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  1. I use the optical out on the Akurate hub with my Phonak Bluetooth transmitter which streams directly to my Phonak hearings-aids. I can balance the sound between the stream and the speakers in the room with the phone app. This is helpful as my hearing continues to deteriorate. At least I have QIQO (quality in quality out) from my system. I’ve ordered an optical splitter. Once I’ve proved this works with the Phonak transmitter, I’d like to emulate the room/phonak set up with a set of my wired headphones. My next step then will be to link an optical cable to a headphone amp. Does this sound viable and any recommendations for a suitable headphone amp. I’d prefer one with a volume knob rather than a remote and at a proof of concept, rather premium, price at this point. All help welcomed. Thanks, Bob.
  2. 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
  3. Teac dac in excellent condition and perfect working order. Great sounding and versatile dac and headphone amp at £175 including postage in UK. Has manual , power cable included. May have box in loft but not sure! Buyer welcome to collect from Liverpool.
  4. An interesting item, a Chinese headphone amp which is a clone of a highly regarded German sold device with a similar model number. It is internally a faithful copy of the original with pretty much the only difference being the casing and branding. Capable of driving anything out there this is an opportunity to own something quite rare outside of the country of its origin. It was sent to me marked as an engineering sample. As such it’s price reflects that fact. It’s condition is A1. £250 plus carriage, no offers.
  5. Matrix Audio Quattro II One of the great benefits of reviewing audio for the Wam is you come across some really interesting products. The Audiovalve amplifier was a great find. Its sound was everything you would expect from a great valve amplifier and it had distinctive, steampunk styling. I also discovered the audio market has developed what I call ‘all-in-one’ front ends. They consist of a DAC, a preamplifier and a headphone amplifier all in one box. I reviewed two of these all-in-one boxes and the sound quality was a pleasant surprise. But the big problem was that although they sounded good they were expensive. Whilst spending multi-thousands on an all-in-one box is reasonable value what do you do if your budget is not over a thousand and you still want a good sound? Enter Matrix Audio. Matrix Audio is based in Xi'an, China. Xi'an is an ancient city that is several thousand years old. It used to be the capital of ancient China and was so for 13 dynasties. The team at Matrix Audio are all into music and electronic/digital products. The CEO and CTO (Mr. Yang) have funded an audio studio for more than 10 years and started the Matrix Electronic Technology Company about 5 years ago. Matrix has an extensive range of more than 10 different models in 3 series, the X series, the Mini-i series and the Quattro series. For my review I listened to the Quattro II. I built up an image of what the Quattro II would be like. It would have an amorphous high density plastic box, amorphous circuit components and would sound well….amorphous and bland. The Quatttro II is packaged in a white glossy cardboard box. The Quattro II is a small, half sized 205×232×49mm black box. BUT. It is made of metal. Not only that this is no bent metal box, it is a solid CNC machined, thick aluminium case. It is a weighty item for something so small. There are no lid screws, just some stainless, machined screws on the front of the case. It is also superbly black anodised. And the remote control is a neat small handset made of aluminium, not a plastic abomination from the spare parts box. Amorphous plastic box? Wrong. OK how about the components used? It has the ‘magic’ ESS Sabre ES9018S DAC chip inside. This chip has fantastic specifications and deals with a large number of sample rates. The Quattro II has six digital inputs and can handle numerous digital sampling rates. USB deals with everything up to 32 bit 384 kHz PCM. The Quattro II also plays DSD, DSD64, DSD128 and DSD 264 via DoP, dCS and ASIO (native). OK very versatile. The Quattro II uses very low noise op amps (LME49720 ultralow distortion) and boasts a noise specification of >120 db. Amorphous components? Wrong. The Quattro II’s inputs include AES, coaxialx2, opticalx2 and USB. The outputs are RCA and XLRs with two headphone outputs on the front. I did all the volume control and switching using the neat remote. So how about the sound? I started using the Quattro II with headphones. I used my Senheisser HD202 and the sound was not bad. In fact it was actually a lot better than I expected. It was clear and transparent and