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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Today, 12:18 AM
    I just added the Tube Active Stage to my Hattor passive pre-amplifier. It uses two 12au7 tubes from JAN Phillips. Any suggestions if I wanted to get better tubes? Will it be a noticeable improvement? I am a fan of Gold Lion tubes, would these ge...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    Hmmmm..... Wikipedia is not an authoritative source and you do know you are posting on an Audio Forum where we discuss things in audio terms, right? An amplifier amplifies the audio signal and does not simply play with voltage.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    Fish Market/Selling/Cables. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    Now in MQA on Tidal!!! Sounds terrific.
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:40 PM
    I am anxiously waiting your review :). Looks like a Lampi might be in an affordable range :D.
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    I actually have a degree in Psychology, which is really weird for a computer programmer data guy :).... I really thought that Freud was a lunatic though :).
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    I actually was assuming that :).
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    Just curious, do you know if it does DSD512 or DSD1024? If so, dam I need one :P.
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:24 PM
    Hehe.. true... ... the class on Freud back in University was about the most absurd class I think I ever have taken. By the way, them Niners blow (honestly I have no idea if the 49ers are good or bad this year, I am a Baseball fan not a...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    Dr. Freud... please don't get me started on the coke addict :P.
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:31 PM
    I don't really think it is a matter of being right or wrong, more so to give a different flavor that you may prefer with different types of music. I like that it is using both manufactures current top of the line DAC chips. I have not seen the...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:27 PM
    It does on PCM files. On DSD (up to DSD256) and MQA (yes it also has MQA with either DAC) it does not. It's functions are very similar to my other A&K so not too hard getting used to it. So far seems like a really great DAP!
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:43 PM
    I just received my new Astell & Kern yesterday. Very interesting piece. I don't know if it is true or not but they claim this is the first piece ever to have two completely different brands of DAC chips on board and you can choose to listen to...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    Have you been able to do measurements against say a standard switch? That could certainly dispel their findings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:05 PM
    These charts do tell a story for sure, but it does bring many questions up, such as which services, which digital format. I would believe that the charts would look considerably different if different demographics were considered. I would believe...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:46 AM
    EtherREGEN Review/Measurements: UpTone Audio EtherREGEN Switch Review | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum Melco S100 Review/Measurements: https://www.melco-audio-masters.com/uploads/1/0/1/5/101505220/hfn_oct_melco_s100_reprint-low.pdf ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:33 AM
    Yes!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 AM
    Going to try the Melco S100 here. HiFi News measurements showed a marked improvement. The review is the EtherRegen one showed no improvement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 AM
    Also, we are talking about the accepted terms in the audio world. A preamplifier controls volume output to an amplifier and selects inputs from music sources. A passive preamplifier does not add any gain but instead passes the signal through and...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:20 AM
    Thanks Jack. It definitely has some breakin in to go, but so far very impressive. A bigger difference than I was expecting and it should get even better. Arek sent the tube stage in a flight case as he had done with the pre 😊. Very nice...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:45 AM
    The new tube active stage arrived! It can be used either pure passive or tube active. The tube stage adds +9 dB gain but more importantly it adds some nice tube sweetness! More air, more open with added dynamics. Tube goodness! One of the best...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 11:06 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    Just color.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 08:03 PM
    That’s a GREAT pairing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 23, 2020, 08:01 PM
    LOL. True. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 08:01 PM
    Just go to the fish market area and post. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 07:46 PM
    Magico A5 on the right. Let your music sing, not your cabinet! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 07:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric 
    K-03XD + Aurender N10. If you can stretch to the N20, it is a big step up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 04:12 PM
    Again, I agree. It looks like a nice unit but it certainly is not a passive pre-amp. "successfully amplifying and tuning sound quality", and "with 1X, 3X, 5X and 10X gain options", I also have an issue with this, it cannot amplify the sound...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 09:05 AM
    I of course understand what a passive pre-amp is, I currently use one and have had others. However, when you state that it adds gain, guess what, it is no longer a passive pre-amp. Any kind of gain stage makes it into a standard active pre-amp and...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 12:38 AM
    I do not disagree, however the point I was making is that many/most people who's main source of music is streaming do not purchase music, from the artist or otherwise. Therefore streaming as an alternate to purchasing is what I refer to. Again, if...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 10:09 PM
    In fact I actually do purchase music again for stuff I really like. I actually purchase both digital and vinyl versions of new music many times. If I can purchase straight from the artist that is my first choice. Liz Longley actually wrote out a...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 09:47 PM
    Definitely prefer reading a book over reading on a computer. I even print out the research stuff I come with at work since I do not like reading on the screen. Hard cover books all the way for me! If the discriminating factor is referring to a...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 04:26 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 22, 2020, 03:49 PM
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 11:40 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Why Do I Own This? in Music Forum
    Mike, our Taiko Extreme continues to impress beyond what we thought was possible every single day. Talk about peeling back the onion. Shockingly real is how I would be describe what it does to music. Also glad TAS is becoming a reality, I’ve...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 11:25 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    Me: “Is there a benefit to using any after market power cord on the W20SE?” Aurender: “there is still a benefit, but certainly less than other Aurender’s.”
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 08:50 PM
    Looks interesting.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 08:07 PM
    Mike replied to a thread step up from N100H? in Aurender
    N-01XD and the reason is the “XD”. Now an N10 into a K-01XD (instead of K-01x) then that’s a different story. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 04:41 PM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread BHA-1 in Bryston Audio
    I hear good things about the Phonitor, but I do believe the Bryston was the best I have ever heard with my Abyss headphones... Since this is the Bryston thread I am not going to get into talking about other companies offerings here though.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 03:32 PM
    Not sure. I thought it was just for mobile phones and tablets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 03:32 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    We are using the AQ Dragon Source because in that room, it’s all AQ (except for the Ethernet and USB). I haven’t really thought about the W20SE being any different, I would be using the right cable for my budget and system. Omega NR, Alpha v2...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 02:42 PM
    Use Tapatalk. Our plug in for easier posting images created double posts. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 12:46 PM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread BHA-1 in Bryston Audio
    I find I use my headphones mainly with my portable any more. My buddy is having to deal with issues with his mom and is having to stay there often, so I got the Bryston back to him (we have traded it back and forth a few times now :)). It is the...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 12:40 PM
    So in essence it is simply a volume control. That is cool. Gives you what you need. I have four sources hooked to my Hattor. Three use XLR and one RCA. Two of these I use on a daily basis so having input switching is fairly important to me...
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