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  1. Item: Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum integrated amp. Location: sydney Price: $1700 (now $1600) Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: Upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+3%), Bank Transfer Extra Info: Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum, with tube cage, The amp is a few years old, has been flawless...with amazing sound. The tube cage is a seperate add-on, and will have to be shipped seperately, so prefer pickup. I have used this amp to drive the Wilson Sashas with beautiful sound. Any questions, please ask lots of great reviews available for reading on the net for the awards, reviews on the Cronus Magnum... It comes with remote and original boxes. If shipping is required it can be discussed. Specifications - 100WPC Magnum - Remote volume control included - 20Hz-30Khz bandwidth - Phono section gain 35dB (before preamp) - (3) line level inputs, (1) phono input - (1) variable output, (1) fixed output - Headphone amplifier - 4 and 8 ohm taps - Optional tube cage - 25kg shipping weight Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  2. Exposure 2010S2D. After hearing the 3010S2D, and having owned a 2010S and a 1010 I have maintained a passing interest in the Exposure line up of integrated amps. I have very fond memories of the 2010S, but those are fairly old memories now, and of an amp used in a different room with different speakers. So I don’t know for sure how well those memories will hold up. As with the 3010S2D this unit was supplied by Andrew from Audiofix. My memories of the 2010S are more about an amp with character than they are about technical capabilities or performance. The 2010, being a power amp with a passive volume control, comes across as a laid back, calm and comfortable piece of gear. The music has no sharp edges, no hardness or harshness, in fact if you were to describe it as “a bit soft sounding” they you would be pretty close. It isn’t an amp that excels at fast drum solos (although it isn’t half bad at those), it really specializes in slower passages. It is fairly phlegmatic in its approach to musical reproduction, and that is just fine by me. This review started out with me being fairly sure I knew what to expect, I’ve heard this amp before and while I hadn’t heard it in my current room or on my current system I have heard several other amps on both old and new systems and I knew where the 2010 lay within those other amps presentations. Lucky for me I was correct and the 2010 does sound very much as I expected it would, but as with any audio story there is so much more to it than that. In the beginning I was listening to the 2010S2D using my traditional set up. YBA Heritage cd100 as source, Aurealis Dragon interconnects, generic old 10AWG speaker wire and Lenehan S2R speakers. And it was sounding pretty good. A bit soft in the top end (which I expected, and will explain shortly) but the mid range was very nice with possibly a little more resolution and detail on display than I recalled. Bass was nice and deep but for the most part it was kept on a short leash, very deep but very broad. Bass is used to set the mood and to back up the mid range, it isn’t the main feature so not punchy, and more polite than tight. Then I tried the little Exposure out with my newly modded Sansui SP-300S stand mounts (with new crossovers) and found that they combined so much better with the amp than my Lenehans did. The Sansuis have a hard tweeter that gives more energy to the top end and that works in this case to counter the relaxed top end of the Exposure where as when the relaxed top end of the Exposure combined with the slightly softer top end of the Lenehans some of the top end details only came through when the volume was turned up higher than usual. So the Sansuis worked far better at low listening levels, better at normal listening levels and only just better at high listening levels. However, in the past I’ve always used the Lenehans for my reviewing. Consistency is key in this game after all, so even though I was really enjoying the Sansuis I took them out of the system and put the Lenehans back in. Things went back to the way they were and I had an additional piece of info to offer up when it came time to write my review. All good there. Then Terry stuck his nose into the review (to be fair to Terry, he didn’t do so deliberately, but he did ask me to do him a favour and that had a pretty serious impact on the review) and complicated matters further. Terry had just bought a cd player from Dan, Dan and I know each other and both live out in the Kingaroy-ish area. Since I’m meant to be heading down to Terry’s place in a week or two I’ve been asked to take the cd player along for the ride and deliver it. All well and good, no problems there. But! Then Terry asks me for my opinion on the cd player (again to be fair to Terry, I don’t think he knew I was trying my damndest to get this 2010S2D review started this weekend) and I agreed because playing with new toys is what this hobby is all about. And because I’ve always wanted to hear this Consonance Droplet that people are talking about. So earlier this morning I pull the Droplet out of its box and set it up on my vibration platform. Within 20 seconds I’m hearing that this puppy is clearly superior to my YBA and not just in a small way. It completely transformed the performance of the system and it really raised the performance of the Exposure as well. Instruments and vocals were clearer and the bass tightened up and deepened just a little further. I believe a big part of this improvement comes from the Droplet having a very low output impedance. Remember my mention of that passive pre/volume control above? Well it shares that particular design with the ME240 and I’ve already found that the ME240 behaves far better when paired with a low output source (or when used with an impedance buffer in between it and the source). I believe that the YBA has a fairly high output impedance (read weak signal if you aren’t up to date on the whole impedance matching game) and the Droplet has a much lower one (read strong signal, so it can push through the passive volume pot without losing any strength or detail). So, give the 2010 a stronger signal and it sounds like it has more resolution and detail. No real surprise there I guess but it is nice to know from experience rather than deduction. The problem now is going to be going back to my YBA for all the nitty-gritty evaluating and awarding numbers to each category. That will not be an easy thing. This promises to be a bit of a long and rambling review ladies and gents. Best settle in for a multiple post review put up over several weeks. I will do my best to make it thorough but it could turn out a bit on the long winded side. Just letting everyone know ahead of time.
