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  1. Item: Parasound JC1(pair) Location: Sydney Hi-Fi Castle Hill Shop 7/19 Victoria Avenue Castle Hill, NSW Price: $8,000 Item Condition: used in very good condition Reason for selling: Trade In Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Cards Extra Info: Recently traded Mono's in excellent condition and a steal at this price! Parasound JC 1 Key Features; Premier monaural amplifier Circuitry designed by legendary John Curl and CTC Builder Ultra-high bias Class A/AB operation Exclusive two position bias level adjustment Balanced inputs with discrete circuits and XLR connectors Vampire Direct gold-plated OFC RCA input Dual heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts Direct Coupled – no capacitors or inductors in signal path Complementary MOSFET driver stage and JFET input stage 18 beta-matched 15 amp, 60 MHz bipolar output transistors 1.9 kVA encapsulated toroid power transformer Independent power supplies for input, driver and output stages 18,000 μF filters for driver stage 132,000 µF Nichicon Gold Tune filters for output stage DC Servo and relay protection circuits REL and Nichicon Muse capacitors Harris hyper-fast soft recovery diodes for all bridge rectifiers Auto turn-on by 12v trigger or audio signal trigger Ground lift switch , adjustable turn-on delay 4u Chassis with rear carry handles, rack mounting kit included THX Ultra2 certified Continuous power output, 20Hz – 20 kHz: 400 watts RMS x 1, 8 Ω 800 watts RMS x 1, 4 Ω 1200 watts RMS x 1, 2 Ω Class A power output, 20Hz – 20 kHz: 25 watts, bias set to high, 8 Ω 10 watts, bias set to low, 8 Ω Dimensions WHD = 432 X 178 X 508 each Weight 29.1kg each Pictures:
  2. Item: One pair of Perreaux Silhouette SX60M Monoblocks Location: Nanango Price: $500 for both (including postage to the eastern states, buyer to pay paypal fees) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Trying to make some space and free up a little cash. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit Extra Info: Nice little monoblocks, 60wpc into 8 ohms and 75wpc into 4 so they are not powerhouses but they are quite respectable if used on speakers that are not too demanding. Both come in original packaging with original manuals and original performance printouts. Both come with power cords too but they are most likely not the original factory cords. These were Perreaux's lifestyle range of gear from about 12 years ago, no class D, all class A/B. Designed to be used with a passive pre so they should combine well with a Schiit Sys. Pictures: Yes I realize the pics are old, but they are relevant.
  3. Item: A pair of CONSONANCE CYBER 845 MONO BLOCKS Location: Ascot Vale, Victoria Price: $1800 (Firm) Item Condition: Excellent - These amps have been lovingly cared for however there are a couple of slight dents/marks on the side edge as shown in the pictures. They look far worse in the pictures than in the flesh and must have happened during our recent move as I had not noticed them until I looked them over for this add. Reason for selling: I am told that these are too big for our lounge room. Payment Method: Pickup only - Cash, Paypal, COD Extra Info: Over the years I cycled through a few amps, valve and solid state before finally settling on these. During this journey I found that I was very drawn to the Single ended valve sound, however, found their low power limiting. The Consonance 845's where the solution for me with class A, single ended, 28 watts. I currently have Shuguang 845B, National Electronics 5687 and Philips SQE88CC tubes fitted to the amp and will include the additional valves, shown in the pictures, in the sale. Due to the size & weight, (approx 30Kg each), a local pick-up only. Please note that I am happy to audition for serious buyers but I am firm on the price. these are outstanding amplifiers which present great value at this price. If I can't get this price my wife will just have to put up with them in our lounge Pictures:
  4. Hi all i am making a new pair of monoblock ampllfiers using nos brimar 6v6g,s in pushpull for the power,in the phase and preamp i am using nos russian 6sn7s with gold grids and british ef37a. the design is based off the leak TL12.1 instead of using a gz34 for rectifer i am using a lower powered rusian version of the gz34 mainly because of the cost. the 6v6 is in the 6l6 6f6 family and because the 6f6 is a kt66 by running the cathode ristors a bit lower and a number of other changes i can use a 6v6. the output transformers are the 20 watt altronics line transformers that i have talked about here and for power transformers i am going to use the beacon R08 its about 300 volts a side it might be a bit more i might use a choke but they will need to be a decent size and i don't have a decent size pair. thanks Bruno
  5. Item: CONSONANCE M800 SE EL34 MONOBLOCK (PAIR) Location: ALEXANDRIA / SUTHERLAND (SYD) Price: $1200 + shipping Item Condition: VERY GOOD Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash or Paypal. Extra Info: Includes all tubes inc. Tung Sol power tubes from Tube Depot. Original boxes and metal guards. Switchable from 75 watts ultra-linear, to 35 watts triode on the fly! 240V FOR AUS Too powerful for my application. Been unused pretty much since I got them from a fellow SNA'er. Very clean and no real marks to speak off. Perfect working order. EL34's sound excellent on mid-range, especially in SE mode. One of the amps has two marginally offset holes in front panel where the switches are. Visible in one of the pics. Have some other tubes as well if anyone is interested. Genelex Gold Lion EL34's x 4 (New), 6NS7's. Pictures:
  6. Item: 2 x Parasound Halo JC1 Monoblocks Location: Melbourne Price: $7500 Item Condition: 9/10 Reason for selling: Not used anymore Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: These babies have been well cared for since I purchased them from Simply HiFi 29/03/2017 as an Ex demo pair. These came with a 2 year warranty from the importer based in NSW and still have warranty to 29/03/2019. I have receipts if needed. I also have all original boxes and accessories for shipping if required. I had these shipped from W.A. to Melb with no issues. I believe current RRP on these are $8995 each. Pictures:
  7. Item: Auralic Merak Monoblock Balanced Power Amplifiers 200W/400W Location: Inner Sydney Price: $2,250 2,100 plus postage for both Item Condition: 8/10 (a couple of minor cosmetic marks on top plates, front plates and sides are perfect) Reason for selling: Freeing up some cash as moving house soon Payment Method: Cash on Pickup, otherwise Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I had initially listed these as a package deal with my Auralic Taurus Pre Preamp, but have now decided to relist individually (Mark OKd this). These were purchased from Addicted to Audio about 5 months ago. They were floor stock and I paid them 2,800 bucks, however the price new was north of $6,500! They work flawlessly and produce a really incredible sound, which I would describe as powerful, precise, elegant and neutral, but far from col or clinical. Each Monoblock is rated at 200W in 8ohm and 400W in 4ohm (continuous power). Both are fully balanced. They incorporate an innovative hybrid design (half way between class A and D, at least this is my understanding), in which the advantages of class D amplifiers (small size, efficiency, zero heating) are paired with those of class A/B amps (high energy storage, massive power supply, and great control on all speaker types, including difficult loads). Each mono block has a linear power supply and 56,000uF capacitors array and can store up to 120J of energy, while remaining 90% efficient. This means they run stone cold even with low impedance speakers at high volumes. Each Monoblock has a circuit (which can be bypassed) that switches the amp on or off when a very low input signal is detected (or not detected), while keeping the output stage on at all times. This results in the amps being always ready to sound at their best (no need for any warm up time), while consuming virtually no energy when at idle. These have only balanced line in, and each of them has a low level line out that is controlled from the preamp and can be used to send the signal to active subs or more amplifiers. The exceptional quality of these mono blocks is confirmed in several reviews, including on SNA, where they were tested with the matching Taurus Preamp (that I am also selling separately). Here are some examples: http://www.theabsolutesound.co...c-merak-mono-power-amplifiers/ http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/auralic3/1.html https://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/auralic-taurus-and-merak-pre-power-combination/ Specs and user manual here: http://www.auralic.com/download/MERAK_USERSGUIDE_R1.pdf Specifications Continuous Output Power; 200W/400W (8ohm/4ohm) Peak Current Output: >16 amp (40 ms) Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20KHz, +/- 0.5dB THD+N: <0.01%, 20Hz-20KHz@1W IMD: <0.01%, 20Hz-20KHz@1W Residual Noise: <50uV, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted Input Ports: 1 x XLR, Sensitivity: 2.2Vrms(RCA input requires adapter) Input Impedance; 10K Ohm Output Ports: 1 x XLR invert output ( for BTL mode) 1 x Cardas patented CE binding post Damping Factors; >800, 8ohm@1Khz Optimized Loads: 2ohm to 16 ohm Power dissipation: warm-up mode: 5W playback mode: 15W/450W (idle/max. output) Dimension: 330W x 330D x 70H Weight: 8.5kg I purchased them to drive my Magnepans 1.7, a notoriously very demanding speaker, which they did beautifully. I have now sold the Magnepans and do not require these anymore, plus I am moving to a larger house and I need to cover some extra expenses. The original boxes are missing but given the small size, contained weight and simple shape these can be packed up professionally and safely posted Pictures:
  8. Item: Manley Labs Mahi-Mahi monoblock power amplifiers Location: Castle Hill NSW Price: $2,500 Item Condition: Excellent (see below) Reason for selling: Trade In Payment Method: Cash, All major card's excluding Diners, Paypal or Direct Deposit Extra Info: Extremely well looked after as you can see from the pictures very little dust! Pictures: Specifications: Input Tube: 1 x 12AT7EH large plate Eletcro-Harmonix Russian Driver Tube: 1 x 6414 JAN NOS GE or Raytheon branded Output Tubes: 8 x EL84 Ships with Russian NOS EL84M (aka 6Pi14Pi-EB) We are out of Ei 6BQ5. Output Tube Quiescent Standing Current: 25mA Set Bias for 250mVDC measured across each 10 Ohm cathode resistor Input Impedance: 110 kOhm Negative Feedback: MIN= 3dB; STD=6dB; MAX=10dB of global NFB Gain: TRIODE/UL FB MIN: 30.7 dB 32.1 dB FB STD: 28.5 dB 29.1 dB FB MAX: 26.1 dB 27.1 dB Input Sensitivity for Maximum Output Power: defined as input voltage required in order to produce maximum power output reaching 1.5% THD @ 1KHz TRIODE/UL FB MIN: 175mV 155mV FB STD: 312mV 340mV FB MAX: 480mV 566mV Input Sensitivity for 1W into 8 Ohms: 61mV 53mV Maximum Output Power: defined as power output reaching 1.5% THD @ 1KHz into 5 Ohms: TRIODE UL FB MIN: 18W 20W FB STD: 27W 42W FB MAX: 28W 46W into 8 Ohms: TRIODE UL FB MIN: 14W 24W FB STD: 24W 40W FB MAX: 25W 41W Signal to Noise Ratio Ref. 1W: Typically 82 dB A-WGT 20-20K Noise Floor: Typically 150µV = -74dBu A-WGT Noise Floor: Typically 650µV = -62dBu unweighted Will Scratch Your Floor: Use coins under pointed feet to avoid marring cabinetry. Try $2 coins if you are in upper tax brackets. The bargain performer would be 5c pieces. Paper currency does not function as well. Dynamic Range: 83dB THD+Noise @ 5W: less than 0.15% Frequency Response at full power UL mode w/MAX NFB: 20 Hz to 20 kHz FLAT Frequency Response at 5W into 5 Ohms: 10 Hz to 30 kHz FLAT, -3.75dB @ 100KHz Recommended Speaker Load: Optimized for 5 Ohms Output Impedance: TRIODE / UL FB MIN: 2.43 Ohms TRIODE; 3.10 Ohms UL FB STD: 1.47 Ohms TRIODE; 1.67 Ohms UL FB MAX: 0.90 Ohms TRIODE; 0.95 Ohms UL Damping Factor: TRIODE / UL FB MIN: 3.29 TRIODE; 2.58 UL FB STD: 5.45 TRIODE; 4.78 UL FB MAX: 8.90 TRIODE; 8.43 UL Power Consumption (idle): 102 Watts Maximum Power Consumption (at Full Power): 168 Watts Operating Mains Voltage: 220-240VAC Mains Fuse 220-240VAC operation: MDA 1.5 Amp SLO-BLO Ceramic Time-Delay fuse B+ Fuse: MDA 400 mA SLO-BLO Ceramic Time-Delay fuse Badge Illumination: LED illumination Dimensions: 127 x 254 x 279mm (HxWxD) Shipping weight each: 8.2kg $2,500 the pair Contact Sydney Hi-Fi Castle Hill 02 9899 9079 Shop 7 19 Victoria Avenue Castle Hill
  9. Item: Virtue Audio ICEBlock M5001 Monoblock Pair Location: Perth Price: $850 (firm) Item Condition: Very Good. No mods, no repairs Reason for selling: Not suitable for my system Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank transfer, Paypal (add 3%) Specifications: B&W ICEpower ASP500 Class D modules, as used by Jeff Rowlands, Bel Canto, Wyred4Sound, etc. Gary Dodd Tube Buffers 250w into 8 Ohms, 500w into 4 Ohms XLR and RCA inputs Pre-out for use with a subwoofer 270mm wide x 105mm high x 240mm deep Extra info: Bought them here on SNA couple of weeks ago and I was planning to use them with my ER Audio ESL3 electrostatic speakers. Unfortunately, it turned out that due to impedance characteristic of my speakers these monos are not a good match for them. I have contacted Virtue Audio, and received a confirmation, that these monos were not designed to work with speakers with such a tricky impedance curves as some of the full range electrostatic speakers have. Pity, as they are really powerfull, have "pre out" and tube buffer changes a lot. If only had a dynamic or hybrid speakers (previous owner used them with M.Logans) , I would keep them. Local sale preferred, but can post at buyers expense. (Don't have original boxes, power cables not included in the sale). Pictures:
  10. Item: Vincent Audio Monoblock Amplifier (1) SP-997 (Black) Location: Kew, Victoria Price: $250 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not in use Payment Method: Pickup, Cash, Bank Deposit Used as an extra power amp channel to drive my centre channel when I was running a home theatre pre amp. 150w into 8ohm. Balanced and unbalanced inputs. Local pickup only.
  11. Item: Audiolab 8200MB Monoblock Amplifiers Location: Lara VIC 3212 Price: $2000 ono Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: It all has to go Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased within the last year. Perfect working order. They didn't come with pins for the XLR inputs so there is a set of Cardas pins included if you want to use RCAs. I'm selling the entire system for now due to necessity so there will also be a set of Vivid Audio V1.5s, an Audiolab MDAC, and a Shanling CD3000 listed. I don't have the boxes for these so local pickup is preferred. Specs below. Pictures:
  12. Item: VTL compact MB100 monoblocks Location: blue mountains NSW Price: 2000 ONO Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: thinking of trying something different Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal( +3%),transfer Extra Info: the MB100s have a wide and deep sound - clear with heaps of tight punch. they will drive most loads comfortably with plenty of headroom. they are heavy and very well built- quite industrial. one mono is running the original VTL 5ohm output transformer, but the other runs a good quality but non-original 8ohm transformer.. i have listened to these extensively and can say that there is no variation in sound quality between the amps . if there is a negligible difference in audible output between them then it may be ironed out by using 12AU7s in one and 12AT7s in the other or via your pre but i have generally not found it necessary. these are 240V. 4 X EL34 XF2s and 4X 6CA7 EIs. i have included specific photo of scratch on one transformer . Pictures:
  13. Item: Ayre MX-r 300 watt Location: WA Price:$3600 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal(all fees to be paid by buyer), COD Only Extra Info: All original packing and accessories.Note this is only a single mono (300 watt @ 8ohms) was used for driving a Dynaudio Evidence center speaker. Barely used a few hours.....has the upgraded boards. Pics Monoblock is hiding in rack behind center speaker.....can provide better pics on request....currently packed up ready for freight
  14. Item: Quad II 80 Monoblock Location: Canberra Price: 4880 Item Condition: Superb, Reason for selling: Long story short - Man can't controlled his urge and splurge on something called 802D3. Man got busted by his wife and got threaten with something begin with D and end with E and similar to 'DIE'. But man forgot to tell her (during the first confession) that his soon to be new love are hungry for power and has also secretly bought something called MC451 for his new 802D2. So, man has to sell all his old systems at a giveaway price before his new toys arrived. Sad story but true and I think everyone's here can relate to! Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I bought this a couple of years ago, never use it until a pair of ESL57 came into my possession last year. It was a match made in heaven(at least for me). 4x kt88 in each block pumped out 80w per channel. The warm sounds gives me goosebumps every time. As been a bedroom system, it doesn't get the listening time it deserves. Extremely low hours on the tubes! Still RRP $14k+ Have all boxes and manual, can send at buyer expense and courier arrangement. Prefer local buyers though as it hefty in weights, something like 25kg each. Im happy to sell this and my ESL57 together as a package. Happy to entertain all reasonable offer. Will donate generously to Stereonet if sells here! Pictures: Its late now, after a session of scolding from the wife. Sleep on the couch tonight so can't access the bedroom for photo. Will do it tomorrow!
  15. Item: Antique Sound Lab Hurricanes Location: Mooroolbark Price: $2000 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Too many Amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Here are my Antique Sound Lab Hurricanes in excellent working condition. 200w in Pentode and 100w in Triode, running 8 KT88 in each block which can be switched out to 6550, KT90 or KT 120. By altering the tubes you don't get an increase in power but alter the sound signature as all bias stays the same regardless of tube. Pick up is very much preferred as they weight over 30kg each. Would be willing to drop off to pack n send for them to pack if required. Have original manual also Pictures:
  16. Item: Ayre MX-r 300 watt Location: WA Price:$4000 ono Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal(all fees to be paid by buyer), COD Only Extra Info: All original packing and accessories.Note this is only a single mono (300 watt @ 8ohms) Pictures: Will come later
  17. Item: Stereoknight M-100 (100watt+ per side into 8ohms, or 200+watt per side into 4ohms - your choice) fully balanced design valve monoblocks WITH octet PrimaLuna KT-88s Location: Melbourne, Australia (inner northern suburbs) Price: $4200 ONO Item Condition: Almost perfect Reason for selling: Sidegrading (very reluctant sale) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer. Pickup preferred (thus a buyer picking up will be given preference). Extra Info: Here are a very hard to come by matching pair (sequential serials) of StereoKnight M-100 valve (tube) monoblocks. I had originally purchased them off a gentleman here in Victoria, and since then they have been lovingly and sparingly used, as well as upgraded and some expense. They are in near perfect condition. They have solid aluminium cases (I've never seen a build quality like them - really!), and there are only the odd tiny marks. I have tried my best to photograph all aspects of them. Information can be somewhat difficult to track down, however for those in the know, these are built by the man now responsible for Audio Music (AM AUDIO) - Mr.Fang. I am very happy to say that he is easy to contact and will provide any information and support needed. He stands by his products, and they are massively over-engineered, so should last a lifetime! Here are some links to have a look at. Note that the StereoKnight site is no longer active, as the company is now Audio Music (AM), and most reviews and spec's are relating to the M-75 monoblocks. Advertised here are the much upgraded M-100's, which as I understand it were produced only towards the end of StereoKnight's reign. Some of you will likely be aware that these all were (and AM still are) distributed in Australia via Greg Osborn here in Melbourne. http://www.osbornloudspeakers.com.au/ http://www.audioreference.co.nz/brand/am-audio http://www.am-hiend.com/index.html And here is a review of the (lesser) M-75's (please note the spec's on the ones I have for sale here are different): http://www.dagogo.com/stereoknight-m75-mono-block-amplifier-review Also note that I have added a full octet of select PrimaLuna KT-88 power tubes (4 per side). These retail at $175 each (thus full set = $1400). http://magentaaudio.com.au/product/primaluna-kt88-tube-silver-label/ I bought these tubes off a fellow member, at which time they had very little use (he changed to KT-120's as I recall). Note that, having discussed with Mr.Fang, you could use KT-120's in these beasts, making over 120 watts per side. Wow. Not that you'll need more power........Note that the newer Tung-sol KT-150's won't work in these according to Mr Fang (but now we're just getting greedy!). These beasts, irrespective, will most certainly lend themselves to tube rolling, given how madly revealing they are! At night, they look like two small cities all lit up. Really cool. NOTE: I am also happy to do a deal on the full set of KT88's (and some other spares) I replaced which could be used as spares (Electron Tube KT94). Just ask! Here are the specs from the web (for the lesser M-75's): http://www.stereoknight.com/M-75.html Specifications (note that these have much upgraded spec's. Please contact Mr.Fang via AM Audio for specifics). Tubes: 1 X 6H30, 2 X 6922 4 X KT88 Power output: 2×75W (8? ULTRALINEAR); 2x 140W (4? ULTRALINEAR) Input: 1 x RCA, 1 x XLR Frequency response: 10Hz?60kHz THD: 1%(1kHz) Input sensitivity: 2 V Input impedance: 50 K? Output impedance: 8?, 4? S/N ratio: > 90 dB Dimensions: 500×330×240mm Net weight: 29Kg x 2 Power consumption: 550W maximum Full balance design. High grade 600W EI type power transformer, extra wide band C-core output transformer (StereoKnight signature). High end components (Nichicon and Hovland capacitor), parts (StereoKnight designed heavy duty gold-plated binding post) and wire (TEFLON insulated wire and Japan made POCC rectangular solid core copper wire) all the way. ZERO-NEGATIVE-FEEDBACK technology. ZERO noise: dead silence background. MOSFET voltage stabilization. High control power (75WPC or 140W at 4?), capable of driving a wide range of loudspeakers. Easily accessible individual output tube bias measurement and adjustment points on side chassis. Detachable IEC power cord, high quality gold-plated StereoKnight custom binding posts and RCA jacks. Full high quality aluminum alloy body construction, power meter in faceplate and acrylic enclosure cover design: sturdy built with art. I have been using these amps as follows: Pre - Wyred4Sound STP-SE Power - Stereoknight M-100 valve monoblocks (via XLR in true balanced configuration) - I preferred ~100+W into 8ohms compared to ~200+W into 4ohms, but other systems will vary. speakers - Osborn Epitome (approx 90dB efficiency) sources - various, including hi-res digital and vinyl I must say these amps are truly extraordinary. I've never heard more beautiful bass. They simply don't suffer from slow or muddy bass. They are glorious in this sense. Clarity is superb, and separation and soundstage blows me away. If you're a jazz fan, I'd look no further (your favourite female vocal will make you shiver. Start with a quality vinyl pressing of "What's New?" by Helen Merrill and you'll melt. Having said that, I have a very eclectic taste in music (from jazz to classical to indie rock to heavy metal to 60's rock and back again....) and these amps produce it all with aplomb! Anyone looking for high-powered (and yes, we're talking up to over 200wpc fully balanced into 4ohms if preferred!!), these are hard to pass up. They'll drive almost anything easily. For those in the know, any audiophile tube amps producing this sort of drive usually cost well over the price of these! They really do respond to a truly balanced end-to-end setup, so fire up that balanced Preamp and invest in some quality XLR cables (I preferred a copper/silver mix to all silver, however (as always) each system and ear is different)!! I have all the original boxing and packaging. I worry about posting, even with proper factory packaging, but can do if needed. Tubes may need to be removed and padded up). You will need to get your own power cords (although I can throw in some cheapies, however I'd recommend something to match their quality). I have been very loving of them. They have always been allowed to warm up prior to use (they really come on song after about an hour ideally). They will definitely benefit from a couple of heavy & solid isolation platforms to sit on. They certainly sound a whole lot better (especially mid range) with the PrimaLuna (silver edition) tubes, compared to the set of KT94's that came with them. All my gear runs off a power conditioner. Please note that the power output needle on (I seem to recall the right channel) one amp does not work. It was not working when I got them (I am the second owner), and does not affect sound of course. I have not looked into getting it fixed, however I am sure this could easily be done. I may get the opportunity to have it looked at next week if time permits. You'll note the little doors on the sides of each amp. They come off with an allen key (supplied), and you need a basic multimeter (I'll throw in with the sale) in order to bias each tube. There is a bias screw next to each corresponding power tube (see pics). It's really easy, and according to Mr.Fang you can decide your output preferences. These amps can produce a lot more power, but it's up to the listener what their preferences are. Notably, the PrimaLunas went in and needed very little (if any) bias adjusting (ie. a matched Octet!). http://www.primaluna-usa.com/tube-rolling These amps go very easy on tubes (if standard biasing is applied), so they should last ages. These monsters are big and heavy and beautiful: - around 30kg each - packaging adds 2kg each - size (each in cm) is 46w, 22h, 30w - colour is silver aluminium with clear perspex lids I will happily arrange for an audition only for those truly intending to buy (amps are currently not in use). I live in inner-north of Melbourne. Price will be formalised before this happens (I don't want to spend ages working through critical listening, only for someone to try to lowball me. I am sure you all understand (and I will negotiate on price if required and reasonable), but it's happened too many times before). I am always very light-on for time (it took me 3 months after having stored the amps to get around to this ad!), so please do your own research. Price is negotiable, however it reflects age, condition, use, rarity and a $1400 tube set! Don't let them pass you by if you've been thinking of high powered tubes but the prices have held you back. Given this sort of quality and the bliss into which you will plunge, they represent tube heaven at this price range in my opinion. Happy listening! Mat
  18. Hi, I need to run only one speaker but I'm worried if connecting only one speaker (using only one channel) to the amplifier is ok or not. I get monoblock power amplifier which seems to safer to me but I still have to connect/use only one channel of preamp. Can anyone explain the effect to amplifier when I use only one channel of Integrated amplifier or preamplifier?
  19. Item: 3 x Vincent SP997 monoblocks Price: $1200for all 3, rrp is $999ea Location: Perth Condition: used, 1 recently repaired as the standby feature wasn't working Reason for selling: I've upgraded Payment method: prefer COD as I don't have the original boxes Contact: James 0401808920
  20. I know sometimes it sounds like a bit of a cliché when people say "the picture does not do it justice" but in this case it is true. The system looks pretty good in the picture but the gloss and colour of the timber just does not come across. The Redgum stack looks 5 times better IRL. I wanted to start this review with a little background info since there isn't that much info out there regarding Redgum components (and I did a lot of googling!). For instance, I am willing to bet that while you can get a fair amount of info from the Redgum website about their choice of volume control (individual channel knobs or single knob) but did you know that you can adjust balance from the remote, and then reset the balance to 50/50 at the touch of a button? What about the fact that there is an info sheet stuck to the base of each piece of Redgum gear that includes not only the model number and year but also the name of the buyer and the details of any personal modifications they requested? So if you're buying second hand each piece of gear tells a story. My RGCD5ENR for instance was initially purchased by Tony Wright of Sydney and there is a note that he planned to remove the front panel prior to use. Now I don't know Tony, and I guess I'm not likely to, but having a name to assign to the player makes things a bit more personal. (I can deduce one or two things about Tony though, the first is that he obviously likes his music and doesn't mind paying for good gear, the second is that he is no fool, he has vibration dampened the case with two rows of blutak stuck to the underside of the top panel, cheap and effective, very nice!) I have said in the past that the design of the Redgum cd players is a little odd, using a cd rom as a spinner is pretty interesting cosmetically, philosophically and practically. I have to admit cosmetically it does make the player look a bit commonplace, it is a definite let down after that gorgeous timber faceplate. Philosophically it makes me wonder just how seriously I should take all the talk of other manufacturers regarding mechanism stability, cd clamps and custom error correction techniques when this player sounds damn good without any of the above. Practically I love the idea of a cheap and easily replaced mechanism, but the lack of a screen telling you what is happening is a bit of a bugger which is why I use my Consonance cd120 as a transport and the RGCD5ENR as a DAC. Another thing I wanted to mention, the RG175 mono-blocks have their AC power socket very close to their external heat sink so there is not enough room to use certain types of power cords. If your power cord has a thick, round plastic end just behind the three pin plug (as many expensive power cords do) then the heat sink renders it unusable. It isn't a big thing but it was certainly something I noticed as I couldn't use my custom power cords. I believe the newer model (since mine are 2007 vintage) has the heat sink mounted underneath so this is unlikely to be a concern. And last but not least, Redgum uses Philips remote codes, (as do Consonance and Myryad and many others) so I only need one remote even if I switch cd players. Yeah, I know it means nothing to most people out there but for me it leaves more room on the armrest for cd cases and chocolate wrappers and I really appreciate that. I'll get into the Pre and monoblock functionality next, and I'll put up a pic of that info sheet I mentioned. Edit: And here it is.
  21. Item: Two Bryston 7B SST2 mono amplifiers plus Bryston BP26 pre-amplifier with MPS2 power supply Location: Castle Hill Price: $10,000 Item Condition: Exellent Payment Method: Card, Cash or EFT Extra Info: the client owned this system for 8 months and upgraded to a Chord reference system. Pictures:
  22. Keith (or cheekyboy as he is known in these parts) has kindly sent me a Majestic preamp and 2 Proprius monoblocks as part of the Graham Slee loaner program. Loaner programs are great, as I'm discovering, you get to play with new toys for a few weeks for only the cost of the postage (both ways guys, best to get that out there now, both ways) and that is a no brain-er in my opinion. I haven't had the Slee gear for long enough to do a full write up yet I just thought I'd start on the process ahead of time and throw in a pic or two to keep the visual-ites amongst us happy. There they are, dwarfed by those two disc spinners of mine. The little Majestic is both a DAC and a pre and, as I have found out, has a massive amount of gain. I don't think I've taken the volume control past 8 o'clock yet, there just hasn't been a need. The two Proprius monoblocks are actually smaller than a carton of cigarettes (that's a carton, not a pack, they may be small but they aren't that small!). They are actually only slightly larger than their power supplies. My initial impressions are extremely positive, the sound quality is excellent and the musical capability of this system is in no way related to its physical size. I'll throw in a couple of shots of the Majestic because I think it deserves it, a DAC with six inputs hey, who would have thought. And a usb makes 7, almost forgot. I'll try to dig in and get to the details over the coming weekend, stay tuned.
  23. Item: One pair of Perreaux Silhouette SX60M Monoblocks Location: Bowen Price: $850 (including postage to the eastern states, $870 to Tas and WA) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Trying to make some space and free up a little cash. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit Extra Info: Nice little monoblocks, 60wpc into 8 ohms and 75wpc into 4 so they are not powerhouses but they are quite respectable if used on speakers that are not too demanding. Both come in original packaging with original manuals and original performance printouts. Both come with power cords too but they are most likely not the original factory cords. Pictures:
  24. Well it’s been a long time in coming but it’s finally here. Part of the reason it took so long was that it’s difficult to start a project like this because that first amp is both evaluated and stipulated at the same time. So if I give amp number 1 a seven for its bass performance then I’m saying that it has very good bass performance and that every amp that follows will be compared to that level of bass that is now stipulated (ie: set in stone) as a seven. You could say that I’ve declared that level of bass as a seven rather than evaluated it as a seven. In a way you have to listen to several amps to get an idea of the level of variety you expect before that first amp can actually be evaluated. Anyway, I have managed to wrap my oblong noggin around the concept so here we go with the very first Power Amp entry. 1. Burson PP-160. This is an amp I quite enjoy listening to, I’ve described Burson gear in the past as sounding crisp, snappy and airy and this amp is no exception. I should probably add detailed to that list as the performance of this amp is very good. It is not an amp to puff up its chest and announce its presence so at times it does seem to be a bit lazy because when the music dies down the music really does die down, but when called on it gives an excellent performance with nicely extended, airy highs (with a very nice “twinkle†effect on the triangle and piano), snappy mids (with transients in between that are very pleasing to the ear) and nicely defined deep and clean bass. What’s more Burson gear tends to keep this sound across a wide range of components that it is paired with, I think it may be partly due to the fact that it has a very even representation of the entire frequency range (so it does not emphasize highs, mids or bass). The PP160 is a stereo power amp with 70 watts per channel into 8 ohms and only one RCA input. It does have a booster amp function so that a lowish (sub 25 watt) valve amp can be plugged into it via a pair of “speaker in†binding posts but mine has been disconnected internally so I can’t test that function out. Test Rig. The Burson was fed from a Consonance CD120 via LBP Parapiao ICs into a Burson PRE-160 and then via Ribbonflex ICs into the PP-160. Then via Ribbontek speaker cables into my Lenehan S2Rs on their matched stands. Power was fed to all source and preamp components via a Consonance PS1 power filter board and to the PP-160 via a PS3 power board. Detail Highlights. Highs: Nice twinkle on triangle and piano, less air than there was when used with the Osborns. 7.5 Mids: Good snap, not as crisp as on the Osborns, excellent transients and nice airy space in between each instrument. 7.0 Bass: Deep and clear with distinct impact, depth and decay evident on drum strikes. 7.5 Vocals: Accurate and clear with female vocals clear in top end. F: 7.0 M: 6.5 Average: 6.75 2D and 3D Soundstaging: 7.0 each, instruments nicely separated and placed within the stage. Overall Performance Integration: Doesn’t excite in the short term, but if you stick with it you come to realize just how capable this amp is. An excellent listening amp that does not over emphasize any one part of the performance. It took a swap to another amp to make me realize just how good this one actually is, an excellent listening amp but not really a party amp. I would describe it as subtly brilliant and I’m giving it an 8.0! Ability to Emote: 6.5 Let down by a slight dryness in the mids, it believes it is up to you to enjoy the music, not it to make you enjoy the music. Electric Guitar Test: 7.5 Very good, very accurate, if it just had a tiny bit of agro energy (and I mean a very, very small bit) it would be a 8.0. 80s Rock Test: Everything is as it should be, including the tape hiss in the background (which is a bit of a mixed blessing). 7.0 Total Score: 71.75 I think this was an excellent amp to start with, it sets the bar a bit high but why not, right? Pics will be added just as soon as I find the charger for the camera. Edit: And I did. At rest. And ready for action. And in the interest of full disclosure. I am a Burson fan, every piece of Burson gear I've heard has been what I would call "above average" in performance and very well built. I have made every effort to conduct this evaluation in a fair and impartial manner. Though not necessarily in a mature one. The chair in use was a recliner of acceptable comfort level with adjacent shelving that is frequently used as a drink stand. The air conditioner was not in use for the review and I suspect this is the reason that the ice in my Pepsi melted long before I was finished. My long haired cat was strangely absent for the review so it worked out well that the room heated up a little as my feet would have been a bit cold otherwise. Scale: 1 to 3 means a performance below par with one being somewhere in the vicinity of fingernails on a blackboard while a poorly tuned AM radio shrieks out static in the background and 3 being just bearable but still rather messy. 4 to 6 is average, listenable but nothing noteworthy, 4 being a bit messy or harsh and 6 being pretty good but nothing to write home about. 7 to 9 is better than you would expect them to be, with 7 being a good performance, 8 being an exceptional performance and 9 being the best you are ever likely to hear. And it is pretty damn unlikely that I will ever award a 10 because that would mean it is the best of the best of the best. (Add them all up for a final score out of 100, and remember from 30 to 60 you can go from an absolute stinker to an amp that is pretty good at what it does, anything above 60 is likely to be something worth investigating) Next up is a stalwart of the power amp industry, the Rotel RB1070 which have on loan from ellrots.
  25. Item: Wyred 4 Sound SX-1000 Monoblocks (Pair) AND Wyred 4 Sound SX-500 Monoblocks (Pair) - both sets in black. Location: Canberra Price: SX-1000 Pair $2125.00, SX-500 Pair $1630.00 - plus postage and paypal, $20 donation to Stereonet per pair. Item Condition: Immaculate (see photos) Reason for selling: I'm playing - I'm very happy with my system but want to try something new. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank transfer. Extra Info: I am selling two sets of Wyred 4 Sound monoblock amplifiers, one set of SX-1000s, and one set of SX-500s. They sound essentially identical, but the SX-1000s are higher powered (570w into 8Ohms vs 250w into 8Ohms), so they will drive a more difficult speaker with greater headroom. Both are outstanding amplifiers, and while other amplifiers beat them in specific areas I haven't heard better all-rounders for less than $10k retail. The SX-1000 retail for $3k a pair in Australia, while the SX-500 retail for $2350 a pair in Australia. The SX-1000s have won The Absolute Sound's Editors Choice Award for four years running now, and the SX-500s are just as good. The amplifiers are in excellent condition and I have all the original packaging etc. I've included photos or one set of amplifiers, and not the others, but they look identical. There are a huge number of glowing reviews on the net - I'll let you find those on your own - but here is my own review (which is, I think, a little more realistic than some of the over-the-top reviews that can be found): Well, it hasn't been 300 hours yet (the suggested run in time for the amplifiers), but I think I can put some words down now. I'll get straight to the point: the Wyred 4 Sound Sx-1000 monoblocks are something special. They are effortlessly powerful, effortlessly controlled, and effortlessly detailed - 570 watts into 8 Ohms allows means that the amplifiers just NEVER sound strained. Yet despite the high power the SX-1000s are not hulking brutes. Unlike some high power (and high end) class A/AB amplifiers I've listened to, these class D amplifiers give an even-handed performance with no one aspect of the musical spectrum receiving undue attention or emphasis. Bass is powerful but not the overdone or mechanical; mids are astonishingly detailed but have a smoothness that prevents listener fatigue; and highs are full bodied, without unnatural hi-fi shimmer. Some reviewers have suggested that these amplifiers have a presentation towards the cold end of the musical spectrum. They don't. If anything, these amplifiers are a little warmer than neutral. Some reviewers have suggested that these amplifiers have world leading dynamics. They don't. They are dynamic enough to provide plenty of drama but they slightly soften leading edges, making them, ultimately, comfortable listening at any volume with any recording. If they excel with any type of music, it is with strings, particularly the lower registers of the cello and piano. Voices also sound amazing, and impressive detail through the upper mids provides an almost holographic sense of recording space. Speaking of space, the sound-stage is both wide and high, though not as deep as some amplifiers I've listened to. Instruments are precisely placed and have good stability, however a slight softening of the highs means that plucked strings sound more diffuse than they might. Many reviews have reported (with almost plagiaristic similarity) that the SX-1000s have an unbelievably low noise floor - comments about blacker than black backgrounds abound. I'm not sure what the technical details are here (and don't really care), but again, my experience goes against the received wisdom. The background is dark enough, very good for it's price class, but it is closer to charcoal than obsidian. What the SX-1000s are good at, is being very good at ALL things, not at being exceptional at SOME things. These amplifiers product mid to high-end sound, for a low to mid-end price. I haven't said anything about the physical aspects of the amplifiers yet (this is of secondary importance to me), but quickly: the SX-1000s are better looking (in black) than I was expecting, and very well made. By this I mean they are perfectly pleasant looking - rather than outright ugly - but if you want audio jewellery you should look elsewhere. All in all, these are great amplifiers for a great price, and they'll be staying in my system for a long time to come - or at least until I want to try something new. SX-1000 by 0lhh0, on Flickr W4S Amps Front by 0lhh0, on Flickr W4S Amps Back by 0lhh0, on Flickr
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