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Robyatt Audio Company Showcase

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

Acora Acoustics Showcase

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.

NY Audio Show 2019 Awards & Videos

Audio Note CD 4 1X, TT3 Turntable, S8 SUT, Jinro Amplifier, AN E Lexus Signature Speakers

ESD Acoustics Dragon Series Horn Loudspeaker System, United Home Audio Tape Deck

ESD Acoustics Panda and Crane Series Loudspeaker Systems and Amplifiers, United Home Audio Tape Deck

Haniwa Audio, HSP01 Single Driver Speakers, CL Phono Cartridge, HDSA01 Integrated Digital Amplifier

Laufer Teknik, Porzilli Note Loudspeakers, SVS 4000 Subwoofer, Absolare, Memory Player

Luxman, Triangle, Magellan Quatro Speakers, MQ 88MC Stereo Tube amplifier, PD171A Turntable

Onkk Cue DD Turntable, Martin Logan Expressions, Music First Linestage, Merrill Audio Amps

Pure Audio Project Open Baffle Speakers, Pass Labs Amplifiers, VPI

Robyatt Audio, New Rogers LS3 5A, The Story of This Legendary Loudspeaker, Mytek Digital Brooklyn

Sound by Singer, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Einstein Amplifiers, Acoustic Signature Turntable

Technics, SPG 90 Speakers, SLG700 K DAC and Server, SUG700 Amplifier, 1210GR Turntable

Well Pleased Audio Vida, Vinnie Rossi L2i SE Integrated Amplifier, QLN Prestige Three, Innuos

Woodbridge Stereo, Martin Logan Neolith, Mark Levi0c1qwbnEokcnson Amplifiers, VPI Vanquish

Capital Audiofest 2019 Vids 3

Classic Audio Loudspeakers, T3 listening session, Purist Audio Design, Tri Planar, Atma Sphere

Gingko Audio, PS2 DAC, Dana Cables, Clarissa LE Loudspeakers, Gingko Arches

GT Audio Works, Sound Insight, Pass Labs, Triode Wire Labs, Basis Audio, Mosart Audio Cabinet

Odyssey Audio, Stratos Monoblocks, Magnan Cables, VPI Turntable, Soundstage Experts

Tekton Design Moab Loudspeakers, Exogal Audio, McGary Audio Tube Amplifier, Anti Cables

Triangle Australe Speakers, Tsakiridis Amplifiers, Soulines

VPI Vanquish Turntable, Krell Amplifiers, Kef Muon Speakers, Nordest Odin Cables, Capital Audiofest

Capital Audiofest 2019 Vids 2

Audio Thesis, High Fidelity Cables Reveal Series, Rosso Fiorentino Loudspeakers, Norma DS1

Black Ice Audio, Foz Aries Headphone Amplifier, The Best Headphone Amp I’ve Ever Heard!

Endeavor Special Edition Loudspeakers, ESE Speakers, Von Schweikert Audio

Jolida, Black Ice Audio, Fusion F360 Preamp, Fosgate Aries DAC, F159 Phono Stage, Vienna Acoustics

Legacy Audio iV7 amplifier, Now Listen Here, Rogue Audio Sphinx V3, Audience Cables

Modwright Labs AI 325 Integrated Amp, PH 9 0 Phono Stage, Fern and Roby Raven

Overture Audio, Magico M2 Speakers, Technics SL 1000, Esoteric Grandioso Electronics

Refined Audio, Cube Audio Mini Nenuphar, TW Acustic, EMIA Amplifiers

Spatial Audio M3 Sapphire Loudspeakers, Linear Tube Audio, Innuos , Lampizator, Audience, AntiCables

Wolf Audio Alpha 3 SX Server, Tenacious Sound, EgglestonWorks Nico, VPI, Audience Cables

Capital Audiofest 2019 Vids 1

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

Audionet Humboldt Amplifier World Premier, GTT Audio and video, YG Acoustics, Kubala Sosna, Kronos

Classic Audio Loudspeakers New T9 Speaker, Purist Audio Design, Tri Planar, Atma Sphere

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

Gingko Audio Sextet Modular Speaker System, Pure Audio amp, Lampizator, VPI, Dana Cable

High Fidelity Cables, Backert Labs Rhythm 1.3, Soundstage Racks and Platforms, Rosso Fiorentino

MC Audiotech Forty 10 2 way loudspeaker, Pass Amplifier, Wolf Audio Server, VPI, PA Audio

