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  1. Possibly wtb DENAFRIPS ARES II or Pontis II. Please PM if interested.
  2. Under the banner of new start ups and new products I would like to introduce the Sonnet Morpheus DAC which I have had the pleasure of discovering recently. https://www.sonnet-audio.com/Morpheus.html Its a fully balanced R2R DAC, non over sampling with some clever engineering to acheive a very low noise floor. Sonnet digital audio is a new venture by Cees Ruijtenberg who is famous for his design work at Metrum acoustics. Sonically the Morpheus is rich, detailed, organic and natural sounding and is perfectly happy driving a power amp directly. Definitely worth checking out. If you would like to have a listen to the Morpheus please let me know as I have a demo unit available. Sonnet Morpheus – ULTIMATE RESOLUTION AUDIO All the best, Oran Ultimate Resolution Audio
  3. Selling my Chord Qutest dac. Bought it recently as always wanted to hear one, especially after trying Chord Dave in my system. Good used condition with all accessories, but no original box and no manual. Manual can be downloaded. £795 posted or can be collected in SE London. Bank transfer or PayPal friends/family please.
  4. Hi all, ive just ordered some ATC SCM 40 actives and really need advice. I have asked on the ATC thread but now been politely thrown out for taking the discussion in all directions 😂. I mean that nicely, they have been kind and helpful. I would be grateful for advice on using my new speakers with kit that allows me to stream music, add tv for movie watching and also ps5. im after 1/2 box solution with a warm sound I.e not too treble harsh/forward. I don’t know anything about DACs and preamps except the huge prices one can go to! I did expect to spend around £5k and thought of Chord TT2 but is that sound right? I haven’t entered a hifi store in decades and my last kit was Naim amp into Dynaudio Audience 52s. This was very liked by us but I do feel the ATCs are a good choice. I just need the right path to using for music and movies. We watch movies a lot via streaming if that helps. sorry for the long description. thanks
  5. For sale Denafrips Pontus 2 for sale. comes with original box but no power cable or remote as supplied Perfect condition, prone to fingerprints Purchased in Jan 2021, still under transferable 3 year warranty Selling due to upgrade to T+ Gaia not included or for sale £1250 + shipping
  6. The manual on the 2Qute I had said that you shouldn’t use a linear PSU, but I notice on checking the Qutest manual that it doesn’t mention anything of the kind. I heard someone say it sounded better with a linear PSU (notably Terry of Pursuit Perfect System) but I’m interested if any readers on here have tried and what proportionate percentage benefits if you had to say. If it’s worth it, it’s an inexpensive upgrade.
  7. Right i have had this DAC for over ten years and it has worked till now without any issues . However it is now giving out distorted sound crackling after it has been switched on for about 2/3 minutes . I have opened up the unit but could not see any obvious issues . I have neither the knowledge or skill to repair this and as the chipset is very old not even sure if you can get another replacement set to complete a repair. When it worked it was a lovely DAC and one of the real musical kind . I am sure there are better ones out now but on its own it just plays music and sound wonderful. So anyone that can collect this and has the time and skill to repair it then you can have it and i hope you enjoy it as much as I have . I currently have so many DAC's sitting doing nothing that it is not worth me paying to have this fixed . So make your interest known on this thread then drop me a PM and we can arrange things .
  8. Withdrawn, decided it's simply too good to sell B.M.C. UltraDAC, Preamp and Balanced Headphone Amplifier. A complete change of direction means that my superb B.M.C. UltraDAC is up for sale. This DAC/preamp is easily as good as the reviews suggest and the patented volume control circuit means that it sound just as good at low volumes as it does with higher ones. As an added bonus the balanced headphone amp is simply exceptional. https://hifipig.com/b-m-c-audio-ultradac/ https://alpha-audio.net/review/review-b-m-c-audio-ultradac/ Complete with remote, Instructions, double box and all packaging £2,250 posted and insured. Although close offers might be considered. Just to be totally transparent there is just the very slightest mark above the On/off button, which I have never noticed until I did the photographs, I've tried to show it in the last photo but it is so very slight it was almost impossible to capture and I doubt it will ever be seen under normal conditions.
