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Capital Audiofest 2021 Vids 1

Treehaus Audiolab, Field Coil Loudspeakers and SET Amplifiers

Tenacious Sound, Perlisten S7T Speakers, AVM electronics, Innuos Clocker, Audience

Dr Vinyl, QLN, McGary amp, Reed Muse C3, CEC, Integrity Tru Glider arm, Backart Labs

Bending Wave USA, Goebel Divin Marquis, WADAX, CH Pecision, AV RoomServive AVPs

Acora Acoustics with Anne Bisson, Audio Research, Esoteric, Aurender, Transrotor, Cardas

High End by Oz, United Home Audio Super Deck, Borresen, Aavik, Anzus, Vitus, Thrax

TAD returns to North America! Pro Audio Design, Great listening session

T+A Hifi Electronics, HV Series, R Series, Series 200, E Series, CALA, Caruso

Black Ice Audio, Jolida, Fusion F360 Preamplifier, Fusion F100 Monos, Vienna Acoustics

Capital Audiofest 2021 Awards and Show Report

Reviewers View, The Capital Audiofest 2021

Acora Acoustics and Anne Bisson:
Anne Bisson singing live and Anne Bisson’s voice on the recording. Either way the Acora SRC 2 loudspeakers filled the room with emotionally involving sound. The recording was musical and detailed with great tonal quality; very close to the live Anne performance.

Associated equipment: Audio Research Ref 750 monoblocks, AudioResearch Ref10 phono and linestage, Esoteric CD player and DAC, Transrotor turntable, Aurender Streamer.

Audio Note UK/Déjà vu Audio:
Déjà vu exhibited with an entire Audio Note System. Spinning up Carmen from the album “Espana” put the mezzo soprano’s voice in the middle of the room. I always find the Audio Note exhibit rooms to be a profound and emotional experience and this was no exception. Equipment: Silver Audio Note Meishu integrated amplifier (it came home with us for review), TT3 turntable, CD 5.1X CD player and the super efficient ANE SPE HE loudspeakers.

Bending Wave USA:
Elliot Goldman premiered the Goebel Divin Marquis loudspeaker. Partnered up with the Wadax DAC, server and the new Atlantis X transport, the sound was nothing short of magical. We played a track from Leonard Cohen’s “Ten New Songs”. Warm without sacrificing detail with outstanding tonal richness. A music lover’s sexy dream.

Black Ice Audio:
Jerred Dunkerson CEO of Black Ice Audio featured the Black Ice Fusion 360 preamplifier, the Fusion F100 Monoblocks and the Vienna Acoustics Beethoven loudspeakers. Leonard Cohen’s voice filled the entire room and the sound was natural with detail and spatiality that could rival any room at the show.

Dr. Vinyl:
Jose Ramirez of Dr. Vinyl introduced the Reed Muse C3 turntable with the Integrity Tru-Glider Pendulum floating tonearm and the Beam Dual DS Audio cartridge. After dropping the needle on Mike Valentine’s recording, Carmen from the album, Espana, we were amazed at the purity of tone and the imaging. Quiet, precise and emotionally involving. A stand-out at CAF 2021. The rest of the room: QLN Prestige 1’s powered by the McGary Audio Amplifier, A CEC,2 chassis, CD player and Kleinbeck engineered, bespoke cabling.

High End by Oz and United Home Audio:
The sound was explosive when playing the “Chasing the Dragon”s, Espana master tape. The synergy of the UHA Super Deck with an outboard power supply and the Borresen 05 Silver Supreme Edition, floorstanding loudspeakers, the Thrax Maximinus DAC, the Thrax Dionysus preamplifier and the Thrax Teres Hybrid monoblocks was spot-on, delivering a holographic soundstage with unparalled dynamic range and rich detail. It was as close to being at a live event as I’ve ever heard at a show. My choice for best sound at the CAF 2021.

The room also included a Vitus SCD player with a DAC and the United States debut of the Hifi Stay Racks, imported by Ozan Turan of High End by Oz. Cabling was the Anzuz D.TC Supreme with a Mainz8 power distributor.

