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  1. Presumably you have PMC main speakers you're happy with. If you didn't, the pair of centre speakers could be used vertically as a 2.1 setup with left and right main speakers in d'appolito configuration. Having excellent midrange, they would work well handling vocals with central image focus in AV, as well as doing a good job in stereo, particularly if you already own a decent sub to enhance bass extension. Another possible application would be as a centre rear speaker for the second unit, going from one extreme as a stripped down AV setup to an elaborate multi-channel one. Anyway, this is purely hypothetical as it looks like you've sold one.
  2. Hi Andy It might be less than you think. I sold a pair of B&W 800 Series last year to a member in Brisbane who arranged house removalists to collect and transport for about $300. Admittedly Rockhampton is further away, but the B&Ws were even heavier and with the exposed Nautilus tweeter much trickier to handle. Then there's always Pack 'n Send.
  3. Further information: Anyone who knows ATC will understand just how good this model is. This is the exact pair of speakers that turned me onto the brand. Even at the original RRP of nearly $10K it's hard to imagine a more complete speaker, except for the SCM40.v2. At this used price nothing else I've heard will match them for a combination of sheer accuracy, transparency and extension. Just to get the same magical dome midrange in any other brand today will cost you over $16K RRP. This matched pair comes in a beautiful cherry finish and is in excellent condition apart from a crack in one of the wooden outriggers which has been glued for stability. They are complete with grilles but no original packaging. They are able to be played to demonstrate superb performance and value for a local buyer. Interstate buyers will have to take my word for it and pay for freight. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
  4. Further information: Audiophile single-box solution featuring onboard MM/MC phono, DAC, HT Bypass, headphone and preamp outputs. It therefore caters for all analogue and digital signals, as well as possible incorporation into an AV system, the addition of a subwoofer or power amp and headphones. With standard size but 11Kg heavy, it benefits from a large power supply and high current Class AB output, rated 80W RMS @ 8 ohms and 150W RMS @ 4 ohms. With all these features it might be considered a lifestyle component, but coming from a prestigious high end company like Leema Acoustics, this would be underestimating its sonic capabilities. The inbuilt DAC with coaxial, optical and USB inputs plus the phono stage are quality inclusions. Overall performance has been consistently praised for its detailed, lively and engaging character with all functions, even when driving difficult loads. With original RRP just under $4K it represented great value for someone seeking such a range of facilities with audiophile performance. In good condition apart from a couple of scratches towards the bottom edge of the front panel (as seen in photo 3) this is surely unbeatable at the asking price. It performs beautifully with an equally cost-effective pair of Spendor S6e speakers from the same owner, also advertised. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
  5. Further information: These are typical Spendor speakers, renowned for sweet and musical reproduction as well as outstanding build quality, being designed and hand-built in the UK. The elegantly shaped floor-standing enclosures are constructed of heavily braced and damped panels and finished in real oak veneer, reducing unwanted vibrations and box colouration. The "S" Series introduced several innovations including "linear flow port technology" to reduce low frequency turbulence, the "e" bass/mid driver with light but stiff damped polymer cone for ultra-low colouration and an even more seamless crossover. Subjectively they are very coherent with realistic imaging, openness and tonality. Remarkable speakers for the price, needing quality electronics and cabling to reveal their true potential. The Leema Acoustics Pulse III amp also for sale is one example of a good match. This is a factory-matched pair of speakers with original cartons for safe transport, offering a nice step up from Spendor standmounts in terms of bass extension, soundstage size and aesthetics. Price is firm as they are already exceptional value. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
  6. Further information: This beautifully built combination is also available separately. PM for prices. The REF500S is a current model with RRP over $4K and therefore priced higher, but still cheaper than I've seen elsewhere. It should not be confused with the earlier S500 which is obviously worth less. Ultra compact but very powerful, rated up to 250W RMS @ 8 ohms/ 400W RMS @ 4 ohms, with balanced and RCA inputs. Bel Canto's quality is demonstrated by outstanding specifications like S/N ratio of 125dB. The combination of latest advanced components for the custom input stage such as Caddock resistors, ultra-low ESR decoupling capacitors, heavy gauge all-steel chassis for microphony reduction and low noise regulated power supplies together with a highly efficient output stage reveals all the subtle nuances of music with extraordinary impact and resolution. The elegant switching output stage eliminates thermal distortion mechanisms caused by changes in operating temperature while heavily regulated switch-mode power supplies generate little heat. This makes such a compact and powerful device possible, saving space as well as shortening the signal path. The DAC was an expensive model with comprehensive features for its size, including inputs for AES, USB, Toslink and SPDIF with sockets for coax or BNC, plus balanced and RCA outputs. One of its most useful features is the ability to switch between fixed and variable output. When used with a preamp fixed mode applies, but when purely digital sources are used it can drive a power amp directly with volume controlled by the variable output setting. Besides transferring more information via a direct signal path, this configuration saves the cost of a separate preamp with associated cables and results in an incredibly cost-effective, compact stack as in the photos below. In listening tests I've found this DAC to be particularly smooth, making it an ideal partner for the detailed and dynamic presentation of the REF500S. It comes with all original packaging, an easy-to-use remote and manual. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
