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Item: Avantgarde XA Pre-Amplifier & XE Power Amplifier
Location: Hampton, Melbourne
Price: $20,000 ONO (for both)
Item Condition: Excellent
Reason for selling: Need to raise funds
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
I am offering for sale a set of rare, high quality, great sounding amplifiers. One is a Pre-Amplifier and one is a stereo power amplifier, sold together as a set.
Avantgarde Acoustic are known for their highly respected horn speakers, which can be very revealing of the source and amplification.
According to them, a few years ago they became aware that many of their customers who bought the Duo & Trio speakers were wanting better amplification than what they could commonly find.
They decided to embark on a project to create the best possible amplification not only for their range of loudspeakers but for all audiophiles with all loudspeaker types.
Key objectives were VERY LOW noise floor (silence) and mechanical & electrical isolation.
If you are interested, have a read of this review because it sums up the great attention to detail contained within this equipment, including a patented DC circuit for the signal:
With the flick of a toggle switch, the XA PRE can be switched to DC function. This isolates the signal from the AC power supply and it runs from an internal battery supply.
There are a few high end pre-amps that provide this feature because the sonic benefits are remarkable and have to be heard to be believed.
The music emerges from a totally silent black background. You can hear the silence between the notes and this has the effect of completely transforming the dynamics of the sound.
The resolution is wonderful but at the same time the sound is natural and musical - the rhythmic & timing qualities of the music create a great canvas for the melody to unfold.
You don't have to be an owner of horn speakers to appreciate these amplifiers. I have connected & listened to them with Wilson Alexandria, Duntech Sovereign and Sonus Faber Aida loudspeakers and they were superb.
This set were purchased from the Australian dealer and are finished in the Tiger Rosewood presentation. They are made in Germany, facilitate only XLR connections (no RCA unbalanced) and produce 150W per channel. Beware though....each amplifier is over 40kg!
Here is the manufacturer's website for your reference:
The cost of these brand new is $43,000 ($23,000 for the XA PRE and $20,000 for the XA POWER).
In the review mentioned above, Roy Gregory says "They are not cheap -- although in material and performance terms they are certainly a bargain".
If you are genuinely interested, I'd like to hear from you.
Please note that these are not just another similar version of the common amplifier designs available everywhere. These are a genuinely innovative design that has resulted in multiple patent applications and they sound distinctly better than all the amplifiers that I have heard. If you are looking for a 'destination' set of amplifiers that are built with the finest attention to detail inside and out, that will give you truly world class performance and have a hint of exclusivity, then these may be just waiting for you......enjoy!
(Please note that in the pictures, the Townshend Audio pods that the amps are resting on are not included in the sale)
Avantgarde Acoustic Zero TA XD
8pm Wednesday 19th July, visitors welcome.
Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices
Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading
Melway Map 48 Ref G9
Contact: 9437 1249
This month we welcome to the club a local importer of High End audio equipment Cameron Keating from Maxmedia, who will be presenting a selection of European Hi-Fi brands, one of which Avantgarde Acoustic from Germany, would be a very familiar name with horn speaker enthusiasts.
Cameron will be demonstrating the newest model in the Avantgarde range, the Zero TA XD. This entry-level speaker encompasses Avantgarde's 25 years of know how in hybrid horn loudspeakers. Up until now, Avantgarde fans have had to choose between one of the company's bigger, more expensive hybrid horns. Standing just over a meter tall, this new three way model is described as a semiactive horn system. The objective was to accomplish the clarity and power of its 'bigger' brothers, in a significantly reduced enclosure.
Employing Avantgarde's CDC technology, the midrange driver has no passive filter components in the signal path. This results in a sound characterized with an effortless clarity and explosive vitality. The 400 mm spherical midrange horn crosses over at 300hz to a DSP-controlled 10-band parametric subwoofer. This 12 inch long throw driver is powered by a 500Watt amplifier.
