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  1. Thanks - was a perfect driver for LCD-3s also on sale. Have to consolidate.
  2. Item: PASS LABS HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier Location: BNE - Free AUS shipping Price: $3999 ono Item Condition: Excellent Condition - Purchased from AUS store 23/11/19 Reason for selling: NLR - was driving my LCD-3s which are also up for sale Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The HPA-1 headphone amplifier was designed ground-up to become what we believe is one of the very best sounding headphone amplifiers available today. With low feedback, wide bandwidth and a direct coupled MOSFET output stage, this musical instrument drives even the most difficult headphone loads with ease, power and grace. The HPA-1 also functions as a line-level preamplifier that sonically rivals much higher-priced competition. The measured performance is superb and the sound even better. Gain (dB) -8 dB Power Consumption (W) -6 Output Power into 20 ohms - 3500 mW Output Power into 300 ohms - 200 mW Frequency Response 10hz -100k-1 dB THD + Noise - < 0.005 at 1V out Input Impedance - 50K Ohm Output Impedance - < 2 ohms Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  3. Item: AUDEZE LCD-3 Planar Magnetic Headphones Location: BNE - Free AUS shipping Price: $1899 ono Item Condition: Excellent Condition Includes Case Bought from A2A 14/8/19 - original invoice Reason for selling: NLR - too many headphones Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The LCD-3 has astonishingly dynamic enveloping sound with powerful bass, an attractive, inviting midrange and open extended highs. Audeze's research and development team took the popular LCD-2 headphones and created the Audeze LCD-3 with a thinner planar magnetic diaphragm controlled by an even more efficient magnetic structure. When Audeze started designing the LCD-3 professional reference headphone, their goal was very clear: it must be the absolute best. The LCD-3 has astonishingly dynamic enveloping sound with powerful bass, an attractive, inviting midrange and open extended highs. Audeze's research and development team took the popular LCD-2 headphones and created the Audeze LCD-3 with a thinner planar magnetic diaphragm controlled by an even more efficient magnetic structure. The ear cups of the LCD-3 are made from precision-crafted hand-selected Zebrano wood with sloped ear pads of premium lambskin leather. The ear pads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the best firmness and acoustical balance. • Style:Open circumaural • Transducer type:Planar magnetic • Magnetic structure:Proprietary self-closing design • Magnet type:High-grade Neodymium • Diaphragm area:8sq cm (6.17sq in) • Maximum power:15W (for 200 ms) • Optimal power:1-4W • SPL:> 130dB with 15W • Frequency response:5Hz - 20kHz extension to 50kHz • THD:< 1% • Impedance:110 ohms • Efficiency:102dB / 1mW • Weight: 600g • Cable length:1.9m Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Item: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) Fully Balanced Headphone Amplifier/Preamplifier L ocation: BNE - Free shipping to AUS Price: $2799 ono Item Condition: Excellent - bought from Woo Audio 20/8/19 with original tubes that are unused except for photos Reason for selling: NLR - too many amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd gen) Fully-balanced Headphone Amplifier/Preamplifier $2799 ono Excellent Condition – purchased from Woo Audio 20/8/19 230V Includes Free Isotek Evo 3 Initium 1.5M power cable valued at $129 Overview Originally introduced in 2009, WA22 has been an audiophile favourite. New for 2018 is improved sonic performance and preamplifier feature for use with a Hi-Fi system. WA22 (2nd gen) is an all-tube design, fully balanced headphone amplifier and preamplifier. The advantage of a fully balanced system is improved channel separation, more precise soundstage, and imaging. Perfectly suited for the headphone enthusiast and experienced audiophiles seeking flexibility and purest sound. • Updated to 2nd generation in March 2018 • Tubes: 6SN7 driver x 2, 6080 power x 2, 5U4G rectifier x 1 • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tube sockets • Fully-balanced design, Class-A • Transformer-coupled, Point-to-Point wiring, Pseudo-dual power supply • Phase Splitter for use with unbalanced components • HI / LO impedance setting • XLR input x 1, RCA input x 1 • Dual 3-pin XLR (left and right channel), 4-pin XLR and 1/4" (6.3mm) stereo headphone outputs • XLR balanced PREAMP output (<50 ohms) • ALPS smooth potentiometer • Anodized aluminium chassis, silver • Self-biasing with compatible tubes • Global voltage (100v–220v) without converter • Dimensions: 7"(H), 12"(W), 10½"(D) amplifier 25 lbs. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  5. Schiit Audio Jotunheim Multibit as a combined DAC/Amp or a stack of Modi Multibit and Magni. Spare change for cables and music! https://www.schiit.com/products/jotunheim https://www.schiit.com/products/magni-1 https://www.schiit.com/products/modi-1
  6. I would add ZMF Atticus and Eikon into the mix. Both closed with slightly different signatures. Atticus more bass and more laid back than Eikon, which is more analytical and forward. Or LCD-XC? Still too heavy?
