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  1. Single owner Antipodes DX (gen 2) 4TB music server. Has faithfully served as my Roon endpoint and never missed a beat. Only moving along as I have upgraded the full digital front end, and the new DAC has a matching streamer. I was offered $4,550 on a trade in (for an upgrade path I did not follow) so believe the $4K asking price is fair, but happy to field sensible offers for a quick and hassle free transaction.
  2. Camera I have had from new in functionally perfect condition and still good cosmetic condition. I've travelled far and wide with this little camera. Although it hasn't taken a huge number of frames (I'd guess under 3,000), it has been a pocket companion for many great nights out. There is a slight indent in the lens mount, which makes no difference at all. Lens is absolutely sharp. I checked pricing on ebay from these and people are asking $900+, reflecting the fact that this classic compact camera remains very much a cult item. That was never my interest in in though
  3. iphone is in very good condition for its age.
  4. Phone has very fine scratches all over, including on the screen. I do not find them noticeable when the screen is lit up, but clearly a used phone.
  5. The 75s are a good upgrade. Smaller, magnetically “snap” into the case. SQ is similar. Yes, I’ve been using the “active” (designed for sport/sweat) versions.
  6. I got Withings and Fitbit scales for Christmas. Set up both but really only need one and the Withings are fine. The Aria 2 are as good as new... the Aria 1 has been heavily used but still works fine. Looking for a quick sale with local pickup, so if that's you make me an offer!
  7. Far out... I am tempted as have been looking for something for the living room and those are just stunning in the piano black finish.
  8. Very fine DSD capable DAC from bespoke high end turntable manufacturers, TechDAS. These were nosebleed expensive (like the rest of the TechDAS lineup) and consequenetly never took off competing against many heavy hitters price wise. They were discontinued back in 2017,. They remain however, a silky smooth sounding and highly versatile unit. Like everything TechDAS (and CH Precision - the brand of Stella/Zephyr TechDAS' parent company), manufacturing standards are very high and I expect the unit will continue to function flawlessly for another decade at least. This was deployed in
  9. Relisted at a reduced price. Asking price is firm. Bullet proof build quality, excellent rendition of DSD (it is suprising how many good front ends do redbook superbly but are cold with DSD) and an internal DAC capable of handling up to a 24bit/192kHz signal onboarded via SPDIF, so that you can use this as a DAC and not just a disc spinner. It is in at least very good used condition, includes the remote and works perfectly. I'll happily warrant it as such. This is currently set to 110 volt, so you will need to use a step down of have your local tech chang
  10. Single owner Antipodes DX (gen 2) 4TB music server. Has faithfully served as my Roon endpoint and never missed a beat. Only moving along as I have upgraded the full digital front end, and the new DAC has a matching streamer. I was offered $4,550 on a trade in (for an upgrade path I did not follow) so believe the $4K asking price is fair, but happy to field sensible offers for a quick and hassle free transaction.
  11. A vote here for the Jabra. I’ve used both the 65 and 75 extensively (I run about 2,000 km per annum), have tried many alternatives and these are my favourites. Sound is good, they are secure, reliable, block ambient noise effectively without NC but have good listen through when it’s needed.
  12. The ipad is obviously used but there are no deep scratches or marks on the screen. Any superficial marks in no way effect viewing when the screen is turned on. Includes clamshell case/keyboard and Apple pencil. The case is functional, but shows obvious signed of use. Treat it as a bonus free inclusion. ++
  13. I bought a pair today. I’m impressed. First, they are not obviously “Apple”. No external branding and in the space grey (and I expect all of the darker colours) they are elegant and understated. More like a B&O product that anything from Apple, Sony etc. I’m pretty sure Apple is making a “design statement” here and that in years to come headphones in this shape will just be known as Apple headphones. The headband is reminiscent of Stax, which personally I love. SQ wise, it is early days, but they are tuned in a way that suits my taste and Bluetooth via iphone 12 P
  14. Not for a long time. Back then I preferred the DCS.
  15. One my favourite all time speakers. Awesome find!
  16. @dalamii It has volume control, so could be used as a preamp. However, it has no networking capability at all. I am currently running it from an Antipodes, but have just ordered an APL DNP-SR streamer (which appears to be a modified Auralic Aries), based on how happy I am with the DAC.
  17. So the changes to the digital front end begin. Out with the Accuphase DC37 and in with the APL Hi-FI DSD-SR MK2. You know you're onto a good thing when the wife wanders in during setup, asks "what is it this time" and half-way through the first track turns to you and says "buy it".
  18. Ian You have a wonderful journey in front of you, with many different paths to follow. With a $10K budget and a mission to find emotional feedback from your system, I would suggest that you find a few tracks you find engaging and then listen to as many systems as you can that fit within your parameters of size and cost. And please factor some simple room treatments into your equation, if you can. They make more difference than most electronics. I can absolutely promise you that more expensive does not necessarily equal more engaging, and everybody's reactio
  19. G'day Ian and welcome to the forums. Before you drop $10K on a new system, it would be good to know what you like/dislike about your current system and what you're looking for in your new setup.
  20. I bought this new and imported it from Japan. It replaced a DCS Puccini and u-clock combination in my system, as I preferred the presenation and found it easier to "switch back" from listening to a record to this than I did to the DCS. This is currently set to 110 volt, so you will need to use a step down of have your local tech change the internally selectable power supply to 240 volt. This has been the heart of my digital setup for a few years now and is only being moved along as I'm on a fairly heavy upgrade warpath.
  21. Further information: I have owned many digital front ends and this one has been in the system for quite a few years. Bullet proof build quality, excellent rendition of DSD (it is suprising how many good front ends do redbook superbly but are cold with DSD) and an internal DAC capable of handling up to a 24bit/192kHz signal onboarded via SPDIF, so that you can use this as a DAC and not just a disc spinner. It is in at least very good used condition, includes the remote and works perfectly. I'll happily warrant it as such. This is currently set
  22. Having been through many DACs at many price points, the APL is now in my system. It is, quite comfortably, the best sounding DAC for my taste in my system that I have heard. I'm very keen to hear the DSD-MR MK2. Anyway, without wanting to start a dig v analogue debate, or get too far into "reviewing", I can say that if you're shopping in any price point for a DAC and you've previously struggled to find something that approaches the expression of your analogue setup, this small Bulgarian brand is well worth an audition.
  23. I'll leave that for the consulting acoustic engineer to resolve! Even if it means bringing the subs in line with the Trios... I have the space and having them behind on the earlier setup seemed to work.
  24. @andyr Those huge things are the horn loaded subs mate. At this stage I'm not sure if they'll need to be moved, but if required I'll likely physically tune the room and move them around, rather than go for DSP. As the room was previously set up by an acoustic engineer, including treatments and Helmholtz resonators, time will tell what needs to be shifted about. I'm expecting a fair bit, but that will wait until they're run in. Out of the box there aren't any obvious gremlins (presumably due to existing treatments for the old Trios), but we will what the waterfalls tell us in due co
  25. @rob Maybe slightly. Theoretically they should due to the horn placement (even if the upright configuration isn't as architecturally interesting). In any event, I wouldn't say that imaging is the Trios' strong suit. The bass is definitely better integrated with the bass horns instead of the conventional subs. More to follow once I've got a few dozen more hours on them and have been through some of the old favourite tracks. 👍
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