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    November 24, 2022, 04:59 PM
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    November 24, 2022, 04:16 PM
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    November 24, 2022, 02:58 PM
    Yes, it’s from a digital DSD file. Yes, it sounds great. Better than my original? Yes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 24, 2022, 11:52 AM
    Thanks, jmusica.I'll be doing more research in the coming days. What I am discovering is how cheap optical cables are compared to other digital cables. The ultimate goal for me is the LUMIN P1 or X1 (heck, LUMIN might well have a new flagship or...
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    November 24, 2022, 11:25 AM
    Welcome, cavalerox! If you can stretch your budget a bit, SVS subs offer good performance and value. You might ask Mike what he suggests. Although he carries some of the best lines in the world of audio, he is also here to help people like...
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    November 24, 2022, 11:01 AM
    I appreciate the input, Puma. I see where you say "Music server->good Ethernet->Ethernet router or switch->better Ethernet->FMC->..." Does my going straight from router to ethernet switch suggest another weak link? I don't have a dedicated music...
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    November 23, 2022, 11:22 PM
    Just to clarify, months ago when Luxman discontinued all their Class A amps, I asked Luxman “why?” They said “for environmental reasons.” Let’s hope they have a change of heart and we see more great class A amps from them in the future. Not...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2022, 12:37 PM
    Very nice! I’ll finish watching this weekend. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 23, 2022, 09:53 AM
    I choose Door #1. Not really looking for all of the technical data, more for guidance from anyone who has replaced an all-ethernet chain from router to network player (in m y case the LUMIN T2) with the above set-up, how much of an investment it...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2022, 01:06 AM
    We show them Class D, and they aren’t interested. Class D isn’t new. The second coming of class D has been predicted for years. It just hasn’t caught on other than among the DIY crowd looking for a small amp for cheap. Look at Rowland. Jeff...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2022, 07:45 PM
    For sure Jim. The first tip is working with a dealer like myself who will be sure it’s the right speaker for your room and any limitations you might have. Too many dealers are like “yeah, yeah, yeah, get the bigger speaker!” When they know it will...
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    November 22, 2022, 07:42 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Nordost vs Shunyata in Cable Reviews
    Where are you located. You really want Odin 2. Odin 2 is such a big improvement over Odin 1. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 22, 2022, 07:40 PM
    Agreed. We love the P1. It got heavy demo use today! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 22, 2022, 01:27 PM
    Mike started a thread Magico A5 in silver in Magico
    MAGICO A Silver Flagship A-Series Loudspeaker (3 way / 5 driver design) Hayward, CA (USA) – December 2022 – Since introducing the A5 loudspeaker system the color option was singular - a beautiful black brushed aluminum finish. We are excited to...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2022, 10:30 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin U2 Mini in Lumin
    It will. Loser dealers that promote this should be dropped. These messed with units (and I would like to use a stronger word than “messed”) end up on Audiogon, or as trades with no disclosure of previous tampering and then problems happen with the...
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    November 22, 2022, 08:38 AM
    Saw this photo of a guy in Europe (Poland) complaining about the sound. He was convinced it was the spikes and ordered some Harmonix TU-210ZX Million Maestro feet (1800 euro for 2 pc). When I see these pictures, I just shake my head. You almost...
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    November 22, 2022, 12:03 AM
    Typhon T2 - Shunyata Research Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 22, 2022, 12:03 AM
    DENALI 6000/T v2 Limited Edition - Shunyata Research Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2022, 10:27 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Silver Rush in Magico
    A hug from Joe! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2022, 09:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Silver Rush in Magico
    A5 in silver Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 21, 2022, 07:31 PM
    Mike started a thread Silver Rush in Magico
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  • JCS123's Avatar
    November 21, 2022, 04:04 PM
    Now we're getting into some REAL unfamiliar territory. There's no getting around the length of cable needed from router to switch (or directly to the LUMIN for that matter). If I put holes in the wall to go directly from computer room to audio...
