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    Yesterday, 05:39 PM
    I'm very curious about these.
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    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    Using my current computer via USB to DAC would not be an option as it is at least 20 feet away from the audio rack. The maximum recommended USB cable length is 15ft.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 AM
    He lives in the same neighborhood as my store. Iím sure he will be back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 07:07 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender drop out problem in Aurender
    See above Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 07:06 AM
    Brian Russell President of Bryston Passes Away - Wifi Hifi Magazine Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 06:51 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender drop out problem in Aurender
    The new update to the software coming very soon (next week) allows formatting of SSDís. In the meantime, Aurender can do it for you remotely, just open a remote support ticket through the app. They did it for me last week. Remember to use Folder...
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    September 28, 2020, 08:44 PM
    joeinid replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    Excellent! Congratulations. Can't wait for your thoughts.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    September 28, 2020, 08:01 PM
    Just an update that with only about 8 hours on them, the GR-Research X-LS Encores are starting to open up and sound very good indeed. The tweeter is very resolving, and the woofer capable of clean, defined and well-articulated bass down to what...
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    September 28, 2020, 04:44 PM
    TheOctopus replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    There were not many reviews over the years but I do remember one from 2005 and DarTZeel came into comparison against Coda... ;) Coda Technologies S5 power amplifier | Stereophile.com
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    September 28, 2020, 02:36 PM
    Mike replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    Cool! Congrats. Looking forward to your impressions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 28, 2020, 02:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 1161 in Boulder Amplifiers
    I have the 1160 here. The 1161 is a slightly smaller version. Excellent amp, just donít hear the 2160, youíll be ruined.
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    September 28, 2020, 02:18 PM
    Cool thanks for the link and Iíll read over it with interest. While Iím not involved with any of the computer stuff much lately, back in the day, I used to repair computers down to component level. That was right before surface mount technology...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 28, 2020, 02:08 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Very different. The Boulder 866 sounds like a class A amp. Rich, warm, musical. The Diablo 300 has a big bold sound, with thunderous monoblock bass and grip and a huge soundstage. I was talking to a customer this morning who was debating between...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 28, 2020, 02:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Like with anything, you can always cut corners and get the cost down, but in doing so, you will cut performance. The X260.8/XP22 outperform the INT250 by a fair margin. I think as good as the INT250 is, the separates just bring much more to the...
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    September 28, 2020, 01:54 PM
    TheOctopus replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    I would imagine it is still the same company that has been flying under the radar for at least a few decades? Much like Audible Illusions, Coda always offered a tremendous sonic bang for the audiophile buck. Iíve owned a Coda and AI many years ago...
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    September 28, 2020, 01:39 PM
    So Iím starting to get the itch to upgrade my Roon and streaming aspect of my system. Since 95% of my listening is now not physical media but Roon/Qobuz/Tidal, it would be worthwhile to put a bit more effort into this digital source of things. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 28, 2020, 12:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I think if I was moving down in electronics and speakers, I think I would move down the line to Delta V2 too. There are a million possibilities with the funds, I was just thinking what products were at the same level for balance. I donít think I...
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    September 28, 2020, 12:07 PM
    TheOctopus replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    With all due respect to the colorful and enthusiastic Formula 1 analogies and opinions of the contributing members, we do tend to let our imagination get ahead of reality somewhat... The reality is one has a 15 or much less often a 20 amp...
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    September 28, 2020, 11:47 AM
    Well said Serge. I remember your enthusiasm and excitement when that system came together. You got me thinking early on and as the numbers grew, I had listen for myself. An integrated that works beautifully on everything from Avantgardes to Harbeth,...
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    September 28, 2020, 11:38 AM
    Congrats Joe! Iíve also been enjoying my 590AX MKII immensely for the last 1.5 years now. I also have a Prima Luna Dialogue HP triode/pentode tube integrated for when the tube mood strikes. Both are driving the Harbeth 40th Anniv 30.2ís Let me...
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    September 28, 2020, 03:05 AM
    A blind buy yes, but a safe buy in my opinion. What speakers are you planning on using with either the Luxman or Accuphase?
