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  1. Item: Ayre Acoustics AX-7e Integrated Amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: 2500 Item Condition: Mint Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This Stereophile Class A integrated is famous for its performance and value. 60w into 8 ohms and 120w into 4 - it will drive most speakers and I have found it isn't fussy. Balanced and single ended inputs. This one is in as new condition and was purchased in Australia (240v). Original packaging, manual and remote included. Pictures:
  2. Item: PEACHTREE AUDIO NOVA220SE STEREO INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER - BLACK Location: Melbourne HiFi 590 Burwood Road Hawthorn Price: Was $2849 On SALE $2299 SNA MEMBERS SAVE ADDITIONAL $100 Item Condition: Ex Display with box and full waranty Payment Method: Cash, M/Card, Visa, EFT Extra Info: Collect from Melbourne HiFi can ship to anywhere in Australia Powerful Amplification 220 watts per channel 8? 350 watts per channel 4? High Resolution 24-bit/192kHz DAC with upsampling and reclocking to minimize jitter 24/192 Asynchronous USB input for high-performance computer audio Optical and coax digital inputs to upgrade digital music streamers like Sonos and Apple TV Pure analog input for your turntable/phono preamp, tuner, SACD player Audiophile-quality headphone amplifier for high-performance headphones Selectable triode tube buffer for more natural sound Dimensions: 145mm high x 377mm wide x 343mm deep Weight: 9kg Pictures:
  3. Primare I 32 integrated amp Location: Richmond VIC Price: $1600 (offers welcome) Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: moving to valves for 2 channel Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only This is an integrated amp in excellent condition. Plenty of power and loads of detail. But I've rearranged my system and now want to try valves for my 2 channel system. I'd prefer local pick up but I do have original packaging so I can arrange courier at your expense. More images available on request. I am a longstanding member of Stereonet (Buddyev) and my sales history can be checked there. http://www.audiotrends.com.au/Primare_I32_Titanium.html?action=viewProduct&itemId=1729 http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/primare-i32-integrated-amp/ http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/primare/1.html http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/hi-fi-and-audio/audio-systems/primare-cd32-cd-player-and-i32-amp-935646/review
  4. Item: Rega Elex-R integrated amplifier Location: Brisbane Price: $old Item Condition: Excellent (6 months old) no scuffs or scratches Reason for selling: Looking to upgrade to Elicit-R Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+3%), COD Only Extra Info: I purchased this new June this year from Apollo HiFi in Sydney. Great amp, with great MM Phono Stage. I upgraded from Rega Brio-3 and was a substantial improvement. I don't have the little Rega remote that came with the Elex-R (I sold it bundled with Apollo-R recently) I will include Rega Solaris Remote for an extra $100 http://www.rega.co.uk/solaris-remote.html Rega Elex-R at Apollo HiFi: http://www.apollohifi.com.au/rega-elex-r-stereo-integrated-amplifier.html Rega Official: http://www.rega.co.uk/elex-r.html Rega Elex-R What Hi-Fi 2016 5-Star Review: http://www.whathifi.com/rega/elex-r/review Pictures:
  5. Item: Cosmetically modified Copland CSA 8 Integrated Amp Location: North Sydney prefer pickup Price: $450 Item Condition: Used (Good) Reason for selling: Project for second system but never got to a second system Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a pet project - cosmetic rebuild COPLAND CSA 8 which is the solid state simplified version of the CSA 14. As you can see cosmetics are different with a mirror black gloss face plate (metallic sapphire BMW black to be precise) at a cost of $150, knobs are an elegant large aluminum finish great feel to it and not cheap, Replaced binding posts with new quality ones (not the crappy ones), LED light is light blue. Internals are the same. Did not change the caps or anything so room to improve the sound for any budding DIY. Replaced feet with audiophile points from the Germany made some a metallic composite (can't remember the brand). Looks, feels and sounds solid; this is not a light weight unit in looks or sound and has great authority and guts to it; sounds more powerful than its 60w rating. So this unit has NO remote and only 3xRCA inputs as per original. Personally don't find this a big deal but couch potatoes might not be happy. Also major caveat and need to declare that the power switch is not working so the unit turns on by default when you plug it in. I just switch it off at the wall socket. You can repair this if you like. Other switches work fine (volume, input select) and course no sonic issues. Kept this so long as it does sound good and looks the business after the visual mods I like it better than the stock look. Pictures:
  6. Item: AARON 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Integrated AmpLocation: Redbank Plains, Qld (Brisbane)Price: $800Item Condition: Excellent.Reason for selling: Surplus.Payment Method: Cash, Paypal (+3%) or Bank Deposit (deposit would need to clear before taking the goods)Extra Info: Pickup Only. This integrated amp was thoughtfully improved upon by Decky with the following mods: Replaced the input RCAs Binding posts to Eichmann quality IEC socket with a proper switch Replaced all diodes with MUR 860s Main caps improved to Panasonic TS-UP level and capacitance increased from 40mF to 60mF Added a pair of Panasonic film 0.1uF caps and a pair of bleed resistors Preamp opamps (NE5532) replaced with LM4562s All other electro caps Panasonic FC series All PSU wiring MIL spec teflon wire; signal pure silver in teflon Changed feet These upgrades have been documented by Decky in the forums. Note: The amp makes the speakers thump when turned on (from the mains) but both Decky and the manufacturer have assured me this is perfectly normal. The response I got from the manufacturer as follows: 'If you connect the amplifier to the mains, there will be a "plop-noise". Because of sound-quality reasons, your amplifier is not equipped with relays on the output-stage.' If the amp is left on standby this doesn't happen, only when turned on from the mains. The manufacturer also advises in their documentation that the amp is designed to be left on. These amps sold for around AU $3300 and the optional remote $200 (which weighs like a brick!).
