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Site last published: 2016-12-09
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FYI: We also carry a fine assortment of audiophile quality vinyl and SACD’s. Be sure to visit the Can Cave!

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: Please note that I can be available for after hour appointments most any day as well as during the regularly scheduled store hours. Thanks, Mark Elias.
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In December for the purchase of 2 Gold or 2 Silver Phantoms, Devialet is offering you the ’Phantom Immersive Experience’ including - an Apple TV 32Go and a new generation
AirPlay Dialog.

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Two new turntables from Rega. The Planar 2 (top) and the Planar 3 (bottom). The Planar 3 replaces the multi-award winning RP3, no mean feat.
Click on the photos above to be taken to the Rega product page to find out more.
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Another new model from Martin Logan - the Expression ESL 13A.
This will replace the Summit X and has some very interesting features including larger panels and larger bass cabinet. The bass can be EQ allowing excellent response in any room.
Click on the photo to learn more.
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Okki Nokki RCM (Record Cleaning Machine) is now at Soundstage Fine Audio.
Regular 750 on sale now for 695. Dust cover is available for 75.
Click on the photo to find out more about this device.
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Two new from Dynaudio.
The Xeo 2, Dynaudio’s smallest self-powered speakers and the Emit M30, from a new series of high performance, lower cost, but still made in Denmark floor-standing loudspeakers.
Click on the photo to find out more.
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From the company known for the finest preamplifiers comes the Audio Research Reference 6.
The Reference 6 improves upon its predecessor in every way.
Click on the photo to find out how.
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Martin Logan introduces the Renaissance ESL 15A and they are gorgeous.
Not only the looks but the sound, wow.
Click on the photo to learn more.
What’s New at Soundstage Fine Audio?
Lots!
Full product write-ups will be forthcoming but we just wanted to let you know about our new arrivals now.
  • Chord 2Qute USB DAC
  • Chord Mojo HP Amp
  • Thoress Phono Equalizer
  • Aurender N100 H Music Server
  • Aurender N10 Music Server
  • Jadis Orchestra Amp
  • Jadis I 50 Amp
  • Air Tight ATM 201H Amp
  • Air Tight PC1 Reference MC Cartridge
  • Project PRM3 Carbon Turntable
  • Oracle Phono Equalizer
  • Brinkmann Spyder Turntable
  • Kiseki Purple Heart Cartridge
  • Cambridge CXN Streamer
  • Cambridge CXU Universal Player
  • Clearaudio Smart Matrix Pro RCM
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Aurender music server / streamers are now here and they are amazing. To find out why these should replace your Mac Mini click on the photos above.
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From Ayre comes Codex, a versatile headphone amp, DAC and digital preamp.
Click on the photo to learn more.
With the growing and justified popularity of headphones, earphones and related amplification/DAC devices, Soundstage Fine Audio is pleased to announce that we now have a room solely dedicated to the Headphone Experience. We call it The Can Cave. While in The Cave you'll be able to audition the quality offerings we have garnered from the premier manufacturers of headphone and headphone associated equipment, at your pleasure. To make your search easier we have also added a new menu item entitled 'Our Headphones+' . Clicking on the menu item, or the photos below, will take you to that page where from one spot you will be able to navigate to and read about all of our exceptional headphone products.
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The long anticipated Devialet Phantom line of speakers and accessories is now available for audition and sale. Click on the Phantom above to learn more about this revolutionary line of products.
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The Problem: all computing devices inherently generate significant amount of noise and resonances as well as adding a considerable amount of RMI and EMI pollution onto the signal paths, hence your audio system. The Solution: AudioQuest’s JitterBug. Click on the photo to read more about it.
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Soundstage Fine Audio is pleased to welcome Dynaudio, the renowned Danish maker of reference speakers. Soundstage will be featuring the Focus XD series of speakers, 24 bit / 192kHz wireless, lossless resolution from source to speaker. All you'll need is a source. Click on the photo above to learn more about this latest addition to the Soundstage family of Fine Audio products.
