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    Today, 01:59 AM
    Hi Brodric, The Typhon T2 in conjunction with your Everest will not entirely eliminate your noise issue but it should make a material further improvement. I think it’s important to keep the power conditioning all Shunyata to not limit current and...
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    Today, 01:17 AM
    Hi Brodric, I thought about your problem and came up with a potential solution to further reduce your system’s noise level. If it were me, and I had that level of noise coming out of my dedicated outlet, I would purchase a Shunyata Typhon T2 and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    Steve - was great to meet you! Hope you enjoyed your stay and a good run! Mike Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Delivery day has arrived! in Esoteric 
    Do a test and find out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:20 PM
    The Altaira and we will work through each component. Most will be Alpha Spade as my recommendation. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Delivery day has arrived! in Esoteric 
    Are you measuring with nothing plugged into the conditioners or do you have gear plugged in? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:50 AM
    Hi Brodric, I would stick with Shunyata. It uses passive noise reduction and is not current limiting. I would ask Caelin for his thoughts on the situation. He is an expert. Ken
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    Yesterday, 05:20 AM
    Hi Brodric, Maybe you should consider a two step noise reduction process. In my opinion, 1800 mV is way too high to be arriving at the input of the Everest. My friend Vince at MSB Technology would sometimes get that level of noise at the wall...
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    Yesterday, 04:42 AM
    Hi Brodric, The Everest is giving you significant noise reduction, that is quite an improvement. But your starting number is extremely high. Is that a dedicated line? My dedicated line is typically around 50 mV according to my Alpha Labs Line EMI...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    December 1, 2022, 10:16 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Hegel h190 in Hegel
    The 590 is KILLA! Dual mono design. Love it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2022, 01:28 PM
    How Could He Betray Us? Our allegiance is to our readership. Editorial By Robert Harley The Absolute Sound December 2022 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 30, 2022, 08:27 PM
    Mike is real. Upcoming HiFi Audio Reviews #shorts - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 30, 2022, 06:56 PM
    Sad. RIP. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 30, 2022, 04:41 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Coming soon from Magico in Magico
    Definitely S Series but which one? An update of an existing model or an entirely new one? The best part is that it should have those new Carbon Graphene - Aluminum Honeycomb sandwich drivers that are in the M9 and A5. Every new model they add those...
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    November 30, 2022, 01:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Coming soon from Magico in Magico
    Don’t know any details. If I was guessing? S3 replacement????? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 30, 2022, 11:23 AM
    Very cool Larry. Tape collecting sure is fun. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 30, 2022, 11:18 AM
    Mike started a thread Coming soon from Magico in Magico
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 29, 2022, 06:28 PM
    Michael Jackson – Thriller – Full Review (vinyl, CD, Cassette, SACD, MOFI releases, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon Music, Sony 360 RA, from 1982 to 2022) – Magic Vinyl vs Digital Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 28, 2022, 11:50 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 28, 2022, 12:02 PM
    Mike started a thread Magico A1 in silver in Magico
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 27, 2022, 10:53 PM
    Love my copy! Crazy expensive, but nothing compares. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 26, 2022, 04:19 AM
    There are many excellent Ethernet cables on the market. The Ethernet cable you prefer is highly subjective and system dependent. Ask five audiophiles what their favorite Ethernet cable is and you’re likely to get five different answers. One...
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    November 24, 2022, 04:59 PM
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    November 24, 2022, 04:16 PM
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2022, 02:58 PM
    Yes, it’s from a digital DSD file. Yes, it sounds great. Better than my original? Yes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2022, 11:22 PM
    Just to clarify, months ago when Luxman discontinued all their Class A amps, I asked Luxman “why?” They said “for environmental reasons.” Let’s hope they have a change of heart and we see more great class A amps from them in the future. Not...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2022, 12:37 PM
    Very nice! I’ll finish watching this weekend. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2022, 01:06 AM
    We show them Class D, and they aren’t interested. Class D isn’t new. The second coming of class D has been predicted for years. It just hasn’t caught on other than among the DIY crowd looking for a small amp for cheap. Look at Rowland. Jeff...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2022, 07:45 PM