  3. Item: Luxman 505u Integrated Amp Location: Adelaide, SA Price: 2500 Item Condition: Excellent, mint condition Reason for selling: Purchased a Devialet 220 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Extra Info: Two things to note: - The remote is dodgy with its Volume control; over the years I have either changed volume manually or use an external DAC as preamp. - I imported the 505u direct from Japan so it was assembled for the Japanese market and set to 100volt mains electricity. Therefore it comes with a Kashimura TI-20 step-up transformer (photos attached). There has never been any issue playing it here in Adelaide. The Luxman has been in daily use since July 2010. It has always worked well and given me great listening pleasure. A User Manual and the original Brochure are attached. The 505u has a phono input with both MM & MC selections. It can be used as a pre-amp only or power amp only. The 505u weighs 21kg with dimensions: 467(W)x179(H)x437(D) mm. The transformer weighs 4.5kg and its dimensions are 170x135x100mm. I will post both items if there is no buyer in Adelaide for pickup - postage costs would have to be checked and agreed to. I still have the original box available for transportation. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved. Luxman L-505u manual.pdf Luxman L-505u Brochure.pdf
  4. Item: Luxman L-509U Integrated Amplifier Location: 3183 Price: $5900 Item Condition: as new Reason for selling: need money Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The highest-class model of LUXMAN Integrated Amplifier. I am one only owner. Bought new for $8000 in 2012 The amp has never been repaired, works very well. No issues, can give a week warranty. The unit has never been loud more then 9am because I live in a flat and I like my neighbors. Continuous effective output: 120W + 120W -8ohm 240W + 240W 4 ohm reproduction frequency: PHONO: 20Hz ~ 20,000Hz 0.5dB) LINE: 20Hz ~ 100kHz (+ 0, -3.0dB) SN ratio: PHONO (MM): 91dB or more PHONO (MC): 75dB or more LINE: 107dB or more Dimension: W 467 x H 179 x D 435 mm Weight: 28 kg Preferably Pickup Also look another my amp Sansui AU-a607DR amp for sale on this site. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  5. Item: Melody H34 Signature Integrated Amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $1800 Item Condition: 9/10 Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is my very first amplifier into the world of tubes and valves. A lot of time and money was invested in tube rolling to get the right synergy out of the amplifier with the right tubes. Original valves have been replaced with Mullard reissue El34, Mullard 5AR4, Brimar 6SL7 and Ken Rad 6SN7. Over $600 worth of tubes there alone. Amplifier is in excellent condition for its age and presents itself beautifully in its deep piano black chassis. Will come with its original double boxes and manuals. Inspection and sound will not disappoint. Extract from the internet MELODY H34s ASTRO BLACK Favorite tube of many music lovers is the EL34 which excels at tone. The tonality of the EL34 makes it also popular with musicians using stringed instruments, especially guitars. The most popular amplifier in the Melody range and winner of many awards the Melody H34 Signature offers fantastic sound quality at a price that seems unbelievable. With a full size chassis in piano black finish and retro styling it is a statement product in quality and style. The 25mm thick front panel contains three large solid aluminum knobs which control power on/off, volume and four RCA inputs. The volume knob controls a stepped resistor array with 24 positions. This ensures precise channel matching and maximum sound fidelity. The power tubes are four EL34 which deliver 40 watts of effortless power. This allows it to drive a wide range of loudspeakers with ease. The input and driver tubes are 6SN7/6SL7 and the amplifier has full tube rectification provided by the 5AR4 tubes. All the internal wiring is done by hand point to point with no circuit boards at all. This is the traditional way to build a long lasting amplifier with maximum sound qualities. It permits easy servicing and parts replacement or upgrading which modern solid state circuits with surface mount devices to not allow. At the rear are three oversized and shielded transformers with a power transformer in the centre and an output transformer either side for the left and right channels. Melody’s know how has delivered