Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2019 Show Report
Attending CAF 2019 Was A
Volti And Border Patrol
And once they have room to breathe within a larger room, and they don't fail to satisfy. They do soft and dainty, and jump to balls out in an instant! The BorderPatrol integrated mates magically while a Zenith Server fed the system digitally via a BorderPatrol tuned DAC without any sign of digital intrusion. Innuos servers hit the ground running and offer a combination of build quality, audio performance and user convenience that is hard to ignore. Build quality and fit and finish are always spectacular from both Volti and BoarderPatrol.
Perfect 8 The Cube-S And Ypsilon
It can over saturate the room on some tracks, which is a byproduct of the room, not the system. Depth is excellent, taught and had both complexity and character. This was an elegantly simple and refined, albeit close to $90k system. I'd love to get a pair of these glass beauties, and that Ypsilon integrated, in my listening room for a romp!
Studio Electric And Parasound
The speakers convey pulse, rhythm and dynamics like speakers 1.5x to 2x their price. Palpability was almost effortless. Tonal texture and harmonic structure was dead on. Technically an easy to drive nominal 6 Ohm load.All the drivers with the tweeters being manufactured in-house. The designer / manufacturer came from the Pro Audio world, so he knows his stuff!
Distinctive, Merrill Audio And Genesis
Perfectly matched from platter to speakers, with a side of digital delights. The speaker has adjustments that allow to match the room meticulously. And the Genesis speaker setup technique reliably produces sensational results. The nine drivers sounded like a single point radiator and then vanish, a huge accomplishment; especially in such a small room (and not a drop of acoustic treatments). Staging scales to the music selected and presents instruments and vocals of both proper size and dynamic density, in an absolutely pitch black background. Merrill's gear is lightning fast and has a bottomless noise floor.
Palpable and wonderfully engaging. One of the best rooms here. Speakers were sold before the show was over. Larry better get more, I think he will need the inventory because these $30k speakers were a bargain even at that price.
Gershman, NAIM, And Accuphase
Accuphase and NAIM feed the suspended duo and helped the system shine. In the past few years, dealers and manufacturers have really figured out how to get great sound from these hotel rooms. And the Gershman's are a truly lovely couple. These speakers are worth looking into more thoroughly.
Pure Audio Project. Luminous, Pass Labs, And VPI
Anyone looking for an around $10k speaker who can fit the wide baffle and appreciate the unique appearance must find a way to hear these. They never offend and frequently delight. The photos show the larger speaker on display day one, report is the smaller open baffle on display day three. The larger open baffle is sensational and fills in whatever was missing in the smaller version, including better staging, detail and harmonic structure.
VR, Innuos, And Qln
Here's a two-way loudspeaker done right! Truly, really, they do it right. Although missing the last bit of bottom end extension, the room went from top to bottom seamlessly and made me want to get up to get down. Am trying to find something to criticize and I just can't. The server brought the bits and just got out of the way. The VR SE integrated turned it into elegance, power and emotion and the Prestige Three made it real; like holy s&!t real! Standout Best Of Show Award. And did I say the speakers are under $10k in their standard finish?!? WOW!
GTT, YG Acoustics, Audionet, And Kronos
This room does it all right! Maybe more base extension would have made me happier, yet it was not missed. It's just the fact that the rest of the system and cabling could handle a $240k speaker without sneezing, so these speakers could be considered the weak link if one was to be declared; which one isn't. And the new MolaMolaTambaqui DAC helped to make this room spec' freaken' tacular! I could have spent half my day here and the other half in Distinctive Stereo's room, than an evening Scotch with Well Pleased and the late night in the Diva of the show, The Audio Company with Esoteric, VAC, and Von Schweikert within their room. Of course, I'd have to find a few hours for The Voice That Is as well. So much to listen to, so little time....
I sense an Ampex ATR102 in my future… Things are sounding mighty fine for the next generation of audiophile, and the Capital Audiofest 2019 proves that point succinctly. Hope you enjoyed reading my CAF 2019 show report, and as always.... enjoy the music!