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Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post for big news about next year’s RMAF!

Well, another Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has come and gone, and it was one of the most successful ever. All of ListenUp’s sponsored rooms had a large number of visitors all weekend, and the industry press really took notice of our demonstrations. Check out the “Highlights from RMAF 2018” article from Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, which features nice write-ups on Bluesound, Revel and JBL (Day 1), Mark Levinson and GoldenEar (Day 2), and Klipsch, Sonus faber, and NAD/Bluesound (Day 3). Here’s an excerpt from the Secrets Bluesound piece:

“Bluesound was introducing their updated Gen 2i series of streaming products at RMAF. All Gen 2i gear now features full 24/192 playback capability and can stream uncompressed WAV, FLAC and ALAC music files over an existing Wi-Fi network. They also support Apple AirPlay 2, voice control via Amazon Alexa, AptX HD Bluetooth transmission and all fig-1-bluesound-rmaf-2018Gen 2i product are now MQA certified. Ken Forsythe, Senior VP at MQA, was on hand to talk about the continuing adoption of the format and how MQA had deals in place with Sony, Universal and Warner music to remaster their content. To help celebrate the launch, Bluesound partnered with MQA to participate in a live music streaming event. Acclaimed UK jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane and her 4-piece band would perform a 6 song live set from a London studio. The performance would be encoded and streamed on the fly with MQA to listeners at 3 separate locations, New York, London, and here in Denver. The performance went off without a hitch and the assembled press were treated a very dynamic live music set relayed to us through a pair of PSB Imagine T2 tower speakers, powered by a Bluesound Powernode 2i Wireless Streaming Amplifier. A very interesting and effective demonstration.”

Here, our old friend Dave Baker of B&W tells us about the new 600 Series…

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German speaker manufacturer Avantgarde Acoustic showed of their horn-based speakers.
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The stunning Bowers & Wilkins 800D in the new white finish.
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The Focal Kanta Series.
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Retro-looking JBL L100 loudspeakers that were powered by an ARCAM SA20 integrated amp
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Revel Ultima Salon2 loudspeakers finished in a dark metallic blue automotive finish.
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The new Mark Levinson 5805 integrated amplifier.
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GoldenEar Triton Reference speakers with a Hegel H590 integrated amp (300 watts/channel) and a Hegel Mohican CD player.
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Arcam CD player and SA20 integrated amp.
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RMAF announces next big move

Big news reported by Stereophile:

“On the eve of the 15th annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, being held this weekend in the newly remodeled but acoustically challenged Denver Marriott Tech Center, show organizer Marjorie Baumert revealed the show’s future venue: beginning in 2019, RMAF will relocate to its new home in the brand new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, just five miles from Denver International Airport. Baumert made the announcement alongside Gaylord Rockies’ Director of Sales, Jeff Lindeblad (on the right in the photo above), and used the occasion to reveal that show dates for next year will move up a month, to the first weekend in September.

“The move looks like a win-win. While room dimensions were not immediately available—the resort and convention center will open to the public on December 18—the facility’s whopping 1501 rooms includes 114 larger suites. This means that one of the major, long-standing problems with RMAF’s current venue—its lack of sufficient large spaces to satisfy exhibitor demand—will no longer be an issue…”

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