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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 09:45 AM
    We have the same combo in the store and I agree, the NS1 takes the DV2 to the next level.
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  • Paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
    Congrats Jerome. Happy to hear you love it already. However, when you swap them with NOS as I mentioned earlier it's even better :) It will be smoother and fuller sound compares to stock tubes. Again I am so happy for you. Now it's Joe's turn ;)
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:05 PM
    We did the Georgia mountains this year. Last year we did the Tennessee mountains. Both were lovely. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    Glad it all went well. I’m sure it will be worth it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:55 PM
    He’s in Sarasota like me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    Jim Smith replied to a thread Moving and Planning in Acoustics
    Sorry... The 15 x 16 room is a bit problematic with it's dimensions re getting the smoothest bass, especially if you have an 8' ceiling.
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    Yesterday, 12:32 PM
    Jim Smith replied to a thread New First Watt F8 in Amplifiers
    Joe, Do you know how & when Joe Sammut passed? I always considered him a friend, and then I noticed he was gone... :(
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:00 AM
    We joined a Boat Club and we are having a blast on the weekends. Maybe one day we will get our own boat, but for now this is the best way to go for us. Our house is usually filled with 8-12 kids a day playing, swimming, etc. Our neighborhood...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 9, 2020, 10:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Technical specifications: Type: 4-way sealed box Woofer: 2 x 250 mm CELL Aluminium Sandwich Accuton (custom design) Mid Woofer: 190 mm CELL Aluminium Sandwich Accuton (custom design) Midrange: 168 mm CELL Ceramic Accuton Tweeter: 25 mm CELL...
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    August 9, 2020, 10:32 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Sealed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 9, 2020, 05:55 PM
    Nice. I was kind of torn, but they kept saying the direct cable sounded best. I think it’s Crystal Cable. But you give up some flexibility. You have that! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 8, 2020, 09:37 PM
    Did you get the arm with the cable that runs straight through? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 8, 2020, 08:36 PM
    Congrats! I love mine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 8, 2020, 06:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Accuphase retail pricesheet in Accuphase
    Japanese prices x 6. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 8, 2020, 06:08 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MAGICO M9’s in Magico
    Well before, all we’ve been getting is static pics, nothing showing them to scale next to racks and gear. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 7, 2020, 08:13 PM
    Great pic. Looks like a lovely spot with a lovely lady. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 7, 2020, 08:12 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Ha! Yes, we will have to start calling this the “send to Mike to play with” room. Dang, I love free stuff, even if it’s for a short while. You think MBL might just forget they sent me the Xtremes to play with? Sent from my iPhone using...
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    August 7, 2020, 08:10 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Estelon Forza + Gryphon Essence amp + Gryphon Zena preamp - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 7, 2020, 08:10 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Estelon Forza + Gryphon Essence amp + Gryphon Zena preamp - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 7, 2020, 08:10 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Estelon Forza + Gryphon Essence + Gryphon Zena - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 7, 2020, 06:20 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Not sure how long we will have these in the store, so if you’re interested in a listen, come on by! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 7, 2020, 06:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 7, 2020, 06:17 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 7, 2020, 12:16 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    For me it would come down to the 866 or Luxman 590x. Both are winners. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 11:16 PM
    You should. Love your pics! Great musical system you have there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 11:08 PM
    Don’t be silly. You have a turntable, so you’re ok by me! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 09:32 PM
    I was kind of bummed. I had a long talk with the distributor who gave me all the poop. Was hoping for more internal changes. He did say the P3ESR anniversary to P3XD was “incredible”. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 09:13 PM
    It’s identical to Anniversary Edition. Only P3 and C7 get some upgrades with XD. P3 gets the most. 30, SHL5+ and 40 remain identical to anniversary edition. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 05:38 PM
    Will we see a stand-alone 800 series amp soon? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 05:31 PM
    The 812 has a sophisticated built-in headphone amp with multiple connection options that would connect almost any headphone on the market. It has the DAC topology, DSP filter, and streaming options similar to the 866. It has two analog inputs and...
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    August 6, 2020, 05:16 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Old Newbie in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 05:02 PM
    Really not interested in that. The ones who have tried something similar have been a flop. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 02:27 PM
    Mike started a thread MBL Podcast in MBL
    A Deep Dive In The High End: Sitting Down With MBL | Part-Time Audiophile Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 01:13 PM
    I know, we’ve all said that privately. “We were the best show of 2020!!” “But you were the only show of 2020”. “Minor details.” We will back in 2022.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 11:01 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New speakers have arrived in Speakers
    Yes! Another option. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 6, 2020, 10:22 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New speakers have arrived in Speakers
    First, I highly doubt their bass traps will treat 40hz, even if you had 20 of them. The only ones that WILL treat that low of a frequency are from Resolution Acoustics who took them to New York to be properly measured. You have some other options....
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    August 5, 2020, 09:11 PM
    Mike replied to a thread New speakers have arrived in Speakers
    Nice!! Congrats. Enjoy them in good health. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 5, 2020, 07:23 PM
    Wow! I’ve heard it sounds incredible. Can’t wait to get our demo. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 5, 2020, 05:12 PM
    Yup, we had to do it. Prudent decision given the circumstances. We will be back in 2022! To think, we were the only audio show of 2020. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 5, 2020, 12:10 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Thinking of .7 or 1.7i in Magnepan
    Randy, so glad you’re enjoying the Maggie’s. I have many many fond memories of my various pairs. They’re wonderful.
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    August 4, 2020, 04:47 PM
    So is there a favorite device, that's not too crazy expensive? Many years ago, I used an Equi-tech balanced power conditioner. I have heard that they make some of the better sounding whole house units, but I've not seen one, let alone heard...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 4, 2020, 10:55 AM
    Mike started a thread Vivid S12 in Vivid Audio
    Vivid Audio's Inventive and Spectacular S12 Loudspeaker - SoundStage! InSight (August 2020) - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 3, 2020, 04:11 PM
    Thanks for the great input! As I type this reply, in the past couple of hours, we've had a series of thunderstorms, including one right now. If it got much worse, I'd have to power everything in my computer system down. But I'm already over...
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    August 3, 2020, 01:18 PM
    When a bad storm comes up, I always run over to my office/soundroom building to disconnect everything, no matter what time it may be, or how bad the weather is as I run to the other building. I always disconnect everything that is connected to my...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    August 3, 2020, 10:38 AM
    I have not heard the Essence monos. This stereo amp is SUPERB! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    August 1, 2020, 07:08 PM
    LOL. Do it! Do it! LOL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    August 1, 2020, 02:40 PM
    It's complicated.... The Pass INT-60 amp and rack is behind the GIKs. It's all about massively unlocking your music with 4 basic steps. There is also a 55" flat screen TV behind the GIKs. I've run into so many musically uninvolving...
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1971-76 - Mgr. - Sound Shop, Norfolk, VA; 76-77 - Marketing & Customer Service - ARC, Minneapolis, MN; 77-79 - Natl. Sales Mgr. - Magnepan, White Bear Lake, MN; 79-92 - Owner - Audition - Birmingham, Al; 92-94 Co-owner - Stereo & Video Design - Birmingham, AL; 94-96 - President - InTouch LLC - Birmingham, Al; 1998-2005 - President - Avantgarde-USA - Atlanta, GA; 2006-2008 - President - MyUSP.biz - Atlanta, GA; 2008 - present time - President - Quarter Note Press - Atlanta, GA
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