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  1. I thought I might do a write up on the Myryad Z series since I liked the Z142 amp so much I went and bought the Z114 cd player. It has been burning in since friday afternoon and I have just had a preliminary listening session. My conslusion is a bit out there so I'll take it slow and work up to it. Anyone who has been keeping track of my "addicts guide" thread knows that the Z142 amp and I are friends for life. It is an amp that has surpassed all integrateds I have heard before, some others have come close but none are quite as much fun to listen to as the Myryad and it does this with only 40 odd watts, 2 transistors per channel and 10,000uf of capacitance per channel. Only the Denon AE1510 had less capacitance and it ran a proprietry "high current circuitry" design that gave it very high levels of punch and bass. When you look under the case the quality is there to see, toshiba transistors, all rubicon capacitors (except for the 2 big ones, which are Nichicon) and no op amps in sight (ok, one, but it operates the servo that controls the remote volume control so it is out of the music loop). And yes, as claimed by Myryad there are seven separate voltage regulators, two each in the power amp circuitry sections, one each in the preamp sections and one on the power board (Myryad kindly label the different sections of the circuitboard, very handy for curious souls like me). The Myryads main claim to fame is its speed, it is so fluid in the mid range that the music just dances out of it in a flurry of sonic joy. It has nice bass that is fast, tight and deep and very well controlled and smooth highs that elate rather than grate on the the senses. In short, I love it! So, what about the cd player? Again it is very well built, rubicon capacitors throughout and seven voltage regulators, all well and good and similar to the amp. But!!! Audio companies like Myryad develope these components with the intent of them operating together, yes? So if there is any one cd player that the Z142 should sound absolutely awesome with it should be the Z114, or at least that is what I thought. As it turns out they sound pretty average when used together. That fluidity and speed are not utilized at all, the bass deepens and fills out but at the loss of the speed and control the amp displays with my test cd player. And the sound gains that "upsampled to the nth degree" aspect, it softens to the point where it can't annoy but can't truly elate either. Together the Z's sound alright, not terrible or anything, but they sound so full and bass heavy and completely unlike the sound I get from my consonance cd120 feeding the Z142. I think this is the sound that Myryad is aiming for, very inoffensive but very processed, smooth and bass heavy and, in my opinion, dull! Together they have no life, they sound like an old married couple who are going through the motions but are just tired of being together. I will try the Z114 player with a few different amps and see if I can get more of a feel for what will work better with it later. Right now I want to put forward an opinion on the Z142 amp. How (or why) does a company make an amp that is this good, has this much potential, and then partner it with a player that drags it down rather than makes the most of its abilities? Is the amp a mistake? It can't have been designed this well by accident, can it? It is my opinion, and this is somewhat ironic since I bought both brands from the same place, that the Myryad separates should be partnered with dryer sounding equipment. Gear with less bass and more air and snap. I think a rotel cd player would work rather well with the Z142 amp, and the Z114 player would work better with a RA1520 amp. I certainly would not use both Myryads together, unless I had very fast, punchy bookshelf speakers that needed a little extra bass. I'll continue this thread once I've tried the Z114 with a few other amps. Cheers!
  2. Item: Myryad Z20 Dac - Only 1 Left Now Location: Can deliver Australia Wide, Alexandria (Pickup) Price: $250 Item Condition: Brand New Reason for selling: Clearing last of our Myryad stock. Payment Method: Credit Card, Paypal, Pickup - Cash Extra Info: The Z20’s design features: Coaxial (S/PDIF), Optical (Toslink) and USB (2.0) inputs All inputs 192kHz/24bit capable Asynchronous USB receiver isolates the Z20’s DAC from computer clock jitter, resulting in clean precise sound All sources, at any bit-rate, are asynchronously up-sampled to 192kHz/24bit for accurate reproduction High end Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chip – as used in Myryad MX CD players Myryad “Smart My-Link®” for intelligent system operation with other Myryad products Pictures:
  3. I currently have a Yamaha CDX450 CDP which is quite limiting (no digital outputs) and a Bluray player (LG BD125) that supports coax and bitstream output. I am thinking of the Myryad Z210 CD Player Digital 24 bit/ 192 kHz; or the Topping D50 DAC (upscaling to 32 bit/ 768 kHz) using my Bluray as transport. Any thoughts (relevant and useful, preferred)? I'm looking at my best bang for buck piece of new equipment. FWIW, the front-end upgrade (as suggested by @Wimbo in the thread asking if the Classifieds will send us to the poorhouse) will be playing back through an ME25/ ME550 combo into my newish Magnepan 1.7 quasi-ribbons.
