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  1. Item: W4S STP-SE Pre-Amplifier with HT Bypass (Black) Location: Sydney Price: $1100 Item Condition: Used - Excellent Condition see Photos Reason for selling: Upgrade/ NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (as a friend or +fees), COD Only Extra Info: Purchased this Pre from @scumbag. Has been an excellent addition to my system and was a real keeper - however I have simplified my setup and moved away from separates. Lots of great reviews of this unit online and on the forums. Instead of trying to explain the magic myself, refer to the following from previous listing I purchased from: The unit will come with power lead, remote, manual and double boxed. I also bought a 2nd remote from Deep HZ (brand new & not used). The surface of the original remote had become slightly sticky but completely functional. Both remotes included. Able to ship interstate at buyers expense and risk; rest assured it will be well packed. Links to some reviews and features from the W4S website: http://www.stereotimes.com/amp082912.shtml FEATURES: Input / Output wiring upgraded to Kimber Tcss wire 2nd stage filtering caps (4-22,000uf caps) are upgraded to the Wyred 4 Sound Low ESR "SUPER CAP" designed for power supplies Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) Optical rotary encoder (volume knob) Fully functional remote control 12V DC Trigger input (to automatically activate HT Bypass mode) Two - 12V DC Trigger outputs Home Theater bypass (customizable for any input, also DC Trigger input selected) Balance control Absolute phase control (0°/180°) - an interesting experience - it's amazing how changing the absolute phase effects the sound. Efficient (no heat) Tripple-ripple reduction circuit contains 164,560uF of capacitance Extremely low noise floor Fully balanced input to output Buffered passive/active design Automatically switched in Line Stage (when more volume is needed) Discrete volume control using dale RN55d resistors Unbalanced to Balanced conversion (when RCA input selected and XLR outputs are being used) Idle power consumption = 15w Rugged construction ½” Machined and Anodised front panels 60kohm input impedance 3 sets of gold plated unbalanced (RCA) inputs 2Â sets of gold plated unbalanced (RCA) outputs 2 sets of Neutrik Balanced (XLR) inputs 2 sets of Neutrik Balanced (XLR) outputs Factory Selectable mains 115/230VAC Compact size (17”W x 4”H x 13”D) 22lbs. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  2. 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:
  3. Item: Wyred4Sound uLink USB to Spdif Converter Location: Canberra, Australia Price: 270 + shipping Item Condition: Used but excellent condition Reason for selling: Have not had the need to use this one for quite some time Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: - bought from http://www.deephzaudio.com/Wyred 4 sound ulink - Dacs product page.html - people in Canberra are welcomed to come and have a look/listen. Pictures:
  4. Item: Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1 with femto clock upgrade Location: Sth Gold Coast Price: $600 (incl. delivery within metropolitan Australia - would also help out if you are further afield). The current RRP for the DAC-1 in Australia without the upgraded clock is $1250. The only difference being the higher resolution capability of the USB module in the current productions. Item Condition: Excellent. Not a mark on it. Reason for selling: Having a change Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+ any fees), COD Only Extra Info: DAC was purchased new from Deep Hz Audio in November 2015 with the femto clock upgrade which cost an additional $275. I decided on the DAC-1 with upgrade over the DAC-2 as I didn't need the pre-amp or other features and by all accounts SQ is pretty close between the two. The USB on this unit is limited to 24/96 but goes higher over coaxial (and toslink I assume). I've really enjoyed this DAC but thought I would have a change. Here is the W4S link including features and specification. This is for the current V2 model although the features list seems identical other than higher resolution over USB. Here are the Positive Feedback review and 6 Moons review of the DAC-1. The latter includes some comparisons with other DACs including PS Audio. There is more info out there on the DAC-2 which will give you a good idea of performance. This link explains the differences between DAC-1 and DAC-2.
  5. Item: Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1 with femto clock upgrade Location: Sth Gold Coast Price: $600 Firm (incl. delivery within metropolitan Australia - would also help out if you are further afield). The current RRP for the DAC-1 in Australia without the upgraded clock is $1250. The only difference being the higher resolution capability of the USB module in the current productions. Item Condition: Excellent. Not a mark on it. Reason for selling: Having a change Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+ any fees), COD Only Extra Info: DAC was purchased new from Deep Hz Audio in November 2015 with the femto clock upgrade which cost an additional $275. I decided on the DAC-1 with upgrade over the DAC-2 as I didn't need the pre-amp or other features and by all accounts SQ is pretty close between the two. The USB on this unit is limited to 24/96 but goes higher over coaxial (and toslink I assume). Non-DSD version too. I've really enjoyed this DAC but thought I would have a change. I think there is some transferable warranty. Here is the W4S link including features and specification. This is for the current V2 model although the features list seems identical other than higher resolution over USB. Here are the Positive Feedback review and 6 Moons review of the DAC-1. The latter includes some comparisons with other DACs including PS Audio. There is more info out there on the DAC-2 which will give you a good idea of performance. This link explains the differences between DAC-1 and DAC-2. Pictures:
  6. Item: Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1 with femto clock upgrade Location: Sth Gold Coast Price: $900 (probably be able to incl. freight to eastern metro areas) Item Condition: Near mint Reason for selling: Going to have a change. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+ any fees), COD Only Extra Info: DAC was purchased new from Deep Hz Audio about 12 months old with Femto clock upgrade which cost an additional $300. I decided on the DAC-1 with upgrade over the DAC-2 as I didn't need the pre-amp or other features and by all accounts SQ is pretty close between the two. The USB on this unit is limited to 24/96 but goes higher over coaxial (and toslink I assume). Non-DSD version too. I've really enjoyed this DAC but thought I would have a change. Here is an old review of the DAC-1. There is more info out there on the DAC-2 which does have I2S and AES/EBU and Wyred 4 Sound Low ESR super-caps however the DAC-2 info will give you a good idea of performance. Here is the W4S link including features and specification. This is for the current V2 model although the features list seems identical other than higher resolution over USB. Pictures: Normally I would try and provide better pics for this type of sale but not in a position to pull DAC out at the moment. Happy to provide more pics to serious buyer but I know the unit is in excellent condition.
  7. Item: W4S Recovery USB Reclocker (ver. B) Location: Forestville NSW Price: $220 plus postage (RRP $325) Item Condition: Used but great Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: This has been a useful device for improving music from a USB source. The only reason for sale is that I've replaced my digital sources with microRendu network device and LPS1 ultracapacitor power supply (at much higher expense...) and the USB reclockers now no longer add a difference to the chain. Boxed and ready to send. Comes with the original power supply (SMPS with Aus and other country adaptors), but I'd recommend for extra results a good linear power supply (I prefer Clay Gieseler's models). 9V is required (although technically 6v - 9v is the safe range according to the forums). See https://wyred4sound.com/products/digital-converters/recovery for more details Comes with a short USB cable. If you would like an additional good USB cable, I have a 1m LH Labs Lightspeed 1G cable for $60 (see last picture) Note also - I'm listing a Uptone Regen USB Reclocker as well. So pick your favourite! Pictures: Optional Cable
  8. The February 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. Each month, the Sydney Audio Club presents high end audio systems for our members and guests. It's a bit like a private audio show once a month where you can hear and discuss equipment that you might not otherwise have the chance to audition. And you can bring along your own music to test the capabilities of the system or to just share with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For our February meeting we will be evaluating various ways to get a digital signal into your system. Does a CD ripped to disc sound better than the CD itself? Does a music server sound better than a computer audio solution (ie. music player software