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    Today, 09:55 AM
    This has been a great, free wheeling thread. Lack of consensus, and the concept of "hobby" create for robust, diverse input on forums (I define hobby as our brains creating new problems that we feel we must solve!). Relating to the OP, I agree, the...
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    Thanks for the reply; Ultimately, I question whether the Essence preamp/DAC combo will outperform my Mola Mola Tambaqui going directly into my Essence stereo amp. I feel the DAC performance would go down a bit, while the soundstage and dynamics...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 07:23 AM
    Yes
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    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    No, I don’t have any. Sorry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    I’m actually not sure of the brand. I think one of our members may know and commented above. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 05:54 PM
    They are actually subwoofers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:34 AM
    Just so I understand. In order to improve the sound of Roon, you install and configure HQP on another computer. Then, in HQP, you set it to upsample everything, even PCM red book to DSD 256/512 using a ASDM7EC modulator with a poly-sinc-ext2...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 06:12 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Watch our YouTube Channel for an unboxing tomorrow! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 15, 2021, 10:11 AM
    LinQ? Taiko? Or do I need to add a PC/Mac? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 15, 2021, 08:56 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Sure! We are going to unbox (and do a video) today. We were so slammed with demos yesterday, we didn’t have time.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 06:22 AM
    Anyone who hasn’t compared Roon to TAS or Aurender or NAIM, really should. Hopefully some folks who have made this comparison based on sound, will chime in. We have a Nucleus+ and a Taiko Extreme for running Roon. It sounds like HQP really can...
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    June 14, 2021, 09:53 AM
    Mike started a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Has arrived! Will try to unpack and setup today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 14, 2021, 09:03 AM
    I haven’t written much about this brand, even though we’ve been selling it for years and I’ve been living with it for years. In the store, we have a significant investment in NAIM equipment from the UNITI series products like the Core and ATOM...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 14, 2021, 08:16 AM
    Congrats on the new headphone amp Randy. They make great products. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Ricky64's Avatar
    June 13, 2021, 06:29 PM
    Congrats. It's beautiful! Would love to hear it driving those Serblin speakers.
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    June 13, 2021, 05:55 PM
    We are getting off topic (we can blame Mike...) but the Aqua Linq apparently handles this fine...and is expensive enough to attract insecure audiophiles (like myself). Suspect a Sonic Orbiter would be fine though? AquaLinq and Roon/HQ Player...
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  • Ricky64's Avatar
    June 13, 2021, 05:24 PM
    I remain intrigued by using Roon interface to control HQPlayer, and evaluate sound quality differences from using Roon server. Haven't had the chance to fiddle with this yet.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 13, 2021, 03:21 PM
    Those features and meta data come at a cost: sound. Best interface hands down is Roon. But far from the best sounding. Actually, quite a choke point sonically. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 13, 2021, 10:42 AM
    Beautiful room and equipment. Congrats to this person's amazing system! Humbling place, this forum is....
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    June 12, 2021, 09:52 PM
    Stereo Magazine: Limited to 600 Units Worldwide Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 12, 2021, 09:32 PM
    Hi All; Anyone do critical appraisal with their built in DAC's in their Diablos or Zena/Essence preamps? Any comparisons with the external Kalliope of other high end external DAC's? Thanks!
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    June 12, 2021, 09:27 PM
    I use Roon because of the phenomenal metadata, and because it allows me to link different systems (I have a Naim QB at bedside, sonos in bathroom and kids rooms, and a headphone amp on my desktop in my basement). Apple and Spotify (nor Aurender or...
