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So as posted in this thread, A2A have a ripper deal on Focal Elears for $499. 

 

While browsing through their sale section I also noticed drops on a bunch of their sale, b-stock or demo items. Too many to list here as there's 20+ pages and not all items have had price drops. Some that stood out were new Astell & Kern SR15 DAP for $599 ($999 RRP but seem to be $850 on sale at Minidisc) and B-stock SE 100 DAP for $999 (RRP $2499).

 

There isn't any history on what the prices used to be before the drop, but I recall the SR15 being $850 and the SE100 being $1400ish. Have been keeping an eye on them.

 

I am a weak man and wasn't able to resist the call of the SE100, but the SR15 is reviewed as a price/performance bargain at retail, let alone almost half that.

 

Sale link:

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/sale

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Hi All,

 

With all of the manufacturing reductions, the Australian dollar nosediving by about 20% of its value over the past fortnight, new shipments are going to increase and current stock may be the best buys.

 

JJ

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54 minutes ago, Janjuc said:

Hi All,

 

With all of the manufacturing reductions, the Australian dollar nosediving by about 20% of its value over the past fortnight, new shipments are going to increase and current stock may be the best buys.

 

JJ

This is good thinking.

 

Have already seen price increases in some FiiO and Campfire Audio / ALO gear.

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How good is se100 dap compare to a bigger amplifier like Hugo or woo audio?

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10 minutes ago, TDX said:

How good is se100 dap compare to a bigger amplifier like Hugo or woo audio?

I have not listened to any of them listed yet, but depends on purpose. Bit of an apples to oranges comparison. A Hugo is very well regarded, but is stretching the definition of portable. Also requires something to deliver source material to it.

 

Woo audio has some desktop and portable amps/DACs which also get good reviews. 

 

The advantage of the DAP would be the portability and all-in-one setup. Just plug in headphones and you're done. It would however likely have less power to drive larger or more demanding headphones. 

 

I sprung for the SE100 because it's known to have a very low noise floor, and I hate hearing hiss on my Andromedas. I also don't like the idea of using my phone as a portable source, as it kills battery I need for repeatedly looking at the same crap over and over on Reddit.

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Some things have already jumped or there's a glitch on their site. Audeze travel case was 229$ during the week now $599

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Thanks @Snrub

 

just grabbed an Aurender Music server and a couple of other pieces. Some of the bargains are way too hard to resist.

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Anyone know why Focal prices crash now and then in Aus?

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In this case, it's because the Elears are discontinued.

 

 

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But prices aren't this low everywhere else in the World? Surely its getting close to cost price or below by now?

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26 minutes ago, Bengineer said:

But prices aren't this low everywhere else in the World? Surely its getting close to cost price or below by now?

just buy it 🤪

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Haha. Focal sound and fit not my thing, no point spending $500 on something I won't like :P

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Schiit gear has increased in price markedly very recently on Addicted to Audio.

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Some great buys on there. 

Auralic aries and ultrasone are exceptional value 

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Just grabbed a couple of KEFs, thanks heaps to @Snrub  for the heads up

 

H

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On 23/03/2020 at 6:03 AM, cambam007 said:

Some great buys on there. 

Auralic aries and ultrasone are exceptional value 

The Aries are refurbished and the one I purchased, as well as others, are still registered to the old owners so are basically locked.
Addicted to Audio are aware of this and dint give a hoot.

I have been trying to get them to organise a courier to pick mine up since Monday.

Multiple emails and ph calls and no action.

May have no option but to go to Fair Trading. Truly dreadful so buyer beware.

 

Edited by Gryffles

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On 22/03/2020 at 9:12 PM, Bengineer said:

Haha. Focal sound and fit not my thing, no point spending $500 on something I won't like :P

Yeah. You right but it no longer for sale@ $500 ATA🤔

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1 hour ago, Gryffles said:

The Aries are refurbished and the one I purchased, as well as others, are still registered to the old owners so are basically locked.
Addicted to Audio are aware of this and dint give a hoot.

I have been trying to get them to organise a courier to pick mine up since Monday.

Multiple emails and ph calls and no action.

May have no option but to go to Fair Trading. Truly dreadful so buyer beware.

 


Auralic support is helpful and pretty responsive. I had a similar issue and it was unlocked by Auralic within 24 hours. 
 

Auralic support email: support@auralic.com

 

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Just now, Wobba said:


Auralic support is helpful and pretty responsive. I had a similar issue and it was unlocked by Auralic within 24 hours. 
 

Auralic support email: support@auralic.com

 

Thanks but in this case I’ll be returning it.

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17 minutes ago, Gryffles said:

Thanks but in this case I’ll be returning it.

I would be giving support a go, it's a fantastic unit 

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Just now, cambam007 said:

I would be giving support a go, it's a fantastic unit 

I bought 3 Aries Mini's. I'm currently running 2 and they sound fantastic. Auralic recently updated the firmware to 6.3 on the Aries and Mini's bringing a raft of improvements, one being sound quality. 

 

https://support.auralic.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045620293

 

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18 minutes ago, cambam007 said:

I would be giving support a go, it's a fantastic unit 

I’m sure it is hence why I purchased it. But what’s happened has left a sour taste.

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Not sure if it’s always been there, but if I look at the Aries units on the A2A site it says very clearly 

REFURBISHED UNIT, 1 YEAR WARRANTY, SLIGHT BLEMISHES, ONLY ONLINE]

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23 minutes ago, sir sanders zingmore said:

Not sure if it’s always been there, but if I look at the Aries units on the A2A site it says very clearly 

REFURBISHED UNIT, 1 YEAR WARRANTY, SLIGHT BLEMISHES, ONLY ONLINE]

What’s your point though? 

Edited by Gryffles

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1 minute ago, Gryffles said:

What’s your point though? 

I thought you meant that they hadn't made it clear that the unit was refurbished. 

If that's not what you were saying then perhaps I misunderstood you - apologies.

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