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  1. Plattenspieler

    FS: Meitner MA-1 DAC

    Item: Meitner MA-1 DAC Location: Melbourne (happy to ship) Price: $3250 $3000 plus shipping (please contact me by PM if you are interested in this unit) Item Condition: 9.5/10 Reason for selling: moving to all-in-one solution Payment Method: Cash on pickup, paypal (+3%), bank transfer Extra Info: I am selling my Meitner MA-1 DAC. This is version 1 of this DAC. An upgrade to version 2 is possible as far as I know (if interested, please contact puremusicgroup, the original vendor of this DAC). I never felt the necessity to upgrade. The DAC already sounds stunning, very clear, open and transparent. I almost only used it to play back PCM (CD rips) and it excels in this discipline. PCM is internally upsampled to 2xDSD. I played with additional upsampling possibilities in Roon but prefer the raw signal from the MA-1. Meitner DAC's are Roon-tested. The MA-1 has the following inputs: 1x USB, 1x AES/EBU, 2x TOSLINK S/PDIF, 2x COAX S/PDIF. It comes with a remote control, which I never used (nor did the previous owner as far as I can tell). The DAC was designed and manufactured in Canada. The DAC is unmarked and in perfect condition. I rate it as 9.5/10 only because it is used. Please note that the unit comes with a short power chord of only 50cm length because it was sitting close to the bottom of my hifi rack. I am happy to ship the DAC in its original sturdy box at buyer's expense and risk. The box was already used to ship the DAC from the previous owner in Sydney to Melbourne without problems. The dimensions of the box are 28.5cm x 58.5cm x 54.5cm. The gross weight is about 11kg. Pickup from Williamstown or Carlton is another (preferred) option. I bought the MA-1 from @PKay on this forum. I link the original ad below, which also contains lots of additional technical info about this DAC. I paid $4000 (or was it $4100?) plus shipping for this DAC less than a year ago. I offer it now at a substantially reduced price. Pictures:
  2. Item: NAD M51 Dac Location: NE Victoria Price: $850 Price reduced for New Year now $750 + postage (firm) Item Condition: Very Good Reason for sale: Raising funds for preamp repair Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: With remote and original boxes and packing (can post) I have owned this from new (about 4 years) it has been used for around half that time, as I upgraded my disc player that included a good internal DAC. There is plenty of info and reviews on the net about the M51 and it is a handy piece of kit. It can drive a power amp directly and can also strip the audio from an HDMI signal and pass the video to a TV. Note that there is a small mark on the top cover. It still has the original firmware installed, so this can be upgraded if you wish. The only issue I have ever had with the M51 (which is a documented problem with the firmware) was when switching the HDMI input from a MAC to Windows the M51 would lockup and need the power reset. The updated firmware I believe fixed this. I can post the item (at cost) as I have all the original boxes and packing. Pictures:
  3. Item: Audio GD R2R11 Location:Adelaide Price: 450+PayPal fees Item Condition:like new Reason for selling:I prefer my other amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, PayPal COD Only Extra Info: Basically new, about 1 month old, good all in one system. decided I want to go in another direction though. If you wanna save some time and jumping though hoops with Audio gd, this a good option. Pictures:
  4. Item: Cambridge Audio DAC Azur 851D Location: Melbourne Price: $1000 Item Condition: Excellent, like new, one small mark on the top Reason for selling: upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased May 2017, comes with original double box, manuals, remote Pictures: All images are of the DAC being sold.
  5. krakatana