running on a PC or Mac)? Does an inexpensive solution like the Popcorn Hour stack up against either of the above? We’ll ensure the digital signal is sent to the same DAC in all setups, and that the rip to disc and the rip to flash are sourced from the same CD. And we’ll try to ensure the volume levels are the same across all setups. The event is meant to be fun and entertaining as well as informative… but we won’t be drawing any indisputable conclusions from these evaluations!! However, you may walk away with ideas you can then try at home. These are the setups we’ll have available on the day: Oppo BDP105 playing from a USB flash drive Oppo BDP105 playing the CD layer Wyred 4 Sound (W4S) Music Server Mac Mini music player (playing Pure Music V3) Popcorn Hour C300 That’s a lot of configuration changes and a lot of listening so we may not get through it all. We’ll take hints from the audience and listen to what people are most interested in. But we expect the preferences to be close to the order of the setups as shown above. Details of the system…. Wyred 4 Sound (W4S) Music Server – Refer to http://www.deephzaudio.com/Wyred%204%20sound%20Price%20Page%20Australia.html Oppo BDP-105 Universal player – The ubiquitous universal player with the excellent ESS Sabre 32 DACs. Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ Mac Mini (late 2012 version) – with i7 processors, 16GB memory, SSD system disc. Music files on 1TB SSD with Thunderbolt connectivity. The computer is configured as a bare-bones dedicated music player with only essential services running. Bricasti Design M1 – Refer to http://i.nextmedia.com.au/avhub/australian-hifi_reviews_2014_2014-07_bricasti_design_m1_dac_review_test_lores.pdf and http://www.audiostream.com/content/bricasti-design-m1-dac Audio-GD Master-10 integrated amp – “Fully balanced design, the gain stages and pre-driver stages working on class A , built by discrete analog stages without any OPA or coupling caps in the signal channels.†Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master102015/Master-102015EN.htm Energy Veritas 1.8 Floorstander speakers – Older speakers now but still sounding good. These were last at the club back in February 2015. Refer to http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/energy-speaker-systems/veritas-v1-8/prd_122534_1594crx.aspx and http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/551/ Cabling will be by Nordost, Wireworld and Synergistic Research. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD or USB flash drive (sorry, no vinyl this month). All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others of a similar mind. Guests are always welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. We will welcome you at the door. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 14th February 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  9. Wondering if anyone else has sampled this upgraded DAC? Very interested in your opinions. For me, the difference between the original and the SE is tremendous. It is hard to single out specific areas of improvement, as literally everything is better. In general terms, I found the original very smooth and warm, but a little bit flat. In contrast, the SE provides numerous "spooky" moments, where an instrument or voice is so lifelike that I have to do a double-take. This anecdote might give a sense of the improvement. A friend of twenty years offered a ticket to see the Brodsky Quartet perform in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House. This room is of moderate size, with the audience all seated at floor level, in close to an ideal acoustic. The performance of the Shostakovich cycle was marvellous. A few days later, we listened to the 15th quartet, played by the Emerson Quartet, on the system incorporating the SE. Afterwards, my friend spontaneously commented that he had heard my system previously and thought it good, but this was the first time that he found the experience truly special, and approaching that of a live performance. I rarely change components, so further comparisons are limited. Prior to going computer-based, I used an Audio Research CD1: adding the original Wyred DAC2 was a marked improvement (that is, over the CD1s mid-90s onboard DAC). However, the gap between the SE and original DAC2 is more stark. I've kept the original DAC2 for a second system. Swapping it back in to the main system only confirms my impressions. For me, the SE is brilliant. Cheers, Rob. Mac Mini 4,1 - 8GB RAM; 2TB ext drive; Pure Music; Wyred4Sound DAC2 DSD SE; Wyred4Sound ST1000; Usher Be718s, with GR Research Crossovers, Usher RW-708 Speaker stands; REL Stampede Sub; Wireworld cabling - Ultraviolet USB; Equinox 6 XLR IC; Equinox 6 Sub cable; Eclipse 6 speaker cables.
