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  1. Hey no problems And my pleasure. Wow great price on those speakers. They’re over $30,000 here. I’m not familiar with your amps, just know that they’re of suitably high quality! And your cables should work well with the speakers. The amps should have no problems driving the 500’s. Huge jump in scale and soundstage over your Harbeths. Hope goes well earning those credits!
  2. Inakustik LS-1603 in my system. Seen off a few more expensive speaker cables. Very balanced sound - just sounds right and lets the music flow. Doesn't sound hifi but gives you plenty of what we look for in upgrades - extension at the frequency extremes, detail without being in your face, body without being over blown, a sense of space and depth. Very easy recommendation and generally good match with different types of equipment ie not fussy about matching components. Brings the best out in your speakers and very hard to beat for the price. I'm looking to sell soon to upgrade... to cables that cost about 7 times more. Thats how good these cables are, the only pair of cables that have convinced me to change cost considerably more. Have no experience with the Foilflex so cant comment on how they would compare.
  3. Hi Mobius I have a pair of PL300mkii, so I can say is that the PL500mkii would be highly recommended. I've had the privilege of owning and/or having access to many great speakers from Spendor, Dynaudio, to Wilson Audio, PMC etc. and the PL300mk2 really is a slice of high-end heaven. These speakers will scale with better cables and components to seriously great sound. And if I was to be honest with you, while I haven't heard every high end brand or speaker out there, I wouldn't take any of the other speakers I've heard over a pair of PL300's, or 500's if I had the budget and space... thats including the Wilsons I've heard. Re positioning, when i initially auditioned these 300's in a badly setup showroom they overpowered the room with bass so you know they can put out a prodigious amount of low frequency sound. I can't answer directly about how close to a rear wall they can be placed as I have cabinets that run along the rear wall of my listening room up to knee height. The speakers have rear ports at the bottom and top of the rear of the speaker, so only the bottom ports fire into the cabinets and are almost backed up to the cabinets, only pushed forward due to the bottom plinth which extends out about 60mm - I know I'm making up for the bass response in my power amplifier by positioning them so close to the rear wall - really I'm not running amps that I should be with these speakers. The tops of my speakers are about 600mm from the rear wall. But in response to your question these speakers aren't bass shy - I know that from using powerful valve and solid state power amps that I've had on loan driving my speakers. And if you are looking at the PL500 I assume you have the wherewithal to afford appropriate matching amps and source equipment on the rest of your system - I'd suggest you will have problems putting these speakers too close to the rear wall or into corners, and that you would want atleast 500mm from the rear wall. The PL500 has double the amount of bass drivers as the PL300 so I'd be very confident of that. My speakers do benefit from having a bit of space around them to breath which allow them to image and scale better. As far as amplifiers, 'until recently' I would've said that while they are reasonably efficient at 90db, you need 100 watts or more of quality power (ie high current drive and reasonable damping factor) to make them really perform. I'm running a glorious old Audio Research Classic 60 power amp (about 60 watts), and while not the last word in frequency extension and control, sound amazing through these speakers - very musical and you rarely feel like you are missing out on anything. The combination doesn't sound hi-fi. I've had the opportunity to hear many systems in my time, and while some of those systems sounded impressive, I always felt like I'm listening to hifi. Rarely I hear a combination that makes music - its a hard act to get right matching equipment. As you can tell my preference is for musical over analytical. And with the more powerful amps I've had here, I always found that I was missing the delicacy and musicality my amp has (its not uncommon with high power amps). But I've always felt I could do with a few more watts than my Audio Research amplifier was giving out. That was 'until recently' - I say that as I recently had the chance to borrow a pair of the top of the range Van Den Hul speaker cables. They would be about 35% of the retail value of the PL300mkii here in Australia (speakers retail about $23000), and after installing them I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. The speakers needed to come away from the wall as I had an increase in bass control, extension and amount. The cables are shockingly good, and have all the hi-fi traits we like such as detail, space, extension and imaging, all the while giving me more of everything - literally. But the cables don't accentuate anything in particular, and just let the music flow... and in my case allows my amps to play like much bigger amps without