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  1. Hey All. So I am wanting to get a DAC and Headphone AMP, either as one unit or a stack is fine. $500 budget. No real preference for sound, just clean, natural, no excess bass or treble boost. Will be plugged into PC of cause, so USB, Toslink and so on will be handy. Also got about $300 for a closed set of headphones with similar sounding characteristics. Suggestions will be very helpful thanks, must be able to buy online from a decent seller, no dodgy over sea's stuff please.
  2. So, here we are again with the third thread (representing the third listening room) since this obsession began back in mid 2010 (or possibly early 2011, I'd need a good psychologist to be sure). Pics of the new listening room will arrive in good time, a new camera is on the way, as will pics of the first amp to grace the new room, until then I'm afraid I'll just have to copy and paste from the good old internet. This is Darren69's Peachtree Nova, the older model with the mosfet modules (prior to the class D modules and the power increase). It is listed in the manual as 80wpc into 6 Ohms so, in my mind, it is probably about 60wpc into 8 Ohms. It also has the option of a tube preamp stage (that can be switched on and off via the remote) and a built in 24/96 DAC so it scores very well in the value for money stakes. As I've been discovering over the last few weeks it is a very easy amp to like, that built in DAC has been in use for all my tv and movie viewing and has done a sterling job. It must be well integrated with the preamp stage because I have been unable to pick the difference between it and the Halcro's built in DAC, so just because it's rated at a 'crappy' 24/96 doesn't mean that it doesn't sound good. I'm also a fan of the Nova's look, that wood veneer looks very cool and the fact that it's curved somehow makes it work even better. IMO the veneer on the new PS Audio Sprout looks very "80's station wagon fake" by comparison. For those keeping track this is Integrated amp number #62 (at least, I'm pretty sure it is, I actually thought I was up to #63 at one stage... oh well, somewhere in the low 60's, so let's just call it #62 and leave it at that). The Peachtree was fed from a Halcro EC800 cd player via Aurealis R1 interconnects to the Nova and then through Redgum Expressive Line speaker cable to my Lenehan/ETI S2R speakers. And now that the hardware stuff is out of the way let's get down to the important stuff. Highs: Open, airy and spacious and sort of 'happy', xylophone and triangle sound a little bit sweet and a little bit luscious without going far enough to be called rich. I love the top end of the Nova, no glare, no hardness, never harsh or grainy. I've given it a 7.5. Mids: Well separated, natural and pleasingly rhythmic, light acoustic music is beautifully rendered as is jazz and opera (even though I don't usually go there). The mids and highs are given center stage and the bass is generally kept under tight control and used to back hem up and reinforce them. Vocals are also very good, but I'm getting ahead of myself there. 7.5 Bass: Well controlled and forced into second place behind the mids and highs, excellent control and presence but not enough for a bass head. It doesn't go as deep as it could but I believe this is deliberate as if it did then it would likely interfere with the treble. So, I'm giving it an 8.0 for quality and a 6.5 for amount and depth, so that averages at 7.25. It could use a little more impact as well but again that would cause issues for the top end. Vocals: Natural and just a little breathy and rich and just a bit sweetly relaxed, an 8.0 for both male and female vocals. An excellent vocal performance, very enjoyable. Soundstaging is hard to judge, it took me several months to get used to the new room the last time so I imagine it will take quite a while this time as well. It did seem to be pretty capable, it does the job and doesn't do anything wrong so I'll give it the benefit of any doubt with a 7.0 Overall performance Integration: The treble is where it's at with the Peachtree Nova, the bass is good too but the treble really shines. The only thing it is lacking is a little impact and dynamicism but I suspect that is deliberate, you wouldn't want those to get in the way of the vocals or the rest of the mid range. An excellent amp for slower styles and still a good one for rock. A very easy amp to live with. Ability to Emote: With slower styles, folkish rock and ballads it scores 7.5 but it drops to a flat 7.0 on harder tracks so I'll average that to a 7.25. Electric Guitar Test: As with many amps that are very well controlled it could not score above a 7.0, it just isn't edgy or rebellious enough. 80's Rock Test: Again good, 7.0 but not great, as with the electric guitar test it does well enough but it just doesn't have the right personality to fit well with 80's rock. And a few random observations: The top end has a few characteristics that remind me of the Burson PI-160, it doesn't sound the same but it does have similar strengths with those nice airy highs. The mid range has maybe half of the rhythmic energy of the NAKSA 80, it sounds nice but it isn't nearly as addictive as the NAKSA was. The Nova was never forward in its presentation and not generally recessed either, it was slightly withdrawn on occasion. Considering the Nova sounds this good and has the added extras of an inbuilt DAC and a remote control I'd have to call it excellent value for money. And I'll add a few of my own pics in midweek. Edit: Pics added.
