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RMAF 2018: Eric’s Parting Shots, Wrap-Up

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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With only a few hours left on Sunday, the final day of the last Rocky Mountain Audio Fest to be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, I become sentimental. I decide to take a moment for myself. I go for a quick stroll through the remainder of the show, I collect a few extra photos, and maybe even take in a song or two.

Here, a photo tour of my last hours at the show.

Bob Sattin’s step-up transformers for Moving Coil cartridges are well known, and their sound: legendary.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: KRELL, Alta, Acoustic Signature, AntiCables; A renewed faith

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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KRELL Industries unveils their new K-300i integrated, Alta Audio shows off their superbly underrated Celesta FRM-2 speaker, Acoustic Signature supplies all things analog with a Triple X turntable, whilst AntiCables ties it all together with bow.

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Krell Industries, one of the first to ever offer a high-end integrated, debuted an updated K-300i integrated amplifier that sports copious amounts of power and connectivity.

Like the KAV-300i from 1996, and the S-300i over a decade later, the new K-300i aims to reclaim the helm the high-end integrated mountain top by delivering 150 wpc into 8-ohms, or 300 wpc into 4-ohms.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Bricasti, TIDAL; the present truth

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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From the exacting truth found in all Bricasti Design electronics, and delicate balance of dynamics offered from all TIDAL Audio loudspeakers, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a better exhibit of digital’s sonic prowess. It could have something to do with “true direct DSD”, but that’s something you’ll just have to find out for yourself. If given the chance, do give this duo an audition.

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Classical music in DSD. Is there any other way to do it? Not likely. Digital for most people tends to show its true colors when faced with the challenges presented by great classical recordings.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Kanto TUK debut drops jaws

By | October 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Now for something different. A self-contained system. Cleverly implemented into a powered loudspeaker; the new bookshelf or stand mount monitor from Kanto Audio — named TUK (pictured in white, also available in black). The Kanto TUK ($799 pr USD) is destined to be one of the most talked about loudspeakers of 2019 (scheduled to go on sale in January of 2019). Gobs of power and bass force underpin one of the most engaging and exacting top ends I’ve encountered under $1K.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: AURIS Audio; Handcrafted, Natural, Energetic, and Sensorial

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Amplifiers, DACs, headphone amplifiers, and speakers; all expertly crafted around a natural and cohesive sound. The Auris Audio components stand-out from the pack for challenging the conventions of both industrial design and sound. After hearing two systems from Auris at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, more than a few of Auris’ stable of products should be added to your auditioning short list.

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Auris Audio may be an unfamiliar name to many of you, and rightly so as it was recently founded in 2013 by a Milomir Trosic.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Amphion, Benchmark – A homecoming story

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs, that to my ear, offer comforting treble and mid-range that complement the Amphion philosophy of how bass should be done — natural and just right. From desktop bookshelves to floor-standing reference towers, a little bit of everything was on hand for our first audition.

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Amphion is in the honesty business. Outfitting some of the best recording studios in the industry, their targets have been to exhibit the most detailed and reliable information possible to the best tools we have in the recording studio, the human ear.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 Preview: Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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It’s that time of year again, RMAF 2018 is upon on us, and this year’s festival of sound proves to be just as exciting as any of the decade. Several of this year’s exhibits are North American debuts, along with a slew of new exhibitors bring their A-Game to Denver.

Here are just a few of the over 400 brands that will be showing this coming weekend. Be sure to make your way over to these rooms and booths for a listen.… Read the full article

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U.S. Audio Shows in 2018: Bigger, Better, More

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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It appears 2018 is going to be another hectic year for U.S. audio shows. One California event that was postponed last year is set to return — less than a week before another major show in the same city — and several others are upgrading to new venues.

The Home Entertainment Show (T.H.E. Show) cancelled its planned September 2017 event at the eleventh hour, but president Maurice R. Jung told me this week his show will return on June 1-3 in Irvine.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Xact Audio, CH Precison, Zu Audio, and Frank Schröder

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Xact Audio XX Mag Drive turntable.

This was not exactly your father’s stereo system… no wood veneer here, but that’s what drew me into the room: the look of all that gleaming CH Precision gear, (A1 amplifier, L1 preamplifier, X1 Power Supplies) and the two big, black, and silver Zu Audio Omen Def. MK IVs ($18,500 USD) that were hooked up to it. I’ve reviewed CH Precision previously, and have always been quite taken with the articulate, sophisticated, and tonally-balanced sound this Swiss company achieves through their circuit designs, so when I saw it paired with the badass, and incredibly transparent Zu MK IVs, I knew this would be fun.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: A mad dash in Denver with JCorder reel-to-reel, Bel Canto, Mr. Speakers, and Dan D’Agostino

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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I have to admit the hallways at the Denver Marriott Tech Centre were starting to collapse inward like a spiral tunnel, and I felt like my legs were running through thigh-deep water by Saturday afternoon at RMAF.

No, I wasn’t having a reaction to prescription flu medication, I was behind schedule, and exhausted after just finishing putting out our new PDF magazine The Occasional. People like Brian Hunter over at our sister publication Audio Head made mock fun of me as a “creative type” and chortled at the notion that I might need a few days to recharge.… Read the full article

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