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More exciting news from Audio Research. The Reference amplifier series has had significant upgrades. Now designated as Reference SE all feature the new, designed specifically for the audio industry, KT150 vacuum tubes. Incorporating larger power supplies and other internal enhancements the bar for high definition has once again been raised. Click here to read more.
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ARCAM CDS27 SACD/CD/Network Streaming Player - UPnP streaming added to SACD/CD playback make the CDS27 the only source you may ever need.
Click on the photo to find out more.
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Any news out of Audio Research is always big news. This is not the exception.
Audio Research has released a new preamplifier - the GSPre and a new amplifier - the GS150. The early buzz is that these may well be classics.
Click on the photos to read more about them.
Come into the store to preview them.
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ARCAM adds two new integrated amplifiers to their product line - the A39 and the A49.
And as you'd expect, what they have to offer is significant.
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Naim has entered the wireless speaker world with a bold first offering - the Mu-So. Six speakers powered by six amps putting out 450 watts lends a whole new definition to being blown away.
Click on the above for more information about Naim Mu-So.
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Say hello to Crescendo, MartinLogan's premium wireless speaker. Dual folded tweeters plus a 5x7" mid/bass woofer (with the option to add a subwoofer) makes this aesthetically pleasing system as much a joy to behold as it is to listen to. Click on the above to find out more.
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The long awaited and much anticipated Rega RP10 skeletal turntable is now available - featuring the stunning new RB2000 tonearm, second generation ceramic platter and lightweight phenolic plinth.
Click on the photo to find out more.
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Called Hugo because you can take Hugo wherever 'you-go' - seriously. You have to love a company with a sense of humour but Hugo is a dead serious device that offers studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity (including Bluetooth) and uncompromising file playback capability - all in a palm-sized player! Hugo is the world's most advanced headphone amp/DAC and the most advanced 32-bit DAC CHORD has ever made. Mark describes it as "the Swiss Army Knife of electronics" and adds, "it's good enough for home use and mind-blowing on the road". So there Hu-Go!
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Soundstage Fine Audio is pleased to welcome the return of legendary high-end Accuphase Laboratories Inc. and their Accuphase DP-720, their best all-in-one SACD/CD player. Inside eight 32bit ESS "Hyperstream" DAC chips run in parallel. Accuphase calls this "Multiple Double Stream DSD". Accuphase is renowned for their obsessive build quality. Their custom built transport and DAC insure exceptional performance and reliability.
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It's rare to see Mark positively giddy with excitement but so it was when he presented his "favourite phono stage". Apparently he's not alone. Says Hi-Fi +'s Alan Sircom, "… it's not so much a hi-fi component as a phono laboratory. It's the vinyl archivist's dream…". Incredibly built and totally flexible the Burmester 100's sonic performance means this is the last phono stage you will ever own. Details are presented in abundance and in a musical way, allowing you to hear your treasured LP's for the very first time.
Pono: (noun, Hawaiian) Righteousness

Earlier this week at SXSW Neil Young delivered a speech. In it he decried what has happened to music over the years likening listening to MP3's through "lozenges" to listening to music in a diving suit at the bottom of the ocean. Neil said he'd been on a quest for a few years now "to revive the magic that has been squeezed out of music".
The result is Pono. Announced on Kickstarter this week with a goal of raising $800k, it, at the time of this writing and with 31 days left in the campaign, has already raised over $3 million.
Pono has been described as an end to end experience. The intention is to source quality studio recordings then make these available for download from the Pono Music store to the Pono device, a device Neil says resembles a Toblerone chocolate bar. In fact the format supported is FLAC so the file is available to any device which supports FLAC.
What audiophile isn't giddy over the prospect of having access to high resolution audio? Soundstage Fine Audio is 100% firmly behind this initiative. And guess who else is?
Ayre!
Ayre donated their expertise to developing the circuitry for Pono - gratis. Their DAC as well as the analog circuitry is in the Pono player. How great is that?
