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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Today, 12:52 PM
    I know that... it was a tongue in cheek post :). That is what I meant, similar attenuator designs (Arek's is rather famous) but "besides the gain stages and buffers" was meaning exactly what you said :D.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 10:44 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    I would take anything Waldrip says with a grain of salt. As for HDMI, I donít really care too much. Although, I did buy AQ diamond HDMIís for my HT. I figured, Iíve spent this much, why stop now? What made a bigger difference for the video was...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Today, 10:23 AM
    Yea, got to respect the threads. I love seeing other members systems. Charles system has evolved and it has been fun watching. Would love to see you guys systems also, but it would be much better form to create your own threads. Love the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 10:01 AM
    I like the way you think!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 09:47 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    Say what? I havenít heard anything about this. Did it come from the guy over at audioholics? He has an ongoing beef with AudioQuest I just donít understand.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 09:42 AM
    Thanks for posting. Ordered the CD and LP.
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  • chops's Avatar
    Today, 09:37 AM
    Yeah, because it's really hilarious... If people used a little common sense, they would see that 99.9% of this entire thread is nothing but my system. Think that would be a little hint right there. Also why the title says "MY"... Not "your"...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    Man I got to unhook everything and pull it out of the rack :). Pretty much like this :). Maybe at some point I will add the tube active gain stage :).
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    Really nice looking piece. Maybe sometime I will pull the top off mine and send up a photo. Extreme opposite end of the design spectrum. Almost nothing in the box. :) Then again, besides the gain stages and buffers there are probably more...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Today, 01:16 AM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread new pre in Pre-Amps
    Ok, confused by your post. We kid around when people get a new piece, busting on them to post us a picture because we like to rejoice with them. So are you saying that you did not actually get a new pre-amp? We truly do not care if you do or do...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread 703 pics in Fyne Audio
    Glad to see these speakers getting some love. I was the FIRST U.S. dealer! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    Nice looking system!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    Analog Productions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • chops's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 AM
    Exactly. This is the area of the forum where members create their own​ threads about their systems.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 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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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 06:55 PM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread new pre in Pre-Amps
    Cool, it sounds nice... but we have a rule... :D We do not believe you without pictures... (ok it is not a rule but....)
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  • chops's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 05:20 PM
    You did notice the title of this thread, right?
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 04:40 PM
    I have been listening to the Abyss at work the past couple of days with my portable. I think they are loosing up and really showing their sound. The bass is tighter and more present then I have ever heard in headphones. Also high frequencies are...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 04:33 PM
    That is great. I think I like the black better then the white one! I definitely see the MBL vibe :)....
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 02:59 PM
    The new NAD looks interesting.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 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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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 11:57 AM
    Awesome, congratulations! Enjoy some music while breaking it in also. I love hearing the differences as a new piece breaks in :).
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  • chops's Avatar
    July 8, 2020, 09:14 PM
    And another little update... Introducing the Rane Balance Buddy BB 88x (44x upgraded to 88x) and the first of two dbx 400x units.
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 8, 2020, 11:37 AM
    I concur. I was very impressed with the sound of the Audeze LCD-i4, but I found that the ear bud design was rather irritating to me. Much happier with an on ear/over ear design. The Abyss are really amazing so far!
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:25 PM
    $2500 for 1.5m Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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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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  • 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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  • chops's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 05:42 PM
    Went ahead and added my dbx 224 to the stack. I purchased this first about 11 years ago when I had the Teac A-3300SX, then shortly after purchased the 224x. Sold the 224x when I sold the Teac. As you can see, especially in the close up shot,...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 03:20 PM
    That is awesome. It is such a great day when a new piece arrives :).
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 01:07 PM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread T+a dac8 in T+A Electronics
    The T+A really does a great job with headphones, however I might be getting my Bryston back from my friend. He is a bachelor and has his own house with two very nice setups. He is also a vinylphile with about 5000 albums. He simply does not use...
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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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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 09:59 AM
    Hey Mike, Doesn't MBL also offer some class D amps? My buddy from the audio club who has the same MBL speakers as you do and their big boy mono blocks and the MBL pre-amp had EJ build him mono blocks to use on the bass. He is thrilled with...
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  • Randy Myers's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 09:52 AM
    So Puma, when is this piece coming in? Looking forward to your thoughts after it has settled into your system.
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    July 5, 2020, 09:49 AM
    Randy Myers replied to a thread new pre in Pre-Amps
    Congratulations. I am not familiar with their gear but it definitely looks like a very nice piece!
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  • chops's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 01:51 PM
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    July 4, 2020, 09:15 AM
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Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
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