  7. Item: AARON 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Integrated AmpLocation: Redbank Plains, Qld (Brisbane)Price: $800Item Condition: Excellent.Reason for selling: Surplus.Payment Method: Cash, Paypal (+3%) or Bank Deposit (deposit would need to clear before taking the goods)Extra Info: Pickup Only. Not really sure I want to part with this but if it sells, it sells! This integrated amp was thoughtfully improved upon by Decky with the following mods: Replaced the input RCAs Binding posts to Eichmann quality IEC socket with a proper switch Replaced all diodes with MUR 860s Main caps improved to Panasonic TS-UP level and capacitance increased from 40mF to 60mF Added a pair of Panasonic film 0.1uF caps and a pair of bleed resistors Preamp opamps (NE5532) replaced with LM4562s All other electro caps Panasonic FC series All PSU wiring MIL spec teflon wire; signal pure silver in teflon Changed feet These upgrades have been documented by Decky, I would have included the links, but the Stereonet search doesn't seem to be functioning at the moment post upgrade. Note: The amp makes the speakers thump when turned on (from the mains) but both Decky and the manufacturer have assured me this is perfectly normal. The response I got from the manufacturer as follows: 'If you connect the amplifier to the mains, there will be a "plop-noise". Because of sound-quality reasons, your amplifier is not equipped with relays on the output-stage.' If the amp is left on standby this doesn't happen, only when turned on from the mains. The manufacturer also advises in their documentation that the amp is designed to be left on. These amps sold for around AU $3300 and the optional remote $200 (which weighs like a brick!).
  8. Item: Cambridge Audio 540A V2 & 540C V2 Location: Mitcham Vic Price: $300 for amp and $250 for the CD player. By both and I'll throw in a Yamaha AM/FM tuner Item Condition: 9/10 Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Great bang for buck here as a 2nd system or budget start into quality components. I bought this combo to power a second system in my kids rumpus room upstairs which it has done beautifully powering either Whatmough floorstanders or Osborn Eos stand mounts, both now sold though so these need to go too. We were finding the use was mainly to play CD's to our girls while they feel asleep and then we would have to go back upstairs to turn everything off. We now have a basic Sonos Play 3 there which can be controlled from downstairs. I have original packaging for the CD player and have to see if the remote is in the box as they are universal, 1 remote controls both units so 1 was never used. Pictures:
  9. I've mentioned the circumstances surrounding the appearance of the RGi35ENR at my place of residence over in the addicts guide thread (post #95 for those who are curious). I've re-posted the pics pics above from there, they are the only ones I've got and we can't have a review thread without a few pics. You know, sometimes I forget what it is that I’m looking for in an integrated amp. Am I looking for perfection? Well… sure… why not, but I’m enough of a realist that I’m not actually expecting to find it. Am I looking for extended highs (because I do like them!), sweet mids, natural mids, sexy vocals, deep bass… I could go on and on. But I think what I’m looking for is an enjoyable presentation, one that entertains. And I’m not really that fussy on the details (not until I put on my critical hat and reach for my clipboard anyway) I’m just after an amp that I will enjoy listening to, everything else is secondary. Most of the amps I’ve managed to get my hands on over the past few years have sounded pretty good, there were only really 3 that I had serious “lack of appreciation†issues with and it wasn't so much that they did things badly it was more that they did things in a way that I really didn’t like. Listening to them was still a worthwhile learning experience (even if I didn’t choose to do it for very long). I am happy to say that the ‘35ENR has provided me with another learning experience, and quite a pleasant one to boot. Now I’ve been sent this REDGUM RGi35ENR Black Series (by accident, or possibly due to the wish I made when I saw that shooting star last week) to add to my amp experiences and I am happy to say that I quite like it. It’s got the kahunas of a paratrooper, more bass than a guitar shop and enough honesty that it could never hope to get itself elected to parliament. All of these are good things, but I’ve come unstuck in the past a few times now where I’ve discovered that even though I thought an amp performed great in initial listening they turned out to have a serious flaw or two once I put on my chosen test disc and put pen to paper so, let us get down to brass tacks shall we? The cables in use for this test were Aurealis ICs from source to amp and REDGUM speaker cables. The source was my usual Consonance cd120 and the speakers were my Lenehan/ETI S2R stand mounts. The ‘35ENR is rated at 65wpc and sports some pretty decent power claims down into 2 Ohms, if you want all the details I suggest you check out the indiegogo link here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/redgum-black-signature-series-amplifier-project Or one of the SNA links, news here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/redgum-black-signature-series-amplifier-project And discussion thread here: http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/66328-21-years-of-redgum-so-something-special-had-to-happen/ Highs: Triangle is bigger and bolder than ever with a longer ring out (or hang) time, trumpet seems to be ever so slightly smoothed/sweetened (so not quite as raspy as usual) but it retains its identity well (ie it’s still very distinctly a trumpet), Piano is similar, just ever so slightly less crisp and more sweet than I’m used to, not enough of a change to annoy just enough to indicate a distinct personality. This is the first time I’ve heard ‘slightly sweetened’ upper treble that I actually enjoyed. 