@Frank I did a GREAT job w/ his pics and commentary thus far!!
SO glad to have him in the Positive Feedback editorial family now!
I'm caught in Salt Lake City on the lay-over, and the Wifi is shotty, so uploading pix is taking FOREVER!
I'll try to post some shots and add more impressions when I get home and spend some time w/ the wifey!!
In the meantime:
Loved the Cavalli Liquid Gold w/ my own LCD3's and Abyss - I got what I look for in ANY audio rig: The
technology/specs/model numbers left my brain and all that was left was me and the music.
Thanks to Alex Cavalli for that terrific experience! I'm going to be tackling a review of one of his amps soon.
I was also VERY impressed with ALO's new Island! I think I MAY have found a replacement for my DACport!
I also used my own cans (LCD3s and my Cardas IEMs) for my audition, and the music was engaging and airy.
I got one from the guys - so expect a review of that as soon as I get it broken-in!
Plus - I lent my own ALO RSA cable adapter to the ALO fam (they forgot to pack one, you know how it is)
so I haven't even heard the Island via the balanced output yet and I'm impressed!! A FUN listen
The Schiit Vali - just WOW.
I told Jason this is why they're the schiit!! I was truly so engrossed in the music while listening to that piece
and the Modi DAC that I could've say there all that. And unlike many small tube gimmick amps - this is the real
deal!! I'm going to have to open the wallet for that! At $119 bucks, I can't WAIT to toss it up against stuff costing
10X the price in my Sonic Satori Personal Audio Lab!!!! BRAVO to them.
THe Roxanne - man, I told Jerry for the first 2 days I wouldn't do it! LOL The OG JH-13 Pro (which now I have the Freqphase)
changed my whole outlook on IEMS for personal use (because I used to work w/ Jerry when our artists needed in-ear monitors
at Atlantic Records - so they just seemed like a performance tool to me for years) - and I was VERY lucky to be the first to review
the JH-13! So I was honestly scared my wife would shoot me if I liked it that much.
Well - I broke down on Sun early and brought my own AK100 (they were using AK100 and AK120 for sources there) and all I gotta
say is I ended up dancing on the CanJam floor! It blew me away, but I did have problems with those tips, keeping a seal. But the
sound was fluid, impactful, and just downright fun to listen to. I LOVED em.
I'm also working on a review of the RHA IEMs
- (forget which model I got at the moment) and they've got some TIGHT bass for 119 bucks!!
After further listening, I believe (as a former LCD2 owner, and an LCD3 devotee) that the LCD-X maybe my favorite Audeze headphone.
I gotta spend more time with it and I will ASAP!!
They seemed to give me the out-of-your-head-completely experience of my HD800's, coupled with the wonderful tonality and window-like
transparency of my LCD3's in one set of cans! They stripped away the tech and also gave me a clear looking glass into the music.
Much more commentary to come on that!!
pics to come when I'm home w/ the bandwidth!