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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:46 PM
    Yup. Itís a mess. You have clients who think they have bought a fully Roon certified solution and we (dealers & customers) are all learning at the same time: Ahhh...thank goodness for the great and free Lumin app (and Aurender app too!) ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:27 PM
    Vitus makes a great product and the distributor is a quality guy. If I didnít have Gryphon, I would have Vitus. And remember, Vitus comes with the biggest fan boy in the world: Bodhi! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    No. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Andik777's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:39 PM
    Smooth tweeter-tight bass
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 09:08 PM
    I have ordered 5 and all sold before I got them! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 09:00 PM
    I have ordered 5 and all sold before I got them! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 07:49 PM
    Yup. Already got the hack. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 07:45 PM
    Yup. And many are working on ďhacksĒ as we speak as they are tired of the moving goal posts. Should get interesting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 11:35 AM
    I have it! HD and all. Cameras everywhere. I should have gone back and looked. Too funny. You know how I caught him? There were about 4 subs remaining after everyone ate. I was staring at the table and said ďwow, someone actually ate the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 11:29 AM
    Why our audio club is not much of an avenue for sales for me. I could tell you stories. The best is the guy who came to one of my events and stuffed his pockets with subway sandwiches. He even took the mustard and mayo containers. Wish I had...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 09:36 AM
    Never had anyone ask for that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 18, 2020, 09:31 AM
    The best. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 08:57 PM
    Yes, yes and YES!! Itís stable. They have some features coming for it that will be amazing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 08:32 PM
    About $800 per drive. Totally worth it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 03:48 PM
    Yes. Itís easy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 02:45 PM
    Iím not sure how much more I can add. Itís currently running with two Dragon power cords and sounds incredible. It has dynamics when needed. It has a big big sense of ease and depth to it. It has a more relaxed sound than the Mephisto, but more...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 02:04 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL install today in MBL
    Oh yes. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 01:07 PM
    Mike started a thread MBL install today in MBL
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 08:29 AM
    We have a 6000T (used). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 07:02 AM
    Ha, yes! Tape is king. But baby steps Larry, baby steps We donít want to scare the guy off. Discussions of NAB, IEC, Flux heads and demagnetizing the heads might put him over the top. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 17, 2020, 05:38 AM
    Never heard of it. That sounds cool! Do you have any pictures? Information? No mention of it here.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 10:53 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Viva Aurora RCA outputs in Amplifiers
    Anil, try to get the RCA connectors that you can unscrew and screw down tight. We have never had an issue with the RCA connections with any of our Viva amps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 10:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Estelon Forza in Estelon
    They are fully broken in. We had a client (Charlie who you know) in the store on Friday and he said it was the best speaker he had ever heard. Right now, the XTreme system is back setup in that room. In the front room, the Magico A5ís are...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 05:48 PM
    The N20 connects to your DAC via any of its digital outputs. W20 was $18k I believe when it first came out and the W20SE is $22k with 4TB of SSD or $23,500 with 8TB SSD. Aurender also offers the incredible Aurender Content Server and Ripper...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 05:24 PM
    It supports PCM, DSD and MQA. All. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 03:22 PM
    Weíve been busy working on new models that fill in the gap in both performance and price between the current model N10 and flagship W20SE. The new model N20 is an upgraded-in-every-way N10, much like how the W20SE evolved from the original W20. All...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 09:28 AM
    I came in the store yesterday morning and my employee had been listening to the full Alpha V2 loom in Room 1. He looks up at me and says, ďthis Shunyata loom is really good.Ē My takeaway is that the power cords + ICís + speaker cables is not 1 +...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 09:26 AM
    I buy a lot of vinyl. The number of defective are slim. Maybe 1 out of 50. Not punching the center hole dead on is #1, followed by a noisy pressing as #2. Warps are rare (maybe 1 in 500) for me. Keep the box the record came in until you know...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 06:57 AM
    Truth. It really is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 16, 2020, 06:55 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    No. XD specs are a complete departure from anything theyíve done in the past. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • kiwi_1282001's Avatar
    September 15, 2020, 10:02 AM
    Contact Us - Stellar Home Audio
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 14, 2020, 03:13 PM
    Congrats! Itís an awesome preamp. Give it a few weeks 24/7 to break in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 13, 2020, 12:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Thanks for the kind words. Thatís a great question about T+A. Their sound has changed over the years. Their PDP3000HV and MP3000HV had very different sounds from current offerings like the MP3100HV. The older T+A sound (including DAC8DSD) was...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 13, 2020, 08:22 AM
    Are you using the Lumin app or Roon? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 13, 2020, 08:18 AM
    I have all of ours on the floor. Never thought the need to add something else. I think Caelin already integrated something into the feet for this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 13, 2020, 08:17 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    No word yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 13, 2020, 08:06 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    No word yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 12, 2020, 11:56 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    I have one on order. Really looking forward to it. It will have the exact same specs (Master Discrete DACís, power supplies, etc.) as the K-01XD. My take as a dealer is that the MSB and Esoteric are COMPLETELY different sounds. I know this...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 12, 2020, 10:11 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Not that Iíve heard George. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 11, 2020, 07:32 PM
    That FM Acoustics phono I bet is awesome. Would love to hear it. For me, even though I have arguably the best tube Phonostage preamp at home, I would say, overall, ďit dependsĒ. With my Avantgarde speakers, the tube Phonostage was the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 11, 2020, 09:09 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin AMP (Class AB) in Lumin
    Thanks for posting. Very good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 11:10 PM
    In terms of size, yes. In terms of sound? No. Alpha v2 is FAR better. Still scratching my head on this one. The ICís and SPCís are a quantum leap forward. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 06:53 PM
    Reports are already coming in that devices that are certified are now showing up as uncertified. This should be interesting. September 21st is the deadline before the Roon folks pull the plug.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 05:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Focal Maestro Utopia EVO in Focal
    Nice. What color? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 04:45 PM
    Sorry, we had to remove that add on. It was creating the duplicate posts. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 04:37 PM
    Very!! The Alpha V2 Speaker cables are much much heavier and thicker than V1. The ICís and speaker cables are gigantic step up over v1. A quantum leap. The Alpha V2ís leap frog the Sigma V1ís and then some. Sent from my iPhone using...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 04:21 PM
    First reaction: holy F! - big soundstage - detail, detail and oh yeah, more detail. - bass!!!!! - depth!!!! - as big of an improvement the V1 to V2 power cords are, the ICís and speaker cables are an even bigger improvement. By a lot. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 02:56 PM
    Arrived today! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 12:22 PM
    Mark, the Roon software requires some robust computing power. This computing power creates noise. Thatís why sonically, others may prefer other options. I support Roon in enforcing their rules around certification. Iím glad they did it because...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 10, 2020, 12:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread New AXPONA 2021 Date Announced in AXPONA
    Not surprised. August is a good timeframe for their show. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Hi Kiwi,

    I have read some of your posts on Audioshark and noticed that you used to be a big Nordost fan who started using Ansuz products. I am about to embark on a similar route and start by changing the power distributor. I am currently using a Qbase with Qkore1 plugged in and would like to replace it with the new Ansuz Mainz8 D2 once it is released on the market. Have you ever compared the D series Mainz8 with the Qbase that had the Qkore attached? Additionally, I am using multiple Nordost TC cones under my components , are the Ansuz DTC Darkz better in your opinion?

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