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    Bob’s System Evolution

    The big changes I embarked on beginning late last winter have come together, at last. My prior system thread “Starting Point - Bob’s new room & Alexias new home” detailed my system and room acoustic remodel after moving to Oregon in December of 2013.

    At first it was getting my system together after one of the moving vans (with my audio rig) was stolen. Then we wrestled getting the room remodeled from the studs out. The key components slowly changed and I made probably the biggest change moving to an Etsuro Gold cartridge and CS Port phon stage with a bespoke LFD phono cable.

    When I first joined this forum there was a group who met in person at Rhapsody Audio in NYC. I met some fellow sharks, and the proprietor Bob Visintainer. I had an occasion to visit Bob again a couple years back — my wife was in NYC for business and ruptured her appendix. Being the strong woman she is she toughed out the pain for three days until her business was complete. We’d spoken daily about her discomfort and pain, finally she agreed to visit urgent care before boarding a flight home. She was rushed to NYU Langone and spent a week in critical care having cooked up a nice dose of peritonitis.

    I flew out and when she was finally ready to be released, well, you know that isn’t a matter of paying at the counter. Its a process which is always going to take several hours. I told my sweet wife I needed to hear some music and called Bob @ Rhapsody. Bob said “come on by” and we visited for a couple hours. He had some Goldmund speakers hooked up and we played cuts via Roon/Tidal. After a bit Bob hooked up some interesting speakers I'd never heard of from Italy — Diesis “Roma.” I wasn’t really paying attention as I told the tale of my wife. But then the music really got my attention. The sound was so different from my Wilson’s — just effortless! The music just filled the room with such ease. I was gobsmacked!

    This was NOT music to my wife’s ears. She, being the “Minister of Finance” (MoF) frowned on the idea of adding new speakers. For the next several months I couldn’t get the sound of the Diesis out of my head. I told all the guys in the Portland Audio Club of these most intriguing speakers. Time passed and finally new speakers were beginning to make sense. The MoF begrudgingly was starting to yield to the idea.
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    With the idea of new speakers taking hold, then came the question “what new speakers?” Certainly I wanted to hear the Diesis again. Wilson was due to upgrade the Alexia, v2 was reaching the end of the typical 5 year life cycle, and Alexx V was introduced. AvantGarde, which I’d heard at RMAF were on the list, Evolution Acoustics, Magico, Kharma. So many to choose from. I started to see chatter about Alsyvox, and the crazy new Bayz caught my attention. Ugh, choosing a new speaker was a seeming daunting task that was going to require some time and some travel. Then the damn Covids came calling, f’ing up the world on a scale we’d never have imagined.

    So it was late February I told my wife “the pandemic seems to be good for some in the audio business” with folks staying home making home more comfortable was driving home improvement businesses. I told my wife “Bob in Manhattan seems to be thriving, he’s opening remote listening rooms across the county.” She looks at me and says “you should do that.” “WHAT,” I asked, “are you kidding?” She said she noticed the outgo last year with the cartridge, phono stage, and cable purchases, maybe I should find a way to fund my hobby.

    I had already made a habit of inviting audio geeks over to listen to music. Most members of the Portland Audio Club had visited multiple times to hear system changes/additions. I greatly enjoy snacks and maybe a glass of wine then spinning some of the black vinyl, so I decided to learn what was involved in this “remote listening room” venture. The upside was buying a bunch of new gear and multiple pairs of speakers. The downside was buying a bunch of new gear, and multiple pairs of speakers — and selling off the old gear.
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    The result… I now have a significantly upgraded system consisting of Pilium electronics from Greece, and speakers from Alsyvox, Bayz, and Diesis. All European brands that would be very hard to hear outside an audio show or visit to NYC. Everything is finally getting run-in. I feel the electronics still have some changes to go through, but the Pilium kit is exceptional and a huge upgrade vs. my prior Audio Research. I would never have imagined having three different, unique speakers to get to know, in my own room. So far, all are exceptional, and yet each presents the music in their own way. I’m a long way from being able to say if I have a favorite.

    Granted, I have vested interest. But I’m still an audiophile who enjoys wagging my tongue a little about what I’m hearing adding new pieces to my system. I just never imagined such a wholesale change or having multiple speakers to choose from. I hope as I describe this adventure it isn’t taken as unabashed promotion, but rather my unabashed enthusiasm and joy of discovery. I’m sure y’all will make your own judgements.
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    maybe I should find a way to fund my hobby.
    So, you’re getting a piece of the pie? Are you a formal business partner? An official dealer now? I thought it was far more informal as it was never really spelled out clearly. It’s all very confusing, if not a bit odd. Is the plan to sell/push the distribution products rather than the retail products? Bigger pie I guess….