7.5 Mids: I had a bit of a hard time coming up with words here, eventually I coined the phrase ‘naturally, neutrally, pleasant, and just a little bit mellow’ to describe the mid range presentation of the ‘35ENR. 7.5 Bass: Provides extra large helpings of Strong, Deep, Fast, Hard and Solid Bass. At lower volume levels the bass sits happily and unobtrusively in line with the top end and the mids but when you up the volume it really kicks in. At these higher volume levels it can intrude on the higher frequencies and hide some of the detail of them, however if you are listening at these volumes then it is unlikely that you would be seeking those details and more likely that you would be trying to drive your friends from the room (or possibly your neighbours from the street). There is a massive amount of bass on tap for an amp of this wattage rating. Very impressive. 7.75 (was to be an 8.0 but I marked it down 0.25 due to the occasional bass intrusion) Vocals: Very much the same as the mid range, the vocals seem to a bit understated but end up being very captivating all the same. The REDGUM doesn’t seem to exerting an influence over them in any way, they certainly aren’t sweetened, softened or smoothed, they seem untouched. An example of less is more maybe? It certainly makes the vocals very hard to score, I’m going to go with a 7.5 as I did with the mid range, but keep in mind that if ‘un-interfered with vocals’ is what you are after then this should be an 8.0 or 8.5. 7.5 2D Soundstaging: I have to make mention of this, the ‘35ENR has a massive level of channel separation, so much so that many vocals and instruments that I am used to hearing ‘smack bang in the middle of the speakers’ migrated to the left or right by up to a meter (for a few songs there I must have looked like I was watching a tennis match, my head was turning left and right so often). This is a pretty damn cool effect (IMO, obviously), you could almost call it ‘enhanced stereo’. Now I stopped giving scores for soundstaging a while back, and this is a pity because here the little REDGUM excels. If I was awarding scores this one would have to be a 9.0. 3D Soundstaging: Pretty much as expected, it would score somewhere between 6 and 7, maybe 7.5, which was a bit of a let down after the 2D result above. Overall Performance Integration: Loves its transients, puts out a very dynamic and solid performance that it is generally happy to let the bass take the lead in (at higher volumes anyway), the highs and mids can be surprisingly delicate and detailed at times but the amp does like to remind the listener that it really likes to emphasise its bass performance. This is one of those amps that loves everything to change, while it doesn’t mind nice mellow flowing music it absolutely loves big dips and crashes. In some ways it puts me in mind of a 20 year old with a new sports car, he’s always smiling but he’s smiling wider when he’s accelerating, braking or changing direction. 7.0 Ability to Emote: I’m going to split this in two here and award one score for the mids and highs and one for the bass. 7.0 (mids and highs) a nice light allure that slowly and gently drags you in, that naturalness speaks to you but it does it a bit slowly since it takes a little time to work out exactly what it is you are hearing. 8.5 (bass) Grabs you by the scruff of the neck, drags you to the end of the pier, wraps a chain around your left foot and then throws you (and the two bricks attached to the other end of the chain) off the end. Even if you are not a fan of it, you are definitely going to react to that bass! Electric Guitar Test: 7.5, very good but that natural mid range doesn’t quite let me hear the ‘feedback edge’ that I like. Luckily this score increases to 8.0 if you crank the volume over 85db. 80’s Rock Test: 7.0 Perfectly adequate but just not outstanding. I may try some other 80’s rock just to confirm. Comments: Another amp that is just that little bit different to most. It’s been a long time between drinks in my chosen hobby lately but at least I can say that those drinks have been ‘strong and interesting’ ones. Since REDGUM use a passive volume control I was expecting to hear some of that softening of the leading edge of notes that I heard with the ME240 (particularly when I ran it without a low impedance source) and/or the mellow liquid sound/effect of the Exposure 2010S2. I could hear it (to a lesser extent) with the REDGUM RGM175 system I had previously too, so it was pretty surprising to discover that it just didn’t happen with the ‘35ENR. Good stuff! In fact, there is very little about the sonic signature of this amp that reminds me about the RGM175 system that I had recently. Admittedly it was 5 years old and this amp is about 5 minutes old so that may well explain it. I will say that I like the ‘35ENR more than the RGM175 though, and I’m not sure that all of that difference can be said to be due to my ‘soft spot’ for integrated amps. I’m thinking those three initials make quite a difference. Another thing I discovered was that the amp is sensitive enough to easily display the difference between 2 DACs, I had the REDGUM CD5ENR hooked up and was doing some swapping back and forth between it and my Consonance cd120 and found that the character of the amp changed significantly when I switched between the two, the bass increased by at least 10% with the CD5 ENR, and was pushed out by 2 or 3 feet which separated it (in the soundstage) from the top end and the mids which seemed to stay where they already were, in between the speakers. Now I know the two players have quite different sounding character but it is rare to find an integrated amp that can display that change in character so vividly (if only they all did then there would be far fewer people walking around claiming that DACs don’t make a difference). That is a definite feather in the little REDGUM’s cap. All of this is about in line with what I would expect to get in an integrated amp in the two to two-point-five thousand dollar range (I’m talking Aussie dollars here). It certainly fits in with many other amps I’ve heard that sit in that price range. But… it isn’t in that price range… is it? OK, so now that I’ve typed somewhere around 1700 words about the integrated amp in question, how about I try it out as a power amp? If I wind the volume pots fully open then I can, and, to my way of thinking, if I can then I really should. And quickly, before anyone asks for it back.
