them with NOS or better tubes. You will be rewarded, and at this price..its a bargain.
  18. Item: Aurealis Audio MC SUT - Cinemag 3440AH Transformers Location: Melbourne Price: 350+ postage auswide Item Condition: as New (bought in Apr 19) Reason for selling: Second system for the study will not go ahead. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This MC SuT was built recently by Geoff from Aurealis Audio as a step up transformer to my Tisbury Domino, which had a 100ohm load for MC carts, as such not a great fit for my Lyra Delos. As the second system will not go ahead now, the Domino and Tisbury preamp have been sold recently and this is no longer required. Upon discussion with Geoff, he recommended that the transformers be kept in the enclosure to minimise hum pickup and this is true as i sat this next to a 2 channel amp that housed a massive torodial transformer. I also opted for one with less "bling" as he ran out of the engraved plates which are shown on his website. Otherwise, it has the same build specifications, listed below: Features Cinemag 3440AH - these are the Blue Labels with superior laminations. SUT configured for switching between 9x (loads at 560 Ohms) and 18x gain (loads at 140 Ohms). Can be configured for 36x gain (loads around 50 Ohms). Gold-plated CMC RCAs Easy to use ground terminal Ground and lift switch to aid in eliminating hum issues PDF user guide provided (at the bottom of the pictures) Pictures: SUT-CM (3440AH) user guide.pdf
  19. Item: Tisbury Audio Domino MC/MM phono preamp. Location: Melbourne Price: $200 Item Condition: As new, puchased in Apr 19 Reason for selling: Second system will not go ahead Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: https://www.tisburyaudio.co.uk/domino-phono-preamplifier Bought this for a second system, but that plan has been bumped out, so not going ahead with the study room system. I kept this over the Schiit Mani as it had more warmth and bass weight over the Mani. Comes with a linear pSU, so no upgrades needed! Domino has four switchable gain settings: 40, 49, 58 and 67 dB and 100ohm load for MC and 47K load for MM. The Domino matches well with the Tisbury preamp. If you need a SUT, i have a Cinemag one that can be sold seperately. (not included with the Domino sale). Pictures: To be loaded over the weekend.
  20. Item: Tisbury Audio - Mini Passive Preamplifier Gen 2 version Location: Melbourne Price: $200 Item Condition: As new, puchased in Apr 19 Reason for selling: Not going ahead with second system. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: http://tisburyaudio.co.uk/mini-passive-preamplifier Bought this for a second system, but that plan has been bumped out, so not going ahead with the study room system. I tested this on my main system with a pair of 3 meter interconnects to the SGR actives, with no noticable loss in volume. You could also use this as a switch, Output 2 can be configured (by switches on the base) as either an additional primary output, or as a 'loop' out, to bypass the volume control and loop out to another device. Output 1 is the primary output and its level is set by the volume control. A new feature is the selectable attenuation, which allows you to reduce the signal by a fixed -10 dB or -20 dB. If your system has too much gain and you can't turn the volume dial past 12 o'clock without hearing damage, this setting will help. I compared this passive to another 5 input version (made in China), and this one sounded better to me. Pictures: To be loaded over the weekend.
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