    The home based dealer is very difficult for many reasons…but I won’t get into them here. Some folks have to learn this on their own.

    Glad you’re enjoying your new venture.


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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    So, you’re getting a piece of the pie? Are you a formal business partner? An official dealer now? I thought it was far more informal as it was never really spelled out clearly. It’s all very confusing, if not a bit odd. Is the plan to sell/push the distribution products rather than the retail products? Bigger pie I guess….

    Glad you’re enjoying your new venture.

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
    Hi Mike,

    To answer, yes, there is a profit motive. With my having purchased all this new kit there is a hope that, over time, I have a chance to recoup some of the investment. Anyone who comes to listen and has an interest in purchasing will deal with Rhapsody in NYC. Should they buy something I will receive a small percentage of profits.

    But as my wife suggested — “you’re already doing it”, hosting listening sessions is pretty common for me. It is one of the joys of this hobby, for me at least. I would feel very selfish having all these spanky audio toys and not sharing the joy of music with friends.

    I am not a dealer, nor a distributor. Just a place on the west coast for audiophiles to hear unique kit they’d not have access to.
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    Hi Mike,

    To answer, yes, there is a profit motive. With my having purchased all this new kit there is a hope that, over time, I have a chance to recoup some of the investment. Anyone who comes to listen and has an interest in purchasing will deal with Rhapsody in NYC. Should they buy something I will receive a small percentage of profits.

    But as my wife suggested — “you’re already doing it”, hosting listening sessions is pretty common for me. It is one of the joys of this hobby, for me at least. I would feel very selfish having all these spanky audio toys and not sharing the joy of music with friends.

    I am not a dealer, nor a distributor. Just a place on the west coast for audiophiles to hear unique kit they’d not have access to.
    Thank you for clarifying. It’s not uncommon for a client to tell their dealer “if you ever have someone in my area who wants to hear….”

    I’ve taken a few up on their offer and no, I would not pay any a commission, they love to do it, love to show off their system and never once asked for anything. Most recently, a customer with a pair of Trio’s did a demo for a customer of mine since we don’t have them on the floor. I know of several other dealers who do this all the time. Without compensation, I feel things will be more authentic.

    So pardon me, if I say, it’s all very confusing.

    I’ve been around long enough to know manufacturers, especially Euro manufacturers, flip distributors with rapid regularity. In your circumstance, that might be awkward, to say the least.

    Food for thought.


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    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Bakoon Audio, Berkeley Audio Design, Block Audio, Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, Classe’ Audio, Degritter Record Cleaning Machines, Esoteric, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones, Franco Serblin Loudspeakers, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kharma Loudspeakers and Electronics, Koetsu Cartridges, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Nordost Cables, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables and Electronics, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, Vivid Audio Loudspeakers, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Congtrats, Bob!

    Are you demo'ing all of them as if the prospective client did not have a dedicated room?
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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    I'm just in love with that room and the view out the windows.
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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by chops View Post
    I'm just in love with that room and the view out the windows.
    i agree!! i would love to visit that room ...and, bob wouldn't even have to switch on the gear although that would be a definite bonus.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Hi Jim, I’m hoping to dial in placement for each speaker to sound its best (in this room). If someone visiting wants me to move things about I am happy to do so. I can only work with what I have, and in this case I’m happy to have done the acoustic remodel several years back and the sound of all of these speakers in-room, so far, is remarkable. I probably have the Alsyvox dialed in, still tinkering with Bayz, and Diesis too. I’m sure Bob, when he visits, will have some thoughts on placement if he thinks it can be improved. I didn’t know you and Bob go way back until recently.

    I’ve considered having you make a visit, I am a novice at setup. I have a small circle of audio buddies who have great ears and who’ve been in the business before. Its as much for me as visitors — I get to listen to these terrific speakers and I want to hear all they can offer.

    My room is unique, it isn’t a sealed rectangle but all that was considered in the algorithm Bonnie used when modeling the room. The back of the room opens to stairs on one side, a hallway to the other. Curtains with acoustic fabric can be closed across those openings.
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Thank you for clarifying. It’s not uncommon for a client to tell their dealer “if you ever have someone in my area who wants to hear….”

    I’ve taken a few up on their offer and no, I would not pay any a commission, they love to do it, love to show off their system and never once asked for anything. Most recently, a customer with a pair of Trio’s did a demo for a customer of mine since we don’t have them on the floor. I know of several other dealers who do this all the time. Without compensation, I feel things will be more authentic.

    So pardon me, if I say, it’s all very confusing.

