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  1. Item: Slim tray-load Optical drive Blu-Ray burner for laptop or desktop Location: Tas Price: $110 (paid $149 plus postage, 31/5/18). Item Condition: Mint, new, box opened though, so no return was allowed Reason for selling: Should have ordered slot-drive, not tray-loader Payment Method: Pickup or post - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: I'm building another server, this time with slot-loading drive. I mistakenly ordered a tray-loading drive, and PCCG won't take a return because I've slit the paper seal on the box. All is mint, not even finger-marks, so as-new. Includes untouched "slim" cable (normal SATA cables won't fit "slim" drives - should be called "narrow"). This would suit desk-top or laptop. It's the latest Blu-Ray burner. See on PCCG site: https://www.pccasegear.com/products/41299/silverstone-tob03-internal-slimline-blu-ray-dvd-drive Can post in double-box, about 0.3 kg. Pictures:
  2. Item: Apple Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) - Dual 2.8GHz Quad Core Xeon, 44GB RAM, 250GB SSD, Dual 1TB SATA, 640GB SATA, Radeon HD5770 1GB RAM, USB3 Card Installed. Clean Install of OSX El Capitan (10.11.6) performed. Location: Melbourne, SE Suburbs Price: $700 $650 (reasonable offers considered but lowball offers will be laughed at!) Item Condition: As you'd expect for used condition but generally very good and certainly very good for the age! Reason for selling: Replaced with 2012 Mac Pro Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Due to the size and weight I'd much prefer someone to come and collect this, especially as I don't have the original packaging for it but I can package up and send if required at sellers expense. Note this can work out to be pretty expensive because of the size and weight. This Mac Pro has served me well for a number of years, it's mostly been used for photo editing with Lightroom and simple Photoshop with a bit of use for general MS Office work as well, however it's starting to bump up against limitations of OS version (WiFi is important in my case so the unofficial use of newer version of OSX isn't viable). With this in mind I recently upgraded to a newer Mac Pro with essentially similar specification as this wasn't lacking in processing power or storage -it's a very, very capable workhouse even now. Any questions about the item, additional specifics or condition etc. please PM me. Oh, and if you have use for an old 160GB Apple TV (1st Gen from memory) I'll throw that in for free as it's sitting in a box by the Mac! If there's no interest here in a week or so I'll put it for sale on eBay as well. Pictures:
  3. Item: Antipodes DS SSD (2TB SSD running version 2.3 software) Location: Melbourne Inner East Price: $3000 ONO Item Condition: Close to Mint Reason for selling: Highly Likely working overseas during parts of 2017, also to fund travel and other purchases. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+3% for paypal fees), Direct Debit, (will consider posting but local options first) Extra Info: Bought new from Puremusicgroup on 24/08/2016. Have been running Roon (not included in sale) in conjunction HQplayer and also Roon Direct (via USB). The sound quality of the antipodes takes a big leap forward versus the mac mini i was using prior to this. This model has a 2TB internal SSD drive which should hold a substantial music collection. I have a collection of around 8TB so also connected to a Synology NAS via Ethernet. If I sell the Antipodes some of the music ( a lot is lossless FLAC) could be "accidentally" left on the antipodes SSD. I have the original box. The SSD can be upgraded to the GT equivalent with replacement power supply Pictures:
  4. Item: Desktop computer (working with Linux) with 3 DVD drives for ripping CD's Location: Melbourne Inner East Price: Free (pickup only) Item Condition: probably 6 years old but has been in storage for approx 3 years. I used the batch ripper with DBpoweramp for windows to rip CD collection years ago Reason for selling: Not using and it is taking up space. Payment Method: None, but a small donation to stereonet by person who grabs this would be nice Extra Info: The computer still works and has a good power supply and 2 old HDD drives. However the original windows 7 HDD Bootdrive wasn't working on this computer and i tried and failed to reinstall. The reason being is that the Gigabyte Motherboard has a 6 port (Nvidia SATA controller). Which I could not get to work properly when installing windows 8 and windows 10 (driver still available on Nvidia site) Maybe just a lack of patience on my part. However I tried installing Linux Fedora Core, and that installed with no issues, it must find the drivers during installation automatically. Someone could replace the original Motherboard and CPU with a newer one and this would be a great computer, or you could grab the DVD drives for another project. It was a gamer computer box so has lots of fans on the case which can be unplugged to keep it quieter
  5. http://www.hd-plex.com/fanless-ATX-power-supply This seems interesting and affordable. Not sure how much PC you can connect to it. And their fan-less chassis aren't bad either. Maybe I'll give it a try for my final build
