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  1. Mike Lavigne

    New Wadax Atlantis Reference Dac

    thank you, Bruce, for your concern. i do rest easy as my ears are very happy.......;) i had no doubt that the vinyl would be very fine there. recently my vinyl has taken a significant step upward with the new Durand Tosca tonearm + the additional Taiko Tana active isolation under the whole...
  2. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    well....er.....soon (tonight?....it's a matter whether my son is in the mood to install the newly arrived 15 PCIe drives or not) all my files will be local inside the Extreme server on the PCIe drives. and i have the fibre SPF from the Extreme to my network switch near my NAS. but my NAS won't...
  3. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    the Gobel USB is not outrageously priced, but it's not inexpensive either (around half what your Masterbuilt USB lists for as i recall). so far after 3 hours or so i am very impressed. i had assumed with all the other network things i had done adding the MSB Pro USB fibre and then the fibre SFP...
  4. Mike Lavigne

    New Wadax Atlantis Reference Dac

    i guess my digital must really suck if my vinyl is so obviously better. i have to assume AE has top flight vinyl. or......1 + 1 = ?.....something other than 2.
  5. Mike Lavigne

    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    it's a digitally sourced Lp.....so this will come down to particular playback systems and not really just the media. and if, like me, the CD has been a reference for years, then there is (could be) bias regarding that. it's how you grew to expect it to sound. the digital <-> vinyl equation is...
  6. Mike Lavigne

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    look what the cat dragged in...... for a few years now i've been waiting to settle on a digital interface i felt was going to be long term, at which point i would find a big boy cable solution. i found my digital interface, SGM Extreme server into the MSB Pro USB, and so i acquired a top flight...
  7. Mike Lavigne

    Big trial Gobel Lacorde Statement

    look what the cat dragged in...... for a few years now i've been waiting to settle on a digital interface i felt was going to be long term, at which point i would find a big boy cable solution. i found my digital interface, SGM Extreme server into the MSB Pro USB, and so i acquired (on loan...
  8. 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.
  9. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  10. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  11. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  12. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  13. Mike Lavigne

    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.
  14. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  15. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  16. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  17. Mike Lavigne

    Acapella Audio Arts - the Sphaeron Excalibur loudspeaker

    i just checked the measurements, they would fit in my room. :eek:
  18. 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...
  19. 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.
  20. 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...
  21. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  22. Mike Lavigne

    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...
  23. Mike Lavigne

    CD's/SACDs vs Server and Streamer

    i'd bet a Taiko Tana platform would be a game changer with any transport. and it has a 300 pound capacity.....for those wedded to the disc culture and seeking ultimate performance. my stock Herzan TS-150 with stacked (1) dart pre + (2) Aqua Formula dac + (3) La Diva transport made a big...
  24. Mike Lavigne

    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    Ron, sounds like a very positive move for you and Tinka all around. of course the moving part itself is rarely fun. good luck with it all....and hope it turns out well for you guys. Mike
  25. Mike Lavigne

    CD's/SACDs vs Server and Streamer

    not yet; but it could happen at some point. i have heard it in 2 rooms at shows.
  26. Mike Lavigne

    CD's/SACDs vs Server and Streamer

    i think one has to commit lots of resources and energy to clearly surpass disc listening at it's best; particularly if you like and mostly use a disc culture. and maybe have a vinyl focus too. there are many levels of discs, files and streaming.......and reasons to stay or change. personally i...
  27. Mike Lavigne

    CD's/SACDs vs Server and Streamer

    i'd say the introduction of the SGM Extreme server, streaming services such as Qobuz, and the evolution of fiber networking, is pushing files and streaming beyond discs. and throw in higher rez that discs just can't manage. disc listening had a long 20 year head start, files and streaming are...
  28. Mike Lavigne

    Observations and Suggestions

    i approve of the turn toward snarkyness of this thread. all in good fun....
  29. Mike Lavigne

    Observations and Suggestions

    we talked about that, as i recall. and one thing i said to you after i thanked you was i don't take myself too seriously and was not overly offended. Mikey does get cranked up easily and the fur flies. but that was certainly beyond what i wrote above. you failed to copy the part of my post...
  30. Mike Lavigne

    Doctor's Orders-Part Two-The New Listening Room Of Steve Williams

    no one has any ill will here Steve. you are the one teasing with talking about space for a new dac. i saw Kingsrule's post and just innocently +1'd. nothing more. i had not seen Mike's slip up. it's really not a big deal. certainly delete this post and my other one if you prefer. i respect...

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