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  1. Item: Swift GK1 pre amp Location: Richmond VIC Price: NLA Item Condition: Reason for selling: Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Swift GK-1 - a bit of a legend hereabouts. designed and built by Hugh Dean with wood sides, grey enamelled top with reflective mirror behind the tubes. Hugh did a limited run of these before deciding that making a commercial product (as opposed to supplying kits) was too stressful. I think they were around $4k. It has a remote. This is an EOI at the moment - another pre I would like might become available. Pictures: if you're interested pm me. http://members.optushome.com.au/russcb/products_preamp_swift.html
  2. A Night with Hugh Dean, Aspen Amplifier Designer 8pm Wednesday 15th March, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 The name Hugh Dean is synonymous with the Aspen amplifier range. His kit form amplifiers have won many hearts among audio enthusiasts who appreciate a very high standard of sound. The Maya 200 and the SAKSA 85 amplifiers are a culmination of over twenty years innovative design, starting in 1974 with the Glass Harmony. The Maya was conceived in 2015 with a topology breakthrough, which Hugh will attest has brought huge improvements in speed, bandwidth and clarity. This 200W per channel amplifier comprises four discrete stages: Input stage including a feedback node, Voltage Amp stage, Driver stage, and the Output stage which uses a pair of very large 480 watt MOSFETS. Hugh's primary aim in his amplifier design is very low odd order harmonics. The MAYA avoids phase issues with extremely linear first and second stages. With very low THD, less than 0.025% into 200W and very low noise, the Aspen amplifiers have none of that solid state glare. The amplifiers can be bought as a DIY build from a pair of tested and assembled PCB modules, starting at $930 plus GST for the SAKSA 85, and $2200 plus GST for the MAYA 200. Both units can now also be purchased with purpose built full enclosures. An OPPO 105 multi-disc player will be playing the music, while a pair of classic KEF 105/3s will entertain us with their sound. The 105/3 was the first Reference Series Loudspeaker from KEF to incorporate Uni-Q technology. This four way floor-standing speaker embodies several advanced and unconventional design features for its time. Its bass section drivers are mounted within the cabinet in a double coupled-cavity configuration. The combined output of the two woofers is radiated through a front mounted 6" inch diameter port. The D'Appolito array on the front panel is shared with a pair of midrange drivers and a KEF Uni-Q driver, with a concentric 6-1/2" inch cone and a 1" inch tweeter. Midrange bloom, solid state glare, lifeless sound? None of that with Aspen Amplifiers. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  3. Hugh Dean's MAYA amp and VSonics 8pm Wednesday 20th April, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 The name Hugh Dean is synonymous with the Aspen amplifier range. His kit form amplifiers have won many hearts among audio enthusiasts who appreciate a very high standard of sound. His latest model is the MAYA, the culmination of over twenty years of innovative amplifier design, starting in 1974 with the Glass Harmony. The new MAYA was conceived in 2015 when a topology breakthrough appeared, which Hugh will attest has brought huge improvements in bandwidth, speed and clarity. This 200W per channel amplifier comprises four discrete stages; Input stage including a feedback node, Voltage Amp stage, Driver stage, and the Output stage which uses a single pair of very large 480 watt MOSFETS. The MAYA avoids phase issues, yielding significant stability and linearity for a global feedback amplifier. It uses only 29dB of global feedback, possible because the first and second stages of the amplifier are extremely linear. Very low THD, less than 0.025% into 200W, very low noise, and very low odd order harmonics, this is the primary aim in this design. "The musical grace of tubes with solid state muscle." Partnering the amplifier will be the VSonics Transmission Line speaker. This is a compact, two- way using a Three-Way Fold, an 8" SEAS woofer and a 1" Peerless tweeter crossing over at 2,600Hz. The 32-litre enclosure has a sensitivity of 87dB/watt/metre. With a front aperture, the 1-metre tall by 9" wide loudspeaker is very suitable for small rooms or apartments. It is available as a partial kit for $1420, including crossovers, fasteners, filling and detailed specifications with instructions. You need to purchase the drivers and timber to finish off the speakers. The MAYA can be bought fully assembled for $3,600 plus GST, or a DIY build from a pair of tested and assembled pcbs modules for $2,200 plus GST. Midrange bloom, solid state glare, lifeless sound? None of that with Aspen Amplifiers. With a sound quality to rival the very best in High End, we will see if this "Hugh-Dean-ie" has done his magic on the MAYA. www.aksaonline.com Happy MAYA owners give unbiased opinions at... www.diyaudio.com/forums/aksa/188853-aspen-maya.html Nick Karayanis Proxy proxy Program Co-ordinator / Vice President Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  4. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting: Wednesday 18th September, 8PM Hugh Dean Presents Aspen Amplifiers NAKSA 80 and NAKSA 100 8pm Wednesday 18th September, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month we have the pleasure of a local amplifier designer guru Hugh Dean. With over 10 years of worldwide sales, his kit form amplifiers have won many hearts among audio enthusiasts who appreciate a very high standard of sound. Hugh will be demonstrating two of his amplifiers, the NAKSA 100($1420) and his newest baby, NAKSA 80 ($930). This new amp very nearly didn't come to market. Back in 2012 he spent 21 days in hospital, in a coma, during which he suffered a stroke. Finishing a new amplifier module design was Hugh's focus whilst undergoing speech therapy. A year later and strong spirited, he is back in the hi-fi game. The NAKSA 80 has evolved from the very successful NAKSA 70, though with very different topologies. It's a complete re-design. A pair of MOSFETS now runs the output staging of each channel. Topology enhancements include new voltage amplification stage, improved offset control, radical output stage drive and bias control. Maximum power is 80 watts into 8ohms, or 120 watts into 4 ohms. The demonstration unit will have the optional volume attenuator, a Gold Point, Swiss ELMA 24 step switch. The 2011 replacement module for the Lifeforce 100, the NASKA 100's design principal was to create a power amplifier with very high resolution, powerful clear bass, and rich vivid sound. Each channel delivers 100w RMS into 8 ohms and 180w into a 4ohm load. The NAKSA 100 offers power and a tube-like sound. It represents the ideal option for less efficient speakers, and demanding musical tastes. The rest of the equipment for the night will be the OPPO 95, and the TRI-2.5. A European kit speaker with an Australian designed cabinet. You may not be familiar with the name, but you have been introduced to its sound. As Hugh Dean says about his new baby – "This is a very minimalist, very high quality design. I hope it will attract 40+ year-old audiophiles who have been around the block a few times and have a real understanding of high sonic quality." Hmmm, sounds like its designed specifically for the MAC members? Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Digital Audio Reviews by John Darko, Aspen NAKSA 80 amplifier review , Aspen NAKSA 100 power amplifier review and the Aspen Amplifiers web site. Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
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