There is far too much information to share so you are invited to visit the following links:
At this link scroll to the bottom of the page for an 11:47 video explanation and endorsement by the likes of artists you will not believe. It's a fun ride. Then if you'd like to hear Neil Young's address click on the 'Listen: Neil Young Explains Pono' arrow at the top of the page. It's audio only but is very engaging.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw
Finally, visit the Kickstarter page (link below) where there is lots more information about the product itself, FAQ's etc.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1003614822/ponomusic-where-your-soul-rediscovers-music
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The multi-award winning Estelon Model X line of loudspeakers has found a home exclusively at Soundstage Fine Audio. OMG
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Founded in 1938 this Japanese company introduced their first electrostatic headphone, or 'earspeaker', in 1960, the model SR-1. For close to three quarters of a century STAX has continued to develop state of the art headphones and headphone amplification systems. Soundstage Fine Audio is pleased to announce that we are now carrying this legendary line. Click on the above to be taken to our STAX page where you will find descriptions of these fine STAX products as well as money saving packages.
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Ayre has just introduced 3 exciting new products - the AX-5 Integrated Amplifier; the VX-5 Amplifier and the KX-5 Preamplifier. Each of these new offerings features Ayre's new Diamond output stage. How big a deal is that? Well when the golden ear reviewers start saying things like, "… it’s one of the finest amps I’ve lived with, period" or "… as perfect a power amp as I’ve seen lately" or "… this is better than a well-known product costing five times as much" you know something is up. The circuitry adds a warmth to the already natural Ayre sound, unheard of in a solid state device. Mark is VERY high on these units. Find out why by auditioning them for yourself. But first click on the Ayre logo to find out more about these fantastic Ayre 5 series products.
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Arcam Updates AVR's - Includes 4k!
Arcam has released 3 new AVR's - the 380, 450 and 750 - and each support the new 4k standard. Arcam's AV Receivers have always been the best sounding AVR's on the market and now with their new pro 4k video boards your video, even broadcast video on a 1080P display, will look even better. To find out more about these AVR's click here.
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Major New Product Announcement from Devialet!
Devialet, manufacturer of the groundbreaking Model D, has announced 3 new models - the 110, 170 and 240 - each designation corresponding to the respective power output of the unit (240 can also be configured as a 500 watt monoblock). Further to this announcement and for a very limited time (Oct. 31!) any purchase of the 110 or 170 will also receive Devialet's $1395 wireless streamer - FREE!!!
Click HERE to learn more about the new Devialet product line.
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Connect the new NAIM DAC-V1 to your PC, Mac or laptop via a standard USB cable and the quality of your music will be defined not by the limitations of the computer hardware but by the quality of the data itself. And with the DAC-V1 that can be incredibly high, up to 24bit/384kHz resolution.
Click on the photo to find out more.
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Audio Research Replaces REF CD8 with new REF CD9 / DAC
After four years of winning both acclaim and rewards for the Reference CD8, Audio Research has seen fit to replace it. A lot has changed in those four years. People still want play their CD's but they now also want to add other digital sources, such as computer audio, to their music systems.
Enter the Reference CD9 CD DAC. Click on the photo below to learn more about it.
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Audiophile Vinyl comes to K-W!
Soundstage Fine Audio is pleased to announce the addition of our new audiophile RECORD and CD department. Great Jazz and Rock albums and cd’s are arriving weekly. Limited editions, 200 gram and remastered vinyl at competitive prices.
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Cambridge Releases Azur 851C - Upsampling DAC, CD Player, PreAmplifier
It's the combination of Cambridge Audio's in-house technology, multi-function flexibility and high-end audiophile componentry that makes the 851C Cambridge Audio's most advanced digital player to date, regardless of format. Click on the image below to learn more about this amazing CD Player.
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Cambridge Releases Flagship BD Player
No matter what you want to play, whether it's movies in surround sound or pure stereo music and no matter what format it arrives in - the Cambridge Audio 752BD Universal Blu-ray Player will deliver the best results you've ever seen and heard. What all it can do is quite incredible. In fact one box really does it all and does it all brilliantly. Click on the photo below to learn more about it.
