Steve H

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  • Digital Source 1
    PC music server
  • Digital Source 2
    Panasonic TV
  • DAC
    Auralic, Vega
  • Power Amp/s
    Hypex NC400 Mono
  • My Speakers
    T Gravesen Ekta MKII
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    Audio-Technica AD700
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Price reduced further £875. These DAC's were retailing for around £3000.
  2. Price reduced to £900, cash on collection. Happy to bring it with me to the show in March if anyone wants to buy and can wait that long.
  3. Hi, I built a set of mono power amps based on the Hypex NC400 (DIY) module about five years ago. To my ears they sound dynamic and transparent. May i ask what you are planning to upgrade too? Good luck with your sale.
  4. Ok thanks, that is cheaper. I had used one of those courier comparison sites.
  5. One carefully looked after AURALIC VEGA Digital Audio Processor with integrated preamplifier I bought this device from Audio Emotion in September 2013 and have enjoyed it for the past six years. The run hours counter shows 2680. All the features work on this DAC as does the remote. DAC comes with its original box, mains lead, CD and user manual. Extract from the Manufacturers User’s Guide. Revision 1.1 · AURALiC Sanctuary Audio Processor Sanctuary audio processor, the heart of VEGA, is based on multi-core ARM9 architecture with calculating capability at 1000MIPS, ideal for handling multi-channel high resolution music. VEGA supportS DXD format (352.8KS/s and 384KS/s PCM signals in 32bit) as well as DSD stream at2.8224MHz and 5.6448MHz in native through 'DoP V1.1' transmission protocol. · Megahertz Upsampling The internal megahertz up sampling algorithm can process and up-sample all incoming PCM signals to technology process and up-sampling all incoming PCM signal to about 1.5MHz in 32bit depth. Which not only improves the precision of the DAC, but also create a new Nyquist frequency for all PCM signals farther away from the top end of audio frequency. As a result, our engineers are able to design a brand new analogue circuit structure with larger bandwidth and faster slew rate. · Femto Master Clock Femto master clock utilizes aerospace grade crystal oscillator, ultra low noise linear power supply and temperature compensation technology to generate the master clock with extremely low jitter at 82 femtoseconds. More importunately, the phase noise which affect sound quality a lot has been dramatically reduced to -168dBc/Hz. · Flexible Filter Mode VEGA has six built-in modes each contains several digital filters optimized for corresponding sampling rate. These filters are developed under AURALiC's subjective auditory sense and objective testing data relationship models with the goal of optimizing the listening experience of different music in all formats. · AURALiC ORFEO Class-A Output Module In order to drive various loads, matching different power amplifiers, VEGA is equipped with AURALiC's patented ORFEO Class-A module. The principle of this module is to use a mass of small signal components with best linear characteristic. By packing them though a thermal balance procedure and biasing the transistors into Class-A, ORFEO achieves impressive performance with open loop distortion less than 0.001%. Specification: Frequency Response 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB* THD+N <0.0003%, 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS Dynamic Range 130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted Digital Inputs 1*AES/EBU 2*Coaxial 1*Toslink 1*USB 2.0 buffered by ActiveUSB™ Analog Outputs 1*Balanced XLR(output impedance 4.7ohm) 1*Single-ended RCA(output impedance 50ohm) Supported Digital Formats All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 384KS/s in 32Bit** DSD64, DSD128, DSD256*** Output Voltage 4Vrms at Max. with dynamic-loss-free digital volume User Interface AURALiC RC-1 remote control 512*64 pixels OLED Display Power Consumption Standby: <2W Sleep: <10W Playback: 15W at max. Dimension 11''W x 9''D x 2.6''H (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm) * Tested under Mode #1 for all sampling rates * 352.8KS/s and 384KS/s are supported through USB only * By ‘DoP v1.1’ protocol through USB only Serial number 1736 If you need to connect this DAC to your Windows OS based music server/pc. The device driver CD is included, however, a more up to date version is available on the manufacturers support web page. Postage and Payment; by prior arrangement forum members can come and listen to the DAC in my current set up. Payment could then be made in cash and the device carried home safely by you. The alternative is that I send you a PayPal invoice for the device and post it tracked and fully insured to a registered address in England. The cost for this will be added to the device cost. Please note however, due to the value of the device the courier fees could be up to £55. The unit weight is 3.3kg Decided to trade this in for another Auralic Device.
