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  1. Further information: Hi All I am selling my near new Moon Audio Silver Dragon Coax Digital cables. There are 2 cables for sale and both are terminated with Furutech BNC Rhodium over Silver plate BNCs (FP-3-117). Each cable is 3ft long both cables have solid silver core conductors. I bought these cables direct from Moon Audio in the US and I received them in mid-July 2021. The cables have been in use from mid-July to the end of September 2021 (less than 3 months use). Information about the cables are at: https://www.moon-audio.com/silver-dragon-digital-cable-v1.html There are plenty of positive reviews of this cable by users who have purchased the cables. The RRP for the cable is US$600 plus postage to Australia. So I am selling them at a good discount to the current price. I used these cables only to connect the Chord Hugo M-Scaler to the Chord Hugo TT2 DAC. These BNC cables are superior to the free BNC cables that comes with the M-Scaler. I found the cables to have superb transparency, clarity and a balanced neutral sound (equal emphasis on the full range of frequencies). There are excellent value especially for the top notch silver conductor quality, multiple layers of shielding and the top quality construction of the cable. The built quality is comparable to the Wireworld Gold Starlight 8 Digital cables but with a better gauge (24 AWG vs 22 AWG) and less than half the price! I can attest to this as I also own a Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 Digital cable which looks very similar to the Moon Audio cables. Both cables are excellent for connecting the Chord M-Scaler to any DAC (but it is best suited for Chord DACs) and would satisfy the vast majority of M-Scaler owners. The price is for both cables. I only upgraded to chase the frivolous and never ending quest to get the best sound which is a major downside of this audiophile hobby and to my wallet! Thanks for looking and feel to ask questions. Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved You understand that upon successful sale of your item it is expected you pay Seller's Fees. - if you have previously sold items and not made a contribution, your advertisement may not be approved.
  2. Great to hear Clay. I have 3 of the Kraftwerk II fixed output power supplies which are running great. I’ll be keen to upgrade all 3 DC cables to extract maximum performance. Do you have the Canare 4S6 cable and the plugs on hand to assemble and sell? I’d be happy to order them and give a try 😀
  3. John Dario has some recommendations: https://darko.audio/2021/07/5-more-dongle-dacs-for-your-consideration/
  4. Gieseler Audio has its own forum threads here: https://www.stereonet.com/forums/forum/143-gieseler-audio/ There is a thread on the Kraftwerk-ii-dual. I have 3 Kraftwerk II fixed output linear power supplies and I can attest they are very good and competes very well above its price and on par or better than the better known brands.
  5. Roon has a protocol called RAAT which improves streaming stability. Check out the help here : https://help.roonlabs.com/portal/en/kb/articles/raat The implementation of RAAT in Roon can improve the delivery of the digital signal to the DAC. With Tidal coming from Roon, Tidal is utilising the RAAT protocol. I have a lifetime subscription for Roon and I listen to Qobuz via Roon. Besides sounding good, Roon has a great user interface which I really like.
  6. I think you will find there aren't many options available. Most CD players are not Roon end points. Your best bet is purchase a all in one streamer/DAC (with Roon ready capability) and a separate CD transport only to connect to the streamer/DAC. The Zen Mini as pointed out above is an option but the DAC is not the best sound quality and would recommend a connection to an external DAC.
  7. Your future setup looks very decent. I would also suggest upgrading your ipad as the streaming source. The ipad is purpose built for hifi streaming so will be noisy as well as having a lot of RFI from the wifi antennas built in. I gather you stream only and your preference is stream via wifi (or ethernet which most agree is better than wifi although Auralic has implemented wifi very well and sounds equal to ethernet). Even though May may be more immune to jitter noise than other DACs, I think a dedicated streamer is still worthwhile getting as it is purpose built for hifi streaming and it would be more usable than having your ipad attached to the DAC via usb. Whether the improved capability of a dedicated streamer will be audible will depend on the the rest of your system. Your ears will be your best judge.
  8. Best to use a streamer as general purpose PCs used as a music server are electrically noisy with lots of RFI and EMI which increases nasty jitter to reduce the quality of the digital signal into the DAC. Streamers vary in price due the quality of components used in the streamer for noise isolation, power supply the reclocker chip used in the streamer. The Auralic Aries G2.1 is costly due to the extreme lengths taken to electrically isolate the device and the use of very good clocks and dual linear power supplies. Start off with a basic streamer first to get a flavour of the improvement. Do research and ask questions on this forum. The Bluesound Node 2i is popular starting point. Rasberry PI is a cheap budget option for DIY. Going USB director the DAC is recommended if you have a dedicated music server for the music only. It the end, a good streamer will only bring audible improvements if you have a quality DAC that can benefit from the cleaner digital signal.
