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    Today, 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 responseÖ.
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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Good, but man, after you hear the 860v2, itís no going back. I really like the 760A footprint. It doesnít 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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    June 24, 2022, 01:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 805D4 Review in B&W
    Not at this time. Stand mounts donít sell as easily. Not big movers as a whole. Most people would just spent a wee bit more and get the 804D4ís IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    June 24, 2022, 08:35 AM
    Until youíve 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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    June 23, 2022, 09:51 PM
    SAIA is great, I wouldnít 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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    June 23, 2022, 08:55 PM
    Recently took delivery of an Esoteric K-01XD delivered by SAIA, total weight on the pallet was 120 lbs. It was purchased through Suncoast and I will mirror Mike's comments regarding SAIA's delivery process. I was called by SAIA when it arrived...
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    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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    June 23, 2022, 07:36 AM
    No. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    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 isnít...
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    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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    June 22, 2022, 03:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Enleum in Amplifiers
    Iíll happily trade you a 23R for your 509x all day long. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 22, 2022, 01:12 PM
    An empty box with a childís night light in it. OMG. Iím speechless. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 22, 2022, 10:32 AM
    McIntosh LB200 Light Box Ė McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. SMH Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 21, 2022, 06:17 PM
    Young eyes at work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 21, 2022, 09:11 AM
    Nice job. The new tweeter is longer and ďsunk intoĒ 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
    Wasnít aware you already had the P1X. Hell yeah, D1X all the way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    June 20, 2022, 04:07 PM
    Thank you so much! Love San Diego. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    June 20, 2022, 02:30 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Preamplifier Decision in Pre-Amps
    I donít 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. Iíve owned more Mc than most folks here. Love it, for what it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    June 20, 2022, 08:49 AM
    Mike replied to a thread heeelllloooooo....???? in Shindo Labs†
    Yes, heís our resident Shindo expert. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    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 soÖ.except StereophileÖ.their...
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    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. Itís 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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    June 17, 2022, 11:33 PM
    Since weíre the American Distributor for Block Audio, we probably wonít be competing with ourselves. They are $350 if youíre getting them with the top of the line Furutech outlets built in. Otherwise: Block Audio C-Lock Lite Power...
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    June 17, 2022, 10:42 PM
    No triple. They do make a double, but itís for a small power cable. Best to stick with single only. There isnít room for the C-Lock and more large outlets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    June 17, 2022, 06:07 PM
    C-LOCK – Block Audio Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 17, 2022, 11:57 AM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Luxman M-10X in Luxman
    Thanks for the insight on the M-10X. Wonderful to get the perspective of someone who has lived with its predecessor, the M900u. For context, what are the other components of the system?
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    June 17, 2022, 06:23 AM
    How much is the subscription? The D1X is $50K here in America. I donít think anyone with a $50K DAC would squawk at $20/month for a streaming service. If youíre focused on CD/SACD, I still wonder if the K1X/PS1 might make more sense. ...
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    June 17, 2022, 06:20 AM
    LOL. My bad. Well, itís close(r) to Australia than say buying a HK product or otherwise. New Zealand is one place I would love to visit. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 17, 2022, 12:17 AM
    Gregory Porter; Take Me to the Alley
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    June 16, 2022, 10:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Innuos Pulse in Computer/Digital Audio
    Excellent question. In this situation, I would keep the Nucleus running core duties and get the new Pulsar network player. The Pulsar will have upgraded parts over the the Zenith and be totally dedicated to network streamer duties with no...
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    June 16, 2022, 10:15 PM
    Are you able to get Qobuz or Tidal? Spotify is mp3 level. A DAC at the level of D1X deserves high res and a proper network transport like the Antipodes K50 which should be easy for you to get since its from Australia. GIGO is alive and...
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    June 16, 2022, 08:13 PM
    An Apple TV? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 16, 2022, 01:16 PM
    Yes. Atkinson got his knickers in a knot at Peter B on Facebook for leaking it. Figured it would be best to remove. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 16, 2022, 10:57 AM
    Eminent Audio Reviewer Michael Fremer Returns to The Absolute Sound - The Absolute Sound Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 14, 2022, 10:26 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    The Cybershaft OP-21 is one I am considering. The question for me has become is it worth the cost to only use it for the CD/SACD transport part of the K-01XD? As I understand it the USB digital input is not compatible, for lack of a better word,...
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    June 14, 2022, 10:14 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    When I first started this process I didnít think it was possible but the more time I spend with this combination the more inclined I am to agree with you. Also agree with your comments regarding the utility (convenience) function of streaming v....
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    June 14, 2022, 08:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico M9 in Speakers
    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I need to make a trip out there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 14, 2022, 08:46 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    To update my previous post; the Esoteric K-01XD has transformed over the past few weeks. The soundstage has grown substantially; consistent with Mike's comments re: dense, wraparound, almost 3D cues in the recordings. I think of it as the quality of...
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    June 13, 2022, 07:28 PM
    Peter Breuninger (AV Showrooms) passed away today. RIP. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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