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  1. The 519 is a fine amp - it features the diamond differential circuit and slightly improved resolution over the 517/717, whilst maintaining that lovely Sansui sound. The 519, like many Sansuis of that era, suffers from corrosive glue on some of the driver board and power supply capacitors which needs to be addressed. The ‘black flag’ capacitors also need to be changed. The good news is that this amp is worthy of a restoration. If it works fine now, have a listen and then contemplate whether you intend keeping it. If so, go down the restoration route.
  2. Depends how you define ‘high quality’. These are designed to suit Chinese mains sockets which have a slightly different prong spacing and thickness to Australian plugs. They will generally fit Australian sockets, but not perfectly. They are are not Australian-standards complaint. They are also 100% not copper conductors as described. They are brass. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as copper is softer and is more prone to snapping when manufactured with such a thin thickness. The only advantage that these Chinese plugs have over plugs from Clipsal, Martin Kaiser and HPM is the ability to accept large CSA wire.
  3. It is indeed - this is basically Kenwood's equivalent of the AU-517/717 Sansui models. She's a good'un!
  4. Looking forward to the sequel!!
  5. Great amp, great price, great seller... you can't go wrong!
  6. There are very few Australian mains plug options out there, apart from the generic stuff. A number of aftermarket cables use the following plugs on the Australian power cables, albeit covered with fancy heatshrink: https://mcru.co.uk/product/martin-kaiser-aus-mains-plug/?v=6cc98ba2045f https://www.clipsal.com/Trade/Products/ProductDetail?catno=1439SHD
  7. There are some good pics of the internals of the amplifier here - she's nicely built! https://insidehifi.blogspot.com/2011/09/kenwood-l-1000m.html
  8. Very nice - my turntable of choice, and she looks to be in fantastic condition. Good buying right here.
  9. To be honest, based upon your description above, cables aren’t going to tame the brightness to the extent necessary. You should be looking at the room first and foremost, as the hard, reflective surfaces is what you need to tame. edit: D’oh... you mention the above in your post already. Disregard!!
  10. https://www.jbhifi.com.au/features/promotions/wicked-wednesday/wicked-wednesday-on-audio-technica-headphones/ Some bargains to be had, and I was able to utilise a 5% off discount code which was emailed to me, for a total of 45% off. This brought a pair of ATH-M50X cans down to $140 - bargain!
  11. That’s the biggest load of Schiit that I’ve ever seen in the one room! Nice work - she looks great and I bet it sounds fantastic too.
  12. If you find the 'account settings' section, there's a selection on the left hand side of the page for 'signature'
  13. I have a pair of DSE speakers as back-up/test/demo speakers. They don't sound all that bad following Zog's crossover mods, and have quite excellent bass extension for their size, but the midrange isn't great and the tweeters lack in clarity. They are most certainly built to a price point. It's a bugger that you wouldn't consider second-hand - there are some excellent bargains to be had if you know what you are looking for. You'll get better bang for buck second-hand than new, that's for sure.
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