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    Today, 07:10 AM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Zellaton in Speakers
    Well, I listened to the videos. Based on what I heard on the videos, they are not my cup of tea. They are way too lean and treble focused for my taste. Comparatively, I prefer the balanced and full MBL 120 presentation on Mikeís videos. Ken
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 06:59 AM
    Audio Research Reference 6SE line preamplifier | Stereophile.com This preamp in my opinion gets you really close to the REF10 in terms of performance. This isnít a small upgrade in terms of Sonic gains. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 27, 2020, 11:44 PM
    Mike replied to a thread step up from N100H? in Aurender
    Awesome support from an awesome company. Roon would have you still looking inside to see if you see white, red or green lights.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 27, 2020, 06:38 PM
    Iíve heard both - Xtremes extensively obviously! I was expecting more from the LV to be honest. I may take Trio XDís with a full bass horn stack to be honest. When we can travel again safely, you should join us on the trip to Munich. Itís...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 27, 2020, 06:09 PM
    Have you had a chance to hear either? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 27, 2020, 02:51 PM
    Heard them. Very nice. Would still pick MBL myself Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 27, 2020, 12:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Zellaton in Speakers
    He blatantly advertises? Their speakers are $$$$$$$ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 27, 2020, 11:54 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Zellaton in Speakers
    If you have to ask... Only one dealer. The distributor is the only dealer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 26, 2020, 03:30 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Becoming Mozart in Music Forum
    Listening to Mozart on the PBS video makes me long for the days when I was a Cellist. Not surprised to see MBL 101Eís in the listening room. World class speakers for world class music. Ken
    4 replies | 293 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    October 26, 2020, 02:38 PM
    Mike started a thread Becoming Mozart in Music Forum
    Now Hear This “Becoming Mozart” | Great Performances | PBS Check out the 36-39 minute mark. Nice system! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    4 replies | 293 view(s)
  • Alpinist's Avatar
    October 26, 2020, 02:32 PM
    Alpinist replied to a thread Zellaton in Speakers
    Audio Arts - NYC - Gideon?
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 24, 2020, 04:36 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Ripping Vinyl in Computer/Digital Audio
    Cool. Iíve wanted to try the Sweet Vinyl products. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    8 replies | 328 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    October 23, 2020, 06:54 AM
    Mike replied to a thread F704 Unboxing in Fyne Audio
    The big 7ís! Nice. Give them lots of hours to break in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 06:24 PM
    Not that Iím aware of. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 10:58 AM
    Youíre retired! You have time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 09:51 AM
    click GO ADVANCED, click the PAPERCLIP, upload the file (choose file), click upload, close window, click paper clip icon, thereís your picture! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 09:40 AM
    Testing without photo hosting. Mike, click GO ADVANCED, click the PAPERCLIP, upload the file (choose file), click upload, close window, click paper clip icon, thereís your picture!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 09:29 AM
    Iíll check today, but you should still have no issue uploading photos Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 09:01 AM
    You can upload a photo without a hosting site. Who said that? Just use TapaTalk. We removed the add on link for photos because it was creating duplicate posts. But we donít require a hosting site for photos. I pay $$ to host all our data...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 08:37 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Shout out to Magico in Magico
    Donít touch those M3ís, unless youíre going M6! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2020, 08:06 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Shout out to Magico in Magico
    Bud, no surprise here. You picked a real winner with the S5 Mk2. They do it all. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 21, 2020, 04:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Up to DSD512. Makes no difference of the source. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    October 21, 2020, 04:17 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    No. You have to buy it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    October 21, 2020, 03:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Not sure what you mean by ďdirectĒ. We purchased the download. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 21, 2020, 03:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Itís on our NAS in the store. Getting DSD512 resolution. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 21, 2020, 02:42 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender ACS10 with Nimbie in Aurender
    Yes, set it and forget it. We did that with all our CDís in the store. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 21, 2020, 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
    October 20, 2020, 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
    October 20, 2020, 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
    October 20, 2020, 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.
    117 replies | 3759 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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    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
    117 replies | 3759 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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    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
    21 replies | 926 view(s)
  • 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
    52 replies | 1960 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!
    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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