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For Sale My Entire Setup!!! [Harbeth, Benchmark, Lenco, Naim...]

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It took me years of experimenting (and of course saving) to build the system I could settle down with. But life apparently has different plans for me. So with an international relocation looking imminent, I, with considerable regret, am putting up my entire setup for sale. :( I still have some time with me but would like to set the process rolling to avoid last minute duress. Let me state at the outset that I have carefully priced each item. They reflect the money I would pay if I were buying for myself. You can look at my past sales to get an idea of my pricing. Kindly refrain from lowballing or entering into a pricing debate. If you are planning on buying multiple items, I can happily work out a deal with you. The equipment are currently in-service and can be auditioned with adequate notice.

A summary of what's below...
Harbeth SHL5 + Stands 2.3L
Lenco L75 + Stock Arm + Jelco SA370H + Linn Basik LVX + Shure M97xe 70K
Project Debut III 9K
Lehmann Audio Black Cube + Isolation Step Down xformer 13K
Benchmark DAC2 HGC 82K
Naim Nait 5i-2 (Italic) 50K
Naim NAC A5 Speaker Cables + Jumpers 14K
Modular 3-piece AV Rack 7.5K
SBT + VDAC + VCAN + Fostex T50RP 22K
Pioneer DV220KV DVDP 2K
Kimber PBJ 4K
Anti-cable Level 1 IC 2K
QED Silver Anniversary Spkr Cable 2K
Vertex Servo Stabilizer 2KVA 3K

Harbeth SHL5 with Wooden Stands
I really dont think I need to put any praise for these iconic speakers. When they came home, I truly felt settled for the first time in my audio journey. Bought them about a year and a half ago from a senior audiophile and a fellow member. They are approximately 3 years old and come with their original box. Putting them up for sale against my better judgement and wifes wishes as she is all for carting it along with us.
These speakers will come along with wooden stands custom built by Mr. Murthy.
6moons audio reviews: Harbeth Super HL5
Price 2.3L
Shipping Pickup Only

Lenco L75 with stock, Jelco SA370H and Linn Basik LVX tonearms and Shure M97xe
This was purchased in the beginning of 2015 from a fellow member. It came with the stock arm, the Jelco arm and no cartridge. I swapped the stock arm with Linn and fit the shure cartridge. Went with Linn as it is a drop-in replacement for the L75. The Jelco arm was not put into service. Comes with the Lenco Heaven multi-layered plinth and acrylic dust cover. The cartridge has seen only about 25-30 hours of playtime.
Price 70K for the entire setup
Shipping Pickup only

Project Debut III with OM10 stylus
Bought new from Nova Audio, Mumbai 8 years back. This is the champion of budget turntables. Great build quality and an incredible sound. I swapped the OM5 stylus with OM10 on the advice of a senior specialist at MusicDirect. The improvement on the details and body was very evident. A bigger bang-for-buck upgrade than going for a cartridge or platter swap that is usually suggested. The New stylus has seen less than 50 hours of playtime.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems
Pro-Ject Debut III record player | Stereophile.com
Stereophile's Products of 2010 JOINT ANALOG SOURCE COMPONENTS OF THE YEAR | Stereophile.com
Price 9K
Shipping Pickup Only

Lehmann Audio Black Cube Phono
Bought in US a couple of years back. This is one of the best phonostage you can get at this price point. It made a huge difference to the sound when I used it with my Project Debut III and with the Lenco, it was even better. It is a 120V version so Im bundling in a step-down isolation transformer which was built to order by Universal Transformers in Bangalore.
https://www.lehmannaudio.com/phono-stages/black-cube.html
Price 13K for both
Shipping Can ship but the transformer is heavy

Benchmark DAC2 HGC
Bought new from a fellow member. This is the latest top of the line DAC/Reference Preamp/Headamp from Benchmark. Sounds quite different from DAC1 which was often criticized for being too cold and analytical. This one has a smooth, organic sound that has received great reviews including an A+ rating on Stereophile recommended list. Can do hi-rez upto 32/192 and DSD. I am still in two minds about letting this one go. Might renege :p
Benchmark DAC2 HGC - Digital to Analog Audio Converter - Benchmark Media Systems, Inc.
Benchmark DAC2 HGC D/A processor/headphone amplifier | Stereophile.com
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/high-end/837778-benchmark-dac2-hgc-versus.html
Price 82K
Shipping Possible