an amplifier that is powerful, delicate and with a depth of tone that makes it very beguiling. This amplifier can be muscular at one minute yet delicate the next, extracting minute details from the music. The sound stage is wide and deep and the bass is extremely realistic. The bass however is not dry or truncated, like many transistor amplifiers. It delivers information in the bass registers with plenty of feeling. The H34 Signature is an amplifier that music lovers will enjoy, not only for its sound but for the unbeatable value it offers. Power Output: 2 x 45W Tubes: EL34 x 4, 6SN7 x 2, 6SL7 x 2, 5AR4 x 2 Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz Input Impedance: 250 kOhms Output Impedance: 4 Ohms, 8 Ohms Input Sensitivity: 480mV Signal to noise: 90dB Harmonic Distortion: 1% Dimensions: 430 W x 215 H x 410 D mm Weight: 24 kg
  6. Item: Rotel RA-1062 Integrated Amp Location: Alexandria, NSW Price: $170 - SOLD Item Condition: Excellent operating and cosmetic condition Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Great little Rotel amp, built in phono stage, has had my Rogers sounding great these last few years. Comes with remote. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  7. Item: Luxman L-509U Amplifier Location: 3183 Price: $6000 Item Condition: as new Reason for selling: need money Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Luxman L-509U Amplifier A one-body separate theory that aims at the sound quality of a separate amplifier while using an Integrated Amplifier. The highest-class model of LUXMAN Integrated Amplifier. I am one only owner. Bought new for approximately for $8000 in February 2012 The apm has never been repaired, works very well. No issues, can give a week warranty. The unit has never been loud more then 9am because I live in a flat and I like my neighbors. Continuous effective output: 120W + 120W -8ohm 240W + 240W 4 ohm reproduction frequency: PHONO: 20Hz ~ 20,000Hz 0.5dB) LINE: 20Hz ~ 100kHz (+ 0, -3.0dB) SN ratio: PHONO (MM): 91dB or more PHONO (MC): 75dB or more LINE: 107dB or more Dimension: W 467 x H 179 x D 435 mm Weight: 28 kg Preferably Pickup Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  8. Almost 3 years ago now I wrote my first 'real' review for SNA. https://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/classe-sigma-2200i-integrated-amplifier And I liked the amp that Marc sent me to review. I liked it a lot. So much in fact that when the opportunity came up to buy one for a 'measly' $3500, I took it. That ebay transaction fell through and my money was refunded, which disappointed me no end , so I was forced to soldier on. With the news that Classe was closing down I was hit hard, no more Classe meant that when I was ready for it there might not be a Sigma 2200i ready for me. Then came the news that Classe was being bought, followed by the news that the Sigma range was probably not going to be continued, which made me happy initially but then just as sad. It looked like there would be no Sigma 2200i for me. So I was pretty damn happy when one popped up on SNA for the same price I was willing to pay via ebay. After all, this is the integrated amp that sits at number one on my list of favourite all time amplifiers. So, to celebrate my acquiring of what is highly likely to be my end game integrated amp * I've decided to release the scores I awarded it in my initial review. I didn't put them in to the initial write up as that sort of thing is just not done in official reviews. But, just because the scores I give to each and every amp I review may never see the light of day in any official capacity doesn't mean I don't evaluate and award them in the first place. They just stay on my sheet of notes. However now that I'm an owner it's less official and more personal, so those numbers are about to be set free. I'm going to see if I can copy the original review and then add in the numbers in the next post. Hope this works. * Yeah I know, I didn't think it would ever happen either.
  9. Item: Luxman L-607u Location: Coffs Harbour Price: $3000 firm Item Condition: like new Reason for selling: need money for other funds Payment Method: Bank deposit, Paypal 3% Extra Info: I bought it few months ago from a SNA member. It's condition still like when I got it. Original link: Review: http://www.stereomojo.com/Luxman L507u review/LuxmanL507uAmpReview.htm Photos: I still use pre owner images. Any questions please ask. Thanks!
