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  1. Hi All, I was wondering whether it might be worth starting up an Antipodes Thread where all comments/questions/comparisons can be logged in one place? EDIT Update...will start off by listing all the reviews I have read: Current Models http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2015/05/antipodes-audio-dx-music-server-review/ http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2015/08/antipodes-audio-update-entry-level-ds-music-server/ http://www.stereophile.com/content/antipodes-dx-reference-music-server#sOHd6roMyrOroWAT.97 http://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/audio-ramblings-the-antipodes-dx-music-server/ http://www.audiostream.com/content/antipodes-reference-series-dx-music-server http://www.audiostream.com/content/antipodes-reference-series-dx-music-server-part-2#VqkwxjgBEgm6S6Hw.97 Older Models http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/antipodes/1.html http://www.audiophilia.com/wp/?p=12895 http://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/index.php/2013/03/antipodes-audio-ds1-music-server-review/ My DS: Next, I took delivery today of a new Antipodes DS (mk.3). This replaced a Mk.1. First impressions - very impressive! The first comment is that compared to the original DS, the form factor is at least 1 inch (maybe 2) wider, with some serious heat-sinkage on the sides. I guess the old DS used to get pretty warm, especially during marathon CD-digitising sessions. Please see the photo below. The second comment is that the power supply has gone through a big change, now it is about half the size of the unit as well. Mark Jenkins has previously described this as a hybrid PS. I notice that it has a fan to keep it cool. I don't have the old unit to do a side-by-side comparison, but all in all, I think this has driven a wider soundstage. Sound is not noticeably clearer than before, but bass has more weight. For those that can't (or don't want to) afford a DX, then the DS can perform a pretty good job, at least as good as a CD. (I'll let the unit burn in a bit more and then do a better comparison). I'm also keen to try the SPDIF connection vs the USB, to see if I can perceive a difference. I'm certainly very happy with the new unit, it looks like Mark Jenkins has come up with the goods again! Torben
  2. Item: Cambridge Audio DAC Majic 2 MkII - These are a very tweakable DAC. This one has had some mods done by previous owner (I think a bypass on one of the input/outputs) but I cant remember what was done: DacMagic 2i: has many significant improvements. Design revisions resulted in reduction in distortion by as much as 50 per cent, gold-plated printed circuit boards and connectors, and better quality low-noise transformers. The DacMagic 2 Mk II: same as DacMagic 2i but with Analog Devices AD712JN output chips. Location: Bunbury South West WA Price: $220 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Surplus to needs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, direct deposit (postage approx $25.00) Extra Info: Breakdown of different models here: http://www.gbaudio.co.uk/data/dac2.htm More info here: https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-line-level/40594-dacmagic-mods.html Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  3. Item: Wireworld Supernova 7 optical cable 1m Location: Melbourne (Dandy ranges) Price: $200 inc shipping Item Condition: Excellent 9/10 Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Used this with my PS Audio DSD and have now moved to USB. Add 2.7% if not using Paypal "send money to a friend". Pictures:
  4. Item: Tara Labs - RSC Prime M Digital 110 (AES/EBU digital interconnect) Location: Sydney Price: SOLD Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: NLR (new DAC/pre, doesn't use AES/EBU) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, EFT, Paypal (+ fee), COD Only Extra Info: Tara Labs AES/EBU cable for digital interconnect. Previously used between streamer and DAC. Recently upgraded DAC/pre, and AES/EBU no longer an option, so I don't need the cable. Purchased in 2017. Pictures:
  5. Item: Audioquest AES/EBU 110ohn cable 2m Location: Lane Cove 2066 Price: $450 rrp from Ambertech $889 plus postage Item Condition: 9/10 Reason for selling: surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: great balanced digital cable, have the original packaging and purchased from an authorized retailer Pictures: to come
  6. Item: HiFi Interconnects Location: Melbourne Price: $850 Item Condition: Used Reason for selling: Starting a family Payment Methods: Pickup – Cash, Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum Extra Info: 1x HEAR Time Tunnel – Digital Cable (3 Metre) 2x HEAR Time Tunnel – ‘ORO’ cable phono to phono connectors (1.5 Metre Pair) 1x HEAR Time Tunnel Helix 48 Litz Au Spades speaker cables (3 Metre Pr) 2x Box set Xindak ‘Link Set’ speaker tri-wire connectors
