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  1. Further information: ** I am the original owner, purchased new from Sonic Purity in 2018. Unit comes with original packaging/boxes/contents, and proof of purchase ** ** RRP with specifications on offer is £8.8k ** ** Unit is intended to be used as ROON SERVER and ROON READY END-POINT. It can also be used with Spotify Connect, or a standalone dedicated music server for 2TB of locally stored files ** ** Happy to organise fully insured shipping anywhere in Australia ** This was the crown of my hifi collection - which I have slowly (and reluctantly) been downsizing. [My DAVE and XP20 are gone 😅] In fact this particular unit (Antipodes DX Gen 3 with 2TB SSD in black) was agreed to be sold at this list price on another forum, but the buyer never turned up (!) - lesson learned, be more loyal to SNA! If you are not already familiar with the Antipodes family of products, the below summary will hopefully be useful: 1. The "DX" series was the flagship of Antipodes until the recent introduction of CX and EX 2. The DX has improved over three generations - culminating in the last single-box Antipodes flagship: the DX 3 3. The DX3 was an improvement in build quality / features vs. previous generations, e.g. an upgraded linear power supply 4. This unit on sale is a true gen 3 - not an upgrade from an older model., benefiting from the latest in design of the power supply & outputs (upgraded older models are the majority of used DX products in circulation these days) 5. Upon release of the CX/EX the DX3 was still the flagship offering, having an RRP well in excess of the CX (the current flagship) 6. I have done the A/B and have found no audible difference between the DX3 and the current CX+EX solution. This is a compliment to both the DX3 and the CX+EX! 7. The DX3 is intended to be used as a server + streamer in the same box... as opposed to the CX (intended to be core/server) and EX (intended to be streamer/endpoint). Helpful for those conscious of box count. 8. The DX3 has the flexibility to be used as an ethernet server only - with ethernet out to a streamer or streamer DAC. In my experience the DX3 streamer is superior to all other external streamers I have tried to use (e.g. an Antipodes EDGE). 9. I do not believe there is any superior dedicated ROON core/streamer solution anywhere at any price. This. is. the best. digital. server. period. For skeptics among us (I used to be one) - servers DO have a material impact on your sound quality if you plan on being digital. As unintuitive as it might be, the way the "0" and "1" are managed prior to reaching the DAC actually MATTERS - but I can only speak from experience, not from a technical stand point. The steps up in servers is not dissimilar to the steps up in the sonic quality from a comparable DAC upgrade. To me the DX3 provided the following clear improvements over the Aurender X100, which I used previously: 1. The DX3 removes all traces of digital edge - when combined with the right DAC, it could be responsible for bringing the digital experience as close to analog as might be possible 2. The sound floor drops to nothing, it reaches way down into a bottomless abyss 3. There is a greater sense of space - resulting in a much larger seeming sound stage 4. Because the background is so quiet, you hear more of everything and imaging is crystal clear This unit comes with 2TB of SSD storage. And of course all the same benefits apply equally to whether your stream (TIDAL on ROON) or play files stored locally on SSD. Photos:
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    Item: Found Price Range: Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: I'm really curious about how these sound. If you are someone who bought at a good price in the recent sale don't like it for any reason (or simply want to move it on), please let me know.
  4. Hi Sime, Just sold the DAVE! I have made a decision to change direction altogether. I want to give the Esoteric DACs a go (never heard their DACs, but have heard the C-02 pre-amp, which is BREATHTAKING). The Estoeric DACs seem to have an internal upscaler, which I am curious to try. Feeling a bit nauseous about the risk I've taken (given I sold the DAVE before actually trying the new DAC in person)... hopefully it will pay off.
  5. I have this in 6ft version: https://doublehelixcables.com/product/prion4-headphone-cable-dhcs-masterpiece/ New price US$2300 LEMO connectors for the Utopia PM me your best offers. If compelling enough, I might decide to let it go. Edit: 4pin XLR of course.
