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  1. Item: Equipment stand, adjustable shelves
    Price Range: market prices
    Item Condition: New or Used
    Extra Info: prefer adjustable timber shelves, five shelf unit. Must be willing to ship. Don’t mind if it is (a little) beat up.



  2. Item: Ayre V-3 Power Amplifier
    Location: Bathurst
    Price: $2000, now $1750 (lowest price) postage at buyers expense 
    Item Condition: Good, some scratches on the right top of the front fascia (see pictures)
    Reason for selling: Upgraditis 
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: this is one heavy amp but utterly refined.  A genuine 100 w/channel let’s this amp drive any speaker I have had with both finesse and authority Hooked up to my Magneplanars it created a deep and wide sound stage getting the last ounce of bass from the notoriously difficult to drive panels. 


    This amp can still hold its own with more modern high end amplifiers.  When it was first launched, it created quite a stir with numerous good reviews in the popular magazines.


    I am not the original owner but I know a little of its history: it appears to have been driving Maggie’s for a large part of its life and it is still going strong.


    I don’t have the ordinal box or paperwork, but it will be posted very securely.


    Dont hesitate to contact me for more information if you are interested.
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  3. Item: Ayre AX-7e Integrated Amplifier
    Location: Bathurst
    Price: $1650, now $1375 (I’ll keep it if it doesn’t sell at this price), postage at buyers expense
    Item Condition: Good, there are a few scratches and marks (see pictures)
    Reason for selling: Upgraditis 
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: this is a really reluctant sale, but I’ve got to pay for the new amp so I have no choice. This integrated amplifier changed my perception of what high end audio can deliver. Incredibly musical with power that seems to transcend its 60 watts per channel. There are so many great reviews of this unit, I’ll leave anyone interested to scan the internet.  Powering my ProAc Response D2’s was a match made in heaven, it has taken something far more expensive to beat that experience.


    A couple of things to consider:

    • I am the second owner so I don’t know the amps history
    • I don’t have a remote but I found that a third party remote I use for my CD-Player has the same codes as the Ayre
    • I don’t have the original box or documentation but the amp will be securely packed
    • The marks on the top left of the front fascia and rear left visible in the images are marks from tape that was on the amp when I bought it, which I haven’t attempted to clean
    • The grille on the right side of the amp is slightly depressed (not sure why) but is solidly attached.


    Dont hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.

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  4. Item: Elektra PNYX Pre-Amp
    Location: Bathurst
    Price: $2600, now $2300 (I won’t go lower) postage at buyers expense.
    Item Condition: Excellent
    Reason for selling: Upgraditis
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info:  I bought this unit last year from Bill Mclean and it has been a revelation. It is a great pre amp at least as good as the Audible Illusion 3A that I have owned in the past.  I used it with an Ayre V-3 power amp (also for sale) and it was an awesome combination. But as always happens, I heard a system that was a small but noticeable improvement over that combination, albeit at a significant price hike, so therefore I need to sell. I have cut and pasted the information below from a previous advertisement and there are plenty of reviews out there on various forums.


    I have the original box, and the unit is supplied with two power cables (one with the ground lifted) and remote. Please note this unit does not have the optional phono stage.


    The pictures in this advertisement are of the unit being sold.


    dont hesitate to contact me for additional information.





    The Elektra Pnyx Preamplifier is the product of extensive research and verification through rigorous listening tests. 
    The areas it excels in are:


    Power Supply:

    With all audio products the power supply is a significant contributor to the success or failure of sound quality. With valves circuits this is even more so than anywhere else. With both our heater and anode power supplies we use discrete regulators. With our anode supply we achieve low noise (-100dBV) which is almost an 10 times better than other existing supplies. Its output impedance is 20 milliohm across the entire audio band. two such power supplies are used one for the left channel and one for the right. 


    Operating Circuit:

    With the signal path of our circuit we opted for DC coupling this is a truly unique feature because it eliminates capacitors and other coupling elements in the signal path which can cause distortions and resonances, this results in better sound quality. 


