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  1. Stereophile measured the previous SHL5plus as having an impedance of at least 8 Ohms for much of the frequency range. However, I do agree that amplifier matching is critical to get the most out Harbeths, as they aren't very sensitive speakers. Having owned all models in the range, except the P3s, my preference is to use fairly powerful (100 Wpc+) SS amps, otherwise they can come across as being too polite and undynamic.
  2. I have a pair of Musical Fidelity 750KW Superchargers that I was going to list shortly. They can be used as power amps as well as superchargers. 750W into 8 ohms, over a 1000 into 4.
  3. I'd suggest you start with your speakers and work backwards. May I suggest you consider Totems? Totem specialise in small room-friendly floorstanding speakers with very good bass response. They are also very well constructed and and finished. There are a couple of stockists in Melbourne. Totems aren't the cheapest speakers but offer long term enjoyment with the kind of tonal qualities you are looking for.
  4. Put some -10dB attenuators on your power amp inputs. Not only will they lower your noise floor, they will also give you greater flexibility in your volume control. Decibel Hi Fi sell Rothwell attenuators.
  5. May I respectfully suggest that you consider being more flexible with shipping. These are fabulous speakers at a great price and there is probably a buyer interstate who would like these and would be happy to pay for shipping. I bought some Eclipse Reference Towers in 2020 and shipping was $550 from the Sunshine Coast to the ACT. Perhaps Greg Osborn could help out with packaging.
  6. Item: Black Diamond Racing Type 3 Pucks - Set of Three Price Range: By negotiation Item Condition: Used Extra Info: Need a set of the Type 3 pucks for SS equipment. Prefer larger size but smaller ones would be OK as well. Will consider a set of four.
  7. Sound Set at Mawson was basically a record store that also sold entry-level systems (Connoisseur turntables, smaller NAD and Rotel amps and bookshelf speakers). It's amazing that in those days you could operate a hi fi store in a suburban shopping centre, although I don't think Sound Set saw the 70s out.
  8. Does anyone remember Pacific Stereo? It was upstairs in the Style Arcade in Manuka. This was the first hi fi store I became acquainted with after I moved to Canberra in 1975. From memory it sold mainly upmarket US brands such as Crown, Phase Linear, JBL and AR as well as Pioneer. The feature of the store I remember was its audition area that was like a sunken lounge where you sat on the 'steps'.
  9. Kent Hi Fi was directly opposite Duratone on Botany Street. Whether this was by accident or design I don't know. I remember they always had a good range of Sansui 'black face' equipment on display - the kind that people would give their eye teeth for these days.
  10. I think you mean Rob Slazenger. Now living in Bermagui. The store was called Acoustic Images.
  11. Item: Low-gain preamp Price Range: Open Item Condition: Used Extra Info: Looking for a low-gain preamp (say up to 6dB of gain). Valve preamp preferred. Flexible about price.
  12. I've noticed that one of my preamps produces the tiniest amount of volume through the speakers when music is playing, but the volume control is turned completely off. It's so tiny that you can hear it only with your ear next to the speaker. Does anyone know what causes this? Please note I'm not looking for a solution, as the preamp otherwise performs completely satisfactorily.
  13. A very good decision. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. There is (or was) a Linear One for sale in the classifieds for $1950 (or about Stg1075).
  14. Have a look at some of the YouTube reviews of these and I think you will find that they generally use amps of 50+wpc. It can be misleading to assume that just because a speaker is sensitive it performs best with low-powered amps.
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