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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

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

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

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

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

RMAF 2018: Børresen Acoustics Launches Three New Loudspeakers

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

One of the biggest surprises at RMAF was the launch of new Børresen Acoustics (website) loudspeakers from Denmark.  Michael Børresen and Lars Kristensen always tend to be found in the better rooms at any given show but honestly these new wood cabinet speakers knocked my socks off.  I finally had some time off from covering rooms and stumbled into their room with my pal Jimmy and we both were blown away by the speed of these speaker systems.  Given that Michael and Lars really had to prove themselves since leaving Raidho, the speakers had to take a leap forward over the already excellent Raidho speakers which look somewhat similar.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018: Pro-Ject’s Live MQA Performance

By | November 5th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

About a week or two before RMAF, I started getting press releases and one in particular caught my eye.  MQA decided to hold a live event with a jazz ensemble in London during the show and stream it real-time to nearly a dozen MQA-equipped rooms.  The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group would play live in London and we would be able to decode the MQA stream for full MQA quality.  As I was overwhelmed with room coverage, I completely forgot about it until the morning of the event.  … Read the full article

RMAF 2018: Cardas Audio Excels with Joseph and Doshi

By | October 27th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

I saw a lot of those Cardas Audio blue cables from their Clear and Clear Beyond line at the show.  I have a theory on why this is…1. they sound damn good meaning they let a lot of the music through, and 2. Angela and Josh are very friendly and easy to do business with. It seems that at every show that Angela and Josh are there with their outsized personalities. Some of the nicest people in the audio business, they seem to have the enthusiasm equal of any show-goer.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: The Audio Company brings Stellar VAC, VSA

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Not too far from me on the town square in Marietta, Georgia is The Audio Company, a wonderful upscale store with several of the best high-end brands.  For the past few years, this team of audio professionals led by Keith Sequerra, Jim Kumpe, and Gordon Waters has been working with Leif Swanson and Damon Von Schweikert from Von Schweikert Audio and Kevin Hayes from VAC to bring a mega-system of VAC Reference gear and Von Schweikert flagship speakers.  Last we saw them, the team had the flagship Ultra 11 speakers at Axpona and the sound was simply magical when playing the famous Royal Ballet LPs.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Seeing Stars with Manger, MoFi

By | October 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I always love discovering new gear that is musical.  One of the new to me products presented itself in the MoFi Distribution room.  Norbert Schmied and Jonathan Derda outdid themselves with a beautiful sounding pair of Manger S1 Active Loudspeakers ($24,995) paired with a debuting Primare Pre35 Prisma ($4,995) Primare R32 phono stage.  On analog duty was a Dr. Feickert Volare turntable with Origin Live Silver tonearm ($3,495), a new price point for excellent Feickert sound.  Cartridge was the My Sonic Lab Eminent EX MC cartridge ($3,995) and a Little Fwend Automatic Tonearm Lifter High ($249).  … Read the full article

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