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  1. 15 hours ago, sfdoddsy said:

    I’ve owned both SF and Dynaudio, as well as many others.


    Often great speakers. As are my current KEF R3s.


    But if I had just slightly more than your $3k budget I’d try and do a deal with West Coast HiFi on the Pioneer S2ex they had listed on SN. 


    Basically they are the $40k TAD Evolution for $3.5k. Same drivers. Same crossover. Slightly different box.

    I cant find them

  2. Yeh the caps would have almost definitely need replacing by now if they are still the originals. I guess depends on if the amps were used on the road for touring.. Like I said, one of mine I got for $150, the caps were completely dried out. Can't believe it was still working so well. 

    The other was in someone's rack and never moved for 40 years and the caps are totally fine. 


    One thing with these amps is there is no relay. Having one fitted is a good idea, 

    The pc2002m which was the model after p2200/2201 does have a relay and also the ability to use in mono. 


    I have heard a pc2002m before with the same speakers and I'm not sure why but it didn't sound quite as good. 

    I think it looks even better though 

  3. 59 minutes ago, Al.M said:

    Best vintage buy 200w 2ohm spec power amp around can be found for as low as $250 and built like tanks with massive toroid and coke can size power caps seen below 



    Yeh I have two. One really rough I bought for $150 and one mint I bought for $950


    Yes the filter caps are the size of coke cans and has beautiful big vu metres. Not only that but it has two alps black beauty stepped attenuators. Which go for $100usd each second hand on ebay! 


    I wouldn't hesitate to buy a third or even fourth and eventually have them in a rack mount in the cupboard for a huge 7 channel setup.. 


    I use one to power the second version of the NS10M studio monitors, they say they are a perfect match. And I will be happy to compare the p2200/NS10M combo with anyone's powered monitors below 5k


    People hate yamaha ns10s, but they sound pretty darn good to me. 


  4. 9 hours ago, Bunno77 said:

    I am not the most familiar with older Sonus models but I didn't really like current models until the Olympica range and they're a bit over budget. The above suggestion would be a no brainer though


    These are both bargains but with 3k to spend maybe you can spend the extra and get close to end game speakers in heaps of different brands that pop up on here. I could happily live with either of these If keeping with Bryston or Naim you really can drive some good speakers properly.


    From memory of your post though I think you are a bit of a muso? I absolutely love Dyn but some models don't do loud. Best to check that if it might be a concern.



    I am going to take photos of this particular room today and post them. I know everyone is going to say that the room deserves some big tannoy but I just can't afford them. 

    A dark mahogany type timber would be best, just going purely on looks to begin with and then the best possible sound quality I can get within the price range. 

  5. On 15/10/2019 at 11:53 AM, PauliD said:

    it's free to change things around. Can the speakers or seating position be improved/moved into the room? First reflection point?

    I've done some DIY absorption panels behind the speakers, speaker feet isolation and some marble speaker toppers. Each tweak all really helped bring out the clarity of voices and highs. Most notably the absorption panels and I'm no golden ear. I think the black framing of the TV looks great without having a huge dark feature wall.


    I tested my idea first with 3 layers of towels first, but the panels totalled $80 in materials and an afternoon. Note the Elac's are gone and running the KEF's now.


    BTW I have been trying to stick to a 'no new gear year' and focus on content and speanding money on improving my media. 4K can go a long way on some quality source material! 





    Good Luck!

    With that 4k buy a nice nas and fill it was sacd. Iso files and native dsd files. 

    Best thing I ever did. Not sure of people would agree but rather than buying 1.k-20k sacd player, which needs laser maintenance, the nas box is controllable by your phone/tablet and using the right streamer (I have been going between daphile and snakeoil os on a DIY built streamer) it shows all cover art the same as roon. I tried roon and then I tried daphile, daphile sounded better than roon and the i tried snakeoil os and it sounded better than both. A few tweaks in the settings and wow. 


  6. On 16/11/2019 at 8:26 PM, kelossus said:

    Offer the guy on gumtree selling the Guarneri Homages $2000. He doesn't have the stands and they have a few marks but at 2k that would be a seriously good stand mount.      


    They are in Sydney too.

    Yeh I saw those. They are really banged up in almost all panels. Shame that someone would treat 10k+ speakers like that. 


    I'm going to talk to a restoration expert and see what they would cost the restore back to sonus Faber beauty. 



  7. I do bi I wiring, though I don't think it makes a difference. 

    I have tried bi amping and that does give a bit of a difference. 


    The strange thing I have noticed is that half the time, high end speakers such as focal sopra no. 2/3 use single inputs. I'm guessing because the crossover is so good they don't want people messing with bi amping. Same with alit of sonus Faber stuff. 


    But then I have also seen the very high end reference kef models had triple binding posts, for tri wiring. They have since gone back to dual binding posts. 


  8. As many people have read my post on being burgled a few weeks back it's time to consider a new system. And where best to start than with the speakers.


    I am using a spare power amp that I had ar work (yamaha p2200). At the moment until insurance is covered and I get another bryston or possibly naim.


    The p2200 is surprisingly amazing. For what it is.


    So I'm looking into two brands of speakers, sonus Faber and dynaudio. I have had a listen to numerous pairs of both brands and am loving them both. Not sure if sonus Faber aesthetics are playing a part on how they sound to me though..


    What is everyone's opinions? I am limiting myself to $3000 and doesn't matter if it is stand mount or floors randers.

    Also doesn't matter if new or used. Just hoping to find a bargain.

  9. Fairly cheap Sonus Faber Chamelon T's in the commercial section at the moment ( yes made in Italy, not China). I am very happy with mine, but they love a bit of juice to get them going.
    They look really nice, I was also considering some Cremona Bookshelfs as I see them come up every now and again.

    I wonder how they would compare. The blue side panels definitely will not suit my place.
    Which colour do you have?

  10. @anewmission
    What is the latest on this? How is the insurance claim going for you? 
    Have the police worked out anything about the break in? Anything been recovered?
    Nothing recovered, but insurance has be more than helpful. I will however be spending years searching for records. I guess now it's a question of what system I shall build now.
    I have a little setup, some bits and pieces I have brought home from my project recording studio.

    Luckily I had two yamaha p2200 there which I still think works great in hifi environment.

    Just using tidal and my nas setup, they didn't take my nas. It was upstairs.

    I had been thinking about upgrading krix to sonus Faber for a while so I might go down that route, and either bryston again or naim gear.
    And i need to find a nice chassis to build another passive pre if anyone knows of a decent brand of chassis. The last one which was stolen was a Chinese ebay chassis which I thought was abit overpriced for what it was

  11. firstly sorry that sucks
    Hmm, some of that stuff doesn’t seem worthwhile stealing.  ExampleReselling a pioneer plasma won’t net much.
    a bit odd, almost like someone wanted to punish you.  Not saying the stuff doesn’t have value, just that the effort to load a plasma tv and then hock it may not be worth it
    Those pioneer plasmas can still fetch abit in good condition. I have seen them go for 600-800. Even still. And it was the last and best model
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