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A few weeks ago I purchased a YBA Heritage A100 integrated amp. That amp performed so well that I found myself wondering if it was worth picking up the associated Heritage CD100 player as well. So I wondered and I googled and I ordered based on what I found. I must say, I am glad I did. The YBA components compliment each other very well. There are already several pics of the A100 in my 'Addicts Guide' thread but none of the CD100 so let's correct that shall we? Not the greatest pic but it does show off those toggle switches. Once you've experienced toggle switches you won't go back to buttons, toggles are so much more tactile than buttons. And an internal shot, note the R core power supply. It may not be important to some but to me the fact that those opamps are mounted in a "press in" manner that enables me to roll them with ease is a very big thing. There will be some Burson discretes tested out in this puppy by the end of the month. Edit: I just noticed I left the cd in for this pic, I do recall the YBA doing a very nice rendition of the "Gregorian Masters of Chant" album. Great atmosphere on that album. I also seem to be wearing my uggies, what an overly informative picture. And the required 'action shot'. I have yet to get to the details of this review (however it is a long weekend for me so I should be done by Monday night) so this first post is more a preview. The YBA gear gives great atmosphere, almost as effectively as the Sansui AU5900 actually. Where the Sansui uses a whole heap of warmth to impart its atmosphere the YBA's utilize a fullness of tone to achieve a similar effect. It feels like there is more meat in the middle of each note with the YBA combo and that makes the bass sound more full (not deeper or faster but it feels like it has more staying power, you can really sink your teeth into it), lets the mid range fill out the soundstage and tonally fleshes out the top end as well (piano is an absolute delight through the YBAs). The toggle switches on the cd player really work for me, for some reason it is so much more satisfying to use a toggle switch than it is to just press a button. On a more practical note it also allows for two functions per switch, up for one and down for another so YBA can utilize all the usual functions without crowding what is otherwise a very clean looking face plate. The coax input on the back is a nice addition too, so the player can double as a single input DAC. The only thing I have found that displeases me about the YBA Heritage gear so far involves the functionality of the remote control. There is no 'punch through' function on anything, so if you have selected the cd player and you want to change the volume you have to select the amp button first or the volume button is inactive. Similarly if you want to change the track that is playing and you have just adjusted the volume then you have to select the cd player first, otherwise the track forward and back buttons are inactive. A 'punch through' function on the volume control would have been nice. I will say this for the remote though, it is extremely well balanced. I'm very impressed with the YBA Heritage gear and that is without any reference to the price. At two to two and a half K per component I would say they were a good buy but since they cost $1650 for the amp and $1299 for the cd player I would say they are a screaming bargain. (they are on special though, normal RRP is $2K for the amp and $1550 for the spinner, including postage, mine were purchased from A1 Future Shop)
Item: YBA YC-201 CD player Location: VIC - Donvale 3111, pickup Price: $260 ono Item Condition: Good working condition, see extra info below Reason for selling: NLR, moved to CAS Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: YBA CD player model YC-201. Very solidly built player with full aluminium chassis - heavy ~9kg, and minimalist looks. Beautiful, detailed, refined sound that YBA is famous for. Works very well with no skipping of tracks, but there is a slight stutter when the tray goes in(does not affect functionality in any way). No original remote but will come with a Logitech Harmony universal remote (programmable but i wasnt able to program in the 'play' button, other functions work fine). Great cosmetic condition. Price has reflected these shortcomings. Pickup only please as item is heavy and I dont have the original box for shipping. Pictures:
Item: YBA Passion IA350 Integrated Amplifier Location: Sunny Nanango Qld. Price: $3000 (RRP $7000) (Buyer to cover paypal fees if they choose to use paypal) Item Condition: Excellent, presents as new. Reason for selling: Not really my cup of tea sound wise, nice detail from the in-built DAC and nice rhythm from the amp itself but it just doesn't gel with my speakers. I suspect it would perform much better with speakers of higher efficiency than my 86db Lenehans. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with remote and manual. Will be packed in original double box packaging (the inner box has a wooden frame, very solid). Purchased in early 2016 from Audio Heaven. http://www.audioheaven.com.au/passion-integrated-amp-ia350 Pictures: