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    Today, 09:04 AM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread bel canto ref s500 in Bel Canto
    Yes, it is true that the REF500S uses Ice Power... however unlike many other companies they do not simply use the B&O chip and call it a day. They heavily modify the amplifier to make it something better. "Bel Canto doesnít merely slap a B&O...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 AM
    He lives in the same neighborhood as my store. Iím sure he will be back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 08:27 AM
    I agree with the HQPlayer suggestion. It really depends on budget, DIY capacity, etc. I personally love using a custom designed and modified PC to get the best for my buck. My "server" runs Roon and HQPlayer and all music is stored internally on...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:07 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender drop out problem in Aurender
    See above Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 07:06 AM
    Brian Russell President of Bryston Passes Away - Wifi Hifi Magazine Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 06:51 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender drop out problem in Aurender
    The new update to the software coming very soon (next week) allows formatting of SSDís. In the meantime, Aurender can do it for you remotely, just open a remote support ticket through the app. They did it for me last week. Remember to use Folder...
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    September 28, 2020, 02:36 PM
    Mike replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    Cool! Congrats. Looking forward to your impressions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 28, 2020, 02:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 1161 in Boulder Amplifiers
    I have the 1160 here. The 1161 is a slightly smaller version. Excellent amp, just donít hear the 2160, youíll be ruined.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 28, 2020, 02:08 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Very different. The Boulder 866 sounds like a class A amp. Rich, warm, musical. The Diablo 300 has a big bold sound, with thunderous monoblock bass and grip and a huge soundstage. I was talking to a customer this morning who was debating between...
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    September 28, 2020, 02:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Like with anything, you can always cut corners and get the cost down, but in doing so, you will cut performance. The X260.8/XP22 outperform the INT250 by a fair margin. I think as good as the INT250 is, the separates just bring much more to the...
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    September 28, 2020, 12:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I think if I was moving down in electronics and speakers, I think I would move down the line to Delta V2 too. There are a million possibilities with the funds, I was just thinking what products were at the same level for balance. I donít think I...
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    September 27, 2020, 11:01 PM
    Streaming only according to Jack. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 27, 2020, 08:33 PM
    Love Liz Longley... Where can you get this album?
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    September 27, 2020, 08:31 PM
    Excellent album! Father and Son, holy F!@#$%, I was in tears. I love the way they brought the original son piece in... Simply amazing!
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    September 27, 2020, 07:29 PM
    Having a St. Vincent kind of day.
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    September 27, 2020, 06:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    It has a Roon module in the DAC. Thatís how we are using it. I know there is a lot of talk about the cables, but to be honest, this system went from great to ďout of this worldĒ when we put in the full Alpha V2 loom. We had in there previous...
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    September 27, 2020, 06:21 PM
    In the Magnepan forums they talk about Bel Canto a lot. It has been said that Magnepan both develops and tests using Bel Canto amplifiers. I am sure the models they use are way above my budget 😢.
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    September 27, 2020, 06:15 PM
    New Liz Longley album Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 27, 2020, 05:49 PM
    Being that my loft library is the listening room it is easy to hear the system in the living room, dinning room, and kitchen below. Much harder to hear going into the office or master bedroom though... Of course it is just listening, no sense of...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 27, 2020, 01:14 PM
    There is certainly a history here that many are unaware of. I really wish the new distributor the best of luck. Heís a quality guy representing a quality product.
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    September 27, 2020, 11:58 AM
    Iím currently acting as a beta tester for the new Aurender iPhone app. Oh boy, do I like it! Itís one of those apps youíre using and thinking ďyeah, thatís exactly how I would lay it out.Ē Release soon! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk...
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    September 27, 2020, 10:16 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 08:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Absolutely! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 06:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    We have the Omega on the Everest. We do have two Omega NRís, but they are on the MSB Select II. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 05:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB pricing in MSB
    The dealers outside of North America bellyached. Export pricing is much higher. The dealers outside NA probably got tired of trying to explain that. You can always call me and I can give you the pricing and help you put something together. ...
