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Sold Gallery

Welcome to Liquid Audio’s Sold Gallery

The hi-fi equipment and accessories below have all been sold through the Liquid Audio Store but feel free to browse.


Gorgeous Technics RS-M45 Direct-Drive Cassette Deck

The Technics RS-M45 direct-drive cassette deck is a real classic from the golden era of cassette decks. This one wasn’t playing and needed some deep service work on the mech, including lots of cleaning and lubrication. She is now for sale.

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Yes, this is fairly intense work but I enjoy working on good cassette decks like this RS-M45.

With that work completed, plus a deep clean of the tape path and head demagnetisation, this lovely old Technics RS-M45 is now running beautifully.

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What a beautiful looking cassette deck

I have a real fondness for these old Technics machines. I love the styling, the nearly all-metal construction of the tape mech and the solid mechanical build quality. The bi-coloured VFD peak meters add to the appeal and timeless Technics styling.

This machine has no capstan belt, so that’s one less thing to worry about. The direct-drive capstan means low wow and flutter and the all-metal eject mechanism is so smooth you have to operate it to believe it.

Specifications

Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: FG servo DC
Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2, Metal
Noise Reduction: B
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz  (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 68dB  (dolby B)
Wow and Flutter: 0.035%
Input: 60mV (line), 0.25mV (mic)
Output: 0.7V (line)
Dimensions: 430 x 98 x 345mm
Weight: 6.1kg
Finish: black, silver
Year: 1980

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This Technics RS-M45 is available for just $375. As always, contact me if you’d like to buy this beauty.


Beautiful Harman/Kardon TD4200 Transcription Quality Cassette Deck

Check out this beautiful, recently serviced Harman/Kardon TD4200 cassette deck, kindly donated by a customer and now for sale.

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The Harman/Kardon TD4200 was a very popular deck back in the day and one of the last decent decks H/K made. This transcription quality deck is very nicely put together and has great specifications.

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In terms of service and operation, I’ve cleaned and demagnetised the tape path, calibrated the playback speed, serviced the drive belt, drivetrain and motor.

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This stunning and nearly flawless machine now works perfectly but for peace of mind, she comes with a 90-day warranty and can be yours for just $275.

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From Cassette Deck.Org:

The Harman Kardon TD4200 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B and C noise reduction. It was introduced by Harman Kardon in 1990 with a manufacturer suggested retail price of USD $329 and discontinued 5 years later in 1995.

The main features of the Harman Kardon TD4200 are: 2 heads, electronic linear tape counter with 4 digits, automatic tape type selection with support for normal, chrome and metal tapes, belt driven single-capstan transport.

Full-logic transport controls used on the TD4200 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection. Dolby C-type used in the TD4200 provides 20 dB of noise reduction above about 1,000 Hz, doubling the amount given by B-type.

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Specifications, thanks to HiFi Engine:

Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.75 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan
Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C
Signal to Noise Ratio: 70dB  (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.05%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.5%
Dimensions: 442 x 126 x 320mm
Weight: 5.4kg

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The TD4200 even comes with her original owner’s manual!

This quality cassette deck can be yours for just $295.


Stunning, Like New, Kenwood KX-7030 3-Head, 3-Motor Cassette Deck, with Box and Manual!

Wow! Check out this absolutely beautiful Kenwood KX-7030 cassette deck in like-new condition, with original manual, box and remote control.

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That’s right, this Kenwood KX-7030 3-head, dual-capstan, Dolby B/C cassette deck is in as close to brand-new condition as you’ll find. I’ve recently serviced her which includes cleaning, lubrication and demagnetisation of the tape path, plus some electronic adjustments to playback and record levels.

Specifications

Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s
Heads: 1 x combination record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 3 x DC
Tape Type: Normal, CrO2, Metal
Noise Reduction: Dolby B, C
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz  (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB  (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.045%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.7%
Input: 77.5mV (line)
Output: 0.49V (line)
Dimensions: 440 x 127 x 324mm
Weight: 5.1kg
Accessories: remote control
Year: 1991

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She runs like new, makes great recordings using the Dolby B & C noise reduction features and auto-biasing which is a nice added bonus, simplifying matching the deck to the cassette type used for recording.

