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  1. Item: RCM Sensor 2 Phono Stage Location: Sydney Price: $2700 (RRP$5200) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer Extra Info: See below Photos: See below I bought this RCM Sensor 2 phono stage a couple of weeks ago from @shogo33 (see listing below). It is an excellent sounding phono stage, but is at a similar level to my current phono stages, and I am really looking for a major (ie expensive) upgrade. Some reviews: https://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/review-rcm-sensor-2-phono-amplifier http://highfidelity.pl/@main-599&lang=en Photos of the actual unit below, taken from shogo33's listing (with his kind permission). It comes with original packaging and manual. Pick up is available from Cammeray, and I am also happy to post at the buyer's cost and risk.
  2. Do I have a choice? But seriously, it is still fun to discuss this stuff. I wasn't expecting a for sale thread for an old tape deck to generate so much interest or discussion.
  3. Thanks. I'm sure it's not you, but one Brisbane Nakamichi tech has had my ZX-7 in for repair for a decade. Once every few years we exchange an email about it, but I've given up hope of ever seeing it again!
  4. Just so everyone is aware, I have one serious buyer and a few in the queue.
  5. Laurence, you reminded me of that old Tapeheads discussion back in 2008! I had to look it up, and for anyone who is interested you can find it here: https://www.tapeheads.net/showthread.php?t=2308 Back then I seemed to prefer the CR7, but that was temporary. The CD like quality of the CR7 quickly wore on me, and the richer sound of the ZX-9 was definitely better over the longer term. I had sold all the decks in that comparison some time ago, but when I decided to buy another one a couple of years ago there was no question that the ZX-9 was at the top of my list.
  6. This is withdrawn from sale for the moment. Apologies to those who expressed interest.
  7. This is withdrawn from sale for the moment. Apologies to those who expressed interest.
  8. Item: Nakamichi ZX-9 Cassette Deck (fully serviced) Location: Sydney Price: $2200 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Rarely used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer Extra Info: See below Photos: See below A few years ago I decided to buy the best cassette deck Nakamichi ever made - the ZX-9. This is the deck Nakamichi used to make their own recordings. It is a better made, better sounding deck for both playback and recording than either the Dragon or the CR7 (both of which I have owned). I wanted one that had been fully serviced and in excellent condition. Finally, in 2017 I found a deck which had been fully overhauled by legendary Nakamichi technician Norman van Wijnen in the Netherlands in late 2016. It was in excellent cosmetic condition, and had been brought back to original spec. I bought the deck directly from Norman and have used it sparingly over the last couple of years. But these days I do not make much use of the deck, and it really is wasted for the few times a year I use it, so it is time to move on to a better home. If you were ever looking for an absolute top spec Nakamichi deck which has been fully overhauled, this is an opportunity not likely to be repeated. They have not made these decks for a long time, the parts are getting rare and the few Nakamichi technicians remaining are retiring. As mentioned above, this deck is in excellent cosmetic condition, even allowing for its age. Mechanically and functionally it is perfect. It is a 220-240v model, although it has a European power plug, so will need an adapter. I can provide a copy of the manual, although it does not have the original packaging. I also have a folder of photos from Norman showing the complete overhaul of the deck which I can provide to interested purchasers. The first two photos below are from this folder and show the final stages of the overhaul. Pick up is definitely preferred. The deck is heavy and complex, and while I am happy to ship and will pack it securely, shipping is definitely at the risk of the buyer.
  9. Item: Einstein Little Big MC Phono Stage Location: Sydney Price: $2750 Item Condition: Mint Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer Extra Info: See below Photos: See below For sale is my Einstein Little Big MC phono stage, purchased directly from the Australian distributor in February this year. It is in mint condition, being only 5 months old and used only intermittently, with all original packaging. It comes with loading plugs for 85 ohms and 150 ohms, or 470 ohms without plugs. This is an end game phono stage - densely saturated tonal colours, very dynamic and very quiet. It is also highly musical. Reviews: https://www.dagogo.com/einstein-audio-the-little-big-phono-preamplifier-review/ Pick up is available from Cammeray or the Sydney CBD, or I am happy to post at the buyer's cost and risk.
  10. Item: Tron Convergence Signature MM Phono Stage Location: Sydney Price: $1200 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer Extra Info: See below Photos: See below For sale is my Tron Convergence Signature phono stage, purchased directly from Tron in April 2018. As I have a number of phono stages, this has had minimal use, and is in mint condition as far as I can tell. Tron is a very small UK producer of extremely high quality bespoke hi fi, mostly valve designs. The Convergence series is their entry level range, but is still significantly better than most other equipment anywhere near the price. The phono stage is a valve based, moving magnet phono stage using 2 x 12AX7 valves and a single 12AU7. The valves are stock and have had minimal use, well under 50 hours. Although a moving magnet phono stage, I have used it with a step up transformer with some high end MC cartridges, including my Dynavector XV-1S. For someone looking to use this phono stage with an MC cartridge, I can supply an Aurealis step up transformer for a very modest additional cost. Do not be misled by the relatively low price - this is genuinely an end-game phono stage and with a good step up transformer will sound amazing with any MC cartridge at any price. Information on the phono stage can be found here: https://tron-electric.co.uk/convergence/convergence-phono-stage/ Review: https://topoxforddoc.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/hi--fi-review---tron-convergence-phono-stage Pick up is available from Cammeray or the CBD, and I am happy to post at the buyer's cost and risk.
  11. Item: Chord M Scaler Location: Sydney Price: $5200 Item Condition: Mint - 1 month old Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer Extra Info: See below Photos: See below For sale is my black Chord M Scaler purchased from Minidisc in Sydney on 4 June this year. It was used briefly with my Chord Qutest, but as that DAC is no longer in my main system the M Scaler is no longer required. It is just over a month old and in mint condition, with all original packaging and materials. If you have a Chord DAC you already know what this is and what it does, and there is endless discussion of it on the web, including this forum. I will only quote one review, from Soundstage Australia: For all of those reasons, but most importantly for its undeniable sonic enhancement of tonal and low-end foundations of your digital signal chain, I have to give the Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler a very hardy and enthusiastic recommendation. While it may require a minor readjustment to accept yet another device into the signal chain, there’s no denying the performance payoff more than justifies it. In fact, here at SoundStage! Australia HQ, the Hugo M Scaler is a certified keeper. Pick up is available from Cammeray or the CBD, or I can post at the buyer's cost and risk.
  12. Superb sounding amplifier with a killer phono stage.
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