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  1. Item: HiFiman HE-500 Magnetic Planar Headphones Location: Sydney 2084 Price: $599 Item Condition: Used - But in very good cosmetic condition and fully working. Reason for selling: Reducing amount of headphones. Want to have only 2. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Please see photos for condition of headphone and what is included. It is operating well as it should and is in good condition cosmetically. Welcome to inspect/demo before purchase. Includes: - HE-500 - Cable to connect headphone - Case - Soft Black Pouch - Accessories (Head foam band + extra earcups + some connectors) Pickup Preferred in Terrey Hills, 2084 Can post if needed. Will need to be insured (for the value its sold for) + tracking + signature + express. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  2. Item: FIIO X7 MKII with AM3A Audio Player DAP - Under Warranty until 2020 Location: Sydney 2084 Price: $850 Retail is $979 Item Condition: Brand New Sealed in Box Reason for selling: Upgraded to A&K [emoji4] Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Got this replacement, so this one is Brand New. The old one was a great Digital Audio Player, was able to power LCD-2, HE-500 and P9 with no problem. This is the Mark 2, the latest one. Item is Brand new as it was sent as a warranty replacement. I will upload photos of the new unit once I get a chance. Included on this sale: - FIIO X7 MKII with AM3A Amp module - USB charging Cable (no wall charger as it doesn't come with one) - Screw Driver - Spare Screws for Amp Module - Original Box - Manual Bought locally form Addicted to Audio for $975 in February 2019. Warranty should be until February 2020. Prefer Pickup in Terrey Hills. 2084 Can post if needed. Will need to be insured (for the value its sold for) + tracking + signature + express. https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/fiio-x7-ii-second-generation-digital-audio-player?variant=44303801795&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwuqfoBRAEEiwAZErCsuafvOKuuL1ZjpJEmnJjG0bgallG0_H9h4MOj3EC7UwozsTlThXPsBoCRJcQAvD_BwE Manufacture's Website: https://fiio.com/x7mkii Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  3. Item: HE400i Headphones Location: Manly QLD Price: $250 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: In excellent condition. Comes with original box, 3.5mm cable and 6.3mm adapter. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Items: see pictures below Location: pick up at Ultimo NSW2007 office hours or Lindfield NSW2070 after hours and weekends, postage $25 flat Condition: very good to excellent Price: $100 final drop to $70 RFS: downsize Payment: as usual Extra info: misc classical lps, two box sets and some jap pressings. 16 records I think.
  5. Item: Wireworld Ultraviolet Digital Coax 2m Location: Thornbury, Melbourne (Pick Up Only) Prices: $44.50 Item Condition: BNIB Reason for selling: Clearance Payment Method: Pickup - Cash/Card Extra Info: LAST ONE Wireworld Ultraviolet - Digital Coax A/V Cable 75ohm 2m RRP $89 - now $44.50. Quantity Available: 1 Feel free to contact us for more info.
  6. Item: Siltech Royal Signature Prince speaker cable, 3m, used. Location: 2650 Price: $10,700 obo Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: downshifting Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFT Extra Info: These cables are listed at USD$13,700, quite the price at present exchange rate Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  7. Item: Matrix Audio Quattro Fully Balanced Audio DAC + Headphone Amp Location: Melbourne Price: $250 + Postage Item Condition: Used 7.5/10 Reason for selling: Spring cleaning, too many unused gear Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Selling a decent condition DAC, great starting point for anyone getting into to Audio. Just come with standard power cable, I was too cheap and didn't get the unit with the remote. Happy to demo unit is working, have had unit for about 4 years. Impression https://www.head-fi.org/threads/matrix-quattro-dac-unboxing-and-initial-impressions.564028/ Current Prices https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Matrix-Audio-Quattro-Fully-Balanced-Audio-DAC-Headphone-Amp-Silver-RRP-799/223127568029?hash=item33f3707e9d:g:qVsAAOSwsTtbi7tX&frcectupt=true http://www.kidultdiagnostic.com/desktop-mini-amp-c-14/matrix-quattro-amp-fully-balanced-power-headphone-amplifier-p-109.html#.XVPoEugzZ3g Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  8. Item: PMC Twenty 24 Location: Sydney/Telopea Price: $3290 (Price dropped)+ shipping at buyer cost (Preferred pickup as speaker weight > 40kg) Item Condition: magnificent (see photos) Reason for selling: have opportunity to move up the line to 26 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal(plus fee), COD Only Extra Info: price is definitely cheapest so far in the forum caused I did not pay a hefty rrp price tag of 8k, so do you. purchased as second owner from ownership of a hifi staff (not floor stock/demo). The original owner was an audio specialist and kept his speakers in magnificent condition. I do a same, see photos for beautiful case work and