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  1. Hi friends, I currently run a Denon PMA 1700ne integrated amp. It’s quite a powerful little amp had has even been reviewed to be able get quite a lot out of “hard to power” speakers. I am wanting to purchase a pair of ATC SCM11s. Knowing they are quite power hungry speakers, with their minimum rating starting at 75 watt, I am wandering if the Denon will be up to the task. Bearing in mind the Denon is an ultra high current amp which puts out 70watts at 8 ohms and 140w at 4ohms. I keep hearing the phrase “not all watts are the same” and am wandering if that would apply in this situation. I don’t need my neighbours down the street to hear me. I like listening at quiet to moderate levels (maybe a tad higher for a very small session when in the mood) and watch movies through the integrated amp. I will also be attaching a high level connection to my REL T5/X sub. Any input regarding the matching of these two would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. Further Information: Current Canary Audio model. Srajan Ebaen – 6moons, Canary CA-339 (discontinued inferior model): “If you asked me to name another 50-watt 300B amp, I don't think I could” Key Kim – Stereo Times, Canary M350 (current inferior model): “The M350 put me in a hypnotic state. It has an uncanny ability to transport music in an ethereal way. I was stunned by the intense level of purity, immediacy, and solidity of her voice. I felt as though she was in the room. After reviewing many tube amplifiers in the past few years, I decided I like the Canary Audio M350 so much that I'm keeping these” Renowned audiophile guru Arthur Salvatore has described Canary CA-339 (M600 is a direct upgraded successor) as the second best tube power amplifier they EVER had in the audio shop. And Salvatore has tested virtually all the very best iconic hi-end audio brands: Lamm, Wavac, VAC, CAT, Wytech Labs, Jadis – you name it. I have to agree with Salvatore. In my house, I have compared Canary M600 with several iconic tube power monoblocks. M600 just trashed them all by a huge margin. I personally would define M600 as “Jaw Dropping” class tube power amplifier. The sound is stunningly natural, relaxing, unbelievable vocals AND extremely, shockingly detailed at the same time - something almost impossible to achieve. I can think only of a COUPLE tube audio brands in “that” class, with cost exceeding cost of average brand new car. Recently ALL TUBES have been replaced by the very best brands available: 300B: 8 brand new JJ Audio Slovakia 6SN7: 2 NOS Sylvania military grade JAN 6SN7WGT VT-229 USA 2 NOS Philips ECG military grade JAN 6SN7WGTA USA 5UG4: 2 NOS Raytheon 5UG4GB USA 2 NOS General Electric 5UG4GB USA I have installed quality German made 8 Hi-Fi isolation feet (4 on each amp) costing $360. Beautiful huge blue display. Comes with genuine printed user manual and Australian power cords. M600 is USA power supply version. Unit comes with industry best powerful 1010 W Australian Tortech step-down ISOLATION transformer. Local pick-up. You may arrange shipping with “Pack-and-Send” at your cost. M600 Monoblock Amplifiers Built around 300B Triode Tubes: The M600 is a class A triode mode, push-pull parallel monoblock power amplifiers with 300B output tubes. It is the upgraded version of the M500 with the use of highest quality parts and components such as Amtrans AMRG premium carbon film resistors. It has a newly designed integrated power circuit with time-delay relay to eliminate turn-on thump. The M600 features a modified circuitry that guarantees a more dynamic soundstage with deeper bass tone. Like all other Canary products, only highest quality parts and components are used in critical applications. The oversize custom wound power and output transformers are specially designed to handle twice of its power rating, ensuring durability. Two independent chokes are employed for rectifier filtering on each channel. The Muscular Canary: The M600 monoblock power amplifiers are specially designed for optimum sound quality. Deliver high power music at wide dynamic range with ultra low distortion, the M600 is simply the finest amplifier one could desire. Maybe the muscular canary doesn't exist in nature, but if one existed, it might sound something like this amplifier. Special Features: Amtrans AMRG premium carbon film resistors with gold-plated leads. Integrated power circuit with time-delay relay to eliminate turn-on thump. Newly designed high voltage power supply. Rectifier with double choke filtering (two chokes are employed per channel). The input circuit has been redesigned to be faster and more dynamic. Custom EI power transformers. Exclusive machined Delrin 300B tube sockets with gold plated pin receptacles. Specially designed power meter with a custom backlite LED display. 100% handcrafted in California, USA. SPECIFICATIONS Rated Power Output: 50 Watts RMS Input Sensitivity: 0.75 Volts for full output Input Impedance: 150,000 Ohms Frequency Response: +/- 1dB from 10 Hz to 80,000 Hz Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.2% Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -81 dB below 1 Watt Damping Factor: 14 Power Consumption: 350 Watts (true RMS) Output Impedance: 4, 8 Ohm Tube Complement (per monoblock): 4 x 300B 2 x 6SN7GTB 2 x 5U4GB Dimensions (per monoblock): 12" W x 25.5" D x 9" H Net Weight (per monoblock): 75 lbs
  3. Further Information: Current Canary Audio model. Srajan Ebaen – 6moons, Canary CA-339 (discontinued inferior model): “If you asked me to name another 50-watt 300B amp, I don't think I could” Key Kim – Stereo Times, Canary M350 (current inferior model): “The M350 put me in a hypnotic state. It has an uncanny ability to transport music in an ethereal way. I was stunned by the intense level of purity, immediacy, and solidity of her voice. I felt as though she was in the room. After reviewing many tube amplifiers in the past few years, I decided I like the Canary Audio M350 so much that I'm keeping these” Renowned audiophile guru Arthur Salvatore has described Canary CA-339 (M600 is a direct upgraded successor) as the second best tube power amplifier they EVER had in the audio shop. And Salvatore has tested virtually all the very best iconic hi-end audio brands: Lamm, Wavac, VAC, CAT, Wytech Labs, Jadis – you name it. I have to agree with Salvatore. In my house, I have compared Canary M600 with several iconic tube power monoblocks. M600 just trashed them all by a huge margin. I personally would define M600 as “Jaw Dropping” class tube power amplifier. The sound is stunningly natural, relaxing, unbelievable vocals AND extremely, shockingly detailed at the same time - something almost impossible to achieve. I can think only of a COUPLE tube audio brands in “that” class, with cost exceeding cost of average brand new car. Recently ALL TUBES have been replaced by the very best brands available: 300B: 8 brand new JJ Audio Slovakia 6SN7: 2 NOS Sylvania military grade JAN 6SN7WGT VT-229 USA 2 NOS Philips ECG military grade JAN 6SN7WGTA USA 5UG4: 2 NOS Raytheon 5UG4GB USA 2 NOS General Electric 5UG4GB USA I have installed quality German made 8 Hi-Fi isolation feet (4 on each amp) costing $360. Beautiful huge blue display. Comes with genuine printed