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  1. Mike Lavigne

    Thoress Phono Enhancer vs. Aesthetix IO Signature

    i owned the Thoress Enhancer for 2 months a few years back and was very impressed by the performance and by Reinhardt. a true pleasure to deal with. i recommend it highly. very musical and flexible. beautiful point to point wiring and build quality. i only sold it because my Herzan active...
  2. Mike Lavigne

    Saskia model two

    Marc, yes.....the density/texture is really something......reminds me of 1/2" tape. not sure i've heard any another tt do it like this. (note i said 'not sure'.....not proclaiming anything). until i have more listening time and some back and forth with the NVS i'm not drawing any larger...
  3. Mike Lavigne

    Saskia model two

    thanks. yes; owned the Dobbins Garrard for 2+ years 2009-2011. loved that turntable for it's energy and push to the music, but in the context of higher level tt's was lacking refinement and detail. i can hear the positive qualities of the Garrard in the Saskia, but at this very early time with...
  4. Mike Lavigne

    Saskia model two

    power.......nuance.......texture........timbre.........tone........density.......organic......energy........are my first impressions. every note seems to pack just a bigger punch, with greater weight, and richer tone than previous experiences. not thick, or rounded, or muddled. my head is a...
  5. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    hi Paul, i don't really know the answer to your question with any confidence. but maybe i have a slight feel for the situation from reading what Emile has written and my experience, which is as follows. from my time with the SGM 2015 server i know that Ed and Emile both thought that internal...
  6. Mike Lavigne

    Saskia model two

    arm boards will arrive tomorrow.
  7. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    every day i am impressed by my digital, both streaming and files. the life, nuance and flow is just so natural. i'm in the middle of upgrading my vinyl with a new tt, arm and cartridge. yet the digital still stands out as impressive. much of that is the Extreme of course. and the USB...
  8. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    i see it differently. dac makers are very sensitive to providing all sorts of connectivity choices, and modularity, due to interface chaos. and dac makers at higher price points see clearly they have to offer flexibility as part of the value equation. i agree that when they offer a...
  9. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Congrats on ordering the Extreme! i will be watching for your comments with interest. reading Emile's comments about servers and his investigations, it's clear that realizing what you don't know, keeps your mind in the right place to create. that and having very high expectations. he is...
  10. Mike Lavigne

    HIFISTAY Vibration Control & Accessories

    i use 5 sets of HiFi Stay Trina twin ball footers, and three of the HiFi Stay Dharma resonance dampers, in my system. i really like the Trinia's; the dampers (bottom picture above......can also be used as a record weight/clamp) i have not investigated enough to have an opinion.....they don't...
  11. Mike Lavigne

    Orotofon MC Anna Diamond cartridge

    https://www.ortofon.com/repair-mc-anna-diamond-p-907-n-3597 4250 Euro, 3 week turn around once received. general cartridge care info from Ortofon; https://www.ortofon.com/support/support-hifi/faq-installation
  12. Mike Lavigne

    Orotofon MC Anna Diamond cartridge

    for sure. quick take is........that this Anna D digs deeper into the music than the GFS.......you are closer to the essence. it's more explosive and separates things better. more expressive. but things like authority, ease and rendering space and scale will take more time to assess. you have to...
  13. Mike Lavigne

    Orotofon MC Anna Diamond cartridge

    thank you Ron. my recent vinyl 'double-down' with the new Tosca, new/old Saskia, and now the new Anna Diamond is in full song, just waiting for those pesky arm boards to arrive. then i think i step back and enjoy things for some time and take a deep breath. just worry about the music and...
  14. Mike Lavigne

    Orotofon MC Anna Diamond cartridge

    on Thursday i received my new Ortofon MC Anna Diamond cartridge. tonight i finally found the time to mount it in my 2 month old Durand Tosca tone arm on my NVS turntable. from 2012 to 2016 the original MC Anna cartridge was my reference, finally supplanted 3 years ago by the Clearaudio GFS...
  15. Mike Lavigne

    Does this recording sound "fake?"

    crazy, i spent the last 3 hours installing my new Ortofon MC Anna Diamond cartridge (love it). i took some pictures, and am going to post about it. so i switched back to digital while i'm doing that and i now notice that this recording is on Qobuz in both 24/96 and 16/44. i'm listening now to...
  16. Mike Lavigne

    Does this recording sound "fake?"

    listening now.....on Tidal MQA 24/96. my system does space easily and so this music plays to that strength. i do get what you mean about 'fake' as the sound is not as open and transparent as classical music typically is. there is a bit of a processed nature to some of the less musical parts...
  17. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    i don't view my perspective as skeptical about the WAMM. and make sure you realize that is your word, not mine. my view is a more general view about the significance of any speaker in a subset of a speaker family. and whether it can rise above system differences and result in a superior result...
  18. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    my choice of the word 'promo' had no intended negative connotation but more just that it was about the introduction of a new Wilson speaker. i meant no disrespect to you or Wilson by it.
  19. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    at least you heard both speakers in the same room. not sure the time lag between, the gear differences, media........ other's mostly have not even had that to reference. remember; you are the one typically talking about needing lots of controls (SPL's within .1 of a db), etc., etc., and such...
  20. Mike Lavigne

    KLAUDiO RCM EOL

    Peter was going to bring his tone arm to my home to try during that session a month ago, but with 10 people (including a couple of wives) there, i was concerned it would be too involved to get into and would dampen the festivities. switching arms and mounting cartridges needs a relaxed low...
  21. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    the Highlands is a real jewel of the Northwest.......i caddied at the Seattle Golf Club (in the Highlands) a few times in the 60's. i grew up in northeast Seattle, near the University of Washington. and worked near The Highlands in the 1970's. my son now lives in Shilshole Bay Marina on a 35'...
  22. Mike Lavigne

    KLAUDiO RCM EOL

    Peter is a local friend,and was at my room for a listening session about a month ago. super passionate guy and loves our hobby. he did not mention this move to me, but there were 10 others in our session that night. i was one of the first to own his RCM and it's been a great product for me over...
  23. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    hard to comment about Seattle without getting into the whole politics thing. but i would just say the Seattle area is a breathtakingly beautiful place to live, and you can choose to avoid the core if you like. most out-of-town hifi visitors to my room never set foot in Seattle proper unless...
  24. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    i answered a direct question. https://whatsbestforum.com/threads/chronsonicxvx.28704/page-2#post-592513 i did not bring up my speakers......in fact in that answer i asked that more questions about my speakers be taken to another thread.....out of respect for what this thread is.
  25. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    Alan, not getting into details of my 15 years of room evolution on this thread. but the driver issue was in 2008 with my MM3's.
  26. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    it's what my speaker designer told me. and btw, none of the opinions i've posted about the XLF, XVX, and Wamm relative performance delta's claim or even infer anything about my system......and i had no such thoughts. sorry that we have gone down that road. this thread is not about my speakers...
  27. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    no time adjustment......however......my twin tower speaker system is time and phase aligned. they have a first order crossover, and in my set-up every driver is equidistant from my listening position. as far as top to bottom coherence, it seems visitors are quite satisfied. i view my speakers as...
  28. Mike Lavigne

    ChronsonicXVX.

    you are listening to a 'system'.......room, gear, sources, etc. the 'vibe' of an event. group dynamics and all that. probably some top level media to boot. and, of course, expectation bias. what exactly is doing what? unless you could switch one speaker for the other in the same context and...

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