    SOLD: FS: E-MU 0404

    Item: E-MU 0404 ADC/DAC USB Audio Interface Location: Perth Price: SOLD Item Condition: Excellent, the marks in the photos are all fingerprints Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Works on Windows 10 Pictures:
  6. Item: CENTRANCE DACmini DAC and Class-A Headphone Amp Location: Sydney North West Price: $275 plus postage (RRP $799) Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Upgraded to PS Audio DSD DAC Jnr Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a reliable and a nice sounding DAC / headphone amp and I used it as a desktop DAC until i bought the new one. I have the original box, so postage should not be a problem. A snippet from the website: DACmini[emoji769] CX is not just a USB D/A Converter. DACmini CX is one of the world's highest-performing digital audio devices. Its precision-engineered audiophile circuitry is designed to elevate your system's sound quality to a new level. Featuring 192kHz/24-bit performance over SPDIF and 96kHz/24-bit, driverless connectivity over USB, an analog input, and both headphone and line-level outputs, DACmini is an extremely flexible device that can upgrade the sound quality of any audio system. It easily connects to such sources as a Mac desktop or laptop (including Mac mini), Windowsdesktop or laptop, music server, iPod/iPhone, Apple TV, Airport Express, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Squeezebox, to name just a few, providing a variety of ways to create an audiophile playback system. A few reviews from the web below: https://www.stereophile.com/content/centrance-dacmini-cx-da-converter https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/centrance-dacmini-cx.14422/reviews http://www.tonepublications.com/review/centrance-dacmini-cx/ http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/first-look-listen-centrance-dacmini-cx-dacheadphone-amplifier/ https://centrance.com/products/dacmini/cx/ Pictures:
  7. Silver Audiophile

