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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 PM
    What happens when the meter readers disagree! GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke) | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum And GR Research X-LS Encore Kit Speaker Review | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum And the responseÖ.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 10:30 AM
    We went to see Top Gun Maverick. It was good. Not sure it lived up to the hype, but good none the less. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • chops's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 AM
    Well, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to do another experiment. I played the "A" side of each album listed below. These are very familiar albums to me, and I have already played them all at least twice this past week alone, not including...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Good, but man, after you hear the 860v2, itís no going back. I really like the 760A footprint. It doesnít quite have the big sound and sense of effortless power of the 860v2, but in a small to medium room, great. Sent from my iPhone using...
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  • chops's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 07:06 PM
    Thank you, Jim. Funny you should say that, because I did just that today, removed the cover. And for the first time with any of the systems I've had over the years, with this system, I actually heard a noticeable difference.
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    June 24, 2022, 04:49 PM
    The new cart came in and I have it up and running. I only have about 2 hours on it, but it already sounds better than all of the other carts combined. I hear the break-in period is around 50 hours, so it can only get better. Right now, it's fuller,...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 01:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Not at this time. Stand mounts donít sell as easily. Not big movers as a whole. Most people would just spent a wee bit more and get the 804D4ís IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 12:27 PM
    Mike started a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 Loudspeakers | REVIEW - Part-Time Audiophile Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 24, 2022, 09:49 AM
    Thank you, Dave. It's getting there quickly! Also forgot to add that I put in a couple of fresh drops of oil in the spindle bearing. :D Mike, I couldn't have said it any better. I want to start acquiring are some 1/2 speed mastered LPs as...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 08:35 AM
    Until youíve truly heard an AAA pressing, it might not be clear. Take for example, the album Mike played for me on his new Kuzma Stabi R - Lee Morgan, Cornbread. This pressing was from the master tapes. It was beautifully pressed. A 1958...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 09:51 PM
    SAIA is great, I wouldnít worry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 23, 2022, 09:34 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Magico A5, Kharma S7-S, DB7-S and DB9-S, Vivid. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • chops's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 07:23 PM
    Been doing a lot of experimenting lately which has gotten my vinyl system closer to where I want it. The past couple of weeks have included a new record clamp/weight, a new Nasotec swivel headshell, four different cartridges (more importantly the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 02:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB DAC sources? in MSB
    Basically, Roon or anything that plugs into the USB module (Innuos, Aurender, Lumin, Auralic, etc.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 09:53 AM
    We use SAIA almost exclusively. They should call you to arrange delivery. If you have the BOL, call them and try to schedule a time now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 07:36 AM
    No. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 07:44 PM
    Jeff nails it. Great read. Mc Wood blocks. A Mc AM/FM tuner in 2022. seriously? AM?? But now this steaming turd is a complete embarrassment to the entire industry. An empty box for $1500. You all out there wondering why Mc isnít...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 04:38 PM
    This is $14. Black Metal Tin Box Lids - Large Containers, Holder for Keeping Car Keys, Cookie, Pencil Case, 7.5 x 4.2 x 2.2 inch https://a.co/d/3jdzqHd Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 03:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Enleum in Amplifiers
    Iíll happily trade you a 23R for your 509x all day long. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 01:12 PM
    An empty box with a childís night light in it. OMG. Iím speechless. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 11:33 AM
    I picked up a Strat to go with my Tele... These two are what I am using to teach myself :)... Telecaster is an American Performer HUM Stratocaster is an American Professional II HSS I am using a Fender Mustang LT amplifier and a Fender...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 10:32 AM
    McIntosh LB200 Light Box Ė McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. SMH Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 21, 2022, 06:17 PM
    Young eyes at work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 21, 2022, 09:11 AM
    Nice job. The new tweeter is longer and ďsunk intoĒ the cabinet to run flush with the new cabinet. We are definitely getting a pair. I want the active version sans streamer. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 11:26 PM
