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'RMAF 2008'

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by Mike

The Watchmen movie is going to be out on DVD in a couple of weeks. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I read the graphic novel right before the last RMAF, and the Rorschach character’s way of speaking, his short, clipped way of speaking sentences…. his ‘voice’… was used as the voice for the RMAF 2008 show report.

The movie appears to be popular, so hopefully more people will ‘get it’ if and when they read the show report again.

Maybe next time I’ll wait until AFTER the movie comes out?

Sure. That’ll happen.

So, what is with DVDs now costing $35 (discounted to $20)? Have the music industry moguls taken over the DVD industry now?

Anticipate popularity of downloading free movies from internet to grow exponentially. Rinse and repeat.

A first-timer’s perspective

Saturday, October 25th, 2008 by Mike

I talked to an audiophile who is just starting out - though he seems to be a very quick study, and knows a lot of the ins and outs already. I’m afraid I wasn’t much use to him, asking him questions instead of imparting advice [not that I ever impart advice, I am more comfortable guiding people and letting them hear for themselves and discover their own preferences, not mine].

His perspective on spending 4 hours at RMAF, his first show, was the following:

* Overwhelming

* There are a LOT of brands

* There are a lot of innovative and just plain WEIRD designs

I think he enjoyed his time there, but it didn’t really bring him closer to finding which speakers he wants to get [and me asking him 20 questions didn’t help much either :-) ].

Perhaps there needs to be a printed guide, dividing up the rooms into price categories… but then show goers would miss out on hearing more expensive systems that might help them refine their preferences, and less expensive systems with stellar performance.

The real answer is friends. Friends can guide other friends…

And maybe the show needs to conduct guided tours - not of any price category, but floor-by-floor say, giving people an independent perspective on what they are seeing and hearing.

More and more dealers? More and more products?

Monday, October 20th, 2008 by Mike

In the high-end audio market? In this economy?

What am I missing?

Assume I am missing nothing and that the barrier to entry is just so low, we get lots of new people every year trying to make a go of it.

Personally, I would recommend going into real estate if you got so much extra cash. Opportunities like this only come once every twenty years or more. THEN, go into audio, later, with your millions to throw away.

Anyway, after almost 7 years in this business, I think we are finally where people no longer think of us a newbies. Which just goes to show that established dealers and manufacturers do get to claim the high ground with respect to audiophiles shopping around for something to buy, someone to ask questions of. someone they respect - and it is a tough row to hoe to get from Newbie to Established.

But it can be fun - if not taken too seriously. And if one does not get turned off too much by knowing the ugly details of the thing you have loved from the outside.

I will say that the scoundrels are few and far inbetween, and that people are almost always very nice people, and, curiously, it is their very idiosyncrasies that probably got them into high-end audio in the first place that keeps most of them from really succeeding in the market place.

Large format RMAF Show report is …done?

Monday, October 20th, 2008 by Mike

The show report for the large photos is at:

RMAF 2008 Show Report

After we collect all the feedback, we’ll make the medium size photos and start posting links to the report on all the forums.


Trelja RMAF show report on Audiogon

Monday, October 20th, 2008 by Mike

TRELJA in Denver - 2008.

Thanks, Trelja, for the kind words about our Audio Note room.

A nice long report.

I wouldn’t have minded a little more description about WHY our room was good or How and Why other rooms weren’t.

It helps to have at least ONE other person in the world who talks about both the positive and negative sounds at shows.

RMAF 2008: Manufacturers and Dealers/Distributers

Saturday, October 18th, 2008 by Mike

If any of you want to add a comment to your room in the show report, either in response to my commentary, or just whatever - please send an email to mike@audiofederation.com with ‘Show Report Comment’ or something as the subject, your comment and your room number.

Feel free to include a link to your website in your comments.

And we reserve the right not to publish comments that do not make sense. This isn’t a news network. :-)


RMAF Show Report

Friday, October 17th, 2008 by Mike

As many of you more adventurous types know, the show report for floors 10, 11, 9, Mezzanine, and the Main Floor are done, in high resolution:

RMAF Show Report 2008

About one half done. Whew!


Well… back from Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Monday, October 13th, 2008 by Mike

…and boy are we tired of lifting heavy equipment.

We are so bummed that we didn’t get to do any daily reports from the show because the hotel inadvertently disconnected our room. And we did not find this out until late late late the first night - then by the time we were ready to upload photos the 2nd night it was again late…. and well, it is only a 3 day show…

But there are 1500+ photos and the show report will be forthcoming.

Everybody loved the Lamm ML3 amps on the big Martens in our room - and in fact they liked the sound a lot better than our sound last year [last years system was kind of tweaky - a setup with an integrated on the active crossover on the Supremes required careful tweaking of the bass and sometimes the phase for each song - but it really sang when it was tweaked correctly].

Attendance was - my guess, within 5 - 10% of last year. Considering the fear mongering on Wall Street and the cold snap on the last 2 days, that is pretty good. What people were looking at this year seemed quite a bit different than last year. Hard to pin it down, but perhaps there was more focus by visitors on favorites and less exploration of all the unfamiliar rooms?

OK. Time to answer Remy’s post.

Next Post, live from Rocky Mountain AudioFest 2008

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 by Mike

If all goes as planned, anyway.

The 10 rental foot truck is packed to the ceiling. Somebody is nuts. Therapy is required [my arms and legs tell me, and Neli’s knees tell her]. If at least we didn’t have 45 steps down from the front door to the truck - we could at least pretend to be sane.

Where are all the other Rocky Mountain Audio Fest show reports?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 by Mike

Inquiring minds want to link to them!

Only Enjoy The Music seems to have a page setup for the show.

Stereophile usually has a page ready before the show - but I couldn’t find it.

Everyone else seems to wait until they have a report ready, from AudioJunkies to Dagogo, from UltraAudio to AudioXSell.

Well, we are linking now to EnjoyTheMusic.com and the heck with the rest of the slackers until after the show :-)

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