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  1. Simon (niss_man) has designed and built these book shelf speakers and he has asked me to have a listen to them and then let him know my thoughts. So, with my speaker reviewing training wheels on, here we go. These ZLB (which stands for "Zeus Learner Bookshelf" speakers, I imagine any more refined model will get a name that rolls off the tongue a little easier) speakers have been designed by Simon as a project (and learning experience, hence the name) to see how well he can do on the first try and to see how certain design aspects can work when they are carried through to completion. They have a 17mm MDF construction all the way around with a 3mm steel plate epoxied to each side, top and bottom, and a steel frame on the front for the drivers to screw in to. The crossover is mounted on the rear interior and the rear board is screwed in place into a steel frame that is mounted around the interior edge. Some construction photos. The drivers are a Scanspeak 18w/8434 woofer and a Dayton esoteric ES25nd-4. As you can see from the pics above Simon has used a single bracing rod from side to side, it is also easy to see that they are rear ported. Such an enclosure should be pretty rigid but still light enough to enable the speaker to be carried around without seriously straining your back. These speakers are a proof of concept exercise and Simon has emailed me a powerpoint presentation that he has put together that covers the reasons he has chosen this design and what the pros and cons of such a design and construction are. It is interesting reading, although it does leave me in the dark a little with some of the terminology. But how do they sound? Well, I'm glad you asked. With the similarities to some of Mike Lenehans designs and driver choice you may expect the ZLBs to sound fairly similar, and in some ways they do, but they also don't. More details and clarification to follow (probably) but for now I'm going to put this first post up and give Simon a chance to correct me on anything before I move on to the sound side of things. Back soon!
  2. Item: Sonus Faber toy speakers Location: Fitzroy, Victoria Price: $800 Item Condition: Very good. Reason for selling: we have changed to a wireless system Payment Method: Pickup - Cash preferred, Paypal, Extra Info: Italian made, dark brown/black leather covered, bought new in 2010. On nice floor stands. Selling because we have changed to a wireless system. Speaker stands included. Pictures:
  3. Item: Jamo C80 centre speaker Location: Melbourne Price: $395 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Moved house and no longer have the space for it Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Also selling the matching Jamo C803 bookshelf speakers, listed separately Pictures:
  4. Item: Vented, high sensitivity (96.5db) full range speakers, wired straight through with Western Electric 11GA tinned copper wire, speaker stands included Location: Virginia (North Brisbane) Price: $650 $450 $400 $300 Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: One of the best sounding set of speakers I’ve ever owned. They’re incredibly revealing as can be expected of a point source driver with a sense of immediacy that surpasses even that of my Aurum Cantus F620 speakers. Visually stunning and with great performance. A perfect match for lower powered amps such as Sansui or tube amps. This sounds wonderful with my 45WPC tube amp. These are wired with Western Electric 11GA tinned copper power speaker wire direct to the drivers. Happy to demonstrate to any interested potential buyer. Driver specs as follows: Diameter:8" Power Handling (RMS): 40 Watts Power Handling (max): 80 Watts Impedance: 8 ohms Frequency Response: 40 to 25,000 Hz Sensitivity: 96.5 dB 2.83V/1m
