E97: Capital Audiofest: Part One



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0:00 Intro
0:18 Today's Topic: Capital Audiofest Show Report: Part One
1:02 Registration Motion Lapse Video
3:15 Gershman Acoustics
5:14 Ideon Audio/Acora Acoustics
9:38 Audio Group of Denmark
11:57 MoFi Distribution
14:18 Salk Sound/McGary Audio
18:44 Wrap up
18:55 Outro-Subscriptions

Today I want to talk about a few standout rooms that, as good as they were, didn’t make it into my Top Five for this year’s event. There can be only FIVE, after all! As stated in the episode, here are all equipment listings, with pricing, for the rooms I talked about in today’s episode.

Room 621 - Gershman Acoustics
Source
- VPI HW-40 Edition turntable 40th Anniversary Direct Drive w/ Gimbal Fatboy ($15,000)
Electronics
- VPI Voyager phono stage ($2,500)
- EON ART Quark integrated Amp $70,000
Loudspeakers
- Gershman Acoustics Grand Avant Garde ($17,000/pr.)
Cables/Ancillaries
- Cardas Audio Clear cables throughout

Eisenhower room - Ideon/Acora Acoustics
Primary System
Sources
- Pear Blue Audio Kid Thomas ($5995)
- Cornet 2 tonearm, ($2000 when purchased with the turntable)
- Cartridge not disclosed
- Ideon Absolute Stream ($19,900)
- Ideon Audio Epsilon DAC ($47,000)
- Absolute Time ($9,900)
Electronics
- J-M-F PRS 1.5 Dual-Mono phonostage ($34,000) WORLD PREMIER
- J-M-F PHS 7.2 Dual-Mono phono stage (World Premier) ($22,000)
- J-M-F HQS 6002 Dual-Mono power amplifier ($39,000)
Loudspeakers
- Acora Acoustics QRC-2 Loudspeakers ($37,000)
Cables/Ancillaries
- Cabling provided by Cardas Audio and Ideon Audio
- J-M-F PCD 102 Power Line Filters ($18,000)
Second System – ALL comprised of WORLD PREMIER products...
Source
- Ideon ESO Stream ($9,000)
- Ideon ION DAC with optional active preamp ($17,900)
- Ideon EPS Time ($6,000)
Electronics
- Hegel P30A Preamplifier ($8,995)
- Hegel H30A Amplifier ($18,995)
Loudspeakers
- Acora Acoustics QRC-1 Loudspeakers ($28,000)

Room 612 – Audio Group of Denmark - Børresen/Aavik/Ansuz
Source
- Aavik S-280 Streamer ($12,000)
Electronics
- Aavik U-280 integrated amplifier with DAC ($18,000)
Loudspeakers
- Børresen X3 ($11,000/pr.- projected to ship by March 2023)
Cables/Ancillaries
- Ansuz D2 Network Switch ($6,600)
- Ansuz Mains 8 D2 Power Distribution Bar ($11,000)
- Ansuz Power Box – for all active cables (Unstated)
- Thousands and Thousands of dollars worth of Ansuz cables and noise suppressors.

Room 532 - MoFi Distribution
Source
- HiFi Rose RS 150B Performance Network Streamer ($4,995)
Electronics
- Balanced Audio Technology VK-80i integrated amplifier ($9,995)
Loudspeakers
- MoFi Electronics SourcePoint 10 ($3,699)
Cables/Ancillaries
- IsoTek V5 Titan Power Conditioner ($4,995)
- Racks were by Solidsteel, the HY-3L equipment rack ($2,499) and SS-5 speaker stands ($599)
- Cabling was not identified on the handout.

Room 513 – Salk/McGary
Source
Salk StreamPlayer Gen III SE ($2,495)
Holo Audio Spring 3 DAC/with preamp ($3,698)
Electronics
McGary Audio SPA1 Preamp ($9,000) – WORLD PREMIER
McGary Audio MA1 Monoblocks ($20,000/pr.) – WORLD PREMIER
Loudspeakers
Salk BePure3 speakers ($20,995/pr.) – WORLD PREMIER
Cables/Ancillaries
All cabling supplied by AntiCables

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