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    by Published on 05-29-2015 02:25 AM
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    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 Holidayís 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.
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    by Published on 01-13-2015 02:19 PM
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    CES 2015 is in the can and Iím disappointed. Iím disappointed that I didnít make it to nearly as many rooms as I wanted to and I didnít spend enough time in the rooms I visited. Without an editorial staff itís impossible to do this show any justice. For the most part, what I saw was great. The new Ravenna based network DAC from Merging Technologies, the NADAC, looks promising. It has the ability to output from two to sixteen channels and should be priced around $6,000 - $7,000. One of the best sounding rooms I stumbled into during the entire show was that of Nagra. The Swiss manufacture demonstrated prototype amplifiers that were part of a system featuring the HD DAC and a MacBook Air. The sound was delicate and stayed in my mind throughout the entire four days of CES. ...
    by Published on 05-26-2014 01:20 PM
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    2. 2014 Munich High End
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    I've cleaned out the Munich 2014 photo archive to published the best of what's left. The Munich show was full of great looking and / or interesting products and displays. Here are some that deserve attention. ...
    by Published on 05-19-2014 10:52 AM
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    Wow, what a show. The 2014 High End show in Munich was the best audio show I've ever attended. It was like Disney World for adults. It featured private rooms for controlled demonstrations and a large show floor with booths full of high end equipment, music, and services. Usually show floors are full of trinkets and iPhone cases. Munich is a different story. There were countless quality products from manufacturers I'd never heard of and several new product launches from well known known manufacturers. Devialet, Constellation Audio, TAD, Nagra, Auralic, Aurender, Dynaudio, Wadia, Audio Research, and Sonus Faber were some of the manufacturers with new products on display in Munich. It was truly a blast covering this show. I've already made plans to attend in 2015. ...
    by Published on 04-28-2014 11:40 AM
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    2. 2014 AXPONA Chicago
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    I attended my first AXPONA audio show over the weekend. The show was held at the Westin O'Hare about thirty minutes outside Chicago. I had a really good time at this show. The venue was terrific. It's always nice when luxury goods are on display at a hotel where a luxury goods buyer may actually stay. In other words, high end audio shows shouldn't be at rundown hotels or motels. The Westin O'hare is a very nice location. I hope to attend the show there next year. I spent much of my time at AXPONA searching for good sound and good music amongst a sea of subpar noise. I say noise because much of it didn't sound like music. A guy beating on some tree roots with sticks isn't my idea of a good time. I like music for its ability to bring out emotion and connect with people. Playing this music on a great audio system can really enhance the experience. Most of the rooms we just plain bad. The sound quality wasn't representative of the equipment on display and worse yet, the noise that was played through these systems was so unemotional I felt like I was in a laboratory. Oh wait maybe I was. One manufacturer was displaying his equipment connected to an audio analyzer so people could see the waves on a small green screen rather than listen to music through his components. Maybe I'm an outlier because I prefer to bring my own USB stick of music and play it on a variety of systems as if I was sitting in my own house. That brings me to another issue I had with people demonstrating equipment at the show. I had a difficult time getting manufacturers or dealers to play music from my USB stick. This is computer audio people, not rocket science. If your system is setup so bad it's nearly impossible to import audio from a patron's USB stick maybe you ought to spend some time getting educated on the ins and outs of computer audio. When it's easier for a user to order a component online, demo it for thirty days in his home at no cost, and ship it back if needed, something is wrong. High end audio should be on the cutting edge of sound quality, convenience, and customer service. The prices are certainly on the cutting edge, but not in a good way. Enough of the excuses about being "analog guys" who don't understand all this "new" digital stuff. It's time to adapt or die. ...

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