  7. Various cables for sale Item: Audio Principe 75 ohm digital interconnect – 1 metre Location: Glenbrook NSW Price: SOLD Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: using USB now Payment Method: Bank deposit or paypal (add 4% for paypal unless paying as gift.) Extra Info: Great value digital interconnect. http://audioprincipe.com.au/interconnects/single-75-ohm-digital-interconnect/ Item: Balanced XLR cables with Neutrik connectors 58cm. I think they are silver plated copper (no guarantees) – unknown brand Location: Glenbrook NSW Price: $40 plus postage Item Condition: Good Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Bank deposit or paypal (add 4% for paypal unless paying as gift.) Extra Info: Great value interconnect. I purchased these from another SNA a few months ago but am no longer using because my preamp is not balanced. Item: Furutech ADL Formula 2-B USB cable – 1.2 meters Location: Glenbrook NSW Price: SOLD Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: Not long enough for my current config Payment Method: Bank deposit or paypal (add 4% for paypal unless paying as gift.) Extra Info: Great value USB cable Pictures
  8. Item: Meridian G08.2 CD player Location: Sydney Price: $1500 Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: For sell is my Meridian G08.2 CD player. Rare to see them on 2nd hand market, I am selling as I have upgraded to the 808.2i. The Meridian makes some of the most musical one box players. The G08.2 version has great tonality, precision imaging and exceptional bass. Check out the reviews; http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/hi-fi-and-audio/cd-players-and-recorders/meridian-go8-2-cd-player-455040/review This player is immaculate inside out. It was originally from Sydney, Len Wallis. I have the original box, manuals and remote. Pick up is preferred but can discuss on postage. thank you Pictures:
  9. Item: Chord USB Silver Plus 1.5m Location: Sydney Price: 50 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup preferred or postage at buyer's expense. Extra Info: Plenty of good reviews. Pictures:
  10. Item: DH Labs Mirage USB Cable 1m Location: Sydney Price: 100 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup preferred or postage at buyer's expense Extra Info: Great cable. Sells for US240 new. Manufacturer's link: http://www.silversonic.com/docs/products/MirageUSB.html Pictures:
  11. Hi everyone... I have been advised by ACMA and broadcasters that 64Kbit/s DAB+ is an improvement over FM and should sound fantastic... well... yeah.. sure... So what bit-rates are used around the world? Is 64Kbit/s as high as we can reasonably expect Australian digital radio to ever get? It's ok for headphones and background, but certainly not for lounge speakers or even in a car at a solid volume.
  12. Item: 2-meter Shielded Digital Coax cable - Blue Jeans Cable Belden 1694A Location: Melbourne Price: $20 pickup. Add $10 postage Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer using coax Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: A really well constructed cable https://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/digital-audio/index.htm "Our favorite cable for coaxial digital audio is Belden 1694A "Brilliance" precision digital video coaxial cable, a 75 ohm coax engineered for low signal loss over long runs. These cables are exceptionally well shielded to keep outside electromagnetic interference from entering and polluting the signal; the shielding consists of a combination of a dense (95% coverage) tinned copper braid and a double-sided aluminum-on-polyester foil, for the best protection both against EMI and RFI. View the technical specs for Belden 1694A." https://www.bluejeanscable.com/pages/technicaldocs/1694tech.htm Pictures:
  13. Item: Naim DC-1 Digital Coax cable - RCA/BNC, with BNC to RCA adapter - 1.25m Location: Camberwell, Vic Price: $300 ONO (RRP $585), plus postage and Paypal Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with original box. Fitted with RCA and BNC connectors, but has original Naim BNC to RCA adapter making it either RCA/RCA or RCA/BNC. Pictures:
  14. Item: Shunyata Research Z-Tron Python Digital Cable AES/EBU 1.0m Location: Camberwell. Vic Price: $480 ONO, plus postage and Paypal - was sold, but sale fell through Item Condition: Used, but excellent. Reason for selling: NLR in current set up. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The Python sits between the Cobra and the Anaconda performance and price wise. The Cobra model uses stranded copper wire, while the Python uses Shunyata's VTX (Virtual Tube Conductor Geometry). This micro-wire VTX geometry confers a subtle but noticeable advantage in sonics (but not measurement) to the Python level. Purchased 2nd hand from the CableCo in US a year or so ago for US$498 - not needed in current set up. No original packaging. Pictures:
  15. Have a Soundcraftsmen audio pre amp Pro Control three model -17 C Moss digital Phono input, cd, aux and tape Original packaging, hardly used back up equipment http://www.hifi-classic.net/review/soundcraftsmen-pro-control-three-90.html What is a reasonable sell price ? Equipment is located in Balgowlah Sydney. Virtually never been used.
