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  1. Thank you Aasza - I bought it. Fingers crossed. If I do re-advertise it will be via the classifieds and I'll list it for the price I paid.
  2. Item: Chord Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier Location: Sydney, Northern Beaches Price: $2000 + Shipping + Fees Item Condition: 9/10 - Due to age Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is my second Chord Hugo 2. I absolutely love them. So much so I actually sold this very same unit June last year on another forum only to buy it back 2 months later in August. Why is it listed again ? I'm upgrading the setup in office and looking at investing in a balanced dac, and pre, to accompany some active monitors. This unit is just over a year old and Australian stock. I sold my original one due to a change in role which saw me move from an office to an open plan working environment. It's a similar reason that sees me selling this one i.e. I'm in the process of launching my own consultancy which will see me spend more time at home, than I would working out of a clients building. The Chord theme continues in my main listening rig with Hugo TT2 & Blu Mk2 taking care of digital duties. I'll be leaning on the services of the more inconspicuous Mojo when out and about. You'll note that this is by far and away the cheapest Hugo 2 listed for sale on SNA (or anywhere for that matter). I was fortunate enough to pick it up at an excellent price and I'm passing that saving on to the next buyer. The unit comes with all original accessories. Move fast. This won't last. Price is firm. Pictures:
  3. Item: Two Audioquest WEL XLR - 1 Meter Location: Sydney, Northern Beaches Price: XLR #1 - $3,000; XLR #2 - $2,500 Item Condition: XLR #1 - 9/10; XLR #2 - 8/10 Reason for selling: Raising Funds/System Consolidation Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: UPDATE: A prospective buyer asked that I double check the length of both cables. Particularly XLR #1 given the change from RCA to XLR. I'm glad he did. Both XLR#1 cables are 10 cm shorter than XLR #2. The end to end measurements from the end of one XLR to the opposite end i.e. End to End are: XLR #1 - 95CM XLR #2 - 105CM Legendary interconnects, and the current top of AQ's range. Created by AQ to honor its founder William E Low (WEL) the WEL range of AQ products sits imperiously atop AQ's ever changing, continuously improving range of analog and digital cables. While the components below iteratively advance the sound-quality of the edition that preceded it, I feel it is quite telling that AQ's WEL range of analogue interconnects to this day remain the best AQ has to offer. Read more of the innovation and technology deployed across the AQ WEL line-up via this LINK, note also the price for a 1 meter run of AQ WEL XLR exactly like XLR #1 below comes in at an eye watering $11,500 for 1 Meter at Melbourne Hifi. XLR #1 was used between my Chord DAVE & Accuphase Pre, and XLR #2 was used between my Accuphase Pre & Power amplifier. The resolution they imparted on my system was breathtaking. The WEL XLR's allowed the DAVE to unashamedly showcase its strengths and for the Accuphase components to flex their renowned musicality. Despite the WEL's all silver metallurgy my TAD CR-1 speakers (and their hyper resolving beryllium tweeter and midrange) never imparted a sense of shrillness or edge. It was musicality laid bare. Stunning. I'm moving on from these amazing interconnects, along with much of my system due to a variety of reasons. None of them have anything to do with seeking an upgrade. I genuinely believe you simply don't get better IMHO. As with all things Audio Quest provenance is important, as such here's how I came about both interconnects: XLR #1 XLR #1 started its life in RCA guise purchased from an SNA'r on this forum. He purchased the RCA's from Audiophile Utopia in Sydney (A brick and mortar store that's since closed down). AQ offer to accommodate a lifetime of changes to its top tier products. If you want to change your RCA's to XLR's, or your full-range speaker cables to Bi-Wire just send the cables into AQ who will validate their authenticity and then commence the work. AQ warn buyers of second hand cables that if they find the cable not to be authentic they will destroy it and you'll have to wear the cost and the experience. I have to admit I was more than a little nervous when I sent the cables into Ambertech on facilitated the update of the RCA's to XLR via AQ's man on the ground in the Asia Pacific region Shaun Shuetz. The relief when Shaun confirmed their authenticity by facilitating the update of the cable was palpable. He replaced the rather large RCA Boccino Audio terminations for the current XLR housing. The original RCA housing is included in the sale. XLR #2 Was purchased from SNA'r @44maloo. He provided me a picture of a receipt from Audiophile Utopia. Which immediately put my mind at ease given this was the source of the XLR #1 that AQ had confirmed as original via Ambertech. It is an older version of WEL XLR as the XLR housing used is the older Boccino Audio type. Which is to say, an excellent XLR in its own right. There you have it everyone. Your chance to save some serious dollars on some of the best analogue interconnects available today. As with all my sales both components are priced less than anything available or recently sold on Hifi Shark. Excluding the ummm, versions, from Chinese Taipei. Prices are firm. XLR #1 Apologies about the state of the box: XLR #2
  4. WOW! Well done Wharfdale. First the Lintons and now this. Can't wait to hear them. Both the 3 way standmounts and the floor-standers look quite epic.
