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hey guys, I have been involved in a lot of show set ups, but the transformation in this room is far greater than I have ever heard before. if you only came Friday, please come by again today, the difference is spectacular!
My Axpona ReportFavorite rooms: Daedalus/Modwright; Emotiva (large demonstration room, active monitors, DC-1 DAC/pre/headphone amp).
JLM,I think Lou Hinkley had his newest speaker, Daedalus Poseidon, in that room. What were your impressions?Thanks,Laura
I was there on Friday when a Miles and Gurtu CD was playing. The sound was very bright or even harsh to my ears. Hopefully it is all better now as the soundstage and bass from those huge speakers were excellent
D'Agonistino/Wilson - absolutely superb reproduction (for a zillion dollars)Sonus Faber - monster $100k++ speakers I lust over just played everything thrown at them (again with a zillion dollars of gear behind them)Mosaic Audio ($20k speakers) - excellent imaging augmented by some subs.
5th: Magico.Just a 1" non-horn-loaded tweeter, but it never felt strained. Great integration among all the drivers and solid, but not overwhelming bass. If they had raised the volume to something more appropriate to the orchestra that was recorded or played something more textured this might have ranked higher, but from what was played it's hard to tell.2nd: a tie - Sanders/Magtech & Pure Audio/PsvaneWhile polar opposites the two systems tied for 2nd were the Sanders Audio room and the Pure Audio Project . Utterly different systems in presentation, though both dipole. The Pure Audio perhaps had sins of omission, but it felt right and room-filling and fun, like you expect from an open baffle running off a single-ended amp. Sanders might have had some bass integration issues, but was the most transparent speaker I've heard, beating out other 'stats on the floor. Amps didn't strike me as solid-state at all (a good thing).
Odyssey: Now I understand why everyone always raves about Klaus and his demos. When I went into his room I was the only one and he asked what I wanted to hear. He had some Doors on vinyl so I picked that and he proceed to blow me away. Told me to sit in the sweet spot and then he turned off the lights and turned it up!! Bass was just punching me in the chest. HHR Exotic Speakers: I could have listened to these speakers all day. I could have also listened to Dale talk all day long as well. Super interesting guy.
I enjoyed this year's show much more than last year's. It is bigger but far smaller than the overwhelming RMAF (if you try and hoof it to all the rooms!).I had plenty of fun hanging out with AC'ers. We are a good bunch. Many of us attended TedB's talk on DSD with his recording engineer buddy Alex(?). And I had to teach TomS a few new tricks wrt audio!!! ha, gotcha!I was able to circle back into most every room that interested me multiple times. Friday was light traffic, Saturday heavy, Sunday very light.Watch out for Vinnie Rossi - he and his lovely wife really have some traction with his new Lio unit. So versatile in its modularity. Fantastic sexy look design. Super functional. And those ultracapacitors playing off the grid make for a dead quiet unit. I'm anticipating his design of a balanced unit soon. He is really onto something here.TomS and I were just commenting to each other one day how there were no bad sounding rooms as we walked down the halls and then we hit 2 in a row. So we jinxed ourselves! crap But there really were very few "bad" rooms. There were many high dollar speakers with glaring irregularities like hot midrange or hot top ends but nothing that drove you out of the room. I used a lousy, doesn't suck, great room trio of buckets to mentally rate what I heard.I was humbled to visit many rooms with Dennis Murphy who quickly burst my bubble about what I thought I was hearing when he started picking apart the sound with his superior abilities. When he pointed out the errors you could quickly realize how the rest of us are mere mortals when it comes to analyzing frequency response. Humbling for sure. I did manage to drag him into one room where we stayed for some time, meaning I got one right (out of 4). My top 5 rooms for sound were (IMO):D'Agonistino/Wilson - absolutely superb reproduction (for a zillion dollars)Sonus Faber - monster $100k++ speakers I lust over just played everything thrown at them (again with a zillion dollars of gear behind them)Salk and AVA - best overall balance of bass and smooth highs. I hate to say this being a huge Salk customer as I will be accused of bias, but not very many rooms had it all (for under a zillion dollars)Mosaic Audio ($20k speakers) - excellent imaging augmented by some subs. Quad - the tall ones, absolutely disappeared in the room. All the music was detached from the black monoliths. Very nice.Honorable mentions - the small Gershmans; the steel/aluminum/diamond $68k speakers in the Thrax room; and the big Martin LogansA good show, friendly vendors, manageable hallway traffic, convenient salads/sandwiches offered in the hallway by the marketplace, live music during lunchtime (very nice), good discounts to be had, lots of talk about upcoming shows.
Lest anyone think I am just easily pleased, I want to give the KEF LS50 special mention. Would someone please explain to me what's so great about these? This is the third time I have heard these and they do next-to-nothing for me. Sins of commission are what I hear from these "reviewers darlings". Apologies in advance if I offend anyone on AC who owns these.
It was a crossover issue they corrected by Saturday.
when I was there everyone else in the room including the manufacturers were busy talking and were not paying any attention to the the sound quality.
There are 2 types of people KEF targets, those who like LS50, and those others who much rather prefer KEF R700 (or R500, R900)
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