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    Introducing Center Stage 2M

    Was curios what 10/1000th of an inch equates to. It’s equivalent to five typical coats of automotive paint. I share your skepticism Ron
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    Natural Sound

    Guys, the horse is dead already. Lay down your clubs. This thread’s original topic is one of the most fundamentally important and thought provoking for any true audiophile. Peter took on the monumental task of addressing the question of what is Natural Sound and went on to explain in great...
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    Telefunken NOS 6922 tubes are they worth the Money?

    The Tele CCAs are pretty incredible.
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    Best headphone under 10k$

    What amp are you driving the Susvaras with? They need ALOT of power, not high headphone amp power but speaker amp power. I’m driving mine with 200WPC off the speaker taps. They Love it!! More importantly, they need it to sound their best.
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    Orotofon MC Anna Diamond cartridge

    More goodness to come with the Anna D. Mine took a while to settle down. I found that running it at the recommended VTF of about 2.4G helped enormously in shortening break-in time- I had run it at different lower weights for the first 30-40 hours which may have delayed break-in. I do think the...
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    darTZeel NHB-108 Model 2 - The Best Stereo Amplifier In The World Just Got Way Better!

    I’ve been listening to a 108 Model 2 for months now as my 468s are being built. I previously had an original 108 which I upgraded with SCNP, which clearly improved the amplifier. Next I got a pair of 458s, which clearly improved on the 108 w/SCNP. The Model 2 I’m listening to now definitely has...
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    Dartzeel and Headphones I checked my invoice and I got- 6’ Ballista Octet for Hifiman Susvaras with Cardas connectors. $635.
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    Dartzeel and Headphones

    I’m using a Dart LHC-208 to drive my Susvaras from the 208’s speaker outputs via custom headphone cables with spade connectors. They LOVE the power- 175W into 8 ohm. They NEED the power to come alive. I will put this combo up against anything, including Mike’s new MSB/Stax rig. The DAC section...
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    Jonathan Valin says the Soulution 760 DAC is the best he's ever heard. Your Thoughts?

    Perhaps he’s relevant to those readers who share his short attention span.
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    Chick Corea, winner of 23 Grammy Awards, dies at age 79

    Listened to ”Romantic Warrior” in college. What a rip snortin’ wild and crazy ride that was. Never heard anything like it before. Haven’t heard “Romantic Warrior” in a long time, pretty sure I still have the record. ”Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” is an all time favorite. Listen to it all the time...
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    Jonathan Valin says the Soulution 760 DAC is the best he's ever heard. Your Thoughts?

    You don’t know JV very well. Best for him lasts til the next issue comes out.
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    Just lost another furry family member the other night...

    Loosing a pet just rips your heart out. I’ve had to say goodbye to several dogs over the years and it’s always simply horrible, but- “it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Time is a healer.
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    The Uptone Audio EtherRegen audiophile switch

    Now that’s freakin’ clever!!!
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    I own the the 3 piece Nadac stack and am finally happy with my digital- never thought I’d be saying that! The single box Nadac at $11k is an absolute steal and a great place to start.
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    MSB Select II arrival

    When I got my Merging Nadac stack recently I auditioned several power cords for use on the external power supply and clock. Among the finalists I compared the AQ Dragon to the ZenWave PSR-14. The PSR-14 is Dave’s silver ribbon PC for source components. I’m a huge fan of the AQ Hurricane PC...
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    CTH-8550 Better amp or preamp?

    #1- 18NS + 108 #2- 18NS + 8550 Please remember that there are now 2nd generation models for all three of the above. All told, there are actually four iterations of the 108 over that last, almost, 20 years.
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    CTH-8550 Better amp or preamp?

    Having previously owned the 8850 and 108 and currently running the 18NS and 458s I would agree with the comment above. The current 108 and 18NS are considerably superior to the old 8550. I have not heard the 8550 MK.2
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    CTH-8550 Better amp or preamp?

    The 8550 is a little more powerful than the 108, so speaker load may determine which way to go. Also, in case you didn’t know, a Mk.2 8550 has just been released.
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    Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX First Impressions

    Now we’re finally making sense of this.
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    High-end Speakers V Headphone - you kidding me....

    Sorry, twitchy finger! the Susvara need a TON of power to achieve sound quality anywhere near their potential- which is very high. I’m driving them off the speaker taps of my DarTZeel LHC-208. It puts out 200 wpc. And I’m using damn close to all of it! Drive Susvaras with sufficient power and...
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    Is Native DXD the Best that Digital has to Offer?

    Merging’s NADAC components are their consumer (audiophile) line.
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    What does it mean when people describe Digital as Sounding like "Analog"? Best term?

    Al- I said most because it’s true. There are a few exceptions. For the first time in 30+ years of exploring the digital world I’ve found a digital rig that does sound natural- to my ears, in my system... Merging+Nadac, Merging+Power, Merging+XULN Clock. I‘ve only, honestly, just tolerated...
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    What does it mean when people describe Digital as Sounding like "Analog"? Best term?

    Most would like their digital to sound as good as their analog. I think that if you were limited to one word to describe well executed analog, as well as what separates it from most digital playback, that word would be NATURAL. Regretfully, most digital does not sound natural.
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    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    Spirit- DarTZeel 18ns MK.2 pre works very nicely with the Hyperion.
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    Next steps with Soundsmith Fixed Coil cartridges

    I’ve been exclusively playing a Hyperion OCL Signature, AKA- Pick of the Litter (Peter is a gifted dog whisperer) since late 2018. It easily bested any other cartridge I’ve tried in my system, including Ortofon Anna and Lyra Etna SL. It has a certain musical rightness bottom to top balance and...
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    This Corona Virus Mania is Just Too Much, We All Need to Chill!

    Ron, the US Constitution is certainly an “interpreted document” as it‘s intent has been consistently debated, in and out of court, for hundreds of years. The result of this process being, among others, the creation of constitutional amendments. As US culture continues to evolve and change, the...
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    The WBF humor and joke thread.

    I took the liberty to update a verse from the Junior Wells classic- “Wrong Doing Woman” Hope you all enjoy it, and be safe- “I’m gonna build myself a cave and move down in the ground and when I come back up there‘ll be no wrong doin’ Corona Virus around.”
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    Finances | Business | Investments | Tesla Shares

    DIA will bottom well before it reaches 15,000, let alone, 12,000. Look at a 50 year chart of the DOW or the S&P and take comfort. The world IS NOT ending!

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