  10. An addicts guide to integrated amps. Last year, I went a bit nuts, I was interested in finding out if the amps that were freely available over the net from China, and from ebay, for a fairly reasonable price were actually a worthwhile buy. Could these little bargain basement pieces of gear play in the big leagues? Or at least in the same league as the mainstream brands? The results were pretty surprising, price is in no way directly proportional to quality in the audio field. The contestants are a pretty mixed bunch, I just bought whatever I could get my hands on provided it was available at a steep discount to RRP. Unfortunately for me this project turned into a bit of an obsession and I now buy an amp every month or so and add it to my list. I wrote most of this up on DTV forums a while back, this is an updated version as of May 2012. I have started with the amps I disliked the most at the top, remember this is just my opinion of the amps performance on my system in my room so this is far from a complete evaluation of each amps potential in every situation. However if you happen to own one of the amps listed and are wondering what one of the other amps listed might sound like on your system then you may be able to gain a little insight from reading on. Tonewinner AD-3. A massive amp that is so heavy you would swear it was made from recycled battleships. No extras on it, with one exception, it just has inputs for 3 sources plus balanced in. One massive 700VA toroidal transformer and a not-very-well-put-together remote to control volume and input selection. One thing this amp does have going for it is the ability to switch from class A (40W) to class AB (150W), however it always starts in A, you have to change it to AB every time you turn it on. In class A it puts out a lot of heat (not much of a surprise) in AB it is not too bad for heat. Available via china for $1200-1300 AUD plus postage. Tonewinner are the OEM for Emotiva, though I am not sure that means anything when talking about their own models. Sound. Very deep, though not very clean, bass and lots of it. A great home theatre amp in either A or AB but not that good with music. It has a very deep and dark sound stage that only just allows the high and mid frequencies to escape from it. I had high hopes for this amp but it did not meet any of them. All of the other amps I listened to sounded so much better than this amp for music. I tried running the Tonewinner through my old speakers, Accusound Delta 895’s, and it sounded much better and was actually fairly involving in its performance. Through my Osborns it was deep, bassy and a bit rough Consonance C1. My standard listening amp for about 5 years, a nice simple integrated that garnered several good reviews when it came out, 3 models old now but about $1500 AUD when new. A 120W rated amp though many people feel it is actually closer to 150W. Sound. The C1 is head and shoulders above the Tonewinner in the area of music, about the same for home theatre, it still has a deep and dark sound stage (much smoother and quieter in its background than the Tonewinner) but it actually lets the high and mid frequencies out to play. Very nice bass performance but lacking in the mids and highs when compared to most of the other amps on offer. Does not let the edge of electric guitar come through well enough imo but in most aspects it is a well made amp that will play rock and metal fairly well but is not going to be anyones choice for classical listening. I was surprised when it ranked so low on my list, I had really enjoyed listening to it for all these years. Hlly T-90 A tripath amp available over the net from china for about $300 (plus postage). Rated at 90W into 4ohms (or 40W into 8 ohms, I would call this a 40W amp, but then I am not in marketing) it would seem to be a high output version of the amps that so many people have been raving about for the last decade or so. It only has one input and no remote but so what, at the price and with the reputation I am expecting a very nice audition. Sound. Nice highs, good mids and no bass whatsoever. I was very disappointed with this amp, it may be good for classical listening and female vocals but it will never work with rock, pop or metal. I found I just could not listen to a performance which completely left out the bass segment of any music (and I have never thought of myself as that much of a bass fan). I cannot see what all the hype was about. Krell KAV 300IL With the name and rep associated with Krell I expect this amp to kick the butt of everything I compared it to. With 200W on tap it is the most powerful of the entire group, and at circa $5000 new it jolly well should be too. Purchased over ebay for $2300 AUD. Sound. Almost bland, very cool and clear but it seems to underemphasize everything to the point where the music loses any character. The music just does not grab the listener at all. Bass is rather thin, heaps of power but it doesn’t seem to actually use it. Smoothes off the edge of electric guitars, no real enjoyment to be had from this amp. The sound does improve as the volume in increased but you just can’t run it that loud for everyday use. I have heard that some owners have changed the sound of this amp by replacing the fuses in the speaker lines, I found very little difference when I replaced them. The Krell is another amp that performed in a much more satisfying manner when used with my Accusounds, I came to the conclusion that it is meant to be used with speakers that are harder to drive and less efficient than mine, though I can’t prove that. Onkyo A9555 This is the point where I really start enjoying myself. One thing I have to mention here is that the build quality on the Onkyo is pretty shocking, the bass and treble control knobs point to 11:30 rather than 12:00 when in neutral and the chassis just feels thin and weak compared to every other amp listed. Also the selection and volume knobs have a “loose†feel to their movement, none of this affects the sound but it really did stand out to me as proof that ‘made in Japan’ does not seem to mean all that it once did. Sound. The Onkyo puts on a very nice performance, it is engaging and pleasant to listen to. It has bass and mids that, while they are not quite as good as the Perreaux SX25i or the Burson, are not exactly lacking. The highs are a little airy, maybe a bit too airy for some but not for me. The bass is a little underemphasized when compared to the highs and mids and the amp has a slightly warm and airy sound throughout (which I believe is the signature Onkyo sound). There is nothing in the Onkyo’s performance that offends, it just doesn’t sound quite as good as some others. Retails for about $1000 AUD, could be had for $700-800 over ebay. Perreaux E160i I had been hunting for another Perreaux after I heard the SX25i as I thought rather highly of it and wanted to hear an amp that was more powerful and designed by the same company. The result was a little disappointing but mostly informative. Sound. The E160i is not as detailed as its little brother but it has a very addictive rhythm, so addictive that I was tapping my foot even as I was writing down negative comments about it. No other amp I have heard has been as catchy as this one, but that just didn’t ingratiate me to it as much as it might. It is not a bad amp, it is a rather nice amp but it does not have the level of detail