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    Today, 11:05 AM
    i can understand your frustration. in many ways there is a parallel here with apple (sorry randy!) deciding to have a closed system: their software running on their hardware. in doing so they are in complete control of the total user experience and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    Doing a demo on Friday and this is an example of what happens: ROON IS BUGGY!!!!! - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 09:50 AM
    We arenít 100% sure. I believe itís the core, because we use 2 iPads and my phone in the store to control Roon and all are doing the same thing. Weíve replaced the core. No change. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 AM
    One final topic is support. As a dealer, we have received incredible support from Lumin (Peter rocks!) and Aurender. With the Aurender support, itís built into the app. Click the support button and Aurender will remotely IP into your Aurender and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 07:06 AM
    Jack is correct. We use Roon a lot in the store because many of our products require it. We also help customers with Roon Nucleusí and the like. Roon is hands down the UI champ. Itís search function and UI are second to none. Very powerful...
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    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    for those interested in this very topic, i can recommend the series halt and catch fire which i believe is now available on netfix -- a great dramatization of the software development and events surrounding the rise of silicon prairie. a very...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    Hegel 190 perhaps? SimAudio 340. Lumin M1 is also a good choice. Sim has shown a lot with B&W. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    They should go straight to the manufacturer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    given that 1) roon announced this new policy with very short effect and 2) that roon has communicated the underlying issue with manufacturers for over a year, whom should they see about their now non-functioning networked roon endpoint? like you...
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    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    sure, and microsoft (to use a perhaps more palatable computer analogy) was not the first operating system, but they did create software that could run on many different computers (i.e. the "ibm clones") ...my point is that companies that democratize...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:20 PM
    We should start learning tomorrow if people log in here to say their DAC or streamer isnít working. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:11 PM
    Lumin allows others to use it. No complaints. They even encourage it! :cool: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    this has turned into a quite an interesting thread and i am really enjoying the discussion of roon's business model. here is my armchair, big-picture take: in the audiophile / high-end segment of the market roon has proven to be an...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:06 AM
    The Lumin app can be used by many other vendors FOR FREE. Linn folks have abandoned the Linn app and now use the Lumin app as an example. Esoteric licensed with the good folks at Lumin for Lumin to make them an Esoteric version of the Lumin app....
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 19, 2020, 06:46 PM
    Yup. Itís a mess. You have clients who think they have bought a fully Roon certified solution and we (dealers & customers) are all learning at the same time: Ahhh...thank goodness for the great and free Lumin app (and Aurender app too!) ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 19, 2020, 06:27 PM
    Vitus makes a great product and the distributor is a quality guy. If I didnít have Gryphon, I would have Vitus. And remember, Vitus comes with the biggest fan boy in the world: Bodhi! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 19, 2020, 03:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    No. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 09:08 PM
    I have ordered 5 and all sold before I got them! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 09:00 PM
    I have ordered 5 and all sold before I got them! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 07:49 PM
    Yup. Already got the hack. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 07:45 PM
    Yup. And many are working on ďhacksĒ as we speak as they are tired of the moving goal posts. Should get interesting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 11:35 AM
    I have it! HD and all. Cameras everywhere. I should have gone back and looked. Too funny. You know how I caught him? There were about 4 subs remaining after everyone ate. I was staring at the table and said ďwow, someone actually ate the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 11:29 AM
    Why our audio club is not much of an avenue for sales for me. I could tell you stories. The best is the guy who came to one of my events and stuffed his pockets with subway sandwiches. He even took the mustard and mayo containers. Wish I had...