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With three heads, three motors and dual capstans, this KX-7030 has all the high end features more discerning cassette deck owners are looking for.

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Don’t miss out on this absolutely lovely machine. She comes complete with box, manual, remote and 3-month warranty for just $595.


Beautiful Yamaha RX-777 Stereo Receiver

Check out this beautiful Yamaha RX-777 stereo receiver, newly listed for sale.

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The RX-777 was one of the last good stereo amplifiers/receivers from Yamaha for some time it was released and the top of the ‘RX’ line-up.

Featuring 100 watts per channel, audiophile parts, phono preamp and AM/FM tuner built-in, the RX-777 packs in a lot of features. It also has video switching, but I’d stick to using it at the heart of a nice stereo system and be done.

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Specifications, courtesy HiFi Engine:

Tuning range: FM, MW
Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.012%
Damping factor: 240
Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 87dB (MM), 110dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line), 1V (Pre out)
Speaker load impedance: 4Ω (minimum)
Video Connections: composite
Dimensions: 435 x 151 x 390.3mm
Weight: 9.8kg
Accessories: remote control
Year: 2001

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I’ve just serviced her fitted a brand new volume potentiometer, so this most often used control should be good for many years to come. The remote control even still has the clear plastic protective film on it, ready to peel!

With several gold-plated inputs and made in Malaysia rather than China like everything now, this receiver even contains a handful of audiophile capacitors and other parts, given the focus on sound.

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This lovely stereo receiver can be yours for just $500.


Denon DRW-580 Dual Cassette deck

This is a cheap and cheerful dual auto-reverse machine featuring VFD metering, Dolby B-C-HX Pro and all functions working well.

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This Denon cassette deck plays tapes well and is a great starter machine or second deck for non-critical applications. Yours for just $150.


Lovely AIWA M450 Cassette Deck

Here we have another lovely cassette deck for sale, this time an AIWA M450.

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This beautiful old deck features proper analog VU meters for monitoring record and playback levels, metal tape capability and Dolby noise reduction.

Soft-touch controls once again feature on this machine making deck operation a breeze. She is also very solidly built, not quite as heavy as the Akai I recently sold, but solid nonetheless.

Everything works, she’s had a full inspection and test, tape path clean and demagnetisation and she can be yours for just $200.

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Superb Akai GX-F37 Cassette Deck

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Look at this gorgeous Akai GX-F37 cassette deck. This is one from the golden era of cassettes, before CD and before the build quality went downhill, so it’s really heavy and well-built.

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The deck features soft-touch controls, fluorescent meters and all the usual features one gets with quality older machines like this.

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Specifications

Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 1 x DC servo, 1 x DC
Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, High Com
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 19kHz  (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 80dB  (High Com)
Wow and Flutter: 0.04%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.7%
Input: 70mV (line), 0.25mV (mic)
Output: 0.41V (line)
Dimensions: 440 x 118 x 285mm
Weight: 6.9kg

Recently serviced and tested, she runs very nicely and can be yours for just $295.

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Ortofon LH-6000 Magnesium Headshell

Newly listed, this lovely Ortofon LH-6000 headshell, from my personal collection.

UPDATE: SOLD!

These currently retail for $189 AUD. This headshell is in almost perfect original condition (wires may not be original) and can be yours for just $115.

The LH-6000 is a gorgeous, magnesium headshell, designed especially for the Cadenza, Jubilee, Kontrapunkt and Windfeld series cartridges. It can be used with others of course, too. This is a serious headshell, beautifully machined and finished in satin black. I previously used this LH-6000 with my Ortofon MC Jubilee.

    • Universal mount
    • Magnesium
    • Weight – 13.5 grams
    • Mounting distance – min 37.2 mm, max 42.5 mm

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Audio Technica AT-LH13/OCC Headshell

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This is a superb quality Japanese headshell, in like-new condition, with box and headshell wires.

Very hard to find here in Australia and made in Japan, this lovely Audio Technica headshell comes complete with oxygen-free copper AT6101 headshell wires. The wires alone sell for $35!

Purchased from Japan, these typically cost around $175 with shipping and customs. This pristine example can be yours for just $95.

