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RMAF 2010 Denver CanJam@RMAF Impressions (in case people missed seeing this in the meet forum) - Page 3
@Audio Addict, I'm insanely jealous. You listened to both the Rx Mk2/Solo AND the SR-71B?!?!? Wow, wow, wow! Any further comments about these two? I've also spent some time with the LCD-2s at the last meet. The two portable amps did an admirable job vs. the various full size setups? Thanks for your impressions!
It really is difficult to compare them since the sources were so different. The ALO setup used an ipod of course while the SR-71B was running balance in from a Meridian G08. Right there the SR-71B has a significant advantage. I must admit, I am a Meridian fan as I have had the G08. I can definitely see the SR-71B as a home amplifier since it runs with the charger connected. Actually I think it will be a cabling opportunity for Drew and Craig since they both make cables for the current Protector so they could make a balanced cable from the source to the SR-71B. I haven't decided on whether to purchase one or not yet as I have a balance home headphone amplifier along with the Protector.
One thing I should mention is the design change to the SR-71B volume control. Originally it had two separate volume controls requiring each to be set. The latest version has put these together onto a single shaft with a dual control knob. You can set the mix once and then forget about it as they stay in that relationship. I like this approach better than two separate control shafts.
Edited by Audio Addict - 10/23/10 at 11:17am
Thanks! I didn't even think of the SR-71b balanced input capability. There are way too many excellent products on the market right now...ok, maybe not too many! Was the unknown RWA amp you mentioned earlier the Isabella? I've heard the Isabella/LCD-2 combo and I was duly impressed.
I honestly don't know. It was connected to a laptop so it may have been. I don't recall anyone commenting but I am sure others know. Ken's new 8 wire cables for the LCD were light but definitely looked unusual for a headphone cable.
Recap & Postmortem of RMAF 2010:
This year's RMAF was an all-around fantastic time. I ended up not listening to much gear, but I was expecting that - I went more to hang out with some folks I know and take some time off from work, plus the food and drinks were a cool bonus too. It was great to see everyone - the local Colorado Head-Fiers along with other stalwarts from around the country that I've gotten to know over the years (too many people to name). And RMAF itself wasn't bad either, from what I was able to check out. I've been told that it's hoped that this "CanJam@RMAF" will be an annual event which sounds great for the local Head-Fi community - everyone in Colorado should attend this in the future! There's absolutely no reason to miss this for anyone into either speakers or headphones - while CanJam@RMAF isn't really indicative of what "CanJam" actually is (as in, the National Meets that are organized by a regional team), it's still the best & biggest headphone-related event in Colorado and a huge portion of the vendors that have showed up at CanJam in years past made the trip out to CanJam@RMAF too.
It was great to go out to eat and drink with some fellow Head-Fiers (plus folks from another forum). For those folks in Denver who don't already know about these places, you should definitely try these: Larkburger, Great Northern Tavern, Cherry Cricket, Falling Rock Tap House, & Sahara Restaurant. (I'm not exactly local to Denver myself and don't usually go out to eat either, which explains why I didn't know about them beforehand.) There was also a new beer I tried which was especially good: Left Hand Milk Stout.
As for this year's episode of CanJam@RMAF following on from last year's, I thought this year showed that there was a higher average of folks who were familiar with computer audio. I was expecting my laptop PC setup to get barely any listening from show attendees but was surprised that most people ended up listening on it instead of my CD player setup. I still had to walk some people through the software though, which made it obvious that folks were interested but probably didn't know how to use a computer that well.
I also want to add that it was insulting when I said hi to random people who walked by the Head-Fi member tables but they said absolutely nothing in response and walked on past. This happened too many times to overlook and it reminded me of last year when the same thing happened. The only thing I can conclude is that the average RMAF attendee is rude, self-centered, & anti-social. It made me wonder why I was at RMAF in the first place and if I was wasting my time by being there. Fortunately the rest of the RMAF experience outweighed this one sour aspect for me though.
