Not all music lovers will be able to make it to this weekend’s New York Audio Show ‘13 in Manhattan, understandably. But the great thing is that events featuring beautiful music being played on beautiful sound systems are becoming a more frequent thing at your local specialty A/V shops and custom electronics firms.
We’re trying to give you more of a head’s up on these events, like next week’s Music Matters soiree happening at ListenUp in Denver, Colo.
It’s an audio star-studded event being held on the evenings of April 16 and 17, and as the dealer tweeted, “You don’t have to be an audiophile to enjoy our Music Matters event. Hear the best in audio from $300-$50,000!”
One of the main stars, as it was in the recent music event at Ohio-based Audio Video Interiors, will be Bowers & Wilkins’ unique Nautilus loudspeaker. Room I at ListenUp will pair B&W’s vaunted speaker and Classe prototype D-200 amplifiers, with the companies’ Dave Baker and Dave Nauber running the show in there.
But that’s just one of many rooms that ListenUp will have stocked with audio systems and audio experts to lead the demos and discussions. Here’s what ListenUp (located at 685 S. Pearl St. in Denver) lists as goings on in other rooms for Music Matters:
East Exposition Room: John Atkinson, Stereophile and Manuel de La Fuente, Devialet
Stereophile editor John Atkinson ”will be talking about how the manner in which records are made affects what we hear from our systems, illustrating my points with a small number of my Stereophile recordings. I gave this presentation at the Minneapolis Audio Society and the Central California Audio Society and it was very well received.” Also in this room will be Manuel de La Fuente, VP of sales development for Devialet, who is coming all the way from Paris for the event! Devialet makes a killer new integrated amp with DAC (the D-Premier) which Atkinson describes as “the most extraordinary product I have reviewed for Stereophile.” (Electronic House called it ‘the prettiest amp around’)
Room A: Bob Scranton, Simaudio Moon
Moon national sales manager Bob Scranton will be showing off the hot-shot Moon rig we have set up here, along with the Sonus faber Amati Futura speakers.
Room B: Jon Derda, Peachtree Audio
Peachtree’s roving Ambassador of Awesome (and former ListenUp staffer) Jon Derda will be showing the Grand Integrated along with B&W 802D speakers. He’ll also be demoing the new Deep Blue Bluetooth speaker, a $400 wireless model that totally rocks.
Room C: Bart Greenberg and Paul Lemay, NAD Electronics/PSB Speakers
Bart and Paul will have a ton of stuff set up, including: NAD D7050 digital amplifier; NAD D1050 DAC / headphone amplifier; NAD M2 digital amplifier; NAD C390D amplifier; PSB T2 speakers; PSB Imagine T speakers; NAD C326 amplifier; NAD C356 amplifier; PSB M41U headphones; PSB M42U headphones
Room D: Norbert Schmeid, Sonus faber/ Wadia
VP of sales Norbert Schmeid is bringing the new Wadia Intuition digital integrated amplifier, which starts shipping in May. It will cost $7,500 and is a stunning-looking piece that’s designed like something out of Star Trek.
Room E: Steve Silberman, AudioQuest and Troy Schaetzle, Ruckus Wireless
Steve Silberman from AudioQuest will be doing a presentation on streaming audio and video using DLNA-enabled devices. Troy of Ruckus Wireless will talk about the importance of building a good network for streaming.
Room H: Sandy Gross, GoldenEar
An audio legend who was one of the founders of both Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, Sandy Gross started a new speaker company, GoldenEar, a couple years ago. He will be demonstrating the Triton and Aon speakers along the with Peachtree Nova 125.
They’re going to be jam-packed nights of awe-inspiring audio, with 30-minute presentations beginning at 5 p.m. So if you’re beginning your own audiophile journey, it sounds like ListenUp is offering a pretty good place to start.
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