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Chillin’ 2

By | November 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

Welcoming a new member to the audiophile Chillin’ community.

Yes, quite a story behind this opportune side-by-side comparison of the similarly priced Acapella “Cellini High” speakers and their “Campanile 2” speakers.

Let’s just say, in my opinion [and I think the others present], in this size of a room (20 feet by 30 feet) the Campanile was better in just about every way and in some ways much better [dynamics, general openness of the sound from bass to midrange].

This looks so much more comfortable than putting our feet up on our glass-top table…

Neli, wearing socks!… Read the full article

Capital Audio Fest 2019 – photos of our giant room

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , |

Our room was quite large, and we filled it with music that was musical, well-controlled [except for a little bass overhang around 100 hz and a room resonance freq around 500? hz], smooth, harmonically rich and etc. etc.

It invited comparisons with a ‘live’ performance [not talking here about the overly simplistic demos that are primarily percussion and electric guitar we see out there sometimes]. Wasn’t quite THAT good, but, for me, this is what high-end audio is all about.

Convincingly live music in my room at a push of a button by any artist from any decade. Read the full article

David Cope and Old Forge Audio | CAF 2019

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have a natural affinity for everything David Cope is doing at his Old Forge Audio dealership/distribution company in Mystic, Connecticut. As I’ve mentioned, he took over my two New Zealand brands, Pureaudio and The Wand, so it’s obvious we share the same tastes in high-end audio gear. For years I’ve been impressed with his Audio Note rooms at the shows. So when I entered his room early on the first day of the 2019 Capital Audiofest, I knew I was about to hear something familiar, and something that I would truly like.… Read the full article

Audio Federation, Acapella, Audio Note UK | CAF 2019

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Audio Federation had a deceptively simple system at the 2019 Capital Audiofest, something that was less than obvious when you considered the gigantic Acapella Campanile 2 loudspeakers dominating the room. But yes, it was a simple system in an equally large room downstairs, a room filled with plush chair and comfy sofas and plenty of room to hang out and chill. Audio Federation’s wonderful and kind co-owner, Neli Davis, sat with me on one of sofas and walked me through the system.… Read the full article

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Capital Audio Fest 2019 in pictures

By | November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Quick note:

Took photos of most of the rooms and they are posted on our “Insta”gram page:

Audio Federation on Instgram

[pictured: I believe these are Zu Audio’s new statement speakers]… Read the full article

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Capital Audiofest Friday Highlights | CAF 2019

By | November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was fairly difficult to come up with Capital Audiofest Friday Highlights, and not for a bad reason. I don’t like to judge rooms on sound on the first day of the show–it takes at least one show day to work out the bugs and have everything broken in–but I heard so many great systems of Friday that it’s tough to make a list without getting into great detail. Those details come later in something called a “show report.”

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Tenacious Sound.

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We are exhibiting at Capital Audiofest 2019

By | October 29th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , , |

Audio Federation will be showing at Capital Audiofest CAP 2019. We have a very large room this year and it should be a blast.

What we are showing:

  • Acapella Audio Arts “Campanile 2” loudspeakers (Porsche agate gray horns with white cabinets)
  • Acapella Audio Arts “La Musika” integrated 2000 watt amplifier
  • Acapella Audio Arts “Audio One” music server.
  • Audio Note U.K. “DAC 5 Signature” digital to analog converter.
  • Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) SXR equipment rack and M3X2 isolation bases and Nimbus Couplers/Spacers (feet)
  • Assorted cables from Audio Note U.K., Acapella, et.
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Acapella “Apollon” speaker disassembly after Munich HiEnd 2019

By | October 26th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

This video was taken on the 3rd, the last, day of this year’s Munich HiEnd Show at the Munich Marriott. The elapsed wall clock time of this 11 minute video was from 6:00pm (show close) to 8:30pm. As we were scheduled for a see-ya-next-year dinner with Audio Note at 8:00pm [luckily, we were by no means the last to arrive! 🙂 ], we had to stop videoing before the speakers were completely disassembled. It doesn’t usually take this long to do this – but it does seem like the Acapella crew take a more relaxed approach to tear down than some others who are almost frantic (some exhibitors are amazing – all done and off to supper they go) – but they did have the other room with a ton of speakers on static display to deal with as well – so there is that.… Read the full article

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Chillin’

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , , |

Feet up and letting our poor tired brains soak in the music…

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Acapella Apollon speakers here at Audio Federation

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

s We just swapped  the Acapella Campanile [means ‘bell tower’] speakers for the larger Acapella Apollon speakers [who knew all those games of magic squares – now called sliding tile puzzles – we played as kids were training us for things like this?]. Hallway is chock full of boxes of Campanile top and bottom bass units. Campanile horns fill the dining room. And the garage? Every time we do ANYTHING it seems like half of the crates are out in the driveway making room for the other half of the crates.… Read the full article

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