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  1. Stephenfabre isn’t going ahead with the purchase, so these are still available.
  2. Further information: Nordost Optix Component Video cables (2). Price is per cable. Each is 1 metre with RCA connectors. $498 new (each), but that was a long time ago! Most people won't have the need for Component Video, hence the very low sale price. $20 each. If they sell, all proceeds will be donated to StereoNet. Happy to ship, but would appreciate that buyer donate a bit extra to cover costs. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  3. Further information: 4 x Stillpoints Ultra SS in stainless steel. Have original box. RRP is currently $1428. I can 'move' a bit on the price, but low ball offers will be ignored. Prefer to not ship, but can do so at buyers expense. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Hi dud, Please see this link, it'll explain... https://krispyaudio.com.au/products/entreq-apollo-vibbeaters.html Cheers Tom
  5. We had great attendance at our November club meeting. No doubt our BBQ was just a bit more of an incentive to come in – there were lots of snags, salads, beer, soft drinks, nibbles. After our BBQ we held our AGM. Four members chose to not stand again for their positions – Tom Waters, Steve Polley, Stephanos Eliades and Andrew Baldwin. The members voted John McEvoy as the new club President, Chris Lilly for the new Secretary and Vedran Simunovic as the new Events Coordinator. The main positions were all filled – others to follow. As the new President, John McEvoy asked me to continue to host the meeting. After the AGM, we introduced our special guest presenters. I introduced Brad Serhan and Morris Swift of Serhan+Swift. Brad is a modest and quiet fellow and prefers to let the products do his talking. So Morris presented their choice of music and explained their product. For small speakers, they sounded remarkably big, and were very clear with great tonality. I thought they’d garner lots of favourable comments, and they did. Just before our break, Les Davis of Les Davis Audio presented a quick talk and demo of his damping products. Earlier he'd put some damping devices on the cables. Whilst music was playing he swapped in/out a damping device under the main power board for the system. The effect was subtle from the side of the room (where I was), but some people in the middle/centre said they could hear the improvement. Our break was special too..! Club members Ruth and Alex Wilson brought in two different delicious desserts. After our break, we had our usual raffle followed by our BYO music session. Here’s some feedback from the feedback forms: “World class sound. Well done to the designers.” “Another good meeting to end the year. System punched well above its weight – impressed.” “Enjoyable meeting.” “Interesting to hear kit in development.” “Appreciated the short intro by designer.” “Very informative in terms of crossover functionality. These are really good speakers.” “Impressive speakers for the size. Big thanks to Steve and Ruth for the desserts.” “Some of the best sounding speakers I've ever heard.” “Very good speakers and matched power amp.” “Very impressed with the sound.” “Great way to finish the year.” “Amazing speakers for their size.” “Sound stage was amazing.” “Very impressive for size. Big thanks to Tom for all his work during the last 8+ years.” “Simply magic! Almost a perfect system as whole. Thank you to Tom and Steve for your great contribution.” Photos to follow…
  6. For our November club meeting we are very pleased to have Morris Swift and Brad Serhan of Serhan+Swift present to the club. (Note that our usual EOY BBQ is at 1:00, followed by our AGM at 2:00. The S+S presentation will start soon afterwards.) Details of the system… Speakers – an "analog active" version of the Serhan+Swift MU2 speaker. A central box houses the amplifiers and analog active crossovers. The active components are thus separated from the speakers to keep vibration and stray magnetic fields away from the electronics, while keeping heat out of the speaker itself. There is no DSP involved in the signal handling. Note that this is a prototype model and still under development. Oppo BDP-105D – source for Morris’ presentation and 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 CD/SACD or USB thumb/flash drives (sorry, no vinyl). We MAY have some R2R tape in as well – TBD. 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 17th November 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  7. Attendance at our October club meeting was very good … DIY always attracts a lot of interest. Our presenter for the day, club member Bill Louey, brought in his entire system for us to hear. Bill first brought his system into the club for us quite a few years ago. Since then, he’s been working on improving pretty much everything – his efforts have certainly paid off. All aspects of the sound were much improved. Just before the meeting Bill made some new longer speaker cables that he could use in our large room – he wanted to be able to space the speakers further apart. Unfortunately their composition and lack of break in time may well have contributed to the slightly ‘bright’ sound at times. And our room at the Community centre tends to muddle the midrange in an unnatural manner. At home Bill doesn’t have an issue at all with brightness – the sound is quite neutral and natural. Here are some comments from the feedback forms… “Nice system. Would have been nice to hear an analog front-end.” “Dedicated and admirable DIY project. Impressive sound.” “An excellent audio setup. Very well done to the owner, Bill. Very good clean sound - awesome!” “Great chain. Very impressive: tight bass, clean mids, crystalline treble.” “Bill's presentation was very good. The open baffle speakers were a revelation. Very pleasing sound. The sub-woofers made a big difference.” “Too bright and harsh for my taste - nice mids.” “Very good sound.” “Great sound, quite bright.” “A very enjoyable meeting. Great DIY equipment. Well done Bill.” “Well organised and presented session. Very professional setup.” “Occasionally bright with vocals. Brings out inner detail.” “The system filled the room beautifully.” “Jovial, great atmosphere! Bill has built as exceptional system. A bit bright at times but still very enjoyable. Kudos to Bill.” Thanks Bill..!! Photos to follow….