  6. Pedja has designed a board for feeding the AyaII or any TDA1541A DAC with simultaneous mode which allows the TDA1541a to receive discrete left / right data to attenuate jitter and glitch pulses. The board will be populated so it looks relatively easy for a DIY novice like me to wire up. The board uses the XMOS USB receiver chip, isolation, dual clocks, reclocking, inverted data options for dual differential designs and looks to include firmware options for right justified output needed for the Burr Brown PCM63/1702/1704 family. The design shows the usual excellence Pedja is known for. It looks like it will be around $250 landed . https://www.audialonline.com/topics/asynchronous-usb-to-simultaneous-data-interest-check/
  7. Just had a little window pop up on the bottom of the desk top display. It says, Get Windows 10 Who else has seen it and better yet, tried it, or has some feedback? Cheers, Steve
  8. When traveling I've used an Acer 10" netbook with Samsung ssd which is okay for basic tasks but can test patience occasionally so am thinking of upgrading. I'll be using it for bicycle touring as well as at home. Will be mostly used for surfing and google maps as well as foobar and VLC. Not after blistering performance or high gadget factor but don't want something that's going to be a chore to use. Function over form is the aim so key criteria if possible are good battery life, low weight and not too thick or large as will be packed into a pannier. I haven't got a specific budget yet but for starters around $500 or less if possible. It will possibly also be my main pc when not traveling. Any suggestions are welcome thanks.
  9. I did not want to hijack the "Idealish Server" thread so here is another which offers some first hand experience with some of the creations from the WA team. On my recent visit to Oz had a very enjoyable day hearing the Power Supply/Server creation from the WA crew on Tasso's impressive Accuphase/Magico system.I had already committed to the build of the modified JS2/Hashi on the advice of Tasso and Chanh but was looking forward to see if the money was well spent. We had on hand a Antipodes DX, WA crew Created Sever,Auralic sever various power supplies creation.I was also hoping to have an Aurender W20 on hand as well but a local agent let me down.I will have to purchase/try this one overseas....a real shame. We listened to the WA Crew server with my newly created modified JS2/Hashi and the DC37. This was the bench mark to which all others would be compared to and even though Tasso's system has changed considerably since my last visit it delivered in spades detail and dynamics. We listened at a loudness I am not used to but the system held up quite well.The Antipodes DX was then inserted for comparisons. As the owner of the DX I have been relatively happy with its performance but was quite surprised in Tasso system preferring the JS2/Hashi and WA Server by a reasonable margin of preference. Tasso's system with the DX inserted lost sound stage and dynamics.The DX rounded and compressed things which definitely may be suited to some but not for my tastes. We then removed the DC37 and inserted Kalliope paired with the WA Server .(I won't comment on this comparison as I am an owner of Kalliope).....other participants feel free to comment I know my tastes differ from others.... Next we connected the DX and Kalliope via the unpowered usb input. This is how I use my DX in my all Gryphon electronic system and while I thought it improved things slightly it still seemed to lack the dynamics the WA Crew Server and JS2/Hashi power supply displayed. We then powered the DX with the JS2/Hashi power supply and the improvement of dynamics and soundstage was immediately noticeable. Still quite confronting that a power supply can have such an impact but count me in as impressed. Comparison of the DX and WA Crew Server with JS2/Hashi was not done...but for me they offer very similar performance once connected to the JS2/Hashi power supply in my brief listen.....which says a lot as one has a very large price tag. A quick listen to the Aurilic server and JS2/Hashi power supply gave some quite good sound but lacked the polish,dynamics and soundstage that was on offer from the WA Server and DX. The WA crew of Tasso, Chanh, TJ, Don, JD (apologies if I missed anyone) have found the magic sauce for computer audio. For me the WA server and JS2/Hashi power supply is the first time a DIY creation has matched/equaled maybe even eclipsed the big boys creations, hell I even prefer the case to the DX....I cannot recommend highly enough their creations.If I had to start again I would copy their WA Server and go for the JS2/Hashi supply and be content that you would be getting some of the best CA that is available today. I now have to find an Aurender W20 which has a clock input and compare it to the King from WA ......I think this machine is the only one which may surpass it ...but I would not be surprised if it was eclipsed.....maybe a JS2/Hashi power supply , W20 and master clock may eclipse the best CD spinners....I know I am curious..... Once again great work lads and thanks for the impressive power supply I cannot thank you enough ...running the best Gryphon electronics can offer the JS2/Hashi power supply holds its own on sonic performance and striking looks ..I am looking forward to hearing this on my new system and seeing if the WA crew can improve their creations.... great work Cheers Jones
