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Feel free to browse all these fabulous sold items. All of these pieces were meticulously serviced and sold by Liquid Audio, Perth, Western Australia.

Here is your chance to own a very rare, extensively upgraded Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC, in pristine, unmarked condition. Priced @ just $1595.

UPDATE – This thing sounded so good I decided to keep it and do some further upgrades – details as they happen!

Make no mistake, this is a very serious piece of gear. Only 1500 of these were made and this Tri-Vista 21 comes from my personal collection.

In many ways and end-game product when it was designed, very few CD players or DACs for that matter are built like this beast. This weighs more than most amplifiers, has a massive power supply, built-in choke filtering of the mains and circuitry and engineering that would shame most $10,000 DACs and CD players.

This is a late production unit, numbered 1419/1500.

Specifications, courtesy of Musical Fidelity:

DAC architecture: 24-bit Delta-Sigma (Bitstream), dual-differential, 8 times oversampling, 96/192kHz switchable
Sampling frequencies: 8 to 108kHz
Data types: 16, 20, 24 bit word lengths
Inputs: RCA 75W, S/PDIF, TOSLINK optical
Outputs: RCA left and right analog audio, RCA digital loop out
Output impedance: 50 Ohms
Frequency response: 10Hz to 20kHz ± 0.0dB
Signal/noise ratio: 114dB “A”- weighted
Total harmonic distortion: < 0.0025% 10Hz to 20kHz
Total correlated jitter: < 135pS
Channel separation: < 109dB 20Hz to 20kHz
Linearity: < 0.2dB down to -100dB
Audio output at digital 0dB level: 2.17 Volts RMS at 1kHz nominal
Power requirements: 100, 115 or 230Volts AC 50/60Hz, 30 Watts
Dimensions: 440mm wide, 105mm high, 375mm deep
Weight: 13.15kg, 29lbs, unit only

Musical Fidelity provide a link to the owner’s manual here.

Features

The Tri-Vista 21 is an extraordinary DAC, upsampling all digital signals to either 96kHz or 192kHz. It features a very impressive class-A 5703 miniature triode tube output stage and superb 13.5kg battleship-like construction. Seriously, I’ve never seen or worked on a DAC that’s better built.

The LED lit feet glow red at first, then amber and finally blue to indicate that the unit is fully warmed up and sounding at its best.

Upgrades and New Parts

Where do I start? I’ve installed a new, matched set of 5703 output tubes, new socketed op-amps, new laboratory-grade electrolytic capacitors, new Siemens mil-spec decoupling capacitors, ERO  coupling capacitors, CMC silver RCA connectors and more. Literally dozens and dozens of premium parts from my stock went straight into this DAC!

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My attention to detail is so insane and painful at times that I didn’t just replace these 5703 tubes, I had to install a matched set, and also remove, clean and reinstall all the little grommets and wires that hold them in place. I
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Note that I later removed the LT1028s and replaced them with either 5532 or 4562, all premium parts however.
More Information

Check out my video and article and to find out about the extensive modifications I’ve made to this unit. Suffice it to say that this would have to be the best sounding Tri-Vista 21 out there, and this was already an extraordinary DAC.

As always, this unit is immaculate, in virtually unmarked, pristine condition. The value of parts and modifications alone is around $1000. Fully insured shipping to anywhere is available, using Pack and Send.

Priced to sell at just $1750, don’t miss this opportunity to own this rare and legendary upgraded Tri-Vista 21 Upsampling Tube DAC.

The fascia and chassis of this legendary upsampling DAC are virtually unmarked.

Here you can see just a few of the dozens and dozens of premium new parts, including new 5703 output tubes, ERO coupling capacitors and Siemens decoupling capacitors.
Silver CMC output connectors make a useful difference and are far ahead of the standard Neutrik parts.

Wow! New for sale, this gorgeous, fully serviced and set-up vintage Rotel RP-3000 direct drive turntable. It comes complete with legendary SME 3009 Series 2 tonearm and Rega Bias MM cartridge, for just $995.

UPDATE: SOLD!

Now I’m surprised this hasn’t sold yet. I’m guessing that most simply aren’t aware that just the SME tonearm alone on this great deck is worth $600 – $800, if you want to go and buy one now on eBay! This deck punches way above its weight and nothing at this price new would hold a candle to it.

This stunning, vintage Rotel RP-3000 is finished in real wood veneer and has some great features. The Rotel RP-3000 is a 2-speed, manual control, direct-drive turntable system with pitch control. It also has a useful built-in spirit level, which allows you to get your deck perfectly level, using the adjustable feet, or shims under the feet which I prefer.

The deck itself is beautiful, with smoked acrylic lid and real walnut finish. When you add in the legendary SME 3009 S2 Improved tonearm, worth $600 or more, and a lovely low-hours Rega Bias MM cartridge, you have a killer deck.