    For sure Jim. The first tip is working with a dealer like myself who will be sure it’s the right speaker for your room and any limitations you might have. Too many dealers are like “yeah, yeah, yeah, get the bigger speaker!” When they know it will...
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    November 22, 2022, 07:42 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Nordost vs Shunyata in Cable Reviews
    Where are you located. You really want Odin 2. Odin 2 is such a big improvement over Odin 1. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2022, 07:40 PM
    Agreed. We love the P1. It got heavy demo use today! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 22, 2022, 01:27 PM
    Mike started a thread Magico A5 in silver in Magico
    MAGICO A Silver Flagship A-Series Loudspeaker (3 way / 5 driver design) Hayward, CA (USA) – December 2022 – Since introducing the A5 loudspeaker system the color option was singular - a beautiful black brushed aluminum finish. We are excited to...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2022, 10:30 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin U2 Mini in Lumin
    It will. Loser dealers that promote this should be dropped. These messed with units (and I would like to use a stronger word than “messed”) end up on Audiogon, or as trades with no disclosure of previous tampering and then problems happen with the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2022, 08:38 AM
    Saw this photo of a guy in Europe (Poland) complaining about the sound. He was convinced it was the spikes and ordered some Harmonix TU-210ZX Million Maestro feet (1800 euro for 2 pc). When I see these pictures, I just shake my head. You almost...
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    November 22, 2022, 12:03 AM
    Typhon T2 - Shunyata Research Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 22, 2022, 12:03 AM
    DENALI 6000/T v2 Limited Edition - Shunyata Research Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2022, 10:27 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Silver Rush in Magico
    A hug from Joe! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2022, 09:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Silver Rush in Magico
    A5 in silver Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2022, 07:31 PM
    Mike started a thread Silver Rush in Magico
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 20, 2022, 09:13 PM
    My entire network is comprised of AudioQuest Diamond Ethernet Cables. They are the most neutral and transparent digital cables I have ever listened to. I consider them the biggest reason why I have never switched over from the MSB Renderer V2 to the...
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    November 20, 2022, 12:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric E-02 Phonostage in Esoteric 
    Esoteric E-02 Phono Preamplifier Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 20, 2022, 12:29 PM
    Mike replied to a thread World cup in General Off Topic Forums
    I can’t believe that the Canadian soccer team is considered “good”. SMH. Hockey, world dominance or at least outstanding. But soccer? Canada? Geez. I gotta see this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 20, 2022, 11:20 AM
    For a pinch more, this is superb: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 | High-End Ethernet Cable Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 19, 2022, 10:56 AM
    Yes! Make sure you sign up for our newsletter! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 19, 2022, 10:39 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric RAAT Mode in Esoteric 
    agreed and I do need to update our N-05XD and try. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 19, 2022, 08:53 AM
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    November 18, 2022, 12:58 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric RAAT Mode in Esoteric 
    Good to see them addressing SQ issues. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 17, 2022, 09:36 AM
    True. I’ll likely do the top of the Aurender anyway. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 17, 2022, 08:37 AM
    It’s meant to go ON TOP of an existing component (Preamp/DAC). I had this discussion with Caelin. Mine will go on top of my Esoteric or Aurender. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  1. Hi Ken,
    I red your comments in the Vitus power amps. May I ask whether you were able to have an audition? I would be very interested in your opinion comparing them with your Pass amps. I own since almost 10 years a pair of XA60.5's driving together with an Ypsilon Audio PST 100 mkii Tidal Contriva G2 speakers. I love the system but I know the speakers would benefit from more power. And one brand which intrigues me is Vitus. Therefore, your experience would be highly welcome!
    All the best from Luebeck Germany (no mountains here, but I originate from Bavaria
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    Ken, have you started to notice any detractors from the Gigafoil yet. Black is not always good. I have heard this from switch makers

    The filters we know are making in first impression kind of dead black background, calm sound picture. But if you listen further, you experience that this is at a cost.
    The price is loss of finest micro dynamics, less atmosphere - all these very tiny signals which bring the magic and touch.

    If you still think its the bomb I may want to try one. I was already looking to get a linear PS for my router. I will get one with a 19v and 12v rail.

    Do you get it from Mike or direct. What about PS. Where are you getting them and at what cost.

    Thanks Rex.
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