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  1. I use several power conditioners around the house. One in particular made a big difference, a local one made by Gary Cawsey of Cawsey audio. I had a particular problem - the combination of a new amp and newish speakers meant a tweeter was actually rattling. The rattling immediately went away - but what I noticed when listening for the rattling was the bass had bloomed beautifully, which in turn makes everything else sound better. I was not expecting that, but it was immediately evident and undeniable. Nothing subjectivist about it - the audible difference was huge. But these things are dependent on so many factors that you never know until you try yourself. Good luck.
  2. Nice. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Infinity-reference-kappa-9a-speakers-mint-condition/153433699119?_trkparms=aid%3D777003%26algo%3DDISCL.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140117125611%26meid%3D8ed9312f814e403ca5e114d9ff8b882e%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D264260854424%26itm%3D153433699119&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982
  3. Thanks. I agree with Ted, DSD sounds best, to my ears. FWIW, I have used Teac Hi-Res editor to convert wav files to dsd – they sounded better. I did not think they would, but they did. So naturally I'm interested in dacs (like the PS Audio) that convert on the fly, and software that does likewise.
  4. @darknark @awayward what dacs do you use that convert to DSD?
  5. 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. And maybe I was right, cos it didn't sell first time, so let's try agin. 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. So it is dead silent. But most importantly, the amp sounds great. Smooth, clear, natural and never strained. 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 I have seen it for $2300). I think that makes this package good value. (In the second last photo below, the top of the amp looks grey - don't worry, it's a trick of the light.) 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 don't 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
  6. Hi SNAers. Is there a quick and easy way to relist an item for sale, once the 30 days have expired. I've fossicked around, but can't seem to find a way.
  7. Interesting for Music Labs fans. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/shelley/stereo-systems/music-labs-monoblock-power-amplifiers-250-watts-per-channel/1210406382?utm_source=criteo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=LF4-audio_stereo_systems&utm_content=163436_20045
  8. Thanks for the info. Especially the bit about "send a request" for Paypal protection. Never knew that.
  9. 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:
  10. 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.
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