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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 PM
    Mike replied to a thread *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD in Esoteric†
    Damn! That looks amazing in black. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 12:02 PM
    Gorgeous! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 11:26 AM
    SN3 + HiCap DR. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 11:26 AM
    NAIM is definitely weird and cult like. You know that when you ask a question and the answer is ďtry twisting the din cable around the burndy cable at the back of the preampĒ, you know youíve entered an alternate universe. Even connecting...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    There actually already is a diagram: https://www.naimaudio.com/sites/default/files/products/downloads/files/Connection%20Guide%20Amplification%20Rev%201J.pdf Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 10:00 AM
    They are keeping up with demand. Iím sure 2022 will bring some new goodies. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 08:25 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Accuphase e-5000 in Accuphase
    I would say maybe late next year, but thatís just a guess. Yes, you would be surprised by the 590. Remember, its rated at 30 watts/channel but measures closer to 95. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 08:24 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Accuphase e-5000 in Accuphase
    Yes. We should have them in a week or two. I heard from Jeff at Tone (who just finished reviewing them) that the 10 is killer. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    Today, 08:23 AM
    Mike started a thread Bernie Grundman in All Things Analog
    Caropopcast | Caropop Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    Thanks Bart. I didnít really have too much trouble connecting the Burndy cables. Went smooth. Going to let it run and hope in a couple hundred hours itís broken in. So far, the level of realism is uncanny. Sent from my iPhone using...
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    500DR arrives. 552 has been in the system for a couple of weeks. Next week (hopefully), 555 + two PSUís. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 02:47 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    It depends. For me, Solid State. More slam and control. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    When we can or need to, we do. I am trying to buy the units around me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    No. We just donít have the floor space. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Coming soon in Magico
    Reportedly, all new Avantgardeís will have active/passive switch. Use your own amps or the ones built in. Iím scratching my head because Estelon, Goldmund and others tried this a few years ago and they were flops. People love to mix and match...
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    Yesterday, 08:55 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Accuphase e-5000 in Accuphase
    The Classe integrated it delayed (just heard). The 590 would be amazing if youíre room isnít super big. We have the AudiaFlight 10 integrated coming for evaluation. That could be good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Yesterday, 08:18 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Accuphase e-5000 in Accuphase
    Iíll try to get an idea this morning. Look at a Luxman 509x for now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2021, 07:42 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Coming soon in Magico
    Oh cool. The new owners have very deep pockets and a real determination for domination. This is definitely an interesting new segment. Will we see more of this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2021, 07:38 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Todayís Magico A5 install in Magico
    No. SGR I think. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2021, 07:37 PM
    Rick - Suncoast Audio Tech Mike - Suncoast Audio Sales Me Caelin - Shunyata Founder Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2021, 05:56 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Coming soon in Magico
    ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2021, 05:50 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Aurender N20 Review in Aurender
    I've presently got an Aurender N20 here for review; it's very, very impressive. Superb sound quality. 👍
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    December 2, 2021, 05:38 PM
    joeinid replied to a thread Accuphase e-5000 in Accuphase
    Looks like itís a great integrated.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    December 2, 2021, 04:50 PM
    Slightly different shots. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2021, 02:42 PM
    Just the standard. Cheap fix: install the outlets in upside down. Holds the cables much better, but not as good as the Block. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 2, 2021, 02:37 PM
    We spent the day visiting with Caelin at Suncoast Audio. Had a fun time learning more insight into all their great products and vision. We all learned a lot and it was a pleasure to have him visit us. The company has an amazing history and a...
