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...Just a bit of good humor appropriately chosen.

I do collect coins, and bills. And I did have my fair share of four-wheelers, convertibles and not.
Stamps; I almost did, but gave up.
Butterflies; just love watching them.

CD players; got bunch of those. ...No Ayre though, but would certainly love to.
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I do collect coins, and bills. And I did have my fair share of four-wheelers, convertibles and not.
I don't collect the stuff I listed in a previous post. I'm just negligent about selling it. The Marantz Model 18 and Proceed PAV/PDSD were important elements of previous setups, and I plan to house them in a cabinet as a sort of personal museum, along with my AR turntable. I'll keep my original pair of KEF 102/2 and AR3a speakers, but I'll probably give away the rest as we try to declutter.

Now that we've moved to a smaller property at the beach, we have parking for only two cars, so the MB E55 AMG wagon and Boxster S are those cars and are regularly driven. The climate and hilly rural roads around Montecito make it ideal for a roadster.

My coin collection is index funds at Vanguard, although I recently inherited a penny collection with a few valuable pennies.

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I don't collect the stuff I listed in a previous post. I'm just negligent about selling it. The Marantz Model 18 and Proceed PAV/PDSD were important elements of previous setups, and I plan to house them in a cabinet as a sort of personal museum, along with my AR turntable. I'll keep my original pair of KEF 102/2 and AR3a speakers, but I'll probably give away the rest as we try to declutter.

Now that we've moved to a smaller property at the beach, we have parking for only two cars, so the MB E55 AMG wagon and Boxster S are those cars and are regularly driven. The climate and hilly rural roads around Montecito make it ideal for a roadster.

My coin collection is index funds at Vanguard, although I recently inherited a penny collection with a few valuable pennies.

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Never been to Montecito aside from going down 101 but to Santa Barbra many times real nice area . You ever see Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges, Rob Lowe, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Barrymore, Megyn Price, or Eric Schmidt around town ?

Nice coin and audio Collection there markets are doing well with all the free money and all probably until a major unfortunate geo political event and or tapering am enjoying it while markets are working well this is a understandably a long bull market under the current conditions and all .

Maybe an OLED TV soon prices are declining , nothing extravagant probably 65" at most whenever Sony or Panasonic get around to it bought 3 new sets last year ,one this year and one in 2012 and 2011 so I really don't need one they are all in use ,2 re purposed as extra PC screens maybe I could sell one or give away when I go OLED at least on one set .

I probably should sell off the 3 vintage Pioneer SX monsters and a few speakers out back and the mt.bikes so someone can enjoy them like I did for a good while . I don't use them or ride anymore and the modern gear in the studio works better .


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Never been to Montecito but to Santa Barbra many many times real nice area . You ever see Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges, Rob Lowe, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Barrymore, Megyn Price, or Eric Schmidt around town?
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Oprah Winfrey jogging and we were seated next to Rob Lowe at dinner at Luckys. Of more significant to me is we used to see Jonathan Winters pretty often, and one time, standing next to him waiting for a prescription at the Montecito Pharmacy, he looked at my Rolex and commented that I must have done well, and then set in on a spontaneous monolog that was hilarious. Montecito has a different ambience from that of adjacent Santa Barbara: It's woodsy small town America with very pricy property. Being situated on a mile wide shelf between the San Ysidro Mountains and the Pacific Ocean doesn't hurt. An unspoken rule is that you pretend to not notice the celebrities.

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Oprah Winfrey jogging and we were seated next to Rob Lowe at dinner at Luckys. Of more significant to me is we used to see Jonathan Winters pretty often, and one time, standing next to him waiting for a prescription at the Montecito Pharmacy, he looked at my Rolex and commented that I must have done well, and then set in on a spontaneous monolog that was hilarious. Montecito has a different ambience from that of adjacent Santa Barbara: It's woodsy small town America with very pricy property. Being situated on a mile wide shelf between the San Ysidro Mountains and the Pacific Ocean doesn't hurt. An unspoken rule is that you pretend to not notice the celebrities.

