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Klipsch RP600-M, Cambridge Audio | RMAF 2019

By | September 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I walked into this Klipsch room before the one I reported on yesterday, and I was a little disappointed to find a pair of Klipsch RP600-M loudspeakers ($549/pair in walnut or black, $649 for piano gloss) instead of something from the Heritage line. I have nothing against Klipsch’s other speaker lines, but I just don’t get as excited about them as I do a gorgeous pair of La Scalas or Cornwalls. For many years Klipsch has made more affordable speakers with this specific look, black cabinets, copper woofer cone, tweeter recessed in a waveguide inset, but the Klipsch RP600-M seems to mark a turning point for affordable speakers.… Read the full article

Klipsch RP600-M, Cambridge Audio | RMAF 2019

By | September 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I walked into this Klipsch room before the one I reported on yesterday, and I was a little disappointed to find a pair of Klipsch RP600-M loudspeakers ($549/pair in walnut or black, $649 for piano gloss) instead of something from the Heritage line. I have nothing against Klipsch’s other speaker lines, but I just don’t get as excited about them as I do a gorgeous pair of La Scalas or Cornwalls. For many years Klipsch has made more affordable speakers with this specific look, black cabinets, copper woofer cone, tweeter recessed in a waveguide inset, but the Klipsch RP600-M seems to mark a turning point for affordable speakers.… Read the full article

ListenUp Audio Video and RMAF Domination | RMAF 2019

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

ListenUp Audio Video, which operates a chain of high-end audio stores throughout Colorado and New Mexico, exhibited in at least a dozen rooms and booths at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Remember when I said I was amazed at Scott Walker Audio for running eight rooms at T.H.E. Show back in June? Well, ListenUp has upped the ante considerably. I know, since I visited at least 11 of those rooms, spending much of Sunday basking in the glow of many excellent systems.… Read the full article

Computer Audio Design (CAD), Aesthetix, Boenicke Audio, HRS, Bibacord | RMAF 2019

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CAD Aesthetix Boenicke RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — Earlier this year I had the chance to visit with Computer Audio Design (CAD) designer Scott Berry at T.H.E. SHOW 2019 in Long, Beach California. This time around it’s Denver, and what was an impressive showing just got a more exciting. And this time, I brought along a few friends.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Computer Audio Design‘s (CAD) previous showing at T.H.E. SHOW earlier this year was impressive for many reasons, but I want to share now just one specifically.… Read the full article

Sony SA-Z1 and the Art of Near-Field Listening | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Sony SA-Z1 “desktop” system is poised to revolutionize near-field listening for a number of discerning audiophiles. The Sony SA-Z1, which will retail in the high four-figure range when it’s released, consist of two active speakers, a DAC and even room correction, and the folks at Sony are quite excited at the sonic capabilities of this very innovative and somewhat unusual system.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

What type of discerning audiophiles will flock to the Sony SA-Z1?… Read the full article

Haniwa Audio | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Haniwa Audio has always meant one thing to me–fabulous phono cartridges. I’ve always considered them one of those small Japanese companies, like Miyajima or My Sonic Lab or a half-dozen others that have a Zen-like approach to the art of the “record needle.” I was surprised when I walked into the Haniwa Audio room at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and witnessed an entire system–speakers, amps, turntable, phono pre–all made by Haniwa.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Most unusual was the tiny HSP01 horn speakers ($25,000/pair with the HDSA01 Digital Phase Control System amplifier) that nevertheless produced a big and dynamic sound with LPs from Harry Pearson‘s recommended list of recordings.… Read the full article

Parasound and Tekton | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I made a joke to a fellow show attendee when I entered the Parasound and Tekton room at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and I saw the massive, almost phone booth-size Tekton Moab speakers. Based on what I read from John Richardson’s review of the Tekton Pendragon loudspeakers from a few years ago, I know that Tekton is one of those new generation loudspeaker manufacturers that offer an enormous amount of product for surprisingly little money. So I took one look at these monsters, each one with a 15-tweeter array, and said, “Yeah, these probably retail for $4000.”

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

I was, of course, a little off.… Read the full article

Sonore, Bricasti Design, Vivid Audio, Cardas Audio | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Bricasti Vivid Sonore RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — Sonore, along with Vivid Audio, Bricasti Design, and Cardas Audio put together an impressively clean sounding exhibit of undoubtedly high-end sounds. The Vivid Audio KAYA 45 tower loudspeakers held my attention for much longer than I expected. Enough so that I ended up skipping lunch for the second day in a row.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Bricasti Vivid Sonore RMAF 2019

Let’s start with the Bricasti M25 ($18,000 USD) stereo amplifier however.… Read the full article

Acora Acoustics, Esoteric, Aurender, Cardas | RMAF 2019

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Acora RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — At the beginning of the summer Marc Phillips and myself attended T.H.E. SHOW 2019 in Long Beach, California. While there we both independently discovered Acora Acoustics, and during a mid-day lunch meeting exclaimed our love for the Acora sound. It’s a good sign when a blind consensus forms among the writers.

Acora RMAF 2019

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Marc and I were so duly impressed with the new loudspeaker company from Ontario, Canada that we both included it in our show coverage.… Read the full article

Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird Turntable | Review

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird turntable signifies a lot of firsts in my vinyl-loving life. It’s the first turntable I’ve used that accommodates two tonearms, and lo and behold I’ve got two tonearm and cartridge combos mounted on it right now. It’s the first turntable I’ve used that has more than one motor to spin the platter. (It has three, in fact.)

Finally, it might be the heaviest turntable I’ve ever reviewed. I’ve had seat time with many, many high-mass turntable designs but I’ve never set one up in my home, all by myself.… Read the full article