The selection of gear
presented at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 ran the gamut from headphones to tube
amplifiers and heavyweight speakers.
If you think Pro-Ject just
makes terrific entry-level turntables, take a gander at this beauty, the
Schiit Ragnarok integrated amplifier
Ragnarok is a "universal
amplifier," for everything from in-ear or over-the ear headphones to tower
speakers. Ragnarok delivers 100 watts per channel, and features a sophisticated
relay-switched stepped attenuator volume control, complete microprocessor
management of all operational points, including bias and DC offset. It's a very
impressive piece of gear.
VTL S-400 Reference stereo amplifiers
VTL makes a range of tube
amplifiers in California, the S-400 Reference pumps out unusually high power
for a tube amp (300 watts per channel) but it's capable of great delicacy and
Wilson Sasha II speaker
Wilson is an American high-end
company with a long track record of making the very best speakers, favored by
audiophiles and recording industry
professionals. The Sasha IIs' freewheeling dynamics and uncanny midrange
accuracy let the music speak for itself. The Sasha II was the best sounding
speaker at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014.
Sony MDR-Z7 headphones
Here's the new MDR-Z7, with
the headphones' designer, Naotaka Tsunoda. The Audiophiliac will review the
headphone in the coming months.
Hsu Research HB-1 Mk2 speaker
Hsu is known for its subwoofers,
but the highly affordable HB-1 Mk2 speakers are incredibly dynamic and powerful
DeVore Fidelity Gibbon X speaker
When I heard Bob Dylan
singing "Don't Think Twice" with the DeVore Fidelity Gibbon X
speakers I nearly fell over. I've heard the tune countless times before, but
the Gibbon Xs somehow made the song new again!
Cardas A8 in-ear headphones
These headphones produce the
most shockingly clear bass, midrange, and treble you can get in an affordable
in-ear design. The super flexible and lightweight cable aids comfort, the A8
will be available soon.
GoldenEar Technology Triton One speakers
The statuesque Triton Ones
produced some of the very best sound at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, and
better yet, it's affordable by high-end standards!
Scansonic HD MB-1 monitor speaker
Scansonic HD MB-1 monitor speakers may be small, but the sheer scale of the presentation was far
beyond what I thought possible from a small, 12.2-inch tall (312mm)
Oppo may be new to the
headphone and headphone amp market, but they were showing off two pre
production models, this nifty little portable HA-2 amp/digital converter, with
the PM-3, closed back headphones. Fine sounds indeed!
Tiger Fox Sound Pro Model A10 speaker system
Did you ever want to listen to music
from inside a speaker? Now you can!
SVS Prime tower speaker
SVS was showing a new line of
more affordable Prime speakers, the three-way tower is a real contender in the
mid-price category. The small bookshelf Prime looks really interesting.
Zu Audio Cadenza console speaker system
Zu Audio showed this speaker console
that's not ready for release just yet, look for full production units in early
in 2015. You can store your LPs, electronics, etc., within the Cadenza cabinet.
Custom finishes/colors will be available.
Apex Teton tube headphone amplifier
The Apex Teton tube amplifier, teamed up with any high impedance
headphone (including selected Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic models), can produce a
mind-expanding experience. The headphones will "disappear,"
and the music will feel liberated from the binds of merely great sound
Linkwitz Lab LXmini
Linkwitz Lab's radically innovative kit design, the
LXmini, looks and sounds like no other speaker.