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    Today, 02:28 PM
    Iím getting an industrial transformer going outside my house, a new Eaton CH box and everything audio moving to that completely separate power setup. Not cheap. N Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    Itís all water under the bridge and not a big deal. I think the point I was trying to make is this: You have some dealers who really work hard and go beyond turning on the lights and waiting for someone to walk in the store. These dealers like...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 AM
    The new Monitor Audio speakers debuted at Munich last week. They kind of remind me of something, not sure what exactlyÖ. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 07:50 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Vermont here in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 07:46 AM
    joeinid replied to a thread Vermont here in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome to the forum! Thank
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:29 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Munich High-End 2022 in Other Shows
    Thanks for your comments. Those Aries speakers are crazy looking, but sound quite good. The Vantage Live is terrific. Best YGís I ever heard (at Axpona). Active speakers for a sealed box sounded great. Read lots of people who loved the...
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    Yesterday, 02:53 PM
    Yes. Welcome to my world. So glad I make the videos and do write ups so lazy dealers can benefit. SighÖ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:48 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N20 Review in Aurender
    Welcome. The ProUSB/ProISL with the N20 would be sonically a great match. Since it would be the non-USB outputs affected and the clock in the Premier is used, I would not think the external Aurender clock would benefit in this case over...
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    May 22, 2022, 11:14 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N20 Review in Aurender
    Great question. It really depends on the DAC too. If the non-USB input on the DAC is optimized, then those can really benefit from the exceptional non-USB outputs of the N20. I found AES and SPDIF (digital RCA) to be the best when the DAC is...
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    May 22, 2022, 08:42 PM
    joeinid replied to a thread Hi from BC in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome to the forum.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 22, 2022, 01:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Munich High-End 2022 in Other Shows
    https://www.monoandstereo.com/2022/05/munich-high-end-audio-show-2022-photo.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&m=1 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 22, 2022, 01:01 PM
    The End Of Cheap Tubes The Ukraine / Russia news is having a significant impact on the global supply of vacuum tubes. Editorial By J. Martins Editorial By J. Martins -- audioXpress Magazine May 2022 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 22, 2022, 12:58 PM
    Chip Fab Supply Chain Delays What's delaying new chip fabs to reinforce the supply chain? Yep... the supply chain. Article By Ted Green, Chief Content Creator For Strata-gee.com. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 22, 2022, 10:21 AM
    Mike started a thread Aurender N20 Review in Aurender
    Aurender N20 Music Server - The Absolute Sound "...the Aurender N20 is one of a handful of the best-designed, best-integrated, best-engineered, and, most importantly, 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵-𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 audio components I have ever had the pleasure to use and...
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    May 22, 2022, 09:49 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    Iím going to ask a silly question, but just to be sure, did go into the menu of the device and engage clock sync? Some folks think you just connect the clock and it works, but you must go into the menu and engage clock sync. Sent from my...
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    May 22, 2022, 09:43 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Munich High-End 2022 in Other Shows
    Do you have a link to the English version? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    May 21, 2022, 10:08 PM
    Congratulations! Youíll need 10 posts before you can post photos. Welcome to the forum.
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    May 20, 2022, 09:11 PM
    joeinid replied to a thread Fyne Vintage in Fyne Audio
    Any specs on the new speakers?
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 20, 2022, 08:14 PM
    Congrats. Those are the best clock cables Iíve heard too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 20, 2022, 06:05 PM
    https://youtu.be/Fa1y9JRip68 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 20, 2022, 05:32 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Hegel H30A/P30A in Hegel
    Will do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    May 20, 2022, 10:53 AM
    Welcome to the forum, great introduction and system. Thank you!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 20, 2022, 10:20 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Vintage in Fyne Audio
    Not sure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 20, 2022, 10:20 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Vintage in Fyne Audio
    Highend Munich 2020 - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 20, 2022, 09:54 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Vintage in Fyne Audio
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 20, 2022, 08:28 AM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 20, 2022, 08:09 AM
    We do. Mostly Neutral with body and a titch of warmth. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 08:53 PM
    Very sad. RIP
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 05:56 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Hegel H30A/P30A in Hegel
    Not sure, but I donít believe so. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 19, 2022, 05:39 PM
    joeinid replied to a thread Hegel H30A/P30A in Hegel
    HEGEL Announces P30A Preamplifier & H30A Power Amplifier - The Absolute Sound
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 02:09 PM
    Whatever active model they had at Axpona sounded terrific. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 19, 2022, 01:09 PM
    LOL Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 11:27 AM
    Thatís all I need to know on this one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 19, 2022, 10:58 AM
    Mike replied to a thread SimAudio 888ís in SimAudio (MOON)
    Weíre talking horsepower! 1.2hp Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 19, 2022, 10:55 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Fyne Vintage in Fyne Audio
    COOLNESS! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 10:18 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Luxman M-10X in Luxman
    This amp has been burning in since we got it. Sat down and listened this morning. WOW. I love this amp. The soundstage after 250+ hours now has really opened up. So much more punch and dynamics over the old m900u. Still the same great midrange...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 09:40 AM
    LOL. Iíll put the Chord Mojo 2 against it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 09:05 AM
    Mike started a thread SimAudio 888ís in SimAudio (MOON)
    Captured this picture this morning from a live steam from Munich. Look at this 888ís. WOW. Raidho Acoustics was live. - Raidho Acoustics This is a ďregularĒ room at Munich in case everyone is wondering.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 09:04 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico A5ís Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Looks like 511ís in mono. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 19, 2022, 08:34 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico A5ís Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Thatís an outstanding pairing. Anything new from Soulution? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 19, 2022, 08:02 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico A5ís Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Cool. With what electronics? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 07:44 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico A5ís Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Unless Iím mistaken, they rely on their local distributor to bring the speakers. Would love to have seen M2 or M3, especially M3, my favorite. I had the M3ís at home for over a year. Just fantastic. S7 would have also been great. You guys...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2022, 04:54 AM
    Mike started a thread Hegel H30A/P30A in Hegel
    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 18, 2022, 10:07 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    Just received a correction. Itís now July 5th, Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 18, 2022, 09:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    The 800D4 series is dead nuts neutral and more bottom up then top down Vs the old series. Itís exceedingly musical. Magico speakers vary so much from A to S to M that itís hard to pinpoint. The S is probably the closest sonically to the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 18, 2022, 08:32 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    Well, Iím a B&W dealer. Itís June 5. I have the email from B&W. FWIW, Iím ordering a pair of 801D4ís for the floor before the increase. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 18, 2022, 08:19 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    Who told you that B&W raised the price on the 801D4ís $3000 today? Man, you really need to find a good dealer. Increases on B&W products coming June 5th. SMH. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 18, 2022, 06:09 PM
    World - Premiere Acoustical System's new turntable! The essence of 30 years turntable design and evolution in the APOLYT finds it's cumulation in an all-new concept. All the design features and inventions which defined the unique apogee level...
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I'm 74, retired from the commercial photography business in 2003 after a 40+ year career that started in high school. In the late 60's and early 70's I did mainly large format studio work for the food and wine industries in San Francisco. Sold my SF studio in '76 to finance a 2 year sailing odyssey to the South Pacific with my wife (now of 52 years) on our 40' ketch. Upon our return in 1980 settled in the wine country and started a family (2 daughters now in their 30's, 2 grandsons) but eventually went back to SF and re-engaged in food & wine photography. Later ran 3 photo labs/studio and did aerial photography. Retired for the 3rd time in 2003 and moved to our 45 acre ranch in the boonies near the Sonoma Coast where I manage a forest of 35,000 Redwood and Douglas Fir trees which I planted in 1993 following a wild fire that destroyed the old forest. These trees are now 50-60' tall. We (I have 3 workers) thin and groom, and remove the "ladder" fuels, creating what are called "Shaded Fuel Breaks" so as to inprove the survival odds in the next fire. In another 10 years, we will be able to start a sustainable annual timber harvest. I bike, hike and am a daily lap swimmer. San Francisco is once again my primary residence which allows me to enjoy city life and frequently attend performances at the SF Jazz Center, the SF Opera and Symphony, while my wife remains mostly at the ranch where we have a large garden, orchard, chickens and sheep. I am currently overseeing a major remodel of the SF property, which dates back to 1910. Bicycling is my primary form of city transport.

