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Title: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: rollo on March 19, 2012, 08:29:36 AM
   We are planning to be at the show to demonstrate our lines. Lenehan Audio, BSG Qol, Kuzma, PIAudio, Arion Hybrid class"D" Amps,  Pon-tunes, Arcicci,  Furutech, Miracle Audio, Triode Wire Labs and more.
    Plenty of cold Stellas, some pickings and of course a good time.


charles

Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on June 06, 2012, 08:46:10 AM
Sounds great! I was on the fence about going again this year, but you might just push me over!

Which Lenahans will you have?


It's July 13-15.
http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/ (http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/)

Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: etcarroll on June 06, 2012, 10:48:37 AM
There will be free 'chatchkies' for AN members, right?
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on June 06, 2012, 08:34:37 PM
There will be free 'chatchkies' for AN members, right?


http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Chotchkie (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Chotchkie)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: rollo on June 07, 2012, 06:22:56 AM
Sounds great! I was on the fence about going again this year, but you might just push me over!

Which Lenahans will you have?


It's July 13-15.
http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/ (http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/)




   Richadoo we are showing the S2R. A new model designed for the US market. Retail will be $3500. We are bringing the ML-1R as well.
   
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on June 07, 2012, 06:40:46 AM
That's great! I got the go-ahead from the old lady last night. If my van repairs go well then I'll be there. The show was pretty good last year, but there are more exhibitors this year that I want to see, like yours.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: rollo on July 03, 2012, 06:45:36 AM
GREAT !!!. Will finally get to meet you. Looking forward to that very much. We will be adding the Lenehan AMG Toppers, the Soundfield Monitors  and JPS Aluminata cabling to our room.
  Plenty of cold Stellas see ya there.



charles
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: rollo on July 12, 2012, 05:58:28 AM
Well were off to the show, hope to see some of ya there.



charles
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 12, 2012, 06:05:00 AM
Well were off to the show, hope to see some of ya there.
charles

Drive safely Charles, Pete, whoever else is travelling with you!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: BobM on July 12, 2012, 10:56:05 AM
Official T-Shirt of Capital Audiofest 2012
(sorry, I couldn't help myself)

(https://bitbucket.org/spooning/iTee3.png)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 12, 2012, 01:46:21 PM
Any other ANers going to CAF beside Charles, Pete, and Bill?

Bryan? Mike? Joe?  I know Shek isn't going this year.

I'll be there Saturday with my son. Looking forward to hearing Volti Vittora and their Feastrex speaker, Border Patrol 300B amps with their Living Voice speakers, Legacy, Lenahan speakers, Emia stuff, Daedalus/Carver/Purity, Classic Audio horns/atmasphere, Zu/Melody.  Oh and don't forget the Polk room!   :lol:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 12, 2012, 07:20:00 PM
Well were off to the show, hope to see some of ya there.



charles

Charles and Pete....

Good luck at your first "official" audio show....play some good tunes, and take some photos.  :beer:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: bpape on July 13, 2012, 06:28:21 AM
Sorry - can't make this one.  I usually only get to do 2 shows a year.  RMAF is always one. The other is variable but we did AKFEST this year.

Have a great time.

Bryan
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: topround on July 15, 2012, 05:10:22 AM
Any news on the show?
Any reports of how it went, attendance?
Were there any rooms worthy of not?

pictures?
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 06:50:47 AM
The show was great! Me and my son went for one day, got back late last night. I have a lot of pictures to post, after I get my coffee!

Swap Meet Audio was the funnest room by far. Their sound was excellent, among the top 5 of the show. It was great to meet the guys and we had a lot of fun.

5 stars go to The Voice That Is (Tidal speakers and electronics) Border Patrol, Daedalus Audio, Sonist.

There was many full range drivers. They all had distorted and too loud treble, except the Volti Feastrex, which sounded pretty nice, but the host in there drove us out with fountain of BS. Emia had lowthers in huge 4 foot horns, it sounded balanced, full and rich, but it was unbearably loud, damn shame. I finally heard what the Legacy Whisper is all about, the most incredible detailed bass I've ever heard, playing a male blues singer with tuba accompaniment, all low frequency stuff at once, but the Whisper laid it out in a beautiful buffet, perfect tone, perfect articulation. Whisper and Focus still have the same problems with the ribbon midrange, but I was shown a secret development to improve that for RMAF. Revel Salon2 with BAT sounded clear, correct, unmusical. Highs too loud, bass port audible, huge and flashy, my son liked those. High Water Sound had a really nice demo, but the small paper exotic midrange driver had audible breakup and a hole between the midrange and bass. Cathedral Speakers and Philharmonic Audio speakers both sounded very good except for bass too loud.

