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    RIP Chris Sommovigo of Black Cat Cable

    A GoFundMe has been set up to provide financial assistance to Chris' wife and 2 children. GoFund me for Chris Sommovigo's wife and 2 children
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    RIP Chris Sommovigo of Black Cat Cable

    Another industry icon passes. Chris died very suddenly on Monday. He was an artisan and created many well-regarded cable lines. Condolences to his family and industry friends. Tom XtremeFidelity
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    A Bright Shining Lie…Why ignoring an inconvenient truth is stifling system performance a blog from Roy Gregory

    Don't see the link to the article, so here it is:
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    Ken Fritz’s extreme exotic system

    Do we know for a fact that Ken has passed? I literally have an email open on my desktop that I have been waiting to send and check up on him and have put it off for a week now. I did not know him well but had the pleasure of being introduced to him and speaking with him a year ago. I was...
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    MBL 101 X-Tremes

    Hugh, While I can't say I've tried the 450 iQ on the Xtreme's, I'd be willing to guess that a gaggle would work just as well on the them. Although the D'Ag M400 would probably do a good job if you go the traditional solid state route, I just can't fathom anything other than those wonderful 9011s...
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    MBL 101 X-Tremes

    We used to be MBL dealers a number of years back; still are VAC dealers. My partner retired 3 year ago and had his choice of what his retirement system would be. Although we were no longer mbl dealers, he chose mbl 101e mk II's powered by VAC Statement 450iQ Monoblocks. DO NOT make the mistake...
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    What features of Roon are worth the price? Compensate for Roon’s poorer sound quality?

    The ability to integrate Qobuz and Tidal albums with my local files into one “Library“ is the most powerful feature of Roon to me. It provides a seamless experience. I may not own every Pink Floyd album (ok, almost) but they will all show up when I do a search. If there’s another...
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    South East Florida

    Whoa! Knew we had to catch up! I’ll be giving you a call in the next few days Rich. Tom
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    VAC 452 iQ review in Stereophile

    Symbiose, If you will use phono, the internal phono option in the Master is a "giant-killer"! Best of luck! Tom
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    LFD Cables (phono and I.C.) from the UK, cables as components

    Wow Mike, you had me until I saw the GBP17,700 price (less 20% VAT of course) LOL. Although ironically the price is really not the craziest in the realm of high end cables, especially when you consider what you have described as the craftsmanship involved. Bob, which cable did you buy? You seem...
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    VAC 452 iQ review in Stereophile

    Hello Symbiose, While the VAC Statement preamp is the ideal match for this amplifier, the VAC Master preamp was designed with concepts from the Statement and is sonically amazingly close to the Statement at a fraction of the price. It’s a world-class preamp in itself and leaves nothing behind...
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    Sonore Signature Rendu SE (optical vs non-optical)

    whether optical will make a difference in your particular system will depend on your network - it’s noise level and the other devices on it and length of cabling. The fact that you are using the EtherRegen is a good start. If you can keep an Ethernet cable reasonably short from EtherRegen to...
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    Sonore Signature Rendu SE (optical vs non-optical)

    Hi Symon, Full disclosure: I am a Sonore and Bricasti dealer. I’ll try to be as factual as possible. the Sonore Signature RenduSE now gives you the choice of either optical or hard wire Ethernet inputs, so you can use whatever works best for you. Generally, most Users have found that optical...
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    The Undoing: Official Trailer | HBO

    Bummer! I didn't realize this was a mini-series. Guess I should have but my wife and I are really into it. I'll avoid this thread as I don't want to see any speculation on the murderer. Great show.
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    NJ/NY Area-Introduction of the Merrill Audio Tape Head Preamp- this Saturday

    Yes. The audio circuits and performance are exactly the same both models.
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    NJ/NY Area-Introduction of the Merrill Audio Tape Head Preamp- this Saturday

    I am very pleased to announce the availability of the MERRILL AUDIO MASTER TRIDENT TAPE HEAD PREAMP. The TRIDENT is a 3 INPUT version of the MASTER preamp for users who have more than one tape deck. Using the color touch screen, settings for each input can be individually saved and then...
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    NJ/NY Area-Introduction of the Merrill Audio Tape Head Preamp- this Saturday

    Hi Mike, I think I can make that happen! I had been planning to contact you before all this Covid-19 disaster occurred. I'll be in touch directly right away. Tom
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    NJ/NY Area-Introduction of the Merrill Audio Tape Head Preamp- this Saturday

    Hi Ron, In terms of the preamp circuitry, discrete vs. op-amps, etc., Merrill is famously secretive of the design and components. I don’t know the answer to your question. The chassis on all of the Merrill Audio products are sealed and opening them voids the warranty. His stock answer is that...
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    NJ/NY Area-Introduction of the Merrill Audio Tape Head Preamp- this Saturday

    Hi Ron, (Disclaimer: XtremeFidelity, Merrill Audio Dealer) Thanks for asking about the Merrill tape preamp. Yes, one of my customers has used it on his A810. He reported excellent results with the Studer the same as with all of his multiple (Ampex, Otari) decks. There really is zero variation...
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    Tidal Audio Speakers cables

    I have exceptional performance with my Ansuz D-TC Speaker cables on my Agorias! Disclosure- I am an Ansuz dealer, but not Tidal. But, I encourage you to try~!
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    MBL 6010D users?

    As a former MBL dealer and then personal owner of the 6010D, I wholeheartedly agree with Lesacre's characterization of the sound of the preamp. "Neither tube, nor solid just sounds like music". As for tubes with MBL, I'm not sure that people, in general, have "moved on", it was always...
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    NJ/NY Area-Introduction of the Merrill Audio Tape Head Preamp- this Saturday

    Nice review in EJM: Please feel free to contact me for any questions. Disclosure- I'm the dealer. Tom
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    NJ/NY Area-Introduction of the Merrill Audio Tape Head Preamp- this Saturday

    Merrill Audio & XtremeFidelity will be holding a premier and demonstration of Merrill's new Tape Head Preamplifier in XtremeFidelity’s listening room in River Vale (Bergen County) New Jersey on Saturday, July 13th. The just released, state-of-the-art tape preamplifier will be demonstrated on a...
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    Sonus Faber Aida and Raidho C4.1

    What you're trying to accomplish with this product is to correct the "hump" of the speaker-room interaction, not correct the response of the electronics only (won't be any) or the electronics+speaker without the room. Despite the built-in mid-bass voicing of the Raidho speakers, the actual...

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