In total, I spent 2 days at Pacific Audio Fest 2022. The pictures and comments here will cover some of what I saw and general impressions for those rooms. See the Day 1 post as well.
Let's get going!
I spotted on passive display at the back of the room:
Audio Federation - Acapella Apollon horns ($180k), Audio Note DAC 5 Signature ($120k):
Of course, one cannot also underestimate the sound coming out of the Børresen 05 Supreme Edition, 7-driver speakers (MSRP $214,500 per pair) [thanks for the correction OZ]. Beautiful finish on this as well.
We see the Convergent Audio Technology preamp and amp powering the Magico S5 Mk II. They were playing some Patricia Barber as well as streaming Terence Blanchard's Let's Get Lost (2001, DR15). Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz who did the engineering for Patricia Barber's recent album Clique were in the room to chat about audio from the digital production side. Excellent, knowledgeable folks! I also attended their session moderated by Michael Fremer earlier which I'll talk about more later...
BTW, Anderson worked on Let's Get Lost and told me it's as good as it gets for DSD production. I'll need to check the album out. It sounded very good as a 16/44.1 stream already!
ACA, Melody, Zidoo:
The front tweeter/mid panels are powered by Merrill Element 116 MX monoblocks. Each capable of 600W into 4Ω. These are Class D, GaN units.
Given the height, notice how far the audience was seated! Unfortunately there was a pillar in the room just to the right of that picture above. I think this system should have sounded much better and was let down by the room (hazard of listening in audio shows at hotels). To me, the room reverb time was too much and added a somewhat distracting "cavernous" quality to the sound.
I would have loved to hear what high quality digital acoustic and electronic music sounded like through these monsters, putting those 500W x 2 bass units to good use! Maybe throw up some hard rock or metal on a system like this to test it out...
Göbel, CH Precision, Wadax:
Yeah, the system sounded pretty good in that room. Bernstein's "Prologue" to West Side Story (from recent 2021 OST), and the Game Of Thrones theme song were used to show off the sound. Clearly this system is able to push lots of air. Good transient response, lots of nuances in the sound. Of course, I would highly suggest that this is a function of the (pre)amp and speakers than the very expensive digital source.
BTW, I know these speakers can rock - make sure to throw up some AC/DC or Metallica if you find an opportunity. ;-)
Doshi, Joseph Audio room:
Jimmy Scott was singing "Nothing Compares 2 U" in that room that afternoon.
Two days were enough for this year's inaugural show to make my way through the hallways and side wings of the audio show. I think I hit all the rooms over the last couple days without feeling rushed, so this and yesterday's article will have covered most of the set-ups. As this article goes out to the Internet, it's Sunday so I hope folks are enjoying the last day!
I think I'll write a 3rd article to hit on some thoughts/observations including what I found attending some of the seminars. I found the talks quite interesting regardless of agreeing or disagreeing with the speakers.
Chat later audio friends...