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RMAF 2018: A Critical Eye

By | November 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have completely bought into the music reproduction industry ever since I heard the difference between lamp cord as speaker wire and Monster brand wire oh so many years ago. Yes, I built Heathkit and Eico kits when I was a teenager in the middle 60’s, but really had no idea what was really going on.

During this time I was developing my ear for music. Big band and classical when I was alone, and rock when friends came over, as well as getting an inkling of how the music sounded different through different types of components and wire.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Luminous Audio Technology, PureAudioProject, and VPI Industries; The sound of freedom

By | November 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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VPI Industries lends a hand and two tonearms, Luminous Audio Technology and PureAudioProject share a philosophy, and Soundsmith moves us — along with some iron.

VPI Industries was lending a hand to Luminous Audio Technology and PureAudioProject, by handling the analog section of the demonstration. Outfitted with a Grado cartridge (that I didn’t spend enough time listening to) and a Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Star moving iron cartridge (which I spent too much time listening to) that sounds as good as anything pushing $5k, though it’s street price is well under $2k.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018: Can Jam – highlights and high-sounds

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I am not a headphone guy. Even in my youth, I was all about the room filling stereo experience. Seeking to learn more about the culture of head-fi that has sailed far off port without me, I tap my friend Jameson to be my guide.

This is a sound I can really get used to. When we talk about loudspeaker voicing we talk about the sound a brand is often known for, the way they blend and present the various frequencies of the music.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018: KRELL, Alta, Acoustic Signature, AntiCables; A renewed faith

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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KRELL Industries unveils their new K-300i integrated, Alta Audio shows off their superbly underrated Celesta FRM-2 speaker, Acoustic Signature supplies all things analog with a Triple X turntable, whilst AntiCables ties it all together with bow.

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Krell Industries, one of the first to ever offer a high-end integrated, debuted an updated K-300i integrated amplifier that sports copious amounts of power and connectivity.

Like the KAV-300i from 1996, and the S-300i over a decade later, the new K-300i aims to reclaim the helm the high-end integrated mountain top by delivering 150 wpc into 8-ohms, or 300 wpc into 4-ohms.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Bricasti, TIDAL; the present truth

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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From the exacting truth found in all Bricasti Design electronics, and delicate balance of dynamics offered from all TIDAL Audio loudspeakers, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a better exhibit of digital’s sonic prowess. It could have something to do with “true direct DSD”, but that’s something you’ll just have to find out for yourself. If given the chance, do give this duo an audition.

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Classical music in DSD. Is there any other way to do it? Not likely. Digital for most people tends to show its true colors when faced with the challenges presented by great classical recordings.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Kanto TUK debut drops jaws

By | October 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Now for something different. A self-contained system. Cleverly implemented into a powered loudspeaker; the new bookshelf or stand mount monitor from Kanto Audio — named TUK (pictured in white, also available in black). The Kanto TUK ($799 pr USD) is destined to be one of the most talked about loudspeakers of 2019 (scheduled to go on sale in January of 2019). Gobs of power and bass force underpin one of the most engaging and exacting top ends I’ve encountered under $1K.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: AURIS Audio; Handcrafted, Natural, Energetic, and Sensorial

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Amplifiers, DACs, headphone amplifiers, and speakers; all expertly crafted around a natural and cohesive sound. The Auris Audio components stand-out from the pack for challenging the conventions of both industrial design and sound. After hearing two systems from Auris at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, more than a few of Auris’ stable of products should be added to your auditioning short list.

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Auris Audio may be an unfamiliar name to many of you, and rightly so as it was recently founded in 2013 by a Milomir Trosic.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Vinnie Rossi, Triode Wire Labs, Harbeth; More than the sum of its parts

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Vinnie Rossi was showing off his latest and greatest L2 Signature Preamplifiers and L2 Monoblocks, which could handle a slew Harbeth speakers (big and small) extraordinarily well. At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest the Harbeth 40.2 Anniversary speakers flat-out rocked the show when tethered — via Triode Wire Labs cable — to Vinnie’s new mono-block powerhouses. Without any doubt, a must see (and hear) exhibit at the show.

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The other popular room with Vinnie Rossi electronics at the show. Or was the other room, the other room?… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Amphion, Benchmark – A homecoming story

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs, that to my ear, offer comforting treble and mid-range that complement the Amphion philosophy of how bass should be done — natural and just right. From desktop bookshelves to floor-standing reference towers, a little bit of everything was on hand for our first audition.

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Amphion is in the honesty business. Outfitting some of the best recording studios in the industry, their targets have been to exhibit the most detailed and reliable information possible to the best tools we have in the recording studio, the human ear.… Read the full article

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The Voice That Is!, VIMBERG, TIDAL Audio and Antipodes – RMAF 2018

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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First-things-first at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018, find Doug White of The Voice That Is! This is one of my personal rituals of the audio show circus, and it always pays off. Doug consistently sets the bar for best-in-show sound, so visiting his rooms first leaves me with an audible experience I can call upon when touring and summing other rooms. During my visit with Mr. White, I had the pleasure of taking the first ever press photos of the new VIMBERG speaker line, from VIMBERG founder and designer Jörn Janczak.Read the full article

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