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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 09:41 PM
    Awesome DAC. Redbook only, but beautiful sounding. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 09:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Avalon fans? in SoundStage! Ultra
    Not sure Jeff. I hear from other dealers “not the company they used to be.” Just don’t know…never really given them much thought myself. May need an aesthetic makeover?? Heard them LOTS at shows. Can’t remember being blown away. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Shots fired! in General Audio Discussion
    Nope. Way overpriced. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Shots fired! in General Audio Discussion
    Not so fast. More to follow. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 PM
    A DAC under a $1000? Oh boy. I guess the Chord Mojo 2. We have those in stock. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    The HiFi Rose RS150 is superb. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 09:47 AM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Based on the comments on the video, I will try this configuration today. Seems to be a popular request after I posted the video, but I would like to know why? Is it that people are looking at the system and thinking “I could almost afford that...
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    Welcome to the forum SoundMann!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    Respectfully, I wouldn’t consider any of those as top digital candidates. I consider the following as excellent examples: MSB Esoteric (the latest Master Discrete) Aqua Berkeley Lampizator Etc…etc….etc.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    As a diehard analog guy (vinyl and tape), I would love to know what you tried as far as DAC’s, streamers, etc. The reason I ask is that although digital can be the equivalent of the excellent local buffet compared to the 3 star Michelin...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    How the big(ger) boys sound: B&W 802D4 + Luxman M10x + Boulder 1110 + Esoteric N-05XD + Innuos ZENith mk3 + AQ Dragon Cables - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 28, 2022, 11:46 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    I’m sure they will. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 28, 2022, 11:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 801D4 review in B&W
    $26k and $35k for now. Going up slightly Aug 1. Congrats on the 802D4’s. Screaming good value. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 27, 2022, 05:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Shots fired! in General Audio Discussion
    AJ, you should send a pair of your speakers to Amir to be measured and tested. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 26, 2022, 05:56 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Reintroduction in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome back. Glad you’re enjoying your system. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 26, 2022, 02:30 PM
    What happens when the meter readers disagree! GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke) | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum And GR Research X-LS Encore Kit Speaker Review | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum And the response….
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 26, 2022, 10:30 AM
    We went to see Top Gun Maverick. It was good. Not sure it lived up to the hype, but good none the less. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 25, 2022, 11:07 AM
    Good, but man, after you hear the 860v2, it’s no going back. I really like the 760A footprint. It doesn’t quite have the big sound and sense of effortless power of the 860v2, but in a small to medium room, great. Sent from my iPhone using...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 01:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Not at this time. Stand mounts don’t sell as easily. Not big movers as a whole. Most people would just spent a wee bit more and get the 804D4’s IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 12:27 PM
    Mike started a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 Loudspeakers | REVIEW - Part-Time Audiophile Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 24, 2022, 08:35 AM
    Until you’ve truly heard an AAA pressing, it might not be clear. Take for example, the album Mike played for me on his new Kuzma Stabi R - Lee Morgan, Cornbread. This pressing was from the master tapes. It was beautifully pressed. A 1958...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 09:51 PM
    SAIA is great, I wouldn’t worry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 23, 2022, 09:34 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Magico A5, Kharma S7-S, DB7-S and DB9-S, Vivid. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 02:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB DAC sources? in MSB
    Basically, Roon or anything that plugs into the USB module (Innuos, Aurender, Lumin, Auralic, etc.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 09:53 AM
    We use SAIA almost exclusively. They should call you to arrange delivery. If you have the BOL, call them and try to schedule a time now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 23, 2022, 07:36 AM
    No. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 07:44 PM
    Jeff nails it. Great read. Mc Wood blocks. A Mc AM/FM tuner in 2022. seriously? AM?? But now this steaming turd is a complete embarrassment to the entire industry. An empty box for $1500. You all out there wondering why Mc isn’t...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 04:38 PM
    This is $14. Black Metal Tin Box Lids - Large Containers, Holder for Keeping Car Keys, Cookie, Pencil Case, 7.5 x 4.2 x 2.2 inch https://a.co/d/3jdzqHd Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 03:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Enleum in Amplifiers
    I’ll happily trade you a 23R for your 509x all day long. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 01:12 PM
    An empty box with a child’s night light in it. OMG. I’m speechless. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 22, 2022, 10:32 AM
    McIntosh LB200 Light Box – McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. SMH Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 21, 2022, 06:17 PM
    Young eyes at work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 21, 2022, 09:11 AM
    Nice job. The new tweeter is longer and “sunk into” the cabinet to run flush with the new cabinet. We are definitely getting a pair. I want the active version sans streamer. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 11:26 PM
    Wasn’t aware you already had the P1X. Hell yeah, D1X all the way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 11:22 PM
    To my ears, the 340i is the sweet spot and the value play. The 600 and 700 bring more power and refinement. The 700 makes a statement visually and sonically, but at a significant premium. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 04:07 PM
    Thank you so much! Love San Diego. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 03:12 PM
    I had a chance to hear all the models. 2.2i was my favorite. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 02:30 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    I don’t know those Mc pieces, so a little hard to comment. A 2500 is a better reference for me. I always found the 2500 veiled compared to say a VAC Ren V. We took a 2500 on trade for a VAC pre. If I was shopping in that budget: Pass XP12...
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    June 20, 2022, 02:04 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    Tier 3. I’ve owned more Mc than most folks here. Love it, for what it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 12:29 PM
    Please ensure you only hire and use a licensed electrician for this type of work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 20, 2022, 08:49 AM
    Mike replied to a thread heeelllloooooo....???? in Shindo Labs 
    Yes, he’s our resident Shindo expert. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    June 19, 2022, 04:25 PM
    Welcome to the forum.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 04:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Tone? That sounds like a sweet little Jadis integrated or something to me. But then again, with the current state of tube availability, the 866 might be a good way to go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 11:41 AM
    When I created the special forum for the magazines to post LINKS to their reviews and perhaps even interact with subscribers (a great suggestion from Jeff at SoundStage), everyone was pleased and thanked me for doing so….except Stereophile….their...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 18, 2022, 11:39 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    The DAC in the 866 does not outperform the LaScala IMO. It’s good, but the LaScala is very special and still my favorite standalone dac under $10k. Do you find yourself needing more power than the INT-60? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 11:33 PM
    Since we’re the American Distributor for Block Audio, we probably won’t be competing with ourselves. They are $350 if you’re getting them with the top of the line Furutech outlets built in. Otherwise: Block Audio C-Lock Lite Power...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 10:42 PM
    No triple. They do make a double, but it’s for a small power cable. Best to stick with single only. There isn’t room for the C-Lock and more large outlets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 17, 2022, 10:16 PM
    Awesome new album from a relatively new artist (from Minnesota). Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 17, 2022, 09:45 PM
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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.
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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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