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  • MylesBAstor
    started a topic Day 3: Finishing The Rounds

    Day 3: Finishing The Rounds

    Day 3's report kicks off with a mention of some Saturday night after show activities. VPI celebrated their 40th Anniversary with an after hours party in their room where company President Mat Weisfeld made a few announcements. One bit of news was VPI has two new turntables in the pipeline that will be released in the next year. The first new piece will be a new, more entry level turntable (no further details were shared); second, the table that I currently use (VPI’s direct drive Vanquish) will become an official product. The Vanquish will also undergo a few updates this coming February with perhaps the most significant being an update to the motor speed control (coming from the new 40th Anniversary table).

    For those into vintage, Harry brought along part of his collection of old tonearms, some of which date back to ‘60s. Sure that you like me will enjoy these pictures!

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  • tom_hankins
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    This room, along with the Tenacious Sounds room with the new TAD speakers and the room using the Sonner bookshelf speakers with Accuphase integrated and Mytek DAC were my top three.
    Thanks again Myles for the great pictures and write ups!

  • MylesBAstor
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    Originally posted by Alrainbow View Post

    Myles who is a local dealer would love to hear them. Also a factory tour. Any chance we could go ?
    Sound Insight on LI. Their number is in fourth picture down.

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  • Alrainbow
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    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    Sound Insight from Massapequa, Long Island brought along the newest version of their big hybrid planar ribbon/dynamic, open baffle woofer system to CAF. The speaker’s midrange panel runs $17k and goes down to 50 Hz. The diagphram is a bit out the ordinary not using common materials like Mylar. Instead the GTA3r uses a special composite material from Japan that allows the use of copper wiring on the panel. Price on the open baffle woofer system depends on the number of sub woofers; the all out towers arrangement shown at CAF runs $28k. The rest of the system’s electronics consisted of PASS XA 60.8 amplifiers, PASS XS preamplifier and phonostage. A $6800 Semper Sonus TE1 epicyclic drive (rim) Turntable from Portugal outfitted with a Schick tonearm and Lyra Kleos cartridge spun 12-inch black discs. Wiring was provided by Triode Labs.

    The sound was much improved over last year. The soundstage was massive yet every instrument’ was precisely separated, layered and located. There was a real magic in the midrange with vocals and the system was very transparent. Definitely some speakers to keep an ear out for!

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    Myles who is a local dealer would love to hear them. Also a factory tour. Any chance we could go ?

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  • Sgood@verizon.net
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    This room was in my top 3 favorites of the show. Sam said the parts he used to make his dac are not readily available so it will not become a product but it made the 16/44 files he was playing from his Mac mini sound incredible.

  • adrianwu
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    The problem is not inherent in horn technology, just that it is difficult to get right. Shame Living Voice doesn't participate in the US shows. Everyone should try to hear the Olympian at least once. Full range horn from 50K down to 20Hz. Simply heads and shoulders above anything else I have ever heard (and so is the price !). Classic Audio should sound great too in this show. I am using their field coil drivers and they are amazing. Electrostatic-like transparency and transients with horn dynamics. Horn compression drivers have 10 times less distortion than dynamic drivers by virtue of a much shorter excursion of the diaphragm. They also tend to have much lighter diaphragms and much more powerful magnets, resulting in superior transient response. And not to mention the much higher sensitivity (often 20dB more sensitive), allowing one to use amps that don't employ multiple output devices (parallel output tubes or transistors is my pet peeve since it is impossible to have perfectly matched devices) and to operate in the most linear part of the curve.

  • kcin
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    Nice report, especially with the honest comments. I hate ".... if the grapple grommet 500 meets your priorities you should try it!" comments we often see in these reports.

    Thank you.

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  • ehoove
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    I agree some of the best horn speakers I have heard, and I like you am not a horn guy.
    Regards,
    Jim

  • Nevillekapadia
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    Much appreciated as always! Thanks Myles.

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  • Madfloyd
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    Thanks, Myles!

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  • Socrates
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    I know Dave--bit of a Fish outa Water in the mainstream, but coughs up some innovative and sonically pleasing statements

    good to see him "pushing the envelope"!

    Soc

  • Socrates
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    I tend to agree here--Von Schweikert speakers always sound sorta constipated to me, can't say the Kronos TT has impressed much either

    maybe that combo just doesn't gel?.

    Appreciate the honest reporting on the Show Myles--mere platitudes get boring I feel.

    Soc

  • siddh
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    As always...a great thank you for allowing us into the event with your degree of candor.

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  • Musica
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    Thanks again Myles. Great stuff!!

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  • stellavox
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    Nice job Myles,

    Agree with everything you say - especially as I was there.

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