  3. Item: Yamaha A-S700 Amplifier Location: Kew Area, Victoria Price: no longer for sale Item Condition: good Reason for selling: surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: selling my trusty A-S700 It has a few light swirl marks on the case and light scratch on side of case, the face plate is clean Phono section sounds better than my Schiit Mani. Pure Direct mode sounds excellent I've put lower profile feet on it which in my opinion looks way better than the tall black plastic originals. The original feet will be included. Comes with remote, which has a few wear marks on it Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Item: Fiio AM5 module Location: Sydney Price: 99 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not getting much use, a little too warm Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Open to trade with AM1 Pictures:
  5. Item: TACT S2150 True Digital Amp Location: Sunny Nanango 4615 Price: $950 Item Condition: Excellent, top plate has a couple of dings in it, see pics. Reason for selling: Desperately short of space right now. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with remote and manual. These TACT amps are highly adjustable via menu settings, there is also an active internet community that has info on them and mods that can be made to them. Originally bought from ZOOTYtooty. I don't have the original box but I do have a nice, solid box on hand and will pack well to ensure comfortable travels. https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/261754-fstact-s2150-digital-amplifier/?tab=comments#comment-4058794 https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/83357-integrated-amps-an-addicts-guide-part-the-third/page/50/ Links to original FS post and my personal review. More info available after my review courtesy of MartyKT and Tony M.
  6. Item: AMC R9 AV Amp Location: Eastern Melbourne Price: 100 Item Condition: Good Reason for selling: NLA Payment Method: Pick up only - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Was desperate to put together an entry level system and bought this on a whim cause it was near office. Quite a powerful amp and musical enough to be useful and flexible. Would suit a small commercial setup like cafes, an outdoor entertaining area, entry level hifi or just as an improvement on Netflix/TV etc. Comes with remote. Pick up in/around Doncaster, Bulleen, Preston or South Morang. Would consider swapping with a power cable, power board, speaker cable, peated whisky or even CDs (audiophiles, jazz, soul, vocals, and/or instrumentals). Pictures:
  7. Item: Sony STR-7035 AM/FM Receiver Location: Bexley, NSW Price: $220 $190 Item Condition: Great for its age Reason for selling: I need to raise cash for new gear Payment Method: Pickup - Cash or bank deposit Extra Info: Up for sale a rare vintage Sony AM/FM receiver, made in Japan (circa 1975). The receiver is in a fantastic condition for its age - it works well and sounds great. The wooden case is in great shape, all lights, buttons and nobs are working fine. I haven't used this amp since I have purchased a bigger vintage amp - about 2 years ago. I recommend getting its pots cleaned just in case. Pick up only from Bexley Thanks, Rodrigo
  8. Item: Yamaha A U-671 Location: Beautiful Brissy Price: $350 inc postage Item Condition: like new Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I’ve had this amp for about 1 year. Hardly used it. So it’s like new Features: Natural PWM-type digital power amp that reproduces high-resolution sound sources with remarkable purity In order to vividly portray absolutely everything in various high-resolution sources—from the most delicate performance nuances to the highest energy-filled dynamic musical passages—Yamaha has built into this amplifier a digital power amp that outputs a maximum 70 watts/channel and features powerful drivability. Natural PWM type digital modulation with an extremely simple circuit configuration provides both natural, uncoloured sound quality as well as high efficiency. And the low-pass filter of the latter part of the power amp, which significantly influences the sound quality, is a large coil made of low-loss, low-distortion OFC (oxygen-free copper) wire material. This simultaneously maintains the purity of high-resolution sound sources, while enhancing the power of the bass and ensuring warmth in the mid- and high-frequency sounds—all to deliver the best quality sound reproduction, rich in musicality. The component also features a Pure Direct Switch, which bypasses the tone/balance controls and back buffer amp to improve the purity of sound. DSD 5.6MHz native and PCM 384kHz compatible high grade USB DAC function Built into the unit is an exceptionally high-grade USB DAC which can reproduce high-resolution sound sources with all their original quality. It is compatible with native playback of the DSD 5.6MHz (DSD128) format or 384kHz/32-bit playback which records music information with extraordinary detail by sampling up to a massive 5,644,800 times per second. The D/A converter is the 32-bit/2-channel specification, high-performance SABRE 32 (ES9010K2M) from the U.S. company, ESS Technology, and its USB device controller IC is the latest product from XMOS, the semiconductor firm. By restricting shutter noise through asynchronous transference, this delivers pure reproduction and optimum sonic quality. Fully enjoy the quality of high-resolution sound sources with your favourite head phones Another major benefit of the USB DAC function allows it to also be used as a high quality head phone amp for computer audio. Its internal high performance D/A converter draws out all of the quality of high-resolution sound sources to give you the purest, most intimate enjoyment of high-quality sound. Pictures:
  9. Item: fostex hp v1 Location: Adelaide Price: $280 Item Condition: good, few minor marks Reason for selling: clearing gear Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: comes with some fiiO bands and mounting pad, useful for making and a stack Pictures:
  10. I have a pair of Trevor Lee Floorstanders, large sentimental value. Weight 30kg, Height: 112cm, Depth: 39cm, Width: 22cm Previously run through a Sherwood Amp / Pre-amp (gold coloured..) then an Onkyo Tx-nr801 which i have in storage. I'm currently running them as a 2 channel system through a Yamaha rx-v479 as that matched my budget at the time. Now in a position to do them some justice with a decent Amp. Probably remain a 2 channel system in a smallish room. Seeking any feedback on: - How I can find out what's inside. Believe they were custom made and my memory is of them going seriously loud when powered by the Sherwood. - Melbourne based audio shops that I can visit to inspect the speakers, source recommendations on amp etc - Are there any creative ways to use the NR801 in 2018? ie as a pre-amp to the 479 or similar as the 801 has no hdmi. cant see any audio outs from the 479 Would love to get them cranking up again.
