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  1. Our vintage/classic meeting proved to be very popular again. We had nearly 50 people for the first half-session. And we had heaps of gear. George asked each exhibitor to talk briefly about their gear and ensured that everything got a bit of air time. The best system on the day was a toss-up between Joseph’s EAR amps and Klipsch Forte II speakers and Graham’s A400 Boston Acoustic speakers – both were worthy winners of the title. The second half-session proved successful as well. And to boot, we had a raffle where the 4 prizes were an older Connoisseur turntable, 2 gift vouchers for JB HiFi and the choice of 10 vintage Stereophile and/or Absolute Sound magazines (pre-2000). Here are some comments from the feedback forms… "Very interesting equipment. Good selection of vintage speakers." "Turntable was very good. Excellent power amps (Esoteric)" "Great variety of equipment. The Technics turntable sounded terrific!" "Vintage shows today's new gear isn't necessarily better. 15 ips open reel tape the best!" "Good all round selection of kit and music. 15 ips tape - can we have more of it!?" "My first meeting, very impressed with sound quality and friendly members. Especially liked the Klipsch Forte II speakers." "First time at vintage meeting. Enjoyed variety and most comparisons." "A great meeting. Highlights how little progress has taken place over 50 years. Awesome, thanks to all exhibitors especially Joseph, Graham and Robert." "A nice change from time to time. The turntables were remarkably good, as were the Boston speakers - an interesting comparison to digital." "Thanks to all involved for their efforts." "First time at vintage meeting. Good to see classics like A400. Liked the SL1200." "Friendly club! Look forward to more variety of equipment." Thanks to all the members for their mammoth effort! There was a huge amount of gear brought in and organized. Kudos to George for keeping on top of it all! Photos to follow…
  2. For our May club meeting… we’ll be having a long overdue Vintage/Classic meeting. We had a lot of great vintage gear in our last vintage/classic meeting back in July 2015, but this upcoming one is looking bigger and better! For our meeting, we are considering anything pre-2000 to be vintage/classic equipment. Some of the gear will be on static display, but most of it is functional and will be used on the day. We plan to have two maybe three main systems this year. All the gear will be brought in by club members. The gear shown below is grouped by the owner. The systems on the day will be comprised of gear from different owners. (And some gear will be display only.) The following list is not exhaustive but will give you an idea of some of the gear that will be on hand… Technics SL-7 turntable with linear tracking arm & direct drive, with original cartridge, new Jico SAS stylus, 1981-1983 Technics SL-1200 turntable (original not MK2) but with MK2 arm. V15lll with Jico SAS stylus, 1973 Pioneer A-400X integrated amp with MC/MM phono input, 1995, 50W/ch Microscope 40X with DIY mounting to view LP’s & stylus (will show specimens of various stylus types & LP) NAD 3020 Integrated amp, circa 1980, 20W/ch in 8Ω B&W DM 601 speakers, circa 1995 Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 – DIY Integrated amp, circa 70’s design, 2W/ch Bottlehead Smash (DHT valve preamp) – DIY, circa 60’s design Philips AH360 power amp, mid 70’s, 50W/ch Sansui T-60 tuner, mid 70’s Wharfdale W2 (3-way) speakers, 1965 Rogers Cadet amp/tuner, 1965 (for display) Williamson KT66 valve mono value amplifier, 1952, 12W/ch on 16Ω Acoustical Quad QC II mono valve preamp (restored to original condition in 2017), 1953 Bakers 12 inch driver in large bass reflex cabinet, 1953, 16Ω Dual turntable, 1985 Original documentation for the Williamson amplifier and Bakers speaker driver, 1952 Marantz CD85 player, circa 1989 NAD 7255 