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  • NorthStar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    WŰŰh, better stuff to watch than those crappy anti-audiofiles. Tango music time ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:10 PM
    Wow! I never noticed. Thatís quite odd to say the least. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    I enjoy Seanís commentary. The other one Iíve not heard about. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 01:09 PM
    Are electric car chargers universal? | Kia Motors British Dominica Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 12:57 PM
    No, they are different, but you can buy adaptors and then pay Tesla to charge your EV at their station. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:10 AM
    Bobvin replied to a thread Pilium Audio in Amplifiers
    Marcus, those are some great words about the Pilium. I am just getting on with Alexander and Achilles and would have a hard time describing the sound any better than you just did. I am just drawn into the music, never giving a thought to...
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    Yesterday, 10:25 AM
    Bobvin replied to a thread Cleaning continuum cone stains in B&W
    Iím very happy you were able to solve it. A tiny thing but with our gear we can be obsessive at times, and worried how not to inflict damage. I am already super cautious so I understand having anxiety over cleaning a cone.
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  • NorthStar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:55 AM
    Wow, I just looked too; eight and half years already! Amazing as if it was only yesterday, and all the evolution since ... :cool: I still love Opera and Tango music.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 11:45 PM
    Mike started a thread Enleum in Amplifiers
    Weíve waited months for the Bakoon 13R replacement (called the Enleum 23R) to arrive, this little amp packs a musical punch! Building on the success of the Bakoon 13R, this little gem is the perfect amp for those choosing musicality over muscle. ...
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 10:56 PM
    It was June of 2013 that I joined. Lots of changes ó including my hairline. Some turns grey, some turns loose!
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    October 26, 2021, 10:52 PM
    Bobvin replied to a thread Pilium Audio in Amplifiers
    I wish I could give you an answer. I have had the full Pilium stack (Alexander pre-amp, Achilles power amp) in house now for only a couple weeks, and havenít been up to hear the Audionet with the Alsyvox.
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 10:13 PM
    Portland. All(most) all are welcome! I am outside the city 20 miles, peaceful here. The Willamette Valley wine country is nearby. Your wife if she loves music is welcome too, or she can stay at the Allison Inn in wine country and do the spa and wine...
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 08:07 PM
    At this time this is still an open forum. See post #20 above.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 06:51 PM
    My client Jim has one and brings it to my store regularly. He also has 9 other 911ís. Even though he has a GT2RS, he said his Ď97 911 993 Carerra S is his favorite. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • NorthStar's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 04:25 PM
    This new Z06 Vette is all over the places, including right here in Detroit ... Orange is not my favorite color, and I prefer the luxury model where you can see the engine from the rear window (I would change the inside color though, along...
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  • NorthStar's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 04:17 PM
    Time to upgrade your old Corvette, along with your old iPhone ... :)
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 03:59 PM
    First, thanks for the kind words. As to your question... finally somebody wants to know about the SOUND! Unfortunately, I believe it would be premature to give much of a definitive statement, as things are just starting to come 'round with...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 11:40 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Black in Boulder Amplifiers
    They do not. Black anodizing is a messy, costly, non-environmentally friendly process. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    October 26, 2021, 11:10 AM
    Bobvin replied to a thread Cleaning continuum cone stains in B&W
    I will go out in a limbÖ it looks like something left behind by an insect that chose to rest for a while on your speaker, so most likely organic in nature. If that is a carbon fiber cone, I would first just try a damp cotton swab using only water....
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    October 26, 2021, 10:45 AM
    Bobvin replied to a thread MSB Select II in MSB
    Having had the good fortune to hear Mikeís rig, I can understand the speaker <-> room component, and if it were in another space I can appreciate the DartZeel point-of-view. I had the good fortune to have the Dart NHB-108 v2 in my system for a...
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 10:25 AM
    Yeah, so? In the thread I affirmed that there is a profit motive, so yes a business arrangement has been made. I am not hiding that. But for you to question my motivations is lame, we have never met, never spoken, you know nothing about me. And...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 26, 2021, 07:52 AM
    Very cool. Our pair is shipping this week. Are your bringing in the CRBN for display? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    October 25, 2021, 03:19 PM
    mep, youíve seen through my plotÖ here I thought I was going to be able to lure seasoned, experienced, wealthy audiophiles to my lair, get 'em drunk with my cellar full of cheap box wine (that Iíve put into bottles with labels I created on my...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 25, 2021, 11:13 AM
    Just to clarify, the spirit of the marketplace is focused on used gear. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    October 25, 2021, 11:10 AM
    Yeah, that was a total joke. Back in 2019, we were asked by On A Higher Note to post the date and time of our Abbey Road event on WBF. We did as requested and 5 minutes later, banned. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 25, 2021, 10:22 AM
    With due respect, I am happy to abide by Mikeís constraints should he suggest them, and I have ó my signature clearly states my affiliation with Rhapsody. I have not driven people to or mentioned Rhapsodyís website unless I have been asked, out of...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 25, 2021, 03:50 AM
    Youíre correct Mike. His boss/partner/whatever was banned from the forum for breaking forum rules and therefore from promoting his products/store/business. Therein lies the dilemma. I enjoy Bobvinís pictures of his room and Bobvin is a...
