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  1. Ittaku

    electric cars

    This would be an interesting entry into the market: https://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/ssangyong-electric-suv-likely-for-oz-120294
  2. Ittaku

    NOS VALVE PRICES

    The answer is to not buy them. The vast majority of NOS tubes are not special in any way, but the reputation regarding the handful that are exceptional means there is run off pricing to almost all NOS tubes, similar ones, hard to distinguish ones, and even ones that there are no special varieties of. Whilst the best NOS tubes are undoubtedly special in a way modern tubes are not, the vast majority are no better than current mass produced ones. My solution, if you want to find something special, is to go for one of the newly hand assembled special tubes instead, which are guaranteed to be new, are always better than stock tubes by a long shot, and if not quite a match for the most exceptional rare NOS tubes, come very close and are guaranteed to give you a longer service life. At a much more affordable price, getting current production tubes that are tested, graded, and well matched will usually be a rival for most NOS tubes. After fiddling with NOS tubes for a while I went down this path and have been nothing but satisfied. Hang the NOS rip-off merchants out there.
  3. Fantastic amp, and built like an aircraft. I retired mine after 24 years of flawless service and parted with it slightly reluctantly online here. One of the best sounding ARC amps of the past. GLWTS.
  4. Ittaku

    electric cars

    https://www.caradvice.com.au/706588/2019-hyundai-ioniq-review-ev-phev/ Ioniq review.
  5. Ittaku

    FS: Audio Research Ref 150 amp

    Fantastic power amp, and can be upgraded to official Ref150SE standard by authorised dealers which is still the current model (which is a different board and upgraded power supply to better suit the KT150s.) GLWTS.
  6. Ittaku

    Integrated Amp Help.. <$1500

    Define what you need by "streaming?" The Nuprime IDA-8 review very well for their price and fall just in your price range, and are listed in TAS's audiophile bargains (whether that's a good thing or bad thing to you, I don't know): https://nuprimeaudio.com/product/ida-8/?v=6cc98ba2045f Local distributor: http://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?categoryId=1232&amp;productId=261552
  7. Ittaku

    Linear Design 2500 amp

    It's a historical... piece of junk. I don't know that particular amp but Linear Design made nasty lowfi stuff.
  8. Ittaku

    Chinese litz wire

    Litz is for keeping the same conductance across a wide range of frequencies. Twisted pairs are designed to reject outside signal influence.
  9. Ittaku

    Chinese litz wire

    Litz doesn't imply anything to do with the winding pattern, just the separately insulated strands.
  10. Thanks for the heads up. This looks great, investigating further now... Do I see the side wall of an ARC power amp in one of those pics too
  11. Ittaku

    Dr Who New Series

    I'd been religiously recording each episode to watch when convenient and when I realised I didn't record last week's I... didn't really care. This is telling me something.
  12. Ittaku

    electric cars

    https://electrek.co/2017/11/01/electric-cars-dirty-electricicty-coal-emission-cleaner-study/ It was Poland
  13. Ittaku

    electric cars

    It's been well shown that even with the most inefficient and dirtiest electricity generation in the entire world (which I believe may have been Romania?) that the CO2 emissions are still 70% of those of running an internal combustion engine. Australia's is much more efficient than that. It's a nice indirect smear campaign with no basis in fact. It also completely ignores the ability to move the emissions to somewhere remote from where the population is living as a minor benefit, but more importantly, it is but the first step in much more comprehensive plan that would involve moving more and more electricity generation to clean renewable sources. Making battery electric vehicles generates more CO2 than an internal combustion engine vehicle, but afterwards the benefits far outweigh that initial CO2 cost, and battery electric vehicles with modern battery management systems outlast internal combustion engines by at least double the life expectancy. Tesla's vehicles' batteries have been estimated to still have 80% of their capacity after 800,000km, or 25 years, and there is no engine wear at all since the electric motors are contactless. Full disclosure: I own a Tesla vehicle myself, but I was aware of all this before buying the vehicle which contributed to my decision making process.
  14. Have a look at this nice list: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/2019-high-end-audio-buyers-guide-stand-mounted-loudspeakers-under-10000/
  15. Ittaku

    electric cars

    It will come down to the quality of the power cable. I'm sure Siltech could probably manufacture a $55,000 power cable that will guarantee optimal charging.
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