Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2019 Show Report
Attending CAF 2019 Was A
Sound Stage Audio, Rosso Fiorentino, Backert, And High
I want to hear this room in a different room, if you get my meaning. The Backert preamp is intriguing, and I would love to see RF develop more of a presence in the US. Rosso Fiorentino, Chario and Diapason are all examples of great Italian speaker manufacturers that we only get occasional tastes of here in the US. Europe is keeping too many great products to themselves!
More rhythmic impulse too as the system sounded very well balanced. The electronics provided a solid foundation and instilled nothing to offend. The active version cranked up the dynamics another level. I always enjoy these speakers. Full speaker review coming from Tom Lyle.
Wide, deep soundstage but lacks the last details of image specificity. Quite. natural. Multi-layered. A unique look to match their unique sound. I spoke to many attendees who absolutely raved about this room. The speakers speed, clarity, resolution and well integrated and equally fast low frequency reproduction check off many of the boxes audiophiles' desire.
Kharma, Conrad Johnson, Kuzma, Lampizator, And Aurender
Kharma speakers are always transducers of emotion, which seemed to be the common theme running in this room. It was a beautifully integrated system which made it impossible to tell what gear was doing what, it all just shined. Dynamics and impulse control were dead on and layers of texture and layered tonality permeated the room. Organic and luscious would best describe the room, whether sourced from vinyl or digi'bits. Not that warm, viscous, velvety luscious SET's imbue, but the rich, passionate, enigmatic, mature luscious like diving a Ferrari 488 through the foothills of Bolognese. Any one of these components would elevate a system to another level; together they were, well, luscious! Alas, the room was closed on day one and my camera battery died day two so didn't get any photos. Please accept my apologies to all reading this.
Lampizator And Audionec
The brass era appearing Lampy SET KT150 integrated (20 Wpc) provided power only. I love the Nixie tube in the Lampy Pacific. Near seamless integration between this four-way speaker system. Staging is deep, and extends just right verticality. Luxurious textures and depth. Palpable. Tonal complexity. A tad thin in the midrange, although my suspicions are that it's not the speakers causing that. That said, there was something wonderfully natural and delightful about the room that drew me back again and again.
TEAC And Magnepan LSR
I'd guess you could retain 80% or more of this performance without the external clock and just running one stereo amp. All for under $5000 with cables. But the two amps crank up the dynamics. Add a sub and still stay under $5000. There's plenty left over for Qobuz true lossless compressed Hi-Res Music and Tidal lossy MQA subscriptions.