user manual and Australian power cords. M600 is USA power supply version. Unit comes with industry best powerful 1010 W Australian Tortech step-down ISOLATION transformer. Local pick-up. You may arrange shipping with “Pack-and-Send” at your cost. M600 Monoblock Amplifiers Built around 300B Triode Tubes: The M600 is a class A triode mode, push-pull parallel monoblock power amplifiers with 300B output tubes. It is the upgraded version of the M500 with the use of highest quality parts and components such as Amtrans AMRG premium carbon film resistors. It has a newly designed integrated power circuit with time-delay relay to eliminate turn-on thump. The M600 features a modified circuitry that guarantees a more dynamic soundstage with deeper bass tone. Like all other Canary products, only highest quality parts and components are used in critical applications. The oversize custom wound power and output transformers are specially designed to handle twice of its power rating, ensuring durability. Two independent chokes are employed for rectifier filtering on each channel. The Muscular Canary: The M600 monoblock power amplifiers are specially designed for optimum sound quality. Deliver high power music at wide dynamic range with ultra low distortion, the M600 is simply the finest amplifier one could desire. Maybe the muscular canary doesn't exist in nature, but if one existed, it might sound something like this amplifier. Special Features: Amtrans AMRG premium carbon film resistors with gold-plated leads. Integrated power circuit with time-delay relay to eliminate turn-on thump. Newly designed high voltage power supply. Rectifier with double choke filtering (two chokes are employed per channel). The input circuit has been redesigned to be faster and more dynamic. Custom EI power transformers. Exclusive machined Delrin 300B tube sockets with gold plated pin receptacles. Specially designed power meter with a custom backlite LED display. 100% handcrafted in California, USA. SPECIFICATIONS Rated Power Output: 50 Watts RMS Input Sensitivity: 0.75 Volts for full output Input Impedance: 150,000 Ohms Frequency Response: +/- 1dB from 10 Hz to 80,000 Hz Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.2% Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -81 dB below 1 Watt Damping Factor: 14 Power Consumption: 350 Watts (true RMS) Output Impedance: 4, 8 Ohm Tube Complement (per monoblock): 4 x 300B 2 x 6SN7GTB 2 x 5U4GB Dimensions (per monoblock): 12" W x 25.5" D x 9" H Net Weight (per monoblock): 75 lbs
  4. Further Information: Current Canary Audio model. Srajan Ebaen – 6moons, Canary CA-339 (discontinued inferior model): “If you asked me to name another 50-watt 300B amp, I don't think I could” Key Kim – Stereo Times, Canary M350 (current inferior model): “The M350 put me in a hypnotic state. It has an uncanny ability to transport music in an ethereal way. I was stunned by the intense level of purity, immediacy, and solidity of her voice. I felt as though she was in the room. After reviewing many tube amplifiers in the past few years, I decided I like the Canary Audio M350 so much that I'm keeping these” Renowned audiophile guru Arthur Salvatore has described Canary CA-339 (M600 is a direct upgraded successor) as the second best tube power amplifier they EVER had in the audio shop. And Salvatore has tested virtually all the very best iconic hi-end audio brands: Lamm, Wavac, VAC, CAT, Wytech Labs, Jadis – you name it. I have to agree with Salvatore. In my house, I have compared Canary M600 with several iconic tube power monoblocks. M600 just trashed them all by a huge margin. I personally would define M600 as “Jaw Dropping” class tube power amplifier. The sound is stunningly natural, relaxing, unbelievable vocals AND extremely, shockingly detailed at the same time - something almost impossible to achieve. I can think only of a couple tube audio brands in “that” class, with cost exceeding cost of average brand new car. Recently ALL TUBES have been replaced by the very best brands available: 300B: 8 brand new JJ Audio Slovakia 6SN7: 2 NOS Sylvania military grade JAN 6SN7WGT VT-229 USA 2 NOS Philips ECG military grade JAN 6SN7WGTA USA 5UG4: 2 NOS Raytheon 5UG4GB USA 2 NOS General Electric 5UG4GB USA I have installed quality German made 8 Hi-Fi isolation feet (4 on each amp) costing $360. Beautiful huge blue display. Comes with genuine printed user manual and Australian power cords. M600 is USA power supply version. Unit comes with industry best powerful 1010 W Australian Tortech step-down ISOLATION transformer. Local pick-up. You may arrange shipping with “Pack-and-Send” at your cost. M600 Monoblock Amplifiers Built around 300B Triode Tubes: The M600 is a class A triode mode, push-pull parallel monoblock power amplifiers with 300B output tubes. It is the upgraded version of the M500 with the use of highest quality parts and components such as Amtrans AMRG premium carbon film resistors. It has a newly designed integrated power circuit with time-delay relay to eliminate turn-on thump. The M600 features a modified circuitry that guarantees a more dynamic soundstage with deeper bass tone. Like all other Canary products, only highest quality parts and components are used in critical applications. The oversize custom wound power and output transformers are specially designed to handle twice of its power rating, ensuring durability. Two independent chokes are employed for rectifier filtering on each channel. The Muscular Canary: The M600 monoblock power amplifiers are specially designed for optimum sound quality. Deliver high power music at wide dynamic range with ultra low distortion, the M600 is simply the finest amplifier one could desire. Maybe the muscular canary doesn't exist in nature, but if one existed, it might sound something like this amplifier. Special Features: Amtrans AMRG premium carbon film resistors with gold-plated leads. Integrated power circuit with time-delay relay to eliminate turn-on thump. Newly designed high voltage power supply. Rectifier with double choke filtering (two chokes are employed per channel). The input circuit has been redesigned to be faster and more dynamic. Custom EI power transformers. Exclusive machined Delrin 300B tube sockets with gold plated pin receptacles. Specially designed power meter with a custom backlite LED display. 100% handcrafted in California, USA. SPECIFICATIONS Rated Power Output: 50 Watts RMS Input Sensitivity: 0.75 Volts for full output Input Impedance: 150,000 Ohms Frequency Response: +/- 1dB from 10 Hz to 80,000 Hz Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.2% Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -81 dB below 1 Watt Damping Factor: 14 Power Consumption: 350 Watts (true RMS) Output Impedance: 4, 8 Ohm Tube Complement (per monoblock): 4 x 300B 2 x 6SN7GTB 2 x 5U4GB Dimensions (per monoblock): 12" W x 25.5" D x 9" H Net Weight (per monoblock): 75 lbs
  5. Further information: Really good 9 outlet powercentre with filtering. I have used this for years and never had any issues with it. I'm downsizing my system at the moment and i no longer require it. I don't have the original box, but if shipping is required, I can safely box it up and ship at agreed price 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.