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I can imagine that would be a different neighborhood we have few like that in Marin co. and on the peninsula and scattered around no.cal . I started going to Santa Barbra in the 70's ,lifetime friends live there it's nice .

Montecito was mentioned a few times I never made it into town though . Demographics in wikipedia are interesting it's a long way demographically from Compton or most of of Oakland or a lot of places that's for sure . I'm thinking you are enjoying it being near the coast and all and ofc the area and the amenities .

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And them celebrities; what kind of audiophile CD players are they using?
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Do celebrities still use CD players these days ?

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I doubt it. ...But I'm sure some (very very very few) do.

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I thought they all used iPhones,iPads ,iPods or Pono Players and ofc. Beats headphones or ear buds !
Actually in some of the celeb cribs they have distributed music and video from NAS server hdd just like I do here in my small modest suburban crib .

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I doubt it. ...But I'm sure some (very very very few) do.

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"Meanwhile, a local newspaper advised residents not to waste water taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. "Think about how to re-use water," it said. "Take a bucket's worth from the pool and have it dumped on you in the pool."
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I can think of something else they could use in the buckets instead

I have to take the vehicles to the Car wash they recycle the water or use recycled water there these days imagine that !
I'm in the Sacto delta where much of the water goes through the canals to fill reservoirs in So.Cal imagine that!

They can fine you for over watering or washing a car here in the driveway if they think you are using to much water now imagine that and I'm not far from the River at all you can see it lot's of water there still deep enough for ships in the channel !

Since many celebrities like over the top impractical uber expensive bling stuff maybe they should make some of the the overpaid celebrities that choose to live in large estates in drought stricken areas pay for drink and bathe and wash clothes with Perrier or Evian ,drive dirty cars and leave the rest of the water for the regular folks

New age celebrities Top Earning Youtube Stars
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Actually in some of the celeb cribs they have distributed music and video from NAS server hdd just like I do here in my small modest suburban crib .
Actually your avatar is a good representation of the average billionaire here in North America.

* Some very big and nice looking properties there in Montecito. ...And the Pacific ocean, the palm trees, the mountains behind; very nice. ...They just need to get some icebergs from up North. ...Hauling/pulling them, from big boats. ....And by covering them with shades, from melting too quick.

Drew Barrymore; I think she has a property (big rancher) there in Montecito.
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Actually your avatar is a good representation of the average billionaire here in North America.

* Some very big and nice looking properties there in Montecito. ...And the Pacific ocean, the palm trees, the mountains behind; very nice. ...They just need to get some icebergs from up North. ...Hauling/pulling them, from big boats. ....And by covering them with shades, from melting too quick.

Drew Barrymore; I think she has a property (big rancher) there in Montecito.
Maybe they could build an expensive desalination plant ofc off somebody else's coast (another town ) and out of view and pump the desalinated water to Montecito ! Maybe Oprah can fund it with a low interest loan ?
I hope they don't run outta water when or if the San andreas winds should blow a wildfire that way

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Does anyone know what the Sony spec for the XA5400ES means when it lists load impedance for single ended as over 10KΩ and for balanced as over 600Ω? I assume that's the minimum impedance for a preamp input, is that true?

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Does anyone know what the Sony spec for the XA5400ES means when it lists load impedance for single ended as over 10KΩ and for balanced as over 600Ω? I assume that's the minimum impedance for a preamp input, is that true?

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I just bought an Esoteric K-03--wow! The clarity and utter realism are just amazing. It pretty much stomps on my Sony 5400ES and Oppo 105.

DALI Epicon 2 speakers; SVS SB 13 Ultra subwoofer; Pass Labs INT-150 integrated amp; Esoteric K-03 SACD player; Oppo BDP 105 SACD/Blu-ray player; Sennheiser HD 800 headphones; Woo Audio WA6 headphone amp.
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AGREED... It is absolutely false that everything is the saem.. everything has different build quality, different DAC's etc.. I have owned many different CD players .. and they are all different sounding .. in one way or another.. it is there.. My oppo 105 is superior to my old Pioneer Elite DV38A.. definitely.. I have sat down and listened to the difference between the two.. how anybody can say that all amps and cd players etc sound the exact same is beyond me....!
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I just bought an Esoteric K-03--wow! The clarity and utter realism are just amazing. It pretty much stomps on my Sony 5400ES and Oppo 105.

