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  1. Sorry Chanin, afraid this is the 6.5" version. I picked them over the 4 inch and 8 inch variants due to the fact that they had the flattest response.
  2. Item: Pair of Fostex FE168 Sigma Fullrange Drivers. Location: Canberra Price: $300 plus freight (50 WA, 35 NT, 25 Eastern States) Item Condition: Very good, little use Reason for selling: Bills to pay Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: No longer in production, these are the original FE168 Sigma drivers ideal for backloaded horns. 95dB/W, very flat response from 60Hz up to about 19kHz (Flatter than the new non-whizzer version of the FE168 that Fostex replaced them with). Fast, dynamic and smooth. One of the best drive units made by Fostex and the pick of the FE Sigma range for smooth response. Cain and Cain in the USA proved that these work very well in a TQWT BiB cabinet. These have had about 20 hours total light use but my ex wife wouldn't tolerate larger cabinets in the house. Never been overdriven or thrashed, were run with a 5W EL84 tube amp. Change in life circumstances mean that the horns these were destined for never happened. Pictures:
  3. I routed the Corian myself. Was for a 401.
  4. I made my own plinth. The case is brushbox timber constructed by a cabinetmaking firm in Canberra. The plinth panel itself is a slab of Corian with all of the appropriate holes and cutouts routed into it. The Corian works very well as a rigid and dense mounting material for the arm and motor unit.
  5. Item: Pair of Fostex FE168 Sigma Fullrange Drivers. Location: Canberra Price: $350 plus freight (50 WA, 35 NT, 25 Eastern States) Item Condition: Very good, little use Reason for selling: Not being used, funding other audio purchases Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: No longer in production, these are the original FE168 Sigma drivers for backloaded horns. 95dB/W, very flat response from 60Hz up to about 19kHz (Flatter than the new non-whizzer version of the FE168 that Fostex replaced them with). These work very well in a TQWT BiB cabinet. These have had about 20 hours total light use but my ex wife wouldn't tolerate larger cabinets in the house. Never been overdriven or thrashed, were run with a 5W EL84 tube amp. Pictures:
  6. Check with Manley how hard they are running the supplied EL84M. A standard EL84 has slightly lower ratings so they could fry if Manley run the 84M at their limits... Expensive to fry a matched quad of Mullard's..
  7. Allegedly, one of the main differences between the 8000 CD and its cheaper variant, the 8000CDE, was that the latter only had a single power toroid, where the first had two separate ones. Both, reportedly have had transformer reliability issues. Sadly, lower end power toroids with 20-0-20 and 12v supplies are pretty thin on the ground, so I'm running 3 20 watt IE trannys, two tapped at 0-20 and configured to give the 20-0-20 supply and a third to give the 12v feed.
  8. Pics to come, currently very ugly with 3 trannies screwed to a plank of wood in the open. Seriously not safety approved in its current form.
  9. So, the short story is that nearly a decade ago, I purchased an Audiolab 8000 CDE CD player and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, at the time, Audiolab were sourcing their power trannies from somewhere with quality control issues. Seems that they tend to go faulty and trip their internal thermal fuse. Death of CD player coincided with implosion of marriage, so what was a very nice player has sat in its box for about 8 years while CD duties went to a budget pioneer DVD player. This last week I finally dived in to Jaycar and purchased some transformers to fit into an outboard case. Yesterday was the moment of truth when after years, it finally sprang back to life, arguably sounding better than before. Case needs completion and a 5 pin plug and socket, but this evening I'm a happy listener again.
  10. PMC is outside my budget I'm afraid. System needs to be mobile so no floorstanders. Yes, speakers are very personal. Previous speakers I have liked a lot in owning or audition were: Proac Studio 100 MA Silver 5 (owned) Acoustic Research M1 holographic (owned) Entry to mid level Magnepans Original Legend Kurre Audio sphere Sphere2 (current) Krix Superbrix Entry to 20k current range Martin Logan electrostatics Prefer less bass/fast speaker to more bass but slow. Value PRaT and hate harsh top end...
  11. Looking for recommendations of speakers to partner a PS Audio Sprout 100. Thinking Sonus Faber Venere 1.5, small Dynaudio (Emit M10 or M20), the smallest Monitor Audio Silver... Thoughts or suggestions anyone?
  12. Keen to take a feed off the Garrard, for sure. Want to get the Sprout100/speaker combo sorted first.
  13. Outside the budget I'm afraid. Really wanting speaker advice.
  14. In a quandary folks. My main system is a pair of single driver Audiospheres powered by a PP EL84 amp. Main source is a Garrard 401 with alloy bodied DL 103r feeding a MF VLPS and VPSU. In moving house, we want music on the verandah, out the back, when cooking, as background when dining... I was contemplating ceiling speakers in zones, but even a basic multi zone setup will be mega dollars. Out of the blue, my wife suggested a mobile system on a trolley. So, I contemplate the following: PS Audio Sprout 100 (100w into 4 ohms) with a macbook pro as source (where all our iTunes is) and a good pair of bookshelf speakers in the 1-2k range. Early shortlist options are Dynaudio Emit 10 or 20, or Sonus Faber Venere 1.5. We listen to everything. 80s and 90s dance, jazz, female vocal, blues, rock, metal, pop etc Any thoughts?
  15. A great test for system "speed" is Hotel California by the Eagles. There is a dropout in the master tape. On a fast responding system, just after the line "bring your alibis" you should hear the studio soundscape momentarily vanish completely. It's actually quite disconcerting to hear...
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