  10. I’ve been powering some KEF LS50s with a hybrid integrated amp for a year or so now and have been generally happy with the combination. Unfortunately the amp passed away recently so I’m looking for a replacement. I’ve been using a vintage Hitachi (20 WPC) to keep the music flowing while I find a replacement and have been surprised at how the KEFs have enjoyed the vintage sound. This started me looking at something like a refurbished Sansui 717 which I haven’t ruled out (thanks for your help @pete_mac). At the other end of the spectrum I’ve always been interested in the Wyred 4 Sounds STI-500. While I’ve been uncertain about the Class D thing generally, admittedly without any experience or technical understanding, I like almost everything I’ve read on how the amp apparently performs. One concern is that the combination may be too revealing. The other is the KEFs are low efficiency (85 dB) with minimum impedance of 3.2 ohms so seem to prefer amplication with a decent amount of current - I don't really understand where Class D fits in terms of power (current) vs power (output). Here are a couple of review links: http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue48/wyred.htm http://www.stereotimes.com/amp020910.shtml http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/wyred3/sti.html Does anyone have any experience with W4S integrated amps (or other comparable Class D amps) they can share. If anyone in the Gold Coast / Brisbane / F North NSW area has one I could listen to that would be even better. All opinions / recommendations welcome. I listen to 60 / 40 split of flac files and vinyl. Digital via SBT (Teddy PSU) > Synchromesh > Teddydac. I’d be looking at a new phono stage < $1,000 so options open here. Room is 7 x 8 m open living and I listen at low - moderate volumes. Thanks Adam
  11. Item: Wyred4Sound DAC2 (Black) Location: Sydney Price: $975 (Free postage Australia wide) $1500RRP Sold Pending Payment Item Condition: As New Reason for selling: Upgradeitis Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Item comes in original packaging, manual, information/driver cd and remote control. This needs no introduction. Awesome DAC for the price. Heaps of inputs with built in pre if you choose to run direct. Pictures:
  12. I am a long-time Arcam fan, I have to say, with my current Alpha 10 having formed the central hub of my system for almost 15 years now; prior to that it was an Arcam Delta 290. For the most part, the AA10 has been happily driving a pair of B&W P4 speakers and producing a lovely sound. A couple of years ago, the upgrade bug bit courtesy of Pete Chew's PMC OB1 speakers. They were a huge improvement in sound and the Arcam handles them well enough - for most purposes. I have always wanted a pair of monoblocks, long-since figuring that would be my own personal audio nirvana. I almost picked up a pair about 15 months ago, class D, very efficient (rings my bell) and putting out some crazy amount of power, but the vendor packed them up to take with him to the States before I got in. Thinking that was my chance for reasonably-priced monoblocks gone, I investigated standard class A/B amps. I tested out a 3rd-hand power amp from a guy in these forums. High end, with price to almost match what I paid for the speakers, it gave a nice, detailed sound with the PMCs, but too rich a price for my blood compared with the sound improvement. It was not better than the Arcam alone for sure, but not *that* much better with the power amp than without it; the Arcam was good enough on my price-performance balance. Then I found a few ME power amps up for sale and picked up the ME85 last August or so, I think. In fact, it was. Good workhorse, sounds lovely, matches the sound (and price) of the Arcam well and supplies ooomph - what's not to love? That it matched the Arcam sound was important but not a deal breaker - I still have the Arcam to fall back on after all. As it happens, the ME powered the bass- and mid drivers well and the Arcam still handled the HF; the overall sound was very nice - not too different to the Arcam sound on its own but with an octave or so lower. Bonus! Arcam still gets a (minor) workout and acts as pre- to the ME. No worries, all is well; money well spent. Only slight problem - its trigger is 12V but the Arcam pre- only puts out 5V. But of a pain, I (more importantly, my other half and I) have to bend over every night to put it into stand-by and every day to power it on - see here for the layout of the system. Not insurmountable but makes my other half look askance and wonder if the power amp is worth it, really. She indulged me a little, I feel... So then a pair of Wyred 4 Sound mono-blocks came up for sale. Digital, shed-loads of power, efficient and... mono-blocks! Good price, too, not dissimilar to that I paid for the ME85. Even better I could leave these beasts on all the time as the efficiency means not much heat output and not much power usage. They might just be better than the ME85 for the power amp needs I have. Ok, they were in ACT and I had to pay to get them here; a bit of a risk - I might not like them. Having looked at class D amps before and into people's opinions of them I know they aren't for everyone. But then, nothing to stop me moving them on and keeping what I have if I *really* didn't like the sound. Raw specs, I think the ME are (possibly conservatively rated at about 125W and the W4S 500s at 230W into 8 ohm speakers. On paper at