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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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. I’m waiting on our new MSB Cascade, so I’ll let you know. Are you in...
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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, he’s probably gone...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 17, 2024, 04:03 PM
    The Lumin U2 supports LC/LC optical fiber connectivity with an upstream music server/NAS/network router, which in my experience, is superior-sounding (no low-and high-source leakage impedance current & threshold noise components) to "copper...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 16, 2024, 10:46 AM
    Alan, it probably won’t tell you much as it was particular for his setup with 8 subs (!!), four towering bass horns, 2 x 231’s 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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  • Mike's Avatar
    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 listen…especially at shows. That one guy who liked the Aries Cerat also liked the Linn. I’ve heard from numerous people these were the two worst sounding rooms (with the third being the new Vivid’s). Shows...
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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 didn’t fair well either. Frankly, that’s a pairing I just don’t 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 didn’t fair well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 15, 2024, 05:29 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Lumin U2 Mini in Lumin
    It does. A lot of customers still do it, though. Lot of U2 Mini owners also use the LHY LPS mod kit, also.
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    May 15, 2024, 02:27 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Lumin P1 Mini in Lumin
    Very cool! Nice to see that Angus was there, I met him at AXPONA last year (2023); great guy and truly a gifted audio engineer and designer. Also, it's so cool that the P1 Mini supports optical...in my experience, that is the best way to go to...
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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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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 15, 2024, 01:44 AM
    Here’s what I asked Chat-GPT 4.0 tonight...:P Sorry, this is pretty frickin’ technical, but you know what they say: Scientists gotta do what…scientists gotta do. ;) Q1: What would be the best DOE model to characterize a response surface? ...
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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 that’s about it. I’ll 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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  • Audiophilehi's Avatar
    May 14, 2024, 05:09 PM
    Hi Mike, I'm from New York but I will be there as well from Sunday May 19th through the 23rd.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 14, 2024, 08:29 AM
    Do we have any members in the Charleston, SC area? I’m going to be there Wednesday May 15 - May 22 accompanying my daughter who’s taking some training. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 13, 2024, 01:52 PM
    It’s from Avantgarde. When I had mine all those years, I took the time to really learn the software. Other than the folks in Germany, I’m not sure of anyone else state side who knows it as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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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, “Straight To The Heart” is second to none. A benchmark. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    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 AVAA’s 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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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 11, 2024, 07:53 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 11, 2024, 02:20 PM
    Yes! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 11, 2024, 11:15 AM
    Yes, that’s 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
    Didn’t pay attention. The version won’t 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 it’s the Tidal Max (yellow logo). Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 10, 2024, 02:19 PM
    Yes, so do I. The power supplies in particular can have a notable effect, as well as low- and high-source leakage impedance current. And, this carries over to Ethernet switches and routers, as well. The negative influence of leakage current and the...
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    May 9, 2024, 02:45 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Lumin U2 Mini in Lumin
    It's a "mastering" thing. Same reason you will often notice the playback volume of TV commercials are quite a bit louder than the actual TV program.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 9, 2024, 02:19 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Lumin P1 Mini in Lumin
    Yup! As I tell my audio buddies: "Lumin has got it...GOIN' ON."
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 9, 2024, 02:17 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Lumin P1 Mini in Lumin
    Just read the landing page describing the P1 Mini's product design, functionality and features. Wow! Key standouts for me: Main features Five inputs including USB, HDMI, SPDIF and Analogue HDMI with stereo input + AV Passthrough & ARC...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 9, 2024, 01:45 PM
    Yes, it does. The irony is, Dave, as you well know, is we have to "suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune*" to get to that point in life where we finally obtain some wisdom. :P :D * - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 9, 2024, 01:36 PM
    Roon and Qobuz are excellent "third party apps", and I really like them. Roon has been great integration for it's integration with Qobuz, for just sitting back and discovering new content, including all the playlists from various companies and...
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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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  • Jack's Avatar
    May 9, 2024, 12:41 AM
    But unless you are willing to experiment with third party apps then that eliminates everything from your list except Eversolo and WiiM. If dealing with third party apps is ok then the best of the ones I've tried while avoiding Roon is JPlay for IOS...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 8, 2024, 11:39 PM
    Yes, lots of options available these days. Personally, I think Lumin does this best, but they're in the higher price tier, and there are number of other very good value propositions at lower price tiers. If it were me looking in Dave's price range,...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 8, 2024, 11:34 PM
    Agreed on both points, power supply and chassis. Also, ground-plane noise reduction for these devices is very important as well. Connecting them to an Altaira or Gemini's GP-NR system pays big dividends in sound quality.
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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 I’m a QoBuz guy, whatever tidal has done for this particular album, sounds better than QoBuz, CD,...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 7, 2024, 10:31 PM
    Dave, another choice may be the Cambridge Audio MXN 10. $499 on Amazon. High-level specs: StreamMagic Gen 4 Module – fast music retrieval & high-quality sound ESS SABRE ES9033Q DAC – for the latest streaming capabilities High-quality Internet...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 7, 2024, 10:10 PM
    Darko's fairly recent review of the Wiim Pro Plus:
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    May 7, 2024, 10:08 PM
    The EtherREGEN is a product of UpTone Audio, not Sonore. IIRC, Sonore may have been a reseller of EtherREGEN for a time; I don't know if they still are. John Swenson does the design for both companies' products. Knowing first-hand how good a EE John...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 7, 2024, 10:04 PM
    Yes, it seems to be a very good value proposition.
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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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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    May 7, 2024, 03:50 PM
    The Eversolo is an excellent choice at it's price point. Here's some others at different price points worth consideration: Wiim Pro ($149) and Wiim Pro Plus ($219): WiiM Pro and Plus | Versatile Audiophile Streaming: Unleash the Brilliance ...
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  • Jack's Avatar
    May 6, 2024, 09:09 PM
    Dave Do you have a separate DAC or would you be using the one in the streamer. As to the DMP-A6 it is a well built unit with a good screen and and a complete software package that allows you to stream from Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon, Deezer, Radio...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    May 6, 2024, 03:56 PM
    Didn’t even know there was such a neighborhood. Haven’t 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, that’s the plan. Right now the focus is getting the new SE’s 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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    Still alive and not much to say lately! I guess I've got my bases covered system wise