  9. I am afraid I don't often post but have just had an epiphany whilst equipment wrangling with my lockdown work laptop and Spotify - it keeps me sane or at least mostly sane. I have previously been about single manufacturer Brit-fi (Rega) dating from early Planar3 days. I have dabbled with a nice Chinese all purpose DAC/ HeadAmp Aune X1 gen3 which is becoming inheritance kit to my nephew (to join my Rega3+CyrusTwo) Enough pre-amble here is my International chain from new and dusty parts: USA(ish):(Dutch)Chinese x2: \ German : British : Danish (apologies for ascii flowch-art) It is an Apple Mac w\Spotify via USB into a Topping E30 with 1st gen SBooster 5v Power Supply into Topping L30 headAmp/pre amp - fork to Sennheiser HD600s or Naim Nap140 + Dali Zensor1 It is the speaker route I want to highlight: extraordinary with a jaw dropping 3D Soundstage. My NAP140 has never done such things with the NAC42+Linn Saras (flat as the proverbial Shrove Tuesday pancake). I could further proselytise. But will stop TL:DR. Anyone else with tales of multi-national hifi revelations? Dave
  10. For sale is my Cambridge Audio Azur DacMagic 100. I bought this 2 years ago from a well known moderator of this parish but have now re-jigged my system so is no longer needed. From memory, I paid £50 for it and would be happy to get my money back for it plus £10 carriage. The wall-mart power adapter has been hard wired in the past but works very well, see last image. Sounds very good indeed, lovely little DAC for very little money.
  11. Matrix Audio X-Sabre High Resolution Audio DAC MQA Full Decoder Matrix Audio, in partnership with MQA Ltd., has created the MQA-supported X-SABRE Pro audio DAC to let you experience the abundant music details in the artists' recording room. X-SABRE Pro is an MQA-enabled DAC which can fully decode the original MQA files without any assistance from third party software (MQA Core Decode). Powerful Hardware Platform X-SABRE PRO (MQA) used the ES9038PRO advanced 8-channel D/A chip, and its inner DSP unit and analog circuit have the high performance and better user experience. The new generation XMOS XU216 USB asynchronous transfer interface and new AK4118 S/PDIF receiver chip, with powerful computing performance and multi-channel processing performance, make X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has excellent digital audio conversion capability. IIS Port X-SABRE Pro (MQA) is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series, in addition to optical, coaxial, AES/EBU, USB ports, we even added a IIS·LVDS input via a HDMI connector to differential transmit IIS signal, maximize the transmission performance of the IIS port, to make the data from the short-distance transmission between the chips into high-speed interconnection between the devices, get rid of the USB transmission or S/PDIF transmission re-encoding, and let the original digital audio stream directly into the D/A chip.. Highly regarded, fully loaded DAC. If you are a fan of Audio Science Review this is one of the best measuring DACS, if you're not then it just sounds pretty damn good. For fans of MQA it's a full decoder and renderer and it also has an I2S input if you want to experiment with alternatives to USB. Only selling as I've recently purchased a Chord Hugo TT2. These are just under £2K new and this one is in excellent condition. Purchased from Audio Affair in June 2020, copy invoice will be supplied to new owner. Price is £1495 including UK next day delivery. See also the listing for the Matrix Audio X-SPDIF converter which will convert USB to I2S and is a perfect match to the X-Sabre Pro.
