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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    And thatís one of the topics for discussion. Along with: Ecommerce Online pricing Audio culture in 2020 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • mep's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 PM
    Serge-If your son is making a six figure salary and he canít afford a home, he is obviously living in a state with ridiculously priced real estate. Thatís a choice many people make for a variety of reasons. It doesnít mean that people donít make...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 04:20 PM
    Thanks, except he lives in Washington. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 03:53 PM
    Mike- I totally agree with your post. I would add that high end audio started long before the 1970s. There were guys who had dream systems in the 1950s. There has always been expensive gear for the well-heeled. Look at the first gear from...
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    Today, 03:45 PM
    Serge, most people who werenít born with a silver spoon in their mouth had to work hard to get to where we currently are. I donít think I knew anyone in their twenties when I was in my twenties that had really expensive stereo systems. We all have...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    Old guys in the 70ís bought high end audio gear. Old guys in the 80ís bought high end audio gear. Old guys in the 90ís bought high end audio gear. This is when the ďwe are going to run out of old guys, find the kids!!!Ē began. Old guys in...
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    Today, 03:15 PM
    Yes, I told her and she gets it. You have to have some private space IMO and mine is my dedicated sound room. I built an addition to my house I owned in Indiana before we retired and moved to TN just so I could have my own dedicated stereo room. ...
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    Today, 02:37 PM
    Serge, I donít find much to agree with from your above post. The market is already flooded with Chinese audio products and products manufactured in China by global brands under their names. I for one have zero plans to downsize and move into a...
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    Today, 02:01 PM
    Robís comments are valid. Not all people that retire downsize their home. I lost count of how many people at work asked me if I was downsizing my house after I retired. My answer was always the same: If you downsize your house, you upsize your...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 PM
    The subs are no problem. The amps can plug into the 8000 too and we should try direct into the wall if possible. I think the 8000/XC is outstanding and really releases the music. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 11:32 AM
    Smiley faces can have double meanings too Bud. Just because you put a smiley face on words you used doesn't mean you don't believe what you just wrote.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 11:08 AM
    Hearing price will be in the neighborhood of $140k ish Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 10:58 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Luxman M900u Monos and C900u in Luxman
    The Salon 2ís need SLAM! With the wrong amps, they can sound like to woofers are broken. You need a bottom up amp. Bass first amp. May I suggest an Antilleon Evo. The M900ís are beautiful sounding, wonderful mids and highs, but they arenít a...
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    Today, 10:24 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Wilson Chronosonic XVX in Wilson Audio
    Jim - has a lot changed? For example, has the tweeter changed from your model to the current models?
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    We are taking orders TODAY! MSRP pricing is $9,500. The Meitner MA3: Introducing Meitner Audioís ground breaking MA3 Integrated D/A converter. The MA3 combines Ed Meitner's proven world-class sound techniques from our beloved DA2 V2 and DV2...
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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    Hmmmm.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    Did you miss this: ďI will never ditch my Shunyata power conditioner! It does a lot for my sound. Anyone that claims otherwise needs to get a more resolving system or a new set of earsĒ
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    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    Dan passed away a year ago. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 10:26 AM
    Everest 8000 w/Omega XC is what Iím looking for in a power conditioner. My Niagra 5000 is in the HT and perfect for that system as it has 12 outlets and a top quality product.
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    December 2, 2020, 06:54 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    Cool, just got word that our first batch has shipped. Second batch coming next week.
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    December 2, 2020, 03:44 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    Where are you located? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2020, 03:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    Couldnít you just set your i7 computer to run Roon core on your network and free up that USB? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2020, 02:39 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin Remote Control in Lumin
    Our US Distributor is advising the price will be $299 for the remote. Dealers are also required to buy a small truck load. No one off orders. We have ordered our first truck load. Still no ETA. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    December 2, 2020, 07:54 AM
    Congrats on a great system. Dual Esoteric D1X DACís will be incredible! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2020, 07:21 PM
    I donít own a switch, I have a router. I also didnít tell anyone to buy an off the shelf switch to attach to their router. I also would never take advice from someone that canít keep noise and hum out of their own system and thatís when itís...
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    December 1, 2020, 04:22 PM
    Talking about linear power supplies in this thread was an offshoot that started after I mentioned digital dingleberries. This occurred after you decided to butt in with comments about my digital rig. Your comments about the backbone of my digital...