that I have heard out of the amps listed below. It also seemed to have less bass than most, which is a bit of a head scratcher when it is listed at 160 Watts. Marantz KI Pearl Lite I was expecting big things from the Marantz, and it only disappointed slightly. A very nice unit with as much connectivity as you would ever need (as do the Onkyo and the Krell). The speaker binding post ends were difficult to remove (for banana plugs) and I had to screw the posts completely open and then pop them from the inside with a jewelry screwdriver. Sound. A lighter touch than the Onkyo with just as engaging a soundstage. I listened to the Lite for a long time, over a week and as I listened I started to notice a warmth to the sound in the mids and highs. Far less obvious than the Onkyo and yet somehow far less pleasant. Once I had noticed this warm sound I could not ignore it and it started to drive me crazy. I have rated the Marantz better than the Onkyo due to its slightly better performance in the highs and mids but if I had to go back to one of them it would be the Onkyo. The bass was also noticeably better than the Onkyo. A RRP of $2400 AUD this amp can be had over ebay for $1300. I have concluded that the Marantz sound is not for me. Thule Spirit 100A I have very little time with the Thule so it may have rated a little better or worse if I had more time to evaluated it but I didn’t. My impression of the Thule was that of a more detailed and controlled Consonance C1. A very dark soundstage with a quiet background. A nice piece of gear without much in the way of personality to color the sound. Cambridge 840a V2 A warmer, more powerful version of the Onkyo 9555 (well that is what it sounds like anyway). It also has a rich, smooth soundstage that is very pleasant to listen to. This amp has just been superceded by the 850 and can be bought over ebay for about half of its RRP of $2000. I could see vinyl lovers choosing this amp for their cd system. Dussun V6i An amp that just oozes power. It may have 150W on tap but it sounds like 250W and that power is obvious right from about 0.2 on the volume dial. What’s that Spinal Tap, your amp goes to 11, well this one goes to 12! I’m not kidding either, the volume dial is marked from 0 to 12, I never took it above 3. Some may argue that this amp should not rate this well, to them I say, you need to experience the performance for yourself. Sound. This amp does not display a soundstage in front of you, it blasts a sound stage out around you, a very forward amp that sounds a bit edgy. It displays a fairly light touch when necessary but in general it just blasts the music out to you and makes you love every second of it. A great amp to test, tons of fun, but I’m not sure I could live with it full time. I would definitely give it a try though. Prices vary wildly but it can generally be had for under $1000 AUD over ebay. Eastwood Hifi offer them for slightly more but you would be guaranteed of getting a 240V version and having a valid warrenty. I don’t usually mod amps but his one is so simple that I have to make mention of it. The Dussun pre and power sections are not connected inside the case, they both have rca plugs in the back of the amp, joined by jumpers. If the stock jumpers are removed and replaced with a standard interconnect (at a cost of $25 or so) then the performance of the amp can be improved noticeably. That edge to the sound drops away, it changes from a very forward amp to a slightly forward amp and the soundstage smooths out and separates instruments much more clearly. With the stock jumpers I found that the Dussun sounded slightly more preferable than the Cambridge (I was comparing them directly as they were both enhanced class A amps), with IC’s replacing the jumpers the Dussun left the Cambridge for dead. Hlly M1 Gainclone This tiny little amp is a standout star, no remote and only one input but by far the cheapest amp I have ever owned at just $165 AUD. It is advertised as having 40W (into 4 ohms) but into 8 ohms it is 25W. And it sounds just brilliant, but I am getting ahead of myself. Sound. Just brilliant. Beautiful highs and mids and just a tiny bit lacking on the bass. The 25W on tap ran my floorstanders up to the point where the roof shook. This is the quality of sound I had hoped for from the tripath amp. However my floorstanders are 93db and a min of 5.8ohms, I have tried this amp on a pair of bookshelfs that were 88db and nominal 4ohms and it struggled hard. If you have high efficiency speakers then a cheap gainclone amp is simply something you must try, if you don’t then cross it off your wishlist. Perreaux SX25i A great little miniature integrated amp, beats out the Hlly on both looks and build quality but is also way ahead on price. $1200 RRP, it can be found on ebay (very rarely) for $600 to $800. Sound. Even better than the Hlly, but not by much. It took 2 days of on-again off-again comparison for me to reach a decision that the Perreaux was definitely better so there isn’t a lot in it but yes, it is better on detail. I have heard that the NuForce Icons are meant to be better again, difficult to believe when the Perreaux is this good. Burson PI-160 The best integrated amp I have ever heard. By the time I had got hold of all these other amps I realized I had China and Japan heavily represented and the USA and New Zealand slightly less so but no Australian amp, I was also a bit short on cash. The 160 series is fairly new and so there are no second hand examples to be had but when I emailed the Burson fellows and asked if there were any demo amps available they kindly offered me one that had just returned from the Singapore Audio Show at a very reasonable discount. Thank you gents, your gear absolutely rocks! The Burson is a minimalist amp with only 3 inputs and a volume control so it will not suit everyones needs but it sounds just superb. 70W per channel and $2300 AUD. Sound. Clean extended highs with just the right amount of air, crisp mids and vocals and just the right amount of bass which is controlled with a velvet glove covering an iron fist. The bass control and the airy highs are the only distinct advantages it has over the Perreaux, that and the extra watts of course but advantages they most certainly are. Accessories For those interested in the hardware involved, the speakers used are Osborn Eclipses fed through Osborn Datalink cables. The cd player used (generally) is a modified CD120 linear (and occasionally a Halcro EC800, depending on mood) with a low jitter clock installed and a modified output stage that feeds the signal direct from the DAC’s. The listening room is an old cold room (yes, a cold room, and yes, it still seems a bit strange to me sometimes too) with a few hundred bucks worth of acoustic foam stuck to the walls, 2 large, soft mats on the floor and a cloth upholstered recliner to sit in. It measures 3500 by 5500 by about 2200mm high. The room isn’t perfect but according to a system set up disc and the “clap†test it is pretty good for sound staging and reverb. I still have 2 amps on hand that I have not finished evaluating yet, one Rotel RA1520 (which sounds very good, definitely a top 5 competitor) and an old Lynx Nebula that I seem to keep forgetting about. I’ll post updates as they become available and would appreciate it if any other SNA’ers out there have an opinion on an amp listed would post their opinions as well.