voices were very clear and all the words were easy to hear. I have lost count of the number of high end audio systems I have heard where you cannot clearly hear the words being sung. Most singers have a message to their songs whether it is sad, happy, angry or whatever. It should be obvious what they are singing. OK Bruce Springsteen is an exception. The Quattro II allows you to decipher the words easily. The Quattro II did not have that sharp, clean and ultimately sterile sound of other ESS Sabre chips. A great start. I used my Logitech Touch connected to the Quattro II with the Quattro II in preamp mode. I tried all the digital inputs and found USB gave the best sound quality and was the most versatile. The Quattro II had some issues with my Senheisser Momentums due to their low impedance (18ohms) but all the other headphones worked without problems. The overall sound was very good and if you wanted to use is as a headphone amplifier it would work well. But it would only be using a part of what it can do. OK over to the big system. I fed the Quattro II with an Auralic Aries and took the XLR outputs into my Nord Class D amp and on to my Audionote Es (silver wired). I used my collection of ‘test’ music (no bland jazz stuff) and the system gave a good account of itself. The sound was clear, neutral and had good dynamics. It was easy to hear the lyrics. The contrast between well recorded tracks and those great music tracks that are not so well recorded was easy to hear. I soon left the test tracks behind and just listened to music that interested me including the latest albums. This was fun. The bass attack and timing was very good and fast tracks kept that speed really well. No slowing down of the pace due to a fat, slow bass or thin bass with just a ‘pip’ in the background. No it did not capture that last bit of deep bass but give the little guy a break. The mid-range was clear and voices were easy to hear. The 3D soundstage had more width than depth but what depth was there was only slightly curtailed and would probably not be missed. To be honest I was just having great fun. This system performed well and only uses a few boxes rather than my normal collection that takes over the top end of the living room. Need to keep it away from the wife and that ultimate comment ‘what that little box does what those three big ugly boxes do?’ I could get picky but remember that every component in this system, including the cables, were at least 50% more expensive than the Quattro II. So over the next few days I was playing a lot of favourite music including opera where it was easy to hear the words even if I could not understand the language. Maria Callas sounded clear and easy on the ear as well as being suitably dramatic. Girl and guitar is the real forte of this set up. Big powerful rock and classical was played with real dynamics. OK the ultimate dynamics and emotional quotient was reduced but boy would it cost you a lot to realise it. So in summary, this little box is not an amorphous bland box. It uses CNC machined aluminium, with highly desirable audiophile components, it is easy to use and extremely versatile and the sound is good. The few areas where it does not shine is no great deal and I can see it being used in a system with active speakers or a separates system with better power amplifiers and speakers and still not be out of its depth. At the cost (£999) I am not sure there is a much competition and it is lot better than the amorphous boxes out there. An interesting company that is well focused. The Quattro II is great value for money. I also have their USB/SPdif for review next. Specifications: AES PCM 16-24Bit/44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192 kHz DSD DSD64(DoP, dCS) COAXIAL PCM 16-24Bit/44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192 kHz DSD DSD64(DoP, dCS) OPTICAL PCM 16-24Bit/44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192 kHz DSD DSD64(DoP, dCS) USB PCM 16-32Bit/44.1kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.8 kHz, 384 kHz DSD DSD64 /DSD128(DoP, dCS) DSD64 /DSD128 / DSD256(ASIO Native) SNR >-122dB 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting THD+N <0.0003% at 1kHz A-Weighting Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+0.01dB/-0.02dB) Crosstalk >-120dB at 1kHz
  6. For sale, a Chord Hugo in silver, great condition, barely used (which is why I'm reluctantly selling). As you probably know this is a fantastic portable DAC, preamp and headphone amplifier rolled into one, which punches well above its weight. Includes the beautiful black leather case, original box, charger. This is the later revision of the original Hugo that has RCA terminals which are more friendly than the originals. £800 plus postage or pickup from St Albans. UK only.
