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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:20 pm 
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First let me first say that myself and my brother had a blast talking, listening to the various setups. We were probably cracking jokes a little more than most "serious" audiophiles were comfortable with, but hey, everyone was having a great time.

Reading so much online, we both knew all the makes and models and specs(way more than we should) but until we listened to certain systems did we really hear if a product is engineered well, or just good marketing(or both).
Some rooms were just plaine aweful, while others were amazing. So much so that we came back for a second listen. Yes, its all a matter of opinion, but when 6 people ask for business cards in a matter of 20 minutes, you know its good!

I wont mention the bad ones, but i will mention the good ones. 3 stood out for both me and my brother. ( this was based on bringing our own CD's)

Blueberry Hill Audio was one of the most dynamic presentations, with crazy realism, and bass that was moving air in the room. Very cool.

Planet of Sound had Audiolab DAC & Harbeth speakers that had a truly incredible soundstage that went beyond the speakers. The room was fairly large and the speakers positioned properly, which helped, but man are those beautiful sounding speakers!

The new PMC Twenty Four speakers we shockingly good. They did everything so well.

The Cary/Magnapan was one of the best rooms we heard. Very clear, nutreal, yet musical. If you have the space, those maggies are the best value by far, it makes cone speakers sound vintage.
Also, so tempted buy all the great prices on show specials,
Anyway, def going again next year. Next year, there needs to be a swap meet room!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:39 pm 
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+1 for the Planet of Sound set up.....that Audiolab DAC is one that should be checked out by anyone in the market, given its sound quality and under a $1,000 price tag........


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Hi guy's glad you enjoyed the show that means whe should see you there again in 2013 by the way the show was not bigger this year BUT nore was it smaller. :) :) :D

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T.A.V.E.S. = 2012 67 Exibitors 3 Floors


This is the reason that it wasn't as crowded as last year.

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That Audiolab DAC is one thing I will be purchasing soon. They were running Amara on a macbook via USB into it.

I forgot to mention Living Voice speakers in the Sonic Artistry Room playing vinyl. Very small room, but still was a treat playing classical music.


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re_curly81 wrote:
That Audiolab DAC is one thing I will be purchasing soon. They were running Amara on a macbook via USB into it.

I forgot to mention Living Voice speakers in the Sonic Artistry Room playing vinyl. Very small room, but still was a treat playing classical music.


I've gotta agree with you there. I have the Audiolab 8200CD, had it for about 6 months. It's smashed every DAC I've compared it to, including the Bryston DAC (surprise) and the Rega DAC (no big surprise). Very, very good DAC.

Are you talking about the 8200CD or the MDac?


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dmitchell wrote:
re_curly81 wrote:
That Audiolab DAC is one thing I will be purchasing soon. They were running Amara on a macbook via USB into it.

I forgot to mention Living Voice speakers in the Sonic Artistry Room playing vinyl. Very small room, but still was a treat playing classical music.


I've gotta agree with you there. I have the Audiolab 8200CD, had it for about 6 months. It's smashed every DAC I've compared it to, including the Bryston DAC (surprise) and the Rega DAC (no big surprise). Very, very good DAC.

Are you talking about the 8200CD or the MDac?


have you tried any cambridge audio dac's? I'm wondering how they compare to audiolab, if it's worth swapping for my 740c player/dac


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:58 pm 
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SonicDroff wrote:
dmitchell wrote:
re_curly81 wrote:
That Audiolab DAC is one thing I will be purchasing soon. They were running Amara on a macbook via USB into it.

I forgot to mention Living Voice speakers in the Sonic Artistry Room playing vinyl. Very small room, but still was a treat playing classical music.


I've gotta agree with you there. I have the Audiolab 8200CD, had it for about 6 months. It's smashed every DAC I've compared it to, including the Bryston DAC (surprise) and the Rega DAC (no big surprise). Very, very good DAC.

Are you talking about the 8200CD or the MDac?


have you tried any cambridge audio dac's? I'm wondering how they compare to audiolab, if it's worth swapping for my 740c player/dac


Yes, and no. The DACMagic is no comparison the 740C. The 740C is better.

I've owned the 840C and the Audiolab is a good deal better. If you like your music "processed" and "digital" sounding, the 840C is for you. If you prefer you music to sound natural the Audiolab is your choice.

And this is coming from a big Cambridge fan.


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dmitchell wrote:
re_curly81 wrote:
That Audiolab DAC is one thing I will be purchasing soon. They were running Amara on a macbook via USB into it.

I forgot to mention Living Voice speakers in the Sonic Artistry Room playing vinyl. Very small room, but still was a treat playing classical music.

Are you talking about the 8200CD or the MDac?


The 8200MDAC, which was on display and playing.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:09 pm 
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OK, so the MDAC it is.


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