This is ideal for anyone wanting their first proper turntable, or someone perhaps upgrading from a belt drive or inferior DD machine.

Naturally, I’ve performed the tedious multi-step set-up process for you, saving you time and money. This includes setting tracking force, anti-skate, lateral balance, arm ride height, arm alignment, and cartridge alignment. I’ve also recently serviced the turntable.

This awesome vintage turntable setup sounds absolutely amazing and is looking for a good home. If interested, get in touch!

Specifications (Courtesy of the Vinyl Engine)

Motor: pulse determinant AC servo motor
Drive: direct-drive
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Speed control range: +-5%
Wow and flutter: 0.05% WRMS
Signal to noise ratio: better than 60dB
Platter: 310mm, full-size, aluminium die-cast, strobe on rim
Tonearm: SME static-balanced, j-shaped pipe arm, oil-damped cueing device, direct-readout stylus gauge counterweight, anti-skating device, arm height adjusting device
Length: 230mm
Overhang: 12mm, with variable overhang slider tonearm base
Cartridge weight range: 4 to 14g
Dimensions: 470 x 350 x 190mm
Weight: 8.2kg (220/240V)

Just in, yet another PM-25! This one is $175. SOLD!

Just in, another Marantz PM-25, available for just $150, or make me a sensible offer! SOLD!

These are a great little integrated amp, featuring a built-in phono amp, and headphone amp. This means you you can play vinyl without needing anything else, other than speakers!

This cute little Marantz amplifier would make a great little first amp for someone. It’s not perfect, but actually works very well and Ive just serviced her.

Also new, this beautiful old Pioneer SA-500A, with real wood sides. A true taste of vintage audio goodness, perfect for a small or second system. Priced at just $195. SOLD!

Specifications

Power output: 13 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 30Hz to 50kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%
Damping factor: 40
Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 200mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 90dB (line)
Channel separation: 50dB (MM), 55dB (line)
Output: 200mV (line)
Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω
Semiconductors: 18 x transistors, 6 x diodes
Dimensions: 330 x 118 x 316mm
Weight: 5.5kg

Also just in, this lovely Pioneer AM/FM Stereo Tuner. You certainly can’t buy a proper radio like this anymore, just gorgeous. Just $95. SOLD in 5 minutes!

Just in, and just out of a full service, I have this lovely NAD 5120 belt drive turntable for sale. This unit has a brand new German drive belt and is priced at $375. UPDATE – SOLD!

The NAD 5120 is a classic belt drive deck from the 80’s, complete with very cool folded smoked perspex lid. The 5120 is a sprung sub-chassis design and uniquely quirky in the way typical of NAD.

Cool-looking deck with its smoked perspex lid

Fully Serviced

I’ve just completed a full service on this deck including: synthetic bearing oil, lubricated motor, cartridge alignment,tonearm setup (tracking force, anti-skate, resonant frequency and Q  adjustments), cleaned and adjusted drive pulley, new premium German drive belt and new Ortofon OM 5E stylus. This deck runs like a dream.

Brand new German rubber drive belt
Brand new Ortofon OM 5E stylus

Description

On the plug-in arm you can set balance, VTF and DVA (dynamic vibration absorber) frequency and damping. The counterweight is not mounted rigidly to the tonearm but rather suspended on a spring, forming a compliant assembly that is free to vibrate. When correctly tuned its vibration matches and cancels the fundamental arm/cartridge resonance.

Specifications, courtesy of the Vinyl Engine:

Drive system: precision neoprene belt drive
Motor: synchronous motor
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Speed accuracy: +-0.5%
Wow and flutter: 0.04% WRMS
Rumble: -70dB
Suspension system: sprung subchassis
Tonearm: static balance arm with dynamic vibration absorber
Effective length: 208mm
Effective mass: 6g
Overhang: 19.1mm
Offset angle: 26 degrees
Dynamic vibration absorber: spring suspended counterweight with viscous damping
Cartridge weight: 2 to 8g
Tracking force: 0 to 3g
Dimensions: 420 x 105 x 354mm
Weight: 5kg

Arm has been removed, cleaned adjusted and re-installed.

I removed and cleaned the pulley, then reinstalled and set the correct height. This is critical if the deck is to run properly.

Just added for sale, this lovely little Marantz PM-25 integrated amplifier. The PM-25 has a phono preamp built in, meaning you can play vinyl without needing anything else, other than speakers! SOLD!

This Marantz would make a great little first amp for someone and I’ve just serviced her, so she’s running perfectly. Asking just $175.

Need a cassette deck to make mix tapes or maybe just to have some fun recording again? How about this lovely little Proton AD-430 cassette deck, just $150! Sold!

