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  1. Folks, a cut and paste from my eBay advert where the price is £2750. Loads of watchers, some tyrekickers, some real interest, but the only actual offer so far is from a low-baller who I know wants to sell on because he's an unofficial eBay dealer. Open to sensible offers even on this lower price; you're a wammer, so I know you won't take the p1$$... £4,000 less than list price £6,750. ATC's flagship pre-amplifier, an ultra low distortion design with very wide bandwidth designed to bring ATC's studio experience into the home. Handbuilt in the UK. Perfect front end to ATC's own active speakers (I have the fantastic SCM40A's) or to any serious power amp. So good it has stayed in the line-up since it was introduced in 1996: how many other hifi items can you name which have been in production for 23 years?! This was one of the first produced. The main electrolytic capacitors were replaced in September so all should be good for another 20 years or more of listening pleasure. Fully working, minor cosmetic marks. Difficult to avoid reflections of tablecloth, velux etc - have taken photos inside and outside. Excellent front and rear panels. Minor marks to side panels. Two scratched areas to top surface, not visible unless installed as the topmost unit in a system. You can tell it was designed for tough studio use. Pre-amplifier only. No remote, no mains lead (though I can provide a lead if required). Will be well packed for free UK shipping. _______________ 2 balanced stereo inputs 1 balanced stereo output 6 phono stereo inputs Input Sensitivity: 235mV Balanced, 115mV Unbalanced Input Impedance: 5k/10k ohms Frequency Response: DC – >500KHz THD: >114dB Dimensions (HxWxD): 100x440x360 Weight (HxWxD): 9.5kg / 20.9lbs A key feature of the ATC SCA2 preamplifier is the total elimination of audio integrated circuits in the main signal path which is made possible through the introduction of no fewer than ten high performance discrete circuitry gain blocks. Furthermore, all amplifiers in the monitor chain are of similar type and built from discrete bipolar transistors and FETs. The input stage is a fully complimentary dual long tail pair arrangement which uses low-noise bipolar transistors with constant collector voltages provided by cascoded junction FETs. Output of the current mirrors is buffered by a pair of complimentary Sziklai Darlington transistors. To further minimize signal degradation, input circuitry including all sockets, selection relays and tape buffer is mounted directly onto a single PCB. In essence, the gain block within the ATC SCA2 preamplifier is a high output, low distortion amplifier with a very wide bandwidth which is easy to use in conventional feedback configuration because it has only one stage of gain (in other words, there is only one possible source of roll-off and phase shift at high frequency.) The result is remarkable audiophile product which, in both laboratory and subjective listening tests, clearly redefines the state of the art. Auditioning reveals an open, neutral, transparency the amplifier creating a solid soundstage which is both wide and deep. Voices are reproduced with uncanny realism being portrayed with natural warmth and articulation. Bass takes on a rich, superbly controlled solidity. Strings are reproduced with a fine degree of detail and texture, while brass is conveyed with attack and clarity. Percussion is handled with great speed and definition. As you'd expect from a design as highly specified as the ATC SCA2 preamplifier, dynamic range is outstanding. The SCA2 offers eight audio inputs - all of which are electronically buffered and selected by precision gas-filled gold-plated relays Clean stable power supplies result from local active decoupling of supply rails adjacent to each gain stage The distinctive case of the SCA2 is constructed from aerospace grade peened stainless steel. The 440mm (17%) wide front panel is edged with bead-blasted machined aluminium the fascia being finished in polished acrylic
  2. Bought from a fellow Wammer for a project that is now on hold. Comes with double box packaging and all accessories. Great sounding bit of kit in absolute mint condition. https://www.richersounds.com/cambridge-azur-851n-sil.html Prefer collection/Wam taxi from Exmouth in Devon but will post at buyers risk/cost. £845 + Postage Sold via ebay
  3. con Audio Passive Pre-Amp. Black with black chrome controls. Excellent Condition. 5 inputs Tape output Pre-Amp output Gold RCA sockets 249 gbp plus shipping at cost
