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    Today, 11:37 AM
    if i could ever break my SET tube amp addiction, a pass class A amp would be in my rack ...100% :)
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 11:24 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    This will sound like a PC answer, but truly in between. If pressed, I would say closer to the K1X. In years past, the K-03 versions were quite close to the K-01 versions. With XD, thatís not the case. K-01XD is really a nice step up. HOWEVER,...
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    Today, 11:19 AM
    aKnyght replied to a thread Today's Jazz Playlist in Music Forum
    the album art most certainly sold a lot of copies back in the day. notwithstanding, it is a remarkable album.
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    Today, 10:35 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New amp incoming in Headphones & Earbuds
    Congrats Randy! SimAudio builds a terrific piece of kit.
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    Today, 09:42 AM
    i have recently been listening to the branka parlić ‎recording of erik satie - initiťs. released in 2017, it is an all analog recording originally released as a double LP. i now notice that is has been released on 15-ips R2R tape more info on...
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    Today, 01:11 AM
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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    My favorite Harbethís! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    Yup, two different approaches for recording. A820 is the real deal for recording which tape machines were designed for back then. Today, the focus is more playback for most. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    If youíre into audio by the pound, yes that would matter. The weight of the A820 comes from itís stand, sheer size and other structures internally as you have mentioned. The A810 was designed purposely as a portable unit, so areas for size and...
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    Yesterday, 01:27 PM
    Mike, youíre off. The 810 and 820 have the exact same playback mechanism. Itís all in the recording side the differences. And for playback only, the 1500 Technics is excellent, especially rebuilt by J Corder. From Ki Choi: ďboth share all...
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    Yesterday, 01:01 PM
    True. A little bit of a work around, but doable. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 12:55 PM
    George, the hiss of tape is there with digital (from tapes) as well, but excessive hiss on R2R playback can come from many sources: bad caps, caps going bad, dirty tape heads, bad tape heads, etc. With a copy of the master tape, you are closer...
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    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    The A820 Vs A810 is almost identical, the only difference being in the recording side. If itís playback only, itís identical. Most 810ís can be had for $10-15k fully refurbished, wired with external outputs, flux heads, etc. I own two. There...
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    Yesterday, 10:54 AM
    It all depends on whether you want Roon or not. The LinQ doesnít do Roon, only HQ Player. I frankly think the Aqua La Scala v2 is incredibly engaging and musical. The MA3 sounds smooth and musical, takes longer than most DACís to break in and...
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    Yesterday, 08:47 AM
    very cool -- a nice piece of engineering by brinkmann to work around the problem. also, great that the solution is designed so that one can retro-fit earlier versions -- how often does that happen?! it would be interesting to go back and A/B test...
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    January 22, 2021, 09:47 PM
    Itís highly unlikely anyone has a dynamic recording they listen to which wouldnít work with tape. Also, itís unlikely someone can hear 20khz, so who cares if you can record above that. I will happily put my tape up against any other format and...
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    January 22, 2021, 09:34 AM
    B side, album 1. CRANK IT!
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    January 21, 2021, 08:29 PM
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    January 21, 2021, 07:57 PM
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    January 21, 2021, 04:52 PM
    Looks awesome Brian! Love that finish. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 21, 2021, 02:26 PM
    great post -- and, i also love seeing that the DIY spirit is alive and well !! in looking into this DIY streamer, i see that roPiee has a roPieeXL version that adds the capability to stream via DLNA, Airplay and Spotify as well as being a roon...
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    January 21, 2021, 12:21 PM
    Delivered!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 21, 2021, 09:25 AM
    These shipping companies are a nightmare. A daily nightmare. Fingers crossed things work out today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 20, 2021, 02:17 PM
    i think you wiring is a bit more tidy than mine! i well remember your build thread... it was what inspired me to do this one -- so, thanks!! after i have some more fun with this one, i am going to give it to a younger family audiophile who...