This deck comes from a company well-known at the time for making quality, stylish pieces to compete with the likes or Rotel and NAD.  The AD-430 is a two-head cassette deck featuring Dolby B, C and HX-Pro, to ensure crystal clear, noise-free recordings.

  • Front Loading (left)
  • Chrome and Normal tape capable
  • Full Auto Shut Off
  • 12-stage recording meters
  • Multiplex filter
  • Dolby B, Dolby C, Dolby HX-Pro,
  • Program search
  • Auto tape select
  • Made from 1990-1993

I’ve just added another item for sale, this time a lovely old Kenwood DP-5030 CD player, just $150. UPDATE – SOLD!

Kenwood made some really excellent CD players back in the day and this one is no exception. Still playing discs perfectly after all this time, the DP-5030 would make an excellent second CD player or a great first one for someone setting up a system.

  • Digital converter: CXD2552Q, 1-bit, 8 x oversampling
  • CD Mechanism: KSS-210A
  • Frequency response: 2Hz to 20kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 110dB
  • Channel separation: 103dB
  • Total harmonic distortion: 0.0025%
  • Line output: 2V
  • Digital outputs: optical
  • Dimensions: 440 x 118 x 314mm
  • Weight: 4.2kg
  • Year: 1991

I have an absolutely stunning Ortofon MC Jubilee moving coil cartridge for sale, yours for $1495. UPDATE – SOLD!

This MC Jubilee comes from my personal collection. I’ve owned her since new and she has enjoyed a very easy life, on a superb turntable, playing pristine vinyl.

The beautiful Shibata stylus and boron rod cantilever are in perfect condition, as you’ll see from the images below. The cartridge body is unmarked and comes with original accessories, in original packing materials and box.

This cartridge was launched to mark Ortofon’s 80th anniversary and it really is a superb transducer and very rare to find one for sale at all, let alone in this condition.

More information from Ortofon’s dedicated page.

Features:

The Ortofon MC Jubilee features a unique exterior design and an interior construction based on numerous technological advances. The cartridge incorporates Wide Range Damping system controlling the high-and low frequency damping separately.

The effective mass has been reduced in the stylus/cantilever system by using a very thin boron rod. This material is extremely stiff and even more lightweight compared to aluminum. Besides is the velocity of sound almost 3 times higher compared to that of aluminum.

Combined with the Nude high-polished Shibata diamond stylus at the end of the cantilever we have developed one of the new elements responsible for the new sound 6-nines (99.9999%) pure silver is used for the coils on the armature.

Amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound of the Ortofon MC Jubilee set new standards for potency, detail, consistency and sound staging.

A high performance MC transformer or MC preamplifier is required to take full advantage of these qualities. Recommended load: 10 Ohms or much higher, unless the ancillary system has bright tendencies.

Specifications:

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  –  0,34 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  –  < 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  –  > 27 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  –  > 20 dB
Frequency range at – 3dB  –  20-60.000 Hz
Frequency response  –  20-20.000 Hz + 1,5 / – 0 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  –  100 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral  –  16 µm/mN
Stylus type  –  Nude Shibata
Stylus tip radius  –  r/R 6/50 µm

Tracking force range  –  2,0-2,5 g (20-25 mN)
Tracking force, recommended  –  2,3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle  –  20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance  –  5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance  –  > 10 Ohm
Cartridge body material  –  Stainless steel/aluminium
Cartridge colour  –  Purple/Black
Cartridge weight  –  10,5 gram

This cartridge sounds incredible. If you are chasing a really high-end moving coil cartridge, with all the charms of pure silver coils, Shibata gem and superb construction, get in contact with me.

Asking just $1495, around half the Australian retail price. This is a  rare opportunity to purchase a collectible cartridge in pristine condition. I don’t imagine this will hang around for long.

I’m selling an amazing subwoofer – the awesome Mackie HRS120 THX studio subwoofer. Grab it for just $1395. UPDATE – SOLD!

The Mackie HRS120 is a monster, weighing in at nearly 50kg. It’s able to deliver 400 watts continuously, via a high-power linear amplifier and power supply. All this power is fed into a downward-firing 12-inch Italian RCF bass driver.

The HRS120 sub is an awesome performer for home audio. These were mostly used in studios, to master THX soundtracks and so on, which should give you an idea of their quality. This sub was marketed as part of the Mackie high-resolution or ‘HR’ product lineup.

The sub is in excellent condition, just missing the fabric from the cover. This is easy to fix, but honestly it looks better without the grille on.

If you want a really good sub, this is an excellent option. It can be yours for just $1395. Contact me for more details.

