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  1. Item: Avantgarde Zero 1 XD Active Speakers DSP Location: Brisbane Price: $19,000 negotiable Item Condition: Mint Reason for selling: Time for a change Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These are the top of the line model, above the pro model and come with DSP, digital and an analogue (A/D card) for turntables etc. They are incredibly dynamic! They sound just as good when theyre shaking the house or playing whisper quiet. I have all original packing As im going to need a complete new system Im happy to look at trades + cash Specs can be found here https://www.avantgarde-acoustic.de/en/products/zero-serie/zero-1-xd.html
  2. Item: Naim CD5i and Aktimate Mini+ speakers Location:Melbourne Price: $795 for the lot Item Condition:Excellent Reason for selling:NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, will ship at buyers expense- but I dont have original packaging. Extra Info: Great system and sound for the study or small room- Just plug in and play. Speakers come with blue tooth unit so you can stream to them from a digital source. Naim CD player provides excellent high quality CD replay to the speakers. Speakers are in excellent condition and come with spare blue tooth units and remote. They do have some fine scratches on the top of each speaker- but very difficult to photograph. CD player is in excellent condition- no marks or scratches. it is approx 6 years old and comes with its remote. Here is some advertising info on the speakers: Aktimate Mini+ Powered Speakers-Audio System This 2-way stereo pair of speakers includes a highly efficient 2 x 40 watt class D amplifier built into one speaker which powers that speaker and the other speaker by way of a speaker cable connected to it. An iPod dock is concealed on the top of the amplified speaker. It accepts iPod & iPhone devices. (version 5 and above must use an adapter, not included) & these devices will be charged while the Aktimate is in "on" status. Besides the iPod/iPhone dock, there are other input connections as follows: 1 x stereo 3.5 mm analogue input socket 2 pairs of stereo rca analogue inputs 1 x iPod dock compatible bluetooth adapter. (plugs into iPod dock, supports A2DP & AVRCP profiles) Input selection can be accessed via the stylish remote control or by a series of short presses on the volume/control knob. There are four input options, iPod, RCA 1, RCA 2, and 3.5mm stereo jack. There is also a L/R rca stereo output that can be used to drive an active subwoofer (optional extra) In addition to being able to use your iPod/iPhone, your AktiMate Mini+ speakers have 2 other types of inputs on the rear panel. The 2 x RCA inputs (L&R) are ideal for connecting a CD player, tuner, or other line level source. The AUX 3.5mm socket is ideal for connecting to a computer sound card, AirPort Express, or other type of MP3 player. Although the Aktimate Mini+ is a flexible and attractively finished unit, it is important to appreciate that Aktimate has gone to considerable lengths to produce a system of outstanding sound reproduction. The success of this aim has been demonstrated time and time again as the various Aktimate models have enjoyed enthusiastic magazine and on-line reviews all over the world. Please pm me for any further info. Pictures:
  3. Item: Ruarkaudio MR1 Mk2 Grey, As new Location: Wollongong/Sydney, will deliver to Sydney, but not willing to post Price: $450 Item Condition: Excellent, Literally as New. No marks or damage. Unwanted Gift. Reason for selling: Unwanted gift Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: I got these Active speakers as a present for Christmas 2017. I opened them up and had a quick play around with them but just don't really need them as I have a Sonos setup. I haven't known what to do with them so they have sat in their original box ever since. I've decided it's better to give them a new home! They can be used connected to a computer, turntable or as a standalone bluetooth set. They retail for $699, the person that purchased them for me paid $629. I have the original receipt, box etc and they are covered by the remainder of a 2 year warranty (from December 2017). They are beautiful looking speakers, with a cool retro look (just look at those spectacular speaker grills). They have optical, 3.5mm and also bluetooth. They have their own internal DAC which is actually very decent. They also have a Sub woofer out. Happy for the prospective buyer to inspect them and listen to them and I am also happy to travel to Sydney and deliver. Rest assured you are buying an as new item covered by warranty, in original box with receipt. Some reviews: https://www.whathifi.com/ruark-audio/mr1-mk2/review http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/ruark-audio-mr1-mk2 Specs: http://www.ruarkaudio.com/products/mr1-bluetooth-speaker-system As I am fairly new to posting on SNA my ebay feedback is. https://feedback.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=paulie2518&ftab=AllFeedback Pictures:
  4. Item: Kef LS50 Wireless in White Location: Melbourne Price: SOLD Item Condition: Immaculate Reason for selling: bills to pay, no time to listen. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank transfer Extra Info: Purchased in September 2017, will provide receipt. Local buyers preferred. Pictures: to follow