  7. My spring clean continues ! I bought this unit second-hand about six years but, to be honest, I rarely listen using headphones and it's had very little use in that time. I do not have the original packaging but, if posted, this will be very securely boxed and wrapped. As you can see from the photographs it is in good condition and includes the Creek PSU. It is in full working order. I have a PDF of the original brochure from Creek with all the performance data that I can email to interested parties, or you can download it from "Old Products" page of the Creek website here. I'm looking for £50 plus p/p at cost (approx £10 for RM Next Day tracked in UK), if required, but collection welcome (Linslade, Beds, LU7). Please note I am not prepared to post to destinations outside of the UK.
  8. Excellent and compact ClassD integrated, featured with DAC, headphone amp, pre-amp, remote control, phono stage! and based on highly regarded ICE Power 125ASX2 ClassD modules. It's little box of tricks, but importantly enough it doesn't sacrifice any supporting feature because of the integration itself. DAC funcionality is based on one of my favourites: Wolfson WM8740 chip and it's quite nice implementation indeed. Quite smooth and fatigue free sonic presentation with no detail loss in the process. This should match nicely with broad range of speakers around and amp section is quite potent capable to wrestle even with tough loads. I find pre-amp section excellent with rather transparent and precise volume control designed in digital domain. There is also variable out RCA for driving external active end-points (say subwoofer) and analogue-in for line level analogue source. One can also use this input as Home Theater bypass feature, so that C5i volume control is bypassed. Digital hub is feature rich and based on USB and 4 digital inputs (Coax+Toslink). Headphone amp is quite useful and I didn't have a problem to drive my headphones (Senn HD600 and Ultrasone PRO-900). It's worth nothing that variable outputs (including speakers) are automatically muted when headphones are inserted. Even vinyl lovers are not left behind as phono stage is included, although I'm not in a position to attest the quality as I've moved on from vinyl some time ago. As one may notice, it's extremely feature rich integrated and excellent value for money ... as effectively you have dac/pre-amp/headphone amp/phono stage and digital hub under one roof. Above all, no particular feature is sonically sacrificed and amp operation is stable and reliable. It's great little unit! and great buy for someone wanting to down scale the box count and still have the modern all-in-one system of excellent quality. I have the original packing, remote, manual and condition is immaculate and unmarked. Shipping is based on premium and insured next day delivery service. Let me know if you have any further queries ... Some relevant reviews and user manual: 6moons audio previews: Bel Canto C5i Bel Canto C5i Integrated Amplifier – Reviews | TONEAudio MAGAZINE bel canto c5i - Positive Feedback C5i User Guide - Bel Canto Design £1200 + £25 insured next day delivery
  9. Bought this from Audiologica on 16th August 2016 as a temporary solution for my home office setup. Great little headphone amp/ dac which has received very positive reviews. Time for someone else to enjoy this unit as I've now upgraded to a T&A amp/dac. Excellent condition with remote and original box & shipping box. Full spec below. £1000 new, £650 delivered within the UK. The entry-level fully featured all-in-one device The Questyle Audio CMA600i headphone amplifier section follows Questyle’s patented "Current Mode Amplification" design used in their flagship headphone amplifier, the Questyle Audio CMA800R. This model has impressively low 0.00034% distortion, with up to 950mW on tap, for low impedance headphones. The CMA600i doesn’t shy away from the heaviest loads either, with a 4-pin balanced XLR connection to maximise sound quality. The entry level CMA600i utilizes a USB port that adopts a unique 3X Clock structure. This ensures a proper sync with the premium AK4490 32-bit DAC chipset from AKM. The chipset includes a newly developed switch capacitor filter "OSR Doubler" that greatly reduces sound degradation from noise shaping, achieving a flat noise floor up to 200kHz! The AK4490 chip obtains first class sound performance by also reducing jitter and pre-ringing to undetectable levels. A premium DAC section with True DSD Unlike other DACs that claim DSD support, yet in actuality provide DoP (DSD over PCM), the Questyle Audio CMA600i accepts the DSD bit-stream directly from your computer, bypassing your computer’s audio processing and digital volume control as well as the Questyle Audio CMA600i’s digital filters, to provide True DSD, the way it was meant to be heard. Support for the highest quality formats The Questyle CMA600i is designed to grow with your music collection. As well as supporting standard digital files via USB, toslink or coaxial SPDIF connection the CMA600i is also fully compliant with files up to DSD256 and PCM 384k/32bit over USB. A separate pre-amplifier section The Pre-Amplifier output is another shared feature of the Questyle Audio CMA800i and CMA600i. Many manufacturers, when designing an all-in-one model, use the headphone amplifier circuit loop to support the pre-amplifier output to reduce costs. To achieve the best possible sound performance, the Questyle Audio CMA600i is designed with a totally independent pre-amplifier. 10mm Thick Aluminium cover and bottom chassis The Questyle Audio CMA600i’s aluminium chassis is produced by Foxconn, using precise CNC tooling machines. The upper cover and bottom chassis “mutual bit” structural design, provides the Questyle Audio CMA600i with stable heat, excellent control of sympathetic vibration and excellent shielding from RFI/EMI radiation.
