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  1. Thanks all to those who responded to my query re the Technics turntable -- greatly appreciated. Regards, David.
  2. Hi Marc. Is there a calibration microphone that comes with the unit? Regards, David.
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    You can fit an SSD to the 2011 Mac Mini yourself if you're up for it. I fitted a 500GB SSD and it made a big difference. If you haven't already, you should also max out the RAM. Doing those two things makes the 2011 Mac Mini a great platform for Audirvana (still). I've looked at the specs for the 2018 models and they're a significant step forward, but they come at a much bigger price (I wouldn't consider the base model with the i3 processor).
  4. I've use an ME550-II with these speakers and the combination works beautifully. The amp is definitely a high current design and has more than enough power to make them sing.
  5. Item: Equinox Audio Apogee floor-standing loudspeakers Location: Melbourne Price: $2,700 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Equinox Audio is a Sydney-based loudspeaker manufacturer producing a range of speakers from modest sized bookshelf's up to extremely large floor standing loudspeakers. The Apogee is the third from the top of their range and is suitable for medium to large sized rooms. Current rrp is $11,400. Web page: Apogee Loudspeaker. These are large, heavy loudspeakers that can take as much amplification as you have to give them. With a nominal impedance of 2 ohms, they can be a tricky load for some amplifiers. They're very efficient at 94dB @ 1W/1M, but don't be fooled -- they need a powerful, solid state amplifier to get them to really open up. When driven with a good amplifier, these speakers can really fill the room with a big, but still controlled sound. They're built SOLID (each speaker weighs over 100kg) and feel like hitting a brick when you tap them. The front baffle is 60mm thick, while the side walls are 32mm thick. Definitely pick-up only and a two to three man job to handle. Overall, they're in very good condition, but side of one speaker shows some lightning due to sunlight (see picture). The picture makes it look worse than it is, but I wanted to show the effect. The speakers have been updated over the years to keep them in current spec. The bass drivers are the current model, Alcone AC 6.5HE. The tweeters are Scan Speak D2904/710002 Revelator, while they still have the original mid-range driver, the still highly regarded Audax HM100Z0. Pictures:
  6. Any recommendations for older Technics turntable repair, ideally southern side of Melbourne? Belt has been replaced but speed is uneven. Thanks.
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    DENON DL-103R just died....

    Hey Andy. Just a shout-out for the great advice you're providing to the original poster. Definitely in the best spirit of this forum. Regards, David.
  8. Half Moon Bay, Black Rock in Melbourne. If you look closely to the far right you can see the Cerberus, a scuttled naval vessel originally built for the colony of Victoria. Shot using an iPhone SE.
  9. Looking south from the Melbourne CBD. IPhone X (through glass).
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    Vinyl disillusionment

    Hi Trevor. It really shouldn't be this hard, but with turntables it always has been. Personally, I moved to a high mass, high momentum, heavy turntable in part to avoid these sorts of problems. A good suggestion from Krispy to look at the type of stylus you use to help with surface noise. That's certainly been my experience. I use a cartridge with a Shibata stylus and find it very good at minimising surface noise. Personally, I'm a bit skeptical of isolation, having not had much success with different attempts when using a sprung turntable. Also, there are test records that have a section of quiet you can use to see if you have any rumble in your system. Cheers, David.
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    Post some pics thread...

    Cape Conran, East Gippsland
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    Redgum interconnects

    One thing I like about Redgum and their cables is they publish electrical measurements. Unusual, but welcome.
  13. Very happy. I had a problem with mine at one stage, with one channel generating a lot of heat. Sent it back to McLeans and has been running perfectly since. Great service.
  14. I've got a Sanders Magtech cardboard box you can borrow. David