House of Stereo/Wolf Audio Systems:
A very large room with some of the best sound at the show. We played Anette Askvik’s “Liberty” and Leonard Cohen’s “Boogie Street”. The system delivered a huge soundstage, tight bass, spot-on tone and lots of heart.

System: TAD CR1 loudspeakers, T+A 40th anniversary M40 high voltage monoblocks, T+A SDV3100 Reference streaming DAC and preamplifier, Wolf Audio server and Synergistic Research’s UEF technology, cabling.

Refined Audio:
The new Cube Nenuphar BASiS was introduced to AVShowrooms by Refined Audio’s proprietor, Jon Ver Halen. The loudspeaker is a small cabinet with a 10” driver placed above a separate powered 12” woofer.

We played Leonard Cohen’s “Boogie Street” and this little loudspeaker filled the room with music. The sound was organic with holographic imaging and excellent dynamic range. Also in the room: Pass Labs XP32 preamplifier, Lampizator’s Pacific DAC. All cabling was by Silversmith Audio.

Tenacious Sound:
Shayne Tenace, proprietor, walked us through his system and introduced the very impressive PerListen S7T towers and subs. Combined with excellent electronics, we were treated to a listen of Leonard Cohen’s “Boogie Street”. The sound was layered, detailed and enveloping with perfectly integrated bass. Of the rooms I visited, I can easily say it was the most dynamic system at the CAF 2021.

Associated Equipment: Innuos Phoenix USB Clocker, AVM TA 5.2 preamplifier/DAC/Phonostage, AVM SA 6.3 amplifier and Audience cables.

VAC/Von Schweikert/The Audio Company:
The AVShowrooms’ video will feature Valve Amplification Company’s(VAC) Chief Engineer and founder, Kevin Hayes, premiering the very impressive Master 300 amplifiers. The Master 300’s employ VAC’s iq circuitry and Kevin explains in detail, in our video, the story behind the magic. It is a must watch!

First we played the LP of Bizet’s “Carmen” recorded by Mike Valentine of the “Chasing the Dragon” recording studio in London. The soundstage was enormous, the layering, detail and emotional impact of the presentation, profound. Next, we chose the track “By the River’s Dark” from Leonard Cohen’s album “Ten New Songs”, a song we played repeatedly at the show.

This system revealed information never before heard by either Peter B. or me. Mind-blowing. The room included: The Von Schweikert ULTRA 11 loudspeakers, the Kronos turntable with the SCPS, Critical Mass Olympus and Maxxum racks, MasterBuilt’s ULTRA cabling, Esoteric electronics and Aurender.

Robyatt Audio Company Showcase

Quad ESL 57 vs Quad ESL 63, Six Listening Tests, World’s Greatest Loudspeakers, Robyatt Audio

Robyatt Audio Tour Pt. 2, World’s best turntable, EMT 927st, Art Dudley’s Tonearm, Klipsch Lascalas

Robyatt Audio Tektron Featured Amplifier meets the Cube Audio Nenuphar Mini

Robyatt Audio Company Tour Pt. 1, The Studio, featuring Klipschorn AK6s, Tektron, Miyajima Labs

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, Butler, Miyajima, Schroder, VPI, CU 180 Mat, Finley Audio

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions Quad 57, BK Butler Amps, Miyajima Labs, Schroder, Technics

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, DNM Design Amplifiers, Wax Rax, Capital Audiofest

Robyatt Audio, Tektron Italia, OMA, Sound Carrier, Miyajima Labs, Analysis Plus, Mono vs Stereo

Robyatt Audio, Quad 57 Electrostatic Solutions, Miyajima, VPI

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, Garrard 401, Schroeder, Miyajima, DNM amps, THE Show Newport

