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    Magico S5s driven by Audia Flight Strumento no 4 stereo amplifier!
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

  • #2
    cj ARTs back into the system after a long hiatus. Yeah I know it's messy. Such is the plight of an audio reviewer.

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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    • #3


      An old time favorite. Monochrome Sea from Aemimya on JVC RCA. Was a resident on HP's list around Issue 8 but for some reason disappeared.
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        naughty naughty you said it was messy.
        digitalphile here yay

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        • #5
          So the cat is used to damp out micro-vibrations in the speaker cable?

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          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            Actually his purring adds microvibrations! LOL!!!

          • Rust
            Rust commented
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            I was going to ask if you had tried different cats, say a Maine Coon or Siamese.

          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            No just our rescue Buddy. Our pure breds are above that! LOL.... Buddy also loves sleeping on top of the speaker or power cables laying on the floor too (for those shocked that my cables are on the floor, have no fear. They are unused,)

        • #6
          Myles, two questions for you: How do you keep the cat off the turntable? It looks like you live in an apartment - what do your neighbors say about loud music?

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Viva Hifi Scott View Post
            Myles, two questions for you: How do you keep the cat off the turntable? It looks like you live in an apartment - what do your neighbors say about loud music?
            Good question. My babies are well behaved and never had an issue with the table. Now Sweet Pea on occasion thinks it's neat to jump from the tape deck to the top of the speaker. And they do love the warmth of the tube equipment or Class A ss amps.

            The only neighbors are upstairs. No one to either side or downstairs. I do try and be considerate and never have had an issue in 13 years of living here. Knock on wood.
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Viva Hifi Scott View Post
              Myles, two questions for you: How do you keep the cat off the turntable? It looks like you live in an apartment - what do your neighbors say about loud music?
              Viva HiFi, I too live in a two BR condo as does Myles. Same situation. Very little noise side to side between apartments. Most noise travels up and down. Ten years here and no complaints knock on wood. I also go to headphones by 9pm even though the condo rules permit music until 10. No use in pushing you luck. Now my wife is another story.😁
              TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter matte & weight; Arcam R Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

              Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

              VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
              Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

              Piega C711 Loudspeakers

              Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

              Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator

              Shunyata Hydra 8; Shunyata AC Cords; Synergistic Research Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cord, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates & Blue Outlets, Furutech NCF Booster Brace, Audio Art Ref balanced ICs, MIT Oracle IC and Magnum Speaker Cables

              Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD1200s Headphones.

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              • #9
                Got a chance to visit with Myles today at his place for a few hours of listening. First stop was to meet the kitties, since my wife, in addition to being a pretty good audio wife, is as much as cat lover as anyone. Once we got to say hello, we cozied in for some music, which ran a range from Pink Floyd to Jerry Garcia, a wonderful modern string trio recording and Stevie Wonder and Sade, as well as Elvis, Dean and a Stealer's Wheel. Myles did his best to stay away from audiophile warhorses, but did fire up a Mallets, Melody and Mayhem record from Harry's list that was a hoot. We were listening to some condo-sized Kondo amps on the Magicos which you might not think would be the best match on paper but the speakers sang, bass on stuff like Stevie Wonder was subterranean without bloat or blat, and had that midrange 'magic' so characteristic of a good SET amplifier. All I can say about listening to tape was that there was more 'there' there; denser, more fully saturated (in a good way, not oversaturated), like the color is filled in more and everything is more 'present' without sounding forced or too loud. Myles' listening position is more near field than my usual position, so at a certain point, I switched and sat one seat behind Liz and let it flow. Myles' room is not large, or heavily treated, but this heavy-weight system sounded fabulous in the space. I don't like going to the city much any more, but this was a treat, Liz was fascinated by the system as well. (Always a good sign when someone who is not an audiophile has their toes tapping and is asking questions). Of course, I left with a few new purchases on my list, and thanks to the instant gratification machine known as the Internet, copies are en route.
                A big thanks to Myles for the listening session. This is what it is all about- yeah, we talked a little shop, but Myles was a fast moving DJ, constantly spinning another disc or tape, and we left, a few hours later, sated and psyched-
                I've heard a few systems in my day but Myles got it right. This was a pleasure.

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                • #10
                  Bill, great writeup, thanks for sharing! Heard some great feedback on Myles' room from members of AS. As one would expect, Myles has a great system that's dialed perfectly in.
                  Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                  • #11
                    It was a hoot getting together again after all these years. Sometimes this hobby gets a little too solitary and it's always great having people over and listening to equipment or music. As a long time and diehard audiophile, knew you'd get a charge out of hearing the Kaguras. And nice meeting Liz too! And reminiscing about Chuck L.

                    The album was Mallets, Melody and Mayhem.

                    And it there was nothing like blasting off with Dean Martin's Dream with Dean. But that Elvis '57 and Jordanaires was really special sounding too! And those 45 EPs of Sade and Yello were pretty good. I didn't know how the Kagura would handle them but the amps didn't seem fazed.

                    I hadn't heard some of those tapes since I modded my deck (Stevie Wonder/Garcia-Grisman) and they were so much better than I remembered. The Stevie Wonder wasn't nearly as edgy and Grisman's mandolin really sang. In fact, I couldn't believe how good "Visions" and "Living for the City" sounded.

                    Tubes may not be the ultimate in the lowest octave but they can do some very special things in the mid and upper bass. That cello on the Janaki String Quartet really sang.
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • #12
                      System is lookin good Myles
                      Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                      • #13
                        I continue to think Myles has the best cable cooker I've ever seen:

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                        • MylesBAstor
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                          Great camouflage!

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                        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                        ________________________________________

                        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                        • DetroitVinylRob
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                          i want/need one of those, bad!

                      • #15
                        ^There's the bad boy.
                        Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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