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  1. Item: Apple TV 4th Generation Price Range: $100-$150 Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: Live in Melbourne Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  2. Further information: This beautifully made combination is also available separately at $1200 for the DAC and $1800 for the power amp. The power amp is the newer of the pair and therefore priced higher, but still under half its last RRP of $3795 and cheaper than I've seen elsewhere. Super compact but very powerful, rated at up to 250W RMS @ 8 ohms /400W RMS @ 4ohms with balanced and RCA inputs. The quality of Bel Canto speaks for itself with outstanding specifications such as S/N ratio of 125dB. 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 or 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. As well as 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.
  3. Further information: Definitely the world's most advanced "subwoofer" system (for want of a better word) and consistently reviewed as the most accurate at any price. No other manufacturer can copy the patented design, even if they had the materials technology to try - which they don't. Living with a Torus for some time, I couldn't imagine being without at least one. Having enjoyed RELs and JL Audio previously, this is in another league when it comes to true extension, definition, speed and control. Its ability to integrate with the highest quality main speakers when set up properly with matching amplifier and crossover controls adds presence, soundstage depth and ambience, timing and even midrange richness. Most serious audiophiles who don't have a device like this are kidding themselves if they believe their speakers have sufficient bass and can't be further enhanced. It takes less than 30 seconds to demonstrate this! The Torus is not for those seeking a large boombox - it's not particularly large, although extremely heavy - it's for critical listeners seeking more realistic and complete reproduction than their main speakers can produce on their own, whatever the size and price. The Torus places an 18" upward firing, ultra-stiff, lightweight, multi-axial carbon fibre cone at the end of a phenomenally powerful push-pull motor. Frequency response is quoted as 10-150 Hz. The bipolar (not Class D !!) control amplifier accepts line level (RCA & XLR) or speaker level inputs, so it can be connected to any existing amplifier. Because the design is revolutionary and completely resolved from the ground upwards, winning awards every year, it is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. This is a current model with RRP over $15K and rising with the fall in our dollar vs British pound. At less than half new price and as good as new condition, it's a component that logically should interest any dedicated audiophile with the funds, especially since I've just reduced the price from $7500 to $6950. Original cartons mean that safe shipping at buyer's expense is an option. Local buyers are welcome to an audition and can choose between the Torus combo I've used for a while and the one I've recently connected for the sale. Donation to SNA. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Further information: Components from this ultra high end US manufacturer rarely come onto the used market in Australia, and almost never in this condition. The power amps were purchased brand new, the preamp as a perfect trade-in, all 240V directly from the Australian distributor. Neither have any cosmetic flaw I can see and certainly no flaw in performance. They have never needed repair, unlike the only other preamp of which I'm aware that has been sold here. The preamp has now been superseded by model 1110 with RRP of $32,500 and rising dramatically. Unlike the 1010 it has no inbuilt phono, but still cheap for Boulder!! As well as onboard MM/MC phono, the 1010 has a comprehensive range of programmable facilities that may be useful in truly high end systems, but no features like unbalanced inputs or tone controls which 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 its build quality reveals it as a thing of beauty. The power amps individually are not large or exceptionally heavy, but with 200W RMS @ 8 ohms have easily driven and controlled every speaker I've tried on them. Their control of bass notes and dynamics is something I've not heard in any other amps, so it's not surprising to me that Boulder is legendary for these qualities. Otherwise it's hard to describe the sound as anything in particular, as it appears to be dead neutral. These amps might expose flaws in other equipment, but in a system good enough to do them justice, they sing! Original heavy duty cartons are included for safe transport at the buyer's expense, while genuine locals are welcome to be blown away by an audition. Hopefully someone out there will recognise the opportunity to get into the "Big League" at the right price. RRP was $42,450 ($22,650 for preamp & $19,800 for power amps). Price now reduced for quick sale, with donation to SNA. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  5. Further information: Beautifully engineered former top-of-the-range Redbook player from a renowned British manufacturer. With heavyweight construction and Balanced, RCA & Digital outputs, this multi award winner is known for its detailed and dynamic performance without harshness. As a model seldom available on the used market, this is a rare opportunity to buy a highly regarded machine at a fraction of the $7K RRP, further reduced from its original asking price of $3500 for quick sale, with donation to SNA. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. Hi Jim I hope you're well. I currently have a Manley Stingray valve integrated amp. It's probably out of your price-range at $2500, but I thought I'd mention it just in case. It's excellent value by high end standards, with very distinctive styling and sound quality for the price. It uses small EL84 (6BQ5) output tubes, which produce a very fast, clear and transparent signal. Because of its reputation, this model is easily re-sold. Kind regards George
  7. As you've noted, the manual states a maximum SPL of 100dB. However, there is no mention of sensitivity in the manual. This is hardly surprising, because although the Torus woofer can be bought separately from the amp, any sensible person would be using the electronics that were specifically designed for the woofer. That being the case, all one really needs to know is that there is sufficient gain for the amp to drive the woofer to the limits of its capability. In my experience, the low level gain setting has never needed to exceed 12 o'clock, so I can't imagine a situation where the woofer's sensitivity was an issue. Nevertheless, it might be nice for the sake of intellectual curiosity to get a correct specification instead of an obvious typo on their website.