  4. Item: Sansui AU-5900 Integrated Amp. Location: Sunny Nanango Qld. Price: $300 (plus postage, buyer to pay paypal fees if they choose to use paypal) Item Condition: Very good for an amp of its age. Still has great bling factor (see pics, the way it shines in sunlight is pretty damn cool). Reason for selling: I need room and have too many amps. Also I have moved up the Sansui tree to an Alpha 907NRA. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I picked up this amp from another SNA member, it had been checked over and given a clean bill of health by skippy124. I haven't had an ounce of trouble from it and it gave me motivation to move on up the Sansui line and try some of the higher spec amps. Time to let it move on though I'm afraid. Rated at 45wpc but known to perform at about 55wpc. Scroll all the way down for pics. There is no such thing as original boxes for amps of this age so I have it wrapped in industrial bubble wrap, double boxed and sealed up with enough packing tape to choke a dozen green turtles. In other words, packed up rather well. Item: Opoint O-150 Integrated amp. Location: Sunny Nanango Qld. Price: $350 (plus postage, buyer to pay paypal fees if they choose to use paypal) Item Condition: As new, I can't find any scratches. Bought new about 12 months ago via Ali Express for $606.09, the price has gone up since then. Reason for selling: I need room and have too many amps. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Rated at 150wpc into 8 ohms this little thing certainly does not lack for power. It is a bare bones design, no remote, no phono, no extras of any kind just three inputs, volume control and an on/off switch. It sounds pretty good, certainly very good for the price and it does react well to the replacement on the two op-amps on the preamp board with Burson discrete op-amps, but it isn't a giant killer as such. Good value though, and it does a good job with LS50s. It leaves with everything it arrived with, which is nothing, even the box it came in was unmarked and unlabeled. Item: Myryad MI120 Integrated Amp Location: Sunny Nanango Qld. Price: $400 (plus postage, buyer to pay paypal fees if they choose to use paypal) Item Condition: Very good for its age, cosmetically and electronically. Reason for selling: I need room and have too many amps. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with a remote (not the original but one of the remotes that comes with the later Z series) and the manual for the remote, I don't have a manual for the actual amp. Rated at 60wpc into 8 ohms it is a nicely warm and detailed amp with good bass. Closer to the sound of the earlier Exposure amps than to the later Myryad Z and MX series. Pictures: Pics are in order (I hope!) Sansui, Opoint, Myryad.
  5. Item: Myryad Z132 AM/FM Tuner Location: Horsham, Victoria Price: $190 + postage...Now $150 posted Item Condition: Near new. 8/10 small stratch or two on top (see photo) Reason for selling: Not needed. Not much use in the country Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only, Post Extra Info: This was bought off another sna member about 12 months ago. Only used a few times. Comes with box and antennas. https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://arc.net.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Myryad-2011-brochure.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwipv6OhjLPSAhUEfrwKHbKcBSY4ChAWCFMwEQ&usg=AFQjCNHy_RJo_pRbESqv9DGmJzSd65PRJA $RRP when new $1099 http://www.hifigear.co.uk/myryad-z132-am-fm-tuner.html http://hempelsound.com.au/myryad/
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