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  1. Item: iFi Audio iGalvanic3.0 USB Signal Re-generator Location: New Zealand, Central Otago Price: $550 Item Condition: Almost New, opened box Reason for selling: Dont need it Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased new for $800, but decided I don't need it in my new setup. Including a free Ifi Mercury USB cable 0.5m a gift, (worth $200) also as new and in box. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  2. Item: Hi-Fi Isolation Platform Location:Banksia Grove : Perth WA Price: $250 Item Condition:New Reason for selling:Funding Upgrades Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only, Bank Transfer Extra Info: 455mm x 380mm x 45mm. 45mm thick, which offers proper isolation. Sits on 4 cone feet with cups. A beautiful piece of furniture in it's own right. Great for use under a Turntable or any other piece of hi-fi gear that will benefit from vibration isolation. Or with two can be used under a pair of Speakers. Pick up or I'm happy to deliver in the Perth metro area. 4 available. 1 for $250, or 2 for 480. Thanks for looking and have a great day. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  3. Item: Solid Blackbutt Isolation Platform Location: Banksia Grove, Perth, WA Price: $300. firm. Item Condition: New. Reason for selling: Cash for Upgrades. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: 455mm x 380mm x 45mm Solid Blackbutt 45mm thick, which offers proper isolation. Sits on 4 cone feet with cups. A beautiful piece of furniture in it's own right. Great for use under a Turntable or any other piece of hi-fi gear that will benefit from vibration isolation. Or with two can be used under a pair of Speakers. Pick up or I will deliver in the Perth metro area. 2 available. Thanks for looking and have a great day. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Item: Isolation Platform. Location: Banksia Grove, Perth, WA. Price: $300(firm, or $550 for both.) Item Condition: Brand New. Reason for selling: Raising Cash for Upgrades, as always. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Available from this Saturday(12th) for pick up or drop off 455mm x 380mm x 45mm. Stunning Solid Maple. Has 4 Cone feet with cups to sit in. A beautiful piece of furniture in it's own right. Great for use under a Turntable or any other piece of hi-fi gear needing isolation, or with 2 could be used under a pair of speakers. Pick up only at this stage, due to weight and lack of packing materials. Happy to deliver locally. Thanks for looking and have a great day. I have 2 of these for sale. PS. The Platform in the 2nd picture looks a bit orange, it isn't, its just the flash making it look that way. Both are a really nice light maple. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  5. Item: Solid Isolation Platform. Location: Banksia Grove, Perth, WA. Price: 300 ovno. Item Condition:New Reason for selling:Cash for Upgrades Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: 455mm x 380mm x 45mm. A beautiful piece of furniture. Great for use under a Turntable or any other piece of hi-fi gear Pick up only at this stage. Thanks for looking and have a great day. I have 2 of these for sale. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. Longish post, however I want to write about a few simple tricks that many hi-fi heads will already be well familiar with, but took me years to learn about, or learn the value of, which profoundly improved the way my music sounded through a system I thought was incapable of that level of performance. And I did it for next to nothing. I recall after buying my first set of real speakers, walking back into the hi-fi shop and asking if it was possible to get another set of fronts to run together with the ones I’d just bought. This because I just wasn’t hearing what I wanted to hear from my new purchase. “Why would you want to do that?” the store owner asked me. “Yours are fine.” I thought she was saying that just to justify the fact that she’d let me buy an inferior pair of speakers (which my Cerwin Vega VE-15s sort of are, but in some ways they aren’t at