receiver, 1980s Boston Acoustic A400s speakers, circa 1980 Nakamichi 700 ZXE cassette deck, early 80’s ReVox A-77 with built-in Dolby R2R, 1970’s Rogers E40A valve amp, 1990, 40W/ch Paradigm Monitor 7 speakers, 1995 Thorens TD126 turntable, 1980 Rotel 9658X CD player, 1995 Studer B67 R2R tape machine, 1980 AKG C414 BULS (Capsule from a studio condenser microphone), 1990’s 12” LP record (acetate on an aluminium base), unknown name & make, 1960’s Magnetic pick-up coil, unknown name & make, 1960’s (this was used to record phone calls by placing it near the hybrid transformer in older style telephones) Revox A77 tape recorder ( ¼” tape, ½ track stereo), 1974, first broadcast quality solid state recorder Leak Stereo 30 Plus integrated amp AUDIOLAB 8000 T - FM/AM/LW tuner in great condition and working, c. 1994 Meridian 556 Power Amp, 100 watts/ch/8Ω, in very good condition, c. 1998 Densen DM 20 Preamplifier, excellent condition and working, circa 1999 Audio Research LS2 Hybrid preamplifier, great condition and working, c. 1995 Normally the second half of our meeting is our popular BYO. For this meeting, the entire meeting will be basically BYO. Members that have brought in gear will be asked to talk a bit about the gear and play a track or two. However, everyone will have the chance to play a track. So bring along your favourite music on vinyl, CD, R2R or cassette. All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the systems, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 20th May 2018 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: [email protected]
  3. Hi Hugh, It's long gone now. I sold it via a different channel not StereoNET. I didn't realize I hadn't marked it as sold - I'll do that. Tom
  4. Item: Stillpoints Ultra 5 (4 feet) Location: Ryde area, Sydney Price: $2000 negotiable Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Not using any longer Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only Extra Info: Selling as a set of 4 - will not sell separately. A few minor scratches on the top due to components sitting directly on top. Would prefer local pickup due to their weight. Pictures:
  5. We had music via 3 different sources: vinyl played through the Vertere turntable, a flash drive plugged into the back of the Volta and lastly, CD via an Oppo with an analog input into the Shinai integrated amp. Unfortunately, the Grandinote Celio phonostages were barely run-in, and sounded worse as the afternoon progressed. However, the Volta when fed music files via its USB input sounded excellent: immediate, clean and highly resolving without undue harshness. And the wonderful Grandinote Shinai integrated amp and Mach 4 speakers allowed us to hear everything…! We also had Julian Gilchrist and John-Paul Hirst from Kool n' Krazy Records in Canberra up to bring us 100's of mostly new vinyl records. Sale prices seemed very reasonable. Here are a few comments from the feedback form : "Good to see sensibly priced gear that actually sounds good." "As always, thanks to equipment suppliers & committee for organising a great meeting." "Amazing system. Outstanding transparency and dynamics. Bass definition and extension was superb - especially given the speakers have fairly small 4" drivers." "Speakers show good potential - good bass extension, upper midrange slightly muffled. Digital and CD sources highlighted the limitation of vinyl." "Great speakers, very enjoyable meeting." "Speaker were revealing and transparent." "DAC was transparent and detailed but bright. Turntable was good but expensive at this price [likely appeared that way due to the phono stages not being run-in – TomW]. Great engineering. Speakers were very revealing, gave their best with CD material." Our sincere thanks to Robert Campbell of PURASOUND who came down from Brisbane to present to us. And to George Fracchia of ZenSati Australia for the use of his Vertere MG1 turntable. Photos below.
