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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    Mike replied to a thread SimAudio 650D in SimAudio (MOON)
    Try to find a used D-08u. Failing that, the MBL. I’m making these suggestions based on the rest of your system. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    Absolutely amazing new album from Kacey Musgraves. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 04:49 PM
    Congrats! We compared the 625S2 to the 1160 today. You made the RIGHT call! It’s not even close! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 10:38 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Jeff Rowland 625 II in Jeff Rowland
    Class AB with switch mode PSU. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 10:29 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Jeff Rowland 625 II in Jeff Rowland
    We took this little 625 S2 on trade. Testing it out today. It’s so little! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 20, 2021, 09:14 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread Critical Listening Mode in Aurender
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    September 20, 2021, 06:46 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread Critical Listening Mode in Aurender
    I think that this might be good way to do a blind listening test: Sit down and listen (without looking) while someone else does the display on/display off test. The listener has to pick which sounds he/she likes best. Anyone wants to try and...
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    September 20, 2021, 03:58 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Critical Listening Mode in Aurender
    Not exactly. Some people like the display on and the pretty graphics. Others, turn it off entirely. “Critical Listening Mode is a feature that allows the user to defeat any background tasks and circuitry that are non-essential to playing...
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    September 20, 2021, 01:20 PM
    Correct. Sounds good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 20, 2021, 01:00 PM
    Headphone outputs as in headphone XLR? No. The new Esoteric N-05XD may work. Wouldn’t you come out of the DAC into the pre and then output to the various headphone amps? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 20, 2021, 11:13 AM
    Awesome! And wait until your headphones arrive! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 20, 2021, 09:34 AM
    Two channel preamps? Yes. We use a two channel preamp exclusively with the MSB since we have more than once source. Our favorites are Block Audio, Boulder 2110, Soulution 725.
    58 replies | 2383 view(s)
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    September 19, 2021, 11:47 AM
    Yep, sounds like it was not a motherboard failure after all and those hard drives that you replaced could have been saved. Chalk it up to a lesson learned. Good thing is that you now know how to solve the issue if it happens again.
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    September 19, 2021, 11:08 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New Series 200 in T+A Electronics
    Got it. Thanks for clarifying. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 19, 2021, 10:55 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New Series 200 in T+A Electronics
    I posted a link above. It’s $8995. You’re starting to think how I was thinking. It’s ok to make something a little more expensive and offer the name/build/styling/whatever. That’s $16k. But when you’re $25k and the rest of your competitors...
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    September 19, 2021, 10:33 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New Series 200 in T+A Electronics
    Wrong. Price increase nuttiness. See above. Has nothing to do with the quality of the product or sonics. Those are excellent. I just wish they left pricing alone. I explained this to them a million times. It was high, but not crazy. ...
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    September 19, 2021, 10:33 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New Series 200 in T+A Electronics
    They went nuts with pricing quarter after quarter after quarter. I even met with the owner in Germany and told him all this. I went through a few products and where they needed to be price wise based on competition. I explained that these...
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    September 19, 2021, 10:17 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New Series 200 in T+A Electronics
    T+A HA 200 | House of Stereo | Synergistic | T+A Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 19, 2021, 10:09 AM
    Mike replied to a thread New Series 200 in T+A Electronics
    MSRP: $8900 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 19, 2021, 09:48 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Help me find a new SS amp in Amplifiers
    It’s class D right? It likely was related to economies of scale. Lots of OTS Class D boards available. Cheaper than building your own. Smart and not uncommon. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 18, 2021, 12:22 PM
    My point: Roon is the bottleneck. Even a base Aurender bests Roon sonically. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 18, 2021, 10:20 AM
    This I’m amazed that the folks who fuss over which cable lifters and which wall outlets to get are “just fine” with the “toll” Roon takes on sound. (Shaking my head) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 17, 2021, 11:52 PM
    Totally agree. CDs are dead. Vinyl managed to resuscitate from the dead and show minuscule growth, but whether that’s sustainable remains to be seen. Streaming is IT. No surprise there.
