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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    Respectfully, I wouldn’t consider any of those as top digital candidates. I consider the following as excellent examples: MSB Esoteric (the latest Master Discrete) Aqua Berkeley Lampizator Etc…etc….etc.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    As a diehard analog guy (vinyl and tape), I would love to know what you tried as far as DAC’s, streamers, etc. The reason I ask is that although digital can be the equivalent of the excellent local buffet compared to the 3 star Michelin...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    How the big(ger) boys sound: B&W 802D4 + Luxman M10x + Boulder 1110 + Esoteric N-05XD + Innuos ZENith mk3 + AQ Dragon Cables - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 28, 2022, 11:46 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    I’m sure they will. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 28, 2022, 11:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    $26k and $35k for now. Going up slightly Aug 1. Congrats on the 802D4’s. Screaming good value. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 27, 2022, 05:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Shots fired! in General Audio Discussion
    AJ, you should send a pair of your speakers to Amir to be measured and tested. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 26, 2022, 05:56 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Reintroduction in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome back. Glad you’re enjoying your system. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 26, 2022, 02:30 PM
    What happens when the meter readers disagree! GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke) | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum And GR Research X-LS Encore Kit Speaker Review | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum And the response….
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 26, 2022, 10:30 AM
    We went to see Top Gun Maverick. It was good. Not sure it lived up to the hype, but good none the less. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 25, 2022, 11:07 AM
    Good, but man, after you hear the 860v2, it’s no going back. I really like the 760A footprint. It doesn’t quite have the big sound and sense of effortless power of the 860v2, but in a small to medium room, great. Sent from my iPhone using...
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 05:55 PM
    Wow!!! It all looks good, bet it sounds even better. In case you don't, I might suggest removing that dust cover whenever you are using the tt.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 01:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Not at this time. Stand mounts don’t sell as easily. Not big movers as a whole. Most people would just spent a wee bit more and get the 804D4’s IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 12:27 PM
    Mike started a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 Loudspeakers | REVIEW - Part-Time Audiophile Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 08:35 AM
    Until you’ve truly heard an AAA pressing, it might not be clear. Take for example, the album Mike played for me on his new Kuzma Stabi R - Lee Morgan, Cornbread. This pressing was from the master tapes. It was beautifully pressed. A 1958...
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 10:29 PM
    Forrest, A big welcome to AudioShark! We should catch up some time. I'm in Cumming, GA, an Atlanta suburb NE of Atlanta about 35 miles or so. When you get a chance and are so inclined, you can reach me via e-mail at...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 09:51 PM
    SAIA is great, I wouldn’t worry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 23, 2022, 09:34 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Magico A5, Kharma S7-S, DB7-S and DB9-S, Vivid. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 02:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB DAC sources? in MSB
    Basically, Roon or anything that plugs into the USB module (Innuos, Aurender, Lumin, Auralic, etc.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 09:53 AM
    We use SAIA almost exclusively. They should call you to arrange delivery. If you have the BOL, call them and try to schedule a time now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 23, 2022, 07:36 AM
    No. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 07:44 PM
    Jeff nails it. Great read. Mc Wood blocks. A Mc AM/FM tuner in 2022. seriously? AM?? But now this steaming turd is a complete embarrassment to the entire industry. An empty box for $1500. You all out there wondering why Mc isn’t...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 04:38 PM
    This is $14. Black Metal Tin Box Lids - Large Containers, Holder for Keeping Car Keys, Cookie, Pencil Case, 7.5 x 4.2 x 2.2 inch https://a.co/d/3jdzqHd Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 03:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Enleum in Amplifiers
    I’ll happily trade you a 23R for your 509x all day long. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 01:12 PM
    An empty box with a child’s night light in it. OMG. I’m speechless. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 10:32 AM
    McIntosh LB200 Light Box – McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. SMH Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 21, 2022, 06:17 PM
    Young eyes at work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 21, 2022, 09:11 AM
    Nice job. The new tweeter is longer and “sunk into” the cabinet to run flush with the new cabinet. We are definitely getting a pair. I want the active version sans streamer. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 11:26 PM
    Wasn’t aware you already had the P1X. Hell yeah, D1X all the way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 11:22 PM
    To my ears, the 340i is the sweet spot and the value play. The 600 and 700 bring more power and refinement. The 700 makes a statement visually and sonically, but at a significant premium. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 04:07 PM
    Thank you so much! Love San Diego. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 03:12 PM
    I had a chance to hear all the models. 2.2i was my favorite. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 02:30 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    I don’t know those Mc pieces, so a little hard to comment. A 2500 is a better reference for me. I always found the 2500 veiled compared to say a VAC Ren V. We took a 2500 on trade for a VAC pre. If I was shopping in that budget: Pass XP12...