losing the musicality and delicacy I've grown accustomed to. The areas that I thought were lacking in my power amp suddenly disappeared. The combination was shockingly good - I just need to order a pair of those cables now! I normally run Inakustik speaker cables that are near the top of the Inakustik range, and have seen off many other cables at different price points above and below what they are worth, but they were no match for what the Van Den Hul cables delivered. And that's where I think The Absolute Sound review you refer to missed out - having the best matched cables for the amp/speaker combination. I'd also guess the reviewer didn't upgrade the thin cable that Monitor Audio supplies to bridge the speaker terminals. If you are not bi-wiring, put away the thin jumper cables Monitor Audio supply and replace with jumper cables the same as your speaker cables, or off very high quality and gauge - makes a significant difference and really allows the speakers to start showing what they are capable of. A few of observations before I finish up... A. The PL300ii were recommended to me by a friend who works in the hifi industry, and has listened to more speakers and components that any sane person has a right too. I was looking at upgrading my speakers and was considering a few different brands, including Dali, PMC, ATC, Wilson Audio etc, and he straight out said the Monitor Audio Platinum speakers were incredible value for money, with the kind of refinement and quality you get going up in price with other brands and said I really should consider the PL300ii at the budget I had. B. The platinum range are incredibly refined, and a very mature design, so can take upgrades of partnering equipment, infact deserve to be partnered with the best you can source. C. The combination of the air-motion tweeter and the other custom drivers deliver a smooth and very refined sound. They're not the kind of speaker that will be uncomfortable to listen to if the source is poor - it will definitely reveal that you are listening to a poor recording or lesser components or cables, but won't be intolerable. But that also means that if the matching equipment/cables have restrained high frequency response you might lose a little sparkle. Not suggesting in any way that the speakers are slow, or dull, or not dynamic, just that they aren't obvious - the sound produced and the frequency response is very even handed. D. I don't think that amps with a high damping factor are a good match with the PL300's, and I'd guess that may be the case with the PL500's. I've had a Gryphon Diablo driving the PL300's - that amp is massive, powerful, controlled and refined. While the combination was impressive, I felt like the amp took the life out of the sound. I've heard the same amp with large Dynaudio speakers, and the combination is a much more complimentary combination. Dyn's tend to like amps with lots of power, current drive and high damping capability, and driven by an amp like the Diablo it's a superb combination, but not so with the PL300ii. The Monitor Audios are an easier load and breath more, so I'd suggest you don't want an amp that is too buttoned down and that can hammer a speaker into submission - that would rob the Monitor Audios of the expressiveness they are capable of. Hope what I have written is of some use to you... Let us know if you pull the trigger on a pair of PL500ii
  4. I have a pair of these in my system, highly recommended. Seen off many cables cheaper, more expensive and similarly priced in my systems. When you have these in your system they help it to play music, instead of feeling like you are listening to Hi-Fi as some cables do. It has got me off the upgrade train for cables... Only pair of speaker cables I have heard that bettered these cables are 4-5 times the retail price of these cables, thats the sphere they compete in. And great seller. BLWTS
  5. I sent message wanting to buy last night but seller hasnt responded... I think I've got first dibs
  6. Further information: Purchased some time ago to make up acoustic panels. Plans and room have changed so time to go to someone who needs them... perfect isolation project - make your own acoustic panels! 50mm x 1.2m x 2.4m acoustic treatment 2 sheets They actually work quite well to stop sound bouncing around your room and would be good treatment for first and second point reflections. Have put these behind my system also and it sharened up imaging amazingly! Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  7. Have to agree with what @Martylen said 100%. Stunning CD player, which you'll be hard pressed to beat anywhere near the price. Read Peter Familaris review at: https://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/review-pioneer-pd-70ae-super-audio-cd-player I actually had a chat with him and he said theres not much in it between his mega buck Audio Research player and the Pioneer, and depending on your preference its better than the Marantz. I've got it running as a disc spinner and a Dac - my streamer sends its signal via coax to the CD player. Its superb, easily betters PS Audio DirectStream Senior etc Seriously great player for the money, cant be beat. If I find one second hand for my second system I'd buy it in a flash.
