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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:27 PM
    Well, I’m starting to get very curious. Mike has been forbidden to bring anymore gear to my home this summer but this new Shunyata Everest is starting to get my attention. I have the Triton 3, so the question, would Everest be that significant of...
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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:47 PM
    Good looking CD/SACD player.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:28 AM
    I don’t believe so.
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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 08:06 PM
    Ritmo replied to a thread a junior ... in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome to AS! Very nice system.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 07:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I’ve had it playing non-stop. I’ve been listening again tonight and currently spinning The Essential Sade. A fantastic reissue and considerably better than the original Sade digital releases. I’m noticing tonight how composed it is with...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 05:20 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    The K-03XD already had a firmware upgrade FWIW, adding MQA functionality. The process is here: K-03XD | DOWNLOADS | ESOTERIC:Japan high-end audio manufacturer | エソテリック
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 03:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I had the K-01x, and older K-05 and a Grandioso K1. I always felt the older esoteric had “bite” and was over sibilant, and very detailed. I was then at one of the shows last year and walked into the Esoteric room. I could tell right away...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 09:09 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    After warm up, I noticed soundstage wide to be one of the strong points. As good as anything I’ve tried. As the evening went on, soundstage depth, especially during a couple of live recordings, was superb. Definitely great layering as well. I...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 11:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I have. Yes.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 10:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    But at $14K this is a “sweet spot” for those wanting a world class spinner. I would have gone for the K-01XD, but worried that cracking that $20K barrier (it’s $22K) would be too much for some. The $14K is more achievable and still delivers...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 10:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    Ok, 6 discs in now. Color me VERY impressed. “Natural” is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesn’t have the “analogness” (if that’s a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch,...
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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 07:42 PM
    Ritmo replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    Candy keeps coming! Good looking pieces. Look forward to listening to their top streamer/DAC.
    74 replies | 2199 view(s)
  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 07:39 PM
    Ritmo replied to a thread Alexia Series 2 Review in Wilson Audio
    All that matters is that you are happy! And, you have a top tier system. Enjoy the music!
    17 replies | 3366 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 07:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    These two beauties arrived today. I brought the K-03XD home to break in and really evaluate. I’m on my second CD and can’t believe how good this K-03XD sounds This isn’t your Father’s Esoteric! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:55 PM
    Ritmo replied to a thread Alexia Series 2 Review in Wilson Audio
    I just sold my Alexias. Mine were the original series which I owned for 5 plus years. A wonderfully musical transducer. I went in a different direction with my new speakers; however, the Alexia 2s are fantastic. Terrific matching with D’Agostino...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:25 PM
    $2500 for 1.5m Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:22 PM
    Ok, here we go, how much? :popcorn: BTW, I really, really, like the Sigma Ethernet I’ve had for less than a year.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 03:46 PM
    We are excited to announce the release of our new reference-level Omega Ethernet cable. The Omega ethernet cable redefines the term state-of-the-art for performance in its category by combining Shunyata Research’s most innovative digital...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 08:04 AM
    I should have mine in 2 weeks or so. I’ll have Mike & Rick (my employees) do a blind shootout Vs the K-03XD! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 07:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    It doesn’t draw much power. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 07:10 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    No, the only NAD I own is the M17 v2. If you can ever score a SIT-3 (and the necessary resistors), you will be stunned. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 11:52 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    Man, as A.Wayne would say, you need some toooooooobs with those! My faves with AG: VAC VIVA Luxman MQ300 For solid state: SIT-3
    46 replies | 8060 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 5, 2020, 11:38 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    Yes, but they are a hybrid of sorts. “In a Class D amp the input is first converted/encoded by a modulator into a pulse train (using pulse width, pulse density, or related modulatory techniques) that represents the amplitude variations of the...
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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 03:52 PM
    Enjoy our country’s birthday! And, stay safe!
    9 replies | 165 view(s)
  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 03:44 PM
    Very nice room and setup Jim! You certainly simplified things in your dedicated room. Someday soon I need to come up to Atlanta for a session.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 09:15 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 08:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread JVC Projectors in Home Theater & Video
    I bought the same model for myself. I’m continually amazed at the picture quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 05:54 PM
    Those are terrific cans! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 02:01 PM
    YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 11:01 AM
    For MSL or VDH? MSL is handled by Mofi. VDH is managed by the fellow who makes plastic covers for VPI turntables. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 10:41 AM
    Haven’t read anything regarding that. Sorry if I missed it. I just haven’t found the VDH to be convincing enough over a MSL for the money. We brought in VDH and MSL at the same time for a comparison. I wanted to like the VDH, but the MSL just...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 09:54 AM
    Now THIS is a great cartridge. We have several MySonicLabs carts in the store. They all hit 2-3 times above their price point. Neutral, fast, quiet, smooth on top, dynamic, great trackers. We had a couple of VDH’s and they were noisy as...
    274 replies | 41723 view(s)
  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 07:02 AM
    Ritmo replied to a thread US customers in Lumin
    I replaced my S1 with an X1 a year ago. You'll be very happy!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 06:31 PM
    I wanted to revisit this thread and shed some light on the M9’s as I learn more and more about these incredible speakers: - The M9 does not have a power/active bass or "tunable" bass. It is a 4-way design with an active 2-way XO between the bass...
    15 replies | 561 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 06:26 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Magico A5’s Arrive!!!! in Magico
    Yes exact same! I know!!! The A5’s are STUPID GOOD for the money. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    171 replies | 14029 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 04:58 PM
    Aqua LinQ Network Interface | HFA - The Independent Source for Audio Equipment Reviews Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 04:34 PM
    YouTube Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 2, 2020, 04:22 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 02:28 PM
    Toasty warm for someone up north. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Ritmo's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 01:40 PM
    Heard it today at Mike’s. This amp makes an outstanding pairing with the Magico A5s; actually the best I’ve heard so far. What did I hear? Music flows naturally with nice clarity, excellent dynamics and bass control. If going with separates,...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 01:24 PM
    Could be true. They don’t say peep. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 01:23 PM
    Got tubes? For sale. Make an offer!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    6 replies | 214 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 12:49 PM
    It’s a beast! Terrific balls amp. Bass is “tube like” and the amp is very sweet sounding. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    8 replies | 278 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 12:32 PM
    The pass is tube like in nature. A looser bass, like tubes. Warmer. The Sim has SLAM, dynamics, control and a buttery smooth top end. BIG soundstage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    8 replies | 278 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 09:21 AM
    Moon 860A V2 | The Ear We are sure loving ours in the store! We have it on the Magico A5’s and WOW what a pairing.
    8 replies | 278 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 08:02 AM
    Mike started a thread Vivid G2 S2 Review in Vivid Audio
    SoundStage! Hi-Fi | SoundStageHiFi.com - Vivid Audio Giya G2 Series 2 Loudspeakers “Because the woofers are mounted back to back and move in phase, their forces, as they simultaneously move out and in, are equal and in opposite directions. As a...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 2, 2020, 07:42 AM
    No, $10k “special”.
    41 replies | 1796 view(s)
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