Recent content by Mike Lavigne

  1. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    do any Korean C1 owners use the Mono D/A controller version? https://www.ch-precision.com/en/products/source/c1-mono any feedback on that one? i heard it at RMAF last year (the room and set-up marginal) and in Elliot's room (really good sound) in South Florida in December. i was very impressed.
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    the world according to David.:rolleyes: not every system/amp/room is created equal to serve large scale music. and the whole 'stereo' process many times can deliver musical focus surpassing the 'live' experience. often it well serves the musical experience and involvement. OTOH when RR serves...
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    Videos of Acoustically-Coupled Audio Recordings

    nothing wrong with video's. nothing wrong with spending money based on video's. but to somehow denigrate alternate ways of making buying decisions or even forming opinions is not right. do some here and in society become lambs led to the slaughter by the frequency of which any odd thing gets...
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    MSB Select II arrival

    based on feedback from Esotar on the SGM Extreme thread, i just ordered the Audio Magic Beeswax Ultimate fuse for my Extreme. https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/taiko-audio-sgm-extreme-the-crème-de-la-crème.27433/page-29#post-582415 which got me thinking.........is there a proven step up...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    i think it's one thing to have really high level pieces in the digital music delivery system. and no doubt the Extreme, the MSB Select II (or other top level dacs), + the MSB Pro USB + this fibre network upgrade all take us a long way down the road. but; the support and pursuit of optimization...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Emile also did some testing yesterday morning with me and we ended up with the some changes (likely the same as Bob and Esotar are reporting) and i agree with the results too. i appreciate Emile's continued push to find these little steps forward.
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    i miss spoke. this fibre link is directly from the Extreme to a Gigaswitch next to my NAS sitting upstairs. so it is the connection from my server to my home network. then i have a short Ethernet cable from that Gigaswitch to my NAS. in a few weeks all my files will be on the drives inside my...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    another significant step up tonight found by installing fibre cable from my NAS to the Extreme server. 15m of OS2 single mode fibre cable and a pair of SFP modules and and a FMC converter module. one SFP module plugs directly into a slot on the Extreme. $350 in parts; 30 minutes to pull out my...
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    Acapella Audio Arts - the Sphaeron Excalibur loudspeaker

    i was just having a little fun with Mike and Neli, two of the nicest people in high end audio. i like to 'think' i get horn/plasma/stat/panel performance from cones already with my room and set-up. i like thinking that anyway. and....i do need to retire in a few years. 600 large would...
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    Acapella Audio Arts - the Sphaeron Excalibur loudspeaker

    i just checked the measurements, they would fit in my room. :eek:
  11. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    Dear Tang, this morning i listened to one cut on the 33 and the same cut on the 45. i then ran out of time, and went to work. i need to go back and do that again. however; my preliminary conclusion is a bit different than yours. and i wonder how this comparison 'travels'? in other words, would...
  12. Mike Lavigne

    Sme 3012 R

    i might suggest that you reach out to SME and see if they have any ideas on how to mount a vintage 3012r to your SME30/12. you never know; they might have tried it (or assisted someone doing it) and have something constructive to offer.
  13. Mike Lavigne

    CD's/SACDs vs Server and Streamer

    turntables are a wild card. as i mentioned above, many have outboard motors and belts which need to be isolated from the platter by a belt. those are not candidates for active unless the active is also isolated from the motors. then some tt suspensions can become an issue. or footers designed...
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    CD's/SACDs vs Server and Streamer

    well.....here we simply disagree. i cannot imagine a disc transport not improved significantly by a Taiko Tana. of course......that is just my own opinion based on my experience with the Taiko Tana. the only way this would not happen would be if the transport had some sort of vibration it put...
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    CD's/SACDs vs Server and Streamer

    not sure who you are addressing that question to. if it's to me regarding the Taiko Tana (aprox $16k list price including LPS and Dazia platform, less for the smaller footprint TS-150 size), i could see if someone owns a really good older transport already, then adding the Tana platform might...

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