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  1. Item: Gieseler Groß DAC (USB Only) Location: South Yarra, Melbourne Price: $1525 (plus postage if necessary) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Bought Gieseler Fein II DAC Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer, PayPal Extra Info: Last month I impulse purchased Clay's new TOTL DAC, so my Groß DAC is available for sale. There has been a lot written by owners here of Gieseler's DAC's, the full list being here: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/126626-gieseler-dac-reviews-impressions/). But just to give you a sample of what people have said about the Groß DAC: From Max Headroom: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/246058-ps-audio-vs-devialet/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-3899124 "At the other extreme is the Geiseler GroB DAC. I don't think I can find the words to explain how insanely good it is. @scumbag what system did you listen to the DS Jr and Geiseler GroB in? Did you say you couldn't tell a difference between the DirectStream and the Geiseler? Because the difference was so obvious to me and so dramatic its unbelievable. The Gieseler created more lifelike images of instruments and musicians, almost as if they're standing infront of you, better separation between instruments, better clarity with complex music. It's just a bargain at the asking price." From Rosco8: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/232237-gieseler-groß-dac-official-release/page/19/?tab=comments#comment-3872685 "A new Grob owner. It replaced a Cayin DAC (Valve/SS), and I also have an ARCAM-II DAC II, both quite good DACS, at least to my listening. Very pleased with the Grob .. been running a couple of weeks now, great detail and I can hear little nuances in recordings I haven't heard before. I listen to quite a range of material, from Tidal and FLACs I have rendered from my CD's. Beautiful rendering of vocals, good separation and detail." From bhobba: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/234066-groß-dac-owners-thread/?tab=comments#comment-3805282 "I will get right to it - my USB only GROB simply blows away the Direct Stream. That's right - a 2.3k or so DAC takes out, and make no mistake about it, the difference is not subtle, the much much more expensive Direct Stream with the latest software etc (I think its about $8k or so here in Aus)." From Conch: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/232237-gieseler-groß-dac-official-release/page/20/?tab=comments#comment-3886445 "I have compared the Groß to the Klein II, Chord 2qute and Accuphase Dac50 and the Groß has the edge over all of them imo. Better bass control, improved clarity, extremely musical and a natural tone that is engaging and enjoyable to listen to for hours on end with all genres of music." Adding my own 2 cents to the commentary, when I upgraded to the Groß from an iFi iDSD Micro, my impression was how much 'more natural' or less digital the sound was from the Groß while detail retrieval was more extended at both ends. The unit I am selling has been 'babied' since it was purchased in November 2017 and had it's firmware chip and software updated in March 2018. The internal are set for XLR output but can be configured for RCA output (to resolve ground loop/hum issues). Included are the DAC, standard power supply, remote control (which never left it's packaging), and I can provide the user manual given to me and invoice of the purchase (PDF). Pickup is available in South Yarra, Melbourne and I am able to post Australia wide at your expense. Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you may have. Photos:
  2. Item: Woo Audio WA22 Balanced Headphone Amplifier & Tubes (see below for details) Location: South Yarra, Melbourne Price: $2500 (including upgrade tubes) Item Condition: Very Good/Excellent Reason for selling: Not Enough Usage and need funds Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer, PayPal Extra Info: The Woo Audio WA22 is a fully balanced, Class-A triode driven headphone amplifier. This is a black unit with a stepped potentiometer which was manufactured in 2014 and remains in excellent condition. The current unit retails for $3799. For the last 2 years I have been deciding between this amp and my Violectric V281, however since I have shorter listening sessions these days (not letting the tubes warm up much) and my system is now permanently based around my PC (which introduces ground loop noise which tube amps are more sensitive to) I have leaned towards using the V281 more often. And as I'm not giving the WA22 proper usage it deserves, I have decided to put it up for sale. The images show how the amp is in great condition (save some dusting) and I am including my favourite bunch of tubes and adapters which cost me more than $700. The included tubes are a Cossor 5U4G rectifier, 2 x 2 RCA 6BL7 (matched quad) power tubes via adapter, and Tung Sol 6118/6SU7WGT driver tubes. I did a whole bunch of tube rolling to arrive at this configuration! I actually have a whole bunch of tubes I collected for this amp (5U4G compatible, and 6SN7/6SL7 compatible, 6BL7/6BX7 types) that I'm able to sell, so I could knock off $400 from the asking price by including a Brimar 5Z4GY rectifier and GE 6SL7 drivers, or I could stock you up with extra Cossor 5U4G rectifiers, or even give you a choice of drivers including Ken Rad 6SN7's, RCA grey glass 6SL7's, and Brimar 6SL7GT's. Best to PM me for details about those. Pickup is available in South Yarra, Melbourne and I am able to post Australia wide at your expense. This would also be a great match with the Gieseler Groß DAC that I am also selling! Photos:
  3. I was evaluating from playing DSD files, where no filter is involved I believe. *with the exception of the 50k/150k filter. The standard PCM filters are not involved.