  8. Further information: I don't think I have to say much about these speakers. These speakers are legendary, if you're interested in hifi, you'll know these speakers. I'm advertising these speakers for a friend, so I've got the pleasure of listening to them while I have them at my home. 1 owner, purchased from a Victorian dealer in 2009. RRP at the time was $29,999. Pricing went up to $39,999 not long after my friend purchased them. Came in large timber containers which he no longer has. Speakers are mint, couple of tiny marks on the timber (his words, as I can only find one mark which you'll see in the 6th picture). The black bases are marked a little but in surprisingly good condition and not obvious unless you are up close and inspecting them. Certainly not noticeable if you are standing infront of the speaker and looking down. The drivers are perfect and immaculate. Speaker covers are included which I forgot to photograph, but are in good condition with no scuffs or pulled cloth. One lug is missing from the back of each cover, but since there were originally 8 lugs on each cover, the covers still clip on in place and look straight and perfect when on the speaker. So rated the speakers conservatively as VG, but drivers are perfect, front facia and speaker boxes are in almost perfect condition (except for the one I mark pointed out), and from any distance except kneeling and looking bases are in good condition - so present as almost new for all intent purposes. Talk about how c2’s come up all the time but c4 owners rarely sell their speakers as they are still up there with the best in the world. Don't let the fact that these are 2009 speakers trick you into thinking that these speakers are not competitive and still up there with the best. These speakers are just sublime and at the sale price give you serious high-end speakers at a stupid 'cheap' price considering what you have to spend to get this kind of sound quality. (yeah I know its all relative) Priced for a quick sale $9750 - this has to be the best price for a pair of Dynaudio Confidence C4 speakers. Unfortunately no boxes so pick up only. If you need to transport, you can get a 'Car Next Door' van or car share van for relatively cheap rates, and speakers are easy enough to be carried by two adults. Hopefully someone will respond and buy these Dyns quickly as I'm trying to work out how I can justify to myself and my wife why I 'need' these speakers, how I could possibly afford them and keep them when I already have another 2 pairs of floor standers!!! Photos:
  9. I concur with @maximus Its a great disc spinner. I agree with the comments above. I would never have considered Pioneer before but now it’s really opened my eyes to their products. I’ve had a few disc players and more than my fair share of Dacs through my system and it’s superb for the money. The fit and finish is exceptional and leaves you wanting nothing. The remote is clean and has all functionality of the CD player on it. While it’s not a fancy metal job, it doesn’t feel cheap. And as far as sound goes - again agree with the above although I didn’t have the marantz to compare. Definitely does the ‘Hifi’ things we often look for - imaging, soundstage, detail, terrific bass extension and control - but makes music as well. Often you can get technically great gear if you spend money but the gear can be soulless. This disc player just makes music and you just want play another cd or stream another track. I actually have gotten rid of a few boxes as I now use the pioneer as my dac and CD player and it gives up nothing to the dacs I’ve tried, and beats quite a few standalone units. I trialled ps audio ds, several Geiseler dacs, Chord 2Qute, Qutest, Hugo TT, and the Pioneer Gives up nothing to any of these units and betters most of them. It’s actually stopped me from thinking about upgrading my dac, it’s that good. And the other thing that’s stopping me from thinking about upgrading my dac/disc spinner is that I will need to spend so much money to significantly better the pioneer that it’s just not worth thinking about until I want to spend/can afford to spend silly money. The Pioneer is just that competent - great user experience, terrific fit, finish and build, does the ‘hifi’ things we love to hear, and plays music so well. It’s just one of those classy components where it all comes together and leaves you wanting for nothing. I also know @Famo and as a reviewer he has to be measured and balanced in his reviews. But if you get someone like Peter Familari telling you it’s a terrific CD player, you can pretty much take it to the bank. He has seen and listened to more hifi gear than you or I will ever get the chance to, and infact most reviewers for that matter, so he knows what he’s taking about. Wholeheartedly recommended!!!
  10. Item: SOtM SDP-1000 dac Location: Williamstown, Victoria Price: $950 Item Condition: VG Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The SDP1000 Is in perfect condition except for the remote which has some of the writing wearing off. It’s a seriously high end dac that also has provisions for your analog inputs as well as being a high end balanced pre amplifier. One of the main reasons it sounds so good is it runs off a dual battery system. Because of this it’s not susceptible to voltage variations or transformer noise. Total sleeper and underestimated in the market place, if you want to give your system a boost into serious entry to the high-end, this is the cheapest way you can do it. I'm simplifying my setup, so just keeping my Pioneer PD70AE as my disc spinner and my DAC. I'd happily put my Pioneer up against PS Audio Direct Stream, Chord Qutest, Gieseler Fein and GroB dacs - it's the equal of or better than these DACs surprisingly (yes I have compared them). But against the SOtM SDP-1000 there's nothing in it. The SOtM is slightly better in some areas, the Pioneer in others, it's very close run - that's how good the SOtM is. Current model retail price is $4,500 https://cruxaudio.com.au/products/sotm-sdp-1000ex-dac-preamp?variant=2245671256094 Reviews https://6moons.com/audioreviews/sotm3/4.html https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/spdif-dac-reviews/sotm-sdp-1000-dac/ Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  11. Ahhh thanks. I did do a search but didn’t find this.
  12. I’m off to Japan in about 4 weeks. Just looking for pointers as to where I might find the best Hifi shops and record/cd stores in Tokyo. Also interested used records/cds shops. Any advice would be appreciated.
