Read our Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 show reports: Intro, Day 2, Day 3

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 – Day 1 Coverage

Cynthia Johnson
Monitor Audio

RMAF 2016 - Monitor Audio

Monitor Audio platinum series 300

RMAF 2016 - Monitor Audio

Monitor Audio close up

 

Mark Levinson

Nice set up mark levinson!

RMAF 2016 - Mark Levinson

RMAF 2016 - Mark Levinson

 

VTL

VTL TL-2.5i preamplifier

RMAF 2016 - VTL

 

Wilson Audio

RMAF 2016 - Wilson Audio

 

Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

 

Raven Audio

Raven Audio Golden Eagle Who wants a review of this?

RMAF 2016 - Raven Audio

Raven Audio tubes,tubes, tubes!

RMAF 2016 - Raven Audio

RMAF 2016 - Raven Audio

RMAF 2016 - Raven Audio

RMAF 2016 - Raven Audio

 

Legacy and Raven Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy and Raven Audio

 

Cables and vinyl

RMAF 2016 - Cables and vinyl

 

CanJam

CanJam room

RMAF 2016 - CanJam

 

Hsu Research

Hsu Research has speakers!

RMAF 2016 - Hsu Research

 

Auralic Polaris

RMAF 2016 - Auralic Polaris

RMAF 2016 - Auralic Polaris

RMAF 2016 - Auralic Polaris

 

NAD

RMAF 2016 - NAD

RMAF 2016 - NAD

 

Carlo Lo Raso
Peachtree

These are a pair of ZU Audio Experience speakers powered by a Peachtree Nova 300 integrated amp/DAC. The Nova features a ESS 9018K2M Sabre DAC, and ICEPower amplification rated at 300 watts into 8ohms and 450 watts into 4 ohms. The Nova 300 retails for $2299.00 The whole setup sounded very appealing.

RMAF 2016 - Peachtree

RMAF 2016 - Peachtree

 

Harbeth

Some lovely sounds were emanating from these Harbeth model 40.2 loudspeakers. They are a three-way vented design with a claimed response down to 35Hz and look very much like an old-school studio monitor. Powered by VAC electronics and a monumental Ascona Mk2 turntable, the resultant sound quality could be described as effortless.

RMAF 2016 - Harbeth

RMAF 2016 - Harbeth

 

AIX Records

I always enjoy checking in with Dr. Mark Waldrep of AIX Records. He is a tireless proponent of true high definition audio along with definable and concrete standards of what that means, both in the recording and playback chain. He freely admits to ruffling a few feathers in the audio establishment but the quality of his recordings speak for themselves and I use them regularly when reviewing a piece of audio equipment.

I’m also looking forward to Mark’s upcoming new book: “Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound.”

RMAF 2016 - AIX Records

 

Legacy Audio

Legacy Audio always has a fun room at RMAF and this year they had partnered with Raven audio to supply scads of tube power for their various speaker setups. The combination proved most harmonious!

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

Legacy Audio founder, Bill Dudleston and Bernt Bohmer from Bohmer Audio pose with the Legacy Wavelet preamp/processor/crossover. Both gentlemen collaborated in the design of the Wavelet which features Bohmer’s own room correction system. I have a Wavelet in for review and will be posting my experience with it in the near future.

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

Legacy Audio was also previewing their new Calibre compact speaker. It features a 4″ Air Motion Tweeter, a 7.5″ midrange driver and a top firing 8″ high excursion woofer. The woofer’s response is coupled with 2 side firing 8″ passive radiators. Powered by Raven tube amplification and controlled with Legacy’s Wavelet preamp/processor, the sound was big, detailed and dynamic, with plenty of bass punch. It was a big room and the Calibre’s sound filled it impressively. MSRP is $5500.00 per pair.

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

RMAF 2016 - Legacy Audio

 

HiFiMAN

Paid a visit to HiFiMAN and spoke with Dr. Fang Bian about the new Shangri-La electrostatic headphones and amplifier.

Dr. Bian also showed us two new pocket-able digital players, the Super-Mini and the Mega-Mini.

 

HSU Research

Dropped by the HSU Research room and had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Poh Ser Hsu. He kindly walked us through the introduction of their new coaxial speaker, the CCB-8. He also touched on two updated subwoofer models.

 

OPPO

While visiting the OPPO room, Christopher Vick talks to us about the new HA-2SE portable DAC/Headphone amplifier.

Christopher also took some time to show us OPPO’s new Sonica streaming network DAC.

 

Auralic

Stopped by the Auralic room were I was introduced to their new Polaris Wireless Streaming Amplifier. It seems like a veritable Swiss Army knife for audio!

Another video with Auralic showing off the guts of the Polaris Wireless Streaming Amplifier.

 

NAD

Kicking off RMAF by talking with Greg Stidsen about some of the new products from NAD. Pictures will follow later on.

Greg Stidsen from NAD Part 2

 

Raven Audio

Got tubes if you want em at Raven Audio!

RMAF 2016 - Raven Audio

 

Let the Madness begin….

RMAF 2016

  • fidobite

    Just returned from the Sat. full day. Too much to see and hear in one day! Of the top 6 floors I covered I would have to say the Sanders electrostatic with transmission line base was the most strikingly outstanding to me in the “affordable” range. Also the Seaton Sound system was outstanding for sound-per-$, perhaps the deal of the show with their demonstrated system. Powered mains with powered “expandable” sub… well, you’d have to hear it! Rooms are generally too small (of course) but much good sound to hear anyway.

    PS Audio had one of the only sizable rooms for their setup and…wow!…what a system! But… not a good demonstration while I was in there (twice) as there was a large group standing around talking. What I heard of James Taylor was, however, outstanding. Price of the setup was, of course, otherworldly, but quite a system to hear! Hope to hear more tomorrow.

  • Carlo Lo Raso

    Hi fidobite, glad you enjoyed the show. Piero and I have been posting pictures and videos on the Secrets Cave community on Google+. All that stuff will make it’s way over here in short order, but if you can’t wait, go check it out there. I agree with your assement of the Sanders electrostatic. Big, beautiful sound and one of the better rooms too. Saw them last year as well. Also concur with Seaton Sound. The sub in particular was just outstanding.

  • fidobite

    Yeah, hi Carlo…I just asked to join the “Cave”. The show has kind of reinvigorated my somewhat dormant stereo music lust. So many great sounds!
    I’ve been in the Denver area for 2.5 yrs and finally made it to a RMAF…glad I did!