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  1. Item: iFi iPower Location: Perth Price: $50 each or $120 for all three Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: 3 x iFi iPower power supplies. All come with the original additional adapters etc. and boxes. 1 x 5V/2.5A 1 x 9V/2.0A 1 x 12V/1.8A $50 each or $120 for the lot...plus postage if required.
  2. Item: Metrum Acoustics Pavane (level 1) Location: Perth Price: $3500 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Too many DACs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Preference will be given to local sale as I prefer buyers to know exactly what they are purchasing and have the opportunity to test. If no interest locally, I will post at cost. I am the original owner. Bought in February 2016 from Addicted to Audio. The DAC is in excellent condition and has been a wonderful mainstay in my setup. One of the RCA outputs will turn with some light pressure but it has been like that from day one and does not affect playback. Local buyers are welcome to inspect & test, just send me a private message. I am tied up most Sundays until 2:00pm but available after that as well as Monday to Friday evenings and Saturdays. Please be patient if sending a message, I do not live at my computer desk. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
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  4. Well the D70 sounds great and there is no hint of the mild fatigue that I get with the D50 after prolonged listening. I'm still not discounting some sort of personal subconscious bias against ESS Sabre here 😉 My thoughts on subjective listening against the Qutest were that they were both nice and clean in their reproduction with the D70 being just a touch more liquid, perhaps a little more musical? Then I organised a casual blind test using speakers with both DACs connected to my integrated via RCA and instantaneous remote switching being done by my son. I didn't technically level match but my ears and an SPL meter indicated that they were very close, if not identical volume levels. The Qutest was on the 2V setting. The changing of inputs on my integrated amp is seamless most of the time with no indication or tell tale noise that the change was made. I failed this test miserably with the results being no better than a flip of a coin, so the subjective sighted differences evaporated (LOL). So that's a win for the "all decent DACs sound the same crowd" but good news for those wanting to get a very good DAC with lots of features including both balanced & RCA outputs and save money over something like a Qutest. Personally I'll keep the Qutest as I like it's quirky looks and my subjective listening suggests that there's a bit more difference between it and my Pavane compared to the D70 and the Pavane. I will continue to keep 2 DACs in my setup - I like the option of being able to choose between R2R NOS and newer technology depending on the material I'm playing and my mood. Edit: I compared both DACs on their default filter settings - filter 1 on the Qutest & filter 3 on the D70
  5. Well the D50 is out of my little comparison. As decent as it sounds, I have a long history of not getting on with ESS Sabre DACs when it comes to prolonged listening. I just can't ignore the tell-tale little ear ache that comes after a while even with well recorded dynamic material. Maybe it's just me or maybe it's a form of bias psychosis? Whatever the reason, I don't get it with the D70 or my other two DACs. I originally took my Pavane out to just compare the non R2R NOS DACs but it's back in now and all 3 DACs are connected to my integrated amp being fed from the Allo Digione Signature via the MiniDSP for a little room correction: Basically I have 3 very prominent filters 😁
  6. Got mine on Thursday after ordering the previous Friday from Shenzhen, so the free post was express. Of course mine is better than the ones on sale now because it cost USD 100 more 😉 There is one immediate thing I don't like - the inability to turn the display off as I leave my DACs on 24/7. Three brightness settings and none of them are off, I'm not sure why they didn't do it as they did with the D50? I've been doing a bit of A/B comparison against my Qutest since Thursday night and I've replaced the Qutest with the D50 this morning to see how the two Topping products compare. Edit: I'm running in DAC mode to my integrated amp
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