  6. Back in 2013 I had just sold my Wyred 4 Sound DAC and was on the look out for a replacement. I attended a Hi-Fi show at Whittlebury Hall Hotel. There I met Gary from Audio Emotion and Xuanqian Wang from Auralic. Both friendly and knowledgeable guys. As there was a generous discount on the new AURALIC VEGA G1 Streaming DAC I ordered one along with a midrange Audioquest USB cable. After six years of enjoying the DAC/Preamp, I began to read several favourable reviews about the new Auralic VEGA G1 from the likes of John Darko and Chris Connaker. This leads to thoughts of, “will it sound nicer, can I afford one and will I use it enough” etc. Fortunately for me, one came up for sale a couple of weeks ago which I bought. The first impressions are as follows: The G1 unit seems twice as heavy has my original Vega (curved edge aluminium) unit. More than double the amount of plastic foam provided in the box, am sure this thing would survive an accidental drop. Two basic power cables, one braided USB cable included but no remote. The large yellow led display of the original is nicely laid out and just provides the information I need to see from my sofa. The G1 has a square screen in the middle with large icons for input but very small font in the sub menus. G1 units comes with the addition of an ethernet socket on the rear which the original does not have. Because I have a Windows based music server, I needed to again install a small driver on to that from the Auralic site, which was straightforward. The significant changes are that the new device has a streamer, completely updated electronics and the interface is more complex in my view. To set up and configure the G1 device you can use any web browser, the built-in screen system menus or the Lightening DS app. The App provides prompts which I found easy to follow. However, when I tried to register the device with my email on the Lightening app, a message popped up which correctly stated that a previous owner had registered it and they would contact them for persimmon to allow me to register it as the new owner. While I wait for a response from the previous owner, has anyone on this forum had experience of successfully transferred ownership of a used G1/G2 DAC, please? Current VEGA boots up in a few seconds its then controlled by the supplied remote-control unit or the function button. Regarding the apps, I have for years been using JRIVER as my media player with J Remote app. Reliable, lots of features and sounds good. The G1 takes over a minute to boot up. However, JRiver is not compatible now so I have to use the Auralic Lightening DS App from the Apple iStore. (free). I have found that the Apple podcast apps works well too. To listen to Spotify on my original VEGA I used to turn on my Windows based audio server, login, and could then use the Spotify app on my old iPad or Android mobile phone to control it. To listen to Spotify on the new G1, I first I select ‘Streamer’ input device using the silver button to scroll and push to select, enable Spotify in the menu, (small font on the screen). Songs are selected with the Spotify App on my iPad mini 2. My thoughts from a brief listening session; starting with the original Vega the sound is easy on the ear across the audible spectrum. Switching to the G1, its noticeably clearer and the sound can be presented in a way that you prefer by selecting from smooth, dynamic/balanced or precise. These filters make a positive discernible difference to my ears however on the original Vega I could not really tell the difference between the filters. The bass is firmer, slightly improved stereo image and clearer high end. Poor quality recordings are exposed regardless of genre. Precise filter is fine for classical and Jazz music but initially seemed irritating for other types of music. Depending on your listening room, speakers and preferences etc. I seem to have mentally adjusted to this by the end of the first week. Switching inputs takes a few seconds and I hear four clicks from inside the case. Using the TOS output on my TV to the DAC for the soundtrack on BBC iPlayer, Amazon and Plex. However, I have not yet figured out how to get the timing right, the delay is on the min setting of 50ms but still not spot on, any advice welcome. It just worked with the original one right out of the box! What surprised me was that the streamer built in to the G1 sounds clearer (better separation and oomph) than my new server with JCAT sound card and two quality power supplies! What I have yet to test is how the Spotify App, with all sound quality settings on the highest available, sound compared to the same song ripped from a CD on my server. In conclusion, while this G1 is a significant upgrade as is the manufacturers website, I will miss the simplicity of operating the original one however I can live with the complexity of the new one as the sound quality is better. The original VEGA DAC/Preamp unit will be up for sale soon on this forum in the Classifieds section.
  7. Thanks for your interest. I resused my case, it is a Streacom FC8 Evo. Small case with passive CPU cooling. To power it I used a TTI bench PSU, can send you details if you are interested? This fed the Pico PSU adaptor, see my other listing. Happy to answer more questions.
  8. This adaptor accepts 12v DC and up to 160W of power. It adapts this to the various voltages the motherboard needs. Can combine postage with DH61DL motherboard. £19. Inc postage. Item in Towcester. Link to manufacturers website
  9. Hello I have been using this small board (miniITX 17*17cm) as my PC audio file server for the last five years. However only used a couple of hours a week. Comes with 4GB RAM (Corsair) and Intel Celeron G55OT CPU. Had this board working in Jan 2019. Price includes postage by courier to any address in mainland UK. Price £30.00. Accept payment via Revolut app or BACS. Alternatively, I can accept cash on collection and meet you at the services off the M1 at Junction 15A.
  10. Hi All, Sale agreed with tarkus.
  11. Price reduced to £140.