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  1. Item: USB to coax converter Location: St Kilda east Price: free Item Condition: Reason for selling: not required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Photos:
  2. Oh yeah I saw these - they look perfect! Although they don't seem to be available with a remote control which is a deal breaker. I don't think I could live without at least volume control. Unless one could be added?
  3. Will do - thank you again for the advice! Much appreciated Ah no way, that's interesting - thanks for the info. Yeah I have become obsessed with the idea of trying tubes recently - I guess because I'm relatively new to the hobby and it's something I haven't experienced properly yet. From everything I've read they provide the kind of sonic signature that appeals to me, so have to test the water. The Chinese tube amps are looking like front runners at the moment- they seem to be the only way I can get the power I need while keeping within budget. Either that or hanging out for something vintage / second hand. The Cayin CS-100A is high up on the list at the moment. But I keep getting drawn back to this Line Magnetic gear. The colour scheme isn't really for me, but this one looks interesting https://www.china-hifi-audio.com/en/line-magnetic-audio-lm-tube-amplifier-c-50/line-magnetic-lm-501ia-kt120-tube-integrated-amplifier-push-pull-power-amp-100w-p-1444 Rated at 100 watts, with half the power tubes as the Cayin (albeit more powerful ones). Having less power tubes is more appealing as it means it won't be as costly to tube roll, but is there a sonic benefit to the Cayins design which uses 8 as opposed to 4? Then there's this 50 watt SET Class A number I posted earlier... Looks like it'd cut the mustard? https://www.china-hifi-audio.com/en/line-magnetic-audio-lm-tube-amplifier-c-50/line-magnetic-lm-508ia-300b-805-tube-amp-class-a-single-ended-p-1422 Are there any stores that offer take-home demo gear? I always read about it in the states but I haven't come across it here. They'd certainly have my business - I don't really know anyone else into HiFi so it's hard to try anything out. Unless anyone's keen on hearing what a pair of NS-2000's sound like in their system - would be happy to offer a demo if they had a tube amp to test out..! ha
  4. My god those Luxmans.. I guess hanging out for some vintage gear could be another option. If you have any other recommendations to keep an eye out for I'm all ears. Don't mind lurking on Yahoo Auctions for something to come up (the NS-2000s came from there originally)
  5. That is some drool worthy gear. You mention a 50watt SET amp - This 48w SET Class A Line Magnetic showed up in my research before.. Looks like a bargain https://www.china-hifi-audio.com/en/line-magnetic-audio-lm-tube-amplifier-c-50/line-magnetic-lm-508ia-300b-805-tube-amp-class-a-single-ended-p-1422
  6. Well I started out at $1500, but now I'm down the war path for a new amp and seen all the temptation out there I think it's blowing out to 3kish.. I think for this money i'll try and stick with an integrated as it seems like more bang for buck
  7. Hi all, apologies for the late reply - have been out all weekend. Thanks so far for all the input - huge help and lots to think about! I'd love to take @Willmax and @Grizzly up on the listening offer but am in VIC unfortunately. I'm pretty omnivorous with my music taste - I'll listen to anything and everything. And I do like to crank it from time to time, so I was hoping for something that would do it all. At the moment I've got a Vincent SV236MK, which has a tube pre-amp and solid state power amp at 150 watts. So I have the hybrid approach going at the moment, which may be the right track as some have suggested. To be honest it does sound pretty awesome - but I've always dreamt of going all tubes. Opinions seem to split whether tubes are the right speakers for it - I guess in the end there's no definitive answer, as everyone's taste and wants in their sound are different. I would just have to take a leap of faith I guess - expensive gamble though! Maybe something like these 80w - 100w Cayin or Consonance amps would be safer bet? That would be enough to grip them? A little out of my budget at the moment but I could hang out for something second hand https://www.osbornloudspeakers.com.au/cyber-880i https://www.audiotrends.com.au/hi-fi-stereo/amplifiers-receivers/valve-tube-amplifiers/cayin-cs-100a.html
  8. So I've had an itch for a while now to try to a tube amp with my Yamaha NS-2000's. Because of their honesty, I was thinking something with a bit more sweetness could help the overall tonal balance of my setup. With the Yamahas being 6ohm with a sensitivity of 90dB, I'm not sure exactly how much grunt i'll need to light them up properly. Volume levels don't need to be insane but I'd like them to be able to go loud-ish - I know all this is subjective so I guess the proof will have to be in the pudding. The top of my list at the moment is the Line Magnetic 216IA at 38w https://www.line-magnetic.eu/en/products-line-magnetic-en/integrated-tube-amplifier-line-magnetic-en/lm-216ia-amplificateur-intégré-push-pull-kt88-2x38w-detail I had also been looking at the Cayin CS-88A which claims 45w https://www.audiotrends.com.au/cayin-cs-88a-mk2.html Interested to hear people's thoughts on how good of a match these would be? Or any other suggestions. Cheers
  9. Hi, I'd been looking to dip my feet in the world of tube amps and came across the Muzishare X7. Around $1,920 landed including shipping, import duty etc A few threads online claim it's made by Line Magnetic, possibly for the Chinese market. Would love to hear anyones experience or general thoughts, information online seems to be pretty scarce. Some links below: https://www.china-hifi-audio.com/en/muzishare-audio-tube-amplifier-c-51/muzishare-x7-kt88-x4-integrated-tube-amplifier-power-amp-phono-headphone-p-1425 some images from the factory: https://www.openchinacart.com/marketplace/17312250248 Only extensive discussion i could find in here (in French, can get the gist from Google Translate though), with some diagrams of the circuit: https://www.audiovintage.fr/leforum/viewtopic.php?f=82&t=53606&start=70
  10. Apologies guys these got scooped up super quick! Cheers, Jack
  11. Item: records Location: St Kilda east Price: free Item Condition: good to poor Reason for selling: Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Mostly jazz and classic rock. Some in pretty decent nick, some pretty stuffed. A mixed bag really, free to a good home - maybe a small donation to SNA. Good for someone just getting started with vinyl Pictures:
  12. Hmm TV is a dinosaur, no help there. I've got an optical switcher, but now with another HDMI source I need an HDMI Switcher on top of it - so just trying to suss out whether there is an all in one device that will do the job (and cut down on all remotes..) Wonder if this would work? https://www.radioparts.com.au/product/64510380/hdmi4s18g-4-way-18gbps-hdmi-switcher-audio-extraction-hdmi2.0-hdr#.XF-tDGnZX3A
  13. Hi, So basically I have a setup as per the diagram below, and need a device to switch between sources. Does something like this exist? I guess it's kind of like a receiver without the amp. Any help greatly appreciated.
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