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  1. Item: Innuos Zen mk2 server -streamer- ripper, 2tb. Location: Perth Price: $2350 plus delivery - NEW $3850 Item Condition: Perfect with over 1300 cd's loaded Reason for selling: Loaded. cds and only used 5 times max, just don't stream and have another one in silver and making entire system silver. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only, normal shipping options etc. Extra Info: Great British company leading the market streaming and ripping high end audiophile components. Can back up and running all apps Spotify Tidal etc. as well as use for internet radio etc. Very capable box and software can be updated via ethernet. No original box but have many suitable options to make sure its safely delivered. Becoming more popular around Europe and winning a lot of awards . Very well built, heavy duty machine. Lots and lots of info online. Innuos Zen MkII Wednesday, January 25, 2017 network server Jason Kennedy Every streaming system needs a library, not the sort that furnishes a room but typically a hard drive where all your music is stored. You can get by on streaming services like Qobuz and Tidal if you want more music but there’s a monthly fee and a quality compromise. Most digital music libraries are stored on a NAS or network attached server, a hard disk drive with a small computer running software that ‘serves’ the required music to the streamer when asked. NAS drives come in various shapes and prices and while more expensive than USB drives, cost rather less than most dedicated audio servers. That’s because they are produced in volume and don’t need to worry about being electrically quiet, they also have switched mode power supplies (SMPS) which are a major source of interference and to be avoided if you want great sound. Network audio systems also require a switch so that the NAS, router and streamer can work together and these are another source of noise, noise that’s added to the signal and fed back into the mains via another SMPS. So you can see that the potential for undermining sound quality with streaming systems is quite high. One way to improve matter is so use linear power supplies with the peripherals and optical connections that provide a degree of isolation, another is to find a company that makes dedicated audio servers which have been built with sound quality in mind. Innuos designs a range of streaming products for both audio and video in the UK an builds them in Portugal, a range that contains three Zen models of audio server with a built in disc drive. The Zen MkII is the middle model between the half width Mini Zen at £699 with a 1TB drive and the 1TB SSD equipped Zenith MkII at £2,299, there’s also a bigger Zenith XXL with 4TB of SSD for £4,599. I reviewed the Zenith last year and was impressed why what I heard, there is more to these stealthy servers than mere styling. Feature wise they offer both USB and network outputs, so you can use a USB DAC or a network streamer, more importantly you can also bypass a network switch because there are two Ethernet connections on the Zen, one for the network and one that’s dedicated to a streamer. The latter not only removes a source of noise from the signal path but also filters incoming noise. Innuos_ZEN-Mk2_rear.jpg A medical grade mains filter and linear power supply goes some way to keeping gremlins at bay, it has a quad core Intel CPU with 4GB of RAM and offers 2 GB of memory playback which means that any electrical noise generated by the spinning discs is kept under control. The Zen servers run InnuOS software which comprises a Linux system created specifically for audio purposes. The UI and music library software uses Squeezebox software which means you can use control apps created for that well established system. I used something called iPeng 9, an inexpensive and well thought out app for iOS that is a lot better than any other third party app I’ve tried. It allows access to internet radio and streaming services like Tidal if you have a subscription. Android users can drive it with Squeeze Commander. Operation is slightly different to other servers that I’ve tried. When you want to put new albums on the library via the desktop of your computer, they need to go in the auto-import folder first. Then you go to the my.innuos.com page on a web browser that finds your server on the network and offers a variety of different settings including back-up, library (below) and quarantine, the latter containing problem titles, in my case these were mostly duplicates but also included a ‘damaged CD’ that I had ripped. Settings include ripping mode and speed, configuration for a Sonos library, how to play DSD and a variety of other options. You can choose between two ripping formats, WAV or full fat FLAC, that is totally uncompressed FLAC which most seem to agree is the best option from a sound and metadata perspective. To get your album files into the library, go to the import page and choose ‘from auto-import’, the Zen then looks at the metadata for the new albums and sorts them into files for standard and high resolution titles. Sometimes inevitably it can’t find them, in which case they go into the unsorted folder, these titles can usually be found with the app but are not as well filed, ending up in the unknown