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  1. Item: PS Audio Stella Gain Cell DAC - pre amp Location: Melbourne Price: 1400 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgrading. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Very versatile pre amp from renowned manufacturers PS Audio USA. Numerous digital and analog inputs and single ended and balanced output. See photos. Can be used as a stand alone dac or full pre amp with the well regarded Gain Cell volume control. A little over 2 years old and in excellent condition with no marks dings scratches or blemishes. Purchased locally for $2500. Receipt and original packaging, instructions and box provided. A clear step up when used as a dac with a Bluesound Node 2. Functioning perfectly with a user friendly remote and interface. It’s a very clever piece of gear. Reviews http://v2.stereotimes.com/post/ps-audio-stellar-gain-cell-dac-preamp https://www.dailyaudiophile.com/ps-audio-stellar-gain-cell-dac-review/ Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  2. Given that switches, cables and connections outside the source component create noise would it be better sonically to operate in WiFi when streaming audio? Stability issues of WiFi aside. Just a thought I had from reading the thread.
  3. Item: Nord One SE Power Amplifier (class D) Location: Melbourne Price: $2200 Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: Gone to Valve amplification. Can’t afford to have this one sitting around. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Dual mono design 400W pc / 8ohm Latest Rev D buffer boards fitted ($950 upgrade) Sonic Imagery op amp fitted (can be changed DIY) 12v trigger fitted Excellent condition, no marks, no scratches, dents, as new. Original box and receipt Functioning perfectly Balanced input. Nord info. https://www.nordacoustics.co.uk/product-page/nord-one-se-nc500dm-mkii-dual- mono-stereo-amp Reviews. https://6moons.com/audioreviews2/nord/2.html https://hifipig.com/nord-one-up-nc500-dmst-power-amplifier/ Purchased this amp new with Hulgich Ella II speakers. Same amp was used with Hulgich speakers to win best sound in show at 2017 Melbourne Hi Fi Show (minus the new Rev D buffer upgrade which provides even better bass response and other goodness) Handmade in the UK it’s not a cheap class D. Great attention to detail in all aspects of its production. Very clean sounding amplification with 400 watts / 8omh it will drive any speaker. Ever wondered how good class D can be? This is a good place to start! Current model (same) will set you back $3800+ Demo available. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Looks awesome but no balanced out. Won’t suit my Nord unfortunately. 😩
  5. I happened to be speaking to Mick from Supratek just yesterday about his Chardonnay preamp. He mentioned that the gain was adjustable making it very easy to pair with Class D or any other amp for that matter as far as gain is concerned. I’m also looking for a tube pre to pair with my Nord Hypex NC500. The Supratek is on the list.
  6. Hi Mike13, did you use the Elektra Pnyx with the Nords? I'd be interested to hear how that combo went?
  7. Heard these at the 2017 HiFi show....very very impressive!
  8. Just being greedy I guess, being able to go from one (tube amplification) to the other (Class D) but still having the tube front end. The Nord only has balanced connections there's no RCA connections into the power amp.....I guess there would be some sort of converter cable available but haven't really looked into it. You're right from what I've read balanced designs seem only really benefit long cable runs. Just thinking out loud really. I should just put some music on. 😀
  9. In a perfect world Evil I'd like a tube integrated with the pre out that could be fed into the Nord Class D. However, the Nord only has balanced inputs and I haven't seen too many integrated's with balanced pre out connections. However I'm sure I'm about to be proven wrong : )
  10. Certainly a consideration. A good tube preamp might with a better DAC might a way to go. I'll need to demo some to see if they work well with the Nord Class D.
  11. Update: Firstly a big thank you to Evil C! Evil bought over a couple of his amps to try in my system. 1) Melody SP1 - tube 42W Intergrated 2) Conrad Johnson CA200 - SS 180W Integrated I spent several hours with both amps last night, well be honest 80% with one and 20% with the other. I used Red Dawn interconnects from the analog Node 2 out to the amps input no additional DAC involved. The CJ C200 sounded nice. A tad warmer than the my PS Audio/Nord combination and effortlessly reached neighbour concerning levels. Excellent bass control and mid range extension was evident. I was quite happy with the sound. until.... The Melody, a heavy chunk metal and glass of industrial character shone in my room with the Ella's. A beautiful synergy that created warmth, detail and balance. I'm not a wordsmith or technical reviewer so my descriptions might lack finesse and detail but what I heard was just a lovely HiFi sound. It was that sound you hear when you walk into a room and you just know you're hearing quality and then you look for the source. Airiness and space between instruments was there in spades, there was a "shimmer" to the vocals and they seemed to be placed in the soundstage exactly where they should be. Not back for forward just in the right place. The tracks I played where lots was going on, instruments, effects, vocals bounced along with no hint of being cluttered or smudgy. Maybe the bass was a tad less well defined and punchy than the Ps/Nord combo but that didn't bother me as I relaxed to the warm glow of the lights. I don't think the Ella's have sounded better. The Melody seemed to have no problem reaching what I would call reference level....the volume control (think of it as a clock face) never went beyond 17-18. I've lost my tube virginity!! 😀
  12. Have to agree. Had a Redgum amp once. I was always wondering if the balance was exactly right.
  13. No Betty haven’t had the opportunity to try tubes of any kind yet pre/power/or integrated but definitely on the to do list. Before any big decisions are made.
  14. Agree. Leaning towards the preamp solution now. Cheers.
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