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Synergistic Research HFT and Factory Tour

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

It was a sunny day off the coast of Hawaii. Ted Denney was on his J/42 and having the time of his life.  At some point, he checked in with his accountants by satellite phone.  The news was horrifying.  The voice at the other end of the line told him, “your company is close to insolvency.”  Ted was blindsided; his team had told him everything was fine.  He “cried like he lost a dog”; not only was a much-needed vacation over, his career in audio was over.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Lee’s Parting Thoughts and Best Of Show

By | December 1st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

KEF R Series

I’ve been coming to RMAF almost from the beginning.  Some 14 years later, the show news is that they are moving to the giant Gaylord resort near the Denver airport.  This should be exciting but in many ways I will miss the Denver Tech Center.  It feels a bit like the end of an era in high end audio.  I am sure the new location will take the show to a new level for the hard-working Marjorie Baumert and her team from the Colorado Audio Society.  

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RMAF 2018: Göbel Audio and CH Precision

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

What a system this was!  Clarity, huge dynamics, genuinely involving sound.  I hit this room three times.  It was that good.  Elliot Goldman had brought all his top gear.  Okay, honestly he stacked the deck…or should I say they stacked the CH Precision boxes?   There were literally dozens of them.  I’ll explain this is a minute.

We were listening to Göbel‘s Epoque Aeon Reference speakers at $220,000.  The electronic stack was an impressive set of CH Precision gear including:

  • M1.1 power amplifiers at $54,000 each
  • L1 mono preamplifier at $58,000
  • X1 power supplies at $17,000
  • D1 SACD/CD transport at $38,000
  • T1 10mhz Time Reference with GPS at $28,600
  • C1 Dual Mono DAC with streaming at $73,000
  • P1 Dual Monaural Phono stage at $31,000

Supporting gear was also terrific:

  • TW Acustic Raven AC turntable with Anniversary board and three motor drive system at $24,000
  • TW Acustic 10.5 inch tonearm at $5,500
  • Ortofon A95 cartridge at $6,500
  • Miyajima Madake cartridge at $6,000
  • Sonore Signature Rendu at $3,445
  • Sonic Orbitor 10TB at $2,000

Cable was Göbel’s Lacorde Statement series:

  • Balanced Cables 1.2 meters at $7,000
  • Speaker Cables 3 meter pair at $23.000
  • Ethernet Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • USB Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • Digital Cable 1.2 meter at $3,500
  • Power Cable 2.0 meter ay $8.500

System was sitting on Core Audio equipment racks and stands.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: HiFiMAN Introduces the Jade II

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

As usual at Rocky Mountain, the CanJam area was full of energy.  I went down there to cover the latest from Pro-Ject before hitting their room in the tower.  It’s a shame I don’t have time to cover as much of CanJam as in the past but I did run into Scot and he asked me to add HiFiMAN to the coverage list so I ambled over to their tables and ran into my friend Adam Sohmer who does their public relations work.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Eggleston Works, Brinkmann, AudioQuest

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

It seems like every time I run into Anthony Chiarella, good sound is present. Brinkmann Audio turntables at the HiFiBuys event in Atlanta?  Good sound. EgglestonWorks speakers with a full Brinkmann stack in Denver?  Good sound.  No, scratch that.  Great sound.

I’ve known that Brinkmann can make great turntables.  Then a year ago I heard the Nyquist DAC.  Oh yeah, that’s very nice.  House sound of Brinkmann?  Analog.  Smooth. Resolving.  Oh yeah, the good sound that’s not “too hi-fi”.  I’ve never seen Mr.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Black Cat Cable Wows with Coppertone

By | November 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

Chris Sommovigo of Stereolab, which makes the Black Cat line of cables, had a table near CanJam showing off his latest affordable cables named Coppertone.  I’ve been impressed with Chris’ designs in the past and was curious what he was now doing with Coppertone so I followed up with Chris after RMAF and he graciously agreed to meet at a nearby taco place.  Chris is an intelligent, deliberate person and he’s always been good about sharing his knowledge on cables and electrical current flow in the past so I wanted to get the full scoop in person.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Gryphon Audio and Tweak Studio

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

I closed my eyes.  A strange but familiar world of percussion and bass beats opened up in my imagination across a vast soundstage.  I forgot about my exhaustion from a full day of walking the halls and taking hundreds of photos.  I reconnected with Yello in a way that even my system back home was not yet capable of.  “La Habanera…La Habanera…”  The walking bass line Yello is famous for was vivid.  There was a wonderful flow to the music.  Note decays trailed off into infinity.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Wavelength Audio, Vaughn Loudspeakers, AudioQuest

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio continues to be innovative and a much sought-after designer.  This year’s Wavelength room at RMAF was sublime.  There were two big news items but I want to talk to one device in particular that is still in development but it is one that I believe can have a big impact on the current world of computer audio.  This is Gordon’s latest device, the “Spacelator.”

To set the context properly, think of a typical modern home today.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Verity Audio Montsalvat System

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been a fan of the Parsifal loudspeakers from Verity Audio for a while now, having heard several nice systems with them.  But I was unprepared for what High Fidelity Services showed in the huge Primrose room near CanJam.  They brought out a $1.1 million (!) flagship system called the Montsalvat with huge towers and a fully dedicated electronics line under the same brand.  Yet again, Andre Jennings was in attendance and offered up a wonderful jazz LP which we spun on the TW Acustic Raven Black Knight with Raven Phono stage.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Synergistic Research Releases Galileo SX

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

As a veteran of the RMAF and AXPONA shows, I have come to expect great sound from Ted Denney’s Synergistic Research room.  Having reviewed his products, I am aware of how they set up an important foundation for stereo playback by lowering noise to infinitesimal levels.  However, this year Ted, Scott Walker and team outdid themselves with a whopper reference system that included Magico M3 speakers powered by reference level Constellation electronics.

The sound was among the most realistic I have heard on the Eva Cassidy cover of What A Wonderful World.  … Read the full article

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