The Lenahan speakers were impressive. They are very attractive, with leather wrap around metallic gloss paint. It was very detailed and extended both ways, but still musical and engaging. Pete set up the vinyl and was picking the tunes, so of course I expected nothing less! Sibilance was a bit exagerrated on everything. Previous Lenahans I've heard didn't do that so I suspect something upstream. I definitely want to hear these speakers again!  Thanks for the warm welcome and hospitality from all of the Swap Meet personnel. That's what makes someone want to buy hobby equipment. Swap Meet has a very bright future!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Emil on July 15, 2012, 08:29:08 AM

Anyone have photos of the Swap Meet Audio room?
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: jbtrio on July 15, 2012, 08:40:06 AM
I'm glad Rollo and Pete had a good showing. I hope the show generates some sales for them!

Hey Rich, how did the Daedalus Athenas sound? Interested in your thoughts and any others who might have heard them.

Thanks,
Joe
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 09:13:30 AM
Joe, they sounded very good. I would give them my 2nd or 3rd best behind the accutons and Listeners Voice (Border Patrol)

The Daedalus had a full sound, natural, engaging, nothing distracting. The only criticism was a slight disconnection between frequency ranges, maybe it was uneven power response, maybe phase issue between tweeter/mid, I don't know exactly, but it didn't have that extremely natural "live sound" like full range drivers, 1st order speakers, panels, etc. But it was open and clear sounding top to bottom, balanced EQ. It sounded too alive to have 4th order crossovers, but if he took the time to align them perfectly to sound that good then that could be the cause of the disconnection, due to too much phase twist through crossings.  I liked them. I liked the bigger ones I heard RMAF 07 even better, but they weren't as clear and resolving as these. He said they have improved immensely since then. I thanked him for making the big trip from WA.

I have to shrink the pics then I'll post within hour.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: jbtrio on July 15, 2012, 09:18:38 AM
Thanks, looking forward to see the pictures.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 10:04:00 AM
Pics:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 10:08:36 AM
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Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 10:11:23 AM
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Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 10:13:42 AM
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Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 10:14:43 AM
95, 96, 97 are from the Swap Meet Audio room.

DeVore Orangutans sounded nice with Shindo amp. Tweeter too low for me, but nice tone, nice speedy punchy sound.

88-91 is Border Patrol. 300B amps in several flavors, SET, SEPP, PP, with single or dual external power supplies. All the 300B beauty without the flabby bass or ringy upper mids. Piano and violin sounded breathtakingly beautiful. I didn't get to play anything bigger, as a crowd piled in. They make 12-20W. I only heard the 12W SET with one tube per side. When I arrived Moonlight Sonata was playing, and the accommodating gentleman who was listening offered to pluck it so the vendor could put on something more popular. Even the vendor said do you want to play something that's like this...? I said nonono this is what I would put on myself. So we all enjoyed a little Beethoven oasis. Finding fellow chamber music lovers is a rarity at the shows. Last year I was part of a hotel lobby all night conversation with a bunch of guys including the Border Patrol designer. He is a very bright guy. If I had speakers that would do them justice and the qwan I'd be all over these amps.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 10:39:32 AM
I was gonna walk right past Philharmonic Audio based on what I heard at CAF last year from them and Salk using true midfi electronics.  But my son was curious to see everything, and when he got close to the door he heard Star Wars music playing in there so he dragged me in. Of course the guy pulled out the Star Wars as soon as we sat down...  I was pretty impressed with the Philharmonic/AVA combo. Better than any Salk speaker I have ever heard, but 8" bass driver was a touch too loud and warm, even in the very big room. A man after my own heart, too much port! At least Dennis Murphy did it deliberately, I can't figure out how to make it quieter!

AVA sounded smoother and more high end than I've ever heard before. Must be the aftermarket powercords that his new IEC inlets allow.  :rofl: Just kidding!!  Congrats to Frank for the big leap forward with the new products. DAC, pre and power amp.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 12:49:54 PM
Quote
Swap Meet Audio was the funnest room by far.

