The last couple of months have been a blur. Just days after I joined the team at Part-Time Audiophile and The Occasional, I was off to Denver to cover the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Then, just a few weeks later, I was driving down to Rockville, Maryland to cover the 2018 Capital Audiofest. Then I’d been home about a week before I headed out to San Diego to cover the debut of the Dan D’Agostino Relentless monoblock amplifiers and YG Acoustics Sonja XV speakers at Alma Audio.… Read the full article
I’ve been coming to RMAF almost from the beginning. Some 14 years later, the show news is that they are moving to the giant Gaylord resort near the Denver airport. This should be exciting but in many ways I will miss the Denver Tech Center. It feels a bit like the end of an era in high end audio. I am sure the new location will take the show to a new level for the hard-working Marjorie Baumert and her team from the Colorado Audio Society.… Read the full article
I haven’t attended a high-end audio show as a member of the press in nearly a decade, and I’ve never done a “wrap-up” before, so this will be both an honor and a stroll into the wilderness. The 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was indeed a thrill–I haven’t been there for the last two or three years and it was a pleasure to return. I had one small problem, however, with getting lost. This was the first time I’ve been to the DTC Marriott since the renovation, and everything was moved around.… Read the full article
Doshi Audio has grown into its commercial and critical success, achieving recent prominence in the high-end electronics community. Here at Capital Audiofest, Doshi Audio was showing off their current Tape Stage Preamplifier — universally considered the finest Tape Stage Preamplifier ever produced — in concert with their (Hybrid) Stereo Amplifier. This is Doshi’s first Hybrid design, which only needs only two gain stages to deliver 65 watts per channel into 4 Ohms (Other impedances available on request).… Read the full article
There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at Capital Audiofest … okay, okay, — I don’t know how many brands exactly, but it does seem like a lot this year. Which makes 2018’s event feel every bit like the “premier show of North America’s eastern coast”, that we often claim it to be. Fear not, as the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are here to be your surrogate audio show guide.
Here are some surefire rooms to get you started off on the right foot.… Read the full article
No friends, the profound John Devore does not have a new favorite pet of the great ape variety, he in fact, has a new reference loudspeaker which we got to hear at RMAF this year. The Devore Fidelity Orangutan Reference System is actually broken out into four separate cabinets, with two more mobile 10″ paper cone low-end transducers for the bass end of things – what John affectionally calls the O/Ref/B.
The the other O/Ref/A houses another 10″ paper cone woofer with a bronze phase plug with one 1″ silk dome tweeter and one off-axis .75″ silk super tweeter.… Read the full article
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