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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013

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Postscript - John Johnson - 10-28-13

My impressions at the RMAF are that the high-end audio arena is moving back to analog at light speed. At each show, there are more turntables and tape decks being used as sources.

 

It was a beautiful couple of days at the Denver Tech Center. No snow this time, just great fall colors.

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The tape decks are getting away from just refurbished older decks, and now they are appearing with extraordinary color expression. This Tascam deck is certainly someone's audio system centerpiece. The second photo is a close-up of the hand-painted artwork.

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Here is a Thorens turntable with Burmeister electronics. Notice also the more visually appealing outer design of the power amplifier at the bottom. This is another trend: special attention to appearance to match the high-end performance.

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Another gorgeous power amplifier.

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Headphones and headphone amplifiers are also increasingly seen at shows. This amplifier uses a 300B triode as the output device. Pure Class A triode produces a velvety smooth sound.

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