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  1. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    no. not unbelievable at all to me. for over a year i interacted with Emile (and Ed) regarding, first the optimization of the Herzan TS units, which morphed into the Dazia platforms, then ultimately into the Taiko Tana active systems. their degree of relentlessness was way over the top, and just...
  2. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    not yet. OTOH, i am the guy who has grounded his passive speaker towers (with the Tripoint Troy Sig) to good effect. does this stuff ever end? it's like peeling the world's biggest onion. always more to learn and hear. no. not going to consider -4- 750 pound towers on loose platforms. if a...
  3. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    every one of my 5 Tana active isolation systems include two Dazia's (one on top of the TS active device and one under each LPS) + Stechi grounding block. then i have 3 more in passive mode. one can never have too much panzerholtz. ;)
  4. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    i suppose if ever a recording was worth stepping up for the best example, this would be that one....with a bullet.
  5. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    mikey likey. :) hopefully mine will arrive in a few weeks.
  6. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    o_O seriously; i struggle with my diet every day to try and maintain my health. my father died of congestive heart failure and diabetes at the age of 76. so that's my alternative. my 'KOB' is the 1995 Classic Records 4 disc 45rpm reissue. i have a shrink-wrapped identical backup too for...
  7. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    how Emile tried the spiral is a story in itself. i will let Emile tell it if he is so inclined. like most ideas it was confluence of causes.
  8. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    I’ve asked Emile or Ed from Taiko to answer you. I could give you an intuitive answer....educated guess. They know
  9. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    Bill, nice pictures! those are the new Dazia footers. i have 2 sets of those coming (to replace my gen 1 footers) for my Tana LPS's sitting on a hardwood floor, and another 2 Dazia's coming so i'll have a total of 10 Dazia's.
  10. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    back in 2010 and 2011 i dived deep into headphone and headphone amplifiers, to investigate for myself whether they could tell me things my speakers could not. in this thread from back then i talk about my headphone forays...
  11. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    John, postulated shootouts between different systems on an on-line forum are really not productive. i don't want to pooh pooh the value or lack thereof of videos, but i've not paid enough interest to them to really attach particular weight to them. you will notice i never comment on them from...
  12. Mike Lavigne

    Ballfinger M063 both 1/4 track and 1/2 Track playback

    thank you Bangkok Audiophile for the feedback, it is a helpful data point. i think when we speak about 'bigger stage' it's not simply sound stage size. typically larger stage also leads to greater separation in the sound stage, next......lower noise floor and greater ambient information which...
  13. Mike Lavigne

    Ballfinger M063 both 1/4 track and 1/2 Track playback

    question about your experience with the Studer A-820; did it have the trafoless (transformer-less) upgrade audio output cards?
  14. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    John, interesting. clearly you gave your above post a great deal of thought, and i respect your serious approach to all these questions and points you make. i'll leave it for others to make judgments regarding your perspective on our approach differences. and i'm not asking for that.....only...
  15. Mike Lavigne

    Durand Tosca tonearm at Axpona

    Adding to David’s answer; the head shell is tightly fitted, so switching pre-mounted carts should require minimal hassle. I did get more info on tonearm cable details last night from Joel. There are 2 choices, both with standard lengths of 4 feet. The standard cable is $1850, the upgrade is...
  16. Mike Lavigne

    Durand Tosca tonearm at Axpona

    i took a couple more pictures today of the Tosca to show the anti-skate mechanism on the other side of the base and the other side of the head shell.
  17. Mike Lavigne

    An evening with Mike Lavigne

    It’s an integrated twin tower system. The outside towers are a stack of -4- 15” powered Subwoofers. http://www.evolutionacoustics.com/loudspeakers/mm-series/mmseven/
  18. Mike Lavigne

    Durand Tosca tonearm at Axpona

    David, it was a pleasure to finally meet you. you need to go back to that room today and hear it again. the gain on the dart pre was set far too low for that cartridge, and it was corrected later on yesterday after you and i spoke. much more dynamic and lower noise now.
  19. Mike Lavigne

    Durand Tosca tonearm at Axpona

    yes, the markings on the head shell neck are for azimuth adjustment. i'm told that the arm is 'nude' carbon fiber. as far as a separate head shell affecting rigidity i have to defer to my ears, which tell me that is not an issue. knowing Joel and his whole approach, this is not only not an...
  20. Mike Lavigne

    Durand Tosca tonearm at Axpona

    enjoyed listening to the new 10.5 inch Durand Tosca tonearm yesterday at Axpona. this is the production version and it did not disappoint. Wow! Bravo Joel! full disclosure.....i have one of these on order for my turntable. can't wait to get it. an Ortofon Century was mounted and the system...
  21. Mike Lavigne

    NORTH AMERICAN PUBLIC DEBUT OF TECHDAS AIR FORCE ZERO AND WILSON AUDIO MASTER CHRONOSONIC/SUBSONIC

    I think once the price was set at $400k the opportunity to hear this was reduced no matter where. Highest end Asian systems are no less accessible than western ones. I doubt these tt’s will sit lonely in a room not played. Only that non-English speaking forums are not familiar to us here. The...
  22. Mike Lavigne

    TechDAS Air Force Zero (real final photo)

    We will need to observe if an AF0 ends up in Jacob’s system. I am speaking to Jacob’s ability to acquire what he wants, is all. If it’s moved him to act then that speaks volumes.
  23. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    when mine arrives in about a month i will be glad to take some pictures if none have yet emerged.
  24. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    some random thoughts. i'm at work now, so can't look at my library. i like different performances for different reasons. at first, i went through a period where i liked a more energetic pace, and period instruments. my memory tells me i liked the Nikolas Haroncourt Beethoven 9th particularly...
  25. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    Ode To Joy is an interesting case for me. in the 50's and early 60's, NBC News on TV used Beethoven's 9th Symphony, 2nd Movement, Molto Vivace, as their theme music. i heard it every night. i have to say it grew on me but i never knew it's musical context or anything about Beethoven. years...
  26. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    i think 'guilty pleasures' exist in every genre. great pop music is a legit way to ease into classic rock. i enjoy the music you mention, jazz, blues and classical have similar 'less aggressive' choices. classic 60's rock is an acquired taste. i can see how it's would be hard to just step into...
  27. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    musically, the way i see 'age' is either you lived 60's music 'live' (along with the cultural environment that fostered it) or you did not. you either saw the Beatles on TV on the Ed Sullivan Show as something fresh and new (i was 12 then) or you did not. and all those other 60's touchstone...
  28. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    some of us did a re-boot along the way, so there's that.:cool:
  29. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    as i said, i'm no classical music expert beyond the fact i own tons of it and listen 70% of the time to classical. my classical tastes certainly evolved over time so my view would be that this Decca set or the RCA's i mentioned would be an excellent starting place. these are consistently...
  30. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    i'm not Tang, but own plenty of those (covers 27 'Tidal' discs, or 54 CD's if you bought the physical package) recordings analog or digitally, and you could do much worse than to start there as a 'dip your toe into classical' approach. if you already have Tidal then jump right in. as an...

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