  8. For our October club meeting we are very pleased to have club member Bill Louey present his own highly modified home system including his DIY loudspeakers. Bill last presented his system to the club back in April 2012 – much of it has now changed and improved. Details of Bill’s system (details below were written by Bill)… Loudspeakers These are 3 way open baffle loudspeakers using dynamic drivers with active and passive hybrid crossovers. Open baffle loudspeakers have some unique advantages over conventional boxed speakers in that: · They don’t have an enclosed box so they have no box resonances hence no box colourations, · Their dipole radiation pattern reduces side reflections hence room interaction and increases the portion of direct sound over reflected sound in the room, and, · The first sound reflection from the wall comes from behind the speakers in the front instead of from behind the seat for conventional speakers, hence producing a more realistic, life-like sound. Open baffle loudspeakers are substantially harder to design due to sound wave cancellation, reduced efficiency and lobbing effects and usually require active crossover to shape frequency response and need multiple amplifiers to drive. Since open baffle speakers are much harder to sell manufacturers usually don’t make them, except with electrostatic loudspeakers. However, because of the greatest technical challenges and potentially the highest possible sonic result, open baffle speakers with dynamic drivers are the ultimate for loudspeaker DIY builders. Bill designed the crossover networks and has been tweaking them for 10 years now. He has only lately been very happy with the results and concluded the 10 year loudspeaker DIY project. CD/SACD/Blu Ray Source The source is a modified Marantz UD7007 universal player that plays CD, SACD and Blu Ray. Bill has undergone multiple revisions of his own upgrade over the years and has replaced hundreds of parts to change the player to suit his needs. He also changed the player from a Class II player to a Class I player in order to reduce the noise from the switch mode power supply unit. Preamp / Active Crossover This is a custom built unit designed by Bill to house the active crossover also to serve as a preamp. All buffer stages use OPA627 driven by an extremely quiet shunt regulator. Power Amplifiers Bill originally bought a DIY amplifier kit with conventional 3 stages, class AB, fully complimentary design. He later completely redesigned the printed circuit boards and incorporated a very quiet capacitor multiplier into the amplifier’s first two stages. He also designed his own very quiet and muscular power supply for the amplifier. These are MOSFET amplifiers rated 160W. 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/Bluray (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 13th October 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  9. For our June club meeting we are very pleased to have the exceptionally musical Harbeth Monitor 40.2 speakers, courtesy of Cameron Pope of Krispy Audio (https://krispyaudio.com.au/). Unfortunately Cameron cannot attend on the day due to other commitments. For our first half, we will have two separate music sessions where two members will play up to 25 minutes of music of their choice. These “Member Music Sessions” (as we call them) prove to be very enjoyable, interesting and often surprizing. Details of the system… Speakers: Harbeth Monitor 40.2 speakers. Refer to: https://krispyaudio.com.au/products/harbeth-monitor-40-2-speakers.html Amplifier: AudioGD Master-10 Integrated. Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master10/Master-10EN.htm Sources: Gryphon Mikado Reference CDP (for CD playback) Oppo BDP-105D universal player (for USB flash drives) 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 USB thumb/flash drives (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 16th June 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
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