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    I hear you Mike. I’d have been happy to host anyone to hear new kit. But, in this case the difference is I have paid for three pairs of speakers, not one. It is an interesting model we are exploring. I guess we’ll all see how it turns out. My wife is a commercial banker, she thinks its a brilliant idea.

    Still, for me its an opportunity to do what I love as a retirement gig. She hopes it’ll keep me out of the pool halls.
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Love the room and the setting.
    But baffled about the thought of your using somebody else’s site to promote sales that benefit you.
    Shouldn’t you create your own website to promote your new venture instead of piggy banking on somebody else’s site?

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    The Alsyvox “Botticelli X” (the X is for the external crossovers you can see beside each panel) is a truly world class speaker. A panel that can do bass , in this case down to 22hz. And with grip, drive, and authority!

    I have a reference track for bass… Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version of “Tin Pan Alley” from the 45 rpm vinyl. There is a low, growling, almost groaning bass line throughout the song. My Wilson Alexia could not resolve it. I thought maybe my room was to blame. I heard it up at Mike Lavigne’s place on his remarkable system and learned what it can sound like with capable speakers and electronics. (Yeah, those big Evolution Acoustics with DartZeel are something every audiophile should hear. Outstanding! Mike’s system really showed me the view from the top of the mountain.)

    The Alsyvox handle that cut without flinching — its remarkable a panel can do that. That bass line is rendered perfectly, everything I heard on MikeL’s big system was present. I had the same goosebumps after the song was over as I did hearing it at MikeL’s place. And I’ve heard it now on quite a few systems. That a panel would deliver that isn’t something I expected. When I played that cut for some friends I heard a lot of “thuds” I didn’t recognize before, then i looked over to see a lot of chins on the floor!
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    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    Hi Jim, I’m hoping to dial in placement for each speaker to sound its best (in this room). If someone visiting wants me to move things about I am happy to do so. I can only work with what I have, and in this case I’m happy to have done the acoustic remodel several years back and the sound of all of these speakers in-room, so far, is remarkable. I probably have the Alsyvox dialed in, still tinkering with Bayz, and Diesis too. I’m sure Bob, when he visits, will have some thoughts on placement if he thinks it can be improved. I didn’t know you and Bob go way back until recently.

    I’ve considered having you make a visit, I am a novice at setup. I have a small circle of audio buddies who have great ears and who’ve been in the business before. Its as much for me as visitors — I get to listen to these terrific speakers and I want to hear all they can offer.

    My room is unique, it isn’t a sealed rectangle but all that was considered in the algorithm Bonnie used when modeling the room. The back of the room opens to stairs on one side, a hallway to the other. Curtains with acoustic fabric can be closed across those openings.
    Now that's a great room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    Love the room and the setting.
    But baffled about the thought of your using somebody else’s site to promote sales that benefit you.
    Shouldn’t you create your own website to promote your new venture instead of piggy banking on somebody else’s site?
    I respect your comments Nicoff. I have been a “Shark” from the time before Mike went commercial. I am not aware the site had become something related only to Mike’s brands. As an audiophile first, I love talking about, reading about, and exploring new gear. Not very often an opportunity comes along to own three pairs of unique speakers. And… I expose my interests, nothing is being hidden.

    There’s lots of gear in the world Mike doesn’t carry, and the Sharks website invites all, to my knowledge, as long as they are respectful. I’ve never dissed Mike in any way, in fact I respect the hell out of him opening brick & mortar store in today’s world. I watched as he cycled tons of gear through his place learning and deciding what brand’s he’d carry. That takes a lot of balls, and his business acumen is obvious as he appears to be thriving. I’ve watched a couple other stores open and close, so I know its not just a matter of becoming a dealer and opening the doors. Mike is sincere and offers great service to his customers.

    I chose embark on this new adventure as much to learn as anything else. I’m 64, and our retirement is secure, so if I don’t make a dime I really don’t care. For me its about having fun and sharing awesome sounding kit with fellow audio geeks. If I am able to fund adding a few new toys that’ll be great. I’ll still get those things even if I don’t get anything from this venture—just at a slower pace. And if I don’t like it, or it turns out to be something less than I envision—I’ll pick what I like best and sell the rest.

    Additionally, if I were to buy new kit and only one pair of speakers, and talk about it on the forum, then move on to another pair of speakers, then another that would be like, oh, maybe Jay and his YouTube videos. You don’t think for a minute Jay isn’t setting himself up the way Mike did originally, gaining street cred having cycled lots of gear through his place? I might have a wrong take on Jay, but I seem to recall him mentioning something like that in one of his videos. I could be mistaken. His YouTube site is most likely monetized, yet I’ve not heard anyone make any mention that he’s profiting from posting on the AudioSharks. Why else would he ask for “likes” and “subscriptions” to his channel? He’s cool though, I get the impression he has a lot of fun with it and is sincere.

