Picture above by Scott Hull -- Part Time
Audiophile. Please click on the picture for his show report.
I don't have to tell you where the above
pictures are from.
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Daedalus, Purity, and WyWires shared a big room on the first
floor. Dan Wright, an engineer who doesn't care for the
spotlight, brought a "to be ready late in the year" prototype
DAC. The one piece DAC, sporting a pair of blindingly bright
LEDs, uses transformers on both ends to eliminate any caps,
Tenor USB implementation, and a Burr-Brown 1794 chipset for
Modwright's first entry in standalone converters. Purity showed
their Silver Statement preamp, large for a preamp making the
volume levels easy to see, with a hefty buy in. Lou Hinkley said
he massaged his Argos.v2 speakers enough to make them sound
considerably better than the last version, but not enough to
change their name. The improvements are retrofittable to the
older Argos, demonstrating Lou's dedication to his customers.
Combining a furniture quality look with great sound seems to the
Daedalus' goal, nicely done Lou. Dan's KWA 150 SE provided the
juice and WyWires the cabling. Despite a room induced upper bass
issue, I returned to this room many times to kick back, relax,
and listen. I was able to play my own selections as well as hear
some of Lou's favorites. We listened to Dire Straights, Cat
Stevens, Eagles, Eric Clapton Ray Brown, Ella, and Cowboy
Junkies to name a few. The highlight for me was a blast from the
past, Jesse Colin Young's Ridgetop, a 70's recording that
displayed a wide and deep stage, open, airy, natural voices, and
a catchy tune I hadn't heard in decades, I had a smile a mile
wide as I tapped my feet and let the music wash over me.
Enjoy The Music