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    June 20, 2022, 02:04 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    Tier 3. I’ve owned more Mc than most folks here. Love it, for what it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 12:29 PM
    Please ensure you only hire and use a licensed electrician for this type of work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 10:31 AM
    Jim Smith replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    By Tone, I was referring to perhaps a bit more body to voices and certain instruments. In this case, it is also related a bit to Presence. Not that I feel the Pass INT 60 is deficient in these areas, I was just wanting a bit more, if possible.
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    June 20, 2022, 08:49 AM
    Mike replied to a thread heeelllloooooo....???? in Shindo Labs 
    Yes, he’s our resident Shindo expert. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 04:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Tone? That sounds like a sweet little Jadis integrated or something to me. But then again, with the current state of tube availability, the 866 might be a good way to go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 18, 2022, 03:37 PM
    Jim Smith replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Not with the 94 dB 703s. The listening experience is at a high level here, just thought that maybe the overall tone from the 866 might be better.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 11:41 AM
    When I created the special forum for the magazines to post LINKS to their reviews and perhaps even interact with subscribers (a great suggestion from Jeff at SoundStage), everyone was pleased and thanked me for doing so….except Stereophile….their...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 11:39 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    The DAC in the 866 does not outperform the LaScala IMO. It’s good, but the LaScala is very special and still my favorite standalone dac under $10k. Do you find yourself needing more power than the INT-60? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk...
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 10:54 AM
    Jim Smith replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Mike, I have been thinking hard about the 866. I assume that you think it outperforms my Pass INT 60. Is that a correct assumption? If so, in what areas is the difference most noticeable? Does the Boulder built-in DAC option come close to...
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    June 18, 2022, 10:35 AM
    Agreed. Since Atkinson has retired, Stereophile seems to be drifting a bit, IMO. This won't help.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 11:33 PM
    Since we’re the American Distributor for Block Audio, we probably won’t be competing with ourselves. They are $350 if you’re getting them with the top of the line Furutech outlets built in. Otherwise: Block Audio C-Lock Lite Power...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 10:42 PM
    No triple. They do make a double, but it’s for a small power cable. Best to stick with single only. There isn’t room for the C-Lock and more large outlets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 10:16 PM
    Awesome new album from a relatively new artist (from Minnesota). Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 17, 2022, 09:45 PM
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    June 17, 2022, 06:07 PM
    C-LOCK – Block Audio Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 06:23 AM
    How much is the subscription? The D1X is $50K here in America. I don’t think anyone with a $50K DAC would squawk at $20/month for a streaming service. If you’re focused on CD/SACD, I still wonder if the K1X/PS1 might make more sense. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 06:20 AM
    LOL. My bad. Well, it’s close(r) to Australia than say buying a HK product or otherwise. New Zealand is one place I would love to visit. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2022, 10:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Innuos Pulse in Computer/Digital Audio
    Excellent question. In this situation, I would keep the Nucleus running core duties and get the new Pulsar network player. The Pulsar will have upgraded parts over the the Zenith and be totally dedicated to network streamer duties with no...
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