Robyatt Audio, VPI, Miyajima, Wells Audio, DSA, TAD, Kanso, Silver Circle

Robyatt Audio, VPI Prime turntable, DSA Phonostage, Funk Audio, Jorgo Metalworks

Robyatt Audio Tubes vs. Solid State, pt. 1, Miyajima, VPI Classic Direct, DNM amps, Electrostatic Solutions

Robyatt Audio Tubes vs. Solid State, pt. 2, Miyajima, Zontek turntable, Electrostatic Solutions

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, TW Acoustic, Miyajima Labs, Tel Wire

Robyatt Audio, MONO vs STEREO demo

United Home Audio

United Home Audio Super Deck

United Home Audio UHA Ultima 4 Reel to Reel Tape Deck, listening sessions

Highend by OZ, United Home Audio, Vitus Amplifier, Synergistic Research

United Home Audio Tape Deck, ESD Acoustics Panda and Crane Series Loudspeakers

United Home Audio Tape Deck, ESD Acoustics Dragon Horn Loudspeaker System, New York Audio Show

United Home Audio Ultima 4 Reel to Reel Deck, ESD Acoustics Crane Loudspeaker, Synergistic Research

High End by OZ, Vitus Audio SIA 030, United Home Audio, RMAF 2019

United Home Audio, UHA Ultima 4 Reel to Reel Tape Deck, Greg Beron, RMAF 2018

Worlds Greatest Audio Systems, United Home Audio Reel to Reel Tape Decks

United Home Audio, Ultima 2 Reel to Reel Tape Deck

United Home Audio, UHA Ultima2 Reel to Reel Tape Deck, $1,000,000 system

Worlds greatest source component, United Home Audio reel to reel tape deck

United Home Audio, UHA Phase 12 PS, MBL Nobel Line, Reference Line, , Anne Bisson, THE Show 2016

United Home Audio and MBL at AXPONA

$1,000,000 The World’s Greatest Audio Systems and United Home Audio tape decks

United Home Audio, Phase 12S tapedeck, Luxor by Jolita MBL, Synergistic Research

A Synergistic Research system treating the MBL, Jolida Luxor, United Home Audio

United Home Audio, Jolida Luxor, MBL loudspeakers, Synergistic Research, AXPONA

United Home Audio, Luxor amplifiers, MBL, International Phonograph Reel to Reel tape

Jolida amplifiers, electonics, United Home Audio Phase 11s reel to reel tapedeck

Synergistic Research

Synergistic Research Ethernet Switch Review, Listening Session, Purple Fuse First Impression

Synergistic Research Foundation Cable Review, Full Loom, Six Before and After Listening Sessions

Synergistic Research Introduces MIG SX Footers, Listening Sesssion Demos, UEF Record Weight

Synergistic Research UEF Cable Riser AB Tests, Magico M2, Gryphon electronics

Synergistic Research Galileo Power Cell SX, new SRX Power Cable, Kharma, Thrax, Artesania

Synergistic Research at AXPONA 2019

Synergistic Research Episode 1, at the factory listening room with SR technology listening comparisons

Synergistic Research Visits $1,000,000 Worlds Greatest Audio System, Galileo, HFT, SR25 install

Synergistic Research Visits AVShowrooms, 25th Anniversary SR25 Power Cord Review

Synergistic Research Visits Mike UEF Install Listening Test, Magico S7, McIntosh MC1.25KW Monster

Synergistic Research UEF Technology Active Device Demo

Synergistic Research 25th Anniversary SR25 Power Cord and Power Cell 12 UEF

Synergistic Research, UEF Active Ground Block, Atmosphere XL4

Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE, listening tests

Peter Breuninger Reviews The Power Cell 12 SE, Atmosphere cables and more!

Ted Denney, Synergistic Research Pt. 1, Atmosphere XL, Black Box, UEFs at Peter Breuninger’s

Ted Denney, Synergistic Research Pt. 2, Atmosphere XL, Black Box, UEF Panels at Bob Grossman’s

Synergistic Research Atmosphere

Synergistic Research Atmosphere, pt. 2, how it works, behind the scenes

Synergistic Research ECT Install and Listening Observations

Synergistic Research HFT, FEQ Install 1

Synergistic Research HFT, FEQ Install 2

High End By OZ Company Showcase

Borresen 05 Silver loudspeakers world premiere, Thrax, Vitus, UHA, Ansuz, Highend by Oz

Thrax Audio Reference Separates

Thrax Enyo Amplifier

High End by OZ, Vitus Audio SIA 030, United Home Audio, RMAF 2019

High End by OZ, Vitus Amplifier and DAC, Ansuz Acoustics, RMAF

Vitus Audio SIA 030 Integrated Amplifier, Rockport Avior Loudspeakers, Thrax Turntable, Schroder

High End by OZ, Vitus Amplifiers, Ansuz Cables

High End by OZ, Ansuz Acoustics Cable test! Aavik U 150, Vitus Audio, RMAF 2017

High End by Oz, The Wizard of Sound, Aavik, Ansuz, Vitus from Denmark LAAS 2017

THRAX Audio Company Showcase

Thrax Lyra and Basus Speakers, Thrax Ares, EnKlein Cables, Dohmann Helix Turntable, Schröder Tonearm

Thrax Reference Review

Thrax Enyo Review

THRAX Audio, Helena II Speakers, RMAF

Thrax Audio, EnKlein, Seismographic, Zonotone, Schroder, Troy Audio Hellena II, Munich Highend

THRAX Audio, Troy Audio Hellena II, Great Plains Audio, EnKlein, High End Munich 2019

Thrax Audio, Troy Audio, Great Plains Audio, Achilles Loudspeakers, Altec Lansing, Synergistic Research

Thrax Audio, Lyra with Basus, new amps, Dohmann Helix 2, Schröder, EnKlein, High End Munich

Thrax Audio, EnKlein, Dohmann Helix, Schröder, Gold Show Winner RMAF 2016

Thrax Audio, EnKlein, Dohmann Helix, Schröder, Lyra, THE Show Newport 2016

Thrax Audio, EnKlein, Dohmann Helix, Schröder, High End Munich

Thrax Audio, Rumen Artarski, The Dohmann Turntable, EnKlein cables, Schröder tonearms, Stillpoints

Thrax Audio, The Dohmann Turntable, EnKlein cables, Schröder tonearms, RMAF

GTT Company Tour

GTT Audio Video Company Tour, Mola Mola Kula Integrated Amplifier, Kronos Sparta Turntable, Von Schweikert

GTT Audio Video 2020, What’s New Pt. 4, PMC Fenestria Loudspeakers, Kronos, Audionet, Kubala Sosna

GTT Audio Video 2020 What’s New Pt. 3, Klipsch La Scala, Cornwall, Heresy, Klipschorn Speakers

GTT Audio Video 2019, What’s New Pt. 2, Audionet Humboldt, YG, Kronos Sparta, Kubala Sosna

GTT Audio Video 2019, What’s New Pt. 1, Kronos Rack System, Audionet, YG Sonia, Kubala Sosna

GTT Audio and Video, Audionet in the News! Products of the Year!

GTT Audio and Video, The Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC and Outstanding Listening Session

GTT Audio and Video, The Kronos Analogue Solution Listening Session, Kronos Pro with SCPS, Phono Stage

Audionet WATT Integrated Amplifier Equipment Review, GTT Audio and Video

GTT Audio and Video, The Audionet Heisenberg and Stern ultimate amplifiers, & listening session!

GTT Audio and Video Company Tour, what’s new? The changing showrooms!