  10. Item: Mac Mini 2010, upgraded to 12GB RAM, 320GB HDD, internal Superdrive, Genuine Mac Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Location: Melbourne Price: $500ono + postage at buyer cost Item Condition: Very Good, 8/10+ and includes original packaging for Mac Mini, Keyboard and Mouse. Reason for selling: Upgraded to Mac Mini i7 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Originally purchased in Singapore for use in a small apartment, Initial light usage as a photo editing machine before being replaced by a Macbook Pro Retina and subsequently used as Plex Media Server. Recently replaced by more powerful Mac Mini to allow real-time transcoding of Live TV as part of the Media Server box. Has been upgraded to clean install of El Capitan recently. Note - As this was purchased in Singapore the original power cable is a UK plug. This is in the box but I can supply a non-Apple branded AUS power cable on request at no additional charge. I can also include a basic HDMI cable if required on request. Pictures: Can be supplied for interested buyers (it's boxed up at the moment and put away at the back of the storage cupboard)
  11. Item 1: Netgear WNDR3700 (v1) Wifi N router with 4xGigabit Ethernet ports http://www.netgear.com.au/home/products/networking/wifi-routers/wndr3700.aspx Item 2: Netgear R6300 Wifi AC Router with 4xGigabit ethernet ports http://www.netgear.com.au/home/products/networking/wifi-routers/R6300.aspx Location: Richmond, Melbourne Price: Item 1: $10 (prefer local pickup, but can post) Item 2: $40 dollars (prefer local pickup, but can post) Item Condition: Both Items are used but work as expected Reason for selling: Unused as they have been replaced Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit Extra Info: No documentation of boxes, cables. Modem and the associated power supply Pictures: see netgear website
  12. Hi its David's Geek here, in a month im leaving for Europe for a short trip and i need a lightweight computer to replace my 16gb ipad 2 wifi. What i really want is a cheap macbook air and i dont mind how old it is as long as it is a reliable machine. Depending on the age, size and quality i would be happy to pay up to $350 and to be honest i dont care much about the cosmetic condition. Im happy to trade my Ipad and some cash depending the computer.
  13. I was searching the web and came across this item. It creates a direct i2S link between your DAC and computer. Not sure if it is good or bad, but the multichannel version has my interest for use in a Home Theatre PC. Pink Faun i2S Bridge (English at bottom of page) http://www.pinkfaun.nl/portal/productaanbod/dac-streaming-audio/1440-i2s-bridge DAC List (bottom of page) http://triplemaudioshop.nl/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=1584&Itemid=116 I am not to sure myself what this i2S signal exactly is, but as I understand this is the pure digital information signal (PCM?) Edit: Some possible implementations of this card down this thread http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/80572-music-streamers-that-are-diy/ Oooh, already mentioned before in this forum. (Thanks @myrantz) http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/80594-pinkfaun-i2s-card-and-directstream-dac/ Link to the forum mentioned in the link above http://www.psaudio.com/forum/directstream-all-about-it/compatible-i2s-source-devices/
  14. Hi guys! I'm quite new to sound and studio monitors and all the like, but I'm trying. I bought a pair of Gale Mini Reference Monitors and my end goal is for use w/ my computer. Anyway, it's a 15-100 watt recommended amp rating, and...uh...6 ohms Nominal.. but I'm not sure what that means. Now to get these little UK-born bad boys hooked up to my computer, I think I need a 100 watt amp with USB capabilities. Firstly, am I right? or stupid? Now, I've shopped around and according to JB Hi-fi I need a full on multimedia hi-fi amp, but that's money that nobody wants to spend. I've sourced a little 100 watt amp from amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PFA400U-100-Watt-Class-T-Amplifier/dp/B0071HZ5RI ) so I guess I just want to know if this will be the right sort of amp? and if not what do you guys suggest? Thanks so much in advance for any help, it's greatly appreciated
  15. Item: Desktop PC with screen and 160GB hard drive & Q9300 CPU Location: Brunswick, VIC Price: $FREE$ Item Condition: as is, working until I decommissioned Reason for selling: No longer required. Payment Method: donation to SNA Extra Info: Still was working but was a bit noisy, I should have some cables to connect the monitor too If no one wants it in a few weeks I will dispose of it Pictures:
  16. I do not have a clear idea of where to go, starting this thread, since similar threads already exsist. But I like it to become an exchange of things tried and compared. A bit of a technical know how hub and a try before you buy gathering. I currently have 2 identical PC hardware systems (non hardware optimizations) and 5 operating systems, tweaked and non tweaked. I have the following comparison in mind: OS vs OS: Win 8.1 vs Win 8.1 CAD optimized Win 8.1 vs Server 2012 R2 Win 8.1 CAD optimized vs Server 2012 R2 Core Win 8.1 CAD optimized vs Server 2012 R2 AO Server 2012 R2 vs Server 2012 R2 Core Server 2012 R2 Core vs Server 2012 R2 Core AO If people are living near Sydney, they are welcome to message me for a meet up. I don't mind to organize a listen session for comparing OS systems or to have a chat about how things work or to try something new. I am only short on Phills