least, they should be better if more power is better. Two weeks ago tomorrow, they arrived and I put them into action last weekend to see what they were like. Did I like them? I should coco! The vendor was right - big sound stage (high and wide) and lots of bass. More controlled bass than the ME gave, but the sound as a whole was more open and detailed. Drums sounded more drum-like; movie soundtracks have bass slam. Vocals were set apart from the other sounds and the instruments in acoustic recordings were distinct and in place on the 'stage'. The mid was clearer, I suspect, and possibly less overpowered by the bass? Whatever the reason, there is bass and there is detail. Win-win! The most obvious factor, though, was this new sound had much more treble evident. Even my other half noticed that. It was not unbearable - I have heard oil-can tweeter sounds and did not like it one bit! - but this HF was possibly a little out of balance. it wasn't horribly out of place but it was a noticeable change, akin to the a colour appearing to differ depending on what colour is put next to it is the only way I can think of describing the effect. Anyway, I lived with it for a few days and still enjoyed the better bass and extra detail with a whole range of audio and audio-visual soundtracks pounding through the system. I could leave it as it was but I made a mental note to just try letting the W4S handle all speaker duties and have the Arcam acting as a pure pre-amp. Surely a power amp was not going to alter the treble that much though? So on Friday evening I reconfigured the cables and, while I was there, removed the Arcam speaker cable and put in the external contacts that came with the speakers to connect the tweeters to the mid-range cones. I wasn't expecting a huge difference in sound so I threw in my Farscape DVD and continued watching while getting the dinner going. As soon as I powered it all up, though, the music for the series sounded far less prominent. The tweeters were working, weren't they? Yes, no duff contacts, the HF was there, just less in-your-face than with the Arcam handling the tweeters. The sibilants were clear and present, that open sound seemed a little more, errrrr, open and that deep, controlled bass is still there. This is getting better all the time! That wide sound stage seemed to have widened a little more: Farscape's soundtrack is, for the most part, well engineered for a surround sound and the effects come out of the wall, across the TV and out into the hallway now. Anyway, AV duties for the rest of the evening gave me more confidence that this pair of amps had really exceeded my expectations. Still, I had to try my reference audio tracks before making any firm decisions. That was Saturday morning's job. All the usual suspects put the new system through its paces. "Season of Hollow Soul" had that double bass there, to the right on my wall, just by the cat tea light holders. The vocals were clearly centre-stage as kd should be. "So What" from "Kind of Blue" had each instrument in its place, but that wider sound-stage could have been a problem: greater separation of instruments is fine as long as the whole is not compromised. No worries there, that separation just seems to provide a more coherent whole. It makes little logical sense to me, but it is definitely so; the extra width has not torn down the sound image in its joyous presentation of individual instruments. A Chinese drum poem next... Man, those drums sound real! Again, the separation is in evidence, that big central drum is steadfast in the middle and you can feel its power. The lighter drums around it were easily positioned in my mind's eye. The stick and drum-edge hits had attack and that woody quality to them, with resonance appropriate. And so-on through the rest of the test tracks... Classical music sounded more like an orchestra, "Night on a Bare Mountain" pinned my ears back to the side of my head... Complex Yes music was nicely defined with Howe's guitar sounding live in my room and Squire's bass nicely positioned on the right side of the stage... REM's "Try not to breathe" had those lovely tinkling bells at the start and the rest of the production has not sounded better in my room... Something I just noticed as I type this: silence is, well, silent. No stray whispers or resonances creeping into the ears from unruly cones, the amps are keeping tight hold of the PMC speakers. If there is attack, they attack, decay is well-behaved and a dead stop in the music - eg "Beds Are Burning" or similar staccato effects - results in a black lack of sound. Whether it is coal-black, jet-black or, as LHH would have it, obsidian I don't feel qualified to comment. I do know that it is blacker than the ME gave and that is all I need. That extra mid clarity and wide sound stage only adds to the enjoyment. So here are the little beauties and in my set up. I could easily power them down if I want to but I am currently leaving them on. They don't get hot and they are often in use, definitely for several hours daily. All in all, do I love them? Absolutely! A good deal? Definitely (thank you LHH). Am I keeping them? I should coco! The ME85 is still in place, but it is only acting as a cat deterrent at the moment, as the younger cat will lie in any available cosy wooden hole she can find. One day I will find something else to do that as the ME 85 is likely to be put up for sale. For now, though, I am off to enjoy the W4S sound some more. Bbs...
