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  1. Item: Mac Mini Location: Sydney Price: 300 Item Condition: used but very good Reason for selling: Now using Synology NAS server Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal +3% or as friend, COD Only Extra Info: This Mac Mini mid 2010 is the 2.4 Ghz processor but with 8GB DDR3 ram and 500GB Samsung SSD boots in less than 10 seconds and has latest Mohave OS fresh install. Only problem is the internal optical drive is not working. Sale is for computer only with all original accessories, OSX disks, HDMI adapter etc. Pictures:
  2. Item: Mac Mini (2010) - 8 GB RAM, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (320 GB hard drive) Location: Sydney (Eastern Suburbs) Price: now $250 Item Condition: Cosmetically very good - Fully functioning Reason for selling: Upgrade Payment Method: Prefer Pickup - COD Extra Info: Used this with Audirvana as a music server and to watch KODI. Very nice sound running into a NAD M51 DAC via HDMI. The extra RAM is useful. Have acquired a more recent Mac Mini - hence the upgrade. Running Yosemite currently (because Audirvana doesn't work completely with Sierra OS onwards). Prefer pickup. Pictures:
  3. Item: Mac Mini Late 2012 QuadCore i7 2.3Ghz 16gb RAM 500gb SSD Location: Melbourne 3000 Price: $900 Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Selling preloved Mac mini i7 2.3GHz Quad Core processor late 2012 model. This is the top model with quad core processor. I have upgraded to 16gb Ram and 500gb SSD. I’ve been using this headless as my network player (running Roon), since I upgrade to a new network player I have no longer use of this mac. Excellent working condition, a few tears on the back case but due to normal use, the Mac runs super quiet, fast and reliable. The original power cord has worn out and I have replaced the cord. Specs for the machine Mac mini late 2012 2.3GHz i7 quad core processor 16gb ram 500gb SSD drive (Samsung EVO 850) Pick up available in Melbourne CBD. Pictures:
  4. Item: Mac Mini Server 2010 Model Location: Perth Price: $400 including postage Item Condition: As new (given it's a 2010 unit!) with packaging Reason for selling: Upgraded so no longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Mac Mini Server with the following specs: 2.66 Core 2 Duo 8GB Ram 1TB SSD - main drive 500GB spinner - media drive Unit is in excellent condition and comes with original packaging. Currently running Sierra, however can upgrade to the latest High Sierra if needed prior to pickup. Has been a great little media server - mostly using iTunes. Pictures: As below
  5. Item: Mac Mini server (Mid 2011) + wireless KB and mouse Location: Glenn Waverley 3150 Price: $600 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: - OS: macOS Sierra - Processor: 2 Ghz Intel Core i7 - Memory: 16Gb 1333 Mhz DDR3 - HDD: Sata 1.5TB (2 x 750Gb) - Graphics: Intel HD Graphic 3000 512 Mb The server comes with original box and manual. Pictures:
  6. Item: Mac Mini mid 2010 with 16GB RAM and 500gb HDD Location: 6056 Price: $450 + postage Item Condition: 8/10 conservative Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank transfer, paypal, Postage. Pickup preferred. Extra Info: What you have here is a mid 2010 Mac Mini (the last with DVD drive) Intel core Duo 2.4ghz. I have upgraded the ram from 4GB to 16GB and the HDD from 320GB to a 500GB HDD. This has been given a clean install (El Captain I believe, upgradable to Sierra), just plug it in, setup your Apple ID and your off. This was used as an entertainment server using Audirvana and Kodi flawlessly (no software installed). Included is a HDMI cable, the iLife 11 disc's as well as the original OSX and application install DVDs (see pics). Preference is for a local purchaser but willing to ship. See here for full specs - http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/specs/mac-mini-core-2-duo-2.4-mid-2010-specs.html(stock photo)
  7. Item: Mac Mini + keyboard, mouse, power supply and hdmi cable Location: Country NSW Price: $175 Item Condition: 7/10 working fine Reason for selling: yet another project and too little time Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:I bought this to set up as a media centre, but my Oppo 103 does the job admirably so I am abandoning the project. its a model A1283 which means it's a Intel Core 2 duo as I understand these things. Pictures:
  8. Item : Mac mini, late 2014, 2.8 GHz dual core Intel Core i5. 8GB memory, 1TB Fusion Drive. Location : Melbourne Price : $600 Item Condition : Excellent with original packaging. Reason for selling : looking to upgrade to a dedicated music server. Payment method : Bank transfer, cash on pick-up. Extra info : Prefer local sale but can send at buyer's risk and cost.
  9. Item: Apple Mac Mini 2010-2011 Model with 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD (Model# A1347)Location: PerthPrice: $345 inc shipping nationwide (firm)Item Condition: Immaculate (see pics). No accessories supplied.Reason for selling: Surplus to requirements.Payment Method: Pickup, Paypal (buyer pays fees), Direct depositExtra Info: This unit has had very little use. I am the second owner and it has only been used to run Creative Cloud on it so we can access it via iPad Pro. Its been not used much recently (too many Macs) so best to move on to someone who will use it. Could be used as a music server for Roon etc etc. Will be set to factory settings before shipping.Pictures:
  10. After looking at a few options for a music server, I am leaning towards a mac mini because I can do a few more duties than just music. Ie full media server I am looking at the basic mac mini which it is within my budget. Specs here. Will this do the job okay or do I need to upgrade any of the hardware? I have heard the fusion drive is better for music rather than the ATA drive. As I understand it the fusion drive makes for a quieter environment. Is this the case or will the SATA drive be fine? The extra $400 for the fusion drive puts it above my budget, for now at least. I will be comparing the mac mini to my macbook pro that I currently use for music and I am happy the SQ I get from it but I want a dedicated music server. The macbook pro does have a fusion drive, so I am not sure if I can expect the same SQ from the entry level mac mini? I am also considering what can be upgraded later if required, so if I can start with a basic set up and upgrade it later that would be a good option. Cheers Doug
  11. Item: Mac Mini 2010, upgraded to 12GB RAM, 320GB HDD, internal Superdrive, Genuine Mac Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Location: Melbourne Price: $500ono + postage at buyer cost Item Condition: Very Good, 8/10+ and includes original packaging for Mac Mini, Keyboard and Mouse. Reason for selling: Upgraded to Mac Mini i7 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Originally purchased in Singapore for use in a small apartment, Initial light usage as a photo editing machine before being replaced by a Macbook Pro Retina and subsequently used as Plex Media Server. Recently replaced by more powerful Mac Mini to allow real-time transcoding of Live TV as part of the Media Server box. Has been upgraded to clean install of El Capitan recently. Note - As this was purchased in Singapore the original power cable is a UK plug. This is in the box but I can supply a non-Apple branded AUS power cable on request at no additional charge. I can also include a basic HDMI cable if required on request. Pictures: Can be supplied for interested buyers (it's boxed up at the moment and put away at the back of the storage cupboard)
  12. I need some sage advice as to a difference in SQ I discovered this week by chance. I hadn't run a dedicated CD Transport in my rig for a long time and on a whim decided to get a cheap second hand CDP with a decent laser pick up and use as a transport to feed into my Beresford Bushmaster Dac, just to see how it sounded. My usual music set up was digital music files stored on a NAS - connected to MAC Mini running Audirvana+ - USB audio out via Musical Fidelity V Link 192 - to Gefen Audio extender over Cat5 - spdif coaxial from V Link 192 to Gefen to Beresford Dac - to Rotel pre/power amp - Monitor Audio speakers. I was already very happy with the SQ I was getting from this system, and ALAC and FLAC files sounded great. The Mac Mini is located in one room and the Dac /amp/CDP in another room. Gefen audio line via Ethernet Cat 5 is approx 5m. But to my surprise when I put a Sony CDPCE245 5 disc player into the mix as a transport with digital Toslink connection to my DAC the SQ of the audio from the CDP was very very good and in fact smoked the digital files played on my Mac Mini. I even compared CD's that I had ripped to ALAC to playing direct through the Sony CDP and the CD Transport had way better SQ. More immersive, better soundstage, detail/clarity and bass response. My question is why? I always thought that a ripped CD to ALAC or FLAC should give you the same SQ as a physical disc in a CDP, digits are just digits right? I checked the settings on my Mac Mini midi audio settings and made sure I was using the MF VLink at the correct BR and SF. But yes the good ol' Sony CDP sounded better then some of my so called high res files! Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm Ideas welcome!
  13. Item: Apple Mac Mini (Late 2012) Location: Essendon, Victoria Price: $1000 firm inc 3% donation to Stereonet Item Condition: Used - Excellent 9/10 Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (add 3%) Extra Info: I bought this unit as a custom build back in December 2012. It has had the standard processor upgraded to Quad Core i7, been fitted with the hybrid drive (128GB SSD & 1TB regular), running 16GB RAM (up from 8GB) and is covered by Applecare Protection Plan until December 18th 2015. The unit is a powerhouse. I have run a proper factory reset and it is ready to boot up for a new owner. Chuck your music on there and it's a storage device for your entire library. Want to run Jriver or Audirvana? No worries! Download Plex and suddenly you have a complete media server for your home. I'm in the process of eliminating every box I can in preparation for my soon to be born baby, and this too has drawn a short straw. Originally cost me over $2K, it has predominantly been kept in a drawer on my AV unit, used for music listening as well as Netflix etc. I am supplying it with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad as well as the "Magicwand" to join them together (total value of $280). Forgive me, but I don't have batteries for them as I had more recently been using Rowmote Pro on my iPad (though trust me, you'll want to hold on to the keyboard regardless!) I would prefer local pick up as I'd hate for it to get damaged during transit, but if you're really super duper keen, shoot me a message and I'll see what I can do. *Please note* As I have effectively performed a factory reset, the unit will initially be installed with OSX Mountain Lion. It will be up to you to log in to your own iTunes account and download the latest operating system should you wish. Any questions, please ask. Pictures:
  14. I've just bought a new Mac mini to use as a music server. I'm going to replace the HDD with a SDD but Apple have also made the job harder for me by including an internal noisy switch mode power supply There are a number of rather pricey options like YFS or Mojo Music, does anyone know if there are any reasonably priced linear power supply options available locally?
  15. Hi, There's a lot of folk on here with wiser ears than mine...but I'm really happy with where I've netted out...in sorting out my system...and I'd not have got there without this forum, so, just in case this helps anyone else...I thought I'd tell my story.... I've had a meridian 506, audiolab p/q, monitor audio ma1200 gold, with audioquest midnight 3 cables and quartz (I think) interconnects for 20 years. And until this house...loved the sound. I listen to lots of classical. Some world. And less pop/rock. I love a lyrical/sweet/spacious/real/warm sound that doesn't push itself at you. For me the 'in your face' sound - which is so impressive for 30 seconds in a store...gets VERY wearing, very quickly. But...more and more of my music was shifting to the hard drive. Not least cos the Meridian was skipping on older CDs - so I copied them for safety. And... The Meridian clearly needs help. The room the hi fi is in is the worst I've had for years - cathedral ceilling. Hi fi on one side of the room (asymetrical) with windows/curtains down one side. Speakers practially on the back wall. And closer together than I'd like. The soundstage was narrow. The music sounded dull and lifeless. And the mac sounded even worse than the meridian. And - given that I now have to listen at lower listening levels (kids!) - all these issues were exacerbated still further. So - time to do something.... With one, perhaps unusual startpoint....the speakers were NOT to be changed...why ...because I have young kids and I'm not making the speakers a reason kids can't enjoy the living room...changing them can be a dream for the future.... So all the rules that say start with the speakers had to be ignored. In fact I started with cables...partly because I have been staggered in the past, how much difference cables make. Plus someone was selling AQ Cheetah's for $200 on gumtree. (I've sent them off to AQ in the US to be reterminated...and will doubtless find out in the process, if they are legit!!) I picked up a couple of other good cables too and played a little... Not loving what I was hearing....and more than anything, realising that if I wanted to inject some vitality into my system, it had to be more than just cabling - as it seemed that to get the vitality just from cables - which I did - I lost depth and weight...which was no good to me at all. Then I moved onto DACs....and everything I read on this forum (and a little elsewhere) suggested to me that the Rega route might be the best one for me...as though I clearly was looking for a bit more 'clarity/articulation' - I knew that if it got too dry and clinical, I wouldn't enjoy the listening anymore. And I opted to go for buying used...knowing that I can onsell for not much loss...rather than trying to audition in store...which is just hopeless for me....as you need all your kit...in your place... to really hear..... So I bought the rega dac from a SN member...(who was going on to try an M51). And I loved it. (And had a really good experience buying it from him too. Even to the point that he contacted me after the sale to make sure I was happy...) Much more emotion and space in the music than the mac mini on its own....but without making the sound too harsh or too clinical. For a Meridian lover...the Rega is a really good choice..... More playingwith the cables again....and now they were helping more than just 'changing'...I bought some more audioquest midnights too so I had separate runs to the top and bottom connectors at amp and speaker terminals. And loaded up the MA1200s with sand to tighten up the bass. (It's such a clever bit of design that.) And I probably would have left it there, but for an exchange of PMs with another SN member from whom I tried to buy a used audiophilleo...and was too late (it went in a nanosecond). And on the basis of that conversation...and realising that the difference between a used price on the audiophilleo and a brand new one is really very little.....I ordered a new audiophilleo from the US. (And may I say...everything about the culture of this site was reflected in my various exchanges with a gentleman called Philip at audiophilleo - he was fabulous - and had the boxes to me in less than a week!) I plugged them in this afternoon...and notwithstanding Philip's advice that they would take a while to 'settle in'...I am absolutely socks knocked off, can't leave the sofa, rapt in the sound of the audiophilleo. The Rega Dac, for me, was a seriously good/ lucky choice. Doing the four separate runs of the audioquest was good too - whatever the science between separating the bass and treble - really worked for me - and 20 year old high end cable is cheap as chips to buy. But, even though it came last...and therefore started from the highest mark...I have to say that the audiophilleo (plus Pure Power) is just amazing. (I bought the audiophilleo 2) I had an experience more than 20 years ago when I went to a hifi show and Linn were there showcasing an $50000+ speaker system that made classical orchestral work sound so real that I've kept a dream alive in my head that one day, somehow, I would find a way to get that sound in my house. (Without the $50k of course!) They even built a purpose-built building within the trade show 'hangar' so that we could enjoy the speakers without all the cacophony that typifies such events....but I digress.... I'm not saying that my system sounds (quite) that good. But truly...given that the source is a mac mini (running audivarna plus) and the speakers are 20 year old mid to bottom end (compared to what all the people on this site seem to have)...the sound uplift by the audiophilleo is simply breathtaking. Not breathtaking in that the Rega is lacking...but breathtaking in that it lifts the total sound as much again as the Rega lifted the mac mini. I'm as close to the $50000 Linns as I've ever been - in my house or anyone else's. And mostly thanks to a $1000 box the size of a pack of cards! I know everyone's ears are different. But it's hard to imagine music getting much better than this. Thanks to everyone whose posts I've read and who has responded to PMs. To Rega - for keeping it 'musical'. And especialy to Audiophilleo - for bringing the music to life. P
  16. Item: Mac mini (Mid 2011) + Apple USB Superdrive Location: Clayton, Melbourne Price: SOLD Item Condition: Fantasic Reason for selling: Not needed anymore Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit Extra Info: I purchased the Mac mini second hand off an OCAU forum member last year, not being used anymore. Comes in original box with manual and accessories, plus a fresh install of OSX 10.8. Specs as follows: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 4GB memory
 500GB hard drive
 Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution Intel HD Graphics 3000 The USB Superdrive was purchased new from Apple and has been used once. Also in mint condition and will come in original packaging. Pics: Stock pics, I'll upload some of mine if requested.
  17. Hi All, Wondering if there's any Hiface usb/spdif converter owners out there that have experienced volume setting problems. I've recently gone to a Mac mini and after being underwhelmed by the usb signal out to my dac, I picked up a Hiface. Downloaded the software and have experienced a better sound (although software download was a bit weird - wouldn't let me pick the destination folder...) However, when using the Mac's sound settings to select the Hiface, it automatically sets the volume to Maximum and will not let me lower it. Interestingly, I still need to then crank the amp (dial getting towards two thirds of full vol) to get reasonable listening level - something I didn't experience when using usb. Having the amp cranked up that high means I occasionally blast the speakers when I switch to another source . Another issue - when using VLC to play video and sending a signal via the Hiface - the sound track is significantly delayed. Delayed enough to make it unwatchable. Anyone experienced similar problems? Any thoughts or tips greatly appreciated - I went for the Mac mini as one box, simple life solution so I'd like to avoid having to constantly change output devices and volume levels when I change source. cheers
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