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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2016 0 comments
Bunnies! Walking into the SOtM room, I couldn't help but notice the sheer number of products whose numbers seem to increase with each hi-fi show.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2016 1 comments
the Wavelength Crimson DAC

"Did you hear Gordon's room?" was a question I was asked more than once throughout RMAF 2016. My show coverage began on the 11th floor and wound its way down, so it wasn't until Sunday that I hit 2 and the Wavelength Audio room.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2016 0 comments
Thank you spell check because no matter hard I try to type Resonessence Labs, I add one too many or one too few syllables. That aside, I always my stop into the Resonessence Labs room for a taste of good sound value and good sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2016 0 comments
The Auralic Polaris ($3800 +$400 w/1TB) is a wireless streaming amp. Do I need to say more?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2016 0 comments
Some rooms have a good vibe. I'd like to say all rooms... but that's not the case, at least in my experience. The Prism Sound room made it to my 'good vibe' list a few seconds after entering.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2016 0 comments
Bel Canto has taken the tech developed in their flagship Black ASC1/ MPS1 system ($50,000) and rolled it into the one-box Roon Ready, MQA-enabled ACI600 Integrated Amplifier ($25,000). With a host of digital inputs including Ethernet (24/192K, MQA, Roon Ready), USB (24/384, DSD128(DoP), MQA), and S/PDIF (24/192), a programmable MM/MC phono section, a programmable line level input, and 600W into 4Ohm output, the ACI600 is another piece of kit that only asks two big things of its owner; speakers and music (OK, enjoyment, too).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2016 0 comments
Yum. In my experience, Bricasti always gets good sound and RMAF 2016 was no exception. I also find Brian Zolner, the company's President, to be more than willing to talk about any level of detail you'd care to dive into and he does so with real enthusiasm, even after a few show-day's toil. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2016 0 comments
Source Systems Ltd. imports and distributes a number of lines that intersect with our interests including Lumin, M2Tech, and SBooster. While that list may sound short, when you unfold the product lines of the first two, you find a lot of choices. For RMAF 2016, the Lumin U1 Audiophile network music transport ($5900) led the fully active Philharmonias by Amadeus speakers ($40,000/pair) down some nicely textured musical pathways.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2016 1 comments
When you get to be a certain age (like mine), the idea of Your Final System can mean more than one thing, one of which has something to do with time. The YFS HD-Ref3 Reference Digital Source sent its bits to the Mutec MC-3+ Smart Clock USB (via USB) that "rigorously removes computer-based distortions in audio streams and converts these to AES3 and S/P-DIF signals which acoustically improve e.g. most DACs." The MC-3+ was externally clocked by the prototype Mutec Ref10 Audiophile Master Clock ($5000 available 1st Q 2017), while the MC-3+'s AES out fed a Meitner DA2 DAC ($25,000). The Ref10 generates "10MHz clock signals of ultra-low phase noise, to significantly improve the acoustical quality of digital audio devices."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2016 4 comments
If You Wait is the debut album from London Grammar, released in 2013 on Metal & Dust Recordings and Ministry of Sound. If You Wait was also one of the darlings of the show (music) at RMAF 2016. Do you ever wonder how these things happen? I do.

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