Raven Audio CeLest Tower Audiophile Loudspeakers, Nighthawk MK3 amplifier

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

The Audio Company, VAC, Von Schweikert, Critical Mass, Kronos, Esoteric, MasterBuilt Cables

Well Pleased AV, QLN Prestige Three SE, Innuos Statement, Vinnie Rosie L2i SE, Gigawatt, Triode Wire

Capital Audiofest 2019 Awards & Show Report

Reviewers View, The Capital Audiofest 2019

Acora Acoustics:
Playing a track from Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” album in the Acora Acoustics room gave us a deep, three-dimensional sound. The palpable grittiness and growl of Bruce’s voice was encapsulating as the solid granite Acora SRC1 loudspeakers pressurized the room. The bass was effortlessly natural with a deep soundstage. Bruce’s voice was articulate without sacrificing any of the warmth. Associated equipment were the Esoteric and Audio Research electronics.

Backert Labs, Soundstage Audio:
Andy Tebbe of Backert Labs waxes so enthusiastically when describing products in his exhibit room, I couldn’t wait to take a listen. Well, listen we did to David Bowie’s LP track, “Lazarus” and the sound was realistic and full of information in a non-fatiguing way. Truly, one of the very best sounding rooms at The Capital Audiofest 2020. Andy also talks in the AVshowrooms’ video about his room’s improvement thanks to Rick Shultz’s High Fidelity Cables’ loom and power strip. Andy also describes in the video his very own Backert Labs’ preamplifier with Teflon capacitors in the power supply and more. The speakers were from Rosso Fiorentino, the turntable was Acoustic Signature and the power amplifier, also from High Fidelity Cables, was the M1. Platforms and stands from Soundstage Audio.

Black Ice Audio by Jolida:
One of the biggest surprises at Capital Audiofest 2019 was the Black Ice headphone amplifier incorporating Jim Fosgate’s technology. You could adjust everything from the surround sound to the EQ; the bass and sub-bass. Peter B. listened to a track from Kraftwerk, and by his expression alone, I could tell he was extremely impressed. He said that he was getting concert level sound that he had never experienced before with a pair of headphones.

ESD Acoustics with United Home Audio:
David Dai of ESD Acoustics and Greg Beron of United Home Audio give a detailed walk-through touching on each component in the room. The ESD “Crane” carbon fiber, horn loudspeakers were driven by Aesthetix electronics and the front end was the United Home Audio Ultima 4 tape deck with the outboard power supply. We played a beautiful recording by Ed Pong featuring violin and piano and the sound was natural, effortless, detailed and, most importantly, emotionally involving. As good as it gets. The cables were Synergistic Research and Greg explains in the AVShowrooms’ video why he favors SR.

GT Audioworks/Sound Insight:
GT Audioworks continues to get some of the best sound, year after year. This year at Capital Audiofest 2019, we opted to spin the Dead Can Dance lp Spiritchaser; specifically, the track “Song of the Stars” on the Basis Audio turntable with the Basis Audio tonearm. The lateral imaging was off the charts, the sound was detailed with impact, dynamics and low-end slam. Of course, the Pass lab monoblocks driving the speakers had a lot to do with the overall presentation. Included in the room was the Mosart Cabinet, Esoteric and the Innuous server. All wiring was by Triode Wire Labs.

GTT Audio:
The Audionet Humboldt Integrated amplifier made its world premiere in Bill Parish’s GTT Audio room at the Capital Audiofest 2019. We played the track “Song of the Stars” from the LP, “Spiritchaser” with the YG Acoustics’ Carmel 2 loudspeakers delivering, in my experience of this much played track, an unprecedented amount of information with lots of spatiality, spot-on phase delivery and an enormous soundstage. Of course, every component in the room makes for an exceptional sounding room. The turntable was the Kronos Sparta with the new power supply, the DAC was the Mola Mola Tambaqui and all cables were Kubala-Sosna.

Odyssey Audio:
Klaus Bunge, proprietor, continues to impress with his affordable audio. However, this year at Capital Audiofest 2019, he has raised the bar to equal and exceed the sound of rooms with equipment costing 10 to 20 times more. We played “Song of the Stars” on the VPI turntable and the system delivered a layered bass, huge soundstage and brilliant image density. Cabling by Magnan Cables.

