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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
This is exactly how you get more people involved in hi-fi (from the Audio Arts room)

I would call the NY Audio Show a great success by near any standard. The New York Palace Hotel was crowded with show goers of all ages, sexes, shapes, and sizes. There was plenty to see and hear, I would say the rooms generally sounded just fine, and there were many interesting and informative seminars to take part in. Apparently not everyone feels that there are too many hi-fi shows, least of all the many attendees, which should come as good news to the business interests.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
MBL and NY dealer Sensorium AVR teamed up to put on what can only be described as The Big Show. Complete with ticket-holder only entrance, this room provided one compelling answer to the question—how can we get more people interested in hi-fi.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 2 comments
the McIntosh D100 Preamp/DAC ($2,500) in the DeVore Fidelity room

As was the case last year, a few NY dealers chose to forgo the show and hold their own. While I can see both sides of this story and generally steer well clear of the hand wringing and in-fighting that can accompany the pros and cons of said behavior, I had a perfectly lovely time when I visited Stereo Exchange on Sunday afternoon.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Jennifer Atocha of Atocha Designs and their lovely Record Cabinet

Camped out in the main entrance room of the show, officially called the Holmes Rooms, a number of dealers and show sponsors were setup to greet the arriving masses. During my drive in on Saturday, I heard an ad for the NY Audio Show on show sponsor WBGO always cool jazz radio program which is a great way to reach a wider audience.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
NY dealer Ciamara was showing the Viola Audio Laboratories line of electronics including their Crescendo Preamplifier/USB DAC ($22,500) that sports a USB input that can handle up to 24/192 data, 3 XLR Balanced inputs, 3 RCA Unbalanced inputs, 1 XLR Balanced Output, and 1 RCA Unbalanced Output.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
NJ-based dealer and near-neighbor GTT Audio was showing the YG KIPOD™ II speakers ($49,000), Veloce Audio Saetta Lithio 400W monoblocks ($18,000/pair), Veloce Audio LS-1 Lithio linstage ($18,000), with the Luxman DA-06 USB-DSD DAC ($5,990) handling the digits.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Brooklyn, NY based dealer Wes Bender Studio provided the NY debut of the new E.A.R. SACD DAC and Transport (projected price $5,000 Transport and $8,000 SACD DAC). The SACD DAC, as its name suggests, can handle a DSD stream from the Transport's I2S output when playing back SACDs or you can stream DSD via its USB input. There's also an analog RCA input, Coax S/PDIF (RCA and BNC), and AES. DSD capability maxes out at 64x DSD and the SACD DAC upsamples all PCM data to 24/192.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
France-resident Jadis Electronics was showing their latest DAC the JS1MKIV ($17,000) that offers a tube output stage based on pairs of 6DJ8s and ECC82s. The JS1MKIV offers 4 digital inputs including Coax S/PDIF, AES/EBU on XLR, optical on ST Fiber, and USB. The USB input can accommodate up to 48kHz data but if you can wait until the end of the year a HD-capable USB input will be available.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Edison NJ-based dealer Care Audio had the Calyx Audio Femto DAC ($7,000) on display. The Femto DAC offers a variety of 24/192-capable inputs including 2 Coaxial, 2 Optical, 2 AES-EBU, USB, and XLR and RCA output pairs. Of course the Femto DAC also sports a femto clock for claimed super-low accuracy and jitter.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
from left to right: Art Dudley, Robin Wyatt, Jonathan Halpern, and Herb Reichert

Stereophile's Editor-At-Large Art Dudley did a wonderful job hosting a panel discussion titled Virtues of Vintage: Audio Gear from the Early Days of High Fidelity. Panelists included Robin Wyatt of Robyatt Audio, Jonathan Halpern of Tone Imports, Herb Reichert one of my favorite writers on hi-fi, and Jeff Dorgay of Tone Audio Magazine. The first half of the 1-hour session consisted of Art asking the panelists questions and the second half opened up the Qs to the full to overflowing crowd.

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