  6. Further information: Isol-8 Powerline Axis (5 way DC Blocking Power board) Made in the UK The PowerLine Axis provides an innovative cure to the problem of DC on the mains supply. In theory the mains waveform should be pure AC: a perfect, symmetrical sine wave. In practice the waveform can arrive at the end user clipped, distorted and asymmetrical with a significant DC voltage component. The AC transformers commonly found in equipment power supplies cannot, by nature, tolerate significant DC without being compromised. The PowerLine Axis has five high quality outlets served by a network that re-centres the voltage axis of the mains waveform. This eliminates any DC voltage on the mains power supply, suppressing mechanical hum and liberating performance. Surge protection provides peace of mind too. Standard Mains Inlet: IEC fused socket (Cable not supplied) Dimensions: 400 x 83 x 88mm (W x H x D) excluding connectors 540 x 100 x 110mm (W x H x D) packaged Product Weight: 1.9kg Axis (5 way) Construction: Aluminum top plate “titanium” anodise. Powder coated steel chassis Mains Voltage: 230VAC version for 220-240VAC Maximum Current: PowerLine, PowerLine Plus, PowerLine Axis: 10 Amps across any one power outlet 10 Amps across all outlets Retail for these power-boards is $1299 A donation will be made to SNA upon sale. 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.
  7. Further information: Isol-8 Powerline Ultra (6 way Transmodal Filter) Made in the UK The PowerLine Ultra is fully power conditioned, surge protected, and optimised for audio. 2 Direct Connection outlets are provided, filtered by a high current shunt filter, and is suitable for loads such as amplifiers. The remaining outputs are for source components and benefit from ISOL-8s Transmodal filter technology. Noise in mains wiring can be transmitted and induced in many ways, some are easier to deal with than others. As a result, many power conditioners are not completely effective. ISOL-8s Transmodal filters effectively attenuate all modes of transmitted and induced mains noise, without dumping it to ground, so you can be sure that your system benefits from the cleanest possible power. PowerLine Ultra (6 way) 6.3 Amps any one source power outlet 6.3 Amps across all source power outlets 10 Amps any one high power outlet 10 Amps across all high power outlets 10 Amps across all outlets Standard Mains Inlet:IEC fused socket (Cable not supplied) Dimensions: 505 x 83 x 88mm (W x H x D) excluding connectors Ultra 6 way & Chroma 540 x 100 x 110mm (W x H x D) packaged Product Weight: 2.9Kg Ultra & Chroma (6 way) Retail for these is $1399 A donation will be made to SNA upon sale.. 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.
  8. Further information: End Game Tube Power Amplifier. Jaw-dropping realism of sound. BAT is preferred brand by many professional musicians. Second to none build quality. Probably the best 6C33C tube based power amplifier ever made. Massive 55W per channel power which can run any speakers from 89db (91+db optimum). Achilles' heel of tube power amplifiers is lack of power, and BAT 56SE has resolved that problem. Genuine 230V. Only 5 months old. “The BAT drove my speakers with a subliminal intensity that made recorded music sound more believable and tangible… That subliminal intensity is the VK-56SE’s greatest strength—a strength that’s most like the result, at least likely in part, of Victor Khomenko’s intelligent repurposing of the 6C33C-B tube. If you already liked tubed amplifiers but are not already familiar with Balanced Audio Technology’s distinctive version of tube sound, the VK-56SE is an absolute must to audition.” — HERB REICHERT, STEREOPHILE MAGAZINE, JUNE 2019 “A high level of tonal saturation and wide, yet controlled dynamic swings makes for an almost larger than life presentation. However, this majesty is combined with delicacy, making for an amplifier that sounds like no other.” —TONE AUDIO MAGAZINE, Exceptional Value Award DESCRIPTION "Fuse-Less" Protection Circuit for Enhanced Sound and User-Friendly Operation. In the event an output tube becomes over-stressed, all you need to do is flip the VK-56SE power switch to restore normal operation. That’s it. In addition, the fuse-less protection circuit in VK-56SE is combined with a world-lass automatic-bias circuit that eliminates the constant need to set and readjust the proper bias of the output tubes. No tubes to bias. No tube fuses to replace. The fully balanced, all-triode, BAT VK-56SE power amplifier retains all the strengths that made the preceding VK-55SE model a stellar performer while further advancing the performance with the same "fuse-less" protection circuit used in BAT’s flagship REX II power amplifier. This novel electronic protection circuit eliminates the power-supply rail fuses to provide both more refined sonics and the most user-friendly experience of any tube amplifier on the market. Available in silver of black, the elegant VK-56SE also features a newly incorporated rear arch whose graceful architecture raises the bar on BAT’s hallmark industrial design. 6C33C-B Triode Output Tube and Vacuum-Tube Current Sources. Delivering 55 watts per channel in the stereo version or a robust 110 watts per channel in monoblock configuration, VK-56SE uses a 6C33C-Btriode output tube that offers many times the current delivery of the 6550/KT90 tube variant used in most traditional tube amplifiers. VK-56SE also incorporates vacuum-tube current sources for the first gain stage to provide an unforgettably soulful portrayal of harmonic texture and instrumental timbre. Your recordings will sound more alive while simultaneously yielding greater finesse, grace, and inner detail. Intelligent Upgrade Path. VK-56SE can be upgraded from a stereo to monoblock amplifier at any time and also incorporates an all-new main board that allows for a full upgrade to VK-56SE as well. And by eliminating rail fuses from its design, VK-56SE sounds even more palpable than its acclaimed predecessors by digging deeper into the raw emotional power that bestows music with transcendent grace and absorbing detail. SPECIFICATIONS: Tubed, push-pull stereo power amplifier. Maximum output power: 55Wpc into 8 ohms (17.4dBW), 110W when bridged for mono operation. Frequency range: 8Hz–200kHz. Nominal voltage gain: 25dB into 8 ohms. Input impedance: 215k ohms. Input sensitivity: 1V. Power consumption: 400W at idle, 800W at full power. Output transformer taps: Low (2–4 ohms), Med (4–6 ohms), High (6–8 ohms). Tube complement: two 6H30, two 6SN7, two 6922, four 6C33C-B. Dimensions: 17" (430mm) W by 8" (205mm) H by 16" (405mm) D. Weight: 52 lb (22.7kg). 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.
