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  • Turn Table
    Garrard 401
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME3012 SPU Royal N,
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Hashimoto HM7
  • Digital Source 1
    Roon, tidal
  • DAC
    SW1x Signature 1Dac
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  • Power Amp/s
  • My Speakers
    TANNOY MG RFC Rutlan
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    how very dare you!
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. This may be relevant. SW1X Product Warranty SW1X warrants all DAC and pre-amplifier products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for 5 years from the original date of purchase and agrees to cover the cost of parts and associated labour required to correct such defects, subject to terms & conditions. Any valves supplied with the unit are warranted for three months from the original date of purchase. If the product fails in normal domestic use and during the Warranty period due to the above described faults or defects, SW1X Audio Design will, at its discretion, repair or replace the item free of charge within a reasonable time once it has been returned to SW1X Audio Design factory or an appointed dealer or service engineer. so yes, this warranty offered by SW1X applies to this DAC1 Signature
  2. SW1X DAC 1 Signature Still available at £850 Delivered in UK Schiit Eitr - USB TO SPDIF CONVERTER sold
  3. This superb sounding very high spec capped DAC is still available I am dropping the price to £850 Delivered in UK
  4. thanks, it certainly is a wonderful DAC, no longer made to this spec with these high end Caps It delivers music I never thought possible from digital. I will miss it when she goes.
  5. For sale SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature with high grade Audio Note Kaisei and Black Gate capacitors and fully Solid Silver Wired. Dr. Slawa (SW1X) Roschkow no longer makes this Limited Edition Signature DAC1 with these very high grade caps, the closest he makes to this version is the new 'Special'version. The specs of the one offered here are very similar to the DAC 1 Special, except for This Signature DAC 1 comes in a smaller chassis and therefore has no tube rectification in the B+ power supply. Spec is in the link below http://sw1xad.co.uk/product/sw1x-dac-i-special-2/ For reference, the Signature version of the DAC 1when last produced was GBP £2040 I have had this wonderfully unique piece of Audio in my system for 3 years without a hitch. The sound is as close to high end analogue as I wanted and really is a special product. The sound is very cohesive, smooth without grain and is very dynamic without edge. These SW1X DACs don't come up for sale used very often as users simple hold on to them as they are so good. The Signature version was a real sweet spot in the SW1X range I think it's a steal at the price of £900 including UK delivery insured well packed in a suitable box (Dr. Slawa doesn't do boxes) It's in fantastic used condition, no marks on face plate at all, there is a tiny mark on the top edge of one of the sides, it is NOT visible from front and I only point it out for total clarity I also have a Schiit Eitr - USB TO SPDIF CONVERTER for sale I can bundle that in with the SW1X Signature DAC1 for £90 (no box) or £120 on it's own (£10 del) (Priority to the DAC purchaser) https://www.schiit-europe.com/index....converter.html
  6. Juancho (David Coe ) on here is a great engineer... Sunny Wimbledon based
  7. Modern current production Genalux Gold Lion 12AU7s/ecc82 are quite fantastic I've been very happy with those... I have a NEW quad if interested... £20 each Also NOS Siemens and Halske E82CC, 3 mica 1960s I have 2 (1x matched pair tested) available if interested.. £35 each these are incredible tubes, tonnes of dynamics and weight lovely airy sound, gives what the Mullard did without the overly stodgey muddy feeling.... and very quiet. A very special tube indeed!