Robyatt Audio:
What’s old is new again. The restored Quad 57 loudspeakers driven by Butler amplifiers gave us music without any artifacts. Anne Bisson/Vincent Belanger’s “Fly Away” from the album “Conversations” never sounded this good to me and its an album I play over and over. Anne’s voice was in the middle of the room and the entire sound wrapped itself around me as if an embrace. Perfect transient response and outstanding dynamic range, Robyatt Audio was my takeaway room at the show.

Spatial Audio, Linear Tube Audio and Lampizator.
Clayton Shaw of Spatial Audio debuts the M3 Sapphire loudspeaker and talks in detail about his new product in the AVShowrooms’ video. Also, Fred Ainsley, describes the new Lampizator Amber 3 DAC that includes technology from its pricier siblings. Mark Schneider, founder of Linear Tube Audio, impresses us with the Integrated Z10 amplifier that includes a David Berning-designed preamplifier. This entire system is just under $10,000 and punches way beyond that price point and I mean way beyond. This is one of the best systems I’ve heard at a show this year. We played a track from Musica Nuda and the bass was perfectly natural and perfectly integrated with the rest of the frequency response. Lightning-fast transient response delivered a natural and emotionally engaging sound. Audience Audio supplied the power conditioner and cabling was by Anticable. Innuos was the server.

The Audio Company, VAC/VonSchweikert:
The Capital Audiofest might be just another show without the spectacle The Audio Company brings to the festival. This year, Kevin Hayes of Valve Amplification Company (VAC) debuts his Statement 452 Musicbloc amplifiers continuing on with his vertical format design. Kevin explains in detail, in the AVShowrooms’ video, his design and design philosophy. It was apparent to this listener that the overall sound in the room was elevated by a giant leap the first time I stepped into the room because of the amplification.

Another bonus in the video is Leif Swanson and Damon Von Schweikert of Von Schweikert Audio describing every aspect of the design of the Ultra 11 loudspeakers. The racks and platforms are by Critical Mass, the turntable was the Kronos Pro with the SCPS, the electronics, including a newly redeveloped transport, Esoteric and the cables were Masterbuilt. We played a live track from Michel Jonasz on Sunday and the soundstage filled the room. As always, The Audio Company delivered a holographic, realistic, detailed presentation as if we were at the concert.

RMAF 2019 Vids Series 3

Audio Research, Sonus Faber Olympica Nova V, Aurender, Shunyata

Auralic, Cardas Cables, Ayre Electronics, Dali Loudspeakers

Gated HiFi, Aavik Acoustics, Ansuz Acoustics, New Borresen Acoustics Speaker, NAIM

Kimber Kable, WBT Connectors Plasma Coating Process, EMM Labs, Meitner, Focal, SME

PS Audio AN3 Louspeakers, Stellar Phono Preamp, BHK Signature

Tweak Studio, Maglev Turntable, Stein Audio, Stillpoints, Reed Turntable, Music Hall

YG Acoustics Sonya 2.3, VTL Siegfrieds, VTL TP 6.5 Phone Stage, Nordost Odin 2 Cables, VPI

Zu Audio Druids, Pass Labs XA25, Pass Labs XP 12 preamplifier, Pass Labs XP 17 phono stage,

RMAF 2019 Vids Series 2

Dana Cable, Lazuli Nirvana Headpone Cables, Sparkos Labs, Inc Headphone amps

Gated HiFi, Kudos Titan 505, NAIM Electronics, Ansuz DTC, Rega turntable

High End by OZ, Vitus Audio SIA 030, United Home Audio, Audio Solutions Loudspeakers

Lu Kang Audio, COS Engineering, MusiChi, VAC, Sanctus Cable

NVS Sound, Stenheim Alumine 5 Loudspeakers, CH Precision

Wavelength Audio, Gordon Rankin, DuKane Plasma loudspeakers, Vaughn, MJ Acoustic, AudioQuest

Xact Audio, CH Precision, Nordost, Rockport Technologies Atria II Loudspeakers, Steve Dobbins

Aaudio imports Company Tour

The Showcase Tour Begins

Aaudio Imports Company Tour, Pt. 1, Listening Room Equipment and Listening Session

Aaudio Imports Company Tour, Pt. 2, Wilson Benesch Eminence Speakers, Hartvig, Ypsilon amps

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch Resolution, Ypsilon Electronics, Stage III, Aurender, HB Cable Design

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch speakers, Ypsilon Amplifiers, Thales, Stage III, RMAF 2017

