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  1. tem: Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Black Location: Melbourne, Australia Price: $220 (Includes $20 to SNA ๐Ÿ˜€) Item Condition: Excellent condition, no dings or external damages Reason for selling: Upgraded to another set of bookshelves Payment Method: Cash / EFT - Pickup preferred or ship at buyer's expense The Diamonds are in perfect working condition and mint cosmetically. Comes with front grille, box, papers and even vintage JB Hifi Diamond brochure!!! I will also include as part of this sale, a pair of QED Original Bi-Wire MkII, directional speaker cables (Made in UK), ca. 80cm. Perfect for the bi-wirable Diamonds. Cheers
  2. Reduced for quick sale to $220. Includes $20 donation to SNA ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  3. Item: NAD 5120 Turntable with Ortofon OM5E Location: Melbourne, Australia Price: $250 Item Condition: Excellent overall. Perfect working condition, great cosmetically (perspex lid has superficial scratches from years of being wiped/cleaned). Reason for selling: Upgraded to a new TT Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This NAD 5120 is a time capsule. I bought it mint from a gentleman in the outer Melbourne suburbs in 2012, he had bought it brand new in the late 80s, used it for a couple of months then stopped using it and had put it back in its original box. For 20+ years it was in storage in its original box and when I bought it I had the pleasure to unbox it again. The sticky tape had almost perished / disintegrated and left a sticky mess.. nothing a citrus cleanser can't fix of course. Sounded pretty good out of the box (I had it hooked up to a Rega Fono Mini) but I knew the original cartridge and stylus would've been long past its best before date. I put a fresh Ortofon OM5E, a new drive belt and took it to Carlton AV for a proper setup and voila, it sings! Over the last 9 years I have enjoyed the NAD, listening on average only 1-2 hours per month - it did not get much use at all. Very very clean deck overall and well looked after. Stylus is regularly cleaned with a carbon bristle brush and has dust cap included. The NAD 5120 is the epitome of NAD's quirkiness + 80s overengineering. The sub-plate is floating, suspended by springs, isolated from the main chassis from vibration. The counterweight is freely sprung in a magical 80s viscoelastic liquid in a reservoir! NAD calls it DVA - Dynamic Vibration Absorber. Patrick Bateman would've been really into this. Lastly, it has a super handy auto-stop function which I really like.. you can listen to records to sleep and not worry about the stylus being ground to oblivion. Own (and listen) to this 80s vintage piece of cool. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Item: Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Black Location: Melbourne, Australia Price: $250 Item Condition: Excellent condition, no dings or external damages Reason for selling: Upgraded to another set of bookshelves Payment Method: Cash / EFT - Pickup preferred or ship at buyer's expense The Diamonds are in perfect working condition and mint cosmetically. Comes with front grille, box, papers and even vintage JB Hifi Diamond brochure!!! I will also include as part of this sale, a pair of QED Original Bi-Wire MkII, directional speaker cables (Made in UK), ca. 80cm. Perfect for the bi-wirable Diamonds. Cheers
  5. Grew up with mini systems not unlike the Akai pictured above.. dark times ๐Ÿ˜… First intro to hifi โ€œsoundโ€ was probably an iPod shuffle (specifically chosen because of its superior DAC) paired with a Sennheiser PX100. The sound from these two was lush! First proper system: NAD C320BEE + NAD C521BEE + Wharfedale Diamond 9.1. Still using the NAD combo to this day, albeit with KEF Q350s. Canโ€™t see any reason to upgrade.. yet.
  6. Welcome! Another Melbourne based newbie here..
  7. Hi, going against the grain here but I can vouch for Sonos Beam. I also have no walls on either side (open living space), so I never bothered with projecting / DSP / virtual bars. I have a pair of Play 1s as rear surrounds and also the SUB. As a system they sound brilliant and for me, the best compromise I could make for not being able to wire / don't have the space for a proper 5.1 HTS. The Play 1st are fully wireless but they still need to be plugged into the mains. The SUBs are great but a bit expensive... don't rush getting them, the Beam sounds excellent as it is. I can't recommend the Sonos Playbar however because of their insistence with only optical input. The volume control is dumb and you may have to use two controllers (TV remote + app). Beam's HDMI ARC works flawlessly plus you get the benefit of full Google Assistant / Alexa (pick your poison) integration for those extra lazy moments.. you could ask Google to turn on/off TV, volume, plays "xxx" on Chromecast, etc. Cheers
  8. Are you wedded to stock pads? If not, I can recommend Dekoni pads. I use their fenestrated sheepskin on HD6XX (HD650) and I like them better than the stock pads.