  4. FOR SALE: Glenn Croft "Monday Night Special" valve preamp and power supply. UNIQUE!. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A PIECE OF UK AUDIO HISTORY! This is a one-off, custom built amp by the great Glenn Croft for another giant of the UK audio industry, the turntable designer and founder of Nottingham Analogue, Tom Fletcher. Tom was not only a genius with turntables, but also a passionate music lover, and he used to share that passion with his friends during regular Monday night listening sessions. This amp was built for those sessions, hence the name. It features an enormous valve power supply which is attached to the amplifier unit by a fixed cable (see photos for detail). The result is one of the most exciting, musical and detailed preamps I've ever heard. The stereo imaging is remarkable and you will hear things in the music you've never heard before. Things to be aware of: There are only two functional inputs, despite having three pairs of RCA inputs. The amp was wired that way in order to preserve signal purity. Tom suggested only having one source connected up at any one time as this gave optimum sound quality. The inputs are: Phono stage for MM cartridge Line input The amp was tested and serviced last week by Glenn Croft himself and is in perfect condition. The case of the amp has a couple of small chips from a mishap with the cover alone. (The amp sounds better without the cover so I never had it on). Like any valve amp, the unit does require proper grounding within your system, but once this is achieved, it is extremely quiet. There is a little bit of static when turning the left volume pot, but other than that, the switches are all perfect. The power supply itself hums, which is what you would expect from a transformer of that size, but this is normal and does not transmit to the speakers. If you are into vinyl and valves, or have a really good CD player, and know how to set up a system, I've heard few things that make your records and CDs sound better without going well into 5 figures. I'm only selling because I need the space. As this amp is completely unique, it was very difficult to price. I asked Glenn what he thought would be reasonable and he said that he had no idea, but that were it to be produced today, it could well retail for up to £20,000! I'm asking £6,250, but I will consider any reasonable offers. I could only upload one pic, but I have several more, including of the inside of the amp, which I will happily email on request. Lastly, the delicacy and weight of the unit means it is absolutely COLLECTION ONLY. The two units are connected by an umbilicus which cannot be detached. I'm in Epsom. Please don't ask me any technical questions; I'm not an engineer and there is no manual with this, but if you're seriously interested and you have a technical concern, I'd be happy to pass it on to Glenn.
  5. SOLD Time to sell this lovely DAC/Pre-amp/Headphone amp. In addition to being a 192/24 and DSD 256 capable DAC, it is also a full function analogue pre-amp with balanced inputs and outputs. And it has balanced and single ended headphone outputs, and is an ideal partner for the likes of Sennheiser H600s and 800s. Digital Inputs - Coax, Optical, AES/EBU and USB, Bluetooth AptX, plus front USB port for phones/tablets Analog inputs - 1 pair RCA, 1 pair XLR Outputs - same as above. All the inputs & outputs are clearly marked on the back panel so can be seen on the photos. The remote control can switch inputs, control volume and dim or switch off the display which itself has various modes. All inputs can be individually set to unity gain - e.g. if you want to use it as a standalone DAC with another preamplifier Specs are here: https://www.oppodigital.com/headphone-amplifier-ha-1/ I have the manual and all original packaging. UK RRP was £1200, but they seem to be selling for more than that on ebay now so will post in the UK for £700. I have owned it from new, bought from a UK dealer.
  6. Simaudio Moon 350P PD Pre Amplifier with DAC and MM/MC and 2 x 400M monoblocks Bought these in august last year for £4850. Looking to recoup as much as i can, so offers around that. Also I want to try a Pass Labs power amp next so if you have something and want to talk about a trade I could be interested. Originally purchased from Loud and Clear in Glasgow by the previous owner. During his ownership one amp was subject to a slight discolouration from sunlight. This can been seen in the pic below. Full set of pictures: http://imagehost.cc/album/FBfo Original boxes and packaging are present. I'm based just over the boarder of north wales about 15 mins west of Chester, if you want to come an have a listen your welcome to do so. Amps must be demonstrated before sale - protects both buyer and seller. Collection or delivery within a reasonable distance. I am happy to deliver to pretty much anywhere within 2ish hours of here for fuel. But do also travel occasionally with work and if I’m passing anyway then I’m happy to drop for free.
  7. Swiss engineering at its vintage best . sound quality is excellent build quality is stunning
  8. Selling my Modwright Instruments LS36.5 valve preamplifier with balanced XLR input/output. Current model in as new condition. Re-valved couple weeks ago (Sovtek rectifier and 2 Sovtek 6h30 valves). Comes in original double box with beautiful metal remote control, manual and hex key. Selling due to unplanned upgrade. £SOLD NO OFFERS PLEASE! Collection from SE London or posted at buyers cost and risk.
