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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    Vandersteen Audio Kento Carbon Loudspeaker - Extraordinary Cohesiveness! Equipment report by Andre Jennings My TAS Equipment Report of the Vandersteen Audio Kento Carbon Loudspeaker is now online here: Vandersteen Audio Kento Carbon...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    Itís a product for the Taiko hardware. I donít see it being available as a third party. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 05:39 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    The nice feature of the Taiko software is that with the push of a button from the app on your iPad, you can switch back and forth between Roon and the Taiko software. Switching to Roon, basically turns off ďExtremeDirect PlayerĒ and re-enables Roon...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    Mike started a thread Taiko Music Server in Taiko Audio
    The great guys at Taiko installed our beta version of the Taiko Music Server. We can switch back and forth between it and Roon. We spoke for two hours about why Roon is affected sonically: noisy traffic caused by its P2P architecture, among...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Lumin app on Apple Mac M1 in Lumin
    I bought an M1 Laptop this weekend. My wife has already taken possession of it! Terrific laptop. Love that screen by the keyboard. Thatís fantastic that it runs the Lumin app too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 25, 2021, 04:45 PM
    I have Omega on all our Aurenderís including mine at home. On the N100H, the Alpha is what I would use. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 25, 2021, 02:04 PM
    Some people buy their audio by the pound. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 11:36 PM
    What Is a Master Tape? Acoustic Sounds’ Chad Kassem Explains Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 11:10 PM
    The vinyl is exceptional, but damn, the SACD is also superb. Home run. If you have an SACD player, I highly recommend it. Nina Simone-Little Girl Blue-Hybrid Stereo SACD|Acoustic Sounds Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 10:46 PM
    Used? IMF speakers New? Perraux amp and preamp But truthfully, it was the 1970ís and everything is now a blur! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 10:38 PM
    Esoteric E-02 Phono Preamplifier | 10 Audio Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 24, 2021, 10:01 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Dre_J's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 03:46 PM
    Third update: For those who subscribe to The Absolute Sound, the third publication of the info section titled ďMeet The WritersĒ has been issued. The February TAS issue 313 (Pages 16-18), features two more writer profiles. Dre
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 11:24 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    This will sound like a PC answer, but truly in between. If pressed, I would say closer to the K1X. In years past, the K-03 versions were quite close to the K-01 versions. With XD, thatís not the case. K-01XD is really a nice step up. HOWEVER,...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 24, 2021, 10:35 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New amp incoming in Headphones & Earbuds
    Congrats Randy! SimAudio builds a terrific piece of kit.
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    January 24, 2021, 01:11 AM
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    January 23, 2021, 09:18 PM
    My favorite Harbethís! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Dre_J's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 05:31 PM
    If you are using a 15ips capable 2-track (1/2-track) tape deck and have invested in the tapes, enjoy what you have. Tape is a sub-niche of audiophile analog playback and I, for one, am happy to have the pro machines (5) and the tapes to enjoy the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 04:41 PM
    Yup, two different approaches for recording. A820 is the real deal for recording which tape machines were designed for back then. Today, the focus is more playback for most. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 04:18 PM
    If youíre into audio by the pound, yes that would matter. The weight of the A820 comes from itís stand, sheer size and other structures internally as you have mentioned. The A810 was designed purposely as a portable unit, so areas for size and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 01:27 PM
    Mike, youíre off. The 810 and 820 have the exact same playback mechanism. Itís all in the recording side the differences. And for playback only, the 1500 Technics is excellent, especially rebuilt by J Corder. From Ki Choi: ďboth share all...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 01:01 PM
    True. A little bit of a work around, but doable. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 23, 2021, 12:55 PM
    George, the hiss of tape is there with digital (from tapes) as well, but excessive hiss on R2R playback can come from many sources: bad caps, caps going bad, dirty tape heads, bad tape heads, etc. With a copy of the master tape, you are closer...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 12:19 PM
    The A820 Vs A810 is almost identical, the only difference being in the recording side. If itís playback only, itís identical. Most 810ís can be had for $10-15k fully refurbished, wired with external outputs, flux heads, etc. I own two. There...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 23, 2021, 10:54 AM
    It all depends on whether you want Roon or not. The LinQ doesnít do Roon, only HQ Player. I frankly think the Aqua La Scala v2 is incredibly engaging and musical. The MA3 sounds smooth and musical, takes longer than most DACís to break in and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 22, 2021, 09:47 PM
    Itís highly unlikely anyone has a dynamic recording they listen to which wouldnít work with tape. Also, itís unlikely someone can hear 20khz, so who cares if you can record above that. I will happily put my tape up against any other format and...
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    January 22, 2021, 09:34 AM
    B side, album 1. CRANK IT!
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    January 21, 2021, 08:29 PM
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    January 21, 2021, 07:57 PM
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    January 21, 2021, 04:52 PM
    Looks awesome Brian! Love that finish. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 21, 2021, 12:21 PM
    Delivered!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 21, 2021, 09:25 AM
    These shipping companies are a nightmare. A daily nightmare. Fingers crossed things work out today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 20, 2021, 01:40 PM
    knut Cornils of Valvet is a horn guy at heart and has designed high efficiency speakers under his brand, his amplifier designs are optimized for this. The E2 comes in low and high gain versions available on special order for those installations...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 20, 2021, 01:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Make sure you donít tilt the speakers beyond a few degrees. The omniís could damage. Try to keep the speaker as upright as possible. Be very careful of the midrange and tweeter. No touch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 20, 2021, 12:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Iím an expert in asking: whoís your dealer on this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 20, 2021, 08:40 AM
    Congrats Patrick. MBL is certainly a dream system! I sure love mine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 20, 2021, 12:27 AM
    Thank you Bruce. We have a great team and Iíll be sure to pass along your message. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • puroagave's Avatar
    January 19, 2021, 09:16 PM
    The amount of gain expressed in db for a given power output should take into consideration the amount of gain available upstream and ultimately the efficiency of your speakers. A high gain amplifier will require less gain from the pre amp for a...
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  • Gene's Avatar
    January 18, 2021, 04:11 PM
    Gene replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    Good for him to consider his partners opinion...she has ears too...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 18, 2021, 11:06 AM
    We have four Sotto Voceís in the store, weíve taken them to shows and bounced them around and theyíve always been great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Gene's Avatar
    January 18, 2021, 09:33 AM
    I recommend Littlelite LED lamps...they come in many configurations and lengths. LW-12-LED Desk Lights by Littlite
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 17, 2021, 10:42 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    No, no, letís chalk it up to room and positioning. All good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 09:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    The Magicoís are so nice to work with during setup. We had limitations due to WAF (a hard line of 18 inches out into the room) and had to work with the heat from the fire place on the left side. We also had to ensure the TV wasnít blocked from any...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 17, 2021, 03:33 PM
    Nope. Waiting like everyone else. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 17, 2021, 02:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    ACS10 is ripper, backup, storage, etc. itís a purposely built music content server designed to replace the computer (for ripping) and NAS (for backup and storage). The N30 will be limited to whatever the largest size SSD drive is (8TB at...
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    January 17, 2021, 12:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    I havenít heard whether they will or not or how long the stock umbilical cord is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 17, 2021, 11:31 AM
    Mike replied to a thread N30 Review in Aurender
    This will be an interesting shoot out! I canít wait to get our N30. The W20SE however remains unique in that it operates on battery power. Thatís a huge advantage. But a separate power supply might be right there with it. We shall see. I...
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    January 17, 2021, 09:29 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    They do. Customer wanted us to leave them in the box.
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    January 16, 2021, 10:36 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB Select II in MSB
    Where are you located? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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