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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    Heck no, we canít get product, so no deals. Just hurry up and buy if youíre in the market before price increases. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Nordost QKore Grounding System in Cables
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Greetings All in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:11 AM
    I have no idea whether Magico is coming out with a new S series or not. Nobody really knows, and anything is pure speculation. What I can tell you is that the S5 mk2 is selling like hot cakes. I think itís truly seen as the ďnext big step upĒ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 25, 2021, 11:15 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 25, 2021, 03:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Nordost QKore Grounding System in Cables
    One is signal ground, the other is electrical grounding. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 25, 2021, 01:26 PM
    So happy to hear! Itís a fabulously musical system. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 25, 2021, 10:42 AM
    Thank you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 25, 2021, 10:42 AM
    Happy Thanksgiving! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 25, 2021, 12:36 AM
    I had the opportunity to do a head-to-head comparison of the new Stax SR-X9000 headphones and the SR-009S headphones at Capitol Audiofest. Both were playing through a tube headphone amp I was unfamiliar with but sounded excellent. I strongly...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 11:11 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    B&W 802D4 unboxing - Part 1 - YouTube B&W 802D4 Unboxing - Part 2 - YouTube Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 06:11 PM
    I canít beat the Shunyata in my system either. NAIM loves Shunyata. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 04:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    No problem. Welcome aboard! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 04:46 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    Itís shockingly good. I say the Luxman because itís better with low impedance dips like B&Wís have. Luxman is good to 1ohm. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 04:24 PM
    Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 24, 2021, 04:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    Welcome!! To answer your question: Yes and a new SSP and multi channel amp. I like the Luxman best with them of what we have now. 590 for sure is my fave, than 509. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 03:19 PM
    I know and I donít want them all between the speakers, but have no choice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 24, 2021, 03:17 PM
    Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 24, 2021, 02:01 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    Bass is WAY better Vs 802D3. Tweeter is way smoother too. Incredible with their sister company electronics: Classeí. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 01:51 PM
    Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 01:47 PM
    NAIM is crazy. Every box has at least one separate PSU. Each turntable needs its own Phonostage and that Phonostage needs its own PSU! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 01:45 PM
    Mike started a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
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    November 24, 2021, 11:20 AM
    Sure! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 10:51 AM
    Update on my home systemÖ. I still havenít received my NAIM NAP500DR amp, but hey, I only ordered it on March. I received my 552 preamp a few weeks ago and itís been breaking in nicely and is quite the step up in sound and weight (!!) over...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 10:11 AM
    Chad the man gives some background on the Verve Series: Acoustic Sounds Verve Series Update - YouTube Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2021, 09:43 AM
    When folks come in the store, they all comment how much they like the modern look of the A5ís, so donít know what folks here are saying. Personal preference I guess. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2021, 08:00 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Nordost QKore Grounding System in Cables
    Cool. Just remember, itís heavy! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2021, 07:57 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Nordost QKore Grounding System in Cables
    Excellent. Let us know how it sounds. Did you go for the premium ground wires? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2021, 07:48 PM
    I added the Nordost QKore Grounding System to my system at home today. Damn, it works. I hate the voodooÖ.but it works. I listened for an hour and then hooked it up and played the same songs. I heard greater micro detail retrieval, better...
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    November 23, 2021, 07:12 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread W20SE vs N30? in Aurender
    Congrats Battles on the N30SA! You should have stellar performance running the N30SA to the Pro USB/Pro ISL Input Module on the Select DAC. Top of the line all the way. Best, Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2021, 05:17 PM
    Meaning? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 23, 2021, 03:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin X1 in Lumin
    Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 23, 2021, 01:02 AM
    I use a combination Hurricane and Dragon power cords. For instance, the 10 foot run from the wall outlet to my Niagara 5000 power conditioner is Hurricane high current. But for critical runs like to my Select DAC, I use Dragon Source. I could have...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2021, 05:29 PM
    Itís a known error caused by a change on Qobuzís end. Aurender is working on a fix right now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2021, 05:28 PM
    For AQ? Hurricane. Much better than Tornado, almost as good as FireBird and way behind Dragon. But Hurricane gives you the transparency that you get with Firebird and dragon. Dragon just gives you a lot more. Sent from my iPhone using...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2021, 05:23 PM
    Thatís all I wanted to say. I know we all get busy with Turkey day and other things, so just a heads up so youíre not caught singing the blues that that shiny new toy just went up in price! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2021, 03:35 PM
    Iím not trying to tell anyone to buy anything, just want you guys to know what Iím seeing from my end. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 22, 2021, 01:32 PM
    Itís hard to put into words the improvement in sound quality by adding the AQ Dragon Source Power Cables to my MSB Select DAC. The level of transparency, detail and nuance, naturalness and refinement are just stunning. I tried several other high end...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2021, 12:11 PM
    Very system dependent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2021, 11:58 AM
    We have both here, so yes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 11:01 PM
    Yes, thatís what he told me too. Fingers crossed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 11:27 AM
    Ha! Itís all good. I will have three rooms myself coupled with show activities, so Iíll be running around like a mad man. Iíll definitely try to stop by and see you. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 11:25 AM
    If youíre on the fence about a new audio product, may I suggest not waiting much longer. It seems every day my in box is filled with new price lists or notifications of prices going up 10-20%. On Friday, Focal/NAIM announced that effective...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 10:53 AM
    Great. I did say hi, but you ignored meÖ.you were busy trying to impress Jay. . Itís all good, Iím married, Iím used to being ignored. Yeah, Iíve heard something about this Tampa showÖ. . Weíve sold all the big rooms, will you be able to...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 10:45 AM
    Yes. Emile was brilliant in fixing the sonic issues with Roon (after Roon updates and such), but decided it was better to build their own software. TAS is really just a stop gap solution. Will be exciting to see the finished software product...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 10:42 AM
    I think heís using TASÖ.it just sounds soooooo much better. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 10:28 AM
    Congrats Jack. The 2600 is a nice preamp. Enjoy. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 10:20 AM
    No surprise (to me). The A5 continues to knock down the competition and some big players too. The comments regarding points and the other contenders was quite revealing in and of itself. Give the A5ís some solid electronics and they will really...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 08:17 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread W20SE vs N30? in Aurender
    Hi Olaf, I totally agree with you that the preferred connection for Aurender + DCS is AES, but for Aurender + MSB (Battles has the Select DAC like me), the preferred connection is USB due to MSBís superb Pro USB/Pro ISL optical connection, which...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 21, 2021, 03:02 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread W20SE vs N30? in Aurender
    Hi Battles, I would encourage you to take a quick trip over to Suncoast Audio and do a head-to-head comparison of the N30SA and W20SE. After doing the audition, your decision should become clear and the guess work will be taken out of the...
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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
    Norbert
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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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