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  1. Further information: These are fantastic amplifiers that I bought new from Mike Lenehan in 2012. At the time he was of the opinion that they were state of the art. Well know Stereonet identity Bill Hobba tested the amps out at Mikes factory when they first came into Australia and posted a rave review - see this link. https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/46896-arion-hs-500-amp/?tab=comments#comment-790464 These amps are very detailed, airy and fast and have a valve at the input stage for tube warmth. Power to spare, massive headroom. I paid $6000 for them and later had the large Dueland cast capacitors installed in them (for $850 )which had a further positive impact on detail and imaging particularly in bass heavy music. These amps will not disappoint and I am so confident of this that if they do disappoint I will buy them back at your purchase price (if you cover return freight). I will sell them for $2500 or a reasonable near offer. Happy to deliver them if you live near Coffs Harbour, or to freight them to you at your cost. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  2. Item: ARION HS 500 MONOBLOCK PAIR Location: Coffs Harbour NSW Price: $2,500 Item Condition: Excellent, look good, sound great Reason for selling: Moving on Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These amps are in perfect condition and sound fantastic. They are fitted with the big Dueland capacitors. I bought them new from Mike Lenehan in 2012. They well priced are priced to sell quickly. Will ship from Coffs Harbour at buyer's expense in original packaging. I won't rave on about them but you can see reviews of them in the following links and they can say it better than I can. http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1010/arion_audio_rs_500.htm Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  3. Hi Wolster I am wondering did you see my message above. I would appreciate seeing if I can go ahead with my ad. Regards, Tony
  4. Hi Wolster, I originally listed the audio system as a complete Lenehan Audio system, amps, speakers, stands, toppers, cables, interconnencts, isolation platforms etc, but got no interest in the complete setup. I have since sold off a number of the smaller pieces (cables, toppers, stands, etc) but still have the remaining large pieces (amps, speakers and DAC) unsold. Since the idea of selling the entire system is clearly not valid (I did properly understand the stereophile mind when I posted the original ad, which is to buy and sell components bit by bit) I wanted to cancel the ad, but did not know how to do so, so I simply changed it to "sold". Of course I still have these big items for sale and would like to advertise them on Stereonet. In my mind this is a different ad. I was selling an entire system. I am not doing that now, rather I would like to sell individual components, which is what I should have done to start with. Could you see your way clear to allowing me to advertise the larger individual components now on Stereonet? They would be these amps, the Lenehan ML2s and the PDX DAC Thanks Tony
  5. Item: Pair of Arion HS-500 monoblock amplifiers Location: Sawtell NSW Price: $3000 ono Item Condition: Perfect Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These amps were supplied to me new by Mike Lenehan and were his favourite amp at the time (around 2012). They have since been upgraded with Dueland capacitors for an incredible airy and detailed sound. They are in perfect condition. You won't be disappointed. An original review of these amps when they were first released is here. http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1010/arion_audio_rs_500.htm I can deliver these anywhere within a day's drive of Sawtell in NSW but otherwise they will need to be shipped at buyer's expense. I also have a 3 spring (notionally 3 Hz) isolation platform that Mike supplied to me with the amps, you can see it in the photo of the speaker stand. I will include this free for my asking price for the amps. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. Item: LENEHAN AUDIO ML2 REFERENCE SPEAKERS Location: Coffs Harbour NSW Price: Reduced to $2800 for quick sale Item Condition: In perfect condition, unmarked. Reason for selling: Changing system Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: If this ad has caught your eye then you probably know about these speakers. They are incredible to listen to, even astonishing given their size. Beautiful, airy imaging, fast and with plenty of bottom end. I bought them new from Mike Lenehan. They are silver. They will be shipped in their original packaging. There's not much more I can say. Sorry but I will be reluctant to bargain about the price. I have already dropped it, and that is a good price for brilliant speakers in perfect condition. I also have a pair of speaker stands supplied by Mike for these speakers. They are not included in the price but I would let them go with the speakers for a very reasonable cost. Happy to deliver personally if you are somewhere between Sydney and Brisbane, otherwise the buyer will need to cover freight. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  7. I would like to withdraw this ad but don't know how to do it. I will be advertising some components separately now.
  8. OK - I am have not sold the complete system so I will sell individual components. All those of you who have contacted me over the past few days asking about individual components.....I will now be getting in touch with you privately.
