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Item: Kajak12/Mario's Killerdac + Zen Clock Marantz CD94 Transport
Location: Perth WA
Price: $4800 Negotiable
Item Condition: Good and operationally perfect, but it is what it is.
Reason for selling: rationalising things again ...
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
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Hi All,

It pains me somewhat to say that up for sale is the almost legendary Kajak12/Mario Killerdac + Zen Marantz CD94 Transport.

Most of you are probably aware that Mario recently went through a sort of mid-life crisis and has decided to lay low with audio and concentrate on his young family (and his V8 Holden). Good on him I say having been there and done that at a similar stage in life. This demonstrates that under the gruff exterior of the Kajak12 tough guy persona, is a man with a soft heart. :thumb: Anyway knowing him well, I ended up with Mario's superb digital replay system, one that he has poured his heart and soul into. And, the results speak for themselves as this CD player is just about the best one that I have heard - if true tone and musicality is your goal. It has the unique knack of sounding 'just right', smooth and weighty, pulls plenty of detail while never sounding strident.

As some of you may already know a new Killerdac is about $5,800 from Rawl(Craig Connor) and StevenValve, the Zen Transport with I2S connection costs about $2,400 to build, being $1,000 for a Marantz CD94 with famed CDM1 mechanism + $650 for the DC battery powered Zen Clock from Zenelectro(Terry Demol in Sydney) + $600-$800 for Duelunds/Elna Cerafine/Solen/Alan Bradley resistors and capacitors etc, which equals a total of about $8.2K+. Not mentioning the labour costs to put one together.

It would be fair to say that besides StevenValve's and Craig Connor's personal Killerdac units, Mario's version is one of the best implementations of the kd concept. It contains carefully selected Philips TDA1541-S1 Crown DAC chip (best sounding one from his collection according to Mario), superb vintage chokes and transformers and other parts sourced from the known Universe that is the worlwide web! In fact, a shootout between the three Killers would be most interesting? You never know ...Mario's could be the best one.

This digital replay system would be an excellent Redbook 16bit/44.1kHz reference for anyone, full stop and no further discussion required. Even for the guys playing around with CA which sounds great too...this player is at the pinnacle of naturalness and correct tone to reference to, imho.

The player comes with everything Mario had with it being the remote control, Oyaide power cords and Lenehan tuned spring supports under the transport. I also spent about 12 hours tidying up all the excess Cat5 wire Mario had running around and tucked everything into the chassis's for neatness. Pick-up is preferred, but I can lock things down and ship at buyer's risk.

Cheers,


Steve.

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The Killerdac+Zen transport are at bottom of rack Left & Right, big red button on Right is the Killer.

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Well done Steve in tidying up the transport and DAC, I have never seen it look so tidy. :)

 

There is no doubt at all that a lot of time and effort was put into making this pairing perform and from my perspective it makes the best red book CD replay I have ever heard for space, size and general musicality. :thumb:

 

It will bring the next owner many years of enjoyment without too much stressing over if x component is better than y component (for us audionervosa types).  It does need a sizeable battery to run the dedicated Zen clock and the DAC could usefully incorporate the twin chokes and cap.

 

I don't think there will be a shortage of people lining up to get their hands on it, I would love the clock from it as its the best implementation I have heard.  Already owning a KDAC with two transports makes it a bridge too far for me though but anyone reading this should know its a true thoroughbred and will stand the test of time as it has for many years.  24 bit is mostly marketing hype, this combo can reproduce music in its finest form.

 

Best of luck with the sale.

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Hi VvD,

 

Thanks for the kind words ...you don't post much do you with only 12 Posts?? But never a truer word said and I might be kickin' myself later for selling this superb CD player, its happened before :( .

 

Steve.

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Whoa...., am shock! This is the most organic sounding setup I have heard both at Mario's environment and yours. Someone will kick himself in near future. Then gain, someone else will fast track themselves in their audio journey with little efforts, time, and funding.

GLWTS.

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Just to let everyone know, the price is negotiable.

 

Also, the Killerdac can be shipped separate from the large transformer and chokes shown at the rear. Then its just a matter of reconnecting a few labelled wires and Bob's your uncle ...all go.

 

The Marantz CD94 player is powered from the wall socket by normal 240v AC voltage and the internal Zen Clock is powered by an outboard pure DC supply. A normal 12v car battery will suffice or if you want compactness a half sized 12v Panasonic battery from Battery World or online would also be good.

 

*This is a very unique player guys, tuned to the max for ultimate musical pleasure - not for its looks or any other wanky audiophile notions :ban::D  .

 

Steve.

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Also, the Killerdac can be shipped separate from the large transformer and chokes shown at the rear. Then its just a matter of reconnecting a few labelled wires and Bob's your uncle ...all go.