AT $13k. I'll pass.
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I bought a gently used one (9 months old) for about 1/2 that amount. Still pricey, but a little easier to swallow!

DALI Epicon 2 speakers; SVS SB 13 Ultra subwoofer; Pass Labs INT-150 integrated amp; Esoteric K-03 SACD player; Oppo BDP 105 SACD/Blu-ray player; Sennheiser HD 800 headphones; Woo Audio WA6 headphone amp.
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Hi,

i bought a used PS Audio PWT (only wav no flac!).
For me the PWT is the best sounding CD Player I ever heard.

It is only a Drive - you need a DAC too!

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AGREED... It is absolutely false that everything is the saem.. everything has different build quality, different DAC's etc.. I have owned many different CD players .. and they are all different sounding .. in one way or another.. it is there.. My oppo 105 is superior to my old Pioneer Elite DV38A.. definitely.. I have sat down and listened to the difference between the two.. how anybody can say that all amps and cd players etc sound the exact same is beyond me....!
And I'm sure you level-matched your comparisons and did them double-blinded, right?

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AVI Laboratory Series CD player owner here. Great player. Wouldn't swap it for much in a hurry and that includes some of the megabucks gear out there.
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I bought a gently used one (9 months old) for about 1/2 that amount ($13,000 MSRP). Still pricey, but a little easier to swallow!
Awesome; I've read many comments from happy customers. ...Over @ audioaficionado.org
{The K-01 is even better.}

Also the modified tubed (ModWright) Oppo 105 with premium tubes and own separate power supply (PS 9.1) is supposedly very good sounding, surpassing other CD players in the $17,000 to $32,000 range.
And @ only roughly $4,500 it seems to be a real great value.

Me too I believe in better CD players for more than just couple hundred bucks.
The quality parts (DACs & implementation, power supply, caps, circuit boards, etc.) plus a solid construction is not an illusion; it counts for real. ...Not in all esoteric/expensive CD players, but in some for sure. People can compare them for themselves, like the Trinity DAC with its matching CD transport (roughly $50,000). ...And others in the $80,000 to $150,000 range. ...You know which ones, ...reviewed in Stereophile by expert audiophile reviewers. ...Dali, Verdi, Puccini, Verona, Scarlatti, and all the rest of the Italian gang. ...dcS. ...Burmester. ...

I got a $110 Technics CD player myself (paid only $3), slightly used; but it ain't no match compared to another one that costs $150,000 - just no way man.

But hey, that's all I had in life @ that moment. ...Today I play my own music, live. ...Best CD player ever.

P.S. Your avatar is familiar; audioaficionado, or audioshark? ...Not whatsbestforum?
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Awesome; I've read many comments from happy customers. ...Over @ audioaficionado.org
{The K-01 is even better.}

Also the modified tubed (ModWright) Oppo 105 with premium tubes and own separate power supply (PS 9.1) is supposedly very good sounding, surpassing other CD players in the $17,000 to $32,000 range.
And @ only roughly $4,500 it seems to be a real great value.

Me too I believe in better CD players for more than just couple hundred bucks.
The quality parts (DACs & implementation, power supply, caps, circuit boards, etc.) plus a solid construction is not an illusion; it counts for real. ...Not in all esoteric/expensive CD players, but in some for sure. People can compare them for themselves, like the Trinity DAC with its matching CD transport (roughly $50,000). ...And others in the $80,000 to $150,000 range. ...You know which ones, ...reviewed in Stereophile by expert audiophile reviewers. ...Dali, Verdi, Puccini, Verona, Scarlatti, and all the rest of the Italian gang. ...dcS. ...Burmester. ...

I got a $110 Technics CD player myself (paid only $3), slightly used; but it ain't no match compared to another one that costs $150,000 - just no way man.

But hey, that's all I had in life @ that moment. ...Today I play my own music, live. ...Best CD player ever.

P.S. Your avatar is familiar; audioaficionado, or audioshark? ...Not whatsbestforum?
Both! Yes, such players are an extravagance, but life is too short for bad sound.