  9. Thanks Alberto - sounds like you got a pretty cool setup there. I haven't ventured into the world of Raspberry Pi yet but I've heard it's wonderful. Not sure if I have the time (or patient ๐Ÿ˜). I'm not in a rush so might wait until dedicated streamers like the 6000N is available in the 2nd hand market and snap one up. Can't justify myself buying new at full MSRP for ~100 CDs and I'm already heavily invested in Sonos for Spotify.
  10. I use Van den Hul The Clearwater on mine, sounds good and it's about the right gauge for my 50W amp. I can't profess I'll be able to tell sound differences between cables if blind tested.. my rule is that I'm happy to spend up to ~ 10% of the cost of speakers on good quality cables and plugs. This helps me sleep better at night. Digital cables on the other hand, I'm more skeptical. All my HDMIs are from Selby Acoustics and they transmit full fat 4K HDR signals from my BDP just fine onto Pana OLED. But I digress.. this is a Stereo forum ๐Ÿ˜€
  11. In my case, the half bung takes the edge off the bloom.. whilst the full bung completely eliminates it. This last week I've done a minor (1 cm tilt) toe-in. This seems to have similar effect as half bung to my ears. I'm happy to go free flow for most records. Some bass heavy ones - e.g. Daft Punk's RAM may sound a little too generous. Then again it's meant to be so I don't mind it :) One thing I noticed after toe-in is that treble is more assertive - though not necessarily improves imaging. Not necessarily a negative, I'm more pointing out how good the Uni-Q dispersion is. Even with no toe-in and pointed head-on (1.4m apart, 2.2m seating position), they sound incredibly spacious.
  12. @chridi, what's your 'bunging' strategy out of interest? I'm still experimenting with mine.. I listen to mostly vinyls and the LF is inherently softer than CDs. The first week I got them, I listen with the ports completely open. Lately though, I feel they are a bit bloomy and I started half bunging it (only use the outer ring / donut bit). With CDs they are admittedly almost too bassy.. full bungs would be most optimal. Mind you I've got mine sitting pretty close to the wall.. 16cm or so.
  13. OK Boomer, steady on.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding.. didn't mean to offend anyone! Back on topic, thanks for the warm welcome and I particularly appreciate the overwhelming advice to scour 2nd hand gear here at SNA. @emesbee, absolutely.. so much so that since I got the Project/KEF, Netflix screen time had gone way down! On the flipside, wine consumption had gone up.. ๐Ÿค” @DrSK, lucky you.. sounds like a good upbringing ๐Ÿ˜€ I grew up with "1200W P.M.P.O" all-in-ones 3 CDs rotating tray monstrosities. This weekend I've started my long overdue project to rip all my CDs (only 100 or so that's worth ripping) into FLAC and store it in a NAS. I fancy sometime in the near future to get the Audiolab 6000N or other similar streamer. Is it worth getting to stream the FLAC files and presumably, to get higher quality output from Spotify, etc.?
  14. G'day all, I've been listening to LoFi (budget HiFi) for some time. Bought my NAD/Wharfedale system in 2005. Recently I purchased a Project TT to replace a vintage NAD 5020 TT. This reinvigorated my Lo-Fi passion and I subsequently picked up a pair of KEF Q350 (as I feel the old Diamond 9.1 is holding the system back a bit. My current system is: KEF Q350 NAD C320BEE NAD C521BEE with a dying laser Project Debut Recordmaster QED interconnects Van den Hul The Clearwater Sennheiser HD6XX (sounds brilliant plugged straight to the NAD) Off topic, I've always wondered why there aren't that many people in my age group (late 30s) who are into 'proper stereo'. Most happily listen to soundbars, all-in-ones or God forbid, Bluetooth speakers. I have met many older enthusiasts of course, or younger (20s) who are super passionate. In any case, this is simply a general observation within my family, social and work circles and I'm sure in a place such as SNA, Hi-Fi knows no age barrier. Looking forward to learn more and a good chat at SNA. Cheers
  15. @Lashes, I was in similar situation to @Reg18 last month, had about 1K to spend on bookshelves, upgrading from Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 which had been in loyal service for 14 years and still going strong. Intent was to 'upgrade' overall sound (clarity, definition, spatial, etc.) but importantly a bit more bottom end since the 9.1s are inherently lean given its size. I listened to: MA Bronze 2 B&W 606 Wharfedale Diamond 11.2 KEF Q350 In the end I went with the KEF Q350. Couldn't be happier. Great sound, solid bottom end (so much so I'm tempted to bung the ports.. must resist not to!) and looks tres chic - instant WAF. Great pricing at the moment at one of Melb's hifi shops (not sure if you can refer shops here - PM me). Highly recommend you give them a listen.
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