  9. Further information: Hi, I am selling the well regarded Aurealis Audio rca interconnect. I had this in my system for a couple of years and really enjoyed the sound. It has amazing clarity, bass, and a wide soundstage. Its comparable to interconnects from well known brands that cost up to $1,000. I am selling as I have upgraded. It's a well made cable by Geoff at Aurealis Audio in Brisbane. I no longer have the box for the cable anymore but I will pack it carefully for the interested buyer. Please feel free to ask questions. Below is information about the interconnect from Aurealis Audio's website: R3i AgCuL A very beautiful and sweet sounding interconnect with immaculate detail and great sound staging. Bass is precise and deep, and the high end has remarkable clarity. This cable uses the new Aurealis silver and copper Litz wire - spun together as shown in the last image. Features UPOCC silver and copper Litz hybrid conductors insulated in PE. Cable damping and insulation in foamed teflon tube new conductive carbon shielding ETI Kryo RCAs (silver-plated copper with brass housing) Finished in a forest green braid - double thickness The XLR cable is shown in the image as an example of how the colour matches with the Kryo connectors) Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved You understand that a reasonable donation for selling fees is expected upon successful sale of your item - if you have previously sold items and not made a donation, your advertisement may not be approved.
  10. I can attest to your comments above. I had VDH the Hill rca (which is also in the 3T series of cables) last year. I bought this cable second hand about 3 years ago. It worked fine between the Chord Qutest DAC and a Mobile Fidelity integrated amp. However, when I upgraded the amp to a Krell Vanguard, I had the same static noise issue in the tweeters of my speakers. I don't think its a defect in the cable, its just the way that it is designed where only one side is grounded. So I ended up purchasing a fully shielded rca cable from Aurealis Audio and this fixed the issue. When I upgraded my Qutest DAC 1.5 years ago to a Chord Hugo TT2, I decided to try the VDH again to connect to the amp. Amazingly, there was no static in the tweeter and the cable was fine again. So I think, the cable is quite sensitive to RFI, EMI and grounding noise in the components and the extra sensitivity could be due to the conductor material used in the VDH 3T series of cables. Specifically, the 3T series uses hybrid materials and is not a pure metal (eg. cooper, silver or silver coated cooper etc) conductor. So unfortunately, the VDH isn't suitable for your system but its not a defect, its just requires careful matching of components in order for it to sound nice (which it did when it is agreeable to the components).
  11. Absolutely agree with this statement. I researched the MScaler for a while before pulling the trigger. I purchased the MScaler over a month ago to add to my TT2 which I have had for 1.5 years. The TT2 by itself is very good already, but with the MScaler, everything improves especially the lower resolution recordings which get the full benefit of the upscaling. Music sounds more real, deeper soundstage, mids have more weight, deeper bass and the highs are very airy. Importantly, the MScaler enhances the music without changing the tone or timbre of the TT2. You will need some time for the MScaler to break-in before you really notice the improvements. The MScaler is a great upgrade for the TT2 for those who don't want to move up to Dave yet. But you will need to upgrade the dual BNC cables to maximise the benefit of the MScaler. I went for the Moon Audio Silver Dragon cables which are great value and they do sound very good. In my opinion, the make and materials of the Silver Dragon cables are on par with the Wireworld Gold Starlight 8 digital cables which cost close to 2.5 times more! Some say the the Silver Dragon is better than the Wirewold Platinum Starlight 7 digital cable. Lots of people on Head-fi rave about the Wave Fidelity Storm Reference BNC cables being the ultimate BNC cables as Rob Watts himself uses these cables but the cables are very expensive and beyond my budget! I also found that the addition of the Ifi DC iPurifier 2 on both the MScaler and TT2 were beneficial, improving the imaging slightly. I am happy with both the MScaler and the TT2. Both Chord devices form part of my 2 channel speaker setup and it sounds so so good now
  12. Hi All I have 2 of these wonderful linear power supplies in my setup - one 19V for my Roon Rock and one 9V for the SOTM Tx-USBUltra. Both linear power supplies have been burnt in and they perform very well. My setup is as follows: Roon Rock => Silent Angel Bonn N8 switch => Sonore Ultrarendu streamer => SOTM Tx-USBUltra => Chord M-Scaler => Chord Hugo TT2 DAC The effect on the Roon Rock is only subtle as its too far down the digital chain. But I do notice a lower noise floor and this comes out through clearer high frequencies and better bass. For the SOTM, the importance of clean power is critical. I had the option of purchasing the SOTM LPS but I opted for Clay's LPS as its better priced and from I have read it also does better filtering. The SOTM produced a very obvious improvement to my system, giving a bigger bass, better imaging and the mid range had more weight and physical presence, making the recording sound very real. No doubt, the GIESELER LPS is one of the key reasons why the SOTM is performing so well. I already have a SBooster LPS for the switch and an Uptone Audio LPS 1.2 for the streamer. I have ordered a third LPS from Clay for another Silent Angel switch that I am adding to my system. So definitely, Clay's LPS are very good and highly recommended. Clay is great to deal with and he is very responsive. BTW - I am not commercially affiliated to Gieseler Audio or Clay. I am just a very happy customer Cheers Stephen
  13. Further information: Hi I am selling a brand new (unused and unopened) QED Reference Optical cable. I bought the cable by mistake as I realised that I had the same cable already at home. I can say that this is a great cable which I use on my TV for connection to my DAC. This cable is better than the well reviewed QED Performance Optical cable - it adds more bass and a richer midrange. Information regarding the cable can be found here: https://www.qed.co.uk/qed-reference-optical-quartz-digital-audio-cable.html Due to the lockdown in Sydney, pickup is not option for now. Thanks for looking. Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved You understand that a reasonable donation for selling fees is expected upon successful sale of your item - if you have previously sold items and not made a donation, your advertisement may not be approved.
  14. Found - please remove. Thanks.
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