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    Yesterday, 08:16 PM
    An Update: 1. If you are ok with only USB output, the price drops below $100. You only need the Raspberry Pi, a case, a power-supply, and SD card (no need for a HAT). 2. If you have an old preamp with no digital inputs, you can get a HAT that has...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 12:59 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Yes correct. Strap the subwoofer cabinet to the hand truck. The straps need to be tight. To protect the finish of the speaker, you can use a blanket or similar around the subwoofer cabinet. This can be done by one person, but for extra safety, you...
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 11:37 AM
    I personally would not bother with cables and power conditioners in your case and spend the money where it really can make the biggest difference: the speakers. There are several online companies that have very flexible return policies. You might be...
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    Yesterday, 11:26 AM
    nicoff replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    You can use stair climbing hand trucks to carry heavy stuff up the stairs including speakers. There are many videos on YouTube showcasing different brands and models. You would basically take the speaker out of the box, securely strap it to the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    January 19, 2021, 07:53 PM
    I use Roon and Qobuz. But I recently resubscribed to Spotify because I much prefer it to find new music and to share music with others. Unfortunately, Roon and Spotify do not work well together. I investigated ways to listen to Spotify using my...
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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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  • 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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    January 17, 2021, 03:33 PM
    Nope. Waiting like everyone else. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    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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    January 16, 2021, 08:59 PM
    How Force-Canceling Drivers Stop Speaker-Cabinet Vibrations - SoundStage! Shorts (January 2021) - YouTube
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    January 16, 2021, 08:27 PM
    WOW! I have to post some videos of my Studer(s) in action. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 08:25 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    Thanks Calvin. We have an M6 install coming up in Miami in about 6-8 weeks. That will be a fun day! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 16, 2021, 08:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread New MSB S500 and M500 Amplifiers in MSB
    The monos gave a great sense of ease and seemed ready to pounce dynamically at a moments notice. Soundstage was also bigger with the monos. I tried to detect whether the stereo might have a different tonal presentation, but really couldnít detect...
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    January 16, 2021, 08:02 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    Not really, you have to take into account how important colors are for so many people (Alon, nudge nudge, wink, wink!). Black is fine, but really and truly the S series holds a lot of value for many people, not only sonically, but in the ability to...
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    January 16, 2021, 04:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    We are having discussions! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 03:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder v Gryphon in Amplifiers
    I love those M500ís with the Select II. A perfect match. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 03:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder v Gryphon in Amplifiers
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 02:44 PM
    Mike started a thread Todayís Magico Install in Magico
    Packing up his Wilson Alexiaís that he traded: Installing his new Magico S3 Mk2ís: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 12:52 PM
    Love that Formula. They build a great boat. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 16, 2021, 12:01 PM
    The term ďpropagandaĒ is typically used to describe something misleading. Both videos, however, show reproducible, scientific experiments based on mathematically proven (i.e., demonstrated) theorem such as the Nyquist-Shannon Theorem...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 16, 2021, 10:22 AM
    How do you avoid the fact that music which goes through the proverbial cocktail blender of analog converted to digital and then converted back again doesnít lose something? And we wonít even begin to discuss the overuse of compression with digital....
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    January 15, 2021, 09:22 PM
    Remastered & Pressed at Quality Record Pressings! Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound From Original Analog Tapes!
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    January 15, 2021, 05:46 PM
    Another interesting article: why-almost-everything-you-thought-you-knew-about-bit-depth-is-probably-wrong https://sonicscoop.com/2013/08/29/why-almost-everything-you-thought-you-knew-about-bit-depth-is-probably-wrong/?singlepage=1
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    January 15, 2021, 03:34 PM
    I use DSP on 2-channel. The capabilities of today's DSP are quite a lot better than what was possible just a few years ago. If done correctly, DSP can do wonders to the sound without wasting money on gadgets and gizmos. Heck, even todays most...
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    January 15, 2021, 03:15 PM
    A couple of very informative videos that help understand digital media (both audio and video). D/A and A/D | Digital Show and Tell D/A and A/D | Digital Show and Tell (Monty Montgomery @ xiph.org) - YouTube A Digital Media Primer A Digital...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 14, 2021, 08:43 PM
    Cut by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! This Incredible Album From the '70s is Now Available on Two 180 Gram 45rpm LPs & Pressed at Pallas! Great German pressing on this one. Best Iíve ever heard it. ...
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    January 14, 2021, 07:52 PM
    Mike replied to a thread introduction in DIY
    Welcome!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 14, 2021, 06:47 PM
    Iím very happy with mine: M17 V2 - NAD Electronics I have the NAD in the family room and the Trinnov in the Home Theater. The NAD is a great performer, better than the Marantz I previously had.
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    January 14, 2021, 06:45 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MAGICO M9ís in Magico
    M9 — Magico Loudspeakers
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    January 14, 2021, 02:58 PM
    After using Qobuz and Tidal, i ended up with Qobuz only because it is cheaper and does not require me to have a MQA-capable DAC. Spotify is the way to go if one wants to share music with others. Also, Spotify makes it easier to discover new...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 14, 2021, 02:17 PM
    Funny, the ones who say they donít care about MQA, insist on having it as part of the alphabet soup when buying a new DAC. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 14, 2021, 01:30 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Youíll thank me later. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    January 14, 2021, 09:15 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Iím still playing with the filters, but 4fs is my fave so far. Iím also anxiously waiting for Roon certification too. Even though I hate the bugginess of Roon and realize it may not be sonically the best, it will be the best option for the...
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    January 14, 2021, 08:34 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    So much of that going on with the used market right now. Itís really annoying. The historically speaking there wasnít always a major difference between the K1 and K3. But with the XD series, there is a significant difference between the...
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    January 13, 2021, 09:53 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread Want!!!! in Magico
    Can you be more specific? What about a Pantone reference?
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  • Mike's Avatar
    January 13, 2021, 08:45 PM
    And they supply tables quickly (like 3 days).
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    January 13, 2021, 08:12 PM
    The setup shown (and in the video) is UNDER $6K MSRP. Killa!
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    January 13, 2021, 08:06 PM
    It isnít showing...
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    January 13, 2021, 07:56 PM
    Suncoast Audio adds Rega Turntables and Electronics. Here is our brand new P8 and Rega Aria Phonost - YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    22 replies | 631 view(s)
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