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch, HB Cable Design, Stage III cables, Ypsilon amplifiers, Thales LAAS

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch Discovery II speakers, Thales, Ypsilon, Stage III, HB Cable Designs

Wilson Benesch Joins Aaudio Imports

New products from Audio Imports

Legacy Products

Three State-of-the-art Listening Studios:Listening Studio Number One

Listening Studio Number Two

Listening Studio Number Three

Ypsilon Electronics

Ypsilon SET 100 Ultimate

Ypsilon Aelius Amplifier

Ypsilon PST 100 MKII

Ypsilon DAC 100 Stereo Valve DtoA Converter

Ypsilon CDT 100 CD Transport, CD Player

Ypsilon VPS 100 Phono Stage

HB Cable Designs

Power Distribution Systems:HB Cable Design PowerStar Horizon

HB Cable Design PowerSlave Acrylic

HB Cable Design PowerSlave Marble

RMAF 2019 Vids Series 1

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

Alta Audio World Premier, Alec Loudspeakers, Krell, VPI, ZenSati

Bending Wave USA, Goebel High End Divin Noblesse, CH Precision, Kronos Pro, Goebel Cables

Innuos Phoenix USB Re clocker, AB test, Ayre DAC, Boulder amp, YG Acoustics Vantage speakers

Next Level HiFi, Borresen 01 Loudspeakers, Aavik Acoustics U 380, Ansuz Acoustics, Show Winner

Raidho TD 2 2 Loudspeakers, VPI Turntable, Simaudio Moon, Nordost Cables, Show Winner!

Sigma Acoustics MAAT VECTOR XAC Loudspeakers with AGD VIVACE GAN Tube Amplifiers

Sonare Music Servers, Small Green Computer, Simple Design LLC, Bricasti M25, M21, Cardas, Vivid

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

Tekton Design Audio, $4,500 Moab Loudspeakers, Parasound Electronics

Troy Audio Hellena II Statement Loudspeakers, Thrax Electronics, Schroder Tonearm, Zonotone Cables

Well Pleased Audio Vida, Vinnie Rossi L2i SE Amplifier, QLN Speakers, Innuos, SGR, Swiss Cables

RMAF 2019 Awards & Show Report

RMAF 2019 Reviewers View

Bending Wave USA:
This system was like liquid gold. We played a live Michel Jonasz track and the sound was delicate, detailed and organic with information in the lower frequencies I’ve not heard on this piece of music before. The loudspeakers were the Goebel High End “Divin Noblesse”, the electronics were by CH Precision and the source was the Kronos Pro turntable with the Super Capacitor Power Supply. Cabling also by Goebel High End.

Innuos:
The debut of the Phoenix USB Reclocker was a resounding success as Nuno Vitorino did an A/B test with the Phoenix connected to the Innuos Zenith Mk3, then removed. You’ll get to listen to the comparison on the upcoming AVShowrooms’ video. An organic and emotionally involving Lisa Gerrard’s “Wind that Shakes the Barley” was hauntingly beautiful without engaging the PhoenixUSB Reclocker; however, there were very noticeable sonic improvements when the reclocker was connected. The soundstage opened up, Lisa’s voice had more space and air around it with added dimension. The loudspeakers were the YG Acoustics “Vantage” with Boulder and Ayre Acoustics amplification. My take-home fantasy, for sure.

Next Level HiFi:
Tyler Mueller, proprietor of Next Level HiFi along with Lars Kristensen of Aavik/Ansuz delivered one of the best sounding exhibit rooms, I had the pleasure visiting at RMAF 2019. Debuting, was the U380 Aavik integrated amplifier that includes 2 DACS and a phonostage. The amplifier was significantly more organic sounding than the U300 without sacrificing any of the detail. The loudspeakers, the Borresen .01 standmounts, the smallest LS in the Borresen lineup was set up in the largest exhibit room at the show. This brave and aggressive experiment was a resounding success. Tyler proved that these little guys could fill a big room with concert level sound, effortlessly. We played two female vocal tracks, “All about You” and “Liberty”; the voices were hanging in space in the center of the room and the sound was enhanced by the large space.

Raidho Acoustics:
Benno and Ronnie of Raidho Acoustics debuted the new TD2.2 loudspeaker with new, in-house made drivers. Benno’s goal to create a small floorstander with the sound of a speaker twice the size was achieved and the result far exceeded my expectation. We played the track “Human” by Vanessa Fernandez on a VPI turntable and the sound was dynamic, fast and organic with a huge soundstage. Electronics were the Sim Audio “Moon” line and cabling was by Nordost.