  13. Item: NAD C 275BEE Stereo Power Amplifier - does not include Integrated in picture, see my other sale Location: Williamstown VIC 3016 Price: $600 Item Condition: Perfect Reason for selling: Looking at upgrading to NAD Master Series Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This stereo amplifier is a proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. If you can never have enough power, match this brilliant power amp with the matching integrated, and switch them both to bridged mode, sit back and revel in the awesome scale and control that this amp has. This amp has performance that simply must be heard to be fully appreciated. This integrated has lots of trickle down technology from the NAD Masters Series M3 Amplifier. These include application of Bjørn Erik Edvardsen’s Distortion Canceling Circuit in the output stage and BEE Clamp in the power supply, with distortion and noise reduced down to unprecedented levels. The C275BEE is the same Power Amplifier circuitry as used in the C375BEE Integrated Stereo Amplifier and can be connected to form a truly prodigious combination. As a two-channel amplifier, the possibilities are numerous. Experience room-filling sound with impressive musical detail and transparency. The NAD C275BEE features a sophisticated design and beefy construction to bring out the best in all your music from the lowest, wall-shaking pedal notes of a pipe organ to the delicate reverberation of a solo acoustic guitar. What HiFi loved this amp: "If you're looking for a powerful but subtle amplifier, then the NAD C275BEE power amp, paired with the matching C165BEE preamp does the trick"... "A likeable brute of an amplifier. For those who want plenty of sonic muscle without having to sacrifice subtlety too much. https://nadelectronics.com/product/c-275bee-stereo-power-amplifier/ This amp will drive just about any load down to 2ohm, and can hit 800w at 8ohm in bridged mode. 2 x 150W Continuous Power into 4 Ohms and 8 Ohms 250W, 410W, 600W IHF Dynamic power into 8, 4 and 2 Ohms, respectively PowerDrive™ circuit Holmgren Toroidal Power transformer All discrete circuitry Class A Voltage Stages Distortion Canceling Circuit BEE Anti-saturation Clamp Copper bus bars Short signal path from input to output All sockets Gold-plated Soft Clipping™ This amp has run beautifully without a hitch, and works incredible well with the matching C 375BEE integrated that I'm selling - the power amp in the integrated is meant to be the same as this standalone power amp. I have a box that I received the amp in, so it will be packed well, but I don't have the original packaging. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  14. Item: NAD C 375BEE Integrated Amplifier including OPTIONAL DAC and Phono stage - Does not include C 275BEE power amp in pic, see separately listed sale Location: Williamstown VIC 3016 Price: $999 Now $900 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: I'm so impressed that I'm looking to move up to the NAD Master Series Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Update no other c375 sold on StereoNet has had the phono card and dac card installed - you’re getting a whole digital/phono integrated solution in one. Great value for this level of sound quality, power and convenience! What can I say to express how good this amp is? Probably that I am so impressed I am looking at buying into the NAD Master Series once I sell this amp. Just to give you an idea of how good these amps are and how impressed I am, my other amps are Audio Research. This integrated has lots of trickle down technology from the NAD Masters Series M3 Amplifier. These include application of Bjørn Erik Edvardsen’s Distortion Canceling Circuit in the output stage and BEE Clamp in the power supply, with distortion and noise reduced down to unprecedented levels. Distortion and frequency response figures are very impressive – midband distortion staying in the region of 0.001 per cent even at 200 watts output. That's not a trivial thing to achieve! I need to have Solid State amps to use when a: I feel like a change b: I'm listening but I'm working or being distracted and I don't want my valve amps going for nothing c : I need some serious power! https://nadelectronics.com/product/c-375bee-integrated-amplifier/ Ignore what some of the reviews on here and around the net say, this amp is refined, powerful and musical. (Seriously, the What HiFi reviewer must've been smoking something). BUT to get quality out of this amplifier you need to get rid of the standard metal jumpers between the pre-power sections of this amp and use some decent interconnects. THEN you really get to hear this amp... I don't know why anyone or any reviewer would bother with the standard jumpers, they really downgrade the sound and hurt the reviews. This amp really responds to having high quality and revealing interconnects used with it, especially as the link between the pre-power sections. I used some silver/copper Aurealis cables as the jumper cables and the sound was superb (they're not expensive at all). Putting better cables in place of them only improves things. Inside this amp its full of high quality components and also a couple of completely enclosed 'class A gain modules', which are evidently NAD's answer to the ubiquitous op-amp. And this amp has power to spare, and can drive loads down to 2ohms without breaking a sweat. The official figures are: 250W, 410W, 600W IHF Dynamic power into 8, 4 and 2 Ohms, respectively. But in the real world the 8ohm power is closer to 200 watts according to various reviews online. Reviews: From Stereophile: "The 150Wpc C 375BEE offers five line-level outputs, two sets of preamp outputs, a front-panel minijack for portable music players, a built-in headphone amp, and an optional phono stage. Like models in NAD’s Masters Series, the C 375BEE uses PowerDrive technology to maximize the dynamic power sent to the speakers. ...the C 375BEE’s overall sound was tight, dynamic, and fast, with crystalline highs and well-extended bass. “A competition crusher,” concluded Sam. Though he admits the NAD belongs in Class B, he’d choose it over many of the amplifiers in Class A. “So good, for so little money, that few are willing to believe it. Are you, JA?” he asks. (Vol.32 No.10) From TechRadar: "Faced with a powerhouse like this, there's a strong temptation to load up a noisy disc at the outset, wind the volume control up high and settle back for some good old aural abuse. We did exactly that, but were rather taken aback by the results. We've used high-powered NAD amps before and always found them enjoyable, if not always well controlled or revealing at high power. This one breaks that tradition, for it offers some of the best control we've heard at anything like the price. We weren't exactly using the world's easiest speakers, either. The Bowers and Wilkins 803S is a fairly tricky load and needs a firm hand to keep the bass precise, but the 375Bee proves more than ready for the challenge. even when delivering peaks close to the 200 watts threshold (which was louder then we were comfortable with) there was no sense of strain, nor of the shift of focus that often occurs when amps start to run out of puff – loud bass making the midrange and treble wilt, and vice-versa. As a result, we spent a lot of time revelling in the classy combination of power and control which the amplifier offers. As we've mentioned before in these pages, classical music tends to have wider dynamics than most other styles and hence benefits most from high power output, and indeed we found ready use for the power in uncompressed symphony orchestra recordings. Bass drum and timpani rarely sound so vivid! There is also a lot to admire and enjoy at more modest volumes. Another break with early high-power NAD amps is in the high degree of neutrality across the midrange. Previously, we've had some limitations about the degree of naturalness in voices, but on this occasion we find it very hard to pick fault in this area. This is accompanied by some excellent resolution of detail, making it very easy to separate the different lines within a multi-layered piece of music. As usual, stereo imaging follows where detail leads, and although we have heard just a shade more image depth (from amps costing considerably more than a grand, mind you) we have hardly heard better imaging stability. In a well-recorded oratorio recording, for instance, we found the placement of the voices absolutely consistent irrespective of the accompaniment behind them. An excellent result. By this point, you're probably waiting for the big 'but'. Frankly, there isn't one." Not only does this amp sound refined, musical and powerful, it is just so adaptable and convenient. Full remote control, which even controls switching between speaker a and speaker b. Minijack for portable music players and headphone socket on the front of the amp. TWO tape inputs/outputs. For when you can never have enough power: TWO pre outputs, one with a level control to allow exact matching with an external power amp, if you want to bi amp! (see my other ad for the matching NAD power amp!!!) The amp can be bridged if you really need 500 watts or so of output, in the company of a matching 275 power amp similarly connected! ALSO INCLUDED in the price is the PP375 phono module and the MDC DAC USB Digital Analogue Converter. Every other sale of this amp on StereoNET in the past generally is missing these optional extras, but you get them here, which just ups the convenience. You don't need extra cables, interconnects, power supplies etc - everything is built in so this amp can also be the musical hub of a really high quality setup. Just plug in your streamer or turntable, put some suitably revealing and high quality speakers on these amps, sit back and try wiping the grin off your face. Comes with the manual, box, remote, original crap jumpers, some reasonable cable jumpers (which I dont use as they dont do the amp justice). This amp will drive just about any speakers you can throw at it, and do so while playing music in a gloriously large fashion. If this amp isnt enough for you, add the matching C275BEE power amp for an incredibly powerful and musical combination... I'm sure I can do a special price for anyone who buys both! One final note - I suspect some early production run of this amp was not up to the usual NAD build standard and there were some reliability issues. I haven't had any problems at all, so I suspect my amplifier is from a later production run. I've played this amp at all volumes, left it on continuously (its better for the amp as you're not constantly surging power into the amp on startup and temperature remains stable), and basically enjoyed the hell out of it, and it hasn't skipped a beat, shut down, gone into soft clipping mode, or done anything but play music reliably. I've had book shelf speakers, different floorstanders on it and my Monitor Audio PL300ii speakers, single speaker cables, bi-wired etc, and never an issue. I prefer pickup - but can send by courier if you are really keen Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
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