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  1. Further information: Hi Everyone For sale is a Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock to suit Mac computers. I used it with a 2011 17” MacBook Pro where the dock offered me much faster USB 3 speeds and a single cable to connect everything up. My monitor connected to the dock, as did my Time Machine HDD, Ethernet and so on. Great for working at home. Also has a headphone jack on the front with Burr Brown DAC. I am offering to the group first as I know there are plenty of us with USB2 Macs as daily drivers. The unit self is the best quality around and ‘just worked’ 100% of the time for me. I came from an OWC dock that was a lemon and took months to get a refund on. I never looked back from the Belkin. The sale comes with the original box/packaging, dock itself, genuine Thunderbolt 2 cable (black colour) and power supply. Asking price as noted above or nearest offer; I’ll cover postage costs and double box it. Thank you Photos:
  2. Item: Sony CDP-30 with service manual Price Range: Free Item Condition: Front bezel in very good condition, electrically sound, does not play discs. Extra Info: A wealth of parts inside for servicing Sony players of it's era. Unfortunately the eject gear on this has disintegrated and I think the laser has gone out. I had it on display in my collection room but need the space for other items. Nice 80s accents to buttons and logos. Sony CX20017 DAC. On the smaller size in width, nice compact unit (not midi). Located in Canberra and happy to post for $25. Will include service manual (nice copy)
  3. Wanted Item: A very compact in size, plain stereo RCA / 3.5mm line to speaker amplifier Price Range: $50 Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: I have two small bookshelf speakers that need to be amplified, intended task is low volume, very occasional use only listening. I have games consoles routed through a switcher and want to use some spare speakers for the sound opposed to the tiny 2-watt one in my monitor! Has to be very compact to fit in to existing space. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  4. Item: HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro Pi HAT including 4GB MicroSD card, receipt Location: Canberra, ACT 2606 Price: $60 (Price drop!) Item Condition: As new (3 months owned from new) Reason for selling: Upgraded to amp with streamer built in Payment Method: Pickup or postage for $9 - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit (CBA) Extra Info: Special dual clock and galvanically isolated Pro version of the HiFiBerry SPDIF Pi HAT. Bypasses the Pi's PLL fixed clock and uses I2S to generate it's own master clock that is appropriate for both 44.1 and 48kHz integers. Seamlessly supported by Pi kernals and worked so well for me that I'm sad to see it go. I have simply upgraded to a Primare amp with streamer built in. I used this HAT with a Pi 3+ connected to my previous DAC via Optical. It was the first SPDIF source I've had that correctly 'expressed' output to my DAC, correctly lighting up 88.2kHz which with a previous SPDIF source would come up as 96kHz. So it does confirm nicely to SPDIF spec and it was a pleasure to use. Software was Moode and source was Audiravana using uPnP streaming. Photos:
  5. I just don't know who to trust. I bought the last revision of the Mazda CX-5 before the new look came out. It was the middle of a Canberra winter and heater worked amazingly well. Summer came and there was literally no cooling to the air conditioning. The dealer took 3 booked appointments to figure out what was wrong. First they said it could be low in gas, topped it up as it was low and off I went. Still not cold so I went back and they put a dye in to monitor for leaks, none found so off I went. Still not cold at all. Third time they got an infrared heat gun and confirmed no difference to was being made with the AC on or off and kept the car for 10 or 11 days. They gave me a loaner car thankfully but it was an effort and minimal communication all along. They told me it had a blockage and that they'd never seen it before. It's been working beautifully ever since, ice cold air con and instant. I went with the CX-5 for a few reasons but indeed the real automatic transmission was a selling point along with reputation among family and friends. I am unhappy with the car a year in due to everything having little vibrations. The rear-view mirror squeaks, the sun visors material friction against the roof makes a rubbing sound, perspex in front of odometer/tacho vibrates and so on. Great drive, uber powerful in sports mode, great posture to drive in but poor quality control for a $40,000K car. My partner's Volkswagon Golf 2015 is a complete disaster and has left us on the side of the road not once, but twice with transmission failure (!). We paid once $3K and free the second time, only the second time we paid for other nonsense on the invoice for workshop materials worth hundreds of dollars (I didn't inspect the service report on pickup). The car stalls at traffic lights regularly as the stop-start thing is faulty which has been replaced already. When we raised this at the dealer they blamed us for not using them consistently as there was a number of recalls on the car that weren't attended to (no evidence). I explained there was one time we used a non-VW dealer and he was fantastic but the car had in fact been back to the dealer once before the first transmission failure. Again it was our fault and the mechtronics unit never fails. I got home and googled this fault and far out - seemingly every other country in the whole world, expect Australia, has a recall on the mechtronics unit. Why are we being treated like idiots? Why is german engineering no longer enough? The last service revealed a line on the service report suggesting the water pump chassis was cracked and could potentially leak, but would cost about $1000 to repair. When I found this out I searched google and sure enough it seems a common problem but to wait until you do the timing belt as the process is similar and can in labour. We are nursing the car until the timing belt and don't want to drive it basically.
