LSAF 2023 On like Donkey Kong

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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 17,691
    Either 650 or 700 small àss transitors...


    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • smartie_panta
    smartie_panta Posts: 164
    On my way to the airport. I had a great time! It was very nice to meet you @treitz3 , @marvda1 , @lightman1 , @Milito , @halen , @PSOVLSK , @tratliff , Dennis (forgot your handle; I think it starts with a "z"?) and Todd (don't think I ever caught yours). Thank you for the hospitality!!!
  • PSOVLSK
    PSOVLSK Posts: 4,926
    Enjoyed talking to you Tim. Sorry I didn’t see you again after I left to grab a bite to eat. I came back after dinner and stayed in Skip’s room until about 10:00.

    A few of you guys have got to be feeling a little rough today🤣🤣. Glad I had to drive home or I’d be feeling the same way.

    I had a great time. Always good to see you guys.
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  • smartie_panta
    smartie_panta Posts: 164
    No worries, @PSOVLSK . I must have met up with Skip right after you left. Glad we got to spend some time together during happy hour. I saw Marvin, Todd & Todd at breakfast, and they seemed to be in good shape, but I totally agree... Some of y'all probably need to load up on Caffeine and Asprin this morning!
  • dkfreebird
    dkfreebird Posts: 1,171
    It was nice to meet you to Tim. I wished I could of stayed longer. As alway it was nice to spend time with chatting with everyone. Next year I will have to get a room and get in on all the late night fun.

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  • smartie_panta
    smartie_panta Posts: 164
    dkfreebird wrote: »
    Next year I will have to get a room and get in on all the late night fun.

    Sounds like a plan!

    It hit me on the plane that I remembered your explanation of dkfreebird, Dennis (your and your significant other's first initials...). Don't know why I was thinking it was with a "z." Anyhow... Glad you stopped by!
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,873
    Great meeting everyone and seeing some people I already knew. Had a great time and looking forward to next year.

    I hope no one has too bad a hangover to deal with on the flight home.
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  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,690
    edited June 4
    Check out the Audiophile Junkie's YouTube site for video coverage of the Lone Star Audio Fest. In one of the videos you can hear Russ' big mouth in the background.
    https://www.youtube.com/@AudiophileJunkie/videos
    Had a great time everyone, didn't recall that their free happy hour on the weekend, ai thought it would save us on booze, but we still drank a lot :s

    Don't forget the Southwest Audio Fest March 15
    https://www.southwestaudiofest.com/
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  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,690
    Read the comments to the videos, a lot of the guys are saying how love the vibe of the show they are seeing and some want to come.
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  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,613
    edited June 5
    I had a great time. It was really cool that I could spend quality time in each room. Skips room hit it out of the park. Most show goers were amazed by the modest setup he put together.

    It was also fun to talk with all you Yahoo's that attended.
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  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,690
    marvda1 wrote: »
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    This room had some nice-looking speakers and matching stands, sounded pretty good but not $25k good and with GR Research tweeters. There's something about ribbon/planar magnetic tweeters that I have never warmed up to as I love dome tweeters.
    They are airy and light, but I find they have no foundation to the highs.
    Amplifiers: Norma IPA 140, MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
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    Transport: Jay's Audio CDT2 mk2, Lumin U1 mini
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
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    Interconnects: Argento Organic Reference 2, Argento Organic 2
    Power Cables by: Argento Organic Reference, Synergistic Research Foundation 10 and 12 ga.
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  • halen
    halen Posts: 651
    It was nice to meet up with members again as well as others for the first time. Who knows, in a couple more years, every year would be like meeting for the first time. Haha

    I will reserve judgement on the audio setups there by calling out any names. Some were attempts, some were a work in progress, and some were refined. That is the beauty of LSAF. Laid back. Sharing tunes. Hanging out.

    Tratliff. I was not around when you came. Would still be awesome to hang out someday.

    Cheers all.
    halen
  • mpitogo
    mpitogo Posts: 469
    Oh dang, I missed this. I moved to the DFW area last year from NJ. Oh well..
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 17,691
    There is always next year......and not one but TWO events down in Dallas. A great time was had by all.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 23,734
    @mpitogo a cowboy hat and boots are required......


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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 17,691
    Here are some more photos taken at this year's LSAF. Sorry in advance if some of them are duplicates that have already been posted.

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    Now, for some of the hardcore folks from this forum that attended....

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    And finally, my pick for "Best in show" for coherency, imaging, set up and overall clarity/sound.......cue drum roll please......

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    Skip's smaller of the two rooms he had (photo above). It wasn't a full range system but was exquisite in almost every aspect of what it could do. Plenty or texture, tightness, sound stage and it was just an enjoyable system to listen too. Very "refined".

    This show isn't really about winners or losers but I thought I would throw in my 2 cents as to which system (to me) at the event topped them all for overall sound quality.

    The most surprising system at the event? The HAL room. Hollis Audio Labs.

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    What I thought was going to be a one genre setup completely took me by surprise. Especially when they let me play a tough/very demanding song at MY preferred volume. Holy crap, did they ever surprise me. The only problem was that they really needed to be in a bigger room and instead of listening near field, it would have been nice to demo this setup about 15 feet back from the speakers placed further out.

    Unfortunately, the hotel does not have conference rooms for such systems, so near field it was for this setup. Still, it was most impressive and something worth looking into/listening to, if you have the chance.

