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    Yesterday, 02:25 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Bowers VS Magico in B&W
    Where are you located? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 12:35 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Bowers VS Magico in B&W
    I believe Mike has both. Correct me if Iím wrong. The A5 has Magicoís latest cone technology on the midrange and woofers. Even the M2, M3 and M6 donít have the aluminum honeycomb core driver cones, they use Rohacell core. Lots of value there. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Bowers VS Magico in B&W
    A5 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 26, 2020, 01:25 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    Such a cool product. Exciting stuff. Weíre going to sell a bunch!!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 26, 2020, 11:43 AM
    Definitely the DAC.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 26, 2020, 10:44 AM
    LMAO! That was awesome.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 25, 2020, 08:10 PM
    Happy Turkey Day!!! All the best. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 25, 2020, 10:17 AM
    This is a very fair point. If the only difference between USB cables is the quantity and type of noise they let through, then you would be correct. However, I suspect there are other differences that impact the sound quality such as impedance or...
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    November 25, 2020, 02:03 AM
    Iíve been working for years to get the USB cable out of my system because I honestly thought they didnít sound very good. USB was never designed to be a high fidelity digital audio connection. When I finally succeeded with the MSB Select DAC and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 09:42 PM
    Fish Market/Selling/Cables. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 08:18 PM
    Now in MQA on Tidal!!! Sounds terrific.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 01:33 PM
    Have you been able to do measurements against say a standard switch? That could certainly dispel their findings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:46 AM
    EtherREGEN Review/Measurements: UpTone Audio EtherREGEN Switch Review | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum Melco S100 Review/Measurements: https://www.melco-audio-masters.com/uploads/1/0/1/5/101505220/hfn_oct_melco_s100_reprint-low.pdf ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:33 AM
    Yes!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 10:05 AM
    Going to try the Melco S100 here. HiFi News measurements showed a marked improvement. The review is the EtherRegen one showed no improvement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 11:06 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Just color.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 08:03 PM
    Thatís a GREAT pairing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 08:01 PM
    LOL. True. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 23, 2020, 08:01 PM
    Just go to the fish market area and post. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 07:46 PM
    Magico A5 on the right. Let your music sing, not your cabinet! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 23, 2020, 07:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    K-03XD + Aurender N10. If you can stretch to the N20, it is a big step up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 04:26 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 22, 2020, 12:51 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Why Do I Own This? in Music Forum
    Hi Mike, How is the functionality of the TAS interface compared to Roon? Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 11:40 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Why Do I Own This? in Music Forum
    Mike, our Taiko Extreme continues to impress beyond what we thought was possible every single day. Talk about peeling back the onion. Shockingly real is how I would be describe what it does to music. Also glad TAS is becoming a reality, Iíve...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 11:25 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    Me: ďIs there a benefit to using any after market power cord on the W20SE?Ē Aurender: ďthere is still a benefit, but certainly less than other Aurenderís.Ē
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 08:25 AM
    Not all that rare for me. It would be very frustrating when this occurs. Ken
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    November 22, 2020, 08:18 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    There should be zero benefit from an upgraded power cord on the W20 or W20SE as it runs entirely on battery power except when itís charging. Use the stock cord that comes with the unit. The money saved on an upgraded power cord on a N20 or N30 could...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 08:07 PM
    Mike replied to a thread step up from N100H? in Aurender
    N-01XD and the reason is the ďXDĒ. Now an N10 into a K-01XD (instead of K-01x) then thatís a different story. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 03:32 PM
    Not sure. I thought it was just for mobile phones and tablets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2020, 03:32 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    We are using the AQ Dragon Source because in that room, itís all AQ (except for the Ethernet and USB). I havenít really thought about the W20SE being any different, I would be using the right cable for my budget and system. Omega NR, Alpha v2...
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    November 21, 2020, 02:42 PM
    Use Tapatalk. Our plug in for easier posting images created double posts. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 10:42 AM
    Nice list, happy to see the Sim 600i getting some love! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 10:18 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Speakers esthetics in Speakers
    I decided that Estelon wasnít for me. But I am looking at adding a real pretty (and virtually unknown) modestly priced speaker next year. Stay tuned. Late spring/summer time frame. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 10:17 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Pilium Audio in Amplifiers
    I read the review, I donít know, I wasnít feeling it. It was sort of saying ďitís good, but not as good as...Ē Iíll take gryphon or Boulder all day long myself. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2020, 08:32 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    No!! But let me know ASAP if you want one. They are going Fasssst! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 20, 2020, 05:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    There is VERY limited supply of BLACK K-01XD and K-03XD. Like 2 left. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    175 replies | 11897 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    November 20, 2020, 10:01 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Shunyata Omega USB in Shunyata Research
    USB Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 20, 2020, 08:05 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender Lite for iPhone in Aurender
    No, this is the iPhone app. Not sure why they call it ďliteĒ because itís very comprehensive. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    November 20, 2020, 01:34 AM
    The Shunyata Omega Ethernet Cable (1.5 Meters) is $2,500 MSRP. I wouldnít expect a USB cable of the same length to be much more. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 19, 2020, 03:01 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender Lite for iPhone in Aurender
    Go to settings/aurender. Select from there.
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    November 19, 2020, 07:53 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Shunyata Omega USB in Shunyata Research
    I donít believe there is a whole lot of information about it the Omega USB out yet. Iím checking on the MSRP. There is no doubt the Omega is a big step up over the Sigma, in every way. Now, the Alpha and Sigma are both used extensively...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 18, 2020, 10:30 PM
    Aurender just released a major firmware upgrade. It greatly improves the clock/timing and the quality of the digital outputs. To say this upgrade is substantial sonically would be an understatement. After the unit reboots, reboot it a second...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 18, 2020, 10:07 PM
    Viva, VAC, SIT-3. Canít say Iíve heard many better.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 18, 2020, 09:40 PM
    We replaced a Wireworld Platinum 6 USB Cable today with the Shunyata Omega USB. Sooooo much more organic, smooth and relaxed. Perfectly balanced top to bottom. I would like to know the materials used (any silver?). This cable is set to be THE...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 18, 2020, 05:53 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Taiko Extreme in Taiko Audio
    I will say this so far: Iím beyond impressed. I wasnít expecting THIS kind of impact. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 18, 2020, 05:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Taiko Extreme in Taiko Audio
    Or just post your comments here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    18 replies | 726 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    November 18, 2020, 02:48 PM
    https://gryphon-audio.dk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/STRP_4312_GRYPHON_Essence_Mono.pdf Stereophile Gryphon Essence Review. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    82 replies | 9427 view(s)
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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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