  11. Item: One Onkyo 9070 Integrated Amp with only 300 hours on the clock. Location: Bowen Nth Qld Price: $950 including postage to the eastern states Item Condition: As new with manual, remote and original packaging. Reason for selling: Really didn't like the sound of this series of Onkyo amps, far too soft for my liking. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD, Direct Deposit. Extra Info: Originally bought to use as a bit of a round robin amp to send around so that people can get a comparative idea of how things sound I was hoping that the new Onkyo series could be used as a foundation reference point for my integrated amp comparisons but there is no point in using an amp that I don't like the sound of as a reference point (well, OK, maybe there is, but it wouldn't be much fun, so it's up for sale). Would work brilliantly on bright or forward speakers since it is a very withdrawn and soft sounding amp. It is sort of an anti-Rotel. Pictures:
  12. Item: One Xindak A-08 Integrated Amp. Location: Bowen Nth Qld Price: $550 (including postage to the eastern states of Oz) Item Condition: Excellent, only 200 hours of use. Reason for selling: Too many amps, too little cash. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a 100wpc class D amp based on ICE modules, it also has that 'class D' sound that is slightly glarey and a bit 'digital' in nature. I would not recommend it for use with bright speakers, but on dark or warm speakers it is pretty good. A good combo with Usher S520s. Has a built in DAC based on the TDA1543 chip (it's not a great DAC but it is a reasonable one). The new RRP is $2300. Pictures:
  13. Item: Yamaha A-S 700 integrated amp Location:Melbourne Victoria Price: 600 Ono Item Condition: great condition with only superficial marks Reason for selling: upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: http://au.yamaha.com/en/products/audio-visual/hifi-components/amps/a-s700__l/?mode=model&transfer=pc&_ga=1.177908322.630512437.1396869875 Pictures:
  14. I was going to make a list of items that I could take along to Damo and my GTG on Dec 2nd and while I was thinking about it I remembered there were a few things in the back cupboard. So there are quite a few things here that I would like to move on, and if you live somewhere between Bowen and Brisbane I may even be able to deliver personally (provided you are OK with delivery somewhere between Nov 30th and Dec 3rd) Item: Consonance C1 Location: Bowen Price: $400 Item Condition: Very good. Reason for selling: I need the space. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Two generations prior to the Tristan this is a conventional class AB design with 120 Watts into 8 Ohms. The internal opamp has been replaced with a pair of the superior BB OPA627s. Pictures: Item: Plessis S1 Location: Bowen Price: $400 Sold Item Condition: Very good. Reason for selling: I need the space. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with remote and manual. Pictures: Item: Thule Spirit CD100 Location: Bowen Price: $320 Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: This is a spare cd player, and I have a few of those already. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with remote and manual/leaflet in original box. Pictures: Item: 2 pair of Furutech Alpha ICs Location: Bowen Price: $140 per pair or both for $250. Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: Don't like the sound of these cables, they soften the sound of my system and deepen the bass too much. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These are ICs put together by Wyn of Synergy audio in WA, they are made with Furutech cable and high quality connectors and Wyn claims are the equal of the Genuine Furutech ICs which retail for about $1000. I have been told that they are made of coaxial cable and that this explains their sound but i can't claim to truly understand that explanation. Pictures: Item: Myryad MXI2080 Dual Mono Integrated Amp Location: Bowen Price: $1000 Item Condition: Excellent, has approx 250 hours of use. Reason for selling: Need space and cash to buy future integrated amps. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with all original gear, remote, manual, jumpers and original box with original packaging. This is a very clean sounding amp that has no connections internally between the pre and power stages, they are connected via jumpers on the back pannel. This opens up all sorts of possibilities for future expansion. Pictures: Item: Burson Audio PRE-160 Preamp Location: Bowen Price: No longer for sale! Item Condition: Excellent, no markings on case at all. Reason for selling: Man I need space, and cash for future gear purchases. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This was the Burson Pre of the 160 series, only recently replaced by the Burson Soloist. $2300 RRP at the time I purchased it, a very nice open sounding pre with plenty of "air" to the sound. Pictures: Item: Exposure 1010 Integrated amp 50 Watts into 8 Ohms Location: Bowen Price: Sold Item Condition: Excellent, used for about 200 hours. Reason for selling: Yep, still in need of space. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Available with original remote and manual (actually I've got 5 manuals for some reason) in the original box with the original packaging. Pictures: Item: Tonewinner AD3 Integrated amp 40W by 2 into 8 Ohms in pure class A or 150W by 2 into 8 Ohms in class AB. Location: Bowen Price: $400 Item Condition: As new, although the buttons on the front are a little clunky. About 150 hours of use. Reason for selling: I need space and cash but I'm not really fond of the sound of this one. It is a beast of a bass machine and would work well for home theatre but is a bit limited for music. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: If I have to post this puppy it will have to be strapped to a small pallet as the box was destroyed in transit to me. The amp is so damn solid that it has no scars at all from the trip that destroyed the box. This one pumps out some heat too so no cabinets for it, and it is probably a bit heavy for most shelves too, stick with the floor! Pictures: I Remember Ladies and Gents if you are coming to the GTG you can see and hear before you pay, otherwise I may have to add freight in a few cases (the Tonewinner for example!). Every sale sees $20 (or more, depending on the value of the sale) donated to SNA. Cheers!
  15. Item: Quad Elite Int - 80W/ch integrated amp - price drop Location: Warrawee Price: $735 $650 Item Condition: 10/10 (presented as-new) Reason for selling: Resetting Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank transfer Extra Info: This is a cracker of an amp, 80W into 8ohms, three inputs, tape loop & pre-outs, all single ended, and an additional proprietary Quad link input for Elite CDP. This amp punches with great authority, has good bass and balance, and drove my ML1 speakers to good levels with clarity. Its a very flexible amp, remote control, pre outs etc make it also useable as a pre. It looks great, is small (but very solid with case being solid alloy), and delivders a typical British amp sound. I bought this new in May this year from an Australian authorised retailer. Pictures:
  16. Item: NuForce DDA-100 Integrated Amp 50wpc. Location: Bowen Price: $350 (including postage to eastern states, additional $10 to WA and TAS) Item Condition: Very good, unit has circa 300 hours on it and comes in original box with original packaging remote, and manual. Reason for selling: Not using it and trying to free up a little space and cash. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD, Bank Deposit Extra Info: Definitely displays the classic class D trait of having more power than the listed figures would suggest. A bit of a bland amp, not warm or bright just 'factual' in its performance. Pictures The NuForce is the carbon black unit second from the top.