Specs:

Applications:

  • Professional Recording Studios
  • Film (THX) & Post Production Studios
  • Home Theater Installations

Key Features & Benefits:

  • Active Technology Benefit: Precise phase alignment Benefit: Extremely low distortion Benefit: Minimal chance of speaker damage due to overdriving
  • Servo Loop Woofer Technology Benefit: Output is as true to incoming signal as possible Benefit: Extraordinarily high damping factors
  • Built-In, Front-Firing, Mass-Loaded Passive Radiator Benefit: Clear, detailed low frequency enhancement
  • User-Adjustable Controls Benefit: Flexibility to adjust to wide range of user needs

HRS120 Features:

  • Extended high-resolution output down to 19 Hz
  • Adjustable high pass output for use with full range monitors
  • Adjustable 60 to 110 Hz crossover point
  • 110 Hz elliptical filter for Dolby AC-3
  • dB/+10 dB Output Level switch for AC-3 and THX Dot1 recording
  • Crossover Defeat switch for THX
  • 0(0)/180(0) Polarity switch
  • Balanced XLR/unbalanced RCA inputs and outputs

Acoustic Performance

  • Free field frequency response: 21Hz – 150Hz +/-1.5dB
  • LF cut-off frequency: -3dB at 19Hz
  • Sound Pressure Level @1 meter, 7.5dBu into balanced input: 100dB SPL@1m

Transducers:

  • Low frequency: 12-inch (305mm) RCF Precision, extended LF transducer with 4-inch voice coil and cast aluminum frame
  • Passive radiator: 12″(305mm)

Amplifier:

  • Power: 400 watts, 8 Ohm load (500 watts peak)
  • Slew rate: >35V/s
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: >107db
  • Distortion THD/SMPTE/IMD/DIM100: <0.02%
  • Type: FR Series Class AB

Construction:

  • Enclosure: 3/4″ (19mm) MDF with 1.25″ (32mm) MDF top panel, internal bracing
  • Damping: Adiabatic foam

Controls:

  • Subsonic Filter: flat/15Hz, 18dB/octave filter
  • Filter bypass: In/full range (THX)
  • Filter Select: Variable/110Hz elliptical
  • Polarity: 0/180
  • Variable crossover: 55Hz to 110Hz, 24dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley filter

Product weight & dimensions (without packaging):

  • Height: 21″ (533mm)
  • Width: 18″ (457mm)
  • Depth: 21.3″ (541mm)
  • Weight: 94 lbs (42.6 kg)
Some Pics:
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Looking down, onto the bottom of the sub. You can see the RCF bass driver, power amplifier and very solid feet. Note the massive heatsinking on the linear amplifier – this thing is a beast!.
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This is the incredible 12 inch RCF bass driver, with pleated surround that will never rot like foam and a massive magnet assembly. The driver faces downwards, with spacing from the floor determined by the screw-in feet.
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This sub will draw 575 Watts, at full power. This indicates that the amplifier inside really can deliver 400W RMS, unlike many pretenders out there. If in doubt, always check the power consumption figures. Amplifier power output must always be less than power consumption, or else we have created an energy creation device, now that would be something to write about!
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My apologies for the blurry image of the sideways-facing passive radiator.
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The amplifier module covers the entire back panel. Note the balanced as well as single-ended inputs and outputs, a sign of the sub’s studio intentions.

 

For sale, a lovely and rare Mission DAD-5 Bitstream CD Player. This is a first-generation bitstream player and was the quite the thing, back in the day. Just $150, a bargain. UPDATE – SOLD!

Partly English, the optical device is a Philips CDM 4, the digital section mainly Philips. The output stage is British, so the player has a great pedigree. The Mission DAD5 uses a massive Philips CDM 4 laser mech. It is based on Philips technology, covered by a light alloy cast for the curvaceous fascia which conceals the BitStream electronics lying within. The fascia holds a tiny display and frugal facilities.

The unique appearance hides a loading tray, which emerges motor and laser, at the touch of a button. It allows the placement of CD directly onto the motor spindle which then holds the CD in position while the laser reads from below.

When it is fired up, it is a far better sounding player than most expect from its modest dimensions. It has plenty of airiness and space percolating through the most complex of classical tracks. It is a very accommodating and up-beat player that allows music to performs freely.

Violins, piano and even brass soar without fear of compression. Bass is not often perceived as the fullest or deepest of instruments, while the fiercest of strings can often appear a mite shrill. Simple melodies can be seductive, the flow of guitar and vocals extending to the far corners of the room allowing the listener to have a real out-of-the-box experience.

The Mission DAD5 is a potential choice for audiophiles who value the sense of space and atmosphere and treat them as precious and valued commodities.