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CA stands for Canada. ...Not for California; I am right again?

And you love Classical music. ...Multichannel on SACD.

* Yes, now I remember very well; @ audioshark, ...John?
Your musical taste is top notch; high caliber classical music with high emotional impact. ...And in 5.1 @ that too.

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Awesome; I've read many comments from happy customers. ...Over @ audioaficionado.org
{The K-01 is even better.}

Also the modified tubed (ModWright) Oppo 105 with premium tubes and own separate power supply (PS 9.1) is supposedly very good sounding, surpassing other CD players in the $17,000 to $32,000 range.
And @ only roughly $4,500 it seems to be a real great value.

Me too I believe in better CD players for more than just couple hundred bucks.
The quality parts (DACs & implementation, power supply, caps, circuit boards, etc.) plus a solid construction is not an illusion; it counts for real. ...Not in all esoteric/expensive CD players, but in some for sure. People can compare them for themselves, like the Trinity DAC with its matching CD transport (roughly $50,000). ...And others in the $80,000 to $150,000 range. ...You know which ones, ...reviewed in Stereophile by expert audiophile reviewers. ...Dali, Verdi, Puccini, Verona, Scarlatti, and all the rest of the Italian gang. ...dcS. ...Burmester. ...

I got a $110 Technics CD player myself (paid only $3), slightly used; but it ain't no match compared to another one that costs $150,000 - just no way man.

But hey, that's all I had in life @ that moment. ...Today I play my own music, live. ...Best CD player ever.

P.S. Your avatar is familiar; audioaficionado, or audioshark? ...Not whatsbestforum?
$150,000, I can't tell if you are serious or just trolling. Personally, I'd love to get my hands on some Mcintosh gear, but to each his own, I'm sure Technics makes a fine unit.
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If there is a troll here, don't look any further than your own.

Google around (wizard blog) and check them $150,000 four/five box CD player systems. ...I'm not going to do the work for you mister.
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And you love Classical music. ...Multichannel on SACD.

* Yes, now I remember very well; @ audioshark, ...John?
Your musical taste is top notch; high caliber classical music with high emotional impact. ...And in 5.1 @ that too.
Right on all accounts, except I'm losing my taste for multi-channel, especially with the quality of the 2-ch playback of the K-03. Its upscaling makes RBCDs sound nearly as good as SACDs, and the older recordings often have better performances. Music comes first for me, then the sound quality. Of course, one would ideally have both, but it seems that so many SACD classical labels have to hire far less well known and interesting musicians, with some exceptions, of course.

Is it just me, or is Audio Shark pretty dead these days?

By the way, I'm selling my previous Sony XA-5400ES SACD/CD player.

DALI Epicon 2 speakers; SVS SB 13 Ultra subwoofer; Pass Labs INT-150 integrated amp; Esoteric K-03 SACD player; Oppo BDP 105 SACD/Blu-ray player; Sennheiser HD 800 headphones; Woo Audio WA6 headphone amp.

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Right on all accounts, except I'm losing my taste for multi-channel, especially with the quality of the 2-ch playback of the K-03. Its upscaling makes RBCDs sound nearly as good as SACDs, and the older recordings often have better performances. Music comes first for me, then the sound quality. Of course, one would ideally have both, but it seems that so many SACD classical labels have to hire far less well known and interesting musicians, with some exceptions, of course.

Is it just me, or is Audio Shark pretty dead these days?

By the way, I'm selling my previous Sony XA-5400ES SACD/CD player.
Hi John, I'm real glad to see you here. And congrats on your new Esoteric K-03 CD player.

* I don't know much anymore about audioshark, only that I miss many many good friends; people with a big heart. I did my time, now it's time to explore new horizons. ...And some of them people with a big heart are also gone now.

All them CD players; Sony 5400ES, Oppo 105 ModWright, Esoteric K-03, ...they all are excellent reproducing digital machines for our CDs and SACDs. ...Can't go wrong with any one of them three.
...Irregardless (money). ...It's all about sweet music reproduction, to our ears, and our ears only.
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