They had beer....right ? :lol: :beer:



Thanks for the photos Rich.... :thumb:

Did you meet up with Scott or Doug ?
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 12:54:08 PM
pictures?

Some....here Mike... (http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=vve4iq45o6gnhk9odbibvf88a4i314gv&topic=102557.msg1111884#msg1111884)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 01:13:55 PM
Quote
Swap Meet Audio was the funnest room by far.

They had beer....right ? :lol: :beer:

Did you meet up with Scott or Doug ?

Yes, very hospitable. My son had 2 sodas, a year's ration!

I saw Scott but not Doug. Scott has started a new dealership of his own!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 01:49:10 PM
This was my first visit to the Capital Audiofest.  Before I post any pix (which will come in batches) I want to thank Charles, Pete and Mark for allowing me to be part of this and "tag along".  (Special thanks go to Pete and his brother-in-law George for giving me a ride to and from the show.)

In general, the show was smaller and less crowded than the NYC shows I've been to in past years, but at the same time it was nice not to have to "muscle" your way through the hallways all day long.  Better A.C. in parts of the hotel would've been greatly appreciated, though.

The Swap Meet Audio room (not that I'm biased or anything) really was a lot of fun!  A visit to room 347 was proof that you don't always have to be serious to still be a serious audiophile and get the chance to listen to a lot of great music. 

Here are some of the photos, in no particular order...
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 02:10:05 PM
Salon I

Vintage Audio Room
Mega Horns & Altec (?) Theatre Cabinets
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 02:12:31 PM
Salon I

Vintage Audio Room
Church Organ Pipes & Bogen (?) Amp
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 02:24:25 PM
MBL, Legacy  & Sherbourn Technologies
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 02:33:42 PM
Polk & Woo Audio
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 02:48:09 PM
Appalachian Audio Royale & Sophia Electric
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 02:57:51 PM
Cathedral & Sonist Speakers
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 03:09:49 PM
Classic Audio (?) & Border Patrol/Living Voice Speakers
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 03:26:34 PM
Zu & Volti Audio
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 03:36:36 PM
More Volti
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 03:53:44 PM
Great shots Bill! Thanks
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: bhobba on July 15, 2012, 04:29:08 PM
The Lenahan speakers were impressive. They are very attractive, with leather wrap around metallic gloss paint. It was very detailed and extended both ways, but still musical and engaging. Pete set up the vinyl and was picking the tunes, so of course I expected nothing less! Sibilance was a bit exagerrated on everything. Previous Lenahans I've heard didn't do that so I suspect something upstream. I definitely want to hear these speakers again!

I have heard the S2's and I can't say I noticed any sibilance issues.  But what I have noticed with the completion stage is if you have source material that has any sibilance issues at all you get it with full force.  I particularly noticed it on my goto test disk for sibilance - Ella and Louis.  Louis's sibilance on that can be really bad.  With the completion stage everything is more live and real but the sibilance is definitely more noticeable - not bad mind you - on other equipment it can get so bad with that disk you want to turn it off - its not like that - but you notice it.

I thought Charles mentioned he may have been taking the ML1's along as well.  If he did did you or anyone get a chance to compare them.  If so what did you think?

Thanks
Bill
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: bhobba on July 15, 2012, 04:42:47 PM
Great shots Bill! Thanks

Indeed

Thanks
Bill
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 05:04:55 PM
Oasis Audio
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 05:13:46 PM
???

I'm sorry, but I can't identify what room this was... or if the electrostatic panel was even in the same room! :duh

If anybody can help I.D. these photo's, please do.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 05:18:04 PM
Soundfield Speakers/Audience A/V & Kevin Kemp Audio
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 05:24:43 PM
Mapleshade records with Gallo Speakers & Robert Lighton Audio
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 05:34:58 PM
The Voice That Is (Tidal Speakers), Deja Vu Audio and Synthesis

If anything is misidentified here, please advise.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 05:42:27 PM
Mapleshade and GALLO speakers....
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 05:42:57 PM
(More) The Voice That Is & ???

I'm sorry, but I can't identify what the other (not T.V.T.I.) room was.  My apologies to the manufacturer(s). :duh  

If anybody can help I.D. these photo's, please do.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 05:47:54 PM
Mapleshade and GALLO speakers....

Lonewolf, I know that the speakers in the Mapleshade room were Gallos and I added that info. to my original post just to clarify that, but I don't remember what the other room was!?!? :roll:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 06:01:47 PM
Quote
..but I don't remember what the other room was!?!?

Check the list....LINK... (http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/p577.html)

Maybe...DCDIY ? :?

Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 06:03:20 PM
G.T. Audio Works, Philharmonic Audio (Dennis Murphy) and AVA-Audio by Van Alstine electronics...

BTW - Edit is thanks to Lonewolf for the additional info! :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 06:06:36 PM
(http://www.audionervosa.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3809.0;attach=4324;image)

Jim's (Hogg) Almarro. A318B integrated amplifier working out in the Zu room... :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 06:10:00 PM
Quote
G.T. Audio Works & ???

Philharmonic Audio (Dennis Murphy) and AVA-Audio by Van Alstine electronics... :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 06:12:48 PM
(http://www.audionervosa.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3809.0;attach=4446;image)

Are those "magic" cables....that light up.... :rofl:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 06:16:32 PM
Audio Note U.K., David Berning Company, Surreal Sound, Luminous Audio Technology and Dynamic Sounds Associates and V.P.I.

BTW - Edit is thanks to Lonewolf (again) for the additional info! :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 06:26:39 PM
All those years of going to shows pays off..... :rofl:

Thanks for the photos Bill.... :beer:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 06:30:02 PM
DeVore Speakers with Leben Hi-Fi (in Command A/V room) & Joseph Audio with Bel Canto
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 06:31:12 PM
All those years of going to shows pays off..... :rofl:

Thanks for the photos Bill.... :beer:

Sure does, Chris!  And "thanks for the thanks!" :D
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 06:38:23 PM
Great shots Bill! Thanks

Thanks!  And yours were great too!  :)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 06:39:00 PM
Great shots Bill! Thanks

Indeed

Thanks
Bill

Thanks! :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 06:50:07 PM
Bill....

Besides Pete and Charles' room (Swap Meet Audio)....
....what rooms did you enjoy ?
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 06:50:51 PM
(http://www.audionervosa.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3809.0;attach=4361;image)
I think these are from DCDIY, along with the homemade ESL.


(http://www.audionervosa.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3809.0;attach=4399;image)
http://www.dejavuaudio.com/AMPLIFIERS-SYNTHESIS-INTEGRATED.HTM (http://www.dejavuaudio.com/AMPLIFIERS-SYNTHESIS-INTEGRATED.HTM)
This is Synthesis brand from DejaVu dealer in VA.

Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 06:55:37 PM
(http://www.audionervosa.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3809.0;attach=4361;image)

I think these are from DCDIY, along with the homemade ESL.

Thanks, Rich! :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: TomM on July 15, 2012, 07:06:58 PM
Bill,
    Thanks for photos.



 TomM
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 07:09:13 PM
(http://www.audionervosa.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3809.0;attach=4414;image)

That Audio Power Labs amp sure looks nice.... 8)

http://www.audiopowerlabs.com/50tnt#specs (http://www.audiopowerlabs.com/50tnt#specs)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 07:13:37 PM
Smile, you're on Candid Camera in Room 347! :lol:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 07:15:20 PM
Smile, you're on Candid Camera in Room 347!  - Take #2 :lol:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 07:16:42 PM
Smile, you're on Candid Camera in Room 347! - Take #3 :lol:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 07:21:08 PM
Who is this guy circled in red?  I sat next to him in the back row for a while, he is from AC, I think. Tim somethin? 

Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 07:28:16 PM
LIVE from the Capital Audiofest in Rockville, MD - it's Janel & Anthony!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 15, 2012, 07:29:10 PM
Who is this guy circled in red?  I sat next to him in the back row for a while, he is from AC, I think. Tim somethin? 

Sorry, Rich.  I don't remember.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 15, 2012, 07:57:29 PM
Charles...

