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    A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    I am wrapping up a fabulous three day visit with Mark (MDP) at his new home in Georgia. Mark lives in a wonderfully wooded peaceful location.

    Mark's system has had four major changes since I visited him in Dallas.

    First, a new room (obviously).
    Second, a new pimped out VPI Avenger TT with an Ortofon Cadenza Black.
    Third, a pair of REL subs and fourth,
    A setup from Jim Smith.

    I've never heard Salon's sound this good. The subs and professional setup from Jim has absolutely maxed out their potential and it's fantastic!

    Mark's digital sounds good, but his analog is on a whole 'nother level. It's dynamic and alive. Great PRAT. And the speakers just disappear.

    I want to thank Mark and his lovely wife Susan for some good old Southern hospitality during my visit. I can't wait to come back!





    We even found time to play a round of golf:








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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    Wow!

    Beatiful photos and awesome room Mark. I always loved the Salons. I'm sure Jim did a fabulous job. Soooooooo happy for you Mark.
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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    Stunning system and location! Sounds like it was a great trip.
    Congratulations on all of the changes Mark!
    Buddy

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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    Thanks Mike!!

    It was a pleasure having you visit
    Mark


    Kharma DB9 Signature speakers
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    Esoteric N-05XD
    VPI Avenger with Magnetic Drive
    Manley Chinook Phono Pre
    Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge
    Kharma Elegance speaker cables
    Kharma Elegance interconnects
    REL Subs

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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    Mark,

    Congrats on a wonderful system in your beautiful new home! I'm sure the close proximity to the golf course has taken a few strokes off your score!

    Best,
    Ken
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    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps; MSB M204 Mono Amps
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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    A lovely looking room & beautiful, picturesque location. What a dream for the audiophile and golfer!

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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    I've been lucky in life!
    I have an amazing wife,and an amazing life.

    I've also been blessed to have two of my best friends be my audio dealers.
    "
    First was David Baskin, as some of you know. He was an absolute gem of a friend! And he let me bring home anything I wanted to try. As my wife said, you are so spoiled. Who gets to try as many different pieces of equipment as you do? She was right.

    As many of you know, Mike and I are a great friends! And he always has my best interests at heart. I've been tempted by some of the new hot pieces of gear. He sends me stuff to try, and when I get all excited about the new stuff he says, put your piece back in place.

    And then I discover that I really prefer what I have., most of the time. Lol

    Anyway, thanks to everybody's nice comments!!!!!!

    ❤️
    Mark


    Kharma DB9 Signature speakers
    Gryphon Diablo 300 integrated
    Esoteric N-05XD
    VPI Avenger with Magnetic Drive
    Manley Chinook Phono Pre
    Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge
    Kharma Elegance speaker cables
    Kharma Elegance interconnects
    REL Subs

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    Congrats Mark. Did you notice Mike's ball always seemed to be closer after he replaced it at the marker...

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    Beautiful home Mark and your system looks really nice. I'm glad you guys had a good time together.
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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    I told you guys in a prior thread about my visit to Mark's and Susan in December. First, they are great friends and fantastic hosts. Second, the home is gorgeous and in a beautiful community. Third, as Mike mentions on his post, Mark's system sounds outstanding - best sounding Salon 2s I've heard (and I used to own a pair!). Lastly, Mark is a fantastic cook (his salmon on curry sauce with jasmine rice is out of this world!).

    Mike glad you had a great time. Visiting the Powers is a treat!
    _______________

    Mike

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    Pressure, pressure, pressure - so many questions, every day. Do I first go golfing and then listen to my setup optimized by Jim, or the other way around? Maybe a round in between? Must be so hard. A three day visit with Mark (MDP)


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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    I told you guys in a prior thread about my visit to Mark's and Susan in December. First, they are great friends and fantastic hosts. Second, the home is gorgeous and in a beautiful community. Third, as Mike mentions on his post, Mark's system sounds outstanding - best sounding Salon 2s I've heard (and I used to own a pair!). Lastly, Mark is a fantastic cook (his salmon on curry sauce with jasmine rice is out of this world!).

    Mike glad you had a great time. Visiting the Powers is a treat!
    Now you're talking.

    Mark, can we be friends? :Wave:

    But in all seriousness, a beautiful home in a picturesque setting.

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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    Wow! The room looks very inviting! Excellent looking system. The photos are gorgeous.
    George
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    Re: A three day visit with Mark (MDP)

    Incredible system and room! Congratulations!

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