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  1. LenWhite

    Dedicated audio room build thread aka The Big Dig

    Congratulations Hugh. The Gryphon Kodo looks like the ultimate speaker system, especially placed in your incredible acoustic listing room. Please keep posting on your installation and setup. Back in the late 80's I owned the Infinity Beta system with separate bass towers with crossover, but...
  2. LenWhite

    Ozark Season Four

    Has anyone thought about the scene in the first episode of Season 4. We see the Byrde family in a car traveling on a highway when all of a sudden their car serves to avoid an accident and rolls over. Since we could not think of any connection to the rest of S4/E1-E7, we think this scene may be...
  3. LenWhite

    ASTRONOMER: We Think We're Close To Finding Life On Another Planet

    Fascinating story. I watched the CBS 60 Minutes episode on it last Sunday. A lot of things need to go right for this to be successful, but the scientists said they've looked at every possibility. If they do find aliens I certainly hope they don't consider humans a threat:D Looking back in time...
  4. LenWhite

    Linda Ronstadt's "Lose Again"

    Linda Ronstadt, an incredible natural voice and singing style. Stopped by a rare brain disease called progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). A form of Parkinsonism that is distinct from Parkinson's itself, PSP is a motor disorder that causes problems with walking, balance, eye movements...
  5. LenWhite

    EMM Labs DA2V2 versus Verity Monsalvat Pre-2

    I haven't auditioned either of your choices. But I do own the EMM Labs DV2 which reportedly has the same technology as the DA2v2. The main difference with the DV2 is that it has it's own integrated volume control. That allowed me to sell my preamp since the only other device I have in my system...
  6. LenWhite

    What Do We Mean By "Resolution"?

    Sterophile's list of audio terms ( gives this answer: definition (also resolution) That quality of sound reproduction which enables the listener to distinguish between, and follow the melodic lines of, the individual voices or...
  7. LenWhite

    Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11

    Larry David is one funny man with no sense of social shame:-)
  8. LenWhite

    2-Channel Subwoofer Integration

    The reduction in vibration smear in the stereo speakers due to Sub-bass being handled by the subwoofer, and the dedication of the stereo amp to those speakers increases the clarity and presence of frequencies >90Hz in my case. I'd say the use of the CR1 is at least an equal trade off...
  9. LenWhite

    2-Channel Subwoofer Integration

    Barry Ober has more than 35 years research into the best methodology for the easiest and most comprehensive subwoofer integration and system alignment, including speaker imaging. I've read most of his website and used his techniques to integrate my JL Audio F212v2 with my 2-channel system. Bass...
  10. LenWhite

    Magico M3 vs M2

    I'm thinking of the M2 coupled with my JL Audio CR1/F212v2. But I haven't auditioned either speaker yet. It will be next year before I can do that. BTW - I'm currently using the Boulder 1160 and EMM Labs DV2.
  11. LenWhite

    Boulder 1160

    Do you have a EMM Labs DV2 that you noticed an appreciable difference when you used a Boulder 1110 pre amp?
  12. LenWhite

    Protection and clean power

    The best I've found is the Ansuz Mains8 DTC Power Distributor connected to a good surge arrestor (SurgeX, Cyberpower). Michael Borresen has a stellar reputation designing speaker and cable products (Nordost, Raidho, Ansuz). The Mains8 DTC version is expensive but there are models bearing the...
  13. LenWhite

    Boulder 1160

    I recently purchased a Boulder 1160 from Suncoast Audio in Sarasota Florida. I've owned many good amplifiers such as Jeff Rowland and Krell to name a couple. But I've never owned an amp like this 1160 that controls my Raidho D3s like this amplifier. The mids and highs are completely unstressed...
  14. LenWhite

    Are CDs Digital or Analog

    This was published by 6Moons as part of a description of the PS Audio PerfectWave components. An illuminating description on analog vs. digital I had never read before. You can read the full article in the link at the end of this post. CD isn’t really digital: Since 1982 when Philips and Sony...
  15. LenWhite

    Any Esoteric fans here?

