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  1. Please note extra sorbothane layer and feet that were added by previous owner.
  2. Good catch! Went too quickly after putting in a new fuse... All fixed now. New price, down to $450 (+ shipping at cost if not picked up).
  3. Item: Gieseler Preamp with AC power supply and remote Location: Sydney (Lower North Shore) Price: NEW LOWER PRICE --> $450 Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Selling 2nd system, need to move gear Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFTPOS Extra Info: Bought from fellow SNA member, I was pairing the preamp with a First Watt J2 power amp (listed also). Very good combination. The Gieseler comes with its own 9V AC power supply, yields very quiet background. Brand new ceramic fuse. Easy to pack and send anywhere. (at buyer's expense, no original box) Comes with a simple remote (see photo) Pictures:
  4. Item: Auralic Aries Mini streamer/DAC with internal Kingston 256GB SSD Location: Sydney (Lower North Shore) Price: $400 Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Selling 2nd system, need to make room, too much gear! Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFTPOS Extra Info: ARIES MINI is a wireless (or Ethernet-wired) streaming bridge designed to stream music stored remotely (or attached to the Mini) to your audio system (your DAC or into your amplifier). It pulls any music (incl. Quad-DSD or DXD) from anyone of multiple sources, either remote (another Mac/PC music playing app such as Audirvana via UPnP, a NAS, Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, WiMP) or hardwired to the Mini (the internal SSD filled with your own music or an external USB hard drive), and transmits it either directly to your preamp/amp via RCA outputs acting as a standalone DAC or directly to your own DAC via USB, Coax or Toslink. The other streaming sources are vTuner Internet Radio, AirPlay from Apple devices and Songcast for Windows and Mac system. You can also Bluetooth into it. Play music through Aries Lightning DS app (freely downloadable on your phone or tablet), or using a UPnP compatible app (e.g. Audirvana on Mac or JRiver on Windows). Outputs either USB audio compatible with DACs (no driver required on a Mac), or digital Coax/digital Toslink with maximum supported sampling rate up to 24Bit/192k. The single-ended analog output drive by internal DAC supports all sampling rate up to Quad-Rate DSD and DXD. The ARIES MINI is 13.5*13.5*2.8cm (W*D*H), weight at about 900 grams. Original box, manuals, hex screwdriver (for the SSD), power supply and rca cables. ALSO selling a First Watt J2 power amp and a Gieseler Klein preamp with remote. Hi-Fi Choice Recommended https://goo.gl/DJ1kD5 Click here for DARko review Click here for EAR review Pictures:
  5. Item: First Watt J2 (JFET) class A power amp Location: Sydney (Lower North Shore) Price: $3500 obo Item Condition: 9/10 Reason for selling: Just bought a more expensive amp and need to make room Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFTPOS Only; will ship within Australia at cost if paid by Paypal or EFTPOS Extra Info: The First Watt amplifiers are designed by Nelson Pass, famous for Pass Labs amplifiers. The J2 has a smooth sound, very much tube like but with greater control and less distortion. Innovative use of internal parts used in solar panels (see Pass comment below). Prefers sensitive speakers (90 dB+), but was driving Totem Element Embers with gusto (8 ohms). There are multiple superlative reviews online, including Stereophile (https://goo.gl/inq48r) and Six Moons (https://goo.gl/xazj2Z). Stereophile 2018 recommended component (multiple years in a row): This power amplifier is 25 watts ( @ 8 ohms) class A and is a 240V version. Both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) inputs. Bought new from Reno Hi-Fi in Nov 2016. Serial number 1834 Original box and foams. Will double box if shipping. From Nelson Pass own description in the manual (http://www.firstwatt.com/pdf/prod_j2_man.pdf): "Advances in semiconductor technology have resulted in new Silicon Carbide (SiC) JFET transistors with much greater voltage, current, and power capabilities. How much more? How about 1200 volts, 30 amps, and 273 watts? Offered by a new company in Missouri, SemiSouth, these parts are designed for fast high power switching in solar power and electric car applications. They achieve that last little bit more energy efficiency from conversion processes, and that justifies a sampling price as high as $60 or so. Makes a superlative entry system matched with the Gieseler Klein preamp w. remote and an Auralic Aries Mini (w. 250G SSD internal) as a source (also selling separately), will add two sets of interconnects (Furutech Alpha-Line and Linn) for free if someone buys all three pieces in one go as a system. Pictures:
  6. New fuse, everything back to normal, might even sound better ;-)
  7. Hi Clay, Now I officially feel silly ;-) My mind kept looking at that power supply label thinking "why wouldn't there be a polarity???"... duh. Of course, it's just an AC transformer. Now, with the multimeter set on AC, the power supply is fine (actually reads 11V AC rather than 9)... Thanks for the instruction, generally weary of opening stuff up without knowing what slides and what doesn't... the fuse is blown indeed, easy fix, saved me tons of hassle, thanks!
  8. I bought a used Gieseler Preamp, and now the supplied Eversure wall-wart died on me (tested with a multimeter)... anyone knows whether the positive is on the center pin or on the outside of the barrel? I'd like to test the preamp with another 9V smps to make sure it still works before buying a replacement... thanks
  9. trying to understand what makes the US plug the "wrong plug" if the power is rated at 230V? is it because it needs to be plugged directly into the wall and you don't want to use a US to AUD adapter? I use a SR power conditioner with US female outlets, so the "wrong plug" could work if plugging the grounding block into my conditioner is an option... other question: how many grounding cables does it come with and what is the component termination (RCA? alligator clip? hard to tell what's in the small bag in the first picture...)
  10. Hi, check my profile for current setup. Also toying with Sonore Micro-Rendu, Auralic Aries, a Chord Hugo 2, FirstWatt J2, WooAudio Firefly, Totem Element Ember and Totem Rainmakers. Mostly interested in high res audio. Moved from Canada two years ago, so quite a bit of experience with multi-voltage equipment or how to mix and match US plugs with Australian plugs! cheers F
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