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  • 13g adjustable headshell manufactured from TechniHard™
  • Adjustable overhang and azimuth
  • Threaded headshell avoids use of nuts when fitting cartridge
  • Supplied with PCOCC wires

The AT-LH13/OCC is a 13g adjustable headshell manufactured from TechniHard™ material, complete with AT6101 headshell wires. The AT-LH13/OCC has an adjustable overhang and adjustable azimuth, as well as internal threads to avoid the use of nuts when fitting cartridges.

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Gorgeous Ortofon LH-9000 headshell

This is the best adjustable overhang headshell Ortofon makes and one of the best available, period. It has a retail price of 189 EURO. Comes with its original box and headshell wires. Like new and a silly price of just $125.

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  • Universal mount
  • Magnesium with carbon fibre
  • Weight – 16.8 grams
  • Mounting distance – min 38 mm, max 46 mm
  • High Purity Copper headshell leads (LW-7N) included

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Just in, this lovely Technics SL-23 belt-drive turntable, fully serviced and ready to go.

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Yes, the Technics SL-23 belt-drive deck is one of the best sensibly-priced belt-drive decks from the golden era. In fact, people love these decks so much that they have a near-perfect 5-star rating on Vinyl Engine.

The SL-23 has a very well-deserved reputation for great performance and long-term reliability. Owners past and present speak of them with such enthusiasm that it’s hard not to love these decks for those reasons alone.

Check out the rave reviews on the SL-23, plus my article on the deck, if you are interested.

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This Technics SL-23 is a winner, freshly serviced, detailed and ready to play vinyl. She received a proper Liquid Audio service, including:

  • New premium rubber drive belt (not eBay rubbish)
  • New Japanese stylus
  • Clean and detail
  • Mechanical and electronic service
  • Spindle bearing service
  • Motor service
  • New & upgraded RCA cable

Everything has been done properly, to factory standards. The deck comes with her original Technics cartridge and performs like new.

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You’re looking at just $495 for this little gem, ready to go, with nothing to spend. She’s just received $300 worth of work and parts and comes with a 3-month warranty. This is, of course, a very different scenario to buying a rundown SL-23 off eBay or Gumtree and then having to pay to have proper service work done anyway.

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If you compare what around $500 gets you new, well, it’s all just rubbish. This is a proper Japanese hi-fi turntable from one of the great manufacturers. She provides really great performance and smashes new decks at this price and considerably more. There is also literally nothing to spend until your next stylus.

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This lovely SL-23 is an orphan and very much deserving of a caring new owner. She would make a great first ‘proper’ hi-fi turntable for someone.

You’ll love this one!

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For sale – my beloved Kenwood KD-600, from my personal collection!

I’ve been working on a secret project here @ Liquid Audio, a statement, end-game turntable resurrection. That project is now complete, details to follow, but because of this, my treasured KD-600 has to go.

UPDATE: SOLD within a day, to a very happy new owner!

Yes, my Kenwood KD-600 is for sale and yes, this is a super-rare opportunity to grab a highly sought-after and legendary vinyl spinner. It’s hard for me to believe too, but I only need one turntable and I have three tying up serious funds, so it’s a case of needing to rationalise.

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This gorgeous Kenwood KD-600 has been a part of my personal collection for 15 years. She’s played some amazing vinyl and never let me down. I’m genuinely sad to see her go, but she needs a new home. I have an idea where she might end up…

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It goes without saying that this superb deck is in pristine, collectors’ condition. She features a gorgeous Jelco SA-750D tonearm ($1000), custom arm board made by yours truly, Jelco JAC-502 (Mogami) tonearm cable ($200+) and genuine Kenwood metal hinges, as opposed to the factory plastic ones.

My KD-600 is an unmarked, locally delivered Australian 240V unit. She plays records superbly and the combination of the Jelco arm and heavy ARCB chassis delivers what’s on the record, without the extra flavour that some seem to like, but that isn’t meant to be there!

In terms of maintenance, I’ve owned this deck for nearly 15 years so she’s impeccably maintained and recently serviced. She won’t disappoint.

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Genuine Kenwood metal hinges I imported from the US of A!
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The Kenwood touch sensor is one of the most beautiful aesthetic and tactile elements of the KD-600.
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That’s $200 AUD of premium Jelco (Mogami) tonearm cable
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The Jelco HS-25 headshell with Ortofon MC 15 Super II moving coil cartridge and genuine Jelco mounting hardware. I can install whatever cartridge your heart desires!