    And here in the Pacific NW, there simply are not many brick & mortar stores that don’t carry the commonly available US brands. I sort of grew out those offerings and wanted to expand my horizons—this opportunity came along so I jumped at it. And I don't see myself cutting into Mike's business at Suncoast—we're on opposite sides of a very large continent. The number of folks who'd travel to visit me isn't likely to be huge which is fine, I'm not trying to act as a brick and mortar store or even a home based dealer.
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    The Alsyvox “Botticelli X” (the X is for the external crossovers you can see beside each panel) is a truly world class speaker. A panel that can do bass , in this case down to 22hz. And with grip, drive, and authority!

    I have a reference track for bass… Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version of “Tin Pan Alley” from the 45 rpm vinyl. There is a low, growling, almost groaning bass line throughout the song. My Wilson Alexia could not resolve it. I thought maybe my room was to blame. I heard it up at Mike Lavigne’s place on his remarkable system and learned what it can sound like with capable speakers and electronics. (Yeah, those big Evolution Acoustics with DartZeel are something every audiophile should hear. Outstanding! Mike’s system really showed me the view from the top of the mountain.)

    The Alsyvox handle that cut without flinching — its remarkable a panel can do that. That bass line is rendered perfectly, everything I heard on MikeL’s big system was present. I had the same goosebumps after the song was over as I did hearing it at MikeL’s place. And I’ve heard it now on quite a few systems. That a panel would deliver that isn’t something I expected. When I played that cut for some friends I heard a lot of “thuds” I didn’t recognize before, then i looked over to see a lot of chins on the floor!
    This is my favorite! Love the room, pretty awesome Bob!
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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    Love the room and the setting.
    But baffled about the thought of your using somebody else’s site to promote sales that benefit you.
    Shouldn’t you create your own website to promote your new venture instead of piggy banking on somebody else’s site?
    if there is a problem with what Bob is doing, then Mike should clarify what that might be. it's fair game to ask Bob about his intentions, but lots of semi-business happens on hifi forums including this one. and mostly if it's done low key we are all better for it. others here have related hifi business too. Bob's pictures are well done, so it's more high profile......i get that, but he is not covering new ground. his relationship with Rhapsody is 'different' and maybe that touches a nerve.

    for myself; i don't see this as exclusively the Suncoast Audio website. when/if it is i will view it differently than i currently do.

    whatever Mike says goes, but also determines what sort of forum it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    if there is a problem with what Bob is doing, then Mike should clarify what that might be. it's fair game to ask Bob about his intentions, but lots of semi-business happens on hifi forums including this one. and mostly if it's done low key we are all better for it. others here have related hifi business too. Bob's pictures are well done, so it's more high profile......i get that, but he is not covering new ground. his relationship with Rhapsody is 'different' and maybe that touches a nerve.

    for myself; i don't see this as exclusively the Suncoast Audio website. when/if it is i will view it differently than i currently do.

    whatever Mike says goes, but also determines what sort of forum it is.
    You’re correct Mike. His boss/partner/whatever was banned from the forum for breaking forum rules and therefore from promoting his products/store/business.

    Therein lies the dilemma.

    I enjoy Bobvin’s pictures of his room and Bobvin is a nice guy we all like and enjoy his participation. But guilty by association is at play here and I need to think about it carefully.

    This is definitely a new one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    if there is a problem with what Bob is doing, then Mike should clarify what that might be. it's fair game to ask Bob about his intentions, but lots of semi-business happens on hifi forums including this one. and mostly if it's done low key we are all better for it. others here have related hifi business too. Bob's pictures are well done, so it's more high profile......i get that, but he is not covering new ground. his relationship with Rhapsody is 'different' and maybe that touches a nerve.
    The reality is that Bob is covering new ground with his "different" relationship with Rhapsody along with the other "remote listening room" owners who took the plunge. The other reality is that Bob is using audio forums as his marketing tool. He doesn't even have his own website to drive potential "customers" to when he makes his posts on audio forums about his new business venture. This can certainly be viewed as parasitic behavior.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    for myself; i don't see this as exclusively the Suncoast Audio website. when/if it is i will view it differently than i currently do.

    whatever Mike says goes, but also determines what sort of forum it is.
    Mike actually has a Suncoast Audio website in addition to the Audio Shark forum so it's not fair to call Audio Shark a Suncoast Audio website. Maybe Bob should start his own audio forum and develop a website to market the products he is potentially helping Rhapsody sell. I find his current parasitic marketing plan to be a bit unseemly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    The reality is that Bob is covering new ground with his "different" relationship with Rhapsody along with the other "remote listening room" owners who took the plunge. The other reality is that Bob is using audio forums as his marketing tool. He doesn't even have his own website to drive potential "customers" to when he makes his posts on audio forums about his new business venture. This can certainly be viewed as parasitic behavior.