  8. Further information: Definitely the world's most unique "subwoofer" system (for want of a better word) and consistently reviewed as the most accurate at any price. No other manufacturer can copy the patented design, even if they had the materials technology to try - which they don't. Having lived with a Torus for some time now, I couldn't imagine being without at least one. Having enjoyed RELs and JL Audio previously, this is in another league in terms of extension, definition, speed and control. Its ability to integrate with the highest quality main speakers when set up properly with matching amplifier and crossover controls adds presence, soundstage depth and ambience, timing and even midrange richness. This is not for those seeking a large boombox - it's not particularly large, although extremely heavy - it's for serious listeners seeking more realistic and complete reproduction from their existing speakers, whatever their size and price! The Torus places an 18" upward firing, ultra-stiff, lightweight, multi-axial carbon fibre cone at the end of a phenomenally powerful push-pull motor. Frequency response is quoted as 10-150Hz. The bipolar (not Class D!) control amplifier accepts line level (RCA & XLR) or speaker level inputs, so can be connected to any existing amplifier. Because the design is revolutionary and completely resolved from the ground upwards, winning awards every year, it is unlikely to change. This is a current model with RRP over $15K and rising with the fall in our dollar. At less than half new price and as good as new condition, it's a component that should interest any dedicated audiophile with the funds. Original cartons means that safe shipping at buyer's expense is an option. Local buyers are welcome to an audition and can choose between the Torus I've used for a while and the one I've recently connected for the sale. Donation to SNA on sale. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  9. Item: Bryston B-60R Integrated Amplifier with remote handset Location: Melbourne Price: Reduced from $2450 to $1750!! RRP $7,999. Donation to SNA on sale Item Condition: Excellent apart from some rubbed off letters on front panel, but selections are still clear Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: Superbly engineered Canadian amp with 20 year warranty when new. Close to the quietest I've heard, with neutral and non-fatiguing yet dynamic sound. Understated slimline construction is surprisingly heavy, with output of over 60W RMS @ 8 ohms and 100W RMS @ 4 ohms. Features 4 pairs of RCA inputs plus Tape Monitor Loop, Headphone socket and removable Pre Out/Main In links. All switches, contacts and connectors are gold plated. This unit in silver comes complete with manual, individual test report and motorised volume control via the optional handset. All original packaging means that safe postage at buyer's expense is available. Rare opportunity to secure a highly regarded amp at a ridiculously small fraction of new retail price, as this model hardly ever appears on the used market. A bargain for those who value quality over quantity. Many favourable reviews including MasterSwitch. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  10. Item: Leema Acoustics Antila CD Player Location: Melbourne Price: Reduced from $3500 to $2750!! RRP about $7,000. Donation to SNA on sale Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: Beautifully engineered former top of the range Redbook player from this renowned high end British manufacturer. Rarely available in this condition with original packaging for safe postage at buyer's expense, remote handset, manual and paperwork. With heavyweight construction and Balanced, RCA & Digital outputs, this multi-award winner is known for its detailed and dynamic performance without harshness. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  11. Item: German Physiks Limited 11 Speakers featuring the fabulous DDD omnidirectional transducer Location: Melbourne Price: $12K (RRP was about $18K) with donation to SNA on sale Item Condition: Mint with all original packaging for safe transport at buyer's expense, accessories, manual and paperwork. Purchased new from the importer Reason for selling: Too many speakers and not enough money Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: German designer Peter Dicks evolved the "DDD" (Dicks Dipole Driver) from the legendary Walsh driver featured in Ohm F speakers from the US. I owned a pair many years ago and still remember how it's soundstage was so much more lifelike than anything else I'd heard before. Recognising the immense potential of the Walsh driver while acknowledging some of its flaws, Dicks managed to solve any remaining problems to produce a drive unit that is technically superior to any other in the world! A big statement, but you might want to read the Dick Olsher 2014 review in The Absolute Sound to understand why. A couple of reasons in simple terms relate to the total phase coherency of a single 360 degree transducer radiating out of its convex carbon fibre surface with a crossover frequency of 200 Hz, well below the critical midrange area. Cone breakup, directionality and phase anomalies make it almost impossible for a conventional design to compete with the spatial properties of these speakers. The listening sweet spot is also very much larger than usual. Combined with the speaker's discreet and elegant styling, the Limited 11 has massive "WAF" factor. The "Limited 11" was German Physiks' experiment in producing a speaker at a much lower price than earlier models, without sacrificing performance. The "Limited" run of only 100 pairs worldwide was so successful that they decided to continue EXACTLY THE SAME DESIGN, but with 4 alternative finishes instead of just the 1 in light grey. They call this model the "Unlimited MK II" which is currently available with RRP of about $20K. Because technical issues mean that the DDD driver cannot be upscaled, the same driver is employed in all models from cheapest to dearest, the "Gaudi" at well over $300K. This makes the potential listening experience from their Limited or Unlimited models stunningly affordable for the serious audiophile. The Limited (or Unlimited) model features a single carbon fibre DDD driver and 8" woofer in a sealed cabinet with acoustic vinyl finish and other resonance-suppression internal measures including heavy MDF reinforced panels, "Hawaphon" damping and high density felt. Bass from this moderately sized cabinet is surprisingly extended, defined and tight. I prefer the spike option on a carpeted floor, while rubber feet are supplied for use on hard surfaces. It is not hard to drive, with an efficiency of 88dB. Impedance never drops below 4 ohms, making it suitable for some valve amps as well. The DDD driver covers frequencies from 200Hz to 24KHz and avoids the need for a midrange crossover point, which together with its naturally low distortion, exceptional transparency and fast transients reproduces the fine detail you expect to hear in a live performance. Its 360 degree phase coherency results in a huge but focussed 3 dimensional image that immerses listeners in the performance and involves them emotionally. I don't know how I'm going to be able to let these speakers go, as nothing else that I've heard can sound like them! Maybe I'll list my beloved Wilson Benesch ACT 60LEs as well and keep what doesn't sell first. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
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