    Wasnít aware you already had the P1X. Hell yeah, D1X all the way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 11:22 PM
    To my ears, the 340i is the sweet spot and the value play. The 600 and 700 bring more power and refinement. The 700 makes a statement visually and sonically, but at a significant premium. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 04:07 PM
    Thank you so much! Love San Diego. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 03:12 PM
    I had a chance to hear all the models. 2.2i was my favorite. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 02:55 PM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    True, however more of a comparison would be the C49 or C53 because the Pass is SS. McIntosh is either a love or a hate thing. People who love Mc won't even consider other. I grew up in Binghamton so I definitely am in the love McIntosh base :). ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 02:30 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    I donít know those Mc pieces, so a little hard to comment. A 2500 is a better reference for me. I always found the 2500 veiled compared to say a VAC Ren V. We took a 2500 on trade for a VAC pre. If I was shopping in that budget: Pass XP12...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 02:04 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    Tier 3. Iíve owned more Mc than most folks here. Love it, for what it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 12:29 PM
    Please ensure you only hire and use a licensed electrician for this type of work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 08:53 AM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    I know most people here won't agree, but I think McIntosh is worth a look. I am extremely happy with my new C49. Performance the C49 and C53 are identical, and over the top in my view. The 53 adds a few extra "features". Blue meters, EQ, extra...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 08:49 AM
    Mike replied to a thread heeelllloooooo....???? in Shindo Labs†
    Yes, heís our resident Shindo expert. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 04:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Tone? That sounds like a sweet little Jadis integrated or something to me. But then again, with the current state of tube availability, the 866 might be a good way to go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 11:41 AM
    When I created the special forum for the magazines to post LINKS to their reviews and perhaps even interact with subscribers (a great suggestion from Jeff at SoundStage), everyone was pleased and thanked me for doing soÖ.except StereophileÖ.their...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 11:39 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    The DAC in the 866 does not outperform the LaScala IMO. Itís good, but the LaScala is very special and still my favorite standalone dac under $10k. Do you find yourself needing more power than the INT-60? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 11:33 PM
    Since weíre the American Distributor for Block Audio, we probably wonít be competing with ourselves. They are $350 if youíre getting them with the top of the line Furutech outlets built in. Otherwise: Block Audio C-Lock Lite Power...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 10:42 PM
    No triple. They do make a double, but itís for a small power cable. Best to stick with single only. There isnít room for the C-Lock and more large outlets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 10:16 PM
    Awesome new album from a relatively new artist (from Minnesota). Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 17, 2022, 09:45 PM
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    June 17, 2022, 06:07 PM
    C-LOCK – Block Audio Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 06:23 AM
    How much is the subscription? The D1X is $50K here in America. I donít think anyone with a $50K DAC would squawk at $20/month for a streaming service. If youíre focused on CD/SACD, I still wonder if the K1X/PS1 might make more sense. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 06:20 AM
    LOL. My bad. Well, itís close(r) to Australia than say buying a HK product or otherwise. New Zealand is one place I would love to visit. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2022, 10:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Innuos Pulse in Computer/Digital Audio
    Excellent question. In this situation, I would keep the Nucleus running core duties and get the new Pulsar network player. The Pulsar will have upgraded parts over the the Zenith and be totally dedicated to network streamer duties with no...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2022, 10:15 PM
    Are you able to get Qobuz or Tidal? Spotify is mp3 level. A DAC at the level of D1X deserves high res and a proper network transport like the Antipodes K50 which should be easy for you to get since its from Australia. GIGO is alive and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2022, 08:13 PM
    An Apple TV? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2022, 01:16 PM
    Yes. Atkinson got his knickers in a knot at Peter B on Facebook for leaking it. Figured it would be best to remove. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2022, 10:57 AM
    Eminent Audio Reviewer Michael Fremer Returns to The Absolute Sound - The Absolute Sound Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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