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  1. I would upgrade speaker, amplifier, and DAC all in one. Cleff have KEF LSX on sale at $1499. This is a fantastic deal and is a simply superb desktop solution in my view. Upgrade further with some decent desktop stands (options from Kef themselves, isoacoustics, and best of all in my view, soundrise pro) https://clefhifi.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4228 https://soundrisepro.com/products/soundrise-pro-studio-monitor-stands?variant=13510978371659
  2. Seconded. Pat is a gentleman and will no doubt look after you and give you a very fair price.
  3. Wow...haven't seen one of these for years. I had the next model (SA-XR57) as my very first reciever. Both units (the 55 and the 57) had a bit of a cult following back in the day as you can configure to essentially active bi-amp with them and they sound surprisingly good. This unit would actually work well for someone trying to set-up a basic 2 channel system on a low budget. Thanks for the memories!
  4. The 6000a is an excellent amp for the money. My dealer in the UK was selling more of these than all other sub £1000 options combined! It is a very dynamic sounding machine and comes across as much more powerful than the specs would have you believe. If looking for an alternative would also recommend the Creek Evolution 50a is worth a look. Not as punchy and lively sounding as the audiolab but with superior midrange clarity which particularly shines on vocals. If needing an onboard DAC then Creek do sell a DAC module called the Ruby DAC. Hifi Disposals has the pair for under $2
  5. Do you have a budget in mind for the speakers?
  6. Melbourne Hifi have a an ex display Naim dac-v1 on clearance at the moment. These are superb sounding DACs, very resolving with amazing detail retrieval. Highly recomended! https://www.melbournehifi.com.au/collections/dac/products/naim-audio-dac-v1-ex-display
  7. I would question the point of the forum if we can't discuss and debate things Sime?
  8. I often have friends/colleagues etc ask for advice on what to buy for around $1000 for a system and I tend to point people at this type of thing: https://au.yamaha.com/en/products/audio_visual/micro_hifi/mcr-n670/index.html I bought this exact system for my Dad's place and it works a treat, sounds good in a traditional living room, looks nice, and is easy to drive. For the casual listener who just wants to buy and then set and forget I reckon they can't go wrong and it takes all the guesswork out of building a system. I put this exact system in at my Dads p
  9. I guess, but you could probably also describe them as a featured up Integrated Amp! I used the Onkyo 8250 in my living room system a couple of years back and it definitely sounded a better than any AVR I tried for music. I think their 2 channel performance is similar to an entry level integrated amp (IE a step above AVRs but still definitely mid-fi)
  10. I would suggest you point your friend at one of the new HDMI enabled stereo receivers. There are options from Denon, Marantz, and Onkyo all available around the $1200-1300 mark as per below. These devices are specifically designed to fill the hole between 2 channel integrated amps and AVRs and for what they are they do a decent job. The new Denon is getting pretty universally well reviewed as good performance for the price. https://www.denon.com/en-au/shop/amplifier/dra800h https://www.qualifi.com.au/product/Marantz/NR1200/71290 https://www.intl.onkyo.com/products/hi-
  11. I really don't know why some folks here go straight to pejoratives when someone posts something they disagree with! This is a situation where someone has had a dramatic change in sound as a result of a change in speaker. I personally don't think that changing speaker cable is the answer, and in fact I would advise against adding any further variables whilst he becomes accustomed to his new speakers. If you feel differently then I'm totally cool with that, you won't catch me labelling you as naive or anything else for sharing your opinion. ?
  12. Does the mini-dsp have a volume control as well or is the system volume of the macbook controlling the mini-dsp?
  13. I have dealt with Audio Trends in Melbourne more than a few times and always received great service, with reasonable prices. They have a range of systems from mid-fi to high end so you can get a real feel for what you get as you go up the price scale.
  14. Excellent call. QED X40 cables are more than suitable for your system!
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