  6. For our April club meeting, we are very pleased to have Robert Campbell of PURASOUND present a superb system based on Grandinote and Faber Power from Italy, and Skogrand from Norway. Details of the system…. Grandinote MACH 4 speakers Grandinote Shinai Integrated amplifier Grandinote Volta Streamer/DAC Grandinote Celio Phono Stage Vertere MG1 Turntable with SG1 tonearm (Supplied by ZenSati Australia) CD Player – To be decided. Faber Power La Potenza Power Distributor Faber Power La Potenza Power Cables Faber Power Grounding Box Skogrand cables For specific details of the system visit our Sydney Audio Club website. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD or vinyl. All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 15th April 2018 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: [email protected]
  7. Hi Steve, Very good summation of your thoughts Steve. Great to hear it all worked out..!!! And congrats on your new purchase. Cheers Tom
  8. Hi all, I listened to the Ella speakers with Steve for about an hour after we set them up. No doubt Steve has tweaked things by now and has them sounding even better than when I heard them. If you haven't heard them yet in more friendly surrounds like a home, then you owe it to yourself to do so. Enjoy...!! Tom
  9. Nick’s Ella Mk II speakers were some of the easier speakers to setup in our room. We measured and determined where it might be best to place them, and it then took very little fiddling to get just right. In the end, there was a bit of extra warmth in the mid-bass, but in our difficult room that was a small price to pay for everything that was right. The system gelled well together, and the Nord Acoustics monoblocks that Nick brought offered the perfect balance for the Ella speakers. And if you wish to get some excellent interconnects or speaker cables at an excellent price, then you'd better be quick. Nick makes these cables himself (under his label FTM, "Feel the Music") but everyone tells him they are undervalued!! The Ella Mk II speakers are wonderful speakers – balanced, natural and honest. Nothing shouts out, everything in its place. There were many positive comments on the feedback forms (see below), and a number of people spoke to me during the break and at the end to say how much they liked the speakers. It was not surprizing to me that they won “Best in Show” at the StereoNET International HiFi Show last year. Also in attendance were a number of guests and StereoNET members that came to hear Nick’s speakers. Thanks folks... And thank you Nick for your comments – most appreciated. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us. And we greatly enjoyed our sessions listening and chatting about music and the audio industry in general! We all greatly appreciate you coming to Sydney to present to us. Here are some comments from the Feedback forms. Btw – the overall rating of the equipment, the meeting and the music was very high. "Good to see sensibly priced gear that actually sounds good." "Full scale with no compression. Very good." "One of the better sounding systems in this room." "Class D has made progress but not there yet. Good Speakers." "One of the best speakers we've ever had at the club." "Stunning with small ensembles but a bit bass heavy with classical." "Well designed and excellent sounding speakers." "Very capable and good value speakers." "Great sounding speakers." "Really nice speakers for the price." "Congrats and thanks to Nick for coming from Adelaide with this super speaker!" Photos to follow…
  10. For our March club meeting, we are very pleased to have Nick Hulgich of Hulgich Audio present his Ella Mk II speakers. The speakers of Nick and his design partner Göran Niréus have been attracting much attention worldwide. Their speaker design and performance is of the highest standard. Nick and his company is based in beautiful Adelaide – all Hulgich Audio speakers are meticulously crafted in Adelaide from the best quality components. More below… Details of the system…. Presented by Nick Hulgich of Hulgich Audio – refer to http://www.hulgichaudio.com.au/index.html Hulgich Ella MK II Loudspeakers - http://www.hulgichaudio.com.au/ella.html. Also read about its Best In Show rating at the 2017 International HiFi Show - https://www.stereo.net.au/features/stereonet-awards-2017-international-hifi-show Nord Acoustics Nord One SE Mono Block amps - https://www.nordacoustics.co.uk/product-page/nord-one-se-up-nc500mb-mono-block-black-single and http://hifipig.com/nord-one-up-nc500-dmst-power-amplifier/ FTM Cables - http://hulgichaudio.com.au/ftm-cable.html Mac Mini with External HD - presenters music Bricasti Design M1 DAC - http://www.bricasti.com/en/consumer/m1.php Classe CP-800 Pre Amp - https://classeaudio.com/cp-800/ Oppo BDP-105D Multi Player - http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105d-audiophile-blu-ray-disc-player/ The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD or Flash drive. Sorry, no vinyl this month. All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 11th March 2018 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: [email protected]
  11. TomW

    FS: Gryphon Atlantis speakers

    Hi sirmorebeer, QT-kWang, Like most speakers, they performed better with lots of good clean power. I use ML-33H monoblocks, but they don't need massive power to sing. Regards Tom
  12. TomW

    FS: Gryphon Atlantis speakers

    Thanks guys for the kind words and encouragement.
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