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…
Trade in – NuPrime DAC-10 DAC/preamplifier Sold. And ST10 stereo power amplifier $2000.
It’s always a good sign when clients stay with a brand when upgrading – obviously they have enjoyed their components enough to want to enjoy even more of what is on offer. Up until just last year (and in fact last December for the DAC) these were NuPrime’s best products and still remain so in their particular price area.
The DAC-10 is a digital and analogue multi-tasker – it’s both DAC and preamplifier with remote control, RCA and balanced outputs, switchable gain and most importantly class leading sound.
The ST-10 is physically small and cool running but don’t let that fool you – this particular unit replaced a massive Plinius SA-103. The NuPrime proved to be more powerful (150 watts per channel), better sounding in all aspects, much quieter and user friendly to boot. Despite costing around half of what the Plinius originally sold for. To gain an appreciable improvement over the ST-10, our client has stretched to the Evolution Ones.
And of course our own take on these components.
Trade in – NuForce DAC-80 – $450
This is NuForce’s longest running model – I’ve just looked it up and there it is for sale new at NZ$1495 and listed on the Optoma NuForce site which is quite something given we started selling them in 2013!
It still stacks up and one of the best sounding DAC’s round and the NuPrime DAC-9 shares many of it’s characteristics – an AKM chipset, a very good power supply section with toroidal transformer and full volume control.
The input selection is simple – USB, 2x coax and one optical and you have the standard stereo RCA output which can run into both an integrated amp or a power amplifier. Or powered speakers. So run it with your computer, Airport Express or TV, and connect any disc player via coax for best results.
It would be easy to underestimate the sound quality the NuForce delivers – we’ve seen quite rapid improvements in DACs and when the DAC-80 first arrived it replaced the very highly regarded Wadia at over twice the price so it’s clearly a performer. To get appreciably better you will have to aim a lot higher – this unit was only replaced by the NuPrime Evolution DAC and did sterling service in a very nice system. It’s in almost perfect condition and I’ve given it a good listen to check.
Right now it’s in a rather good system with new components that we could only have dreamed about when the DAC-80 was introduced – The Nativ touchscreen/server, the NuPrime MCX amplifier and Monitor Audio Studio speakers. This shows just how good it really is so if you want to hear it for yourself it’s all go.
Sonus faber Chameleon T floor standing loudspeaker system – now from just $2700 including side panels
We always come back to Sonus faber. While I’ve written screeds on the new Monitor Audio models and appreciate their undeniable performance, there is just something about every speaker Sonus faber design that sounds ‘right’.
It’s all in the voicing – Sonus faber excel in making speakers that sound natural. Add to this the undeniably Italian sense of aesthetics and finish and you have the receipt for endless hours of pleasurable listening.
The Chameleon range is effectively entry level Sonus faber but the floor standing ’T’ model is no compromise. It’s a big speaker with 4 drivers, a cavernous front port and the obvious intention to fill living spaces with full rich sound. The lower price on these speakers is simply a promotion to clear space for the recently arrived Sonetto range which are the next level up again – the smallest Sonnetto floor stander – the VI – goes for $7000 so that’s what you have to spend to get better.
We have two pairs in stock and the choice of either walnut or red side panels. Both sets are new, and the last will be our display pair.
From the foundations of the bass, the Chameleon’s are a tremendously lucid and engaging speaker – perfect from making live recordings actually sound alive, be they large orchestral pieces or something a little more full-on. Sonus faber speakers are full of character and the Chameleon Ts are no exception – while they will tick all the serious audiophile boxes there is a lot more to music than analysis and strict accuracy. We love our own Sonus fabers because they flesh out recordings, transmitting some real emotion and adding something that we just don’t hear with other brands. And that’s why we think you’ll enjoy these speakers so much.
Despite being a comparatively big speaker they are very easy to deal with in terms of room placement and amplifier matching – even a modest amplifier will sound just great with them and there are no issues with using them in home cinema systems.
While the port makes it look like these speakers would be bass heavy, in practice this is not the case – they are well balanced and easy. That said, if you have the luxury of some serious power to put into them they literally take off.
Finish options – choose from red gloss side panels – $2700 inclusive, or walnut veneer panels at $3000.
Original pricing – NZ$5000 with coloured panels, $6000 with Walnut.
Sonus faber Chameleon page here.
And our own take on the range here.
Monitor Audio Gold GXW15 Subwoofer – demonstration unit $2,000 (5G replacement $5250) – also includes a free pure Silver SlinkyLinks subwoofer cable.
Want big bass? Like 15 inches of serious metal cone driver with 650 watts of pure grunt behind it in a back-breaking but perfectly finished walnut cabinet. Have we got the subwoofer for you…
The Monitor Audio Gold series GXW15 DSP subwoofer is a unique beast. The massive 15″ metal CCAM bass driver cone is lighter than most, and when intelligently driven by the DSP (Digital Signal Processing)amp which corrects and optimises performance, it is considerably faster and more subtle than you might imagine.
But 650 watts of power efficient Class D amplifier carries a fearsome punch. With automated setup backed up by fine tuning via remote control and an easy to understand menu and display system, you can really make the most of the GXW15.
Behind the intimidating specification and undeniable impact which will impress the most demanding surround sound enthusiast and bass freaks, the Monitor Audio subwoofer is brilliant for music; it can easily be integrated with many quality stereo speakers, both shelf, stand or floor standing. The speed and control makes sure it never sounds overblown. You’ll thrill to true full range sound and the power added to your system with greatly improve dynamic performance.
The replacement new Gold 5G subwoofer has just been introduced at $5250.
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.