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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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    Today, 10:01 AM
    I like the way you think!
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    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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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    Jim Smith replied to a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    Thanks! Thatís a significant aspect. IMO, Whenever possible, itís best to keep the computer 15í or so away from the main electronics.
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    Today, 07:28 AM
    Jim Smith replied to a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    Thanks for the replies! Of course, I know that the issue can best be resolved by listening, but it’s exceedingly difficult to easily reach & change out the cables. Plus, I don’t have everything on hand to make the swap. I guess that if I decided to...
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    Today, 12:21 AM
    Jim Smith started a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    In your opinion, which might give better performance? 3M AudioQuest Diamond USB cable from computer to DAC, with 1.5 M balanced Duelund XLR IC cable from DAC to preamp, or 1.5 M AudioQuest Diamond USB cable from computer to DAC & 3M balanced...
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    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
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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    Analog Productions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    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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    July 8, 2020, 06:28 AM
    I donít believe so.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    July 6, 2020, 11:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    I have. Yes.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 06:12 PM
    I just bought a Pass INT-60 from Mike for my RoomPlay Reference demo room. Can't wait for it to arrive!.
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    July 4, 2020, 10:00 AM
    Yep...
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    July 4, 2020, 09:26 AM
    Thanks! I have used this room for seven years for my RoomPlay Reference sessions for clients. RoomPlay Reference | Get Better Sound Most every visitor said it was the best sound - the most involving musically - that they ever heard. ...
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    July 4, 2020, 09:15 AM
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    July 3, 2020, 08:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread JVC Projectors in Home Theater & Video
    I bought the same model for myself. Iím continually amazed at the picture quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 05:54 PM
    Those are terrific cans! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 04:40 PM
    I get my Duelund products from Parts Connexion in Canada. Wire & Cable
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    July 3, 2020, 04:39 PM
    Sorry - double post.
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    July 3, 2020, 04:37 PM
    Sheesh!!! Triple post...
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    July 3, 2020, 02:43 PM
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    July 3, 2020, 02:01 PM
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 11:01 AM
    For MSL or VDH? MSL is handled by Mofi. VDH is managed by the fellow who makes plastic covers for VPI turntables. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 3, 2020, 10:41 AM
    Havenít read anything regarding that. Sorry if I missed it. I just havenít found the VDH to be convincing enough over a MSL for the money. We brought in VDH and MSL at the same time for a comparison. I wanted to like the VDH, but the MSL just...
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    July 3, 2020, 09:54 AM
    Now THIS is a great cartridge. We have several MySonicLabs carts in the store. They all hit 2-3 times above their price point. Neutral, fast, quiet, smooth on top, dynamic, great trackers. We had a couple of VDHís and they were noisy as...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 06:31 PM
    I wanted to revisit this thread and shed some light on the M9ís as I learn more and more about these incredible speakers: - The M9 does not have a power/active bass or "tunable" bass. It is a 4-way design with an active 2-way XO between the bass...
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    July 2, 2020, 06:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico A5ís Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Yes exact same! I know!!! The A5ís are STUPID GOOD for the money. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 04:58 PM
    Aqua LinQ Network Interface | HFA - The Independent Source for Audio Equipment Reviews Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 04:34 PM
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    July 2, 2020, 04:22 PM
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  • Jim Smith's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 03:47 PM
    Sometimes a good starting point is between the tweeter & mid-range. Then listen to more tweeter until it's too much. Back off until you fall into the music more easily. If you are aware of sounds (sound effects), you probably aren't there yet. ...
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    July 2, 2020, 02:28 PM
    Toasty warm for someone up north. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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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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