Specifications :
Frequency Response…………………………2 – 20kHz
Amplitude Linearity……………………………0.035 dB
Phase Linearity………………………………..0.5 degree
Dynamic Range………………………………..92 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio…………………………100 dB (A)
Channel Separation……………………………95dB
Total Harmonic Distortion…………………….0.0025%
Output Level…………………………………….2V
Digital Output…………………………………..SPDIF
CD Drive…………………………………………”Philips CDM4″
Power Consumption…………………………..10W, 5W (Stand by)
Dimensions(w x d x h)………………………..36.5 x 30 x 10.5 cm
Weight……………………………………………3kg

 

New from Liquid Audio is a stunning little Pioneer A-X540, 85 watt per channel integrated amplifier. Asking just $295. UPDATE – SOLD!

This amplifier is perfect for someone looking for a compact, powerful amplifier for a second system, or perhaps looking to set up their first proper system. Again, this is a one owner amplifier and a great buy.

Make no mistake, this amplifier might be physically small, but it comes packed with features:

Power output: 85 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%
Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 72dB (MM), 102dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line)
– Volume, bass, treble, balance controls, EQ controls
– Phono preamp
– Headphone amp
– Muting Switch, CD direct function
– 240 VAC mains operation.
Dimensions: 360 x 349 x 115mm
Weight: 8.5kg

This X-CAN V3 class-A tube headphone amplifier is another great example of the fine audio gear I have for sale. The X-CAN V3 comes with all her original packaging, instructions, power supply and AU adapter, for just $450. UPDATE – SOLD!

As an added bonus, I’ve upgraded the amp with a premium capacitor package. The Panasonic FC and FM capacitors take this already excellent amp to the next level. You can read about the upgrades here.

The user manual can be found here. This class-A tube amp outputs 1 watt per channel, so it will drive just about any headphones to earsplitting levels – beware!

If you are looking for a powerful headphone amplifier from an expert in the field, look no further.

Specifications
Output power: Typically 1Watt
Input impedance: 47K Ohms
THD: <0.015% 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted; <0.005% 20Hz to 20kHz “A” weighted
S/N ratio: >96dB unweighted ref. full output; >108dB “A” weighted
Frequency response: 30Hz to 75kHz <±1.0dB
Power requirement: 12 – 0 – 12Volts AC 500mA, (via mains adaptor supplied)
Dimensions: 180mm (7.1″) wide; 88.2mm (3.5″) high including feet; 239mm (9.4″) deep including knob
Weights: Unit, net: 2.6kg (5lbs 12oz); Adapter, net : 0.45 kg (1 lb)
Total packed weight : 3.2kg (7 lbs 1oz)

I’m asking just $450 for this fantastic, upgraded headphone amplifier, in pristine condition with original packaging. Will ship anywhere at buyer’s expense.

Contact me for more details.

I am really excited to present this stunning, completely overhauled and restored Marantz 1152DC integrated amplifier for sale. UPDATE – SOLD!

This very rare piece is just $1295. This 1152DC would suit a Marantz collector – it’s easily the nicest example I’ve seen.

The Marantz 1152DC is a legendary Marantz integrated amplifier. The 1152DC is very rare and collectible, thanks to its unique look, great sound and battleship-like construction Marantz was famous for.

These were very expensive amps new and this example is undoubtedly one of the best you’ll find. This amplifier is in almost perfect condition, completely overhauled, with only one owner from new.

Specifications, courtesy of the HiFi Engine:

Power output: 76 watts per channel into 8Ω
Frequency response: 7Hz to 70kHz
Damping factor: 45
Input sensitivity: 1.8mV (MM), 180mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 78dB (MM), 91dB (line)
Output: 180mV (line), 1.5V (Pre out)
Semiconductors: 73 x transistors, 44 x diodes, 4 x FETs
Dimensions: 416 x 146 x 316mm
Weight: 14kg

Loads more great information about the Marantz 1152DC can be found at Classic Audio.

Overhaul:

I’ve just finished an end-to-end service and overhaul. There is now nothing whatsoever for her new owner to do but sit back and enjoy the music!

As usual, I’ve used premium parts, including period-accurate resistors, lab-grade capacitors and transistors that meet or exceed original spec. Output devices are factory original Marantz, which contributes to the classic Marantz sound.

This stunning 1152DC sounds fantastic, with completely silent controls and the warm sound you’d expect of a gorgeous vintage amplifier like this.

I would normally charge around $1000 for the work I did in this restoration. I’m asking just $1295 for this stunning piece, fully serviced and ready to enjoy. Remember, every vintage amp like this will need an overhaul and this one has been done, end to end.

I will happily help arrange shipping anywhere in the world at the buyer’s expense. This 1152DC is multi-voltage, configured for 240V.

Inquiries via my contact page or call 0439690436.

Next, a lovely Lenco A-50 integrated amplifier, just $395. UPDATE: SOLD!

Lenco was a highly regarded Swiss audio manufacturer. The A-50 is an integrated amplifier,  but the pre and power sections are separately accessible, meaning you can upgrade your system without having to get rid of your Lenco A-50 – a nice touch!

