The Stax experience is unique. I don’t think I’ll ever buy a setup but each time I can listen to the 009, I will. I spent quite some time listening to the demo setup and I wasn’t the only one. Stax is popular like never before.
This just might get my award for the prettiest gear at the show. Both these players looked so lovely and it’s safe to say I now secretly want one. Don’t tell the misses. I did kind of forget the name of the company that brought them. Scuzi.
I have to give the Teufel guys credit for bringing the coolest free gadgets to the show. Oh and they had headphones to show too!
You like them or you don’t, it’s that easy. Their booth always looked quite messy and that means a lot of people went to listen to them. For some reason I just can’t get a connection to their sound. Maybe that’ll change one day. Maybe.
A friend of mine introduced me to the UM team and I listen to several of their demo models. UM is looking to expand in Europe which explains why they were at the show all the way from China. I had a nice chat with the boys and girl and I can already say we will be reviewing the latest TOTL 12-driver custom, the Maestro. Exciting!
Is there anything cooler than vacuum tubes? I have a couple of tube amps at home and over the years my collection of tubes has rapidly grown (it’s addictive!). The amps shown at the show – Mal valve and Audio Valve – all looked and sounded stunning.
The German based company makes great gear, it’s that simple. I have owned, reviewed and bought their V100, V200, V800, V281 and the PPA V600. And then there’s the Lake People line of products as well of which Dave reviewed some. I spent quite a while talking to Fried during and after the show and I took their new DAC, the V850 home with me for review. I can already say the new V850 sounds incredible but don’t be expecting DSD. Keep your eye on Violectric in 2016, there is some cool stuff coming up…
Is it me or has it gotten more quiet around V-Moda? Val wasn’t at the show this year but his products were well represented. I know a lot of people who love the M100 and the smaller XS isn’t bad either. I wonder if they will ever release a high end model.
A small and simple setup at the show but do we need more?
This probably is a company not everyone is familiar with. Xivero actually make software that among other help you check the quality of your high resolution audio files. this software was mostly used by professionals in the past but with the increased popularity of high resolution downloads, the software is now available for consumers as well. I have played with it at for a while already and sometimes you discover really interesting things. They also just released new software that allows you to add your own cross-feed to your tracks. I played a little with it during the show and the results were remarkable indeed. Definitely something to check out if you have a lot og high res files in your collection.
We’re almost at the end of this report. Canjam 2015, again, was superb and I had a great weekend. Like I said it is almost impossible to cover all the brands and gear. Sorry to those who didn’t see me at their booth and those whose pictures aren’t in the report. I’ll make up for it next year.
And remember: Audiophiles…do it in the earhole
See you next year!