AO script and hope to find a trial/temp or borrowed version to be able to include it in the listen session. The players I use are JRiver and JPlay (local and remote) Kernel Streaming via USB After finding the optimal OS and tweaks I like to start tweaking the bios and do another comparision. The step after that, would be hardware optimizations and comparison. All in all, a multi session comparison learning path, which I will use this thread for, to keep track and inform you guys. I hope to get more people to join in, so this does not becomes a one guy opinion. More to come on this. Update: I am going to place a couple of links and information that has been gathered in this topic here at the top and also some of my findings in tweaking down the PC. I have updated the Excel sheet about Windows services with my new findings. There a 4 Running services vital for Windows Server, and there are 4 services vital to run and control JRiver. This list is based on the list made by Black Viper. This minial of services is based on a PC with no Wifi http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-8-1-service-configurations/ Here is a link with a free script to optimize Windows 8 and 8.1 and also disable the GUI during playback. You can find the scripts if you scroll down the window inside the page. http://www.computeraudiodesign.com/computer-setup/ Here is another free script with an Audiophile Server option posted by PXK http://www.windowsxlive.net/livetuner-2-0-improved-optimizations-with-more-features/ Version 3 posted by nothing 1 http://www.windowsxlive.net/livetuner/ Here is a link for another Audiophile player which also does a lot of tweaks to your PC mentioned by acg. http://www.phasure.com/index.php?board=1.0 The interesting aspect of people using this player is that they have under clocked their CPU for the best result. Something I like to try out. Here is a link for another Audiophile player mentioned by nik.d http://oryaaaaa.world.coocan.jp/bughead/index.html Here is a link to another Audiophile player mentioned by 24bit, and one that I can recommend as well. http://www.daphile.com Here is the link for JPlay. http://jplay.eu/ Here is the link for JRiver http://www.jriver.com/download.html Here is the link for the Audiophile Optimizer http://www.highend-audiopc.com/optimizer.html The following links are all computer related Turn on Auto Logon: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324737 The Difference between Server GUi and Server Core: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831786.aspx Changing IRQ priorities: http://www.petri.co.il/optimize-windows-8-audio-setup-jriver-media-center.htm# Turn on Wifi on Windows Server: http://blogs.technet.com/b/blainbar/archive/2012/09/14/getting-your-windows-server-2012-to-use-wireless-not-best-practice-but.aspx Turn on/off Server Features using Comands: http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2013/12/19/windows-server-2012-r2-installation-options-and-features-on-demand-part-2-of-5.aspx List of Packages that come with Windows Server: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn452400.aspx Using command to tweak Services: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh849849.aspx Using PowerShell to tweak Services: http://4sysops.com/archives/managing-services-the-powershell-way-part-3/ The following links are worth to read if you are planning to tweak things yourself. Using a dual boot System is highly recommended and if you screw up your registry the ability to fix it from within another OS is a feast. Installing a dual boot system:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/install-multiple-operating-system-multiboot#1TC=windows-7 Fix your Registry from a dual boot system: http://superuser.com/questions/145493/how-to-edit-registry-from-another-os-boot-up You have to change C: for D: because in a Dual Boot you current OS will always be C:, and you try to fix the registry on D:
  17. With the computer becoming more common as a digital source, and all the USB DAC's that pop up everywhere, the wait is for the first wave of multichannel DAC's. HDMI is now the only option for multichannel HD audio, at this point, except for some professional sound cards, unless you like to use your PC as an analog source. I came across a couple of reads and possibilities which really uses the strength of the PC to it's benefit. http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?13352-The-***Unofficial***-Multichannel-DAC-Thread Home Theatre http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/201366how-to-replace-your-home-theater-pre-pro-with-a-htpc/ Stereo http://www.computera...usb-dac-review/
  18. I have downloaded JPlay before but I had then a different Anti Virus Software running. This time my AV is is popping up giving me an alarm Win32 Kryptic.CPZM trojan aboard the zip file for download on their site. I know it says on the JPlay site that this can happen but this virus just got added to the signature database of ESET on the 11th of November. This has me worried, because it looks like a fresh virus, and this has me thinking about the statement on their site, specifically not stating which virus threat can pop up. If you look up the Kryptic Trojan, it shows that it can turn into a pretty nasty mess. The virus is embedded into the .exe file that is zipped. Did anyone found a virus on the previous versions of JPLay and can they tell what it was?