    FS: Muscial Fidelity V-DAC

    Item: MUSICAL FIDELITY V-DAC Location: Newcastle, NSW Price: $120 + Post Item Condition: Good condition, full working order. Reason for selling: No longer needed or used. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Original packaging and AC UK plug. $120 plus post. Good condition, full working order. No longer needed or used. The People's V-DAC uses a single Burr-Brown DSD1792 chip and an SRC4392 upsampling device to provide the magic bullet: the illusion of digital information that isn't actually there. The V-DAC's separate USB input relies on a Texas Instruments TI2706 chip. "What you don't get, compared to a $5000 DAC, is a huge box and lots of snake oil and bullshit," proclaimed Antony Michaelson in one of his more expansive moments. https://www.stereophile.com/digitalprocessors/musical_fidelity_v-dac_da_processor Pictures:
  8. Item: Gustard DAC-X12 DAC + Aurealis Audio Western Electric interconnects Location: Virginia (North Brisbane) Price: $250 Item Condition: Near new Reason for selling: Upgraded to a Gieseler Gross DAC Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This DAC has served me well for about 2 years in my main system though I recently replaced it with Clay Gieselers excellent Gross DAC. The DAC-X12 is a toneally neutral DAC though the magic for me really came out when paired with Western Electric interconnects which bring the midrange to the forefront. DAC originally cost me $800 shipped from Germany though the progress of DAC's has been rapid in the past few years. Description Gustard ES9018 DAC-X12 soft control decoder XMOS balanced program interface supports full hardware decoding support DOP DSD decoding USB support 384K Foregoing: Costa Germany is among the first to develop applications ESS9018 chip products. 2012 launch of the DAC-X10 by the majority of users, sales are ahead of the same products. The company does not stop there, but has been engaged in research and exploration ESS9018 this chip, and continue with the ESS official exchanges in various aspects of technology, after years of unremitting efforts, we are now on the chip ES9018 cognitive mettle has reached new heights. With years of knowledge and understanding ESS9018 tried numerous times over the years analog mixer, based on the X10, which lasted nearly a year, after a number of adjustments, and finally launched a new DAC-X12. X12 digital circuit is redesigned on the basis of the X10, increased stability and a more humane USB modular daughter card, allowing users to choose products with more choices. The analog line is used is applied to the new flagship models X20 discrete analog line new development. X12 main chip ESS Technology ES9018 Sabre Reference 32bit chip, with XMOS 32bit / 500MIPS performance digital signal processing unit. Features: DAC-X12 core chip ES9018, the whole interface supports 24Bit 192khz (USB 32B 384K). Full interface supports DSD decoding. USB support DSD hardware solution, Coaxial Optical AES / EBU support DOP decoding, can be accessed by the number of broadcast SACD listening to music. using CPLD programmable logic devices. MESNAC ES9018. Volume can be adjusted, a total of 100 stalls adjustable volume attenuation from 0 to -99DB. USB sub card with XMOS program, PCM up to 32B 384khz, DSD up to DSD128. A total of four input methods: optical fiber coaxial port `` AES / EBU`USB, through the key switch. Use the LCD screen display mode input sampling rate selection filter volume glance .30 seconds without operating the backlight is off, press any key to resume light function. The power supply uses two sealed cattle, digital simulation independent power supply, and the use of discrete components regulation. Fully balanced analog line of discrete components. Unbalanced RCA outputs simultaneously. USB 2.0 interface allows asynchronous playback 1BIT / 2.8224MHz or 5.6448MHz DSD digital signal sampling rate. That is support DSD64 and DSD128. Coaxial Optical AES / EBU support DOP64, SACD playback can be accessed by the number of broadcast music. The main chip: the ESS Technology ES9018 Sabre Reference 32bit chip is different