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And the 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain International HiFi Press Awards (RIHPA) winners are . . .

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain International HiFi Press Awards (RIHPA) !

A big, big thank you to all the RIHPA16 participating publications which can be found at

And the RIHPA16 winners are:

  1. CD Player/Transport: MSB Technology Universal Media Transport
  2. DAC: Chord Electronics DAVE
  3. Digital Control Unit: AURALiC ARIES
  4. Computer Audio Server: Aurender N10
  5. Mobile Player: Questyle QP1R
  6. Turntable: TechDAS Air Force One
  7. Tonearm: Kuzma 4 Point
  8. Pickup Cartridge: DS Audio DS-W1
  9. Phonostage: Aesthetix Rhea Signature
  10. Integrated Amplifier: Gryphon Diablo 300
  11. Preamplifier: Audio Research GSPre
  12. Stereo Power Amplifier: PS Audio BHK Signature 250
  13. Mono Power Amplifier: Ayre Acoustics MX-R Twenty
  14. Bookshelf Speakers: ELAC Debut B5
  15. Floor Standing Speakers under 15,000 EUR: Focal Sopra No. 2
  16. Floor Standing Speakers over 15,000 EUR: Bowers & Wilkins 800 D3
  17. Loudspeakers over 100,000 EUR: Wilson Audio Alexx
  18. Subwoofer: Wilson Audio WATCH Dog
  19. Headphones: Sennheiser HD 800
  20. Headphone Amplification: Chord Electronics Mojo
  21. AC Cable: Nordost ODIN 2
  22. Signal Cable: Crystal Cable Absolute Dream
  23. Racks and Supports: Harmonic Resolution Systems M3X
  24. AC Distribution and Conditioners: AudioQuest Niagara 7000
  25. System and Software Enhancers: Roon Labs Roon
  26. Set-up Aids and Tools: Dr Feickert Protractor NG
  27. Digital Recording: Stripped by Macy Gray, Chesky Records
  28. Analogue Recording: Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps/Minnesota SO, Eiji Oue, Reference Recordings
  29. Innovation: MQA Ltd.
  30. Value For Money: AudioQuest Dragonfly Red
  31. Lifetime Achievement: Bob Stuart


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Chat with HRS Founder, President and Chief Engineer, Michael Latvis — Crestone Peak

Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) industry leading performance is derived from decades of engineering experience with audio, defense, and aerospace systems. You will have the opportunity to chat with HRS Founder, President and Chief Engineer, Michael Latvis, who will be attending Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver on October 7th-9th. Michael is excited to be a part of RMAF again and to answer any questions you may have!

HRS is honored to be participating in the following rooms:

Room Crestone Peak with Audio Alternative, Audioquest, Audio Research, Musical Surroundings and Vandersteen Audio

Room 2024 with Boulder Amplifiers

Room 1019 with Jeff Rowland Design Group

Room Ponderosa with VTL

Rooms 8015 & 8017 with MQA

All HRS products are manufactured in the USA by skilled craftsmen using superior techniques, exotic finishes, and proprietary materials. HRS is dedicated to producing the finest audio products in the world. Come share your love for music in any of the rooms listed above and experience some of the HRS products that we are so proud of!

For more information please visit our website

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Jon Whitledge in collaboration with Sony Electronics will be exhibiting “Magic Bus 3.0” — Pod Pavilion (next to CanJam)

The World’s Best Car Stereo* just got better! Jon Whitledge in collaboration with Sony Electronics will be exhibiting “Magic Bus 3.0”, featuring Sony’s exciting new RSX-GS9 Digital Media Player which boasts a unique combination of advanced sound technologies including 5.6 MHz / double DSD and up to 192 kHz/24 bit linear PCM playback!

