Cool! I'll be there Saturday Morning.
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I spent my entire Friday there and had a great time.
For the price I thought that the Tonian Labs new Classic 7.1 1B was hard to beat, and I'm not a big fan of ribbon tweeters.
I also had a great time talking to Mike Zivkovic and the Clearaudio reps while listening to Mike's Ingenium. This room was always packed with baby boomers who brought along their records. Good times, and some of these guys brought in some rare recordings too. I could have easily spent another day hanging out in just this room.
I was disappointed that Kara didn't have her 50A mono amps on Friday. I'll have to catch up with her again at the RMAF.
There were several astonishing and expensive configurations, but I typically only stick my head in, look around and get the Hell out. Really, I could send my nephew to Stanford for almost 2 years for the price of that VAC S! I'm not the slightest bit interested.
The Kronzilla amps in the Consensus room were sweet. 100 wpc SET, for a cool $32k a pair. The tubes were these big foot-tall things that cost a cool $2k a pair...I thought that room was one of the best sounding of the show.
I'll give the nod to the Tonian room. I was most excited to hear Tonian speakers after reading so much hype about them, and they certainly did not disappoint. The speakers were a brand new model and quite large in cabinet size, but paired with a $50 Magnavox cd player and a $300 Audiolab integrated, the sound was amazing! Surprising bass, and a huge sense of realism, naturalness and palpability.
I was one of the hosts in the Profundo/Cardas room and all I can say is we were really busy for the entire show. Our smaller room quite often got to standing room only but everyone was nice about it. Great turn out!
The attendees were a fun crowd and many brought along their own music - which we gladly played. Most of which was on vinyl, but a good share on CD too.
Constantine was the perfect host, often checking in on each of the rooms, trying to be sure we were all ok with the show and all. At one point, I had stepped out of our room, into the hallway to sort myself out a little and glanced down the hallway to see Constantine offering to help an exhibitor move some speakers out of the elevator. The man was a blur!
I would love to hear comments from attendees that visited our room. Soundscape Audio & Video room 1203. We showed the Genesis G7.1F speakers driven by Parrasound JC-1 400W mono block amps, Parasound D-200 Universal player, JC-2bp (new model) stereo preamp. We premiered the JC-3 ($4000 tba) phono preamp, with a Clear Audio Champion table, Rega 250 Quint and Grado Blue ($110. The wire Genesis speaker wire and interconnect along with Nordost Valhala and Odin AC cables.
Our other room premiered Martin-Logan Ethos Electrostatic speakers, Martin-Logan Motion speakers for center and rears and the Sherwood Newcastle R972 AV receiver, also wired with Nordost cable.
Please comment on the room. Thanks.
My wife and I spent all three days at the show and fully enjoyed every moment of it. Day 1 was spent going from room to room to get a rough idea of what each room was like. Day 2 I was alone most of the day so I spent more time in the rooms I really enjoyed. My favorites were the Audio Image room playing the King speakers; the Legacy Win Audio room; and the Tone of Music room. Day 3 we were only there a short time so it was mainly one last look around. Thanks to Constantine Soo and staff for a wonderful show. Looking forward to California Audio Show 2011.