|Stephæn attended the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver this year on the nickel and time of AudioAsylum. We're very grateful for having been granted permission to herewith reproduce his unusual show report which first published in three installments plus an introduction on the AudioAsylum. Gracias, amigos - Ed
Roving about after hours -- and before the official start of the show at noon tomorrow -- can yield some compelling insights. Pete Riggle aka Mr. VTAF® and I stumbled on to the following after a great dinner at the Cool River Cafe. Which is actually a steakhouse and Southwestern grill. Lo and behold, there was Ray Kimber in the flesh, helping a large crew get an even larger project ready for the masses that will descend upon the show tomorrow.
I don't recall hearing a system that could do scale to this degree since my encounter with the Klangfilm-Bionor/KL-L433 powered by LAMM at CES a few years ago [above].
Here's what we've got, this time 'round:
Source & Control
Genex Audio GX9000 w/DSD/BNC interface
Kimber Kable D-60 BCN-BNC, 4 x 1 meter
EMM Labs DAC8 MKIV
Kimber Selecct KS-1130, 2 pair x 2 meter
EMM Labs Switchman III
Amps & Speakers
Kimber Select KS-1130, 1 pair x 3 meter and 1 pair x 6 meter
Pass Labs X350.5 x 4
Kimber Selecct KS-3038, 3 pair x 30 feet and 3 pair x 6 feet
Sound Lab ProStat 922, 6 pair
Fujitsu precision notebook P-series
Motion Tablet PC LE 1600
Word Clock Cables - D-60, 2 x 1 meter
Power Cords - Palladium 14, Palladium 10 and PK 14G
Just remember: Even if you've got the bucks, you'll need a room at least 8 and one-half feet tall.
So, this year's RMAF coverage kicks off with a $388,729 system - and a simple question.
"What is a favorite recording that you listen to, not to wow others, but when no one else is around?"
Starting with Ray, here is a list of audio menschen and their responses to this query.