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This year’s Rocky Mountain Audiofest featured more new digital products than ever before. I counted over forty introductions including DACs, CD players, network players, and other digital devices. For many manufacturers RMAF has supplanted CEDIA as the place to debut new products that will be shipping by CES. So, without further ado, here’s what I saw that’s worthy of your attention.
Audio Limits from Colorado Springs got the best sound I’ve heard from the Primrose room. Using the $5990 BMC BDCD1 belt-drive CD player/transport tethered to the $6200 BMC DAC1 PRE, the $90,000 Venture Grand Ultimate speakers produced superb dynamics and image focus.
Parasound showed a prototype of its $5000 Halo CD 1 player at the 2011 CES. Now in production, this dedicated CD-only player was designed to be a state-of-the-art legacy device that will remain in service for many years. With a proprietary read/compare circuit, the CD 1 achieves virtually zero CD read errors.
In the Devore Fidelity’s room Tone Imports LLC showed its $4995 AcousticPlan DriveMaster CD Transport and $4995 DigiMaster vacuum-tube USB DAC. Capable of 192/24 via asynchronous USB using its own internal clock generator they sounded wonderful through Devore’s new $5000 Gibbon 88 speakers.
Dynaudio now distributes T+A products in the United States. In Dynaudio’s rooms I saw the $4200 E-series CD player, network player, 1260 R1 CD player, MP 1260 R1 DAC, and network client player.