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  1. Hello, I have the following for sale: 1. iFi Gemini twin-head usb cable: 1.5M, all original packing materials, boxes, warranty card, velvet bag, adapter, original owner, purchased from authorized US Dealer, Avatar Acoustics. Mint Condition, only used for a few months. Retail: $250 Selling Price: $190 2. iFi iUSB: All original packing materials, boxes, stock usb cable (unused) that was included, great condition, works perfectly. Purchased from authorized US Dealer, Avatar Acoustics. A little over 6 months old. Retail: $200 Selling Price: $140 3. Nordost Heimdall speaker cables: 3.0 meter, Bi-Wire, spades on amp end, bananas on speaker end. Originally, cables had bananas on the amp end, and I sent them to Nordost to switch the bananas to spades on the amp end (have documentation from Nordost showing factory re-termination by Nordost and will provide to buyer). I am the original owner, cables are in great condition and are about 1.5 years old. Unfortunately, there are quite a few chinese counterfeit/fake Nordost cables on the used market. I bought these new from an authorized Nordost dealer 1.5 years ago and will provide buyer with a copy of the sales receipt to prove authenticity and corresponding serial numbers. I also have the original retail packaging and original Nordost shipping box. Retail Price: $2,090 Selling Price: $750 4. KingRex uArt Y usb cable: 2.0M, twin-head usb cable with all original packaging, terrific condition, I am the original owner and purchased new from KingRex authorized dealer, Moon Audio. About 6 months old. Retail: $600 Selling Price: $400 http://www.hifi-advice.com/KingRex-unanimous-review.html http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/usbcables/3.html (see page 3) and 6 moons even preferred the uArt to the uCraft: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/kingrex12/1.html Prices include ground shipping to USA. I will ship to Canada, but buyer will pay for shipping. I will eat the Paypal fees. Thanks, Blake
  2. I've been a big fan of proper grounding of a system since actually doing it a few years ago. My main power strip is a Nordost QB8 which has a very convenient ground lug. I have attached to it a separate earth ground (different from my electrical box house ground) and to a Entreq Sliver Tellus using their Apollo wire. This has been my setup for about 3 years now. I was very please with the darkness of my background not only with nothing playing but within tracks/notes the silence where it was supposed to be was great. There are also improvements in the bass as well. I never went the whole way with the Entreq box to ground other components of my system not sure why just never did. Fast forward today I now have two demo Silver Tellus minimus each connected to my Bricasti M28 amps using Silver Eartha cables (connected is to the negative speaker terminal). In-addition to my Silver Tellus I connected to a RCA input to both my Bricasti M1 DAC and Aurender N10 Atlantis using Apollo Eartha cables. I just got it hooked up last night and for those that don't know it takes the Entreq products about a day to reach full potential. So Tonight I plan on doing some listening to see if there are even greater improvements. Also Nordost is coming out with a grounding box called QKore. I should have a demo box here later next week as I want to compare. They have some write up on how its constructed on their web site but its considerably smaller and lighter then the Entreq solution. However I think the $$'s to spend may be similar. From what I've read the Nordost solution is active right away so that will be helpful doing a compare. Both the Entreq and Nordost solutions are passive solutions. I'm sure the cable crowd that thinks cables don't make a difference will jump all over this but infact proper grounding does indeed improve the listening experience. More on this later.
  3. Got a tip from Bricasti the other day to try some vibration control under a router. He used Still Points - I'm a Nordost user (TC Sort Kones ) so I gave it a try. I never really thought about that but now that he mentioned it I needed to try it out. So I put three of them under my router and boy did it make a difference! I would also say that streaming Tidal had the most impact but even tracks that are stored locally on a NAS sounded better. What was better? Imaging, tightness of the bass and placement of instruments were all more solid. Also the little nuisances were just more engaging. Give it a try its quick and hear for yourself.
  4. CA Community, I have changed out some of my gear and need to sell off the old stuff to fund it. I wish I could keep all of this but that is not the case. This setup has served me well and I would recommend any of the components. Rega DAC (Black)- $725 You can read all about the Rega DAC here: DAC I have owned this unit for just under a year. I am the original owner and purchased from a local audio shop. Overall the unit is in very good condition. There are two little scuffs on the top, and I have included photos (3&4) highlighting this with the red box. Auraliti PK90 - $525 You can read about the Auraliti PK90 here: Store If you are on the Computer Audiophile website, then there is a good chance you are familiar with this unit. If not, do a quick search and you will find lots of great recommendations. The Auraliti is a purpose built unit strictly for high quality computer audio. I have been using this with an external USB powered hard drive and the MPaD control with great success. Nordost 1.0m Blue Heaven USB - $150 or $125 if purchased with Auraliti or Rega Nordost : Products : Blue Heaven USB 2.0 Data Cable Nordost 1.0m Blue Heaven LS Interconnects - $175 or $150 if purchased with Auraliti or Rega Nordost : Products : Blue Heaven LS Analog Interconnect Shipping Details: • All prices listed here include shipping to the lower 48 states and insurance via UPS. • The Rega and Auraliti will be double boxed and include the original boxes. Payment Details: • My preference is to sell in the US only • My preference is to transact through PayPal • PayPal fees are included in the price Rega DAC Images Auraliti Images Nordost USB Nordost Analog
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