RMAF 2008 - Your impressions,...

I know there's still few hours to go but I was wondering what my fellow Audiogoners think of RMAF 2008. What equipment left great impression, even what was a bit of a let down...As for me, it was my first year and my time was very limited, but I have to point out Emerald Physics for their CS1 and CS2, which are great speakers, selling for much less (esp. CS2) than you would think. They sound a bit different than what most of us are used to due to their unique design. Unfortunately their need for two amps make it little difficult to integrate them in my system, otherwise they'd be on top of my list. I also have to mention AV123 and GR-Research whose X-static speakers must be one of the best bargains on the market (I know, we all have heard it before...), anybody looking for a $1000 dollar speakers (and even much more) need to give these a listen.
>> The Apogee Divas were very good as well - I wasn't
>> aware that Apogee speakers were still being made. They
>> were driven beutifully by Pass XA100.5 and Audio
>> Research Ref preamps.
you are correct, Apogee speakers are NOT being manuf anymore & have not been since the company folder 10+ yrs ago.
What you heard was a restored pair of Divas. The restoration was done by True Sound Works owner Rich Murry.
There are 2 such restores in the USA & the other one is Bill Thalmann in VA.
One can buy used Apogees in the market & have them restored by one of the above 2 people. That's the only way I know of to become an Apogee owner IF interested.
Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't sure what the deal was. I thought the design may have been sold to a new manufacturer and then brought back to market.
Pubul57. The gentelman I spoke to in the Apogee room said they can make new pairs also.
Yes, Graz of Australia now has the Apogee name and has his own line of brand new Apogee speakers based on the beloved ribbon technology. Duetta Classic, Synergy and Ultimate are among the offerings.


You are correct. Our room at the RMAF featured the Playback Design and other gear most folks have never heard. We did have a few people who came to our room and asked us to play their CD's. Most sounded just like you said. "like shit"

I prefer to play cd's that I am familiar with that sound exceptional when played through our system.