Definitive Audio, Seattle’s largest high-end audio retailer, will host a music listening and demo event called Music Matters 11 on March 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in its showroom (6206 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115). It also marks the company’s 40th anniversary.
This event—which is the 11th annual such event Definitive Audio has sponsored—will feature representatives from prominent manufacturers who will conduct demonstrations of high quality 2-channel systems in six optimized sound rooms: Dan D’Agostino of D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, Dave Gordon of Audio Research, Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio, Dave Nauber of Classé Audio, Keith Robertson of Linn Products, and Josh Clark of Transparent. Garth Leerer and Jesse Luna of Musical Surroundings will also be in attendance, highlighting gear from AMG, Clearaudio, Audio Research, and Magnepan.
Think of it as a scaled-down hi-fi trade show, such as the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver or the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s a good way for audio enthusiasts to gather, listen to some music, check out some nice gear, talk shop, and meet some manufacturer reps. Events like this one also provide an opportunity for the buying public and a major retailer to “connect” with each other—especially welcome in this day and age of seemingly waning personal contact between consumers and purveyors.
According to Definitive, some of the featured products can be considered “public debuts”: Bowers & Wilkins 800 D3 speaker, Wilson Audio ALEXX speaker, and D’Agostino Progression Series electronics. Other featured products include the Classé Audio Sigma Integrated Amplifier, Audio Research Reference 6 and Reference Phono 3 preamps, Focal Sopra 2 speaker, and Merging Technologies NADAC (network-attached DAC). Various equipment from Audioquest, Audeze, Ayre, HRS, Linn, McIntosh, Rotel, and Transparent will also be demonstrated.