Opinions - Best Sound at T.H.E. Newport 2013 Show?

So far I haven't seen a lot of commentary posted about last weekend's Newport show. I am interested in what anyone else thought was the best sounding room or most interesting product.

I was not impressed by most of the sound or products at this years show. I know that I'm generalizing, but I found the sound in most rooms to be mediocre at best. The rooms that were using room correction seemed to sound better, for the most part.

In my opinion, the best sound by far was in the EARO room. They had a rather simple setup, using Dirac room correction software. I thought that the sound from the 5" driver "Ulf" speakers was nothing short of amazing. I am seriously considering ordering a pair of these for my living room - if the sound as good as they did at the show I will be a happy camper.

I also enjoyed the sound in the SimpliFi room with the Klangwerk speakers. They were using their own DSPeaker correction hardware device.

Finally, I thought that the dc10Audio Berlin speakers were very interesting. I would like to hear them again, since the setup was less than optimal and the largish room was noisy, but the warm, lush horn sound was very different from the audio pablum produced in most of the other rooms.

Any other opinions?

Showing 8 responses by quad-man

The Magico room was proof of how important system synergy is they basically did it all wrong yet all of the components could sound really good if re-configured I have got to believe the Q-7 is able to produce great sound..otherwise what is the point.
I think David (dc10audio) did O.K. considering he had a quacky CD player no DAC, poor room placement, and cheap power strip.. he did have good S.E.T mono blocks from LAMM industries though I would have wanted a little extra power for the size of that big Ayon room.

The LAMM amps with the Berlin's produced nice deep powerful bass which was very impressive considering the amplifiers produce only 18 watts per channel and the Berlin is a stand mount speaker frankly in my opinion the bass was better deeper and more open than the big floor standing Ayon or Gauder speakers sharing the ball room.

Note: the HiDiamond cables were very, very, good!
I was not there for the whole show David (dc) was there for the full 3 days.

What I did notice in my short and hurried visit was that the Gauder AVM system sounded plugged up and dead with poor resolution on the reel to reel which was playing classic rock and when I returned to the room they were playing a CD with jazz and more acoustic tracks and the system sounded much, much, better.

Although the AVM amplifiers produced 500? watts per side the system never produced the kind of bass I like which is open, fast, seamless, and deep. Both the Berlin and Ayon speakers did a much better job of this in my opinion.

So, as for the reviewers??
I would like to hear Q7 again with a totally different system and with speakers that have been fully burned-in.

Perhaps I will at RMAF.
Very, very flat indeed; perfect on paper. Are they dynamic? What about tone, timber, and musicality?

Come to RMAF next time ..more fun!

EARO is that not a very small speaker much like high end computer speaker system?

I think you make a very good point the system used to play the Q7 was totally over-the-top and totally cracking good.
I am not a true believer in the sealed vault loudspeaker in general but I got to believe the Q7 could have sounded better than what it did at last years show.