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 amplifier.
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 large pair of Shahinian speakers which immediately tells you just how capable they are.
Here are 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. The HX1.2 is still an awesome amplifier. They are seriously powerful and sound fantastic – it’s a big rich sound with a remarkable soundstage. The noise floor is appreciably lower than other big power amps and they are relatively cool running. The trick to this is the use of an advanced ‘Hexfet’ output transistor that far outperforms the older and more conventional Mosfet designs. I’ll never forget the first time I heard a Dynavector in my own home – I’d never heard sound staging like it and it’s still there.
The performance of MK1 and MK2 versions is consistent. Manufactured in New Zealand (it’s there, printed on the rear panel), the internal construction of both is meticulous with a doubly shielded and isolated toroid transformer, audiophile grade caps and components throughout on high quality circuit boards. The design is minimalist and elegant – the use of Hexfets mean that there is far less circuitry but the payoff is simpler signal paths with far less loss, distortion and noise.
When sold new the Dynavector HX1.2 was an expensive power amplifier – over NZ$6000 from the outset but easily sold simply because of the unbeatable performance advantage over every other design at the time. This is no uninformed opinion – at the same time that we stocked Dynavector we also carried both Plinius and Perreaux when both companies were at their peak. The comparisons were there to be made and with the benefit of hindsight, it’s the Dynavector that has stood the test of time.
With no moving parts outside of an on/off switch at the back there’s very little to go wrong with power amplifiers such as these. The cool running ensures a much longer trouble free life than comparably designs so both units come with a 3 month warranty despite being trade ins and priced to sell. Both also have the original ply packing boxes for safe transit (shipping is extra) Both are in excellent condition.
These power amplifiers are literally as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth on the secondhand market – for most owners there will never be a compelling enough reason to change. For you it’s the chance not just to own a piece of both international and NZ made audio history but a top flight power amplifier that would normally be completely out of reach. Both can be auditioned here and I’m more than happy to answer any questions in detail because, as you may have gathered, these are amplifiers I know a lot about.
Dynavector HX1.2 power amplifier – MK1 NZ$1400 including GST.
Meridian Director DAC $300.
The Meridian Director DAC is a brilliant performer with any computer via USB and will connect to a good number of other sources via both coax and optical. I wrote a lot about it here. And obviously will be a significant upgrade for many exiting CD players. Meridian products have a legendary sound quality – rich and musical with great bass. More information from on Meridian’s site here.
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.’
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)
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.