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    September 26, 2020, 01:39 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Correct. 6000sv2 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 01:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I was adding it up in my head. Not quite. $13K x260.8 amps $9500 xp22 preamp $13K MSB DAC (this one has Roon module and dual PSU) $21,800 A5 speakers $10k Alpha V2 power cables (5) $4k Alpa V2 speaker cables $600 Alpha Ethernet $6000...
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    September 26, 2020, 12:59 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I always have so much Euro and Asian gear always in the mix, I was surprised when I really thought about this system.
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    September 26, 2020, 12:29 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I just realized, itís an all system too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 12:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    No BS, we are sitting there saying ďholy F this is a good system.Ē Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 11:42 AM
    Mike started a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Everyone once in a while we put together a system in the store that just so defies its total price, itís unbelievable. Right now, this system is blowing us away (for the money): Magico A5ís Pass X260.8ís Pass XP22 MSB Discrete Shunyata...
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    September 25, 2020, 10:44 PM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread bel canto ref s500 in Bel Canto
    I am looking forward to the amp arriving. In the Maggie's forums they were talking about Magnepan designing and testing with Bel Cantos amps. They very much recommended Bel Cantos and had nice things to say about this model. I also believe I got...
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    September 25, 2020, 09:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Vivid S12 in Vivid Audio
    KAYA S12 Ė Vivid Audio The design philosophy behind Vivid Audio Kaya S12 True to Vivid Audio, an inordinate engineering effort was invested to completely remove cabinet resonances in a two-way bookshelf form factor. The result we believe is a...
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    September 25, 2020, 05:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread LIAR Test in General Audio Discussion
    Ha! He moved his to the basement. Management orders. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 25, 2020, 04:08 PM
    Working perfectly here! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 25, 2020, 03:46 PM
    Enjoying the re-do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 25, 2020, 03:11 PM
    Mike replied to a thread T+A Support in T+A Electronics
    A3000 has been out for a while now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 25, 2020, 12:34 PM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread bel canto ref s500 in Bel Canto
    I just purchased a slightly used REF500S. It is still a current model and Bel Canto lists it as 250 WPC into 8 ohm and 500 WPC into 4 ohm. I am thinking it should do a real nice job with my Maggie's!
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    September 25, 2020, 11:45 AM
    New DK. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 25, 2020, 11:23 AM
    Mike replied to a thread T+A Support in T+A Electronics
    Me too. Would love to see a refresh to the amps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 25, 2020, 10:56 AM
    More importantly, you are stepping over to the vinyl rabbit hole... I can tell you from recent personal experience, the hole is deep and dark and definitely knows how to steal your wallet :).... Oh, you might want to consider Moon by SimAudio. ...
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    September 25, 2020, 09:42 AM
    Mike replied to a thread T+A Support in T+A Electronics
    Agreed. David is awesome. Just wish I could get more traction with the brand. Everyone loves the look and sound. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 24, 2020, 08:58 PM
    Welcome! Donít forget to check us out at Suncoast Audio in Sarasota!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 24, 2020, 02:30 PM
    The 590 is terrific, more refined and powerful than the 390. Also take a look at the Boulder 866 with optional Roon enabled DAC. Itís very very popular here in the store. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 23, 2020, 09:57 PM
    Correct and correct. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 23, 2020, 06:54 PM
    Agreed. It was for me too. My only beef is that T+A raised their prices SO MUCH on the HV series in April 2019. And yes, I told the CEO of T+A in Germany when we sat down for a drink last May. He said their costs overall went way up. Oh well. ...
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    September 23, 2020, 08:24 AM
    Jeep... really... makes me want the McIntosh of days gone by :)... I cannot believe that this will promote or help the brand, but then again I certainly could be wrong. I would have thought they would have stayed with higher end brands to prompt...
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