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  1. I would be hesitant to go down the route of active studio monitors. I have a pair of Presonus R65's and while the sound is fantastic, they do have an audible hiss at desktop listening distances. This is before any source is plugged in. I liked the simplicity, so I went to StoreDJ in Sydney to audition some possible replacements. Almost all of them had an audible hiss. Only ones I could recommend are maybe the Eve Audio SC203. They had a surprisingly good sound for such a small monitor, and are an all in one setup. The ones I auditioned were dead silent with nothing playing.
  2. I have purchased an Astell & Kern SE100 from A2A that was listed as B-Stock. It appeared to be a demo (branded as such on the label) but was unopened and in perfect condition. This may be similar, or may have been used as a store demo. Either way, I'd be reasonably confident it would be in good condition.
  3. Sonoma Model One can be picked up for $2700ish. Usually $7500. From what I've read it's an endgame head-fi setup. If I had the money, I'd buy it just to find out.
  4. I think these may have been around your asking price back when they were still in production, or shortly after production stopped. Now they have a bit of a reputation as a good unit, and sellers are pricing appropriately, as you can't get them brand new. Going to be difficult to find one at your requested price, but it'd be great buying if you do!
  5. If you're using your own files, it could also benefit you to look at a DAP as opposed to a DAC/AMP. The Elears are fairly easy to drive, so don't necessarily require a desktop setup to get the most of them. Other options might include all in one's like the Topping DX3 Pro, Schiit Fulla etc. Another solid option might also be the iFi Nano iDSD Black Label as a desktop/semi portable option. Second hand Chord Mojo's also occasionally fall into your price range.
  6. I have not listened to any of them listed yet, but depends on purpose. Bit of an apples to oranges comparison. A Hugo is very well regarded, but is stretching the definition of portable. Also requires something to deliver source material to it. Woo audio has some desktop and portable amps/DACs which also get good reviews. The advantage of the DAP would be the portability and all-in-one setup. Just plug in headphones and you're done. It would however likely have less power to drive larger or more demanding headphones. I sprung for the SE100 because it's known to have a very low noise floor, and I hate hearing hiss on my Andromedas. I also don't like the idea of using my phone as a portable source, as it kills battery I need for repeatedly looking at the same crap over and over on Reddit.
  7. This is good thinking. Have already seen price increases in some FiiO and Campfire Audio / ALO gear.
  8. So as posted in this thread, A2A have a ripper deal on Focal Elears for $499. While browsing through their sale section I also noticed drops on a bunch of their sale, b-stock or demo items. Too many to list here as there's 20+ pages and not all items have had price drops. Some that stood out were new Astell & Kern SR15 DAP for $599 ($999 RRP but seem to be $850 on sale at Minidisc) and B-stock SE 100 DAP for $999 (RRP $2499). There isn't any history on what the prices used to be before the drop, but I recall the SR15 being $850 and the SE100 being $1400ish. Have been keeping an eye on them. I am a weak man and wasn't able to resist the call of the SE100, but the SR15 is reviewed as a price/performance bargain at retail, let alone almost half that. Sale link: https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/sale
  9. I'm one of those individuals that had a Klein III with PSU and sold it on. I wish I hadn't. It was part of a system that wasn't getting any use. I wanted stuff I would use, so I sold the Klein to raise funds for that. Now I'm in a situation where it would have a use again. I can't compare it to a Topping D50, but I did have a D30 as part of my head-fi system early on. I never owned both at the same time, therefore haven't A/B compared, but from memory the Klein was by far the better DAC, all around.
  10. Item: Dynaudio Xeo 6 + Xeo Hub Location: West Wyalong, NSW Price: $2100 Item Condition: Good condition, some marking on Xeo Hub Reason for selling: Not getting as much use out of them as expected, and they are too large for the room I have them in. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I'm considering parting with my Dynaudio Xeo 6 speakers and accompanying Xeo Hub, as they're spending far too much time not being used. This is a fully contained system with active speakers wirelessly connected to the Xeo Hub, which handles both analogue and digital inputs. I don't have anywhere near enough experience to describe the speakers properly, I can just say they sound damn good to me. I spend a much larger amount of time in front of my PC, so use headphones often and am using a near field set up instead of dedicated speakers in a separate room. I'm able to transport the speakers to Sydney as I travel there frequently, or elsewhere if you're not too far out of the way. Postage options are limited at best as I live in a pretty rural area, nearest pack and send is 1h45m away. If you're interested please send me a PM and we can hopefully work something out. For reference, Addicted to Audio has their demo set going for $4299 so I think this is a pretty good price. https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/dynaudio-xeo-6-wireless-floorstanding-speakers-includes-dynaudio-hub Find the product page here: https://www.dynaudio.com/home-audio/xeo/xeo-6 Pictures:
  11. My experience is solely limited to how the Taurus paired with the LCD2C, but to me I found it just sounded a bit tighter all over. From what I've read, even though most sensitive planars don't technically need high outputs, the extra juice just helps everything become a bit more coherent.
  12. The Taurus is a wonderful HP amp. I ran Audeze LCD2C's from mine, and found the balanced output the sweeter of the two. If you come across a balanced cable for the Ether 2, I recommend giving it a try.
  13. It certainly looks a bit suspicious. I'm a bit sad, I was looking forward to giving it a run. Now I'm in a similar boat to you, looking for something else in the same price range.
  14. Might be for the best that they can't get you a DX7 Pro. I was very excited when mine arrived early. Went to set it up and it was dead. Zero power on at all. The solution when I contacted the seller? Take the board out myself and remove one of the resistors with a soldering iron. Because this has apparently happened to a few people. I opted for a return.
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