• RMAF 2013 Loudspeakers Under $20k

    RMAF 2013 Loudspeakers Under $20k

    I bet you didn’t know that Jonathan Valin played football. I’m pretty sure he was a linebacker, actually. Why? Because I hadn’t even stepped out of the van from the airport before he tackled me. ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    What follows is a survey of new headphone, earphone, and related products seen and heard at RMAF. HeadAmp The Virginia-based firm HeadAmp was showing its newest product, which is the two-chassis, fully balanced, solid-state GS-X ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    Over roughly the past decade an alternate high-end audio universe has been emerging—a universe centered on very high-performance headphones, earphones, portable and desktop headphone amplifiers, and amp/DACs. In short, it is a world that might ...
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 4

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 4

    Merrill Audio Veritas monoblocks ($12,000/pr) were driving the TAD Evolution 1 loudspeakers using a Macmini computer running Channel D Pure Vinyl into a Lynx Hilo ADC/DAC via Thunderbolt connection. These fully balanced amps are based ...
  • The 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

    The 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

    I gave myself the assignment of searching for the best-sounding affordable loudspeakers at this year’s show. Sure, it’s fun to listen to the megabuck systems, but there’s something rewarding about discovering great-sounding speakers that nearly ...
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 1

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 1

    The tenth installment of the Rocky Mountain Audio might have seen a dip in overall attendance–depending on who you ask–but there was no lack of enthusiasm. Bracketed by Cedia and CES, manufacturers typically don't choose ...

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