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    November 21, 2022, 09:24 AM
    All I can say is that in my system, the 1.0 M Wireworld Starlight Series 8 (Thanks for the recommendation and for selling it to me, Mike!) from the cheap Netgear GS105NA switch (Thanks for the recommendation, Peter!) to the Lumin T2 sounds better...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 20, 2022, 12:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric E-02 Phonostage in Esoteric 
    Esoteric E-02 Phono Preamplifier Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 20, 2022, 12:29 PM
    Mike replied to a thread World cup in General Off Topic Forums
    I can’t believe that the Canadian soccer team is considered “good”. SMH. Hockey, world dominance or at least outstanding. But soccer? Canada? Geez. I gotta see this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 20, 2022, 11:20 AM
    For a pinch more, this is superb: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 | High-End Ethernet Cable Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 19, 2022, 10:56 AM
    Yes! Make sure you sign up for our newsletter! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 19, 2022, 10:39 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric RAAT Mode in Esoteric 
    agreed and I do need to update our N-05XD and try. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 19, 2022, 08:53 AM
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    November 18, 2022, 12:58 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric RAAT Mode in Esoteric 
    Good to see them addressing SQ issues. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 17, 2022, 09:36 AM
    True. I’ll likely do the top of the Aurender anyway. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 17, 2022, 08:37 AM
    It’s meant to go ON TOP of an existing component (Preamp/DAC). I had this discussion with Caelin. Mine will go on top of my Esoteric or Aurender. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 16, 2022, 12:47 AM
    Woot! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 15, 2022, 07:30 PM
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    November 15, 2022, 07:28 PM
    Just watched. This video was great. Jim has helped me so much with many things, including setup of the rooms in the store and my home system. The results he achieved were nothing less than stunning with oodles of ME (Musical Engagement). ...
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    November 15, 2022, 04:23 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Florida Audio Expo 2023 in Other Shows
    Yes sir! Will be the biggest one yet. Did you get a chance to watch our latest video? In Stereo with Mike & Rick - Episode 7 - Florida Audio Expo 2023, Bart Andeer - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 15, 2022, 09:07 AM
    I can’t see why not, but you will need to press the selector switch on the back when going back and forth. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 14, 2022, 08:26 PM
    Today we installed a N30SA (replacing his W20SE) and MC20 (replacing his old Esoteric clock) for a customer. The customer also switch from older Wireworld clock cables to Shunyata Omega (3 x 50ohm and 1 x 75ohm) clock cables. We started with...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 14, 2022, 07:18 PM
    Just for clarification purposes, the latest news is actually very old news (18 months ago) and it’s about the 595 amp which was a limited production and is now completely sold out. As for Class A, I sure hope we see Luxman making class A amps...
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    November 14, 2022, 10:38 AM
    Welcome, fyud. You've come to the right place to learn. And, might I add, a place where people are treated with respect and civility - even guys like me with severely limited budgets and systems. Being able to talk to and learn from helpful people...
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    November 12, 2022, 11:48 PM
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    November 12, 2022, 10:06 AM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Fabulous. Rance has the 200iQ’s with his DB11-S’s and the sound is absolutely sublime. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 12, 2022, 12:01 AM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Thanks Khin! I’m proud of it. I know it’s not obvious, but the glass sunk back with beveled edge was something I felt was key. Ditto for the window, IQ indicator layout and buttons. It’s not obvious. but the entire amp needed to be flipped. ...
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    November 11, 2022, 05:02 PM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Yes sir Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 11, 2022, 03:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread VAC Master 300 Power Amps in VAC
    Well, here’s the end result: BEFORE: MY DESIGN:
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 11, 2022, 02:30 PM
    The war in Ukraine was a wake up call for tube electronics manufacturers. Those companies that solely rely on Russian tubes must be sweating. Some are focusing on Class D now I guess. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 11, 2022, 10:50 AM
    We actually do. MBL Noble amps and MBL Noble integrated and HiFi Rose RS520. In stock right now, ready to go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 10, 2022, 06:08 PM
    First, always 2 subs or 4, never 1 or 3. Second, dialing in subs involves three main objectives: 1. Crossing over with the mains (macro) 2. Dialing the sub into the room (macro) 3. Dialing the sub into where you place it in the room (micro)...
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    November 10, 2022, 10:35 AM
    That review by Larson is one of the best I've ever read. If I were to consider going back to box speakers from Maggies, these would certainly be must-auditions, along with Magico and Fyne.
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    November 9, 2022, 07:23 PM
    Mike replied to a thread NEW MSB Digital Director in MSB
    New Digital Director models: The Select Digital Director > $27,500 The Reference Digital Director > $24,500 The Premier Digital Director > $14,500 The MSB Digital Director Features - MSB Technology Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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