Item: Audio Aero Capitole 24/192 Mk II Location: Melbourne Price: $500 Item Condition: Excellent cosmetics, functional issues (see below) Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash (Can post) Extra Info:
Up for sale is an Audio Aero Capitole 24/192 Mk II CD Player/DAC.
I am the first owner of this unit & it was purchased locally from distributor/retailer Greg Osborn at Osborn Loudspeakers.
Whilst cosmetics are excellent as with all of my gear, this particular unit has functional issues which I will describe as best I can.
A few months after I had new tubes installed & a full check of the unit performed by authorised local service agent Tony Moore of Ambience Loudspeakers, the unit started switching itself on & off repeatedly after being turned on from cold. My research at the time suggested this was a known problem related to the power supply.
Seeing as I was already ready for a change, and considering the unit had been checked only a few months before, rather than send it to Tony yet again I elected to place it into storage until I had the time & inclination to have the issue looked into.
Now, several years later, I have pulled it out of storage & found the player exhibiting the same issue (no surprises there). On a hunch, I've opened the unit and removed & re-seated all the accessible ribbon cables. This has improved matters.
Now, the unit powers up from cold & stays powered up. I've checked the DAC section via the TOSLink input & all works fine from cold. The transport/CD player section however does not read discs until the unit has been powered on for around an hour. Once the unit is on & warmed up, it seems to continue working fine on both the DAC section & the transport/CD player section, and sounds as good as it always has.
My gut tells me this is still a power supply issues however I am not able to troubleshoot any further.
Apart from the above, I know that the RCA DAC input does not work. The BNC DAC input was working last time I checked (I don't have a suitable cable/adapter to check it these days), The TOSLink DAC input works fine. I don't have the ability to test the AES/EBU DAC input.
So, there you have it, a CD player/DAC in excellent cosmetic condition with some functional issues. This is still one of the best digital players I've ever heard, it somehow manages to "find the music" in digital in a way that only vinyl can do. I still remember the first time I heard it in my system -- it made all other digital I'd heard up to that point sound broken.
Still, the unit has been sitting in storage for several years now, and I still find myself lacking the time/motivation to pursue a repair.
Therefore I'd rather move it on to someone else for a bargain price -- the Philips CD Pro2 transport & new tubes are worth my asking price alone.
Considering it is a locally sourced unit, there should be no issues having it serviced locally. Otherwise, it would be suitable for spares for an existing owner, or else someone more technically inclined that I could self-repair.
Who knows, it may even continue to work for years to come as long as it's warmed up...
All factory packaging, remote & User Manual are included.
Local pickup preferred, can post at buyer's expense.