California Audio Show 2019 - July 26th-28th

The countdown to CAS 2019 has started, 25 days to go!

https://www.caaudioshow.com/

Looking forward to fully covering this show over on The Audio Beatnik! I'll probably do my usual "live" room photos here as well.

I believe it'll be slightly larger this year, with even more listening rooms to check out. Sweet!

Anyone local going to be attending?
"Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    edited July 1
    Might as well kick it off with some eye candy. Looking forward to experiencing this Whammerdyne Heavy Industries DLM-4!

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    "Just wait, Till the debut of the "Monster" at the California Audio Show July 26th-28th 2019. This new amplifier will amaze even the most hardened audiophile and totally change his/her belief in what a TRUE breakthrough amplifier can achieve.

    Pure DC coupling no caps in the signal path, bandwidth to 165 KHz, phase shift whats that? hum and noise below 13 uV, micro volts.. that's one of the lowest noise floors of any tube amp period. Slew rate fast damn fast. Low end response for bass below 12 Hz!, Pure class A, no feedback 8.4 watts 17 watts peak. Sonic nirvana. I guarantee this DLM 4 (Damn Little Monster) will bring all other amps to their knees.

    Yes, its that good you think I'm kidding?, have you read the recent review by Tone Audio on our entry level (The baby) DGA-1 .. let's just say this is an order of magnitude above. Confident you bet. All you so called SE and other brands of tube amps look out your day of reckoning has come, I say solid state amps too bring e'm on!.

    Only $ 10,500 for the "Finest SE 2A3 Amplifier on Planet Earth"
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,122
    That thing is hideous. I think I would've rather seen it at $15k and look more refined honestly.

    I guess all the transformers are in the bottom portion?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    Margules Group will be debuting a new set of speakers at the show this year!

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    Their room was my favorite last year, so I'm very much looking forward to hearing their system again!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    Not sure, Skip. I think at least one pair of transformers is external!

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    @DSkip - They're inviting you to come to the show!

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    Woah, $36k speakers from Wilson Benesch! I'm intrigued!

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    Excitement level rising! I love audio shows!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    "Room 5222
    Salk Sound / McCary Audio / Exogal / Anticables

    Salk Sound SS 9.5 loudspeakers"

    Looks like I'll get to again experience the very nice sounding Salk towers that were at Axpona this year:

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
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    Cool, a Focal and Rega setup by one of the local retailers here. I'd like to hear those Kanta N1 bookshelf speakers!

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,024
    Clipdat wrote: »
    "Room 5222
    Salk Sound / McCary Audio / Exogal / Anticables

    Salk Sound SS 9.5 loudspeakers"

    Looks like I'll get to again experience the very nice sounding Salk towers that were at Axpona this year:

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    Yep those 9.5's were the star of the show as far as I'm concerned. I spent some time in that room on a couple occasions, that room and Skips room impressed me the most.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    The room was pretty busy and I didn't have an ideal seat, but I liked what I heard. Looking forward to getting to spend more time with them. CAS is a much more mellow show where you can easily spend 20+ minutes in the sweet spot and not feel like you're hogging the chair.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,535
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Oakland?

    Awesome movie.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    edited July 8
    Margules Audio!

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    Last year their Orpheus speakers blew me away with their huge soundstage and treble dispersion. It was my favorite room at the show.

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    I wish more people would discover this brand, they really know how to put together an excellent sounding system. Their tube amps are also stunningly gorgeous:

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 858
    Clipdat wrote: »
    The countdown to CAS 2019 has started, 25 days to go!

    https://www.caaudioshow.com/

    Looking forward to fully covering this show over on The Audio Beatnik! I'll probably do my usual "live" room photos here as well.

    I believe it'll be slightly larger this year, with even more listening rooms to check out. Sweet!

    Anyone local going to be attending?

    Not that far from home. I may go on Saturday. Will see.

    Cheers
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,610
    DSkip wrote: »
    That thing is hideous. I think I would've rather seen it at $15k and look more refined honestly.

    I guess all the transformers are in the bottom portion?

    Totally agree!!
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
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    I wasn't really a fan of these massive horn speakers last year, but I'm willing to give them another listen this year!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,019
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Might as well kick it off with some eye candy. Looking forward to experiencing this Whammerdyne Heavy Industries DLM-4!

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    "Just wait, Till the debut of the "Monster" at the California Audio Show July 26th-28th 2019. This new amplifier will amaze even the most hardened audiophile and totally change his/her belief in what a TRUE breakthrough amplifier can achieve.

    Pure DC coupling no caps in the signal path, bandwidth to 165 KHz, phase shift whats that? hum and noise below 13 uV, micro volts.. that's one of the lowest noise floors of any tube amp period. Slew rate fast damn fast. Low end response for bass below 12 Hz!, Pure class A, no feedback 8.4 watts 17 watts peak. Sonic nirvana. I guarantee this DLM 4 (Damn Little Monster) will bring all other amps to their knees.

    Yes, its that good you think I'm kidding?, have you read the recent review by Tone Audio on our entry level (The baby) DGA-1 .. let's just say this is an order of magnitude above. Confident you bet. All you so called SE and other brands of tube amps look out your day of reckoning has come, I say solid state amps too bring e'm on!.

    Only $ 10,500 for the "Finest SE 2A3 Amplifier on Planet Earth"

    Parallel 2A3s?

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    edited July 19
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Parallel 2A3s?

    Not sure, Mark. Here's their website: http://whammerdyne.com/
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,019
    edited July 19
    Doc Bottlehead & crew -- long, long ago -- had a speaker project they called the Whamodynes.

    https://www.bottlehead.com/valve/whamodyne files/page2.html
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    edited July 21
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    Here's one I'm very interested in having another listen to. I briefly heard this Voxativ Hagen Absolut system at Axpona this year and enjoyed it. It's a "one-box" style setup where the full range driver style speakers come with their matching amp/dsp/dac/streamer.

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    Here was their room at Axpona:

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    Staggering prices from the above mentioned Audio Federation room:

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,310
    :o B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,095
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Staggering prices from the above mentioned Audio Federation room:

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    The only thing I see both interesting, and at a decent price, is the Acapella Audio One music server. I wonder how it compares to the Lumin products.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    So I've been trying to think of a track on vinyl that I know very well, to bring with to the show and play in various rooms that have turntables. I thought this might be a good candidate, even if it technically falls into the dreaded audiophile cliche of "female vocals":

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,464
    Great song.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    edited July 27
    Day 1 of CAS 2019 is a wrap. I listened to and photographed all 19 rooms, the photos will be published on The Audio Beatnik soon.

    I have a good idea of which rooms I need to hear more of tomorrow.

    One of which is the Salk room. Their speakers sounded even better than they did at Axpona.

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,464
    They look fantastic too.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,140
    Here's my photos along with Jack's initial impressions on some of the rooms from day 1: https://theaudiobeatnik.com/california-audio-show-2019-day-1-pictures/
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,464
    Thank You for taking these Drew. It’s nice to see them if one cannot attend.
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,024
    Those Salks are impressive.
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