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  1. Our February meeting illustrated that there are many vinyl aficionados out there, very much alive and kicking. We had a good sized crowd that came to meet Stephen and see his presentation on VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel. And I believe Stephen sold all of the kits that he brought on the day. See the photos of the spread and peel process that masterpaul kindly posted above. Stephen kindly provided five smaller sample bottles of his VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel such that people could try at home – these were given away in a free door-prize style raffle. Music in the first half was provided by Stephen and member Robert Jackson, whose turntable we were using on the day. Stephen brought in the remainder of the system. Here are some comments from the feedback forms: "Good as it gets." "Speakers were fairly detailed, natural sounding." "Informative on record cleaning. Thank you Robert for the turntable." "Speakers had lovely midrange, not enough bass extension. Speakers and tubes are lovely for orchestral and classical." "Pleasant meeting, good music." "Good eclectic selection of music." "Cleaning system worth investigating. Different approach with system - impressive results. Music mostly entertaining. Turntable had lack of definition in lower mids/bass. Speakers sounded better with the Oppo." "Enjoyed the record cleaning segment." "Excellent choice of presenter and equipment. Very interesting." Thanks Stephen!
  2. For our February club meeting, we are very pleased to have Stephen Price of The Vinyl Record Cleaning Company present the Vinyl Record Cleaning System. Stephen will be kindly supported by Tube Sound Audio which has agreed to supply their equipment. Stephen will give us a demonstration of the Vinyl Record Cleaning (VRC) System. Watch a quick demo online – Promo for the VRC System and VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel. Stephen will have the VRC System pack available to purchase on the day. And there will be a few sample bottles of VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel as door prizes. Details of the system…. Bayira 8500SX Tube Preamp with MM & MC support - http://www.tubesoundaudio.com.au/tube-amplifier-kits.asp Bayira 8200SX Single Ended Tube Amp - http://www.tubesoundaudio.com.au/tube-amplifier-kits.asp TSA Megalong Loudspeakers featuring a single full range 10” driver - http://www.tubesoundaudio.com.au/loudspeakers.asp Technics SL-1700 with a Technics arm, a Dynavector 17D3 MC cartridge and a Dynavector P75 phono stage Oppo 105D universal player (for our BYO session) 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 Vinyl, CD/SACD or Flash drive. 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 February 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. Item: Vertere Pulse HB USB (type A to B). 1.5 metres. Hand-built series cable. Location: Sydney Price: $1000 Item Condition: 10/10 Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit only Extra Info: I bought new in May 2015. Have original box. New is $3300 AUD RRP. Get off the upgrade merry-go-round -- yes, it's expensive, but it is so good that it'll likely be the last USB cable you buy. Pictures:
  4. SOLD: FS: DEQX PreMate Plus

    Hi hotJ, The Premate Plus has ADC and DAC converters. Yes, it can replace a preamp. As for performance, that is hard to quantify against other boxes. The Premate Plus is doing a lot... a lot more than a basic preamp, a lot more than a DAC. Of course you'd have every right to expect a standalone DAC in the $6K to $7K price range to sound better than the Premate Plus. So your question doesn't really have a definitive black and white answer. I suggest you read the reviews and look for things relevant to your needs, and then decide for yourself. Regards Tom