artist folder for instance. The web browser approach makes up for the absence of a screen on the server and associated navigation buttons, and in truth is a far easier and more comprehensive method for managing the device. innuos-library.jpg In the system the Zen performed very well via both USB and Ethernet connections, delivering a relaxed, open and well focused result with a range of different music. Timing is also good for the price, this is one area where digital sources regularly fall down and while I have heard better from a server, I haven’t done so at this price. What you want from a server is a quiet, reliable and easy to use source of data that your DAC or streamer can turn into an analogue signal. With a reasonably revealing system the differences between servers can be surprisingly large, the more affordable examples tend to sound more digital in the old fashioned sense of having a slight graininess, a distortion that’s more obvious in the treble but which pervades the entire spectrum. The Zen MkII does not have this quality, it is as clean and smooth as you like, which means that the music it supplies has a freedom from artifice, a naturalness in fact, that is hard to beat with other digital sources. There is plenty of detail on offer which ensures pieces have all the vivacity, space and pace that they require to inspire you. This result was found with a lot of different tracks but Haydn’s String Quartets from the Norwegian 2L label made a very good case for both the Innuos and the Primare DAC30 I used with it. It delivered the music in full scale with full dynamics and excellent image depth yet in a relaxed, effortless fashion. It delivers shades of tone and three dimensionality that others near the price cannot match. zen-red-3-4.jpg I also enjoyed the fact that the iPeng app lets you search internet radio stations even if it can’t guarantee a steady feed from all of them, very little can in practise. But it’s a well thought out app that offers a variety of ways to look at your library. With the Zen I got better results via Ethernet than USB when using a Lindemann Musicbook:25 DSD as a streamer and DAC. I don’t have the same cable type for both links but both are high end examples, Vertere HB-USB and Chord Co Sarum Super ARAY network cable. Ethernet seems to have an advantage in terms of timing in every instance that I’ve been able to make this comparison so this finding is not specific to the Innuos, but it does make a good case for using the streaming route. All in all the Innuos Zen MkII makes a very good case for using a dedicated audio server rather than a NAS drive and network switch, it sounds considerably better for one, making even a high end NAS seem distinctly crude by comparison. It also gives excellent results with both USB and Ethernet connections thanks to the efforts that the company has put into creating a quiet power supply and well isolated outputs. The onboard drive makes it easy to back up your disc collection and the styling is pretty cool, did I mention you can also change the colour of the LED? SPECIFICATIONS: Type: Music server with HDD storage and CD ripper Storage: 2TB WD Red hard drive Network connection: RJ45 Ethernet Digital Outputs: RJ45 Ethernet direct, USB 2.0 Back up connection: USB Formats supported: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, DSD, ALAC, OGG Vorbis, AAC, MP3 Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4KHz. 192kHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz , DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 Bit depths: 1bit, 16bit, 24bit, 32bit CD rip format: FLAC (zero compression) Streaming services supported: Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify Premium User Interface: Web browser, third party control applications Other Features: UPnP server, DLNA device compatible Dimensions (HxWxD): 70 x 420 x 320mm Weight: 9kg Innuos / Homepage WWW.INNUOS.COM Innuos develops High-Fidelity Digital Music Servers and Players that are transforming the way we listen to music. 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  2. For our October club meeting we’re very pleased to have Cameron Keating of MAXMEDIA present the Avantgarde Acoustic UNO XD. Cameron has previously presented the Zero 1 XD active speakers. He’s back to present lots of superb new products… the Avantgarde Acoustic UNO XD horn speakers, Lab 12 pre and power, the Innuos Zenith SE media Server and the AMR 777 SE DAC. The featured system on the day will be: Avantgarde Acoustic Uno XD. From the MaxMedia website… “The UNO XD Series is a scaled–down version of the classical DUO system. By employing smaller 10 inch bass drivers and by integrating the horns as part of the speaker body, we managed to reduce the cabinet structure considerably. The objective was to accomplish the clarity and power of its “bigger“ brother in a significantly reduced enclosure. The 500mm spherical midrange horn covers a wide bandwidth down to 300 hz. The active subwoofer SUB225 XD Series supplements the balance between spherical horn performance and low frequency reproduction. It is actuated by two 10 inch long– excursion drivers powered by a 1000 Watt amplifier.” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/Uno_XD.html, https://www.avantgarde-acoustic.de/en/products/uno-series/uno-xd.html, https://stereo-magazine.com/archive/archiv/artikel/2016/7/017-floorstanding-speaker, http://www.enjoythemusic.com/HIGH_END_2016/Avantarde_Acoustics/ Lab12 Suono Power Amp. From the 6moons website (Url below)… “…the Suono amp, simply means sound. And that's in Italian, not Greek. It's a stripped-back very essential meaning. On looks too it avoids the overbuilt template of thermionic temple worship. It's far more basic and simple. This continues with quite practical specs. It's a SET if those letters signify single-ended tube. Whilst it can be run in triode mode with the flick of a switch, its KT150 power tube really isn't a triode at all. It's a high-power kinkless tetrode in the KT88 family. Hence the option to run the Suono in native or ultralinear mode. Now it delivers a full 25wpc.” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/LAB12.html http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/lab12/1.html Lab12 Pre1 Preamplifier. From the HiFi Pig website (Url below)… “Internally Lab 12 uses a matched pair of E88CC valves along with a solid state power supply with four separate regulation stages for each channel. The pre1 is fully dual mono and uses the company’s trademarked “Fine Symmetry” in every part of the circuit. MKP audio grade capacitors and resistors are used and are selected to be accurate to 0.1%.“ More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/LAB12.html http://hifipig.com/lab-12-pre-1-valve-preamplifier/ Innuos Zenith SE Media Server. From the Innuos website (Url below)… “The Zenith SE picks up the trademark PRaT (Pace, Rhythm and Timing) and neutrality of the Zenith and raises it to an entirely new level. To achieve this, we focused on 3 areas: Power Supply, Vibration and EMI Shielding...” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/Innuos_ZENITH_SE.html http://innuos.com/en/catalog/go/zenith-se-mk2-std AMR 777 SE DAC. From the 6moons website (Url below)… “…AMR's lucky number seven is a dual-mono single-ended affair with two separate DACs plus a valved output stage to seal the deal with a harmonically rich finish. Tubes make the unit flexible to some extent. Throw in selectable conversion methods. Physically, the DP-777SE is on the bigger side, measuring 45 x 37 x 12cm WxDxH and weighing 11.5kg. Frequency response is 20Hz–20kHz, A-weighted S/NR is >100 dB, THD+N is <0.3%. Dynamic range and channel separation are the same >90dB. Finish is black or silver and switchable 115/230V AC makes for one universal model. Power consumption in standby is below 1 watts and below 60 watts in operation. The build is tank-like to communicate seriousness of purpose.” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/AMR_777_SERIES.html http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/amr/1.html Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. Will be used as a transport into the AMR DAC – required for our BYO session. More info at: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ and https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ 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 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 8th October 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
  3. Avantgarde Acoustic Zero TA XD 8pm Wednesday 19th July, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month we welcome to the club a local importer of High End audio equipment Cameron Keating from Maxmedia, who will be presenting a selection of European Hi-Fi brands, one of which Avantgarde Acoustic from Germany, would be a very familiar name with horn speaker enthusiasts. Cameron will be demonstrating the newest model in the Avantgarde range, the Zero TA XD. This entry-level speaker encompasses Avantgarde's 25 years of know how in hybrid horn loudspeakers. Up until now, Avantgarde fans have had to choose between one of the company's bigger, more expensive hybrid horns. Standing just over a meter tall, this new three way model is described as a semiactive horn system. The objective was to accomplish the clarity and power of its 'bigger' brothers, in a significantly reduced enclosure. Employing Avantgarde's CDC technology, the midrange driver has no passive filter components in the signal path. This results in a sound characterized with an effortless clarity and explosive vitality. The 400 mm spherical midrange horn crosses over at 300hz to a DSP-controlled 10-band parametric subwoofer. This 12 inch long throw driver is powered by a 500Watt amplifier. Partnering the speakers for the night, will be the LAB 12 Mighty Power Amplifier. This single ended class A valve amp, will be driving the mids and tweeters with only 10 Watts. Matched to its pre-amp, the LAB 12 TRUE is a Passive Attenuator / Input Selector. The LAB 12 DAC 1 will be taking care of the digital to analogue duties, with classic non oversampling (Phillips TDA 1543) and a tube based output stage. Not forgetting a second DAC from iFi the Micro iDSD BL will be taking a turn. The font end source will be a music sever from INNUOS, the Zeneth Mk II. With a system sensitivity of 104 dB, the ZERO TA is 32 times the dynamic range of a conventional 87 dB box speaker. I think we're in for some fireworks for the night. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
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