great condition without any visible scratch. Excellent speaker, handmade in UK. Original boxes, store invoice receipt and manual included. audition and pickup is welcome in Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  9. Item: Teac UD-501 DSD Dac Location: Adelaide Price: $380 plus postage Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: replace it with an top a Audio GD Sabre Dac Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal etc. Product Information: A great hi quality dac that is capable of playing 5.6 MHz DSD and 384kHz/32 bit PCM. It sounded awesome with any amplifier and speaker we have tried it. It has 3 types of digital filters to choose from for PCM playback, while 4 types of cut-off filters for DSD playback. Bought from USA 2 years ago so It comes with step-down transformer. Both stereo channels have their own 32bit-compatible BurrBrown PCM1795 D / A converter and its own toroidal transformer. For more technical information: http://www.teac.com/product/ud-501/ Reviews: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/teac-ud-501-digital-converter/?page=3 https://www.audiostream.com/content/teac-ud-501-dual-monarual-pcmdsd-usb-digital-analog-converter http://www.dagogo.com/teac-ud-501-usb-da-converter-review/2
  10. Item: Linn Keilidh floorstanding speakers in black ash Location: Len Wallis Audio, HQ Price: $1500, SN Special $1190 Item Condition: Good condition, some minor cosmetic blemishes Shipping: Anywhere in Australia, POA Payment Method: Credit Cards, Cash, Bank Transfer, Paypal, ZipPay with six (6) months interest free. Extra Info: An extremely versatile loudspeaker and can be used in a particularly wide range of configurations. The floor-standing design of the Keilidh maximises internal volume while occupying slightly less than a square foot of floor space. To enhance stability and performance, an integral base plate is fitted with adjustable floor spikes. Type: 2-way Infinite Baffle Loudspeaker Frequency Response: 45Hz-20kHz +/- 3dB (Active), 65Hz-20kHz +/- 3dB (Passive) Input Impedance: 8 Ohms per drive unit (Active), 4 Ohms (Passive) Efficiency: 92dB for 1W at 1m (1kHz) Minimum Amplifier Power: 60W / 4 Ohms Drive Units: 19mm ceramic-domed treble, 2 x 160mm carbon-loaded polypropylene bass/midrange Applications: Single-wired, Bi-wired, Bi-amped, Active Bi-amped, Active Tri-amped Photos:
  11. Item: Emotiva BAS-X A-150 power amp Location: Melbourne 3094 Price: $400 Item Condition: mint Reason for selling: purchased just out of interest sake and passing on Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: https://klappav.com.au/products/basx-a-150-stereo-power-amplifier Purchased new, 75w a side @8ohms, 150@4ohms. Have original box and strongly prefer to post due to time constraints but can pickup from Montmorency 3094.
  12. Item: Transformer coupled Headphone amp (on steroids) Location: Brisbane Price: $600 $550 $500 with money back guarantee. Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: After a long search have finally settled on my "perfect" setup Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: It's been many a year since I ventured into the land of headphones and the DIY journey has been filled with wonderful discoveries. It's time to release some of these into the wild for others to enjoy. All these are at below parts cost and have been built and modified and modified again to obtain what I believe is their best sound. This is basically the same amp as the other one advertised, apart for some major modifications. HT power supply has been totally re done. Far superior layout and power filtration (Rubicon and Russian PIO caps). This amp is whisper quite. All components (excluding the toroidal transformer, output transformers and tube sockets) have been swapped out for better ones. Mundolf interstage caps, Rubicon filter caps, Hammond choke, Alps pot and plently more. Silver solder used throughout. Optimised component layout with internal shielding within case. High and low impedance headphone sockets A lot of time and effort went into this build with exception results. Currently fitted with some nice Russian tubes and I will supply 2 other sets so the new owner can change if necessary. Really sad to see this one go, but I would prefer it being enjoyed by someone than sitting around being unused. Comes with money back guarantee, if you don’t like like, post it back in original condition and I’ll refund you the purchase price. What more can you want. ELECTRICAL DISCLAIMER This product has not been manufactured by a qualified individual or company, therefore contains electrical circuits that do not necessarily comply with Australian Standards. I understand that as the seller, I may be liable to repercussions in the event of equipment failure. By advertising and selling this product, as the seller I also agree that I am solely liable, and the publisher of this website takes no responsibility for any injury or death resulting from, whether directly or indirectly, any accident that may happen as a result of the failure of the product being sold. If in doubt, seek the services of a qualified electrician to inspect the product to ensure it is safe for use.