My audio history started in my early teens with a Kenwood receiver, a Thorens TD124 tt (should never have sold it!) and a pair of AKG headphones. Speakers came later. It has progressed ever since to better and better gear. My love of planar speakers led me to Sound Lab electrostatics about 15 years ago, becoming a home based dealer, mainly to support this expensive hobby. I have 2 very fine but different systems, one in the country and another in SF. Music is my passion; I have a huge library that spans many genres, Classical, Opera, Jazz, and a lot more, including Bluegrass, Country (think Willie, Lucinda Williams) and Blues- 4,000 lp's and a large digital library. I now primarily stream Tidal via my 2 Lumins. Roon will be added soon.
Location:
Northern California Coast & San Francisco
Interests:
Music, audio, hiking, bicycling, ranching, ham radio, atv's, tractors, sailing, wine, and my dog.
Occupation:
Retired commercial photographer, rancher, steward of the forest.

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Country System:
SoundLab Ultimate-1PX Electrostatic Speakers
Pass Labs XP-32 pre, Pass Labs XA60.8 Amps
ARC REF2SE Phonostage
SME 20/2 table with SME V arm, Stillpoints LPI
Minus-K BM-8 passive vibration control under tt
Ortofon Black cartridge, Klaudio RCM
Roon Nucleus+ powered by Keces P-8 LPS
Lumin X-1 Network Music Player
Skywire balanced IC's, Teo liquid speaker cables
3 dedicated AC lines
Shunyata Omega PC to Everest for all source devices
Typhon for each amp powered by 2 dedicated circuits
Various Shunyata Alpha & Sigma PC's throughout.
Stillpoints under everything.

City System:
Ayre KX-R Twenty Preamp
Pass Labs X-260.8 Monoblocks
Esoteric K-03 SACD Player
Roon Nucleus+powered by UpTone Audio JS-2 LPS
Lumin X-1 Network Music Player
Sound Lab Ultimate-545PX Speakers
Shunyata Hydra 8, Typhon QR
Various Shunyata Alpha & Sigma PC's throughout
Stillpoints under everything. Multiple room acoustic panels.

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