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By jac the potato
First post and Im sooooo excited!
A bit about me. I used to be really into Hifi up until about 15 years ago but kids, career and life got me side tracked. So I have about 15 years of catching to do. I have been reading this forum and watching heaps of youtube in the last 2 months in order to catch up. Although its been invaluable, experience is often the best teacher.
I have a dilemma. I like the convenience of integrated, but would always go for sound quality over all other criteria.
Im thinking of upgrading my lower end old NAD power amp and Rotel pre-amp.
There is a great looking Auralic Polaris for sale which is a great all in one solution imo.
The alternative might be Schiit Vidar, Schiit Freya with Schiit Modi 3 (which I have). The Schiit Modi 3 is pretty good but nothing amazing in my experience compared to whats in my old Rotel pre. Is Schiit over hyped or am I expecting too much for a cheap component?
Does anyone have any experience with comparing something like the Auralic Polaris to something like the Schiit pre/power amp?
Can a Schiit Vidar/Freya/Modi compete with the Auralic in sound quality?
The Auralic would most probably have a much better DAC than the Schiit Modi 3 I guess, but what would it be comparable too?
Are amplifier Class A/B (Schiit) vs Class D (Auralic etc) sound signatures relevant?
Im looking for smooth highs (not to forward) and plenty slam in the bass.
The amplifier is to drive some Martin Logan Motion 35x and / or Monitor Audio Silver 8 Floor stand speaker. I may change to Buchardt s400 / Kef R3 in the future.
Source will be streaming TIDAL.
So many questions I know but it would be great if some one could guide me.
Thanks a lot
Item: Schiit Freya Preamp
Location: Manly NSW
Price: $850 (plus postage and PayPal fee if applicable)
Item Condition: as new, has had no more than 50 hours of use
Reason for selling: no longer used
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank deposit
I bought this preamp 9 months ago directly from Schiit USA.
This is a great preamp that allows you to switch between passive, active JFET buffer and tube gain modes. It is balanced, has a 128-step relay-switched stepped attenuator for volume control, and comes with remote control. Included tubes are Russian 6N8S (NOS).
I have all original packaging. Price includes donation.
Item: Schiit Mani Phono Stage + Swagman Lab Linear Power Supply
Item Condition: Mint - Not a Mark on Either
Reason for selling: I Have a Few Phono Stages - Selling One to Add Funds To DAC Purchase
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only
Puchased from Addicted to Audio; Not much I can say about the Schiit Mani. Fantastic little Phono Stage that wacks way above its price point. It has gain settings, can take MM and MC - I only used MM setting with Nagaoka MP110 cart and thoroughly enjoyed its performance. I swap my phono stages through my system, the Mani would have been lucky to see 40hrs of play. It is faultless in performance and presenation.
If you are not familiar with the Mani, a quick google will yield many reviews.
The Swagman Lab LPS came about through my researcing the Mani. I found that it added overall performance to the Mani over the standard wall plug - opened up the soundstage and also enabled better bass and treble extension and kept a solid midrange. No noise either.
Construction is exceptionally solid, there is a 2 foot DC cable that works as a lockable interconnect between the Mani and LPS as pictured below. Please note, the Swagman LPS does NOT come with its own power chord, you will need to use your own kettle type or better.
Both items are in pristine condition, I take super care of my stuff. This is a great little Phono Stage and LPS set up at what I would consider a small outlay. Pictures of all actual items below Pick up is from Preston BH and Doreen AH. Happy to post at buyers expense
If you have any queries please ask.
Item: Schiit Audio Mani phono pre-amp
Location: Sydney (Eastern Suburbs / CBD)
Item Condition: 9.5/10
Reason for selling: Moving to integrated amp with phono stage
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash; Can post Australia-wide for an additional $15 via paypal / bank transfer
Extra Info: Exactly what it looks like - an as-new Schiit Audio Mani phono pre-amp that I've been happily using as the first owner in my set-up for around 18 months, bought from Addicted2Audio Sydney. Switchable gain for both MM and MC cartridges, will come with wall-wart power plug. In perfect cosmetic and operating order.
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