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  1. Not a silly question at all. I personally do not possess a good understanding of electronic circuits, but obviously as it turns out and as you will find in numerous publications - 'one does not have to exclude the other'. As mentioned in my listing there are delighted users out there matching this unit with sufficiently efficient speakers as an integrated amp. I tried it too and was surprised, given its modest power rating, although there was indeed an unavoidable lack of grunt as all the speakers I experimented were at best of 92 db efficiency (not enough).
  2. Item: LINEAR TUBE AUDIO MICROZOTL MZ2 PREAMP/HEADPHONE AMP Location: Melbourne Price: $2200 Item Condition: Faultless Reason for selling: Upgrade (see below) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT, Paypal (+3%) Extra Info: A word about where this little marvel seats performance-wise (certainly not price-wise) in the scheme of personal experience of owning, as well as auditioning in my systems a number of preamps over the years (some retailing in excess of $15K). Some SN members may have noted my past posts where I shared my enthusiasm for the astonishing value/performance I derived from owning a Consonance Linear 1 preamp, which few years earlier (to my surprise at the time) dethroned at my place a $14K Audio Research Reference unit. My lesson in 'divorcing price from performance' has recently been further bolstered by having experienced few LTA products from this relatively new US based manufacturer, as the performance of this 'unassuming' preamp goes even further! Greater transparency, richer timbres, deeper soundstage, more space between instruments - totally 'unaccompanied' by any audible noise floor. The unit is equally well known as a highly acclaimed headphone amp. It is also a surprisingly impressive 1 Watt amplifier in its own right (often used and reviewed as such) when matched with appropriately efficient speakers. I've been its first owner for the past 12 month. The reason for selling is that I just took delivery of its freshly released bigger brother, the full size MicroZotl Preamplifier (over $7K AUD landed) . Lots of enthusiastic press out there. The example below is the excerpt from Terry London's recent article. Although this particular review is that of the bigger full size unit (the model I just purchased), he begins with quite unambiguous reference to the smaller unit I am listing here: "Almost three years ago, I was stunned by the performance of the Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2.0 preamplifier/headphone amplifier, used as a line stage, when it significantly out-performed my reference Concert Fidelity preamplifier on all sonic parameters. The Concert Fidelity, a hand-built piece from Japan that cost $24,000, had never been surpassed by any line stage I had auditioned for over five years in my system until the MicroZOTL 2.0 with an upgraded linear external power supply retailing for less than $2,000. Needless to say, the MicroZOTL 2.0 was selected as one of Home Theater Review's 2016 products of the year." The unit I am selling, whilst also supplied with the optional upgraded linear external power supply, is the current, upgraded version - in that it now hosts 3 inputs (not 2); is optioned with remote and is fitted with NOS tubes. Happy to answer all relevant questions via PM. Richard Pictures: (apologies for my camera skills...)
  3. Item: CONSONANCE LINEAR 1 PRE AMPLIFIER (remote version) Location: MELBOURNE Price: $2450 Item Condition: FAULTLESS Reason for selling: New direction/Surplus of Components Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT Extra Info: This is a current flagship preamp in the Consonance line up. As per my earlier shared impressions here on SN ( having previously owned more than one version of this brand's mono block amps), I regard Consonance to be one of the most 'overlooked' manufactures of High-End audio. I purchased this unit new from Greg Osborne (Australian Distributor) - only after first having the benefit of auditioning it in my own setup and comparing it to my then-preamp, Audio Research Reference (which I farewelled soon after without shedding a tear...) I have the original packaging, remote and owner's manual. Prefer a local pick up but would consider appropriately insured currier delivery at buyer's expense. Happy to answer any relevant questions via PM. Richard The included pic is a 'googled photo' of same unit; photos of the specific unit available on request.
  4. Item: CD STORAGE RACKS (4 units) Location: Melbourne Prices: See Below Item Condition: V Good Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only Extra Info: For sale 4 x CD dedicated racks in Lime Oak finish. Offers convenient CD storage in quantities as per following: 3 X racks - each stores up to 216 CDs (dimensions W x H x D: 330 x 1200 x 70mm) 1 x rack, stores up to 448 CDs (dimensions W x H x D: 630 x 1200 x 70 mm) Smaller racks - $30 each Larger rack - $45 Will sell the lot for $100 Local sale only. Please use PM to contact me. Richard Pictures:
  5. Item: POLK AUDIO OMNI A1 WiFi STREAMING AMP (4 Units) Location: MELBOURNE Price: $150 each or $500 the lot (RRP $549 each) Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: No longer Required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, (postage costs to be covered by purchaser) Extra Info: Had 4 of these amps (bought them new) installed about 18 months ago and they served me very nicely, streaming 'internet music' using PLAY-Fi app via variety of speakers throughout the house. Recently moved to new premises where I will no longer need them. About Polk Omni A1 wireless amplifier: The Polk Omni A1 is part of the Omni Collection, a series of wireless products that that lets you stream your favorite music services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, Sirius XM, Internet radio and your personal music library from the convenience of your phone, tablet or computer over your existing home Wi-Fi network. The Omni A1 wireless amplifier includes customized EQ settings for optimizing the performance with Polk speakers, and has a peak power rating of 75 W x 2 channels. Also hosts a phono input for connecting a turn table. Happy to answer any relevant questions via PM. Pictures:
