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  1. So, here we are again with the third thread (representing the third listening room) since this obsession began back in mid 2010 (or possibly early 2011, I'd need a good psychologist to be sure). Pics of the new listening room will arrive in good time, a new camera is on the way, as will pics of the first amp to grace the new room, until then I'm afraid I'll just have to copy and paste from the good old internet. This is Darren69's Peachtree Nova, the older model with the mosfet modules (prior to the class D modules and the power increase). It is listed in the manual as 80wpc into 6 Ohms so, in my mind, it is probably about 60wpc into 8 Ohms. It also has the option of a tube preamp stage (that can be switched on and off via the remote) and a built in 24/96 DAC so it scores very well in the value for money stakes. As I've been discovering over the last few weeks it is a very easy amp to like, that built in DAC has been in use for all my tv and movie viewing and has done a sterling job. It must be well integrated with the preamp stage because I have been unable to pick the difference between it and the Halcro's built in DAC, so just because it's rated at a 'crappy' 24/96 doesn't mean that it doesn't sound good. I'm also a fan of the Nova's look, that wood veneer looks very cool and the fact that it's curved somehow makes it work even better. IMO the veneer on the new PS Audio Sprout looks very "80's station wagon fake" by comparison. For those keeping track this is Integrated amp number #62 (at least, I'm pretty sure it is, I actually thought I was up to #63 at one stage... oh well, somewhere in the low 60's, so let's just call it #62 and leave it at that). The Peachtree was fed from a Halcro EC800 cd player via Aurealis R1 interconnects to the Nova and then through Redgum Expressive Line speaker cable to my Lenehan/ETI S2R speakers. And now that the hardware stuff is out of the way let's get down to the important stuff. Highs: Open, airy and spacious and sort of 'happy', xylophone and triangle sound a little bit sweet and a little bit luscious without going far enough to be called rich. I love the top end of the Nova, no glare, no hardness, never harsh or grainy. I've given it a 7.5. Mids: Well separated, natural and pleasingly rhythmic, light acoustic music is beautifully rendered as is jazz and opera (even though I don't usually go there). The mids and highs are given center stage and the bass is generally kept under tight control and used to back hem up and reinforce them. Vocals are also very good, but I'm getting ahead of myself there. 7.5 Bass: Well controlled and forced into second place behind the mids and highs, excellent control and presence but not enough for a bass head. It doesn't go as deep as it could but I believe this is deliberate as if it did then it would likely interfere with the treble. So, I'm giving it an 8.0 for quality and a 6.5 for amount and depth, so that averages at 7.25. It could use a little more impact as well but again that would cause issues for the top end. Vocals: Natural and just a little breathy and rich and just a bit sweetly relaxed, an 8.0 for both male and female vocals. An excellent vocal performance, very enjoyable. Soundstaging is hard to judge, it took me several months to get used to the new room the last time so I imagine it will take quite a while this time as well. It did seem to be pretty capable, it does the job and doesn't do anything wrong so I'll give it the benefit of any doubt with a 7.0 Overall performance Integration: The treble is where it's at with the Peachtree Nova, the bass is good too but the treble really shines. The only thing it is lacking is a little impact and dynamicism but I suspect that is deliberate, you wouldn't want those to get in the way of the vocals or the rest of the mid range. An excellent amp for slower styles and still a good one for rock. A very easy amp to live with. Ability to Emote: With slower styles, folkish rock and ballads it scores 7.5 but it drops to a flat 7.0 on harder tracks so I'll average that to a 7.25. Electric Guitar Test: As with many amps that are very well controlled it could not score above a 7.0, it just isn't edgy or rebellious enough. 80's Rock Test: Again good, 7.0 but not great, as with the electric guitar test it does well enough but it just doesn't have the right personality to fit well with 80's rock. And a few random observations: The top end has a few characteristics that remind me of the Burson PI-160, it doesn't sound the same but it does have similar strengths with those nice airy highs. The mid range has maybe half of the rhythmic energy of the NAKSA 80, it sounds nice but it isn't nearly as addictive as the NAKSA was. The Nova was never forward in its presentation and not generally recessed either, it was slightly withdrawn on occasion. Considering the Nova sounds this good and has the added extras of an inbuilt DAC and a remote control I'd have to call it excellent value for money. And I'll add a few of my own pics in midweek. Edit: Pics added.
  2. Item: Vincent SV-237 Hybrid Stereo Amplifier Location:Perth WA Price: $1700 now $1500 Item Condition: Immaculate Reason for selling: Upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Credit cards accepted in person with CC charge To cover Square payments charge. Extra Info: Up for sale is my Vincent SV-237 Hybrid Stereo Amplifier. The brand is well known on these forums I know but a quick google search will tell you all you need to know about this fantastic Amp. Review and spec can be found here http://www.vincentshop.co.uk/sv-237-review Only selling due to upgrade. I have owned this amp from new and it is immaculate. Purchased in September 2015. I think it came with a 5 year warranty but not 100% sure and can not seem to find the right info. Should be able to track down the original receipt if thats important to you but as of today I can not find it. Comes with original Box, manuals and some spare tubes. ( don't think they spares are Mullard tubes though, I think those are inside the amp) Amp can be auditioned at weekends easily, evenings a little harder to arrange. Location is Highgate Perth. Due to it size and weight local pick up is my preferred option. However if you arrange the courier I can have the amp ready to be collected during the day. Packed in its origin box and with a second cover box round it for shipping. This is more problematic as I would require full payment prior to it being shipped. DD would be my preferred an cost free option in this case. Pictures:
  3. Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice for a good budget stereo amp and floorstanding speakers combination? I'm definitely want used equipment but that means I wont necessarily be able to try them in combination before I buy. Budget is ~2500 Room: 3.5m x 7m, wooden floors. Music: Classic rock, Metal, Reggae, Electronic. Source: Spotify (probably using Chromecast audio, unless someone recommends an amp with Spotify Connect?) Any advice or experience people have would be greatly appreciated! Cheers
  4. Item: Arcam Diva P90 Stereo Power Amp Location: Yarra Ranges Price: $350 + Postage if needed. Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No Longer Needed, I'll be running the 4 height speakers directly from the new AVR. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Deposit Only. Paypal (buyer pays fees) (paypal only if shipped) Extra Info: Bought from AVForum member Blybo earlier this year. Product Description Both channels driven 8 Ohms, 20Hz-20kHz 90W Single channel 4 Ohms, 1kHz 150W Distortion 8 Ohms, 80% power, 1kHz 0.005% Input sensitivity 700mV Input impedance 22k Ohms Power consumption (maximum) 800VA 12v Trigger: 1 x In & ! Out Pictures:
  5. I have a Klipsch system for movies including F30 floor standing speakers. The speakers are currently powered by a Yamaha RX-V 2073 receiver. I'm looking for a good stereo amplifier between 1.5k to 2.5k to use with Klipsch F30 speakers for audio. I searched a few amplifiers and short listed three, Yamaha A-S500, A-S700 and Pioneer A-50. I noted a few bad reviews on A-S700, so I'm not sure which way to go. Unfortunately, these amplifiers aren't available at nearby stores for a demonstration. I would like to have your opinion on the amps I have short listed. Thanks in advance D
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