The Magic Bus has garnered unprecedented acclaim for all of its unique attributes:

・Native 5.6 DSD playback!
・15 (fifteen) people have been moved to tears by its sonic beauty!
Hundreds of famous musicians have autographed the Magic Bus!
Autographed by legendary audio designers including Tim de Paravicini, Ray Kimber, Kevin Voecks, Andrew Jones, Richard Vandersteen, and Steve McCormack
Nathan East, Stanley Jordan, Patricia Barber, Rebecca Pidgeon, Mundell Lowe, and many more, have personally auditioned the Magic Bus!
4,620 Watts of power
22 (twenty-two) magazine articles
9 (nine) loudspeaker transducers
6 (six) Genesis Car Audio amplifiers 
・Kimber Kable silver interconnects and copper loudspeaker cables
96 kHz – 24 bit digital signal processing
Over 15,000 hours of labor to design and fabricate!
・Bass response down to 10 Hz!
・Studio-quality acoustics (54 Helmholtz absorbers, 20 binary amplitude diffusors) 
A lifetime masterpiece destined for the Smithsonian
Jon Whitledge will also be delivering two seminars at the Magic Bus 3.0 on Saturday and Sunday mornings @ 10:00 a.m. 
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PS Audio is Everywhere at RMAF!

Boulder-based PS will have a major presence at Denver show

Boulder, CO: 10/6/16: In addition to the World Premiere of the new DirectStream Memory Player in Suite 1107, PS Audio will have a widespread, active presence at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, October 7-9, 2016.

The new DirectStream Memory Player takes all that was great about the best-selling Perfect Wave Memory Player, adds all that PS has learned about signal processing from our DirectStream and DSJ DACs, and applies it to a unit with a USB-stick input and the ability to play SACDs and output raw DSD to our own DACs.

The PS Audio demo system in Suite 1107 will consist of:
–DirectStream Memory Player $5999
DirectStream DAC $5999
BHK Signature Preamplifier $5999
BHK Signature 300 Power Amplifiers $7499 per mono unit
P10 Power Plant Power Regenerators $4999 per unit
(All prices are US-market MSRP. Overseas pricing may vary)

Loudspeakers will be the remarkable Scaena La Maitresse Ultime ~$125,000/pair
Interconnects and cables will be by Colorado neighbors MG Audio Design
Rack, amp stands and custom furniture will be by Denver’s own Fin Art Co

PS Audio Founder and CEO Paul McGowan will be present in the room all during the show, as will be DirectStream designer Ted Smith. Both will be happy to answer questions or to discuss their designs.

In addition to PS Audio’s own room, PS Audio gear can be found in many areas of the show:

Sprout integrated amplifier and Sprout ELAC system can be seen in the Lobby
–Burwell & Sons, Room 1102 will feature a complete PS system with the $80,000 “Mother of Burl” loudspeakers and $21,000 VPI Avenger Reference turntable
–DEQX, Room 1124 will use a P10 Power Plant
–Wyred 4 Sound, Room 1118 will use P10 and P5 Power Plants
–Skogrand Cables, Room 1023 will use a P10 Power Plant
–Sonoma Acoustics, Room 9030 will use a P10 Power Plant
–Rogers High fidelity, Room 5010 will use a P10 Power Plant
–Ryan Speakers, Room 5018 will use a DirectStream DAC, BHK Signature Pre and a P10 Power Plant
–Voxativ Acoustic Technologies, Room 4009 will use a P10 Power Plant

We invite all attending to join us in Suite 1107 immediately after show hours Friday at7 PM for a brief memorial for Stereophile reviewer Wes Phillips, who passed away recently. Wes’ longtime friend and Editor John Atkinson will speak. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. 

The 13th annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest will take place Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Hours: Friday, 12-7 PM; Saturday, 9 AM-6 PM; Sunday, 9 AM-4 PM. Press hours precede Friday’s public opening.

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SweetVinyl introduces the SugarCube SC-1 – The first non-destructive click & pop removal component for vinyl records — Room 5002

Visitors to Suite 5002 at RMAF in Denver will see the SugarCube SC-1, the next addition to SweetVinyl’s product line which enhances the enjoyment of vinyl records. The SC-1 packages SweetVinyl’s pioneering click & pop removal technology into an audiophile grade component allowing any combination of turntable and phono stage to play older records as brand new.

