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 Post subject: T.A.V.E.S. Best In Show
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:28 am 
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What was YOUR best in show room PLEASE JUST ONE.

For me it was the Vienna Acoustics room.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:53 am 
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The Mcintosh room.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:05 am 
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Very tough choice, as there were several rooms that had excellent sound. Forced to pick just one i would have to say the Audio Physics Virgo 25's but only because the Blueberryhill room was playing digital at the time I was there, and everyone said that there was no comparison between the two formats in that room, the analogue was far superior sounding. I am not making a commentary on the superiority of one format over the other, my comments refer to this room and the corresponding system only, nothing else.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:05 am 
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Have to list two because I enjoyed them equally.

Vandersteen and Simaudio in the Executive Stereo room.

ProAc and Ovation amps in the Ovation Audio room.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:09 am 
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Blueberry Hill. By a country mile. Especially with vinyl... that was second to none.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:44 am 
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14 Years wrote:
Have to list two because I enjoyed them equally.

Vandersteen and Simaudio in the Executive Stereo room.

ProAc and Ovation amps in the Ovation Audio room.


Let's keep referring to these as the "Ovation" amps ... Ricky apparently came up with a name during the show ... I forget what exactly but I do recall not liking it! ... so again what amplifiers ... Ovation!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:49 am 
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Blueberry Hill room was bestest to my ears.

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While there were some outstanding and highly enjoyable rooms like TubeMagic and Blueberry Hill (this might have been my pick had they not had the volume so damn high when I was in there)...

....my pick of Best in Show was the Cabasse Pacific 3SA with Esoteric electronics. To my ears that pairing just sounded so right.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:04 am 
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I wonder how many folks pick "best of show" because it is close to the sound they have at home, or because it is far from the sound they have at home?


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My nod goes to the Ovation Room. Vinyl played through a fairly affordable but peculiar well tempered table with the golf ball was just super.

But the absolutely best electronically reproduced music experience this weekend was not at TAVES but Nuit Blanche held Saturday night. At Trinity-St-Paul Center on Bloor East, Janet Cardiff's Forty-Part Motet was playing 40 separate choir voices through 40 B&W DM300s(?) through the evening. Now that was spectacular.


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My best is the mini Cabasse system. Did I hear better set-ups, definitely and I also heard crap for prices exponentially higher but for less than $3K it was the best in terms of value of anything I heard at the show.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:58 am 
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Erik wrote:
Blueberry Hill. By a country mile. Especially with vinyl... that was second to none.


blueberry Hill make cables. What made the room to sound so good? Their cables or the gear?


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They also build speakers. There is a photo of their room in the TAVES thread.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:03 am 
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Best sound in show fell into three categories for me:

Blueberrry Hill - best sound featuring an analogue source, fascinating speakers of their own design.

Worldwide Wholesales - best sound featuring a digital source, JE electronics and Casta Acoustics Loudspeakers.

Best sound at what most people would consider a reasonably priced system was in the room using an Air Tight integrated and a pair of $4000 Harbeth speakers, I believe it was Planet of Sound.


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