Vapor Audio & BMC at the Hyatt
As had happened at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, there were so many exhibitors wanting to show their wares at the 2013 show that there was some overflow housed at the nearby Hyatt Regency Tech Center. I'll be writing about the Scaena and Wilson exhibits at the Hyatt in stories to be posted later, but the first room I went into featured speakers from a company of which I had been unaware, Missouri-based Vapor Audio (www.vaporsound.com). The floor-standing Joule Black speakers ($12,995/pair) were being demmed with a BMC preamplifier and monoblock amplification, but beyond that I have nothing to write as no-one in this room seemed interested either in playing me music or giving me any information.
AT the other end of the large room were the smaller Vapor Nimbus speakers ($8695/pair), driven by Arte Forma tube amplification from Taiwan with a front end featuring the excellent Empirical Audio digital components, including the Overdrive SE DAC ($5999) and the Off-Ramp 5 HDMI USB converter (from $12999 depending on options). But this system was quiet.