The Lenco A-50 also has a high quality discrete transistor phono preamp. This is great because it means you can directly connect a turntable, without needing to buy a separate phono preamp as you do with many modern amps. This will sound better than almost any cheap one preamplifier too.

The amplifier is in excellent condition overall. It sounds great and is beautifully built, with a very solid weight to it. Even better, it’s got gorgeous illuminated meters, a classic feature on good audio gear from this period. They certainly don’t build them like this anymore.

The only blemish is that the headphone socket is non-functional. You could easily attach a dedicated headphone amp though

As usual, I’ve carefully cleaned and serviced this amplifier so that her new owner doesn’t have to. Just plug her in and enjoy the music.

I’m asking just $395 for this classic vintage amp. Contact me on 0439 690 436, or use the contact form!

Specifications:

Power output: 40 watts per channel into 8Ω
Frequency response: 10Hz to 40kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.2%
Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 160mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 56dB (MM), 58dB (line)
Dimensions: 430 x 370 x 132mm
Weight: 10.5kg
Year: 1977

For sale, a gorgeous Lenco GL75 rim drive turntable, made in Switzerland, just $175. Update – SOLD!

A quick google search will throw up a wealth of information on these legendary Lenco decks. This GL75 would make a perfect project for somebody, perhaps with a heavy new custom plinth.

I’ve had a chance to test her and everything works. The armboard is cut for a Rega arm, but others like Linn will likely fit.

Asking just $175 for this lovely old girl!

I have a lovely HP 3468A bench multimeter for sale. SOLD!

The HP 3468A is in a very good state of calibration and excellent physical condition. I’m asking $175 for this lovely instrument.
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WOW- a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a near-mint, restored, special S/N Krell KSA-150 class-A power amplifier, with original double boxes and 15A power cable!

This beast is was $3500 – SOLD!!

This amp, by pure chance, has a very unusual 15-11150 serial number, perfect for a KSA-150. I even have the original owner’s manual somewhere and will try to find it for the lucky buyer.

Seriously, this monster amp is in perfect working condition. I fully restored her only a few years ago and spared no expense – it was for me after all! She has worked perfectly ever since and is a great example of this model, almost blemish-free.

This Krell KSA-150 sounds amazing of course, probably better than new after the overhaul. Remember, these were $10,000 in the early 90’s, equivalent to the price of a car at the time.

She will drive absolutely ANY speaker load. The only reason for sale is that I work on hi-fi gear for a living, I have too much of it and need to down-size.

When I overhaul an amp like the KSA-150, it can cost $2000 – $2500. Think of the money you DON’T have to spend on this one, and trust me, they all need restoration. You can read more about these great amps here, and here.

Sensible offers around $3,500 considered, remember, this is a fully restored KSA-150 in amazing condition.

Shipping anywhere can be arranged at buyer’s expense. Configured for 240V, but easily configurable for any voltage. With original double boxes and power cable.

Don’t miss out on a chance to own a legend!

Specifications:

Power output: 150 watts per channel  continuous into 8Ω (stereo), 300 watts per channel continuous into 4Ω, 600 watts per channel continuous into 2Ω, 1200 watts per channel continuous into 1Ω!

Weight: Nearly 50kg

It’s so heavy you have to wheel it around – no kidding!

Australian delivery, set for 240V operation, but multi-voltage configurable, extremely handy.
What a serial number for a Krell KSA-150!
Original double boxes for the AU delivered monster.

 

I have a lovely Primare R32 phono preamplifier for sale.

UPDATE – SOLD!!

This R32 comes complete, with box, original packaging, power cord and manual and has light use, for demo purposes only.

Lots has been written about this excellent phono preamplifier and I have comprehensively reviewed it here. The R32 is an all-discrete, super high-precision dual mono MM/MC phono preamplifer, with adjustable loading to suit any MM or MC cartridge. Without labouring the point, it’s safe to say that for around $1299, there’s not much to touch it.

The Primare phono pre is described as:

“Beautifully built, full-width phono stage is the perfect partner for serious vinyl systems.” – techradar”

“Technically and sonically brilliant. Elegant high quality housing. The Primare R32 is clearly a “Best Buy” for its price tag.” – AudioEnz

$1299 is the retail price for one of these great phono stages, but you can grab this mint, low hours unit for just $849. This is an absolute bargain compared to anything else at the price.

I’d suggest you get in contact pretty quickly, it won’t last long at this price.

Liquid Audio is very pleased to offer this glorious Music Angel Class A 845 tube amplifier for sale in brand new condition – $900.  UPDATE – SOLD!!

