SPECIALS

Everyone loves a deal and have we got the deals for you! But seriously, we look to make our trade in components, demonstration stock and specials from suppliers as good a value propositions as you can get. We’ve just updated our listings with a series of components and even cables, so scroll down and see what’s on offer…

Just in – Dynavector HX1.2 amplifiers & Meridian G08 CD and DAC.

We never thought the day would come when someone traded in Dynavector amplifiers but the lesson is that you should never underestimate just how good the NuPrime designs are. We have not one but two of the top of the range HX 1.2 180 watt power amplifiers here. They have been doing an excellent job running a pair of Shahinian Hawkes plus a Double Eagle subwoofer which immediately tells you just how capable they are. One unit is the original HX1.2 sold by us and the other is a MK2 version imported back from the UK. That is just how sort after these amplifiers are.

Dynavector HX 1.2 x 2

Here’s the original dv_hx1.2_technical_notes. Many of you will know the Dynavector brand through their moving coil cartridges and the ever popular P75 Mk4 phono stage. Like the P75 the HX 1.2 power amps are a collaboration between several talented contributors, most notably Frank Denson – the New Zealand Dynavector distributor and Jonathan Davis of Dynavector Australia has bought this long running project to it’s present highly evolved culmination.

You can also find some good background about current Dynavector models here. The new HX100 (when you can actually get one) comes in at just under $10,000 – this puts it on a parr with the other NZ made heavyweight amplifiers by both Plinius and Perreaux – we’ve sold all of them and at one stage actually carried all three so had plenty of opportunity to make the comparisons – short story being the Dynavector is easily the best of the bunch.

We haven’t yet put a price on the HX 1.2s – I’m going to have a bit of a listen just to refresh my memory with what they can do but if you are even slightly interested drop us a line right now. Both are in excellent condition especially the Mk2 version. The Mk1 was serviced via us in 2014 and has been re-capped. Both come with the original wooden packing boxes.

Meridian G08 & MSRFrom the same client we also have an absolutely classic high end CD player – the Meridian G08 24bit Upsampling CD player plus the Meridian Director DAC. The latter is actually an upgrade to the performance of the G08 but is also brilliant with any computer via USB and will connect to a good number of other sources via both coax and optical. Meridian products have a legendary sound quality – rich and musical with great bass. While digital has obvious developed since the introduction of both of these models, they are still something very special and the build quality of the G08 is something else.


MONITOR AUDIO SPEAKER SPECIALS

There’s only one downside to running a home show room – you very quickly run out of floorspace. Even a representative range of loudspeakers covers a lot of models between our two core brands – Monitor Audio and Sonus faber. So at some stage we do have to send some of our favourites to new homes and this is as good a time as any to do it. Perfect timing as a real Christmas treat for you!

In the last 2 years we’ve reviewed three new Monitor Audio models – the Gold 300s, the Studio(sold), and the Silver 300s (sold) and bookshelf Silver 50s – 

Gold 300s (5G – latest model) new $9995 – special price $7995 – save $2000

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The Monitor Audio Gold 300s are a phenomenal speaker. Top of the new 5th generation range, finished in a beautifully figured high gloss ebony veneer with performance that  will knock your socks off. They really do it all, from the finest detail via the special ribbon tweeter and bespoke midrange right down to the visceral bass you’d expect from such a substantial floor standing speaker.

‘If you want to hear your music like never before with quality, scale and an ease that takes you from what may have become a mechanical or background process, to something compelling and immersive, these are the speakers to take you there.

Straight out of the box, the new Golds bettered the Studios in every way and immediately redressed the imbalance between the previous Golds and this newer model. This is remarkable in that the qualities we’d ascribed to the smaller speaker – detail, specificity of image and sound staging, the generation of space and the impression of the speaker ‘disappearing’ were all better with the much larger Gold 5G 300s.

Not surprisingly the bass was also much deeper and efficiency higher. We are struck by not just hearing more, and having better intelligibility, but also by the projection of midrange detail within the soundstage. The dispersion characteristics are much better, the sound being consistently balanced over a a much wider listening area, both vertically and horizontally and the way in which the sound travelled to all parts of the room was far more balanced.’

Silver 300s (6G – latest model) new $3200 – special price $2495 – save $705 – SOLD

The Silver 300s are the perfect all round speaker. Slimmer than the Golds above and easier to drive they will fit into almost any system and make it shine. The pair on special are finished in a rich walnut veneer.Monitor-Audio_Silver-300_Iso_Walnut_Pair_1Gr-720

Here’s another review –‘The Monitor Audio Silver 300 is an extremely accomplished product that offers a level of sound quality unexpected at this price. I was especially impressed by the fact that the overall design is so well balanced and complete. The speaker doesn’t excel in just one or two areas, but performs admirably across the board. Some similarly priced mini-monitors may have a lusher midband or silkier treble, but they won’t begin to match the Silver 300 in bass articulation, low-frequency extension, and dynamic contrasts. Moreover, the Silver 300 plays far bigger than its cabinet size, driver complement, and price would suggest, with robust dynamic authority.