  5. Thanks @kresimirfab - I appreciate you sharing that. The net is peppered with accounts of how these speakers go toe to toe with some of the best speakers in the world. As I mentioned in my ad, owning TAD CR-1's I'd suggest that they are the more musical of the two speakers while giving up very little in terms of out and out resolution. There are some serious high-end bargains on the forums these days, I'd wager that this pair is right up there with some of the best buying any punter could ask for - particularly at this price.
  6. Item: Pioneer S1-EX Floor Standers Location: Sydney, Northern Beaches Price: DROP FROM $9K to $8K to $7K ONO + Shipping + Fees Item Condition: 8/10 - See description below Reason for selling: Change of circumstances Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This hurts....Price now dropped to $7K, open to trades, cash + trade, offers. Come at me - worst I can say is no. I loathe selling these speakers. However, life is all about compromises. I recently acquired a pair of TAD Compact Reference Monitors and part of that deal meant coming to an agreement with my wife that these speakers wouldn't grace our lounge room. There's a part of me that's hopeful that they won't sell as I'll move them upstairs to another room in the house. If you're in the market for a speaker at this price-point and not familiar with the lineage of Pioneer's EX range then do yourself a favor and read up on what is undoubtedly one of high-end audio's best-kept secrets. Designed under the guidance of Andrew Jones when he was at TAD the S1-EX sits alongside the likes of B&W's 802 Diamond, Monitor Audio Platinum 300's, Sonus Faber Amati Homage, and other top tier offerings from the likes of Dynaudio, and Magico. I had this particular pair shipped from Japan. That in itself was quite a stressful process, one I wouldn't recommend anyone else explore, at least not the way I went about it. Upon receiving the speakers I transported my electronics from my place to my parents place (where the speakers were initially delivered, and are still located) to make sure they worked as they should. I didn't move from the listening position for the next hours. The sound was INCREDIBLE. There are simply not enough adjectives in the English language to convey the musicality and resolution I heard that night. The combination of a TAD inspired Berrylium tweeter and Magnesium coaxial driver, coupled with Andrew Jones' speaker design genius resulted in a speaker that is both emotive and technically brilliant. Each speaker weighs 66 kg's and at a tick under 1.3M aren't inconspicuous. However, their physicality is symbolic of their musicality, which is to say this is a statement piece in both sound and image. The speakers present extremely well. The original Japanese auction listing these speakers appear to have been purchased from talks to some hairline scratches on the veneer. If they are there I can't see them. Prospective buyers would need to arrange their own transport, including picking the speakers up from their location in Sydney. They are incredibly heavy. I won't say anything more other than point you in the direction of the Stereophile Review for the S-1EX: https://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/307piosex/index.html An interesting comparison of the S-1EX, Monitor Audio Platinum 300 series, Sonus Faber Amati Homage: https://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/vt.mpl?f=speakers&m=321776 Pictures: Apologies about the quality of the picture. As the speakers are at my parent's place I haven't had a chance to take as many as I usually do for my listings. Happy to provide more detailed pictures for serious prospective buyers.
  7. Quite the bargain - GLWTS, I had the bookshelf DC8's and the speed and musicality of those speakers were breathtaking.
  8. Item: Accuphase A70 Location: Sydney, Northern Beaches Price: $12K $10,500 FIRM + Shipping + Fees Item Condition: 9/10 - Out of the box, into my rack (think Billy Ocean - get out of my dreams and into my car) Reason for selling: Change of Direction Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: An heirloom piece, an amplifier that will outlive you, and be relevant as it is today in 10 years time. Its a special piece and something I've held off listing. Truth be told I'm happy to hang on to it (not a phrase I use often). The Accuphase A70 is everything a class A Stereo Amplifier should be: Musical, resolving, PRAT for days. However it's also everything a class A amplifier shouldn't be - you won't be able to cook a full english on it, warm to touch, not hot. As is the way with Accuphase the quoted specs are under-rated. Some have suggested that you can double the numbers in the Accuphase literature. I've loved this piece but as with all things. I'm looking at other options for my TAD CR-1's. The TAD's aren't the easiest speakers in the world for an amplifier to live with. This amplifier did it with aplomb. Nuanced, romantic, yet incredibly resolving. This is a 230v iteration from Hong Kong. Comes with all the factory packaging. I took delivery of the unit in late 2018. Photos:
  9. There are very few listings that pop up on these forums that have me seriously considering whether I should part ways with my beloved TAD CR-1's. This is one of those listings. Through gritted teeth - GLWTS
  10. Brilliant stuff - congrats Marc. To think I've been admiring your "system progress" from a distance for two decades now: CAA to SNA. What a journey you've been on my good man! Can't wait to see the Everest's in situ, and if possible, even hear that incredible system one day. I can make-out most of the components in the picture but am curious as to the brand of interconnects and speaker cabling you've got in place, and lastly whether or not you've deployed any power-conditioning? Finally, what's your ratio split by way of vinyl vs digital playback these days?
  11. For those eyeing out the Holospring - there's a new one about to drop. Two Chasis version - with the Kitsune edition apparently to come in at about $US4K?
  12. I run an Accuphase Class A70. Certainly doesn't run hot. When you buy Accuphase you're investing in 73 years of Kaizen (continuous improvement). Which is immediately apparent the moment you unpack it through to the first note of music you hear.
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