Partnering the speakers for the night, will be the LAB 12 Mighty Power Amplifier. This single ended class A valve amp, will be driving the mids and tweeters with only 10 Watts. Matched to its pre-amp, the LAB 12 TRUE is a Passive Attenuator / Input Selector. The LAB 12 DAC 1 will be taking care of the digital to analogue duties, with classic non oversampling (Phillips TDA 1543) and a tube based output stage. Not forgetting a second DAC from iFi the Micro iDSD BL will be taking a turn. The font end source will be a music sever from INNUOS, the Zeneth Mk II.
With a system sensitivity of 104 dB, the ZERO TA is 32 times the dynamic range of a conventional 87 dB box speaker. I think we're in for some fireworks for the night.
Wise and Wonderful Webmaster
Melbourne Audio Club, Inc.
Item: Avantgarde Acoustic Duo (Horn) Speakers
Price: now REDUCED to $11,000
Item Condition: Very good
Reason for selling: Downgrading due to business investment opportunity
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (with fees), Direct Bank Transfer
Extra Info: I am selling these on behalf of a mate who is looking to raise some funds for a new business venture. No original packaging/shipping crates so pick up in Sydney preferred. Price reduced to accomodate this. Interstate buyers will need to get a mate to pick the speakers up in Sydney and sort out shipping for you. Again reduced sale price reflects this inability of the seller to deal with packing and shipping.
These are 1st generation Avantgarde Duo horns, 8 ohms, approx 101dB sensitivity and have powered subwoofers. Lots of specification info is available on the web. The horns are Blue in colour. The speakers have not seen any use in the last 2+ years as I have been storing them in my home office for my mate.
Item: Avantgarde Acoustic UNO speakers
Location: Bexley NSW
Price: $9350 ONO.
Item Condition: Used but in great condition, superb sonically.
Reason for selling: Going different direction
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash
Extra Info: Listing on behalf of a friend.
Grab your chance. Avantgarde speakers are rarely seen on second hand market. These speakers are in great condition sounds superb.
Pick up only as he doesn’t have original box. Audition can be arranged.
Sydney Audio Club Meeting - Sunday 12th February 2017 - IFi, Avantgarde, Scheu, Lab 12 from MAXMEDIABy TomW
Our February club meeting sees the very welcome return of Cameron Keating of MAXMEDIA Melbourne. Without fail, Cameron always brings in interesting and superb sounding gear – and this time looks to be no different..! This month the emphasis with be on the various iFi products he sells. iFi is the UK manufacturer of high performance, reasonably priced equipment. And Cameron will also be bringing an excellent turntable so we’ll hear lots of great vinyl too (don’t forget to bring yours!).
The system will be: AVANTGARDE ACOUSTIC, IFI, SCHEU ANALOGUE, LAB 12 and KingSound Electrostatic Headphones
AVANTGARDE ACOUSTIC - The ZERO 1 XD is a 3-way active loudspeaker in a 2 x 50 watt and 1 x 400 watt power amplified 3-way active system, configuration, with each of the driver stages receiving a signal that is digitally filtered and then converted to analogue, amplified, and directly connected to the voice coil of the driver systems without any passive filters in between. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ power amplifier covering the entire frequency range is renounced in favor of amplifier stages optimized for each of the dedicated frequency ranges. Moreover, the strict division into 3 ranges prevents bass signals from affecting midrange and treble reproduction and vice-versa.
SCHEU ANALOGUE - The CLASSIC CELLO TURNTABLE fitted with Rega 202 and Ortofon Super OM10 $2,499. It will be running with the new IFI IPHONO 2 $849. How a `connoisseur´s tip’ came to conquer the analogue world. What began 20 years ago with Thomas Scheu’s `passion for tinkering´ has grown into a highly regarded company with audiophile customers almost anywhere on this recently revinylized planet. The SCHEU Cello Classic Line Timbre was awarded `Product of The Year´ by the Cinema Awards 2015 in Russia, it is easy to see why on inspection. The Cello Classic Line is divided into three models with different features (tonearms and cartridges), different shell structures and different shell designs. Also see the Scheu website.
IFI, IFI, IFI… “…UK’s largest manufacturer of high-end audio systems… one-stop shop for computer audio… the greatest depth and breadth in USB power and signal clean-up devices…”
The Micro iFi iPHONO 2. Only everything has been improved. Ultra-wide gain range – max gain is an astonishing 72dB, min gain is 36dB. To suit any cartridge. Whisper quiet – SNR of > 86dB is an impressive 10dB quieter than the original. Latest AMR trickle-down; Class A, TubeState® circuit for unrivalled linearity, DriveDrive® servo-less ‘DC infinity’ circuit. No capacitors AND no DC-Servo means zero added noise and distortion in the audio signal path. $849.
The NEW Micro IFI iDSD BL edition DAC. Digital engine upgraded with iFi custom ultra-low noise Op-Amp OV2028 Analogue section upgraded with iFi custom ultra-low noise Op-Amp OV2627. $925
IFI SPDIF Purifier. When asked, does it make your system sound better, they answer was in all cases, we cannot listen now without it in place. SPDIF is ubiquitous, but needs jitter sorting. SPDIF is back. With platforms like PS4, Xbox, Apple TV and Google Chromecast etc., SPDIF output has once again become a popular medium for enjoying good sound. However, such SPDIF outputs are loaded with jitter which effects sub-par sound quality. The new SPDIF iPurifier runs the SPDIF signal through 4 comprehensive signal optimisation and regeneration stages. The SPDIF iPurifier eliminates all source jitter and regenerates a perfect SPDIF signal - resulting in warmer, more dynamic, resolving and flat out more life-like sonics. Quieter than battery iPower 5V included. $225.
LAB 12 - The Gordian Multifunctional Power Distributor / Conditioner. Your system deserves clean and abundant power. Whatever your audio system setup is, clean and abundant power is the nutrition that will make it reveal its strength and virtuousness. It is well known that an inadequate power distributor may kill the dynamics of your audio system and that a noisy AC power line could affect its performance on midrange and high frequency signals. Gordian is here to distribute all the power that your system may need even at extreme situations without losing its strength. It is also here to gently clean up the unwanted artefacts from your power supply using a well-designed, adaptive network of passive components. Conductors of very large cross section, high quality tight sockets and industrial grade bindings constitute the unshakable electrical network that delivers the power to your system. The “star” topology of the inner connections reduces to the minimum the noise transfer between your devices while guarantees that no ground loops will be developed.
The Gordian cares about the quality of your power source more than you may realize. It incorporates an industrial grade power analyzer which lets you inspect many aspects of your AC power signal. Some of the available metrics are:
· Frequency (accuracy 0.0005%)
· Total Harmonic Distortion (THD - accuracy 0.005%)
· RMS Voltage/Current
· Power Consumption
· Power Factor
· FFT (Frequency analysis)
· DC Voltage
A serious power analyser. PRICE - AS DISCUSSED.
LAB 12 - The Passive Attenuator / Input Selector TRUE
Some like pure. TRUE is a pure passive attenuator/input selector. It is designed to keep every detail of this low level, sensitive signal coming from your source to your power amplifier, unaffected. Connect it to your system, allow some playing hours to let it get familiar with your devices and finally enjoy the music. Because at the end of the day this is what we are truly looking for. Includes features like a Blue Velvet ALPS Audio Grade potentiometer and a high grade input selector. RRP $799.
KingSound Electrostatic Headphones – for the headphone lovers, Cameron will be bringing in the new KingSound Electrostatic Headphones. Likely the KS-2 package which includes the KS-2 headphones ($849 on their own) and the M-10 Amplifier: $1,099 INC GST for the package.
Note: We will also have an Oppo BDP-105D Universal player on hand to allow the playing of CD/SACD and USB flash drives during our BYO session. We will be using the Oppo only as a transport.
The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on vinyl, CD/SACD or USB flash drive. All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go.
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound.
Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park
Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping
When: Sunday 12th February 2017
Doors open 1pm
Meeting starts at 2pm
Sydney Audio Club