Here's the first of a few installments. Apologies for the tardy and
less-than-stellar pics ... technical challenges there and a real job
back at home have conspired to make this somewhat challenging.
Cain & Cain Company, spinning vinyl on Terryâ€™s Teres.
Cardas Audio Room featured deHaviland Electric, Amazon, Morch, Dynavector (Karat), and Wilson Benesch.
Art Audioâ€™s big room featured several models of Ars Aures loudspeakers and Dynamic Design A/V wiring. The 845-based Quartet (capable of 50 wpc)were doing push-pull that sounded damn close to single-ended when I visited. The soundstage went wall to wall and then some! Ensemble transport, Gill Audio Elise DAC and Elana pre did their part. The speakers are described as â€œfirst-order network, coupled cavity, transmission line bass and terribly underpriced.â€ No, I didnâ€™t ask. But I later looked up the price on the larger one: $18,995
Hereâ€™s a nice SOTAwith a Tri-Planer arm in the Classic Audio Reproductions room, featuring (of course) Atma-Sphere toobs. Iâ€™ve never heard a bad CAR room at any show. This one was no exception. Very natural sound. I didnâ€™t want to leave.
A pic from the highly touted BAT/Avalon/Tara Labs room. â€œBest of Show?â€ I donâ€™t know. My ears had shut down by the time I made it to that floor that day. It was, however, apparent to my body, that the Clearaudio Champion Magnum was doing a great job of propelling the cut in play: SRVâ€™s â€œTin Pan Alley.â€
The passageway between Thigpenâ€™s two rooms was â€¦ erm â€¦ modified â€¦ to create an appropriate enclosure for his infrasonic sub. While chatting with Keith Herron later (whoâ€™s also now venturing into speaker production) he mused, â€œI wish I had thought of that!â€
Last yearâ€™s hero, this yearâ€™s (comparatively speaking) couch potato, is looking damn happy to have let go of the reins. Hereâ€™s Ron along with the CAR T-3 speakers and that's an early Teres â€˜table.
Dave Adams and the The Dowdy Lama (here's the mesh-plated 2A3) teamed up to show off their latest. Dave's speaker employs a custom-ized PHY driver â€¦ experimental at this point; he's hoping to bring product to market within a year â€¦ prices to start at $15,000. A recent Josh Stippich creation did preamp duty in this rather spartan room. Overall. there was a vast sense of musical space and and amazing conveyance of the size/scale of instruments.
The High Water Sound room was another treat. Horning Loudspeakers and Tron electronics. DaVincini Audio Labs tonearm on TW/Acoustic's Raven. All on a Silent Running Audio rack. In a word, excellent.
RMAF '05 photos and commentary courtesy of audioasylum.com
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Topic - Impressions from RMAF - AA-RMAF 14:59:10 10/04/05 (13)
- Nice virtual tour! Keep 'em coming... - Rob Thomas 16:26:03 10/04/05 (7)
- BTW, whazzup with that fan-like infrasonic sub? - Rob Thomas 16:29:04 10/04/05 (6)
- Re: BTW, whazzup with that fan-like infrasonic sub? - Stephæn 19:57:54 10/04/05 (5)
- Very interesting. Will knock the fillings from your teeth no doubt... - Rob Thomas 15:12:09 10/06/05 (3)
- Re: Very interesting. Will knock the fillings from your teeth no doubt... - dwk 07:21:09 10/07/05 (2)
- Looks similar to the Infrasonics unit, but... - Bill Leebens 09:39:27 10/05/05 (0)
- What are all those huge CDs? And those giant CD players with arms? Cool, I can get a total catalog on one CD. nt - Pjay 16:11:42 10/04/05 (0)
- Re: Impressions from RMAF - Byrd69 15:05:04 10/04/05 (3)