  17. I put forward this idea one or twice previously, both here and elsewhere, and it fell flat so here's to not learning from experience! I propose to send a selection of amps (most probably integrated amps) out to a selection of volunteers for the purpose of getting a wider variety of opinions on how amps sound in different systems to different ears. Anyone interested please feel free to PM me with a subject heading of "I Volunteer" but prior to that do read on. My proposal is this, I send out a selection of amps to other SNA-ers (in boxes specially prepared for multiple journeys), those volunteers place the amp in their system for a time (anywhere from a week to a month, I guess) and then they do a write up with their impressions of the amp and how it compares to the integrated they have been using. Then they box it back up, very carefully, and send it on to the next volunteer. So the volunteers will have a few small-ish responsibilities, these being: 1. Check over the amp and box when it arrives and give the courier company a hard time if it has been damaged in transit. 2. Handle the amp and box carefully and keep the packing in good nick (ie: repair it if it needs a touch up). 3. Always send the amp with postal/transit insurance of $500. This should only add 3 or 4 bucks to the postage cost and will avoid too much heartache if the worst should happen and a courier muppet drop kicks one of them down the street. 4. I'll emphasise the "Random" part here, this RRRR Thread is meant to be a bit of fun, there is no guarantee that you will get a particular amp, if you really, really want to hear a particular amp then you may just be out of luck (or be forced to bribe other volunteers!). 5. It's all in fun, no grumps allowed! 6. I had no idea there was such a thing as a deep sea Robin but now that I do I think I'll use one as a mascot for this thread, see below. Isn't he just the exact opposite of cute? So are there any interested SNA-ers out there?
  18. I bought this Cayin S200 amp a few months ago, thought it was really nice as far as sound quality went, it had a beautiful liquid feel to the bass and for a while I thought it might just be the best of my recent bunch. But then the liquid disappeared! It still sounded good, but it lacked that "special something", plenty of amps can sound good but unless they have something about them that is different (in a good way) then they don't necessarily rate as well as they could. I did some googling and found nothing on the S200 as such, but a fair amount about modding Cayin cd players and tube amps. Several of those involved changing out the "Realcaps" used by Cayin as standard and replacing them with something decent, Mundorf for instance. I was hoping that if I changed something around then maybe I could coax another special something out of this amp that used to sound so nice. At the moment my entire listening room is crammed into the old hot water system room while the coldroom is pulled down and rebuilt so naturally I'm scratching at the walls because I am having to watch TV and listen to music on the laptop (Oh the horror!) so I thought I'd have a go at DIY, it almost turned into DDTIY (Do Damage To It Yourself) for a while but things worked out well in the end. Cayin don't use the standard construction methods that most Chinese (and for that matter audio companies in general) manufacturers use, they use the big heat sinks and lots of screws but they utilize slightly thinner metal cases within those big heat sinks and then they spot weld the thinner cases. This gives you a case that is definitely strong but it does tend to flex a bit. This means that I could not disconnect the power amp stages from the power and pre stages with just a screwdriver. So I had to remove the power amp PCB from the heat sink while it was still within the amp, alright, so I got my hands on a few 90 degree screwdrivers and a socket ratchet with a screwdriver attachment and I went, ever so slowly, to town. I had about 14 of the 16 screws out when I found a 17th screw that was used to attach a voltage stabilizer/amplifier to the heat sink that I could not get to, they must have screwed it down to the heat sink and then soldered it on to the PCB once the other screws were in place. The whole screw removal process was so slow and painful, I don't like having to exercise my patience, my patience is weak and emaciated from under use so trying to get it to exercise it in this sort of way just makes it sore and cranky. It gave up and left pretty quickly so I had to bite my tongue to stop myself from doing something violent, it was not easy, but I managed (barely!). Now my soldering skills are new and shiny and not very advanced and I didn't want to try to play about on a PCB that had so much "stuff" close to it, what to do, what to do? I had wire cutters, and all sorts of power tools, and I thought if I just stared at the problem for a while it might go away. Eventually it did, but it took two trips to town (and a big hunt about once I was there since Jaycar has shut up shop for a long weekend for some unknown reason) however the pics below show what I have been able to create. And when many readers feel the urge to say something like "They stand out like....." it's alright, I thought the same thing myself! The little white cap is the old standard one, the big red one is the shiny new one. The blue cap just to the left of the middle of the pic is the one that has the hidden screw underneath it. Not happy Jan! And there we are, external shiny bits that any pig dog would be proud to call its own. Edit: Ooops, posted the topic instead of previewing it, Oh well, almost done anyway. It does seem a bit strange, but the Jantzen caps wouldn't have fit inside the case anyway (well, maybe they would have, but only just) so I thought I'd get a bit creative and in the process construct an amp that I could use to test the difference in output caps. However since Jaycar was closed I just soldered them on directly, I may mod it a little more later with an easy push in style fitting for the caps. I'll follow up on this once I've had a chance to hear them in action, I've only just left the amp on for 15 minutes to check that it doesn't spontaneously detonate or anything, yet to fire up a source on it.
  19. I've been talking to Decky about modding the Krell, and since I still can't figure out how to upload pics that don't go straight to a post I sort of had to start this one so I could get some pics to show him. What do you think Decky, can we rebuild him? Make him better? Stronger? Faster? Able to leap tall electrostatics in a single bound?
  20. I was searching through European sites to see what sort of pricing the new Myryad Z200 series was asking when I found this. http://www.audiovisualonline.co.uk/view/5542/sansui-sap-201v-integrated-amplifer-with-digital-inputs I thought that Sansui was "dead" when it came to integrated amps, and audio in general, no more since the 80s and all that, but now I find. http://www.sansui.co.uk/#/products/4549972385 http://www.whathifi.com/news/bristol-show-2012-sansui-returns-to-uk-with-new-hi-fi-range-%E2%80%93-video-report Is Sansui making a serious comeback?