  10. Item: One ATC SIA2-150 Integrated Amp. Location: Sunny Nanango, Qld, 4615 Price: $2250 (plus postage) Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: Too many amps and not enough shelving to hold them. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Come with manual, remote and original box. Review info here: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/286390-atc-sia2-150-mark-2-integrated-amp-review/ And more info here: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/263126-terry-o-and-cafads-integrated-amp-challenge/page/5/ About a third of the way down the page, just scroll down until you find it's picture. An excellent amp that seems to like being asked to drive speakers that aren't so amp friendly. 150 serious watts. Pictures:
  11. Item: Sansui AU-α607MR Integrated Amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: 1250 Item Condition: very good. BIAS was recently checked and adjusted. All Power supply cups was checked; all meets requirements. Reason for selling: Payment Method: Pickup, COD Extra Info: 907MRX was the only amp awarded in Japan in 1995. 607DR is similar to 907DR. The sound is the same but bit less power. Copper screws say a lot about the amp quality. It is built as a tank. Sansui AU-α607MR was sold in Japan only. It is need 100V power supply. Comes with a high quality isolated 500W small size step down transformer. Specifications Power output: 90 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo) Frequency response: 0Hz to 300kHz Total harmonic distortion: 0.003% Damping factor: 150 Input sensitivity: 0.3mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line) Signal to noise ratio: 70dB (MC), 88dB (MM), 110dB (line) Output: 150mV (line) Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω Dimensions: 430 x 162 x 452mm Weight: 18kg Year: 1996 Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  12. Item: Sansui AU 3900 integrated amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: 240 Item Condition: good Reason for selling: too many Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Sansui AU 3900 integrated amplifier in good working order. See spec attached. Recently the amp was refurbished Two days unsuccessful warranty Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  13. Item: Sonneteer Orton Integrated Amp (model 3.5) Location: Sunny Nanango, Qld, 4615 Price: $1800 (plus postage) Item Condition: Excellent. Reason for selling: Need to make some space on the storage rack. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Comes with original remote, manual and box. I imported this amp from England about 18 months ago. The box is a little ragged but it should do the job. If it looks like it won't then I can always double box. My review of the Orton is in the third post down in the link below, where I compare it to the Lavardin IS. https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/83357-integrated-amps-an-addicts-guide-part-the-third/page/22/ Official web site here: https://www.sonneteer.com/product/sonneteer-orton/?v=6cc98ba2045f An excellent amp with speakers that are easy to drive. Keep the efficiency above 87db and the impedance above 6 Ohms and it will knock your socks off. I don't really want to sell this amp so if it doesn't sell then I'm fine with that, but if it does... well, I guess I'll manage to deal with that if it happens too. Photos:
  14. Item: Denon PMA-1500RII Location: Coffs Harbour NSW Price: $600 plus postage Item Condition: Good condition 7/10 Reason for selling: too many amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (buyer pay fee), Bank deposit. Extra Info: Power output: 70 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo) Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz Total harmonic distortion: 0.01% Input sensitivity: 0.2mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line) Signal to noise ratio: 76dB (MC), 91dB (MM), 110dB (line) Output: 150mV (line) Dimensions: 434 x 134 x 407mm Weight: 14.6kg Photos:
  15. Item: TACT S2150 True Digital Amp Location: Sunny Nanango 4615 Price: $900 (plus postage) 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.
  16. Item: Sansui 607MR Integrated Amp. Location: Sunny Nanango, Qld, 4615. Price: $1000 (plus postage) Item Condition: Fully functional but several superficial scratches to the face plate (and top plate). So not as pretty as she could be. See pics for details. Reason for selling: So very many amps, I just can't keep them all. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Mention of it can be found here: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/127101-sansui-alpha-series-amplifier-reviews/ But you will have to head towards the end to find mention of this amp in particular. More info here: https://audio-heritage.jp/SANSUI/amp/au-alpha607mr.html Comes as is with no manual, no remote (Sansuis from this era don't have remotes) and is a 100V model so a step down transformer will be needed. I suggest looking here: https://www.wallcann.com.au/500w-voltage-converter/ Photos:
  17. With a little luck the ATC SIA2-150 review will be completed this weekend. It has been on hold for several weeks now as things popped up that robbed me of time or energy but it seems at least half of this weekend will be free so I'm going to step on the gas and see if I can get this one finished and written up. I know there's at least one SNA'er waiting on it. It isn't a large amp, reasonably weighty though at 20kgs, but it can pump some serious power. As demonstrated at Terry's place it was one of the few amps that we tried on those VA Concert Grand speakers of his that took control and made the speakers perform. This places it in the same category as the Sansui 907 NRA, 907 Limited, ME-240, and Zeus Integrated. And that is some pretty decent company to be in. The ATC suffers a little in my home system in that it doesn't impress as much as it did at Terry's place. I think this is one of those amps that reacts well to being asked to work harder so it will step up on lower impedance speakers. Since my Lenehans are fairly benign in impedance I believe the ATC is coasting a little. Still a very good amp but not quite as "Wow inducing" as it was on those VAs of Terry's. Details to follow once my washing machine has finished it's job and quietened down a bit. There is more info on the ATC SIA2-150 on page 5 of the thread Terry and I started, link below. Some rather nice pics too. https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/263126-terry-o-and-cafads-integrated-amp-challenge/page/5/
