Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
October 2-4, 2020
Denver, CO
Fri-Sat: 10-6, Sun: 10-4

The Rocky Mountain International HiFi Press Awards 2019.

Date: Friday, September 6th, 2019

Location: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain International HiFi Press Awards (RIHPA) are the high-end audio industry's first world-wide press awards honoring high-end audio manufacturers. The Oscars of the audio industry. RIHPA nominees and winners will be selected via anonymous ballot by the world's leading high-end audio publications.

With publications from the Americas, Europe, Asia and beyond participating, RIHPA will be completely independent of country, region or publication. The nominations for the award categories and the subsequent winners will be chosen solely by an anonymous ballot of the world's leading HiFi press publications.

The awards will be an impartial and unbiased declaration of the world's state-of-the art in 30+ specific high-end audio categories.

:: The Award Winners

Digital

CD Player/Transport
  • Audionet Planck
  • dCS Rossini SACD/Cd Transport
  • Esoteric Grandioso P1X
  • Gryphon Audio Ethos CD player
  • Playback Design MPT-8
DAC
  • Aqua Acoustic Quality Formula xhD
  • Computer Audio Design CAD 1543 DAC MKII
  • MSB Select DAC
  • Playback Design MPD-8
  • Wadax Reference DAC
Digital Control Unit
  • AURALIC Aries G2
  • CH Precision C1 Mono
  • Lumin T2
  • Lumin X1
  • NuPrime Evolution DAC
Computer Audio Server
  • AURALIC Aries G2
  • Aurender Musicserver W20
  • Fidata HFAS1-XS20U
  • MusiChi SRV-01/PSU-MC-01
  • Wadax Atlantis Server
Mobile Player under 1,000 EUR
  • Astell&Kern SR15
  • FiiO M11
Mobile Player over 1,000 EUR
  • Astell&Kern SP2000
  • Astell&Kern KANN Cube

Analogue

Turntable under 1,500 EUR
  • Music Hall mmf-1.3
  • Pro-Ject X2
  • Rega Planar 2/Rega RB220
  • TEAC TN-4D
  • YAMAHA MusicCast VINYL 500 (TT-N503)
Turntable over 1,500 EUR
  • Bergmann Audio Magne
  • Gold Note MEDITERRANEO
  • Grand Prix Audio Parabolica
  • Perpetuum Ebner PE 1000
  • TechDAS Air Force Three Premium
Tonearm
  • J.Sikora KV12
  • Kuzma 4Point 14
  • Schröder CB-L
  • Sorane SA1.2 tonearm
  • ViV laboratory Ltd. RIGID FLOAT 7/Ha
Pickup Cartridge
  • Clearaudio Jubilee MC
  • Clearaudio Jubilee MM
  • DS Audio DS-2W
  • DS Audio Master1
  • Hana SL
Phonostage
  • AVID Pulsare II
  • CH Precision P1
  • Lab12 Melto2
  • Phasemation EA-350
  • Thrax Audio Orpheus

Amplification

Integrated Amplifier
  • Analog Domain Isis M75
  • Audionet Humboldt
  • Gold Note IS-1000
  • Lyric Ti 100 MkII
  • soulution 330
Preamplifier
  • Audio Note M6
  • Boulder Amplifiers, Inc. 1110
  • CH Precision L1 Dual Monoaural
  • mbl 6010 D
  • Totaldac d1-driver
Stereo Power Amplifier
  • Accuphase A-48
  • Audio Note Tomei Kensei
  • CH Precision M1.1
  • mbl 9008 A D
  • Totaldac Amp-1 amplifier
Mono Power Amplifier
  • CH Precision M1.1
  • Einstein The Silver Bullet OTL
  • mbl 9011
  • Thrax Audio Spartacus 300
  • Trilogy 995R
Desktop Headphone Amp and/or DAC Combo
  • Burson Conductor V2+
  • Cambridge Audio Duo
  • Chord Electronics Hugo TT2
  • McIntosh MHA150
  • Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital
Portable Headphone Amp and/or DAC Combo
  • AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt
  • Chord Electronics Hugo 2