Stereophile coverage of Swap Meet Audio at CAF...LINK.. (http://www.stereophile.com/content/capital-audiofest151day-two-early-afternoon) :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 15, 2012, 08:11:50 PM
The Sonist 4 speakers sounded great too, first time I've heard the DeHavilland Mercury preamp. I think the pre had a lot to do with the thick palpable penetrating sound. JA says the little tube amp's volume control illumination ring changed color with power output level. At first I thought that too, but after watching it for a few minutes the colors were just random. 
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: bhobba on July 15, 2012, 08:33:22 PM
Stereophile coverage of Swap Meet Audio at CAF...LINK.. (http://www.stereophile.com/content/capital-audiofest151day-two-early-afternoon) :thumb:

Gee, the room must have been doing something right to attract JA's attention.  But I suspect the sound he heard wasn't just due to the QOL.

Thanks
Bill
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 16, 2012, 05:07:12 AM
Charles...

Stereophile coverage of Swap Meet Audio at CAF...LINK.. (http://www.stereophile.com/content/capital-audiofest151day-two-early-afternoon) :thumb:

Niiiiiiiiiice!!!! :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 16, 2012, 05:11:30 AM
(http://www.audionervosa.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3809.0;attach=4414;image)

That Audio Power Labs amp sure looks nice.... 8)

http://www.audiopowerlabs.com/50tnt#specs (http://www.audiopowerlabs.com/50tnt#specs)

For the $$$$$$ it better be! :shock:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: toobluvr on July 16, 2012, 06:36:34 AM
Looks like a commercial coffee maker, or office water cooler to me!    :shock:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: machinehead on July 16, 2012, 07:08:12 AM
nice stuff. So what were some of the stand out sounding rooms?
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 16, 2012, 07:41:40 AM
Rich and Bill, Thanks so much for the pictures :thumb: Really enjoying them!!!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 16, 2012, 07:42:40 AM
Mapleshade and GALLO speakers....

Lonewolf, I know that the speakers in the Mapleshade room were Gallos and I added that info. to my original post just to clarify that, but I don't remember what the other room was!?!? :roll:

Anyone care to comment on the sound in that room...

I overheard Anthony talking to Pierre on the phone last night, and Pierre was very pleased with the sound he was getting, but I'm interested in hearing a less biased point of view ;)

Thanks, Barry
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 16, 2012, 08:15:25 AM
Mapleshade and GALLO speakers....

Lonewolf, I know that the speakers in the Mapleshade room were Gallos and I added that info. to my original post just to clarify that, but I don't remember what the other room was!?!? :roll:

Anyone care to comment on the sound in that room...

I overheard Anthony talking to Pierre on the phone last night, and Pierre was very pleased with the sound he was getting, but I'm interested in hearing a less biased point of view ;)

Thanks, Barry

I hate to say this Barry, but I am in agreement with John Atkinson's assessment of the Mapleshade room.  It was one of the poorest sounding rooms in the show. :shock: (At least when I visited it anyway.)  Their system had a strident top end and overall a very "dis-jointed" sound.  No offense to Pierre, but I was extremely disappointed in their room. :roll:

Just my 2

SN
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 16, 2012, 08:24:17 AM
I hate to say this Barry, but I am in agreement with John Atkinson's assessment of the Mapleshade room.  It was one of the poorest sounding rooms in the show. :shock: (At least when I visited it anyway.)  Their system had a strident top end and overall a very "dis-jointed" sound.  No offense to Pierre, but I was extremely disappointed in their room. :roll:

Just my 2

SN

Ouch! Thanks Bill, sorry to hear that, but honestly, honesty is the only way they can learn how they're doing.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Response Audio on July 16, 2012, 08:28:44 AM
Thanks for all the photos Bill and it was a pleasure meeting you in person. I had a great time at this show but got tired out pretty quickly running between the two room (1st and 3rd floor).

The people in the Audio Power Labs room were great and we were honored that they asked for our preamp to be used in the room for the debut of the 50TNT amps :drool:

The APL group took the Silver Statement back with them to try out in there faclitity's showroom :thumb:

In the Daedalus room, it was was nice hanging out with Lou and Tony (from Bob Carver LLC) who we have showed with a couple times already. Both room did very well at this show and it was well worth the trip down.

I would also like to thank Gary Gill for making this event happen and being so friendly.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 16, 2012, 09:05:14 AM
Thanks for all the photos Bill and it was a pleasure meeting you in person...

