Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2013 Show
Odyssey... One of the most gracious room hosts, Klaus Bunge who is Odyssey, transformed his space into an oasis for the ears and eyes. Another veteran who knows getting good sound out a hotel room involves some acoustic treatments, courtesy of GIK. The system is all Odyssey, Lorelei floorstanders, Candela pre, and a pair of Khartago amps, all wired up with Groneberg Quattro cables, sit down now, the entire system comes to $5700. Nothing up his sleeve, no crazy expensive electronics or cables, an entire great sounding system for the cost of some company's interconnects. Here is a complete setup within reach for most of us, and it sounded stunning.
It had all the prerequisites to make you smile, wide and deep soundstage, focused natural vocals, dynamics and impactful bass. This system reeked with emotion; I spent a lot of time here listening to not only my music, but selections I've never heard because it communicated the feeling of the music. When friends remark on the cost of our hobby, Odyssey is one of the options I mention that provides high end systems at affordable prices.
Command Performance, Raidho, Hegel... The small Harbeth P3ESRs had already changed my mind about what to expect from a small speaker; then I heard the D-1 from Raidho. Expectations raised another notch. Supported by strikingly modern stands, the Raidho's really rocked, they played loud, went deep, completely disappeared, and were very transparent. I thought vocals and percussion were particularly real sounding. Another local dealer, Command Performance used Hegel electronics, P30 pre and H30 amp, CDP 2A player in the system.
Sonic Hemisphere, now Black Moon Audio
The "Avalonesque" looking cabinet
looked beautiful yet edgy. They have a small monitor that I did not get a
chance to hear. Black Moon also markets an affordable, $229, Synapse 180 power
conditioner. This was a room to relax in and listen to music. Good showing
Dave and Sid.