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RMAF 2017: Lee’s Best of Show

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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This year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was a blast.

With the Marriott Tech Center all put back together and a lot of manufacturers and people in attendance, it felt like the show was back up to the normal high-energy level.  As usual, there was more to cover than I had time for.  And I covered rooms solid from early in the morning until late at night all three days.  There are so many great people involved in high end audio that I get energized by the excitement in the rooms and in the halls.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: The Pure Audio Project, larger than life

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Ze’ev Schlik is the founder of the Pure Audio Project and he is really on to something. Ze’ev is countering the often negative or fruitless experiences that many audiophiles looking to enter the DIY segment of the hobby encounter. As we all know, the internet is filled with: DIY forums, project videos, and theoretical discussions. Half of them spurious at best in terms of delivering the affordable sonic wonderland they promise. However, the demand for customizable, build-it-yourself audio projects remain. 

What the Pure Audio Project has done to change the DIY landscape is two-fold: 1) offer reliable speaker components and designs associated with some of the best manufacturing available, and 2) offer a truly DIY experience to customers without the risks often associated with garage designed plans.

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RMAF 2017: Troy Audio produces a mighty sound

By | November 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Confused and enticed, those were some of the things written about this room in my show notes. I entered this crowded room during a rather impassioned demonstration by Jesus Trillo, CEO of J. Trillo and Francois Saint-Gerand of Ana Mighty Sound. By the size of the two men, taking my own size into account, I think I’d better take a seat and retract my aura as much as I can. No interrupting these fellas.

What happens next is almost erie.Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Cables from Skogrand for under a grand

By | November 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’ve found many things to like about Skogrand Cables over the last three years, mainly being their sound, no you shouldn’t expect The French Laundry when swapping out one great cable for another, but in listening to many Daedalus, ModWright, Vpi Industries systems before, with either WyWires or Skogrand cables of the past, I’ve come to know what to expect from the equipment trio when it comes to cable changes.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is the second time I’ve had the chance to hear Skogrand’s Vivaldi series of speaker cables and interconnects.

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RMAF 2017: Wax Stacks, stacks up

By | November 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

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Stackable, Rackable, Packable

What started as an online Kickstarter campaign back in 2015, has since blossomed into a staple fixture and symbol of the vinyl resurgence of the 21st century. Wax Stacks responded to a burgeoning need for vinyl lovers to eschew the old plastic milk crates, and obnoxiously ubiquitous IKEA Lack shelving systems.

Granted each of the aforementioned: dairy containers and Swedish cardboard shelves, serves its individual purpose. Step in Wax Stacks to develop a product that delivers double-duty in being both a vehicle for transporting vinyl records, but also organizing your LPs into a customizable, lightweight, and rugged modular shelving system.

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RMAF 2017: The Sight of Sound

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

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A wrap-up photo journal of this year’s Rocky Mountain Audiofest in Denver, Colorado.

GTT Audio 
MasterBuilt Audio, Von Schweikert


High End by Oz
Raidho Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics


Neat Acoustics
Audia Flight, High Fidelity Services


Monitor Audio 
Roksan, Kevro International


Listen Up 
Tannoy, Peachtree Audio


Bricasti Design  
Wilson Benesch, Oyaide Cable


Zesto Audio 
Marten, Merrill-Williams Audio


LampizatOr 
Salk Sound, WyWires


Schiit Audio
Salk Sound


McIntosh Laboratories
Sonus Faber


Davone 
Rogers High Fidelity, Wax Stacks


Spatial 
Vinnie Rossi, Anticables


Voxativ 

Project Sumiko

 

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RMAF 2017: Ryan and Auralic light the way

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

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California based Ryan Audio has been making waves in a lake of calm, rocking a few boats along the way. Debuting their affordable R-Series speakers back in 2013 with great acclaim, it was only a matter of time before more courageous offerings from the minds at Ryan Audio would find themselves amidst the product menu. The Ryan Tempus III (currently $17,000 USD) debuted in 2015, and wowed many with it’s “more of what I like about you” refinements. If you follow their product line closely, that’s a significant jump in price from a perceived value brand.Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: SPL Offers New Features and Price Points

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

spl3Outside of the big CanJam ballroom at RMAF, several manufacturers like iFi Audio, Centrance, and SPL were setup  and the extra space there (and proximity to Pint Brothers bar) was welcome. SPL offers some of my favourite headphone amplifiers so I had to stop by.  SPL is a German company who seems to be as much, or more popular with the pro-audio community as it is the hifi-enthusiast market.  Their Phonitor became a dream piece for me when a friend here in Atlanta bought one and I heard it.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Headamp Introduces the Gilmore Lite 2

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Headamp always has their great Blue Hawaii and GS-X amplifiers sounding excellent at RMAF but this year was an introduction of the much more affordable Gilmore Lite 2 at $499 USD.  Shipping in a few weeks time, this amp really impressed me for its price point.

This device uses the same circuit (!) as their flagship dynamic amp the GS-X Mark II driving even difficult magnetic planar designs with 1.5W of pure Class-A power. The casework is superb but the amber light on the front gives almost an industrial/steam punk kind of vibe.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Rafe wraps up the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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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

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