RMAF 2016

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2016
Linear power supplies. Other than "phase noise", linear power supplies seemed to be one of the more popular topics at RMAF 2016. Wyred 4 Sound has entered the PSU market with their new PS-1 Modular Power Supply ($499 for one 'zone') which can power 4 different devices/zones with 4 different voltage levels (nice). The PS1's modules come configured as 5V, 9V, 12V, and 15V with an introductory price of $125/ per module.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2016
While the Technics Network Audio Amplifier SU-G30 ($4000) is not new (to me), I am always impressed by the sound in the Technics room and my interest in all-in-one devices continues to grow. The SU-G30 puts out 50W into 8 Ohms (double into 4) and its digital processing is based on a 32-bit/384kHz architecture. There are a host of digital inputs including SPDIF (PCM to 24/192), USB (PCM to 32/384, DSD to DSD128), Ethernet (PCM to 24/192, DSD to DS128), WiFi, Bluetooth (including aptX), and AirPlay as well as a MM phono input. All in one.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2016
Well Pleased Audio Vida distributes some interesting gear including the aqua La Scala MKII Optological DAC ($6600). The relevance of the "Opto..." in La Scala's name comes from the use of high-speed optocouplers (photocouplers) between the digital side and the analog side of the circuit. La Scala uses "a discrete R2R board similar to the one found in aqua's flagship Formula DAC - it's called Optologic" for D/A conversion and that little window up from offers a view of the ECC81 triodes employed in the tube/MOSFET class A output stage. DSD fans are accommodated up DSD128 via the USB input.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 11, 2016
MSB was showing their now-MQA-endowed Select DAC ($89,950) with the Femto 33 Clock option ($9950) powered by the Single SELECT Power Bases ($19,950). Amplification was delivered by MSB's Platinum Mono 204 Amplifiers (39,950/pair) which drove a pair of YG Acoustics Sonja 1.3 speakers ($106,800/pair).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 11, 2016
Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD, talking about Classics today

Even since I owned a NAD 3020 integrated amp way back when, I've a soft spot for NAD. The 3020 gave me everything I could ask for—an affordable price, a nice workman-like aesthetic, and solid performance with a phono (MM/MC), Tape, Tuner, and Aux inputs. Fast forward to today, and NAD continues their Classic take on what it means to be an integrated amplifier in 2016.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2016
I completely screwed up my photos of the MQA press event so I offer this oddly appropriate approximation of reality

MQA causes more intellectual hemorrhaging and un-righteous indignation than any other thing in hi-fi. It is, in some circles, more suspicious than expensive cables and tiny room treatment devices and I had more than one exhibitor lean in close to ask, "What do you think about MQA?" as if they were asking me about my connections to the Illuminati.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2016
Why not begin our RMAF 2016 show coverage with a turntable. After all, it's all about the music, right?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 08, 2016
I arrived in Colorado a day early along with Jana Dagdagan of Stereophile for some pre-show fun work.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2016
The leaves are turning once again in time with the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO which "features Mountains of Sound from the Affordable to the Absurd'". Next week, from Friday to Sunday, packs of audiophiles will descend on the Denver Marriott Tech Center in search of the affordable and the absurd? How about plain old fun.