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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    So so sorry to hear. Losing a pet is just gut wrenching.
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    February 26, 2021, 07:51 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Florida Audio Expo in Other Shows
    Great news, Mike. Congrats! Ken
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    February 26, 2021, 07:45 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Florida Audio Expo in Other Shows
    No date yet. Still negotiating with the hotel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 26, 2021, 04:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    I played some Post Malone one time and everyone got mad! Said it wasn’t music. They wanted more boring classical. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 26, 2021, 03:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    That combo is in youtube from my store! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 26, 2021, 09:41 AM
    Mike started a thread Florida Audio Expo in Other Shows
    We will be back in 2022! The hotel is completely renovated. Exciting stuff. Enjoy a look back. 2020 Florida Audio Expo - Tampa Florida - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 26, 2021, 08:33 AM
    Love ours. One of my top three favorite integrated amps. Has the new Boulder sound = yummy.
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    February 26, 2021, 01:37 AM
    I’d just like to add, if it wasn’t already stated, that the MSB Select Headphone Amp is specifically designed and built to be used with the Stax SR-009S Headphones and the Select DAC. Even though this headphone amp costs multiples of these...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 25, 2021, 05:39 PM
    Great album. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 25, 2021, 04:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    EV-4 Munich High End Show - 2018 - Kharma Audio ?1 - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 25, 2021, 02:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    Yes, heard them in Munich. Was blown away. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 25, 2021, 08:33 AM
    Welcome!
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    February 24, 2021, 10:46 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    Thank you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 24, 2021, 11:15 AM
    If his legs are as damaged as reports claim, he might be finished with competitive golf. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 23, 2021, 09:30 PM
    Get well soon, Tiger! Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 23, 2021, 05:20 PM
    Hope he’s ok! Tiger Woods in surgery after vehicle rolls over in crash Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 23, 2021, 11:05 AM
    Pass XP17. We had it in the store and loved it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 23, 2021, 10:10 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Daft Punk in Music Forum
    Daft Punk Announces Breakup After 28 Years - The New York Times
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    February 23, 2021, 02:13 AM
    Have you added a high quality power cord for your Select Headphone Amp? I can only imagine how my AudioQuest Dragon Source Power Cord would sound on it. They transformed the sonic purity of my Select DAC. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 22, 2021, 07:32 PM
    This is a global problem which extends far beyond audio to appliances, cars and much more. It’s quite frankly, a global supply chain issue. For audio related, we could sell 20 times more if we could just get inventory. Companies like Lumin...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 22, 2021, 04:43 PM
    Spotify HiFi is a lossless streaming tier coming later this year - The Verge Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 22, 2021, 04:19 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender drop out problem in Aurender
    Aurender’s support remains the gold standard in my books. TROND - PM me your info and I’ll see if I can help. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    February 22, 2021, 12:01 PM
    Getting this thread back on track, Mike B., tell us a little about the Kharma Elegance DB11-S and Kharma Exquisite MIDI and how they compare to the models that you already have in your store. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 21, 2021, 06:10 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Marten speakers in Speakers
    I heard them many times, lots in the Zesto room. Can’t say they wowed me really. Sometimes they sounded nice, other times, meh. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    February 21, 2021, 05:26 PM
    Hi Mike, What are your impressions of the Select Headphone Amp and Stax 009s Headphones thus far? Are they meeting expectations? Ken
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    February 21, 2021, 11:31 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    I didn’t. You find that one better? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 21, 2021, 11:04 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    Gold, Redbook, QoBuz. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    February 21, 2021, 01:27 AM
    VAC certainly deserves part of the credit, although all the amps Mike tried sounded great with them. The VAC was my favorite though. Ken
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    February 20, 2021, 07:37 PM
    I believe it. Karen Carpenter’s voice is stunningly lifelike on that system. I’ve listened to the video half a dozen times. I’m in awe of what I’m hearing. Ken
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    February 20, 2021, 07:32 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    Every single person that came into the store this week listened to the Kharma’s. Both pairs were universally loved as in “I want these”. Not one person wasn’t completely enamored and “drawn in”. There was no “not my cup of tea” or “too much...
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    February 20, 2021, 07:19 PM
    I love the sound of Karen Carpenter singing Rainy Days and Mondays on this system. We’re talking liquid in the midrange! Like you said, the type of sound that draws an emotional response. Would love to listen to this system in person. Damn...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    February 20, 2021, 01:41 PM
    Even better. Tremendous value proposition. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 20, 2021, 01:41 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    I love mine too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 20, 2021, 01:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    Actually, they are $37,500. Bring a tissue, these Kharma’s will rip your heart out, give you goosebumps and make you tear up. Super emotional sounding speakers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 20, 2021, 01:38 PM
    LOL. The MBL 101E Mk2’s are arguably the best sounding speakers under $100K. At approximately $70K vs. $40K for the DB9-S, not exactly a fair comparison. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 20, 2021, 10:32 AM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB new pricing model in MSB
    The Discrete is not changing in price. And I would sure have loved to have seen that price of $7k because that’s a big no no. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 20, 2021, 02:48 AM
    Wow, all three amplifiers that you hooked up to the Kharma DB9-S sounded wonderful. These speakers are easy to drive and I would imagine that any good amplifier would produce wonderful sound. Bravo! Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 19, 2021, 08:14 PM
    Agreed. A good dealer would have told him that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 19, 2021, 07:00 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    Kharma DB9-S + VAC Signature 200iQ monos + VAC Master Pre + Aqua La Scala + Aurender - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 19, 2021, 02:34 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio in Kharma
    Kharma DB9-S + Viva Solista + Aqua La Scala + Aurender ACS10 - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 19, 2021, 12:03 PM
    Ha! You were no trouble at all and I enjoyed our day together doing shootouts. Agreed 100% on prices. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 19, 2021, 10:26 AM
    Tidal recently became inspired for design ideas for their speakers from Bugatti. Perhaps McIntosh received their industrial design inspiration for the MCD85 from the Fiat Multipla. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 18, 2021, 07:59 PM
    Some comments on FB. LOL. Guess I’m not alone. This one is my favorite: “Reminds me of my little sisters easy bake oven.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 18, 2021, 07:57 PM
    This might just be the ugliest CD player I’ve ever seen. The new McIntosh MCD85 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    February 18, 2021, 06:23 PM
    I’m sitting in front of mine right now and it’s not “wobbly” or cheap. The VC is made of metal and not plastic. Here’s a video: Meitner MA-3 Volume Control - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 18, 2021, 04:48 PM
    Reason #979: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 18, 2021, 12:35 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Audio F1-10 in Fyne Audio
    Here’s the settings we like for them in our 17 x 25 room. Presence is not turned down all the way, the picture doesn’t quite show it, but it’s a couple of notches up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 18, 2021, 11:52 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Audio F1-10 in Fyne Audio
    The upper ‘Energy’ control alters the level of signal fed to the tweeter, from the crossover point upwards, giving control over how bright the presentation sounds. The lower ‘Presence’ control only affects the lower treble region of 2.5 - 5.0kHz,...
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    February 18, 2021, 11:25 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Audio F1-10 in Fyne Audio
    Just sent! Try them and let me know your thoughts. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    February 17, 2021, 05:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Audio F1-10 in Fyne Audio
    Looks awesome John. I’ll text you my F1 settings and you can try them and see if you like them. 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!
    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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