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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 22, 2024, 07:14 PM
    Have you ever dreamed of owning the MSB Select II with or without the Digital Director? Now is your time!! Interest in the MSB Cascade has been high. As such, we have several Select II DACís and Digital Directors coming in on trade. We have...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 22, 2024, 08:19 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Delivery Day in Magico
    Sean, howís break in going? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 19, 2024, 04:56 PM
    Yes, the Classe is very underrated, but a much better pairing with Kharma is Block Audio. Talk to Craig on the forum here and give me a call. We handle US and Canada. Iím waiting on our new MSB Cascade, so Iíll let you know. Are you in...
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  • mxk116's Avatar
    May 19, 2024, 10:52 AM
    My previous turntable, a Basis Debut Gold Standard with vacuum partnered with a Graham 2.2 tonearm, was purchased in 1998 (tonearm updated in 2002). It has recently found a new home.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 18, 2024, 03:06 PM
    Sorry to hear. RIP. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 18, 2024, 07:48 AM
    It did take the better part of 5 hours. But when we left, it was sounding fabulous and frankly, given the constraints of his giant motorized theater screen, positioned about as good as they could be. Now, knowing Charles, heís probably gone...
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    May 17, 2024, 05:52 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Munich High End 2024 in Other Shows
    Did you read the article in the attached link? If you did you'd know the answer to that question.
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    May 16, 2024, 03:35 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Munich High End 2024 in Other Shows
    Truer words were never spoken. One would think that critical acclaim (as a function of exceptional performance) would translate into success in the marketplace.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 16, 2024, 10:46 AM
    Alan, it probably wonít tell you much as it was particular for his setup with 8 subs (!!), four towering bass horns, 2 x 231ís and 2 x additional subs at the rear for his room and HIS type of music (classical). For one thing, we had to start with...
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    May 16, 2024, 10:41 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Munich High End 2024 in Other Shows
    You do have to often wonder how people listenÖespecially at shows. That one guy who liked the Aries Cerat also liked the Linn. Iíve heard from numerous people these were the two worst sounding rooms (with the third being the new Vividís). Shows...
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    May 16, 2024, 10:04 AM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Munich High End 2024 in Other Shows
    And yet I received an email newsletter this morning from HiFi+ where Aries Cerat, Wilson and CH Precision were among the rooms cited as best by the HiFi+ reviewers in attendance. Munich High-End 2024: The Top, Top Fives! - hi-fi+ Horses for...
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    May 16, 2024, 09:34 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Munich High End 2024 in Other Shows
    Yes. Seems like the Wilson/CH room didnít fair well either. Frankly, thatís a pairing I just donít see. I mean, on paper it should make a lot of sense: speaker with a lot of lower mid bass energy and a slightly lean in the bass set of...
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    May 15, 2024, 08:07 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Munich High End 2024 in Other Shows
    Munich High-End 2024 - Page 4 of 4 - Gy8 Wow. Aries Cerat didnít fair well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 15, 2024, 03:13 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Delivery Day in Magico
    I'm with Darrel's comment above, the A5 and Gryphon should be a terrific combination. IIRC you were using Pass Labs in the past. How would you describe the difference between the Gryphon and the Pass pre/power amp you previously used? I'm certain...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 15, 2024, 11:21 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Delivery Day in Magico
    Wow! Looks awesome Sean. Big congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 15, 2024, 12:12 AM
    mxk116 replied to a thread David Sanborn Dies in Music Forum
    From DownBeat magazine; David Sanborn, Star Alto Saxophonist, Dies at 78
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 14, 2024, 06:38 PM
    Would love to! But this trip is about supporting my daughter. I can sneak away a few hours during the day, but thatís about it. Iíll come back and visit for a special trip to see you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 14, 2024, 05:28 PM
    Ping me if you want to catch a beverage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 14, 2024, 12:21 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Magico S5 mk3 in Magico
    That is what I am anticipating in my room. I appreciate you sharing your first hand experience in Munich.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 14, 2024, 08:29 AM