    At the 2011 RMAF I auditioned all of the top tier SACD players. I decided on the EMM Labs XDS1 because I thought it sounded more real than any of the other players, but the Playback Designs MP-5 was a close second. Since then I had EMM modify the XDS1 to the v2, and just last year bought the EMM...
  16. LenWhite

    What have you done to improve the Sense of Weight in your system? What technology or upgrade is most impactful?

    - EMM DV2 DAC w/integrated volume control - JL Audio F212v2 & CR-1 crossover - Ansuz Mainz8 DTC power distributor - Ansuz C2 power cords
  17. LenWhite

    DSD SACD Player to sit alongside ARC Ref CD9

    There's several to read about at:
  18. LenWhite

    Killer news: Dexter returns for a limited Showtime series

    Great news, also loved Dexter. Many of the episodes had some extremely good actors playing really diabolical criminals. This makes my current list of must see: Outlander, Killing Eve, Mare of Easttown, The Handmaid's tale. The apps are increasing!
  19. LenWhite

    Large speaker improvements

    For those like me that feel visceral low bass is a necessity for realism, adding an active crossover and one or more subs is the only way most two box speakers can do that. I use a JL Audio CR1 with a F212v2 subwoofer. It not only provides the visceral low bass, but improves the midrange on my...
  20. LenWhite

    Interconnects - Ansuz?

    I've never heard the Shunyata Triton V1, but the Mainz8 DTC I installed made an obvious improvement in the sound. I had previously used the Nordost Quantum Qx4 which is not nearly as revealing as the Mainz8.
  21. LenWhite

    Interconnects - Ansuz?

    I have an Ansuz C2 PC from the wall outlet to the Mainz8 with A2 PCs from the Mainz8 to the EMM Labs DV2 and JL Audio CR1. I have a C2 XLR from my DV2 to the CR1 that was clearly an improvement. But the power system (Mainz8 and PCs) made the biggest difference system wide.
  22. LenWhite

    On The Record: An Audio Professional’s Take on Vinyl

    I didn't get that take from the article. Especially when he points out that every LP starts with a digital recording these days. And then proceeds to explain that every step in the process degrades from the master.
  23. LenWhite

    On The Record: An Audio Professional’s Take on Vinyl

    Michael Thomas Connolly a musician, recording engineer, and producer writes an interesting and thought provoking article describing the analog and digital production processes and tradeoffs. In part he writes: Recording does not capture an objective reality any more than a photograph would...
  24. LenWhite

    Dedicated audio room build thread aka The Big Dig

    You must be immensely grateful and proud to have been able to build the ultimate dedicated stereo listening room Hugh. I spent a lot of effort and money adding a dedicated listening room addition to my home in 2015. I think it sounds fantastic and considerably better than anything I've heard at...
  25. LenWhite

    Just lost another furry family member the other night...

    Losing a pet is one of life's tramatic events. Animals can be a tremendous comfort and losing them is tragic even when it's expected. We've been there and know that horrible feeling. Very sorry for your loss.
  26. LenWhite

    Do You Still Play Compact Discs?

    I still play mostly SACDs with My EMM Labs XDS used as a transport connected to a EMM Labs DV2. I have ripped my CDs and play many of them using my Toshiba laptop connected to the DV2. While the recording and mastering are the most important factor to SQ, I still believe everything being equal...
  27. LenWhite

    Lets have fun and create my new listening room

    This is what I did when adding a dedicated listening room to my house in 2015. Acoustic Frontiers ( established the optimum room size consistent with a house addition, designed the room acoustics and provided optimum inside wall dimensions. The media room acoustic...
  28. LenWhite

    How to improve system?

    minglewoodblue; I recommended Ansuz P2 power cords and a Mainz8 X·TC Power distributor to a good friend last year. He had addressed room acoustics previously and his system already sounded really good. He recently emailed me saying "the sound improvement from the cables and distributor was...
  29. LenWhite

    How to improve system?

    Your system setup, room acoustics, and power supply all have major impacts on the sound reproduction. You could start with some fairly inexpensive absorbers/diffusors, and decent power cords and power distributor. I use Ansuz who have a fairly wide expense range as does Nordost and others. Do...

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