Audio Gourmet show two – and I hope you enjoyed the first part. And, my second day at the show. And, It was more of the exciting and not so everyday items which are called High-end. And what is hi-end? yes, how and where do you draw the line? Is Hi-end that good or just a money-making scam
The second part of my story will look at average priced systems, which are available for a person starting on his journey into the crazy world audiophiles. Many people end up as audiophiles because everyone is always looking for a change!
At the show, the rooms were very different in terms of shape and size. And this was the main reason why systems did not sound right. Many methods were unable to give the listener an accurate impression of what they were capable of. And this was a great pity.
However, they all had one thing in common—the carpet on the floor, which gave good insulation per-venting floor vibration. When a person becomes familiar with audio, you will hear the term “spikes”.
These are small items placed under the speakers to prevent floor vibrations. These can also be fitted with equipment components to avoid fluctuations. You would be surprised how effective they are, and a system can sound completely different by merely adding “Spikes”.
Every person has a different understanding when it comes to talking about the size of a speaker or the size of a system. And a person tends to forget all about the room size. The room size is a critical item. Also what the listening room contains. Many exciting videos on YouTube can explain room and speaker size.
The Audio Gourmet show was exciting for me. I would like to add that with audio; there is a place for everyone. There are plentiful systems, medium-size systems. And we have tiny systems. They all have their place in the audiophile world, and you can upgrade at any time!
Due to the advancements in technology, a tiny system can sound perfect, which was demonstrated by a few companies. One item did catch my eye when shopping for a coffee. This system looked like a one-eyed red beast and great to hear!
It was good that some of the dealers had a wide range of equipment, so people were able to compare the difference in speakers—also, the difference in price. As I said, earlier, the sound will be completely different than in a home listening environment.
The ranges on display were magnificent and well laid out. They aimed at the comparison. But it was a comparison of speakers only as of the source and amplifier in most cases was not changeable.
It would have been nice to be able to compare a confident speaker with a particular amplifier. But remember this was only a demonstration. A person can visit the dealer during the show and request a home demonstration after the show because the purpose of the show is just to make the public aware of available items.
When listening, it is essential to look at the type of interconnect used. And, is from the source machine to the amplifier and plays a vital role in what you can actually hear.
The power cord supplying the power to the system is again of great importance. A poor quality power cord will not allow the system to perform as intended. The loudspeaker cables are another factor to contend with.
Because there are so many different types in the market today, this again will affect the sound to which you finally hear. The system must match every component in every way possible.
There were many different amplifiers, and I was very pleased with a Luxman on display. This is one of my favourite amplifiers. I owned the same model last year, Luxman was created in 1925 when radio broadcasting started in Japan and has long been offering great equipment to the world.
As we move up the ladder in terms of size and price we always get to a price point when a person says, ‘that is a crazy price to pay.’ And things like ‘I cannot hear the, difference so what am I missing.’ Welcome to the world of audio!As we reach “Hi-end” audio, we get to a point where it cost so much int, terms of the build. Adding quality components is expensive. And we end up paying many times more just to hear a small difference in quality. At this point, you have to ask yourself is it worth it because the difference is minimal. I know because I have been up and down this road for many years!
So after all the looking and listening, what would I say was the best overall sound. Now, this might surprise you because it was right at the very end of the show. It was on the way out and this was a real change. Nine watts of power is all that took for me to say, “Now, this is good” And, I will say that this certainly was the best listening experience I had in the two days of visiting the Audio Gourmet show.
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