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    September 18, 2020, 10:56 AM
    aKnyght replied to a thread Gillian Welch in Music Forum
    Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs - Vinyl LP Boxset - PREORDER just announced. get one before they're gone ...you snooze, you lose!! Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs - Vinyl LP Boxset - PREORDER – Acony Records Online Store
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 09:36 AM
    Never had anyone ask for that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 18, 2020, 09:31 AM
    The best. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 08:57 PM
    Yes, yes and YES!! Itís stable. They have some features coming for it that will be amazing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 08:32 PM
    About $800 per drive. Totally worth it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 17, 2020, 03:48 PM
    Yes. Itís easy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 17, 2020, 03:47 PM
    an interesting musing by jeff day on what he calls listening window and defines as: the ability of a system to "play back music from any recording media of any quality while still making it sound and feel like a valid musical experience". i have...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 02:45 PM
    Iím not sure how much more I can add. Itís currently running with two Dragon power cords and sounds incredible. It has dynamics when needed. It has a big big sense of ease and depth to it. It has a more relaxed sound than the Mephisto, but more...
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    September 17, 2020, 02:04 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL install today in MBL
    Oh yes. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 17, 2020, 01:07 PM
    Mike started a thread MBL install today in MBL
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 08:29 AM
    We have a 6000T (used). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • aKnyght's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 07:37 AM
    tape -- now that is a gentleman's playback format!! ;) and, don't think for even a moment that i haven't thought about it ...i fondly remember the R2R in house when growing up. if it were not for the lilliputian number of titles available plus...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 07:02 AM
    Ha, yes! Tape is king. But baby steps Larry, baby steps We donít want to scare the guy off. Discussions of NAB, IEC, Flux heads and demagnetizing the heads might put him over the top. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 05:38 AM
    Never heard of it. That sounds cool! Do you have any pictures? Information? No mention of it here.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 10:53 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Viva Aurora RCA outputs in Amplifiers
    Anil, try to get the RCA connectors that you can unscrew and screw down tight. We have never had an issue with the RCA connections with any of our Viva amps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 10:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    They are fully broken in. We had a client (Charlie who you know) in the store on Friday and he said it was the best speaker he had ever heard. Right now, the XTreme system is back setup in that room. In the front room, the Magico A5ís are...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 05:48 PM
    The N20 connects to your DAC via any of its digital outputs. W20 was $18k I believe when it first came out and the W20SE is $22k with 4TB of SSD or $23,500 with 8TB SSD. Aurender also offers the incredible Aurender Content Server and Ripper...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 05:24 PM
    It supports PCM, DSD and MQA. All. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • aKnyght's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 04:25 PM
    yes, i am entertaining thoughts of re-entering analog playback. for some reason, resistance is proving futile... left-brain, right-brain thing i suppose. i totally agree with your statements on analog for those entering or re-entering LPs....
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 03:22 PM
    Weíve been busy working on new models that fill in the gap in both performance and price between the current model N10 and flagship W20SE. The new model N20 is an upgraded-in-every-way N10, much like how the W20SE evolved from the original W20. All...
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    September 16, 2020, 12:08 PM
    thanks!! looks like two different experiences: @mike has an ~2% defective rate while @mike lavigne has an ~20% defective / less-than-perfect rate. interesting how two guys playing at the very top level are reporting such different rates. more...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 09:28 AM
    I came in the store yesterday morning and my employee had been listening to the full Alpha V2 loom in Room 1. He looks up at me and says, ďthis Shunyata loom is really good.Ē My takeaway is that the power cords + ICís + speaker cables is not 1 +...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 09:26 AM
    I buy a lot of vinyl. The number of defective are slim. Maybe 1 out of 50. Not punching the center hole dead on is #1, followed by a noisy pressing as #2. Warps are rare (maybe 1 in 500) for me. Keep the box the record came in until you know...
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  • aKnyght's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 09:19 AM
    wow... not a large sample of responses yet but if the average experience of receiving defective records is anywhere close to 33% then that would be a real PinTA and huge disincentive for me to get involved again. on the other hand a dozen or so...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 06:57 AM
    Truth. It really is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 16, 2020, 06:55 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    No. XD specs are a complete departure from anything theyíve done in the past. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 14, 2020, 03:13 PM
    Congrats! Itís an awesome preamp. Give it a few weeks 24/7 to break in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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