Synergistic Research:
Chief Designer, Ted Denney, introduced several new SR products including his new UEF Cable Risers with incorporated HFT technology. In the upcoming AVShowrooms’ video Ted performs an A/B test with the cable risers in and with them out. We played and track from a Vanessa Fernandez album and clearly, when the cables were not utilized, the soundstage collapsed and the transients disappeared. The equipment in the room included the Magico M2 loudspeakers, United Home Audio Tape Deck, Gryphon electronics and an Acoustic Signature turntable.

Tekton Design:
Cream rises to the top, once again, thanks to the Tekton team. Eric Alexander introduced his new MOAB loudspeaker that delivered sound over 10 times its price point. Combined with Parasound electronics, including the new “New Classic 200” integrated talked about by Phil Jackson of Parasound, the track from “Dead Can Dance” gave us sound that was natural, detailed, non-fatiguing with outstanding bass response. Don’t miss the AVShowrooms’ video where an unsolicited third-party waxes poetically about his listening experience.

Troy Audio:
The team from Troy Audio proudly exhibited with the majestic Hellena MKII loudspeakers with their outboard crossover. Great Plains Audio makes the alnico coaxial driver and the alnico horn super tweeter. When spinning the track “I Want You” by Vanessa Fernandez from the Groove Note label, the speakers delivered deep bass, good image density and a broad soundstage. We also listened to a drum track with very good transient attack. Associated equipment was the T.G Shroeder turntable, Thrax amplification and Zonotone cables from Japan. The Hellena IIs are Peter Breuninger’s favorite high efficiency speakers.

Well Pleased A/V:
Once again, Mark Sossa, proprietor of Well Please A/V had one of the best sounding rooms at a show. No small feat as there were many very good sounding rooms in the North Tower of the Gaylord Rockies. Also, no surprise that the new Vinnie Rossi L2i-SE integrated amplifer was magical and, as usual with Vinnie’s electronics, dead quiet. Vinnie explains in the AVShowrooms’ video the cornucopia of features in his new design including Stillpoints technology.

Also, contributing to great sound were the Qln Prestige Three loudspeakers from Sweden with a drop-dead gorgeous burl walnut finish and the Innuos Statement Music Server. We played a track called “Liberty” by Anette Askvik and the sound was detailed, effortless and so emotionally involving that I lost myself, for the duration of the song, into the music. A shout-out to the associated equipment including Swisscables, GigaWatt power conditioning, and an SGR equipment rack.

High End Munich 2019 Vids 3

Elrog Vacumm Tubes, Thomas Mayer VinylSavor Amplifiers, Pure Audio Project, Hanss Acoustics, Excel Digital

Gauder Acoustics, The new Western Electric amplifiers

Living Voice Vox Palladian, Vox Basso, Kondo elctronics

Silbatone Acoustics, Western Electric Horns, Schroder Tonearms

Stein Music Topline Bob XL Loudspeakers $290,000! Amazing Sound!

Stenheim Alumine 3 Loudspeakers, Merging Technologies, Nimbus Audio Tube Amps

TechDAS Air Force Zero, meet the designer Hideaki Nishikawa

The Thorens Reel to Reel Tape Deck, transport by Ballfinger

Verity Audio Sarastro IIS, Bibacord, Engström Sound, CAD

High End Munich 2019 Vids 2

Borresen Acoustics 01 Loudspeakers, Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics

BREU Revolution One LP ultrasonic LP record cleaning machin

Cube Audio Nenufar, Tectron Tube amplifiers

Magico M2 Loudspeakers, Soulution, Kronos, Aurender, MSB, Kubala Sosna, Critical Mass

Nagra Audio, HD Dac, HD Preamp, HD Amp, YG Acousitcs, Sonja XV Junior, InVincible

Odeon Audio Carnegie Horn Loudspeakers, High End Munich 2019

Once Custom Sound from Turkey, High End Munich 2019

Purist Audio Design, Verity Audio, Zesto, Tri Planer, Merrill Williams, Stillpoints

Raidho Acoustics TD 3.8 Loudspeakers, GamuT, Chord Electronics, The Source Pear Audio Blue turntable

YAR Audio, y-der loudspeakers, B-yond integrated amplifier