  5. Item: Q Acoustics C20 Concept Bookshelf Speakers - White and Black Location: Alexandria NSW, Can deliver. Price: $500 - Down from RRP $699 Item Condition: Brand New Reason for selling: We are currently overstocked in this model and to make room for some new products. Payment Method: Paypal, Credit Card, Pickup - Cash Extra Info: What Hifi Awarding winning and 5 star rated bookshelf speakers. https://www.whathifi.com/q-acoustics/concept-20/review Can be viewed online (PM us for stereo.net pricing) Black - http://www.customht.com.au/q-acoustics-c-20-concept-20- book-shelf-speakers-pair-gloss-black.html White - http://www.customht.com.au/q-acoustics-c-20-concept-20-book-shelf-speakers-pair-gloss-white.html We also have the matching speaker stands and centre speaker, if your looking for a package deal send us a PM and we'll see what you can work out for you. Specifications Enclosure type: 2-way reflex Bass Unit: 125mm Treble Unit: 25mm Frequency Response: 64Hz - 22kHz Nominal Impedance: 6ohm Minimum Impedance: 4ohm Sensitivity: 86dB Recommended Power: 25 - 75w Crossover Frequency: 2.9kHz Dimensions H/D/W mm: 265 x 282 x 170 Weight: 12kg Sold in: Pairs Finishes available: Lacquered Black Gloss / Lacquered White Gloss Warranty: 5 Years Pictures:
  6. Item: EPOS EPIC 2 BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS Location: BONSI Price: $500 Item Condition: EXCELLENT USED Reason for selling: TO MUCH AUDIO GEAR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Epos Epic 2 Speakers Excellent condition - Suit new buyer Selling due to having to much audio gear in my small apartment Low hours as I have several speakers I rotate for listening Great sounding. Please google for reviews large box - I prefer pick up any questions please feel free to ask Thanks for looking Pictures:
  7. Item: Usher S520 Bookshelf Speakers Location: Perth, WA Price: $250 Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only Extra Info: A pair of white S520s in immaculate condition for sale. The come with mint white grills, which I've never used from day one. I currently place them on a pair of B&W speaker stands which can be included for an extra $100. Pictures:
  8. Item: ADS CM-6 bookshelf monitors Location: ACT Price: $275 (add another $50 for shipping within Australia if not local to ACT, I'll pack them ridiculously well) Item Condition: Mint Condition Reason for selling: Not needed any more Payment Method: Pickup or local delivery within ACT - Cash, Paypal if interstate Extra Info: Hi All, I'm selling 2 A/D/S CM-6 bookshelf monitors. They are extremely accurate and punch well above their size (once you pick one up, you'll understand why - they are heavy!) I don't know the exact year they were made, but I do have the following info: - 1 inch soft domed tweeter ("ferrofluid filled parabolic soft dome") - 5 inch woofer, sealer box (acoustic suspension), Don't let the 5 inch woofer fool you - Google "SEALED SPEAKER RESPONSE" and you'll discover that sealed speaker design have a much lower (and accurate) bass response than ported designs. - Beautiful mids, airy treble, tight, detailed bass (surprisingly deep and tight if you feed them enough power). - 'Plasti-crete' (some form of very inert resin housing), quite heavy for their size (approx. 20lb/9kg each) - 33cm H, 19cm W, 24cm D - the back of the speakers say "4 ohm, 80W/120W RMS" - Made in Germany Thanks for looking! Pictures:
  9. Item: ADS CM-6 bookshelf monitors Location: ACT Price: $270 (add another $50 for shipping within Australia if not local to ACT) Item Condition: Mint Condition Reason for selling: Not needed any more Payment Method: Pickup or local delivery within ACT - Cash, Paypal if interstate Extra Info: Hi All, I'm selling this A/D/S CM-6 bookshelf monitors. They are extremely accurate and punch much harder than their size would imply (once you pick one up, you'll understand why - they are heavy!) I don't know the exact year they were made, but I do have the following info: - 1 inch soft domed tweeter ("ferrofluid filled parabolic soft dome") - 5 inch woofer, sealer box (acoustic suspension) - Beautiful mids, airy treble, tight, detailed bass (surprisingly deep and tight if you feed them enough power). - 'Plasti-crete' (some form of inert resin housing), quite heavy for their size (approx. 20lb/9kg each) - 33cm H, 19cm W, 24cm D - the back of the speakers say "4 ohm, 80W/120W RMS" - Made in Germany Pictures: see attached to this post. Thanks for looking!