  9. Further information: End Game Tube Power Amplifier. Jaw-dropping realism of sound. BAT is preferred brand by many professional musicians. Second to none build quality. Probably the best 6C33C tube based power amplifier ever made. (Other 6C33C based gems are Lamm and Audio Mirror.) Massive 55W per channel power which can run any speakers from 89db (91+db optimum). Achilles' heel of tube power amplifiers is lack of power, and BAT 56SE has resolved that problem. 230V. Only 5 months old. “The BAT drove my speakers with a subliminal intensity that made recorded music sound more believable and tangible… That subliminal intensity is the VK-56SE’s greatest strength —a strength that’s most like the result, at least likely in part, of Victor Khomenko’s intelligent repurposing of the 6C33C-B tube. If you already liked tubed amplifiers but are not already familiar with Balanced Audio Technology’s distinctive version of tube sound, the VK-56SE is an absolute must to audition.” — HERB REICHERT, STEREOPHILE MAGAZINE, JUNE 2019 “A high level of tonal saturation and wide, yet controlled dynamic swings makes for an almost larger than life presentation. However, this majesty is combined with delicacy, making for an amplifier that sounds like no other.” —TONE Audio Magazine, Exceptional Value Award Description "Fuse-Less" Protection Circuit for Enhanced Sound and User-Friendly Operation. In the event an output tube becomes over-stressed, all you need to do is flip the VK-56SE power switch to restore normal operation. That’s it. In addition, the fuse-less protection circuit in VK-56SE is combined with a world-class automatic-bias circuit that eliminates the constant need to set and readjust the proper bias of the output tubes. No tubes to bias. No tube fuses to replace. The fully balanced, all-triode, BAT VK-56SE power amplifier retains all the strengths that made the preceding VK-55SE model a stellar performer while further advancing the performance with the same "fuse-less" protection circuit used in BAT’s flagship REX II power amplifier. This novel electronic protection circuit eliminates the power-supply rail fuses to provide both more refined sonics and the most user-friendly experience of any tube amplifieron the market. Available in silver of black, the elegant VK-56SE also features a newly incorporated rear arch whose graceful architecture raises the bar on BAT’s hallmark industrial design. 6C33C-B Triode Output Tube and Vacuum-Tube Current Sources. Delivering 55 watts per channel in the stereo version or a robust 110 watts per channel in monoblock configuration, VK-56SE uses a 6C33C-B triode output tube that offers many times the current delivery of the 6550/KT90 tube variant used in most traditional tube amplifiers. VK-56SE also incorporates vacuum-tube current sources for the first gain stage to provide an unforgettably soulful portrayal of harmonic texture and instrumental timbre. Your recordings will sound more alive while simultaneously yielding greater finesse, grace, and inner detail. Intelligent Upgrade Path. VK-56SE can be upgraded from a stereo to monoblock amplifier at any time and also incorporates an all- new main board that allows for a full upgrade to VK-56SE as well. And by eliminating rail fuses from its design, VK-56SE sounds even more palpable than its acclaimed predecessors by digging deeper into the raw emotional power that bestows music with transcendent grace and absorbing detail. Specifications: Tubed, push-pull stereo power amplifier. Maximum output power: 55Wpc into 8 ohms (17.4dBW), 110W when bridged for mono operation. Frequency range: 8Hz–200kHz. Nominal voltage gain: 25dB into 8 ohms. Input impedance: 215k ohms. Input sensitivity: 1V. Power consumption: 400W at idle, 800W at full power. Output transformer taps: Low (2–4 ohms), Med (4–6 ohms), High (6–8 ohms). Tube complement: two 6H30, two 6SN7, two 6922, four 6C33C-B. Dimensions: 17" (430mm) W by 8" (205mm) H by 16" (405mm) D. Weight: 52 lb (22.7kg). 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.
  10. Further information: End Game tube power amplifier. Jaw-dropping realism of sound. BAT is preferred brand by many professional musicians. Second to none build quality. Probably the best 6C33C tube based power amplifier ever made. Massive 55W per channel power which can run any speakers from 89db (91+db optimum). Achilles' heel of tube power amplifiers is lack of power, and BAT 56SE has resolved that problem. Genuine 230V. Only 5 months old. Transferable 5 years warranty. Free shipping. “The BAT drove my speakers with a subliminal intensity that made recorded music sound more believable and tangible… That subliminal intensity is the VK-56SE’s greatest strength —a strength that’s most like the result, at least likely in part, of Victor Khomenko’s intelligent repurposing of the 6C33C-B tube. If you already liked tubed amplifiers but are not already familiar with Balanced Audio Technology’s distinctive version of tube sound, the VK-56SE is an absolute must to audition.” — HERB REICHERT, STEREOPHILE MAGAZINE, JUNE 2019 “A high level of tonal saturation and wide, yet controlled dynamic swings makes for an almost larger than life presentation. However, this majesty is combined with delicacy, making for an amplifier that sounds like no other.” —TONE AUDIO MAGAZINE, Exceptional Value Award "Fuse-Less" Protection Circuit for Enhanced Sound and User-Friendly Operation. In the event an output tube becomes over-stressed, all you need to do is flip the VK-56SE power switch to restore normal operation. That’s it. In addition, the fuse-less protection circuit in VK-56SE is combined with a world-class automatic-bias circuit that eliminates the constant need to set and readjust the proper bias of the output tubes. No tubes to bias. No tube fuses to replace. The fully balanced, all-triode, BAT VK-56SE power amplifier retains all the strengths that made the preceding VK-55SE model a stellar performer while further advancing the performance with the same "fuse-less" protection circuit used in BAT’s flagship REX II power amplifier. This novel electronic protection circuit eliminates the power-supply rail fuses to provide both more refined sonics and the most user-friendly experience of any tube amplifier on the market. Available in silver of black, the elegant VK-56SE also features a newly incorporated rear arch whose graceful architecture raises the bar on BAT’s hallmark industrial design. 6C33C-B Triode Output Tube and Vacuum-Tube Current Sources. Delivering 55 watts per channel in the stereo version or a robust 110 watts per channel in monoblock configuration, VK-56SE uses a 6C33C-B triode output tube that offers many times the current delivery of the 6550/KT90 tube variant used in most traditional tube amplifiers. VK-56SE also incorporates vacuum-tube current sources for the first gain stage to provide an unforgettably soulful portrayal of harmonic texture and instrumental timbre. Your recordings will sound more alive while simultaneously yielding greater finesse, grace, and inner detail. Intelligent Upgrade Path. VK-56SE can be upgraded from a stereo to monoblock amplifier at any time and also incorporates an all-new main board that allows for a full upgrade to VK-56SE as well. And by eliminating rail fuses from its design, VK-56SE sounds even more palpable than its acclaimed predecessors by digging deeper into the raw emotional power that bestows music with transcendent grace and absorbing detail. Specifications: Tubed, push-pull stereo power amplifier. Maximum output power: 55Wpc into 8 ohms (17.4dBW), 110W when bridged for mono operation. Frequency range: 8Hz–200kHz. Nominal voltage gain: 25dB into 8 ohms. Input impedance: 215k ohms. Input sensitivity: 1V. Power consumption: 400W at idle, 800W at full power. Output transformer taps: Low (2–4 ohms), Med (4–6 ohms), High (6–8 ohms). Tube complement: two 6H30, two 6SN7, two 6922, four 6C33C-B. Dimensions: 17" (430mm) W by 8" (205mm) H by 16" (405mm) D. Weight: 52 lb (22.7kg). 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.
