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.
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.
From 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
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.
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 $205
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
- 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)
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.