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News from Audio Research
Check in at the Audio Research page to read more about the products we’re carrying from this extraordinary manufacturer. And now here the new Reference 75 amplifier! OK, so when you look at the photos they may seem blurred. That’s because they are, um, blurred. We have no idea why every Audio Research product has a blurred photo but trust us the sound is much more defined. Click on the drop dead gorgeous Reference 75 amplifier below to get whisked away to the Audio Research page.
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New Entry Level Oracle Paris is In-House
As Art Dudley from The Stereophile concluded, “But the thing is, the Paris plays my records in a way that makes sonic and musical sense. In other words, this thing just plain works.” And everyone has swooned at how great it looks. Good looking and works?! Now there’s an idea. Click on the photo below to be whisked away to the Oracle page.
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Zesto Audio Andros PS1 Vacuum Tube Phono Preamplifier
Labelled an “Instant Classic” by Paul Seydor of The Absolute Sound he covers his review by saying, “It’s one of the lovliest-sounding electronic components I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing”. Priced at $4000 Seydor also said that he would choose the PS1 over phono preamps he has heard that cost “tens of thousands of dollars”. When a vinyl record is made the volume of the bass is reduced and the treble is increased. Otherwise the bass would cut a groove too big for the stylus to read (or for the music to fit on the record). The phono stage takes the signal from your cartridge and adjusts it so that the bass and treble are restored to their original volume. This standard is the RIAA curve. Each PS1 is hand built. Each unit has been burned in for 50 hours prior to shipping. The noise level is remarkably low, -75dBu, so even the quietest of passages will be heard. Componentry is beyond compare which includes the award winning Isonode anti-vibration feet and gold plated connectors. The PS1 can accommodate both high and low moving coil cartridges. And it’s as lovely to look at as Seydor says it is to hear. Hear it for yourself.
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New Products from Cambridge Audio
Click on the photo of the new DacMagic Plus below to read about the latest products to come out of Cambridge Audio. These include, in addition to the DacMagic Plus, the Stream Magic 6, (the bigger brother to the NP30 with a DacMagic Plus built-in), the 551R 7.1 Receiver and the ID 100 iPad Dock.
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WELCOME NAIM!
What's in a NAIM? Pun aside, a lot. At long last the legendary British manufacturer of award winning high-end audio products is at Soundstage Fine Audio. Soundstage would be pleased to demonstrate for you NAIM's Amps (integrated or separate as well as headphone), Preamp, Network devices and Server, DAC, as well as their revered Power Supplies. Just click on the photo of the Naim UnitiQute, which 'What Hi-Fi' gave 5/5 stars warning Naim "... to crank up the production" as they predicted (correctly) that this little unit was going to be big, to see the NAIM product line.
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AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE ELECTRONICS
Soundstage is pleased to be demonstrating the new Reference Phono 2 SE, Reference 5 SE and Reference 250 Monoblocks. After hearing this system in Denver we were so impressed we had to bring it to Soundstage. It subsequently won Best Sound at the show.
We also have the DAC 8 and VSI 60 available for audition.
Other models to follow.
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AYRE VXR AMPLIFIER
This new stereo 200 Watt per channel amplifier is as impressive sounding as it is looking. Carved from a solid block of aluminum and using Ayre’s Equilock fully balanced with zero feedback technology, this amplifier speaks the musical truth.
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BRINKMAN BALANCE TURNTABLE
This turntable keeps running and running with legendary quietness. State of the art in aesthetics and technology, this easy to set up and use turntable represents a lifetime investment in musical satisfaction.
Other Brinkman models are available starting at $6900
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VANDERSTEEN TREO
A brand new design from this legendary manufacturer. New driver technologies allow this phase and time coherent design to reach new levels of openness and imaging accuracy.
Many choices of real wood finishes are available.
