CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread

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Vinnie R.

CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« on: 5 Nov 2019, 05:23 pm »
All,

Since I am currently exhibiting at two smaller, back-to-back shows, I am starting this *combined* show coverage thread for CAF2019 (completed) and NYAS2019 (this weekend!).

Our room at CAF2019 (and the one for NYAS2019 this weekend) was very similar to RMAF, except we teamed up with Triode Wire Labs for all system cabling.

- Vinnie Rossi L2i-SE with L2 Dac installed (using TaK TA-300B tubes)
- Innuos Statement Music Server
- QLN Prestige Three SE loudspeakers
- Triode Wire Labs cabling (all Pete' top-of-the-line Power, Speaker, USB, and Ethernet cabling)
- Gigawatt Power Conditioner




It was a smaller room, but we achieved a wide and deep soundstage in the midfield to compliment the incredibly natural and involving sound of this system!

Here is some early CAF2019 coverage:

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/02/capital-audiofest-friday-highlights-caf-2019/

Quote from: Marc Phillips / Part Time Audiophile
Vinnie Rossi brought the same system that won my Best Sound award at RMAF – his L2 Integrated, QLN speakers and Innuos Statement music server. The only change here was the Triode Wire Labs cabling. Same incredible soundstage, just everything i could possibly want sound-wise.


[Photo credit: Marc Phillips / Part Time Audiophile]

Thank you Marc!

Vinnie

PS: Marc now has the L2 Integrated Amp with L2 Phonostage in his possession for review!

Vinnie R.

Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #1 on: 5 Nov 2019, 08:12 pm »

https://www.stereophile.com/content/vinnie-rossi-amplification-qln-loudspeakers-innous-music-server-sgr-equipment-rack-gigawatt

Ken Micallef of Stereophile visited our room at CAF2019:

Quote from: Ken Micallef / Stereophile
From teenage phenomenon pianist Joey Alexander to Louis Armstrong to some modern music I couldn’t place, this rig sounded natural, dynamic, and spatial, creating some of the best imaging in a small room of the entire show.

Thank you, Ken!


[Photo Credit: Ken Micallef / Stereophile]

Also check out his YT channel, here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjfY3q5vgp-JuoEDoHwoCkw

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #2 on: 5 Nov 2019, 08:58 pm »
  Way to go Guys. Would not expect anything less from that talent.


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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #3 on: 6 Nov 2019, 01:08 pm »
Congrats!:)

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #4 on: 6 Nov 2019, 04:36 pm »
Thanks, guys!

This one is fresh off the press from Grover Neville of Audiostream.com:



https://www.audiostream.com/content/capital-audiofest-part-2-wadax-innuos-qln-and-vinnie-rossi

Quote from: Grover Neville / Audiostream.com
...absolutely flawless, without a hint of any strange timbral or dynamic irregularities. I haven’t heard much better from any speaker ever. The phantom image was solid and precise from any position in the room, even far outside the sweet spot, another incredibly tough trick to pull off, and full credit goes to Sossa and Rossi for the fabulous job they did setting everything up.

...the detail I heard in this system was among the best I heard at the show from any setup, analog or digital, and without any of the traits stereotypically associated with bad digital sound.

It was fantastic to meet Grover (and recording/mastering engineer Dave McNair, who was also in the room with us) - thank you both for visiting!  :notworthy:

Vinnie



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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #5 on: 11 Nov 2019, 04:03 pm »



https://theaudiobeatnik.com/caf-2019-vinnie-rossi-and-well-pleased-a-v/

Thank you to Jack and Becky Roberts for visiting us at CAF2019!

Quote from: Jack and Becky Roberts / The Audio Beatnik

It was no surprise that we visited the Vinnie Rossi Audio and Well Pleased A/V room more than once. Their gear seems made to go together... The surprise is that even though the total cost of the system is less than the speakers in most of the other rooms, the sound was one of the very best at the show.