  11. Further information: MELODY TUBE AMPLIFIER DARK POWER 300B-2 RRP $10,000 Current model. Review of comparable (power amplifier schematics and used components) Melody AN300B: "Before I got the Melody AN 300B in-house for this review, my speculation was that it would produce just a beautiful, intimate mid-band, with great natural timbres and tone. Along with this, my assumption was that the Melody AN 300B would fall short in areas like micro-dynamics/clarity, top-end extension/air, and be muddy on the bottom octaves. Surprisingly, my speculations were totally wrong. This integrated amp not only has the top and bottom extension, slam and powerful macro-dynamics, but it adds that special 300B magic of purity of color and tone. Additionally, it has a 3D image density that almost makes my other reference pieces sound flat and washed out in their rendering of space and tone. To my amazement, the Melody AN 300B dramatically out-performed my highly regarded front-end pieces that cost $27,000 more." Terry London, HOMETHEATER REVIEW, 2013 This Melody 300B Push Pull amplifier is 2 mono blocks of 28W each. It is top quality construction and finishing with high end components Howland, Duelund, Nichicon etc, all wired up, no PCB. From a sonic point of view, it provides a clear, neutral restitution and very natural vocals. It can drive loudspeakers from 87 dB (89+ dB optimum) due to high standby current and good hold of bass. The supply stage is extremely reliable, adjustable bias and automatic timer with gradual rise of the high voltage. A lot of time and money was invested in tube rolling to get the right synergy out of the amplifier with the right tubes. Original valves have been replaced with Full Music 300B and military grade Sylvania 6SN7 NOS (not much used since the upgrade). Over $600 worth of tubes there alone. Amplifier is in excellent technical and cosmetic condition and presents itself beautifully in its deep piano black chassis. Will come with its original double boxes and manuals. It is a 230V/240V - 50 Hz model. Specifications: 2 x 28 W AB1 class Tubes by block : 300B x 2, 6SN7 x 2 Inputs: RCA or XLR with selective switch on the sides Output impedance: 4 and 8 ohms Frequency response : 20 Hz ~ 30 kHz Input Sensitivity : 800 mV S/B ratio: - 88 dB Harmonic distortion : 1 % Dimensions (mm) : 480 (l) x 215 (h) x 290 (w) mm Weight : 21 kg each 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.
  12. Hi, I've got a Rel sub that doesn't have a trigger or auto-off function. Has anyone seen anything like this device in Australia? Can only find in France, and works out to around AU$130 shipped here. I'm sure i wont ever use that much electricity worth in power draw. But nice to know it's off when not in use and potentially extending overall life of the thing. Cheers
  13. Further Information: Yamaha A-S701 Integrated Amplifier. This thing is pretty heavy, and built like a tank ! The sound is nice, and very decent especially when running a pair of speakers, or 2 pairs of speakers via a quadrophonic set up - you can make your own surround sound :). I am sad i have to let this one go ; its the best budget amp on the market by far and for this price its what i would call a bargain ; priced to sell! Needless to say, one man's item is another mans treasure ; be quick to snap this one up ! Pickup only - just to make it easier - and i am happy to demonstrate that it turns on etc. Cheers
  14. Item: Gigawatt PF-2 Mk2 Power Strip with LC1 Mk3 power cable AU version with AU plugs (current model) Location: Sydney Price: withdrawn - (my brother took it!!) Item Condition: like new - all original packing included Reason for selling: Upgrading Payment Method: Pickup/ courier/post - Cash/EFT/ Paypal (+3.3% if done as invoice) / COD Extra Info: Well known for improving SQ and built like a tank (weight is 3kg) Review at http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/gigawatt4/1.html From manufacturer website: PF-2 MK2 is the improved version of the advanced filtering power strip designed to power and protect Hi-Fi audio and video systems. In the PF-2 MK2 better materials and components were used, and the modified construction of the device is based on solutions used in the EVO series of power conditioners. The strip is made using high quality components. The distortion is filtered in a RLC filtering block. It is built using metalized polyester capacitors with low inductance and an IP (Iron Powder) filtering core. All components of the filters are soldered to a massive, double sided PCB with large cross-section of the traces, with silver solder. In this strip we also resigned from using traditional protective elements, like wire or thermal fuses, which throttle the free flow of current to the protected circuits and by this have a negative influence on the sound. Protection against overvoltage and power surges is guaranteed by a multi-stage protection circuit, composed of plasma sparks and new generation of UltraMOV varistors. Those elements, working together with a well designed, modern power grid, warrant a complex protection against overcurrent and overvoltage. The PF-2 MK2 uses an innovative current distribution system, being a proprietary development of the company. It is based on massive power distribution bars of 2nd generation, made of polished, high purity, cathode copper slabs (Cu-ETP). This system distributes the current directly to each pair of output sockets, using crimped and screw-tightened connections and cabling made from silver plated OFC copper wires in FEP Teflon insulation with a cross-section of 4 QMM. The use of the star wiring topology and the high conductance and massive cross-section of about 30 QMM of each of the bars warrants an equal and stable power distribution regardless of the load on any of the strip’s outputs. The PF-2 MK2 power strip is equipped with six high quality power sockets GigaWatt G-040 Schuko, designed and manufactured by the company. The brass connectors of those sockets were silver plated at the factory, without the usage of intermediary metals, like copper or nickel, which could introduce unfavorable series resistance and voltage loss. The increased area of contact and the thick layer of silver guarantee sure contact with the plug pins. The sockets were additionally subdued to cryogenic modification and a demagnetizing process. In order to effectively protect children, the G-040 sockets were equipped with integrated anti-surge shutters (increased protection against touching, conform with VDE 0620). The PF-2 MK2 is also available with outlets of type NEMA 5-20R, used in North America and some Asian countries, and with Australian outlets of type AS/NZS 3112. All internal elements of the power strip are closed in a double metal chassis. This enclosure is a perfectly tight shield against RFI and EMI noise. The strip is also equipped with a LED indicating proper operation of the device and a circuit indicating wrong polarization of the power line or wrongly connected grounding. The strip is also equipped with a high quality IEC socket, allowing their user to connect any power cable. The power strip is equipped with the power cable LC-1 MK3 with 1.5m length. Pictures:
  15. Item: Uptone Audio JS2 linear power supply Location: Melbourne Price: $1200 Pickup from Melbourne CBD Only Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not using anymore - moved into apartment Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Only Extra Info: The output voltage is adjustable from 5V DC to 12V DC on two separate connections. Full specifications are here: Uptone JS2. Purchased in 2016 and paired it with a Pico power supply to run a fanless Roon server, and the associated SSD. Comes with 2 Custom 1.5m cables (5.5mm x 2.5mm device-end plug on both cables) made by Uptone Audio. Made a huge difference in sound quality when uprezing to DSD512 on the PC. Photos show the JS2 sitting on top of the PC for reference. Pictures:
  16. Item: Synergistic Research Powercell 10SE power conditioner with Precision AC power cable Location: Box Hill North, Melbourne Price: $3000 obo. Price lowered to $2700. Prefer cash upon collection due to weight of unit. RRP when new is $6000USD. Item Condition: Mint with zero scratch Reason for selling: my current Naim system doesn’t require the use of power conditioner Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: 10 outlets of pure isolated reference power for your high end system. 3D soundstage, mid range purity, defined and extended bass were areas of improvement for my previous Conrad Johnson system powered by this product. Many excellent reviews online and seldom available for sale. I am only selling it because I don’t use it anymore ever since getting a full Naim system (somehow Naim recommends powering their system without power conditioning) Donation to StereoNet if this sells. Pictures:
  17. Item: GigaWatt PF-1 Mk II Power Strip with LC-1 Mk III Power Cord Location: Williamstown, Victoria Price: $400 + post - Retails for $899 Item Condition: 8 out of 10 Reason for selling: Too much gear Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The power strip is equipped with six high quality output sockets with silver plated connectors. The connectors are factory silver plated and intermediate metals like copper or nickel are not used in this process as they could introduce additional serial resistance and voltage drop. All contacts are ferromagnetic-free and the thick silver layer guarantees good contact with the plugs and significantly lowers the impedance of the connection. The PF-1 also has a high quality IEC socket and GigaWatt’s own 1.5m LC-1 MK3 power cord. Can be bought new for $899 online at: http://recordclean.com.au/gigawatt-pf-1-mk-ii-power-strip--with-lc-1--mk-iii--power-cord.html In very good condition, besides some scratches on the bottom. Donation to SNA on sale Pictures:
  18. Item: GigaWatt PF-1 MK2 Filtering Power Strip w/ Voodoo Magneto Power Cord Location: Wantirna, Victoria Price: $450 Item Condition: Excellent Condition - 8/10 - Few Small Scratches Reason for Selling: Just don't need it for my current setup Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Australia Post COD, Postage at Buyers Expense Extra Info: Power Strip Retails for $890 http://recordclean.com.au/gigawatt-pf-1-mk-ii-power-strip--with-lc-1--mk-iii--power-cord.html Power Cord Retails for $255 http://recordclean.com.au/voodoo-magneto-power-cord.html Donation to SNA Pictures:
  19. Item: VARIOUS POWER CORDS Location: NSW 2153 Price: * Pangea AC-14SE: $100 (+$10 for shipping) * IeGO PUM Pro: $200 (+$10 for shipping) SOLD * Acrolink: $40 (+$5 for shipping) * Generic Power Cable: $40 (+$5 for shipping) Item Condition: Very Good, Seldom used, See pictures Reason for selling: Excess cables Payment Method: Pickup or Shipping at buyer's expense Extra Info: * Pangea AC-14SE: 2M length, C7 connector, US plug, Box included * IeGO PUM Pro: 1.5M length, US plug, Box included * Acrolink: 1.5M length, AU plug, No box * Generic Power Cable: 1M Length, US plug, No box, Hospital grade Pictures:
  20. Item: Musical Fidelity M6 500i Integrated Amplifier Location: Noosaville, Sunshine Coast, QLD Price: $4500 Firm Item Condition: As New (Used) Reason for selling: Purchasing SET amps to drive high efficiency speakers. (Purchased 300B SET Amp) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit. Extra Info: As new, perfect working condition. No marks, scratches or imperfection. Included is the original double box, manual and remote. 14 months old. http://www.visionliving.com.au/hi-fi/musical-fidelity-m6500i-integrated-amplifier/id-Nk#.WrikmI0UnIU Shipping: I can obtain shipping quotes to your destination in Australia at the buyers cost. Courier estimate around $120 + insurance. Current RRP: $7995.00 Pictures:
  21. Item: Verastarr Grand illusion Statement power cable Location:Qld Price: $3,000 Item Condition:As new Reason for selling: "Adjusting Finances" Payment Method: Bank Wire - COD Only Extra Info: 2m Verastarr Statement Power Cable - 2 3/8” Wide 99.9997% pure silver foil, cryo treated, 3 foils, Solid silver Plug and IEC SUITABLE FOR AU. Retail for 2m is $7,000.This is the Grand Daddy of power cables. 4 months old. Selling for a friend with no internet connection Pictures:
  22. Item 1: IFI micro - iUSB Power 2 Location: Perth Price: $200 Item Condition: 9/10 - has a 9V low noise power supply and original box Reason for selling: Cupboard clean out. Excess to needs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash or Paypal. Postage - Paypal Extra Info: I bought this off SNA a couple of years ago. It provides galvanic isolation and ground loop removal. Has a power & data output and a power only for charging 5V devices that might benefit from a good clean power supply. Its worked very well in my system however I haven’t used it for a while. See link for more information and review http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-iusbpower/ http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2013/01/amr-ifi-iusbpower-review/ http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/accessory-gemini/ http://www.adventuresinhifiaudio.com/13/03/2014/the-ifi-audio-gemini-usb-cable-one-cable-to-rule-them-all/
  23. Item: [FS] Sanders Magtech Stereo Power Amplifier (black) Location: Inner Sydney Price: $4,000 + posting + paypal fee (if required) Item Condition: 9.5/10 Reason for selling: downsizing Payment Method: Cash on pickup or PayPal if posted (+3%) This is an end-game audiophile reference power amplifier designed and made in the US by Roger Sanders, who is of the most well known audio engineers in the US. This amplifier has received many awards, including:- 2014 Golden Ear (The Absolute Sound)- 2014 Editors Choice (The Absolute Sound)This amp incorporates a unique power supply, designed and licensed by Roger Sanders, that produces extremely high current (to drive absolutely any loudspeaker, including very difficult loads such as planar speakers) without wasting energy like all powerful class AB amplifiers do. In fact, this amp runs stone cold and as you can see the top cover has no openings (not needed). Rogers Sanders maintains that the Magtech can be kept on all the time, and even located in a closed cabinet with no issues.It is capable of putting out 500W (in 8ohm) and 900W (in 4 ohm) and is stable in 2 ohm. It was designed to drive large electrostatic speakers, as as such will drive ANY speaker with ease.The reviews from top audiophile magazines such as the Absolute Sound describe this amp as providing "infinite power with total stability", and plaude its sound for its "neutrality, purity, background quiet and dynamics".I invite you to read the enthusiastic reviews online.It retails for $7,490 in Australia.More details can be found here:http://sanderssoundsystems.com/products/amplifiers/magtech-amphttp://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?productId=200199 This particular unit was purchased from Bill Mcleans (Sander's distributor in Oz) about five months ago and paid $4,500. It was purchased second-hand, but the first and only owner of this before me was in fact Bill Mcleans himself. This used to be his personal power amplifier, the one he had at home. Bill gave this to me in exchange of a previously purchased amp that I returned to him. I can prove this with my email exchange with Bill, or you can just give him a call. Importantly, Bill is happy to renew the warranty, which has expired in November, for another year for additional $250 (Bill has confirmed that this would be transferrable to the new owner). The sound is transparent, very dynamic and punchy, and with the blackest background. Dont take my word for it, check out the reviews. The specs are: Power (Stereo Version) 500 watts RMS per channel into an 8 ohm load 900 watts RMS per channel into a 4 ohm load Bandwidth DC through 100kHz Class of Operation Class AB Input Impedance 100K unbalanced, 1K balanced Input voltage required for full output 2.2 Volts Noise More than 110dB below rated output Gain 26dB THD Less than 0.01% Damping Factor Greater than 600 into an 8 ohm load Voltage Voltage is user selectable for use world-wide. All details here:http://sanderssoundsystems.com/products/amplifiers/magtech-amp Local pickup is preferred but can post as I have all the original packaging and paperworks. Thanks!