  13. * Item. Esoteric DV-60 Universal player (CD, SACD, DVD-A, DVD-V) * Location. Canberra * Item condition description. Excellent (couple of small scratches) * Reason for selling. Consolidating players- excess to requirements * Price and price conditions. $1850 (registered postage included) * Payment Methods: Paypal +(2.4%), Cash - Pickup, or Direct Deposit. * Extra Info: I’m the 2nd owner, had it in my system for 9 years. Unit has a couple of small scratches on the top RHS about 1.25cm long and another on the back panel near the serial no. plate. Absolutely perfect condition otherwise. Incredible build quality, beautiful CD player and of course DVD-A & SACD. Unit has HDMI 1.1, Firewire and XLR & RCA 2 channel analogue outputs along with multichannel RCA. I have the original triple layered box and the remote is still packaged in original plastic bag. This transport was used during the small GTG we had back in 2011 - Only selling due to upgrade to K-03. http://www.esoteric.jp/products/esoteric/dv60/indexe.html http://hometheaterreview.com/teac-esoteric-dv-60-universal-player-reviewed/ http://www.hometheatersound.com/equipment/esoteric_dv60.htm http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue34/dv60.htm Esoteric® proprietary transport (VOSP*), and drive mechanism with a highly rigid metal isolation platform for superior anti-vibration and anti-resonance properties. *VOSP = Vibration free optical stability platform. Updated 24 bit D/A converter (with "FIR and RDOT + FIR" digital filter algorithms for audio signal up-conversion), native DSD mode for SACD playback and user selectable PCM to DSD signal conversion. (Cirrus Logic chipset 4398). 14 bit video processing using Analog Devices ADV7324 with NSV (Noise shaping video), plus Faroudja's I/P conversion processor chip with DCDi technology. HDMI output terminal with video up-conversion to 1080p (Progressive scan "HD" resolution), using the latest LSI chipset model ABT1018 from Anchor Bay Technologies. Word synch. function (Word clock BNC terminal x 1). Highly evolved home installation solutions for external control functions: RS232C connector with standby option, 12V DC remote trigger and rear panel remote control input terminal. Highly rigid chassis construction with cut aluminum top and side panels. Slim remote control with illuminated keys for easier operation in low light or no light environments such as home theater.
  14. Item: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE - THE BARSUK COLLECTION BOX SET Location: Geelong Region, VIC Price: $270 plus postage Item Condition: EX/NM Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Deposit Extra Info: 5% of all sales will be donated back to the forum! DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE - THE BARSUK COLLECTION - $270 LIMITED EDITION CONTAINS SIGNED LITHOGRAPH & 8 LPS ALL CORRECTLY LABELLED (there were issues upon release with incorrectly labelled LPs) Limited to 1,500. This set contains all of Death Cab for Cutie's early albums and EPs released prior to the band's signing by Atlantic. Three releases in the package (You Can Play These Songs With Chords, The Stability E.P., and The Death Cab for Cutie Forbidden Love E.P.) are available for the first time on vinyl and are exclusive to this set. The box is cloth bound and numbered and includes a 12"x12" lithograph fully autographed by the band. The box set was marketed as "The Barsuk Years," but the box itself bears the title "The Barsuk Collection." Each release is packaged individually in its own jacket, preserving each album’s original artwork. You Can Play These Songs With Cords features its original cassette artwork. Something About Airplanes features a layered vellum insert. We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes has a die-cut jacket. The Photo Album includes the original full-size photo inserts. Transatlanticism features a twelve-page booklet. Condition - the box has some minor wear (cloth bound always seems harder to keep in perfect shape). The LPs have barely been played (some untouched) and are near mint. Can post at buyer's expense. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  15. Item: Chord Hugo Location: Melbourne Price: $1000 $950 Item Condition: please see pics, functioning perfectly Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Paypal or bank transfer Extra Info: Working perfectly fine, will come with all paperwork and charger. Was being used as an office DAC until it got replaced with a Hugo 2. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  16. Item: JDS Labs The Element Desktop Amplifier & DAC (Current Dual RCA Version) Location: Brisbane, QLD Price: $425 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Current dual RCA version. Item is in excellent condition and will be supplied in the original box with Australian power adaptor and USB cable. https://jdslabs.com/product/the-element/ Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  17. Item: Amber 70i Amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $360 $340 Item Condition: Mint Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought this several weeks ago on the forum for $220 with one channel blown (my fault, shorted out the speaker cable) Just had it serviced by DR Sound in Mulgrave and it is working beautifully. One of the best amps I have heard at this or any price up to $2000 justifying its original RRP of $1599 back in the day. Selling as I have other amps and this one doesn't have a phono stage. Looking to recoup cost of purchase plus the $140 service fee. Still a cheap price for these and it has a clean bill of health from the Doctor! Made in Melbourne 70w per side Quality build and components. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  18. Item: Benchmark Vortex monoblock amplifiers Location: Moggill, Brisbane Price: $7695/pr new. Asking $2200 ono or trade for Cyrus Mono X or X200 pairs in quartz silver. Item Condition: good Reason for selling: quite possibly a downgrade but considering a change to Cyrus Audio monos to physically match rest of my system Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Mr George Secher of Secher Audio fame commissioned production of these amps via Mr Bill Taylor in Melbourne. The Vortex mono's were the premium amps in a series of five models. Presentation balance is neutral-to-warm, sweet, musical and perhaps almost valve-like. Don't mistake this for soft and lacking in detail by any means though. With 60 000 mFd of British Aerovox filter caps and 12 quality bipolar output devices in each amp, they also pack a real punch with bass that is powerful and extended. I've never got them to clip and they have enough power to make me fear for the well being of my modified NHT Classic 4 floor standing speakers. I am the second owner and am enjoying them very much but, I am looking to buy some Cyrus monoblocks to match the rest of my growing collection of little silver shoe boxes. Happy to demo for local buyers. Will also be very securely packaged if shipping is required. Specs: Power (rms @ 8 Ohms) - 150w Power (rms @ 4 Ohms) - 280w Power (peak @ 2 Ohms) - >600w THD @ 8 Ohm and 1w - 0.025% Input sensitivity - 1.2V Input impedance - 47k Ohms Connections - single RCA and 1 pair machined, gold plated 5 way binding posts each amp Photos:
  19. Item: Naim Mu so Location: Waikerie SA Price: 1350 + postage Reason for selling: To fund new purchase Payment methods: PayPal, cash on pickup Extra Information: Input: Bluetooth, USB, rca, wifi, optical fibre Download app to your mobile phone Come with original box
  20. Item: Knog Oi bicycle bell Location: Lane Cove 2066 Price: $20 Item Condition: 9.5/10 Reason for selling: no longer have the bike Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: Photos:
  21. Item: Pricing in Australian dollars Scanspeak Revelator 12m 4631 - $400 /pr - pending sale Scanspeak Revelator 18w 8531 - $350 /pr - on hold ScanSpeak Illuminator D2004 / 6020-00 $150 /pr - on hold higher res photos of 12m's and 18w's https://photos.app.goo.gl/15qrZu7YEY6yM2UC7 Shipping to be calculated Location: Auckland / New Zealand Price: $900 + shipping Item Condition: used Reason for selling: Payment Method: Pickup Cash or Bank transfer, Paypal Extra Info: Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  22. Item: NAD C 368 Intergrated Hybrid Digital Dac + NAD C 268 Power Amp Location: Brisbane Price: $1500 Item Condition: 10/10 New, Excellent Condition Reason for selling: Upgraded and No longer in use. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer Extra Info: https://nadelectronics.com/product/c-368-hybrid-digital-dac-amplifier/ https://nadelectronics.com/product/c-268-stereo-power-amplifier/ Purchased brand new this year in Feb. Up to 2 years warranty included for ease of mind. Includes all original packaging. Photos:
  23. Item: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval 8 speaker cables 2 sets , 6 foot speaker cables or 8 foot option available too- biwired with spades and banana / spade adaptors 8 foot sold now Location: Perth Price:ONLY $1800 for 6 foot pair inc postage Australia Wide and donation to SNA ----new price listed in 3 metre lengths new at Sydney Hifi from $4240 Item Condition: excellent-9-10 as new. Reason for selling: change to something else or swap for 2 pairs of the same cables 2 metre long minimum so I can bi amp instead of biwire Spades at speaker end and banana at amps but with optional spade adaptors so you can choose your fitting. Awesome looking and feeling cables, flexible, and powerful. Just too damn short. Available all over Australia and still very current cables. As new condition, serious cables. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal as friend bank transfer, COD Only https://www.sydneyhificastlehill.com.au/shop/cables/speaker-cables/analysis-plus-solo-crystal-oval-8-speaker-cable/ Description The Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval 8 speaker cable is handcrafted using four 11 gauge continuous cast copper conductors and is woven using Analysis plus’s proprietary hollow oval geometry with low loss dielectric to produce a very special speaker cable. Solo Crystal Oval 8 is terminated with your choice of gold T1, banana & spade connectors. If you are seeking a cable that delivers superb performance, Solo Crystal is worth your attention. Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval 8 key features; Available in single run or bi-wire configuration Gold T1, banana & spade connectors available Outer Dimensions – 20mm x 10mm Price indicated is for a 3-meter pair $4,240.00 inc. GST Please call for pricing on other lengths, available in a single for centre speakers Analysis Plus doesn’t just make cables for Hi-Fi and home cinema, the company also manufactures cables for musicians and their equipment, you may recognise some of the artists below that use this fantastic brand of cable; JOHN MAYER MARTY FRIEDMAN (OF MEGADETH) BUDDY STRONG (WITH USHER) KENNY LOGGINS JACK CASADY (HOT TUNA) CHRIS RODRIGUEZ (WITH KELLY CLARKSON) JOSHUA FINEBERG PHD (HARVARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC) RICK ROSASA (NEIL YOUNG) BYRON HOUSE (ROBERT PLANT AND THE BAND OF JOY) DANNY RADER (WITH KEITH URBAN) BILL BELL (JASON MRAZ) JIMMY HERMAN (WITH CARRIE UNDERWOOD) JACK SONNI (DIRE STRAITS) PAUL CARRACK & JEREMY MEEK Plus many more! For a full list of artists that use Analysis Plus and their testimonials click HERE To see the entire range of Analysis Plus speaker cable click HERE Additional Information Configuration Single Run, Bi-Wire Connector Banana Both Ends, Spade Both Ends, Banana one end & Spade the other Edited July 13 by fdhfdy
  24. Item: VERY RARE VPI TNT 5.5 HR Turntable, with all the fruit . Full outboard SDS power/speed supply unit, extras and as new clearaudio concerto wood cartridge periphery ring, record weight and additional main bearing/ spindle to increase quality over standard motor only system. Upgraded MIT phono cable. Absolute beast in flight case to transport. Location: Perth Price: $7000 for the turntable only or $9999.00 including Cart which new is $4495 and only 20 hours max use Pricing of this classic Turntable is hard to establish but its value is based on advise from Audio Connection being $7000 for the deck plus cartridge cost. Cart would sell after deck for $3500 only. Item Condition: Cart - new 99/100 Deck 95/100 a couple of ageing marks here and there very hard to spot but they may clean off but just mentioning. Reason for selling: I have 3 decks all now for sale and don't know which one I want to keep so thought I would see if SNA could decide for me, I may keep 1 of these or sell all and change. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Have full large flight case for this deck from a Classe per amp so its pretty much bomb proof and can travel anywhere at the buyers cost and discretion. Extra Info: Deck comes with motor, belts, plinth, JMW12.5 arm and clear audio wood cart, additional metal weighted platter ring and additional flywheel pulley system which weights 10 kilos at least infact the entire deck must be close to 50 kilos with motor, pulley and all the other components , the hot rod also has air suspension for all the legs and an upgraded phono cable ( which can be upgraded even further if required) and a VPI record weight. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved. https://www.stereophile.com/turntables/498/index.html Original Prices: TNT V-HR, including JMW 12.5 tonearm, $8000. Tonearm only, $2800. Optional SDS motor/speed controller, $1000 = $11800 in 2001 = $17200US which is now $25400 plus cart so lets call it approx 30k with extra periphery ring and record weight and upgrade tone arm lead etc. Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/vpi-tnt-v-hr-turntable-jmw-125-tonearm-specifications#uF6QJBryy3t2E0S2.99 Cartridge The Clearaudio Concerto V2 $4495 Clearaudio has significantly improved our fully symmetrical MC design, first patented in 1980. We redesigned the generator in a revolutionary way by positioning and doubling the magnets (to 8 pcs.) so the coils are operating in a much stronger magnetic field. Furthermore we have chosen the strongest magnetic material available: super neodymium. Through these achievements, the efficiency has been raised by 30%, which results in an output of up to 0.9 mV at 5cm/sec. All models now utilize the improved V2 generator. The new Micro-HD Diamond tip provides a hybrid parabolic geometry with a stylus radii of 0.008mm x 0.040mm. The total mass (0.00016g) is a fifth of the previous diamond stylus. Cartridge body resonances, while tracking in the groove, are minimized through the twelve finger design of the mounting plate, each finger with a different radius. This is the result of our constant research and development. The cartridge bodies of our 5 models: Goldfinger, Titanium, da Vinci, Stradivari and Concerto are made out of the following: gold, titanium, ceramic coated aluminum, Ebony and Satinee wood. The generator construction of the new V2 moving coil cartridge generation is absolutely symmetrical: mechanically, magnetically and electrically, our unique design. All Clearaudio moving coils use our proven 24 ct. pure gold coils. All the design aspects of Goldfinger, Titanium and Stradivari are found in the Concerto V2: the entry-level into our New-Generation-Super class of moving coil cartridges. Both the satiné wood from which the body is made and its resonance-optimised shape contribute towards the excellent performance of the Concerto V2, the baby of the Clearaudio flagship range
