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Some time ago i received a USB spdif converter from @NKMA (thanks!).
While trying it out i noticed that the output coax was nice but the optical wasnt the best sounding. I subseqently broke the dust cover for the optical port so a fix was on the cards.
The long and short of it:
1. The stock optical transmitter (TX141L) did not match the part number on the PCB. Although similar, the items are not identical (says the datasheets).
2. TX147 installed. No discernible difference now between optical / coax.
3. Transmit power and / or port design might have something to do with it. (The port was different on the stock item to replacement transmitter).
If anyone is using one of these, check the transmitter. The model reference is on the back of the plastic housing. If its not a TX147 (and especially if its a TX141L), there might be gains to be had with swapping the optical transmitter.
I went with the option of a removable dust plug.
Item: ASUS RT-AC87U Dual Band 802.11ac and 802.11n Wireless router
Location: Bayside, Melbourne
Price: $95 + postage
Item Condition: Very Good
Reason for selling: No longer required
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, or Bank transfer
Bought new by me, this ASUS wireless router is very highly regarded combining excellent functionality with class-leading performance.
The router is dual band, operating at 2.4GHz and 5GHz and supports 802.11ac, 802.11n and 802.11bg with a separate high-gain antenna for each of the four spatial data streams. It features a 4x4 MIMO antenna design with beamforming for high network performance and wide coverage.
I will perform a factory reset before shipping, but will make sure the firmware is the latest release.
Full details can be found at https://www.asus.com/au/Networking/RTAC87U/
This router will work effectively with NBN providers who allow customers to supply their own router having a WAN port suitable for connection to the NBN-supplied connection box.
It can also be used as a wireless range extender in an existing wireless setup.
I don't have the original box, but I will package well for posting.
It will be supplied with all the original box contents:
ASUS RT-AC87U router 240V ASUS power adapter Quick Start Guide (please note I have written notes on one page as shown below) Ethernet cable
Please don't be concerned with the red light showing in the first photograph. This light indicates internet status, and the router wasn't connected to the internet.
I have a Panasonic 4k UHD TV but the interface and app support is poor.
Thinking of getting either an Apple 4K TV or a Roku Ultra 2019 model.
For streaming music and movies, what would you recommend and why.
I have watched a number of reviews but cannot choose one of the other at the moment.
Item: 2 1 x Squeezebox Touch
Price: $410 for the pair $209 (inc postage in Australia)
Item Condition: Great
Reason for selling: No longer used / standardising streamers
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal
Extra Info: You get 2 SB Touch, 3 remotes, 3 psu, 1 SB touch + PSU in original box!
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Been a long time fan of the Sqeezebox but it's time to move them on. With a recent upgrade to Marantz 8012 with HEOS I haven't found we've used them. Plus our kids really getting into music they find it easier to go "Hey Alexa play Goldfwap" (lol as they would say it)
One of them was hooked to to my PeachTree via USB async which worked a treat playing 24bit 96KHz. Which I also believe works over opt/coax too.
I also have an original SlimDevices squeezbox (hence the remote.. but it's non functional but welcome to have it too if your after a bit of Squeezebox nostalgia.
Item: Mad Scientist Black Magic USB Cable 85cm tip to tip
Item Condition: Excellent
Reason for selling: NLR
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info: Very nice cable from the Mad Scientist guys. These sell for $600+ AUD so if looking at one of these save some money. Comes with original box and bag. Will post at cost.
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