  11. Purchased 19.10.2011 from the guys at Clef Hi-Fi Melbourne, took delivery in December that year. I think original price was around the $1500 mark. I'd be happy with $750 for this. I have the box/manuals for this ready to go. I also have a pair of Chord speaker cables currently hooking this up to my Krix Neuphonix speakers. Happy to discuss sale of cables. As stated on the Cambridge website: "The amp puts out an impressive 100W RMS into 8 Ohms and with two pairs of output transistors per channel has enough peak current capability to get the best from even ‘difficult’ speakers." This certainly had no trouble driving my Krix Neuphonix, producing crystal clear audio enjoyment. Info and specs on this amp can be found here: http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/azur-740a-amplifier
  12. Hi Guys, Im selling this great budget amp. Only really used for a couple months then placed it back in the box. It comes with the remote which I havent used. Waranty is still valid until 3rd October 2012. Cambridge Topaz AM10 Reason for selling: Not needed anymore Location: Melbourne Condition: immaculate - purchased the unit with a light scuff near rear (barely visible). Price $200
  13. Item: Fostex HP-A4BL Location: Adelaide Price: $350 Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Been used as a pre-amp for tv, moving to a receiver. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Gift, COD Only Extra Info: Pictures:
  14. Item: Gustard H10 High-Current Headphone Amplofier Location: Perth, WA Price: $320 Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Moving to a new portable setup Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer Extra Info: For sale is a Gustard H10 High-Current Headphone Amplifier, used for roughly half a year. I am moving to a more portable setup due to office change and need to sell this due as a result. Note that there are some physical marks/scratches on the front (see photos) which were there when shipped to me, however, the amp itself works flawlessly. Note that there is no retail packaging but will come with a power cable. I am happy to ship anywhere, at the buyers expense or with local pickup if you live in metro WA. I will cover Paypal fees or alternatively provide a small discount if done through bank transfer. Thanks! Pictures:
  15. Item: Yamaha Professional PC2602M stereo power amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $1100 Item Condition: Very Good (One LED not working) Reason for selling: Selling for a friend who is not SNA member Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: For sale is a Yamaha Professional PC2602M stereo power amplifier in very good condition. One VU Meter LED is not working and will need a new light bulb. The amp was only used in a private environment and sounds fantastic. The PC2602 is a very powerful amp to run pretty much any speakers. Pictures:
  16. Item: Mcintosh MC402 Power amp Location: Sydney, 2166 Price: $5000 Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Looking at selling my Mcintosh MC402, this is one legendary amplifier that has not skipped a single beat. Capable of driving 2ohm speakers with ease... lots info and high regarded reviews everywhere. Doesnt come with box so shipping isnt an option at this stage, however packnsend might be able to do it for you.. This amp weighs in at 52kg! In excellent condition cosmetically. Pictures:
  17. Item: Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon 2.0 Location: Melbourne, VIC Price: $600 Item Condition: Mint condition Reason for selling: NLR, minimising audio gear for other priorities. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Got this directly from Cavalli in Jan 2017 as limited edition run. Comes with Wywires power cable and Wireworld RCA cables. Great condition and sounds amazing. Fully balanced amp with XLR and RCA. I just have other priorities so am letting go of some audio gear. Price includes Paypal and can post to anywhere in Australia or pickup from Ormond, VIC. Pictures:
  18. Item: Bryston B135 SST² Audiophile Stereo Amplifier Location: Adelaide Price: $3,999 Item Condition: mint Reason for selling: moving sale Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: If you know about quality amplifiers then you likely already know the Bryston brand. The Bryston B135 SST² Integrated Amplifier is without question one of the most sonically transparent and reliable audio products available. It offers performance levels equal to the finest separate audio components. If you would like to know more about this exceptional amplifier, you can have a look at the Bryston online brochure here - http://www.bryston.com/PDF/brochures/B135_BROCHURE.pdf For more, you can read detailed reviews here: https://www.soundstagehifi.com/index.php/equipment-reviews/621-bryston-b135-sst2-integrated-amplifier http://i.nextmedia.com.au/avhub/australian-hifi_reviews_2014_2014-04_bryston_b135sst2_amplifier_review_test_lo-res.pdf Key Features 135W into 8 Ohms (180W into 4 Ohms) Over 30,000 MFD of filter capacitance per channel Three ultra-low-noise power transformers Separate ground paths for Digital and Analog Gold plated switch, contacts, and connectors Pre-out/main in connectors Convection cooled and housed in a fully aluminum chassis RS-232 serial data port for remote control via Crestron, AMX or similar control systems This amplifier was purchased in December 2014, is in as-new condition and carries the balance of the Bryston 20-year warranty (original proof of purchase receipt will be provided). If you are buying from interstate, the amp is ready to be shipped to you by the courier of your choice in the original box. I will gladly work with the buyer to ensure the item gets to you promptly. The amplifier weighs 13.6kg (without the box) and measures 43 x 12 x 41 cm This amplifier retails for $7,000 new. Pick up an absolute bargain. Other items that I currently have for sale: PMC Twenty.24 Loudspeakers Audiolab 8200CD CD Player Audiolab 8200T DAB AM FM Tuner Pictures:
  19. Item: TEAC UD-301 DAC/AMP Location: NSW 2153 Price: $300 (+$15 Local Shipping) Item Condition: No noticeable scratches, tiny bit of oxidation on the aluminum frame (see pictures) Reason for selling: Time for a change Payment Method: Pickup or shipping at buyer's expense Extra Info: around 2 years used, includes manuals, stock power cable (EU plug), no box Pictures:
  20. Item: Luxman 507u Location: Beautiful Brissy Price: swap. New price about 7k. So I suppose $3500 ( but would rather swap ) Item Condition: like new Reason for selling: want to try something new Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Pictures: to come tomorrow
  21. I'm looking for a home-based but portable head-fi system ... very much entry-level stuff, with a view to future upgrades ...I've narrowed my targets but would really appreciate your opinion. Needs/wants To power Beyer DT770 250 Ohm cans Files (mainly ripped CDs) served from Linux (Ubuntu) laptop Amp and DAC (or just amp?) 3.5 mm line in USB or battery-powered -- it's for home use but also outside at home ... $200-$300 Option A -- Schiit Fulla 2 PRO -- should handle the Beyers, all-in-one solution, likes Linux (supposedly), can act as DAC only if future separate amp purchased, cheapest option CON -- some questions about build quality (but maybe only in early builds) Option B -- iFi nano iDSD (standard or Black Label) PRO -- should handle the Beyers, battery, positive reviews CON -- what happens when the inbuilt Li battery dies?, cost Option C -- O2 Amp + some stick DAC? PRO -- will definitely handle the Beyers, battery option CON -- need a separate DAC (extra cost ... and which one?) Yes, there are better/more expensive options (e.g. ifi micro iDSD) ... but if you were choosing from above, which if any of these setups would attract or repel you?
  22. Item: Rotel rb991 Location: Canberra Price: 570 ono Item Condition: good Reason for selling: upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Has been very faithful. Have been driving my center B&W CM S2 with ease. Can post to you for just $25! Don't miss it. Reasonably priced no reasonable offer refused Pictures:
  23. Item: Audio GD R2R11 Location:Adelaide Price: 450+PayPal fees Item Condition:like new Reason for selling:I prefer my other amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, PayPal COD Only Extra Info: Basically new, about 1 month old, good all in one system. decided I want to go in another direction though. If you wanna save some time and jumping though hoops with Audio gd, this a good option. Pictures:
  24. Item: Audio-gd NFB 12 headphone DAC/amp Location: Melbourne Price: 180 Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: upgrading to audio-gd d77 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: willing to demo, great amp I cannot hear a difference with this compared with my schiit lyr2 which cost 4 times more... but USB DAC doesn't detect mac, works fine with windows. optical works with mac or windows. SOLD Pictures:
  25. Item: NAD 916 Multi Channel Amplifier Location: Melbourne CBD Price: $200 ono Item Condition: Used. Good working order. Reason for selling: No longer need Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: Full working order. Green on/off button has detached and is not sold with this unit.
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