I’ve written about these very special decks many times over the years, so check this review, this previously sold beauty, this on my turntable and this service for more on what is certainly one of my favourite serious but not silly Japanese turntables.

I’ve had strong interest in this deck, so it will go quickly. Local buyers preferred, priced at around $2500 AUD.

UDPATE: SOLD!!

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The Jelco HS-25 magnesium headshell is one of my favourite headshells for sensible money. Just beautifully made.
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Farewell, my old girl…

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Jelco tonearm and headshell boxes included, just leave my tools and equipment!

WOW! Rare Kenwood KD-650 Direct Drive Turntable. Multi-Voltage, Restored, $1750 AUD.

UPDATE – Sold in less than 24 hours to a very lucky new owner!

Turntable lovers, take a look at this. Here is a rare opportunity to purchase this stunning Kenwood KD-650 direct-drive turntable. These decks almost never come up for sale, but this restored and serviced KD-650, in superb original condition, is ready for her next owner to enjoy.

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The KD-650 is 15kg of metal, synthetic concrete, acrylic and computer-controlled motor. She plays records superbly, as one would expect of a deck like this from the golden era.

Of course, sonically and build-wise, it crushes new decks at this price point and above. It also has real vintage audio cred and sonic goodness that new stuff will never have.

Decks like this KD-650 make modern gear look lame to be brutally honest. There will come a time when you won’t be able to buy a KD-600 or KD-650 for any less than 5K, but in the meantime, thank goodness we still can.

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I recently overhauled and serviced this machine, installed new lighting in the power/locked indicator, replaced all the small control board capacitors, serviced the motor and just installed a brand new Rega Carbon cartridge to ready the deck for sale. The cartridge has zero hours use.

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This deck is ready to play records. Any cartridge can, of course, be supplied and installed at the purchaser’s request.

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The owner of this gorgeous deck has a genuine reason for sale. He just purchased an even better (and much more expensive) turntable and can’t justify keeping both. His loss, your gain!

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Note that whilst the arm lifter lowers the arm nicely, it returns to the lowered position by itself. I just added some fresh silicone damping oil though and it’s behaviour has improved.

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Arm lifter plus arm height adjustment.
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Yep, rare dual 120V / 240V operation on this one.

International shipping is possible, though expensive. I’d factor in $500+AUD insured shipping to Europe or North America. To avoid any risk of damage, a local sale is very much preferred.

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If you have queries or questions about this beautiful deck, let me know.


Pro-Ject Puck Record Clamp

Just in, one perfect and as-new Pro-Ject Puck record clamp.

This is a very well-made, mass-based record clamp. They are a fantastic addition for turntables that can handle the 750g additional mass.

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RRP is $99, this one is perfect in every way and can be yours for $75.


Musical Fidelity M1 DAC – Upgraded by Liquid Audio – for sale on consignment – $595.

Update: SOLD, to a second very happy owner!

Just in, this gorgeous Musical Fidelity M1 DAC. I sold this about 6 months ago to a regular customer who absolutely loves it. He’s just purchased an even better DAC from me though, my stunning, upgraded Musical Fidelity TriVista 21, so the M1 is for sale here, on consignment.

My customer told me this upgraded M1 easily beat his Yamaha CD-S1000 CD player. He now uses the Yamaha as a transport, initially into this M1 and now into the TriVista.

I’ve extensively improved this DAC and she performs very well indeed, far better than stock, which is already very good. Check out all the details.

You get premium DAC punch with this improved M1, plus a contemporary DAC chip and balanced output for a very reasonable price.

Get in touch for more details.

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Yep, I replaced all these parts with premium new ones.

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.

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In many ways an end-game product when it was designed, very few CD players or DACs for that matter are built like this beast. Make no mistake, this is a very serious DAC. MF made only 1500 of these, and this Tri-Vista 21 comes from my personal collection.

The Tri-Vista 21 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

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

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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 painful that I didn’t just replace these 5703 tubes, I installed a matched set, and also removed and replaced all the little grommets that hold them in place.

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 $1595, don’t miss this opportunity to own this rare and legendary upgraded Tri-Vista 21 Upsampling Tube DAC.

