RMAF 2016

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 14, 2016
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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2016
Taking the all-one-one concept to a new level of all-in-onesness, the Margules Mutable Console Hi-Fi ($2500) houses a Bluetooth receiver, phono stage, Aux input, a 200Wpc class /A/B amp, and speakers. I admit that when the very kind person running the room asked me to play something from my phone, I froze in my tracks, days (and nights) of hi-fi'ing had taken their toll.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 13, 2016
Luxury goods. That's what I think of when I enter some rooms, Mark Levinson being one such salon. The No 519 ($20,000) is a full-fledged network and CD player/DAC/digital preamp offering wired, wireless, and Bluetooth (aptX) connections.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2016
Since the reigning "Coolest Room" champ, Ayre Acoustics, took this year off, Micromega and Focal filled the bill.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 13, 2016
MOON by Simaudio had their Evolution 780D DAC ($15,000), which Michael Fremer reviewed in Stereophile, unraveling the bits into the 350Wpc Evolution 700i integrated amplifier ($14,000) which drove a pair of B&W 802 D3 loudspeakers ($22,000) to nice musical highs.
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 12, 2016
Mytek Digital, makers of the recently reviewed Brooklyn DAC, have added a II to their Manhattan (see review) and along with it MQA decoding.
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 15, 2016
Philip O'Hanlon of On A Higher Note is the distributor of some fine lines including Luxman, Merging Technologies, and Vivid speakers among others. I usually visit Philip's room on the last day of the show due to its location on the mezzanine level. By this time I'm typically overfull with information and ideas, and my talking mechanism, which sits idle at home for the better part of most days, is on its last legs. Listening to fine music on a fine system is the balm (bomb?) I crave and Philip delvers. Always.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2016
I'm thinking I should get in a small herd of one-box players for a big-ol' roundup review and the Oppo Sonica Grand ($699) would certainly be on that list. While I did not get a good listen here, Oppo's reputation suggests these are worth a closer look.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2016
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.
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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 16, 2016
The biggest RMAF 2016 story was RMAF 2016. The Denver Marriott Tech Center was still under renovation at show-time, which had show organizer Marjoie Baumont & Crew pulling out some creative ways to make this all work. Pre-show prognostication tended to fall into two camps; bad, and worse.
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  |  Oct 15, 2016
Salk & Schiit, Attorney's At Law (kidding). A small stack of Schiit—BiFrost Multi-Bit DAC ($599), Saga preamp ($349), and Vidar amp ($699)—a dash of the Roon Ready Salk Sound StreamPlayer Generation III ($1695), with a helping of Salk Song3 speakers ($2895/pair)=value. If you haven't heard, Schiit delivers value + good sound.