mikelavigne

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Let the best be your guide
I think the trick is to be able to enjoy great performances where the recording is less than ideal. where the system pulls the good stuff out and allows it to come through even where there are flaws. so much pop/rock/??? is not especially natural ... 
20 Years?
Feb 11, 2001 for me as my official join date. 23 years. i hung around Audiogon for maybe a year before i joined when i wasn't on Audio Asylum. i miss the days when the system page threads were mingled with the other thread topics and system deve... 
Is more amp power always better...?
this is one of those "all things being equal" situations. where yes, more power is always better if the amps are otherwise equal. the reason for that is that amps sound better when they have headroom, meaning they are operating in their lowest str... 
Did your system getting better the more money you spent or more experience you gained?
you are not born with a high level of system building knowledge and great judgment. it’s a process. it’s starts with a passion and hunger to have great music reproduction and a love of music. the way it works is that (1) at the entry level you do... 
Building a dedicated listening room
my room is an oval, no 90 degree corners. lots of built in diffusion. the ceiling is also irregular so standing waves don't get supported. however; it is very important to have an absolutely symmetrical room, if you want your soundstage to approa... 
Building a dedicated listening room
thanks @patrickdowns when I read that now 19 year old article, I get very uncomfortable. building a room is a very exciting opportunity to do the one thing that very few get a chance to do. make the room right. to begin with I was in lust with m... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
The wonderful thing with the UK and Europe, is that there are still options to walk into a premises and share in experiences as seen in the Video Clip, or have ones very similar. these things happen in the USA when there are established relatio... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
it is rather a bargain at less than $100K. @lewm the AS-2000 is more than $100k by the value of a nice turntable (fill in the blank). and only sold direct, if there are any left to purchase (my sense is that there is no further inventory). Pe... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
AS-2000 is the real deal. formidable turntable. heard the AS-1000 myself, not the AS-2000, but almost bought the AS-2000. the AS-1000 was impressive to look at in person. personally I love the look for what that is worth.  
Roon vs OS and Native Players - Impact on SQ?
Roon is actually hard wired into the Wadax Reference Server operating system. Wadax was an early adapter to Roon and there are custom Wadax Roon Extensions. very happy how Roon has worked and performed these last 2 years with Wadax.  
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
i like the K3 and K5. think they are works of art and legit. some time back i honestly did try to buy a K3 but could not work it out, so there is that.   
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
When it comes to experience, Fremer got rid of his Caliburn and now owns a K3. He didnt buy the SAT (which I have crossed of my list since it is basically a modified SP-10 motor) or TechDas or even the Esoteric (which is magnetic and not direct d... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
the most significant part of a turntable is the steady powerful drive and energy of the music that the turntable projects. that is the main separator of good, better and great. cool looking turntables are a dime a dozen. exceptionally musical and... 
Is it important to long demo or own HIGH END gear to have a fair accurate view about it?
I have heard a lot of opinions about high end gear on the forums but a lot of it comes from folks that don’t own it. They bash it because of the price. Which I understand on one end but many don’t own, haven’t long demoed or even heard a lot of h... 
The dangerous world of Reel-to-Reel Tape
thanks @mijostyn for the response. it’s a huge effort these days to have a top tape deck and acquire the proper media, and few have the commitment to do it. but it does deliver fully. it’s kind of a crazy thing, to be honest about it. dabbling ...