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

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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.
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Silver CMC output connectors make a useful difference and are far ahead of the standard Neutrik parts.

NOS Technics SE-9060 Power Amplifier – $995!

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Look at this gorgeous, new old stock – yes that’s right NOS, Technics SE-9060 power amplifier. These are incredibly well-made amplifiers, from Technics professional series in the late 1970s.

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This amplifier is heavy and comes with original box, manual and accessories. Yes, this is genuinely new old stock. I could scarcely believe it myself until I opened the box and examined the amplifier.

This is a very fast amplifier, has lovely die-cast heatsinks, completely dual-mono design and power output of 70 Watts per channel, or 180 Watts in bridged mono. Two of these would be absolutely awesome. Lots more info can be found at Hifi Engine.

This SE-9060 is perfect in every way. I’ve given her a once over including all amplifier internal adjustments and testing, to make sure everything works perfectly. I’ve worked on a few of these over the years, they are superbly well-made.

The headphone amplifier sounds incredible, easily one of the best sounding headphone amps I’ve heard with my Sennheiser HD-600’s.

Note, this is a US unit, running off 120V. This would suit my North American readers, and I have a premium, high capacity step down transformer available for potential local customers of this unit. Insured shipping is available through Pack & Send.

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Dual mono layout, with incredibly useful and killer sounding headphone socket on the front panel.
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WOW, this thing is simply incredible, but then again, it is new old stock, so it should be.

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One pair of output devices per channel – just about the simplest arrangement possible.

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This new Tortech (Australian, not Chinese rubbish) 500 Watt transformer is available to suit, ask me about this if interested.

Musical Fidelity M1 – Upgraded by Liquid Audio – $595

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Next, we have this lovely Musical Fidelity M1 DAC. There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said about these great little DACs.

I’ve extensively improved this particular unit and she performs very well indeed, far better than stock, which is already very good. Check out all the details.

You get premium DAC punch with this improved M1, and a contemporary DAC chip, for a very reasonable price. I spent hours on her and installed a lot of nice parts and she’s now ready for a new home.

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Yep, I replaced all these parts with premium new ones.

Just in, this very cool NAD 6240 cassette deck, with Dolby B/C, adjustable bias and playback trim.

UPDATE: Sold to BeBe!

I’ve just serviced this lovely NAD 6240 and she is running nicely. Service included lubrication of critical gears and pulleys, cleaning the heads, capstan and pinch roller, demagnetizing the record/playback head, head azimuth adjustment, playback levels and meter adjustment. Yes, I have test tapes and equipment for doing this work on cassette decks!

The NAD 6240 would perfect deck for those wanting to play their tapes again perhaps, or buying their first proper tape machine. Tapes are right back in vogue now and she’s looking for a new home.

Complete with original owners manual, just $135.

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This superb subwoofer, built by yours truly, is also for sale. Just $695.

UPDATE: Sold!!

This is a sealed subwoofer utilising several excellent design elements. Firstly, the enclosure is made from 25mm MDF, so it’s extremely solid. This sub is essentially inert.

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Secondly, it uses the outstanding Peerless XLS 12 long-stroke subwoofer driver. This was an audiophile-grade subwoofer driver used in many of the top subs from a few years ago.

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Finally, it uses a very reliable, 200 watt RMS, Australian-made Redgum MOSFET linear amplifier. This is an excellent plate amp and has been so popular, it’s still made by Redgum. It’s never missed a beat.

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This is an awesome sounding sub, punching out deep, clean bass only possible with a sealed design like this. I used the sub for many years before passing it on to a friend of mine.

A commercial design approaching this level of build quality and performance would be well over 2K. Finished in Jarrah veneer, she’s for sale and looking for a good new home. Asking $695.


Lovely Pioneer F-402 AM/FM stereo tuner.

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Newly listed for sale, this is a proper analog band stereo tuner, so you get uncompressed audio, not MP3 files as you do with DAB. It’s digital in operation though, so you can store stations in memory and access them from the push of a button.

In like new condition, comes complete with original owner’s manual. Priced at $135.