    Mike actually has a Suncoast Audio website in addition to the Audio Shark forum so it's not fair to call Audio Shark a Suncoast Audio website. Maybe Bob should start his own audio forum and develop a website to market the products he is potentially helping Rhapsody sell. I find his current parasitic marketing plan to be a bit unseemly.
    With due respect, I am happy to abide by Mike’s constraints should he suggest them, and I have — my signature clearly states my affiliation with Rhapsody. I have not driven people to or mentioned Rhapsody’s website unless I have been asked, out of respect for Mike and Suncoast.

    But, when a new visitor lands on the AudioShark web page he is presented with a blurb describing the site and the intentions of the site. Some of the language in that blurb includes:

    The AudioShark forum was created for sharing the passion of high-end Audio. We have Audiophiles from all over the world participating and sharing their knowledge. From novice to experts, you will find a friendly environment for discussing about High End Audio…

    and

    At AudioShark, we also have incorporated an exciting Marketplace where members can peruse terrific buys on used gear, as well as meet dealers and discuss the purchase of new gear.

    and

    Audioshark is a community of like minded individuals. Audioshark welcomes participation from all manufacturers and owners of all brands and products. It is our belief that online forums provide a community of like minded audiophiles and music lovers to encourage the growth of this wonderful hobby.

    I have tried to be consistent with those intentions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    You’re correct Mike. His boss/partner/whatever was banned from the forum for breaking forum rules and therefore from promoting his products/store/business.

    Therein lies the dilemma.

    I enjoy Bobvin’s pictures of his room and Bobvin is a nice guy we all like and enjoy his participation. But guilty by association is at play here and I need to think about it carefully.

    This is definitely a new one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    I find his current parasitic marketing plan to be a bit unseemly.
    there are no rules for selling hifi gear, it's all over the map. i do respect that Mike has to navigate that map.

    i was chastised on What's Best Forum for posting a 'Jay's Audio Journey' video that mentioned the Taiko Extreme server. why? because Mike was in it and he was banned on WBF. like i should worry about stuff like that? forum politics. i'm here for fun only, not negativity.

    it irritated me so much i withdrew from WBF for 2 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    there are no rules for selling hifi gear, it's all over the map. i do respect that Mike has to navigate that map.

    i was chastised on What's Best Forum for posting a 'Jay's Audio Journey' video that mentioned the Taiko Extreme server. why? because Mike was in it and he was banned on WBF. like i should worry about stuff like that? forum politics. i'm here for fun only, not negativity.

    it irritated me so much i withdrew from WBF for 2 months.
    Yeah, that was a total joke. Back in 2019, we were asked by On A Higher Note to post the date and time of our Abbey Road event on WBF. We did as requested and 5 minutes later, banned.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    there are no rules for selling hifi gear, it's all over the map. i do respect that Mike has to navigate that map.

    i was chastised on What's Best Forum for posting a 'Jay's Audio Journey' video that mentioned the Taiko Extreme server. why? because Mike was in it and he was banned on WBF. like i should worry about stuff like that? forum politics. i'm here for fun only, not negativity.

    it irritated me so much i withdrew from WBF for 2 months.
    Just to clarify, the spirit of the marketplace is focused on used gear.


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    MY favorite room is the wine room
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    MY favorite room is the wine room
    It will probably be the visitors favorite room too.
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    It will probably be the visitors favorite room too.
    mep, you’ve seen through my plot… here I thought I was going to be able to lure seasoned, experienced, wealthy audiophiles to my lair, get 'em drunk with my cellar full of cheap box wine (that I’ve put into bottles with labels I created on my computer), then force them to listen to counterfeit audio gear (just look at that Pilium amp—that case is big enough to hide all manner of cheap home theater type receivers!)

    Then, what, maybe steal their wallets?

    My journey as an audiophile has been limited to what I had exposure to. Someone considering spending $100,000 or more on speakers will most likely want to know what’s out there other than Wilson, Magico, Focal, etc. Having the Alsyvoz, Diesis, and Bayz in house now for a few weeks I can say they are all worthy competitors, each different, each exceptional in their own ways. If you were in the market for new speakers, wouldn’t you want to hear what’s available?