    Do we have any members in the Charleston, SC area? Iím going to be there Wednesday May 15 - May 22 accompanying my daughter whoís taking some training. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 13, 2024, 01:52 PM
    Itís from Avantgarde. When I had mine all those years, I took the time to really learn the software. Other than the folks in Germany, Iím not sure of anyone else state side who knows it as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • mxk116's Avatar
    May 13, 2024, 01:37 PM
    Beautiful room and system. Mike, in the photo, the software displayed on the laptop, is from Avantgarde? If not, what is it? Thanks
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    May 13, 2024, 01:34 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread David Sanborn Dies in Music Forum
    Saddened by the news of David Sanborn's passing. Saw him perform many times in the 80's & 90's while living in New York. A fine musician and a happy humble person.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 13, 2024, 01:22 PM
    Yes. Tampa. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 13, 2024, 01:14 PM
    Mike replied to a thread David Sanborn Dies in Music Forum
    Me too. As a sax player myself, his technique and skill on the live studio album, ďStraight To The HeartĒ is second to none. A benchmark. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 13, 2024, 12:32 PM
    Mike started a thread David Sanborn Dies in Music Forum
    تسجيل الدخول إلى فيسبوك Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 13, 2024, 11:30 AM
    Active bass traps like AVAAís are great, Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 12, 2024, 04:59 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Munich High End 2024 in Other Shows
    Thank you for the wonderful coverage and photos. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 12, 2024, 11:33 AM
    Mike replied to a thread N20, n30sa, mc10 in Aurender
    Gotcha. We clock the aurender off the MSB DAC. You could do a N-01XD SE with Aurender and Aurender clock. Both benefit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 11, 2024, 07:53 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    May 11, 2024, 02:20 PM
    Yes! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • mxk116's Avatar
    May 11, 2024, 01:57 PM
    Is the upgrade available to US customers? If yes, I will have to contact Suncoast for details and get in the queue. Mike to the rescue?
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 11, 2024, 11:15 AM
    Yes, thatís why I was shocked by the Max. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 11, 2024, 10:02 AM
    Didnít pay attention. The version wonít matter because the Tidal MAX beats the QoBuz by a lot. I have both. This Tidal MAX version is wow. Tidal has upped their game. They had to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 11, 2024, 09:41 AM
    Tidal Max. Just make sure itís the Tidal Max (yellow logo). Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • mxk116's Avatar
    May 9, 2024, 01:04 PM
    mxk116 replied to a thread Magico S5 mk3 in Magico
    Video courtesy of Jay's Audio Lab, the debut of the Magico S5 2024. Sounds pretty nice as far as I can tell.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 9, 2024, 07:03 AM
    Music Direct tranships Shunyata product to Australia in clear violation of their dealer agreement? Interesting. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 8, 2024, 09:46 AM
    Occasionally you come across and album that you cannot believe how good it sounds (remastered). I stumbled on this on Tidal Max, and even though Iím a QoBuz guy, whatever tidal has done for this particular album, sounds better than QoBuz, CD,...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 7, 2024, 07:23 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N20, n30sa, mc10 in Aurender
    The MC10 will work brilliantly with the N20 and say an Esoteric K-01XD SE. Then both the Esoteric and N20 clock off the same clock Another option is take the DAC and clock funds and put it into an MSB DAC which have clock sync options so you...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 6, 2024, 03:56 PM
    Didnít even know there was such a neighborhood. Havenít heard the Eversolo. Heard the name though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 6, 2024, 03:35 PM
    Depends on budget. The Aurender A15 and Lumin T3 are both excellent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 5, 2024, 09:41 AM
    Yes, thatís the plan. Right now the focus is getting the new SEís out the door. Then I think they will formulate the upgrade program. But the plan is for it to be done in-house in the USA. Esoteric sure is busy! SE models and tone arm...
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Preamp; WestminsterLab Quest with w/ Westminster Lab Ultra PC (C15)
Interconnects; Nordost Valhalla V2 XLR
SACD Player/DAC; Esoteric K-01XD w/ Shunyata Omega QRs PC (C15)
Music Server/Streamer; Aurender N20 w/ Shunyata Omega QRs PC (C15)
Digital cables; Shunyata Sigma V2 Clock (50 Ω & 75 Ω), Nordost Valhalla V2 S/PDIF
Amplifier;Westminster Lab Rei Monoblock w/ Westminster Lab Ultra PC (C15) x 2
Speakers; Magico A5 w/Apods, Westminster Lab Ultra speaker cable
Power; Shunyata Everest 8000 w/ Sigma XC PC (C19)
Grounding; Nordost QKore6 w/ premium and standard grounding wires
Master Clock; Cybershaft OP21A-D Ultra Precision OCXO 10MHz w/ UpTone Audio JS-2 Linear Power Supply
Network switch; Nordost QNET 5 Port Network Switch w/ QNet Stand and Nordost TC SORT Kones, Shunyata Omega Ethernet

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