Aaudio Imports' Brian Ackerman brought a room packed with audiophile delights! Here's the room breakdown for you:
HB Cable Design PowerSlave Marble Power Distributor constant supply of electrical energy
Thales TTT Compact II a turntable made to perfection
With more than 20 years in the music industry, Cookie Marenco's (right) of Blue Coast Records has shared her creative and technical skills, which have touched almost every aspect of the music business for many years. She is widely known for the quality of her audio engineering skills and for drawing out passionate performances from the artists she produces. She has engineered or produced five Grammy-nominated records, several Gold records and an Academy Award-winning documentary.
Her artist credits include Max Roach, Brain, Kenny Aronoff, Steve Smith, Brady Blade, Tony Furtado, Tony Trischka, Dirk Powell, Rob Ickes, Charlie Haden, Tony Levin, Steve Rodby, Buckethead, Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Ernie Watts, Glen Moore, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Jennings, Pat DiNizio, Kristin Hersch, Brad Mehldau, Matt Rollings, Kevin Kern, Art Lande, Clara Ponty, Chanticleer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mark Isham and Michael Tolcher. Her production and engineering skills can be found on projects for Monterey Jazz Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Marinfest, Midem, Hard Rock Cafe, Windham Hill Records, Verve, Rounder Records, Om Records, Sony, Warner Bros. and others. Blue Coast Records brought their Pyramix computer system, with speakers being Sony driven by Pass Labs amplification.
Last up within my LAAS 2017 coverage is the Astell&Kern SP1000 battery powered portable music player ($3499). It is their ultimate music player that employs dual AK4497EQ DACs, octa-core CPU, high output power with low distortion, and 5" color LCD screen,. A newly-developed GUI, USB 3.0, and multi-function wheel bring ease of use to a new level. Japan's Asahi Kasei AK4497EQ is used so that each DAC is dedicated to each independent left and right audio channel, producing a wider soundstage and better stereo separation. With the addition of an octa-core CPU, the SP1000 boots faster than previous models by Astell&Kern, plus now can process digital audio playback without lag or compromise in sound.
Their redesigned GUI has an intuitive menu that is centered on music playback. USB Type-C 3.0 support allows data transfers that are twice as fast as other Astell&Kern players. The SP1000 also provides 12 hours of music playback and with support for fast charging. Astell&Kern also announces a new cable line co-branded with Dutch cable specialist Crystal Cable. Four different headphone/IEM cable types will be available including MMCX cables and two-pin cables, available in both 3.5mm unbalanced and 2.5mm balanced termination.
Giving them a good listen, i came away very impressed. The new GUI is a joy to use, a nice improvement over the older Astell&Kern models i have here. With the SP1000, it looks like Astell&Kern has another winning portable music player on their hands.
And that, my friends, wraps up ye ol' humble LAAS 2017 show report. Thanks for reading and as always, in the end what really matters is that you...