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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 11:29 AM
    Welcome! Check out VPI too for tables. REGA also makes some nice ones too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:59 AM
    Congrats. Any first impressions? Antileon Evo would be my pick followed by the 1161. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:56 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    I thought as much Peter. $200 is very fair, I frankly thought it would be at least $500. Your ordering much smaller quantities than say Sony or Logitech, so your costs are higher. The remote looks gorgeous. Canít wait to see it in person. Well...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:26 AM
    The car has nice lines too! Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 08:43 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    No. But for arguments sake, what would you use for cables? Outdoor lighting cable? Lamp cord? The entire level of the system went up significantly with this Alpha v2 loom.
    91 replies | 2535 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 08:38 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Itís a DSD512 album of Vanessa Fernandez, I Want You. I Want You - NativeDSD Music
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 08:32 PM
    My customer who bought Grandioso K1X, Clock, PS1 from me, says clock.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 08:30 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Esoteric N-01XD + Magico A5?s + Pass X260.8 + Pass XP22 + all Shunyata Alpha V2 cabling. DSD512. - YouTube
    91 replies | 2535 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 08:28 PM
    They donít have dealers. So, we all pay the full nut. With the PSU it was about $6K. FAR cheaper than I can buy an Esoteric clock for. But, SCAudiophile says the Esoteric clock is super, so I must try it. I was just a little skeptical since I...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 08:18 PM
    This clock is just getting better and better and better. Was really surprised to the improvement it made. Hey, even as a dealer, we paid full retail! Worth every penny.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 06:45 PM
    Now thatís fast! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 04:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    WHEN has Peter ever ďsoldĒ Luminís? He has done zero selling. I havenít seen even a hint of it. In fact, heís given great tech support on many non-Lumin products. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 04:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    Thatís a crazy idea. Have you seen the incredible support Lumin gives for free? Do you think Peter does this because heís bored? Lumin makes Peter available to all of us FOR FREE. When you bought the Lumin, it didnít have a remote and you...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 03:59 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    $200 seems VERY reasonable to me, especially for such a beautiful, elegant looking remote. Our MBL remote is $750 and it looks like this: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 19, 2020, 12:11 PM
    Whoa, those are massive speakers. Iíll bet they scale wonderfully. Beautiful system, congrats!! Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 18, 2020, 10:13 AM
    Ordering now. Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 17, 2020, 08:56 PM
    Iíve researched the clocks and felt this was a top dog to test an external clock. Iíll likely get the Grandioso clock one day and put this one on the N-01XD. I have the Shunyata Sigma 50 clock cable. If I get a new one, it will be a v2. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 17, 2020, 08:02 PM
    Just added this tonight to the Grandioso K1X Iím playing with at home. Oh my. Using a Shunyata Sigma Clock Cable. The difference is not subtle. SMOOOOOOOTH.....OMG, FLESHY FLESHY vocals. So much more 3D. Such ease. The top end of this...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 17, 2020, 03:47 PM
    EQ500 gets my vote. We have one in the store and itís fantastic. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 17, 2020, 03:45 PM
    Mike replied to a thread I'm back too! in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome back! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 16, 2020, 08:57 PM
    Meddle is a terrific album. I love to listen to Animals when Iím driving by myself on a lonely highway in the middle of the night. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 16, 2020, 07:52 PM
    Welcome Kende Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 16, 2020, 07:24 PM
    My favorites were always: 1973 - Dark Side of the Moon 1975- Wish You Were Here 1977- Animals In that order. Three tremendous albums in a five-year period. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 16, 2020, 03:18 PM
    Mike started a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    So cool!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 15, 2020, 11:06 PM
    We have 2912ís and 2812ís. Good speakers, but limiting like most panels. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 15, 2020, 09:12 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Gryphon Antileon Evo in Gryphon Audio
    Weíve used the XP22 on all the Gryphon amps. Works wonderfully. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 15, 2020, 03:03 PM
