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2018 CAS Report by Marc Silver, Part 2

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

See Day One, 2018 CAS (CAS8), Pt 1

Day One, 2018 CAS (CAS8), Pt 2

After a short break back at my room, I am now refreshed and ready to see some more demo rooms.

Whammerdyne Heavy Industries/PureAudioProject

Whammerdyne is known for its very high-end low-output power amps. On display was what they call “The World’s Finest 2A3 Amplifier,” the DAA3+ RAM 22A3 ($6,900). By the way this is short for Damn Awesome Amplifier + Remote Advanced Magnetics. Have to admit it was pretty cool.

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2018 CAS Report by Marc Silver, Part 1

By | August 13th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Day One, 2018 CAS (CAS8), Pt I

I was able to start my morning at CAS8 a little before the show opened. This was Constantine Soo’s 8th show, and I for one was looking forward to seeing and hearing what was ahead for me over the weekend. Since I am writing this article post show, I should point out for the Dagogo readers that room systems change from when displayers submit what they expect to show and what actually shows up on set-up day.

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2018 CAS Report by David Blumenstein

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

The California Audio Show 2018, affectionately known as CAS8 has come and gone, but not without a fair share of sadness and nostalgia. Regional Hi-Fi shows are the lifeblood of the industry. We are talking about an industry which has the number of brick and mortar foot trafficked dealers dwindle precipitously the regional shows fill that void.

This was my first and won’t be my last CAS. For the sake of being transparent, the show runner is the publisher of Dagogo, and it is in this very publication where from time to time I commit my thoughts and perspectives to screens of various sizes and dimensions.

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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Final

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

The final part of my show report reveals the final two awards nomination, namely “Best System Performance” and the “Ultimate Cost No Object Design.” Both recipients come from the same room which were in Boardroom V. Since it is difficult to separate the components here I will say that CD sounded better here than anywhere else beating other rooms with vinyl or computer audio playback then I will award the Audio Note UK CDT Five Transport ($48,350) and DAC Five Signature ($87,825) as my Ultimate Cost No Object Design and Acapella Audio Arts High Cellini ($55,200 with La Musika integrated amp ($100,000) and Audio Note CD transport/DAC) as the Best System Performance.

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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 5

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

PureAudioProject/Whammerdyne/Verastarr/Exogal

Entering Boardroom 3, I found my choice for “Best Industrial Design” in the Whammerdyne Truth 2a3 amplifier and Best Value in PureAudioProject loudspeakers. This is a large, 69lb $25,000 amplifier that puts out 4.2 watts per channel. Cables were handled by Verastarr cables leading to the very impressive PureAudioProject Quintet 15 Horn1, each speaker utilizes four 15-inch woofers and a horn tweeter. However, they have several different options for you to choose and prices start at $6,990.
“Best value” is a difficult thing to asses at a show, but for a larger room I felt the Quintet 15 horn has the potential to sound a lot better with higher-grade front end electronics.
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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 4

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Another room that I quite enjoyed was Room 5205 using Eficion F250 speakers ($9,950), Plinius SA103 power amps ($10,150), Exemplar Audio eXception SE preamp ($5495), Oppo UPD-205 4k Audiophile disc player ($1,299) and Line Magnetic LM-502CA DAC ($1,800). I happen to own this DAC which sadly will soon be discontinued. This system had a big rich sound with big bass. Occasional bass boom in this room but I always like to remind people that this is the second floor of a hotel.
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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 3

By | September 1st, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Spatial Audio/Vinnie Rossi
Continuing with coverage of rooms with speakers under $10,000 that I feel offer good sound for the money, here is the Spatial Audio/Vinni Rossi room. This system generated a nice sweet sound with no bass issues. Unfortunately, they did not have a CD player which left me without the ability to play known tracks. The particular piece of music was classical and seemingly without much center fill. Nevertheless, I liked what I heard. There is some terrific potential here, enough that I would like to review one of their smaller open baffle designs.
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CAS7 Frank Cheng Reports

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Average Crazy Joe Audiophile attends CAS7

After a year of hiatus, the California Audio Show (CAS) returned to the Bay Area for its 7th iteration. The venue moved from hotels across the bay near San Francisco Airport (SFO) to the Hilton Oakland Airport, literally across the street from the Oakland airport (OAK). I’ve attended many shows in the past throughout the US as well as in Asia, but this was the first time that I attended a show wearing a press badge instead of an attendee badge.

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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 2

By | August 9th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Tannoy/Steven Lester Co.
In part 2, I will be covering some of the best budget rooms and components. Budget is relative of course, so these are rooms where the loudspeakers were priced at under $10,000. All of these speakers and systems sounded very good and it is sometimes difficult to separate one as being a better value because they may have had an inferior source component to a room with a much better player. Further hampering my overall impression is that some rooms didn’t have a CD player as a source which didn’t allow me to play the same source material from room to room.
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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 1: Napa Acoustic

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

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