  9. Excellent DAC with the really extensive feature set. It's ideal as the main hub for your multimedia and TV as HDMI ARC is supported. Effectively, DAC is capable to capture HDMI output from your source and capture the audio stream only with HDMI (video) out forwarding to your TV set. That way, you could easily route HDMI audio from your source. It's a really great feature not commonly supported. Apart from HDMI support 2x analogue (front 3.5mm and rear RCA ports), optical, coaxial and USB inputs are supported. Also, DAC features balanced and single-ended outputs together with digital output (passthrough). Really great connectivity on offer. You will be hard-pressed to find any device with a similar feature set and sound quality at this price point. This was taken out of the original box for picture taking, but otherwise as new condition. There is still a screen protector in place and device packaging itself includes all original accessories intact. £215 with free UK shipping
  10. Guys, I have a problem and I need some help with diagnosis. This is the situation. Music plays fine, but when I increase or decrease the volume I get a sound coming from the left speaker. The same happens when there is no music playing and I adjust the volume then I get the same sound coming from the left speaker. It does not happen with the right speaker. The sound is a sort of grating and is similar to rubbing two pieces of cardboard together or rubbing cardboard on some rough concrete. It is not loud. As soon as I stop adjusting the volume the grating sound stops. It makes no difference whether I use the remote control or use the dial on the Pre-Amp. The Pre-Amp is an Ayon Eris (6H30 valves) with a motorised volume control - An Alps pot I think. The speakers are Triangle Magellan Cellos. I've had them from new for about 6 years. What are some things that could be causing this?
  11. 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
  12. Croft 25R pre-amp in excellent condition, boxed. £805 posted. This is a fully functional preamp with the superb on-board phono stage. The line stage has the cathode follower circuit designed for use with the 12BH7 (or E80CC and ECC99) valves. The helps for driving power amps with lower impedance, and the 12BH7A seems to have greater clarity than the older version with ECC83s. The pre-amp will be supplied with the original unbranded 12BH7 valve and a Westinghouse 1958 black plate D getter 12BH7. If you want more choices of 12BH7A to try, I can supply them for additional cost. The phono stage will be supplied with the standard issue JJ ECC83s. This is very hard to beat as phono stage for MM or MI. I have used this with a Grado Wood Body in the Reference range, and it is wonderful. You can of course use the phono stage for MC carts with a SUT. I am consdering selling my Hashimoto HM-3 SUT, so if you are interested in the two together, we could discuss this. It's worth noting that this can have a remote fitted at extra cost if it's required. A friend of mine had one fitted and it worked very nicely. This involves disabling one of the dual mono pots so that a single pot is used.
  13. £419 & £20 shipping. In 'as new' condition - hardly used. Here is my World Designs Phono3 (XL version) and PSU3 (with upgraded caps), which I've owned from new, both professionally built by Matthew Snell himself. This particular unit if configured for 47k Ohms and 220pF, so suitable for most MM cartridges (but can be easily changed by replacing 4 components internally). I love the sound of this phono preamp, but simply have no need for it now that I use a Thöress Phono Equalizer. I bought the Thöress very soon after the WD, so this has hardly been used. Is the Phono3 as good as the Thöress? No, of course not. But it comes surprisingly close for a fraction of the cost. From the World Designs website: The Phono3 is an all valve phono stage which matches a wide variety of turntables and cartridges. This standard module utilises all passive RIAA equalisation over two gain stages to offer unparalleled accuracy and freedom from the slew rate limiting of common loop feedback EQ stages. The input can be configured for MM or MC cartridges, the latter via optional wide bandwidth MC step-up transformers. which can provide 10:1 or 20:1 voltage gain to match a wide range of cartridges. Ultra HF EQ is also micro-adjustable, if you have a 'scope, for those who wish to optimise the square wave response. The upgrade XL option includes high performance HT smoothing capacitors, JJ ECC83S valves and Soniqs polypropylene output capacitors for those who want the ultimate in performance. I should have the original packaging lying around somewhere in the attic, but will certainly package the unit well if I can't find it. In 'as new' condition. Feel free to ask any questions. Cheers, Mani.
  14. 1. Croft Micro 25 Preamp with superb built in phono stage. SOLD Postage will be approx £22 to the UK, and I'm guessing about £34 to EU. This has been fitted with the better volume and selector knobs from the 25R and has some extra internal damping fitted. The overall cosmetic condition is good but not spotless; there are some small marks on the top case, but nothing to really distract from the unassuming blankness of the Croft aesthetic. The sound is a superbly judged mix of richness, clarity and openness. The 25 is a little bit more mid-range focused than the 25R, and some listeners prefer this. It is wonderful with vocal and instrumental texture but it also excels at a realistic sense of space. 2. Series 5 valve power amp. SOLD
  15. Sorry - yet another "opinions on" thread ... There has been a Pyxis on fleabay for quite some time. Concerns me slightly. Does the fact that no one wants to buy it mean it is not good or is it overpriced at > £1800? It has both balanced inputs and outputs which are attractive to me. Curious to hear of anyones experience of this kit, sonic characteristics etc. Has an on board DAC - what is that like? Also optional phono stage - opinions? Have searched but not found much info/opinion on this kit, so if there are other threads that cover this territory do please link to them below. TIA
  16. Unfortunately having to sell my system in order to fun an expansion in the business. Another bit of kit that has had a few wam owners, Basic overview : valve rectifed with choke, valve phono stage, valve output. Significantly upgraded for me by graeme at ampregen - he added a remote control volume and mute, AudioNote copper output caps, and did all the improvements that Audio note recommend in the manual. (this and a service cost close to £400!) Sounds fantastic, you'd need to spend serious money to beat this! currently the equivalent of the M2. Double boxed. £550 ONO Dont really want to send as its delicate but can if required. Prefer collection from my house in monmouthshire. Full system avaliable - Modwright Transporter, LV Auditoriums, LV modded Art Audio Concerto Power amp & upgraded Audio Note The Preamp kit. Please see ads in other sections for details! Pics in this folder; https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxE4xa1PgPjRbFNmUktsMUZscUE Thanks, James.
