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Advice: Anyone Heard Of California Audio Labs?
« on: June 30, 2020, 08:27:51 PM »
Evening everyone.

I have a client offering me some California Audio Labs items, namely an Alpha tube DAC and a Delta cd transport. I'm not familiar with these and he wants R6500 for the set. I'm not sure if I should take them and how much I can sell them for.

Any assistance will be appreciated.

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Re: Advice: Anyone Heard Of California Audio Labs?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 09:29:50 PM »
California Audio Labs
Digital specialist based in Blue Lake in Claifornia, USA and founded in the mid 80's. Initially best known for their high end CD players but later diversified into high end DVD players and DAC's etc. and in the last few years of the company's life actually branched into the world of home theatre with the introduction of high end multichannel amplifiers, processors and the like, all styled by BMW's USA design studio. In 2001 however its mother company Sensory Science was bought by Sonic Blue who was interested in that company's multimedia technologies but had no interest in the high end audio market and thus closed CAL down in 2002. Note that the company sometimes branded their products as "CAL Audio", odd as that may seem and furthermore slightly confusing since there was another company with that name in the USA.

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Re: Advice: Anyone Heard Of California Audio Labs?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 10:03:31 PM »
Their CD players and DAC's were legendary at the time. A selling price of R6500 for both components sounds fair, but if you have to add to it to make a profit I think you are pushing it. These were never high profile in SA so you would have to find the right buyer.

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Re: Advice: Anyone Heard Of California Audio Labs?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 10:09:04 PM »
Thanks for the reply gents.

I think if i can get them for less than R6500 then il definitely take them and sell them on.



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Re: Advice: Anyone Heard Of California Audio Labs?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2020, 09:19:00 AM »
Buy carefully as with any vintage gear, and yes, not an easy sell therefore buy low if possible.



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Re: Advice: Anyone Heard Of California Audio Labs?
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2020, 11:47:27 AM »
Buy carefully as with any vintage gear, and yes, not an easy sell therefore buy low if possible.




These are the components. I doubt the current owner will be willing to drop his price so im going to pass on These.

Thanks for the assistance guys, much appreciated
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Re: Advice: Anyone Heard Of California Audio Labs?
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2020, 01:48:37 PM »
You can probably get the better quality Theta data basic transport / Pro Prime II DAC at that price.