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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: Complete W4S setup Location: Brisbane Price: $4000 Item Condition: good working condition, some marks on cases and cables Reason for selling: change of direction Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Only Extra Info: Selling my complete balanced W4S system 2 x SX 1000 Monos rrp $1499ea 1 x Dac2 rrp $1499ea 1 x STP-SE Preamp rrp $3299 1 pair of atlas hyper symmetrical xlrs Rrp $1130 2 × atlas accent spdif cables 1 x .5m 1 x 1m rrp about $150ea 1 x van dan hul d102 m3 xlr .5mtr rrp $260 4 x acrolink cryo power cables rrp $90ea All purchased from deep htz and lifestyle store except power cables, unfortunately dont still have the boxs other then the preamps. Might seperate if they dont sell together. Pictures:
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
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