Happy to split? :D I'm looking for that transformer and chokes thingy but just don't know how to source 'em on the Internet... :D If willing to split please let me know of the price. Thanks :)

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Happy to split? :D I'm looking for that transformer and chokes thingy but just don't know how to source 'em on the Internet... :D If willing to split please let me know of the price. Thanks :)

 

 

TJ, the short answer is no, though you might be kidding?  ;)  If I took those carefully hand selected components out, it would be like losing ones g_nads  :D .

 

This player is the lovely sounding and famous 'Killerdac' built by one of the original proponents of the concept - Mario (who has a very good set of ears) ...if we go fiddling about with it significantly, it wouldn't be a Killer anymore.

 

 

Steve.

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TJ, the short answer is no, though you might be kidding?  ;)

Shouldn't have used the smilely... I'm not kidding, but only if the price is right... I'm sure Mario wouldn't mind you butchering it :nana. Heck I'm also interested in the holland chip TBH.

Agreed with what you said and it's criminal to take it apart, but do let me know if you're open to split.

GLWTS... 

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Happy to split? :D I'm looking for that transformer and chokes thingy but just don't know how to source 'em on the Internet... :D If willing to split please let me know of the price. Thanks :)

Caning comes to mind with a question like that...........

 

ebay is how you source the parts   (chicago chokes and plesey cap) 

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Surely someone with some MLs would pick this up.

The longer this goes on Joz, the more likely I may pull the advert?

It's a one-off freak of a player for naturalness and I am not likely to encounter it again ...

Steve.

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I might as well start a discussion here as anywhere else and some may disagree with this (including the makers of the Kd), but here goes anyway.

The Killerdac concept is borne out of an idea that you start with a good base, namely, the excellent Pedja Rogic Philips TDA1541 circuit design first promulgated on the DIY Audio forum and elsewhere In the 1990s (Pedja is now the brains behind the ground breaking and expensive Audial DA converters). Then the idea was taken on board by Scott Thompson in Australia who built the excellent sounding Audiocentric DA converters and he avoided nasty op amps by building a nice valve output stage around this dac using the good sounding 6C45Pi valve.

Then along comes StevenValve and others who further refined the concept by removing and simplifying parts of the circuit (trying to create a cleaner signal path), adding valve rectification and a smattering of the best components including Duelund capacitors, boutique resistors & wire, exotic chokes and transformers. Tuned by ear and a driving passion for the best sound (only) - not some notion of technical perfection. Voila you have the Killerdac! The latest versions made by Rawl/SV incorporate all of this knowledge on a dedicated new circuit board of their own design. This is not the whole story, but sums it up nicely I feel and apologies if this is not entirely correct.

The Kajak12/Mario version of the Killerdac and Zen Transport is the ultimate expression of this philosophy. It takes a leap of faith to accept that it sounds VERY GOOD.

Cheers,

Steve.

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why? 

Surely because after so many hearing your combination  and the accolades garnished on it, someone else would want  that quality.

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For the benefit of myself and others whom have not used this combo, can someone explain how to operate this combo. It looks complicated with the outboard transformer and battery. Does one switch the battery on first, before turning on the Transport? How long does the battery last? Does it recharge it self? Can the the transport be left on 24/7?

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For the benefit of myself and others whom have not used this combo, can someone explain how to operate this combo. It looks complicated with the outboard transformer and battery. Does one switch the battery on first, before turning on the Transport? How long does the battery last? Does it recharge it self? Can the the transport be left on 24/7?

The battery powers the clock only best to use a 12v car battery for sq, a fully charged battery lasts months i used to disconnect positive of the battery when i wasn't using the player.

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For the benefit of myself and others whom have not used this combo, can someone explain how to operate this combo. It looks complicated with the outboard transformer and battery. Does one switch the battery on first, before turning on the Transport? How long does the battery last? Does it recharge it self? Can the the transport be left on 24/7?

 

Exactly as you would any other CD Player & DAC...advisable to warm up the components first...ONLY IF YOU WANT TO HEAR THEM AT THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST....

 

Otherwise turn them on...put a CD in the tray & press play...unless you are Reverend Nile...the next word you will say is... FAARRKK

 

I have heard almost exactly the same setup...through a pair of full range speakers (very special Axiom 80's I will admit)...& the sound...just unbelievable...

 

Listened to the Beatles...now I am not a BIG fan...especially because of ordinary SQ...but this was a revelation...

 

I left...knowing that I would try to replicate what I heard...sold almost everything I owned...and I am on my way...

 

If I had not already spent over $4000 just buying the parts I need to replicate this...it would have been sold yesterday...

 

My DAC & CD transport will cost around $8000 when completed...

 

This is a SCREAMING BARGAIN...for someone who will step outside their comfort zone....

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