The Chester Group's New York Audio
Show 2013 -- Saturday
Doctor's Auralic Vega $3500 has advanced tech
including the Femto clock, 32-bit/384kHz, does DSD, etc, and etc. Lots of
great tech for kinda sorta low(ish) price. Sweet! Digital inputs include two
S/PDIF, one AES/EBU, one USB 2.0 and you can adjust the volume in the digital
The whole gang from the Waterfall
room, and Nadine's Waterfall speakers from France were smooth, very
musical and harmonically rich yet never ‘rose’ colored.
Music First Audio, etc.
The Clue room system was a grand total
of well under $10,000 and they were touting it as the best... Uh huh, and so did the guys
within last five rooms... and it is always a perfect time to buy a
car/home/boat/plane/etc, just ask the salesperson! The Clue loudspeaker ($999
per pair) were being driven by the Hegel H300 integrated amplifier ($5500) and
they were using the Oppo as transport ($499) and Supra cabling ($400) for a
total system of $7400!
system really did sound very good
indeed, and in this day and age it seem $10,000 in 2013 is like the old $2000
in the year 2000. Inflation is a heartless bitch due to price instability and
devaluating currencies. I will say that there is a high amount of $20,000
products here in NYC yet will of course be hunting down more reasonably priced
gear tomorrow. I recall only a small handful of years ago $5000 was the common
price. Looks like inflation is here to stay so expect quite a bit of $20,000
units in this report... and in 2020 expect the investment to be at
least $30,000 on average for anything truly
high-end handmade of excellent quality. Don’t blame me or the manufacturers
or the parts guys, you smart investors know what entities are to blame and how
to front-run their game :)
had the single row, three seat room. Simply perfect
for audiophiles... who love a great back massage.
UK room had, as always, a sound that is truly
natural, with full bass, smooth highs and incredibly musical midrange. Here is
another room system i'd like to just transport home.
mixed with Red Wine Audio and
they were using the Stein Music Harmonizers too.
had their cool retro all-in-one system Modern Record Console $26,500. Anyone
on Facebook or who regulars Enjoy
the Music.com’s Industry News page has seen these over a year
ago. In person, it does look retro cool indeed! No "nice beaver"
amplification was driving the MAD 1920s speakers.
Joseph Audio and Cardas Audio
cables made a great appearance here at the Chester Group's New York City 2013
had the new Soulution 530 integrated amp ($49,000) driving the YG Acoutsics Carmels with Kabala-Sosna
cables. Note the new power distribution center from Kubala-Sosna below.
The new Veloce Saetta monoblock amp ($18,000) produces 350 watts
per channel via hybrid tube pre and solid-state Class D for power output.
Cables in this room were by Kubala- Sosna.
amps and Martin Logans
Coincident Speaker Technology Turbo
845SE is constructed as true dual mono in every way as the only shared
component between the two channels is the chassis. The Turbo has the
convenience of remote control and having the linestage and stereo amplifier
all in one chassis. Coincidence's Turbo has an enormous power supply and
generates 28 watts per channel via 6EM7 tube for input and a 300B driver per
Man-o-man it was very busy here at the NYC
show! Some rooms were very hard to get into.
earns my Best Value At The Show Award. In this world of $30,000 this and
$10,000 that, they have a variety of $1000 units and look at that view
Master Reference balanced cable $1500 is built from raw materials by the
company. This includes custom wire 36 gauge pure copper, then it is specially
braided around the core material (interpole).
had their award earning powered monitors such as the A5+ and A2+ ($399 and $199
The Wes Bender
room had a variety of gear from E.A.R.,
with turntable by Redpoint Audio Design
model D ($29,000).
I will say there is a very high amount of $20,000
on up products here in NYC yet will of course be hunting down more reasonably priced
gear tomorrow. I recall years ago $5000 was the common price.
Looks like inflation is here to stay so as a warning, expect quite a bit of
$20,000 in 2013... and $40,000 in about 7 years from now.
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Sunday's New York Audio Show 2013 report.