California Audio Show - July 27-29th - Oakland, CA

I'm looking forward to attending my first audio show, coming up in late July:

https://caaudioshow.com/

It's July 27-29th at the Hilton Oakland Airport.

Anyone else planning on attending? @BlueFox? Or maybe @MrBuhl if you decide to drive up to drop off your amp at Pass? @Lightman1 maybe this was around the time you were potentially planning on visiting?

Looks to be a smaller show, but there's a decent list of companies:

https://caaudioshow.com/2018-list-of-companies/

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  • JaybeezJaybeez Posts: 746
    I may "day trip" this one as the LA show (Orange County) is conflicting with my son's graduation.
    After 5 years of those tuition bills, ain't no way I'm missing the finality of his walk down the aisle!
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,744
    Sounds like a plan.....
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    edited June 2018
    Bump for one month to go! Getting excited!

    @nooshinjohn - Triangle Art is going to be there! I wonder if they will play a record I bring with?

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    TriangleArt Osiris II tonearm ($6,800)
    TriangleArt Reference Tube Phono stage ($12,999)
    TriangleArt Reference Tube preamp ($18,999)
    TriangleArt Rhea Reference cable system
    TriangleArt TA-200M solid-state monoblocks ($45,000/pair)
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 579
    Jaybeez wrote: »
    I may "day trip" this one as the LA show (Orange County) is conflicting with my son's graduation.
    After 5 years of those tuition bills, ain't no way I'm missing the finality of his walk down the aisle!

    Hey John..Didn’t the LA/OC show get canceled?
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    Bump. Just over two weeks away!

    @BlueFox are you going to roll up for this?
  • msgmsg Posts: 6,108
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Bump for one month to go! Getting excited!

    @nooshinjohn - Triangle Art is going to be there! I wonder if they will play a record I bring with?

    Boardroom 3: TriangleArt / Angel City Audio

    Angel City Audio Seraphim Prime speakers ($25,000/pair)
    TriangleArt Apollo moving-coil cartridge ($8,000)
    TriangleArt Maestro turntable ($7,500)
    TriangleArt Master Reference turntable system ($39,999)
    TriangleArt Osiris II tonearm ($6,800)
    TriangleArt Reference Tube Phono stage ($12,999)
    TriangleArt Reference Tube preamp ($18,999)
    TriangleArt Rhea Reference cable system
    TriangleArt TA-200M solid-state monoblocks ($45,000/pair)

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,910
    No. I'm not into audio that much.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    That's like an F1 driver saying he's not really into cars!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    This Friday!

    Anyone got any audio show tips for me, so I don't make a fool of myself?
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,497
    Clipdat wrote: »
    This Friday!

    Anyone got any audio show tips for me, so I don't make a fool of myself?

    Don't take the brown acid.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,534
    Look at the vendor list and make a priority list. Go back to them twice, unless impression sux

    Go back and listen to any that impressed you the 1st time

    Don't speak while people are listening

    Take notes

    Use apps like Sound hound/Shazam to capture new music that you may want to buy or like

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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,534
    I know you are a fan of Electronic music but pending on the show you may be limited to play your own.

    A couple of artists that may pass in the audiophile realm pending atmosphere would be Massive Attack and Lindsey Stirling or as like
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    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    I was planning on bringing this on vinyl to demo some systems with:



  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,534
    Would recommend if you had it digital
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    edited July 2018
    Yeah, I have it on CD as well. Maybe I'll just bring both.

    The vinyl is brand new never been played, so I figured it would be a good option.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    Yeah, I suppose that unless they see me remove the shrink wrap, they would just have to take my word that it's brand new and unplayed vinyl.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    Thanks Victor. I'll try to take some photos of the rooms/setups and post them up.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    It's day one! I'm hoping to run over there for an hour or two a little bit later on my lunch break. Excited!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    Is there any etiquette for that? Like maybe just wait for the room to clear out a bit, so I'm not up there shooting a pic and blocking the music/speakers?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    Will I be asked to leave if I get drool or other bodily fluids on the equipment?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    This room gets it's own post, because it was the most awful sounding crap I heard. Ear pain level loud, piercing sharp harsh highs, just sounded SO terrible. And people were just sitting listening to it like it was good. Insane. I took this photo and immediately left, but I didn't even want to stay long enough to take a photo. You see the sacrifices I make for you guys?

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    edited July 2018
    I didn't hit every room, and I only spent 5 mins or less in each room, but so far this room was the best I've heard:

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    So then I look and of course the speakers are $50k/pair. No wonder I liked them! ;)

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    https://www.bernhagenporter.com/products

    Model 10/12
    10" 2-way tower with built-in 650W powered 12" subwoofer
    95dB 1W/1M
    300W maximum power
    nominal impedance 8 Ohms
    bass extension below 30hz
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    edited July 2018
    The gentlemen from Zu Audio was the most friendly, and their speakers sounded damn good. Probably the best stereo imaging I've ever heard.

    The Napa Acoustic room was 2nd best sounding to me. Doesn't look like much but it sounded fantastic.

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    Super excited to go back the next two days and spend some more time in some of the rooms. I inquired with every room that had a TT, and they all welcomed me to bring in a record to play. Sweet!
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 735
    Thanks much for the pictures and comments. I was curious about your impressions of the Zu room. Have fun this weekend. I’m planning to make RMAF my first show.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    The gentlemen from Zu was SO nice! He had lots of crates of vinyl and invited us to dig through and see if there was anything we wanted to hear! Definitely will be spending more time there tomorrow! More pics to come as well of the rooms I didn't get to!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
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    This room was crazy because the sound did not seem to be coming from the speakers at all. I kept looking behind/around them because of the crazy sensation. It was just like the sound was floating/hanging in the air and originating out of nowhere. Absolutely wild.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    I spend under 5 min in the Triangle Art room, but the record they were playing had tons of pops/static. Definitely surprised by that, I would've been embarrassed if I was running the room, and would not have allowed that to be playing and representing the gear. Bizarre.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,976
    edited July 2018
    Roger that.

    I'm going to try to spend a full 8 hours at the show tomorrow. lol
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