  4. So far I've only done a little bit of listening, but the most clear difference to me echoes one thing that Clay said in his comparison (from his March 16 post in the Fein II DAC Owner's Thread): "Initially I thought the Gross was fuller in the bottom end but with careful listening I think it was a looser bass without the control/tightness the Fein II had." My thoughts were quite simililar in that initially I did think the bass from the Fein II was less thick than that from the Groß, but I think that its texture in comparison is simply more controlled/focused. I'll need to do a lot more listening to be confident saying that. I'm actually about to install an updated firmware chip into the DAC. And also evaluating whether the 'enhanced' Kraftwerk Gold Tune PSU I've got makes any difference (Clay initially thought it wouldn't from his evaluation, but remembered that the 'ripple suppression circuitry' which is in the 'enhanced Kraftwerk Gold Tune' is only implemented in the 3-output version of the Fein II, which he used for his evaluation of the Kraftwerk/Fein II combination, so that my unit being a USB only version may benefit from the enhanced Gold Tune PSU). Then I've got to figure out whether I should sell off an iFi iUSB 3.0/Gieseler LPSU combo since I've already got a PS Audio LANRover/Gieseler LPSU combo as well as an Uptone ISO Regen/Gieseler LPSU combo all feeding into the DAC as well....!
  5. Item: Gieseler Groß DAC (USB Only) Location: South Yarra, Melbourne Price: $1550 (plus postage if necessary) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Bought Gieseler Fein II DAC Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer, PayPal Extra Info: Last week when a Fein II DAC (new TOTL DAC) became available I got trigger happy and snapped it up. If you've ever used one of Clay Gieseler's DAC's before then you know when he describes a product as his benchmark DAC, then you know it is truly an excellent sounding product. Until last year the Groß DAC was Clay's top DAC. Before I upgraded to the Groß I was using an iFi iDSD Micro. When I made the change what I most noticed was how much 'more natural' or less digital the sound was, while detail retrieval extended throughout the entire frequency range. The unit has been 'babied' since it was purchased in November 2017 and had it's firmware chip and software updated in March 2018. The internal are set for XLR output but can be configured for RCA output (to resolve ground loop/hum issues). Included are the DAC, standard power supply, remote control (which never left it's packaging), and I can provide the user manual and invoice (PDF). Photos:
  6. Perhaps those of us that missed out could coordinate a group buy!
  7. Item: 1 x Cossor (Fat Bottle) 53KU tube Location: South Yarra, Melbourne, VIC Price: $135 Item Condition: See Images & Test Results Reason for selling: Thinning out tube collection Payment Method: Pickup - cash, Bank Transfer I am thinning out my tube collection that I have gathered from owning the Woo Audio WA6 --> WA6SE --> WA22. I have had this tubes tested on a B&K 747 Dynamic Mutual Conductance tube tester where the Cossor 53KU tested at 33/20 (just over 55%) but audio performance was very good in my WA22. If anyone isn't happy with audio performance, I'd be happy to accept returns. Pickup is available in South Yarra (Melbourne) and postage is also possible. Please PM me any questions.
  8. Item: Intona High Speed USB Isolator (White) Location: South Yarra, Melbourne Price: $250 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Replaced with a PS Audio LanRover Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Transfer This is the standard version of the Intona High Speed USB Isolator and it's an excellent device which provides galvanic isolation to the input USB signal. This made a big difference in cleaning up the ground loop issue I had between my PC (my source) and amplifier. I'm only selling the device as I've recently acquired a PS Audio LANRover which has taken its place in my chain. Highly recommended for anyone using USB as an input for their DAC and suspects upstream devices are introducing power artefacts. (I thought this was sold a month ago, but the person changed their mind.)
  9. Item: Thor A12BF Smart Board 8 Location: South Yarra, Melbourne, VIC Price: $200 Item Condition: Near New (2 weeks of use) Reason for selling: Upgraded (Isotek Sirius) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Transfer Extra Info: Includes full retail packaging I bought this just over a month ago and I was very satisfied. However very shortly after somebody responded to my WTB post for an Isotek Polaris/Sirius and I have since upgraded to a $1000 board and $150 cable, so this one is now available. It's pretty much brand new and purchased from an Australian retailer. Can be posted and pickup is available from South Yarra, Melbourne.
  10. The buyer has decided not to proceed, so this item is available again.
  11. That's correct, but we were talking about the LANRover.
  12. I think it has a slightly atypical connector, so I think it's best to contact Clay about a custom connector.
  13. Provisionally sold. Delivering on Thursday. Will update the thread then.
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