While a traditional loudspeaker listening session was somewhat of a delicacy at CES this year, it appeared that for those who did attend the focus was intensified. Less vendors = more foot traffic. The threat of only a single floor of HiFi didn’t shake off John Devore of Devore Fidelity from exhibiting. After all, he had some biz-ness to attend to. A new evolution of his gibbon loudspeaker line called the Super Nine was still making its way out into the public consciousness unimpeded.… Read the full article
I have been dreaming of this for a few years now, to finally listen to DeVORE Fidelity speakers here in Europe. My dream was even structured, I wanted to properly listen to these designs, meaning with serious tube gear and quality front end. The reason behind all this is our in house brewed DIY tube amps and the possibility to partner them with something that doesn’t require a kilowatt of power like my ATCs.
And in Warsaw there they were, the O/96 sitting on top of nifty Franc Audio Accessories stands, in beautiful zebrano finish and paired to some of the best tube gear money can buy, a complete set of Air Tight electronics.… Read the full article
Risky Business is a classic American film about coming of age, materialism, capitalist society, and taking chances. My son brought it up in a recent conversation about movies, and I couldn’t help but mentally compare it to the current state of high fidelity after reading John Stancavage’s closing piece on RMAF published HERE. Stancavage wondered aloud if high-end audio sales could remain buoyant riding a prosperous US economy, or (as I was imagining) if they would end up sinking like the Porsche 928 Tom Cruise’s character Joel lets slide into Lake Michigan during the film.… Read the full article
There’s something about John DeVore’s loudspeakers that intrinsically connect me to the music.
Jazz, blues, EDM, folk, rock, or pop… it doesn’t matter. The electron translations being performed by DeVore Fidelity designs – like the O/93 graciously provided to me by Soundhounds in Victoria, B.C., being reviewed here – would be listened to with envy by those involved with maintaining harmonious diplomatic relations between countries with disparate languages at the United Nations.… Read the full article
For the last few years John DeVore, and Jonathan Halpern have been hosting an exclusive speakeasy in the Denver Marriott Tech Centre during RMAF. It’s always in the same room, on the same floor, and for those that get the invite to attend it’s always a memorable experience. With rare spirits being poured, obscure, little known, amazing-sounding recordings being played over the sound system, and a cast of characters laughing, and sharing crazy audiophile stories from decades in the business, the evening is mixed into a cocktail of divine esoteric, musical, and intellectual spirituality – a bit closer to the heavens you could say – which makes a sort of sense since Denver is America’s highest city at 5,280 feet about sea level.… Read the full article
RMAF 2017: Mile-high in Denver with PS Audio, Fern & Roby, Nagra, Tidal, Zu, DeVore Fidelity, and Tone Imports
We first reported on the new Power Plant in September when PS made their initial announcement, but this was the first chance to see the P20 up close, and personal. First off, it’s massive, dwarfing the previous flagship P10 Power Plant by a significant margin, and outpacing the P10 in every department.… Read the full article
The following is a transcript after a late night session down in the listening room, recently.
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Me. “That’s not quite right, is it?”
Him. “No, it’s off. Listen – hear that? Sounds a bit thicker. The shimmer is missing.”
Me. “Nah, it’s not missing. It’s just subdued. The decay disappears too soon.”
Him. “Yeah, all right. I’ll buy that. Just like it wanders off for a bit, like it has somewhere else it needs to be.”
Review updates: Harbeth, DeVore, Totem, Pass Labs, totaldac, AudioQuest, Pro-Ject, PS Audio… coming from Rafe
2017 is rocketing past us, and with the summer at its nadir I thought it was time for a quick update on what’s happening with me up north here on the Best Coast in Vancouver. I’ve moved into a new place that is much larger than my previous one to accommodate the growing list of gear making its way to my door, and so my son could live with with me while going to university (most importantly).… Read the full article
Some equipment just speaks your language. Pass Labs designs have always been a favourite of mine on the audio-show circuit. They construct incredibly musical components with real sonic muscle that never sacrifices air or detail, so when I was offered an opportunity to review some of their gear I was very happy indeed.
After some thinking, I decided that my approach to this upcoming review would be from the point of view of someone looking to make the jump from an integrated amplifier to separates.… Read the full article