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #6 on: 12 Nov 2019, 03:33 pm »
I attended NYAS2019 this year and had a great time. I managed to spend about an hour in the Vinnie Rossi room listening to DHT Goodness from the new "L2i-SE". Always my favorite room and great music selections.

This is a rather small show and was crowded this year (Sat afternoon). I like shows for the variety of music I hear as well as all the great gear out there. I walked away with a list of 4 albums that I want to buy.  :D
Steve

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #7 on: 12 Nov 2019, 05:02 pm »
I attended NYAS2019 this year and had a great time. I managed to spend about an hour in the Vinnie Rossi room listening to DHT Goodness from the new "L2i-SE". Always my favorite room and great music selections.

Thanks for visiting, SteveKi!


I'll try to post more CAF and NYAS coverage over the next few days (just so busy catching up from being away for 2 weeks!), but for now, here are a few iphone pics of our NYAS room:


[Park Lane Hotel, NYC]


[L2i-SE, TAK TA-300Bs, on top of SGR Rack]




[Gorgeous view of Central Park south]


[I spy Triode Wire Labs speaker, power, and USB cables behind the L2i-SE]


[Small show in terms of exhibitors, but BIG crowds all 3 days!]


[David Solomon of Qobuz giving a fun demo from his playlist!]


I love doing this show, but the audio press doesn't seem to as much.  No matter - the feedback from attendees
was awesome and we appreciate how our room was packed much of the 3 days! 

Some feedback online:

https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/new-york-city-audio-show-2019

Quote from: rhutch
I enjoyed Vinnie Rossi’s room with the QLN speakers, which I’d never heard before. Such a holographic sound from his L2 integrated. And a really cool playlist (He played savior from St. Vincent’s all-piano MassEducation).

Lots of good karma over on the audiokarma forum:

https://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/the-new-york-audio-show-nov-8th-to-10th.885853/page-5

Quote from: baco99
Agree- the Rossi + QLN speakers streaming from the Electrocompaniet Innuos components was the best-composed and best-sounding system in the place, besides the obvious $800k carbon fiber horn field coil driver system from ESD, which is out of Hangzhou, China, which is the speaker capital of the world. But for the “real working man” that can afford a mere $50k on a system, that Rossi-QLN room was the one to beat. Funny that we came to that same conclusion on two different days and without any prior communication.

Thanks again to everyone who visited!  :notworthy:

Vinnie

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #8 on: 13 Nov 2019, 05:13 pm »



[Photo Credit: Marc Phillips / Part Time Audiophile]

Marc Phillips just posted his coverage of our room at CAF2019!

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/13/well-pleased-audio-vida-vinnie-rossie-qln-innuos-triode-wire-labs-caf-2019/

Quote from: Marc Phillips / Part Time Audiophile
–an exquisitely deep soundstage that breaks down the wall of the listening space, a smooth yet crystal-clear tonality that provides continuous goosebumps, and some incredibly powerful low frequencies...

And yes, he did drive home with an L2i Integrated (with L2 Phonostage) for review, so expect to see it on Part Time Audiophile sometime in early 2020!  :hyper:

Thanks again, Marc!

Vinnie

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #9 on: 14 Nov 2019, 04:18 pm »


And even more CAF2019 coverage, by Matthew Clott of EnjoytheMusic.com!

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/Capital_Audiofest_2019/Clott/page4.htm

Quote from: Matthew Clott / Enjoy the Music
This room wowed! Stage was insane, making the windows and walls melt away. Speakers just vanished.

Am trying to find something to criticize and I just can't. The server brought the bits and just got out of the way. The VR SE integrated turned it into elegance, power and emotion and the Prestige Three made it real; like holy s&!t real! Standout Best Of Show Award.



Thank you for visiting, Matthew!  8)

Vinnie

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #10 on: 14 Nov 2019, 05:58 pm »



[Photo Credit: Marc Phillips / Part Time Audiophile]

Marc Phillips just posted his coverage of our room at CAF2019!