  25. Item: Awesome Tom Evans Groove 20th Anniversary Mark 11 Edition phono stage with adjustable impedance and with Mark 1 external PSU Location: PERTH Price: BARGAIN : $2800 Brilliant English phono stage new $2400 pounds http://www.audiodesign-store.co.uk/rapidcart So new $4100 approx Australian. Item Condition: Almost Brand new apart from surface scratched on top at the back- visually perfect from front for a rack set up etc The case is perspex and tops marks easily, the are only small spider marks but there none the less. No more than 30 hours use. Reason for selling: Changing Direction to digital and already have one phono stage and downsizing system. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Pack and send etc very light so postage very low, comes with very minimal, Tom Evans literature.: Will ship worldwide. . Extra Info: Unused basically a store demo as not running vinyl system currently. http://www.sorasound.com/products/tom-evans/ Review Many of our customers use Tom Evans Audio Design phono stages. All sound great. These units are priced fairly, carrying a lot of value to audiophiles. All our customers think highly of Tom’s products. So, I decided to represent Tom and offer his great products to you. Tom is a very nice man, with two kids. He began his electronics career in defense industry. In 1989 he went back to his first professional love, building high quality and great sounding hi-fi gear. Tom always has time for his representatives and customers, explaining all the details of his products in detail. He takes great pride in his name and the products he produces. Tom’s Hi-Fi gears are so good that he called them Tom Evans Audio Design. Tom Evans manufactures phono stages, preamps, power amps and speakers. Most information below is copied from Tom Evans Audio Design website by permission. Review below is by a customer of ours Mr. Paul Folbrecht. “I’ve been using a Tom Evans Audio Design Microgroove +X for about the last three months. I consider it to be my last phono stage. (I hope I’m serious this time, and three months is a long time to go without having any desire for something better or different – at least for me.)Discovering Tom Evans gear was a bit of a revelation for me, that began last year. I had read of it but never heard it – after all, it’s not very easy to hear (the phono stages are easier to come across than the Vibe/Pulse and the Linear A). I started with a used Linear A, and was very impressed with that piece: it had an uncanny ability to unravel detail (including microdynamics) against an absolutely black background, and was spectacularly “fast” and extended as well. Of course, those things in itself are not too mean a trick – a lot of good (solid-state) gear can do that. But what the Linear A did that did set it apart was being as fast, quiet, and detailed while simultaneously having *full* tonal saturation and *never* sounding the slightest bit edgy, or bright. I then added a Vibe/Pulse (Lithos 7 version, bought used from the same dealer) – and it made an even bigger difference to the system (over the highly-regarded tube line stage I had been using). It was the Vibe/Pulse that was really a game-changing piece of equipment for me: a blackground blacker than I had ever heard before, with quite stunning macro dynamics, and full and complete tonal saturation with a lovely, perfectly smooth and rich midrange and treble. After using it for several months, any tubed preamp was just too slow and veiled for me. Prior to that point, I had never found a solid-state preamp I preferred to even a mediocre valved unit. I’m not saying they’re not out there – I’m sure very prices MBL and other solid-state gear can pull of proper tonal saturation without being edgy – but I do believe it is generally VERY expensive to do it. At this point I decided I wanted to go “the full monty” with a Tom Evans phono stage and that I should buy a new piece to support the company. I decided on the middle-of-the-read Microgroove + X after reading reviews. (I have seriously toyed with abandoning vinyl altogether, and done so for short periods, so I didn’t think a greater expense was warranted.) I placed the order through local dealer SORAsound (great to deal with) and received the unit after only a few weeks. After being plugged-in for only a few hours, the unit’s potential was evident, but it did seem to take a few days to display what it’s really capable of. Once it had settled down, I was quite thrilled, and amazed – it really exceeded my expectations. It was the signature Tom Evans sound – fast, neutral, completely extended, but tonally pure and harmonically complete, with perfect balance – to an even higher degree. (After all, the line stage is providing something like 12 dB of gain while the phono stage is at around 70 dB! I guess it’s hard to argue that the phono stage is not the most important part of a vinyl amplification chain.) My analog setup is a Basis Ovation table, early TriPlanar arm, and Ortofon Rondo Red cartridge. (Yes, the cart is the bottleneck there in terms of cost, but it doesn’t really sound like it!) I had on-hand with the Microgroove +X a well-regarded tubed phono stage (with SUTs for the MC gain stage) that retails for about $6000 (almost three times the TE’s price). The tubed unit was also *very* good, and they were surprisingly close not only in overall performance but in sonics, but I did end up preferring the Microgroove. It had a substantially lower noise floor and was audibly more extended, although the tubed unit was very good in both regards too. The tubed unit was more “lush” in the midrange but I came to see that as a coloration and preferred good recordings without it. That’s about it. Like most Tom Evans gear, it doesn’t really look like it’s worth the asking price and it’s so light that thick interconnects can lift it, but, well, who cares. Tom is, I think, proud of the fact that he refused to market “audio jewelry”, and