  24. Item: NORDOST QK1 AC ENHANCER Location: Toowong, Brisbane Price: $200 + Shipping Item Condition: Perfect Reason for selling: No longer used. Payment Method: PayPal preferred, or COD. Extra Info: Selling because I have upgraded my power filtering equipment. Originally I was skeptical of the effet something like the Qk1 could have, but after ABing it on my system at home I immediately heard the different and bought it straight away. Has been well loved and is in very good condition. A cheap way to start getting better power. Some information from Nordost's website: The QKOIL QK1 AC Enhancer uses a load resonating coil (LRC) to generate a passive electronic field that has a beneficial sonic effect on the AC current. Like the QV2, The QKOIL provides a vital solution to the issues of AC quality and audio/video performance, but unlike the QVIBE, the new QK1 achieves this by using an LRC furnished with Nordost’s patented Micro Mono-Filament technology. Using our MMF technology in a loading application prevents time delay and distortion of the transmitted signal, making the AC current that much closer to the desired “distortionless condition”. The Sensory results: an improvement in the overtones and pacing of the music as well as a greater sharpness, depth and focus of visual qualities. The QKOIL is the entry level product in the QRT range, a family of modular, non-intrusive innovations that deliver measurable sonic enhancements and provide power in the purist way. Like other QRT products, the benefits are cumulative and QK1s are even more impressive when applied collectively. It can be used as a “stand alone” product or to complement a full QRT system with QBASE-Mark II, QX4, QX2 and especially QV2 units.. The QK1 is housed in a mechanically tuned carbon-fiber body and equipped with either a US (NEMA) or EU (Schuko) connector. It is compatible with voltages from 110V to 240V, and can be used with an AUS or UK adaptor if required. Plug the QKOIL into any spare socket on your system’s AC Line and experience first-hand the surprising yet indisputable effect it will have on you’re A/V components. • Generates a passive electronic field • Allows for greater musicality and improves tonal balance • Increases clarity of imaging, including sharpness, depth and focus • Lowers the noise floor • Load resonating coil using patented Micro Mono-Filament technology • Mechanically tuned carbon-fiber body Pictures:
  25. Item: PS AUDIO AV5000 Power Center 10 outlet power conditioner Location: Perth Price: $1000 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus bought from SNA a few weeks ago. Tried to see if better than Isotak Aquarius ( Great results but don't want to change all my leads.) Isotak Aquarius and Isotek Solus as new will be listed shortly Payment Method: Bank Transfer, Paypal (buyer covers fees) etc, happy to post at cost Extra Info: System changover and reduction of boxes. I have tried a few and realistically want to sell to change to a PS Audio P10 and sell all 3 units including a Isotek Solus as new - only 5 or so hours use and Isotek Aquarius- a year old and two or all of them have to go. Item is in fantastic condition with original packaging. Plenty of reviews on the web, I loved the isolated zones (one specific for high power devices such as amplifier) and the ability to program switch on/off times so my amp would only come on well after my preamp tubes had equalised. This is the Australian 240V version with IEC power output connections. Feel free to PM me for any questions The PS Audio AV Power Center 5000 is a remarkable device with an extensive list of features that places it at the very forefront of this product category. From the PS Audio Web site: "The Audio Video Power Center AV-5000 is one of the most advanced power conditioners we have ever built… Full chassis sized component, touchscreen interface, 5 IsoZones, and 10 independently controlled outlets. Setup and control the AV-5000 when connected to your local network via it's built in web server, your universal remote, or your control system via RS-232. "The AV-5000 has 10 individually switched PowerPort outlets, grouped into 5 isolated AC power zones. Each zone has both common mode as well as differential mode AC cleaning that combined lowers noise by an amazing 80dB. For the safety of connected equipment, the AV-5000 features 7344 Joules of spike protection as well as fully automated over/under voltage control for surges." A full discussion of the features and configuration options would take up much more space than usual, but I will summarize with just a few of the features that I enjoy most: -- Ability to individually set each of the 10 outlets to be always on, switched on by the front panel square push button, or with a turn-on delay, all through a Web page network interface: http://PowerCenter. -- Set a turn-off delay to protect components, especially speakers. -- Change the name of each input so I remember what is plugged in to which outlet. -- Change the brightness of the display. -- Remote trigger to turn on and off other components. This has changed my “go sequence” from manually turning on the preamp, DAC, and two mono power amplifiers (4 power-up steps) to simply pushing the power button on the AV-5000 (1 power-up step). I don’t have to remember the safe turn on sequence – DAC, then preamp, then the power amps – or risk a dangerous pop in my speakers. Likewise, a safe turn-off sequence is guaranteed, regardless of my ability at the end of a listening session to remember the exact order. Even with all of the set up and configuration options, the AV-5000 is simple to operate, and the settings are easily changed. Many of the settings are accessible from the touch-sensitive front panel of the AV-5000, but changing the advanced functions requires a computer interface. Based on the feedback I have received from a recent survey, most of you have either already integrated computers into your audio systems or are planning to do so in the not too distant future. As those who have made the leap to music servers already understand, this technology is the future. Computer access is not going to be a problem for most users. My stereo system during the review included YG Acoustics Kipod Main Modules and Merlin TSM-MMe loudspeakers, Velodyne Optimum 12 subwoofers; Marantz MA-9S2, Manley Snapper and Parasound JC-1 amplifiers (all mono blocks); Sonic Frontiers Line 2SE+, Krell KAV-280P and Levinson N380S preamplifiers; Prism Orpheus Digital Interface– which serves as a DAC, phono preamp and line preamp; custom Windows 7 computer/music server; SOTA Cosmos IV turntable with Triplanar VIIu2 tonearm and Miyajima Shilabe moving coil phono cartridge. All interconnects are Mogami, with Mogami and Element Apollo speaker cables. I enjoyed PS Audio PerfectWave AC-12 and Jerry’s DIY power cables. I installed the $799.99 list price AV-5000, plugging all my front-end gear into the outlets and grouping similar types of devices when possible into their own Zones, turned it on and ignored it for a few weeks. The network Ethernet cable was eventually moved from the music server computer to the AV-5000 and I tweaked the settings over several weeks of use to get to the “one-button start up” that I enjoy every day. At this point, the system was sounding better than ever, night after night. There had been other component changes during this period and I was not sure which change had caused the system to really lock-in and sound musically whole and organically complete: a totally synergistic music system. Then, after six weeks of daily use, I disconnected all of the components from the AV-5000 and plugged everything into a regular, but high quality, power strip. I continued to use the same PS Audio PerfectWave AC-12 power cable from the