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  1. I'm actually just not using them for now. Would rather find a proper solution. That said the included power cords are ridiculously short so I might need to buy a longer one anyway!
  2. Sadly I don't have an earthing pin on the Hugo.. but thanks for the suggestion
  3. Thanks Decky, but sadly the DIY stuff is all way above my head. I also don't have easy access to another amp, so can't test your other hypothesis, but what you said makes a lot of sense. I have been toying with the idea of replacing the Hugo anyway, so this may just accelerate that need, and I can get something with balanced outs. Cheers, Ben
  4. Hey Peter, Thanks for your response.. I've just tried messing around with a few various options and none of them have worked as a fix sadly. From these tests, the subwoofer hums as soon as it is connected into the chain. The speakers then buzz (more like a static buzz than a hum) if the power amp is turned on. Not sure if there's multiple issues going on?
  5. Hi all, Following on from this thread https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/296729-connecting-dual-subs-in-stereo-system/, I now get a terrible speaker buzz from the subwoofer as soon as it's switched on and is put anywhere in the chain with the Benchmark amp. For those that didn't read the thread, my original setup was: Chromecast audio / Denon HS2 streamer -Optical-> Chord Hugo -RCA out-> Benchmark AHB2 Power amp (XLR-RCA adaptors) -> KEF LS50s I've then tried adding in an SVS SB-3000 by splitting the RCA outs on the Hugo. However, this immediately caused buzzing in the sub whilst the speakers sounded like they'd gone distant and distorted. Connecting the SB-3000 by itself works fine, so I know it's a connection issue, rather than an issue with the unit. As an experiment, I unplugged everything from the wall. I then plugged in the subwoofer power cable and tried connecting the sub passthrough (RCA out) to the XLR in on the Benchmark and immediately a low buzzing started (even with the amp unplugged). Connecting the amp power cable made this buzz increase in volume (still with the amp off). Turning the amp on increases the volume again. So how can I fix this? I'm using Audio Principe cables from the Hugo to the Benchmark (that aren't shielded), which I'm guessing are problematic. I'm also guessing that the XLR-RCA adaptors are not ideal, however I'm kind of limited with what the Hugo can output. Is there anything else that could be the cause? Ground loop or similar? Thanks, Ben
  6. Hey Bunno77, thanks - I'm actually just reading about the NAD C658 after stumbling on it from another thread and it sounds exactly like what I want.. Anyone know of anything similar to check out at the same time?
  7. Thanks for all the replies; @Bunno77, can you explain this more? I haven't tried Roon before, but am loathe to pay so much for software. I also don't have a PC or anything to run Roon core on, so have always discounted that as an option. The other options all seem to focus on replacing my amp, which I'm pretty happy with. I was expecting to get recommendations for solutions like the MiniDSP SHD or alternatives to the aforementioned DEQX Premate. Am I missing some benefit to having an all in one box as opposed to a pre/power setup?
  8. Hi all, I'm aware there's a similar thread but I don't want to hijack it. In short, I'm at a crossroads with my system and am wanting to try and reach a good balance between music/movie performance (aren't we all!). However, I'm not that fussed by surround sound and am happy with my 2.2 setup. Inputs: TV (Netflix et al) - optical/HDMI PS4 - optical/HDMI Chromecast Audio (casual listening) - optical Denon Streamer (for my FLAC files/serious listening) - optical/coaxial These feed into: Hugo -> Benchmark amp -> Kef LS50 (and 2x SVS subs to help with the bass) Also use the Hugo for headphones Issues: Not enough inputs so have to manually swap cables (or get a switch which seems to defeat the purpose of having nice components) No remote It's fiddly - the missus doesn't get the Hugo at all. No good way of attaching the sub I'd like to also add in some basic EQ, but from reading around the MiniDSP is just adding another box that doesn't address any of the above. I know EQ isn't always the answer but WAF is a major factor and I've done all I can with room placement. I'm considering replacing the Hugo with a surround processor of some sort, but I don't need any of the surround sound/hi-res features. I'm also concerned that I'll lose a lot of the musicality that I love about the Hugo. Is there a pre-amp that could achieve what I want? I've seen the DEQX premate on the classifieds but it's a little more than I want to spend and the EQ setup seems pretty daunting to a newbie! Plus it doesn't seem to have a headphone out, so potentially I'd need to factor in a headphone amp. as well. Budget is about $2-3k, but could stretch a little bit for the right thing. I'd also much rather get something second hand so I can switch things round easily in future without losing too much. Thanks.
  9. Thanks for confirming Satanica. I think I'll go with option 1 for now and then aim to look at the DSP side of things later. From reading around a bit more, it sounds like there's no benefit to giving the sub a stereo signal so I'm going to wire it like this: Hugo L -> splitter -> Amp L input + Left sub L input Hugo R -> splitter -> Amp R input + Right sub L input The right input on the SVS subs is for the LFE channel so it seems like the L input would be best (given its a mono signal it should make no difference)
  10. Hi guys, I'm looking at options to enhance the grunt of my system. Currently running a Chord Hugo (using it as a pre) -> Benchmark power amp -> Kef LS50s. With the current Black Friday sales on, the option of a single (or dual :D) SVS sub (SB-2000) option is tempting me. However, I'm currently struggling to figure out how I would connect it all.. I see my 3 main options as: 1) Cable splitters from the Hugo to each device: However, I'm wondering if these attenuate the signal too much across 3 devices and will cause issues? Would I be best connecting only the left and right channel from the Hugo to the respective sub? If so do I use the SVS LFE input for that? Or need to get an RCA -> 2x RCA cable? 2) Daisy chain the devices together using the line in/outs on the subs: Hugo -> Sub 1 -> Sub 2 -> Amp. However, should I be worried about timing issues making music lose coherence? 3) Purchase something like a miniDSP 2x4HD Not sure if this is actually an option, plus it's more money and another box However having room correction is kind of appealing to me but I haven't done much research on this area yet Any advice? Thanks, Ben
  11. Item: Astell & Kern XB10 Portable Bluetooth Headphone Amp/DAC Location: Sydney Price: $90 Item Condition: Barely used Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer Extra Info: Don't expect people to know much about this, but it's a handy little thing that got bundled with some A&K headphones I got a year or so ago. Personally I haven't had much need to use it, so figured I'd let someone else make use of it. It comes in an OEM box given it was a bundled item, but everything else is pretty normal about it. This used to retail for $200 USD when it first launched and the reviews are generally pretty favourable; see: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-ak-xb10-you-are-the-original/ Happy to ship, given its size, or can demo in Sydney CBD. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  12. Item: Comply TX-100 Medium (2 packs of 3), Comply TSX-200 Medium (1 pack of 3) Location: Sydney Price: $25 each Item Condition: BNIB Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer Extra Info: Hi all,I have 3 unopened packs of Comply foam tips that are now redundant as I have got rid of the IEMs that needed them. Compatibility can be checked at the following link: http://www.complyfoam.com/compatibility Am based in Sydney CBD so can allow pickup as necessary or arrange postage with buyer at cost. Pictures:
  13. Fair point, but it was both, as I was looking at shipping a 60cm3 box over at 40kg, so the volumetric weight was about the same as the actual weight.. Guessing OP is shipping something much larger volumetrically
  14. Weird; I was just playing with their website and was getting around $200 for 40kg by sea, or $260 by air.. Have you got that split into lots of boxes or something?
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