from traditional sigma-delta D / A converter, ESS Sabre32 Innovative, patented circuit out of the ordinary digital audio system timebase jitter, get a very wide dynamic. range, low distortion and accurate sound field. Analog circuit is used is the discrete analog line newly developed applied to the new flagship model X20. CPLD digital shaping technology, where the essence of digital circuit. High precision temperature compensated crystal oscillator, ensure stable operation of the. The main filter for the four pyramid NOVER Novartis 10000UF capacitor Using discrete regulator, the corresponding faster, lower noise, through more current. Multilevel filter circuit, the power supply is more pure and more clean. Output protection circuit to prevent impact sound Two custom sealed cattle fever, provide plenty of power for the DAC digital simulation separate power supply, reducing interference middle two switch is 115V-230V regulator suitable for international voltages USB sub card: using XMOS used in professional audio field of X-CORE digital signal processing unit, which has a powerful processing capabilities, is by far the industry's most advanced digital audio solutions. USB Audio Class 2.0 implements asynchronous transfer playback, and supports low latency ASIO, KS and other professional audio software interface, support for Windows and Mac operating systems. IIS Definition: Parameterss: DAC Specifications: ESS Technology ES9018 Sabre Reference 32-bit DAC 8 mono to 2 stereo configuration,four D/A converters per channel Digital Input: Coaxial: PCM:16-24bit /44.1、48、88.2、96、176.4、192 kHz DOP:DOP64 Optical: PCM:16-24bit /44.1、48、88.2、96、176.4、192 kHz DOP:DOP64 AES/EBU: PCM:16-24bit /44.1、48、88.2、96、176.4、192 kHz DOP:DOP64 IIS: PCM:16-32bit /44.1、48、88.2、96、176.4、192 、352.8、384kHz DSD:DSD64、DSD128 DOP:DOP64、DOP128 USB: 16-32bit / 44.1、48、88.2、96、176.4、192、352.8、384 kHz DSDx64(2.8224MHz)、DSDx128(5.6448MHz) Analog output: RCA output level: 2.5 Vrms @ 0dBFS XLR Output Level: 5 Vrms @ 0dBFS (XLR interface definition: 1 to 2 hot, 3 cold) Frequency response of: 20-20K Hz +/- 0.15dB Power requirements: Power Supply: AC 230V 50 / 60Hz (AC 115V 50 / 60Hz) Power consumption: <25W Machine size (not including protruding parts):313 * 190 * 70mm Packing dimensions: 385 * 280 * 150mm Gross Weight: 4KG Pictures:
  9. Hello, I am interested in building an audio PC to connect to the following equipment: Powered bookshelf speakers: Acoustic Energy AE1 Active Subwoofers: B&W DB4S Preamp & DAC: Essence HDACC II-4K Subwoofer Equalizer: SVS AS-EQ1 Music: Locally stored in various lossless formats. I have no intention of using streaming services like Tidal. Many of the topics I am reading seem to focus on output over Toslink, USB to an external DAC or local decoding with analog output, no mention of output over HDMI. The Essence HDACC II-4K has the best sound (according to the manufacturer) over the HDMI input. I am leaning towards Audirvana as the player as I like the fact that it has a iOS app for remote control and it gets excellent reviews for audio quality. I see that a Windows version of the player is going to be released before the end of this month so I will test it on my Windows laptop and MacBook Air. I am also comfortable building a HDPLEX machine running Linux or a Nano (headless) Windows Server 2016. But I feel like the law of diminishing returns comes into play here given that I am outputting over HDMI. I like the aesthetics of the Mac Mini but I have read mixed reviews of its audio quality. However none of these mention outputting over HDMI. I would appreciate any advice you can give. Thanks Dan
  10. Item: Chord Hugo TT Table Top DAC - excellent condition. Please check out Luxman 590AX II, Spendor D7 & AVI Int Amp for sale as well. Cheers and thanks for looking. Location: Brisbane/Gold Coast Price: $3495 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Moving to Thailand - apartment sold! Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Happy to send more photos. Listen test is always available. Postage Australia wide at buyers expense (must include Insurance). Pictures:
  11. VAKMAN