  21. Now that I have a pair of ML1s (just the stock standard ones) and since I happen to have a few integrated amps "lying around" I thought I would do a little "product pair testing" and see which integrateds work best with the ML1s. I've already reviewed so many that I've lost count on my Osborns so now it is time for the Lenehans to have a turn. These ML1s are great speakers, they have a big presence for such a small box size. The bass is greatly extended (though not so deep or powerful as the Osborns) with a nice smooth and fluid mid range and highs that are sweet and greatly extended (the Osborns can be harsh, the Lenehans have not yet sounded harsh on anything) from those I am used to hearing so far. Since these ML1s are much lower efficiency than the Eclipses, 86 vs 93db I am hoping they will be more of a challenge for the integrateds and maybe force them to show a different side of themselves than they have on the Eclipses. The Burson PI160 was first up (and maybe it shouldn't have been!), after hearing it perform on the S2s at our recent GTG on the Gold Coast I just had to give it an extended listen back here at home. Damn it sounds good! The crisp notes and airy highs and mids just sound brilliant through the ML1s and the bass is very fast and just the right amount of deep. The Burson actually sounds better on the ML1s than it did on the Osborns. It has snap, it has speed, it has nicely airy vocals, great instrument separation... It's just a great amp, full stop! To follow the Burson I hooked up the Primare I22, it also performed extremely well at the GTG. The Primare has a full sound with quite a bit of warmth to it (I don't claim to know how it can do this, being class d and all, just that it does). It doesn't give bass as deep as the Burson but it makes up for it with a sort of follow through on the music that makes note decay last so long that it doesn't end prior to the song moving on. Whereas the Burson is happy to get on with the music the Primare just doesn't let go. The Primare sounds nice and strong but it does not have the instant snap of the Burson, in fact the warmth seems to blunt any sudden transients to the point where they " move strongly forward" rather than "leap out" at you. For smooth and flowing music the Primare is the master, but for sudden attack and fast transients the Burson is far more competent. I was liking both the amps for their different takes on the music, until on a whim I went back to the Burson after the Primare and realized that it was just so much more enjoyable to listen to. The Primare is a good amp but the Burson is just a cut above when used on the ML1s. To sum up, the Primare is a warm and fluffy sound that makes you feel good (like cocooning yourself in your favourite doona on a chilly night) but the Burson has a foot-tapping-factor (or P.R.A.T.) that is so high you could sprain both your ankles without even leaving your recliner, giving you a good reason to call in sick and spend the day listening to music. Next up the Xindak A08, and then maybe the Krell 300i.
  22. Item: One Dussun V6i Integrated Amp, 150 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms. Location: Bowen Price: $650 plus freight (I use smartsend as they seem to be the only couriers that will pick up out here in the sticks so freight can be easily calculated via their website if you are interested.) Item Condition: Excellent, 2 small scratches on the back pannel otherwise it is pretty much perfect. I've even replaced the black rubber covers on the rca connectors. The amp has about 400 to 500 hours on it. Reason for selling: Burson gear is now ruling the roost. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD. Extra Info: Includes original packaging, remote and manual. Pictures: If you are still reading this then you are probably aware of the reputation of Dussun and their "Hyper class A" propietary circuitry and just how powerful the amps sound. This V6i is the smallest example of this "Hyper" implementation and I have to tell you it is difficult to comprehend that there are amps out there that are more powerful. This puppy packs twin 600VA power supplies, one for each channel! There are more watts on tap here than there were at Chernobyl. If you crank the volume past 6 you can actually powderize concrete! That mass whale beaching last month, that was me playing "Another One Bites The Dust" louder than I should have. So if you are planning on buying, remember, treat with caution and always wear a helmet. (and don't tell Greenpeace about the whale thing) Also, and I have to mention this, part of the Dussuns built in fault finding/troubleshooting circuitry is assisted by several orange LEDs (if an LED fails a tech knows where to look for the problem) so the whole amp glows orange from the inside. Turn the amp on and the lights out and then you'll know why I had to mention this. Cheers, and Happy New Year!
  23. FS: Redgum Integrated Amp RGI 60 ENR (Signature) Item: Redgum Integrated Amp RGI 60 ENR (Signature) year 2008 – serial number 7304 0407 060836 Location: Sydney Price: $1,125 including $25 donation to SNA (Half new price rule of thumb) - negotiable Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Extra Info: I’m loyal to Redgum and just upgraded to RGI 120 ENR which is basically very similar to 60 ENR but with a little more grunt when it occasionally comes to transient/dynamic and the like, but that’s the diminishing value law. Website info: http://redgumaudio.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_73&product_id=65 60 ENR is almost equal to RGI 120 (Redgum wouldn’t recommend you to upgrade from 60 ENR to RGI 120 anyway as there’s not much improvement). The final test report when new (2008) is continuous RMS 129 watt per channel into 8 ohm and short term RMS is 267 watt per channel into 8 ohm. Test result is included in my Owner’s Manual. The new price was $2,400 in 2008 but is dropped now to $2,250, hence I adopted the half current price rule. Try before you buy for a few days can be arranged (potential buyer to pay for shipping). This is the best way to make sure this very affordable amp really makes your current system sing, or audit at my place is welcome at weekend. This amp drives my ProAc tablette 2000 and Tannoy 638 floor stander easily and beautifully (with Sapphire North Star CD player). Shipping interstate would be around $35-$40 I think. Pictures: Refer also to the website link above.
  24. Item: One Primare I22 Integrated amp with built in DAC. Location: Bowen Price: $850 including delivery Australia wide. Item Condition: excellent, one single scratch on the right hand side of the case, about 25mm long, see pics for details. Reason for selling: I just can't keep everything that I want to keep. And I have to sell a few things before I can buy a few more. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Extra Info: comes in original packaging with remote and power cord (may still have receipt, I'll have to go and search). Purchased as an ex-demo model (our "mystery amp") just prior to our recent Gold Coast GTG. Pictures:
  25. I wasn't actually planning on a boxing day sale, but when the power went out for 3 hours it seemed like the best thing to do was take pics and box up amps. So, there you have it, one small Boxing Day Sale. Item: Xindak A08 Class D Integrated Amp. Location: Bowen, Qld. Price: $650 (including postage within Australia) Item Condition: Excellent, barely run in. Reason for selling: The A08 is a typical Class D amp and has that "crystal clear and glarey" sound, which is not for me. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD. Extra Info: This unit is very well built and solid, it has a built in DAC (twin TDA1543 chips) and plenty of power but really needs to be teamed with speakers that will cut down on that digital glare (IMO of course). Also, when I sealed the box up I forgot to include a power cord, if you need one let me know and I'll open the boxes back up. Comes double boxed with remote and manual (not that the manual tells you much, I had to take the top panel off just to find out what the DAC chips were). Pictures:
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