all). Instead of a new pair of speakers though, she led me to purchasing a QUAD 99 power amp that I could run from the pre outs of my Yamaha AVR. Which did go some way to sweetening the sound I was hearing from those Cerwin Vegas. Though after a few years of use, and the entry of a nice turntable into my life, I started to think that I really should just leave those massive VEs as home theatre speakers, where they perform incredibly well, and set up a second system to do hi-fi duties. It was in this mood that I met Allan MacDonald, of Vinylhead Records in Coffs Harbour. My initial question to him was around possible speaker recommendations. “What are you running now?" he asks - and I tell him. “Oh, right. Well, they are a very efficient pair of speakers, those Cerwin Vegas,” he tells me. “They should be sounding ok. How have you got them set up? Are they on spikes?” “No.” “What sort of floors are they on?” “Wood.” You really need to have them on spikes or some kind of rubber pads to isolate them properly from the floor, he tells me. “You don’t have to spend a lot,” he says, and points to a pair of speakers nearby that are sitting on rubber pads he’d picked up at a hardware store. So, first chance I get, I go to Bunnings and find these inch and a half square rubber anti-vibration pads. After a bit of internet research, I also decide to put down some stone tiles, which went under the pads/speakers. The change in sound was immediate and satisfying. There was greater detail and air, and a general increase in focus and that undefinable element i'll call juice. It didn’t end there though. While it sounded great with jazz, after playing one of my CDs of more modern music with more consistent bass frequencies, I noticed that the bass was sounding really boomy. The Cerwin’s have always been established in the bass department, but never so much that I felt annoyed. Now, there seemed to be the overwhelming, droning bass response. With them already well away from the wall, I thought it was the tiles at fault, or maybe the fact that the speakers were off the ground now. I emailed Allan, with a couple of pictures of my room. “You speakers are fine,” he says. “But I notice that you have your components sitting on wooden shelves in your entertainment unit. You should try isolating the components as well, as this will help with tighter bass.” So back to Bunnings I went. And once again, once installed, the improvement was little short of amazing. The boomyness was gone. They gave my bass a new control, sharpness and punch, and the new clarity in the bottom end seemed to open up the mid-range to a new level of detail. The isolation also gave my CD player a heightened expansion and finesse I wasn’t expecting, and though I really should be using a platform for my turntable, jamming some larger rubber squares under its feet also made a noticeable and enjoyable difference to its sound, just in composure and presentation, and warmth. In short, I learnt the value of a hi-fi rack without actually using one. I emailed Allan to thank him for his advice, and let him know of the results. “I am right into isolation,” he replied. “Most audio shops don't sell or mention it, or don't know?” His comment got me thinking. Maybe the hi-fi shop owner was legitimately confused at my desire to find new speakers. Maybe she wasn’t avoiding the fact that they were not that good. Maybe that was because she had tested them and thought that they were. And now that I’ve got all of the components in my system isolated, including the speakers, the difference in music presentation is night and day. They are lovely, particularly with jazz. So why had nobody suggested I do this before? When I started complaining about my speakers initially, why was isolation not mentioned? Ok, so the store owner used it as an opportunity to sell me a new piece of equipment, in the power amp, and maybe that is the reason. I might have been satisfied with my AVR’s sound had I just isolated everything in the first place and went from there. And though I’m happy I have that power amp, I think I’d have been happier setting things right up in the first place.
  7. Item: IsoAcoustics Gaia III Speaker Isolation (2 Boxes - 8 units) Location: Templestowe Lower VIC (Local Pickup) Price: $380 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Fantastic value for money product that was used in upstairs music room to limit bass vibration in room. Resulted in tighter bass, reduced noise floor and improvements to soundstage width and depth. Purchased in April 2017 and comes with full packaging. Pictures:
  8. A recent thread on speaker spikes/isolation, and specifically a post by @svenr got me looking again at Sorbothane for speaker isolation Last time I looked into it I was a bit daunted by the maths, and the fact that if you get it wrong, you can actually make things worse by introducing a resonant frequency. At the time I sent a few emails to distributors seeking advice and didn't get far. Today I had another look at the Sorbothane Engineering Guide... http://www.sorbothane.com/Data/Sites/31/pdfs/product-guides/Sorbothane-EDG.pdf ...and I'm still daunted by the maths - their worked example for Vibration Analysis isn't quite "dummy proof" enough for this dummy.... I then downloaded the Sorbothane Design Guide Application and have been mucking with that this evening. http://www.sorbothane.com/engineering-design-guide.aspx I've also been looking at the catalog from one of the Australian distributors of Suredamp Sorbothane products. http://www.mackayrubber.com.au/pdf/flex_I_pages/Suredamp.pdf The disc pads on page 10 is what I'd plan to use - particularly as the Sorbothane Design app caters for this shape - the popular "hemi-sphere" shape is not catered for in the Sorbothane app. Unfortunately the catalog doesn't include the durometer of the discs - I think this is where I got stuck last time...but with the Sorbothane Design app I'm better informed on what's going on. For my specific case I'm trying to isolate my mid bass speakers from my floor. My PSE horns sit on top of the mid bass speakers, slightly increasing the total mass load. Isolating the PSE's from the mid bass speakers is a separate calculation for a later time. This is a paper based exercise currently, so I haven't weighed anything recently, but I think each mid bass speaker is about 55kg and I'll estimate the PSE at 5kg. Total weight on the floor 60kg, which for this exercise I'll assume is evenly distributed. I'll choose to use 4 discs under each speaker - so 15kg on each disc. From the catalog, based on mass loading the options are: thickness 6mm diam 35mm thickness 10mm diam 35mm thickness 16mm diam 50mm thickness 25mm diam 50mm At this point I'm thinking everything would be so much easier if the catalog included the durometer for each Mucking within the app and taking notice of "warnings", you can adjust Durometer, Assumed % deflection and the Excitation Freq. Playing with the excitation frequency can easily get negative numbers in % isolation - presumably a sign of issues/resonances. Too many variables to test every combination...still experimenting...but if I got a -ve % isolation, I increased the Excitation Freq till the isolation went +ve For 6mm/35mm - I could not avoid 1 or more "warnings" in the app - Shape Factor was always a warning For 10mm/35mm 30 and 40 durometer - too much deflection 50 durometer gave 20% deflection and only 7% isolation @ 35Hz and -ve isolation below that 70 durometer gave 8% deflection and only 12% isolation @ 42Hz and -ve below that I jumped to 25mm thick and 50mm diam 30 duro - too much deflection (30%) 50 duro gave 10% isolation @ 21Hz and -ve below that 60 duro gave 12% isolation @ 25Hz and -ve below that Let's assume we want positive and reasonable isolation (say >50%) above 20Hz. Let's try 2 stacked discs of the same dimensions and duro 50mm thick and 50mm diam 30 duro too much deflection, same for 40 duro 50 duro gave 69% isolation @ 20Hz, 41% @ 15Hz, 16% @ 13 Hz, then goes -ve 60 duro gave 58% isolation @ 20Hz, 14% @15Hz then goes -ve So 2 stacked 50 duro discs (total 50mm tall) looks a reasonable compromise - prob a bit wobbly, but my mid bass speakers are only 600mm tall with a wide base and the PSE on top is pretty stable. Just need to source the discs in 50 durometer - back to talking to distributors again. Using the Sorbothane app was definitely worthwhile, as it was easy to muck with the parameters to see where % isolation went negative indicating the creation of a resonance. Clearly going on the weight guide only in the catalog won't provide the best outcome if targeting performance down to below 20Hz. The next step is to calculate discs for isolation between the mid bass speakers and the PSE - a different scenario as I probably still want positive isolation above 20Hz but with a low mass speaker... Cheers to @svenr for motivating me to look at this again. On a side topic, I also took note of svenr's comment on the mass of the speaker needing to be around 200 times the mass of the driver to avoid intermodulation distortion (box moving around based on Newton's 3rd law)... MMS of my mid bass driver = 165g Mass of the speaker = 55kg Ratio of speaker to driver masses = 333 cheers Mike
  9. Item: 2 Piece Acoustic Revive Isolation Board Location: Melbourne Price: SOLD Item Condition: It does has scratches but if you put audio gear or speaker, may/maybe visible depends on gear size. Reason for selling: No Longer Required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Pickup Only Extra Info: http://www.highfidelityreview.com/acoustic-revive-tb-38-rst-38-raf-4.html https://www.acoustic-revive.com/english/rst38/rst38_01.html Sample photo how it looks like on bottom of my gear Pictures:
  10. Item: Intona USB 2.0 High Speed Isolator - Industrial 2.5kV RMS version Location: Melbourne Price: AUD$320 with free shipping within Australia Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer using a USB audio source Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Full tech specs here: https://intona.eu/en/products https://static.intonatek.com/pub/USB_High_Speed_Isolator_EN.pdf Reviews here: https://www.audiostream.com/content/intona-technology-usb-20-high-speed-isolator http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/intona/1.html http://www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/intona_usb_isolator_e.html http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-a...ng/intona-high-speed-usb-isolator-review.html Pictures:
  11. Item: Uptone Audio ISO REGEN - USB conditioning and isolation Location: Melbourne Price: $360 with free postage around Australia Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Change of setup and no longer using the USB input of my DAC Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: - Please see this link for the retail price, shown in USD and excludes shipping to AUS: https://uptoneaudio.com/products/iso-regen - This includes a short generic USB cable (see photos). A power supply is not included. - Links with reviews and impressions and more info below: https://audiobacon.net/2017/07/11/uptone-audio-iso-regen-review/ https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/125917-uptone-iso-regen/ https://www.audiostream.com/content/iso-regen https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/31877-iso-regen-listening-impressions-kicked-off-with-some-measurements/?page=1 https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/31589-iso-regen-launch-thread-product-web-page-up-photos-etc/ https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/31877-iso-regen-listening-impressions-kicked-off-with-some-measurements/?page=26 Pictures:
  12. Item: Aurios Pro Max Isolation Cones Location: Perth Price: $ 960.00 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Getting out of Hifi Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Aurios Pro Max isolation cones with stainless steel inserts for speaker spikes to fit nicely. These units perform wonderfully under any component or speaker. The 8 pieces here were under my Quad 2905. These are very hard to find as I believe the company is no longer in business. I purchased these new at over double the asking price. I can post anywhere in Australia and prefer to sell the lot in the one hit. Postage will be at cost and will provide a receipt for proof. Local pickup is ok as well and preferred, but will post. Thanks for looking. Pictures:
  13. Item: Resilient Mount Clips for Furring Channel Location: Adl Price: $2.50 each, cheaper in bulk Item Condition: New Surplus Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Having a dig around in my garage i have found 200 of these Rondo STWC resilient mount clips for decoupling furring channel framing from a substrate. Pretty much noise control product 101. Looking for $2.50 a piece (rrp is 3 times that!) or $200 for 100 clips. Pictures:
  14. Item: Set of 4 Harmonix TU-666ZX BeauTone Isolation Footers Location: Adelaide Price: $Sold pending payment Item Condition: Excellent condition with some light scuffs on top Reason for selling: Need the funds so my system needs to go! Payment Method: Local pickup or direct deposit for interstate buyers Extra Info: These are amazing top-end isolation footers from Harmonix. The TU-666ZX BeauTone is the succession of Harmonix flagship feet Model TU-1000. The improvement is astonishing! After trying many isolation footers, these have had the most dramatic results for my amplifiers. These can be used under any component for sonic improvement.Comes with original instructions and paperwork. 100% authentic. Further information below: http://fatwyre.com/tu-666zx-tuning-feet-set-of-4/ Pictures:
  15. I bought an amp stand/vibration platform from Mike Lenehan a few weeks ago. It's simple thing in many ways, a plate of steel sandwiched between two MDF sheets and covered in a nice, grippy, finish that reminds me of the nitrile gloves I have to wear at work sometimes. It feels lightly rubberized. I had to put it on a sheet of separate MDF as my floor is a bit more prone to damage from steel springs than it would first appear. Mike recommended that I ensure that the lower sheet couldn't move around as that would negate much of the effect of the platform and result in me spending cash on something that doesn't work. So I bought a packet of Blu Tack and distributed it as evenly as I could on the underside of the bottom sheet. In between the Blu Tack and the floor I have placed two pieces of standard A4 typing paper, torn up into quarters. The paper will, hopefully, ensure that the Blu Tack doesn't peel off pieces of the sealant that the floor is sprayed with (I've already had this happen on the feet of several amps, the rubber of the feet sticks to the sealant and brings it off in big flakes, that's the reason for the first, larger MDF sheet to the left of the amp stand). I say hopefully because I have yet to lift the lower sheet and check, I'm saving that surprise for later. So, now that I've got a sheet of MDF sitting on rainbow Blu Tack (the only packet available was the multi-coloured kind, red and yellow and pink and green...., hence my creation of the term "Rainbow Suspension") I can use it to place my amp stand on. And I did. I also placed an amp on it. (for reasons that I hope are obvious) Placement of the springs is very important and just a little more difficult than I would like it to be. You have to adjust them (in, out, forward and back) until the amp+platform wobbles in just the right way and at the right frequency. I didn't realize it at the time but the first few times I got it wrong. However, even though I got it wrong (lets call it "not quite right" from now on shall we?), I could certainly hear an effect on the sound stage of the amp in use but it didn't quite gell with me, it felt uncertain. I tried moving the springs around (obviously not enough) but after two or three attempts I gave up and decided to get back to it later. I had other things to do and the amp stand wasn't going anywhere, there was plenty of time to play with it in due course. Last Monday I was at Mikes place again, picking up my amps that Andy had fixed for me, and he, naturally, asked me about the stand. I said it wasn't quite what I thought it would be. Mike looked thoughtful for a second and said "It sounds like you haven't got it set up right." Knowing how little effort I had put in I promptly agreed with him and then said that I would get it right eventually and that I just had to keep on trying. Later that day I was back home and moving amps from the car into the lounge. Since I have many amps and only so much floor space I had to do some rearranging and it occurred to me that maybe I could stick the YBA cd player on the amp stand while I re-positioned things. So I did. And then, because I can be pretty damn slow sometimes, I started to remember my initial conversation with Mike about the amp stand. He had said that these platforms work even better with sources. At the time I just nodded and moved the conversation along, I was buying an amp stand. I intended to place amps on it. Amps are my thing. I was not buying a stand for things that were not amps. But... what if I did use it for things that were not amps? It's a strange concept but I guess it could happen. You know, in an infinite universe there has to at least be the possibility of such a thing happening. Even if only hypothetically. Once the idea had fully formed I thought why not, and gave it a try. Not only did it work but it worked so well it took two days for me to get up the willpower to remove it again in order to continue with my Sansui/Luxman/Accuphase work. Once I'm done with that the YBA will be going back on that stand and I want it to stay there. It won't of course because if it does any more integrated amps I review will not be able to be compared directly to any of the previously reviewed amps but I will want it to, badly. What did it do? Well it opened up the sound stage, put more space around each instrument, tripled the apparent size of the room and magically transformed the concrete walls into sheets of black silk. So yeah, you might say I like it. You might even say I like it a lot. (if you were prone to understatement that is) I've yet to try it with the Burson Conductor or any other pre-amps or DACs but I can already see it as a permanent fixture in my lounge. It's staying.
  16. Item: Auralex MOPAD Studio Foam Monitor Isolation Pad 4 Pack (purchased in June 2013. Not used extensively). Location: Frankston South, Victoria (willing to post at buyers expense) Price: $15 plus postage Item Condition: Immaculate Reason for selling: No longer in use. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Original box not available. Pictures: As in the commercial images.
  17. Hi, I am planning the build of an HT room, w 3.4m x l 4.75m x h 2.5m. The front (viewing) wall is connected to the garage, the right wall is facing outside, the left wall is for the bigger part connected to the bathroom, has the door opening and is in a small part connected to a cupboard in the hallway, the back wall is connected to my kids bedroom. The walls are double brick with an air gap between them and will "absorb" -20dB on average. The roof is an exposed timber ceiling with a sheet metal roof and 100mm of insulation in between. I would like to soundproof/insulate the room for late night movie watching since this is the only time of day I have the time to do so, and after doing some research come up with a first plan. Wall coverage: 7mm of ply, 3mm of "acoustic" rubber, 10mm of plasterboard. Gluing studs to the brick wall with something like Green Glue, nailing the ply to these studs, staple the acoustic rubber to the play, screw the plasterboard into the studs. Back Wall coverage: The same as the above but with more space in between for some extra insulation bats for added soundproofing. Ceiling: Not sure. Could use the same system as the walls, but the question is how much sound would travel to other rooms via the ceiling? Floor: Thick carpet on concrete slab. Window: Heavy curtain Door: Solid door plus seals. Would a "second" door on top of that improve things more? With the "acoustic" rubber, I am very tempted to go with the timber floor underfloor type than with a pro version. The pro version is astonishing expensive, but a whole lot heavier as well. I prefer to glue the studs to the brick wall instead of using whisper clips, because it would make my life a whole lot easier. There is also a product on the market that is build up from 2 sheets of plasterboard with different thickness and decoupling layer of some kind which looks more like a foam/fury type than a rubber type of material. I plan to go for the heavier acoustic type of plasterboard instead of the regular one. How effective would something like this be, considering it would be air tight? Would this allow me to watch a movie at 65dB or more without waking the family. Love to hear your 2 cents or experience on this.
  18. Item: SOtM iSO CAT6 Audio LAN Signal Filter Isolator Cat 6 Location: Melbourne Price: $300 total with FREE POSTAGE Australia wide Item Condition: Excellent. Purchased new on 10th Sep 2016. Reason for selling: I used this between a very noisy router and my NAS, when my NAS was my USB audio source and this LAN isolator worked fantastically. I've since gotten a microRendu as my USB audio source, which has inbuilt LAN isolation at it's ethernet input, so this is no longer required, otherwise I would have double isolation which isn't required. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: - I have the purchase receipt - Includes a short SOtM Cat 6 ethernet cable Pictures:
  19. Hi all Does anyone know of any current production ultra low capacitance isolation transformers, like this: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/262611724584 Something with coupling capacitance < 0.005 pF like this Topaz. I've asked some of the major manufactures of iso transformers (even medical class) but while they have low leakage current, their coupling capacitance is 1000 pF or more. But maybe there's somebody out there making ultra low capacitance iso-trans that I haven't stumbled across on Google yet. Otherwise, if I purchased one from the US (one a bit cheaper than the above), does anyone know of a good electrician/technician in Melbourne could help me with fitting 1 x IEC connector and 1 x Aussie 3-pin plug socket, for local 240v to 240v operation. Cheers
  20. I needed to replace the cork on 2 of my trumpet mutes and was having trouble finding a source for the material. Eventually came across an ebay store "hytec_1" that has an excellent variety of rubber and cork materials. I was able to get an A4 size 3mm neoprene cork sheet that was ideal, for $14 delivered. They're a Melbourne-based business that supply rubber, cork, foam, felt, composite gasket materials, gasket paper, copper sheet, filter fabrics, etc. in a wide variety of shapes, sizes & thicknesses, so thought I should post a link here for anyone that is looking for these types of materials for speaker gaskets, speaker cabinet damping &/or sealing, isolation platforms, etc. I have no association with the company, was just happy to find them and was very pleased with the product, service and price. http://stores.ebay.com.au/hytec-1?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
  21. Hi, I would like any advice from experienced members concerning the installation of my system on Ikea Kallax shelves. http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80275849/ After much deliberation I've decided to place an Ikea Kallax shelf on top of the mantlepeice in my studio. (see photos) The fireplace is all in Marble, so very heavy and relatively good in terms of minimizing vibration from the floor. The mantlepiece itself was too narrow for my amp and TT, so the kallax shelf positioned on top increases the depth by 10 cm, and I can now place my system, albums in a relatively compact space. Question - I am wondering wether I should isolate the entire shelving system from the mantlepiece? ie. either via sorbothane feet or somekind of rubber matting akin to that found on turntable mats? I will also have to house my phono pre amp, dac and rega TTPSU on the shelf. I'm now living in France and there is a good online store Audiophonics that supplies spikes, feet and isolation equipment, if anyone is interested in having a look and letting me know if there is a good product to use: http://www.audiophonics.fr/en/spikes-feet-c-39.html#/ I will also have to attach the shelving system to the wall for security. Any advice is more than welcome. Good to be back on the forum after a few months transition settling in overseas. Cheers, Miles
  22. I have speakers with spikes and they sit on thin plates to protect the floor. what is the best way to place large speakers on wooden floors? Would the Symposium couplers be a good solution or would that exaggerate any issues (I don't know what the issue with spikes and wooden floors is)? they have holes which could fit speaker spikes. http://symposiumusa.com/pcouplers.html They are about $30 each. Cheers, I have cut a comment from another thread as it is dealing more with isolation platforms. George made the comment per below: Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:00 PM Yeah Zaph, sorbothane is also good, and if you get a harder one it can be used under speakers,esspecially ones on wooden floors which should never be spiked. http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/70555-support-platforms-snakeoil-voodoo/?p=1185218
  23. Item: Taoc ASR II 3 MB Audio Rack & Finite Elemente Cerabase Compact Location: Sydney Price: $ Removed from sale Item Condition: As new. Reason for selling: Need bigger audio rack Payment Method: Cash direct deposit Paypal. Extra Info: Bought these a few ago when I had my Leben and Audia Flight phono. Now I have all Allnic gear and it doesn't fit. Trivia: TAOC is a member of the Toyota group of companies and, in its day job, is the largest producer of cast-iron automobile parts in Japan. Taoc have been in the audiophile accessory business since 1983. Someone at Taoc (and Toyota) loves hi fi! TAOC products are distinctive in their use of graded cast iron and cast-iron powder—this is the "active ingredient," so to speak. The filling employs damping to control vibration and resonance, and this adds life and naturalism to the music. I like TAOC a lot as a brand. It is afforable and performs very well, in my experience. The Cerabase feet really take that performance up another notch. The rack weighs 24 kg's and supports 100 kg per shelf. Local sale preferred. I would prefer to sell as one, and get what I need new Review "The TAOC AS Component Rack lived up to my expectations—and then some. It adds body and weight in equal portions across the frequency spectrum and boosts dynamics and definition. This is a powerful tool in the battle for realistic weight and body." - Marshall Nack (PFO) Read the entire Positive Feedback Online review Pictures:
  24. Hi all, I have tossed out my CD player and ripped all of my albums into FLAC format! As a result, I have been building a two-channel digital system from the ground up over the last 12 months and I'm now up to the power conditioning and isolation stage. The guiding philosophy has been based on the following principles: 1. The reproduction of music must be accurate and clear 2. Instruments must sound natural, neutral and 'uncoloured' 3. The components must represent value for money (to some degree) The selection of individual pre-loved components followed this acquisition sequence (I already had an Arcam CD36 player on loan): - Speakers: Sonus Faber Cremona Auditors (stand mount) - Amplification: Plinius Tautoro Pre and Plinius SA-201 Power Amp - Source: Replace Arcam CD36 Player with Ayre Acoustics DAC - Interconnects: Replace all generic interconnects with AudioQuest Sky - Speakers: Replace Sonus Fabers with Avalon Ascendants (floor standing) - Speaker cables: Replace generic cables with AudioQuest Redwood The results are great so far, but there is still tweaking to do and the room acoustics aren't great. I am currently in the process of purchasing an Ayre L-5xe power conditioner and some AudioQuest US power cables to experiment with. Really my goal here is to replace my supermarket power board with a solution that won't change or colour my system in any way. I am also looking to invest in a rack system next which will properly isolate each component including footers/feet/cones. Does anyone have any suggestions for a high quality rack system that I can keep for the long term? I am leaning towards Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) to tie in with the modern silver theme. I am also interested in anyone's experience with high-end footers/feet/cones. Cheers!
  25. Item: SMR-Tech Silent Base for Rega Planar 2, Planar 3, P1, P2, P3, P3-24, NAD 533 / C555, Goldring GR1 and Moth Alamo. Location: Sydney Price: NOW SOLD Item Condition: 9.5 Perfect working conditions. Reason for selling: Not use. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only The Silent Base will fit the following Rega manufactured decks: Planar 2, Planar 3, P1, P2, P3, P3-24, NAD 533 / C555, Goldring GR1 and Moth Alamo. The Silent Base has been designed to give the deck a sprung suspension system providing better isolation from external disturbance, such as footfall and acoustic feedback. It also provides far better isolation from motor noise by housing the motor on the base as opposed to the turntable plinth. The rubber feet are removed from the original plinth, but the plinth itself is retained and rests on the suspension domes of the Silent Base. The Silent Base is made from rigid 10mm extruded Acrylic and uses the same adjustable spikes as our Silent Stage platforms. Acrylic is inherently non-resonant and is a superb material for a solid base. The Rega plinth is sprung from the base by three Sorbothane 'squidgy' suspension domes and the motor is attached to the base via a Motor Vibration Absorber (MVA). The spikes prevent unwanted energy getting through to the base and any that does get through is filtered out by the suspension domes. Motor noise and vibration can now only get into the plinth via the MVA and the suspension domes, as the motor has no physical contact at all with the plinth. The MVA and the Sorbothane suspension domes filter out motor noise exceptionally well - as can be verified by use of a stethoscope. The motor can be adjusted for height and angle and there is a hole directly under the centre of the motor, so if you have our Motor Thrust Bearing fitted (you should!) this can be adjusted easily. The tonearm cut-out in the base is oversized in case you have a VTA adjuster fitted and has a machined hole for the tonearm lead retainer. Improvements you will experience are dramatic: Solid tuneful bass, pin-point soundstaging, increased dynamics, more low-level detail and a clarity over the whole frequency range that has to be heard to be believed. When we were designing this product, the first samples did not allow for the motor to be mounted on to the base. Even without the 'motor drop mod' the base made a very worthwhile improvement, but once we worked out an easy way to drop the motor - with no soldering or gluing required - then the improvement was phenomenal! Apart from the sound quality gains, the Silent Base also allows easy levelling of the deck and it really does look good. This is a nicely made product. Ok it's under the deck so you don't see it, but all the same - the edges are all polished and the spike bases are recessed into the Acrylic. The Silent Base is jet black finish with Black Chrome spikes. Fitting the Silent Base will not take more than half an hour and full step-by-step instructions are provided. There is no soldering or gluing involved. Overall height of the deck is increased by approximately 21mm or 27mm if using the spike holders. This can be further increased by around 15mm by adjusting the spikes, so if you're using an arm which requires extra clearance under the plinth then the base is ideal for you. ====================================================================================================== ====================================================================================================== I will include the Motor Thrust Bearing which I have never used if asking price is met, costs $37.95. Will ship at buyer's cost. ====================================================================================================== ====================================================================================================== More Info: srm-tech Silent Base Motor Thrust Bearing recordclean Silent Base Motor Thrust Bearing
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