  10. Erzetich Bacillus Headphone Amplifier - £499 - NEW Small, compact and robust, the Bacillus is a precision grade headphone amplifier that comfortably adapts to any impedance headphones. The bright profile is quick in transitions and urges a direct sound, most notably in rock genres. But the low distortion also adapts quickly to acoustic and delivers a very realistic and intimate experience. All in all, Bacillus is an impressive performer and thanks to its diminutive size is an ideal road companion for travelling sound professionals. The Bacillus might be our entry-level headphone amplifier, but on looks and performance you could be forgiven for thinking this elegant headphone amp is among our high-end range – it’s only our generous price tag that gives the game away. Technical specification Headphone impedance: 8-600 ohm Output power: 181.5 mW (8 ohm)/161 mW (600 ohm) Frequency response: 3 Hz-500 kHz, -1dB THD (1 kHz): 0.0003 % IMD: 0.025 % Power consumption:> 3 W SNR: >102 dB Power supply input voltage: 230 V/50 Hz or 115 V/60 Hz Dimensions (W x H x D): 110 mm x 64 mm x 180 mm Weight: 850 g Character: Slightly bright Features 5 years manufacturer warranty WIMA high quality pulse input capacitors audiophile grade op-amp double 180 MHz/250 mA Burr-Brown current buffer Alps Blue Velvet volume potentiometer gold plated RCA connectors silver plated interconnecting wire on input on-board 2 x 15 V stabilised power supply robust aluminium chassis Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119, PM or email us at info@eliteaudiouk.com for more information.
  11. Erzetich Bacillus Tilia Headphone Amplifier - £799 - NEW The sophisticated Bacillus Tilia has such feature rich qualities, you will not believe it is possible to purchase this headphone amp for such a reasonable price. Fitted with top grade input capacitors and premium quality op-amps, you will discover a clarity of sound you didn’t even know existed. Designed as an artistic tribute to our homeland, the Tilia is made from linden wood and produces a rich warm sound that is fast and punchy and exquisitely detailed. The most versatile amp in our range, you can pair the Tilia with any impedance headphones and still be guaranteed a smooth, dynamic sound. With the capacity to drag out the subtle touches, Bacillus Tilia will distinguish tonal differences between key strokes and whip up a delicious presentation most other amps miss. Technical specifications: Headphone impedance: 8-600 ohm Output power: 181.5 mW (8 ohm)/161 mW (600 ohm) Frequency response: 3 Hz-500 kHz, -1dB THD (1 kHz): 0.0002 % IMD: 0.034 % Power consumption:> 3 W SNR: >104 dB Power supply input voltage: 230 V/50 Hz or 115 V/60 Hz Dimensions (W x H x D): 130 mm x 90 mm x 160 mm Weight: 1150 g Character: Silky neutral, slightly warm Features: 5 years manufacturers warranty Obbligato Gold premium quality pulse input capacitors highest audiophile grade op-amps double 180 MHz/250 mA Burr-Brown current buffer Alps Blue Velvet volume potentiometer no output capacitors high quality gold plated RCA connectors silver plated interconnecting wire on input on-board 2 x 15 V stabilized power supply hand carved/artificially aged linden wood chasis Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119, PM or email us at info@eliteaudiouk.com for more information.
