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  1. Hiya - my son came over from the UK for Christmas so I got him to collect and bring back a Sony WM-5 cassette walkman as a birthday present and summer project. It was not working and in far from pristine condition but after considering a variety of different models, I decided I loved the look and design of this model best. The WM-5 is a relatively rare metal model that closely resembles the design of the WM-2 so I've referred to youtube and a digital copy of the WM-2 service manual to work on it. This is my first walkman project. I could hear the motor whirring when I put in batteries and pressed play but the capstans didn't spin. I suspected the belt had perished and confirmed that was the case when I took it apart. Note that, if you have one of these and want to take it apart, the play/ff/rw/stop buttons can get caught on the very thin aluminium fascia that surrounds them so you have to be very gentle working the body out of the case. Also, take good photos of the inside boards and thin wires in case you accidentally break them or for resoldering them. I found the original belt had turned to black goo and it took some time to clean it all from the wheels. I replaced the belt with one of similar diameter but 1mm width, which I bought in a pack of belts of varying sizes from Ebay. The buttons seemed to be working so I put it back together and have been testing it. My advice to anyone wanting to undertake this sort of project is to have all the tools, parts, DC power wart, grease and oil when you take your device apart - you don't want to have to take it apart more than once or twice as you increase the risk that something will break each time you do. I have got it working but I still have some issues to chase down (any help you can provide would be appreciated): 1. According to the part list for the WM-2, the dimensions of the belt are 44x0.9, which presumably is the diameter and width in mm? I've fitted one that looks pretty close to 44m diameter but it isn't easy to take an accurate measure of the diameter of a rubber belt! I have read that a non-standard belt can cause higher wow and flutter but this belt at least proves the motor mechanism works. 2. The ff button works fine and the motor action is smooth and relatively quiet but the rw button is unreliable. It will rewind for several seconds and then stop. If you press the stop button and then press the rw button again. It will start the action then stop quickly. Repeating will go back to rewinding for several seconds and then stop. The rewind action is noisy and not smooth. Also, sometimes, after you press the stop button after rewinding/ffwding, the left capstan starts turning for a few seconds before it stops?! 3. The play and stop buttons work fine except the play action is noisy to my ear (I can't remember how quiet/noisy walkman used to be!) and the noisiness varies metronomically. This might be causing the wow I'm hearing on the tape. However, I only have one tape to test the unit at present (I will locate some more) and while I think I detect some wow it might be the tape (it is an old and low quality children's story recording). 4. I have ordered some replacement screws for the several that are missing but I can't locate a replacement perspex window for my broken one. I see that you can get a replacement for the WM-D6 but I cannot find anything online to replace what has to be the most common walkman window in existence! 5. The matt black paint on the case has been scraped off in a few places and I would like to touch it up but don't know what product is best to use. I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer project so far, and I would dearly love to get it looking and running as well as it did in the 80s so any advice and encouragement would be gratefully received.
  2. After realising that much of the commentary about the Sony 760ES / 885ES on various forums was coming from non-owners I thought it might be interesting to have a thread from an owners perspective- although it has only been a couple of weeks so far! I had a JVC X9900 for a while - a thoroughly top class projector which although performed flawlessly and produced superb images , it whetted my appetite for the next level of performance. We are upgrading the theatre room in terms of new screen, upgraded sound, cabinetry , painting etc and we stretched the budget to fit in the Sony 760ES. Mounting the projector was relatively straight forward as it turned out. Sony have a number of mounting points on the base but the only fixing pattern that works is a triangular pattern. I used the Peerless PRG-UNV mount I was able to use the existing pole which is attached to 2 steel lintels fixed to the roof trusses. PJ is just 4.5M from the screen, but this is more than sufficient for the 140" Cinemascope zoom that I have ordered from Oz Theatre Screens. Sony seem to be able to go bigger from the same distance ( based on my experiments) than JVC did despite similar throw ratio specs. It's no big deal really, but it meant that I didnt have to mount the PJ further back. One problem encountered was that the Peerless PRG mount was not designed to be fixed to a square pole. So I took a threaded adapter from a Peerless rear wall mount ( which I was going to use with JVC) and attached it securely to the pole - it worked like a charm! From the moment i first fired up the 760ES I knew it was something special. Resolution, even on 1080p, was noticeably better than JVC . For 2018 models, Sony has installed a newly developed lens and it is very good indeed. We know that they saved the very best for the 5000 but at this price point, the lens , its edge to edge resolution, full 4k panels all contribute to a naturally sharp image. I had heard about Sony's motion handling but experiencing it is a treat. Fast action and scene pans are smooth and natural and again a cut above what I was used to. Contrast is excellent - yes you heard me correctly! It does not do black levels as well as JVC E-shift but its contrast is so good overall, it leaves nothing wanting. I should add that I was not a fan of auto iris feature of JVC and other Sony's. The video processing electronics of the 760ES are more advanced than the lesser Sony models and this is clearly assisting things like contrast. Laser light source- this has to be the future i think. The image is ultra stable , superb colours and such even illumination. It seems brighter than the specs would indicate and I have only been using low laser setting even for HDR on the existing screen (I will need to up the ante on the bigger screen). The HDR experience is further enhanced by Sony's BT2020 setting. Reports are quick to point out that it covers 90% of the full colour gamut ( which would be hard to pick for many people I think ) but it was done this way to achieve a zero light penalty. Some BT2020 filters can cause a 40% light loss which makes HDR on an average PJ all that much harder to achieve. So for 4K HDR I dont seem to need to use the Oppo's tone mapping and I get excellent results using Sony's own controls. Next step is to fit new screen and have a professional ISF calibration . In the meantime I took a couple of snaps with my iPhone. I figure I will get the DSLR out after calibration. It might be difficult to see differences in resolution with theses photos and the first photo was a scene from a 1080p movie - Valerian. Next was 4k - and was sharper on screen - I don't think the iPhone captured it though.
  3. Item: Sony MDR-Z7M2 Headphones Location: Chatswood, NSW Price: $350 AUD (Firm) including free shipping. Item Condition: Good. Very minor signs of use as pictured. Well maintained and cleaned for a new home. Will ship in original packaging. Reason for selling: Not used enough. Payment Method: PayPal, bank transfer. Extra Info: Originally retailing for $1299 AUD, the Z7M2 probably has some of the best build quality and comfort of any large transportable headphone in its class. Just stare into the inky void of the black aluminium earcups and the Fibonacci sequence grille. I did not enjoy the sound as much as I had hoped but your mileage may vary - I think it does well with instrumental and well recorded jazz / acoustic tracks. Listing includes original packaging, 3.5mm cable, 4.4mm balanced cable and quarter inch adapter. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. Item: Sony IER-Z1R Location: Perth Price: $1490 Item Condition: Like new Reason for selling: No longer wanted Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: Bought 13th Jan 2020, arrived 17th so not even 3 weeks old, about 6hrs use all up… they sound awesome, but I forgot I dislike IEM comfort. I have only touched 1 pair of the many ear tips. Photos:
  5. Item: Various Headphones Location: Bellfield Victoria, 3081 Price: $5 each Item Condition: Used Reason for selling: No Longer Required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: All headphones are in working condition but are 10 years+ old and show signs of wear and age. All proceeds will go back to SNA and the bushfire relief funds. Ultimately I just want these beloved headphones to go to a new home for a good cause. $5 each set. Given the price, pick up preferred to keep it simple but can post at buyers expense. Bellfield (Ivanhoe area), Melbourne Victoria. 1 x pair of pre-loved Sennheiser HD5?? I think they are HD 500's but not sure. Open back design. Ear cup surrounds are still OK. 1 x pair pre-loved Sennheiser HD280 pro monitor headphones. Ear cups and head band pad show some deterioration but are otherwise fine. 1 x pair pre-loved and still in very good condition Sony MDR-V6 Digital Monitor Headphones. With case. Ear cups show a little deterioration. Cheers Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. Item: Sony wm1a Location: Merrylands Price: 700 Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: I prefer sp1000 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: Just bought it on Friday but I prefer SP1000. I am not making any money by selling, therefore price is fixed. Please feel free to demo it. I prefer to sell it in person only so that you can demo it, and test it before you make a purchase. comes with: Sony WM1A Digital Audio Player (RRP $1349) 2 cases charging cable original box please send me a message if you are interested. Thank you. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  7. Unlike the cassette which you can still find all over the place in thrift stores, eBay and any classified, the retail pre-recorded MiniDisc media is really rare in the wild. Where'd they all go? Let's take a quick look.
  8. Item: Sony IER-M7 IEM Location: Glen Waverley, Victoria Price: $450 + shipping $400 + shipping Item Condition: Like New Reason for selling: Prefer headphones over IEMs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Great IEMs with a warm sounding signature. Bought them a few weeks ago but selling as I tend to use headphones more. Comes with box, accessories and case (as shown in the photos). Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  9. Item: Sony IER-Z1R Signature Series In-ear Headphones (Top of the Line) Location: North Sydney (Business Hours) or Picnic Point NSW (After Hours/Weekends) Price: $2000 + Postage Item Condition: Brand New Sealed in Box Reason for selling: Decided to try out customs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Photos:
  10. Item: SONY IER-Z1R SIGNATURE SERIES IN EAR HEADPHONES Location: North Sydney (Business Hours) or Picnic Point NSW (After Hours/Weekends) Price: $2000 + Postage Item Condition: Brand New Sealed in Box Reason for selling: Decided to try out customs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash/Osko Bank Transfer, or can post - Osko Bank Transfer only Photos:
  11. Item: Sony UBP-X800, 4K (UHD Blu-ray player/streamer), Perth Location: Perth Price: $350 (PayPal as friend or add 4% fee) postage included Item Condition: Excellent, hardly used Reason for selling: Used few times, streaming mostly Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Excellent condition, not being used at all...Comes with unmarked remote in original box. Lots of reviews on Net. Key Features With a 4K HDR display, the Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player delivers clear and vivid visuals with enhanced brightness and contrast. Using a dual-band wireless MIMO technology, the Sony 4K Blu-ray player allows you to reliably access streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, and more*. Complete with Dolby Atmos and DC:X, this Blu-ray player immerses you in a high-quality audio experience. The Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player supports various disc formats such as Compact disc, DVD Audio, DVD Video, and more; 24-bit audio formats such as WAV, MP3, FLAC, and more; and video file types such as MPEG4, WMV, XVID, and more. Free delivery. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  12. Since our house was first built 17 years ago, the theatre has had a 110” screen. At the time of the build we also had it decked out with cabinetry – it was the done thing. Back then, some were still installing 4:3 screens and a 110” 16x9 screen was close to the limit of what many projectors could achieve . While the screen size seemed perfect for 16x9 content, movies in Cinemascope ( most of them) were reduced by the letterbox bars that are inevitable in this type of setup. My aim with the screen upgrade was to keep the 16x9 images at what they previously were and gain some dramatic improvement with movies. I settled on a 140” Oz Theatre screen . The screen was just part of major upgrade which included painting all the walls and ceiling , upgraded electronics and the most amazing centre speaker. Centre Speaker is Dynaudio Evidence with RRP of $39K which I managed to buy secondhand. It is designed as floor standing centre speaker - I tried it with conventional stands but the factory designed approach gives the best results. Sound wise this thing is nothing short of incredible . Its resolution, soundstage, imaging and bass completely lifts the whole system. It blends in seamlessly with the rest of the system . The fronts are Aurum Cantus Grand Supremes . They also project a large soundstage and have excellent imaging . It is amazing what flock coating acoustic treatments can do to the WAF. Moving to a Dolby Atmos /DTS-X system meant 4 new ceiling speakers. I settled on Polk Audio 70-RT from USA ( cheaper than buying locally) To drive the ceiling speakers I thought I would try a low cost option direct from China from a company called Wentins. I saw these at the Ghanzhou AV show a few years ago and they sounded great so I thought it couldn't hurt trying one out. I bought a relatively cheap 5 channel @ 200 Watts per channel. These guys make a huge range and will custom make high power amps to your specs. I had been using the original NAD Master series M25 for the system previously but after trying out the Wentins, it was clear it was doing things nicer than the mighty M25. It had all the speed of the M25 but with a richer timbre and superior dynamics and bass. This got me thinking, if one of their cheapest amps sounded this good, how good would one of their better ones be? I decided to relegate the M25 to ceiling speaker duties, use the Wentins multichannel amp for surrounds and rear surrounds , and ordered hifi monoblocks direct from the factory. These amps are fully balanced and produce 225 WPC into 8 ohms and 450 into 4 ohms. ( all speakers are 4 ohms in this system). They were still well priced but being hifi amplifiers, they did not have a 12v trigger which I have since added. The L&W brand is part of the Wentins group. These allowed me to run balanced XLR cables to each amp and I'm more than happy with the result.
  13. Item: SONY ZA5ES DAT RECORDER Location: adelaide SA Price: $700 Item Condition: EXCELLENT Reason for selling:UNUSED Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: up for sale is my sony ZA5es dat recorder. this unit i sourced from Netherlands if i remember correctly a couple of years ago. excellent working/cosmetic condition also includes the original remote. 4 motor unit has strong ffwd and rrwd. 220-230v model so no step down transformer needed. can include dat taps if needed. https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/sony/dtc-za5es.shtml Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  14. Item: Sony zx300 Walkman signed jdm Location: melbourne Price: $550aud Item Condition: 8/10 minor dent at the top as shown in the pictures Reason for selling: selling to fund other purchases Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Selling my signed zx300 signed by satou-san. Satou-san is one of the designers of the Sony zx300, wm1a and wm1z. I got this last year from Japan. It's a 64gb internal storage model. Condition is a 8/10 with a minor dent on the top as shown in the 3rd pic. Comes with original cable, box and papers. Walkman to micro usb adaptor, dignis case, and extra rubber stoppers for the ports. Open to trades. Price is slightly negotiable. Will accept PayPal and will ship anywhere as long as you pay. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  15. Item: Sony PVM Professional CRT monitor / JVC equivalent Price Range: Budget of $200-300 max Item Condition: Used or not working for parts Extra Info: Hello I’m writing to ask for ideas or contacts that may help me in finding older production equipment. In particular I am asking for CRT monitors, as made by Sony and JVC. My interest is for hobby use and I have experience and equipment for also servicing them. Perhaps you’ll laugh because I’m crazy for looking for CRT monitors in this day and age haha. If I don’t reach out then they just become harder to find. I’m in Phillip, Canberra and ‘will travel’ if one comes up. You can read more about my technology preservation efforts at my blog as linked below, which lately focuses on archiving Australian software from the 1980s. I’m in year three of searching for software and archiving it before it gets thrown out so I understand the importance of getting to things before e-waste does. Please cast your mind to anyone that could help in sourcing any Sony PVM / professional CRT monitors. Thank you sincerely
  16. Item: Sony ACC-TRW Battery and Charger Value Travel Kit with second battery Location: Sydney Price: $110 Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought them new. Sadly dropped my SONY RX 10 IV camera into the salt water after 6 months. Now bought a new Nikon camera so they are sitting there for nothing. Including one charger and TWO NP-FW50 batteries. Cost me $220 for them. Can post interstate on buyer's cost. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  17. Item: Sony A6500 Mirrorless camera with 18-135mm lens brand new in sealed box Location: Sydney Price: $1750 Item Condition: Brand new, sealed box Reason for selling: Already have Sony A6000 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, can post via PayPal Extra Info: I just won this in a charity auction, but already own the Sony A6000 and can't justify the incremental features for my requirements. Completely new in sealed box along with the excellent 18-135mm lens. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  18. Item: Sony CDP M11 player Location: Bulleen, Melbourne Price: $75 (happy to listen to offers as I want to move this one before I move house) Item Condition: Good Reason for selling: Moving house Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Works very well, no skips, and track selection is good. Sound quality, for its age, is very decent. However, occasionally the tray closes as soon as it's fully opened. Priced to sell. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  19. Item: Sony SB-5335 System Selector Location: Mooroolbark Price: $400 Item Condition: great Reason for selling: not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Decided to move on my Sony system selector. Was using it to do A - B comparisons with amplifiers and speakers. Can connect all at once 3 Amplifers 5 Sets of speakers 3 Turntables 3 Tape Decks 3 Tuners 3 Aux Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  20. Item: SONY WH-1000XM3 Headphones Location: North Sydney Price: $350 cash on pickup Item Condition: Brand New, still in sealed package Reason for selling: Not required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Pictures:
  21. Item: Sony NW-A55 16GB Walkman with High-Resolution Audio NWA55 - Black Location: North Sydney Price: $250 cash on pickup Item Condition: Brand New, note that the box did not come with shrink-wrap around it Reason for selling: Not required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Pictures:
  22. Item: SONY VPL-VW550es Location: VAF showroom Adelaide Price: $8999 (RRP $15,999) Item Condition: Ex demo floor model, excellent condition and includes a free globe Reason for selling: New models on display. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, VISA, AMEX, Bank Transfer - We can ship anywhere in Aus. Free shipping to Metro Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane. Extra Info: 4K2K (4096x2160) ANAMORPHIC 3D CAPABLE, SXRD HOME THEATRE PROJECTOR -BLACK - 1800 LUMENS BRIGHTNESS - 300,000:1 CONTRAST. Hand assembled in Japan. 10bit HDR compliant. See it on line at https://vaf.com.au/collections/special-offers/products/sony-vplvw550es-true-4k-projector Pictures:
  23. Item: Sony STR-7035 AM/FM Receiver Location: Bexley, NSW Price: $220 $190 Item Condition: Great for its age Reason for selling: I need to raise cash for new gear Payment Method: Pickup - Cash or bank deposit Extra Info: Up for sale a rare vintage Sony AM/FM receiver, made in Japan (circa 1975). The receiver is in a fantastic condition for its age - it works well and sounds great. The wooden case is in great shape, all lights, buttons and nobs are working fine. I haven't used this amp since I have purchased a bigger vintage amp - about 2 years ago. I recommend getting its pots cleaned just in case. Pick up only from Bexley Thanks, Rodrigo
  24. Item: Sony MU-A200 2 channel Power Amplifier Location: Ashfield, NSW Price: $400 Item Condition: excellent used condition. Reason for selling: Not being used. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Quality vintage 2 channel Sony power amplifier MU-A200. This is a quality amplifier and quite rare it seems. Can be used balanced or unbalanced - RCA or XLR plugs. I have downloaded the operating instructions and will include them in the sale. Heavy and very well made - made in Japan circa 1980s? Can be used for live performances as well as a normal power amplifier at home - clean punchy sound, wide soundstage. 130w/ch @ 8 ohms, 200w/ch @ 4ohms. 482 x 102 x 490mm. 15kg Some light scratches on the top but otherwise in excellent condition. Included in the sale are: 1. Operating instructions/ manual - printed copy downloaded from "UserManuals.com." 2. XLR-RCA cables - brand new. 3. Power cable - IEC/kettle cord. 4. RCA red/white pair. Pictures:
  25. Item: Sony CDP-XA7ES CD Player (Black) Location: East Brighton, VIC Price: $1,100 $880 Item Condition: Used, Excellent condition (1 minor mark on edge of side, see photo below) Reason for selling: Excess equipment not used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Only (note I no longer have the packing box and the unit is 15kg) Extra Info: There are many articles about this player on the web. It was Sony's last top of the range CD(only) player and rated Class A by Stereophile. Unit has not been used for many years as I misplaced the 'cd puck' when moving and only recently found it! Unit functions and is in great condition as the photos show, no issues. Unit comes with the user manual, remote control, an electronic copy of the service manual(which I'll email to the buyer) and the brochure as shown in the pictures below. Stereophile review: https://www.stereophile.com/cdplayers/sony_cdp-xa7es_cd_player/index.html Pictures:
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