Naim Nait 5i-2 (Italic) Integrated Amp
The famed Naim integrated!!! The first thing that will get you is the PRaT. This has been a much abused term but with Naim, there is no other way to describe it. The pace and attack is very evident. Do not confuse it with being bright or hard sounding. It is very balanced and natural. Rated at 50wpc but with a high-current design, it has plenty of juice to drive the most demanding of load. With my SHL5, I have never gone past the 10 Oclock position. Im the second owner and the unit is about 3 years old. Have had it for about a year now.
Another impression on Nait 5i-2 | Naim Audio Forums
Price 50K
Shipping Possible

Naim NAC A5 Speaker Cable + Jumpers
Got the NAC A5 speaker cable in the recommended length of 3.5m. It is terminated at the amp end with the Naim plug and bare-wired at the speaker end. This is the cable that turned me into a believer. The effect it had on the overall sound was astounding. It is an absolute must have with the Naim amp. Would love to see the amp and the cables go bundled together. Also bundled along is a set of jumpers for the speakers made from NAC A5. The cables were bought new about a year ago from the Naim dealer in Hong Kong (Radar) and is yet to get its full burn-in playtime.
Price 14K
Shipping - Possible

Modular AV Rack
Modular rack custom built by Mr. Murthy. I had sold 3 units previously and retained 3 for my setup. Solidly built, can house any equipment with plenty of breathing space. Can be placed individually or stacked atop one another. Currently stacked together at my place with my super-heavy Lenco on the top.
Price 7.5K for all three (Will sell it as a set only)
Shipping Pickup only

HeadFi Setup Logitech Squeezebox Touch (No Remote), Musical Fidelity V-DAC Mk1, Musical Fidelity V-CAN Mk1, Monster Coax, QED Quinex1 IC, Fostex T50RPM Orthodynamic Headphones
SBT comes with the EDO plugin installed. I do not have the remote but it can be easily managed via an app or the touchscreen. MF VDAC was at one time in the Stereophile recommended list. It was part of my main setup briefly and it was able to hold its own! VCAN is a very capable headphone amp with a smooth sound. The setup comes with the legendary Fostex T50RP Orthodynamic cans. The headband is a bit loose fitting and the ear pad show a bit of wear but nothing that cant be fixed. If you are into Jazz or Hindustani, you have to shell out bushels of money to get the sound that these guys are capable of. Again, I am not sure of letting this setup go, have this romantic thought of a corner head-fi setup for myself ?
http://www.head-fi.org/products/musical-fidelity-v-can-headphone-amplifier
http://www.stereophonic.com.au/musical-fidelity-vcan/
Musical Fidelity V-DAC D/A processor | Stereophile.com
RP-Series : Professional Headphones
http://www.hifivision.com/headphones/45652-fostex-t50rp-studio-headphone-review.html
Logitech Squeezebox Touch network music player | Stereophile.com
Price 22K for the complete setup (Will not consider selling individually)
Shipping - Possible

Pioneer DV220KV DVD Player
Bought new from a fellow member. This was used for a while as the CD transport in my setup before being stowed away. Sounded a bit too polite in my setup but amazingly clean with a very low noise floor.

http://www.hifivision.com/blu-ray-d...recorders/7472-pioneer-dv-220-dvd-player.html
Price 2K
Shipping - Possible

Kimber PBJ IC (1m pair)
Bought in US 3 years ago
Price 4K
Shipping - Possible

Anti-cable Level1 IC (1m pair)
Bought in US 3 years ago
Price 2K
Shipping - Possible

QED Silver Anniversary Speaker Cables (3m pair)
Bought locally 6 years or so back
Price 2K
Shipping - Possible

Vertex Servo Stabilizer 2KVA
Built specifically for use with Audio equipment. Bought from a fellow members 4 years ago. The total age is about 8 years.
Price 3K
Shipping Pickup Only

Pardon my photography skills, below are a few pics of the setup. It is currently in service and you can audition it, with adequate notice of course
















 

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What are the racks made of? I am actually looking for 6 pieces.

