RMAF 2016

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2016
Whenever I need an audio show reality check, which happens at least once a day, I head to John DeVore's room. The first time I entered, I was treated to some Lonnie Johnson, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose ("Too Late To Turn Back Now"), and some other delectable treats like Lambert, Hendricks & Ross singing the alphabet by Tone Imports' Jonathan Halpern who imports, among others, Sugden. These selections were all on vinyl, and as I sat in the sweet spot I felt myself relaxing into my sweet spot.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2016
The DEQX HDP-5 ($6500) Roon Ready digital-preamplifier includes DEQX DSP-based room correction and DEQX digital crossovers and calibration. I'm not going to type any specs or explanations since you can find all that on the DEQX website. I will, however, share something of greater importance. From my notes about the A/B/C comparisons:
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
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 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 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 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 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.