Thanks for the thanks, Bill.  Even though they're not professional quality, it was fun snapping pix with my little point & shoot digital camera.  I was the "official un-official" Audio Syndrome cub reporter and photographer for the show! :)

It was a pleasure meeting you in person as well.  I appreciate your lending some of your expertise to me in regards to some of the system changes I am trying to accomplish. I hope to visit your showroom in upstate NY sometime soon, although I'll have to wait a while before I take my next audio roadtrip if I want to stay happily married!!! :roll:

Aside from all of the audio gear and music, it was great fun in being able to "put faces to names" with people like yourself that I only knew through the audio forums up 'til now.

I owe a "shout out" to a lot of people I met this weekend.  I just have to make the time to do it.  Slowly but surely I'll get there.

 SN
(Bill)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 16, 2012, 10:14:12 AM
Ouch! Thanks Bill, sorry to hear that, but honestly, honesty is the only way they can learn how they're doing.

P.S. I wonder what was going on with that set-up, or done to those speakers, to end up with such a poor result(?) Having a set myself, and getting great results at home, and decent results just setting them up quickly at various audio gatherings (that many here have heard), I find the extreamly poor results Pierre got at the show surprising.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: machinehead on July 16, 2012, 11:05:12 AM
Hey! Where P-(ete)-aldo?  :rofl:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 16, 2012, 11:16:29 AM
Ouch! Thanks Bill, sorry to hear that, but honestly, honesty is the only way they can learn how they're doing.

P.S. I wonder what was going on with that set-up, or done to those speakers, to end up with such a poor result(?) Having a set myself, and getting great results at home, and decent results just setting them up quickly at various audio gatherings (that many here have heard), I find the extreamly poor results Pierre got at the show surprising.

Barry

I've heard your Gallo's twice in the past 5-6 weeks in two different locations and with minimal set-up, they sounded really good. :thumb:

If you look at my pix on post #44, they tore the poor things apart, put them on various wood stands, moved them around and everything is at different angles than your speakers. :shock:  

That should be explanation in itself!

SN
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 16, 2012, 11:24:17 AM
Anyone care to comment on the sound in that room...

Barry, I didn't go in there. Last year it wasn't great, even with the Sonist speakers that I liked this year. Sorry!

Mapleshade had the Gallo home theater satellites down on the floor shooting up.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: machinehead on July 16, 2012, 11:38:47 AM
imnsho... that Gallo sub blows... he's got to dump it. Its made of plastic for Jebuses sake!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 16, 2012, 11:56:10 AM
imnsho... that Gallo sub blows... he's got to dump it. Its made of plastic for Jebuses sake!

Actually, they're all metal, and they were redesigned not too long ago, with different internal amplifiers, so they're faster and more powerful than before.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Werd on July 16, 2012, 12:40:12 PM
Looks like a commercial coffee maker, or office water cooler to me!    :shock:

Ha

i was thinking a bread maker.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: machinehead on July 16, 2012, 12:57:11 PM
imnsho... that Gallo sub blows... he's got to dump it. Its made of plastic for Jebuses sake!

Actually, they're all metal, and they were redesigned not too long ago, with different internal amplifiers, so they're faster and more powerful than before.
Ok.. I must have seen the previous version. It was just a very odd pairing with such nice speakers.
M
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: machinehead on July 16, 2012, 01:45:53 PM
BArry,
 I didn't mean offense. I pinch your cheeks lovingly...

(not the ones on your face)
but yet i manage this in the non gayest way possible.
Me
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: machinehead on July 16, 2012, 01:50:25 PM
Bill Thanks for all the photos. How did the floor standing Devores sound?
M
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 16, 2012, 01:57:15 PM
Bill Thanks for all the photos. How did the floor standing Devores sound?
M

You're welcome! :thumb:

I only heard the "Orangutangs" with the really nice wood faces in the Devore room.  They sounded real good.  I think they were running through the LM Audio integrated they had on at the time.  Not inexpensive (not sure...$8K+ a pair?) by any means, but very nice.

SN
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 16, 2012, 02:01:32 PM
No worries Mikey, You know I love you aa (no homo), just wanted clarity.
IIRC you're talking about the sub I'd brought to Joe and Evan's rave some time ago, and that model, the TR-2, is no longer made. The new subs are the TR-1D and TR-3D
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 16, 2012, 06:57:30 PM
Bill....

Besides Pete and Charles' room (Swap Meet Audio)....
....what rooms did you enjoy ?

Aside from room 347, there were quite a few other rooms that had gear that I thought sounded real good.


