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    Re: Florida Audio Expo

    Great news, Mike. Congrats!

    Ken
  2. Re: MSB Select Headphone amplifier and Stax SR-009S headphones

    Iíd just like to add, if it wasnít already stated, that the MSB Select Headphone Amp is specifically designed and built to be used with the Stax SR-009S Headphones and the Select DAC. Even though...
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    Re: Tiger Woods Injured in Car Accident

    Get well soon, Tiger!

    Ken
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    Have you added a high quality power cord for your Select Headphone Amp? I can only imagine how my AudioQuest Dragon Source Power Cord would sound on it. They transformed the sonic purity of my Select...
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    Getting this thread back on track, Mike B., tell us a little about the Kharma Elegance DB11-S and Kharma Exquisite MIDI and how they compare to the models that you already have in your store.

    Ken
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    Hi Mike,

    What are your impressions of the Select Headphone Amp and Stax 009s Headphones thus far? Are they meeting expectations?

    Ken
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    VAC certainly deserves part of the credit, although all the amps Mike tried sounded great with them. The VAC was my favorite though.

    Ken
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    I believe it. Karen Carpenterís voice is stunningly lifelike on that system. Iíve listened to the video half a dozen times. Iím in awe of what Iím hearing.

    Ken
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    I love the sound of Karen Carpenter singing Rainy Days and Mondays on this system. Weíre talking liquid in the midrange! Like you said, the type of sound that draws an emotional response. Would love...
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    Even better. Tremendous value proposition.

    Ken
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    LOL. The MBL 101E Mk2ís are arguably the best sounding speakers under $100K. At approximately $70K vs. $40K for the DB9-S, not exactly a fair comparison.

    Ken
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    Wow, all three amplifiers that you hooked up to the Kharma DB9-S sounded wonderful. These speakers are easy to drive and I would imagine that any good amplifier would produce wonderful sound. Bravo!...
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    Re: Kharma Comes To Suncoast Audio

    Congrats Mike on picking up the Kharma line. I listened to Kharma at Axpona and was extremely impressed. The DB9-S are beautiful speakers and very reasonably priced. Could you comment on the tweeter?...
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    Hi King,

    This surprises me. You are still using Roon, even when TAS sounds so clearly superior on the Taiko Extreme? Is the functionality of the TAS interface really that bad? What specifically is...
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    Hi Khin,

    I do not utilize any upsampling through Roon. Through all my experimentation, I have never preferred upsampling over native sampling. Native just sounds more natural to my ears.

    Ken
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    I totally agree with you. The folks who own the Taiko Extreme will not be using Roon on it because as theyíve pointed out time and time again, the Taiko software sounds far superior to the Roon...
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    There were issues, at least initially, with Roon 1.8ís performance on TAS, leading some to say that Roon 1.8ís sound quality was not too good. However, on the Roon Nucleus Plus, many said Roon 1.8ís...
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    I think this leads to the question, how does Roon 1.8 sound through the Nucleus Plus compared to the Taiko Extreme? Since Mike has both, perhaps he will comment. We know the Taiko Extreme sounds top...
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    Re: *New* Esoteric Grandioso M1X Monos

    Pretty reasonable pricing for monoblock amplifiers in todayís high-end audio world.

    Ken
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    One other thing is the imaging sounds a bit more forward in my listening room. Nothing dramatic but definitely noticeable.

    Ken
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    Hmm, I could swear I heard an improvement in SQ. Maybe expectation bias on my part. The imaging sounds different than before. Maybe something else is causing it.

    Ken
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    I also had the Roon and IPad update at the same time. The Roon update went through quickly but the IPad update was huge and took nearly 30 minutes. Once the IPad update was completed, everything...
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    I own the Roon Nucleus Plus. Iíve been listening to the Roon software update for several hours now and I would swear the vocals sound more holographic than before the update, really 3D. My system...
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    Mine has always sounded wonderful, so this is nothing new.

    Ken
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    Re: Introducing Roon 1.8 - COMING SOON

    I just uploaded Roon 1.8. It sounds truly wonderful. No glitches so far. Iíll comment on the updated interface once Iíve had the opportunity to become familiar with it.

    Ken
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