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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 Pictures and Impressions

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 is all wrapped up. Plenty of food for thought at this show, including the presence of "mainstream" brands like Polk, Klipsch, KLH, ELAC as a counterpoint to the super high-end gear where each component costs as much as a nice car. Enjoy...


Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 has wrapped! This year it took place at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. It’s a huge facility with some very nice rooms. The facility is so large, the rooms were rather spread out over 8 floors as well as the convention area, so lots of walking and elevator action. The upshot is you did not as much of an issue where sound from one room interferes with demos in another room, an issue at more “crowded” shows.

I posted many images directly to the forum, as well as some minimalist commentary. There’s also posts from other attendees to check out so follow this link to see it all.

My main motivation for making the trip was the debut of the new Polk Audio flagship, the Legend Series L800 towers with SDR (Stereo Dimensional Array) technology. This is a return to the roots of what makes Polk special, a design that cancels out interaural crosstalk (which degrades stereo imaging). One look and you know the speakers mean business! Plus the massive enclosures provide plenty of space to build out the bass section, making these speakers the “full package”.

Polk L800 SDR speakers. Highlight of the show, IMO.

Although much of the show was dominated by decidedly high-end gear, my favorite experiences occurred with some well-known brands around these parts… brands like Polk, SVS, KLH, ELAC, Klipsch that are normally not found in audio show hallways stood out, mainly for offering listening experiences that easily kept up with (or beat) pricier boutique offerings. I heard a lot of positive feedback from attendees that heard the KLH systems (Albany bookshelf, Kendall towers), for example.

And those Polk SDA L800s? Holy Sh__ uhhh I mean holy cow!!! Yes, I heard the regular” demo but I also snuck into an after-hours session where we stretched Polk’s new flagships with tracks streaming from Tidal including tracks from Sounds from the Ground, Schoolboy Q, and a crazily mixed track from Sevdaliza, Human, which put vocals so far to the left of the left speaker it sounded like magic; nothing else at the show imaged like that.

Andrew Jones delivered a “wow factor” with his $500/pair Debut Reference bookshelf speakers. They are attractive and sound phenomenal, with bass that’s like a tower speaker, plus neutral and clear midrange plus treble. These speakers use the same drivers as the Debut 2.0 (economy of scale, folks) but sound better because of improvements in the motor basket (now cast not stamped) and tweeter (new waveguide) and the crossover, and the cabinet (now with a front slotted port).

The Z Reviews room was a real highlight, it’s where you got to hear how good some very affordable bookshelf speakers sound, and how you can use miniDSP devices, SVS SB3000 subs and Crown amps to make rigs that kick serious butt for a tiny fraction of what some other systems at the show cost.

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First things first, the registration line is literally, absurdly long. Like, crazy... Fortunately press doesn't have to stand in this line oh, and there are people going around handing out badges alphabetically. but the first sight is a tremendously long line, indicating this show is going to be bustling soon.


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Remind me again what the point is of a soundsystem on a motorcycle...other than letting everyone know within earshot what your favorite songs are.
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Remind me again what the point is of a soundsystem on a motorcycle...other than letting everyone know within earshot what your favorite songs are.
Lol... Out here in Colorado you can find places where there's nobody within earshot. I think you go drive up a mountain and then park somewhere and play some tunes

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Awesome, thanks for making a thread! Go visit Zeos in the HifiGuides room please!
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Andrew Jones is on the job...

$1250 system, ELAC Discovery DA-A101 Streaming Integrated amp and Debut Reference DBR62 bookshelf speakers.

Sounds lively, and frankly lovely too.

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Some really shiny gear from Moon Audio running equally shiny speakers from Bowers & Willins. Music wasn't playing, and I really did not want to ask the price, so here is a pretty picture instead of comments...

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Klipsch.. has some really hardcore "new" Heritage speakers here. Cornwall IV is at the show and should be available already. $6000/pair.

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Klipsch has its latest Klispschorn design to demo as well.

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Nice thread, keep 'em coming! I had planned to go, then family plans changed so I never bought tickets, then changed again to next weekend so I could have gone anyway. If I didn't have to work... Still tempted to drive up tomorrow to check out a couple of things, but OTOH I have spent most of my hi-fi chits the past couple of years. Might be better that way, less temptation without funds.
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I thought you had called it quits on shows? Glad that you're still out and about!
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Polk L700 SDA speakers. This is probably the nicest demo room at the show, especially for the fact that there are only four seats, lined up in a row, so anyone actually taking the demo is in the Sweet spot

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Are the new Polks here shown with production finish? It appears black ash sides have gloss baffle and walnut sides come with matt baffle. Any pictures with grills on?

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Are the new Polks here shown with production finish? It appears black ash sides have gloss baffle and walnut sides come with matt baffle. Any pictures with grills on?
I am not sure if the finish is fully final.

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Any idea how easy or hard the speakers are do drive? The original LSi9 series I have need some muscle.

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I'm also wondering how is base on these things. While I loved my LSi15, their weak spot was base. It was not very tight, and to my ears, didn't match the quality of their mid-range and tweeter section.
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Andrew Jones is on the job...

$1250 system, ELAC Discovery DA-A101 Streaming Integrated amp and Debut Reference DBR62 bookshelf speakers.

Sounds lively, and frankly lovely too...
I am sooo impressed by this simple and AFFORDABLE setup. I'm very interested in those Debut Reference speakers! $500 for legit "hi fi" sound is IMPRESSIVE
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Paradigm is not messing around. Let's ignore price for a moment and appreciate a truly capable system...

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More Paradigm and the Anthem powering the towers...

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Is that anthem powering them?

Looks great.

Edit: Yessir it is!

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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Thanks for far Mark!



I'm putting in a request for photos (and any description you'd care to pass along) of the Joseph Audio room!


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The new speaker company that's now in the USA Fyne Audio, is at the event. Curious if you'll stop by. Many of the top designers are from Tannoy.
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Soundings Boulder has a room at RMAF where are the debut of the REL S812 (in 6-pack/line array config) world debut. Per unit... $2899


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The new speaker company that's now in the USA Fyne Audio, is at the event. Curious if you'll stop by. Many of the top designers are from Tannoy.
Noted... Tomorrow I'll see if I can get in.
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I'll tell you exactly when I entered the twilight zone. It was these Sony SA-Z1 nearfield powered speakers.

Apparently Sony plans to ask for between $5000 and $10,000 for a pair.

Sitting in the Sweet Spot about 5 feet from this pair, I definitely heard clean sound and great imaging.

But these are a bit insane no matter how you look at it.

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after living in Japan for 4 yrs, they have crazy stuff they dont even bother exporting outside of country. they had keyfob cell phones back in late 90's.
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