  17. Looking for a good condition Croft Epoch Elite preamp (or possibly a Super Micro A). Good price offered.
  18. Outstanding Headphone Amplifier / Preamp designed by Colin Wonfor. Transparent and refined. Very rare - only 12 made! Can drive two pairs of headphones at the same time and functions as a preamp too. Automatically selects input which is nifty. This is the higher gain HE version and the volume pot has been upgraded to an ALPS Black. Originally retailed for over £1200. Bought from Dan on here about a month ago but need to raise funds again due to a sudden change in employment status! Looking for £380 inc. RMSD Cheers Ian p.s. having trouble with images but you can see the amp here on the Ebay listing *** SPECS: Two 1/4" headphone Jack outputs. With either output able to drive loading from 8 ohms, to 64 ohms simultaneously. - Headphone output driven by single ended class A power amplifier stages - Thyristor memory controlled & automatically selected inputs controlled with a fifth isolated regulated power supply to further reduce the interface and noise floor. - Hum rejection technology. - Quad regulated power supplies. - Input loading impedance 47 ohms for all inputs (so will take pretty much any input) - Three RCA phono stereo inputs and one MP3 input via 3.5mm socket. Specifications: HE Version L Version 32Ω 1.6WRMS 32Ω 140mWRMS 51Ω 1WRMS 51Ω 100mWRMS 64Ω 1.3WRMS 64Ω 200mWRMS 300Ω 500mWRMS 300Ω 500mWRMS Physical specifications: - Size: 170mm X 185mm X 55mm - Weight: 1.95kg
  19. For sale is my Naim NAC N172 XS streaming preamp (SN: 374590) - £1050 - Woking, Surrey. Great value unit from Naim. Made to go into the NAP 155 XS power amp, I've found it sounds fantastic into the more beefy NAP 200. The N172 natively plays Tidal and Spotify, streams internet radio and up to 32 bit 192 kHz hi res audio files from a NAS or USB. Has a dedicated line out to go straight into a preamp and give an easy future upgrade path. Also has two dedicated analogue inputs to act as a dedicated preamp and a jack input at the front for a mobile device. Has four digital inputs to upgrade other sources, and front and back USB inputs, all making it a handy hub. This unit is mint, boxed, has fully updated firmware, and well within the 5 year warranty, being from Sept 2014. A brand new N172 is £1765 so this unit is fantastic value at only £975. Located in Woking, Surrey, which is just a 25 min train from Waterloo. Happy to demonstrate before purchase. Please message me on faysal@cantab.net or 07747563778 to discuss further. Having trouble uploading pics but happy to email them out.
  20. For sale is my Naim NAC N172 XS streaming preamp (SN: 374590) - £1050 - Woking, Surrey. Great value unit from Naim. Made to go into the NAP 155 XS power amp, I've found it sounds fantastic into the more beefy NAP 200. The N172 natively plays Tidal and Spotify, streams internet radio and up to 32 bit 192 kHz hi res audio files from a NAS or USB. Has a dedicated line out to go straight into a preamp and give an easy future upgrade path. Also has two dedicated analogue inputs to act as a dedicated preamp and a jack input at the front for a mobile device. Has four digital inputs to upgrade other sources, and front and back USB inputs, all making it a handy hub. This unit is mint, boxed, has fully updated firmware, and well within the 5 year warranty, being from Sept 2014. A brand new N172 is £1765 so this unit is fantastic value at only £975. Located in Woking, Surrey, which is just a 25 min train from Waterloo. Happy to demonstrate before purchase. Please message me on faysal@cantab.net or 07747563778 to discuss further. Having trouble uploading pics but happy to email them out.