Author Topic: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!  (Read 2145 times)

Offline adie

I won a Japanese auction...
A Fostex HP-A8.
On my watchlist is a Grace Design m903- http://www.gracedesign.com/products/m903/m903.htm
You can check it out here: https://www.jauce.com/auction/m134307893

A really good piece of kit. No remote (it was an optional extra) but downloaded remote function to my Harmony remote.

Auction ends 6.20 am tomorrow.
Since I am already shipping something if anyone is keen please MAIL me -email under my avatar- or call 083 6276881
Bear in mind I have to deposit via Paypal into an account to bid- and there is a refund fee too if I don't use the bucks.
Shipping and bank fees and handling fee for foreigners (4800 Yen on 50000 price for example).
Bank fee 300 Yen,  shipping 5950 Yen/ 12750 Yen/  19000yen, depending how quickly you want it an dhow much insurance you want (no insurance for snail freight).
Currently reduced on Amazon for $1495 (R17405!) plus shipping.
Bids are very very low right now. Last one went for around 70 000 Yen (R6932).

If I had the bucks I would buy both. Might still do....

Yes I would ask for a small commission. Getting up at 6 on a Sunday is not something I willingly do  :)

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Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 10:20:47 AM »
R 17.5k?  That is a snip
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Offline kamikazi

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2015, 02:20:07 PM »
You can buy the newer Grace Design M920 for $1400 on Massdrop brand new.

Offline adie

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2015, 02:38:44 PM »
But the m903 for around R7k shipped? Maybe less?
Current bid just R1442.
That's why I joined the auction site. I reckoned if I missed 1 I'd catch the next 1.

Offline kamikazi

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2015, 10:29:25 AM »
Adie, did you make sure the Fostex HP-A8 is an european 230V model? The Japanese Fostex DAC/amps are all 100V. I remember looking at them way back when and importing them directly from Japan because they were so much cheaper than the US & Euro versions, but they were all 100V models only, even the US had a different version.

Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2015, 10:41:08 AM »
Yes I would ask for a small commission. Getting up at 6 on a Sunday is not something I willingly do  :)
:facepalm: I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.
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Offline adie

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2015, 11:10:23 AM »


wires moved out of the way...

Offline kamikazi

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2015, 11:38:08 AM »
Cool, so if the transformer has a 230V header then you should be sorted.

Offline adie

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2015, 11:39:27 AM »
Oh- that was off Head- fi where the same question was asked. It's not the actual unit.

I do have a step up transformer with a coupe of spare inputs.
My AVR is an American model. Came with it (I jumped at the deal as I reckoned the  transformer could come in handy).
So, noob questions I should Google probably: Is 110v close enough to 100v?
Cos 220v is close enough to 230v (or 240v it seems).
« Last Edit: February 01, 2015, 11:45:31 AM by adie »

Offline kamikazi

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2015, 12:45:06 PM »
Usually the tolerance is around 10% plus and minus. So for 100V it would be between 95-105V.

Offline adie

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2015, 01:02:53 PM »
Thanks M.
Now the wait....
And new speaker cables on the way too  :clap:- a lucky find.
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Offline juventino

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2015, 08:46:10 PM »
When importing products like these from Far East will you need step up transformers for 220v or will that still suffice here?

There is a lot of Asian products that are 110/220v
Time to get back to when I enjoyed listening......no more upgrading, more of a headache than a pleasure

Offline Francois

Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2015, 04:36:43 PM »
So easy, just buy or have one winded here....
Even install a 220/110 one
I was born analog, not digit by digit....

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Re: Anybody keen on a Grace Design m903 DAC/headphone/preamp? Be quick!
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2015, 04:44:12 PM »
If a toroid and the hole is not filled with epoxy you can add to the primary to make it 220.
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