  10. Item: KEF LS50 Anniversary Limited Model - Black Gloss in Excellent Condition Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane Price: $1450 Item Condition: 9/10 in excellent condition Reason for selling: Moving overseas Payment Method: Pickup and will Post at buyers cost. Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Very little use award-winning KEF LS50 Anniversary Model. Gloss Black in absolutely pristine condition (cosmetically and sound). These speakers have been tested by Mike Lenehan from Lenehan Audio on the Gold Coast. Mike has given them his approval. Original box and manuals are provided. Please contact me for any more information, to discuss shipping or an audition. Thanks for looking. Pictures:
  11. Item: Large bookshelf or stand mount DIY 2-ways speakers Location: Langwarrin Price: $200 (below cost of parts) - with donation to SNA if they sell at this price Item Condition: As new 9.5/10 Reason for selling: Too many speakers Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These excellent looking and great sounding speakers comprise a 6.5" woofer\mid and isodynamic ribbon tweeter. 2nd order (-12/db/octave) Xover. Xover point at 2.1KHz. Brass gold plated single 3-way binding posts on rear. Xover comprise large air core chokes and 100V proper Xover polies. All internal wiring is solid copper. Boxes are 19ltr and the box and port design are by computer modelling. The tweeters were balanced by ear. These speakers test dead flat from 50Hz to over 22K. Lower 3db point is 40Hz with some output at 30Hz. Sensitivity is about 88db and the speakers have worked well with 5W SET amps. The finish is a heavy stippled black paint. It is very tough, washable and light and acoustically dead. Internally the boxes are heavily braced and with multilayers of Dacron and bituminised heavy Al lined. Bass is exceptional and at a demo at the Melbourne Audio club a number of members were surprised by bass extension and depth. They also liked the overall sound. http://retro-thermionic.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/voxdeux65-2-way-with-65-woofermid-and.html Pictures:
  12. Item: Gecko GKS116 Bookshelf speaker stands Location: Kilsyth South Price: $30.00 Item Condition: Good Reason for selling: Bought new stands Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal. Extra Info: One stand has some light chips the other some small scratches on the edge of the top glass plate. Dimensions are 253w x 253d x 785h mm Pictures:
  13. Item: Dynaudio Audience 40 Location: Melbourne Price: 280 Item Condition: Used Reason for selling: Not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Couple of odd marks due to age etc., also one of the soft dome tweeters has a small indent as pictured - I'm told this can easily be rectified with masking tape which I haven't tried as it has no effect on the sound and didn't bother me. Pictures:
  14. Item: LINN Kan MK1 Location: Perth Price: $650 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Low on coin ATM. Will absolutely regret afterwards Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Beautiful consecutive serial number pair of Linn Kan's nothing else really needs to be said about these. Pictures:
  15. Item: Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2 and B&W STAV 24 Stand Location: Sydney Price: $850 $750 $700 $650 Item Condition: Like New - 18 months Old Reason for selling: Upgrade to Floorstander Speakers Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer Extra Info: For sale is my B&W 685 S2 bookshelf speakers finished in black ash and a pair of B&W STAV-24 speaker stands. I have the original box for the speakers which I can provide. The speakers are in excellent condition with no markings, cracks or dents on the speaker cabinets. The speaker has not been over driven and cared for. Please refer to the pictures below. The speakers are approx 18 months old and have been cared for. Available for demo in local Sydney area. Price is negotiable. Best bang for your buck entry level bookshelf speaker. Only selling due to upgrade to a pair of floorstander speakers. Pictures:
  16. Item: Vivid Audio V1.5 Speakers Pearl White Location: Lara VIC 3212 Price: $2000 ono Item Condition: Good - minor blemishes on one speaker. Reason for selling: Fire sale Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Absolutely beautiful (in the eye of the beholder) speakers that I swore I would never sell. I purchased them from @mpearce38 in 2014 and have enjoyed them since. Original for sale ad linked below. There is a small chip in the paint on one speaker (pictured below) and a very faint scratch in one of the drivers. I do not have the shipping crates and would prefer a local sale. Spikes, Grills, and Van Den Hul jumper leads included. For sale ad: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/70186-sold-vivid-audio-v15-speakers-pearl-white/?tab=comments#comment-1179466 Review: https://www.whathifi.com/vivid-audio/v15/review Pictures:
  17. Item: ATC SCM11 Location: Melbourne Price:$900 cash on delivery to Melbourne Item Condition: excellent used condition Reason for selling: upgrading to SCM19 Payment Method: COD Only Extra Info: for music pleasure these are the choice model, as many reviews suggest, but I am upgrading up the line to towards the pro series. NO POSTAGE free personal delivery around Melbourne Pictures:
  18. Item: Dynaudio Focus 140 Bookshelf Speakers. Cherry Location: Western Sydney (Marsden Park) Price: $1450 ono $1300 Item Condition: Used. No marks. Reason for selling: Looking to upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Can deliver anywhere in Sydney at no extra cost. Pictures:
  19. Item: Usher Speakers. Location: Perth Price: 2,250 ono Item Condition: Immaculate Reason for selling: Too many speakers.... Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Can pack and send on request. Willing to trade for quality valve phono stage Extra Info: Selling pair of beloved Mini X Diamond speakers. These are in immaculate condition. Selling as recently upgraded. Don't be fooled by the size of these speakers, they produce an outstanding sound. They are also beautifully made, and will look stylish in almost every setting. They can be used as bookshelves without the stands. Paid $3,495 for the speakers, and $995 for the Usher matching stands. They were also upgraded by Audio Synergy here in Perth with silver internal wiring ($1000). Total package cost ~$5,500. These are priced to sell! They have been receiving great reviews. See the following: http://i.nextmedia.com.au/avhub/australian-hifi_reviews_2013_2013-07_usher_audio_dancer_minix_diamond_loudspeakers_lores.pdf. Happy to demo. Pictures:
  20. Item: ELAC Uni-fi UB5 Bookshelf Speakers Black Location: Altona Melbourne Price: 750 Item Condition: Brand new in box Reason for selling: I brought 2 pairs and only need one pair Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Brand new in box unopened ELAC Uni-fi UB5 Bookshelf Speakers. These are great speakers have a read up on them if you don't know about them. Long story short I accidentally brought 2 pairs from the states but I only need one so I am letting these go at cost price. If you are in the market for these I have done the leg work for you. Prefer pick up. Pictures:
  21. Item: Dynaudio Excite X12 Gloss Black Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia Price: $750 Shipping available at buyers expense Item Condition: Used Reason for selling: Downsizing Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I purchased these brand new in December 2013 and so have another year of warranty remaining. They are in excellent condition, see the photos to make your own judgement, and include the original box. I feel these speakers 'speak' for themselves with their reputation and so won't blabber on about it, I am only selling them to slim down all of my Hi-Fi. Yes there is some dust build up on the tweeters, however this does not affect the sound and I do not have the confidence to clean them without fear of creasing or damaging them. Stands not included. Pictures:
  22. Item: Black Ash 685S2 Location: Perth Price: $750.00 Item Condition: Excellent Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer Extra Info: Happy to courier Australia wide at your cost. Pictures:
  23. Item: Krix Brix Mk3 Bookshelf Speakers Location: Redfern Price: $95 plus $5 donation to SNA Item Condition: 7/10. Functionally fine, but originally purchased without covers. Reason for selling: No longer required – replaced by other monitors. Payment Method: Cash on pickup or Paypal Extra Info: Purchased these speakers from Wolfies Records in Adelaide last year. I heard them playing in the shop and was so amazed with their sound I bought them right then and there. The speakers come with wall mounts, but unfortunately I bought them without any covers. I used these as small monitor speakers for audio editing. I’ve now upgraded to a pair of self-powered them with a pair of Mackie MR5’s. I’m also selling a 45wpc Yamaha RX385 integrated amp in a separate ad for $70 that works great with these. If you’re interested in a small stereo setup, I’d be happy to sell both as a bundle for $140 plus $10 donation to SNA. Happy to demo if you’re in Sydney, and could ship via Pack’n’Send if you’re interstate. Specs are: Frequency Range: 75Hz - 20kHz Power Handling: Maximum 60 watts RMS Sensitivity: 87dB for 2.83 volts at 1 metre Configuration: 4 inch 2-way Bass Drivers: • Fibre reinforced moulded polymer baskets with a nominal 100mm (4") doped paper cones • 25mm (1") voice coil wound on high powered aluminium former. Double magnet shielded. Tweeter: • 19mm (¾") fabric dome • Ferro fluid cooled • Neodymium magnet Crossover Point: 3 kHz Impedance: Nominally 6 ohms Enclosure Type: Bass reflex, rear vented Dimensions (HxWxD): 230mm x 150mm x 190mm Material: 12mm MDF Finish: Vinyl or lacquered timber veneer Volume: 3 litres internal Weight: 3kg Pictures:
  24. Hi all, Sorry but this is going to be a long post. After a number of major life changes recently, I have to downsize everything and unfortunately, that includes my stereo system. My existing system is one I bought from Penny Lane in Melbourne over 30 years ago. While everything is in immaculate condition, it's gotta go. The turntable, which is a REGA Planar 3 with an Ortofon MC10 Super cartridge, will not be replaced, though I'm keeping my vinyl. I just don't play vinyl any more. The amplifier is a NAD 3020B which has been an absolute trooper and will be sadly missed. The speakers...aah, the speakers. These are Carlsson OA50, recently refoamed by Open Ear Audio and sounding as good as they ever did. I don't play loud. I think I only ever ran at a constant 1 watt on the amp once and that was too loud for me. The next system will have to fit into a bedroom so the only candidates are bookshelf speakers and a small sub. I hadn't really listened to this system for a few years because the speakers needed fixing so I was confined to a set of Sennheiser HD600 headphones which I like but don't love. In fact the other thing that's driving this is my need to relax and headphones are too claustrophobia-inducing for me. The sound is also rather artificial and properly-placed stereo speakers have a better soundstage for my liking. Since getting the Carlssons refoamed, I have discovered two things: 1) I seriously need music in my life right now so that I can zone out and 2) those speakers are going to be very hard to replace. But unfortunately, they take up too much floor space and are a bit uncompromising when it comes to position. Small bookshelf speakers and a small sub are much easier to accommodate. Of course. all of this will depend on where I end up but the likely set up will be in a bedroom. I should also add that my hearing is not very good. I'm much more interested in musicality and engagement so I'm not very good at auditioning. I lack patience but I definitely know what I like. So far, I have listened to B&W 685 and 686, Dynaudio Emit 10 and Emit 20, Canton Chrono 512 DC and 513 DC, Monitor Audio Silver 2 and Castle Richmond Anniversary. On the list but yet to hear are Tannoy Revolution XT6 and Elac Uni-Fi UB5. Of those I liked both B&Ws and both Dynaudios. I thought the Castles were good but not stunning for the money. The Monitor Audios left me less than completely satisfied and the Cantons, while beautifully made, had no mid-range worth speaking of. Amps have been Arcam A19, REGA Brio-R, AMC (don't know which model) and a couple of compact units, such as the Cambridge Audio ONE and the Marantz 611. Still on the list to be heard are Yamaha U671, NAD C 338 and some of the other very small class D amps like the Pro-Ject Maia, the NAD D3020 and the Yamaha WXA50. The Arcam was nice but not stellar. I think it had a bit more in the tank. The REGA Brio-R wasn't as good as expected and the AMC wasn't too bad but it was rather large. I was even less impressed with the REGA after I saw what is inside. IMHO, it's not a well-designed amp, putting an unshielded toroidal transformer in the middle. I'd love a Marantz 6006 or Yamaha 501. Those guys really know how to design stuff but they don't know what "small" means. I have considered the Yamaha MCR N670 bookshelf system but I would definitely be looking to upgrade the speakers. So my budget - while contingent on what I can get for my existing stuff (which I really don't want to part with) - is up to $2K for a speaker package - which may have to include a small sub, - and about $1K for the amp. The subs I'm considering are the B&W 608 and the Dynaudio 250 II. I'm not looking for floor thumping bass. I just want music. I have an old Blu-ray player I'm using as a CD player at the moment. It's not very musical but it will do for now. I play mostly classical music from Gregorian chant through pipe organ music to symphonies and concerti but I like 60s - 80s rock (Pink Floyd, The Who, Deep Purple, etc.), a bit of jazz here and there and even some electronic. The existing system does all that extremely well and with a fabulous soundstage. So, if you've been kind enough to stick with me this far, I'm interested in your opinions. Fundamentally, I'm looking for something so that I can listen to the music with all the nuances. I don't want to be distracted by equipment.
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