  16. Item: Linn Sneaky DS Music Digital Music Player Location: Melbourne Price: Price bump $1500 - A fabulous bargain at this price!!!!! Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Different direction - embarassed to admit to being in love with Sonos UI... Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal. Extra Info: Virtually brand new, bought August last year from Tivoli. RRP is $2995. Open to reasonable offer as I've decided I like the Sonos UI interface (I have several Play 5 and 3's around the house) enough to forgo the musicality of the Sneaky. ***** Review from What Hifi "consider this a brilliantly accomplished music player". Read more at http://www.whathifi.com/linn/sneaky-music-ds/review#JamrojO6kh9wd4u0.99 Sorry, realised there wasn't much detail here. From https://www.linn.co.uk/hifi-separates/network-music-players/sneaky#sneaky-ds Streams any digital source over a standard network Supports virtually any digital format up to 24-bit 192 kHz Integrates seamlessly with Tidal & Qobuz lossless streaming Integrated 20 W per channel power amp Deltron speaker connections Space Optimisation built-in Pictures:
  17. Item: Shunyata Research Z-Tron Python Digital Cable AES/EBU 1.0m Location: Camberwell. Vic Price: SOLD, plus postage and Paypal Item Condition: Used, but excellent. Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased 2nd hand from the CableCo in US a year or so ago - not needed in current set up. No original packaging. Pictures:
  18. I'm trying to (legally) buy the digital download flac version of this album. I can't be arsed buying a CD then ripping it to my server. In fact, I rarely buy a CD if I can't get the flac version. I've found it on at least 6 digital stores on the interwebs, but none of them will allow me to buy it. Won't sell to Australia. I'm peeved. The one Australian store that I found with Pineapple Thief downloads didn't have 'Your Wilderness'. It's a conspiracy. So I humbly ask the Prog peeps here to point me in the direction of said legally purchasable download. If you know of one....
  19. Item: NAD M51 DAC/Pre Location: Sydney Northern Beaches 2102 Price: 1299 Item Condition: 10/10 Brand new, take out of box for photos only. Reason for selling: Decided to keep the M12 and reducing amount of gear in the house. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a brand new NAD M51 DAC, still in its box. I have only opened to inspect for any defects/scracthes and its clear of any issues. Includes: remote, battery, manual and power cable. This DAC can also be used as a pre amp, which is what I was using. It does have a fantastic sound output as the many reviews have stated. Will test with buyer before payment so that both of us know its working as it should prior to purchase. Can post but strongly prefer pickup. It does come in a dual cardboard box. Pictures:
  20. Hi all. Please see my other thread; http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php/topic/103650-choosing-a-dacstreamer-for-my-main-2-channel-audio/ but I though perhaps asking this in a separate thread may clean things up a bit. Basically, I'm setting up a wired and wireless home network. I have a Consonance Suzanne DAP on a little dock as my digital player. It's plugged directly into ethernet>router>modem. It's also got a hard drive with lots of music directly plugged into it via USB. My router (ASUS) has 2 USB ports, and I believe I can add have drives here that computers on the network should be able to access. Whilst moving slowly towards a NAS, I'm keen to get the network usable via ipads/iphones. The Suzanne DAP is a bit of a pain to search for music on. Ideally, I want to grab an Ipad, access (wirelessly) my drive (either plugged into the Suzanne or into the router) of music, pick something, and play! I plan to likely use Roon down the track, but will hold off until the various issues I've read about with QNAP and Synergy NAS's have been ironed out, and their prices fall a bit. So what do I do? I believe some sort of UPnP app in needed? There's one XP desktop, 2 apple laptops (one newish, one old), 2 ipads, 2 iphones, 1 ipod touch. Man, I think I've put Job's kids though college..... All the best, Mat
  21. Hello, well this is a subject that is going to divide, and a subject that I NEVER EVER EVER EVER thought I'd be writing here about. BUT, well, here it goes...... I'm considering, or at least playing with the idea of selling off my analogue gear to go digital. ****, I've actually said it! Over several years and with a lot of help and advice found on this forum, I had a fantastic education and introduction into the world of Audiophile Hi Fi and equipment, starting off with vintage Sansui amps and speakers, then exploring the graceful sounds of luxman amplifiers through to Trafomatic tube amps and Hoyt Bedford/Omega single drivers. No to mention my complete vinyl journy into TT's, needles, pre-ampsn upgrading and tweaking (upgraditis), custom made counter weights etc etc.... and making custom made furniture to house it all in. Now after all these years, I'm going to give it all up in the favour of digital files, DACS and streaming? What's got me thinking: 1. Space, I'm now living in a small apartment (I'm in France and sheds and big houses are extremely rare) and I need to downsize. 