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  1. SOLVED! OK the gremlins really have been at it. Unplugged and then re plugged connectors and all is good. Must have been a dirty contact or loose wire. Thanks very much for the help. This had been bugging me for a month or more and I had been looking for a complicated solution to a simple problem. Problem solving - go back to basics and check connections etc. How often does this have to happen to learn the lesson? Thanks David
  2. I used to have a Cambridge Azur 640a amplifier with a Tape Out option and used this to run a pair of Aktimate Mini powered speakers as a satellite pair in the workshop. This meant that the same music was playing in the house but gave me the option of altering the volume, selecting another source or turning off the satellite speakers. I have now purchased a newer Cambridge CXA 81 amp that doesn't have anything as old fashioned as a Tape Out. If I try to use the Pre Amp Out the signal is very low and distorted. I can't use the B speaker output as the Aktimates are powered speakers
  3. Further information: Pair of speaker stands. Originally used for stereo speakers but would suit many uses. Speaker stands, pot plant stands or workshop stands. Made of stainless steel tube and mild steel plate top and bottom. Very solid with rubber feet on the bottom. Tube diameter 100mm Height 620mm Base 300 x 400 x 8mm Top 200 x 250 x 8mm Weight ~13kg each Freight: eg to Melb ~$45 the pair Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your
  4. Further information: Paid $402.95 only 3 weeks ago but the ended up buying a Cambridge CXA 81 amp which has an inbuilt DAC. I did a lot of research before buying the SMSL M200 and they come up as the by far best DAC for their price. Balanced and unbalanced inputs, bluetooth that I found as good as the direct input and extensive tuning options. and an included remote. A great DAC but now surplus to my requirements. Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you are
  5. Hi Leon Thanks for the welcome. Would love to listen to or try a few alternatives but this is a bit hard living in East Gippsland. It's a 4 hour drive to Melb so only an occasional trip. But it's on the list. I'm interested to hear you suggest an amp upgrade over new speakers. I would have thought the Wharfedale's would be the limiting factor. Lovely soft mellow sound but I think somewhere I am missing a crisper midrange and some extra treble. Might also be my hearing dropping off with age.
  6. Just found the site after looking for advice on new audio components. Looking forward to reading recommendations and advice. My set up is 49 year old Wharfedale Meltons that I made the cabinets for. Lovely mellow speakers that have had improved wiring and capacitors but otherwise still a sweet sound. Wondering if i might do better with new speakers but at ~$2k price and wife who wants "small" ie bookshelf/standmount would it be an improvement? Acoustic Audio ae500? Quad s2? B&W 706? Amp is old Cambridge azure 640a. It was dropping out in one channel so have just rep
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