  19. Hi, I have been growing into computer audio for the past year and I am thinking about building my final build. Looking at my parts list and doing some research I did come across quit a few positive reactions about using linear power supply's. I would prefer to have the possibility to demo some of these computer parts before buying them. I am a bit skeptical since I own a specialized USB card who doesn't seem to make a difference, tested an USB cable that doesn't seem to make a difference compared to a stock one, and had a breve experience with an Audiophilleo2 that didn't seem to make a difference either. If you have some hardware related to computer audio that you are willing to share/demo/borrow with me that would be highly appreciated.
  20. After going through a process of software comparison and tweaks, I have come to the opinion that you can get all "Audiophile accepted" software players to output the same results. And there is only so much you need to tweak inside software to get to that result, where you can easily can get lost in all the tweaker options that are available. When it comes to hardware, there are almost as many options for upgrades but it's a lot more expensive to try them all out compared to tweaking your software. What I want to do with starting this thread is to find out which ones have been confirmed to work within which setup and how this has been tested. Ideally it would be great to organize some gathering (Audio LAN party) where different type of hardware can be tested or tried. I do have a PPA USB card where I cannot find a difference in SQ. Tested between 2 identical PC using the same software setup. I also had a short change to try an Audio Audiophilleo in a 1 PC setup. I didn't find a difference in SQ on this occasion either. I am using an Oppo 105 as a DAC and used CD quality files for playback. Where I am interested in at this time is to find out the influence of the power supply and the difference between a high and low power system. Please let us try to avoid any heated discussion about cables. If you want to have a debate about cables I am sure there other threads where you can do this. People can make up their own mind.
  21. FS:Corsair Carbide 200R computer case. Condition: As new, open box, with receipt Price: $80 or make sensible offer (cost over $100 with postage, from PC case gear) Not a mark on it. Reason for sale: Decided to make a second system. As soon as it worked, I lost all interest and sold off the individual parts, the case being the only part left. All proceeds going to hi-fi instead Any extra info: Suit a PC builder, gamer or modder. Tons of room inside. Plenty of "ventilation" and 2 fans. In Melbourne, Brunswick. Will part with it for stupid cash if you are really quick and genuine.
  22. Looks like it is made from the right parts. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=27791 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=27790 Not sure how you can isolate these sound cards from the harsh environment inside the PC. I do have a Xonar D2X, and it was well worth it. But in this day and age with USB audio I no longer see the point in having a high quality internal sound card.
  23. Item: Netcomm NP507 600Mbps Powerline Gigabit Kit Location: Melbourne eastern suburbs Item condition: Near new Price: $75 $70 (retail is approx $150 AUD) Reason for selling: Went with 2 bridged AC WIFI routers instead Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Only, direct deposit Extra info: This kit allows you to link devices in different parts of the house using ethernet over power line. The speed of these devices in 600Mbps I Still have the box and can give you a copy of the receipt. The kit was bought from Scorptec South Melbourne store on 8/4/14 See info here for explanation http://www.netcommwireless.com/product/powerline/np507 Note: Stock photo. If required I can take a photo of the actual items. It should be easy to post these if required
  24. Relisting item from yesterday as sale fell through. Item: Mac mini music server 2.3 MHz I& 4Gb Ram 1 TB hard drive + Apple USB Superdrive + Apple wireless mouse and Audirvana PLUS audio software Location: Canberra, ACT Price: $800 (over $1,200 in April 2013) Reason for selling: Trying a different front end Payment method: Paypal, direct transfer, cash pickup Additional information: This gear as basically unused as I bought to use as a headless music server with an iPad and never got a DAC for it. Original packaging and as new condition. Current model and you are getting a significant discount compared to new. Buyer pays postage.
  25. Since we are on a roll, lets do more voting. How far have we advanced from physical media? What do SNAs still prefer?
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