GTT Company Tour, Newest! Sonja XVs

GTT Company Tour, Newest! Let’s meet Mola-Mola’s fantastic products

GTT Audio and Video, Audionet PAM G2 Phono Stage and power supply options, w Reviewers View

GTT Company Tour, pt.1, let’s begin the tour with studio 1, YG Hailey, Audionet, Mola Mola, Kronos, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 2, let’s tour the big room, YG Sonja, Audionet, Soulution, Kronos, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 3, let’s listen to the big system, YG Sonja, Audionet, Kronos, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 4, what others say about GTT Audio & Video, Expertise, Friendship and Trust

GTT Company Tour, pt. 5, let’s visit Studio 4, Vivid, Audionet, Soulution, Luxman, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 6, let’s visit Studio 5, YG Acoustics, Auralic, McIntosh, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 7, let’s tour the desktop studio, Fujitsu Ten Eclipse, McIntosh McAire

GTT Company Tour, pt.8, let’s meet Bill Parish

Acora Acoustics Showcase

Acora Acoustics SRC-2 Loudspeaker Review

Acora Acoustics, What’s New for 2020, AVShowrooms Intro Series!

Acora Acoustics, Why Do They Use Granite, AVShowrooms Tech Series!

ACORA SRB Loudspeakers, VAC Sigma 170I Integrated amp with Phono Stage, Esoteric, Transrotor

Acora Acoustics SRC 1 Loudspeakers, VAC IQ 450i Signatures, Transrotor, Esoteric, Cardas

Acora Acoustics SRC 1 Loudspeakers, Esoteric, Audio Research Referrence 750, TW Acustic

Acora Loudspeakers, SRC 2, SRB Bookshelf Loudspeakers, Esoteric Electronics, Cardas, Audio Research

Florida Audio Expo Vids Series 1

Acora Acoustics SRC 1 Loudspeakers, VAC IQ 450i Signatures, Transrotor, Esoteric, Cardas

Endow Audio, T35 Point Array Technology Loudspeaker, Outstanding Sound

Highend by OZ, United Home Audio, Audio Solutions Speakers, Vitus Amplifier, Synergistic Research

High Fidelity Cables, Bafflex Loudspeakers, Professional Elite Power Cords, MA 70 Mono Amps

House of Stereo, Audio Shield, Wolf Audio Systems, EMM Labs, Credo Audio, VPI, Van den Hul

ModWright Intruments, PH9 0 Phono Stage, KWH 225i amp, EgglestonWorks, VPI, Stillpoints, Wolf Server

Pure Audio Project Quintet 15, Quintet 10, Open Baffle Speakers, VPI, Pass Labs, Luminous Arion

Raven Audio Celeste Speakers, Corvus Reference Towers, Night Hawk, Black Hawk, Silhouette MK amps

Spatial Audio, Linear Tube Audio, LTA, Lampizator, Anti Cables

Synergistic Research Introduces MIG SX Footers, Listening Sesssion Demos, UEF Record Weight

VAC, Daedalus, Lampizator, Wywires, Great Sounding Room

Florida Audio Expo 2020 Awards & Show Report

Reviewers View, Florida Audio Expo 2020, AVShowrooms Show Highlights

Acora Acoustics:
Exhibiting with the SRC-1 loudspeaker driven by the VAC Statement 450 iQ monoblocks, Val Cora walks us through his very impressive system for the AVShowrooms’ video. We played a track called “Earth Drums” on the digital front end to prove what a speaker made from granite can do. The sound was detailed with lightning-fast transient response and perfect bass integration. Associated equipment included a Transrotor turntable and a VAC Master Preamp with phonostage. Cables by Cardas.

Black Ice/Jolida:
Jerred Dunkerson walks us through the system and introduces a groundbreaking product designed by Jim Fosgate, the Fusion F360 preamplifier. In the AVShowrooms’ video Jerred performs an A/B test and first we hear Anette Askvik’s track, “Liberty” without any EQ. The exhibit room had no treatment and a good deal of slap-echo was apparent. Next, we played the identical track with the EQ and there was no echo. The soundstage opened up with improved bass integration and live-sounding tonality.

Classic Audio, Purist Audio Design:
John Wolff gives us a room walk-around naming the components including the Classic Audio T3 loudspeakers. Also, something new from Purist Audio Design, Jim Aud talks about the Corvus Diamond A/C chord connected to the preamplifier and the Corvus Diamond balanced cable for the reel to reel. We debuted “Killing me Softly” from Anne Bisson’s latest album “Keys to my Heart” on LP. The system delivered a huge soundstage with detailed and delicate vocals along with excellent tone. No shout, whatsoever. Amplification by Atma-Sphere.

