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  1. And I totally disagree with you. Start with the source and make that the investment priority. The signal going into the amp and speakers is the first thing you need to get right. Sound quality of speaker and room, although also important, depends on it. Tweaking amp, speakers and acoustics downstream of an average source is a waste of time - often an expensive one! Certainly, espousing a laptop into a USB DAC is folly. This is of course irrelevant to the OP, but let me say that surely most people in this hobby know that good digital sound depends heavily on the transport - be it a disc spinner, network streamer, or audio PC. I'm responding to your misguided advice, POV, because a relative beginner asking questions on SNA deserves better.
  2. Source first, always. Get some advice from the turntable experts on SNA regarding cartridge choice and record players. Direct-drive might suit your music, although the latest belt-driven models are pretty dynamic. Then look for second-hand bookshelf speakers and suitable amp to drive them i.e. the amp should have enough current and headroom to control the drivers. Suggestion for amp and speakers: NAD M3 with Epos Epic 2 Phono stage: Graham Slee Era V
  3. Music genre has a bit to do with it - anything acoustic, and '60s/70s rock sounds better with more accurate, balanced amps and speakers than Yamaha and B&W. But seeing as your collection is '80s and beyond perhaps this isn't as important. Regardless, I'd strongly recommend a Graham Slee phono stage.
  4. Selling a pair of polyester bass traps made by Cristian Corsini from Corsini Acoustics in Brisbane. They are 120cm tall, 60cm wide and 15cm deep. Triple-layer absorption treats bass down to effective frequencies with nice even broadband dispersion. Constructed with light wooden frames, light-gray exterior and free-standing. Acoustic measurements shown in pic below (Absorber 1). Price is firm, pick up from Maroubra. PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
  5. With an unconventional listening space and unequal corner angles, I've been searching for a free-standing bass trap. In America I found the perfect solution, a panel supported by a steel floor stand (link is below pic). I'm wondering if there's anything similar local. Free-stand
  6. Best MM phono-stage in its price-class and beyond; it just sounds so right. GLWS
  7. Agree with the previous posters regarding measurements - noise and distortion metrics are much of a muchness with modern chip technology. I read far more into power-supply design, the implementation of chips and the sound preferences of the designer / characteristics of brand. Ultimately our ears should be the deciding factor. Look forward to reading about your impressions, Chaddy, although recently I've had to wait up to 2 months for things posted from the US. (It's like a comedy reading "At ........... Airport Awaiting Departure" for four weeks in a row!
  8. Agree with the posts above. Rega's original Apollo is something quite special, especially in the midrange. Such an enjoyable, musical listening experience. Very hard to beat.
  9. I'd go straight for the SR325e - wonderfully balanced and at second-hand prices a no-brainer.
  10. If you do end up splitting the items, I'll take the cable!
  11. Or these larger ones - bigger room required, of course. Stirling Domestic
  12. I mostly agree with what Luc said earlier - get out there and start listening etc. Still, recommendations from others could help people learn what to listen for, but only if such recommendations are accompanied by examples of preferred sound characteristics, musical genres and other useful comparisons. On hi-fi forums most people respond to 'recommendation requests' by simply naming a product and saying it's 'good', 'very good', 'excellent'. This is nearly useless in my opinion!
  13. Translation: It's good to see that A2A are doing their best. Enjoy the headphones!😏
  14. A couple of quick comments from my experience. Firstly, for serious listening use a Linux distribution. It has superior sound quality to Windows (regardless of costly efforts with Server 2019, core mode, AudiophileOptimizer, Fidelizer, Jplay... et al). For the full experience Snakeoil is wonderful; for bare-bones playback the latest WTFPlay is just as good. (For everyday listening and convenience I use a stripped-down early version of Windows 10 (1511). This sounds pretty nice with HQPlayer. I much prefer 1511 over the recent Win10 / WinServer releases). And experiment with BIOS settings. Even slightly underclocking CPU and RAM can bring significant improvements. Despite what Stereophile and other sceptics say, an audio server with bespoke hardware definitely sounds better than your average computer for noise reduction reasons. Every other digital hi-fi component lives or dies on the back of its power supply and internal circuit design, so how could a computer be any different?! Therefore, for a dedicated audio server use a CPU/mobo that's compatible with a good linear PSU. After that look at a bespoke USB card, and, if network streaming, a bespoke network card too. DON'T use an M.2 drive if powered conventionally! A final comment regarding digital sources: the transport - whether it's a disc-spinner or audio PC - has just as much influence on sound quality as a DAC.
  15. Item: Bookshelf speakers Price Range: $80 - $500 Item Condition: Used Extra Info: I'm looking for standmount speakers for a smallish listening space. Anything up to 40 cm high. If someone has a budget power-amp they're looking to offload I'd be interested in that too. I can pick up in Sydney region (stretching to Wollongong and Central Coast if need be). Thanks for browsing!
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