  13. Item: Wyred 4 Sound SX-1000 Monoblocks (Pair) AND Wyred 4 Sound SX-500 Monoblocks (Pair) - both sets in black. Location: Canberra Price: SX-1000 Pair $2125.00, SX-500 Pair $1630.00 - plus postage and paypal, $20 donation to Stereonet per pair. Item Condition: Immaculate (see photos) Reason for selling: I'm playing - I'm very happy with my system but want to try something new. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank transfer. Extra Info: I am selling two sets of Wyred 4 Sound monoblock amplifiers, one set of SX-1000s, and one set of SX-500s. They sound essentially identical, but the SX-1000s are higher powered (570w into 8Ohms vs 250w into 8Ohms), so they will drive a more difficult speaker with greater headroom. Both are outstanding amplifiers, and while other amplifiers beat them in specific areas I haven't heard better all-rounders for less than $10k retail. The SX-1000 retail for $3k a pair in Australia, while the SX-500 retail for $2350 a pair in Australia. The SX-1000s have won The Absolute Sound's Editors Choice Award for four years running now, and the SX-500s are just as good. The amplifiers are in excellent condition and I have all the original packaging etc. I've included photos or one set of amplifiers, and not the others, but they look identical. There are a huge number of glowing reviews on the net - I'll let you find those on your own - but here is my own review (which is, I think, a little more realistic than some of the over-the-top reviews that can be found): Well, it hasn't been 300 hours yet (the suggested run in time for the amplifiers), but I think I can put some words down now. I'll get straight to the point: the Wyred 4 Sound Sx-1000 monoblocks are something special. They are effortlessly powerful, effortlessly controlled, and effortlessly detailed - 570 watts into 8 Ohms allows means that the amplifiers just NEVER sound strained. Yet despite the high power the SX-1000s are not hulking brutes. Unlike some high power (and high end) class A/AB amplifiers I've listened to, these class D amplifiers give an even-handed performance with no one aspect of the musical spectrum receiving undue attention or emphasis. Bass is powerful but not the overdone or mechanical; mids are astonishingly detailed but have a smoothness that prevents listener fatigue; and highs are full bodied, without unnatural hi-fi shimmer. Some reviewers have suggested that these amplifiers have a presentation towards the cold end of the musical spectrum. They don't. If anything, these amplifiers are a little warmer than neutral. Some reviewers have suggested that these amplifiers have world leading dynamics. They don't. They are dynamic enough to provide plenty of drama but they slightly soften leading edges, making them, ultimately, comfortable listening at any volume with any recording. If they excel with any type of music, it is with strings, particularly the lower registers of the cello and piano. Voices also sound amazing, and impressive detail through the upper mids provides an almost holographic sense of recording space. Speaking of space, the sound-stage is both wide and high, though not as deep as some amplifiers I've listened to. Instruments are precisely placed and have good stability, however a slight softening of the highs means that plucked strings sound more diffuse than they might. Many reviews have reported (with almost plagiaristic similarity) that the SX-1000s have an unbelievably low noise floor - comments about blacker than black backgrounds abound. I'm not sure what the technical details are here (and don't really care), but again, my experience goes against the received wisdom. The background is dark enough, very good for it's price class, but it is closer to charcoal than obsidian. What the SX-1000s are good at, is being very good at ALL things, not at being exceptional at SOME things. These amplifiers product mid to high-end sound, for a low to mid-end price. I haven't said anything about the physical aspects of the amplifiers yet (this is of secondary importance to me), but quickly: the SX-1000s are better looking (in black) than I was expecting, and very well made. By this I mean they are perfectly pleasant looking - rather than outright ugly - but if you want audio jewellery you should look elsewhere. All in all, these are great amplifiers for a great price, and they'll be staying in my system for a long time to come - or at least until I want to try something new. SX-1000 by 0lhh0, on Flickr W4S Amps Front by 0lhh0, on Flickr W4S Amps Back by 0lhh0, on Flickr