The Music Angel Class A 845 is a beast, weighing in at 28kg. This is a pure Class A, single-ended triode (SET) tube amplifier that sounds nothing like any solid state amplifier you have ever heard. The 845  is warm, liquid-smooth, powerful and totally silent. There is a mid-range warmth and energy that solid state amplifiers cannot manage. The 845 also has prodigious bass and you get to look at those gorgeous 1000v output tubes glowing orange, with the lights out…

This Music Angel Class A 845 tube amp is absolutely like new, purchased for demo and review purposes only and comes with full set of original tubes, original boxes and manual. This example is even better than new – I’ve professionally earthed the chassis so the amp is safe, something that really matters when you have close to 1000VDC lurking inside the chassis!

The cheapest price for one of these 845’s brand new via eBay, including shipping and taking your chances getting it from Hong Kong is around $1250AUD. Add 10% for customs and you are in for $1400.  I’m selling this tested, correctly earthed and new in box example for $900, saving you around $600 on the new price! A set of NOS Russian military tubes can be included for $50.

Local pick up is best for this beast. Contact Mike via 0439 690 436 for more information.

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For sale is my gorgeous Yaesu FRG-100. Update – SOLD!

This is the later ‘B’ model and I have owned her for the last 10 years.
The radio works perfectly, comes with a linear power supply and original instruction manual and is almost completely unmarked.
It would certainly suit a collector or someone wanting a superb desktop shortwave radio.
This is a superb radio at $500.

Contact me via 0439 690 436

    

Liquid Audio is selling one Krix Centrix center channel speaker for a home theatre system. SOLD!!

Many will be aware that Krix is one of our best known Australian speaker manufacturers and this was the best center speaker they made.

Sound quality is superb and condition is excellent. There are only a few very small marks and it’s astonishing how good this looks and sounds. Priced to sell at $295.

Enclosure Type: Bass reflex, front vented

Dimensions: 175mm high x 650mm wide x 400mm deep

Material: 17mm MDF

Finish: Black ask lacquered timber veneer

Volume: 32 litres internal

Weight: 17kg each



I have a pair of the legendary NHT 3.3 flagship reference speakers up for sale. Update – SOLD!

These are in excellent condition and many of you will already know them by reputation. Please contact me to register your interest in this legendary reference-class loudspeaker. More details here!

I have this cool audio equipment rack for sale folks. UPDATE – sold!

My gear including a very heavy Krell amp has been sitting on this rack and it’s good as new. Asking $135. I knew this one would sell quickly – SOLD!

    

Also for sale is this gorgeous, one owner from new and very collectible Luxman SQ-505 integrated amplifier. UPDATE – SOLD!

This is vintage, made in 1968 or 69, and is very, very cool. The amplifier features a very nice phono preamplifier built in, using lots of premium styroseal capacitors that would be unheard of in a preamp now due to their ridiculous cost.

She is completely original and has nothing more than a few scuffs on the real wood enclosure. These could be quickly fixed by anyone with some skills working with wood. These are rapidly becoming very collectible, one recently sold in the UK for around $800.

I have tested the SQ-505 on the bench to around 32 watts per channel, continuous, into 8 ohms, which is right on spec.

Great information can be found here: http://audio-database.com/LUXMANALPINE-LUXMAN/amp/sq505-e.html

The amplifier has been fully tested and is working very nicely indeed. Priced to sell at $375!

Here are a few pics of the old girl:

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Wooden case is very good overall with nice square corners, but could do with a little rub back on the top
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Quality of construction is superb – you don’t find machined heatsinks like this on modern gear and the card construction makes servicing a breeze
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Another angle – she looks good no matter where you are standing!
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Lots of inputs, phono and tape head included!
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Beautiful and solid Luxman transformer – this is a lovely old amplifier

New for sale is a gorgeous, one owner from new, complete vintage Pioneer HiFi system.

UPDATE – SOLD!!

This was a really lovely system back in the day (1970) and it still holds up beautifully today.

The system consists of a very nice Pioneer Rondo 3000 belt drive turntable, Pioneer AM/FM Stereo Receiver and matching Pioneer speakers, all in vintage walnut veneer.

The turntable that comes with this system is a legend in its own right, having become popular all over again these days, due to its robust build and the fact that they still sound and look good, over 40 years since they were built. It is very similar to the SPL-100 and PL-12. They all use the same tonearm and motor, with small detail differences.

The receiver is also a classic, with its cool blue backlit dial and silver knobs. Add the speakers and you have a wonderful vintage system for the modern day music lover! This system is priced to sell at $500 and will be carefully tested prior to sale. The turntable will be serviced, a $95 value on its own.

Pics below!

UPDATE – SOLD!

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May 12, 2014 – I have some lovely new audio gear for sale. Scroll down the page to see all the items.

UPDATE – SOLD!