  5. Item: DEQX PreMate Plus Location: Sydney Price: $4000 or best offer Item Condition: New Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit Extra Info: This is a new unit. This unit has the optional premium gloss black face plate. The RRP for this unit is about $7000 AUD. (Note that the RRP prices on the DEQX website are shown in USD.) Includes speaker and room correction, preamp, calibration microphone, software, remote. Roon Ready. DLNA Network Streamer. DEQXpert calibration not included in sale price - if you require this then it may be an extra charge from DEQX. NOTE: To clarify... the faceplate was transferred from my old PreMate Plus by Kim at DEQX (but has no scratches/blemishes). The microphone and remote are less than 2 years old (but are in excellent condition). More information at http://www.deqx.com/products/premate-plus/ Pictures:
  6. Our January club meeting turned out much better than we’d hoped. It sometimes has lower attendance due to the holiday season… people are still away, still tied up in family things, still tripping in Tahiti (ha, I wish!). We were expecting maybe 25-30 people to attend – instead we had 45+ people attend our first half. That’s the most number of people ever in a January meeting. It was a great outcome. We had lots of guests too which is always good. And we had one fellow attend that had been on our mailing list since February 2012 and finally got to his first club meeting. He said he thoroughly enjoyed it and planned to be back. Peter Mony of Nagravox opened the meeting with an enjoyable educational talk of reel-to-reel technology, and showed and explained a number of key components within the machines. He also had some repair kits on display to replace the key components that are likely to wear the most and cause the most trouble. I expected these kits to be super expensive but were actually reasonably priced (IMO) for what they contained. If you have a well-loved Revox, Studer, Nagra, etc. R2R that you’d like to get running again, Peter is your go-to man. (http://www.nagravox.com.au/home/) So… why all the interest in our club meeting? Well, from what people said, they really love reel-to-reel. Yes, in today’s digital world its old-school technology but it’s always been excellent technology. And like vinyl, it’s always had its dedicated followers even through the dark ages when CD threatened to tear all asunder. And you could hear why it has survived the barrage of new technology – it just sounds good. And it certainly offered some great sounds on the day. Of course some of the tapes sounded better than others, and some sounded quite stellar. Joseph and Neville played us lots of music from their tapes, and much of it resulted in enthusiastic clapping afterwards. (And that was even before I held up the “Applause” sign). Neville closed the meeting with two Ben Webster tracks. Webster was known to be somewhat testy and abrasive when drunk, but when he was between sober and “getting there” he certainly could play a touching emotional ballad. The result was more clapping! It seems that R2R is perhaps not a hobby for everyone. The blank tapes are affordable, but buying great pre-recorded tapes can be pricey, especially for masters when you can find them. (But perhaps it’s no worse than those rare old excellent quality vinyl LPs). And of course the whole process of threading the tape to play etc. takes some dedication – certainly the push button digital world is simpler and convenient. But is it better than R2R and vinyl..? Many would argue not. Once again, our thanks to Peter, Joseph and Neville again for the great day! We hope to get them all back for a repeat performance. Here is some feedback lifted from our Feedback forms … "Old school and very entertaining/engaging." "Great effort from Joe but I'm glad we have evolved from tape." "Excellent presentation and presenters." "Great hear R2R - Thank you. Only problem was some distortion in left speaker." "Great presentation/explanation at start." "Very interesting and informative." "Top end extraordinary and dynamic. Thank you to Joe and Neville." "Great idea for a meeting. Tape players were brilliant." "Very enjoyable meeting. Excellent talk from Peter." "Coloured but too much fun. Great start to the year." "Eye opener on how good tape is. Holy grail." "Great start to the year. Amazing dynamics of tape." "Very enjoyable session." "Dated 1970s sound. Great meeting though - one of the best." Photos to follow... (Please excuse the poor speaker stands - we were a bit caught out there and had to improvise!)
