NY Audio Show 2016

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 08, 2016
Shopping. Shopping for luxury goods is aspirational and one aspect of that aspiration is better. When shopping in the Park Lane Hotel neighborhood on Central Park South, OK window shopping in my case, you peer into luxurious rooms filled with equally luxurious stuff. Lighting, decor, temperature, smell, and more are all carefully considered and well polished as are the polite but not friendly sales staff. Think experience.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 08, 2016
Kii Three Loudspeaker System ($13,900)

"You really like those?" I was asked by a colleague after being asked which rooms I enjoyed. While Bruno Putseys' Kii Three speakers were not sounding the best I've heard them sound, see my take from CES, I remain a fan. "Make the room go away" read my NY notes, after Bill Parish of GTT came in and turned the volume down a few clicks. I'd like to get my music into those Kii.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 08, 2016
New production mesh plate Type 50 triode (last produced in 1939) are the product of a joint venture between Robyatt Audio and Grant Audio. Limited to 250 pairs ($1275/pair).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2016
New to me, because I somehow missed it at RMAF, is the ZeroUno DAC ($7,995) from Italy's CanEVER Audio. Based on a "... proprietary implementation of special developed firmware" for the ESS SABRE32 ES9018S DAC chip, ZeroUno employs a pair of 6SN7/CV181 tubes in its Class-A analog output stage.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 02, 2016
I'll be heading over to the swanky Park Lane Hotel on Friday to take in the sights & sounds of The New York Audio Show (and autumn in NY). The Chester Group reports 30 exhibition rooms with over 100 brands represented. Think small; I can fit 50 cartridge brands in my backpack.