  18. Item: PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Integrated Tube Amplifier - ExDemo Location: Douglas HiFi - Perth Price: $3680 Item Condition: Ex-Demo (around 50-100 hours of use) - Excellent Condition with all Original Packaging and FULL WARRANTY Reason for selling: Recently Discontinued Model Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard Extra Info: BE QUICK - ONE ONLY AVAILABLE Here's a chance to grab a sale price on our ex-showroom model of the PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium integrated Amp. PrimaLuna have made quite a name for themselves by making modern tube amplifiers that have the magical warmth and depth of tubes with modern world technologies applied to make them relatively fuss free without impacting sound. The PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Integrated is a beautiful looking and sounding amp... and we really enjoy the lovely, detailed full and open sound that this amp brings to nearly any speaker we have run off it in-store. This Amp has a fantastic amount of drive and saturation to the sound that helps bring a fantastic, real in-your-room sound that normally is only hinted at until hitting some pretty expensive equipment. Featuring (5x) RCA stereo inputs, a Sub RCA output (and also with a Home Theatre Bypass mode) the PrimaLuna Premium Integrated is made easy to integrate into a two channel or Surround system. The PrimaLuna range is all expertly designed and manufactured to a level that seems impossible for their price.... more importantly the sound has the sublime sound of tubes coupled to a neutral, airy top end without the roll off of many others. Don't buy good. Buy perfect. Iconic. State of the art. Something that will still be relevant ten years from now and that is built to last a lifetime. So how do you know if it's simply good or world-class? a Stereophile Class A rating. Class A is defined as "Best attainable sound for a component of it's kind, almost without practical considerations" with practical considerations meaning at any price. The Absolute Sound's Dick Olsher is possibly the most experienced and technically adept writer on staff when it comes to tube amplification. He declared "It is my current benchmark in integrated tube amplifiers." resulting in a 2014 Editor's Choice Award. Pictures: (Pictures are of actual item)
  19. I thought I might do a write up on the Myryad Z series since I liked the Z142 amp so much I went and bought the Z114 cd player. It has been burning in since friday afternoon and I have just had a preliminary listening session. My conslusion is a bit out there so I'll take it slow and work up to it. Anyone who has been keeping track of my "addicts guide" thread knows that the Z142 amp and I are friends for life. It is an amp that has surpassed all integrateds I have heard before, some others have come close but none are quite as much fun to listen to as the Myryad and it does this with only 40 odd watts, 2 transistors per channel and 10,000uf of capacitance per channel. Only the Denon AE1510 had less capacitance and it ran a proprietry "high current circuitry" design that gave it very high levels of punch and bass. When you look under the case the quality is there to see, toshiba transistors, all rubicon capacitors (except for the 2 big ones, which are Nichicon) and no op amps in sight (ok, one, but it operates the servo that controls the remote volume control so it is out of the music loop). And yes, as claimed by Myryad there are seven separate voltage regulators, two each in the power amp circuitry sections, one each in the preamp sections and one on the power board (Myryad kindly label the different sections of the circuitboard, very handy for curious souls like me). The Myryads main claim to fame is its speed, it is so fluid in the mid range that the music just dances out of it in a flurry of sonic joy. It has nice bass that is fast, tight and deep and very well controlled and smooth highs that elate rather than grate on the the senses. In short, I love it! So, what about the cd player? Again it is very well built, rubicon capacitors throughout and seven voltage regulators, all well and good and similar to the amp. But!!! Audio companies like Myryad develope these components with the intent of them operating together, yes? So if there is any one cd player that the Z142 should sound absolutely awesome with it should be the Z114, or at least that is what I thought. As it turns out they sound pretty average when used together. That fluidity and speed are not utilized at all, the bass deepens and fills out but at the loss of the speed and control the amp displays with my test cd player. And the sound gains that "upsampled to the nth degree" aspect, it softens to the point where it can't annoy but can't truly elate either. Together the Z's sound alright, not terrible or anything, but they sound so full and bass heavy and completely unlike the sound I get from my consonance cd120 feeding the Z142. I think this is the sound that Myryad is aiming for, very inoffensive but very processed, smooth and bass heavy and, in my opinion, dull! Together they have no life, they sound like an old married couple who are going through the motions but are just tired of being together. I will try the Z114 player with a few different amps and see if I can get more of a feel for what will work better with it later. Right now I want to put forward an opinion on the Z142 amp. How (or why) does a company make an amp that is this good, has this much potential, and then partner it with a player that drags it down rather than makes the most of its abilities? Is the amp a mistake? It can't have been designed this well by accident, can it? It is my opinion, and this is somewhat ironic since I bought both brands from the same place, that the Myryad separates should be partnered with dryer sounding equipment. Gear with less bass and more air and snap. I think a rotel cd player would work rather well with the Z142 amp, and the Z114 player would work better with a RA1520 amp. I certainly would not use both Myryads together, unless I had very fast, punchy bookshelf speakers that needed a little extra bass. I'll continue this thread once I've tried the Z114 with a few other amps. Cheers!
