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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2017 Day 3 (Sunday)

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As mentioned above, I attended an appointment-only session by Avalon. What caught my eye was attendance of my old professional colleague, "Professor" Keith Johnson of the Spectral and Reference Recordings fame.
For a minute I thought, "wait...didn't he pass way?"

Then I realized I was thinking of Doug Sax, my other favorite mastering engineer. RIP, Doug.
 

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Keith looked as good as ever. It had been 10+ years since I had seen Keith in person and he had not aged one bit! So no, thankfully he is not at all close to leaving us.
 

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Avalon acoustics and spectral audio: Liszt: Études D'exécution Transcendante, S. 139: No. 5 In B-Flat Major, "Feux Follets" by Minoru Nojima.


Keith had recorded this one also in the far-field. He wanted this to play softly as a result to simulate what you would hear if you were sitting in the same seat. It was too low of a level for me to appreciate it. But I appreciated what he was trying to do. :)
This is one of the best piano recordings I have for reference speaking testing. The recording is amazing.

On the other hand, as good as the recording is, the performance is hum drum. Classic audiophile, from that POV.
 

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CH Precision. They took requests so I chimed in for them to play the Yello album that was sitting there. They were reluctant to do so but did play it: Kiss In Blue by Yello Feat. Heidi Happy. https://shz.am/t50880571


Quite pleasant. Highs a bit crisp. Softer dynamics for sure compared to digital.
 

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CH Precision, Xacto: Baby I Can't Exist by Wild Child Butler. https://shz.am/t57667846

This is a different song from the same album:

Nice raspiness in vocal. This type of music was a much better match to the music than the modern albums.
 

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Wilson speakers, Constellation audio:
Why I Sing The Blues by Lee Ritenour's 6 String Theory Feat. Lee Ritenour & B.B. King & Jonny Lang & Keb' Mo' & Vince Gill. https://shz.am/t52690244


Nice music from one of my favorite singers, Keb' Mo'.

Excellent clarity.
 

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Daedelous: Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking by Rickie Lee Jones. https://shz.am/t501273


They big boxes below the speakers are actually part of it and provide extra air space. They come separate and you bolt them together. There is a hole in the middle. It put the mid and high frequency drivers at ear level which was a nice bonus.

On this content, it sounded a bit bright but might be in the source.
 

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Daedalous: Ride Across The River by Dire Straits. https://shz.am/t5165372


There is Dire Straits again. :)

Good dynamics. Vocals were nice but height wise they were above my head which is a bit natural. This is a trait I find in very tall speakers.
 

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