    Item: AMR DP-777SE DAC Location: Sydney Reduced Price: $3,000 Item Condition: Mint - Unmarked, complete with original boxes and manual Reason for selling: Already have an AMR CD77.1 CD/DAC Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This unit has 'never' been upgraded or opened and is the very latest DAC straight from the AMR factory utilising a Quad Core board Purchased from MaxMedia, Australia I am the original 1st owner and has been meticulously cared for Barely used. Don't believe it has any more than 150 hours total playtime to date Review on HiFiKnights: http://hifiknights.com/reviews/sources/amr-dp-777se/ Review on Stereophile: https://www.stereophile.com/content/abbingdon-music-research-dp-777-da-processor Introduction High-Definition (HD) digital audio is redefining the quality of recorded audio for the 21st Century. Having created some of the most natural and captivating music sources on the CD standard, AMR has turned its attention to High-Definition audio and in its own imitable way, taken the road less travelled. Our first objective was to deliver the maximum quality of music from the existent libraries of CD standard audio (be it on silver disks or as ripped lossless files) equally balanced with the requirement to also deliver the maximum music quality from the new HD audio formats. We meticulously auditioned the full array of HD DAC chipsets and whittled the field down to one of the latest and most outstanding. Again, the standard textbook implementation was shunned as we applied the same assiduous design and execution of the multi-award winning CD-77 to unleash the full, latent potential of the HD format. Each stage of the signal path is a technical magnum opus focused upon one objective: the most enchanting and pulsating performance. The result is the DP-777 Digital Processor. The DP-777 has the same, unparalleled DNA as every other AMR component; with extraordinary digital advancements never seen before in any converter: Gemini Digital Engine (GDE)* Unlike any other converter, at the core of the Gemini Digital Engine, there is not one, but 2 distinct chipsets that define their generation; one latest generation High-Definition 32-Bit DAC to produce the best sound from HD recordings and one Classic Multibit 16-Bit DAC to produce the best sound from CD. These two "non-identical twins" deliver the best of both worlds in a way that is simply unmatched. Further, the Gemini Digital Engine pushes these chipsets beyond what is thought possible. Using Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to handle the core digital duties, including the memory buffer and the signal processing, the outcome are two specially-commissioned DAC chipsets that perform well beyond the textbook. Zero Jitter Mode* The Zero Jitter Mode utilises AMR's ingenious Global Master Timing (GMT)* and Intelligent Memory System (IMS) to totally eliminate jitter coming from the source. The Global Master Timing clock system intelligently actualises over 28 million different real-time clock frequencies to exactly match the dynamic input clock down to 0.001Hz (i.e. ~0.04ppm accuracy) of the source. With this new vanishing-low jitter clock coupled to the Intelligent Memory System (IMS), the GMT/IMS system locks out source jitter. 24/192kHz Asynchronous USB Input The DP-777's 24/192kHz Asynchronous USB Audio Class 2.0 Input is a true asynchronous decoupling of the DAC system clock from the computer that is also fully future-proofed. HD Valve Digital input (HD-VDi)* This is AMR's atypical brainchild of using a New Old Stock (NOS) 6N11 high-speed valve designed to operate into several 100Mhz to amplify and purify the high-definition SPDIF signal with zero feedback. Clearly visible on an oscilloscope, with HD-VDi, the signal changes from a blurred to clean and sharp SPDIF signal. Any deficiency in the incoming SPDIF is completely removed. OptiValve Output Stage Two NOS valves perform the left and right channel analogue amplification and output buffering duties using the same demanding approach as the CD-77/CD-777; where one half amplifies and the other half buffers without any negative feedback loop. No solid-state devices are present in the signal path. High-End Pre-Amplifier The DP-777's direct-coupled/buffered analogue pre-amplifier stage is capable of accepting two analogue sources in addition to the signal internal to the DP-777. The exceptionally precise 71-step resistor matrix-based Analogue Volume Control system delivers unmatched transparency. To attain the highest sound quality, no digital volume control is anywhere to be found. *: World's first, AMR exclusive. Pickup from Castle Hill, Sydney or happy to transport by courier at buyers expense. Pictures:
  12. Item: Resonessence Herus USB DAC Location: Forestville Price: $250 Item Condition: Good - used Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, PayID Extra Info: A superb little device. Uses USB B input, draws power from the source. Ask me if you need a USB cable - I have a few unused. New RRP $358 - https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/resonessence-labs-herus-usb-dac-headphone-amplifier Great review - https://darko.audio/2014/02/dsd-vs-pcm-with-resonessence-labs-herus-dac-steely-dan/ More info can be found here. https://www.resonessencelabs.com/shop/herus/ Pictures:
  13. Item: Schiit Bifrost DAC Location: Perth, WA Price: $350 neg. Donation to SNA included Item Condition: Very good condition, some oxidisation visible on RCA terminals but will be contact cleaned prior to sale Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup or Ship as negotiated - Cash or Paypal Extra Info: I am selling my Schiit Bifrost digital to analog converter due to lack of use. It's a great looking and sounding little unit that has not been used to it's full potential while in my possession. The DAC was always kept with the rear power switch in the off position until I planned on listening, so powered hours on the unit are minimal. I have not opened the case, nor has it been upgraded, so I believe it is the 4490 DAC inside. These are well reviewed as shown below: http://www.tonepublications.com/review/the-schiit-bifrost-dac/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/schiit-audio-bifrost-da-processor http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/schiit2/1.html Manufacturer site: http://www.schiit.com/products/bifrost Pictures:
  14. Item: Peachtree Audio DAC iTx DAC Location: Sunbury, VIC Price: $200 excluding postage Item Condition: Excellent 9.5/10 condition. First owner. Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a great little DAC that punches way above its weight. Also has a great async Galvanic isolated USB input which works easy plug-n-play with both Windows and Linux. Its an ESS chip (9023) based DAC so has a nice detailed sound but never harsh and overall very musical to listen to. There are plenty of positive reviews online, but for what its worth here is a nice review by Stereophile of its earlier version DAC iT (iTx is an improved later version) : https://www.stereophile.com/content/peachtree-dac149it-da-converter Specs here: https://www.peachtreeaudio.com/dac-it-x-digital-to-analog-converter.html I am the first owner, bought new just over a year ago. Has worked flawlessly and it still does. Comes with original packaging, all standard accessories and an unused remote as well. Pick up or I can post at buyer's expense and risk. Cheers. Pictures:
  15. gypr1961