2. Time, with work I have less time to spend building and tinkering with hi fi (although this is fun) and just want to come home and listen to music. 3. Cost, I'm sick of my eternal upgraditis and I can't afford things here in Europe (particularly in France where the Taxes are HUGE). Vinyl is expensive (even though I love it). 4. Access to new music. I'm finding myself spending more and more time discovering new stuff streaming on QOBUZ than listening to my vinyl collection. I've been really enjoying the exposure to artists outside my habitual orbit i.e. listening to stuff I definitely would never buy on vinyl due to $$$ but nevertheless really like. 5. I can listen to hundreds of high res files on QOBUZ and in the end its so much cheaper than buying vinyl. The romantic in me of course says WTF, but then the counter-romatic is excited by a change in direction and the opportunity to discover new equipment and further my education in audiophile sound. My horizons are opened by the digital possibilities of listening to music whereas the vinyl/analogue seems to bring me back to safe and secure territory (and of course I'm sick of convincing myself that Vinyl really sounds better.. although it does ... doesn't it???). Perhaps its the stars, but a change is underway. So I'm curious to see how other members have dealt with this in their audiophile addictions..... Cheers, Miles
  22. Item: Various cables by Analysis Plus - Chord - Audioquest - SVS Location: Melbourne Price: See below for prices and photos. Happy to post interstate for postage costs. Item Condition: Excellent, all purchased new within the past 3 years Reason for selling: No longer used. Drastically downsized my system this past 18 months from 5.2.4 to 2-channel (as some lucky SNA'ers who bought my stuff know ). Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: See below for prices and photos. Analysis Plus Purple Plus Double Shielded USB Audio 2.0 Cable - 2.0meters = $140 SOLD Analysis Plus Oval One RCA Interconnects - 1.5meters = $120 (SOLD) Analysis Plus HDMI 1.4 24 AWG - 1.8meters = $80 SOLD Analysis Plus Black Digital Coax cables - 2.0meters = $80 SOLD - 1.5meters = $60 SOLD Analysis Plus SPDIF Toslink Optical - 1.0meters = $40 SOLD Chord Silver Plus 26 AWG USB Audio Cable - 1.5meters = $70 - SOLD SVS Soundpath Subwoofer Cable (2 are available) - 3.0meters = $50 SOLD - 3.0meters = $50 SOLD AudioQuest Pearl Cat7 Ethernet cables (2 are available) - 1.5meters = $25 SOLD - 1.5meters = $25 SOLD
  23. HI All, I have just acquired an Auralic Aires LE and I thought it would be a good idea to start up a dedicated thread so other users can share their experiences, tips and tricks. I will take possession early next week and before I do I have been thinking of transferring my music collection onto a new HDD, should I buy a HDD with it's own power supply or should I buy one that uses the Auralic's power? I'm guessing buying one with its own power would reduce any interference. I will be connecting the Aires LE to my Chord Hugo DAC. I'm planning on using the Digital Coaxial over the USB, should I be considering the USB path? If so, why? Thanks for looking.
  24. In my search for the ultimate multi channel/zone HTPC I came across Dante Network Audio. They make use of the existing Computer Network to send and sync audio up to 512 channels and more. The latency seems very low and it can send and synchronize clock signals between multiple devices. They have a virtual sound card (64 channels) which uses your existing network port https://www.audinate.com/products/software/dante-virtual-soundcard They have a physical sound card (64 - 128 channels) with word clock synchronization https://www.audinate.com/products/manufacturer-products/dante-pcie-card And a bunch of other products https://www.audinate.com/products And a bunch of other Dante enabled products https://www.audinate.com/products/dante-enabled This is all for Pro Audio at the moment, but if I would to have a crystal bow, it probably will show this. For me this all makes perfect sense, and it creates many possibilities for our future digital life style. In some way, this already exist in Sonos like systems and in some way in wireless speakers, but none give you the freedom and flexibility that Dante could provide. Anyone else just as exited as me about this?
  25. Hey all. I'm on the way to narrowing a dac choice, but when I think I'm on it, something else presents itself! I see why advice is to poke around and see what pops up, especially second hand. On another topic, I have been asking about how to set all this up in a new home and what I need, but in summary, I hope to eventually have: Sources: nas/streaming>dac>passive pre>, phono>pre, CD>dac, Amps: valve mono's DAC needs to have balanced outs (XLR). I was hoping I could get some feedback on the Audio-gd products (I like the idea of their expand ability and ungradeability). The PS stuff looks like it'd be great (such as the new Jr), but too pricey for me! Thouhgts?
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