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    ^^^ My vote for the most improved system over the years. The Stereo Clarity Room. These boys know how to have fun. Their setup this year was the best they have ever had at the show. Very clean, able to handle demanding songs at an average of 85Db (measured at 111Db at another spot within the room) without collapse or easily identifiable distortion. This was a fun system to listen too.

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    ^^^ Last but not least, the most unexpected sound out of a speaker at the show. They were made of some kind of proprietary vibration absorbing metallurgy and even though they were relatively small speakers with maybe a 6 to 7" depth....probably closer to 6"? They put out the lower registers like a tower or full size speaker would. AND, the sound was not one note bass.

    This was also in the room that demo'd what people at the show dubbed, "THE most transparent amplifier at the show". It was a prototype amplifier (seen below) that utilized something like 600 to 700 little transistors set up in a Class A configuration. It wasn't dubbed that label because of the sound (which wasn't bad), it was dubbed that because the case was simply non-existent. It is still a work in progress and they wanted to bring it to the show just to show off what it was capable of as it was before it goes back to be finalized and put into production. This was in the Austin Audio Works room.

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    It was great to see everyone again. I had a blast and met some really nice folks within the industry, as well as some heavy hitters outside of the industry. It was also nice to meet the new faces of the forum as well as the new exhibitors that came by this year.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • HzTweaker
    HzTweaker Posts: 685
    I believe that the guy exhibiting the rig in the first photo (top) was there when I went in 2017. Isn't the MTM arrangement open baffle? My mind is a bit fuzzy on that, or maybe that was a totally different system lol. BUT if it is the same or similar rig, then what I do remember was the bass was supper tight and sounded very accurate and the gentleman (who's name escapes me because that was six years ago and I'm bad with names) was very nice indeed.

    Now lets talk about the The Stereo Clarity Room. Those guy that were there (2017) were really cool! They'd let us play what ever we wanted and they even included several of our suggestions to their demo play list!

    Lets talk about the gear of the Stereo Clarity room. It looks to be a similar setup electronics wise as the 2017 room setup. The big change I see are the speakers. That's what I really want to talk about. I went and listened to every room and had a blast, but at the end of the day/show those speakers were literally ALL I could think about and what I needed to do to raise the funds to buy them (I'll include a pic below). This was before I purchase the Parasound gear from Skip. Skip is a really nice guy for the record as well.
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    One thing I can say is that pictures do not do the fit and beautiful finish of the Roso speakers justice .

    This is making me excited for next years event. I do believe I'll be attending that show for sure!

    Nice write up Tom.




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  • smartie_panta
    smartie_panta Posts: 164
    tratliff wrote: »
    Look what some unnamed individual brought over to my house.

    Awesome!!!
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 23,734
    WELL! Don't leave us hanging Todd! Do they sound better than the old Bose acoustimass?
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,613
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    WELL! Don't leave us hanging Todd! Do they sound better than the old Bose acoustimass?

    You know the answer to that.

    They do. They sound great. Skip spent about 3 hours setting them up and I have spent a numbers of hours realigning my turntable.
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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 23,734
    I've not heard any of those RF that didn't make wood stand up straight!
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,613
    They sounds super nice. Won’t be able to spend much time with them this weekend but do have Monday off. So I am planning to get some good time with them.
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  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,873
    Congrats, great looking speakers ad we know they sound great too.
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  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,006
    Volterra’s are on my bucket list…never personally heard RF but Skip’s ear I trust
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  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,613
    Milito wrote: »
    Congrats, great looking speakers ad we know they sound great too.

    Thanks. They are really nice. This is not my pair. These are Skips demos. Mine will have a custom finish but have been delayed so he graciously brought these over for me to get use to.
    2 Channel Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II, 2 REL Carbon Limited, Norma Revo IPA-140B, Lumin U2 Mini, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Modwright PH 150, Denon DP-59l w/Denon DL-301MKII, AudioQuest Thunderbird Speaker and Interconnect Cables, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 w/Dragon and Hurricane Power Cables
  • PSOVLSK
    PSOVLSK Posts: 4,926
    @trietz I spent most of my time talking instead of listening, but I would have to agree with your assessments of the rooms I saw (Skip's Certaldo room, HAL, and Austin Audio Works). The only rooms I regret not going to are the Stereo Clarity and the room with the Volterras.

    Speaking of Volterras, @tratliff (and @marvda1), I'm jealous. I'll admit that I haven't listened to a ton of speakers, but the Volterra's may just be my favorite. The total package of great sound and great looks. Congrats Todd.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 17,691
    edited November 12
    On my way to the airport. I had a great time! It was very nice to meet you @treitz3 , @marvda1 , @lightman1 , @Milito , @halen , @PSOVLSK , @tratliff , Dennis (forgot your handle; I think it starts with a "z"?) and Todd (don't think I ever caught yours). Thank you for the hospitality!!!

    I got to re-reading this thread today after living vicariously through HQ's posts about CAF 2023 here and Ron's coverage over at the WBF.

    Todd isn't a member if this forum. His handle is sbnx over at the What's Best Forum. If everything goes as planned, I will be able to hear his system next year. It is a system that makes mine look like child's play.

    [EDIT;] Nevermind, I thought you were talking about the "other" Todd. Not @tratliff.

    Tom
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    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~