In good condition with instructions, leads and damping trough.
95db 8 ohm super fast 5 inch Supravox bass/mid drivers with special wooden phase plugs.
Silver inductors and top quality capacitors in outboard 1st order crossover.
Best sounding bespoke dipole tweeter ever.
Great with 300B amps and amps with fullsome bass e.g Monarchy SM 70 etc.
Retail was about £5000
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Serviced by Funk Firm with Funk Firm Achromat and acrylic armboard.
Recent top of the range Option 5 Origin Live DC Ultra motor kit and their biggest upgrade transformer power supply costing £1185.
Excellent 3D depth and emotional involvement.
MAY SEPARATE ORIGIN LIVE PARTS AND SELL PT00 AS STANDARD DECK.
1 x 50K TKD 2CP-2511. 1 wafer removed because of faulty track. Other channel wafer fine. TKD do not supply replacement wafers! Works fine as a mono or for spares. £25
1 x 100K Black Alps stepped. £85
1 x 500K Alps Black stepped. £65
2 x 250K Blue Alps £6 each.
3 x 100K 128Y stereo (Bourns) metal frame potentiometers. Stepped. £40
1 x 10K Noble potentiometer (excellent sound) in good condition. £28.
1 x 470K Sfernice – tighter bass than Blue Alps. £15
Top of the range Moving Coil with silver coils.
Amazing detail and even-handedness.
Will consider exchange for a Miyajima cartridge which has a deliberately warmer tone.
Not run-in yet – less than 50 hours.
Can be inspected.
Gold Note PH-11 MM/MC 3 box phono stage – ex-dem.
Quadruple battery powered MM/MC state of the art phono stage with intelligent battery charging system. Amazing ‘inky black’ background silences.
Same circuit as the PH-10 but PH-11 adds higher quality componentry, superior outboard power supply and intelligent charging system.
Great insight into the musical performance – amazing piece of kit.
Retail is £3995.
White leather with piano black lacquered baffles.
Classic 3 way design with paper drivers.
Includes bespoke stands and spikes.
Rhodium plated terminals.
93db sensitivity, infinite baffle (sealed) , thin-wall construction.
Deep, fast bass, great detail. Superb with 300B SE amps!
Like a Spendor SP100R but faster, more responsive and suited to all music types.
A pretty-unique design combining the best practices of classic designs with modern technology.
More information from Gold Note’s website at the time in 2013 directly below the images…
The XS-93 is a real 93dB high sensitivity 3 way sealed loudspeaker designed to achieve the best possible natural audio resolution in an elegant cabinet which cosmetically matches any modern environment. The XS-93s use a new extra light plywood cabinet specifically tuned which features the whole frame treated with real leather that provides a rational frequency resonance control. The rear panel works as passive driver helping the bass response extension of the speaker, thus obtaining an exceptional lifelike sound quality. The 100 litres volume cabinet houses one 12.5″ paper custom cone woofer, the only available on the market today of this size powering a sealed design. This special driver has a soft foam suspension that ensures low bass response, astonishing speed and a very high efficiency. The 6.5″ midrange is the same XS-96 top quality hand made paper semi-flat cone capable of handling high power with fine detail and extremely fast transient and dynamic response. The 1″ soft dome tweeter has a double split phaser which enables great dispersion over the front baffle of the speaker and provides ultra-fine detail that guarantees a wide and deep soundstage with very natural resolution. The hand made crossover is made with custom components such as large size film foil capacitors and precision MOX resistors wired with Goldenote solid core custom cables. The XS-93 features the Goldenote BP-01 binding posts exclusively treated with rhodium 100% nickel free to preserve perfect conductivity.
MAIN DETAILS Loudspeaker – 93dB high efficiency sealed speaker – 6ohm – 3way Floorstanding 105cm tall, 37cm wide, 40cm deep – 40Hz-20000Hz – 12″ paper woofer – 6,5″ paper Midrange – 1″ soft dome Tweeter TYPE: 3 way sealed speaker FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 40-20000Hz ±3dB SENSITIVITY: 93dB spl (2,83Volts/1mt) TWEETER: 1″ soft dome driver. MIDRANGE: 6,5″ paper cone driver. WOOFER: 12,5″ paper cone custom driver. SUGGESTED POWER AMPLIFIER: 5Watts – 100Watt MAX POWER HANDLING: 160Watts RMS IMPEDANCE: 4Ω nominal (8Ω from 500-20000Hz) quite resistive phase CROSSOVER: 350Hz@12dB/Octave – 4500Hz@12dB/Octave UPGRADES CROSSOVER components: PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS: (LxDxH): 360mm x 400mm x 1050mm with Integrated Stand VOLUME: 100 Litres each WEIGHT: 30.00 Kilos (88Lbs.) each packed FINISHES GENUINE LEATHER: Handcrafted real Italian leather with walnut front panel.
4 metre pair.
It features solid core silver conductors and the special Gold Note geometry.
A sealed Elastollan® air tube filled with a special mineral oil working as a dielectric enables an almost perfect impedance throughout the whole length of the cable while damping the electrical energy of the conductor.
Silver in oil-damped tubing.
The detail of silver without the sheen.
A really excellent cable – not really known in the UK
2 per box,
Really excellent, they do not overdamp the sound like many of the plastic types.
Superb valve dac ex-dem.
Excellent, dynamic sound with 3 dimensional valve tone.
Upgraded GE output valves.
Later called VAD.
6Moons reviewing TAD 1 6Moons TAD 1 pages
HiFi Choice about DAC 10 DSD (2014)
HiFi Critic reviewing DAC 12 Enjoy the Music DAC 12 pages
Sounds superb even with basic computer audio set-up due to its tonal richness and scale.
Retail price £6995
Fantastic-sounding balanced DAC / streamer, built on a Linux platform with silver pcbs.
Plays memory sticks directly with an unsurpassed sound quality. Also excellent as a DAC hooked up to appropriate modern day streamers such as AURALiC, Bluesound or even a classic Squeezebox Touch.
2 x 6922 valve output stage.
Output board upgraded with Clarity Cap output capacitors and non-inductive resistors.
This is a digital product that I can listen to for long periods without fatigue or boredom. The only other digital product that did this for me were purposefully smoothing over the rough edges and sweetening the tonal balance. Blacknote isn’t artificially smoothing or sweetening with the DSS: they have come up with a better way of reassembling the zeroes and ones back into an organic whole.