  7. For our January club meeting, we are very pleased to have club member Joseph Dillon and Peter Mony of Nagravox present some Revox reel to reel machines playing some mastered tapes. Peter Mony of Nagravox (http://www.nagravox.com.au/home/) is a leading authority on these decks. He has helped Joseph to rebuild these machines (they are owned by Joseph). Peter will give a brief overview of reel-to-reel machines, after which Joseph will present about 30 minutes of music. After that, club member Neville Kapadia will play a few tracks from his master tapes. Details of the system…. Reel to Reel Machines: Revox PR99 Mark III: Tape Speeds 7.5 & 15 inches/second 2 Track NAB EQ Revox PR99 Mark III: Tape Speeds 7.5 & 15 inches/second 2 Track IEC EQ More info at: http://www.reeltoreel.de/worldwide/PR99.htm and https://en.audiofanzine.com/analog-multitrack/revox/pr99-mkii/user_reviews/ and https://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.studerundrevox.de/revox/tonbandgeraete/revox-pr99/&prev=search Revox G36: All valve hard wired, 4 Track NAB EQ 3.75 and 7.5 inches/second More info at: http://www.reeltoreel.de/worldwide/G36.htm and https://www.stereophile.com/content/revox-g-36-open-reel-tape-recorder PreAmp: Custom design all valve with built in phono stage Amplifiers: EAR 549 200W all valve mono blocks More info at: http://www.audioreview.com/cat/amplification/amplifiers/ear-yoshino-ltd/549-mono-power-amplifier/prd_401541_1583crx.aspx Speakers: KLIPSCH FORTE II Refer to http://www.klipsch.com.au/products/forte-ii-floorstanding-speaker CD/SACD Player: Marantz SC8400 Turntable: Goldring Lenco GL75 with Micro Benz high output MC cartridge 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, vinyl and of course reel to reel tapes. (Please note the supported tape types above, and if you do bring a tape then please ensure it is positioned to the start of the track you wish to play.) 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 21st January 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]
  8. Item: Vertere Pulse HB USB (type A | B). 1.5 metres. Hand-built series cable. Location: Sydney (north side) Price: $1000 (new is $3300 AUD RRP) Item Condition: Excellent, 10/10 Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit only Extra Info: I bought new in May 2015. Have original box. Get off the upgrade merry-go-round -- yes, it's expensive, but it is so good that it'll likely be the last USB cable you buy. Checkout http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?16660-Vertere-HB-Series-usb-cable and https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/14124-usb-cable-comparisons/?page=36. One fellow wrote... "Compared my reference USB the LH LightSpeed with dual connectors with the Vertere Pulse HB USB cable same lengths. Staggered at the not subtle improvements with the Vertere HB, I had felt that the slightly dry and sterile sound I was getting was due to the LightSpeed cable - turns out the Vertere HB is utterly natural, rich and gorgeous in timbre, preserves all the micro dynamics but there is absolutely no glare at all now add to that an organic richness with incredible bass extension and weight. The Vertere has surprised me as I did not think it would be that good." Pictures:
  9. Hi guys, The Apex pre-dated the bullets, so no, no bullets. I've attached the photo from the 6Moons review... my cables are identical. However, you can barely make out the blue light, and the power connector isn't visible. Mine definitely have the power connector and MPC (mini power coupler). Cheers, Tom
  10. Hi Graham, Thanks, I think you'll enjoy it. I'll be in touch with a PM. Cheers Tom
  11. Item: Synergistic Research Apex speaker cables, 2.5 m, terminated with spades, includes mini power coupler Location: Sydney Price: $1500 ONO $1700 ONO $5000 new Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Replaced with different cables better suited to my system Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct deposit Extra Info: Refer to review and photos at http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/synergistic/tesla_2.html Pictures: none
  12. Item: Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB, 1.5m, type A to B Location: Sydney Price: $400 ONO (>$1000 RRP) Item Condition: 10/10 Reason for selling: Not using, now use ethernet Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD, direct deposit Extra Info: Original packaging including aluminum container. Not a series 7 cable. SN: PSB1.5M #05284 Pictures:
  13. Item: AudioQuest WEL Signature interconnects, XLR, 1m Location: North shore, Sydney Price: $2100 ONO $2500 ONO ... $3000 ONO (over $9K new RRP) Item Condition: 9/10 Reason for selling: Not using in my system. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, direct deposit Extra Info: Excellent condition, has 72V online DBS connectors, about 8-9 years old although not used for last 2-3 years. Original packaging. (See pic below) Refer to: http://www.audioquest.com/reference-series/wel-signature
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