  7. Further information: Components from this ultra high end US manufacturer rarely come onto the used market in Australia, possibly never in this condition. I believe this is the only pair purchased in Australia. I'm the first and only owner, buying them brand new in 2016 from the Australian distributor as 240V stock when the RRP was $19,800. The next level up in Boulder monos was $70K, well outside my budget.They have been faultless from day one and are are either the best or second best power amps I've ever owned. Having tried scores of amps over the years, the only possible competition would come from a $30K Burmester. I sold that too long before the Boulders to be sure. The 850s are individually not large or exceptionally heavy, but with 200W RMS @ 8 ohms have easily driven and controlled every speaker I've tried with complete authority. Their control of bass notes and dynamics in conjunction with the matching preamp is something I've not heard in any other amps, so it's not surprising that Boulder is legendary for these qualities. Tonally the combination appears to be dead neutral, as you'd expect from a brand with this reputation and price. Apart from supremely accurate sound quality and drive capability, there are a couple of operational aspects which I find very useful. Once the standby cycle has been activated for several minutes, it doesn't take long for the power amps to reach their potential after full power-up. They also don't feel particularly hot to touch, a compliment to the elegance of their design and construction. The original double-packed cartons are included for safe transport at the buyer's expense, while genuine locals are welcome to be blown away by an audition. This is a unique opportunity to get into the "Big League" at the right price. When it comes to Boulder, it will probably be your only chance! A matching Boulder 1010 preamp has also been advertised. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  8. Further information: Components from this ultra high end US manufacturer rarely appear on the used market in Australia, possibly never in this condition. I'm the second owner, having purchased it as a 240V trade-in from the Australian distributor with no cosmetic or operational flaws. It's worked perfectly from day one without any repair, unlike the only other 1010 of which I'm aware that has been sold here. This model originally retailed for $22,650 and has now been superseded by the 1110 with RRP of $32,500 and rising dramatically. Unlike the 1010 it has no inbuilt phono, but is still cheap by Boulder standards!! The 1010 was part of Boulder's "1000 Series", like the 1110. The next preamp up in the range, the "2000 Series" will set you back more than $83K. As well as onboard MM/MC phono, the 1010 has a comprehensive range of programmable features that may prove useful in truly high end systems including HT bypass, but no features like unbalanced inputs or tone controls that Boulder feels are inappropriate at this level. The preamp's resonance-free 16Kg chassis is complemented internally with advanced surface-mount technology and micro-circuitry for minimal signal path degradation. Close inspection of second-to-none build quality reveals it as a thing of beauty. Sound quality naturally is reference standard. The original heavy duty carton is included for safe transport at the buyer's expense, while genuine locals are welcome to be blown away by an audition. This is a unique opportunity to get into the "Big League" at a bargain price. When it comes to Boulder, this will probably be your only chance! Matching Boulder power amps are also advertised. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  9. Further information: This beautifully built combination is also available separately at (PM for Prices) The REF500S is the newer of the pair and therefore priced higher, being a current model with RRP over $4K, but still cheaper than I've seen anywhere else. Ultra compact but very powerful, rated up to 250W RMS @ 8 ohms/400W RMS @ 4 ohms, with balanced and RCA inputs. The quality of Bel Canto is demonstrated by outstanding specifications such as S/N ratio of 125dB. The combination of the latest advanced components for the custom input stage such as Caddock resistors, ultra-low ESR decoupling capacitors, heavy gauge all-steel chassis for microphony reduction and low noise regulated power supplies together with a highly efficient output stage reveals all the subtle nuances of music with extraordinary impact and resolution. The elegant switching output stage eliminates thermal distortion mechanisms caused by changes in operating temperature while heavily regulated switch-mode power supplies generate little heat. This makes such a compact and powerful device possible, saving space as well as shortening the signal path. The DAC was as expensive model with comprehensive features for its size, including inputs for AES, USB, Toslink and SPDIF with sockets for coax or BNC, plus balanced and RCA outputs. One of its most useful features is the ability to switch between fixed and variable output. When used with a preamp, fixed mode applies, but when purely digital sources are used it can drive a power amp directly with volume controlled by the variable output setting. Besides transferring more information via a direct signal path, this configuration saves the cost of a separate preamp with associated cables and results in an incredibly cost-effective, compact stack as in the photos below. In listening tests I've found this DAC to be particularly smooth, making it an ideal partner for the detailed and dynamic presentation of the REF500S. It comes with all original packaging, an easy-to-use remote and manual. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  10. Further information: Anyone familiar with this 300W RMS (@ 8 ohms) 40Kg powerhouse will probably know its capabilities and reputation, including the ability to comfortably control almost any speaker with finesse and subtlety. The rare combination of grunt and musicality made this amp legendary at its original price of $18.5K. At current used market value it is simply unbeatable for anyone needing excellence in both these qualities. It features 3 pairs of balanced inputs, 2 pairs of unbalanced inputs, one pair of balanced outputs for connection to subwoofers or separate power amp and heavy duty speaker and earth binding posts. It's also highly programmable if one chooses to enter the menu. As you'd expect from Vitus Audio, this amp is superbly made and oozes class with its minimalist elegant styling. This particular unit is a good example of the model in silver, having been serviced to confirm perfect operation and complete with original carton, remote, disc and printed manuals. Original packaging means that freight at buyer's expense is an option. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  11. Having owned one of these, it's an exceptional amplifier at the right price. It would make a great partner to the Leema Antila CD player I've just listed.
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