    Balanced Operation:

    To top it all off our valve circuit is balanced , this has two major benefits , firstly it is inherently lower in distortion than unbalanced circuits and secondly it allows you to transmit audio signals both on the printed circuit board or between two pieces of equipment with greater immunity to interference which degrades sound quality. No transformer is used in the signal path.



    The Elektra preamplifier is painstakingly hand built using audiophile grade parts selected for their sonic excellence reliability and stability. 


    Listening Tests:

    This preamplifier provides stellar audio performance in terms of balance of sound, clarity and fine detail resolution , dynamics and imaging. But we are not alone in our opinion here is what customers say about our product. 

    "When Arthur asked me to say a few words about his valve pre-amp, I was a little apprehensive. This happens to be a seriously good pre-amp with a RRP of $3,900. At this price it is a steal, any serious competition it has is going to be much more expensive. I am concerned that if too many good things are said about this pre-amp the price might go up. For those who love valves, you must hear this pre-amp. It is very clean, dynamic, smooth and rich. While there are plenty of pre-amps out there that have some of these attributes, very few have them all. 
    For those who don't like valves, you must hear this pre-amp. If you think valves are too warm, slow or euphonic, have a listen to the Elektra; it will change your mind. The Elektra pre-amp has the speed and dynamics you would expect from a top transistor pre-amp with the richness and smoothness you only seem to get from valve pre-amps. This pre-amp really has that elusive live music sound quality.  The fact that I use the Elektra pre-amp with our flagship Paragon speakers at our A1 Audio showroom says it all " 

    Colin Whatmough 

    "Excellence in tonality is what sets apart the Elektra Reference pre-amplifier from the rest. Performance without compromise, robust design and outstanding clarity, delivers the sound that I am seeking during mastering each and every time." 
    Sakis (Digisound Mastering)



    Control Functions: 
    Volume, Input Select, Power On/off, Processor Bypass

    Outputs Impedance 300 ohm Balanced , 150 ohm unbalanced 
    RCA (2) Output 1,Ouput 2 Balanced (2), Bal Out 1 , Balanced Out 2

    Input impedance: 
    Unbalanced 47k ohms, Balanced 100k

    Inputs: (7) 
    Balanced inputs: Balanced in, Line1, Line2,

    RCA inputs: Processor Bypass, CD, Tuner, Phono Stage (upgradable), Theatre Bypass *

    Power Supplies: 
    Dual mono regulated High Voltage supplies. Noise performance is -100dBV. 
    Tube Complement: Four 6922 dual Triodes.

    Frequency Response: +/-0.5dB, 0.5Hz to 300kHz. 
    (Overrated 70 Watt Power custom made transformer) 
    12V Trigger

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  5. Item: Elektra Pnyx Pre Amplifier
    Location: Bathurst
    Price: $3250
    Item Condition: Excellent
    Reason for selling: Trying put put some funds together to buy a Vitus Audio RI-101.
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: I bought this new from Bill Mcleans  and it is everything he promised and more.  I upgraded the valves to Gold Lion E88CC Valves and I recon they sound better than the stock Sovteks (from memory).  I will include the original tubes which have about 40 hours on them.


    The sound is in my opinion not the typical tube sound. It does not have a rosy glow, rather it presents the music in a straight forward detailed and dynamic way.  I have tried numerous pre-amps in the past, and the only one that has come close, is the Modulus 3a pre-amplifier.  The PNYX is better.



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  6. Item: Ayre Acoustics V-3 Balanced Power Amp
    Location: Bathurst
    Price: $2250
    Item Condition: Good used.
    Reason for selling: I am trying to put some funds together to buy a Vitus RI-101.  I am trying to see if there is any interest in this power amp.
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: I don’t need to talk up Ayre Acoustics electronics.  They have an enviable reputation for very high quality audio and this unit is no different.  It drives my Magneplanars with great aplomb speakers which a lot of other high quality amps have had difficulties driving to their full capability.  Top to Bottom this amp delivers superb quality sound, a deep wide sound stage and dynamics to die for.  Read the reviews, I can’t do this amp justice.


