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    Today, 03:06 AM
    Hi Dre, I did read the TAS review of the Kento Carbon, I just didnít realize you had written it. Well done, it was an excellent review! Are you in the NYC area? Ken
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    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Hi Dre, I donít think you will be disappointed if you decide to go with the Kento Carbon. Iíve owned the Vandersteen 7 Mk2 for four years and they integrate better into my listening room than all the high-end speakers Iíve owned before them. The...
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    Yesterday, 11:17 AM
    Hi Dre. Are you planning on purchasing a pair of Kento Carbonís? A very nice step up from the former 5A Carbonís. Ken
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    January 26, 2021, 06:56 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    I agree with Mike. It required much R&D and gives them a big competitive advantage. Why would they offer it to other parties? Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 26, 2021, 06:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    Itís a product for the Taiko hardware. I donít see it being available as a third party. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 26, 2021, 05:39 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    The nice feature of the Taiko software is that with the push of a button from the app on your iPad, you can switch back and forth between Roon and the Taiko software. Switching to Roon, basically turns off ďExtremeDirect PlayerĒ and re-enables Roon...
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    January 26, 2021, 04:44 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    Hi Mike, Please let us know your initial thoughts. Thanks, Ken
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    January 26, 2021, 01:40 PM
    Mike started a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    The great guys at Taiko installed our beta version of the Taiko Music Server. We can switch back and forth between it and Roon. We spoke for two hours about why Roon is affected sonically: noisy traffic caused by its P2P architecture, among...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 26, 2021, 08:05 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin app on Apple Mac M1 in Lumin
    I bought an M1 Laptop this weekend. My wife has already taken possession of it! Terrific laptop. Love that screen by the keyboard. Thatís fantastic that it runs the Lumin app too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    January 26, 2021, 12:26 AM
    My first high-end component was the Apogee Duetta Signature. I went to a local audio dealerís event in 1992 and listened to Jason Bloomís demonstration of the Apogee Diva with Krell Class A monoblocks. I was stunned by the most lifelike reproduced...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 25, 2021, 04:45 PM
    I have Omega on all our Aurenderís including mine at home. On the N100H, the Alpha is what I would use. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 25, 2021, 02:04 PM
    Some people buy their audio by the pound. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 11:36 PM
    What Is a Master Tape? Acoustic Sounds’ Chad Kassem Explains Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 11:10 PM
    The vinyl is exceptional, but damn, the SACD is also superb. Home run. If you have an SACD player, I highly recommend it. Nina Simone-Little Girl Blue-Hybrid Stereo SACD|Acoustic Sounds Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 10:46 PM
    Used? IMF speakers New? Perraux amp and preamp But truthfully, it was the 1970ís and everything is now a blur! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 10:38 PM
    Esoteric E-02 Phono Preamplifier | 10 Audio Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 10:01 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 02:02 PM
    As Mike carries both Shunyata and AudioQuest power products, I have quizzed him extensively on the two product lines. While the Everest is now one of the top performers in noise reduction and current delivery, what I have gleaned from these...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 11:24 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    This will sound like a PC answer, but truly in between. If pressed, I would say closer to the K1X. In years past, the K-03 versions were quite close to the K-01 versions. With XD, thatís not the case. K-01XD is really a nice step up. HOWEVER,...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 10:35 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New amp incoming in Headphones & Earbuds
    Congrats Randy! SimAudio builds a terrific piece of kit.
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    January 24, 2021, 01:11 AM
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    January 23, 2021, 09:18 PM
    My favorite Harbethís! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 04:41 PM
    Yup, two different approaches for recording. A820 is the real deal for recording which tape machines were designed for back then. Today, the focus is more playback for most. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 23, 2021, 04:18 PM
    If youíre into audio by the pound, yes that would matter. The weight of the A820 comes from itís stand, sheer size and other structures internally as you have mentioned. The A810 was designed purposely as a portable unit, so areas for size and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 01:27 PM
    Mike, youíre off. The 810 and 820 have the exact same playback mechanism. Itís all in the recording side the differences. And for playback only, the 1500 Technics is excellent, especially rebuilt by J Corder. From Ki Choi: ďboth share all...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 01:01 PM
    True. A little bit of a work around, but doable. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 23, 2021, 12:55 PM
    George, the hiss of tape is there with digital (from tapes) as well, but excessive hiss on R2R playback can come from many sources: bad caps, caps going bad, dirty tape heads, bad tape heads, etc. With a copy of the master tape, you are closer...
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    January 23, 2021, 12:19 PM
    The A820 Vs A810 is almost identical, the only difference being in the recording side. If itís playback only, itís identical. Most 810ís can be had for $10-15k fully refurbished, wired with external outputs, flux heads, etc. I own two. There...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 10:54 AM
    It all depends on whether you want Roon or not. The LinQ doesnít do Roon, only HQ Player. I frankly think the Aqua La Scala v2 is incredibly engaging and musical. The MA3 sounds smooth and musical, takes longer than most DACís to break in and...
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    January 22, 2021, 09:47 PM
    Itís highly unlikely anyone has a dynamic recording they listen to which wouldnít work with tape. Also, itís unlikely someone can hear 20khz, so who cares if you can record above that. I will happily put my tape up against any other format and...
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    January 22, 2021, 09:34 AM
    B side, album 1. CRANK IT!
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    January 21, 2021, 08:29 PM
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    January 21, 2021, 07:57 PM
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    January 21, 2021, 07:50 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Gauder RC7 MK2 in Speakers
    Congrats Marcin, beautiful speakers! Hope you held off on the celebratory whiskey until after the setup was completed.:D Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 21, 2021, 04:52 PM
    Looks awesome Brian! Love that finish. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 21, 2021, 12:21 PM
    Delivered!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 21, 2021, 09:25 AM
    These shipping companies are a nightmare. A daily nightmare. Fingers crossed things work out today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 20, 2021, 01:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Make sure you donít tilt the speakers beyond a few degrees. The omniís could damage. Try to keep the speaker as upright as possible. Be very careful of the midrange and tweeter. No touch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 20, 2021, 12:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Iím an expert in asking: whoís your dealer on this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 20, 2021, 08:40 AM
    Congrats Patrick. MBL is certainly a dream system! I sure love mine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 20, 2021, 12:27 AM
    Thank you Bruce. We have a great team and Iíll be sure to pass along your message. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 18, 2021, 11:06 AM
    We have four Sotto Voceís in the store, weíve taken them to shows and bounced them around and theyíve always been great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 18, 2021, 07:03 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    While the W20SE probably has a slightly lower noise floor than the N30, the increased instantaneous current that can be delivered through the N30ís upgraded power supply, compared to the W20SEís battery power, may more than offset that. When you see...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 17, 2021, 10:42 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    No, no, letís chalk it up to room and positioning. All good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 09:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    The Magicoís are so nice to work with during setup. We had limitations due to WAF (a hard line of 18 inches out into the room) and had to work with the heat from the fire place on the left side. We also had to ensure the TV wasnít blocked from any...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 17, 2021, 03:33 PM
    Nope. Waiting like everyone else. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 02:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    ACS10 is ripper, backup, storage, etc. itís a purposely built music content server designed to replace the computer (for ripping) and NAS (for backup and storage). The N30 will be limited to whatever the largest size SSD drive is (8TB at...
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    January 17, 2021, 12:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    I havenít heard whether they will or not or how long the stock umbilical cord is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 11:31 AM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    This will be an interesting shoot out! I canít wait to get our N30. The W20SE however remains unique in that it operates on battery power. Thatís a huge advantage. But a separate power supply might be right there with it. We shall see. I...
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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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