  20. Item: Naim Uniti 2 Location: HiFi Collector, Adelaide (Bridgewater 5155 SA) Price: $2500 Item Condition: Used, excellent condition Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, credit card Shipping: Ships with TNT Australia wide Extra notes: Working perfectly. Includes remote, manual, original packaging, power cable, and Naim banana speaker plugs (requires soldering to use these - alternatively normal banana cables can be used) As well as being able to play UPnP streams at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution via a wired or wireless connection, NaimUniti 2 incorporates a CD player, a 70W per channel amplifier, six digital inputs, built in Spotify Connect, Bluetooth (aptX) connectivity, native support for TIDAL lossless music streaming service, a DAB+/DAB/FM and internet radio tuner as well as a USB interface that enables playback from an iPod or high-resolution digital audio from a USB memory stick. Just add speakers. https://hificollector.com.au/product/naim-uniti-2-used/ Photos:
  21. Item: Cambridge Audio CXA60 Integrated Amp Location: Douglas HiFi - Perth Price: $990 - Stereonet Special - Limited Stocks Item Condition: Sealed - Brand New Reason for selling: Cos we're nice guys Payment Method: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS, Direct Deposit Extra Info: Cambridge Audio CXA60 Award Winning Integrated HiFi Amplifier Cambridge has made a name for itself over the years for making affordable, high quality, award winning HiFi audio products. The CX-A series show a great understanding of what people are looking to connect in this modern world. Sporting (5x) Analogue inputs as well as (3x) Digital inputs gives this HiFi amplifier connectivity options to share across analogue and digital sources. The Wolfson HiRes DAC fitted internally is based on the Award Winning DAC Magic+ stand alone unit and offers a performance that is an improvement beyond many built in efforts at the budget to mid priced end of components. Let the experience and knowledge of the Cambridge Audio design team bring your HiFi into the modern world with an award winning performance. The CXA60 must be heard to be believed. Technical Details Power output: (2x) 60W RMS into 8 Ohms, 90W RMS into 4 Ohms DAC: Wolfson WM8740 Frequency Response: <5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB Analogue audio inputs (4x) RCA, (1x) 3.5mm MP3 input (front panel) Digital audio inputs: (1x) S/PDIF coaxial, (2x) TOSLINK optical, OPTIONAL Bluetooth via BT100 (not supplied) Outputs: Speakers A and/or B, 3.5mm Headphone Output, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output Pictures: https://www.douglashifi.com.au/products/cambridge-audio-cxa-60
  22. Item: Refurbished Sansui AU 3900 integrated amplifier Location: 3183 Price: 240 Ono Item Condition: good Reason for selling:too many amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Sansui AU 3900 integrated amplifier in good working order It was recently refurbished. All and solder joints were checked. See the spec attached. Pictures:
  23. I wasn't too sure I'd ever get around to doing this, putting up a few pics of my current listening room slash ex-home theatre, but now that I have some time on my hands I took a few pics that appear to be less blurry than usual so I figure I might as well put them up on show. It is not so much pictures of a system, more pictures of all sorts of gear in the same room that I watch TV and listen to music in. This is the inside of my cold room of audio, as seen from my listening position. The Halcro takes pride of place but it isn't in use ATM. The Exposure 2010S is sitting on top of a Krell KAV300i, next to those are a Burson PRE-160, a Consonance cd120 on top of it and a NuForce DDA-100 on top of it. Next to those sits my cd filing system (otherwise known as the floor), where I keep my favourites for handy access. The Osborn Eclipses with little JMax bookshelfs on top (I use the JMaxs to run in my integrated amps on), one LG 56 inch DLP rear projection TV (yes these things do still exist) minus my listening doona and a few Halcro components underneath (an EC800 disc player and a Halcro SSP100 for those who may wish to know) and consonance power boards. Behind the DM38 there sits my blue ray player, 2 integrated amps (it was a spare shelf and they had to go somewhere) and my 3 channel power amp for the centre and rears. The accoustic foam is stuck to the wall with magnetic strips so it is all adjustable and there are a few old posters on display. One of the reasons I've taken a long while to do this is that the HT room is where I keep my inner 17 year old, I found all my old posters a few years ago and decided to use them instead of chucking them out. You can also see the cold room fans, they probably do still work but it has been so long since they have been used I think even the on/off switch would need to be oiled prior to use. My interconnect storage zone. And moving further back The Stig and two healthy young lasses watch over my spare speaker wire and digital interconnect storage zone while Bridgette keeps an eye on the power and video cable hanging area. Also my off duty listening doona. This one did not turn out too well. My spare gear piles. From top to bottom on the left, bag of cables, wrapped up NAD 3120, Exposure 1010, Myryad MXI 2080, Dussun V6i and two little Perreaux SM60 monoblocks. On