    FS: AMR DP 777 SE DAC

    Item: AMR DP777SE with Gemini cable Location: Brisbane Price: 3000 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Transfer Extra Info: Ive now got a pair of avantgarde zeros so the at home its redundant. Ive been using it at work for my headphones but with an office shuffle its to big to have sitting on my desk Ive had a couple of questions about which version this is so just to clarify, this is the "signature" edition. Some people seem to think the version with the quad board upgrade or USB board upgrade is the SE "signature" edition, it isnt. The signature is a complete overhaul of the previous version which was the base model with a quad board upgrade.  Pictures:
  16. Item: M2Tech EVO DAC TWO DAC 32 Bit DSD/DXD Location: Forestville NSW Price: $500 + postage Item Condition: Used, good appearance Reason for selling: Too many DACs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT PayID Extra Info: I'd bought this new and it has been a good and flexible DAC when needed. Comes with remote and volume control. Boxed and ready to post. One point to note is that it is by default USB bus powered ie it gets it via the USB cable connected to the source. The optional choice (and I'd recommend) is to use a Linear Power supply (LPS). The input Voltage is pretty flexible with 7.5V to 15V. Was bought about $800 - see current advertisement here https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/M2TECH-EVO-DAC-TWO-DAC-32-BIT-DSD-DXD-NUOVO-GARANZIA-UFFICIALE-ITALIANA-/252599099022 Let me know also if you want interconnects, USB cables, even a LPS (I have a few options for all of these). Manufacturer site here - http://lnx.m2tech.biz/products/evo-two/evo-dac-two/ link to manual - http://lnx.m2tech.biz/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Evo-DAC-Two-User-Manual-PrA.pdf Pictures: first two are stock Bookmark
  17. Kenneth Teh

