I'm running through the halls of Capital Audiofest to the rooms that have a VPI table table to offer my assistance and see how far along they were. This is always the toughest part since I have no idea what I'm walking into! It could range from last minute fine tuning to "Mat we were afraid to open the box without you!" I make my way to the Modwright Instruments, Daedalus Audio, and WyWire room knowing they usually bring a lot of gear and will need some muscle. Since I couldn't find any muscle they had to settle with me!
To my surprise I walked into a room singing with music and a group of guys (from the respective companies) kicking back and relaxing while enjoying some music! When you have done as many shows as them, the routine gets nice and easy. At least, they sure make it look easy! The "Made in America" team had the finest wood (thanks to Daedalus) on both the electronics and speakers.
Very fluid and musical with a large sound stage, the system was dialed in from the start and turned into a nice moment to relax for a second and enjoy. They clearly were setup for awhile, the tubes already sounded nice and warmed up. Later on when I returned with the ambiance of the lights down I felt like I could have drifted away in the music and atmosphere of the room.
The Prime Signature with our JMW 3D-10 Reference arm tracked right through the grooves and center stage with the connection of WyWire interconnects. Next time we should get some Daedalus wood to have a full matching system! As usual a pleasure to spin music with the Made in America team.
We are very proud to have our products displayed at the Audio Video Show Warsaw 2017 with our Poland distributor, HI-FI Club. They have been long standing VPI partners and have been trained and certified by VPI. This year they used the VPI Avenger Reference. In addition HI-FI Club also showcased VTL, Rockport Technologies followed by Wilson Benesch and Electrocompaniet. Many thanks to our friends at Hi-Fi Pig for the pictures from the show!
VPI is very proud to have been part of the IHEAC Indonesia show this year in Indonesia with our distirbutor, Pro Audio Bandung. They demonstrated the VPI Avenger Reference with a fantastic response from show attendees! We are very happy to share music in VPI style across the globe!
Show : IHEAC (Indonesia High End Audio Club) 6th Show 2017
Location : Menara Penisula Hotel , Jakarta - Indonesia
Date : Nov 16- Nov 19th, 2017
Room : 710
Exhibitor : Pro Audio Bandung
Associated Equipments :
VPI Avenger Reference + 12" 3D Reference Arm + VPI ADS
Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge, TSW-6000 Tonearm Silver cable
Devore Fidelity O96, O93, 3XL
Audion Line 0.5 Pre-Amp
Audion Silver Night PSE 300B Monoblocks
Audion Duo Anniv 300B/2A3
Audio Note sprk cables/interconnects/ CDT/DAC/ Step up & Phono
TAOC ASR-II + BSR Racks
Kronzilla SXI Amp
This December come meet me, Mat Weisfeld at Audio Advisors in Palm Beach Florida December 14 at 7 PM! Mat will be meeting with VPI customers demonstrating VPI turntables and talking about turntable philosophy and design.
On demo will be the VPI Titan turntable and new JMW Titan (AKA Fat-boy) tonearm!
You will also have a chance to meet loud speaker legend Richard Vandersteen who will discuss design philosophy, demonstrate his loudspeakers, and share great music at the event!
Thursday, December 14, 7pm, at Audio Advisors (2271A Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL).
RSVP: (561) 478-3100.
There was some logistical confusion this year for us at Capital Audiofest which led to us planning for a much smaller room than usual. However, with the dynamic and fluid nature of life we ended back in our home-base in the Jefferson room. One problem, we brought smaller room appropriate products to showcase a modest size (and priced) system. After a momentary VPI huddle with our friend Ze'ev from Pure Audio Project speakers and Tim from Luminous Audio, we decided to push this modest system to the limit with four times the size!
The original plan was to run our new VPI Voyager Phono Preamplifier with both aCliffwood, and upgraded Prime Scout in white to match the PureAudioProject Speakers. In the late hour of set-up on Thursday we broke down the dialed in system and made our transition to the larger room. We also decided the system would need a bit of an upgrade and were fortunate enough to borrow a VPI customer's Avenger Reference turntable. Don't worry we brought all the essentials! A "Fat-boy" and a box of Rice Krispy treats.
With some fine tuning, hard work, and quality products we were able to fire up the system in the Jefferson room and were extremely surprised with the results. The Trio15TB open baffle with TanBand drivers measured up filling the room without a problem.
We switched between the modest priced Cliffwood at 900 USD to show where you could start in the audio chain. Avenger Reference ($20,000) with VPI "Fat-boy" ($6,000 complete) uni-pivot tonearm. This is the iteration and 99% near production arm that was expected to be seen at RMAF a few weeks earlier. A more refined version, the JMW Titan/Fat-boy features adjustable azimuth in the arm-tube, adjustable side-weights, fine adjustment on VTF, and stabilizer. We also used the Tr-lift accessory from Integrity Hi-Fi.
Showing both tables also demonstrated how easy it is to use the new VPI Voyager Phono- Preamplifier from the mind of our electrical engineer Mike Bettinger. The Voyager has two inputs being independent and MM/MC. Making it easy to run aGrado (MM) in one input and an Ortofon Windfeld (MC) in the other with each having their proper loading.
Using Luminous Audio Axiom line stage as well as their interconnects, we pumping out the Game of Thrones music just like last year. While we didn't have the same dynamics and sound stage as last year, it was still respectable, enjoyable, and musical at $300,000 less!
I was surprised by the Intervention Records recording of Joe Jackson "Summer in the City". I briefly heard this recording during a small event we had in our showroom and took a chance bringing it with us to CAF. It ended up being one of the more popular records we had playing. Others were Analogue Production's recording of Beach Boy's Surfer Girl album. Speaking of records, we have to give an honorable mention to Wax Rax for letting us use one of their record stand accessories, "Now Playing Album Cover Stand".
We hope everyone had just as much fun as we did in our room and we are already looking forward to CAF 2018!
We really can't wait for some more Smash Burger! Guest appearance by Eric Astor of Furnace Records and Eric Lader, and enthusiastic swell VPI customer!
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