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TEAC PX-300 direct drive turntable

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The PX-300 is a solid, proper made-in-Japan deck. The deck features a heavy, machined platter, stroboscopic speed indication and a Japanese Audio Technica cartridge. She also has speed control fine-tuning and a thick, high-quality original factory platter mat.

I’ve just completed a full service on her and replaced the power cord, lead-out cable and installed a new stylus. This deck is ready for a new home and should be a reliable player for many years to come.

Great buying at just $350.

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Marantz CD-52 Mark 2 CD player

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The Marantz CD-52 Mark 2 was one of the most widely acclaimed players at its price point. The CD-52 mark 2 was on sale from around 1993, following the huge success of the original CD-52. The mark 2 iteration featured Elna Silmic and Cerafine capacitors in critical areas and sounded quite a bit nicer than the original 52.

Like all older players, this one is made better than anything affordable now and uses a highly reliable, classic Philips transport. The player would make a perfect transport or second deck. I’ve just serviced, lubricated her, and cleaned the laser optics. She is yours for just $250.

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Check out this stunning Ortofon MC Rohmann statement moving coil cartridge.

Like new, with box and papers, but sadly missing stylus and cantilever after a cleaning mishap.

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This superb moving coil cartridge can be rebuilt by Ortofon, Soundsmith and probably Garrott Bros. Priced at $195, bear in mind, something equivalent new will cost at least 2k, while a Soundsmith repair on this will be maybe $500…

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This was a premium cartridge from Ortofon, built to celebrate Ortofon’s former managing director. The cartridge body is milled from a solid block of aluminium and the dark blue anodized body exploits aluminium’s special damping characteristics to suppress resonance. The Nude Orto-Line diamond ensures flawless tracking of even the most dynamic passages.

MC Rohmann conveys the full range of detail and subtle nuance, even when a powerful brass section competes with the fine nuances of quieter instruments such as the flute or harpsichord. Recommended load: 100 Ohms or more.

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  –  0,25 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  –  < 1,5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  –  > 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  –  > 15 dB
Frequency range at – 3dB  –  20-55.000 Hz
Frequency response –   20-20.000 Hz ± 2 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  –   80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral  –  12 µm/mN
Stylus type –  Nude “Orto Line”
Stylus tip radius  –  r/R 4,5/100 µm
Tracking force range  –  2,2-2,7 g (22-27 mN)
Tracking force, recommended  –  2,5 g (25 mN)
Vertical Tracking angle  –  20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance  –  6 Ohm
Recommended load impedance  –  > 10 Ohm
Body material   –  Aluminium, milled from solid block
Colour  –  Royal blue
Weight  –  9 g

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How about this lovely Denon DL-103R moving coil cartridge.

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This cartridge features very low usage (approximately 20 hours) and presents like new, with box and papers.

Current retail on these is $449USD. This near-perfect example can be yours for just $295AUD.

“This true classic, which has been in production since I got into this hobby in the mid-70s, must be counted among audio’s most remarkable values.”

Stereophile Recommended Component 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

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Denon DL-103R Phono Cartridge Specifications:
– Type: Moving coil
– Output voltage: 0.25mV
– Frequency response: 20Hz-45kHz
– Output impedance: 14 ohms
– Channel balance @ 1kHz: < 1db
– Channel separation @ 1kHz: 25dB
– Stylus tip: 0.02 mm special round solid diamond
– Compliance: 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne
– Recommended tracking force: 2.5 +/- 0.3g
– Colour: Black
– Weight: 8.5 g
– Recommended load resistance: 100 ohms or more

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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.

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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.

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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)

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

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

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These are a great little integrated amp, featuring a built-in phono amp, and headphone amp. This means 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 I’ve just serviced her.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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The NAD 5120 is a classic belt-drive deck from the ’80s, 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.

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Cool-looking deck with its smoked perspex lid

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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.

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Brand new German rubber drive belt
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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 sub-chassis
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

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The arm has been removed, cleaned adjusted and re-installed.

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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!

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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 aluminium. Besides is the velocity of sound almost 3 times higher compared to that of aluminium.

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)
Vertical tracking angle  –  20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance  –  5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance  –  > 10 Ohm
Cartridge body material  –  Stainless steel/aluminium
Colour  –  Purple/Black
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.

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

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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 a 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 aluminium 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)
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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!.