The SC-1 shown alongside the SugarCube SC-2 vinyl recording platform includes the same click & pop removal technology as the SC-1.  With the RMAF introduction, SweetVinyl is following the successful introduction and demonstration of the SugarCube SC-2 at the Axpona and Newport shows in 2016.

The SugarCube SC-1 and SC-2 are the first audiophile products to feature real-time, non-destructive, click & pop removal on any vinyl LP record. SweetVinyl’s sophisticated algorithm is able to detect, isolate and remove only unwanted noise separate from the music. Previous demonstrations of the SugarCube’s live removal of clicks & pops has garnered rave reviews from press and attendees at other events.

The SugarCube SC-1 is a stand-alone component with RCA line-in and line-out and can easily integrate with other analog components. It brings together many unique features:

–        Real-Time, Non-Destructive Click & Pop Removal
–        User controllable strength of Click & Pop removal setting
–        Pushbutton audiophile-grade internal bypass
–        iOS and Android mobile apps for controlling the device
–        192k/24 bit hi-res digital processing

Commenting on SweetVinyl’s presence at 2016 RMAF, Leo Hoarty, Founder of SweetVinyl said, “The SugarCube SC-1 is a must have for the vinyl enthusiast who enjoys older records – it is truly amazing to hear a previously unplayable vinyl LP sound like it was just pressed with no sonic degradation.”

The SugarCube SC1 is planned to have a retail price of $1,500 dollars in the US market and will be available in the first quarter of 2017.

For more information please contact: Dan Eakins at

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Swedish headphone maker Jays to introduce new wireless headphone at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest — CanJam

Swedish audio product developer Jays AB (Publ) will be attending Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver on October 7th-9th. Jays will be displaying at # C31 in the CanJam section of the show, showcasing the latest in the company’s product range including u-JAYS On-Ear headphones, q-JAYS Reference earphones, and introducing the newly announced Bluetooth® headphones, u-JAYS Wireless. u-JAYS Wireless will be available by the end of 2016 with a MSRP of 179 USD.

“We look forward to attending this year’s Audio Fest and hope to make new contacts and create opportunities for our intended growth in the US. We are also very eager to receive the first reactions on our latest product u-JAYS Wireless” says CEO Rune Torbjörnsen, who will be attending the show together with the company’s Chief of Design Daniel Andersson.

This 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) is the premier high-end consumer audio and home entertainment show in the United States and takes place in Denver on October 7-9th. CanJam @ RMAF is a show- within-a-show, organized by, featuring the latest and greatest in headphone technology. For more information about RMAF, please visit

For more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact:

Josefina Källberg, Sales & Marketing Coordinator Mobile: +46 706 44 14 24

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AntiCables Leaps Big with New Speaker Cable — Room 1104 & Lobby

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           October 6, 2016

(Denver CO) – AntiCable Audio Company Incorporated, US manufacturers of high performance audio accessories, will use the 2016 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest as their opportunity to show audiophiles their new, top tier speaker cables. Level 5 Signature Speaker Wires were created by rolling their excellent ACElectrum™ Silver/Gold alloy metallurgy, used in their upper level interconnects, into a much larger gauge wire to handle the current demands of speakers. These world class cables are offered factory direct at, and represent an exceptional value when compared to their rivals.

The Level 5 wires brings AntiCables’ proven ACElectrum™ audio wire, made from a proprietary silver and gold alloy, to discerning audio enthusiasts. Mixing Gold With Silver subjectively eliminates the sonic signature of 100% silver wire, which tends to sound “hard” or “forward” at high frequencies, while retaining the excellent sonic resolving properties that silver has to offer.

The new Level 5 cables improve upon AntiCables’ existing Level 2 Performance and Level 3 Reference copper speaker wires.

The Level 5 Signature Speaker Wires are available at $2,100 for a 6 foot pair. Other lengths are available. Add or subtract $350 per foot pair. Available now at the company’s on–line store, the product includes a no–risk, 30 day guarantee. Visit for more information on all of AntiCables’ audio products.