Personal favorites


Thanks for "listening" to my opinions.  :thumb:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 16, 2012, 08:37:00 PM
Looks like a commercial coffee maker, or office water cooler to me!    :shock:

John...
See...prefect for the kitchen or office system.... :rofl:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 16, 2012, 08:43:36 PM
Quote
GT Audio Works "GTA-2's" - Ribbon/planar/dynamic driver "hybrid" towers (with separate sub-woof cabinets for each side) that sounded real, real nice. Very well integrated, with cohesive sound top to bottom. Nice cabinet work, clean lines and a "no-brainer" price of $2995.00.  My winner for the "Biggest Bang for the Buck" award!

Many at RMAF 2011 thought the same..... :thumb:

Thanks for your comments Bill.... :beer:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: bhobba on July 17, 2012, 04:28:16 AM
Thanks for your comments Bill.... :beer:

+1.  Very enjoyable and informative read.

Thanks
Bill
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 17, 2012, 05:32:37 AM
Thanks for your comments Bill.... :beer:

+1.  Very enjoyable and informative read.

Thanks
Bill

Thanks, everyone!  Not bad for the common man's "audiofool", who didn't take very many notes! ;)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: BobM on July 17, 2012, 05:35:19 AM
  • Devore "Orangutangs" - Beautiful to look at & listen to, but not $$$ cheap!  (At least for my budget!)
  • GT Audio Works "GTA-2's" - Ribbon/planar/dynamic driver "hybrid" towers (with separate sub-woof cabinets for each side) that sounded real, real nice. Very well integrated, with cohesive sound top to bottom. Nice cabinet work, clean lines and a "no-brainer" price of $2995.00.  My winner for the "Biggest Bang for the Buck" award!


Funny, when the Orangutangs were first being introduced a few of us went over to Devore's office/shop in the Brooklyn navy yard. Apparently John has (more or less) a standing Friday night party for anyone to show up and hang out, or so it seemed. Anyway, he paired these with what must have been an old under powered crappy amp and left us alone. The sound was pretty bad, but he wouldn't switch out the amp or the speaker. Based on what I heard that night I couldn't understand $2K for these speakers, let alone $12K. But further reviews seem to love them. I guess I would have to hear them again under better conditions.

The GT Audio works were loved by most everyone I spoke to at the NYC show this spring. Same for RMAF and a lot of people seem to like them a lot from Cap Fest postings. But the reviewers don't seem to want to talk about them. JA says they need more work yet and "had promise". Perhaps because it is a one man shop with no distribution? Perhaps because they shame other more costly stuff that advertizes in the rags? Seems a disservice to the man making them when the "regular people" like them so much.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 17, 2012, 06:53:18 AM
Based on the Rave report I was expecting the Orangutans to suck, but I was very surprised how good they sounded. The Shindo amp is not very powerful, but drove them well.  Me and Henry were the only people in there, but the designer never even looked at me. Very different vibe than Swap Meet!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: machinehead on July 17, 2012, 07:29:25 AM
I read on Stereophile that the turnout was really low... like 500 people at the event. Too bad, but good for the people that did go.. quieter and more time to listen.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 17, 2012, 07:53:18 AM
Based on the Rave report I was expecting the Orangutans to suck, but I was very surprised how good they sounded. The Shindo amp is not very powerful, but drove them well.  Me and Henry were the only people in there, but the designer never even looked at me. Very different vibe than Swap Meet!

Of course the vibe was very different in the S.M.A. Room... I was there!!!  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: rollo on July 18, 2012, 09:08:03 AM
  Guys, again  just wanted to say thanks for all the kind words. We had a blast.
   We may be working with GT Audio Works in the near future, offering in home demo.
   We are anxious to hear them with the Arion Amps. Da juice, they need da juice.
   Would like to hear them with a David Berning Amp Zotl [ $8300] as well. No caps, no transformers just music.


charles
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Triode Pete on July 18, 2012, 10:03:34 AM
It was fun to socialize and meet with fellow AN'rs, especially richidoo & his son Henry... we need to GTG more often! Too bad geography is not on our side.  :duh

Until next time... Pete
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 18, 2012, 10:25:24 AM
Thanks Pete, we did have fun! We'll find a way to g2g more often.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 18, 2012, 10:43:52 AM
It was fun to socialize and meet with fellow AN'rs, especially richidoo & his son Henry... we need to GTG more often! Too bad geography is not on our side.  :duh

Until next time... Pete
Thanks Pete, we did have fun! We'll find a way to g2g more often.