    One thing I love about this hobby is that, for the most part, it is populated by nice people who share a love of music and gear. There are jerks and assholes too, fortunately they are pretty rare. Someone considering $100k for new speakers, or similar amounts for components, isn’t going to be talked into anything. I sure as hell don’t have the desire or energy to convince anyone of anything—a benefit of age and wisdom I suppose. People make their own decisions; its nice to have multiple data points from which to do so.

    West of Chicago or Dallas, there are only a couple places to hear Pilium, Alsyvox, Diesis, and Bayz. I am blessed to have a room where folks can hear this kit at its best, and a willingness to share.

    Please mep, do not come. You won’t like it. (or me, apparently)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    I chose embark on this new adventure as much to learn as anything else. I’m 64, and our retirement is secure, so if I don’t make a dime I really don’t care. For me its about having fun and sharing awesome sounding kit with fellow audio geeks. If I am able to fund adding a few new toys that’ll be great. I’ll still get those things even if I don’t get anything from this venture—just at a slower pace. And if I don’t like it, or it turns out to be something less than I envision—I’ll pick what I like best and sell the rest.
    Oh please - lets call this for what it is - you have made a deal with Rhapsody - this is a business deal - pure & simple - to call it anything else is just BS. All anyone who questions my summation needs to do is wander over to WBF & read your posts on there. The " lay down misère" is the Pre Amp - Amp/s & three completely different sets of speakers - each north of $100k - come from Rhapsody. This business model was tried in AUS a number of years ago by a particular company - it has since quietly lapsed into a coma.

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    Oh please - lets call this for what it is - you have made a deal with Rhapsody - this is a business deal - pure & simple - to call it anything else is just BS. All anyone who questions my summation needs to do is wander over to WBF & read your posts on there. The " lay down misère" is the Pre Amp - Amp/s & three completely different sets of speakers - each north of $100k - come from Rhapsody. This business model was tried in AUS a number of years ago by a particular company - it has since quietly lapsed into a coma.
    Yeah, so? In the thread I affirmed that there is a profit motive, so yes a business arrangement has been made. I am not hiding that. But for you to question my motivations is lame, we have never met, never spoken, you know nothing about me.

    And the worst that could happen is I don’t like it and sell everything. Why do you care? The only person I have to please is my wife, who encouraged this adventure from the beginning. Tell me again what is bad about having three world class speakers and some killer components to listen to? Have you heard them? When was the last time you had three pairs of, as you say, $100k speakers in your home for extended audition. What did you learn about them — please share something valuable rather than sniping.
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    knowing Bob, i'll just say this. he does not need hifi for income, and this endeavour of his is 98% indulging his passion, and 2% about possible (if unlikely) profit. he gets to play with toys he would never otherwise be able to rationalize. i'd relate it to being a hifi reviewer. sure you get perks, but it's a lot of effort and commitment. he is providing people with access to products they otherwise would not have. that is a huge dollar and space commitment.

    yes; it does cross the line of commerce. so he has to take the flack. and i get that part. it does not come with the benefit of the doubt.

    we do not own any gear in common except our phono cartridges, which i referred him to, it's not related to Bob's business. so i don't have a dog in the fight other than he is my friend.

    i will add that i've been asked to do what he is doing more than a few times, and passed. hifi is fun only for me. yet still people travel to my room to hear things they can't otherwise hear. i enjoy that, and i know Bob does too.

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    i have no idea of the history between the AS forum and rhapsody... so notwithstanding, i am happy the hear what a fellow member is up to. i find it interesting that bob has found a new corner of the market to explore, one that most if not all of us will never participate in. i simply enjoy learning about it and living vicariously.

    the fact that it is at least partially a for profit undertaking does not bother me ...and, i find it no different than the many, many others here who are involved in the business end of this hobby and post similarly.

    again, there may be more below the surface here, but at least on the surface i can't really see what all the agita is about.

    besides, anything that causes bob to post more photos of his listening room...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob181 View Post
    Oh please - lets call this for what it is - you have made a deal with Rhapsody - this is a business deal - pure & simple - to call it anything else is just BS. All anyone who questions my summation needs to do is wander over to WBF & read your posts on there. The " lay down misère" is the Pre Amp - Amp/s & three completely different sets of speakers - each north of $100k - come from Rhapsody. This business model was tried in AUS a number of years ago by a particular company - it has since quietly lapsed into a coma.
    Who cares if its a business proposition, no one should work for free I would hope Bobvin is paid something. That said, somehow I don't think the money involved will change his life. I just noticed Scott Walker opened a store in TX in addition to his California store. Is his TX location a 'real store' and is it for profit? I hope so. I've purchased gear from both Mike Bovaird and Bob Visintainer (the main Bob) and they are top notch at what they do. If all 'dealers' actually provided the kind of customer care I received from them this industry will be in great shape.
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    I think it is great that Bob offers this service that folks would not otherwise have. I would fully expect him to get something for allowing people to come to his home and audition these extreme high end products. I also fully believe profit is not a motivating factor, but instead having these amazing products in his gorgeous home to listen to whenever he likes is probably the top consideration!

