Nagra of Switzerland was representing their fabled take on high fidelity with a full Nagra system fronted by their new HD Preamplifier, a Kronos Pro turntable, and Wilson Audio Alexia loudspeakers. The new pre – which debuted in Munich earlier this year – features the faster, and more accurate Modulometer, instead the of traditional VU meter, and a matching-chassis separate power supply.Doug White of The Voice That Is brought what I like to call his “Rolling Thunder” setup which is comprised almost completely of Tidal Audio from the preamps, and DAC, to cables, and speakers with only a TW Acustic turntable, and Antipodes digital server not being made by uber-bespoke luxury German manufacturer.
Spending some time with White in his room before the show started I had a great opportunity to hear what the system is capable of as he warmed it up with some killer blues tracks – if you can get to his room in Denver this weekend, you won’t be hearing any usual audiophile fare. This is a must-hear room if you’re at RMAF.
Zu Audio once again was showing with Peachtree, and was spinning some killer tunes on a two of four turntables that they brought to Denver to highlight their latest Druid loudspeakers. Zu’s room always flexes the walls with a huge sound that highlights the speed, accuracy, warmth, and efficiency of Sean Casey’s designs. Designs that never seem to sacrifice the music in pursuit of specifications, but rather bend (or break) traditions in service to it. Always a lively space, Zu’s room this year is again an oasis of non-audiophile LPs being played, and is always on my go-to room list for chilling out.
Tone Imports, and DeVore Fidelity were back together with another carefully-curated system for Denver this year featuring the new Gibbon Super Nine loudspeaker from DeVore, Sugden pre-amplification, and power amplifiers, as well as a totaldac digital server, and a massive SPEC GMP-8000 turntable. This is always a standout room for tone, timbre, dynamics, and music selection at RMAF, and I usually spend most of my spare time kicking back, and listening in wonder to the sound in this room.
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