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    Yesterday, 06:28 AM
    I donít believe so.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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 7, 2020, 08:41 AM
    Kuoppis replied to a thread jazz sabbath in Music Forum
    Itís an attempt at humor. A successful one, as I find. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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    July 4, 2020, 09:15 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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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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    July 3, 2020, 02:01 PM
    YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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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    July 3, 2020, 07:55 AM
    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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
    YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 04:22 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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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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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 01:24 PM
    Could be true. They donít say peep. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 01:23 PM
    Got tubes? For sale. Make an offer!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 12:49 PM
    Itís a beast! Terrific balls amp. Bass is ďtube likeĒ and the amp is very sweet sounding. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 12:32 PM
    The pass is tube like in nature. A looser bass, like tubes. Warmer. The Sim has SLAM, dynamics, control and a buttery smooth top end. BIG soundstage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 09:21 AM
    Moon 860A V2 | The Ear We are sure loving ours in the store! We have it on the Magico A5ís and WOW what a pairing.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 08:02 AM
    Mike started a thread Vivid G2 S2 Review in Vivid Audio
    SoundStage! Hi-Fi | SoundStageHiFi.com - Vivid Audio Giya G2 Series 2 Loudspeakers ďBecause the woofers are mounted back to back and move in phase, their forces, as they simultaneously move out and in, are equal and in opposite directions. As a...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 07:42 AM
    No, $10k ďspecialĒ.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 10:51 PM
    Agreed. Whatís with this secret exclusive, private sale, you need a password BS? Itís no secret if everyone gets the same email. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 09:56 PM
    You donít want any fireworks for the 4th? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 06:31 PM
    Smart. Delete it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 05:57 PM
    Iíve had experience with Audyssey and Room Perfect and others, including the automated setup of Trinnov. They arenít perfect. At BEST they get you 80% of the way there. Manual tuning is required. To be fair, the software for the M9 is...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 05:50 PM
    Who do they think they are fooling with this fake discount sale? Donít share with everyone else? Everyone got it! Do they really think people are that stupid? I have more to say, but Iíll bite my tongue. Somebody is smoking too much...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 05:48 PM
    I wouldnít say that at all. Itís the same as the Avantgarde XD software. Itís very powerful, IF you know how to use it. But for most people, itís way over their heads. Thatís my concern with all this adjustable bass talk. We arenít talking...
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    July 1, 2020, 01:56 PM
    Shunyata Research Delta NR-V2 | The Ear
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  • Kuoppis's Avatar
    July 1, 2020, 01:48 PM
    Could not agree more. I have tunable bass (freq/ level) on the Lansches and would not like to miss it anymore. It just allows to dial-in the sound exactly to your needs. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    July 1, 2020, 01:43 PM
    Joe, this is what Iím hearing: like the Cardas Clear before, they offer a tremendous level of micro detail, but without sacrificing resolution for a tad of warmth. Because there isnít any. The Clear Beyond do reach very deep on the bass w/o...
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    You ever hear the V-5xe. A guy wants to sell me one. I like tubes.. KT77 is a good sound to me. I enjoy accentuating true sound of horns, piano, violin. Not looking for a stereo sound. I want an accurate sound.
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