RMAF 2008

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John Atkinson Posted: Oct 14, 2008 10 comments
I admit it. I have found YG Acoustics' hyperbolic promotional material off-putting. But having recently listened to the Colorado company's 4-way Anat Reference Professional speaker system in Wes Phillips' system—he is reviewing it for our February 2009 issue—I made a point of seeking the speaker out for a longer audition at RMAF.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Oct 14, 2008 2 comments
On Saturday night, Bay Area Audiophile Society coordinator Bob Walters gave me a list of rooms he urged me to visit. Since two were on the 10th floor of the Marriott Tower, on which I had not yet set foot, I resolved to check both out. I'm glad I did. The tenth floor of the Marriott was like a gold mine. All I had to do was walk down the hall to the next room, and more glorious sound awaited me.
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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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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
Putting together a loudspeaker kit may be an art of an older generation. I had model airplanes and cars, but I often hear older audiophiles talk about the first loudspeaker they ever built. It always kind of freaks me out.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 1 comments
Hey, have you met Frank Schroeder?
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments
And here's that sexy Modwright-modified "Truth" Transporter with its tubed analog stage. Transporter owners can have their units modified for $2000, plus shipping; Modwright provides new units for $3800. All Modwright modifications are only available factory-direct.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 4 comments
Joachim Gerhard kneels beside his very attractive Amerigo loudspeaker ($5500/pair). The Amerigo is a 3-way bass reflex design with a 0.8" dome ring radiator tweeter and proprietary 6" midrange and 8" bass drivers. Gerhard uses expensive birch plywood because he feels it sounds better than MDF.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 13, 2008 1 comments
More beautiful woodwork was found in the Daedalus Audio suite. The Ulysses ($10,950/pair; add $500 for matching plinths) is Daedalus Audio's top-of-the-line speaker. It uses a 1" Eton dome tweeter, two 5" custom-modified Fostex midrange units, and two 8" proprietary woofers, and has a rated sensitivity of 97dB.

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