Daedalus, Lampizator and Wywires:
There is no doubt that this trio makes beautiful music together, but joining forces with the VAC (Valve Amplification Company) Statement 450i IQ integrated amplifier is a game changer. This room had everything. Atmosphere, unrivaled reverb, dynamics and pinpoint imaging. Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard’s voice filled the room when playing the track “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”.

High End by Oz, United Home Audio:
Ozan Turan, proprietor, debuts the new Audio Solutions Virtuoso S loudspeakers. The associated equipment included United Home Audio’s Ultima 4 tape deck with the proprietary tape head, Vitus Audio electronics and Synergistic Research cabling. The system delivered atmospheric information from the track “The Carnival is Over” from Dead can Dance’s “Into the Labyrinth” encompassing the room. The sound was rich and vivid with standout imaging.

High Fidelity Cables:
Playing “Robots” from Kraftwerk is always exciting, but listening to it on the High Fidelity Cables system at the Florida Audio Expo 2020 was extraordinary. The system delivered phenomenal imaging with major impact. Holographic, atmospheric and nothing less than mind-blowing.

House of Stereo:
Joe Parvey, proprietor of House of Stereo and Wolf Audio Systems, joins forces with John McGurk of Audioshield introducing stellar new audio equipment to AVShowrooms’ viewers and show attendees.
Most impressive was the new Wolf Audio Systems new server, the Alpha 3SX. Joe gives us a full description of how the server works and its extensive technology. Another great discovery was the Credo 3-way loudspeaker from Switzerland. We streamed Anette Askvik’s track “Liberty” and the sound delivered was atmospheric, dead quiet without any digital artifacts, and with brilliant tone. The best I’ve heard this recording, anywhere, ever. A great sounding room; one to be coveted. Included in the room were the EMMLabs electronics, VPI turntable with a van den Hul cartridge and van den Hul cabling.

Legacy Audio:
Bill Dudleston, proprietor of Legacy Audio, talks all about his latest technology in the new i.V7 amplifier and explains the advantages of the Wavelet processor. We played the track “Robots” from the Kraftwerk CD on the Aeris loudspeakers and were treated to perfect bass impact and incredible imaging and spatiality.

Spatial Audio, Linear Tube Audio:
Hands down, one of the best sounding exhibit rooms at the Florida Audio Expo 2020. Clayton Shaw introduces his new 2 ½ way, open baffle loudspeaker, the M3 Sapphire. The Loudspeakers were driven by LTA’s (Linear Tube Audio) new Z10 integrated tube amplifier. What a great combination. The track we played was “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Tracy Chapman and Buddy Guy and the sound was explosive, detailed yet warm with lots of punch. Overall, musical believably as if in the best seat at a concert. Associated equipment included Lampizator and Anticables, cabling.

Synergistic Research:
Ted Denney, Proprietor, struts his stuff with another successful A/B test. This time with his new MiG SX footers for beneath your audio components employing UEF technology and more as you’ll see on the AVShowrooms’ video. We played the track “Song of the Stars” from Dead Can Dance. There was no doubt that with footers in place the sound stage opened up, imaging and layering were quite apparent and the detail and musicality were in full bloom. And, viewers, check out the new UEF record weight.

VAC/Von Schweikert – The Audio Company:
What a treat to listen in this room to Michel Jonasz on CD. The system delivered mind-blowing dynamics and pinpoint, holographic imaging. Included in the room were the Von Schweikert Ultra-11 loudspeakers, Valve Amplification Company’s (VAC) 452 iQ monoblocks, the Critical Mass top-of-the-line Olympus V-12 rack and Maxxum stand, Masterbuilt Ultra cables, Kronos turntable with the Black Beauty tonearm and Aurender and Esoteric electronics. The sound was concert-like with amazing dynamic range and impact.