My visit to the speaker rooms went as expected: most rooms were playing the standard classical/film soundtrack, jazz, & female vocal-type music. In other words, music that was barely challenging any of the speakers at the show. There were several rooms where I was inspired to play Massive Attack ("Inertia Creeps"), In Flames ("Artifacts of the Black Rain"), or Symphony X ("Set the World on Fire"). When I brought out my In Flames CD in the Aperion Audio room, the rep played a Tool CD for me next (don't know which one, as I'm not very familiar with Tool yet) which I thought was cool.
The seminar panel that included Jude (Head-Fi's founder and main admin) was nice & informative. One subject that was brought up was how to attract younger people into the audiophile hobby and Head-Fi was cited there, along with social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter). Another thing that was brought up was hi-res files and downloading, which someone admitted was still a niche but he saw it as a point of future expansion to attract younger people, as the conventional thinking was that "young people" prefer to download music instead of buying CDs or vinyl. There was some thought & agreement that the major recording labels should release much more content as downloads.
To conclude my recap/postmortem, I sincerely hope that future CanJam@RMAFs will be even more successful than this year's to broaden the Head-Fi audience, and I'm sure the other local Head-Fi folks in Colorado will help see to that. I will not be one of them though - this was my last RMAF.
Axpona 2011 (April 15-17 in Atlanta, GA) was being advertised at RMAF too and that show looks promising and will probably be a lot better than this year's was (the Jacksonville FL show left a lot to be desired).
Also for those folks who use HDTracks, this was also being advertised: 20%-off one-time discount with coupon code "rmaf20", expires 10/30.
Edited by Asr - 10/24/10 at 11:04pm
Steve, I was kinda disappointed at the low turn-out for local people displaying their rigs. Without you it's going to feel really small next year, unless some other people step up to the challenge.
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Larry & Steve, many thanks for you comprehensive coverage of the event, and allowing us Head-Fiers to live vicariously through you both!
The first 20 of 58 pics total below. The rest will be posted in similarly-sized installments.
1 of my 2 setups: Arcam FMJ CD36 & SPL Auditor
Ray Samuels Audio: B-52 tube dynamic and A-10 tube electrostatic amps
Westone: the back of the CES display
Westone: front of the CES display
Westone: electronic keyboard and drum kit
Westone: IEM boxes on the glass display stand
Westone: assorted acrylic shells on the glass display stand
Westone: custom IEMs & cases on the glass display stand
HeadAmp vendor table w/ the new logo on Justin W.'s roll-up stand
Drew Baird of Moon Audio
Rethm Audio: Gaanam headphone amp
HeadRoom vendor table
Fang of Head-Direct
HiFiMan EF6 prototype headphone amp
Jerry Harvey w/ the JH Audio girls
Doug ("powderhound") of Westone (right) with some unknown guy (left)
Audiophile CD stash @ May Audio Marketing
Folks scouring Acoustic Sounds' vinyl stash
The RMAF registration tables were continually busy
Edited by Asr - 10/25/10 at 10:16pm
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Thanks for the pictures. That Rethm looks interesting.
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CanJam@RMAF Giveaway Winners!
I apologize I'm only posting this now, but here are the lucky winners from the CanJam @ RMAF 2010 Giveaway.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to demo the exhibitor gear; thanks to the exhibitors for their generous giveaway prizes; and congratulations to all of the lucky winners!
(The winners will be contacted invididually, so if you're one of the winning ticketholders below, expect and e-mail and/or call from me in the coming days.)
CanJam @ RMAF 2010 Giveaway Winners!
|Prize||Prize Donor||Winner's Initials||Ticket Number||Notes|
|Winning ticket was from Sennheiser's exhibit.|
|Head-Direct||P.M.||0282||Winning ticket was from HeadAmp's exhibit.|
Winning ticket was from Sennheiser's exhibit.
|HeadAmp||B.L.||0316||Winning ticket was from HeadAmp's exhibit.|
Winning ticket was from Ray Samuels Audio's exhibit.