    SOLD FS: Audio-GD NFB 12

    Item: Audio-gd NFB 12 headphone DAC/amp Location: Melbourne Price: 180 Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: upgrading to audio-gd d77 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: willing to demo, great amp I cannot hear a difference with this compared with my schiit lyr2 which cost 4 times more... but USB DAC doesn't detect mac, works fine with windows. optical works with mac or windows. SOLD Pictures:
  18. Snoopy8

    GIESELER Groß DAC Review

    Review Setup GIESELER Groß DAC with usb only input option (standard has s/pdif & usb inputs). Groß connected to Sotm SMS-200 with Audioquest Carbon usb cable. Used XLR outputs to SGR CX3B (Mk 1) powered speakers. Bass optimised with dual subs (SVS SB13U, SB-2000). SMS-200 bridged to Synology DS414 NAS to access music. Used MPD server on SMS-200 and MPDroid on phone for playback. Update 17 Feb 18: Upgraded equipment with Uptone ISO Regen, Behringer DCX2496 with Behringer Mods. Swapped positions of subs with SB13U doing more and further bass optimisation using Multi Sub Optimisation. Update 17 May 18: Upgraded SMS-200 to Ultra version which brought a lot more nuance the music. External Appearance & Remote The unit has a smart looking front, with a power button and 4 line display. Update 17 Oct: new firmware removed Channel, now 3 line display The rear panel has a usb input, XLR and RCA outputs and a 9V AC input from an external transformer to feed low noise internal PSU's. Update 17 Oct: Note that Groß has output transformers which allows it to be directly connected to power amps or powered speakers. Smaller and much lighter than previous Audiolab 8200CDQ (DAC plus pre-pro, CD player, headphone amp). 8200CDQ displayed both the bit depth and sample rate but Groß only the sample rate. Groß display could do with brightness adjustment because it was too bright at night. The remote was slim and easy to use. Red power button cycled through home menu, screen off, large volume and filter display. Channel Up/Down cycled through filters, Volume Up/Down, plus mute button. Volume control was digital with a bypass available for a pre-pro. In my case, requested that bypass be disabled to prevent an accidental overload on the amps in the CX3Bs. Setting up on the SMS-200 was straight forward. After plugging the usb cable into Groß, the SMS-200 picked up the DAC. Then, manually changed DAC setting from non-DSD to DoP in Eunhasu MPD setup. Update 17 Feb 18: using DSD instead of DoP. DAC Comparison As expected, Groß out-performed 4 years old 8200CDQ (which was highly acclaimed then). The difference was marked when switching back to the 8200CDQ after a few hours on the Groß, with less detail, transparency and naturalness among many things lacking. Looking forward to reviews of others comparing Groß with more recent DACs. Update 17 May 18: The Groß comfortably beat the 2Qute with better detail, sound stage, clarity in my setup. Listening Experience Most of my music consisted of ripped 16/44.1 flac, with some purchased 24/96 flac and also have ripped DSD64. Groß is my first unit able to play native DSD; previously DSD converted to PCM during playback. Long time favourite, Parce Mihi Domine (Jan Garbarek & Hillard Ensemble, Officium, 16/44.1 flac) had never sounded so good. Jan Garbarek’s saxophone was more natural and transparent and there was clarity in the position of the saxophone relative to the Hillard Ensemble. In numerous 16/44.1 flac, Groß managed to bring out the details and improved the imaging, depth, sound stage. Vocals, particularly female (e.g. KD Lang, Hallelujah, Hymns of the 49th Parallel) had a presence. Even relatively poor classical recordings sounded cleaner. Groß does 16/44.1 flac very well. With higher resolution music, the piano in Gjeilo’s North Country II, Stone Rose, 24/96 flac was natural and as close as I have heard to a real one. When the flugelhorn comes in, imaging was good and realistic. Diana Krall’s My Love Is, from Love Scenes, 24/96 flac, had deep tight bass bass, tighter than I knew, with an excellent voice. Groß managed to improve the bass a bit more in an already optimised dual sub setup. Groß’s DSD capability is outstanding. Eagles’s Hotel California from the same named album was a revelation in native DSD64. Detailed, transparent, nice sound stage. Much better than 16/44.1 and beat 24/96 version. Similarly, Arnesen’s Magnificat 4: Et Misericordia from Magnificat album (DSD64) on 2L label was very good. However, in an unfair comparison, it could not (& not expected to) match the atmosphere and presence of 5.1 PCM with the piano and organ behind the conductor. DSDs came across superbly on the Groß. Could have written a lot more about how good the listening experience was but above was a fair representation. Update 17 Oct: The listening experience improved after 30 to 40 hours of use. Not sure whether this was because I was getting more used to the Groß’s presentation? Female vocals continued to capture my attention with their presence. And still amazed by the details in PCM material. DSDs remain outstanding, problem now is opening wallet to get more DSD material. Update 17 Feb 18: Details, sound stage improved with the upgrades (ISO Regen, Behringer Mods and Amanero firmware). Am surprised how much the Amanero firmware contributed to audio quality. DSD made my wallet lighter but brought more smiles. North Country II in DSD has now replaced the 24/96 PCM version as my favourite piece, with the piano better. Filters The Groß with the AKM AK4497EQ DAC chip came with 6 filters: Super slow roll-off: no echo reproduces natural sound Short delay, slow roll-off: minimal echo reproduces original sound Slow roll-off: minimal echo reproduces original sound Short delay, sharp roll-off: post echo enhances bass sound Sharp roll-off: pre & post echoes make powerful sound. Low dispersion short delay: sound quality optimised Selecting the filter was via the remote and could be changed on the fly for PCM. Filters do not apply to DSD. There were supposed to be subtle differences between filters, but was beyond my old ears to resolve consistently. Update 17 Feb 18: finally found differences! Used short delay, slow roll-off, previously low dispersion short delay, to reduce the echo. Found the short delay, sharp roll-off and sharp roll-off filters had too much echo. Firmware Owning the first USB unit is wonderful and exciting but came with imperfect beta firmware. The firmware was derived from the Gieseler Konverter (same AK4497EQ DAC chip plus pre-pro) and still displayed channel in first line. Also, there were pops when skipping DSD tracks, and occasional pops elsewhere. Will get update once these niggles have been resolved. Update 17 Oct: Firmware has now been updated which removed channel in display, eliminated the annoying pops/clicks. It turned out that the Konverter firmware had the same problem. Both sets of firmware now been overhauled and improved. Update 17 Feb 18: Used Amanero2003_71A firmware optimised for Linux players (SMS-200) . Note that this is different to the Groß firmware referred above. Skip Groß If You … Like the unboxing experience and want to make a YouTube video of it. GIESELER Audio has spent R&D dollars on how it sounds and none on the packaging (but unit was well packed with 3 layers of bubble wrap). Bonus was no one was tempted during shipment! Update 17 Oct: Clay has sourced a double box for shipping Desire international brands with big reputations, leading edge look & feel and extensive reviews. GIESELER Audio have well regarded niche products here on SNA. It may yet gain a wider acceptance as a result of Groß! Conclusion Proud and delighted to own an Australian designed and manufactured DAC which delivered superb audio. In summary, WOW! Update 17 Oct: a theme coming through from the early owners is that the Groß DAC is addictive and we want to listen to it even more. Update 17 Feb 18: With the upgrades, enjoying the Groß DAC more than ever. p/s Clay Gieseler @Gieseler Audio is a fantastic person to deal with and service is second to none.
  19. Turtle Rustler


