New to me, because I somehow missed it at RMAF, is the ZeroUno DAC ($7,995) from Italy's CanEVER Audio. Based on a "... proprietary implementation of special developed firmware" for the ESS SABRE32 ES9018S DAC chip, ZeroUno employs a pair of 6SN7/CV181 tubes in its Class-A analog output stage.
I'll be heading over to the swanky Park Lane Hotel on Friday to take in the sights & sounds of The New York Audio Show (and autumn in NY). The Chester Group reports 30 exhibition rooms with over 100 brands represented. Think small; I can fit 50 cartridge brands in my backpack.
"You really like those?" I was asked by a colleague after being asked which rooms I enjoyed. While Bruno Putseys' Kii Three speakers were not sounding the best I've heard them sound, see my take from CES, I remain a fan. "Make the room go away" read my NY notes, after Bill Parish of GTT came in and turned the volume down a few clicks. I'd like to get my music into those Kii.
Shopping. Shopping for luxury goods is aspirational and one aspect of that aspiration is better. When shopping in the Park Lane Hotel neighborhood on Central Park South, OK window shopping in my case, you peer into luxurious rooms filled with equally luxurious stuff. Lighting, decor, temperature, smell, and more are all carefully considered and well polished as are the polite but not friendly sales staff. Think experience.