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    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    Instead of getting involved in a long debate with someone whose agenda i haven’t yet fathomed i would recommend readers do the following: Go back to the original post, click on the video and listen to Bela Fleck’s Flight of the Cosmic Hippo (The first track). Pay attention to the perceived speed...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    Unless we’re talking active speakers, mains has no influence whatsoever on the way speakers sound. How do you build a speaker that’s independent of mains power quality when it doesn’t use mains power? Passive speakers are 100% dependent on what comes out of the amplifiers to which they are...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    Just a note about shows Shows have some of the worst, saggy, highly impedance, overloaded, noise polluted mains on the planet....way beyond what an average conditioner can fix Shows are also literally EMI/RFI soup and who knows what the quality of network feeds are like given the amount of...
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    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    There are a few other issues that we haven’t yet touched on, namely: Certain methods of vibration control can themselves introduce emphasis and colouration, or can make the music sound slow and plodding. This happens if the controls somehow affect the microdynamics of the music and the initial...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    I’ve owned a pair of Magico S1 MkIIs for roughly 18 months. Whenever you think you’ve pinned down a particular characteristic all it takes is a change of recording to utterly void the observation. In terms of house sound there really is none that I’ve identified and not had immediately...
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    Magico News Letter

    When I bought my Magico S1 MkIIs I thought they were expensive for a 2 way loudspeaker. Now when i listen to the speaker’s stunning ability to create the original recording acoustic in a fully immersive yet highly focussed manner, i honestly think they represent really good value in terms of the...
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    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    Yes, Seismic activity is a round the clock affair, generated within the Earth’s crust and by things like passing traffic, underground trains, wind buffeting buildings etc. Enough to affect stereo systems? Who knows....depends on amplitude, frequency and on the building itself. Given that...
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    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    Just as an aside on the subject of concrete floors There are concrete floors that are layered directly on the earth....basements for example. Here very low frequency seismic vibrations would be the issue Then there are concrete floors made from reinforced concrete linked to the building’ s...
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    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    Like most things in audio, vibration control is not as straightforward as it may first appear, but understanding a few important characteristics can be very helpful in building a well executed strategy to control vibration. Firstly lets list a few components known to be negatively affected by...
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    Re-clockers....

    Logically, if you are going to place reclockers in series you need to ensure that the most accurate clock and superior power supply come last. I tried a reclocker with my Innuos Zenith SE which was fed by a fully optimised network stream and it was clearly a downgrade, likely to do with the...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Hiya Howiebrou, You are absolutely right....which is why I said a problem ’for’ Roon rather than ‘with’ Roon. I’m sure Roon do care a lot about their sound quality....but we are the bleeding edge of SQ and the problem for Roon is that maximising SQ very likely has a major impact on features. By...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Here’s the problem for Roon. Servers like Extreme, Statement, Pink Faun et al. have, over the past couple of years established entirely new levels for streamed music SQ. Unless Roon have a really well equipped listening room equipped with Extreme or another top server, they do not have the...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I use both local and remote streaming, both of which are played from RAM. Over the past couple of years I have spent considerable time and effort upgrading my network, with some fairly major improvements along the way. When I started, local streaming was a tick better than remote using the same...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Most Innuos Zenith and Statement users that i correspond with either listen using InnuOS direct or via Roon + SqueezLite player, both of which are substantial improvements over the Roon player. In my experience the difference isn’t subtle. In addition, InnuOS has seen 2 revisions since the...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Personally I would say that Roon has never delivered really good SQ vs some other SW and required Emile’s considerable set up and engineering skills to bring it to the level it achieved with the Extreme. But as Roon overhead and features have increased, without regard to SQ, the challenge to...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I’m not an Extreme user and I’m not a DIYer, but i find all this information and discussion fascinating. What i personally get out of this is the insight into what it takes to get the very best out of local and remote streaming.
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    Magico M9

    I’ve no real knowledge about Wilson...I thought they used silk domes? Of course it takes far greater skill and ingenuity to innovate on a tight budget....which is exactly why most firms don’t Try. Take cars....how many new innovations are first introduced on the budget models? None....because...
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    Magico M9

    Permit me to tell you how this works. When designing a $7500 speaker, any developments in cabinets, drivers, magnets, cross-overs, vibration control etc. that exceed the target budget are not pursued, so ‘progress‘ is steady but certainly not groundbreaking When designing state-of-the-art, cost...
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    Magico M9

    Oh I see.....that’s rather amusing. I was being genuinely enthusiastic so the sarcasm flew way over my head....not even a whiff. I spent most of my working life in high tech so I’m familiar with what it takes to bring something like the M9 to market...the design, the R&D, the prototyping, the...
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    Magico M9

    Hi Ron, No, I rarely go to Audiogon and then mostly to look at what high end gear is selling for in the US. I do use it to sell gear from time to time I wonder why you ask....I wrote the piece after I looked at the pictures of the M9 on WBF and dreamed about what a decent installation would...
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    Magico M9

    Let’s dream about implementing a pair of speakers like the M9s. The asking price of $750,000 is really only the beginning. To justify their stratospheric pricing the speakers obviously have to be capable of creating an accurate reproduction of either the recording venue or of the acoustic...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Hi there, I’m going to have both installed on my return home, so I’ve done a pretty thorough internet search for information. So far what I’ve read agrees with your statement that the products are not compatible with the US power grid but if I read anything different I’ll let y’all know.
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    Network Improvements and their Impact on Sound Quality

    Hi Peter, If that was my system, I would send a message to Superdad at the Uptone Audio Forum on Audiophile Style and ask him how best to implement an EtherRegeN in your specific environment. Why this route? The EtherRegen is one of the best value for money devices on the market today Its...
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    Network Improvements and their Impact on Sound Quality

    I completely agree. As networks become more fully evolved, not every recommended device will bring improvements in every single network. In my case I use an AQVox SE to which I have added a highly upgraded Linear Power Supply, specialist earth, specialist DC cable, an ethernet cable that is part...
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    Network Improvements and their Impact on Sound Quality

    As a first port of call may i suggest you take a look at the EtherRegen from Uptone Audio. Its designer John Swenson has written a number of very interesting articles about network noise, jitter and phase noise that are well worth reading. Regarding your question about direct connection i would...
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    Network Improvements and their Impact on Sound Quality

    There are literally hundreds of posts on this forum and on Audiophile Style, including evaluations of all the most popular switches and their effect on sound quality. if you are interested in researching the subject there‘s enough information on these 2 sites to keep you busy for weeks. What do...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I like the music on the first video too. Who is that? Thanks We should start a sub thread about which recordings sound particularly good on your Extremes.
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Its been referred to as Audio Nervosa.....the angst that you may not have the optimum setting and are therefore somehow missing out on some sonic absolute which puts you in a state of constant analysis. Horrible..... Given that this errr ‘control’ can somehow make or break your sound (based on...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    The analog version. Every birthday you get to click it on a notch
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Hmmmmm....Clock master priority settings. For me that raises a whole lot of questions: What is it? What does it do/change/optimise? How does it interact with other settings? Are there other hidden or advanced settings like this that also change the sound? Are these setting something that need to...

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