September 2019
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  
>> Breadcrumb ://Innerfidelity

RMAF 2019: The Wrap-up

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 was an interesting journey. From a personal perspective, I had a great time, seeing friends, people like Jameson Mourafetis of F1 Audio, Eric Franklin Shook of Part-Time Audiophile and many others.

It coincided with a road trip through the Rockies on I-70, which is a gorgeous ride if you ever find yourself in a place to drive it. The Under-40 industry dinner hosted by Shook was spectacularly well attended and was truly a blast, drawing headphone and two-channel enthusiasts, press, dealers and manufacturers.… Read the full article

RMAF 2019: The Wrap-up

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 was an interesting journey. From a personal perspective, I had a great time, seeing friends, people like Jameson Mourafetis of F1 Audio, Eric Franklin Shook of Part-Time Audiophile and many others.

It coincided with a road trip through the Rockies on I-70, which is a gorgeous ride if you ever find yourself in a place to drive it. The Under-40 industry dinner hosted by Shook was spectacularly well attended and was truly a blast, drawing headphone and two-channel enthusiasts, press, dealers and manufacturers.… Read the full article

RMAF 2019: Part Four with Etymotic & Final Audio

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

One of the final booths I stopped at, almost by accident, was the Etymotic Research booth. I’ve never really heard much from them that particularly grabbed my attention, but one of my friends urged me to go there. “They’ve got a new, reasonably-priced IEM that’s actually really good,” he said. What the heck, I figured I had time. I’m sure glad I did stop by, because I would have missed some exciting and excellent finds if I hadn’t.

The newly released ER2SE and ER2XR are priced at $160 USD and represent slight variations on a similar tuning.… Read the full article

RMAF 2019 Part Three: iFi Audio and Tom Christiansen

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

iFi Audio has been busy cooking up several new lines of product this year. At RMAF this year they were showing a soon to be released set of products dubbed the ‘Zen’ line. The Zen series is set for an October release date and includes two products; the ZenBlue and ZenDAC.

The ZenBlue will be priced at $130 USD and acts as a Bluetooth receiver with LDAC and aptX functionality built-in. It also has Toslink optical and Coaxial S/PDIF input and Analogue RCA outputs, takes a 5V wall adapter input and uses ESS Sabre 9023 DAC chips.… Read the full article

RMAF 2019 Part Two: ZMF and Dekoni

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

ZMF’s Zach and Bevin Mehrbach were one of my first stops at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest’s headphone area. They are preparing to launch a new headphone, the ZMF Verite Closed back. The Verite Closed will launch Friday September 20th at 11 a.m., with a price of $2,199 USD. The first run of headphones will be available for $300 off the list price. The Standard wood will be MonkeyPod, though in ZMF fashion, there will be a variety of alternative and limited edition woods available both now and going forward.… Read the full article

RMAF 2019 Part One: A&K and Rupert Neve Designs

By | September 8th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

My first stop at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 was the headphone area and Astell & Kern’s booth. They were showing the T9ie IEM, an update to the T8ie.

The T9ie is made in collaboration with Beyerdynamic, who produces the IEMs in their factory in Germany using similar technology to their Xelento IEM such as Beyerdynamics miniaturized Tesla IEM driver. Astell & Kern’s team then tunes them specially to work with A&K players. They come in a very snazzy metal housing, with a combination pure silver and OCC copper cable terminated with a 2.5mm 4-pole balanced connector.… Read the full article

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 – Big Changes Afoot

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year is undergoing some significant changes. The departure of CanJam and the change of venue to the Gaylord Rockies is a big opportunity for things to go both wrong and right.

Two of the biggest downsides are the expense and size of the hotel.

Gaylord hotels have a reputation for being enormous and ostentatious, and this one is no different. The views and hotel space are stunningly well-appointed and spacious. A little too spacious – the show was scattered across the extremely large hotel and convention center, along with at least two other conventions.… Read the full article

Audeze Introduce Limited Edition LCD-24 Flagship Headphones

By | September 6th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

There’s way back at Audeze LLC, especially in the form of the company’s foundations. Sankar Thiagasamudram and Alexander Rosson, Audeze’s founders, connected with Pete Uka and Dragoslav “Dr.C” Colich aorund 2008 and the rest, as they say, is history.

The LCD-1 was born soon after, followed by the LCD-2, LCD-3, LCD-X, etc. And today, Audeze announce a new ubër-limited edition, made-to-order flagship-level model dubbed the LCD-24. The $3,499 USD open back, over-ear planar-magnetic ships with a hard travel case and Audeze premium silver-plated copper LCD series cable.… Read the full article

Sennheiser launches New MOMENTUM Wireless Over Ear

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

/mōˈmen(t)əm

“The quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.”

Seems the German headphone powerhouse is building on, well… momentum, with the introduction of its third generation MOMENTUM over-ear wireless headphone.

Featuring auto ON/OFF (activation when unfolded) and Smart Pause features (auto-sensing Pause and Play when taken off or put back on), the $399 USD MOMENTUM over-ear is available in black now, with a white variant coming in November 2019.

This latest iteration comes with one-touch access to voice assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant, and according to the company, Amazon Alexa integration is in the works via firmware update through the Sennheiser Smart Control application.… Read the full article

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 Kicks -off Thursday

By | September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

The legendary Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has a scheduling and venue change for 2019.

The show has made the leap from its longtime home at the Denver Marriott Tech Centre to a larger venue closer to the airport in the guise of the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Centre. RMAF also won’t be in its traditional October slot, instead things kick-off for industry people this Thursday September, 5th and the rest of the world from the 6th to the 8th.

For 2019, the show hours and address are as follows: Trades Only – Thursday 10 a.m.… Read the full article