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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

Computer Audio Design (CAD), Aesthetix, Boenicke Audio, HRS, Bibacord | RMAF 2019

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CAD Aesthetix Boenicke RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — Earlier this year I had the chance to visit with Computer Audio Design (CAD) designer Scott Berry at T.H.E. SHOW 2019 in Long, Beach California. This time around it’s Denver, and what was an impressive showing just got a more exciting. And this time, I brought along a few friends.

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

Computer Audio Design‘s (CAD) previous showing at T.H.E. SHOW earlier this year was impressive for many reasons, but I want to share now just one specifically.… Read the full article

Sony SA-Z1 and the Art of Near-Field Listening | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Sony SA-Z1 “desktop” system is poised to revolutionize near-field listening for a number of discerning audiophiles. The Sony SA-Z1, which will retail in the high four-figure range when it’s released, consist of two active speakers, a DAC and even room correction, and the folks at Sony are quite excited at the sonic capabilities of this very innovative and somewhat unusual system.

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

What type of discerning audiophiles will flock to the Sony SA-Z1?… 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

Haniwa Audio | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Haniwa Audio has always meant one thing to me–fabulous phono cartridges. I’ve always considered them one of those small Japanese companies, like Miyajima or My Sonic Lab or a half-dozen others that have a Zen-like approach to the art of the “record needle.” I was surprised when I walked into the Haniwa Audio room at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and witnessed an entire system–speakers, amps, turntable, phono pre–all made by Haniwa.

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

Most unusual was the tiny HSP01 horn speakers ($25,000/pair with the HDSA01 Digital Phase Control System amplifier) that nevertheless produced a big and dynamic sound with LPs from Harry Pearson‘s recommended list of recordings.… Read the full article

Parasound and Tekton | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I made a joke to a fellow show attendee when I entered the Parasound and Tekton room at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and I saw the massive, almost phone booth-size Tekton Moab speakers. Based on what I read from John Richardson’s review of the Tekton Pendragon loudspeakers from a few years ago, I know that Tekton is one of those new generation loudspeaker manufacturers that offer an enormous amount of product for surprisingly little money. So I took one look at these monsters, each one with a 15-tweeter array, and said, “Yeah, these probably retail for $4000.”

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

I was, of course, a little off.… Read the full article

Sonore, Bricasti Design, Vivid Audio, Cardas Audio | RMAF 2019

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Bricasti Vivid Sonore RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — Sonore, along with Vivid Audio, Bricasti Design, and Cardas Audio put together an impressively clean sounding exhibit of undoubtedly high-end sounds. The Vivid Audio KAYA 45 tower loudspeakers held my attention for much longer than I expected. Enough so that I ended up skipping lunch for the second day in a row.

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

Bricasti Vivid Sonore RMAF 2019

Let’s start with the Bricasti M25 ($18,000 USD) stereo amplifier however.… Read the full article

Acora Acoustics, Esoteric, Aurender, Cardas | RMAF 2019

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Acora RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — At the beginning of the summer Marc Phillips and myself attended T.H.E. SHOW 2019 in Long Beach, California. While there we both independently discovered Acora Acoustics, and during a mid-day lunch meeting exclaimed our love for the Acora sound. It’s a good sign when a blind consensus forms among the writers.

Acora RMAF 2019

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

Marc and I were so duly impressed with the new loudspeaker company from Ontario, Canada that we both included it in our show coverage.… 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