  12. For sale: Chord DAC 64 MKII in excellent Original Condition complete with shipping boxes and manual. DAC is fully working and sounds great! any questions feel free to PM me or ask in the thread BACS Preferred but Paypal possible £550 Location Bury, Manchester UK Shipping included (Royal Mail Special delivery) Collection is possible but would have to be a doorstep collection
  13. Have decided to get a DAC for my CDP and to explore streaming a bit more. Am intrigued to try out an R-2R DAC. Anyone interested in selling one? Not looking to spend too much in first instance but I might be tempted : ) Budget ideally below £500 If has preamp/analog in/remote control, all the better. Thanks
  14. Following the purchase of a Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 my Rega DAC is now surplus to requirements. This 5 Star rated DAC was purchased new from PJ HiFi in Guildford it has been used in smoke and pet free home. Excellent condition (save for a small mark on one side) and still has the protective film on the fascia. The unit has had little use over the years until lockdown which increased my music listening. Original box, packaging and instructions. I have this device listed elsewhere. Looking for £250.00. Does not include postage. Collect from Guildford area welcomed.
  15. I've seen a post or two about reclocking, mainly @TheFlash's experiences with the MUTEC devices. I'm looking at one on Ebay but its a big wad of cash. Does anyone here know how the Wadia 861 DAC is likely to work and if reclocking would have benefits? I know the sound directly off CD is slightly better than via a streamer into the Coax digital input, although its pretty marginal. There are 4 digital inputs (and outputs) on the Wadia: Toslink & Coax (both of which I use, the former from the TV, the latter from the Squeezebox touch), also AES/EBU and glass optical, neither of which I've ever used since no device I've owned has these as outputs.
  16. Owned since August this year, I’m fast turning into an Aqua addict. I like it so much I have decided to upgrade to the next model up! I’m the 2nd owner, the DAC is the current spec and in excellent condition with original box etc. If you’ve heard an Aqua DAC I need say no more, if you haven’t heard one then this is a great opportunity to do so. £1895 ono (plus UK postage) Product page:
 https://www.aquahifi.com/la_voce.html Pics to follow
  17. Topping E30 Dac as new £55 delivered
  18. I will be sad to see this one go. It’s worked like trooper. (USB works fine for latest Sierra Mac) It’s gorgeously designed and has a terrific feel to operate. Fantastic for hifi / headphone /TV / balanced / unbalanced inputs No manual (but all available online) includes brand new remote. One minor blemish hardly noticeable. Years ago It took a tumble with a headphone jack plugged in so the front plate at the jack area is ressed / dented in about 2mm. it has a classy “sliky” sound. £600
  19. Excellent converter. Good condition. Non smoking environment. £550 including shipping Important note below for Mac users (Basically use coax AES/EBU or Optical) FireWire connection in Stereo192-DSD DAC and 8x192 FireWire DIO card does not work with newest Apple computers (from 2018 and higher). Stereo192-DSD DAC v1.8.3 USB2 [v1.35.22] FireWire [v4.3.1.47542] USB2* [v2.8.0] FireWire/Thunderbolt [v4.3.1.47542] English v2.1 Chinese v2.0 8x192ADDA DIO USB - USB2 [v1.35.20] USB2* [v2.8.0] - 8x192ADDA DIO FW v3.001 FireWire [v4.3.1.47542] FireWire/Thunderbolt [v4.3.1.47542] English v1.4 *This old USB driver doesn't support El Capitan/Sierra OS/High Sierra/Mojave. Please use FireWire/Thunderbolt driver instead. Will ship by courier only (not post office)
  20. Hi, For sale my AMI Music DS5 desktop DAC/HeadAmp/Preamp + 75Ω digital cable Monster cable 450DCX 1m DS5 is in like new condition. It support DSD, works great with headphones up to 300Ω and has unregulated analogue outputs. Comes with Japan type PSU (100-240V) but works perfect with any 5V/1A. Made in Japan, assembled in Korea. RRP 599 EUR PayPal 3% + shipping (~25EUR within EU using GLS). Shipping from Spain
  21. Hi quick question. I've just ordered a 2012 mac mini for a streamer. I plan to connect to my rega -dac-r using mini toslink to toslink cable. The issue is, both optical inputs on dac are currently used (main computer and tv). I wonder can i use something like this to connect tv to dac: https://www.futureshop.co.uk/cyp-au-d2-digital-audio-coaxial-toslink-converter?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhZT9BRDmARIsAN2E-J3KkOkUk1ElwMhADKaDqTBsYqmzUd5fZsWhMYa0PHdP57E1VMB02FIaAphbEALw_wcB . I know i could use usb to connect dac to main computer, but i have read that the sound isn't as good, plus i want my dac to be integrated into hifi rather than sat on computer desk. More importantly i have nice 1 meter chord rca cables and dac needs to be close to hifi to use. Alternatively, might there be a way for tv sound to connect to mac via bluetooth and sound passed through to dac. i don't think this latter suggestion is possible, but no harm asking.