    If you have interest please contact me. I can take other images on request.
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  7. Item: Emotiva XSP-1 Pre-Amplifier
    Location: Bathurst
    Price: $550
    Item Condition: excellent
    Reason for selling: Consolidated my sound system into a dedicated listening room/office so I don’t need a second (third?) system.
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: I bought this unit recently for a fellow SNA’er.  But since setting up my dedicated listening room I don’t need the pre-amp (I use a Elektra PNYX in the main system).


    This pre-amp pleasantly surprised the heck out of me.  I only used it with balanced inputs so I cant say what the unbalanced inputs sound like, but it was lively without being in your face and helped throw a credible sound stage.  The unit is extremely quiet and has plenty of gain.  Whilst the connectors are there on the back, I  don’t believe there is a phono board installed in this unit.


    in the right system I don’t think this unit will disappoint.


    I have the original packing, manual and remote.


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  8. Item: Stello DP 200 PreAmp/DAC
    Location: Bathurst 
    Price: $500
    Item Condition: Good used condition- see images
    Reason for selling: Got me a dedicated listening room which means I no longer need two DACS.  My Auralic Vega will remain my primary DAC.
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: I bought this recently from a fellow SNA’er and used it to good effect in my old office.  However I have now brought everything into a new listening room. 


    Whilst this DAC dates back to 2004, it certainly keeps up with the new crop of DACS. This is an up sampling DAC which I’ll up sample to 24/192, however it only accepts inputs up to 24/96.  As good as the DAC is, the great thing with this unit is that it features a class A pre-amp as well potentially reducing the equipment count by one.


    The sound is dynamic without being bright or edgy the only area for me that did not quite jell was the very low base where it sounded slightly recessed at least to my ears.  I preferred this unit with the AES/EBU input although the unbalanced SPDIF wasn’t bad either.


    i have the original packing, manual and remote.

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  9. Item: Ayre Acoustics CX-7eMP
    Location: Bathurst
    Price: $1750 - I’ve been told my original price was to high.  I will consider reasonable offers
    Item Condition: Good used condition - see images
    Reason for selling: Most of my CD collection has now been ripped and I am using Roon to distribute sound through the house. Since I am selling my AX-7e I thought I should also sell the matching CD player.
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: As with my AX-7e I always thought this would be my end game CD Player.  Then someone got me into Roon and whilst the sound quality of Roon through my Auralic Vega doesn’t quite reach the standard of this CD player, I can live with the slight reduction in quality.

    it’s hard to describe just how good (and different) this CD player sounds compared with just about anything else I have listened to. The presentation is natural, without any exaggeration, relaxed, beautiful renditions high frequencies. In my opinion it works best on the balanced outputs, the unbalanced outputs are not bad, balanced is just better.


    this in an original Australian (240V) unit.  I don’t have the original packing or manual.  It comes with a third party remote that operates all its functions.


    i will throw in a spare (new) laser/drawer unit which I purchased in case I have problems with the unit (I never have).


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  10. Item: Ayre Acoustics AX-7e
    Location: Bathurst NSW
    Price: $1750 - I’ve been told my original price was too high! 
    I will consider reasonable offers
    Item Condition: Excellent for its age.  See attached images
    Reason for selling: Saving up for a Vitus RI-101
    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
    Extra Info: I thought I would never part with this amp.  I’ve owned it for three years and it has given me enormous satisfaction.  However, I now have a dedicated listening room/office so naturally I want to go a little bigger (but perhaps not necessarily better).


    The AX-7e is a Stereophile Class A rated integrated that is famous for its performance and value.  It puts out 60w into 8 ohms and 120w into 4 ohms.  The amp has both balanced and single ended inputs, I have always driven it balanced end to end.


    I have run it with a wide variety of speakers and it drives my ProAc Response D2’s beautifully - a match made in heaven so to speak.



    This one is an original Australia (240v) unit, however I do not have the original packaging, manual (downloadable)  or remote.

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