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  1. Thanks for the nice comments guys. I wish money didn't matter!
  2. Item: Boulder 1010 Stereo Preamp and pair of 850 Mono Power Amps (all 240V) Location: Melbourne Price: $20K. Retail approx $42.5K ($22,650 for pre and $19,800 for power amps). Donation to SNA on sale Item Condition: As new with all original h/duty packaging, remote, manuals and cables. Safe shipping anywhere in Australia at buyer's expense is an option. Reason for selling: Can't afford to hang onto amps this valuable Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: Components from this ultra high end US amp specialist rarely come onto the used market in Australia, and just about never in this condition. The power amps were purchased brand new, while the preamp was purchased as a perfect trade-in, both directly from the Australian distributor. Neither have any cosmetic flaw of which I'm aware and certainly no flaw in performance. They have never needed repair, unlike the only other unit of which I'm aware that has been sold in Australia. The preamp has now been superseded by model 1110 with RRP of $32.5K but unlike the 1010, has no inbuilt phono. Still cheap for Boulder!! As well as onboard MM/MC phono this model has a comprehensive range of programmable facilities that are appropriate for truly high end systems, but no features like unbalanced inputs or tone controls which Boulder feel are inappropriate at this level. It'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 that it is truly 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. It's hard to describe the sound as anything in particular, as it seems dead neutral. These amps may expose flaws in other equipment, but in a system good enough to do them justice, they just sing! Hopefully someone out there will recognise the opportunity to get into the "big league" at the right price. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  3. Item: Rega Saturn-R CD Player/DAC Location: Melbourne Price: $1950 Firm. RRP$3699. Donation to SNA on sale Item Condition: Excellent with remote, manual and original carton for safe postage at buyer's expense if necessary Reason for selling: Too many players. Need to sell this or Leema Acoustics Antila Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: Current model which has become an industry standard in its price range, encapsulating all that Rega has learnt while producing players and DACs renowned for their musicality. This model builds on the reputation of the earlier Saturn (which I also own and would be happy to sell) and exceeds it for information retrieval, timing and build quality. This is partly due to power supply advances and can be felt by picking up the machine. The Saturn-R also doubles as an exceptional stand-alone DAC with a comprehensive set of digital inputs and alternative filter settings, all remotely controllable. It can be used as the heart of an audio system with separate digital sources and as a high spec CD drive feeding alternative DACs or digital amps via its array of digital outputs. On top of its sound quality, this makes it a bargain, even at the new price. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Item: Revel Performa M22 Standmount Speakers & matching Stands Location: Melbourne Price: $1950. Original RRP approx $4K. Donation to SNA if sold Item Condition: Excellent. Close to new condition Reason for selling: Culling the herd Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: Superbly balanced and coherent speakers from a revered high end manufacturer, often used as a reference in the US for what a well-designed standmount can achieve in this price range. Class A rated by Stereophile. Beautifully finished in cherry and black with matching Revel stands at the correct height. As the photos below illustrate, they include switchable bass response for near-wall or standmount placement and treble boost or cut, making them extremely flexible with room acoustics. As I've just found the original heavy duty cartons for the speakers in new condition, safe freighting is an option at buyer's expense. However, at this stage I can't find cartons for the stands, so local pickup would be easier. Not keen to separate stands as they match perfectly. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  5. Item: Chord Qutest DAC Location: Melbourne Price: $1750 Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Selling for friend Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: Current model purchased last year. As new with original packaging, so can be posted at buyer's expense. The owner has upgraded to a $7K DAC after using the Chord for a short time. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. Is there a link to a particular website you could provide for this model? Thanks
  7. Fair point georgehifi. I've now tried this player with burnt CDs as well as originals and it sailed through everything. It reads quickly, indicating that there's plenty of life left in the laser. My friend mainly listened to radio (with arguably the world's best tuner and antenna at the time) so I doubt that he used this player all that much. The only reason this is for sale is that the owner sadly passed away much too young.
  8. Item: TEAC VRDS-10 Upgraded CD Player Location: Melbourne Price: $550 Firm Item Condition: Excellent apart from some scuffing of lid Reason for selling: Selling whole system for widow of a friend Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: Heavy duty Japanese engineering with legendary CD transport and coaxial or optical digital outputs as well as analogue outputs. Includes original remote, upgraded coaxial socket and IEC mains socket for use with audiophile grade power leads installed by Dallas Clarke. This machine has only ever been used in a quality system without missing a beat, a genuine bargain for a critical listener on a budget. Originally sold for about $1800. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  9. Nobody will ever beat Gary's record as a private consumer! Definitely the most dedicated audiophile I've ever met.
  10. Still available!! The sale of these speakers must be cursed. First, someone who was going to audition them cancelled because his uncle donated a pair of speakers, then the next potential buyer was seduced by a deal on Monitor Audios the same day he was due to check out the B&Ws. The irony is that anyone who hears these will end up buying them on the basis of sound quality for the price. I just connected power cables from the electronics I normally use on my own reference speakers and the result is staggering! Seriously, anyone with $3400 can buy speakers which are end-game for all but the most fanatical listeners. Remember that the owner who paid $10K for them just spent $40K for an upgrade! He also came over recently to repair some dents which are much less visible now.
  11. Item: Musical Surroundings Fosgate Signature All Tube MM/MC Phono Amp Location: Melbourne Price: $2750. Purchased directly from the importer with RRP of $4500. Donation to SNA. Item Condition: Like new with original carton and manual Reason for selling: Sacrificing analogue for digital funds Payment Method: Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal Extra Info: This acclaimed Top-of-the-Range model has now become a collector's item, the best that US phono specialist Musical Surroundings can offer. A superbly musical and ultra-quiet unit with both MM and MC cartridges, with easily adjustable impedance settings, it offers truly up-to-date high end performance. I would not be parting with this beautifully made piece of analogue history if money didn't matter, as it's the best sounding phono stage I've owned. Original packaging for safe postage at buyer's expense if necessary. This model is the culmination of over 100 different circuits by legendary designer Jim Fosgate since the 1970s, all tube in push-pull configuration for the best possible linearity while minimising noise and distortion. There are no solid-state devices, regulated power supplies or transformers in the signal path to degrade performance, with a tube also being used for the high voltage rectifier. The unusual power supply contributes to its sound quality, each tube stage being powered by a separate oversize storage capacitor that acts like a battery. The P/S simply holds the voltage across the capacitors like a "trickle charger". PCB layout is dual mono, each channel located on opposite sides in near mirror image with a row of dual triodes down the centre. Importantly, the first stage has no negative feedback to interact with the cartridge. Second and third stages are enclosed in a single feedback loop using both positive and negative feedback. The RIAA network is divided into 2 sections, one passive and one active. The upper half (above 1 KHz) is accomplished with a passive network between stage 1 and 2, the lower half with an active network around stages 2 and 3. Pictures:
  12. Thanks guys. They shouldn't last long at this price. I've seen lesser models go for more.
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