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Sonus Faber Unveils Olympica Nova With Audio Research – RMAF 2019

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Sonus Faber Olympica Nova speaker line at RMAF 2019. Shown with Audio Research amplifiers.

Call me silly, but I think it’s a bad idea to go to an audio show hungry. It’s day one of the show, or possibly day minus-one, as this is Thursday the “press day” where members of the press are given advanced access to smell, touch, and hear all of the great new products on display.

Mind you, not every manufacturer exhibitor participated in the press day, as that would require a Wednesday setup, and adjusting of all schedules and bookings prior to.… Read the full article

Moon Audio’s New 225W Behemoth 860a v2 Amp – RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

The Moon by SimAudio 860a v2 power amplifier from RMAF 2019.

While Moon Audio’s newest announcement might not be as large-and-in-charge as the flagship 888 announced at CES in 2017, the new 860a v2 is no slouch at 225w (into 8 ohms) and an asking price of a cool $18k.

At RMAF last week a media crowd gathered around a production model version of the 860a v2 with the lid kindly removed. Amid the rampant click of camera shutters, information was laid out on the newest edition to the family which boasts a balanced differential dual mono design with trickle down tech from the mighty 888 statement.… Read the full article

NOLA Unveils All-New Grand Reference Gold 2 – RMAF 2019

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 loudspeaker

This behemoth of a loudspeaker isn’t even the largest model in the Nola Speakers product line-up, and it surely isn’t the smallest by a long-shot.

The Grand Reference Gold 2 ($250k pr USD) sits second to the throne in Nola Speakers Reference Gold series of loudspeakers that runs six models deep, and ranges from 24-inches tall, up to 84-inches tall. The Grand Reference Gold 2 only towers at 71-inches tall, making it a formidable speaker to stare down when you don’t know where the volume knob is before the music starts.… Read the full article

Zu Audio & The Submission 6 Launch – RMAF 2019

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Zu Audio Druid 6 and Omen Dirty Weekend and Submission 6 at RMAF 2019.

The Zu Audio room is always done up as a dark, and mysterious playground that isolates visitors from all sorts of distractions visually and sonically. The space is large, but it’s just you and the Zu Audio system. Much like a sparring match, you engage the music, but never in a full-out fight — its testing you.

At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019, it was more of what Zu Audio is known for. The Druid 6 ($9,999 pr USD) towers [reviewed here], Omen Dirty-Weekend ($999 pr USD) towers, and the recent Submission 6 ($5,900 USD) subwoofer that were the talk of the show.… Read the full article

ZMF & The New Verite Closed-Back Headphones – RMAF 2019

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

ZMF Headphones Verite Closed Back at RMAF 2019.

Running a wide open exhibit every day of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 was ZMF Headphones. “Busy, busy, busy” was the name of the game all weekend for Zach Mehrbach, Owner of ZMF Headphones. So much so, that Zach was often unavailable for comment about his booth during show hours. As with such tragedies, there is usually a silver lining to be found somewhere, and in this case our silver lining had a name: Bevin Mehrbach.

Bevin Mehrbach is often referred to amongst the audiophile press (and industry partners) as “the brains of the operation” over at ZMF Headphones.… Read the full article

iFi Unveils New Zen Series – RMAF 2019

By | September 15th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

iFi Zen Blue

Browsing through the HeadSpace are of Rocky Mountain Audio Fest on Saturday morning brought me to some conclusions about Denver people and their weekends. Friday at the show, in all exhibits, was a madhouse of activity. Headspace in particular was more crowded than I was ready to deal with considering I’d be trying to gather information on new product from my favourite brands.

Saturday morning comes, and the show is much less busy. As it turns out, a weekend beautiful weather in Denver is important to the locals, and if it’s nice outside, good luck getting them to do anything indoors.… Read the full article

Elac Launches All-New Debut Reference Speaker With Andrew Jones – RMAF 2019

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Elac Debut Reference speakers

To hear Andrew Jones recount the starting of Elac’s American operation and foray into affordable speakers, it’s like listening to the character Quint from the movie Jaws (1975) tell us all about his battle scars.

The Debut series started out as Andrew Jones’ project to continue doing what he had done for Pioneer, but now under the Elac label. After some time, and great success, it was time to revise the Debut series ever so slightly to 2.0 status, and add twenty dollars to the MSRP.… Read the full article

Auralic Debuts Altair G1 Do-Everything-Box – RMAF 2019

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Auralic Altair G1

The all-new G1 series product making it’s North American debut at RMAF 2019, is the newly updated Altair G1 and it is one show-stopping device from Auralic that has a proud history to build on, so pardon the excitement. The new Altair G1 ($2,699 USD) is an all-in-one digital source and so much more. It’s a server, streamer, DAC, preamp, volume control, headphone amp, bluetooth receiver, and on-board storage (as an option).

A sneak-peek of the new Altair G1 was given in Munich earlier this year, and we were proud to report on it then.… Read the full article

Sony Debuts New Signature Series SA-Z1 Near-field Music System – RMAF 2019

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Sony SA-Z1 near-field music system

Sony Electronics Inc. was debuting their latest addition to the heralded brand’s Signature Series of loudspeakers. The star of the show, the new SA-Z1 near-field powered speaker system.

The SA-Z1 (estimated $9,000 USD) speaker system is a self-powered hi-resolution near-field audio-delivery system for music, movies, and video gaming. The included inputs cover the gambit of digital: USB, Optical, along with a specific digital input designed to get the most out of Sony’s Walkman® and other Sony Signature Series DAPs.

Sony also included various ways to tailor the sound experience with “blend ratio of the digital and analogue amplifier”, “control of the assist woofer motion”, “cut-off frequency of the assist woofer”, “the ‘assist tweeter’ time alignment.” 

The acoustic design concept of SA-Z1 is that of an ideal point-source.… Read the full article

Astell & Kern Talks Layla, Beyer and Activo – RMAF 2019

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |


Astell & Kern has been on a roll this summer, with new IEMs and DAPs making waves, as reported at CanJam SoCal 2019.

Much is the same with Astell & Kern at the Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest, as they release a few “brand-brand-new” products. Starting with the new third generation Layla IEMs. The Layla platform is a collaboration product made by Jerry Harvey Audio. Astell & Kern has been partnering with Jerry Harvey Audio and Beyerdynamic for quite some time now, so it’s no surprise that the new Layla’s come with pedigree build, sound, and history in the Astell & Kern brand.… Read the full article