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The Audiophile Socialites | CAF 2019

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Most of the things I love about attending an audio show seldom have anything to do with audio. As for Capital Audiofest 2019, it has proven itself to be one of the most exhilarating and welcoming audio shows in America. This year especially, CAF 2019 pulled in a record crowd of exhibitors and attendees from around the globe.

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

From what seemed like sunrise to sunset, and those dark hours in between, this festival of sound was equal parts “High-End Audio Show” and “Dinner Club.” Invigorating the mind and inspiring the soul, it is definitely the people who make up the American audio show circuit that keep me returning for more.… Read the full article

Tenacious Sound, Fyne Audio, Unison Research, MoFi, Rogue Audio, Audience | CAF 2019

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I usually don’t do a lot of “after hours” coverage at high-end audio shows–cuz it’s Miller Time!–but my buddy Shayne Tenace of Tenacious Sound convinced me to stop by his room Saturday night and listen to a new pair of speakers from Fyne Audio. Who is Fyne Audio? Well, that’s the interesting part of the story–this is a new Scottish company made up of old Tannoy employees who decided to keep the original vision of these legendary speakers alive after the latest ownership change.… Read the full article

Perfect8 Technologies and Ypsilon | CAF 2019

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

I was excited to see that Perfect8 Technologies and Ypsilon were exhibiting together at the 2019 Capital Audiofest. I’ve always felt that Ypsilon is in the running for the greatest solid-state amplifier manufacturer on the planet, and I’ve never listened to a system with their products that sounded less than stupendous. Perfect8 loudspeakers, however, are a truly rare find in the world of high-end audio trade shows. I’ve heard these exquisite little glass enclosure speakers from Sweden only one before, at the behest of Peter Breuninger at a trade show a few years ago, and I was stunned at the enormous “walk-through” soundstage.… Read the full article

Finley Audio debuts Stratus and Cirrus line of cables | CAF 2019

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

Finley CAF 2019

WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Making the short trip to our nation’s capital, we had the pleasure to meet with Finley Audio. Finley Audio is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based company, with all production taking place here in the USA.

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

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

Currently Finley Audio produces Power, Interconnects (both RCA and XLR), and dedicated Phono cables, with Speaker cables to come in the near future.… Read the full article

Andover Audio launches Spinbase, along with Model One Turntable | CAF 2019

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

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WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Andover Audio was showing their Model One turntable, which is a modern take on the classic small console turntables of the 20th century. Also showing, the new Spinbase which just launched on Kickstarter at the beginning of November.

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

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

The Andover Audio Model One is really four devices all built into one concise casework, those being: a turntable, preamp, amplifier, and stereo speakers.… 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

Black Ice Audio taps the talents of Jim Fosgate, along with Clearaudio, Benz Micro, Vienna Acoustics | CAF 2019

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

Black Ice Audio CAF 2019

WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Black Ice Audio was showing the full line of electronics at Capital Audiofest 2019, with partnering components from Clearaudio, Benz Micro, and Vienna Acoustics.

Black Ice Audio CAF 2019

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

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

Black Ice Audio has tapped the talents and wisdom of audio legend Jim Fosgate. You may have heard of Jim Fosgate before, and if not that’s okay — sort of.… Read the full article

Spatial Audio, LTA, LampizatOr, Anticables | CAF 2019

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I tend to search out the Spatial Audio rooms at high-end audio shows such as the 2019 Capital Audiofest–they usually pair with Linear Tube Audio, one of my favorite amplifier manufacturers, and they always achieve an unusually tactic, enveloping sound that I find seductive. (In particular, I think the open-baffle Spatial Audio loudspeakers are one of the best pure transducers for the human voice, hence their slogan “Return to Purity.”) The Spatial Audio room was very similar to the rooms I’ve heard in the past, with Anticables, an LTA Z10 Integrated and a LampizatOr Amber 3 DAC.… Read the full article

Now Listen Here, Legacy Audio, Rogue Audio, Roon Labs, Audience Cables, and NAD | CAF 2019

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Jessica Sherrick of Now Listen Here

WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Now Listen Here was showing a full Legacy Audio and Rogue Audio display at Capital Audiofest 2019. Along for the ride: Roon Labs, Audience Cables, and NAD Electronics.

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

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

As I aimlessly wandered Capital Audiofest 2019, I was lucky enough to stumble into the Montgomery room where I truly “found myself” while chatting with Now Listen Here owners Aaron and Jessica Sherrick.… Read the full article

MC Audiotech launches the Forty-10, with Pass Labs, Wolf Audio, VPI Industries, Luminous Audio Technology, PS Audio, Symposium | CAF 2019

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Launching the new Forty-10 loudspeaker, MC Audiotech put on quite a show. Along for the ride: Pass Labs, Wolf Audio Systems, VPI Industries, Luminous Audio Technology, PS Audio, Symposium.

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

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

MC Audiotech was showing their Forty-10 loudspeakers, which is a two-way design open-baffle loudspeaker, using a line-source bending wave driver array that operates in full-range (unless crossed-over, but more on that later).… Read the full article