  9. Item: Complete Lenehan Stereo System Location: Coffs Harbour NSW Price: $8000 Item Condition: Perfect sonically and unblemished physically Reason for selling: I make my own music these days and generally use my studio monitors or headphones to listen to music. Rarely do I sit down in front of the stereo now. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The audio system includes: Lenehan/Geissler PDX Level 2 DAC A pair of Arion HS-500 500w monoblocks A pair of Lenehan ML2 Reference Speakers A pair of Lenehan Ribbontek speaker cables A pair of Curious interconnects A Curious USB cable A pair of Mike Lenehan speaker stands to suit the speakers Two of Mike's anti vibration "toppers" Two of Mike's 3 Hz isolation platforms, for the PDX and the amps The stand that it all sits on, purchased from Audio Junction in Newcastle All that's missing is your music server The system was purchased new from Mike and I have the original invoice. Since purchase the following upgrades have been done: Dueland capacitors fitted to the PDX A JL Sounds card was fitted to replace the HiTech interface Dueland capacitors fitted to each Arion amp If you are reading this advertisement and know of Mike Lenehan's audio credentials, I do not need to extol the virtues of this system. It is heavenly. If you do not know of Mike's gear then you can find out about just how highly it is regarded by searching on this forum. This is a good deal for a complete, highly advanced stereo system. I am willing to do the following: Split the system if you are interested in individual components Travel to where you are, within a reasonable distance from Coffs Harbour, to deliver and set the system up (if you buy the complete system and are willing to cover my travel costs). We can talk about what is a "reasonable distance". Freight to you at your cost. I have all the original packing that Mike used to send this equipment to me. There is an iMac computer that I use as music server, on which I run Audirvana as a player. It has only ever been used exclusively as my music server, not for general computing needs. This is not included in the deal, however, since I also have another iMac we could discuss this further. The Oppo DVD player shown in the photos is not included. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  10. OK - here are some photos of the innards of the PDX. I think the Highface card is in the top right corner of the full shot of the PDX.
  11. Just got back from Sydney and am buggered. Will take some photos of the innards of the PDX tomorrow and post. Well, the rollback from Time Machine did not work. The files may be replaced but it does not seem to roll back the operating system from Sierra at all. So it would appear Time Machine does not make a mirror image of the entire machine, but just backs up data. Blybo - I had a look at the site for rolling back OS X that you posted. It only deals with rolling back from Sierra (10.12.2) to El Capitan (10.11). This is a multi step process which requires delving rather deeper into the brains of the computer than I am comfortable with. They acknowledge on the site that it is untested. I think the method will also rely on being able to download or access successively earlier versions for the software from Apple, some quite ancient by now. According to the OEM Highface site they only have driver support for operating systems up to Lion (10.7). So I would need to do a cascading series rollbacks to get from 10.12.2 back to 10.7. Each of these rollbacks would itself be a multistep process.... so the whole operation would therefore in fact be a multi-multi-step process. There are many opportunities for this to go wrong, and there is the possibility that I might reach an OS X that Apple no longer supports with downloads, so that this option is not immediately attractive. Bill - you suggest the MicroRendu. I have heard that this indeed a good device and have checked it out on the link you sent me. I am still not quite sure what it does though. What I would need is for it to sit between my iMac and my PDX. Is that its function? Sorry to sound so ignorant but I guess I am. I am not a proper hi-fi buff and am not that flush with dosh so that I can spend my way out it. I just bought this system (which was state of the art at the time) to last me a long time. At this stage the only option that appears to be reasonably certain, and is most cost effective, is the Singxer, but even with that I don't know of anyone yet who has proven this to work with the PDX. It does look like the least risk option if the Amanero card cannot be fitted.
  12. Thanks Folks, I am currently trying to use the Time Machine Backups to restore my machine to an earlier version of itself. I went back to a time when I thought the machine had the earlier operating system and did a "restore". There may have been some changes, but the operating system was still the new system afterwards - in other words it appears to have rolled the context back but not the operating system. I then went back further in time and did another restore. It takes quite a few hours to do the restore and I had to leave for Sydney before it was finished. I am not confident that this is going to work but I will know when I get back home on Sunday night. To those who doubt the difficulty of replacing the HiFace card with the Amanero, Clay did describe what this would require for this particular PDX and I was convinced that it is not a very good idea. The HiFace is deeply embedded physically into the PDX that I have - it is not just sitting off to the side where it might have been easily clipped out and replaced. It would have required taking the device largely apart to get at it and then the Amanero card would have to sit elsewhere in the case and have various wires passing across other components to the new card. It would be messy and take a fair while. You are right bhobba - operating systems are a pain in the posterior. I have been using macs for nearly two decades and have been shot in the head by Apple several times when they updated. I was an Aperture user until they just abandoned it leaving me stranded with 10 years photos inside their propriety library. I do appreciate those who take the time to post on this matter. I can't take everyone's advice of course but it is very helpful to bounce things around.
