CAF 2019 Conclusions

I have just about three or four more rooms I wanted to highlight. One of the most highly acclaimed rooms at the show was the GT Audio Works room just off the Atrium. I have to agree. Greg Tekesh’s hybrid planars have always presented a slamming sound. Not just excitement, but a highly musical experience. Specially designed open baffle servo controlled subs easily keep up with the planars quickness. The open-baffle sub-woofers operate from 15Hz-65Hz and include a user adjustable electronic crossover built into the provided amplifier. The open baffle subs are… Read More

DC Hi-Fi Group December Meeting—Christmas Party December 15, 2019

Gramophone, Gaithersburg, graciously hosted our December meeting and Christmas party. Chris Murphy, who has moved down from Overture in Wilmington, DE., has taken over the Gaithersburg Design Center and become the Regional Business developer. Chris has been a great friend and supporter of DC Hi-Fi Group and welcomed us with open arms and shared the Gaithersburg store on a Sunday afternoon for great greets and eats. Gramophone had the new Totem Metal small floor stander on demo with McIntosh electronics. These highly efficient (91db) surprisingly pumped the low bass (26Hz – 22kHz)… Read More

Capital Audiofest 2019 Overview—Part One

If you did not take part in this “best ever” CAF you missed a great show. Everything and I mean everything, except the Hotel’s cafe menu, was just grand. More rooms than ever. The show has grown to the point one can not spend quality time in every room in the short three days. It forces you to pick and choose equipment that you really want to experience. The other thing is for me, there were more rooms that sounded musical than ever before. Much less than the usual upfront, bright sound… Read More

DCHFG November 2019 Meeting—The Leesburg Listening Room

Dennis Clark of the Leesburg Listening Room, hosted our November meeting following just a week after the very successful Capital Audiofest (my report is in process). The location is in a large home in a gated community just south of Leesburg. It’s a lovely home and the basement is dedicated to the Leesburg Listening Room store. It is geared toward home theater but with an audiophile tilt. We had the usual eat and greet with about twenty members making the trip out west. We then crammed in to the main sound room… Read More

Setup Discs in the Age of Streaming

I recently rearranged my audio system and replaced some cables, etc. While not terribly complicated, there is always the chance of misconnecting a cable and reversing Left and Right or even worse connecting speakers out of phase. It’s always nice at the end of an overhaul like this to be able to quickly test things for peace of mind. For many years you could grab a CD or even an LP that had a series of tracks that would walk you through basic channel tests, phase tests and even frequency sweeps. But… Read More