    I saw them in the 80ís with Gilmour, Wright and Mason. The emphasis was totally on music and off the lyrics with the band drawing little to no attention to themselves. I felt like they were painting a musical portrait for the audience to enjoy. It...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 14, 2020, 07:29 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Roon Playlist in Computer/Digital Audio
    No shared. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 14, 2020, 06:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Roon Playlist in Computer/Digital Audio
    Yes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 14, 2020, 06:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Roon Playlist in Computer/Digital Audio
    Thanks. More Roon bugginess I guess. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 14, 2020, 04:00 PM
    Does anyone know why this happens in Roon? You make a playlist and then the songs are not available. Iím logged into Tidal, QoBuz and our NAS, so thatís not the issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 14, 2020, 10:58 AM
    Deleted Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 14, 2020, 10:47 AM
    Seems that it may impact the USB Digital Input Modules. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 14, 2020, 09:04 AM
    Mike replied to a thread SimAudio 700i in SimAudio (MOON)
    Tom, Iím so pleased you remain so happy with the system we put together. You made all great choices and everything just works so well together. Congrats again!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 09:55 PM
    The sound really improves as you move up the line. The ACS10, ACS100, A10, A30 all have different functions from the N100H, N10, N20, N30 (coming soon), W20SE. ACS stands for Aurender Content Server. Itís meant to replace a NAS. Ripping...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 09:51 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Vivid Giya G3 Series 2 in Vivid Audio
    back to Vivid. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 09:30 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Vivid Giya G3 Series 2 in Vivid Audio
    Zero communication. Rep is gone. No replacement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 07:18 PM
    Sadly, the 3000 is discontinued. It was phenomenal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 06:35 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Vivid Giya G3 Series 2 in Vivid Audio
    Yes, they sorted out the US Distributor situation and we are back. Was never a problem with the speaker! We technically still sell MIT, but we are moving to focus our cable efforts on Shunyata, AQ and WW. There are some concerns about the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 02:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    No, you will still need something to run Roon Core. The N-01XD also features a USB input, so someone could use a Lumin U1/U1 mini and the Lumin software or Aurender with the Aurender software. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    91 replies | 2535 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 07:01 AM
    Mike replied to a thread SimAudio 700i in SimAudio (MOON)
    Yes and yes. The 860v2 is a noticeable step up in micro detail retrieval, bass, soundstaging from the 700i v2. We have both in the store. Terrific pieces. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 06:57 AM
    No different in sound quality if youíre only using/needing USB. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 13, 2020, 06:56 AM
    Mike replied to a thread step up from N100H? in Aurender
    The N10 is not going away. Itís going to stay in the lineup. Itís a BIG step up from the N100H sonically. When people compare them here in the store, they canít unhear the sonic superiority of the N10. Thatís where I would be focusing on. ...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 12, 2020, 07:33 PM
    Iíve always felt that Esotericís one box solutions are their sweet spot (Iíve owned 3 of them). The quality of their transports combined with the latest DAC technology is a winning formula. Ken
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 12, 2020, 07:04 PM
    Congrats Joe! Glad to hear itís a winner. Do you know the MSRP? Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 12, 2020, 02:52 PM
    Welcome!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 12, 2020, 08:49 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    I would agree. Much like Magico, Esoteric continually moves forward to improve their sound quality. Next to MSB, Esoteric are my favorite digital source components. Their transports are second to none. Hopefully they will offer an upgrade path going...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 11, 2020, 08:30 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Hi Joe, The Esoteric sound really changed starting with the Grandioso K1. Much more musical but some detail was sacrificed. The XD Series appears to have addressed this effectively. The Premier would be the more appropriate comparison. At any...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 11, 2020, 07:12 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Hi Joe, Isnít the K01XD a lot more money than the MSB Discrete? Ken
    91 replies | 2535 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!
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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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