Back from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, thinking over what I saw and heard, and overheard.
-I'll be carrying a new speaker soon, the Yonna, from new speaker maker Uwe Meyer of Meyer Tonapparate of Germany. Mr. Meyer has made cabinets for the Auditorium speakers for years, and also his own equipment rack, which I'll also be carrying soon, and has now launched his own speaker line. The speaker consists of a 1" tweeter with an aluminum/wood horn, and a 10" backloaded horn, opening to the floor, basically a 2 way with high efficiency of 97db. It was love at first hearing, so look for that to come soon, or in hifi speak, sometime down the road.
Other news....the new line of EX from Ayre was on display, quite nice looking per usual of Ayre.
There is a new CD player, yes!, CD, and a new preamp, amp, digital hub, and the new EX-8 integrated, which I already have here. Also to come is a new phono preamp. So very good news out of Ayre. Nice to see they've made a recovery from the death of initial designer/owner Charley Hansen, who had everything in place for continued success. New factory digs, new designs by a team that had worked with Charley for years, so rest assured that Ayre is looking for a very positive future.
There is also a new digital piece from Aurender which some of you may be interested in, the ACS-10. The ACS-10 is a a streamer/storage/CD ripper!, server, all one does is add their favorite DAC. Aurender has always been most concerned about meta tagging of files, and now can be done with one machine and no computers! Yay! at least from me....things can get quite messy for me even with easy to use dbpoweramp that I use to rip cd's to my servers. I guess I play some unusual music that isn't always in online libraries. So there you go! And another piece from Aurender on the way, basically an A-10, the company's biggest selling streamer/server/storage/dac, now with no storage, for many of you who don't care about files and only use subscription services. Not sure of the price, perhaps in the $3k area as opposed to the A10's $5500.
I will be a Tellurium Q cable dealer shortly. As I roundly heard said by other dealers, "like I need another cable line like I need a hole in my head", still, the Tellurium, from what I can tell is another great line, so we'll see....we'll stick our toe in the water with a few and report back. The company has 4 lines, the Blue, Black, Silver, and Platinum. And make all types of cables and cords, so lots to take in. Stay tuned... one thing which made me laugh, the head Tellurium gentleman was at the show to meet we prospective dealers, and I couldn't help but think I'd met him before...here is the vision I saw...I swear the man has two careers going....
and last but not the least by any means....a new VTL phono stage is coming, a new Keith Monks record cleaning machine, a new Dynavector cartridge is coming, and then the one that probably made the most splash at the show, which unfortunately won't be coming to the Haven any time soon, was this....
the new DeVore 0/96 Reference System, a totally redesigned, very upscale system from John, with active subwoofer, the whole nine yards....what started out as an improved 0/96 rumored at $25k turned into a redesigned 0/96 with matching subwoofer and push/pull amp at $55k and then with improvements to that turned into a system that is now going to be at around $90k. I have to tell you honestly, I was hanging in there for the Haven and all of you for the first two rounds, thinking that it was my time to bring in a big speaker system, a reference from one of my favorite designers, not for everyone, mind you, just so that one could come here and at least hear a speaker like this set up properly in a standard room. None of that over the top expensive big show system stuff that is impressive yet musically sterile. I heard one this RMAF, the big 1.2 million dollar Verity system...impressive, yes! The organ recording was like you were there. The rest, normal jazz recordings, no...big no, as big as the system no.
The DeVore Reference system is still a prototype, at least the sub, yet it was wildly musical, and big, and everything you might want from that kind of money. Yet I'll have to pass at this time, I'm sure you can understand. Someone might drive in one day with a green Aston Martin 1964 and hand me the keys, but I'm not in a position to write a check for that either, as much as I crave one.
So that's my basic show report....you can read many in depths reports online, all biased and speaking many half truths, yet in my new era of positivity I'll keep my smile firmly intact and bid adieu for now. Come see me, for one the Riviera 10 integrated is finely getting broken in and it's really doing some nice things. And I've got lots of new records that I think you might like.
actually, I've been around, yet off the blog for a bit. Lots of new customers, lots of float trips, yard work out the ying yang to rework the landscaping after all my tree damage from the past two summers. After this weekend's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I'll be back with lots to talk about - and all that lawnmower time during the summer gave me thinking time concerning hifi, so watch out.