SonicFlare Music Room @ Newport 2015

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by Danny Kaey on June 03 '15

For some time now I wanted to connect the dots and bring our own version of a hospitality suite to a HiFi show.  The thinking went something like so… “Hey DK, what’s playing in your system now?  What are you using as your reference?  What sort of music do you play to evaluate gear?”  Great questions I’d always reply.  To prove a point, I thus decided to partner with all the firms who’s gear I own and use as my reference and setup a music room at the show.  Connecting with Richard Beers to discuss my idea, we inked a deal and thus room 1119 came to be.

Neat.  The SF experience suite was to be more educational, more music focused and obviously with no sales pressure: after all, there where 229 other rooms you could buy gear from.  Sometimes however, an idea sounds better on paper (or your mind) than it does in reality - case in point, I originally thought that I would swap equipment out to showcase the difference in presentations, alas, getting the room to sound good with just one line of components, cables, etc. proved far more challenging than expected, thus following just one such swap, I quickly realized that I had to nix that idea.  Fine.  Fun was still to be had though - as was evident by the fact that the room was frequented consistently with enthusiastic fellow HiFi-ers.  

The system consisted of Willson Audio Sasha 2 speakers, Brinkmann Spyder, Brinkmann 10.5 arm, Transfiguration Proteus cartridge, Minus K Technologies isolation platform, EINSTEIN The Preamp, EINSTEIN The Silver Bullet OTLs (my amps of choice as of late), EINSTEIN The Turntable’s Choice phono preamp, EINSTEIN Octopus power strip (no conditioning of any kind), Nordost V2 cables, SonoruS ATR-10 tape machine, SonoruS Proximity Bass Control System, Meridian Explorer 2 USB DAC (which was sprung last minute due to a shipping issue with the PlayBack Designs MPS-5), Roon playback software and a pretty looking darTZeel CTH-8850 integrated.  Phew.  You don’t know all the gear you have until you have to wrap it, pack it and set it up 50 miles down the road.

Arian Jansen, SonoruS Audio’s resident genius (and he really qualifies for one!) was on hand - thank you - to help with system setup, final tweaking, etc. in particular, the SonoruS Audio Proximity Bass Control System needs to be setup by ear as it carefully restores the pressure and air velocity component of your main speaker’s bass output in relationship to your listening position.  Last but not least, SF’s latest digital scribe, Eric Johnson (look for more articles from this lad elsewhere here at SF), was also on hand to help with setup and of course interactions with the crowds.  Fun was to be had for 3 days.  More to come soon...


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