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    June 12, 2021, 02:45 PM
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    June 12, 2021, 02:44 PM
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    June 12, 2021, 02:41 PM
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    June 12, 2021, 08:05 AM
    I watched it. Was good and sad all at the same time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 11, 2021, 06:48 AM
    Great little system, but at the volumes I listen, I would blow the 30.2’s to smithereens in my room. 40.3’s…for sure would work. 260.8’s then. I have some Franco Serblin Accordo Essence coming next week to go with the little Accordo’s in the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 10, 2021, 08:41 PM
    The trio’s won’t fit. I would love the 4D’s, but that might be a goal for next year. Thinking an Artesania 2+2+2 and a 3 shelf on the end. But that’s as far as I’ve gotten. LOL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 10, 2021, 12:19 PM
    And that would be? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 9, 2021, 09:24 PM
    I’m my own worst customer. Nothing decided. My system currently comprises two turntables and a reel to reel sitting on the floor. Thinking: Kharma, Harbeth, Pass, Luxman, Sim, Classe, Boulder, NAIM, Block, MSB, Aurender I have Vivid and...
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    June 9, 2021, 08:19 PM
    Influential Albums - How many of these 150 influential albums have you heard? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 9, 2021, 02:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    Yes. Don’t forget about the new N200. We have one on order too. Reportedly beats the N10 and nips at the heels of the N20. Two user installed storage (ie 2 x 8TB SSD’s) The N30 comes with one 8TB SSD and one bay available for a second one. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 8, 2021, 10:44 AM
    That was it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Ricky64's Avatar
    June 8, 2021, 09:20 AM
    Ricky64 replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    The profile of these speakers is so elegant. They appear designed to be lived with, rather than looking like some speculatively uber engineered design meant to dominate a designated listening room. I need to hear them.
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    June 7, 2021, 11:00 PM
    Ricky64 replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Beautiful listening room and speakers, although I feel you should have considered Jay's McLaren Orange Wilson XLF's for the ultimate decorative touch...
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    June 7, 2021, 09:27 PM
    Mike replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Rance, your speakers are going through final testing this week and then Polish and prep for shipping. This is your actual speaker going through testing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 7, 2021, 08:47 PM
    Yes! They may get lost in that wine cellar. Regardless, it will be good experience for you. No doubt you’ll learn a few things. When I retire, I’m going to write a book! I have so many hilarious stories. Here’s a quick one: I get a...
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    June 7, 2021, 08:30 PM
    Very good Bob. No Magico’s? Mostly distributor models you’re getting? I guess that makes sense from a dollars and cents perspective. Hope you enjoy your new speakers. Where you going to put them all?? It will be interesting to get your...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 7, 2021, 07:47 PM
    I’m confused. Are you buying these $180,000 speakers for yourself? Are you running a store and buying inventory? Just trying to understand what you’re saying here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 7, 2021, 05:31 PM
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    June 7, 2021, 03:43 PM
    Bob, is this the speaker? How much are they? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 7, 2021, 12:12 PM
    Mike replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Mark asked me to post. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 6, 2021, 11:40 AM
    Yes, all 8. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Ricky64's Avatar
    June 6, 2021, 09:15 AM
    Fascinating speaker. I really enjoyed the video.
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    June 5, 2021, 06:11 PM
    Ricky64 replied to a thread DB9 Signature in Kharma
    Congrats! Excited to hear how they sound, and also would love to see a pic sometime. What was the final total delivery time?
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    June 5, 2021, 06:09 PM
    Ricky64 replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Heard the 866 through Grand Utopias in the Boulder Amp listening room yesterday. Very nice unit. It is voiced slightly warmer then it's bigger brothers/cousins. Also had the chance to play with the new 812 pre/dac/headphone amp. Love having a rotary...
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  • Ricky64's Avatar
    June 5, 2021, 05:48 PM
    That is an impressive unit. Seems like a Swiss Army knife of sorts. Covers all the bases, but also likely has a number of features I would never use. I feel the price is competitive, looking at other options that are similar.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 5, 2021, 05:38 PM
    NEW REVIEW: The VIVID GIYA G1 Series 2 LoudspeakerFinal Impressions: The VIVID GIYA G1 Series 2 Loudspeaker - Positive Feedback Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 5, 2021, 09:13 AM
    That’s awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Ricky64's Avatar
    June 4, 2021, 09:38 PM
    You are using the Linq to accomplish this?
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