  13. Thanks for all your helpful replies. It was Clay himself who used the word "butchering" in regard to fitting the Amanero card. Apparently on the later Level 2 PDX's (which mine is) the HiFace cards were deeply imbedded into the structure of the PDX. Clay was pretty adamant that this would be very difficult to rewire to fit an Amanero in place of the HiFace, and in fact declined to do so for this reason. I was not really seeking sound improvement with Audirvana so much as looking for a better interface to use with an iPad or some other tablet, while seated at my listening position. I would have been pleased if it sounded better too of course. The suggestion to use an earlier Time Machine backup may in fact be the answer I needed. I will see if that can be done as I do use Time Machine and I had not thought of it. Any comments on the Bluesound Vault?
  14. PART 1 - THE ISSUE I have a Lenehan Audio system which is, as one might expect, awesome. Wanting to trial Audirvana instead of BitPerfect on my iMac (my music server) I found I could only do this if I upgraded the operating system from Yosemite to the latest...Sierra. I did this and my horror the PDX immediately stopped working. After consultations with both Mike Lenehan and Clayton Geissler, who were initially dismayed and stumped, we now find out that the OEM Highface USB card is not compatible with later versions of Mac operating systems. It seems that new drivers for the Highface card are never to be produced either. So my nearly $5000 worth of DAC was suddenly useless. PART 2 - THE WARNING Those of you using Apple computers with PDX's be warned - don't update your software. PART 3 - THE SOLUTION? Mike, Clayton and I have looked at various ways of solving the problem. An Amanero card might work but would involve butchering the PDX in a way that is neither desirable nor practicable. The new Singxer USB to SPDIF convertor, at $500 is an option - the PDX has one coax input. Singxers are ordered over the net from China. Not yet proven to work with a PDX but pretty well regarded sonically by those who have tried one on other gear. It may also be possible to use a Bluesound Node 2 in between computer and PDX. This would have the advantage of of allowing iPad control of the music content, but the disadvantage of requiring me to pay for a DAC that I will simply bypass. $1000. Not sure how this would go sonically. This leads on to the idea of replacing the iMac completely with a Bluesound Vault 2. Still wasting a DAC. $2199. Still not sure how this would go sonically but they seem to be well regarded. So basically $2000 for a server. So this then leads on the the next logical thought - are there any good servers out there to replace the iMac, that don't waste a DAC and are less expensive than a Vault 2 (I have retired since I bought my Lenehan system so not as flush these days), and that I can operate with my iPad? PART 4 - THE APPEAL I have been reading lots of stuff on the net and done searches on this forum on this topic. I find it all illuminating sometimes, but more often confusing. I appeal to fellow forum members to give me any advice you can, in as simple a way as possible, as to options for replacing the iMac with a front end that will: not break the bank, but which will honour the quality of my Lenehan system as much as possible, and ideally can be controlled from an iPad For those not familiar with the PDX, it has two inputs, the aforementioned USB M2Tech OEM Highface card, and a coax input. Would greatly appreciate any advice you can give Tony (P.S: I thought about winding back the software versions on the iMac. However, after using Macs for nearly 20 years I know that, although this is theoretically possible, there are many practical stumbling blocks, and in fact my local Apple shop says it could be very expensive. I also know that in the end you can't beat Apple's push to update software - in the end they always get you and I end up doing it, usually against my will, for some unavoidable reason. Not really an option.)
  15. Played around a bit this morning and did the following: 1. Turned off Bitperfect 2. Disconnected Lacie (it was firewire 800 by the way not USB - my mistake yesterday) 3. Restarted iTunes - no clicks 4 Restarted Bitperfect - no clicks So it looks like it might be Time Machine but I have not got time to complete the tests now. Tracks are now cutting short by about half a second at the end, but I have not played around with settings in Bitperfect so will experiment further tonight - short of time now. Thanks for your help.
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