  6. Item: FOCAL MINI UTOPIA SPEAKERS (piano gloss) Location: MELBOURNE PRICE: $3500 (FIRM, over $12K when new) Item Condition: GOOD Reason for selling: UPGRADING Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT, (Paypal add 3%) Extra Info: I am parting with my Focal Mini Utopias; arguably one of the finest standmounds ever made. Had them since new and have never really ceased to be mesmerised by their astounding musicality. That's why my 'incurable upgrade itch' turned out to be quite a challenging and prolong exercise which involved more than a year (make it now 2!) of extensive auditioning of a number of highly acclaimed speakers (many in excess of $20 K). The speakers are in good condition cosmetically (few small marks here and there, really only noticeable upon close inspection) and are absolutely perfect functionally. The matching Focal stands are included. (Have original boxes but would still need to confirm their actual condition if of relevance to the buyer) NOTE: As some members may recall I am here re-listing this item after having having it earlier withdrawn from sale. I have received numerous enquiries/offers, many from interstate. However I will give preference to a local pick up unless the purchaser is willing to organise and cover ALL the logistics associated with packaging and the insured shipping at his/her own risk. Happy to answer any relevant questions via PM. Richard
  7. Hi, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Yes, as mentioned here I also have a PS Audio GCPH to offer. I bought it new from US thus it is US voltage version therefore requires an isolation step-down transformer (which incidentally also helps isolate the unit from much of unwelcome 'junk' from our AC supply). Like the Primare, it had had very little use; is in as new condition, comes with remote, manual and I am pretty sure (but need to confirm) that I have all the original packaging. The prices are as indicated. Regards, Richard
  8. Item: PRIMARE R32 PHONO STAGE (black) Location: MELBOURNE Price: $775 Item Condition: AS NEW Reason for selling: Reducing Number of Components Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT Extra Info: Up for sale is my Primare R32 Phono Preamp. This unit is practically new. It would have been played for probably less than 5 hours as I have a number of other phono preamps (including PS Audio GCPH, US Voltage, also available at $650 or $700 with a step-down transformer) Comes complete with the original box and manual. Local sale is much preferred. But would also consider an appropriately insured currier delivery. Happy to respond to any relevant questions via PM. Richard For the moment the included pic is a 'googled' photo of an identical model. Pictures:
  9. Item: CONSONANCE LINEAR 1 PRE AMPLIFIER (remote version) Location: MELBOURNE Price: $2850 Item Condition: FAULTLESS Reason for selling: New direction/Surplus of Components (Primare Phono stage coming up soon) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT Extra Info: This is a current flagship preamp in the Consonance line up. As per my earlier shared impressions here on SN ( having previously owned more than one version of this brand's mono block amps), I regard Consonance to be one of the most 'overlooked' manufactures of High- End audio. I purchased this unit new from Greg Osborne (Australian Distributor) - only after having the benefit of auditioning it in my setup and comparing it to my then-preamp, Audio Research Reference (which I farewelled soon after without shedding a tear...) I have the original packaging, remote and owner's manual. Prefer a local pick up but would consider appropriately insured currier delivery at buyer's expense. Happy to answer any relevant questions via PM. Richard For the moment, the included pic is a 'googled photo' of same unit. Pictures:
  10. Hi, thank your for you offer but please kindly note I have withdrew these from sale. Regards, Richard
  11. Item: CHORD HUGO DAC Location: MELBOURNE Price: $1650 PRICE DROP: NOW $1350 Item Condition: EXCELLENT Reason for selling: UPGRADE Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Electronic Bank Transfer (other options by mutual agreement) Extra Info: For sale the truly magnificent DAC "HUGO" by Chord; In my view still among the finest DACs around. This is the more recent version hosting the enlarged RCA sockets to accommodate a wide variety of connectors. I am the first owner. Unit comes complete with the original packaging, manual and all the accessories. Also included is the Chord dedicated black leather carry case which has never been used as this Hugo has always stayed home. Willing to post at buyers expense with appropriate insurance. Happy to answer any relevant questions via PM. Richard Pictures:
  12. Hi, yes appreciate your recognition of the value; I have priced them quite low indeed for hopefully a speedy/easy/local sale.
  13. Hi, I experiment with a number of amps; currently I am using AM Audio 805 SE mono blocks (Single Ended Class A amplification), which to my ears sounds really nice indeed... (Prior to that I have used for quite some time a pair of Consoance 845s mono blocks, also a nice match. In the past I also found that solid state can also sound good (although I admit to have developed fetish for tubes), in which case I used to own Mark Levison 331 power amp. Regards, Richard
  14. Item: FOCAL MINI UTOPIA SPEAKERS (piano gloss) WITHDRAWN FROM SALE Location: MELBOURNE Price: $3500 (over $12K when new with stands) Item Condition: GOOD Reason for selling: Upgrading (& reducing my HiFi 'componentry') Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Transfer, COD (upon personal delivery within Melb) Extra Info: I am parting with my Focal Mini Utopias; arguably one of the finest standmounds ever made. Had them since new and have never really ceased to be mesmerised by their astounding musicality. That's why my ' incurable upgrade itch' turned out to be quite a challenging and prolong exercise which involved more than a year of extensive auditioning of a number of highly acclaimed speakers (many in excess of $10K - $15K and even higher territory). The speakers are in good condition cosmetically (few small marks here and there, really only noticeable upon a close-up inspection) and are absolutely perfect functionally. The matching Focal stands are included. I also have the original boxes and owners manual. Given the considerable weight (and the number of boxes) I would very much prefer a local pick up (would also consider delivering in person if within Melbourne region). Happy to answer any relevant questions via PM. Richard Pictures:
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