  8. Spare arm boards blank upgraded NWA bearing Under the hood
  9. For sale ..my lovely Garrard 401 (repainted in hammertone grey), Upgraded NWA Bearing/spindle and 2 x Arm Russ Collinson Sapele wood plinth. So after lots of deliberation... I maybe looking to go off on another direction. So possibly moving this beauty on. My early Flush Strobe Garrard 401 runs silent and has been serviced last year. Motor total stripped down, relubrication, all linkage re-grease. It was stripped and repainted last year by Ray Clarke of 'Classic Turntable Co.' in beautiful Grey Hammertone paint. The original Garrard 401 mat is in great condition. It will come with the hugely over engineered upgraded N.W.A Bearing/Spindle. This brought a very noticeable new dynamic presentation and runs silent. The tolerance on this bearing is incredible. Well worth the upgrade and now unobtainable. This was a simple drop in replacement so can be swapped in and out with the the original Garrard Bearing spindle assembly, which will also be supplied. The Turntable is fitted into a lovely ‘Shindo style’ Layers of Beauty, (Russ Collinson) 2 arm plinth. The plinth is beautiful Sapele Wood veneer on layered birch ply core. The plinth is designed so the turntable sits flush level with the plinth top. Clean. It will be sold with blank matching armboards for both the 9’’ and the 12’’ cut outs, x 2 of each Plus the 2 which are currently on duty. (cut for SME 12’’ & audio-technica ATP-12T arms) It has an IEC plug socket so you can use a posh power cable if that floats your boat. The plinth is 570 mm long x 450mm. Adjustable levelling feet included. Obviously very heavy indeed. There is a dust cover which is the kind that totally covers the whole plinth which I actually may keep, but if I don’t will be included Free in the sale bundle. Any demo very welcome. The Turntable is simply stunning to hear. At this stage I won’t split (but I may later if the plinth is to be sold first!) More picture will be added of NWA bearing and blank arm boards. £1350 for The package.Which is what it owes me Tonearms are NOT included!
  10. Interest Check at the moment: Ortofon SPU Royal N Cartidge With the arrival of Petrat's SPU Anniversary 95 (A95) to sit along side a Jan Allaerts MC1 Boron I have a potential oppotunity for someone to take custody of this great cartridge. I just can't keep this amount of stereo cartridges! For those of you unfamiliar with the SPU Royal N, it is a Nude SPU which is not housed in the traditional SPU Ortofon headshell. Without the SPU headshell this allows direct mounting of this SPU cartridge on to fixed headshell tonearms, as well as of course mounting into a detachable universal headshell. The SPU Royal N is a very special cartridge and there are plenty of online reviews to gander. https://medialux.blog/2018/05/10/wha...n-spu-royal-n/ http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazin...pu_royal_n.htm I can only add that it presents very special music, nicely weighty with the signature SPU full bodied delivery but because this cartridge employs Gold Coils and the wonderful Replicant 100 Stylus, it has a great deal of detail and open airy space, whilst delivering solid well controlled bass. The history of this particular piece?, well it was Tom's (montesquieu) up until August last year where it resided along side an array of Analogue delights, thus it was virtually idol as Tom's stable of Ikeda and Miyajimas and Monos were heavily on duty. I have used it sporadically but lightly since and is on rotation with a Jan Allaerts MC1 Boron a fantastic SAEC C3 MC and 3 Mono cartridges, so you can see it isn't over used!! It has been sent away to j7 (Audio Origami) for a detailed inspection, where Johnny had it under the microscope and offered these comments "stylis looks brand new !!! cant see any wear at all!" please see Amazing pictures of the stylus that j7 sent back...incredible pics! Anyway it's a hard one to let this go and TBH I'll be happy if it stays as it does deliver a different presentaion with the Replicant 100 stylus than the standard Elliptical tipped SPUs. Ortofon SPU N headshell adaptor included with cartridge. If she does go, I'll be needing £675 which is a very fair price given the quality of cartridge and condition. Included insured Royal Mail delivery in the UK. (more abroad!) The FR headshell in the pictures is NOT for sale and not included. stylus and cantilever pics from j7 inspection Technical data Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 0.2 mV Channel balance at 1 kHz < 1 dB Channel separation at 1 kHz > 25 dB Channel separation at 15 kHz > 20 dB Frequency response - 20-20.000 Hz + 1,5/- 0 dB Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *) > 70 µm Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 8 µm/mN Stylus type - Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 Stylus tip radius - r/R 5/100 µm Tracking force range - 2.5-3.5 g (25-35 mN) Tracking force, recommended - 3.0 g (30 mN) Tracking angle - 20° Internal impedance, DC resistance - 6 ohm Recommended load impedance > 100 ohm Coilwire material - Electrum Cartridge weight - 13 g