  5. I should be ashamed. I am guilty of gross audio negligence. I have a home theatre set up in the lounge. I have surround sound, custom built subwoofers, digital signal processing, DTS, room correction, the works. It takes me four remotes to drive it, but the enjoyment is worth it, so I manage. Not so my better half. I come home one Saturday afternoon, and there she is, happily clicking through yet another batch of cat videos freshly posted on Facebook, giggling away while surrounded by noise emitted by something resembling a pair of square Coke Zero cans. And not the big Australian mother of cans at 375 ml either, no Sir. This must be closer to the 330 ml European garden variety. Your honour, I submit to you exhibit A: I hang my head in shame. I repent and volunteer myself for community service, I shall try to make things right. But how? No token sale of indulgence would suffice. Salvation from this could not be simply bought, extended ordeal is called for. Therefore, it shall be DIY. At first, looking for inspiration, I did what everyone else does, and turned to the Oracle from Menlo Park for some advice, finding aplenty. How am I supposed to know which advice is worth follow? I considered building a closed box version of the 'Purismi'. Straightforward enough it seems, obtain a pair of Seas co-axial drivers, stick them into a pancake box against the wall like so: http://audiovideo.fi/opas/kaiutinrakennusohje-purismi-neljan-sahkoisen-osan-kaiutin-65-tuumaisella-koaksiaalilla I could fit he 2 x 20 L of internal volume in the space I have between the desktop and the bookshelf. However, 87 dB/W sensitivity and 80 W power handling (220 W short term) at less than a metre away for quiet to moderate listening levels is mighty excessive. That's gluttony staring right into your face. Think again. What about a small-ish full range driver in a closed box? A 3" or 4" driver, strategically positioned at natural boundary provided by table, bookshelf and back wall, for a meaningful extension at low frequencies: http://www.prosoundtraining.com/site/author/pat-brown/how-boundaries-affect-loudspeakers/ Turning to the oracle yet again, it soothingly tells me I again have plenty to choose from. I could try to get my sticky hands on some of the following: Vifa 9BG Vifa TC9FD18-08 or TG9FD10-04 Peerless PLS-75F25AL03-08 Dayton Audio CE 65W Dayton Audio ND90 or ND91 ScanSpeak 10F/4424G00 to name but a few. So this becomes a question of local supply and and refinement. I haven't heard any of these, not knowingly anyway, but usually the Scandinavian corner is a relatively safe place to start. Now, what to drive these with? Don't suppose a headphone amp would have enough oomph, not the reasonably priced anyway. Small amplifiers don't seem to be hard to come by, and I will likely only need a watt or two. At a metre away I would prefer them to be high quality watts though. I don't think I am ready for SET yet, but again, which one to choose? We have options including but not limited to Hypex DS 2.100, Dayton DTA100, DA30, DTA1, or DTA2. XTZ A-800 T-Amp (?) Ignoring the umpteen no-name ones on ebay, the NAD D 3020 power DAC could offer a single box solution, at a price point three times what I'm likely to spend on the rest... oh well, I suppose I could just get a pre-loved DacMagic and hook it to the idle Yamaha micro system amp, or to a 4040 Creek that's been on light duties for a while now. Whatever the combination, it would be nice if it could also handle plugging in a second computer and/or headphones. The re-configuration effort required to do so would have to be exactly zero. Zip. Nada. Anything else becomes too complicated. It would just have to automagically switch from one source to the next. This is so she can enjoy her cat videos and not be bothered with lowlier things such as switching things on or selecting sources. Any fiddling with plugging cables and we're back at the gross negligence where we started from. To conclude, your honour, I am willing to do my time, but I will need some guidance. Show me the way.
  6. Item: Trade-In Dynaudio XEO5 Active Floorstanding Speakers Speakers - Satin White with Hub Location: Tivoli Hi-Fi 155 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123 Price: $2750 Item Condition: Trade-In Item in Excellent condition with boxes and can be freighted Australia wide. Payment Method: Direct Deposit, Paypal, Cash - Pickup in store, Credit Card including AMEX with no fees or penalties. Extra Info: In Mint Condition, sound incredibly balanced and are the perfect solution for someone wanting a simple, awesome sounding active setup. Comes with the Dynaudio Wireless Transmitter. The transmitter has two analogue inputs (one minijack, one RCA phono pair), an optical digital input and a mini-USB digital input and can operate on USB power but also comes with a separate AC power adaptor. Range is about 20m metres in real home environments. The speakers themselves use 27mm soft-dome tweeters with Dynaudio’s own precision coating, plus the company’s proprietary MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) long-throw 14.5cm mid/woofer cones, driven by integrated digital amplifiers featuring DSP. PM Tivoli Hi-Fi staff member @jimsan after hours for prompt response. Pictures:
  7. For our September club meeting we’re very pleased to be able to present the new KEF LS50 Wireless speakers. The KEF LS50 Wireless speakers are being kindly provided by the Lifestyle Store in North Parramatta. (Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/.) Alex Wilson from the Lifestyle Store will talk about the equipment. At $3799 RRP the KEF LS50 Wireless speakers may seem expensive – but the truth is, they’re a bargain. All you need is a source and a cable into the KEFs and they do everything else. They handle digital and analogue inputs, have internal DACs, source control, volume control and amplification, and of course.. speaker drivers! If they didn’t sound great, that would be all for nought – but they sound excellent too. We’ll also have the new Oppo UDP-205 universal player on hand, also from Lifestyle. We will also have their precursor, the KEF LS50 passive speakers, such that we can do a comparison. Of course the passive speakers need separate amplification and cabling both of which can and will influence the sound. So we can’t really compare apples to apples, but it’ll offer you the chance to hear which configuration you might like best. Note that the emphasis on the day will definitely be on the active version. The featured system on the day will be: KEF LS50 Wireless Active Monitor speakers: Taken from the Lifestyle website… “The KEF LS50 Wireless is a complete and fully active music system designed for how high resolution music is now enjoyed. It delivers exceptional sound quality, once only achievable by putting together a system of high quality separate components … LS50 Wireless delivers a clear, accurate and transparent sound that creates an intense, rich, and multi-dimensional soundstage experience. Made possible from its small enclosures through expert acoustic design and state-of-the-art technologies.” Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/kef-ls50-wireless-active-monitor-speakers.html. Also checkout Marc’s excellent and comprehensive review at http://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/review-kef-ls50-wireless. Marc mentions some of the capabilities of the KEF LS50 Wireless this way … “You can connect the LS50 Wireless via your smartphone or tablet, either via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (aptX) and stream Tidal, Spotify or your choice of local music. Or you can make the connection via USB or Toslink directly to your PC or laptop, or even your TV, taking advantage of the built-in 192/24 DAC.” Oppo UDP-205 universal player: Taken from the Lifestyle website “The UDP-205 provides reference level sound quality through the analogue outputs, improves the clock precision of the HDMI audio output, and increases the power of the built-in headphone amplifier. For the analogue output stages, the UDP-205 utilises two ES9038PRO DACs, which are the flagship of the ESS Sabre Pro series, delivering best-in-class audio performance.”. $2199 RRP. Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/oppo-udp-205-4k-blu-ray-player.html and http://www.livingsound.com.au/2017/04/oppo-udp-205-universal-player/ The other system on the day will be: KEF LS50 Mini Monitor (passive) speakers: Taken from the Lifestyle website “An innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring professional studio monitor concept into the home. Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional ‘soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces.” On special now at $1999 RRP normally $2599 RRP Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/kef-ls50-mini-monitor-speakers.html and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/kef-ls50-loudspeaker/ AudioGD SA-2 DAC: Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/SA/SA2/SA2EN.htm AudioGD Master 10 Integrated amp: A fully balanced design with the gain stages and pre-driver stages working in class A, discrete analog stages without any OPA or coupling caps in the signal channels. Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master10/Master-10EN.htm and http://6moons.com/audioreviews/magnepan2/4.html 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 drives (sorry, no vinyl). 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. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are 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. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 10th September 2017 Doors open at 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  8. Item: PMC Twotwo 8 Active Loudspeakers Location: Victoria (Dandenong Ranges) Price: 5k firm Item Condition: Excellent (some minor scuff marks) Reason for selling: need the funds Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank transfer Extra Info: These have just had brand new amps installed with the latest firmware. Also comes with PMC rC1 remote which I recently purchased for $500. Auditions are welcome. Any questions via PM please. Pictures:
  9. Item: Meridian DSP 5000 speakers black timber finish Location: Northern Beaches Sydney Price: $4750.00 Condition: excellent they were bought new by me so were well cared for Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: Complete with all original Meridian bits: remote, manual, boxes, cables,spikes. spike covers. Currently these are selling second hand for $8000 (Len Wallis and at Sydney HiFi Mona Vale) Can freight them as I have original boxes and packing - they weigh 32 kg each without the packing. Pictures: can take more pics of specific parts/angles on request
  10. Hi everyone, I've moved into a relatively small room (11 by 11 foot I think) and I don't really have a lot of desk space for an amplifier anymore. To give an idea of the sound I like, I currently use a pair of Sennheiser HD600s with midrange EQed down a little. I've auditioned the following speakers in Victoria: - JBL LSR305 + LSR310s - Genelec 8010 + F One - Genelec 8020 - Some of the larger Adam offerings. Can't find any of the smaller ones available. - Event 20/20 and 20/30. - Stuff from KRK and Yamaha. The larger Yamahas sounded OK, didn't like the rest. Out of these, I think I liked the JBL LSR305 and Genelec 8010 (treble seems a tad harsh with certain Top 40 music though) the most. The only concern I have with the JBL LSR305 are reports of hissing when hooked via XLR to RCA adapters. I can't see why that would occur but if anyone can confirm/deny this, it would be appreciated. To broaden my options, I'd like to look at several consumer audio options but I have no idea where to even start looking. I've listened to some of the lower priced stuff, like the Focal XS Book, but I thought they sounded dreadful compared to comparatively priced studio nearfield options. What are top dogs around $1,000? Cheers!
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