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  • RMAF 2017: Lee’s Best of Show

    November 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

    This year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was a blast. With the Marriott Tech Center all put back together and a lot of manufacturers and people in attendance, it felt like the show was back up to the normal high-energy level.  As usual, there was more to cover than I had time for.  And I covered rooms solid from early in the morning until late at night all three days.  There are so many great people involved in high end audio that I get energized by the excitement in the rooms and in the [...]
  • RMAF 2017: The Pure Audio Project, larger than life

    November 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The Story Ze’ev Schlik is the founder of the Pure Audio Project and he is really on to something. Ze’ev is countering the often negative or fruitless experiences that many audiophiles looking to enter the DIY segment of the hobby encounter. As we all know, the internet is filled with: DIY forums, project videos, and theoretical discussions. Half of them spurious at best in terms of delivering the affordable sonic wonderland they promise. However, the demand for customizable, [...]
  • RMAF 2017: Vehement, Exogal considered exquisite

    November 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The Story Unassuming, modest, not drawing too much attention to itself. That’s how I would describe this room upon my entry. For personal regards I hold, spying RAAL tweeters from across the room, my interests are now peaked. The music begins, and ironically I’m guilty of the assuming. This room is down right spiritual. I say spiritual because the sound is cleaner than Vancouver and illuminated. Bass isn’t and shouldn’t ever be considered overwhelming, but I feel no detail in that [...]
  • RMAF 2017: Troy Audio produces a mighty sound

    November 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The Story Confused and enticed, those were some of the things written about this room in my show notes. I entered this crowded room during a rather impassioned demonstration by Jesus Trillo, CEO of J. Trillo and Francois Saint-Gerand of Ana Mighty Sound. By the size of the two men, taking my own size into account, I think I’d better take a seat and retract my aura as much as I can. No interrupting these fellas. What happens next is almost erie. J. Trillo is the maker of AES (Audio Enhancer [...]
  • RMAF 2017: Cables from Skogrand for under a grand

    November 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

    The Story I’ve found many things to like about Skogrand Cables over the last three years, mainly being their sound, no you shouldn’t expect The French Laundry when swapping out one great cable for another, but in listening to many Daedalus, ModWright, Vpi Industries systems before, with either WyWires or Skogrand cables of the past, I’ve come to know what to expect from the equipment trio when it comes to cable changes. Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is the second time I’ve had the chance [...]
  • RMAF 2017: Wax Stacks, stacks up

    November 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The Story Stackable, Rackable, Packable What started as an online Kickstarter campaign back in 2015, has since blossomed into a staple fixture and symbol of the vinyl resurgence of the 21st century. Wax Stacks responded to a burgeoning need for vinyl lovers to eschew the old plastic milk crates, and obnoxiously ubiquitous IKEA Lack shelving systems. Granted each of the aforementioned: dairy containers and Swedish cardboard shelves, serves its individual purpose. Step in Wax Stacks to develop a [...]
  • RMAF 2017: The Sight of Sound

    November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The Picture A wrap-up photo journal of this year’s Rocky Mountain Audiofest in Denver, Colorado. GTT Audio  MasterBuilt Audio, Von Schweikert High End by Oz Raidho Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics Neat Acoustics Audia Flight, High Fidelity Services Monitor Audio  Roksan, Kevro International Listen Up  Tannoy, Peachtree Audio Bricasti Design   Wilson Benesch, Oyaide Cable Zesto Audio  Marten, Merrill-Williams Audio LampizatOr  Salk Sound, WyWires Schiit Audio Salk Sound McIntosh [...]
  • RMAF 2017: Ryan and Auralic light the way

    November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The Story California based Ryan Speakers, LLC has been making waves in a lake of calm, rocking a few boats along the way. Debuting their affordable R-Series speakers back in 2013 with great acclaim, it was only a matter of time before more courageous offerings from the minds at Ryan Audio would find themselves amidst the product menu. The Ryan Tempus III (currently $16,000 USD) debuted in 2015, and wowed many with it’s “more of what I like about you” refinements. If you follow their [...]
  • RMAF 2017: SPL Offers New Features and Price Points

    November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

    Outside of the big CanJam ballroom at RMAF, several manufacturers like iFi Audio, Centrance, and SPL were setup  and the extra space there (and proximity to Pint Brothers bar) was welcome. SPL offers some of my favourite headphone amplifiers so I had to stop by.  SPL is a German company who seems to be as much, or more popular with the pro-audio community as it is the hifi-enthusiast market.  Their Phonitor became a dream piece for me when a friend here in Atlanta bought one and I heard it. [...]
  • RMAF 2017: Headamp Introduces the Gilmore Lite 2

    November 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

    Headamp always has their great Blue Hawaii and GS-X amplifiers sounding excellent at RMAF but this year was an introduction of the much more affordable Gilmore Lite 2 at $499 USD.  Shipping in a few weeks time, this amp really impressed me for its price point. This device uses the same circuit (!) as their flagship dynamic amp the GS-X Mark II driving even difficult magnetic planar designs with 1.5W of pure Class-A power. The casework is superb but the amber light on the front gives almost an [...]
  • Risky Business is a classic American film about coming of age, materialism, capitalist society, and taking chances. My son brought it up in a recent conversation about movies, and I couldn’t help but mentally compare it to the current state of high fidelity after reading John Stancavage’s closing piece on RMAF published HERE. Stancavage wondered aloud if high-end audio sales could remain buoyant riding a prosperous US economy, or (as I was imagining) if they would end up sinking [...]
  • RMAF 2017: Sonore Renders Sublime Sound

    November 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

    Streaming.  All the cool cats are doing it. However, confession time…I’m a bit lost. I have some pieces of a puzzle but I don’t know how to put them together. Network bridge? Tidal HiFi? Roon? Ethernet connection on the Uverse router? quality DAC? Yep, got ’em all.  But how do I put them all together to create the best possible sound? I was about to dig into this streaming business and advance my computer audio education.  Oh sure, I know DACs, USB to SPDIF [...]
  • Clayton Shaw is a quiet man with a room-filling plan. His company, Spatial Audio, has made quite a splash crafting inexpensive, open-baffle, loudspeakers and using them to embarrass the living tar out of his colleagues and competitors at audio shows. This year, Shaw brought his newest — the $9,600/pair M2 Modular, another open-baffle loudspeaker with significantly updated and upgraded drivers and design. The X2 introduces an advanced Air Motion Transformer (AMT) that cover both mid and [...]
  • I ran into Bob Sattin of Bob’s Devices at RMAF as I was looking at new Chesky LP releases in the marketplace. Sattin was next door and said, “Hey, do you want to listen to the record?”  Sure. Chesky had several great records available to purchase at the show but two really looked interesting: Macy Gray’s “Stripped” and Melissa Manago’s “Little Crimes.”  Both sounded excellent on Sattin’s playback system. Now the team at Chesky does [...]
  • RMAF 2017: It’s still GamuT, dammit

    November 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

    Some experiences defy expectation. Just like some choices. Like peas and carrots — why on earth do those go well together? And really, chocolate and peanut butter? Ugh. And a businessman with zero government experience for president — wait, sorry, we’re wandering off topic. I meant to say, gigantic Zodiac loudspeakers jammed into a modestly sized (and square!) hotel room. Who ever thought that would work? But unlike a few of the other improbably combos I mentioned, this room [...]