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    September 17, 2021, 05:58 PM
    Physical Media Sales are Booming: Ownership! - ecoustics.com
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    September 17, 2021, 05:58 PM
    Semiconductor Shortage? Never Mind That, There’s A Vacuum Shortage! | Hackaday “There is a worldwide panic on availability of vacuum tubes”: EHX's Mike Matthews on the murky future of valve amps - Guitar.com | All Things Guitar
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    September 16, 2021, 03:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Help me find a new SS amp in Amplifiers
    Great suggestion. $13k and as good as we’ve heard under $30k. Gorgeous build and look too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 16, 2021, 07:47 AM
    Jim asked me to post these. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 16, 2021, 07:01 AM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB S202 Stereo Amplifier Review in MSB
    All depends on speakers and room size. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 15, 2021, 08:47 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Why no turntable? in All Things Analog
    The MOFI group on FB is very good for that. There’s a few others too like Anything MOFI or other great albums. Vinyl: the dead wax society is also good.
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    September 14, 2021, 09:54 PM
    Very nice and honest post. The description of Jim Smith’s change of view is not unusual. Many of us start in this hobby pursuing some goal that we eventually learn is not possible to achieve. Along the way in this journey some folks discover that...
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    September 14, 2021, 09:34 PM
    How did Mike’s OP review of a Tesla car became a discussion on climate change?! Mike didn’t like the Tesla. Others do. Both opinions are valid and ok. If anyone wants to discuss climate change, they should start their own thread! Where are...
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    September 14, 2021, 09:23 PM
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    September 14, 2021, 01:20 PM
    Great write up Mark. Engaging emotions is what makes this so much fun. Glad you’re loving the Kharma’s. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 14, 2021, 09:48 AM
    EV Road Trip Shows Tesla's Charging Edge Over Other Electric Cars This article highlights two things: 1. ICE is still king 2. The competition is miles (or hours!) behind Tesla
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    September 13, 2021, 09:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread SimAudio 650D in SimAudio (MOON)
    What’s the rest of your system? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 13, 2021, 06:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread N100H to N200 or N10? in Aurender
    I couldn’t disagree more. The N200 absolutely smokes the N100H and it beats the N10 in our store. We have them all. The N200/N20 has more transparency, resolution and far more musicality. Even the N100H gets pummeled by the N10. If you...
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    September 13, 2021, 02:39 PM
    Welcome Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 13, 2021, 12:06 PM
    I recommend that you go to the Roon Labs website and post this request under the HQPlayer forum. The developer of HQPlayer follows that thread regularly and can offer a solution to your situation.
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    September 13, 2021, 11:53 AM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 800 D4 series announced in B&W
    Perhaps. As of right now, everyone is waiting to hear them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 12, 2021, 03:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread 803 or 804 D4 in B&W
    We are getting ours in soon, but I would say 803D4. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 12, 2021, 12:57 PM
    Mike replied to a thread My Naim Solstice arrived in Naim Audio
    Looks awesome Bart! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 11, 2021, 06:17 PM
    I get it. You still like to hoard stuff (I still have my physical library so I understand); you don’t enjoy driving (!!), and you could also improve on your math. It is all good though!
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    September 11, 2021, 02:03 PM
    I realize that you are not interested in “streaming” and that you prefer physical media. But if you are already buying downloads and enjoy listening to them, you are actually streaming (albeit from your server instead of a music service). So if...
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    September 11, 2021, 12:50 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Listening Buddies in We Love Our Pets!
    Our newest listening buddy. She’s just turned one. 75 pounds. Pure bread Golden. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 11, 2021, 12:28 PM
    If every penny counts, buying two downloads a week costs more than a monthly subscription to Qobuz. Not to mention that when subscribed, you would be able to stream all the high resolution albums available directly from at no extra cost. I...
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    September 11, 2021, 12:14 PM
    I was playing this QoBuz version: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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