the right we have the Sonneteer Campion, burson PI-160 and a Halcro DM8. You can just make out a few items on the 'spare' shelves to the right as well. And to the left of the listening position Jessica takes care of all of my power requirements and air conditioning needs. And there is the listening position and surrounds. It is a bit strange to see the chair empty, it usually contains myself or one of two cats (who rather generously sacrifice a great deal of their free time to keep the place rodent and lizard free). You can see the insides of the shed through the door there. And that is the room that the members of my family refer to as "The Den". The coldroom construction has a few things going for it, one it is cool in summer and warm in winter but it reacts quickly to any changes from within (being an insulator room it contains heat rather well, hence the absolute NEED for air con). It does cut out alot of noise from outside but nowhere near as much as most people seem to think, it does sit at an ambient sound level below the reading on my cheapo SPL meter though, provided the air con is off. Also, since all of my gear is surrounded by a double layered faraday cage I just don't seem to get any background noise of note, mind you, I almost always hear a pop through the amp when turning the flouro light on and off. If anyone else out there is considering converting a cold room into a HT room I can recommend it, it works really well. Cheers!!
  24. I thought the Technical Brain TB-Zero/int deserved its own review thread. I’ll put a copy into my “Addicts Guide” thread just for the sake of completeness but the TB has a big enough rep that it deserves a little space to itself. The asking price alone demands it, $26K US is pretty decent ask for a piece of audio gear, so it had better be special, and it is. I’m not sure if there is a fixed RRP for Oz, if you wish to find out Technical Brain are distributed in Oz by Zensati Australia, I’m sure they could supply a price if asked. http://www.zensatiaustralia.com/ First up I was a little apprehensive when I bought the TB Z from Rob, I knew it was a good piece of gear of course but the price and the fact that listening to it gave me a similar feel to when I was trying to work out how to get the best out of the Halcro DM-38 made me wonder if I was doing something that would turn out to be a difficult piece of kit to nut out. As it turns out it was a little difficult but nowhere near as complicated as the Halcro turned out to be. Difficult is not necessarily a bad thing of course, you can learn a lot from a component that sounds a little different to everything else or behaves differently. They make you think and can send you in a different direction to the one you thought you were moving in. I suppose the old saying “necessity is the mother of invention” applies here, if you have something that you know can be special and it isn’t living up to your expectations then there will be a reason why, all you have to do is find it. So far in my TBZ journey I have found that the resolution and detail retrieval of the TBZ seems to have found the capabilities of my usual source and cables wanting. I initially tried the TBZ out with my YBA cd spinner and Aurealis RC1 interconnects with Redgum Audio Pipeline speaker cables feeding into my Lenehan S2R stand mounts. I then moved to Aurealis Dragon interconnects and found a nice improvement. A change from my YBA to a Densen B420 cd player was initially confusing, the Densen was not a good match with the TBZ. (Densen has more a tubey sound while the TBZ is unashamedly solid state, they did not mix well) The second biggest change so far was when I brought in my Sansui cd917XR cd player, that was a much better match. The biggest change was moving from single ended cables to balanced. Yes, I know, many people claim balanced are infinitely superior to RCA but until last week I was among the group who could not find any differences between the two with any gear I tried them both on. I realize they are good for noise rejection but I was of the opinion that my lounge room was not that electrically noisy that they were required just for that reason. I am forced to assume then that balanced cables only make a significant difference when a certain level has been reached, or when a design requires something of the signal input that only balanced can provide. This would be when a true balanced design meets a true balanced design. (again an assumption, but I think it's a pretty safe one) The TBZ only sports balanced inputs (which really should have been a serious hint) but us audio hobbyists can be pretty thick at times so it took me a while to remember that I was working with a component that was way above the level of the gear that I play with most of the time. Anyway, the outcome of that part of the story is the TBZ will wow with true balanced designs but perform only as well as many other amps if you use an RCA/balanced adaptor and sub in an unbalanced source. The Sansui 917 and the TBZ is an excellent match, I was truly taken aback with the level of detail retrieval on display and just as taken aback with the way it was portrayed. (the fact that the cd player is 25 years old and is not any of the usually claimed "audiophile approved DAC designs" is also worthy of note I would think) The top end is so extended you can really hear all those little metallic sounds, things like strings, triangles and even brass ringing out. These sounds that are usually not present, probably because they usually sound hard and bright, but on the TBZ they can be heard easily in all their metallic character without coming across as hard or bright. Or, explained another way, they are still just as hard and bright as they should be but they are somehow just not fatiguing to listen to. Some components have a current connection that can be used instead of the usual voltage connections (Audio GD, Krell, Halcro, etc). I have tried both the Audio GD and the Halcro gear using these current inputs and found that I preferred them to the voltage alternative every time. The difference on the TBZ between true balanced and normal RCA is a bit like that voltage to current difference I heard on the Halcro gear only about 5 times as pronounced. Going back is not an option. (well, OK, maybe for TV, but only until I could get a balanced DAC) So now that I’ve got the front end sorted what about the back? Were the Redgum speaker cables up to the task? I tried out my RG213U cables and found a drop in details but an increase in vocal sweetness, the vocal improvement was nice but once the level of detail has been experienced its loss cannot be suffered so the RG213U was not an option. Next up was a pair of Aurealis UP420s, I’m not quite sure if I prefer these to the Redgums, they do drop the detail level just a touch* (I think, not completely certain on that yet) but they seem to give a lower background noise floor. This works really well with slower paced music but doesn’t work quite as well with fast paced rock and metal. My apologies to those who thought they were going to get a full review right from the word go but this is as far as I've gotten. I plan to get further this weekend and I was going to wait until I was done before posting but I had to do something while my washing machine was running this morning so I thought I'd write up my path so far. Next steps will be to investigate different speaker cables (emails have been sent) and different speakers. I did try the TBZ over at Gremrocks place a while back and I found I really liked it on the ML3s but not so much on the ML2 Ltds. Different source, cables and room of course but that's life. The ML3s are now sold so the only options I have available to me are the ML2 Ltds and the KEF LS-50s. I do like the little KEFs but I think this time they are way out of their league so I'll give the ML2s a run and see what I can hear. *Most people would probably say that the Aurealis cables were a definite step up as they cut down on the brightness and the hardness of the sound. I am not most people and the TBZ is not most amplifiers, I think it may have enough of a hold on the frequencies in the top end that we can afford to let that “nasty” sound through without it getting nasty enough to annoy. So this isn’t your typical audio situation. Notice how the TBZ looks smaller than in many of its brochure pics? I always thought it would be bigger in person. One close up. I'm listening to some Aerosmith to warm things up this morning. cd case included for scale. See, not a particularly big amp. Now, if you'll excuse me, I believe I hear a beeping sound coming from the laundry.
  25. Item: Trade-In Arcam FMJ-A38 Integrated Amplifier Silver Location: Tivoli Hi-Fi 155 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123 Price: $1299 Special SNA Forum Discount $1100 Including shipping anywhere in Australia Item Condition: Trade-In stock in Good Condition. Comes with Remote Control. No original packaging. Can be safely Shipped anywhere in Australia Payment Method: Direct Deposit, Paypal, Cash - Pickup in store, Credit Card including AMEX with no fees or penalties. Extra Info: Fully inspected and tested prior to sale. 105 wpc continuous! Good condition line level integrated amplifier, optional phono module NOT installed. Lots of inputs and outputs! With over 30 years of audiophile engineering experience, Arcam is one of the UK’s most respected audio companies. The A38 design team was given a simple goal; to develop the best performing stereo amplifier Arcam had ever produced. Although a huge task, the team dug deep into the basic structure of amplifier design and the result was a remarkable improvement in fidelity. An in-house research project yielded a wealth of information concerning the influences of thermal conditions on power amplifier performance. As a result the A38 features a number of new technologies which practically eliminate thermal modulation of audio signals and ensure truly dynamic and enthralling reproduction. New Sanken output devices and dramatically improved thermal coupling provide an extremely stable device temperature resulting in much improved linearity. The massive torroid based power supply delivers effortless power with a new low noise topology improving transient response. A new pre-amplifier design, featuring hermetically sealed “reed” relays from Arcam’s range topping C31 pre-amplifier; deliver a wonderfully transparent signal to each power amplifier. Reed relays offer extremely low contact resistance and virtually infinite life span. All Trade in items come with a 3 month warranty For prompt after hours response contact Tivoli Hi-Fi Staff member @jimsan Pictures:
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