  7. PS - A2A needs a code “BD2020” at checkout. MiniDisc is offering 10% now and a 10% voucher to use in the next three months - very clever!
  8. It must be Xmas! Both of our good friends Jesse @A2A and Wing Li @MiniDisc are having Boxing day “sales” of 10% off storewide for next 7 days or so. Jump in!
  9. Hi Guys, I started a similar thread and I'll attach for more comments. There are some overlaps in our thoughts. Anyone got any experience with Matrix and Aurender? Cheers.
  10. Hi Jamesrc, Have you found any discernible SQ difference in your FLAC vs MQA (or Tidal FLAC)? I like the idea of an Auralic streamer and Mytek DAC. A great combo as you say. Did you experiment with your connection between Mytek and Aries? Like AES? Also, are you using ethernet to Aries? I have Lightning DS but have found it to be a bit laggy and nowhere as good (for me) as Roon.
  11. Thanks for the correction frankn - you are correct of course. I haven’t any experience with Denafrips but gets great reviews on this forum and others. My caveat is MQA which I really like. I’ve done lots of A-B rig testing FLAC vs MQA and whilst it can be album dependent, I prefer the flexibility of ethernet MQA vs USB FLAC. Streaming MQA vs FLAC is better to my ears. Some say ROON is better than Tidal for MQA but I prefer the DAC to do the unfolding.
  12. Hi DD, Good description of the respective SQs - thanks. Your experience is reflected in some of the other blogs and reviews I’ve seen. I like that fact that PSA is upgradeable (quite regularly it seems) but then as you say quite firmware dependent. Like Apple! Auralic use ESS Sabre to their specification but have moved slightly away from MQA and have their own decoding now. PSA use R2R DAC ladder like Chord but much warmer SQ. I find Chord too bright. Really caught between the two children as you point out. I like Lumin streaming but not DAC (still using 9018) and Mytek but haven’t tried Manhattan II. dCS, I haven’t heard and can’t afford. Bartok at $22K supposed to be awesome but should be at that price. Anyone got any other views?
  13. I would try and match a headphone's signature sound to the type of music you listen to the most. Do you like a highly detailed, crisp sound? What about tonality and soundstage? Or do you like a warmer more liquid sound? There are lots of different descriptions. Some headphones are more general in their sound and fit a lot of music, some are more specific to rock or vocal or orchestral, for example. Listen to as many as you can. Then as previous posts, figure out what you need in terms of amplification to drive them properly. This really makes a difference to those headphones that have high (^50 Ohms) impedance, like HD598/600/650. DAC/headphone amp combinations also work but can just make the decision more difficult. There are lots of options at all price points and all of these are available (with patience) on SNA and Fleabay/Scumtree. Your ears tell you what you like.......and are golden!
  14. Hi Fellow SNAs, I'm interested to hear about member's experience/views with recent streamer/DACs, namely Auralic Vega G1/G2 vs PS Audio Directstream Bridge II. My listening experience is via HeadFi, ethernet streamed MQA via Roon. One tube setup WA22 and one SS via PassLabs HPA-1. HPs are ZMF Verite, Atticus and LCD-3. I've had Rosson, HE1K, Senn etc. So how do people feel about SQ signatures between Auralic and PSA? Have people combined Vega G2 with Aries G2? Or Leo GX clock? How about other MQA decoder streamer/DACs like Mytek Manhattan/Brooklyn, Lumin or dCS? Or others I've not thought about? Do people feel that it's always better to split the processing? Streamer to DAC? Lightning DS vs Roon? Understand that YMMV and some are not keen on MQA vs FLAC. Thanks BoB
  15. If you're not using Tidal MQA, I would recommend Schiit Audio products. The Modi/Magni combo is excellent and can drive a lot of headphones well. HP wise, well to fit under your 1K, I'd go Sennheiser HD650s or Meze 99s or Beyerdynamics. All of the aforementioned freely available second hand on this forum and Fleabay. You'll get a good start to see what SQ you like for well under 1K.
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