Paradigm Persona 3F at RMAF 2017
Paradigm’s Persona line was released in late 2016 and has been praised by reviewers and audiophiles. The flagship Persona 9H received a 2017 CES Innovation Award, as well as a Golden Ear Award 2017 from The Absolute Sound. Developed over five years, this flagship lineup, entirely designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada, provides an unprecedented level of realism and transparency. One of the keys to Persona is the use of Beryllium, the absolute best diaphragm material, typically found only in speakers costing considerably more. Specifically formulated to be exponentially stiffer and significantly lighter than other premium diaphragm materials, beryllium enables superior transient response and virtual transparency, with low audible coloration.
Anthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier at RMAF 2017
Announced in September at CEDIA 2017, RMAF will mark the debut of the STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier—the first-time members of the public have had an opportunity to hear these powerful new 2-channel components.
The STR Preamplifier offers robust connection options, advanced control, and refinements in a single, easy-to-use component which includes a rare feature in stereo components — automatic room equalization and bass management in the form of highly effective Anthem Room Correction (ARC™). Packed with functions such as USB audio input, leading-edge D/A conversion, customizable bass manager for seamless integration with mono or stereo sub outputs, MM and MC phono inputs, the STR Preamplifier offers far more than the average preamplifier. It also provides balanced output for all channels including two subwoofers. The Home Theater Bypass function which allows convenient operation when combined with a home theater system is also unconventional in that which takes effect when the unit is in standby while supporting two subwoofers as well as the fronts through XLR and RCA connection.
The STR Power Amplifier is the smartly designed keystone to a world-class two-channel sound system, doling out 400 Watts per channel into 8 ohms with both driven, with continuous 2-ohm capability of 800 W per channel for true no-holds-barred performance with the most demanding musical content and speakers. Each channel gets its own toroidal transformer and sixteen bipolar output devices to deliver a continuous and reliable supply of pure, clean low noise power. The input stage, a proprietary input topology and unique departure from commonly used circuits, consists of a complementary active-load cascoded feedback arrangement for reduced distortion, exceptionally linear response, and superior bandwidth.
– Experience the all-new Woo Audio WA33 Elite Edition fully balanced 2A3 tube headphone amplifier/preamplifier paired with world-class headphones from STAX Japan, HiFiMan, Focal, ABYSS headphones and much more. See Woo Audio in room 6000 AND 6007 on the 6th floor for an unforgettable listening experience.
– Woo Audio is pleased to be the official launch partner of MYSPHERE 3.1 headphones. The roots of MYSPHERE 3.1 go back to the legendary flagship headphone K1000 of AKG, introduced to the market in 1989. Two outstanding acoustic engineers are associated with the history of the K1000 will be on hand to debut the new headphone and answer questions. See Woo Audio and the MYSHERE 3.1 team in room 6007 on the 6th floor and be the first to experience the new headphone.
Audio Den will be showcasing Thrax Audio’s New Modular Audiophile Systems.
The Ares is a multi-bit DAC, an Upsampler, a Network Player, a Phono Preamplifier and two mono powered 100 watt/ch amplifiers in a single chassis. Separate power supplies are provided to independently power both the digital and analog circuits. Each unit is designed to work with the other in the most optimal way.
The Enyo is a multi-bit DAC, an Upsampler, a Network Player, a Phono Preamplifier and two fully-balanced 60 watts/ch vacuum tube power amplifiers in a single chassis. Separate power supplies are provided for both the digital and analog circuits . Again, each modular unit is designed to work optimally with the other components.
The modularity of both the Ares and Enyo Audiophile Systems allows components to remain current and grow as new technologies become available.
Qln is back!
The Swedish ”cult” speaker brand Qln is back in the USA and will make its first appearance at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Denver, Colorado, 6-8 October.
Qln started in 1977 and were from the early 80’s active in Europe, North America and the Far East. The years 2003-2012 the Qln brand was owned by another company.
Well Pleased AV will be debuting the QLN Signature 3 reference monitor in room 4009 (Summit Tower) along with electronics from Audio-Hungary, aqua – acoustic quality, and Innuos.
The Qln Signature 3 incorporates over three decades of speaker research, development, design and construction. It carries the legacy of a timeless combination of form and performance re-engineered to provide an unprecedented high-end compact 2-way audio transducer. With truly enticing audio reproduction without any impediment or compromise, the Signature 3 is form and performance in perfect harmony.
For more information please visit http://www.wellpleasedav.com
Wilson Benesch will Premiere it’s flagship loudspeaker, Cardinal, at the RMAF courtesy of official US importer Aaudio Imports in the Larkspur Suite on the ground floor. Standing 69″ tall, constructed from carbon fibre composites and precision CNC machined aluminum, the Cardinal loudspeaker is an imposing design. Equipped with 8 Wilson Benesch Tactic II dynamic drive units, plus the companies hybrid silk-carbon fibre dome Semisphere Tweeter in each channel –
Larger stable mate of the new Resolution loudspeaker that launched in Munich & Los Angeles in the Summer 2017, the Cardinal promises to be a show highlight at this years RMAF.
See Cardinal with Ypsilon’s new Hyperion Mono Amplfiers in the Larkspur Suite, Ground Floor.
Astell&Kern announces three new products – the AK70 MK II, Michelle Limited IEM and AK CD-Ripper MK II.
The Astell&Kern AK70 MK II Is The First Dual DAC Astell&Kern Player Available for Under $1,000.
The Michelle Limited is the latest In-Ear Monitor collaboration between Astell&Kern and Jerry Harvey Audio.
The new AK CD-Ripper MK II is the perfect accessory to simply and easily digitize and add your entire CD collection to your Astell&Kern portable hi-res audio player. Simply connect the ripper to your Astell&Kern player and CDs will be ripped as FLAC or Wave files with full metadata such as album title, artist, genre and album art.
All three products will be available in October 2017 and make their official US debut at RMAF 2017 in Astell&Kern’s booth CanJam 63-64.
ESOTERIC announced a new phonostage preamplifier, the E-02 (MSRP: $9,500 U.S.D.).
The Esoteric E-03 is one of the most widely reviewed and critically acclaimed pieces of Esoteric over the last 8 years. The E-02 builds on that with a total redesign. While the E-02 maintains some of the E-03’s popular features, such as two inputs, front panel loading adjustments, a fully dual/mono design and a cartridge demag feature, the E-02 adds fully balanced circuitry with a pair balanced inputs, two sets of single ended inputs, and both balanced and single ended outputs. The E-02 features a newly designed fully balanced MC head amplifier and RIAA amplifier.
The E-02 will be active in the Esoteric room, 521.