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    October 24, 2021, 10:13 PM
    I respect your comments Nicoff. I have been a ďSharkĒ from the time before Mike went commercial. I am not aware the site had become something related only to Mikeís brands. As an audiophile first, I love talking about, reading about, and exploring...
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 24, 2021, 04:40 PM
    The Alsyvox ďBotticelli XĒ (the X is for the external crossovers you can see beside each panel) is a truly world class speaker. A panel that can do bass , in this case down to 22hz. And with grip, drive, and authority! I have a reference track...
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    October 24, 2021, 04:10 PM
    I hear you Mike. Iíd have been happy to host anyone to hear new kit. But, in this case the difference is I have paid for three pairs of speakers, not one. It is an interesting model we are exploring. I guess weíll all see how it turns out. My wife...
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    October 24, 2021, 03:50 PM
    Hi Jim, Iím hoping to dial in placement for each speaker to sound its best (in this room). If someone visiting wants me to move things about I am happy to do so. I can only work with what I have, and in this case Iím happy to have done the acoustic...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 24, 2021, 02:25 PM
    Thank you for clarifying. Itís not uncommon for a client to tell their dealer ďif you ever have someone in my area who wants to hearÖ.Ē Iíve taken a few up on their offer and no, I would not pay any a commission, they love to do it, love to show...
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    October 24, 2021, 02:12 PM
    Hi Mike, To answer, yes, there is a profit motive. With my having purchased all this new kit there is a hope that, over time, I have a chance to recoup some of the investment. Anyone who comes to listen and has an interest in purchasing will...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 24, 2021, 01:14 PM
    So, youíre getting a piece of the pie? Are you a formal business partner? An official dealer now? I thought it was far more informal as it was never really spelled out clearly. Itís all very confusing, if not a bit odd. Is the plan to...
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    October 24, 2021, 01:12 PM
    The resultÖ I now have a significantly upgraded system consisting of Pilium electronics from Greece, and speakers from Alsyvox, Bayz, and Diesis. All European brands that would be very hard to hear outside an audio show or visit to NYC. Everything...
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    October 24, 2021, 12:51 PM
    With the idea of new speakers taking hold, then came the question ďwhat new speakers?Ē Certainly I wanted to hear the Diesis again. Wilson was due to upgrade the Alexia, v2 was reaching the end of the typical 5 year life cycle, and Alexx V was...
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    October 24, 2021, 12:26 PM
    The big changes I embarked on beginning late last winter have come together, at last. My prior system thread ďStarting Point - Bobís new room & Alexias new homeĒ detailed my system and room acoustic remodel after moving to Oregon in December of...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 23, 2021, 07:36 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB Select II in MSB
    See post #150 for clarification. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    October 23, 2021, 12:51 AM
    Give a listen to her song on Chimes of Freedom. Not available on Tidal/Qobuz. Buy the CD, under Bob Dylan Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 22, 2021, 07:34 AM
    Welcome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    October 22, 2021, 06:40 AM
    I am. I wish her early albums were better recorded. She puts a lot of emotion into her singing.
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    October 22, 2021, 06:35 AM
    Welcome to the forum, thank you for your kind words.
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    October 21, 2021, 05:28 PM
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    October 21, 2021, 05:26 PM
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    October 20, 2021, 08:22 PM
    Wow!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    October 20, 2021, 08:05 PM
    The Premier Headphone Amp Features - MSB Technology Price estimated to be around $8900, but need to confirm. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Bobvin's Avatar
    October 20, 2021, 05:11 PM
    None have been invited, though I do have a small wait-list. I am not quite ready for prime-time as everything needs to run-in and then I need to optimize placement for each speaker and record the positions for repeatability. By first of the month I...
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    October 20, 2021, 04:20 PM
    Yes, laptop's too old...for shure. Edge is Chrome, they are mutual friends. I'm not a fan of Google. On Windows 11 (and 10) ... Windows 11 & Windows 10 updates will now expire for better performance
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    October 20, 2021, 02:57 PM
    I've been letting the Bayz drink from the Pilium tap now for several days. The manual says they need about 50 hours, they're probably close to 100. (Nice to have SS amps for a change, with my prior ARC gear I was always concerned about running in...
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  • NorthStar's Avatar
    October 20, 2021, 02:26 PM
    I think Microsoft wants you to buy new machines. :) * How old is your old i7 machine?
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West Coast Remote Listening Room (Portland, OR) for Rhapsody Audio (NYC) providing private auditions of: Pilium Alexander Pre & Achilles stereo amp, Alsyvox Boticcelli X, Diesis Roma, & Bayz Courante 2.0 speakers
My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with Ď12JT turboí tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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