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  1. ClassicalGuy


    @Isalurch No, ordered specifically for me.
  2. ClassicalGuy


    @AJL999 Hugo TT is amazing. I've had Rotel separates, borrowed some Berkeley gear, a DAVE and the Hugo TT is great. I've no reason not to use a DAC/pre because I'm not into CD/SACD/vinyl right now. Until that changes, I won't be adding a dedicated pre. This was all of course about climbing the hi fi ladder, but, sometimes plans change a bit.
  3. ClassicalGuy


    I regret just looking at this post, but if selling these can make a real dent in a deposit, it'll be worth it. After 10 months, they continue to surprise me daily. Sounds I've never heard in recordings, voice and instruments more realistic than I've ever heard, and even at low levels you can feel the reverbaration of drums. Even my wife LOVES these speakers and she doesn't care about hi fi. But, I'm from Queensland, Melbourne real estate is crazy, and we're both getting to that point we're if we're going to have children it has to start pretty soon.
  4. Item: ATC SCM100ASLT Location: Toorak, VIC Price: No longer for sale. Item Condition: 10/10 Reason for selling: Buying a house – alas, my 1-bedroom apartment isn’t suitable for married life. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: For sale are my ATC SCM100 active loudspeaker (350w per channel) towers. They were ordered in August 2017 and delivered on 22 December (it was a very merry Christmas). TNT delivered them into my apartment (see photographs) where they were unpacked and that’s where they’ve sat since. Thus my 10/10 rating, there’s not a mark, not a blemish, they’ve just never been moved so no opportunity for a mishap. I don’t have the crates as the ATC crates were made to be completely disassembled around the speaker (it was all nails and glue, no screws) so I sacrificed the crates to make sure the speakers were unpacked with zero risk. I of course have the manual, spikes, speaker grills etc. I won’t talk too much about sound, ATC has a cult following and I get an email from fellow SNAers about once a month who’ve seen that I own them from my signature. Certainly they deserve a better room than my concrete cave, and better electronics than my Hugo TT, but even in my far from ideal scenario the sound is astronomical. Pictures:
  5. Is the MQA update via firmware or does it have to go back to the dealer? Also, Are you using a USB to SPDIF/AES converter? If so, what have you been using and how has it been working out? Cheers
  6. ClassicalGuy

    SOTM + Clock or Berkeley USB/SPDIF

    Thanks, you've both confirmed everything I've read about clocks, including the quality of the SOTM clock upgrade. The thing I find weird about clocks is manufacturers tend not to talk about them unless they sell them. I'm sure the Berkeley DACS or maybe even the converter has a clock in it, but they don't talk about it. I would like to know the specifications of what's going on inside their products but they don't really talk about it. Knowing the SOTM does the job and has a well-regarded clock makes it hard to pass up.
  7. I’ve decided to give a USB to SPDIF/AES converter a go – partly because of the possible SQ advantages but also because I dream of trying one of the Berkeley DACS one day. At first, I thought the SOTM (dX-USB HD) for $650 was well priced compared to the Berkeley which I think is about $3500. But then I saw about getting the SOTM with the clock upgrade. I’m not an engineer, but I know clocks can improve things a lot (DCS and Esoteric reviews for example) and the SOTM with the better clock upgrade is $2000. Nowhere near Berkeley money, but enough for me to go ‘if the Berkeley is that good, I’ll just hold off a bit and go for that instead’. Thus, does anyone have any experience with either of these? The SOTM with the clock upgrade etc? I can’t see anything about the Berkeley having a clock? Is there something else that might be better? Cheers
  8. Stunning! My ATC actives changed my life - even in my small, cramped, and acoustically terrible listening space, every detail in every genre of music I try is pristine and clear. A great saving for anyone in the market too, from my experience, dealers don't tend to budge much on ATC RRP.
  9. ClassicalGuy

    Magico dealers in Victoria

    Yeah, I might send them an email tomorrow. Just wondered if anyone knew the answer off hand because I suspect there aren't too many dealers handling them.
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    Magico dealers in Victoria

    Hi all, Does anyone know who deals in Magico in Victoria? I see from the Magico site that Absolute Hi End is the importer, but Absolute's website doesn't indicate (please correct me if I'm wrong) what of their many brands are sold at which of the many dealers they supply. Reports about the A3s just seem very interesting, and much more attainable than M3s right now!
  11. The most surprising purchase I made was upgrading from 16AWG to 10AWG wire for my old SCM19s. Someone said in passing the bigger gauge made a big difference to their SCM19 setup so I thought, not that much money to maybe make things a bit better. I hooked up the new wires, pushed 'play', and my wife who happened to be walking by the room stopped dead and said 'why does that sound so much better?' It was a small cost item and made THAT much difference.
  12. Best thing I've read today! I can't remember how old I was when my dad started teaching me why and how to do it all... I doubt I was 4, but maybe 5 or 6, about first grade.
  13. Thanks for the assessment @rossb, as I said in another post, I have a few messages from DAVE and/or Blu owners and honestly, I don't think I've ever seen such universal praise! Just out of interest, what type of files do you listen to mostly? Any streaming? In your experience, has any file type been better than others, is streaming okay? Sorry for so many questions, just keen to make the most of everyone with long-term experience.
  14. ClassicalGuy

    Dare at your own risk...

    My two choices as I read the post were Money for Nothing or Hells Bells. Love that I'm not the only one who thinks exactly this way!
  15. Warped vinyl and poor quality pressings was a huge factor in what made me get out of the game which was disappointing because hunting down obscure vinyl from my favourite artists was great fun. But, paying sometimes large amounts of money for new vinyl that was just a mess production and pressing wise was really annoying. I also wonder what the possible increase in the number of poor quality vinyl will do to vinyl sales in the future. Some of the best sounding vinyl I have is pressings from the 70s and 80s - that fact that the quality of a product 40-odd years old is better than a lot of the new stuff I've bought from Amazon and JB is mind-blowing. 99% of the time I'd check for scratches and if the damage was minimal it would always sound better than the modern version.