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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    The Boulder is a winner. It has that engaging, full, meat on the bones, musical sound just like the 2160 amp. Incredible amp. World class. The Esoteric is very very good as well, but 30 watts, so choose your speakers wisely.
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  • Andik777's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    I really like JTL Audio
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:39 PM
    Thanks, Randy. My system components were already a mish-mash of gold tone and silver, so the MBL vibe is fine. Just happy to have the preamp.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:26 PM
    Some first pics.... Control unit front panel...definitely an MBL vibe... The two massive exterior power supplies, one for each channel; these connect to the main control unit with umbilicals by Shunyata.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:38 PM
    Oh, I've been listening to it every evening for about 4 hours. I'll have it also when I am working on building up my little AmpCamp amp. :P
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    Yeah, I used to think that, too, Mike. Little did I know...:P
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:15 PM
    Great to hear this Jim. Mine is fully broken in now and with the Omega XC, has taken my system at home to a whole new level. Just when I thought the Denali 6000s/v2 would be difficult to improve on....!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    Yeah, Everest is just...insane. First time I heard it I was saying, "G*dd*mmit, Caelin, now I have to buy this!" :D Heheheh. And this was coming from a Denali V2 powered by a Sigma NRv2. Which is no slouch. It's sooo good; it's just...
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  • the professor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 AM
    In one word -- Yup
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread new pre in Pre-Amps
    Nah, don't sweat it. Life's too short...:D
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:36 AM
    So, my First Sound preamp arrrived yesterday, and I have installed and started burning it in. I just did the first "cap forming" discharge/re-charge step that Emmanuel recommends after about a day of playing continuously. Emmanuel recommends doing...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 8, 2020, 08:06 PM
    Looks great. Beautiful system, too! I would say it took me all of...5 seconds to hear how much better Everest is than Denali V2. And, it just has gotten better from there.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 8, 2020, 05:30 PM
    Yes.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 8, 2020, 06:28 AM
    I donít believe so.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 07:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Iíve had it playing non-stop. Iíve been listening again tonight and currently spinning The Essential Sade. A fantastic reissue and considerably better than the original Sade digital releases. Iím noticing tonight how composed it is with...
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  • GSOphile's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 05:55 PM
    GSOphile replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    The Esoteric Grandioso K1 was superseded by the K1X in 2019. This model was the first Esoteric player with the new Atlas transport and FPGA DAC technologies now found in the K-01XD and K-03XD.
    74 replies | 2252 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Oly's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 04:49 PM
    Every time I hear a live song/album by Jimmy Buffet it takes me back to the experience of seeing him in concert. It’s a nostalgic feeling. I think nearly all his songs with the Coral Reefer Band sound better live.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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 ďbiteĒ 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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  • GSOphile's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 02:47 PM
    GSOphile replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Esoteric went from an approx 4-year product cycle to 2 years with the S series, but with their new in-house FPGA DAC technology 1- they have the potential to upgrade their DACs via software (if they so choose), and 2- they are now divorced from...
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  • GSOphile's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 10:12 AM
    GSOphile replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    You can download the K-03XD user manual from the Esoteric website. Basically the 4Fs setting is 4x upsampling (goes up to 16x). There are no optional filters as with the K-03X (and earlier) players.
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  • mdp632's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 09:35 AM
    mdp632 replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Any comparisons to EMM sound signature? I'd figure they would have more in common with other. Rather than MSB as an example. The N01XD streamer might be a winner for me in the future. Looking forward to reading more about it.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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 Iíve 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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  • GSOphile's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 07:47 AM
    GSOphile replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Mike, please comment on the sound stage - width, depth, layering. (Although I recognize that with your MBL home system (?), this aspect may not be representative of what a typical user might experience?)
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 01:58 AM
    I don't know. I'll leave that for Caelin to answer if he so chooses. All I can say is it sounds exceptionally good, it's extremely accurate with superlative, natural-sounding resolution, exceptionally quiet with lots of "body" and "verisimilitude"...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 01:55 AM
    Correct.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 11:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    I have. Yes.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 10:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    But at $14K this is a ďsweet spotĒ for those wanting a world class spinner. I would have gone for the K-01XD, but worried that cracking that $20K barrier (itís $22K) would be too much for some. The $14K is more achievable and still delivers...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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. ďNaturalĒ is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesnít have the ďanalognessĒ (if thatís a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch,...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 07:42 PM
    The Telegartner connector is the same, I don't know any specifics about the conductors or the materials they are comprised of. But the CMode filters on the Alpha, Sigma and Omega bring a LOT to the party, and the TAP module brings increased image...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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. Iím on my second CD and canít believe how good this K-03XD sounds This isnít your Fatherís Esoteric! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:58 PM
    I've had one here on loan for the last few weeks for some product photography for this cable, and as excellent as the Sigma is, the Omega is...notably better. There is a notable improvement in overall audio quality, in particular "dimensionality",...
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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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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:01 PM
    This reminds me of the quote by famed motorcycle Grand Prix rider, Kenny Roberts: "The only thing wrong with 1000-way adjustable suspension is there are...999 wrong settings and still only 1 right one."
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  • CGabriel's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 04:33 PM
    You have a great system. And that Humboldt is one of the best integrated amplifiers in the world to drive the Alexia.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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 Researchís 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. Iíll have Mike & Rick (my employees) do a blind shootout Vs the K-03XD! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 07:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    It doesnít draw much power. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Andik777's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 07:43 PM
    Hello everyone, yesterday it occurred to me to try my Lumin X1 as a preamplifier, (I have the Accuphase E370) I honestly liked it a lot, the difference is not day and night, but I like to use the latest configuration, which is a bit annoying, is not...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 12:59 PM
    Arrives Tuesday.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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. ďIn 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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  • Andik777's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 08:28 AM
    Andik777 replied to a thread a junior ... in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome to the forum!
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  • the professor's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 10:33 AM
    Happy 4th!!!!!!! Keep safe.
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  • Oly's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 09:23 AM
    Happy birthday USA!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 09:15 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Andik777's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 08:41 AM
    Congratulations!! Beautiful room and equipment.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 08:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread JVC Projectors in Home Theater & Video
    I bought the same model for myself. Iím continually amazed at the picture quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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