• T.H.E. Show Newport, Day 0.5



    T.H.E. Show Newport Is (sort of) Underway. It was nice to move around the show without the crowds today, but several of the rooms we still being setup and had yet to get sound by late afternoon. No biggie though, today was a Press day and the official start of the show is Friday. I spent a good amount of time in the Audio Element room featuring dCS, VTL, and Wilson Audio. John Quick from dCS was using Roon, the new application from the team behind Sooloos who recently spun off from Meridian and started Roon Labs. I played a number of tracks in this room including Day In, Day Out from Billie Holiday’s Songs For Distingue Lovers. Despite some weird angles in the room, the sound was really nice. I encourage members of the Computer Audiophile Community attending the show to stop by, say high to John from dCS, play with Roon a bit, and listen to this system.
    Another room I enjoyed this afternoon featured Vienna Acoustics loudspeakers powered by Moon by Simaudio components. Simaudio showed its new 780D DAC / network player that should please all audiophiles seeking a component that supports 32/384 PCM and DSD256 via USB input. I had an opportunity to use the new Simaudio MiND iOS application for library browsing and track selection. It’s a major improvement over the previous version. If you have experience with older version of this app I recommend checking the improved version. Playback of Beck’s Sea Change album at 24/88.2 sounded really nice in this room. Sure there are some bass humps in the room but they have nothing to do with the quality of the playback gear and everything to do with the dimensions of the room. Song selection is key to hearing the best of each system at an audio show. Before wrapping up today at the show I stopped by the Boulder room featuring all Boulder electronics and Maestro Utopia loudspeakers form Focal. Rich Maez from Boulder had just finished moving the system from one wall to another in order to fight serious bass issues toward the back of the room. The new configuration sounded good, but Rich had some different room related issues to work through. There’s no free lunch. In the room was the new Boulder 2120 DAC featuring a really cool large LCD display. At first I thought the screen was too large and awkward, but after sitting in the room for a few minutes I couldn’t stop looking at it. I acquired the taste of this display and started to really like it. The final price for the DAC has yet to be set but expect it to be around $60,000.

    So far I really like the show venue and can’t wait to get back to the action in the morning. Friday will be the first full day of the show and I look forward to seeing a good umber of CA reader in attendance. Let me know what you find and what you like. There’s plenty to see.


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    Comments 13 Comments
    1. gstanley75's Avatar
      gstanley75 -
      Thanks for the preview. I will be there at 10am Friday.
    1. monteverdi's Avatar
      monteverdi -
      I am thinking to go but 6 hrs in traffic for 6 hrs show? Up till now I have not seen anything I have to see & hear.
    1. Audio_ELF's Avatar
      Audio_ELF -
      Are you able to say Chris ... were dCS using Roon in a traditional manner of a USB connection to the DAC, or was the dCS DAC itself acting as a Roon "end point" (is that the term Roon use?) via Roon Speaker protocol?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Audio_ELF View Post
      Are you able to say Chris ... were dCS using Roon in a traditional manner of a USB connection to the DAC, or was the dCS DAC itself acting as a Roon "end point" (is that the term Roon use?) via Roon Speaker protocol?
      Great question. They are going out of a Mac laptop via USB to a Vivaldi system. As far as I know, no manufacturers are very close to having an end point (Roon Speakers) ready.
    1. cgiammona's Avatar
      cgiammona -
      I am coming on Saturday for the day (I live local). Who will still be in attendance?
    1. tranz's Avatar
      tranz -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
      Great question. They are going out of a Mac laptop via USB to a Vivaldi system. As far as I know, no manufacturers are very close to having an end point (Roon Speakers) ready.
      And yet again a mediocre source in front of a megabucks system. Why?

      Guess they have not heard of CA yet.
    1. Audio_ELF's Avatar
      Audio_ELF -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
      Great question. They are going out of a Mac laptop via USB to a Vivaldi system. As far as I know, no manufacturers are very close to having an end point (Roon Speakers) ready.
      Quote Originally Posted by tranz View Post
      And yet again a mediocre source in front of a megabucks system. Why?

      Guess they have not heard of CA yet.
      Or there may be another reason...
    1. harmonica2's Avatar
      harmonica2 -
      I spent today at T.H.E. Show - this is my second year. I agree that the Vienna Acoustics/Moon by Simaudio room was great. Once again, I found myself drawn to the Harbeth speakers set up by Venice audio. Anyone else check that out?
    1. pawel8's Avatar
      pawel8 -
      Went to room with Vtl and Wilson speakers.
      Same room had dcs Rossini which was not connected to anything.
      Wrong room?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by pawel8 View Post
      Went to room with Vtl and Wilson speakers.
      Same room had dcs Rossini which was not connected to anything.
      Wrong room?
      Right room.
    1. tranz's Avatar
      tranz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Audio_ELF View Post
      Or there may be another reason...
      CA tweaking is nonsense?
    1. peters's Avatar
      peters -
      I'd like to have some of that. I need to save more money
    1. Camb's Avatar
      Camb -
      Would love it if you could do a review of the Simaudio 780D DAC. It's in the same cost range as the Berkeley Alpha DAC RS - does it deliver the goods, so to speak?