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    Yesterday, 03:55 PM
    Hi Ricky, I agree with everything you said except that Roon isnít as stable as other platforms. I have literally had zero glitches since I started using Roon about three years ago. The key is I have an extremely straightforward setup: Roon...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:23 AM
    Yes
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    June 16, 2021, 08:37 PM
    No, I donít have any. Sorry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 07:51 PM
    Iím actually not sure of the brand. I think one of our members may know and commented above. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 05:54 PM
    They are actually subwoofers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 09:10 AM
    This thread has been very helpful. Now that I understand what HQ Player is all about, I no longer have any interest in it. Thanks, Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 08:34 AM
    Just so I understand. In order to improve the sound of Roon, you install and configure HQP on another computer. Then, in HQP, you set it to upsample everything, even PCM red book to DSD 256/512 using a ASDM7EC modulator with a poly-sinc-ext2...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 06:54 AM
    I also own a Roon Nucleus +. I have no idea why I would need to add extra computer processing power to convert to DSD 512 or DSD 256. It has been my experience through the entire history of all systems I have owned that native sampling in the native...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 06:12 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Watch our YouTube Channel for an unboxing tomorrow! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 11:49 AM
    Yikes! Thanks for the warning. Seems strange that Roon would offer this add-on in their software and their own server (Roon Nucleus +) would not be able to handle it. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 10:11 AM
    LinQ? Taiko? Or do I need to add a PC/Mac? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 08:56 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Sure! We are going to unbox (and do a video) today. We were so slammed with demos yesterday, we didnít have time.
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 08:54 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Congrats Mike! Does Aurender allow you to do a N30SA versus W20SE shootout? Ken
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 06:46 AM
    Hi Mike, Now thereís a useful suggestion. After youíve set up HQ Player with Roon, if you hear some sonic improvement, maybe you can show me how to do it. Thanks, Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 06:22 AM
    Anyone who hasnít compared Roon to TAS or Aurender or NAIM, really should. Hopefully some folks who have made this comparison based on sound, will chime in. We have a Nucleus+ and a Taiko Extreme for running Roon. It sounds like HQP really can...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 01:38 AM
    I think the demise of Roon has been greatly exaggerated. No more than wishful thinking on some peopleís part. I still think Roon sounds terrific and has the best interface. Anyone that thinks thereís a sonic penalty just needs a better server. I may...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 14, 2021, 09:53 AM
    Mike started a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Has arrived! Will try to unpack and setup today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 14, 2021, 09:03 AM
    I havenít written much about this brand, even though weíve been selling it for years and Iíve been living with it for years. In the store, we have a significant investment in NAIM equipment from the UNITI series products like the Core and ATOM...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 14, 2021, 08:16 AM
    Congrats on the new headphone amp Randy. They make great products. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 13, 2021, 03:21 PM
    Those features and meta data come at a cost: sound. Best interface hands down is Roon. But far from the best sounding. Actually, quite a choke point sonically. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 12, 2021, 09:52 PM
    Stereo Magazine: Limited to 600 Units Worldwide Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 12, 2021, 02:45 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 12, 2021, 02:44 PM
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    June 12, 2021, 02:41 PM
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 12, 2021, 08:05 AM
    I watched it. Was good and sad all at the same time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 11, 2021, 03:38 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Hi Jim, He measured the room, the distance to my listening position, mounted lasers on the speakers for positioning and toe-in of the speakers and used Vandertones to balance the bass. I am extremely pleased with his setup (heís done many...
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    June 11, 2021, 12:17 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Hi Mark, My Vandersteen 7 Mk2ís are only 29 inches off the front wall and that was the recommended position from my dealer. In fact, he threatened to slug me if I moved them. :) Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 11, 2021, 06:48 AM
    Great little system, but at the volumes I listen, I would blow the 30.2ís to smithereens in my room. 40.3ísÖfor sure would work. 260.8ís then. I have some Franco Serblin Accordo Essence coming next week to go with the little Accordoís in the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 10, 2021, 08:41 PM
    The trioís wonít fit. I would love the 4Dís, but that might be a goal for next year. Thinking an Artesania 2+2+2 and a 3 shelf on the end. But thatís as far as Iíve gotten. LOL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 10, 2021, 12:19 PM
    And that would be? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 09:24 PM
    Iím my own worst customer. Nothing decided. My system currently comprises two turntables and a reel to reel sitting on the floor. Thinking: Kharma, Harbeth, Pass, Luxman, Sim, Classe, Boulder, NAIM, Block, MSB, Aurender I have Vivid and...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 09:10 PM
    I donít think your two points are mutually exclusive. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 08:19 PM
    Influential Albums - How many of these 150 influential albums have you heard? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 02:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    Yes. Donít forget about the new N200. We have one on order too. Reportedly beats the N10 and nips at the heels of the N20. Two user installed storage (ie 2 x 8TB SSDís) The N30 comes with one 8TB SSD and one bay available for a second one. ...
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 01:52 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    Hi George, I would say yes, based on the price. The N30SA MSRP is $24,400 versus the W20SE MSRP of $22,000. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 8, 2021, 10:44 AM
    That was it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 7, 2021, 09:27 PM
    Mike replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Rance, your speakers are going through final testing this week and then Polish and prep for shipping. This is your actual speaker going through testing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 7, 2021, 08:47 PM
    Yes! They may get lost in that wine cellar. Regardless, it will be good experience for you. No doubt youíll learn a few things. When I retire, Iím going to write a book! I have so many hilarious stories. Hereís a quick one: I get a...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 7, 2021, 08:30 PM
    Very good Bob. No Magicoís? Mostly distributor models youíre getting? I guess that makes sense from a dollars and cents perspective. Hope you enjoy your new speakers. Where you going to put them all?? It will be interesting to get your...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 7, 2021, 07:47 PM
    Iím confused. Are you buying these $180,000 speakers for yourself? Are you running a store and buying inventory? Just trying to understand what youíre saying here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 7, 2021, 06:29 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Hi Mark, That is a great looking room. The DB9-S really integrate well into the living room without visually dominating it. Big sound and a moderate size. I like my Vandyís for much the same reason. Congrats and enjoy! Ken
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    June 7, 2021, 05:31 PM
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    June 7, 2021, 03:43 PM
    Bob, is this the speaker? How much are they? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 7, 2021, 12:12 PM
    Mike replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Mark asked me to post. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 6, 2021, 11:40 AM
    Yes, all 8. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 6, 2021, 07:11 AM
    Hi Mike, I listened to the videos and these G1 Spirits have tremendous dynamics, speed and finesse. Iíve also listened to the previous top Vivid at several audio shows. The bottom line is the Vividís bring the music to life like few speakers can....
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    June 5, 2021, 08:57 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Demanding audience! Ken
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    June 5, 2021, 08:20 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Congrats Mark! Best of luck with those wonderful speakers. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 5, 2021, 05:38 PM
    NEW REVIEW: The VIVID GIYA G1 Series 2 LoudspeakerFinal Impressions: The VIVID GIYA G1 Series 2 Loudspeaker - Positive Feedback Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 5, 2021, 09:13 AM
    Thatís awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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.

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