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Hi Venkat, I only have 3 left, 3 were sold a year earlier...you could speak to Mr. Murthy to get them made to your specifications
 

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Got a couple of queries on the dimension of the rack, so here goes...

The plinth is approx 19'' x 18''
The outer ends are approx 26'' x 23''
The height for 2 racks are 8'' and for the third it is 12''
 

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A few of you tried reaching me over PM but my inbox was full. I have cleared out some space now. Please reach out to me again...sorry about the inconvenience...
 

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I am overwhelmed at the response!!! my inbox is getting filled up faster than I can clear it, consequently my ability to respond to all is also slowed down proportionately...so apologies for that...trying to respond as soon as I can
 

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While I have had enquiries for all the items, the following have been blocked with a firm confirmation. For the others I request to kindly confirm as soon as possible so that I can intimate the others if needed...

Lehmann Audio
Naim Amp + Cables
AntiCable
QED Speaker Cables
Kimber PBJ
Servo Stabilizer
HeadFi Setup
AV Rack
 

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Sale update -

Harbeth SHL5 + Stands Available
Lenco L75 + Stock Arm + Jelco SA370H + Linn Basik LVX + Shure M97xe Available
Project Debut III Sold!!!
Lehmann Audio Black Cube + Isolation Step Down xformer Blocked
Benchmark DAC2 HGC Available
Naim Nait 5i-2 (Italic) Sold!!!
Naim NAC A5 Speaker Cables + Jumpers Sold!!!
Modular 3-piece AV Rack Sold!!!
SBT + VDAC + VCAN + Fostex T50RP Sold, pending shipment
Pioneer DV220KV DVDP Available
Kimber PBJ Blocked
Anti-cable Level 1 IC Sold, pending pickup
QED Silver Anniversary Spkr Cable Sold, pending pickup
Vertex Servo Stabilizer 2KVA Sold pending pickup
 

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Hi, Just wanted to mention one point on the speakers that I missed out earlier, they are in the Tiger Ebony finish which commands a premium price among all the finishes they come in...
 

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I have got a couple of queries for splitting up the Lenco bundle. I am loathe to do that but in the interest of a sale, I am offering the arms and cartridge separately...
Jelco SA370H (LAD) arm - 25K (There is one on ebay for 37K). This arm has not been used by me at all...
Linn Basik LVX - 10K
Shure M97xe cartridge - 5K

I am not offering the stock arm separately. If the person buying the TT does not want it, I will give it away gratis. I will put up some pictures over the weekend...

I also want to apologize the delay in response from my end. Work has not been kind to me of late... :(
 

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I have the big ticket items left now -
Harbeth SHL5
Benchmark DAC2 HGC
Lenco L75
Tonearms (Jelco SA 370H, Linn Basik LVX)
Cart (Shure M97xe)

I have had quite a few enquiries for all these but none final yet. While I welcome all your offers, I have a small request to make -
Kindly do your research before approaching me. I have carefully priced each of my items and there is very little scope for negotiating. A new DAC2 HGC in India goes for about 1.96L, I am asking for 82K and I have had offers as low as 55K! If you do a quick search on this very forum for similar items that went on sale, you would notice the fairness of my pricing.

The language and mannerisms of some of the interactions leave a lot to be desired. Let's maintain some level of dignity while interacting with fellow forum members. Let me also emphatically add that a large majority of those who have communicated with me on my sale have been very gentlemanly. Its the fringe interactions that leave a bad taste in the mouth.

Thanks!
 

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I have some firm enquiries for the Turntable and DAC. Harbeth and the tonearms still available.

While I am willing to entertain offers on the tonearms, I will stick to my asking price for the speakers. If you are not in the vicinity of that, there's no point...

Thanks!
 

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The DAC is no longer available. Got a confirmation for TT and Linn tonearm as well.

Jelco Tonearm and Harbeth SHL5 still up...
 

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All the items are sold except the Jelco tonearm. I am closing the thread. In case someone is interested in the Jelco, please contact me via PM.

Thanks!
 
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