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  1. Only one tube came from Viva. All the rest from another source. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. What interesting, the one that came from Viva, apparently tested well, but no details/test results written on the box. The Organ tubes I think are not 5814s. I believe the 5814 are a higher mil spec grade 12AU7 tube.
  2. From the late 1950s NOS and never to be made again. A box full arrived this cold June morning to warm the heart.
  3. Item: Innuos Phoenix USB Price Range: $3-3.5K depending on condition etc. Item Condition: Used Extra Info:
  4. Just received an email response from the designer of the La Scala DAC Cristian Anelli regarding the mains fuse specs, for replacing to higher grade fuse if desired: FUSE: Ceramic 1A; 250VAC; 5x20mm; SLOW BLOW Thanks for the attention, Cristian Anelli aqua - acoustic quality email: support@aquahifi.com www.aquahifi.com
  5. Just arrived today- Telos Quantum X2 fuses.. plugged it into the PS Audio P10 and Primaluna Evo400 pre amp this morning. Holy smokes!! The soundstage, big sound, and lively. Definate convert to fuse upgrades now! https://recordclean.com.au/telos-quantum-x2-fuse-audiophile-grade-upgrade.html
  6. You're more than welcome to. It would be nice to compare the La Scala (which is R2R resistor ladder and tube/Mosfet output) against a all Chip based DAC like the T&A DAC8. ☺️ The Aqua La Scala DAC was made and shipped from Milan, Italy with a new production 12AT7 tube. I rolled it with a NOS Raytheon mil spec 12AT7WA tube (circa 1950/60s).. I'm in heaven! Below, a small description of La Scala tube rolling:
  7. Been an audiophile for over 20 years. Owned plenty of DACs over the decades. Started with cheaper DACs, costing hundreds, then a thousand, now circa $12k Aqua La Scala Mk2 Optologic DAC. I appreciated every step in the process. I do read reviews, and measurement results. However, ultimately I rely on my hearing and experience. In my $100k HiFi system, the La Scala was a G-d sent for it's sonic signature and technology. If you're passing through the Newcastle area, you are more than welcome to plug your portable Topping DAC into my system for a head to head with the Aqua La Scala.. ☺️
  8. What.. 1K for the Topping DAC, and $9 (including free postage) for the eBay DAC below with external power supply.. that's $991 of Snake Oil cost right there !! 🤪 https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/224320109734?_trkparms=aid%3D1110010%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.DISCCARDS%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200818141627%26meid%3D32138a82b6e14989aaef2b03995ac8a7%26pid%3D101110%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D384193117446%26itm%3D224320109734%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2563228%26algv%3Ddefault%26brand%3DUnbranded&_trksid=p2563228.c101110.m1982&amdata=cksum%3A22432010973432138a82b6e14989aaef2b03995ac8a7|enc%3AAQAG
  9. 👍 Only really necessary to roll the tube on the right if you're using XLR output (when the unit is viewed front on). Roll the tube that tested 5700/6000. This tube has a better triode balance and higher gain value. Guess that answers the question.. does the NOS tube store exist and honest 😁 Below, how to roll tubes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIKGN8hQazI
  10. Thanks, I already own the double roller blinds combo upstairs. As you said those blinds have the block out blind closest the windows. They still let a large amount or light leak in from the edges. I was also told they couldn't be customised for the triangular windows or the shutter windows up high. I don't watch much in the way of movie anyhow. When I do, I just watch them at night. 👍
  11. Photo doesn't show the extent of windows and height. Cathedral ceilings, with shutter opening windows, floor to ceiling windows, large open areas continuous dinning area and kitchen all with extensive windows. Some windows are triangular in shape, never designed to shut with curtains.
  12. I start simple. Ask the dealer if he could demo a system. Listen carefully. I'll have an opinion. If it's good, I start mixing and matching. I usual start at the speakers. In your CD player example, it is easy. Choose a CD player to start with. Then, ask to try another one. Then, another. Like building a mental picture of each CD players unique sonic signature. I still remember, sitting at a HiFi shop 16 years ago. Listen to the three different Musical Fidelity CD players, plus others. Still remember their sonic strengths. Same applies to speakers, power amps, even cables. My fo
  13. I agree people probably don't invest the time as audiophiles to efficiently use their time to explore all the new gear on demo purposes. Buying something used, unheard before, with view of flipping if it doesn't sound good, is hugely inconvenient and a waste of time, a missed opportunity to own the gear you really wanted, and potentially money too. There have been many instances in the last 20 years, were I have visited a HiFi store and listened to many different brands on the same day. When, I hadn't bought something that was to my budget that I liked, I had bought it years later as a bargain
  14. How not to build a HT room.. use a pre existing mains living room with beige walls that I'm not allowed to change and have no way of blocking out natural daylight.
  15. Most NOS bought today were mainly produced by Western Europe, and the USA. Brimar, Mullards, Phillips, Telefunken, Raytheon, GE, Sylvanias, RCA etc. Soviet block NOS from Tungsram (Hungary), et al are great tubes too, and still available for reasonable money compared to their Western counterparts. Tube were made hundreds of locations through the World during the peak. Current production tubes, different story. Slovakia, China, and the biggest of them all Reflektor factory- Saratov, Russia. NOS absolutely smash current production tubes for quality and sound. Not all NOS costs a mint
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