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    Today, 06:56 PM
    Sad. RIP. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 06:30 PM
    Core Audio plyKraft Racks are an excellent example. Component Racks | Core Audio Designs
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 01:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Coming soon from Magico in Magico
    Don’t know any details. If I was guessing? S3 replacement????? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 11:23 AM
    Very cool Larry. Tape collecting sure is fun. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 11:18 AM
    Mike started a thread Coming soon from Magico in Magico
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    Yesterday, 06:28 PM
    Michael Jackson – Thriller – Full Review (vinyl, CD, Cassette, SACD, MOFI releases, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon Music, Sony 360 RA, from 1982 to 2022) – Magic Vinyl vs Digital Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    When a T2 is used in conjunction with Denali, the two function as a single, two-chassis power distributor. You need to connect the two chassis together electrically, which is the function of the jumper. The reason you connect the CGC from Altaira...
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    Yesterday, 01:12 PM
    Yep, agreed. Lumin and Aurender designate that terminal "Earth Ground". But, the good news is...they actually put a dedicated ground terminal on each chassis. 👍 A lot of American and European mfrs don't do that anymore. Also, this is best possible...
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    Yesterday, 12:21 PM
    Now add the Constellation Inspiration 1.0 This is most three dimensional sounds I ever heard in my system. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 AM
    Yep, understood. As for how it's labeled, I can't speak to that, but regardless, use this ground terminal to connect to your SG hub. The good thing is, there's actually a dedicated ground terminal to connect to; a lot of components don't even have...
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    Yesterday, 01:27 AM
    If there is a screw-terminal positioned on the back of the chassis that is a designated ground conneection, e.g., as shown on this piece of Esoteric gear, that is usually designated as an earth (aka chassis) ground connection, not a signal ground...
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    Yesterday, 12:18 AM
    That's an interesting question. So, just to clarify, when you say "signal ground" does that mean you'd be connecting a ground cable from a signal input (e.g. RCA or XLR-connector ground cable) from one one amp to another amp? I've done what (I...
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    November 28, 2022, 11:50 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 28, 2022, 11:38 PM
    Beautiful! Congratulations on the new preamp.
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    November 28, 2022, 12:02 PM
    Mike started a thread Magico A1 in silver in Magico
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    November 28, 2022, 11:39 AM
    jmusica replied to a thread Lumin U2 Mini in Lumin
    Agree with Peter and dminches RAID is a great fault tolerant feature, but it’s not a substitute for storing a backup offsite.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 27, 2022, 11:32 PM
    CGC cable from Altaira to the Typhon T2 ground terminal. Then, a "jumper" CGC cable from T2 to the Denali terminal.
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    November 27, 2022, 10:53 PM
    Love my copy! Crazy expensive, but nothing compares. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    November 27, 2022, 05:22 PM
    There ya go.
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    November 27, 2022, 04:21 PM
    Can you turn off the display on the Rose while listening? You can do this on the Aurender N20, and turning it off results in an improvement in audio quality.
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    November 26, 2022, 10:13 PM
    Tl;dr way too much acrimony stubbornness and judgement in here. Came to ask the only important question: when Class A amps are outlawed, will I have to elude the Eyes on Sundays and go far outside the wire to my uncle’s country place that no-one...
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    November 26, 2022, 02:03 PM
    From looking at the product info, Denali V2 + Typhon T2 were designed to provide performance equivalent to Everest using the specifically-designed umbilical, you don't need to use a dedicated power cord for each. A key function of connnecting the...
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    November 26, 2022, 12:34 PM
    For ripping CDs on the Mac platform, I'd recommend using the free app, XLD. I've found it produces rips that sound the best. Under the CD rip tab, use the XLD Secure configuration with AccurateRIP turned on. You can use any CD drive to rip using...
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    November 26, 2022, 12:18 PM
    That's because of your Lumin T2 I would think. I'm finding that "descriptors" traditionally used for "audio gear" don't really apply with Lumin; rather descriptors for fine musical instruments or musical artists (e.g. Patricia Barber's incredible...
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    November 26, 2022, 11:20 AM
    Have you compared playing a CD to streaming (same album on Qobuz, etc)? Maybe that’s close enough to simplify things. I find Qobuz close, the same, or better (than ripped CDs) depending on the album (and probably the CD I ripped from).
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    November 26, 2022, 10:09 AM
    Why not just rip the CDs? Hard to imagine the sound of a spinning disc will be different/better enough to warrant going through that extra trouble. And, you could sell the Wadia.
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    November 26, 2022, 03:57 AM
    Hi Peter, I was able to find LC-LC single-mode 9/125um Corning duplex fiber from LanShack. 30M is only $38. I'm going to order some. Thank you for the recommendation.