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    December 1, 2020, 03:10 PM
    If you couldnít measure what an Ethernet switch does, then they couldnít have been designed, manufactured, and tested so letís stop saying you canít measure what an Ethernet switch does.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    December 1, 2020, 02:01 PM
    Me? No. And the Shunyata Alpha, Sigma and Omega are my faves. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2020, 09:54 AM
    Companies who design, manufacture, and test switches can certainly measure what an Ethernet switch does. Things get dicey when utility products that have been used for decades by commercial companies get the audiophile makeover. Things start...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    December 1, 2020, 09:35 AM
    I donít. We have a VAC REN V phono, Pass XP27, three Avid Phonostages, etc. The 810 is definitely a superb performer Iíve heard, but with only one input, Iím kind of limited. I need at least three inputs. I have two tables and three arms. My...
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    December 1, 2020, 09:30 AM
    The Boulder/Gryphon/MSB amps are the top three I would choose too. I havenít had a lot of time with the Sim 888ís, so I canít say definitively, but the Sim 860v2 is a terrific sub-$20K performer. The MSB amps are the proverbial odd ball here,...
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    December 1, 2020, 09:18 AM
    Luxury and Performance: The Electronics I'd Shortlist
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    December 1, 2020, 09:01 AM
    The Aurender ACS10 has built in, the necessary Ethernet filtering. The main Aurender (W20SE in my case) then plugs into the ACS10ís filtered Ethernet port. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2020, 08:26 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Shunyata Omega USB in Shunyata Research
    Yes, definitely USB. Itís less restrictive to formats too. A lot depends on the DAC as well. But todayís DACís are really optimized for USB. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 30, 2020, 09:36 PM
    Mike started a thread Blue Note Reissues in Music Forum
    For those who will say when they run out, ďbut I didnít know!Ē, now you know. ALL ANALOG. Mastered by Kevin Gray. From the original tapes. Amazon has some good pricing. http://www.bluenote.com/classic-vinyl-reissue-series/
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  • mep's Avatar
    November 30, 2020, 05:39 PM
    What donít I understand any of?
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    November 30, 2020, 04:48 PM
    I wouldn't be ready to take that leap of faith. They are both stored digital files that you are calling up and playing. Some people are adamant that the best sounding digital reproduction is going to come from spinning a CD on a high end CD...
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    November 30, 2020, 04:40 PM
    Says who? What is a "good CD player"? What CD players have you used to compare against streaming the same music.
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    November 30, 2020, 04:36 PM
    Are you serious? I can't believe you are an engineer and you made that statement. We damn sure have figured out how to take measurements and prove that something works. It's called science. We even know how to measure the measurement devices and...
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    November 30, 2020, 04:26 PM
    I do think there could be sonic improvements to be had by replacing a SMPS with a linear power supply, but Iím not sure all digital devices will benefit equally. In my setup, I would like to hear the difference with a linear power supply powering...
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    November 30, 2020, 12:18 PM
    And we haven't even mentioned hot rod clocks. Let's face it, there are audiophiles who love adding as many devices as they can to their streaming network and that doesn't include power cords designed for digital gear because digital gear needs...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 30, 2020, 11:06 AM
    I have the MBL 101e mk2 at home. Xtremes wouldnít fit in my room. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 30, 2020, 10:38 AM
    Sort of. I love my VAC Statement Phonostage, itís the absolute best, but it might not be the best for my MBLís. Iím looking for a SS alternative. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 30, 2020, 09:41 AM
    That's hilarious, especially coming from you.
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    November 30, 2020, 09:34 AM
    How many audiophile switches do you think Tidal and Quobuz are running?
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    November 30, 2020, 09:32 AM
    I don't feel the need to add digital dingleberries to my network to chase after the ghosts of "hash/gremlins" that I can't hear. Funny how people can convince other people they need to spend money on solutions in search of problems. This is...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 30, 2020, 12:02 AM
    Iíve made several changes the past year since this thread was updated. I put Critical Mass Center Stage 2 feet under all my components, including amps. I added the Shunyata Everest 8000/Omega XC. I changed all my digital cables to...
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    November 29, 2020, 11:35 PM
    Welcome fellow Floridian. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 29, 2020, 07:40 PM
    If you are primarily streaming with your digital rig, it has to be connected to the network. What does ďhave no effect on EthernetĒ mean?
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