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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Vivid S12 in Vivid Audio
    KAYA S12 Ė Vivid Audio The design philosophy behind Vivid Audio Kaya S12 True to Vivid Audio, an inordinate engineering effort was invested to completely remove cabinet resonances in a two-way bookshelf form factor. The result we believe is a...
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    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
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    Yesterday, 05:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread LIAR Test in General Audio Discussion
    Ha! He moved his to the basement. Management orders. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    Working perfectly here! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:46 PM
    Enjoying the re-do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    Mike replied to a thread T+A Support in T+A Electronics
    A3000 has been out for a while now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:59 PM
    Mike, Thatís because you never had MBL 101E Mk2ís before. :) Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    New DK. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 11:23 AM
    Mike replied to a thread T+A Support in T+A Electronics
    Me too. Would love to see a refresh to the amps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 09:42 AM
    Mike replied to a thread T+A Support in T+A Electronics
    Agreed. David is awesome. Just wish I could get more traction with the brand. Everyone loves the look and sound. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 07:11 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    So, if Iím following correctly, customized digital processing is completed by a re-programmable FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) microchip modulator. The digital signal then moves to the Discrete Ladder DACs, where it is converted to an analog...
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    September 24, 2020, 11:29 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Is there a DAC ladder with the Master Sound Discrete DAC? Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 24, 2020, 08:58 PM
    Welcome! Donít forget to check us out at Suncoast Audio in Sarasota!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 24, 2020, 02:30 PM
    The 590 is terrific, more refined and powerful than the 390. Also take a look at the Boulder 866 with optional Roon enabled DAC. Itís very very popular here in the store. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 24, 2020, 09:22 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Is there a savvy Electrical Engineer on this forum that can read the Esoteric literature and examine the photos, and give us a lucid explanation of what the Master Sound Discrete DAC is exactly? We need to leverage some of the talent around here. :)...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 23, 2020, 09:57 PM
    Correct and correct. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 23, 2020, 06:54 PM
    Agreed. It was for me too. My only beef is that T+A raised their prices SO MUCH on the HV series in April 2019. And yes, I told the CEO of T+A in Germany when we sat down for a drink last May. He said their costs overall went way up. Oh well. ...
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    September 23, 2020, 01:48 PM
    I used to own a Cary SLP-05 preamp and I would say that it had the most lifelike sustain/decay on piano notes Iíve ever experienced. Simply jaw dropping. The magic of 6SN7ís. Enjoy! Ken
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    September 22, 2020, 10:23 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&w db1b in B&W
    Depends on the size of the room and specific bass nodes youíre trying to tackle. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 22, 2020, 05:38 PM
    New Aurender N20 - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 22, 2020, 12:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Iíve ordered this configuration for demo. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 22, 2020, 12:32 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    When I look closely at the photos, there appears to be rows of resistors that you would normally see in a ladder DAC. Maybe this is used in conjunction with customized digital processing to achieve a unique sound. In other words, Iím thinking it may...
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    September 22, 2020, 11:28 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Itís different than chip or R2R. Very unique. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 22, 2020, 10:52 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    ďThis is the most cutting-edge DAC architecture available todayó 64 bit / 512 Fs delta-sigma modulator independently designed for PCM and DSD processing.Ē Is this not a delta-sigma chip? Or is it a R2R Ladder DAC? Hybrid? Please elaborate. ...
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    September 22, 2020, 07:24 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Hi Bernard, Itís possible the XD is a dramatic departure from Esotericís scores of previous models. To me, a customized Delta Sigma chip isnít exactly groundbreaking. Other companies have done the same. I find it hard to believe this new chip...
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    September 22, 2020, 07:20 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Yes Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 11:48 PM
    The N20 is an appealing component with the numerous upgrades from the N10 and the ability to add 16 TB of SSD storage. Ken
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    September 21, 2020, 08:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N20 Unboxing in Aurender
    No. We can always discuss taking your N10 on trade towards an N20. N20 is right there with W20SE sonically. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 06:01 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Mike, I agree with your post if you substitute the word ďanalyticalĒ for ďdetailedĒ. I owned three Esoteric players (one a Grandioso) and a Grandioso Master Clock, and my MSB Select 2 with Renderer V2 module has substantially more detail than any...
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    September 21, 2020, 05:00 PM
    Yes!!! Must feel great to have a dedicated room. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 21, 2020, 04:54 PM
    Yes. For sure! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 04:11 PM
    Ha, I forgot that! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 21, 2020, 04:02 PM
    300 baud works just fine. Love the noise it makes when we connect to this incredible thing called ďAOLĒ. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 03:35 PM
    Yes. A few months ago, I set up a single folder with one album in it. We proceeded to test it for a while and it was going good. Then it started to hang and splutter. I donít have folders for file types, they are Genre, high res, DSD, etc. ...
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    September 21, 2020, 03:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N20 Unboxing in Aurender
    Listening now to the same track on Aurender, same cables, same DAC, vs Roon and itís not even a contest. Itís so much better sounding. This N20 is right there with the W20SE sonically. So impressed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 03:11 PM
    Nope, we took those out as step one. We will figure it out. We have to, we have so many Roon devices in the store. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 02:57 PM
    Yup, only Roon core. I originally thought it was our slightly older iPad, so I bought us a new iPad Pro. The issues were the same. Ditto for my phone. Iím really thinking I need a faster NUC for the core. When it hangs, I usually see it...
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    September 21, 2020, 02:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N20 Unboxing in Aurender
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    September 21, 2020, 02:39 PM
    We are running a NAS (Synology 1812+). The laptop has the latest version of Mac OS. My hunch is that Roon constantly wants to update the library and our library is large. My guess is that itís getting stuck somewhere. But that being said,...
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    September 21, 2020, 02:32 PM
    Mike started a thread Aurender N20 Unboxing in Aurender
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    September 21, 2020, 01:38 PM
    The exact same thing happens to me at home with Roon. Different network. Different everything. Single source for streaming.
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    September 21, 2020, 01:10 PM
    Weíve rebuilt the Roon library several times. I think our next step is a more powerful computer. An i9 or something. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 12:35 PM
    Thanks! Will give that a try. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 12:02 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne 502SPís arrive in Fyne Audio
    For the first few hundred hours, they are forward. After that, not forward. Dynamics galore. Bass will shock you. Bottom line: long break in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 11:53 AM
    We have a fast MacBook Pro in the store. Tried that a few months ago. Still choking. Actually, was even worse! Maybe I need a SGC i9. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 21, 2020, 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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    September 21, 2020, 10:11 AM
    Yes! The new D-TC2 Mainz power cables knocked my socks off compared to the already great D-TC Mainz. Honestly, I was expecting a good incremental improvement. What I got when I switched them out was an huge jump in dynamic range and further...
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    September 21, 2020, 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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    September 21, 2020, 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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    September 21, 2020, 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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  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!
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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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