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Item: Aesthetix Pandora Tube DAC+Tubes+Anti-Cables
Location: Hills District Sydney
Price: $2,800
$3,400 + postage (Current RRP $8,500)
Item Condition: Excellent without a mark on it.  Original packaging and a 
brand new unopened remote still in bubble wrap
Reason for selling: NLR. This DAC sounds so good! I was planning to have it upgraded to the Eclipse edition but couldn't afford/justify the $6,500 upgrade cost so I upgraded to another DAC
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank T T
Extra Info:

 

The Pandora DAC comes with the optional preamp module which sounds very very close to the dedicated Aesthetix Calypso Preamp that I used to have (also sold here).

 

Tubes upgraded to NOS Telefunken 12ax7 smooth plates. Tubes only a few months usage.

 

Also included in the deal:

Tungsol 12ax7 x 2 used

Tungsol 12ax7 gold x 2 used

Electro Harmonix 6922 x 2 used

A pair of Anti-cables used (costed me over $400)

 

I'm the second owner, bought it from an SNA member here. 

 

This is the probably the most musical DAC I have ever heard. Extremely emotionally engaging and brings soul to your music. Please see below as to how it compares to my previously owned PS Audio Perfectwave Mk2 with bridge:

 

You are getting a very good deal for the price asked!

 

A few reviews for the Pandora DAC (Note that Aesthetix’s Pandora DAC is identical to the Romulus CDP minus disc transport):

 

"This all-tubed CD player and DAC is one of the greatest bargains in high-end audio today. What makes the Romulus special is that it sounds so "un-digital," particularly at this price. Rather than sounding flat and congealed, the Romulus opens up the spatial presentation and gives instruments and voices room to breathe. The player has an expansive quality along with a sense of top-octave air and openness. The tonal balance is rich and warm in the bass, which, coupled with the treble smoothness, results in an immediately engaging and fatigue-free presentation. The Romulus doesn't sound "tubey" in the classic sense, but neither does it sound like solid-state. The design and build-quality are beyond what's expected at this price. If you have no analog sources, the Romulus can serve as a preamplifier and DAC with multiple digital inputs, provided you purchase the variable-output option ($1000). Thanks to an innovative hybrid analog/digital volume-control, there's no loss of resolution no matter what the volume setting." -Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award (September 2014)

 

 

"Excellent dynamic impact and bass slam with sweet mids and highs." -Jon Iverson, Stereophile Class A Recommended 

 

 

"The Romulus is another home run for Aesthetix, combining innovative circuit design, premium-quality parts and construction, and first-rate sound. This player was never anything less than musically communicative and immensely enjoyable, even in the context of a cost-no-object system. The Romulus is a flat-out bargain at its price, and invites comparison with much more expensive players. In fact, I’d call the Romulus a giant-killer, offering one of the highest price-to-performance ratios in digital playback today". The Absolute Sound

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The Pandora DAC comes with the optional preamp module which sounds very very close to the dedicated Aesthetix Calypso Preamp that I used to have (also sold here).

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Output Impedance: 300 ohms balanced. It can drive a balanced impedance of 20K ohms or higher.

 

Recommended Load Impedance:  > 20Kohm balanced, >10Kohm Single-Ended. 

 

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