    Just waiting for Etna and some tubes for IO otherwise I'm good. You seem to be doing fine too from what I see?
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    Yes Paul; things are going well enough for me.

    ...About you?

    * Glad that you show some sign of life!
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    Paul, only one post in thirty days!!! ...Did you find a new life?
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    Paul, wassup?
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    Hi Paul,

    I used to spend roughly between $200 and $500 every single week on music and movies (CDs, DVDs). ...Anything to do with the emotional chords that vibrate inside us.

    It's not what we own or don't own, it's what we live for.
    And the common passion we all have here, and there, is the "Sound". ...The "Music".
    ...And it's everywhere, even outside in the trees, and in the air, and in the ground.

    ...And the degree, the level of our communication lets us explore all the young and older generations.

    Through our emotions and inspirations and dreams and passions, a lot of things is going on in the world, and it affects us all more or less in what drives us in the first place. Music can be an escape to the ugliness that happens here and there, and it can also be a complement to the happy things that's going on. There is a reality, and there are doors that are close and others that are open.

    Talking is one thing, doing another, living is the reality.

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    Hey Paul!

    I guess you have some other occupations nowadays, you keep a lower profile at the Shark's room.
    That was a nice music recording you just posted; it must sound fabulous from your system.

    I'm off for tonight, sweet dreams.
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    We all are pulling the strings of life, in one direction or another.
    And you're my friend too, and I'm your friend.
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    Are you on vacation Paul?
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