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    I won't indulge in what's right or what's wrong or if someone has crossed the line in this forum or if there is conflict of interest - that is for the site owner Mike to decide. But what I will say is that your room Bob is fantastic and very warm & inviting. I would be blessed to have a room like that.

    However, I do have a question for you Bob - out of the three great speakers, which one do you personally listen the most and your personal liking ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devg View Post
    I won't indulge in what's right or what's wrong or if someone has crossed the line in this forum or if there is conflict of interest - that is for the site owner Mike to decide. But what I will say is that your room Bob is fantastic and very warm & inviting. I would be blessed to have a room like that.

    However, I do have a question for you Bob - out of the three great speakers, which one do you personally listen the most and your personal liking ?
    First, thanks for the kind words. As to your question... finally somebody wants to know about the SOUND!

    Unfortunately, I believe it would be premature to give much of a definitive statement, as things are just starting to come 'round with respect to burn-in. The Alsyvox with their external crossovers still likely have a ways to go, I'd say they could probably use another 100 hours with about 150 hours so far. The Diesis, too, likely have a little further to go. The Bayz are probably pretty damn close.

    Then there is the Pilium pre and power amp. The pre-amp is probably pretty well settled, I had it for a time before the amp arrived. I was lucky to have a friend loan me a pair of MBL mono amps so we could hear the Diesis which were the first speakers to have arrived. A little bit later I was loaned a DartZeel NHB-108 v2 from Jonathan Tinn here in Portland (who is the DartZeel distributor.)

    (And a shout-out to Jonathan whom I've never met—and as I said before this hobby is mostly made up of kind and sincere people. Being loaned a $53,000 amp from someone you've never met? How great is that! Thank you Jonathan I enjoyed my time with the amp.)

    Now the big Pilium Achilles amp (Mighty Achilles!) is getting run-in, but it, with its HUGE capacitors, is taking the longest. Its coming around after having the typical ups and downs along the way. This Pilium kit is the real deal, another level altogether vs. my prior Audio Research Reference components. It is amazingly neutral, allowing the qualities of each speaker to be heard without coloration of the amplification. It took about 30 seconds of listening to the pre-amp to recognize, right out of the box, the huge distance between it and the ARC, which I loved.

    The Diesis Roma I'm in love with—they are very, very special. Effortless, soulful, romantic. The Alsyvox—holy hell these are SPECTACULAR speakers. A planar that can go to 22hz eliminates any need for a sub. Between the Diesis and Alsyvox, at this early stage, I would offer a Venn Diagram, with the Diesis slightly left of center if the line split between subjective and objective, and the Alsyvox to the right of center, with a big overlap in the middle. So far, I could live happily with either. Diesis maybe slightly more romantic, Alsyvox slightly more analytical. They will appeal differently depending on your taste.

    Then there are the Bayz. These are speakers that will fool you. Sure, the looks are super cool, but they play way bigger than the drivers would suggest. I'm still tinkering with placement—in my room too close to the corner the bass can get a bit of overhang, too far out the bass becomes too reticent which shifts the tonal character. I think I have them close, at this point it is fine tuning and we all know small changes sometimes are all that is needed to get everything to snap into focus. That said, the omni-directional design just fills the room with sound. I've never owned anything like it myself, though I have heard my friends MBLs so recognize the sound but my room and their rooms are waaaay different. And the Bayz radial spearker (BRS) is very different from the approach MBL uses. I'd say the Bayz model I have, the smaller Courante 2.0 (at ~ half the price of the other speakers), gives up only a wee-bit of heft or "gravitas". For most rooms however you'd never know it, and only in comparing with the others would that difference be evident. The bigger Bayz, the Counterpoint 2.0 model, I think would wipe away any percieved lack of heft, but it could be way too much for a smaller room. A GREAT benefit of the omni design is the sweet spot is quite huge, you don't have to be anchored in the perfect position.

