• The Show Newport, Day 3



    Today was the final day of the Newport show and I heard some great sound. I didn’t make it to nearly as many rooms today as I did on previous days because I got caught up talking to people about industry trends and neat products that are forthcoming. I also ran into CA reader joelha with his good friend and radio personality Dennis Prager. Dennis and I briefly reminisced about the time he came over to my house to hear my audio system. The whole thing is a story for another time, but I will say Dennis arrived at 11:00 PM, my wife and daughter were upstairs sleeping, and as Dennis puts it, “Turn up the volume because [he] likes to bath in it.” Needless to say there was a mini symphony gong on in my basement at ~100 db and Dennis was conducting from my listening chair (he used to be a conductor). Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I saw many rooms today using Aurender music servers, so I asked Aurender’s John-Paul Lizars for the details. He said there was a mix of N100H, N10, X100, and W20 servers throughout the show in use by both dealers and manufacturers. Sunny Components of Covina, CA featured Aurender in three rooms, Alma Music and Audio of La Jolla, CA used Aurender in two rooms, and Sweet Spot High End Audio featured an Aurender music server in its room. Manufacturers using Aurender included Goldmund, Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, and Dynaudio. If that’s not enough Aurender for you, I also had a couple manufacturers ask me about my experience with the servers because they wanted to start using them in their own systems and at audio shows. I’d say Aurender has come a long way since I first saw the company and its single product, the S10, at the California Audio Show in 2011.

    As far as listening to good HiFi goes, the winner today was clearly Philip O’Hanlon’s On A Higher Note room. Very few people put on demonstrations like Philip with both great sound and great music. As this was the last day of the show, I was a little burned out of the traditional audiophile show music. I entered Philip’s room and was fortunate enough to sit right in the sweet spot. Sitting next to me was Merging Technologies’ Dominique Brulhart. We briefly chatted and as Dom got up to leave Philip put on a killer Led Zeppelin vinyl rip. Dom immediately sat back down, started tapping his foot, and enjoyed the sound every bit as much as I did. The Zeppelin cut played throug Luxman electronics and Vivid Audio loudspeakers refilled my audio tank. The sound was good for my soul. Philip then asked for requests. I asked him to play Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side because I knew he had a version that sounded spectacular. Without fail and as expected, Philip delivered. Not only was the electric and acoustic bass in this track terrific, the backing vocalists gave me the chills. As they enter the track their voices are at a low level singing “Do dado dado dododo do dado dado dododo dooooo…” In a good system like this one, it’s possible to notice the vocalists walking closer to the microphones as the volume level increases. This recording was done the old fashioned way, by having the singers move forward and backward to and from the mics to adjust the level. Listening to Philip’s system was a great note on which to end the show.

    Overall I really enjoyed THE Show Newport. It was wonderful seeing so many members of the Computer Audiophile Community at the show. I’m honestly looking forward to next year already.





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    Comments 16 Comments
    1. MarkS's Avatar
      MarkS -
      I think this show is the best one in the U.S.

      Great coverage, thx.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by MarkS View Post
      I think this show is the best one in the U.S.

      Great coverage, thx.
      I agree Mark. Thanks for the kind words.
    1. astrotoy's Avatar
      astrotoy -
      Hi Chris, thanks for all the great information and pictures. I may have missed it, but did Merging have a working demo of their new DAC and were you able to see and hear it. Thanks, Larry
    1. YashN's Avatar
      YashN -
      Cool to hear about Philip and the stalwart Luxman + Vivid combo. Passed on to him some free 2l.no DSD128 I had with me on a USB key a few years back at an Audio Show. We were glad to try that on the Luxman & Vivids.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by astrotoy View Post
      Hi Chris, thanks for all the great information and pictures. I may have missed it, but did Merging have a working demo of their new DAC and were you able to see and hear it. Thanks, Larry
      Hi Larry - There was a NADAC at the show but I wasn't able to hear it when I stopped in to the EMM room where it was in the rack with the EMM DACs.
    1. ted_b's Avatar
      ted_b -
      Larry, Bruce Brown heard it and loved it. He comments on it at his WB forum.

      "Heard this new NADAC for the first time in a "decent" system over the weekend at Philip O Hanlon's lair. I've very familiar with the house sound of Merging as having used their equipment for the past decade. To say this unit impressed is an understatement. I had listened to Philip's system for a while before the NADAC was inserted so I had a handle on what the system was capable of.
      Merging has a winner on their hands and a contender for the great Lampi..."
    1. kenreau's Avatar
      kenreau -
      Great show coverage!

      Regarding Aurender, was there any mention of them adopting the Roon labs interface?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by kenreau View Post
      Great show coverage!

      Regarding Aurender, was there any mention of them adopting the Roon labs interface?
      Yes, they will support Roon as an endpoint (Roon Speakers).
    1. astrotoy's Avatar
      astrotoy -
      Thanks, Ted and Chris. I'll be hearing the Merging DAC in 3 weeks at Merging, I think in a mch configuration.

      Larry
    1. bmoura's Avatar
      bmoura -
      Quote Originally Posted by astrotoy View Post
      Hi Chris, thanks for all the great information and pictures. I may have missed it, but did Merging have a working demo of their new DAC and were you able to see and hear it. Thanks, Larry
      Actually there were 2 demos of NADAC at The Show Newport. Stereo DSD up to DSD 256 was being played continuously on the NADAC in the Positive Feedback room (441) and Multichannel DSD was being played in the Kimber room. The Kimber room was also demonstrating other gear so visitors to that room may or may not have heard the NADAC there.
    1. One and a half's Avatar
      One and a half -
      "Sitting next to me was Merging Technologies’ Dominique Brulhart. We briefly chatted and as Dom got up to leave Philip put on a killer Led Zeppelin vinyl rip. Dom immediately sat back down, started tapping his foot, and enjoyed the sound every bit as much as I did. "

      While you were next to Dominique, did you ask the question about Emotion? If there is a NDA, then we know where we are.
    1. bmoura's Avatar
      bmoura -
      Quote Originally Posted by One and a half View Post
      Did you ask the question about Emotion? If there is a NDA, then we know where we are.
      Dominique Brulhart said at The Show Newport that Emotion will come bundled with the NADAC. So Emotion will be one playback option.

      It also works with music player software that supports ASIO. In the Positive Feedback room, David Robinson was playing DSD music on the NADAC with JRiver Media Center, not Emotion.
    1. HDgeorge's Avatar
      HDgeorge -
      In Munich also informed me that Nadac comes with Emotion player and some music from supported DSD record companies as well.
    1. bmoura's Avatar
      bmoura -
      That appears to have changed. The latest word is that Emotion has "been put on the back burner".

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    1. MiddlemanOne's Avatar
      MiddlemanOne -
      Man I miss Luxman! My dad used to have the full kit ie. PD-444 turntable, K-05 cassette deck, C-05/M-05 pre+power amps. Those were the days
    1. usblues's Avatar
      usblues -
      Chris,hello,Bob here.Long time no.........thanks for this and all you do,keep up the good work,adieu,Bob