Home | High-End Audio Reviews | Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags | Daily News | Search     

  High-End Audiophile Review Magazine & Audio Equipment Reviews

  High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews
  Gear Reviews, News, Show Reports, And More!

  Celebrating 28 Years Of Service To Music Lovers




RMAF 2016 Show Report (Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest)
RMAF 2016 Show Report
Wilson Audio, VTL, Nordost, dCS, And Brinkmann
Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest & CanJam 2016
RMAF 2016 Show Report By Kemper Holt



  I made it a point to visit this room often, and sit down when a central chair was available; I sat three times out of six tries, a very popular room, and well worth the wait. Wilson's front man and extraordinary setup genius Peter McGrath ran the room that debuted the Wilson Yvette, the third speaker from Wilson designed by Daryl Wilson, and I must say he is taking the sound signature a direction most will favor, this new Yvette is a great speaker.

Bea Lam was performing behind the scenes changing records, CDs, and sources, and being charming. VTL employed their S-400 Series II Reference Stereo Amplifier ($33,500), TL-6.5 Series II Signature Linestage ($15,000), and TP-6.5 Signature Phonostage w/silver MC step-up ($15,000). The Brinkmann Spyder Turntable & arm ($21,680) sported a Lyra Etna SL cartridge ($9995), dCS had their Rossini Player ($28,499) and Rossini Clock ($7499) on digital duty. Nordost Odin 2 cables connected everything, and a SXR stand from Harmonic Resolution Systems held it all.



Peter McGrath uses as wide a range of music choices as anyone, and this room had none of the tired audiophile favorites, instead I was constantly asking for the name of the artist and the album name, great job of music selections. I first heard a talented foursome playing Sonny Clark compositions from Voodoo, the Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet, stunningly clear piano, huge soundstage, wide and very deep with no hint of a speaker, bass notes easy to follow without bloat but with snap and impact, and the drums had abundant "jump" factor and easily pressurized the room. Let's hear more of that!

Then on to Cecile McLorin Salvant from For One To Love, we heard "Wives and Lovers", her voice was clear and right in the room present, again the piano sounded right, and the drum kit quick and precise. Peter then played some early (pre popular) Diana Krall that was wonderfully recorded and showed off her voice brilliantly. Every time I came to the room, at some point Peter played a Boris Blank cut, scaring some to leave but bringing more into the room to see what was going on. Boris is a founder of the group Yello, and his electronica has sounds you never hear except in computer generated music. The Yvettes laughed at this assault and played bombastically loud, low, scary, dynamically alive, and still clear as a bell, a testament to their versatility. I really enjoyed listening to music here, and in fact stayed in the room for an hour after closing time Sunday with a number of others who just wanted to "enjoy the music", one of my very favorite rooms and the one I spent the most time in.




The Yvette uses drivers that are close to, or identical to, some of Wilson's big hitters so that is one reason the speaker is endearing, but the voicing by Daryl exhibits a more musically pleasing signature, rich harmonics, great tone density, and dare I say a little warmer which is why the Yvette will be a real winner for Wilson, keep up the great work Daryl.


Luke Manley, Peter McGrath, Bill Peugh, Amd Bea Lam



---> Back to RMAF 2016 show report home page.













































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2023
Capital Audiofest Show 2022
KL International AV Show 2022
Toronto Audiofest Show 2022
CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2022
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2023  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.