We should check with TomM, our club treasurer.  Maybe we have enough in the Audio Syndrome coffers to buy a "corporate jet"!?! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: ltr317 on July 18, 2012, 05:06:40 PM
It was fun to socialize and meet with fellow AN'rs, especially richidoo & his son Henry... we need to GTG more often! Too bad geography is not on our side.  :duh

Until next time... Pete
Thanks Pete, we did have fun! We'll find a way to g2g more often.

We should check with TomM, our club treasurer.  Maybe we have enough in the Audio Syndrome coffers to buy a "corporate jet"!?! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Sure, in 1/64 scale. 
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: TomM on July 18, 2012, 06:59:20 PM
Bill,
    A corporate jet is out of the question.



TomM
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: StereoNut on July 18, 2012, 07:32:24 PM
Bill,
    A corporate jet is out of the question.

TomM

Awwwwwwww, damn!!!!  Would you consider a "corporate moped!"  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: BobM on July 19, 2012, 05:55:46 AM
How about one of these ... off of the CraigsList free "just come and get it" section?

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcScmf1iGrcBZsDuZk7NZI_eFb9b4aEtfh1kpmpnxGb7O2s6UFCSug)
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Scottdazzle on July 20, 2012, 10:00:49 PM
Pics:


Rich,

I'm glad I bumped into you and Henry!  Thanks for the photos of the Daedalus Athenas.  They found a nice home after the show - mine!

Scott
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 21, 2012, 05:23:31 AM
Welcome to AudioNervosa Scott! It was great to see you again. Congrats on your new speakers, and all the other big changes going on.
Rich
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Response Audio on July 21, 2012, 07:44:51 AM
So Scott..... Do you have those new speakers up and running yet!
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Triode Pete on July 21, 2012, 09:17:09 AM
It was fun to socialize and meet with fellow AN'rs, especially richidoo & his son Henry... we need to GTG more often! Too bad geography is not on our side.  :duh

Until next time... Pete

I should also say I had a great time with Bill Baker... his stuff is really well made, with great looks & superb sound as well... at least Binghamton is not as far from me as N.C.!

Cheers everyone!
Pete
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: rollo on July 23, 2012, 12:18:08 PM
I will second that. Bill's preamp IMO was the heart of the system. Just loved those Duelund caps.



charles
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: lonewolfny42 on July 25, 2012, 07:23:03 AM
Enjoy the Music Capitol Audiofest coverage....

....By Scot Hull of Part Time Audiophile


Link... (http://www.enjoythemusic.com/capitol_audiofest_2012/part1/) :thumb:


(http://www.enjoythemusic.com/capitol_audiofest_2012/part2/TriodePete.jpg)


(http://www.enjoythemusic.com/capitol_audiofest_2012/part1/Zu.jpg)


(http://www.enjoythemusic.com/capitol_audiofest_2012/part2/Daedalus-System.jpg)


(http://www.enjoythemusic.com/capitol_audiofest_2012/part3/MiracleMark.jpg)


(http://www.enjoythemusic.com/capitol_audiofest_2012/part3/Mapleshade.jpg)


Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Response Audio on July 25, 2012, 07:25:25 AM
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I will second that. Bill's preamp IMO was the heart of the system. Just loved those Duelund caps.


Thanks for the kind words Charles and everyone else. The preamp used in this system was a Statement and does not use the massive Duelund capacitors. Those are in the Ultra GT.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: Scottdazzle on July 25, 2012, 08:26:31 AM
So Scott..... Do you have those new speakers up and running yet!

Yes, I sure do and they sound wonderful.  I'm amazed at the purity of their sound and they were easy to place in my room. I did turn the tweeter control down from where it was at the show.
Title: Re: 2012 Capitol Audiofest
Post by: richidoo on July 25, 2012, 03:59:01 PM
Looks like they are on the home page of Daelalus Audio, with a pencil sketch too.

http://www.daedalusaudio.com/ (http://www.daedalusaudio.com/)

(http://www.daedalusaudio.com/images/Athenaplanedk.jpg)

(http://www.daedalusaudio.com/images/Athenaplanestamp.gif)

Are those your speakers Scott?