  6. Further information: Relisting with a large price reduction - now significantly below the last one that sold on SNA earlier this year. The key selling points of the Simaudio Moon 760A are: 1. Brilliant sound quality - pitch black backgrounds, and complete control of music throughout the spectrum from bass to treble 2. First 5W are Class A - so a great match for high efficiency speakers. Can also be used as a headphone amp for very hard to drive headphones 3. 130W into 8ohm (in class A/B)... with potential to bi-amp. So can pump serious power for the vast majority of loudspeakers 4. Extraordinary build quality - will last a life time, and has been looked after with a great deal of care. It also doesn't run too hot, which hopefully helps with longevity 5. Weighs only 20kg, so is pretty user friendly to install etc. And looks rather nice in silver/black two-tone (perhaps the only unit in my set up that hasn't been called 'ugly' by the commander in chief) In Aron Gerrecht's words: "During my time with Simaudio’s Moon Evolution 760A, I was reminded of what an exceptionally well-engineered and -constructed amplifier can provide, aesthetically and sonically. The finesse with which the 760A consistently balanced power, transparency, dynamics, tonal colors, and dimensionality, all against near-silent backgrounds, was spellbinding... Heck, even if you’re not in the market for a new reference amplifier, go hear firsthand what the 760A has to offer -- it’s the best-sounding standalone power amplifier I’ve heard for anywhere near its price of [US]$8000. Recommending it is a no-brainer." -- https://www.soundstageultra.com/index.php/equipment-menu/578-moon-by-simaudio-evolution-760a-stereo-amplifier Specs/new price here: https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/simaudio-moon-evolution-760a-stereo-power-amplifier Have original packaging, can ship. Photos:
  7. This is a fairly serious indictment, and unless I missed it, there hasn't been much in the way of an alternative view? I am a DAVE owner, and after 2 years of thoroughly enjoying it, looking for alternatives - just a change up. It is an exceptional DAC to be sure. In my experience, there are a couple of things I've observed: 1. The upsampling from software (ROON) does make music sound more rounded/unnaturally complete than un-upsampled. Via USB input, I prefer the standard 44.1khz over the upsampled 704khz that can be achieved 2. The optical input implementation of DAVE is far, far superior to the USB. USB sounds awful and digital once you actually do an A/B. And this is with a garden variety optical cord vs. a very expensive USB cable (with or without noise removing gadgets in between). This is not the case with all DACs, but is definitely the case with the DAVE. And given the way optical is implemented in the DAVE (96khz limit, right?), you are rather limited in how much you can upsample upstream. But honestly, not an issue from my perspective, as upsampling has an overall negative impact anyway. Based on my experience with ROON upsampling, I am rather hesitant to consider the outlay for the M Scaler, given my experience with ROON upsampling echoes Ross's. I am a little wary of responses that say "it is system dependent", because it shouldn't be. It should be black and white, either the M Scaler makes the sound more analog/realistic or it does not. I do not believe I have the luxury of being able to demo the M Scaler, but maybe I'm wrong. If you are in Sydney metro, and are able to give me a loaner... there could be a bottle of wine in it for you Otherwise a detailed rebuttal to Ross's views from enamoured owners would be appreciated.
  8. I love my MDR Z1R. A true reference closed back if you provide it decent amplification. But sounds pretty darn good from any source too, as very high efficiency. GLWS, at this price won't take long to move!
  9. Completely agree i owned the xp20 for 1.5 years. It is definitely warm not bright and super duper resolving. Now that its out of my system i can distinctly sense how high the noise floor is now (there was NO noise floor with the XP20). The XP10 might be a good option in the OP price range.
  10. My R100 still available... if you can stretch budget a bit.
  11. Further information: This is a brilliant amplifier, punches way above its weight (only 20kg!) In Aron Gerrecht's words: "During my time with Simaudio’s Moon Evolution 760A, I was reminded of what an exceptionally well-engineered and -constructed amplifier can provide, aesthetically and sonically. The finesse with which the 760A consistently balanced power, transparency, dynamics, tonal colors, and dimensionality, all against near-silent backgrounds, was spellbinding... Heck, even if you’re not in the market for a new reference amplifier, go hear firsthand what the 760A has to offer -- it’s the best-sounding standalone power amplifier I’ve heard for anywhere near its price of [US]$8000. Recommending it is a no-brainer." -- https://www.soundstageultra.com/index.php/equipment-menu/578-moon-by-simaudio-evolution-760a-stereo-amplifier Specs/new price here: https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/simaudio-moon-evolution-760a-stereo-power-amplifier Price has been set based on one that sold a few weeks ago on these forums, but I am open to reasonable offers. Have original packaging, can ship. Photos:
  12. if you know a local retailer that stocks this brand/these cables, please let me know!
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