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Well Pleased AV, Vinnie Rossi, Qln, Innuos, Swisscables | RMAF 2019

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Well Pleased AV, a distributor based in Virginia, immediately scored extra points for the diagonal set-up in their exhibit room at RMAF 2019. When I’ve lived in a house where I had the space to do it, I did. Diagonal room set-ups for your audio system result in a magnificently deep soundstage, one that’s so addictive that it’s hard to return to the ol’ put-it-against-the-wall ethos.

Well Pleased AV hosted Vinnie Rossi’s debut of the L2i-SE integrated amplifier ($18,995), which consists of a Class A preamplifier design that can use 2A3, 45, 300B, PX4, 101D and other 4-pin directly-heated triodes along with a Class AB MOSFET power amplifier that puts out 100 wpc at 8 ohms and 175 wpc into 4.… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi, Innuos, QLN & Well Pleased AV – RMAF 2019

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

First things first at RMAF 2019, I had to see, hear, and lay hands on the new Vinnie Rossi L2 ‘Signature Edition’ Integrated Amplifier (L2i-SE, $18,995 USD).

But before I begin, let’s backtrack to 2018 where Vinnie Rossi showed us their new L2 Signature Preamp and Monoblocks. In that selection of components, DAC and phono cards, you’d be looking at nearly $37,000 USD to complete the electronics portion of the system. Now enter the new integrated in Signature Edition (~$19k) and Standard (~$13k) with the option to install both the DAC and Phono cards at (~$3,5k ea).… Read the full article

Saturday’s Highlights | RMAF 2019

By | September 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Saturday at RMAF 2019. The big day. The day when most people show up to high-end audio shows, the day when everything exciting happens. The halls weren’t packed because the layout at the Gaylord Resort is so spread out, but many of the rooms themselves were packed with attendees. The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is back!

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

It took me three times to get into the Parasound and Tekton room, where the amazing little $1195 NewClassic 200 integrated amp/DAC drove the huge Tekton Moabs, which inexplicably cost just $4500/pair.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: LinnenberG, QLN, Aqua Acoustic Quality, Innuos, GigaWatt, SGR, Swiss Cables; from Well Pleased A|V

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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LinnenberG shows us that Ruhr valley sound, QLN gets our name right, Aqua Acoustic Quality goes all optological on us, Innuos gives us our moment of Zen, GigaWatt whips the power into shape, SGR HiFi Racks hold things up and yet still get us there on time, and Swiss Cables leave no holes in the signal.

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The room could be best described; A seven brand volley of sound, from American “super-distributor” Mark Sossa at Well Pleased A|V. What Mark does to curate the best gear around is still a mystery to me.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: Must See Rooms, Saturday

By | November 4th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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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

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Well Pleased AV, Innuos and QLN – RMAF 2018

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As I came upon the Well Pleased AV room on the 5th floor of the short tower of the Marriot Tech Center, I could hear the familiar drone of Eddie Vedder’s voice calling to me from the hallway. The track was Long Nights from the Into the Wild soundtrack. An interesting pick, considering it wasn’t the “hit” or even one that gets played very often.

But Mr. Vedder sounded clean and clear, more “right there”, less haze, and more immediacy than most I had heard that weekend.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Innuos Statement at Well Pleased AV

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

Well Pleased AV was showcasing some spectacular sound, courtesy of some Qln loudspeakers, their Prestige Three floor standers. Some details: 8Ω, 87dB, down to 28Hz, $9,999/pair. Unassuming appearance, but with spooky-good imaging, the Qln speakers made the music eye-poppingly entertaining, and the overall sound in the room was a strong entry for best-in-show.

The other leading-role lineup in this room included the LinnenberG Telemann Pre ($5,600), the LinnenberG WIDOR amplifier ($19,000 — 150w @ 8Ω/250 @ 4Ω), an Aqua Hi-Fi Formula xHD DAC ($16,500), a Gigawatt PC-4 EVO+ power conditioner (10,300), and a whole loom of Swisscables.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Well Pleased Audio’s global brands speak same sonic language

By | October 21st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Lightning strikes…

Mark Sossa of distributor Well Pleased Audio Vida always is one of the most enthusiastic exhibitors I visit at shows. I’m not sure what his daily caffeine intake is, but even at the end of a long day midway through the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Sossa was still brimming with energy and eager to show his wares.

Much of that ebullience likely is due to his desire to get the word out about some of the uncommon brands he brings with him.… Read the full article

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QLN, Audio Hungary, Aqua, Innuos, AntiCables: Leave Us Well Pleased – RMAF 2017

By | October 13th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

Another Unassuming Room Wows Again.

Small rooms with small speakers don’t always draw the biggest crowds, and that’s a really sad thing, because more than a fair share of my favorite rooms at audio shows are the under 60 watt amplifier, bookshelf speaker, and simple system variety. There’s a good market for bedroom or second room systems out there. Also, systems for people who don’t want the imposing presence of audio equipment as it pertains for living room decor.… Read the full article

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