The Chester Group's New York Audio
Show 2013 -- Friday
friends to the fabulous Chester Group’s New York Audio Show! I’ll be your
retro-futuristic Steampunk host as we travel though the sights ‘n’ sounds
of the show. So sit back, grab a tasty beverage (Samuel L. Jackson beer) and
hang on tight cuz this could be a bumpy ride.
Starting with the Headzone, here is Sennheiser
with a wide variety of, what else, headphones.
Here is a sneak peek at Sennheiser’s
production unit, yet not released, model HDVD 800 balanced and unbalanced
headphone amplifier with DAC. It easily handles AES/EBU, S/PDIF and USB 2.0
and retails at $1995. Looks like the headphone addicts have been waiting over
a year for this unit to come to fruition, and it is coming... soon, only not
had their model MB2 speakers were producing live guitar music. And yes it
sounded really, really good. Hmmm, perhaps at some point we can do away for
SACD, DVD-Audio, wav, aiff, etc and just hire live musicians to play through
our high-end audio system. Answer me this, what is the costs to have Jim
Morrison perform and how much fire insurance should I have for a 'Jimi
had all their new gear including the A1 amplifier monoblock ($37,475 each)
that has a very unique feature of adjustable global feedback and gain. Not a
simple dumb two or three position switch mind you, but a feedback with
adjustability from 0 to 100 while the gain has 10 steps. The unit’s
amplification stage operates in Class A. In this room all wiring was with Van
den Hul. My listening notes say "Smooth sound and need to stop back
as the system burns in".
turntable making its NYC appearing here at the Chester Group’s New York
Audio Show ($19,950).
had a variety of speakers setup so attendees could hear the difference between
their models. My notes say "Immense deep soundstage" referring to their
smaller (front-most) speakers. These are Venture’s Vici 2.2 with AW500 subs
($48,000). Writing this part at the day’s end and decided after hearing many
systems, this system gets my award for Best
Sound At The Show for today.
Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, I now
present to you the Classic Album Sundays
founder Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy (and the crowd goes wild).
And yes they sell quite a few of these $36,000
cables a year, Transparent were
in the Classic Album Sunday room with their Opus speaker cables.
In the LessLoss room was their Laminar Streamer (no price) that is a very interesting SD player as it uses a custom operating system (OS) for playback of PCM audio in the form of wav or aiff. What makes Direct Drive OS unique is that the high performance audio clock runs the core OS as well as streams the audio, thus no clocking intricacies arise, for better jitter performance. It can handle sampling rates up to 192kHz/24-bit. Speakers in the room are the Kawero! Classic (starting at $56,000 depending on finish, as seen here is $68,000) made with a vibration control system called Panzerholz. Mated to it is a high density glass
fibre/rubber layer. this cabinet is specially made in Germany. The tweeter is a custom made RAAL 70-20 XR ribbon for those curious. Amps were by
Pass Labs and wiring is by LessLoss.
The Sound by Singer room featured the exciting
new Raidho D-2 speakers and VAC Statement 450S amplifier
($43,500 and $44,000 respectively). Also in the room was the VAC Signature
MKII preamp, Audience aR6T-TS power conditioner and cabling was by Nordost.
A nice selection of products within the
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