Speakers Active/Passive

Bookshelf Speakers
  • Acoustic Energy AE1 Active
  • Dynaudio Confidence 20
  • Sonus faber Electa Amator III
  • Spendor D1
  • Totem Signature One
Floor Standing Speakers under 15,000 EUR
  • FinkTeam Borg
  • GoldenEar Triton Seven
  • Magico A3
  • Manger P2
  • Vienna Acoustics Liszt
Floor Standing Speakers over 15,000 EUR
  • Bayz Audio Courante
  • Grandinote Mach 9
  • Magico M6
  • Stenheim Alumine Five
  • Wilson Audio Sacha DAW
  • YG Acoustics Hailey 2.2
Loudspeakers over 100,000 EUR
  • Kaiser Kawero Grande
  • Living Voice Vox Palladian/Palladian Basso
  • Magico M6
  • Tidal La Assoluta
  • Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic
Subwoofer
  • JL Audio Fathom f112 v2
  • Wilson Audio WatchDog
  • Wilson Benesch Torus

Headphones

Over-Ear/On-Ear Headphone under 500 EUR
  • Audio-Technica MSR7B
  • Grado RS2e
  • Sennheiser HD650/HD6XX
  • Sennheiser HD660
  • Sony WH-1000XM3
Over-Ear/On-Ear Headphone over 500 EUR
  • beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro
  • Focal Stellia
  • HiFiMAN Susvara
  • Sonoma Acoustics M1
  • Stax SR-009
In-Ear Headphone under 500 EUR
  • Campfire Audio IO
  • Campfire Audio Polaris 2
  • Focal Sphear
In-Ear Headphone over 500 EUR
  • 64 Audio Fourte Noir
  • Audeze LCDi4
  • Campfire Audio Andromeda
  • Sony IER-z1r
  • Ultimate Ears UE-18 Pro
Wireless Headphone
  • Audeze iSine20
  • Audeze Mobius
  • beyerdynamic Amiron
  • beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless
  • JBL Live 400BT

System Infrastructure

AC Cable
  • AudioQuest Dragon
  • Crystal Cable Ultimate Dream
  • Nordost Valhalla 2
  • Tara Labs The Muse
  • Tellurium Q Statement
Signal Cable
  • Black Cat Cable 3202
  • The Chord Company The Music
  • Nordost Valhalla 2
  • Tara Labs The Muse
  • Vovox® textura IC direct
Racks & Supports
  • Artesania Audio Exoteryc rack
  • Grand Prix Audio Monza
  • solidsteel Hyperspike Series
  • STACORE RACK SYSTEM
  • Thixar Science Plus
AC Distribution and Conditioners
  • Audience aR6-TSSOX
  • AudioQuest Niagara 5000/7000
  • CAD Ground Control
  • Nordost QKore
  • Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF

Accessories

System and Software Enhancers
  • Furutech DeMag
  • Harmonix Million Series
  • Keces P3
  • Oswalds Mill Audio Graphite Mat
  • Roon
Set-up Aids and Tools
  • Acoustical Systems Smartractor
  • AudioQuest Antistatic Record Brush
  • Clearaudio Professional Analogue Toolkit

Best Audiophile Recording

Digital
  • Stereo Sound REFERENCE RECORD Vol. 1, LP
  • 2xHD Diana Panton - I Believe In The Little Things
Analogue
  • 2xHD Shirley Horn - Softly
  • Lils Mackintosh Live: The Music From Billie Holiday, Tape
  • Magnetic Fidelity Naxatras III, Master Tape & Vinyl
  • Wojtek Karolak and Adam Czerwiński, In A Sentimental Mood

General

Innovation
  • Chord M-Scaler
  • inakustik Air Cables
  • MSB Technology Pro USB
  • Totaldac d1-driver - the amplifier driver
  • WBT Plasma Protect
Value for money
  • Apertura Audio Armonia Evolution
  • Cambridge Audio AX Series
  • Gryphon Diablo 120 Integrated Amp
  • KEF LSX
  • TEAC NT-505
Lifetime Achievement
  • Dan D'Agostino
  • Jeff Rowland
  • Jochen Räke
  • Luke Manley
  • Wolfgang B. Thörner

:: Panel of Judges

 

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