    Again, these are but early, first takes on forming opinions of each speaker.
    —Bob V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    Yeah, so? In the thread I affirmed that there is a profit motive, so yes a business arrangement has been made. I am not hiding that. But for you to question my motivations is lame, we have never met, never spoken, you know nothing about me.
    Your motivation was not questioned - your hypocrisy in attempting to deflect from the fact this is a business decision on a website owned & managed by an indirect competitor is - the thread title is all the evidence needed to validate same. As for the question of whether that is morally ethical - others can judge for themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob181 View Post
    Your motivation was not questioned - your hypocrisy in attempting to deflect from the fact this is a business decision on a website owned & managed by an indirect competitor is - the thread title is all the evidence needed to validate same. As for the question of whether that is morally ethical - others can judge for themselves.
    Honestly, I would believe that a business decision would indicating that profit and making money are a prime motive. I have never meet Bob, but from several conversations and discussions on this forum over the years I am 1000% sure that he does not need the money.... which means there are other motives, as have been discussed above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Honestly, I would believe that a business decision would indicating that profit and making money are a prime motive. I have never meet Bob, but from several conversations and discussions on this forum over the years I am 1000% sure that he does not need the money.... which means there are other motives, as have been discussed above.
    Whether Bob "needs" the money or not is not relevant - the hypocrisy in how it was presented was - your net worth shouldn't change your ethical business values.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob181 View Post
    Your motivation was not questioned - your hypocrisy in attempting to deflect from the fact this is a business decision on a website owned & managed by an indirect competitor is - the thread title is all the evidence needed to validate same. As for the question of whether that is morally ethical - others can judge for themselves.
    At this time this is still an open forum. See post #20 above.
    —Bob V.

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    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    I have no dog in this fight, but I applaud Bob's initiative to dive deep into the rabbit hole and bring others along for the ride. Plus I dig his room (and his wine cellar!). Keep it coming Bob, pending Mike's higher authority in these matters.

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    Who knows, maybe sometime I can get up to have a listen... you in bay area... or Seattle, I can't remember.
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    Anybody stopped to think about whos dime this site survives on? Kind of simplifies things into perspective really.
    If there is a commercial factor involved, perhaps they should "pay & display"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Who knows, maybe sometime I can get up to have a listen... you in bay area... or Seattle, I can't remember.
    Portland. All(most) all are welcome! I am outside the city 20 miles, peaceful here. The Willamette Valley wine country is nearby. Your wife if she loves music is welcome too, or she can stay at the Allison Inn in wine country and do the spa and wine tasting thing while we listen to music. Anyone is welcome, there are no obligations.
    —Bob V.

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    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    Portland. All(most) all are welcome! I am outside the city 20 miles, peaceful here. The Willamette Valley wine country is nearby. Your wife if she loves music is welcome too, or she can stay at the Allison Inn in wine country and do the spa and wine tasting thing while we listen to music. Anyone is welcome, there are no obligations.
    I can highly recommend the Allison Inn (my wife and I stayed there before a balloon ride across the Willamette Valley). And no, I have no commercial relationship with the Allison.

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    Sounds like fun... bit of a journey... Central Coast Cali... was thinking/hoping bay area. I know some guys who are up for road trip. One just bought a Solution amp to replace the MBLs driving his MBL speakers. Another just bought an Acoustic Signature table!
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    Re: Bob’s System Evolution

    bzr

    Nothing has changed on that front since this site came on line in April of 2013. Since then there have dozens of declared dealers on this site as members including original ones like Jeff of A/V Solutions.
    Main - JVC QL-Y7/Denon DL-301 Mk II, Gold Note PH-10, Nuprime CDT-8, Auralic Aries G1, Holo May KTE, Supratek Chardonnay, Kinki Studio EX-M7, Verity Audio Otello, (2) Rythmik F12SE, Audio Envy IC, SC & PC's, Triode Wire Lab PC's, Inakustik USB , PS Audio Stellar P3, PI Audio Uberbuss, Timbernation rack

    Family Room - Oppo UDP-203, Teac NT505, Kinki Studio EX-M1+, Nola KO, (2) Rythmik F-12G, Wireworld SC & IC's, Neotech PC's, SurgeX SA-1810

    Greenville, SC- Marantz HD-CD1, Auralic Aries G1, Aqua La Voce S3, Don Sachs Model 2, Van Alstine Vision SET 400, Rosso Fiorentino Volterra 2, (2) RSL Speedwoofers, iFi Audio Power Station, Wireworod IC's, Triode Wire Lab SC, Triode Wire Lab PC's, Furutech NCF Clear Line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Nothing has changed on that front since this site came on line in April of 2013.
    Damn. I just checked and I joined in May 2013. Where did the time go? Sorry, end of off topic nostalgia.
    Bud

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    Damn. I just checked and I joined in May 2013. Where did the time go? Sorry, end of off topic nostalgia.
    It was June of 2013 that I joined. Lots of changes — including my hairline. Some turns grey, some turns loose!
    —Bob V.

    West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    LOL. I just noticed the join date is under the avatar. Duh.
    Bud

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    I feel like a noobie... Nov 2015... I must be an AS young whipper snapper.
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