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    December 2, 2021, 07:59 AM
    We had some in stock is all. Anyway, are you trying to ensure the plug doesnít sag in the socket? Was that the main goal or were you catching the cable on your leg or something and it kept coming out? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2021, 08:38 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Coming soon in Magico
    Crossover parts for the M9?? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2021, 05:20 PM
    They are excellent. We have a few in the store. Did you buy these direct from Block? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2021, 05:20 PM
    It's a great little integrated. It reminds me a little of the Job/Goldmund sound. It seems to work better on speakers that are not thin and difficult to drive. It sounds great on my Fleetood Deville and Vienna Acoustic Haydn. It's a tiny package...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    December 1, 2021, 03:10 PM
    First Watt has the gang from Pass: Nelson, Desmond and Wayne and others all able to lend ideas. Shunyata also have techs. Dart, donít know, but canít imagine Herve is doing everything himself. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    December 1, 2021, 02:19 PM
    Just to level set here, First Watt doesn't have an "engineering department", but they have "a guy". Same applies to Shunyata Research and DarTZeel, now that I think about it.
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    December 1, 2021, 01:45 PM
    Hey Evan, I'm already doing that...just configured it last night to run continually and send signal to the amazing Constellation Inspiration integrated amp (which has the speaker cables disconnected), so it can burn in, too. I'm tracking...
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    December 1, 2021, 12:54 PM
    Mike started a thread Aurender N20 Review in Aurender
    Review | Aurender N20 Music Server / Streamer - Reviews - Audiophile Style Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2021, 12:54 PM
    For sure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2021, 12:34 PM
    Perhaps. Still, to me, a lot of these fly by nights seem like one step removed from DIY. Not to say, the blind squirrel doesnít find a nut once in a while, butÖthe small DAC brand graveyard is a mighty big one. The big boys have staying power...
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    December 1, 2021, 12:31 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    Quick review of the new 802 D4: - after break in, gone is the top down presentation of the D3. MUCH more of a balanced approach. Not sure if itís the retuning of the crossover or the longer tweeter tube or bothÖ.but MUCH more to my liking now. ...
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    December 1, 2021, 12:24 PM
    True. Itís a rare old bird. As for the crazy NAIM cables, you said it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2021, 12:16 PM
    Mike replied to a thread B&W 802D4ís arrive in B&W
    Yes. They really step up given better electronics, source, cables, etc. Most importantly though, they need break in. If the other store is pounding them with some daft punk, Post Malone 24/7, then break in will take much longer. Ours havenít...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    December 1, 2021, 12:14 PM
    Yup. Those who claim these here-today-gone-tomorrow DACís are giant killers have not truly experienced really great DACís. Years ago, these DACís would come and go and folks desperate for something better than the nasties we had would buy,...
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    December 1, 2021, 11:40 AM
    Marty - was this Halo DAC neutral sounding? If so, thereís lots out there for sure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    December 1, 2021, 03:37 AM
    Well, I just put the Holo May KTE back into the system. I'll start tracking hours on it in with an Elapsed time app and an Excel spreadsheet as it's my understanding that it needs 300-400 hours or more to fully come into it's own. I'd estimate this...
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    December 1, 2021, 02:38 AM
    I'm going to put the Holo May KTE I have here back into the system tomorrow, and get some more hours racked up on it. Been listening to the Lampi B3 recently as I was finishing up a review.
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    December 1, 2021, 01:41 AM
    Thank you Jeff, looking forward to reading your thoughts.
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    December 1, 2021, 12:36 AM
    Welcome to the forum Greg!
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 30, 2021, 05:41 PM
    Per our discussion here, this white paper by John Swenson discusses in depth why some of the things discussed here, e.g. threshold jitter, are important in computer-networked audio. It's pretty deep and pretty technical, but the quality of the...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 30, 2021, 03:19 PM
    It really depends on the clock. The cheap-*ss clocks in generic, consumer-grade networking or computing devices can add a notable amount of phase noise, and add "blurring" to the clock "edges". The damage to clock edges from phase noise can "stack...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 30, 2021, 03:06 PM
    Well, that can be beneficial if the clocks are of good enough quality. But, there are clocks that support multiple devices, e.g. this SOtM sCLK-OCX10... or the Cybershaft OP20....just as examples.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 30, 2021, 01:10 PM
    That's not true, either.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 30, 2021, 01:00 PM
    There's no..."dirt." And clocks don't get.."strained."
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