Reflections of an RMAF First Timer

The 2016 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has come and gone, and here I find myself, back in the quiet comfort of Brooklyn.

Back with a glass of red wine in my hand, a table full of hot Indian takeout, and a dreamy Chet Baker serenading me through my modest system: a Technics SL 1200 Mk. II turntable with an Audio Technica AT440MLa cartridge (on a Technics headshell), a Fisher 800-C stereo receiver, and a pair of Rogers LS3/5a monitors sitting atop Skylan Speaker Stands.

What more is there to life?

. . . Or so I had thought . . .

Mon, 10/17/2016

Being There & the Summer of Love

Peter Wolter, owner of a hi-fi shop in the town of Orangeville, Ontario—about an hour's drive from Toronto—in another life worked in marketing for a major pharmaceutical company. This marketing experience undoubtedly informs Wolter's approach to audio retailing . . . he recently presented a vinyl playback evening, celebrating (a little early) the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love, and, coincidentally, the renaming of his store. (The pieces of strudel in the picture came from Peter Wolter's family's bakery. And, yes, they were as delicious as they look.)
Mon, 10/17/2016

Our November Issue: What's Old Is New Again

Horn speakers, with their often ridiculously high sensitivity and ear-shocking "jump factor," fascinate many audiophiles. But their sonic flaws can be as big as their musical and technical virtues. The November Stereophile features on its cover and in an extended version of Art Dudley's "Listening" column the Hommage Cinema speaker from German company Auditorium 23, which features remanufactured versions of classic Western Electric compression drivers.
Sun, 10/16/2016

RMAF 2016: An Assessment

All good things must come to an end…
Fri, 10/14/2016

RMAF 2016: One, Two, Three…Go

Did Ted Denney really start out my listening with "Hotel California"?
Fri, 10/14/2016

RMAF 2016: Wrapping Up with Herbo

In the room with the most beautiful speakers, they played Norah Jones…
Fri, 10/14/2016

JA Discovers Great Sound at RMAF

The last room I visited before the Wes Phillips Memorial, which was hosted in the PS Audio room Friday night of the show, was conveniently, PS Audio's. In my photo, the company's cofounder, fitness freak Paul McGowan, whom his daily email newsletter has revealed to be a talented writer, poses beside the humongous collection of PS Audio gear that was used to drive the Scaena La Maitresse Ultime speakers ($125,000/pair).
Fri, 10/14/2016

RMAF 2016: Wilson Premiere (and Other Delights)

At an hour-long Saturday-afternoon press event, jointly sponsored by Wilson and VTL, John Atkinson and I joined others to hear Wilson Audio's Peter McGrath introduce Yvette…
Fri, 10/14/2016

RMAF 2016: Hi Ho, Hi Ho…

…It's higher up we go…
Fri, 10/14/2016

A Great Hash of Demonic Sound

Or perhaps a duo effort by Chilton and storied Memphis producer Jim Dickinson?
Fri, 10/14/2016