isn’t it more sensible to put the money where it counts? (I’ve come to like the understated but purposeful aesthetic of the Vibe, but the Microgroove is so tiny I hide it behind the platform the line stage is on anyway.)” Phono Stages Tom Evans Audio Design phono stages include: The Microgroove ($1,050) uses high grade silicon. The signal path is DC coupled. Built as a steereo amp powered by by standard industry voltage regulators. Like all Tom Evans phono stages, Microgroove can be configured to suit any moving coil or moving magnet cartridge. Great entry level phono stage upgradable to The Plus. The Microgroove x ($1,192). The Microgroove plus ($2,100) is a stereo phono-amp that has one of Tom Evans’ Lithos 7 Class A regulators in place of the standard industry regulators. This improves the sound significantly, lowers the hoise floor, faster risting and falling edges of notes highlighting the spaces between them. John Cage would have had a hay day. The Groove ($4,000). This dual mono phono-amp uses one Lithos 7 regulator per side to supply power to each mono signal path p.c.b. All resistors are Holco precision metal film. All silicon is premium grade. The regulators are powered by a dual mono mains power supply. Since its launch in the UK, it has become the industry standard. The Groove can be upgraded to the Plus spec. The Groove x ($4,725). The Groove plus ($7,600). In this design the mains pcb has been replaced by the Lithos 6, a complex class A regulator (as used in the pulse power supply). Its outputs then feed the dual mono Lithos 7’s on the signal pcb’s. The external mains supply box contains a 70 watt transformer designed and manufactured in house. This transformer has an electrostatic screen to remove any R.F. noise, then rectified, smoothed, and regulated before leaving the box and heading for Lithos 6. The ultra low noise and distortion of this product provide audiophiles with the greatest possible dynamic range and resolution available. The Groove+ SRX ($8,900) has adjustable load and gain. The Groove+ SRX,in addition to the loading pcb has a front end gain stage that has 50% less noise and distortion than the Groove and Groove+. Upgrade of Microgroove to Groove Plus ($4,600). Tom Evans has been making his Groove phono stages for some time now, the anniversary in this particular model’s name refers to 20 years of them and that occurred in 2010. Having been there at the start with the Michell Iso, which was effectively the first Groove and shared the black acrylic case that continues today, it doesn’t seem like 25 years but you can’t argue with a calendar. Tom’s shtick is that the best way to achieve true high resolution with vinyl is to lower the noise floor on the phono stage, the quieter this crucial part of the amplification chain is the wider the bandwidth and the more you will be able to hear. He advocates spending more, a lot more on the phono stage than the cartridge because no matter how good a cartridge is if the amplifier is noisy you won’t be able to hear what it’s doing. I have to agree, in fact I once took an Audio Note Japan stage (about £2.5k at the time) to a friends house who had a £60 moving magnet on his Thorens turntable, the improvement was staggering, the extra resolution revealed more music than you would imagine a modest front end could produce. The reason for this is the level of gain that a phono stage has to apply to the signal in order to bring it up to a level that a regular amplifier can work with, in the case of a moving coil cartridge it’s in the range of 600 times. Which means that any noise in the gain stage is amplified by this amount as well, so a good phono stage needs to be somewhat quieter than the apocryphal mouse. For the latest range of Groove phono stages Tom has upgraded the silicon that achieves this amplification to what he calls Lithos 7.4, this has prompted a MkII series across the five Groove stages in the range. What Lithos 7.4 has achieved in measurement terms is to reduce distortion and increase dynamic range compared to earlier models (existing Grooves can be upgraded to MkII). Tom likes to point out that dynamic range doubles and distortion halves as you move from one model to the next in the range, which would suggest that the entry level Micro Groove X is pretty noisy and distorted but I doubt that is the case. Not if the midrange Groove Anniversary is anything to go by at least, it is I suspect the quietest phono stage I have ever used but it’s far from the most expensive. The other change brought about by the move to MkII is the introduction of adjustable impedance, previous Grooves have been factory set at one impedance and while you could specify what this was it was a bit limiting if you changed cartridge. Now there are dipswitches on the back panel that are relatively easy to access; some stages have them inside, others underneath. Here there are eight switches in parallel that have an inverse logic to their operation, the more you turn on the lower the impedance, so switching them all on gives 112 Ohms, all off 1kOhm, with seven steps in between. Once you have grasped the basic tenet of the approach it’s easy to experiment with loading, and surprisingly easy to figure out which gives the best result once you start listening to the timing and the interplay of musicians. With the Rega Apheta 2 (on a Rega RP10) which specifies 100 Ohm