|JH Audio||R.S.||0661||Winning ticket was not tagged by any specific exhibitor.|
|Moon Audio||N.||0020||Winning ticket was not tagged by any specific exhibitor. Only a first name was given by the ticketholder.|
|ALO Audio||M.D.||0686||Winning ticket was from Sennheiser's exhibit.|
Winning ticket was from Jude's member rig table.
|Ray Samuels Audio||M.L.||0242||Winning ticket was from Sennheiser's exhibit.|
|Westone||J.C.||0006||Winning ticket was not tagged by any specific exhibitor.|
|Sennheiser||J.W.||0754||Winning ticket was not tagged by any specific exhibitor.|
|Schiit Audio||T.C.||0308||Winning ticket was from HeadAmp's exhibit.|
|CEntrance||K.M.||0784||Winning ticket was not tagged by any specific exhibitor.|
|Woo Audio||B.G.||0354||Winning ticket was from Ultimate Ears' exhibit.|
Again, thanks to everyone who took the time to demo the exhibitor gear; thanks to the exhibitors for their generous giveaway prizes; and congratulations to all of the lucky winners!
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It was also cool to see Jude give some great words in the future of audio seminar
- Hope to meet you guys in person at next years canjam
Pics 21 through 42 of 58 pics total below.
Chord electronics w/ Peak Consult speakers
Chord Electronics Red CDP
Exposure 2010S2 CDP and integrated amp
Bryston amps w/ PMC IB2i speakers
Bryston electronics w/ PMC fact-8 (floorstanders) and fact-3 (monitors)
Aperion Audio: Verus Grand Bookshelf ($299) & Verus Grand Tower ($899)
Silver Circle Audio: Pure Power One 5.0 power conditioner, Plinius CD-101 CDP, Plinius Tautoro pre-amp, Plinius SA-103 power amp, & Tyler Audio D2 speakers
T+A electronics w/ Dynaudio Excite X16 monitors
T+A CD 1260 R (CD player)
Zu Audio: Omen in 3 different colors
Zu Audio: Soul Superfly in green
Zu Audio: Soul Superfly driver close-up
The always eminent Ray Samuels
Westone: the live electronic band w/ the earphone display
Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio w/ another Schiit Audio employee (shipping processor)
The Role of New Media (seminar panel): Michael Mercer (moderator)
The Role of New Media (seminar panel): John Schaffer of Wadia Digital
The Role of New Media (seminar panel): Steve Silberman of AudioQuest (formerly of Ayre Acoustics)
The Role of New Media (seminar panel): Peter Wohelski of Beatport
The Role of New Media (seminar panel): Jude Mansilla of Head-Fi
The Role of New Media (seminar panel): Dave Clark of Positive Feedback
The Role of New Media (seminar panel): Lee Weiland of Locus Design Group
Last batch of pics, #43 through #58.
Larry/HeadphoneAddict & his son
Ayre QB-9 in black and 24/192!
Luxman D-05, ModWright LS 36.5 pre-amp, ModWright KWA 150 power amp, Vivid Audio V 1.5 speakers
ModWright KWA 150 close-up
Harbeth HL5 speakers
ModWright-modded Transporter, ModWright LS 100 pre-amp, ModWright KWA 100 power amp, Bamberg Series 5 TMW speakers
ModWright-modded Transporter & LS100 close-up
Amazon Audio Model 2 turntable, Veloce LS-1 line stage/pre-amp, PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport & DAC, Veloce LP-1 phono stage
Veloce monoblocks & YG Acoustics Carmel speakers
Quad Elite CDP, Elite pre-amp, & Elite Stereo amp w/ Quad 22L2 speakers
Quad Elite CDP, Elite pre-amp, & Elite Stereo amp close-up
Abbingdon Music Research CD77 CDP, Galibier Design Stelvio-1 turntable, Gill Audio Alana pre-amp, ModWright KWA 150 power amps, Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
Abbingdon Music Research CD77 CDP, Galibier Design Stelvio-1 turntable, Gill Audio Alana pre-amp, & ModWright KWA 150 power amps close-up
Head-Fi room: Westone CES display as it's broken down
Westone's huge shipping containers
Edited by Asr - 10/29/10 at 11:03pm