First is a beautiful Pioneer TX-5300 AM/FM Stereo Tuner for sale. I obtained it from a deceased estate. It only had the one original owner until I obtained it and it has been stored since. It is tested and perfect, like new, except for a couple of tiny paint imperfections. Seriously, the glass window is literally perfect, crystal-clear. This think is very cool. Have a look and contact me if interested. Comes with original owners manual, fuses, Allen key to tighten the control knob and glossy literature from the day. This is a piece of history!

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Next up we have a gorgeous Luxman T-4 AM/FM Stereo Tuner, from my personal collection. UPDATE – SOLD!!!

This amazing tuner has been restored from the ground up, with new premium electrolytic capacitors everywhere, new diode bridge, new op-amps and a full alignment. Distortion is way better than spec at around 0.07% @ 1kHz. This is very low, almost as good as one can obtain with a proper stereo tuner like this one.

The tuner also features the amazing Accutouch circuitry which literally locks the tuning wheel in your fingers upon perfect mid-signal positioning of the tuning dial. No more trying to wiggle this way and that to get best tuning – the Accutouch circuitry does this for you. If you havent heard FM on a proper tuner like this before, you have no idea what you’ve been missing. Far and away better than DAB, good FM broadcasts have a tactile and organic quality through a good tuner like this one.The Luxman T-4 is in almost immaculate condition, with only a couple of tiny blemishes, almost perfect.

Here are a few pics of this heavy-weight tuner:

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Next for sale here is a nice Marantz CD-63. UPDATE – SOLD!!!

This is the player that really set the cat amongst the pigeons in terms of bang for the buck with CD players, back in the day. Just do a quick search for CD-63 and see how much comes up. I have repaired a common regulator failure on this one and she is good to go again, in very good condition overall. Nice sounding player for the audiophile on a budget.

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UPDATE – SOLD!!!

This piece is really special – we have a Luxman RX-101 servo face receiver for sale – the one with the motorised face that magically glides in to expose all the knobs and  controls at turn on!

You just have to see this thing, but it used the Luxman ‘ice cube’ button style they were using at the time (1983) and really is a full-featured and classy receiver. It has a nice built-in AM/FM stereo tuner, 40 watt per channel amplifier, phono stage so that you can just plug a turntable straight in, and lots of other cool features like power output meters and presets for the radio.

Luxman quality as always, these are built to last like most Luxman gear is. Just looking for a new home! Check out some pics…

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Jan, 2014

Happy New Year everybody. I made a resolution for this year, to sell some of the many audio and electronics-related items I have sitting around gathering dust. To that end I am starting with some speaker drivers for sale on eBay.

If you check out my eBay auction you will find some lovely Richard Allen 10 inch full-range drivers, some Wharfedale and Vifa tweeters and some superb Morel Elite soft-dome midrange drivers. The Morel and Vifa drivers are brand new, never used. The Richard Allen and Wharfedale drivers have been carefully removed from the box in which they were originally installed and are rare as rocking horse sh#t!

The Richard Allen drivers are especially interesting, now that there is so much interest in full-range drivers and open baffle designs. The Allen’s can be used in an open baffle very successfully and if you have ever heard speakers like these in an open baffle you will know there is nothing quite like the sound you get from this sort of installation.

The Wharfedale tweeters were together in the same box with the Allen’s. Whilst the Richard Allen drivers are full range, they roll off as all full range drivers do at the frequency extremes. This means that deep bass will be limited, unless they are in a truly massive box, and treble will roll off above around 10kHz, hence the need for a super-tweeter to take care of the higher frequencies.

The Vifa D25 tweeters are legendary, having been used in dozens of designs over the years and are still in production. The Morel mids are spectacular and feature very low distortion, hand-applied doping, a sealed chamber and an alloy faceplate.

If you have any questions about any of these drivers, be sure to let me know.

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UPDATE – SOLD!!!

Gorgeous original and working perfectly – a rare and collectible Philips CD-303. Add this one to your collection of original CD hardware. The player uses the iconic TDA1540 DAC chip, complete with 14 bit resolution and not easy to tell upon listening! This was superseded by the TDA1541 chip, which resolved the full 16 bits in each digital word.

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November, 2014

UPDATE: SOLD!

I have my wonderful old HP 332A Distortion Analyser for sale.

I completely restored this lovely instrument a few years ago now. This restoration included premium lab-grade capacitors, thorough clean with isopropyl alcohol and a complete calibration.

These are extremely sensitive analysers so the high impedance circuit board areas have to be literally spotless. This instrument would be an ideal first analyser for someone, or a second tester for the lab or bench.

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April, 2014

Update – all Tektronix plugs have been sold!

I have a range of very neat Tektronix 500 series plug-ins for sale on eBay.

Contact me for details.

Thanks for reading, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Cherishing Classic Audio

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