The Rocky Mountain Cannonball | RMAF 2019

A young audiophile’s cross-country-journey to Rocky Mountain Audio Fest The Beginnings of Our Journey So like, the strangest thing happened to me the other day. My phone was making a weird noise, almost as if someone was calling me. For those of you who are unaware, this is a rare occasion. People my age love… Continue reading The Rocky Mountain Cannonball | RMAF 2019

Eric’s Best-of-Show, RMAF Wrap-Up | RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — All of the media reports I have read indicate that the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest of 2019 was — despite all odds — a smashing success. Eric’s Best-of-Show Exhibits The time required to visit, listen, and cover (photograph and write about) every room at an audio show does not exist. Though I… Continue reading Eric’s Best-of-Show, RMAF Wrap-Up | RMAF 2019

Marc’s RMAF Wrap-Up | RMAF 2019

My RMAF wrap-up for 2019 almost didn’t happen. Many people in the high-end audio industry were concerned with the new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort, and the increased expenses for exhibiting at a show held in such a luxurious complex. My own attendance was held up almost until the last minute, as we determined whether… Continue reading Marc’s RMAF Wrap-Up | RMAF 2019

Audio Envy: Possibly The Most Underrated Cable Company in Hi-Fi | RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — This all stems from sitting down with Audio Envy at two different audio shows (T.H.E., CAF), a summer long conversation about cables, and an ear-opening A-to-B demonstration that had to be witnessed by myself and a trusted cohort. The Story It all begins at T.H.E. SHOW 2019 in Long Beach, California where… Continue reading Audio Envy: Possibly The Most Underrated Cable Company in Hi-Fi | RMAF 2019

Xact Audio, CH Precision, Nordost, Rockport Technologies | RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — This is my first time with a Commonwealth Idler Drive ($19,900 USD) professional turntable. Exactly the story behind it, I don’t know. It’s from Xact Audio of Boise, Idaho and I like it. That’s all that matters. The rest of the system: CH Precision, Nordost, and Rockport Technologies. The Story I really… Continue reading Xact Audio, CH Precision, Nordost, Rockport Technologies | RMAF 2019

AGD Productions, Sigma Acoustics | RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — In one of many dark rooms at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest of 2019, AGD Productions and Sigma Acoustics brought together small-package-power, and big-package-finesse like few others could. Though dark and moody, the exhibit left me illuminated. The Story New for AGD Productions is the Adante preamplifier. It’s not just a preamplifier,… Continue reading AGD Productions, Sigma Acoustics | RMAF 2019

Upscale Audio, PrimaLuna, Pathos, Feliks Audio, Sbooster, Tannoy | RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — If you haven’t met Kevin Deal (the Tube Guru) of Upscale Audio, and more “recent YouTube fame“, you definitely need to make it to their retail location or at least do a Google search. At this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019, Upscale Audio was hosting a passive display for PrimaLuna, Pathos… Continue reading Upscale Audio, PrimaLuna, Pathos, Feliks Audio, Sbooster, Tannoy | RMAF 2019

A Deeper Look at Sonus Faber of Italy | RMAF 2019

In the last couple of months I’ve gotten a crash course on Sonus Faber of Italy. First, I reviewed the Sonus Faber Olympica Nova I right here at Part-Time Audiophile. Second, I reported on their press conference on the evening before the show started where they unveiled the new Olympica Nova line to the public.… Continue reading A Deeper Look at Sonus Faber of Italy | RMAF 2019

Anthem and Paradigm, Clarus Audio | RMAF 2019

The last time I wandered into the Anthem and Paradigm room at a high-end audio show, I made a few jokes about the sheer simplicity of the set-up–all of the gear could fit inside someone’s subcompact hatchback. At the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Anthem and Paradigm were both featured in a much more elaborate… Continue reading Anthem and Paradigm, Clarus Audio | RMAF 2019

Göbel High End, CH Precision, Kronos Audio, Nordost, Bending Wave USA | RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — A stunning collection of sounds from US distributor Bending Wave USA. Bathed in shadow Göbel High End loudspeakers cast only a silhouette, CH Precision electronics offer contrast from the dark, Kronos Audio sits atop-it-all, and Nordost in quiet control of the music. In the end, this listening session becomes a double-blind (or just… Continue reading Göbel High End, CH Precision, Kronos Audio, Nordost, Bending Wave USA | RMAF 2019