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  1. Further information: Excellent sounding Australian made DAC with a great reputation on these forums. I bought this about a year ago and have since upgraded. Coax and Optical inputs. RCA/XLR out. Note PSU is the Gold Tune Enhanced version (Nichicon main filter capacitors). I don't have a box for this, so would prefer a local pickup, but can pack it up and send at buyer's expense if this doesn't get sold locally. 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. Further information: Great starter streaming set-up. I bought the Node about 1 year ago from this forum and have since upgraded. Original box and all accessories/manual etc. included. Included is the Van den Hul Digi-Coupler coax cable, 0.6m. Price includes postage to any metro area is Australia. 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.
  3. After a search I was surprised nobody had put up one of these. I reckon it rates 8/10 for cuteness. A Tesla 6CC42 with pinched waste, D-getter from 1958.
  4. Would adding IsoAcoustics Gaia's give you enough height? There are spiked disks available to sit them on carpet. It's a bit of an outlay, but likely to give you better sound as well as height.
  5. In terms of different products offered to different markets, look at the same website menu from Cayin's website (English and Chinese language versions). I count 13 products vs 25. Some of the "English" ones aren't even listed on the Chinese menu, so it's not just a case of them offering a subset of their range to western buyers...
  6. No, I didn't. Lucky, I guess?
  7. Yes, I thought the same before I bought my amp, thinking that Australia's supply is 230V, so that should be close enough. That's not the case. Australian supply varies quite a bit and can be closer to 240V or higher. The consensus on this forum is that 240V will run the valves hotter than they should be, out of the spec they were designed for, and at the least shorten their life.
  8. I bought a Cayin integrated valve amp from China-hifi in December last year. Specifically, this one: https://www.china-hifi-audio.com/en/cayin-audio-hi-fi-tube-amp-c-47/cayin-mt-45-mk2-el34-4-tube-amp-integrated-hi-fi-audio-ul-triode-p-1294 Overall it has been a positive experience, but with a few hiccups along the way. Depending on your appetite for "going on a journey", learning along the way, and where you want to end up, this might be a good or bad thing. In the middle of last year I rekindled my interest in hifi and was keen to try out a valve amp. Tube-rolling in particular really appealed. After a bunch of online research, I settled on the Cayin above. I would suggest them, Line Magnetic, Willsenton and maybe MingDa are safe bets from China-hifi and the like: each manufacturer seems to have a reputation for quality. Certainly, my amp is really well made. The positives With postage, I paid about $1500 for the Cayin amp. The nearest (new) Cayin you can buy through an authorised dealer in Australia is $1999, so that's a worthwhile saving. Also, I wanted that specific amp: it's a very simple design with only point to point wiring (no onbaord DAC or Bluetooth) that is a good candidate for modifying later on if that's what I want to do, and uses very common valves (EL34, 12AX7/12AU7) that give you tonnes of cheap(ish) options to roll (swap). I seem to remember there was a slight delay in shipping, but only a few days and the China-hifi sakes team were quick to communicate this, and overall were responsive on email. Also, the amp sounds great! For now, I am hooked on glowing glass bottles. The not-so-positives I didn't quite get what I paid for. I was actually sent the "Plus" (upgraded) version of this model amp, which uses different preamp valves: obscure 5BK7A twin triodes. This has seriously limited my tube rolling options, although I am having fun finding these oddball valves on eBay (and they're mostly cheap). Secondly, I didn't realise that this amp runs on 220V like most made for the Asian and European markets, and therefore needs a step-down autotransformer to run at the right internal voltages. That was another $136 expense. Since I am considering getting this amp modified and upgraded at some point, I am not that disappointed that the valves have limited my tube rolling, but it now will be a bigger job to rewire the amp to take more common (6 volt) valves instead of a simpler upgrading of internal components like capacitors, etc. Also, having gotten the valve amp bug, I could see myself just buying another more expensive amp to upgrade, so this point is moot. Anyway, I have enjoyed the twists and turns that got me where I am now, but to be honest if I had the choice, I would instead have spent a bit more money and got something from a local authorised dealer. For 3 reasons: You get after sales support and an easier time if something needs repair. It's made for 240V Australian voltage, so doesn't need any transformer to run it at the right voltage. You know you're going to get what you paid for. Equally, you could watch the Classifieds on this site and pick up a bargain. You just have to be patient. I wasn't when it came to buying an amp, but just about all of the rest of my system has been bought second hand from this forum. As a side bonus, you can possibly listen to the amp before you buy it as well (with your own speakers).
  9. Further information: I bought these on this forum in late January (here's the original ad), before realising they aren't the right ones I need for my amplifier. Silly me! So, these are unused by me and I am just reselling at the same price I paid to someone who can use them Price includes postage (within Australia), or else a small discount if picked up locally. 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. Thanks for the suggestions @xlr8or and @aussievintage . I don't feel too confident poking about inside my amp with a multimeter, but the eBay tube tester looks like a good option, and will allow me to keep rolling with future amps. (I think I am hooked already on tubes and tube rolling ?). I'll drop the eBay seller a line.
  11. Further information: I purchased these on this forum in late January, before realising they aren't the right ones I need for my amplifier. Silly me! So, these are unused by me and I am just reselling at the same price I paid to someone who can use them. Price includes postage (in Australia), or a small discount if picked up locally. 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.
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