RMAF 2017

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Herb Reichert  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  5 comments
Dear reader, please stop for a second to imagine how I could go from the above-mentioned MSB room to the $500 setup without feeling pain.
Herb Reichert  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  7 comments
During my brief audition, this new, 6922 tube-equipped Stax amplifier played smother, slightly fuller, a little lusher, and, less electrostatically…
Herb Reichert  |  Oct 15, 2017  |  2 comments
Vana Ltd. had two rooms at RMAF. Both rooms had stereo systems set-up, but the first room I entered was filled by a hoard of standing, chattering people of all sexes. It looked like they were making big business deals so I decided to not eavesdrop or interrupt. However, the sound of music coming from the Vana room next door was inviting. I slipped in and was greeted warmly by Nancy Weiner and Audio Physic's Manfred Diestertich.
Herb Reichert  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  2 comments
Each year, in honor and remembrance of her late husband and RMAF founder, Al Stiefel, Marjorie Baumert donates one exhibit room to support "a new manufacturer with an innovative product, or one who simply needs a little help"…
Herb Reichert  |  Oct 15, 2017  |  0 comments
Sunday afternoons at audio shows are when the good sound is just kicking in. The rooms' components have recovered from the trauma of travel and are starting to purr. Unfortunately, that's when the toys go back in the boxes. That is also when this humble reporter looks like he's been dragged behind a car.

And this Sunday, just when I thought I was done being dragged, I get this mad call from an out-of-breath Jason Victor Serinus, saying, "Herb! Get your ass up to room 1125 (the Parasound-Tekton room). The sound is amazing, and you must listen to this speaker. Hurry up!"

Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  16 comments
Fortunately, in a world of darkness, there is still light. And by light, I mean: hi-fi.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  2 comments
"Oh my god, Justin Timberlake? That room's next." I thought to myself…
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  5 comments
Overheard in the hallway:
"Babe, can you please buy me that cable?"
"But I just bought you so much for your birthday…!"
And just like that, day two begins.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  3 comments
Day three began with me feeling sick and beaten down. I needed to pay a visit to the doctor. Dr. Vinyl. (But also probably a real doctor, too.) Jose Ramirez (aka Dr. Vinyl) always knows how to make his listeners feel at ease.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  61 comments
Everything matters. Everything is not always necessary, but everything does make a difference….
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  1 comments
Impressive bass control and speed on a recording of taiko drums, excellent timbres, and an equally captivating sense of spaciousness on Lyle Lovett's "North Dakota" left no question that this attractive mid-priced system from Paradigm and Anthem would make many an audiophile very, very happy.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 09, 2017  |  2 comments
To paraphrase a classic early English song by Thomas Arne, “Where the big boys go, there go I.” Thus to the Marriott’s lobby and mezzanine, where many of the biggest systems found spaces congenial to their size, didst I head.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  2 comments
When the Greek poet Hesiod and Roman comic dramatist Plautus wrote about moderation in all things, I'm not sure they had in mind RMAF's Saturday morning seminar, "High Resolution Audio: Have files Eclipsed Physical Media?" Nor, in fact, did I…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 08, 2017  |  4 comments
Since I am accustomed to hearing VTL electronics paired with either Wilson or Rockport loudspeakers, I was eager to hear how the Siegfried II monoblocks would mate with the Vandersteens…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  9 comments
For those who have been thinking it's time for the people in white coats to carry me away—they actually did.

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