wall to the power strip that was used with the AV-5000. And my system instantly sounded like crap. I am sorry to be so blunt and coarse, but the very engaging and enjoyable musical qualities that I had been enjoying for weeks immediately and unequivocally took a startlingly obvious turn for the worse. Specifically, image depth decreased by about 75% and there was a layer of fine haze or roughness in the midrange and lower treble. Sibilants, or the “es” sounds, became raspy and harsh. In music that has a number of singers, their individuality became much less apparent and their specific locations on the sound stage blended together. This was very noticeable on Paul Simon’s “Homeless”, from the Graceland LP (Warner Bros. UK:WX 52), a 180 gram pressing that is musically and technically excellent. Instead of clearly identifiable positions for each singer, both left-to-right and front-to-back, there was a poorly localized “wall-of-sound”. Now, if all I knew about this fine album was that it offered a poorly localized “wall-of-sound”, I would have thought it sounded pretty good. But after listening to this album several times over the past six weeks with the AV-5000 in use, and then again immediately prior to removing it, I offer the follow observation with complete confidence: Listening to music with the PS Audio AV-5000 power conditioner is much more satisfying than listening to music without it. There are many reports that different power conditioners detract from the dynamic impact of music, robbing the sound of life and energy. My experiences with some other conditioners had, more or less, confirmed the potential for this unwanted effect. However, when I removed the AV-5000, dynamics suffered and the music sounded as if a compressor had been turned on, not off. This limited not only the large transients that give music its energy and momentum, but also the small, micro dynamic impulses that help make recorded music sound real and alive. Reinstalling the AV-5000 restored the lifelike dynamic impact of the music. In fact, the feeling I had when listening without the AV-5000 installed was to hurry through writing these listening notes and reinstall the AV Power Center ASAP. I live in the suburbs and all of the wiring in our neighborhood is underground. I usually find that power conditioners have a positive effect on the quality of sound during the daytime and early evening. Approaching midnight, the reverse is often true and my systems usually sound better without any power conditioning. This was not true with the AV-5000, as performance of my audio system is improved significantly all the time, day or night, with the PS Audio conditioner installed. This is a first. There are easily noticeable improvements in clarity, smoothness, resolution, coherence of harmonics, background silence, dynamic and transient impact and speed, and the size of the sound stage with the AV-5000 installed, 24/7. The cumulative effect of filtering and isolation from other components is apparent in the relaxed but high resolution musical images that welcomes your involvement. This is 10 Audio and not 10 Video, but despite that distinction, I moved the AV-5000 upstairs to the home theater system and connected my HD Toshiba 56HM195 DLP television to see the effect on a video device. Several years ago, I reviewed the PS Audio Ultimate Outlet and tested its video performance on a different television, a heavy picture tube-type (very “last century” technology!) Sony 32” set. I noted a minor improvement at that time with the UO. Connecting the DLP TV to the PS Audio AV power conditioner resulted in a small but noticeable improvement in the blackness of blacks and the resolution of fine detail, such as individual strands of hair or fur, depending on the species. In images with large areas of a light solid color, there was a small but worthwhile improvement in the continuousness and purity of the solid color compared to the Tripp Lite Isobar 8 that is normally used with this television. A Video Essentials test DVD made it possible to view the same images before and after the power conditioner was installed. If my personal interests included the same level of dedication (or maybe “obsession” is more accurate) to maximizing the performance of my home theater system, it would have an AV-5000 installed permanently. I compared the AV-5000 to a Monster Cable HTS-5100 mk2 Home Theater Reference Power Center, which is identically priced and has many features in common. The HTS followed more closely my general experience with power conditioners as noted above, except that the Monster product was barely beneficial during the afternoon when power line pollution is at its worst. Even in the early evening, when the quality of power begins to improve, the HTS had a detrimental effect on the quality of sound in my system. The build quality of the PS Audio power conditioner is far superior to the Monster device. I had a PS Audio PowerPlant Premier last year, but the only current component that was used with the PPP is the SOTA Cosmos turntable. That one component cannot provide enough information to reliably determine a preference between the two PS Audio conditioners, and I no longer have the PPP for a direct comparison. I have a couple of gripes and product suggestions. First, I would like to be able to turn off the front panel illumination when the system is turned off. Leaving just a small indicator on would cut the light pollution in the room when it is not being used for listening. Second, there are surge protected Ethernet in and out ports, which are not really necessary on a closed Local Area Network (LAN). It would be a much better use of the limited real estate on the rear panel if the AV-5000 included a 3-port gigabit network switch so I could connect my network to the main Ethernet port to access the AV-5000’s set up menus, and then use the other ports to connect my music computer to the network, and possibly an Internet-enabled HDTV or Blu-Ray player. It seems like this is a feature which the AV-5000 should provide! And lastly, the user’s manual could be more helpful if it contained a bit more information about the parallel filtering power outlets, which are for power amplifiers, and more specifications for the different levels of filtering and noise reduction for the different power zones. This would help to better understand which zones to use for which type of component – analog, digital, or motorized (turntables). But these are minor points and do not affect the audio performance of the power conditioner. In the course of this review, I could have connected one component at a time to the AV-5000 to hear the additive effect of filtering additional components. But why? You won’t use it that way and the observations would have only academic interest. Much more relevant is what happens to the overall system sound when all of your components are connected to the PS Audio power conditioner. Allowing the AV-5000 to provide power for the entire system elevated the musical performance of my audio system far higher than the nominal cost of the conditioner could predict. In fact, in all my years of critical listening, I don’t recall another single component that has offered a greater degree of overall improvement. How would I defend that conclusion? With this listening observation: CDs sound better with the AV-5000 than LPs sound without it. The PS Audio AV Power Conditioner 5000 is a highly effective power conditioner that I can confidently recommend. Removing it is certainly an option: an unpleasant one. I am buying the review sample. Overall Rating: 10 LPs Pictures: Actual item here. Google for stock photos! Happy to provide more on request. See other listings Pictures:
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