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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:28 AM
    I don’t believe so.
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    July 7, 2020, 07:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I’ve had it playing non-stop. I’ve been listening again tonight and currently spinning The Essential Sade. A fantastic reissue and considerably better than the original Sade digital releases. I’m noticing tonight how composed it is with...
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    July 7, 2020, 05:20 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    The K-03XD already had a firmware upgrade FWIW, adding MQA functionality. The process is here: K-03XD | DOWNLOADS | ESOTERIC:Japan high-end audio manufacturer | エソテリック
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    July 7, 2020, 03:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I had the K-01x, and older K-05 and a Grandioso K1. I always felt the older esoteric had “bite” and was over sibilant, and very detailed. I was then at one of the shows last year and walked into the Esoteric room. I could tell right away...
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    July 7, 2020, 09:09 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    After warm up, I noticed soundstage wide to be one of the strong points. As good as anything I’ve tried. As the evening went on, soundstage depth, especially during a couple of live recordings, was superb. Definitely great layering as well. I...
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    July 7, 2020, 05:43 AM
    Update: I "undecided" that it was too rich for my blood and have placed an order with Angus of WestminsterLab for a 0.6m carbon fiber wrapped replacement cable. I expect it sometime next week and I will keep you all posted with unboxing,...
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    July 6, 2020, 11:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I have. Yes.
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    July 6, 2020, 10:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    But at $14K this is a “sweet spot” for those wanting a world class spinner. I would have gone for the K-01XD, but worried that cracking that $20K barrier (it’s $22K) would be too much for some. The $14K is more achievable and still delivers...
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    July 6, 2020, 10:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    Ok, 6 discs in now. Color me VERY impressed. “Natural” is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesn’t have the “analogness” (if that’s a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch,...
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    July 6, 2020, 07:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    These two beauties arrived today. I brought the K-03XD home to break in and really evaluate. I’m on my second CD and can’t believe how good this K-03XD sounds This isn’t your Father’s Esoteric! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:25 PM
    $2500 for 1.5m Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 6, 2020, 03:46 PM
    We are excited to announce the release of our new reference-level Omega Ethernet cable. The Omega ethernet cable redefines the term state-of-the-art for performance in its category by combining Shunyata Research’s most innovative digital...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 08:04 AM
    I should have mine in 2 weeks or so. I’ll have Mike & Rick (my employees) do a blind shootout Vs the K-03XD! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 5, 2020, 07:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    It doesn’t draw much power. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 5, 2020, 07:10 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    No, the only NAD I own is the M17 v2. If you can ever score a SIT-3 (and the necessary resistors), you will be stunned. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 5, 2020, 11:52 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    Man, as A.Wayne would say, you need some toooooooobs with those! My faves with AG: VAC VIVA Luxman MQ300 For solid state: SIT-3
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    July 5, 2020, 11:38 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    Yes, but they are a hybrid of sorts. “In a Class D amp the input is first converted/encoded by a modulator into a pulse train (using pulse width, pulse density, or related modulatory techniques) that represents the amplitude variations of the...
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  • BlueSky's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 08:51 AM
    I would agree with that assessment. I was looking at it from an aesthetic purpose only. The Hirose (HSE) connectors or equivalent is going to be the real show stopper for me as they don't seem to be available. Probably a custom connector that...
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    July 4, 2020, 10:15 AM
    Message received. How about considering offering to make some short ones that we could purchase. I suspect most of us have the PS relatively close to the main unit and this certainly would be helpful. Respectfully...........
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    July 4, 2020, 09:15 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 4, 2020, 08:45 AM
    BlueSky replied to a thread US customers in Lumin
    I'm thinking Y1 or Z1. Good luck!
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    July 4, 2020, 08:40 AM
    I've decided it was a little rich for my blood. I wasn't really looking for a sound quality improvement but, rather, cleaning up the rat's next behind my equipment. I may choose to source the connectors myself and reverse engineer the one I have...
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    July 3, 2020, 08:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread JVC Projectors in Home Theater & Video
    I bought the same model for myself. I’m continually amazed at the picture quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 3, 2020, 05:54 PM
    Those are terrific cans! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 3, 2020, 02:01 PM
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    July 3, 2020, 11:01 AM
    For MSL or VDH? MSL is handled by Mofi. VDH is managed by the fellow who makes plastic covers for VPI turntables. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 3, 2020, 10:41 AM
    Haven’t read anything regarding that. Sorry if I missed it. I just haven’t found the VDH to be convincing enough over a MSL for the money. We brought in VDH and MSL at the same time for a comparison. I wanted to like the VDH, but the MSL just...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 09:54 AM
    Now THIS is a great cartridge. We have several MySonicLabs carts in the store. They all hit 2-3 times above their price point. Neutral, fast, quiet, smooth on top, dynamic, great trackers. We had a couple of VDH’s and they were noisy as...
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    July 2, 2020, 08:09 PM
    BlueSky replied to a thread US customers in Lumin
    Best move you ever made!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 06:31 PM
    I wanted to revisit this thread and shed some light on the M9’s as I learn more and more about these incredible speakers: - The M9 does not have a power/active bass or "tunable" bass. It is a 4-way design with an active 2-way XO between the bass...
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    July 2, 2020, 06:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico A5’s Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Yes exact same! I know!!! The A5’s are STUPID GOOD for the money. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 04:58 PM
    Aqua LinQ Network Interface | HFA - The Independent Source for Audio Equipment Reviews Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 04:34 PM
    YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 04:22 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 02:28 PM
    Toasty warm for someone up north. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 01:24 PM
    Could be true. They don’t say peep. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 01:23 PM
    Got tubes? For sale. Make an offer!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 12:49 PM
    It’s a beast! Terrific balls amp. Bass is “tube like” and the amp is very sweet sounding. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 12:32 PM
    The pass is tube like in nature. A looser bass, like tubes. Warmer. The Sim has SLAM, dynamics, control and a buttery smooth top end. BIG soundstage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    8 replies | 278 view(s)
  • BlueSky's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 10:18 AM
    BlueSky replied to a thread US customers in Lumin
    Politicians need to keep their hands off our hobby!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 09:21 AM
    Moon 860A V2 | The Ear We are sure loving ours in the store! We have it on the Magico A5’s and WOW what a pairing.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 08:02 AM
    Mike started a thread Vivid G2 S2 Review in Vivid Audio
    SoundStage! Hi-Fi | SoundStageHiFi.com - Vivid Audio Giya G2 Series 2 Loudspeakers “Because the woofers are mounted back to back and move in phase, their forces, as they simultaneously move out and in, are equal and in opposite directions. As a...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 07:42 AM
    No, $10k “special”.
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  • BlueSky's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 07:14 AM
    I was contacted by the good folks at WestminsterLab in response to my email and now am in the process of trying to raid the piggy bank and check the couch cushions to come up with the means to purchase the 0.6m cable I'd like. I'll keep you posted.
    17 replies | 562 view(s)
  • BlueSky's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 07:12 AM
    BlueSky replied to a thread Lumin, Leedh’ing the way in Lumin
    I am a believer! All electronics have signatures that add to overall system performance and, because I removed the preamp and associated cabling from my system and now go directly into the front end of my monos for all things two-channel, the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 10:51 PM
    Agreed. What’s with this secret exclusive, private sale, you need a password BS? It’s no secret if everyone gets the same email. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 09:56 PM
    You don’t want any fireworks for the 4th? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 1, 2020, 06:31 PM
    Smart. Delete it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    41 replies | 1796 view(s)
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