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    Point 5 vs Point 8 amplifiers

    I’ve owned the 30.5, 60.5’s, 100.5’s, and now the 160.8’s. Peter’s writeup on the .5 vs .8 was spot on based on what I heard in my system. My short summary is that if you prefer a slightly warmer presentation, the 0.5 series will not disappoint. The trade off here to the 0.8 will be a bit...
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    DCS Vivaldi

    For wallet friendly digital cables: Geistnote's Apogee Wyde Eye 75Ω BNC Word Clock Cable for the future clock connections. DH labs for the duel AES cables. I use the above in my system and they perform well above their price points.
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    DCS Vivaldi

    I’ve had the Rossini (without clock) and now the Vivaldi and would highly recommend you consider the clock as it makes a significant improvement. A friend with a Rossini just added the clock after hearing my system with/without the clock. Regarding cords: I use Shunyata Sigma Analog on the...
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    To Roon or not to Roon, that is the question...

    In my home office Network Closet is the cable modem to ASUS 5300 (handles routing/wireless network for now but Ubiquiti upgrades are planned for these functions), which has a bonded pair to an Ubiquiti 24-port managed switch. At this switch I have 3 different NAS setups connected via bonded...
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    To Roon or not to Roon, that is the question...

    I was skeptical about Roon at the beginning, and the sound quality was not there in the early days compared to my dedicated NAS / minimServer solution. Over time, the Roon software evolved and their sound quality improved (a good sign that they are working on continuous improvement). The...
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    Alma Music and Audio to debut at AXPONA with exciting new products from Bergmann, LinnenbergG

    Awesome news. Looking forward to meeting you in person.
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    Axpona 2019 Bending Wave events schedule

    Looking forward to getting home (ugh, work travel) and attending Axpona. Last years room was a treat and my first exposure to Gobel. Can’t wait to hear this years setup.
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    Tidal or Competitor Without a Computer (like Spotify)

    If simplicity is the top requirement, a WiFi connected laptop with usb to the DAC is the solution. You can control the laptop from your listening spot with various tablets / remote control apps. This was my first entry into Digital steaming years ago. A bump in sound quality is to go the...
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    First real review - Wilson Alexia 2

    I'm a Magico S3 owner, and while I typically enjoy listening to Wilson setups at shows I never considered them replacing my Magico's. That is until I heard the new Sasha DAW at my local dealer during a launch event they held. I was really impressed and will be returning to give them and the...
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    What ethernet cables are members using?

    My gigaFOILV4 request for purchase was made this morning and once its confirmed I'll be contact about a cable purchase for myself to try with my dCS Vivaldi stack. Cheers, Jimmy
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    Magico FINALLY finds Musicality!!! - Thanks to CAT Preamp and Monoblocks!!!!!!

    At 2018 Axpona I was enjoying the Cat & Magico room when a gentlemen sat beside me and after a few songs commented on how colored the sound was, and how the speakers were no good, etc... In a polite manner I said that’s interesting cause I don’t hear these things you describe... He asked what...
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    Audio Research- An underated Gem?

    Really interested in that comparison, as 2019 is the year of one upgrade and its a preamp for me (unless a pair of used Magico M3's somehow appear out of no where)
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    Pass XP-20 vs XP30 how do they compare? or Any CJ users w/ Pass Amp's

    The three things that have made the most impact on low end control in my system were: 1. Room treatment 2. Speaker Placement 3. More amplification overhead Regarding point #3, I've gone from the XA30.5 -> XA60.5's -> XA100.5's and now have XA160.8's. As I moved up the line, a better control...
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    Pass XP-20 DB-25 Umbilical upgrade: Has anyone any suggestions on how much of a difference and what brand?

    I have the Revelation cable on my Pass XP20. When I installed it, I experienced better detail in the soundstage via instrument separation and placement. I’m guessing the Revelation cable shields external noise better on the power supplies it is connecting, which provides the audible benefits.
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    DCS Vivaldi

    I bought the clock at the same time as my DAC and Upsampler, and recently hooked up my SACD player to spin a CD via the upsampler and the system sounded broken. Borrowed a SACD player with a clock input to try and system sounded great. That clock really makes a difference in overall music...

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