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    Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Hard to argue with any of these choices.

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Hard to argue with any of these choices.

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    Well... maybe his choice of the ASUS laptop server and AmazonBasics USB cable.

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by audio.bill View Post
    Well... maybe his choice of the ASUS laptop server and AmazonBasics USB cable.
    True. A Lumin U1 or Aurender W20SE would go nicely in there. Shunyata Sigma USB too!
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Hard to argue with any of these choices.

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Interesting choices. I love the EMM labs pre amp and DAC.
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    So... he gets to use and live with all of this for free? Are you surprised each piece is getting glowing reviews... makes you wonder where his interests lay

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    Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by dznutz View Post
    So... he gets to use and live with all of this for free? Are you surprised each piece is getting glowing reviews... makes you wonder where his interests lay
    Did he say he gets it all for free? I missed that. I frankly highly doubt it. I’m sure he got it as a reviewer on accommodation pricing, which is standard. I don’t think there is anything hinky going on here. Doug is a good guy.
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    If that was the case then he wouldnt have mentioned the fact that everything has to go back eventually

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by dznutz View Post
    If that was the case then he wouldnt have mentioned the fact that everything has to go back eventually
    Good point.
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    Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by audio.bill View Post
    Well... maybe his choice of the ASUS laptop server and AmazonBasics USB cable.
    I think that the author is saying is 'bits are bits; DAC/Pre/Amp/speakers that's what really matters but I like cables too'

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Too lazy to do the research, but I thought he had decided on the Vimberg Tonda? Any idea when/why/how the Vivids supplanted?
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by pdub View Post
    Too lazy to do the research, but I thought he had decided on the Vimberg Tonda? Any idea when/why/how the Vivids supplanted?
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    Wrong guy. That’s Jeff Fritz.
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Aha. Tonda/Vivid would be an interesting shoot-out though...
    EMM/Ayre/Aqua/Aurender/MBL/Luxman/Absolare/VIVA/AGD/Classe/YG/AG/Revel/B&W/Audience/Sony ES/Pioneer Elite/Parasound/Gallo/JL Audio/ASC/Stillpoint/GIK/Acoustic Revive [and, sadly, only one pair of ears...]

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Very cool "long term test drive" system. Must be nice.
    Agree w Mike, Doug is a good dude. Very down to earth.

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    I also wondered about his loyalties when it comes to a system of that expense. It makes sense for the company because they get free advertising and as great a dude doug may be he still has to walk that line if he wants to keep his free toys.

    when KTM introduced the new super duke they loaned 5 of them to you tube personality’s with the deal that the best or most liked review was gifted the bike. Since the reviewer was most likely to sell the bike to pay the rent if he won these reviews had to be taken with a grain of salt.
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by steve59 View Post
    and as great a dude doug may be he still has to walk that line if he wants to keep his free toys.
    He can have just about any component that he wants. They (Soundstage) have reviewed literally thousands, so I'm sure if he asks company X other than EMM, Giya, etc. if he can keep the sample for a long term in his reference system, they would oblige. What you're seeing in his system is what his ears/eyes deem to be fit as related in article. That's a nice position to be in.

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    no turntable, no credibility
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    no turntable, no credibility
    Nor tubes, horns! Heavens to Murgatroyd.
    Audiophile three strikes law apply?

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Hahaha ...

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    like seriously, how can you take Doug seriously when hen just dismisses vinyl in less than 6 words. Guy has no idea.

    It's just another advatorial. but some people have no shame.
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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    I wouldn't just dismiss vinyl either, but as a reviewer only 1 source keeps variables to a minimum.

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    Re: Doug’s Dream System Comes True

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    I wouldn't just dismiss vinyl either, but as a reviewer only 1 source keeps variables to a minimum.
    Keep in mind, like myself, Doug is a music lover and reviews lots of music (not all of which I like!), 99.999% of which will be already available on or released in "digital".

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