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  1. If anyone else looking to get digital audio output from a newer laptop with USB-C ports (e.g., MacBook Pro 2016 and later), this dongle outputs Toslink digital audio from USB-C port. This doesn't provide asynchronous connection like USB-to-SPDIF converters do, but the impact of this on sound quality depends on the specific anti-jitter design of the utilised DAC (e.g., pretty sure USB input on currently used PS Audio Digital Link III DAC is synchronous and still sounds great). In the case of this DAC, the capability of the USB input is limited to 16/44.1 whereas the capability of the Toslink input is 24/96 (i.e., USB input is limited not DAC's ability to convert 24/96), hence the interest in connecting MacBook Pro via Toslink instead of USB2.0: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000244824209.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.21333c00fMz5ze&mp=1
  2. Thanks heaps. This "pro" model looks like the go! Nice feature that it can be powered by provided 5V-to-USB cable in addition to powered via main USB-B input. Photo of internals suggests it does indeed use multiple crystal oscillators for reclocking.
  3. Thanks heaps @eLicky Been considering these two unbranded options for similar prices: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/XMOS-XU208-Asynchronous-USB-coaxial-fiber-output-IIS-DSD256-spdif-dop64-/122848729137 https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-XMOS-U8-Asynchronous-USB-to-Coaxial-Optical-SPDIF-192K-upgrade-TCXO-0-1PPM-/272365655526 But the one you provided link for has more total sales than either of these. Do you know if the one you have uses two crystal oscillators for asynchronous reclocking? Thanks heaps.
  4. Item: USB to SPDIF converter Price Range: up to $100 including postage to Townsville 4814 Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: Been considering various options but nothing has really captivated me enough to try. Will be used to connect MacBook Pro 2016 to each of two DACs for comparison (both DACs are currently being used in tandem, e.g., PS Audio Digital Link III as USB DAC and Meridian 565 as ADA processor/upscaler). Thanks heaps Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can delete this text before pressing Submit).
  5. I run my integrated and subwoofer amps via 2000W Tortech 110V step-down transformer and both sound as good as they did back in the states running on native 110V, so don’t see any reason why these Denon monoblocks wouldn’t sound just as good using Tortech 100V step-down transformer here in AUS as they would in Japan on native 100V mains. Hope to hear these someday! GLWS
  6. Nice to hear of a fellow Timeframe user/listener! Currently running TF400 gold series, which are driven by (along with Cerwin Vega D1) Tag McLaren 125m monoblocks and sound great (both pairs are 92db efficient). Based on power monitoring (via smart plug) monoblocks only appear to be drawing 25-30W per channel (50-60W total). So for your Time Windows you might indeed need a bit higher power 🤔
  7. Further information: Up for sale a vintage Made in USA Audio Control TEN Series Two High Speed Low Noise Stereo Octave Equalizer. NOTE: This unit is the 110V version and, thus, requires use with a step-down transformer. Made in USA in Lakewood WA, which is just north of Seattle. All lights and functions work as they should. Specifications provided in attached photo. Selling as I'm no longer using equalizers in my HiFi set-up. Offering free shipping to SN members in support of this great community Photos: See below. 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.
  8. Thanks heaps for the insights. Would you mind please sharing a bit more about your experience with the performance of the Ref 40? As good or better than other (tube) phono stages you’ve tried? In particular, how do you feel it reproduces the lower frequencies (i.e., full and balanced sound)? Thinking it just might be worth having a go as the only way to know for sure is to hear it in situ
  9. Further information: Up for sale is the well-known and well-reviewed Proton AM-455 Integrated amp. Can be used as integrated or preamp only. A/B/A+B capability. 4 ohm stable. Phono stage. Minor cosmetic damage (scratches) and Tuner and Tape inputs are a bit touchy (i.e., could do with a fully servicing). Just went through and tested each input on both A and B channels and aside from a bit of RCA wiggling on the Tuner and Tape inputs everything works as it should and sounds very nice (with and without Loudness ON). Postage anywhere in AUS via Sendle for $25. Feel free to PM me with any 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 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. Anyone have experience with the Reference 40 tube phono stage running in MM mode? Considering grabbing a used one for what seems a good price. At 15kg it seems to be of a high quality build!
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