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    January 20, 2021, 01:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Make sure you donít tilt the speakers beyond a few degrees. The omniís could damage. Try to keep the speaker as upright as possible. Be very careful of the midrange and tweeter. No touch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 20, 2021, 12:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Iím an expert in asking: whoís your dealer on this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 20, 2021, 08:53 AM
    not to get off track here but... tubes are to solid state as ice cream is to sorbet ;) seriously though, i can see why some like a tube pre-amp with a SS power amp. the few examples i have heard were quite nice, especially the vinni rossi...
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    January 20, 2021, 08:40 AM
    Congrats Patrick. MBL is certainly a dream system! I sure love mine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 20, 2021, 12:27 AM
    Thank you Bruce. We have a great team and Iíll be sure to pass along your message. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 19, 2021, 10:36 AM
    my impression is that manufacturers (or at least the ones i looked at for this exercise) were listing the gain as dBW. and, among those the higher gain amps did have higher input sensitivities (lower values). so - in a magical world where all...
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    January 19, 2021, 10:14 AM
    thanks mike! ...very helpful in putting this into the larger picture / context -- as suspected, there are a lot of layers on this onion to peel back.
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    January 19, 2021, 10:02 AM
    just an update for anyone following along... after listening to the ACA in my system for a ~10 days, i swapped my SET tube amp back in for a listen... the almarro is so much more textured, rich, 3-d, detailed and a whole lot of other audiophile...
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    January 18, 2021, 05:03 PM
    not 100% sure, i have seen manufacturer specs for gain stated as max gain, total gain, and gain -- but, i have only seen specs quote one figure so maybe all the variants are used interchangeably. i do believe that bias affects gain, as well as...
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    January 18, 2021, 03:56 PM
    hoping to tap into the group's collective knowledge here on a basic question... given two amps with the exact same power specs but each with a much with different max gain -- assume the amps are identical in every other way and both are put in...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 18, 2021, 11:06 AM
    We have four Sotto Voceís in the store, weíve taken them to shows and bounced them around and theyíve always been great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 10:42 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    No, no, letís chalk it up to room and positioning. All good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 09:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    The Magicoís are so nice to work with during setup. We had limitations due to WAF (a hard line of 18 inches out into the room) and had to work with the heat from the fire place on the left side. We also had to ensure the TV wasnít blocked from any...
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    January 17, 2021, 03:33 PM
    Nope. Waiting like everyone else. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 02:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    ACS10 is ripper, backup, storage, etc. itís a purposely built music content server designed to replace the computer (for ripping) and NAS (for backup and storage). The N30 will be limited to whatever the largest size SSD drive is (8TB at...
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    January 17, 2021, 12:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    I havenít heard whether they will or not or how long the stock umbilical cord is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 11:31 AM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    This will be an interesting shoot out! I canít wait to get our N30. The W20SE however remains unique in that it operates on battery power. Thatís a huge advantage. But a separate power supply might be right there with it. We shall see. I...
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    January 17, 2021, 09:29 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    They do. Customer wanted us to leave them in the box.
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    January 16, 2021, 10:36 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB Select II in MSB
    Where are you located? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 08:59 PM
    How Force-Canceling Drivers Stop Speaker-Cabinet Vibrations - SoundStage! Shorts (January 2021) - YouTube
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    January 16, 2021, 08:27 PM
    WOW! I have to post some videos of my Studer(s) in action. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 08:25 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    Thanks Calvin. We have an M6 install coming up in Miami in about 6-8 weeks. That will be a fun day! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 08:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread New MSB S500 and M500 Amplifiers in MSB
    The monos gave a great sense of ease and seemed ready to pounce dynamically at a moments notice. Soundstage was also bigger with the monos. I tried to detect whether the stereo might have a different tonal presentation, but really couldnít detect...
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    January 16, 2021, 08:02 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    Not really, you have to take into account how important colors are for so many people (Alon, nudge nudge, wink, wink!). Black is fine, but really and truly the S series holds a lot of value for many people, not only sonically, but in the ability to...
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    January 16, 2021, 04:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    We are having discussions! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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