• Off To Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2010

    Hey computer audiophiles it's RMAF time. Based on the pre-show chatter RMAF is going to a completely new level this year. Not only are there more manufacturers, dealers, and attendees, but the level of presentations (excluding mine) is top notch. I have two final and very cool pre-show updates and one reminder before heading to the show. Read more for the juicy details :~)
     

    Updates
    - The Musical Fidelity V-Link 24/96 Asynchronous USB to S/PDIF converter will be introduced to the world this weekend. Readers attending the show stop by room 1022 to hear it on a very nice Verity Audio / Musical Fidelity system. The V-Link MSRP will be between $149 and $169. Even better, it's coming home with me after the show :~)

    - I have an interview setup with one of the best recording and mixing Engineers in the business. We're not talking about Scottish nose whistle recordings. This Engineer has won Grammy awards for work on Steely Dan's Aja and Gaucho. His album credits include artists such as Marvin Gaye, Barbara Streisand, Mark Knopfler, Ringo Star, Neil Diamond, America, Boz Scaggs, Huey Lewis and the News, The Pointer Sisters, Chicago, Janis Ian, Whitney Houston, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, Billy joel, Vanessa Carlton, and even the Pussy Cat Dolls. His resume is impeccable and he has a new project involving 24/192 popular music. I can't wait to post the text of the interview here on CA.

     

    Reminder
    The Computer Audiophile Meet and Greet will take place Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 5 PM To 6 PM in the Evergreen Ballroom Salon A. Everyone from CA readers to CA skeptics is invited. I look forward to seeing every one at the show.

    P.S. Everyone attending the show is encouraged to publish their own show report or a few thoughts about the show here on CA. It's fun reading all the opinions and making those who couldn't attend jealous :~)

     
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Very good chance :~)
    1. cfmsp's Avatar
      cfmsp -
      Roger Nichols?<br />
      <br />
      clay
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Nope :~)
    1. blueheronhollow's Avatar
      blueheronhollow -
      My guess would be Elliot Scheiner
    1. cfmsp's Avatar
      cfmsp -
      <br />
      wow, who knew there were so many engineers on Aja and Gaucho.<br />
      <br />
      As a Steely Dan fan back in those days, I only ever heard of Roger.<br />
      <br />
      Googling now - to confirm that my memory remains at least partially intact - I see that he also "produced" a rubidium clock.<br />
      <br />
      clay<br />
      <br />
      <br />
    1. barrows's Avatar
      barrows -
      This has me drooling:<br />
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      "resume is impeccable and he has a new project involving 24/192 popular music." <br />
      <br />
      BTW, I'll be hanging out with my friends at PS Audios' room first thing on Friday. I assume they will be playing files with the PerfectWave DAC and Bridge, and using the prototype PerfectWave Amp. Hopefully they are bringing their full Maggie set up-it is pretty cool! If you are around when the show opens at noon, stop by PS' room for a listen.
    1. manisandher's Avatar
      manisandher -
      Unfortunately, I can't make it to RMAF. If anyone has a chance, could they check out Maier Shadi's room and share their thoughts on the Merging Technologies Mykerinos card please. Would be really apprecitated.<br />
      <br />
      Cheers,<br />
      Mani.
    1. Purite Audio's Avatar
      Purite Audio -
      Mani why not just visit the guys at Merging in London?<br />
      Keith.
    1. manisandher's Avatar
      manisandher -
      Hi Keith, were Merging in London to have the <em>specific</em> version of the Mykerinos card that Chris has written about on this site, fitted in a totally silent server, connected to a PM Model Two, then I would be there in an instant. But I suspect there is only one place on the planet right now with this setup - RMAF!<br />
      <br />
      Mani.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      You are correct Mani :~) <br />
      <br />
      I know Aaron the Merging representative here at the show. I'm going to talk to him about getting this version of the Mykerinos card back in my system :~)<br />
      <br />
    1. BushPilot's Avatar
      BushPilot -
      Hi Chris,<br />
      <br />
      I have heard so much about audio cards with a digital playback system/server but have never had the opportunity to audition them in action. I use Ubuntu 10,04/ALSA via USB to my Benchmark dac and would like to know the advantages in going with a audio card (Lynx, etc). My real question concerning audio cards is, do they provide superior sound to a system like I have, given that they add considerable expense to a sound system? <br />
      <br />
      I have seriously considered building a music server, but until my question is answered, it is not likely to happen. Unfortunately, and unlike an audio component, digital boxes cannot be taken home for an audition, at least not where I live.<br />
      <br />
      Bill
    1. AudioDoctor's Avatar
      AudioDoctor -
      Any chance you'll be able to get a listen to that? I would really like to hear some opinions on that device considering how highly regarded their Rhea phonostage is.
    1. daiku's Avatar
      daiku -
      I would love to hear a quick rundown on the new Amarra products, particularly for the Mac. Couldn't make it, health, etc. Thanks so much<br />
      <br />
      Jim V.<br />
      San Carlos
    1. AudioDoctor's Avatar
      AudioDoctor -
      I prefer it to Amarra on my iMac.
    1. cfmsp's Avatar
      cfmsp -
      <br />
      From the Press Release:<br />
      <br />
      "Another new product debuting at the show is Amarra Complete, a preconfigured music server solution for Apple Mac computers. Complete takes the comprehensive features of Amarra and makes computer music as easy as plug and listen. The Amarra Complete solution delivers a fully loaded music drive, pre–configured with licensed copies of Amarra and Mac OS 10.6, all optimized for music playback. Amarra Complete is an easy, Plug&Play solution for audiophiles who want to enjoy the sound of Amarra without having to learn how to set up and use a computer."<br />
      <br />
      clay
    1. fpalm69's Avatar
      fpalm69 -
      I visited the PS Audio room 1107 and was very disappointed in the sound. Very flat, dry sounding. Ryan said they had issues with the speakers. I will check back again before the end of the show.<br />
      ...Frank
    1. KevinFlippo's Avatar
      KevinFlippo -
      Ditto.. I was very diappointed with PS Audio's room when I visited on Saturday afternoon.
    1. fpalm69's Avatar
      fpalm69 -
      I went back later on Saturday and it sounded better but not great. Seems the Genesis speakers were having issues. The PWT & PWD sounded really good in the YG Carmel room. I also observed several rooms running the PWT, but not the PWD. Heard only positive comments on the PWT.<br />
      <br />
      Chris said he had a PWT/PWD/Bridge being sent to him for review so I look forward to reading his impression.<br />
      <br />
      .....Frank<br />
    1. aljordan's Avatar
      aljordan -
      <i>Unfortunately, I can't make it to RMAF. If anyone has a chance, could they check out Maier Shadi's room and share their thoughts on the Merging Technologies Mykerinos card please. Would be really appreciated.</i><br />
      <br />
      I am not sure which room was Maier Shadi's room, but I'm pretty sure the Magico room had a Mykerinos card feeding a Pacific Microsonics DAC. I was able to hear a high-rez direct to two track recording produced by Bill Schnee in that setup, and it sounded quite good (disregarding the speaker / room interaction problems anyway).<br />
      <br />
      Alan
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Mani - Here's a Stereophile show report on the room. I'm guessing you already read it though :~)<br />
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      http://blog.stereophile.com/rmaf2010/magico_steals_the_show_so_far/