AntiCables Audio Company Inc.
11200 Stillwater Blvd N.
Suite 104B
Lake Elmo MN 55042 USA

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MQA partner demonstrations @ RMAF

In addition to the MQA rooms (8015 & 8017), you can also experience MQA partner demonstrations in the following locations:

> Aurender – room 8010 & 8014

> Bel Canto – room 7025

> Bluesound & NAD – room 8021

> Pioneer & Onkyo – can jam area

> Mytek – lobby area

> Meridian Audio are also partnering with Constellation Audio and demonstrating the Ultra DAC in 8032

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 confirms MQA momentum with wide range of MQA-ready partners and licensed music — Rooms 8015 & 8017

Denver, CO, 7 October 2016: RMAF, the Denver-based audio show held on 7-9 October, marks the largest-ever public showcase of MQA-ready products, supported by hundreds of MQA albums available to download.

In addition to demonstrations from MQA-enabled products already on the market, showgoers can also witness further MQA-ready unveilings, including the Bluesound launch of the world’s first MQA-ready soundbar. The PULSE SOUNDBAR joins Bluesound’s family of MQA-ready wireless Pulse speakers and Node players, enabling wireless hi-resolution music streaming to any room in the home.

For those looking to incorporate MQA into their home audio system, an MQA-ready DAC offers the ideal partnership, and RMAF plays host to a number of outstanding examples. MSB will take the wraps off its MQA-ready DAC, the Select, showcasing it in a loudspeaker-fronted demo. Mytek will offer headphone demos of its Manhattan II and Brooklyn products. The final production version of Brinkmann’s Nyquist makes its US debut in Denver, while Meridian Audio will be part of a speaker-led demo with its new Ultra DAC.

The Pioneer XDP-100 and Onkyo DP-X1 models are superb examples of the ‘mobile’ potential of MQA, and both feature at this year’s RMAF. The portable digital audio players are both MQA-ready, meaning there is no need to limit hi-resolution audio to home listening.

Following on from the signing of the long-term licensing deal with Warner Music Group, the MQA team is currently encoding thousands of hi-res titles in MQA, as well as working with Warner on roll-out plans.

The MQA team and partners will be located in rooms 8015 and 8017. To arrange a meeting simply get in touch by email using the below noted contacts.

For a full version of this press release please click here.

MQA Press Contacts (UK):                                       

Press site for MQA:

Username: MQA
Password: MQA2016

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Sonoma Acoustics Announces Preliminary Pricing and Availability for Model One Headphones — Room 9030 & CanJam

(October 7, 2016 – Denver) Sonoma Acoustics LLC announced today at CanJam and the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival (RMAF), being held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, October 7-9, 2016, that it would begin selling its Model One (M1) Headphone System initially in the US, UK and Japan. The price for the entire system, which includes headphones and USB DAC/Energizer, is $4,995 in the US and £4,595 in the UK. Pricing in Japan has yet to be finalized pending the choice of distributor.

“We are taking our time and being very careful in ramping up production,” said David Kawakami, GM, Sonoma Acoustics. “We’re acutely aware that the M1 has to deliver on the promise of the Sonoma name, which basically means it has to deliver unprecedented hi-res performance. “

To achieve that aim, the M1 system uses state-of-the-art components. Where no suitable component could be found, custom solutions were developed. Particular attention was paid to the choice of materials to ensure unprecedented levels of comfort. Key to the overall high performance of the M1 system was the choice of a revolutionary new electrostatic driver technology.

The M1 is the first headphone system in the world to incorporate the High-Precision Electrostatic Laminate (HPEL) transducer developed and manufactured by Warwick Audio Technologies Ltd. (WAT) in the UK. “WAT has supported us every step of the way in the development of the M1,” commented Kawakami. “In fact, their CTO, Dan Anagnos, is actually inspecting and testing 100% of our initial production run to make sure the HPEL has been implemented in an optimal way.”

“We’re very happy that the hi-res pioneers at Sonoma Acoustics saw the potential of the HPEL transducer and are now making it available to audiophiles,” said Dr. Mike Grant, Executive Chairman of WAT. “We think the M1 will usher in a whole new age of electrostatic headphones.”

*** David Kawakami at

For more information on HPEL transducers, please contact: Martin Roberts at

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