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 27, 2020, 11:01 PM
    Streaming only according to Jack. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 27, 2020, 10:30 PM
    Paul replied to a thread Accuphase E-800 in Accuphase
    So true. We pay everything else lot more here than state. sigh
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    September 27, 2020, 07:14 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    You're correct, I made an error in referring to the 260.8 as Class A instead of Class AB. My bad. :P
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    September 27, 2020, 06:58 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Yep, you're right, Dave, to each his own. Cheers.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 27, 2020, 06:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    It has a Roon module in the DAC. Thatís how we are using it. I know there is a lot of talk about the cables, but to be honest, this system went from great to ďout of this worldĒ when we put in the full Alpha V2 loom. We had in there previous...
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    September 27, 2020, 06:15 PM
    New Liz Longley album Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 27, 2020, 01:14 PM
    There is certainly a history here that many are unaware of. I really wish the new distributor the best of luck. Heís a quality guy representing a quality product.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    September 27, 2020, 11:58 AM
    Iím currently acting as a beta tester for the new Aurender iPhone app. Oh boy, do I like it! Itís one of those apps youíre using and thinking ďyeah, thatís exactly how I would lay it out.Ē Release soon! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk...
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    September 27, 2020, 11:48 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Umm...not exactly, Ken. IMHO, Mike has indeed assembled as wonderful system here. One that thoughtfully reflects his professional experience and his knowledge of the components. So, no, if I had $82K to spend for a system, I would do exactly what...
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    September 27, 2020, 10:16 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 27, 2020, 02:39 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Pass Labs X260.8 Technical Specifications (from Pass Labs): Class AB Type Mono Gain (dB) 26 Inputs XLR/RCA Power Output /ch (8 ohm) 260 No Output devices (/ch) 40 Power Consumption (Watts) 375
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    September 27, 2020, 02:31 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    That does not mean the amp will not perform to specification.
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    September 27, 2020, 02:26 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    No, I didn't say that. Again, you're misquoting me. I never stated that they would not perform to specification. And they would benefit from Shunyata PCs to perform at their best, this is consistent with what Mike has stated in his first post.
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    September 27, 2020, 02:15 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Point #1: Nelson did not state he did not agree with my assessment. Point #2: I never stated that Nelson does not know what he is doing, so I will respectfully request that you not misconstrue my comments by "putting words in my mouth." ...
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    September 27, 2020, 02:03 AM
    Big plus 1. I totally agree. There certainly could be times, depending on speakers, some would prefer the Accuphase, but for me the Luxman has been stellar on everything Iíve paired with it.
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    September 27, 2020, 01:46 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Yeah, I would agree with that in principle. For example, you could use PCs like the Venom HC V2s (not to be underestimated, BTW) or NR-V10s, which would be a great place to start, and add the rest later. But using the generic stock black power...
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  • Paul's Avatar
    September 27, 2020, 01:00 AM
    I owned both as well as Joe. The Luxman 590. Hand down to our system.
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    September 27, 2020, 12:48 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Respectfully, that would be about the worst thing you could do to a powerful power amp, and more so with a Class A power amp like the Pass 260.8. The basic premise of a Class-A amp is that the output device(s) shall conduct all the time (through 360...
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    September 26, 2020, 10:48 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Which is as it should be. You wouldn't build a luxury home and skimp on the foundation.
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    September 26, 2020, 08:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Absolutely! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 07:35 PM
    Hi Bhaskar, Iíd have to qualify my answer. If used only for very efficient speakers like my Avantgarde, the MQ300 can not be beat. Tubes absolutely rule in this case. If you have a variety of speakers and some need power, the 590 is...
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    September 26, 2020, 06:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    We have the Omega on the Everest. We do have two Omega NRís, but they are on the MSB Select II. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 05:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB pricing in MSB
    The dealers outside of North America bellyached. Export pricing is much higher. The dealers outside NA probably got tired of trying to explain that. You can always call me and I can give you the pricing and help you put something together. ...
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    September 26, 2020, 01:39 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Correct. 6000sv2 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    September 26, 2020, 01:33 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    It is a lot of money, but actually, if I added up the price of all of my system's components, when new, it would come to about $80,000, so no, its not an unreasonable amount of money for such a high-end system. *-BTW, Mike, I think the $6000 for...
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    September 26, 2020, 01:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I was adding it up in my head. Not quite. $13K x260.8 amps $9500 xp22 preamp $13K MSB DAC (this one has Roon module and dual PSU) $21,800 A5 speakers $10k Alpha V2 power cables (5) $4k Alpa V2 speaker cables $600 Alpha Ethernet $6000...
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    September 26, 2020, 12:59 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I always have so much Euro and Asian gear always in the mix, I was surprised when I really thought about this system.
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