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    The Ugly American

    Serena is probably the greatest female player of all time. So why does she get the additional benefit of ignoring certain rules? While trailing Osaka, Serena clearly received coaching. Why should she get a free pass as a GOAT? She went on to break her racket, and go on a long rant against...
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    installing 7 Furutech GTX-D NFC (R) outlets this morning

    I've been tempted to replace the AC inlet on several amps but the modifications were too extensive. I went straight to the FI-50 NCF because I heard a demo of the Siltech Triple Crown. It's a good sign when other cables like the Triple Crown and Audience Au24 SX use the NCF. My dealers has to...
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    installing 7 Furutech GTX-D NFC (R) outlets this morning

    It annoys me that we spend so much on power cables but connections are sometimes poor due to heavy cables and flimsy IEC connectors. It doesn't help that wall outlets are usually 14-16" off the floor, and cables tend to pull the connectors loose. So I was pleased to see that the Shunyata...
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    Any cyclists here?

    Great time! I'm training for the Mt Baker climb in a few weeks. It's an easier climb but quite scenic. I find that a power meter is more effective training tool than heart rate monitor. You can add a power meter to your bike or use an indoor trainer with PowerTap hub (eg. Cyclops Phantom).
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    Any cyclists here?

    I use the Ultegra Di2 on my Calfee, but SRAM XX1 on my Norco Sight. How does the XTR Di2 compare to 1x11 or 2x11 mechanical shifting? Did you use the Synchro mode so that Di2 changes the front and rear derailleurs to get the right gear combo? How sensitive is the rear derailleur to dirt or...
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    Any cyclists here?

    Most road bike use carbon frames for the low weight and comfortable ride. On mtn bikes, there is the added benefit of placing the rear suspension in the optimal location (without compromises from conventional Al tubing). I've noticed that a carbon frame is doesn't rattle and holds a better...
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    Any cyclists here?

    The 29" wheels are a good option for taller riders and rolling, XC terrain. Where I ride (Vancouver and Whistler, BC), the 27.5" wheels are more popular because the terrain is steeper and more technical. Wider rims (35mm+) and tires (2.3" +) are also popular for greater traction. The other...
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    Any cyclists here?

    I'm also using the Light Bicycle carbon rims (35mm 650B x DT240s hubs) on my Norco Carbon Sight 7.2 full suspension bike. I also upgraded the fork to the Rockshox Pike 150mm, and SRAM XX1 1x11 drivetrain. It's a really fun ride. My road bike is a Cannondale Synapse with Sram Red 10 sp...
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    Madfloyd's System

    You have a fantastic system! I have a question about room acoustics. How did you deal with the open layout (ie. no left wall) and large window between your Magicos? I have a large window on my left wall (about 120") and I've been looking for ways to increase absorption and diffusion.
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    Active Anti-vibration Platforms : Accurion i4 and Herzan TS150

    Thanks CK for an informative post! I think experimentation is key because some components are surprisingly sensitive to vibration control. For example, I didn't expect some power conditioners (eg. PS Audio Premier, Nordost Thor) to sound so much better with footers (eg. Stillpoints Ultra SS...
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    Synergistic Research HOTs - Headphone Optimized Transducer

    If you start a thread based on another source, the least you can do is to give a proper citation. I found the photo and the thread from Head Fi at: http://www.head-fi.org/t/744295/synergistic-research-hot-device/30 If you actually read the thread, it's not clear who ripped the HOTs apart...
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    Devialet - use of its phono stage

    I really wanted to love the Devialet. It's compact and it would be nice to get rid of my separates and mass of cables (my wife would be ecstatic). After reading all the reviews, i wanted to hear for myself. One local store used the Devialet 400 to drive a Magico S5. The system was in a small...
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    Entreq USB Cable Exposed.

    Sild is conspicuously silent after making a posting a wild (defamatory?) claim. What's his intent? According to Merriam Webster, fake is something that is "not true or real : meant to look real or genuine but not real or genuine." There is no evidence that Entreq made a false or misleading...
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    Entreq USB Cable Exposed.

    This thread is much ado about nothing. Most consumer product involve some degree of sub-contracted parts. Speakers brands commonly buy drives from Scanspeak and other specialists. Does that make Wilson better or worse than Magico? it's not unusual for amp out-source power supplies...
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    Pass Labs .8 Series!

    Thanks for informative review PeterA because I'm seriously thinking about upgrading to the .8 amps. I also think that the Pass amp should be on Stillpoints. I've tried the Ultra SS on my XP-20 and X250.5 and the improvement on the latter was far more audible. I suggest that the Stillpoints...
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    Revel Speakers

    Congrats on your F208. I own the Studio2 and have some thoughts about placement and upgrades. The Studio2s (and likely the F208) are not fussy about placement but will reward careful placement and room treatment. In my room (13' x 24'), the Studio2s like to be about 4' from the front wall...
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    Synergistic Research HFT

    The BAD panels seems like a good choice for the ceiling. Since it has a fabric wrap, it may be difficult to place the HFT on the panels with the blu tack. My dealer and I already have room treatment with good results when we tried the ART and HFT/FEQ products. We used the Synergistic...
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    Synergistic Research HFT

    I also have two sets of the HFT. In my system, the FEQ made a bigger improvement, especially in lowering the noise floor. The HFT and the FEQ work well together though. I tried the XOT on my Revel Studio2. Since it has bi-wire terminals, I tried the XOT on the high and low terminals. The...
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    VPI Cyclone cleaner

    I recently picked up the VPI Cyclone cleaner and have a few comments for prospective buyers. It's quieter than my 16.5 by about 5 dB. It's not a big improvement but enough that my wife is happier about the noise from the next room. However, I still have to wear ear protection when I use it...
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    SR HFT + FEQ ... Voodoo or ???

    Gee, why would the high-end be in trouble with all these fun and positive audiophiles? I can see why GaryProtein is irritated because facts just get in the way of a good rant. Just for the record, I'm not affiliated with Synergistic. However, I would be glad to be sponsored by Audio...
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    SR HFT + FEQ ... Voodoo or ???

    I notice that GaryProtein owns McIntosh, Pass, Infinity, Thorens, and JL Audio gear. To my knowledge, none of these fine brands offer a 30-day money back guarantee. So which brand has more confidence about their products? Should Synergistic Research be disparaged for standing behind their...
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    Synergistic Research HFT

    I don't know why RichDavis go on and on about RAL and Acoustic Fields measurements. The reality is that Acoustic Fields and other acoustic treatment companies (eg. RPG, ASC) only provide absorption coefficient measurement (usually in the 100-1000 Hz range). This info helps the buyer to choose...
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    Synergistic Research HFT

    It's frustrating when some members go on and on about something they have not heard. I wonder if they spend all their time trolling on forums because their system "measures" well but don't sound so good :) Since I use "conventional" and "snake oil" acoustic treatment like the FEQ/HFT, here...
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    SR HFT + FEQ ... Voodoo or ???

    As I stated in my post, acoustic treatment publish minimal info like absorption coefficient. However, ASC can only offer general guidelines re the placement and number of Tube Traps for a specific room. Even after taking basic SPL measurements, it's up to the owner to assess the setup with a...
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    SR HFT + FEQ ... Voodoo or ???

    I find it amusing that some will make disparaging comments while holding the FEQ/HFT to a different standard. First of all, the video was intended to show placement options, not to evaluate the product via low-rez audio in a YouTube video. More importantly, acoustic treatment companies...
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    SR HFT + FEQ ... Voodoo or ???

    So with the HFT, was this a subjective observation or were these measured differences? Thanks for the welcome. Glad to find this site and read all the informative posts. I'm relying on subjective observations, partly because I don't know how to measure some of the things that I'm...
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    SR HFT + FEQ ... Voodoo or ???

    I'm using ten HFT. The biggest improvement was with the FEQ and the first 5 HFT. The improvement from the next 5 was more subtle. It's easy to move the HFT around to find the optimal placement. The FEQ/HFT are selling well because the benefits are usually obvious in a home demo. My dealer is...
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    SR HFT + FEQ ... Voodoo or ???

    I think the Youtube video was only intended as an application guide. No one should use a video (or even an audio show) to evaluate a tweak or component. The best method is an extended audition in your own system. Since Synergistic offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, it's easy to test the...
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    New VPI Table

    It's actually not difficult to replace the JMW arm. For my Classic 3, I removed the JMW 10 arm and had a machinist fabricate an aluminum armboard for my Tri-Planar Mk VII. Since I used the existing holes in the plinth, I can re-install the JMW arm if I sell the Classic 3 in the future. It...

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