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    Today, 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 youíre 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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    November 24, 2022, 02:58 PM
    Yes, itís 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 ďwhy?Ē They said ďfor environmental reasons.Ē Letís 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! Iíll 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 arenít interested. Class D isnít new. The second coming of class D has been predicted for years. It just hasnít 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 itís the right speaker for your room and any limitations you might have. Too many dealers are like ďyeah, yeah, yeah, get the bigger speaker!Ē When they know it will...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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) Ė December 2022 Ė 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 ďmessedĒ) 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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    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 20, 2022, 12:29 PM
    Mike replied to a thread World cup in General Off Topic Forums
    I canít believe that the Canadian soccer team is considered ďgoodĒ. 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. Iíll 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
    Itís 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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    November 16, 2022, 12:47 AM
    Woot! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 15, 2022, 07:30 PM
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 15, 2022, 07:28 PM
    Just watched. This video was great. Jim has helped me so much with many things, including setup of the rooms in the store and my home system. The results he achieved were nothing less than stunning with oodles of ME (Musical Engagement). ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 15, 2022, 04:23 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Florida Audio Expo 2023 in Other Shows
    Yes sir! Will be the biggest one yet. Did you get a chance to watch our latest video? In Stereo with Mike & Rick - Episode 7 - Florida Audio Expo 2023, Bart Andeer - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 15, 2022, 09:07 AM
    I canít see why not, but you will need to press the selector switch on the back when going back and forth. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 14, 2022, 08:26 PM
    Today we installed a N30SA (replacing his W20SE) and MC20 (replacing his old Esoteric clock) for a customer. The customer also switch from older Wireworld clock cables to Shunyata Omega (3 x 50ohm and 1 x 75ohm) clock cables. We started with...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 14, 2022, 07:18 PM
    Just for clarification purposes, the latest news is actually very old news (18 months ago) and itís about the 595 amp which was a limited production and is now completely sold out. As for Class A, I sure hope we see Luxman making class A amps...
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    November 12, 2022, 11:48 PM
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    November 12, 2022, 10:06 AM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Fabulous. Rance has the 200iQís with his DB11-Sís and the sound is absolutely sublime. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 12, 2022, 12:01 AM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Thanks Khin! Iím proud of it. I know itís not obvious, but the glass sunk back with beveled edge was something I felt was key. Ditto for the window, IQ indicator layout and buttons. Itís not obvious. but the entire amp needed to be flipped. ...
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    November 11, 2022, 05:02 PM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Yes sir Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 11, 2022, 03:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Well, hereís the end result: BEFORE: MY DESIGN:
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 11, 2022, 02:30 PM
    The war in Ukraine was a wake up call for tube electronics manufacturers. Those companies that solely rely on Russian tubes must be sweating. Some are focusing on Class D now I guess. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 11, 2022, 10:50 AM
    We actually do. MBL Noble amps and MBL Noble integrated and HiFi Rose RS520. In stock right now, ready to go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 11, 2022, 03:24 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread NEW MSB Digital Director in MSB
    I am going to make a shameless plug here. The money you save purchasing my mint condition MSB Select II DAC from the Seller Forum here on AudioShark will cover the cost of the Select Digital Director and still leave you money left over. I will hand...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 10, 2022, 06:08 PM
    First, always 2 subs or 4, never 1 or 3. Second, dialing in subs involves three main objectives: 1. Crossing over with the mains (macro) 2. Dialing the sub into the room (macro) 3. Dialing the sub into where you place it in the room (micro)...
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    November 9, 2022, 07:23 PM
    Mike replied to a thread NEW MSB Digital Director in MSB
    New Digital Director models: The Select Digital Director > $27,500 The Reference Digital Director > $24,500 The Premier Digital Director > $14,500 The MSB Digital Director Features - MSB Technology Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 9, 2022, 06:44 PM
    Mike replied to a thread NEW MSB Digital Director in MSB
    The Digital Director Introduction - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 9, 2022, 10:43 AM
    Havenít we been hearing about the great Class D revolution in high end audio for decades? Didnít Rowland just switch back to Class AB because his customers ďwill never accept class DĒ? The GAN technology DOES sound good and the AGD amps using...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 8, 2022, 10:36 AM
    The 45rpm format isnít my fave either, but it sounds so good. Bass is jamming. Sent from my iPhone 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!
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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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