  14. Item: Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2 Black (PRICE REDUCTION) Location: Sydney Price: $1100 (Shipping Included within Australia) Item Condition: Immaculate condition Reason for selling: Not being used. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The unit has barely burned in and has been in storage most of it's life. Comes with all original packaging. The unit is identical to the picture shown (Black unit, silver buttons) but i'd prefer not to open up the box to take pictures unless necessary. I am selling this unit for a friend who is overseas indefinitely. Pictures:
  15. I am ready to move on the off-ramp 5 for use with my main system dacs: a w4s dac2 (using I2s interface of the off-ramp with hynes regulator upgrades) and NAD M51. The regulator upgrades on the outputs are relatively inexpensive and seem like a sensible upgrade, but struggling to justify the turboclock upgrade and interested on opinions if it is worthwhile investing the additional $700 given the relative low cost of my dacs and the primary use on I2S bus etc.
  16. Item: Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 - Black Location: Brisbane Price: $1000 plus Postage Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit Extra Info: I Bought this Dac new in September 2011 from the Australian Distributor (Deep Hz Audio) and it comes with all original Packaging; manuals and cables and is in as new condition. It is a very nice sounding DAC which uses the ESS Sabre 9018 Processor Chips. The sound is best described as highly detailed but without being overly analytical. The Dac2 is high on features including 24/192 Async USB input; 1 x AES/EBU, 2 x SPDIF, 2 x Toslink and I2S inputs; Remote control; Home theatre Bypass & Volume Control. The Volume Control and HT bypass mean that you can potentially skip using a dedicated preamp in your system which is how I used to use this DAC. Reviews are here: http://www.stereomojo.com/Wyred%20for%20Sound%20DAC%202%20Review/WyredforSoundDAC2Review.html http://www.avguide.com/review/wyred-4-sound-dac-2-digital-analog-converter-tas-210 www.6moons.com/audioreviews/wyred4/dac.html The DAC2 retailed for AU$1950 when I bought it less than 18 months ago and it is still the current top of the line W4S Dac. I have priced it for a quick sale. Pictures:
  17. Item: Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 (Black) Location: Canberra Price: $1180 O.N.O + postage. Item Condition: 10/10 (Apart from the dust it could be mistaken for new). Reason for selling: Have pre-ordered a higher end DAC and need to pay for it somehow. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct Credit. Extra Info: The W4S replaced a very highly regarded Weiss DAC2 in my system, and was more detailed, more musical, and had a better feature set. It was a complete bargain at its retail price, and is an even better at the above price. It has pre-amp functionality (for digital sources) with a remote, as well as phase reversal, a hi res USB input, and multiple other digital ins (including IS2). It is build like a tank (really really really solid), and was made in the USA. Sound wise it is highly detailed without being overly analytical, and has great drive and body. It is very neutral but isn't at all clinical. Reviews can be found here: http://www.positive-.../wyred_dac2.htm http://www.stereotim.../CD101410.shtml www.6moons.com/audioreviews/wyred4/dac.html http://www.avguide.c...nverter-tas-210 Specifications etc. can be found here: http://www.wyred4sou...0/117839/457975 Aus retail is $1950, but it can be had new for around $1750 depending on the exchange rate on the day (Deep Hz Audio are excellent in that way). I have all the original packaging, software, etc. And can include a W4S P1 Ultra power cable (US plug) which retails for about $150, for another $80. I am only selling the W4S because my most loved DAC of all time (more expensive than the W4S) has received an update and I have pre-ordered it. I need to sell the W4S to help pay for the new purchase. Pictures:
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