RMAF 2008

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John Atkinson Posted: Oct 14, 2008 0 comments
A close-up of the Wavelength Cosecant v3 DAC ($3500) that I used for my hi-rez dems. Using a single 6GM8/ECC86 dual-triode to drive the single-ended, transformer-coupled output, this is one of a very few USB-input DACs on the market that runs the USB link in "asynchronous" mode, whereby the DAC controls the flow of data from the computer and not vice versa, thus drastically reducing word-clock jitter when those data are fed to the DAC chip. I was impressed by its sound, playing 24-bit/88.2kHz files from my laptop, so I have asked for a review sample.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Oct 14, 2008 2 comments
After a short visit to the Daedalus room, during which time Peigen changed speakers and cables, I returned to hear the F200's big daddy, the F300 ($14,900/pair). This is a 3-way, 4-driver vented box, with a rear-firing supertweeter, Air Motion Transformer tweeter, and copper shorting ring on the woofer to facilitate tighter bass. Frequency range is 24Hz–40kHz, sensitivity 89dB, and weight 158 lbs each. The speaker comes in two parts, so that the mid-and high-range unit can be used separately as a center channel with an impressive frequency range of 40Hz–40kHz. Associated components were the same as with the F200.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
Another thing that caught my eye in the Daedalus Audio room was this nifty, little wood case for the Logitech Squeezebox. Daedalus' Lou Hinkley told me that he had done it as a one-off project, but because so many people seem interested in it, he may decide to build more. The attractive wood case provides beneficial EMI shielding, Hinkley said.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 2 comments
The newest iteration of the Moscode hybrid power amp ($6495) retains the hefty aluminum faceplate which opens forward for easy access to the tubes.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 3 comments
Oh man. You see this record? It was only fifteen bucks. I really wanted it. I mean, it was kind of just there, looking at me, asking me to love it.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 1 comments
In my opinion, few rooms at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest could compete with the sound produced in the Ayre Acoustics/Vandersteen Audio suite. To me, the music created by this combination just sounded right. It was effortless, involving, and realistic without being overly etched or bright.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
And it's always a pleasure to catch up with Music Direct's Besflores Nievera.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 1 comments
Hiram Toro explained that he took the reigns of Koetsu USA when his close friend and Koetsu importer Ronnie Caplan unexpectedly passed away. Before Ronnie succumbed to complications following a heart attack, Hiram had promised his friend that he would take care of everything, fully expecting that Ronnie would recover from his illnesses. Hiram kept his promise and has maintained the Koetsu presence in the US market for the past two years. When he decided that that wasn't enough fun, he added Chario loudspeakers and Montegiro turntables to the roster.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
Something funny happened to me when I walked into the Marriott's Room 422. I had been feeling particularly stressed and particularly drained, and I really didn't want to listen to any more music or exude any more pleasantries. But I was suddenly relieved of all that negative energy—seriously, I could feel it!—upon walking into Room 422.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
I was very happy to finally meet Modwright Instruments' Dan Wright, possibly best known for his Modwright "Truth" modifications to popular components such as the Sony '9000ES universal player and Logitech Transporter.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
Allen Perkins and Immedia put together another great-sounding room.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 3 comments
Do you know about Oswald Mill Audio? Check out the website; it's fascinating.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
Remember that trend I mentioned earlier, the one about manufacturers and dealers bringing their kids along to the show?
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 1 comments
The more I hear Vandersteen Audio's loudspeakers, the more I find myself admiring their relaxed, controlled, natural sound. Richard Vandersteen, the fighter pilot featured in a recent banner ad on this website, was happy to present his Quattro Signature Mk.2 ($11,700/pair). It utilizes a 6.5" mid-bass driver derived from the Vandersteen Model 5A and sounded exquisite driven by Ayre amplification.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
Old and young—I mean, young and younger—dirtying their fingers and nourishing their souls, digging through the crates of vinyl.

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