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  1. Focal Clear Promotion - $1399 after "trade in"..... https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/focal-clear-open-back-headphones https://www.minidisc.com.au/focal-clear-open-back-circumaural-headphones?_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJzdHV3aGl0ZUBtYWMuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiUFFyUmhIIn0%3D
  2. You could always revert to the last version if that were the case.
  3. Well I can now see that you have not had a bad experience with Chord considering your gear. However, I am still a little confused as to why Chord don't offer firmware upgrades considering that FPGA electronics provided the means to do this. No worries, you have answered my question and thanks for taking the time to do so.
  4. Interesting.... Have you had a bad experience with this brand? Could you please elaborate?
  5. Many FPGA based DACs have the ability to be upgraded by their respective manufacturer. PS Audio is well known for this with their Direct Stream DAC. I am contemplating purchasing a Chord DAC which uses FPGA electronics. Despite trying I have not been able to discover whether Chord offer upgrades to their FPGA DACs like other manufactures. Can anyone on SNA enlighten me? Thanks
  6. Includes postage to east coast (Sydney). Ships Sept, 12. Yes, fair comment about the wait. Still, some may be interested.
  7. Topping D70 DAC now available on Drop (formally Massdrop) for $677AUD delivered to Au. See: www.drop.com
  8. Mate, Sorry to hear of your dilemma. Us MTB riders all come off at some stage but of course there's degrees of injury and yours looks like one at the higher end. FWIW my wife had a petty bad over the bars accident a few years ago when we were out riding together; broken teeth, broken and dislocated knuckle/hand bones, split lip, abrasions, bruises, shock, hospital, operations, doctors, dentists, lots of physio, etc, etc... It happened just before Christmas 2014 and took nearly 2 years to recover to the stage where she could confidently ride again. Physio therapy can work wonders these days so hang in there and try to stay positive. All the best.....
  9. I have had Tinnitus on and off for about 30 years but I can tell you that you can reverse or at least mask its effects. Here are my tips: * Don't listen loud for extended periods. Get a decibel meter and measure the sound pressure levels of your gear. Don't listen to music above 90 dB for extended periods. * Be very careful with headphones. Even more so with IEMs. Again, don't listen loud for extended periods and measure the dBs. * Avoid drugs and medication which aggravate Tinnitus: red wine, aspirin to name a few. (some reds can give me Tinnitus for days!! Oh well, such is life.....) * I got a pair of musician's earplugs custom made for concerts. They reduce the sound pressure level by 15dB. Highly recommended for those who attend concerts or live music venues regularly. * When using machinery around the home use ear plugs. Even a drill can produce Tinnitus inducing noise. I use earplugs or over the head ear muffs when mowing and using power tools. Hammering too can really bring it on! * Tinnitus can be alleviated somewhat by just avoiding loud noises, in my experience. If you cannot avoid loud noise then you need to protect your ears. After reading this thread my Tinnitus (high frequency ringing) has returned! Bugger. There can be lots of triggers. Tinnitus: ignore it and you will go deaf. Cheers everyone...
  10. I basically agree with Zaphod on this. There really is no discernible difference between cheap USB cables and higher priced ones. And I am speaking from experience, unfortunately. I have a great DAC (Auralic Vega) so I thought I might "upgrade" from the USB printer cable I was using. I might add that I need a 3m cable hence my concern about the quality of the cable. Despite my IT background I threw caution to the wind and listened to the snake oil peddlers from the various cable companies and purchased a Chord USB Silver Plus which I think was about $100. Lovely cable - to look at!!! I have done many, many comparisons between the 2 cables (printer cable and Chord) and to my ears there is absolutely no difference between them. I have also compared them using headphones with the same result. Having spent the $$$ I am still using the Chord and it's very well made and looks quite stunning to boot. I didn't spend hundreds of $$$ so am not too concerned about any perceived lack of improvement in SQ but if I had my time over I would have done the comparison before buying the Chord. So my advice to the OP is: do the comparison first between a cheap USB and an "audiophile grade" USB then make up your own mind. At the end of the day if you really must have that "audiophile grade" USB don't buy anything too expensive. I will admit that they do look much better than a cheap grey printer cable but that to me is the only benefit!!! Good luck with your quest.....
  11. Yes, those HD Tracks region restrictions are a real pain especially when most of what is restricted is available in Au on CD, SACD or vinyl. The only way around it if you absolutely must have that digital file is to use a VPN. Although lately I have found that sometimes that process doesn't work so well. Maybe I need to try a different one?? I currently use PIA.
  12. That's it. Nothing to do with the Amp but all tubes are hand made. Always have been. The whole tube manufacturing process is readily viewable or readable on the WWW. For the manufacturer to state on the box that the tubes are hand made is not necessarily misleading but is stating the bleedin' obvious!!!! Once again for the record..... ALL TUBES ARE HAND MADE!!!!! There may be some automation in the process but essentially building a tube involves a human sitting at bench with a magnifying scope or similar and manually putting all the parts together.
  13. Special price for the Yamaha A-S 1100 at Clef HiFi..... $2095.... inc delivery. That's a bargain. https://clefhifi.com.au/catalog/index.php?cPath=34&sort=2a&page=2&osCsid=jsads92orubvflaa4d0b4p12r1 I have no affiliation with the company.
  14. I hate to be pedantic... but... ALL tubes are hand made... It's not possible to make them any other way. GLWTS
  15. Grab this someone... The latest edition of HiFi News and Record Review has a review of the Ferguson CD 01 which was based on the Sony CDP - 101. It gets a glowing review after all these years!!! But they reckon the Sony is even better. So this is a classic bargain waiting for a good home. GLWTS
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