  22. Hi This is a follow up to this lengthy thread: I have my pc (main computer) and 2012 mac mini connected to my rega dac r, using optical connection. I am still considering using an A-B usb to connect pc, freeing up optical to tv (this post with include a question on this.) The mac and pc both have this streaming software install: https://audirvana.com/. Setting are the same on the pc and mac, with pc outputting using WAPSI and mac Core Audio. My first question is, why are source and output identical on pc (eg 16/44.1-16/44.1), but on mac it always outputs at maximum bit depth (eg 16/44.1 - 24/44.1)? Is this a common thing with Core Audio? The second question I have is to ask whether or not audio grade usbs are just hifi bull****. I could pick up a basic one for a few quid or buy something like these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audioquest-Forest-USB-1-5-metres/dp/B00415AHFS/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=audio+a-b+usb&qid=1606001451&sr=8-10 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chord-Company-C-usb-USB-Cable/dp/B01EXLF1ZA/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=chord+a-b+usb&qid=1606001612&sr=8-5 I'd happily take any advice you have on suitable usbs. The final question i have is in regard to a radio streamer. https://audirvana.com/ is a nice piece of streaming software, but it does not have the capability of adding radio URLs. Please might you be able to suggest mac radio streaming software that has the ability to be controlled from a phone app (like the remote for audirvana). NB. I VNC into the mac from my pc for management. Cheers
  23. Now Sold. This comes with original box. One small ding to the top of the front which is pictured. This does pretty much everything you would want a DAC to do and packs a headphone amplifier to boot. Specs can be found here: http://audio.teac.com/product/ud-501/specifications/ A fairly techy and comprehensive review here: http://archimago.blogspot.com/2013/05/initial-impressions-teac-ud-501-usb-dac.html Located in Sheffield, demo welcome dependent on covid restrictions. Collection welcome.
  24. Hello I am replacing various components in my system and in particular I am parting with my Soekris DAC1541. This is the original discrete sign-magnitude design by Søren Kristensen that uses two R2R strings in place of one to get positive and negative values and get better linearity. This one is a really fully balanced design, with two R2R strings for the hot and cold wires of each channel, hence eight such strings. The last price was 1150 EUR plus VAT (25%), i.e. 1437.50 EUR. The Soekris DAC2542 in comparison has only a pair of R2R strings per channel, i.e. a total of four. Also, the older model has higher precision resistors. My DAC1541 is in mint condition, no scratches, and is in absolutely perfect working condition. It comes in its original packaging with all original included accessories and printed manual. No pets, no smoking in my household. Pictures can be found HERE. I am looking for 1050 EUR including shipping to Europe and an Apple Remote to control it. If you are in a country in Europe where Schuko plugs are in use I can throw in a EUPEN power cord I terminated myself and everything will come doubly packaged. If you are in the UK, I can give you the power cord anyway but you may have to replace the plug with an UK one yourself or use an adapter. Feel free to make reasonable counteroffers. I also have other stuff, including VdH and Sommer Cable XLR cable pairs, feel free to contact me. People have bought from me Apollon NC500 based monoblocks, Abrahamsen amplifiers, Naim olive NAC 32.5 and chrome bumper NAP 140 and cables, and a few more items, you see some of the old classifieds also here in the "sold items" forum.
  25. T+A 8 DSD Dac for sale £1550 In excellent fully working condition, comes with Remote, Manual, Box and all packing, 2 years old Stereophile Class A Recommended component
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