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    Today, 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 I’ve 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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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I have. Yes.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    But at $14K this is a “sweet spot” for those wanting a world class spinner. I would have gone for the K-01XD, but worried that cracking that $20K barrier (it’s $22K) would be too much for some. The $14K is more achievable and still delivers...
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    Ok, 6 discs in now. Color me VERY impressed. “Natural” is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesn’t have the “analogness” (if that’s a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch,...
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    Yesterday, 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. I’m on my second CD and can’t believe how good this K-03XD sounds This isn’t your Father’s Esoteric! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    $2500 for 1.5m Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 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 Research’s most innovative digital...
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    Yesterday, 08:04 AM
    I should have mine in 2 weeks or so. I’ll 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 doesn’t 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. “In 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. I’m continually amazed at the picture quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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, 02:51 PM
    Looks great Jim. A much simpler setup compared to your prior room. I’m sure the sound is wonderful. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on how this room sounds compared to your previous setup with the Tannoys.
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    July 3, 2020, 02:01 PM
    YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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
    Haven’t read anything regarding that. Sorry if I missed it. I just haven’t 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 VDH’s and they were noisy as...
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    July 2, 2020, 06:31 PM
    I wanted to revisit this thread and shed some light on the M9’s 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 A5’s Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Yes exact same! I know!!! The A5’s 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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    July 2, 2020, 01:24 PM
    Could be true. They don’t say peep. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 01:23 PM
    Got tubes? For sale. Make an offer!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 12:49 PM
    It’s a beast! Terrific balls amp. Bass is “tube like” and the amp is very sweet sounding. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    July 2, 2020, 09:55 AM
    MPW replied to a thread Vivid G2 S2 Review in Vivid Audio
    I have always been impressed when I have heard Vivid at shows. I think the force cancelling driver layout makes tremendous sense. This is the same setup that is used on my Blade 2's and is now being used by a number of subwoofer manufacturers. ...
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    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 A5’s and WOW what a pairing.
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    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 “Because 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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    July 2, 2020, 07:42 AM
    No, $10k “special”.
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    July 1, 2020, 10:51 PM
    Agreed. What’s with this secret exclusive, private sale, you need a password BS? It’s no secret if everyone gets the same email. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 1, 2020, 09:56 PM
    You don’t want any fireworks for the 4th? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 1, 2020, 06:31 PM
    Smart. Delete it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 1, 2020, 05:57 PM
    I’ve had experience with Audyssey and Room Perfect and others, including the automated setup of Trinnov. They aren’t 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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    July 1, 2020, 05:50 PM
    Who do they think they are fooling with this fake discount sale? Don’t share with everyone else? Everyone got it! Do they really think people are that stupid? I have more to say, but I’ll bite my tongue. Somebody is smoking too much...
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    July 1, 2020, 05:48 PM
    I wouldn’t say that at all. It’s the same as the Avantgarde XD software. It’s very powerful, IF you know how to use it. But for most people, it’s way over their heads. That’s my concern with all this adjustable bass talk. We aren’t talking...
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    July 1, 2020, 01:56 PM
    Shunyata Research Delta NR-V2 | The Ear
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    July 1, 2020, 12:20 PM
    Did someone say, Sim with Magico? YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 1, 2020, 11:16 AM
    I believe this trend is inevitable with Magico, and many other speaker manufacturers will likely add the capability as well. Until you have heard a system with properly tuned bass via subwoofers or an active internal sub (like Vandersteen), you...
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    July 1, 2020, 10:41 AM
    I love many live recordings. EmmyLou Harris - Live at the Ryman. Anyone who’s been to the Ryman, can hear those wonderful acoustics in this recording. Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall Harry Belafonte - Live at Carnegie Hall Kenny...
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    July 1, 2020, 09:51 AM
    Bass waves are the most difficult to control in any room. I have found Magico’s to be a dream to place in any room. When we wedged the Magico S3 mk2’s into Larry’s TINY office in his condo, that was the ultimate test for me. The sound we...
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    July 1, 2020, 09:36 AM
    I asked my friend who’s been an engineer for 40 years what he thought of the video. Here’s his response: “All that YouTube Video is showing is how much FM radio signal is picked up by his speaker cables. This is of no importance as to how they...
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    July 1, 2020, 08:56 AM
    Feel free. Then all the people who have heard Magico’s once or twice can tell all the people who own them what they sound like.
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21’4” x 12’10” x 8’8” w/GIK Acoustics treatments
SPEAKERS KEF Blade 2
SUBWOOFERS Four DIY Speaker Hardware 12" passive subs driven by Dayton SA1000 amp
AMPLIFICATION Pass Labs X250.8, Cary SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
DIGITAL Marantz SA-10, Bluesound Node 2, Intel NUC Roon Core
VINYL EAT C-Sharp, Hana SL, EAT E-Glo S w/LPS
POWER AudioQuest Niagara 5000 on dedicated 20 amp/10 gauge circuit
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