    Item: SCHIIT YGGDRASIL DIGITAL AUDIO CONVERTER Location: PERTH Price: $3000 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: trying a different DAC Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The Schiit YGGDRASIL DAC needs no introduction, truly a statement level DAC. This is the latest version with the updated USB Gen 5 and Analog 2 output. Only 6 months old and in perfect condition. Only selling to try a different type of DAC technology, I’ll probably regret this sale but time for a change. Prefer local buyer, would post but at buyers expense and arrangement. Pictures:
  20. lgcommacomma

    FS: Audiolab M-DAC (Black)

    Item: Audiolab M-DAC (Black) Location: Melbourne Price: $700 Item Condition: 9/10 (only 9 as second hand, immaculate) Reason for selling: Upgraded to Linn Akurate DSM Payment Method: PayPal, bank transfer, cash on delivery Shipping: Have all original packaging so happy to post anywhere in Australia Extra Info: One of the most awarded products ever on What Hi-Fi. Have had this in my system for past two years and absolutely love it, only selling as have moved to an integrated solution with Linn streamer, DAC and pre-amp. Also extremely rare to find a DAC at this price point with XLR outputs. Includes original packaging, power cables and remote. http://www.audiolab.co.uk/product-detail.php?pid=13 https://www.whathifi.com/audiolab/m-dac/review Pictures:
  21. Item: North Star USB DAC32 Location: North Melbourne 3051 Price: $720 Item Condition: Near new Payment Method: Pickup or shipping Extra Info: I’m going to sell my whole system. This includes North Star DAC32, Rega Elicit amplifier, Rega Couple 2 interconnects, Rega Duet speaker cable 100MSP with Audioquest AQ-BAN300TRS – BFA Banana Plug, and Sonus Faber speakers (currently the speakers are not for sale until other items are sold out). I have spent much effort to make up this balanced system during the past year. The sound is not that “modern” but very enjoyable. I think you know I mean if you have an experience with Rega, North Star or Sonus Faber instrument. However, after I moved to North Melbourne which is closer to my workplace, the small bedroom and apartment environment do not allow me to enjoy this system any longer. Also, in the near future I will need to work until late evening. So, this system must go. Here for sale is the North Star DAC32. One year old. I bought it new from the manufacturer in Italy directly last year. Still in near new condition. It comes with original box and tax invoice. I found one sold on SNA at $1300 but I am asking $720 for a quick sale. Pickup at North Melbourne or shipping at your cost. Contact me after business hours 0430 420 719 Some features: Hi-Speed USB2.0 192kHz-32bit digital input COAX, TOSLINK, AES/EBU, I²S, USB digital inputs Very low jitter 192/24 Cirrus CS8416 digital receiver High stability on board master clock Seperated toroidal transformers for digital and analogue sections High dynamic 192/32 Cirrus CS8421 digital upsampler Very low distortion 192/32 Texas PCM1795 DAC Fully Balanced Analogue Stage Analogue output on gold plated XLR an RCA Pictures:
  22. Item: AUDIO-GD NB3 DAC - Custom BNC Location: Kensington, Melbourne Price: $260 Item Condition: Very Good/Great Condition Reason for selling: Surplus to need Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a fantastic DAC and I am reluctant to let it go. While its noise floor may not match (much) more expensive/contemporary DACs, it has sent many $1000-$2000 DACs to the dust bin for its liquid, rich 3 dimensional sound and moving mid-range. Everyone I know has preferred the NFB-3 in my system over any other DAC. *please note the BNC digital in. Pictures:
  23. Item: Topping DX7s DAC + Headphone amp Location: Melbourne Price: $450 Item Condition: Brand new Reason for selling: No need for another DAC; bought just for enjoyable experimentation. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD, Bitcoin. Can deliver at additional cost. Extra Info: Includes original packaging and documentation. http://en.tpdz.net/products_detail/productId=32.html This is one of the new generation of amazing DACs for their price from Topping that use 2 x ES 9038Q2M chips and support AES, USB, optical and coaxial input for up to 32bit/768kHz and DSD512 native. Unlike their lower model DACs, it includes a built in linear power supply, has balanced outputs as well as unbalanced and a headphone amp. Its measurements are almost perfect and I can only barely tell it apart from my reference DAC that costs almost 10x as much. https://audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-topping-dx7s-dac-and-headphone-amp.2378/ Pictures:
  24. Item: Wyred4Sound DAC 2 DSDse DAC Location: Canberra, ACT Price: AUD $1734.00 plus ship Retailed Price: 4000$ Item Condition: Used, Mint Reason for selling: upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: One owner. Please see the photos for details. I bought this one directly from Peter Thompson of Deep HZ Audio in Australia. Pictures:
  25. gzman71

    FS: Yamaha WXC-50

    Item: Yamaha WXC-50 Pre Amp Location: Forster NSW 2428 Price: $350 with Free Postage Item Condition: New (opened but less then 1 week old with reciept ) Reason for selling: Just trying out new Dacs etc..... Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: https://au.yamaha.com/en/products/audio_visual/multi-room_audio/wxc-50/index.html Pictures: