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Item Condition: Excellentp- brand new Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Perth State: Western Australia Payment Method: Paypal, cash, EFT Reason for selling: Changing System and Front end Requirements Just released 2020 brand new state of the art PASSIVE pre amp technology which is worth rrrp of about $16000 and has been used for less than a week in Silver, 5 year Warranty from first registration, probably the only one in Australia currently as they heave log wait list to complete order proitpppor certainly on of a handful. Tac reviewer is keeping or buying the review edition. SILVER model in case and manual. 5 year WARRANTY begins on completion of forms or notifying Townshend Audio in United Kingdom. Silver pics are genuine and black are stock shots, only selling as happily. So how about a non professional review? – Allegri Reference
“I ordered one of the first Townshend Allegri Reference passive pre-amplifiers to give it a try. Sale or return so to speak
PASSIVE AUTOTRANSFORMER VOLUME CONTROL (AVC)
There are 129 individual 0.5dB steps, which give very fine volume adjustment at all listening levels. This incredibly wide range can accommodate very high source levels and very high sensitivity power amplifiers enabling refined volume control at very low levels, which is ideal for late-night listening. This is a 'first' for an AVC. In use, the control is seamless with no discernible steps. The Allegri Reference is the Holy Grail of audio preamplifiers.
The autotransformer configuration is employed for the Allegri Reference, as in the “stunning” Allegri+, because it has been shown to give by far the best sonic result when compared with conventional transformers (TVCs). The AVC also allows for a smaller core size, which has lower leakage inductance, which gives a far better transient performance and flatter frequency response. The AVC, is also much better than a resistive passive volume control, because of the very high input impedance and low output impedance.
The winding of each transformer comprises a single, unbroken, 260m (845 feet) length of 0.1mm (42SWG) Fractal™ wire, looped out 48 times around 48 pins, which are connected directly to the reed-relay pins. A short run of Fractal™ wire connects each of the signal in, signal out and ground, between the input/output connector board and each transformer relay board. Here is a clear case of less is MUCH more.
The laminations are 49 % Nickel, 51% iron mumetal, which gives the best bass performance and lowest overall distortion (less than 0.001%).
This purely passive autotransformer design is wired throughout with Townshend Audio’s unique Fractal™ wire, which was developed over many years of critical listening, by the most discerning audiophiles and is audibly superior to plain copper, silver and even DCT copper wire. The result is the most accurate, uncoloured and open-sounding preamplifier possible, offering astonishing transparency and resolution of the finest details.
To realise the full potential of the Allegri Reference, it is most important to use Townshend Audio F1 Fractal™ interconnects for both input and output, as just one metre of inferior interconnect can noticeably degrade the sound.
FRONT PANEL CONTROLS
The left-hand front rotary control selects the inputs, 1 to 5. When the control is pressed, the menu options are activated. The right-hand control adjusts the volume. When the volume control is pressed, the sound is muted. A second press puts the unit in standby.
With the remote control, you can operate volume change and mute, select any one of the five inputs and program a specific pre-set offset volume level. Display blanking is also switchable from the remote.
One press of the volume button, up or down, changes the volume by one step of 0.5 dB. If the button is held down, the volume steps will be spaced at half-second intervals at first and then the stepping amount will increase. This allows for large volume changes in a relatively short time, with the entire range from 1 to 129 in covered in 10 seconds. In use, it feels just right.
To equalise the often widely varying output levels of different source components, all inputs may be pre-programmed with your chosen volume level. The range is +/- 30 steps or +/– 15dB.
All inputs may be also be set at maximum volume fixed, or zero dB, for home cinema bypass. This feature allows the Allegri Reference to effectively "disappear" as it directly connects the AV receiver to the front left and front right power amplifiers. The volume is then controlled by the AV receiver. The mute function remains active. The mute function also doubles as a standby control.
The remote is an Apple-style remote control. It is very sensitive, so it is not necessary to point it directly at the unit. There is a convenient magnet attachment to store the remote under the front of the unit.
The display is an easy-to-read seven-segment, white LED array, mounted behind a grey panel. LED displays are employed and are powered by interference-free DC. If a common LCD type screen were used, the sound could be compromised by the continuously running refresh clock.
The brightness of the display is controlled by an ambient light level sensor, so that the display is optimally readable when viewed in either bright light or total darkness. Display on/off is switchable by the remote control. The decimal point, on the input channel-display flashes with each input from the remote. This function is still active when the display is blanked. There is a further selectable option to have the screen blanked and then for the display to illuminate for five seconds, to five minutes, when a command is made from the remote control.
It is well known that digital clock oscillators degrade the fidelity of the fragile audio signal, so the sound-blurring internal clock is disabled when listening. The clock is only activated when the remote control or the front panel controls are operated.
REED RELAY SWITCHING
The signal path is as simple as possible, with just four of the 102 ultra-reliable reed relays in the signal path at any one time. Reed relays are chosen for the tap switching as they are superior to all other switches. They have a life in excess of 30,000,000 operations, which is far longer than regular rotary switches, which tend to wear through the thin contact plating after a few thousand operations. Further, the relay contacts are in a vacuum, so there is no oxidation - and there is a slight rubbing action when the reeds close, which ensures perfect contact for audio. All internal connections are hard-wired with Fractal™ wire and there are no connectors in the signal path.
CONNECTIONS - BALANCED and UNBALANCED
The phono circuits are unbalanced for simplicity and the XLR connectors are wired in parallel with the phono connectors. The configuration is pseudo-balanced with pin 2 of the XLR signal and pin 3 ground. This avoids the use of an extra balancing transformer with all the associated complications and degradations in sound. The Allegri Reference has five stereo phono inputs and two pairs of balanced XLRs, in parallel with inputs 1 and 2. There is a 3.5mm jack socket, on the front panel, in parallel with input 5. For output, it has two sets of stereo phonos and one pair of balanced XLRs. The result is a preamplifier that can perfectly match any “Red Book standard” source component to any modern power amplifier.
All microprocessor programming is done in-house, by Townshend’s digital team.
Seismic Isolation is fundamental to the design of the Allegri Reference. This gives isolation from vibration down to 3Hz in all three planes, which offers unmatched performance as a result. The four sturdy supporting feet contain fully-featured, highly compliant, air-damped Seismic Isolation modules. These block structure-borne vibration from the feet from reaching the autotransformers. This has a remarkable effect on the sound quality and is easily demonstrated by bypassing the suspension. When bypassed, the sound is exceptional by any normal standards, but when the suspension is incorporated the soundstage expands dramatically, with height, width and depth being greatly increased. With individual instruments, there is an easily discernible improvement in focus.
CONSTRAINED LAYER DAMPING
As a further part of the comprehensive vibration reduction, heavy mass-damped constrained-layer damping is employed in the structure of the chassis. This extra mass also greatly reduces the effect of external vibration, especially that introduced by interconnect cables.
FULL DEPTH CABINET
The Allegri Reference casing is full depth at 380mm (15”) front to back. This is most convenient, as it places the controls of the unit at the front of a typical hi-fi rack shelf whilst the connectors are conveniently accessible at the rear.
The case and isolating feet are made of anodised aluminium and are available in either a natural silver or black finish.
Although the signal path is totally passive in the Allegri Reference, the electronics and display require 12V DC. A universal power supply is supplied, with the appropriate plug, to suit your country's mains supply. Power and music signal are always separate. There is no direct connection between the power supply and the signal conductors or ground.
To maintain the integrity of the Fractal™ wired transformers, it is strongly advised to use Fractal™ Interconnects for both the input and output cabling and to use Townshend Audio’s F1 Fractal™ speaker cable. This has been shown to give the best possible sound.
The table below illustrates the extremely wide volume setting possibilities:
Frequency response at -10dB: 10Hz, -0.03dB, 20kHz, +0.1dB. Maximum signal level: 4V RMS 8Hz; 10V RMS 20Hz and up. Maximum DC offset : 5mV (For undistorted 8Hz). Distortion: 2V, 1kHz, -113dB, 0.0002%.
10V, 1kHz, -96dB, 0.0014%.
2V, 20kHz, -96dB, 0.003%.
2V, 10Hz, -86dB, 0.005%.
2V, 20Hz, -115dB, 0.00014%.
(2nd and 3rd harmonic only). Intermodulation distortion: 19/20kHz, 2V. -86dB, 0.005%. Channel separation: 20Hz-20kHz: Better than 110dB. Impedance: At 0dB, input impedance is 20kohm. At -10dB (normal listening) input impedance is 200kohm, for a power amplifier load with 20kohm input impedance. Inputs: Five pairs of RCA phono sockets (gold plated). Two pairs of XLRs in parallel with inputs 1 and 2. One 3.5mm stereo jack on front panel, in parallel with input 5. Outputs: Two pairs of RCA phono sockets (gold plated) One pair of XLRs. Dimensions: Width 234mm (5.3in), Height 100mm (4in), Depth 380mm (15in). Weight: 9kg (20lb). POWER SUPPLY Input: 90-260V, AC 50-60Hz. Universal. Output: 12V DC. 0,5W. Now at this point I could spin a few stories and flesh out my conclusion, but I won’t. Its just not fair to keep you waiting. After just two weeks I put my £25,000 world-class pre amp up for sale and learnt another important Hifi lesson, that less is more – especially when less is done well.
Townshend have developed and pioneered the Fractal process and brought to market the fractal F1 interconnects. Just like my balanced power supply from z-axis I can’t explain how it works or what is even done to the copper and wire. All I know is that their interconnects done with this Fractal wire bested my eye wateringly expensive interconnects and the Allegri Reference did the same with my eye wateringly expensive Pre-amp.
Now I understand that there are quite a few specialist hifi reviewers currently listening to the same Allegri Reference so I suspect the professional reviews will start to emerge soon.
So how about a non professional review? Just simple feedback, in the form of pen to paper, from someone who listens – and I mean listens – to music.
I have not been paid for this review. I will not benefit from this review and I will not buy another Allegri so I can call this as it is. No bullshit and no marketing team telling me some other company keeps the magazine afloat with its advertisements.
Just me, and a pair of superb 22hz – 60khz Gamut speakers, a pair of very transparent world class Gamut monoblock amps, a class beating Totaldac D1 Direct DAC, a comfy chair and both my ears. Oh and a glass of Balvenie – the 21 year old port wood (another masterpiece)
In such a case my review really starts here, and the fact I am in utter disbelief at what this unit has done to my system. How is it that when one removes a world class, beautifully made valve pre amp and replace it by a rather bland box (sorry Max), with some fractal cable and a volume control, it takes a huge step closer to being magical and real?
The three dimensional sounds which emanate from my speakers can now easily be perceived as ‘whole’. Every song I played experienced some magic. There is not even a power supply as it is truly passive so i am not sure what it actually does, but I can tell you that it makes a big difference and leaves my source to deliver its signal to my speakers as naturally and purely as physically possible. I have ever enjoyed music in my living room as much as I do with the Allegri reference in place.
After some thought I realised what had fundamentally changed – I am now smiling whilst listening to music. This is the best way to explain what this little unit has done, it makes me smile. It does this because it brings me closer to the real musicians and the real sounds and tones.
It lets me visualise the breath resonating on the reeds on Daze Days from Manu Katche’s wonderful 2016 Jazz crossover album Unstatic.
It lets me see the drum skins vibrate when the percussion is struck on Led Zeppelins classic Moby Dick
And it allows me to imagine what it would be like to be standing in the smokey bar at Blues Alley whilst Eva Cassidy casts her spell.
It is wonderful.
There are some other other advantages also…. Being Passive i now have a spare outlet in my balanced mains unit, for a server maybe? I can also sell one of my expensive mains cables because the Townshend Allegri Ref does not need it.
And, for the first time ever in my changing system, I am selling equipment and not losing money, even when factoring in the new Allegri Reference pre amp cost. This is not how it works in home audio. Lets face it, we all know that to get a better sound we have to fork out more money. Lots more money. Its’ the law.
But no, I feel like this is an Audio Hack, as my 10 year old would call it. I have bettered my system and it will not cost me money.
This is quite something – my advice is Try it, Buy it, Keep it. The Allegri Reference is an audio masterpiece.
Utilities -Townshend Audio new Fractal award winning cables and matching award winning isolation patented feet. Truly balanced design with only a 12 volt power supply to run the screen and remote control functionality. References from all the new reviewers of the Fractal reference pre who all purchased the sample - review version . Its winning awards all over Europe and has a large amount of conductivity. Townshend Audio push the boundaries of sound and functionality and do exactly what they say on the brochure, article or advert.
Reviews from around the world.
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Item Condition: As New - Less than 2 months old Shipping Options: Pickup available and you can audition.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Parkdale 3195 State: Victoria Payment Method: Paypal, EFT, Cash Reason for selling: NLR Further information:
For sale is a pair of KEF LS50 in all black special edition - less than two months old, comes with orignal packaging, invoice and all accessories including port plugs (but why would you use them )
Selling this for the same reason that I sold my REL T7i earlier today - the new room is too small to fully appreciate these great speakers, so time to let them go.
I would say they are not broken in yet, because during my ownership I was using another pair of sealed speakers most of the time. So give them some time and matching amplifier, they will put smile on your face.
Pickup from Parkdale 3195 (preferred) or ship at buyers expense and risk
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Item Condition: Great for age few blemishes. Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Perth State: Western Australia Payment Method: Paypal, cash, EFT Reason for selling: No use -or need Extra Info: this is one heavy amp but utterly refined.
Its a beast of an amp and was one of the best in its day.
A genuine 100 w/channel let’s this amp drive any speaker I have had with both finesse and authority Hooked up to my Magneplanars it created a deep and wide sound stage getting the last ounce of bass from the notoriously difficult to drive panels.
This amp can still hold its own with more modern high end amplifiers. When it was first launched, it created quite a stir with numerous good reviews in the popular magazines.
I am not the original owner but I know a little of its history: it appears to have been driving Maggie’s for a large part of its life and it is still going strong.
I don’t have the ordinal box or paperwork, but it will be posted very securely.
Dont hesitate to contact me for more information if you are interested.
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Goldmund Mimesis 37 Signature pre amplifier with external full sized power supply- 2nd massive price drop.By Eagleeyes
Item Condition: 99-100 excellent Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is included in price. Suburb or Town: Perth State: Western Australia Payment Method: Paypal, cash, EFT Reason for selling: Upgraded 2 box state of the art top of the line reference pre amp by the SWISS Rolls Royce of HiFi. Just succeeded as current top of the range pre amp.- just minor updates to the next gen and at a serious price rise.
RRP is 42000 plus currently. 3 years 9 months old. Less than half new price.
Unbelievable high end pre amp built by Swiss masters Goldmund. Its 2 box, 7 in out pre with remote and seperate power supply .
Have both original boxes, manual and remote.
In a very undecided stage of my audio career so considering budgets, quality of gear , requirements. Might go without a pre for a while or try tube options. This has been without a doubt the best pre I have owned including my Gryphon Sonata.
Also have Goldmund Telos 200 mono blocks for sale in mint condition - hardly unused as were part of 6 amp active system.
Goldmund, the Rolls Royce or Bentley of the Hi-Fi world have announced their Mimesis 37S high-end analog preamplifier with a promised even lower noise and distortion. In the high-end Hi-Fi world, few are more respected than the swiss Goldmund name.
So when you're looking for the best in audio reproduction, the Mimesis 37S (Signature) is a high-end analog preamplifier that benefits from many of the technologies used in their most prestigious and refined model, the Mimesis 22H.
he Goldmund Mimesis 37 Signature is the latest Goldmund high-end line analog preamplifier. It uses the ultra-low noise analog technology initially developed for the Mimesis 22S. The efficiency of this technology has been proven over many years and enables the Mimesis 37s to produce the cleanest sound one can dream of. The Mimesis 37S uses a separate power supply unit with 4 separate circuits and 2 successive stages of power regulation. It benefits from a full dual-mono construction with processor-driven linked attenuators. It is delivered with 7 inputs -5 unbalanced and 2 balanced- 1 unbalanced tape loops, and balanced and unbalanced analog output circuits.
Inputs: Input impedance: 39 kOhmsMaximum input level (balanced) : 9.6 V RMS Maximum input level (unbalanced): 4.8 V RMS
Outputs: Output impedance: 50 OhmsMaximum output level (balanced) : 19.2 V RMS Maximum output level (unbalanced): 9.6 V RMS
Noise: Signal-to noise ratio on line input: > 120 dB (0.01 Hz - 10 Mhz)Weighted ASA A: > 130 dB
Distortion: With 1 V rms output level, 80 KHz measurement bandwidth, 600 ohms termination impedance
Frequency Response: +/- 0 dB, 20 - 20 kHz+/- 3 dB, 0.2 – 900kHz
Power Supply: Nominal line voltage: 117 or 234 VInput voltage range: +/- 10 % Maximum power consumption: 70 W
Dimensions (W x D x H): Preamplifier: 440 x 380 x 90 mmPower Supply: 440 x 280 x 60 mm
Weight: 15 kg
Utilising a full Dual-Mono construction with processor-driven linked attenuators, the Mimesis 37S uses a separate power supply unit (dual chassis) for optimum noise reduction and 2 successive stages of power regulation with 4 separate circuits.
It is delivered with 7 inputs - 5 unbalanced and 2 balanced and 1 unbalanced tape loop – and has balanced and unbalanced analog output circuits.
The Mimesis 37S is also protected against ground loops and AC line drops or interruption which will trigger automatic muting.
The Mimesis 37S is a reference in analog preamplification if the 22H is anything to go by, will possibly remain without equivalent in audio circuit quality and sound for the years to come.
When only the best will do, the Goldmund Mimesis 37S Analog Preamplifier is available now for $35,000 RRP. as of June 2015 release. now about 40k.
MIMESIS 37S NEXTGEN
The Goldmund Mimesis 37S NextGen is a high-end analog stereo preamplifier. Its ability to lower noise and distortion, using multiple parallel preamplifier stages is purely incredible. A Full Dual-Mono construction with processor-driven linked attenuators, the Mimesis 37S NextGen uses a separate power supply unit for optimum noise reduction and 2 successive stages of power regulation with 4 separate circuits. The Mimesis 37S NextGen is delivered with 7 inputs – 5 unbalanced and 2 balanced analog inputs – and 3 outputs – 1 unbalanced tape loop and 1 balanced and 1 unbalanced analog output per channel. It is also protected against ground loops and AC line drops or interruption will trigger and automatic muting.
The Mimesis 37S NextGen is a reference in analog preamplification and will remain without equivalent in audio circuit quality and sound for the years to come. SPECIFICATIINPUTS Input impedance: 39 kOhms. Maximum input level (balanced): 9.6 Vrms. Maximum input level (unbalanced): 4.8 Vrms. Separated input level adjustment for each of the 7 line inputs: -12 to +12 dB. OUTPUTS Output impedance: 50 Ohms. Maximum output level (balanced): 19.2 Vrms. Maximum output level (unbalanced): 9.6 Vrms. FREQUENCY RESPONSE These values for any level to maximum output level. +/- 0 dB, 20 – 20 kHz. +/- 3 dB, 0.2 – 900 kHz. GROUP DELAY Propagation delay <300 ns stable with frequency from DC to 200 kHz. SPEED Slew rate of the amplification stages: 200 V/us. Rise time: < 400 ns. CROSSTALK Separation: > 105 dB between channels (20 Hz – 20 kHz). DISTORTION With 1 Vrms output level, 80 KHz measurement bandwidth, 600 ohms termination impedance.
THD unbalanced input to unbalanced output: 0.002 % flat with frequency. THD balanced input to balanced out: 0.001 % flat with frequency. IMD unbalanced input to unbalanced output: 0.002 %. IMD balanced input to balanced out: 0.001 %. NOISE Signal-to-noise ratio on line input: > 120 dB (0.01 Hz – 10 Mhz). Weighted ASA A: > 130 dB. OPERATING TEMPERATURE Room temperature: -30 to +40 degrees Celsius. Internal temperature: +45 to +70 degrees Celsius. POWER Nominal line voltage: 115 or 230 V. Input voltage range: +/-15 %. Maximum power consumption: 70 W. GROUNDING Separated ground and earth signal. SAFETY FEATURES Automatic switching to MUTING if the AC line drops or is interrupted. Automatic protection against tape loops. FRONT PANEL VOLUME control. BALANCE control. REAR PANEL Power connector. Output connectors RCA (right and left). Output connectors RCA (right and left) for Tape 1 and Tape 2. Input connectors RCA (right and left) for Tape and line inputs. POWER SUPPLY CONTROLS Power cord socket (3 lugs). Main fuse (2.5 A slow-blow). Voltage selector 115/230 V. Earthing post (yellow-green). SIZE & WEIGHT PREAMPLIFIER: 44 W x 13.5 H x 40 D (cm) – 17.3 W x 5.12 H x 15.75 D (inch) without power cord. 9 kg. POWER SUPPLY: 44 W x 13.5 H x 38.5 D (cm) – 17.3 W x 5.12 H x 14.96 D (inch), without power cord. 12 kg. WARRANTY 3 years, parts and labor (except drivers).
Item Condition: 98-100 Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Perth State: Western Australia Payment Method: Paypal, cash, EFT Reason for selling: No need to keep - upgraded Stunning looking and more importantly sounding cd / dac/ combo. can be used as a pre amp too. Its so good its a German killing giant slayer of some magnitude. Freight included in price to Australia main cities.
German quality at its best, top of the range dac and belt driven transport, there is something magical about a belt driven CD player. it just works, it is so musical and fun and brings a smile to your cd collection as you discover things that you just have not heard before.
Simply one of the best analogue CD players I have heard to date, and many others think the same, a truly magical musical combination using the property Superlink 4 ways cabling system to the matching dac . Selling only as a pair will not split , Have 3 cd players so each gets very little use. I am the second owner and the were 13000 or more RRP in Australia. It can serve as a preamplifier to and be linked directly to your power amp or mono blocks. This has seen off or matched far more expensive CD players from Esoteric, Tube Audio Company and Audio Research.
Original boxes and one remote to control the pairing. About 3-4 4 years old. Price is firm as you simply cannot buy a better combo for the money. It also looks awesome on its own or in the rack. I have made a big jump up to beat this combo and if it doesn't sell it will happily stay as my 2nd CD/ DAC .Have original boxes so can freight safely.
The belt driven CD transport for use with an external DAC only, without analog outputs.
The highest grade analog record players share both a belt drive and high inertia. And not without reason, for this is the only way to create a turntable with perfectly smooth rotation and tranquillity. A patented belt drive with high inertia, in the form of an acrylic-stabilizer, applies this principle to B.M.C.'s BDCD1.1 CD Belt Drive Player/Transport.
Industry leading sound and build quality.
DAC1 - Digital / Analog Converter
The B.M.C. Audio DAC 1 is not only a digital-to-analog converter, it serves as a preamplifier and the control center of a consistent B.M.C. chain.
The DAC1 features also a high resolution USB input and B.M.C.'s propietary Superlink connection for the B.M.C. belt drive CD player.