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AKG HEADPHONES
Sparkling harmonics, incredibly low distortion and unequalled realism are the hallmarks of high-end speaker systems. Now these qualities have been engineered into AKG’s most accurate and responsive headphones, the Quincy Jones Signature Line. See and hear them at Soundstage Fine Audio.
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Introducing the new Totem ELEMENT series.
The new Totem Element Series expresses perfect balance between form, function, art and technology. Streamlined for any musical genre, it conveys conviction, honesty and ease while offering enormous scale and presence. Revolutionary in its conception, the Element Series is a true evolutionary step in sound design. Three new speakers currently comprise the ELEMENT series: FIRE, a compact transducer; EARTH, a column speaker with passive radiator and METAL a column speaker with twin woofers. To find out more about the new Totem ELEMENT series click on the logo below.

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Cambridge Sonata NP30 Network Music Player
‘More’ is the operative word when talking about the NP30. The more you find out about this unit the more you realize there is even more to discover. This is much more than a simple network music device. Any initial scepticism you might have will quickly be dissolved by simply clicking on the photo below and then reading about its abundance of features, many ground-breaking. In all seriousness you may soon be thinking you want more than one.
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“The Greatest Advance in Audio Technology in My Career”
Mark Elias, Owner, Soundstage Fine Audio
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Once every generation or so a product appears that shifts the paradigm.
It’s something that introduces a new technology so radical it re-establishes ground zero.
It’s something that exceeds the hyperbole. A product that can truly be called ‘game-changer’.
Soundstage Fine Audio is pleased to present - exclusively - the Devialet D-Premier.
To find out for yourself what all the excitement is about, click on the photo above.
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Ayre DX-5 Universal A/V Engine
The new DX-5 universal player can handle not only SACD, CD and DVD-Audio, but also DVD and Blu-ray discs. Mark says, “This unit is an improved version of the CX-5e, one of the most respected high quality CD players on the market. It also improves on the performance of the QB9 USB Dac which in my experience is one of the finest computer music systems on the market for a fraction of the cost of the competition.”
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Cardas Clear Cables!
The Ultimate statement in cables from one of Audio’s most respected manufacturers. Wild dynamics and a huge soundstage join with the typical Cardas tone and harmonic structure to bring you one step closer to reality. Click here to find out more.
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The British are Coming! The British are Coming!

Two of England’s most highly regarded speaker manufacturers, Pro Ac and Harbeth, have squared off at Soundstage Fine Audio to bring you a musical competition where YOU decide the winner. Click to find out more about these great speaker lines.
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Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD Blu-Ray Universal Player
This is the one we’ve been waiting for. With support for all the latest surround sound formats and audiophile sonic performance this lightning fast, easy to use player will reproduce movies and music with all the passion their creators intended. Delivering stunning video reproduction is only half the story as the 650BD also excels at audio performance. You’d expect nothing less from Cambridge.
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NEW LOWER PRICING! - AYRE, MARTIN LOGAN, AESTHETIX and most USA made goods.
Call for the latest pricing.
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Ayre QB9
Well it turns out I was wrong about USB DAC’s in general but at least I was right about the Ayre QB9. Most DAC’s just don’t work that well but the Ayre QB9 with its optical decoupler and asynchronous clocking system reduces jitters to miniscule levels. Then their MP digital filter reduces pre and post ringing to give a liquid quality to streamed music that was not previously available from your computer. This is a breakthrough product that will compete with CD players at twice its price.
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Mark is in LOVE!
If Mark has been avoiding your phone calls it’s because his new found love has been occupying all of his time. After a lifetime of searching for the real thing, the Martin Logan CLX - Ayre KXR/MXR system has met all of his expectations. Come in for a listen - but don’t expect him to share too long! Who knew sound reproduction could be this good?
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Vandersteen 5A - Unbelievable!
Possibly the most practical near perfect speaker on the planet. Equalized bass for easy placement, full range sound (subwoofer included) in a compact unobtrusive design. Sound to die for.
Available in custom finishes.
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