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/13/well-pleased-audio-vida-vinnie-rossie-qln-innuos-triode-wire-labs-caf-2019/

And yes, he did drive home with an L2i Integrated (with L2 Phonostage) for review, so expect to see it on Part Time Audiophile sometime in early 2020!  :hyper:

Thanks again, Marc!

Vinnie


 My guess he will buy it.

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #11 on: 15 Nov 2019, 01:17 am »
Woot woot!  Now I'm getting excited. Have the TWL speaker cables and power cable, so I'm guessing the L2iSE will make my system ROCK! :)

Edit:  12k is a lot for a power conditioner.  I think I'll hold off for the time being. 
« Last Edit: 15 Nov 2019, 12:42 pm by matthewpartrick »

Vinnie R.

Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #12 on: 19 Nov 2019, 03:40 pm »
Here is some NYAS2019 Coverage - from Steve Marsh (who is now writing from PTA):

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/16/vinnie-rossi-well-pleased-audio-vida-triode-wire-labs-new-york-2019/





Quote from: Steve Marsh / Parttimeaudiophile.com
Sitting in the sweet spot, I was immediately drawn into a truly spacious soundstage that was almost unprecedented for such a modestly-sized showroom.  Depth, air and image location were laid out in spades! 

I was also able to select some tracks that I knew well, such as a couple from Wilco, and was very favorably impressed with the system’s dynamics, as well as its resolution and nuance.

Thanks for visiting and the coverage, Steve!

Vinnie

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #13 on: 20 Nov 2019, 04:38 pm »

Back to Capital Audio Fest...



https://audio-head.com/well-pleased-av-vinnie-rossi-qln-innuos-sgr-gigawatt-and-triode-wire-labs-caf-2019/

Quote from: Eric Franklin Shook / Audio-Head.com
During our time visiting the Well Pleased AV room we put the system up to a real test with our more than qualified “golden-ears” Dave McNair, who will be joining the Part-Time Audiophile writers staff very shortly. He may even scribble out a piece or two for Audio-Head. Who knows? Dave is quick to know if he’s heard something good, and if there are flaws. In ultra-rare fashion, he turns to us after 45-seconds and utters one phrase: “It’s perfect.”


[Photo Credit - www.Audio-Head.com]


[Photo Credit - www.Audio-Head.com]

Thank you Eric and Dave!!!

Vinnie

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #14 on: 25 Nov 2019, 04:19 pm »
Part Time Audiophile wraps up on CAF2019 and NYAS2019:


Best of Show - New York 2019


https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/24/best-of-show-new-york-2019/

Quote from: Steve Marsh
Best of Show:   Vinnie Rossi / Well-Pleased Audio / Triode Wire Labs – hands-down winner and agreed upon by many with whom I spoke

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Favorite Rooms of Capital AudioFest 2019

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/24/marcs-capital-audiofest-wrap-up-caf-2019/

Quote from: Marc Phillips

Vinnie Rossi, Qln, Innuos, Triode Wire Labs, presented by Well Pleased Audio Vida. That soundstage! That imaging! That deep bass coming from those petite little 2-way floorstanding speakers! The Well Pleased AV room has been casting its spell on attendees for the last three or four high-end audio shows, but CAF was the show where everyone said yeah yeah, Vinnie’s amps are stupendous, but what’s the story on those little Swedish speakers? They’re amazing! This is the system I would choose if I bought a slightly larger house with a dedicated listening room.


Another big THANK YOU to Marc Phillips, Steve Marsh and the entire PTA team for visiting and covering these shows!  :notworthy:

Vinnie

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Re: CAF2019 & NYAS2019 - Show Coverage Combo Thread
« Reply #15 on: 26 Nov 2019, 03:37 am »
Congrats!  Read the articles and am stoked for you for the high praise.