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Herb Reichert Posted: Oct 09, 2015 0 comments
During these shows, I tend to move through the halls like an invisible force is pushing me. For each room I take a picture of the sign, walk in and do a fast calculation about where to get the best photo of the setup. Then I introduce myself to the proprietor and ask for a sheet with prices and the names of the gear being demonstrated. Then I listen, collect more data, and ask a few questions. After about the second or third question I say, "Thank you. Bye . . . gotta go! I have 50 more rooms to cover." Rolling, rolling, and rolling . . . keep them doggies rolling. But always I try to make time for people in the halls who say they read my writings. Two of those readers I chatted with asked if I had heard the new Spatial Hologram M4 loudspeakers ($1295/pair). They thought the Spatial room had the best sound at the show. I admitted I hadn't. Promised I would. And, I am glad I did.
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Herb Reichert Posted: Oct 08, 2015 0 comments
VANA’s Kevin Wolf (right) with's Michael Lavorgna in the hot seat

Kevin Wolf and VANA Ltd. represent a group of distinctive high-quality/high-value audio products that are mostly right up my aesthetic alley . . . at the Denver RMAF, Vana was debuting the new Audio Physic Avanti loudspeakers ($8000/pair) and they looked and sounded brand-new, top-of-the-heap excellent.

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Herb Reichert Posted: Oct 07, 2015 2 comments
When I first met Jeffrey Catalano, he used an AR-XA turntable, a Fisher 500C amp, and a pair of AR-1 loudspeakers. Nowadays, he always has a world-class super system. I love listening to records with Jeffrey and I always feel bad that my show reporting only lets me stay a short while in his High Water Sound room at a show.
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Herb Reichert Posted: Oct 06, 2015 8 comments
RockyFest Award Alert!

Best Sound: Vincent Bélanger
Best-Sounding Component: Monsieur Bélanger's 200-year old cello
Best Choice of Music:
Most Impressive Audio Demonstration: Audio Note UK

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Herb Reichert Posted: Oct 04, 2015 16 comments
Jason Victor Serinus, Sasha Matson, and myself spent crazy time before the show started talking, scheming and dividing up RMAF rooms. But, in the end, after hours of planning, I finally declared, "You two cover the audio rock stars, I'll go find the rooms of the lesser known, still unknown, or up-and-coming, exhibitors that may have not made show-report headlines in the past. One such newcomer was Dennis Fraker, of Serious Stereo ("We Build What It Takes"). . .
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Herb Reichert Posted: Oct 02, 2015 0 comments
The beginning of every audio show is charged with a grinning ear-to-ear sense of audio-industry renewal, but the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, which started today at Denver's Tech Center Marriott, always takes that hopeful charge to its highest level.
Herb Reichert Posted: Sep 25, 2015 12 comments
When I began writing for Stereophile, I heard people whispering:

"Herb is one of those triode-horn guys."

Wrong. Most of my life, I've favored solid-state integrated amplifiers driving small, British-made speakers.

"I'm sure he hates digital."

Herb Reichert Posted: Sep 04, 2015 12 comments
My girlfriend, "bb," a 6'-tall Aries artist, always says, "Math, science, religion, and even history, are all simply stories we tell ourselves about our experiences with a phenomenon we call energy."

My father, Herb Senior—the Deacon—always said, "The fundamental nature of the universe is vibratory—everything we experience is just waves!" He explained that waves—possessing power, amplitude, and frequency—are the basic building blocks of our reality. The universe actually "works" and is "comprehensible" because these waves are not random, but organized into exponential intervals called octaves. Our job, he told me, was to recognize and study this mathematical (and mystical) nature in action.

It's a shame that bb and the Deacon never met.

Herb Reichert Posted: Sep 03, 2015 1 comments
They played Dead Can Dance for me . . .
Herb Reichert Posted: Sep 01, 2015 6 comments
Music played through custom Quads from Wayne Picquet of Quads Unlimited in Florida via Dave Slagle's Direct Drive Amp ($36,000 for two amps and two full-range electrostatic speakers) made me shake and sob (there are a bunch of witnesses) . . .


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