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    November 25, 2022, 08:36 PM
    It's accurate that digital is prone to the influence of many different noise factors, some, but not all of which, are vibration, cables, power, etc. I don't agree about fiber, but whatever floats your boat. Lest we forget, this is just a hobby...
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    November 25, 2022, 05:51 PM
    The other switch to consider is the SOtM sNH-10G. They also have two optical transceiver SFP cages. You can also get them with the SOtM SCL-EX clock board for an extra $700; the SOtM SCL-EX clock board is really an excellent clock.
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    November 25, 2022, 05:40 PM
    Yes. That was one of the principal reasons for buying it. EtherREGEN in remote server room >fiber cable to main audio rack->Finisar optical transceiver in SFP cage of P1 I would invest in the best (highest level) NR Shunyata NR power cords...
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    November 25, 2022, 04:38 PM
    Canada lost its first match against Belgium. World Cup 2022: What Canada learned in Belgium loss ahead of key Croatia game Croetia is next, and I'm not proud of the Canadian coach. John Herdman Croatia comment Canada FIFA World Cup Qatar | TSN...
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    November 25, 2022, 02:23 PM
    Correct. And a signficant proportion of the "power line noise" in our audio systems comes from the full-wave bridge rectifier power supplies in...the components themselves. Many folks forget it's AC...alternating current. The current goes both ways,...
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    November 25, 2022, 02:10 PM
    I only own one Sigma NRv2 PC, and it is used for the amp, so it will be staying. I'm using an Omega QR-s for the P1, which is frickin' amazing. The only PCs I plan on selling at this time are my two Alpha XC PCs used For my First Sound preamp. I...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 25, 2022, 01:48 PM
    Good info for reference. Thanks. Just want to be sure my findings and experiences with ER are not mis-construed nor mis-understood. ER was, iMHO, a veritable breakthrough product in 2019 and demonstrated first-hand how important a good Ethernet...
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    November 25, 2022, 01:07 PM
    I just try work as best as I can to configure the system based on an understanding of science, engineering, and data. Sometimes, DOEs can help with that. For digital audio, it's primarily about 1) removing noise and 2) optimizing signal. It's ironic...
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    November 25, 2022, 02:33 AM
    Okay, thanks.
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    November 25, 2022, 01:49 AM
    Thanks, Peter, I will look into it. Cheers.
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    November 25, 2022, 12:54 AM
    At high altitude where there's more snow in many places the low frequencies are affected. At low altitude near the ocean the cables are affected, so is the sound too. What's the ideal altitude and temperature for top notch sound from highest...
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    November 25, 2022, 12:41 AM
    A game-changing new hybrid EV battery recharges in only 72 seconds In comparison with mobile phones ... The world's top 10 fastest charging smartphone list | Blackview Blog
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    November 25, 2022, 12:09 AM
    Don't get me wrong about ER. I think it represented a breakthrough product when it debuted and it really demonstrated the importance of the Ethernet switch for music streaming application in high-end audio, especially when considering the absolute...
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    November 24, 2022, 11:06 PM
    Not much changed, but I updated to the new “Nickel” finish ( from Champagne )of Western Electric 91E. I really love this integrated amp and just ordered the 16-ohm transformer bloc to match my 18-ohm Avantgarde and 15-ohm Falcon Gold badge....
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    November 24, 2022, 10:58 PM
    I skipped those items out for a number of reasons, most of which was the complexity, and most significantly, the ability to reliaby and predictably connect everything together, and always have it work. For example, one of the specific issues I had...
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    November 24, 2022, 10:35 PM
    Yep, that's the TP-Link FMC to start with. You can also use the TP-Link optical transceiver you linked to above, but the Finisar one sounds better. You should be able to find the Finisar from other sellers, if don't want to go via an Amazon private...
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    November 24, 2022, 04:59 PM
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    November 24, 2022, 04:16 PM
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    November 24, 2022, 04:02 PM
    The length has nothing to do with it, it's the physics that's important. Yep, you can start off using the TP-Link single mode FMCs that use a standard LC/LC SFP cage to get started. Be sure to get the Finisar optical transceiver I linked above and...
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    November 24, 2022, 03:53 PM
    Yes, absolutely. So, just do that, then. The length is not the key factor, the key factor is that the optical cable will not pass the high-source impedance leakage current and the copper Ethernet will. While it's optimal to place the music server...
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    November 24, 2022, 03:14 PM
    Not sure why you can't run optical in your house? LC/LC fiber is really thin and really easy to dress and run, much easier than Ethernet. It can be run along or on top of wainscoting using little 3M Command Strip plastic cable clips. And it's...
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    November 24, 2022, 03:07 PM
    Oh, you'll find out...👍
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    November 24, 2022, 03:06 PM
    Yes, it's wonderful. I listened to it twice through last night. Going to order the CD, rip it, and put it on the server hard drive.
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