The Silver 300 may look like its predecessor, but this latest version has been completely redesigned with new drivers, crossovers, and enclosure. A three-way, four-driver speaker (dual 6″ woofers, 4″ midrange, 1″ tweeter) housed in a cabinet that looks far too nice for this price point, the Silver 300 offers a compelling array of musical virtues. Chief among these are its terrific speed on transients, effortless reproduction of dynamics, and overall sense of musical coherence. Bass is detailed and resolved, providing a clear sense of pitch. These qualities infuse music with a life and vitality that are particularly apparent on rock, pop, and jazz. This is one very well designed loudspeaker, built with an economy of scale that allows this level of performance to be offered at a reasonable price. For its combination of sound quality and value, the Monitor Audio Silver 300 is our first choice for Floorstanding Speaker of the Year.’  Read the full review here. http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/monitor-audio-silver-300/

Monitor Audio Silver 50 new $1200 – special price $995 – save $205Silver 6G 50s white

At the other end of the Silver range in terms of scale and cost  we have a pair of the compact shelf mount Silver 6G 50s in satin white. These are a great little  speaker – smooth and clear with bass performance that compliments the design being articulate and in proportion.

‘My listening impressions – I found the Silver 50s surprisingly capable for their size. The trio of female vocalists on The Wailin’ Jennys’ “One Voice” filled our large training room with warm, soft tones without a hint of distortion or harshness — a considerable challenge for speakers this size. And Amos Lee’s “Lightly,” which features an up-tempo beat and a wide dynamic range, rang through with precision and authority.

The bass from these relatively small speakers was palpable. I believe the Silver 50s are an excellent choice for a high-end stereo or home theatre system where space is a premium. Kramer C.

Monitor Audio WT-150 LCR in walls. $600 (normally $900 the pair)

 These are very cool in-walls. Much like my favourite Monitor Audio speaker – the Studio, these have the d’Apolito layout with bass/mid drivers on either side and a central tweeter – all metal coned C-Cam drivers. This system is great for projecting sound out into the room and it’s very much a truism that two are better than one when it comes to bass drivers. The performance is right up there with the Bronze 2s we’ve just detailed.

Monitor Audio Bronze series run-out specials

The new 6G range has taken the spotlight but the warehouse has unearthed a few pairs of the previous Bronze range that you can have at discounted prices:

  • Bronze 2 bookshelf/stand mount, black finish $650 – were $750, (new 6G $850)
  • Bronze 5 floorstanding, walnut or black finish $1200 – were $1500
  • Bronze 6 floorstanding black finish $1500 – were $1800, (new 6G $2100)

Trade in NuForce MCA 20 – 8 channel Power amplifier $1200 (originally $2995 new)

Nuforce MCA-20 Front

The NuForce Home Cinema components were (and still are) quite unique in their uncompromised sound quality and simplicity of design.

The NuForce MCA-20 is effectively 8x 150 watt amplifiers in a single box – the modules used are based on the well proven STA-100 stereo power amplifier and it’s all run by a single high capacity switched mode power supply – there is a huge amount of real power here is a surprisingly slim and cool running box.

The sound is classic NuForce – rich and detailed. Even just two of the eight channels running in stereo are hard to beat. There are 4 primary uses for this power amplifier – and you can also combine them…

1. Stereo music and bi-amping. If you have bi-wired speakers it’s easy to use 4 of the 8 channels into a single pair of speakers. Some speakers can even be tramped which is better again.

2.  Upgrading most home theatre receivers – AVRs (Audio Video Receivers) are almost without fail have power amplifier sections are horribly compromised in both sound quality and real power. If yours has pre out sockets – many do – you can add the NuForce MCA-20 and experience and instant and substantial upgrade

3. Multi-room. If you have 4 rooms with 4 pairs of speakers and the cables all coming back to a single point, this is your amplifier. .

4. Oppo and Cambridge Blueray players – most of these have multiple analogue outputs and remote volume control so you can combine the MCA-20 directly with them and enjoy sparkling and powerful home cinema with up to 8 separate speakers.

.The ‘Optoma NuForce’ branding reflects the newer generation of this amplifier as Optoma have purchased a large chunk of the Nuforce line – cinema and earphone products while the higher end section has become NuPrime (yes, it’s confusing). Even more so with NuPrime now introducing a new and more costly line of multichannel amplifier options – the MCX series which are very much based on the work originally done with the MCA-20.Nuforce MCA-20 rear


 Specials – freight & warranty – Because the specials are all discounted, we do have to charge freight for out-of-town clients. All components will be safely packed in original packaging if available or appropriate boxes. Normal warranty applies on new components and 90 days for demo and trade–in pieces.
 

How To Order – Once you’ve made your decision and are ready to order, we’ll make it easy for you. Either phone us on 0800 909–101 or e-mail and we can get your address and all details confirmed. For payment more and more people prefer to use internet banking – email us to get account details.


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