loading experimentation revealed that the Groove Anniversary’s 250 Ohm setting initially gave the best leading edge definition, power and cohesion of the various instruments on Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones (Asylum). The track ‘Underground’ has some superb musicianship and this stage makes each player’s contribution easy to follow whilst presenting the ensemble as a perfectly integrated whole. You can appreciate the timbre of the heavy tympani and the tiny sound of a plucked ukulele, not forgetting the glorious vibe playing of Victor Feldman. The space created by reverb on the following track ‘Shore Leave’ is massively evocative as is the percussion and terrific guitar break, all of which is presented in a full width image that breaks the outer bounds of the loudspeakers. I put on Burnt Friedmann and Jaki Leibzeit’s Just Landed (Nonplace) for a bit of low end action and found myself enjoying the tune rather than the sensation of having my internal organs vibrated. Here the emphasis was on the sound of the instruments and the melody rather than the crunch, which made me wonder whether the higher than recommended loading might be affecting the balance. This turned out to be the case, the higher the load (on this cartridge at least) the less low end power it delivers but the faster the transient edges. Experimentation with a few other bass strong records made a case for bringing it down to the 200 Ohm setting. It’s nice to have such close alternatives. With the finesse of Jocelyn B Smith’s direct to disc cut Honest Song (Berliner Meister Schallplatten) the quietness of the Groove is made obvious by the way finger clicks are so clear in the background of piano and voice. The ‘air’ around the cymbals and the singer’s breath on the mic coalesce with the music to present a degree of realism that’s rare. Cymbal work is notable on a number of pieces and reveals an unusual degree of transparency but don’t get the impression that this is a lightweight filigree specialist. When the rhythm section on Patricia Barber’s ‘Company’ (Modern Cool, Premonition) gets going you know all about the power and pace. The double bass has a physical presence that is palpable but does not smear the voice and the acoustic it’s recorded in. reviewed a valve powered phono stage from a well regarded brand during the Groove’s tenure and made the mistake of comparing them. The result did not favour the valve stage one bit, making it sound noisy, smeared in timing terms and lacking in transparency. Valves cannot hope to be as quiet as transistors but people value the tonal richness they bring, I prefer to hear what’s on the record, the actual sound of the voices and instruments rather than what in photographic terms sounds like saturation. I also like the natural way that the Groove presents imaging, every record you play has a slightly different character which seems to be a logical result of the variations in recording venue and technique. Take Leo Kottke’s Great Big Boy (Private Music) as an example, this is an acoustic guitar led band with voice that has an awful lot going on on tracks like ‘Jumps Up Running’. I’ve played this many times but had not been previously aware of the keyboard line, the Groove cleans up the background and brings a coherence to dense mixes that lets you hear right into them. It prompted me to listen longer and louder than I have for some time with this particular record, remember just what a great musician Kottke is thanks to the Groove’s its remarkably light touch. Forget your Vendetta Research and Audio Research preamps, they may have legendary status but technology moves on and today’s silicon is infinitely quieter than it was only five years ago, which means you can hear more music and less electronic intrusion through it. The latest Groove Anniversary is a goalpost moving phono stage that digs deeper into the signal and reveals so much detail across the board that you can hear right into the layers of multitrack recordings. It still doesn’t help the musically inept like myself establish the time signature of Steely Dan’s ‘Show Biz Kids’ (Countdown to Ecstasy, ABC) but it lets you hear how each of the instruments in the mix was played and the irony of the lyrics. Calm is the good word when describing the Groove, it takes everything in its stride and no matter how dense the material never seems to struggle. It’s a very low distortion conduit to the musical joy that vinyl offers. It won’t turn mediocre recordings into amazing ones but it will let you hear more of what has gone on in the studio or on the stage when they were made. It gets you closer to that place in time and space where the magic happened. The only disconcerting thing is that there are several better stages in the Tom Evans Audio Design range, you have to wonder if there are enough superlatives to go round? SPECIFICATIONS: Resistance settings: 112, 126, 144, 168, 200, 250, 333, 500, 1000 OhmCapacitor settings: 100, 200, 300, 400, 500pFGain to suit cartridges with between 0.2mV to 0.6mV output (or custom to order)Dual mono layout, dual Lithos 7.4 local regulatorsAcrylic caseworkSize HxWxD: 88 x 330 x 185mmWeight: 2kg + power supply PRICE: £2,400 MANUFACTURER DETAILS: Tom Evans Audio DesignT 01443 833570 www.audiodesign.co.uk http://www.audiodesign-store.co.uk/rapidcart
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