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  • #16
    Myles, tHanks for writing these reports!

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    • #17
      Sadly, the Aaudio Imports room also fell into the incomplete category. No one could be found to answer questions or play some familiar albums brought to get a feel of the system's sound. The system was made up of Thales new and real sexy looking $4500 TTT Compact II turntable, $9200 Simplicity arm and $8500 Ikeda Kai cartridge. The electronics included the $25,000 Ypsilon Integrated amplifier with "bridged single-ended" output stage, $26,000 VPS-100 Valve phonostage and $6200 MC26L Reference Level step up transformer. Brian Ackerman of Aaudio brought this year Wilson Benesch new and latest thinking on carbon fiber technology $40,300 A.C.T. One Evolution P1 'Ettore' speakers along with their $12,500 Torus (plus amplifier) infrasonic generator. All cabling was provided by Stage III Concepts.

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      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #18
        Some other shots from the show. Lumin Audio, Amadeus Philharmonia from France and Metronome digital.

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        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • #19
          The Kuzma Stabi M turntable, 4 Point tonearm and CAR-30 cartridge in the Tidal and Zanden room. One spec they should include with at least Kuzma's series of cartridge is their size. The CAR-30 has to be one of the largest--at least this side of an old Ortofon SPU or Jan Allaerts--cartridges made today. Yuge!

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          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • Gusf
            Gusf commented
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            Love this table. On my wish list if and when I ever upgrade.🤑

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          Devore Fidelity Orangutan 93 speakers.




          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #21
            The End!
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • Johnny Vinyl
              Johnny Vinyl commented
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              Nicely done Myles!

          • #22
            Great write-up Myles, thanks!
            Analog: VPI Aries 3, custom suspension/Magnetically stabilized JMW 10.5i/Ortofon A90/Modded & shielded Pass XP-25 Digital: Spectral 3000SL/Heavily modded Alpha DAC & Yggy2 Amplification: Spectral DMC-30SV/DMA-500AR Speakers: Heavily modded MartinLogan (custom Mundorf xover, cabling, woofers; structural mods)/Modded REL Cabling: Shielded MIT Oracle 50ic,MA-X/Oracle 90.1 Power: MIT Z-Strips, Magnum Z-Traps; Shunyata Black Mamba CX HC cords, Typhon

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            • Socrates
              Socrates commented
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              Indeed grateful to Myles for the Pics and Postings Much appreciated here also.

              Soc

            • MylesBAstor
              MylesBAstor commented
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              Thanks guys!

          • #23
            An enjoyable show as always. But challenging when half of the hotel is under construction!

            Discoveries at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016
            http://positive-feedback.com/show-re...dio-fest-2016/


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            • #24
              Ringling Bros Audio show?
              Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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              • #25
                "That the show happened at all is a testament to the bloody-minded perseverance of RMAF and its exhibitors alike..."

                Roy and Dennis' brief coverage at TAB.



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                • MylesBAstor
                  MylesBAstor commented
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                  La verdad!!!

              • #26
                Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
                The Boulder/Rockport/REL/Feickert/AudioQuest room located on the second floor of the Tower ranked as another one of the show's "super-systems." Featured in Room 2024 was almost $200K of Boulder electronics ($55K 2160 amplifier, $65K 2120 DAC, $60K 2110 preamplifier and $13K 1008 phonostage), Feickert Woodpecker table and arm and Ortofon cartridge, $62,500 Rockport Cygnus and $4K REL 212SE subwoofers.

                The sound here was much better on Sunday than when I first sat in with Mark on Friday. On Friday, the system was a bit bright and grainy; by Sunday, the system has smoothed out and was characterized by its speed, smoothness and detail. One thing bothered me though whether I sat in the primo or other seats here. There was a serious lack of soundstage depth; the soundstage was almost two dimensional. I can only wonder if moving the speakers out from the back wall might have improved that aspect of the system's performance.

                Note to self: How can this attendee sitting behind me possibly hear anything with a Bluetooth ear bud in one ear?

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                I agree. As a Cygnus owner, I was shocked at the 2-D sound of this megasystem compared to my sound at home. Very perplexing that the Cygnus were so close to the front walls. I even asked the exhibitor was the placement due to the ventilation wall irregularity protruding into the room on the left side (irregular dimensions) and he said not at all and placement was designed by using the 'Masters" technique. In my opinion the Cygnus needs to be pulled out into the room to breath. Soundstage depth is my system with the Cygnus 80 inches from the front wall (baffle to front wall) is phenomenal (room is 21 ft x 15.5 ft x 9 ft). I was dying to hear the Cygnus with Boulder with those speakers out in the room!

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                • #27
                  Originally posted by philb7777 View Post

                  I agree. As a Cygnus owner, I was shocked at the 2-D sound of this megasystem compared to my sound at home. Very perplexing that the Cygnus were so close to the front walls. I even asked the exhibitor was the placement due to the ventilation wall irregularity protruding into the room on the left side (irregular dimensions) and he said not at all and placement was designed by using the 'Masters" technique. In my opinion the Cygnus needs to be pulled out into the room to breath. Soundstage depth is my system with the Cygnus 80 inches from the front wall (baffle to front wall) is phenomenal (room is 21 ft x 15.5 ft x 9 ft). I was dying to hear the Cygnus with Boulder with those speakers out in the room!
                  I know Ken has a different model of Rockports but as I remember, his speakers are pulled out from the front wall too.

                  To hell with the "Masters" technique. Listen! Use your two ears!

                  And now that I think of it, why didn't they put the speakers at the other end of the room?
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • lasercd
                    lasercd commented
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                    I can take measurements if needed but basically yes - the Aquila are out into the room and soundstage like a mofo.

                • #28
                  Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                  I know Ken has a different model of Rockports but as I remember, his speakers are pulled out from the front wall too.

                  To hell with the "Masters" technique. Listen! Use your two ears!

                  And now that I think of it, why didn't they put the speakers at the other end of the room?
                  Agree Ken and Myles.

                  Ken - my Cygnus are +/- 1.0dB down to 30Hz and then linearly drop slowly by 3 dB at 20 Hz. And my room is a smaller size for the Cygnus. My sound staging is incredible too. I'm not a huge fan of the Masters technique and nothing duplicates using your ears. My measurements were made months after my final speaker placement using my ears and were done simply out of curiosity.

                  Thanks for the great reporting and pics Myles. I was there, but its great to have a reviewers' opinion and great pics to bring back show memories.

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                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    Thanks Phil! Next time we'll have to break bread!

                • #29
                  Phil if you ever find yourself in the Philadelphia area let me know. You can come hear the Rockport/Boulder combination. BTW, rumor has it that Andy Payor is now using Boulder in his system.
                  PROGRESSIVE SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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                  Rockport Aquila, Boulder 2010, Boulder 2008, Boulder 2060, Transparent Audio Reference XL, Nordost Quantum QBase8, TW Acustic AC Anniversary, TW Acustic Raven 10.5 arm, Lyra Atlas, Bricasti M1 Special Edition, SRA Scuttle3 rack + various SRA/Symposium stands

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                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    Andy also has a full system of Nick Doshi's electronics too.

                  • lasercd
                    lasercd commented
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                    Where? In his boat? PUHLEASE!

                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    Nick was up there a month or two ago. Both Transparent Audio and Andy are using Nick's electronics. Nick was up there for Andy's last speaker rollout that a few press members and others attended. See JA's writeup.
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