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    Buying & Selling Online - Guidelines

    Thanks for the info. Especially the bit about "send a request" for Paypal protection. Never knew that.
  2. Item: YAMAHA A-S2000 AMP, YAMAHA CD-S2000 CD player Location: Melbourne Price: $2900 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct transfer Extra Info: This is the gear I thought I would never sell. Both are excellent pieces of design and engineering, built to a very high standard. Both are black, with dark wooden side panels. Both have worked flawlessly. Both come with their remote controls, and their manuals, in their original boxes, ready to post. I am the first owner of both. The amp is very flexible – it is an integrated amp, and can be a preamp or power amp. It accepts two pairs of speakers. It has tone and balance controls. It has a phono input, accepting both MC and MM. It has a headphone output, with a handy trim function. It has XLR inputs - nice, because the CD player has XLR outputs. Doubly nice because the design is fully balanced throughout. But most importantly, the amp sounds great. Smooth, clear, natural and never strained. It is dead silent. The amp was serviced last year, and didn't need anything except having the dust blown out of it. The CD player – which plays SACDs – is in equally good nick and likewise sounds top notch. As well as XLR and RCA outputs, it also has optical and spdif outputs. Yamaha's RRP on the current equivalent amp is $4000 and the equivalent CD player is $3000 (but can be had for $2300). I think that makes this package good value. To the inevitable question, yes I will separate, but only if I sell both of them. If you want only one, send me your best offer. I dont want to carry on multiple negotiations at once, it never works, so give me a day or so to get back to you. Here are links to reviews of both items by Australian Hi Fi https://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/hi-fi/yamaha-a-s2000-integrated-amplifier-review-and-test-page0-392570 https://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/hi-fi/yamaha-cd-s2000-sa-cd-player-review-and-test-page0-392553 Pictures:
  3. Mickstuh

    MARANTZ SR9600 - Advice

    I had a Marantz SR9600. I also had a Marantz MM7055 5-channel power amp, which was very good. The SR9600 was definitely better. Two more channels of course, but simply better sound. The SR9600 is top notch. When the internal lights on my unit failed I simply used the seven-channel analog in to use it as a power amp. The posters above are correct: home theatre gear devaluates much more quickly than stereo gear, because new features are always being added, and no-one wants to buy an outdated mid-range AVR. But good amplification is always good amplification, and this unit could be more attractive to someone who just wants that.
  4. Yes please. PM sent.
  5. Mickstuh

    What to do with old CDs?

    So shops whose trade is selling second-hand CDs (yes, there still are such shops) are basically law-breaking enterprises? Breaking the law in public day after day without legal consequences?
  6. Mickstuh

    SOLD: FS: Royd Audio Minstrel

    Woops, just saw that it's Burwood Sydney, not Burwood Melbourne. Sorry.
  7. Mickstuh

    SOLD: FS: Royd Audio Minstrel

    I'll take em, if still available.
  8. Item: Whatmough Opus 30 speakers + Opus 1 centre speaker Location: Melbourne Price: $450 Item Condition: Very good Reason for selling: Too many speakers Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: The Opus 30 floorstanders are 91db efficiency, and I have been happily driving them with a 35 watt amp, and they fill a medium size room very capably without stress. Could easily do a large room. The sound is crystal clear, with good imaging and very nice bass/midrange. Can be bi-wired/bi-amped. Also included is the matching Opus 1 centre channel. The angled edges just make their appearance a little more attractive too. Excellent Aussie-made gear. Pictures:
  9. Item: Shanling SCD-200 Location: Melbourne Price: $250 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Too many CD players Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank transfer Extra Info: This is an excellent CD/SACD player, which looks pretty nice as well. I am the first owner and have had it for seven years or so. I doubt whether I've played 100 hours through it - it was in my second (or third) system for most of the time. All functions work off the front panel – or the very hefty aluminium remote. It has RCA and digital coaxial out. It's 230V (Australia is technically 230V btw, not 240, so no problem there) and 50HZ. I have the original box, so I can post – add $25 for post. It weighs 7kg. Pictures:
  10. Mickstuh

    Review Exposure 3010S amp

    Screwed down. Not soldered.
  11. I've got one of these and they are a terrific solution to an impedance mismatch between amp and preamp. (It saves you at least one box, one power cord and one interconnect - as opposed to using a traditional box buffer.)
  12. Mickstuh

    Review Exposure 3010S amp

    Really? I had an Exposure power amp with the same connections and I used banana plugs – but they weren't soldered to the speaker cable.
  13. Mickstuh

    Amp specs and what they can mean.

    The thing that caught my eye was "dumping factor". I really don't want my amp dumping anywhere. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)
  14. Mickstuh

    Cricket season 2018/19

    My eyes lit up when I saw the Oppo sponsorship.... Hey, does anywhere here know somewhere where you can watch the day's highlights. I've just spent 10 mins googling only to take me to sites with Indian dudes running commentary in foreign languages to static pix, which wasnt what I was after. (Apols if I've missed it earlier in this threead.)