  12. Elite Audio Distribution are now the official UK distributor of Erzetich headphone amplifiers and accessories. The Scottish based company now distributes the handcrafted, Slovenian made amplifiers. The Erzetich range features four headphone amplifiers, all handcrafted with the finest components to offer audiophiles the best listening experience possible. Excellent sound quality is not all that Erzetich has to offer. The headphone amplifiers also feature a modern and innovative design, making them the perfect component to have on display when not in use. Both the dual-mono class-A amp, the Deimos, and the Bacillus Tilia amplifier have an extra design feature of aged Lime wood casing, for a more rustic look. Erzetich was founded back in 2012 by Blaž Erzetič, combining his passion for music and background in sound technology, illustration and design. On his reason for making his products, Mr Erzetič said: “Music is made up of two parts: content and sound. When you play a piece of music on substandard equipment, you do not get to enjoy the entire ensemble. “And when you don’t listen to music in its whole sonic glory, you’re missing half of it. “When I design a headphone amplifier, I intend to create a work of art.” Elite Audio Distribution will also be exhibiting the amplifiers on the 29th October at the Hi-Fi Show Live, to let audiophiles experience the sound quality of Ezertich’s range for themselves. The headphone amplifiers start at £499.All of the Erzetich headphone amplifiers are available on Elite Audio’s 30-day, no risk trial, meaning you can try the product in your own listening environment for a whole month. Visit the Elite Audio Distribution website now to view the full range. To buy, contact them on 0203 397 1119 or info@eliteaudiouk.com.
  13. Purchased from Electromod on 21st December 2015 (receipt supplied) this is a highly regarded balanced headphone amp that will drive pretty much anything. You can do some tube rolling with this amp and as well as the original supplied tubes i'm including a pair of NOS Mullard Amperex Red Label ECC88's (cost me around £55) and the unique Schiit Solid State Tubes (LISST) (cost £85). You too can drive yourself mad trying to hear the difference between the three options! I'm selling on as I've know moved onto headphone amp exotica and no longer require the Schiit. More info at: http://schiit.eu.com/amps/mjolnir-2. These now cost £775 (mine was £729) and with the extras total was around £860. Looking for £600. UK next day delivery £9.95 or collect from West London.
  14. Selling my Luxman P-700U Headphone Amp. This is a beast of an amplifier - weighs in at over 12 Kgs and has enough power to drive any headphone to number 11. Purchased in June 2016 on eBay, the original listing read: "I bought this from Analogue Seduction in March for £3000 http://www.analogueseduction.net/luxman-headphone-amplifiers/luxman-p-700u-headphone-amplifier.html. Used it a handful of times with my headphones. Its a fantastic amplifier I no longer need. Original manuals, box etc all included. in perfect working order, and in immaculate condition (just dusty!). UK model 220v-240V.I ship DHL or UPS tracked, overnight, express free of charge in the UK. I ship outside the United Kingdom, but it is not free - message me with your country and post code for a quote. Please be aware this is heavy, at almost 13KG - one of the most substantial headphone amplifiers right now on the market and able to drive anything I have tried, including Audeze LCD 4, Hifi Man HE1000 etc." I've used it for the last couple of months but have decided to move it on and "downsize" (literally) to a Questyle. There's no receipt but I'm happy to warranty this for 6 months -m anything goes wrong I'll help sort out any claim via Analogue Seduction. In excellent condition (there's a rub mark on the top which is hardly noticeable) with box and manual. Cost me £1435, looking for £1250. Current RRP is £2995! Weighs a ton so woulds prefer collection or can deliver/ meet within 75 miles of London. I won't ship this outside the UK as the cost (to the buyer) would be prohibitive!
  15. Looking for an excellent condition Taurus Mk2. PM me if you have one available.
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