  6. YES Just press the Amp button. There are 3 circular buttons that change the universal remote to send IR codes for the AMP, CD player and something else. Press AMP and try again
  7. Item: Kenwood HiFi Stereo KR-711 with matching speakers and complete Location: Canberra, 2606 for pickup or see note Price: $150 negotiable Item Condition: Used but in excellent cosmetic and working condition Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: For sale is a complete Kenwood KR-711 and KS-711 HiFi stereo. Accessories such as the Room EQ microphone; original remote; speaker wire and manuals. Speaker grills taken off for photos and are included in as new condition. As posted from Kenwood Australia (at the time) is their home entertainment glossy brochure which features this model. Single owner from new and working very well. Built in CD player supports CD-TEXT, and is best used with Optical in with support for high resolution 24/96 PCM. I have a digital copy of the service manual. Chipsets used internally are: WM8776 Wolfson Micro ADC WM8716 Wolfson Micro DAC AKM-AK4122VQ Digital Interface (Optical In and SRC) AD 1940 Sigma DSP Supports turntable input with ground. Tone control across low, mid and high frequencies available in + or - 1db increments, as well as +1 to +1-db at 60Hz for bass boost. FM radio works well with RDS. Single owner from new. For the size it's a solid package from Kenwood that far exceeds current models. Photos:
  8. Item: HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro Pi HAT including 4GB MicroSD card, receipt Location: Canberra, ACT 2606 Price: $75 Item Condition: As new (1 month owned from new) Reason for selling: Upgraded to amp with streamer built in Payment Method: Pickup or postage for $9 - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit (CBA) Extra Info: Special dual clock and galvanically isolated Pro version of the HiFiBerry SPDIF Pi HAT. Bypasses the Pi's PLL fixed clock and uses I2S to generate it's own master clock that is appropriate for both 44.1 and 48kHz integers. Seamlessly supported by Pi kernals and worked so well for me that I'm sad to see it go. I have simply upgraded to a Primare amp with streamer built in. I used this HAT with a Pi 3+ connected to my previous DAC via Optical. It was the first SPDIF source I've had that correctly 'expressed' output to my DAC, correctly lighting up 88.2kHz which with a previous SPDIF source would come up as 96kHz. So it does confirm nicely to SPDIF spec and it was a pleasure to use. Software was Moode and source was Audiravana using uPnP streaming. Photos:
  9. Item: 16GB DDR3 SO-DIMM 1600mHz RAM for MacBook upgrade. Kingston Brand Location: Canberra ACT 2606 Price: $90 Item Condition: Used, tested with no errors as per Apple Hardware Test Reason for selling: Upgraded to laptop without socketed RAM Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, DD Extra Info: For sale are two sticks of 8GB RAM for a total of 16GB. It is DDR 1600mHz which is compatible with 2011-12 MacBook Pros and more. I used it for the faster memory bandwith and take pressure off of my hard drive with virtual memory swaps. Mac OS X used every bit of RAM I could give it! I am now running a later model MacBook which has soldered in RAM. This was the most expensive upgrade you could get being both the maximum capacity and speed. I personally used it in a 2011 17" MacBook Pro. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  10. Item: Toslink <-> Coax SPDIF Convertor Location: Canberra, ACT 2606 Price: $25 Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Upgrade Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, DD, will post for $9 Extra Info: This small box works to convert Coax SPDIF into Optical TOSlink and runs from 5v micro USB power. Also included is a new but tested premium Optical patch cable. The workflow would be Coax into the converter and Optical to KEF LSX to gain Coax input. For me I have a HDMI audio extractor that does not have optical. It is bi-directional so you can also go from Optical to Coax, e.g. CD player with Optical out into a Coax only DAC. In my opinion it was transparent - no audible differences due to signal conversion and worked perfectly even with high resolution audio. Approx 2 months old. I am technically curious and opened it up to observe the chipset and also reflowed the solder with audiophile grade solder as I like doing that! Photos:
  11. Hi I really really appreciate the commentary and effort in describing your experience. $1700 is a fantastic price considering Amazon USA has them for $1249USD = $1832AUD. The active design is also a little unique as each speaker is individually amplified opposed to one amp in the master speaker. They're like really cute dual monoblocks 🤣 The ethernet connectivity between the Left and Right channels is an awesome idea as it completely rules out interconnects of analogue audio, instead the channels of audio are separated and amplified individually. It is kind of KEF to state the wireless stereo pairing option adds 30ms of latency, which is slightly less than two frames of video. If one uses the provided ethernet cable as a digital interconnect, it is assumed latency is mere singe milliseconds (number not provided by KEF). This is great for gamers and AV lip-sync concerns. Stereo pairing with optical input is special, look at Amazon's latest smart speakers. They feature room correction DSP but can't take optical input as a stereo pair. Dumb. Yet the LSX can handle both wireless streaming and Optical in stereo no less. I can't find public documentation about if the master speaker is receiving the input and applying stereo DSP then sending the slave a 'corrected' uncompressed mono PCM audio signal or if both speakers have individual DSP and therefore DACs also. After hearing them I agree with the bass being a surprise in such a compact cabinet. And I too felt the app DSP corrections were minimal, but definately 'figured them out' within 10 minutes. I could easily differntiate what each setting did and blindly pick them apart. Please note the 'Expert settings' are literally the same settings but with labels changed to be more specific. Test this making an expert adjustment, go back to basic, change it and go back to Expert. The settings have just moved around and don't open up an expert level of control. One example is the treble trim feature is not explained and is limited in gain. It only allows for -2 <-> +2db of 'treble trim'. I personally have a ear ache at 14,000kHz and have a digital EQ filter that does -6db on 14,000kHz Q1.0 bandwidth, which effectively helps to reduce listening fatigue with minimal impact on clarity. The KEF LSX DSP is powerful, so I'd expect better equalisation controls that are both more descriptive and adjustable. If I'm having to do -6db already, then the minimal range of just -2db isn't quite enough. Or maybe it is becuase the driver treble isn't so lively to begin with and anything more than -2db would kill clarity, but again we don't know what frequency or bandwidth the treble trim operates on. Speaking of DSP, Dirac Live in some MiniDSP products, operates at 48khz sampling frequency for their advanced corrections. However the KEF LSX I *think* does DSP corrections at 96kHz, happy to be quoted on this. I have read too much lately but remember thinking this was a standout feature to have high-res processing. Upsampling to the 96kHz range gives a lot more breathing room for EQ. A great selling point is the LSX have control redundancy, you can in theory get by with just the supplied infrared remote. Denon HEOS sound bars are converted to paper weights if their app crashes and the sound bar looses settings. I am glad KEF don't force you to use the app just to get them going. Being a high resolution uPnP renderer is another killer feature, I just wonder what clocks are being used. Some implementations work best for 48khz sources only. Look at what high end or specialised DACs do - two crystals for clocking integers of 44.1kHz or 48Khz. Does anyone have true technical specifications for the LSX? Or perhaps these aren't published becuase KEF really want people to enjoy the music in an age of streaming and not pixel peep their specs haha. When I listened to the LSX they maintained composure at low volumes, another killer feature. The DSP allows you to NOT turn up the volume to to hear and enjoy the music. Think about why Sonos mono speakers sound great (for a hot minute!) - they are never that loud but have plenty of oomph. The KEF is an order of magnitude better all round than Sonos but they are coming around to the idea that we can enjoy a range of tone, but quietly. Conversely I found the louder volumes to be controlled but unfortunately compressed together - detail went away which apparently is a trade off of the Uni-Q in a smaller driver. I'm interested in other people's thoughts on my conclusions or more user reviews. Jeremy.
  12. I’m interested in this too - all of its technical merits aside, it fits the space I’m intending to use perfectly. Any word on Australian sales? $740AUD with currency conversion
  13. And his Dreamcatcher OST is HDCD 😀
  14. Hello and interesting. Can't say I've had this occour to me, are you saying your DAC output becomes crackly if you A) Use the Pi then B ) it keeps crackling after you change DAC inputs?
  15. And Joni Mitchell's 'Court and Spark' was sensational upgrade in HDCD. Transformative upgrade - but you'd have to factor in a new transfer from the tapes opposed to HDCD being fully the source. Back to MQA, Troye Sivan's 'Boom' has at least four different masters publicly release. I have compared waveforms of MQA, HD Tracks, CD from JB HiFi and iTunes M4A. The MQA has minimal clipping and noticably less square peaks compared to the HD tracks source which is compressed to not clip but each 0db peak is square. The CD clips hard all over the place and the iTunes version has is the cleanest looking waveform. Crazy.
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