2011 CAPITAL AUDIOFEST
JULY 8-10, 2011
Crowne Plaza Hotel
3 Research Court
Rockville, Maryland 20850-3212
Well, it's that time of year again and an idea of a friend of mine has turned into a 2nd Annual, national audio event. Gary Gill is the organizer and host, along with the Carnegie Acoustics. I met Gary when he bought a pair of Magnepan loudspeakers from me off Audiogon back in 2008 or so. He's a fantastic dude with a knack for loosening people up and an ear for good audio. On top of that, he's an accomplished musician to boot.
Polk has decided to sponsor this event again and what perfect timing as the new LSiM is coming out this year. We'll be hosting the "Whistler" room, 1st Floor, past the Atrium and front desk. We're in one of the large rooms and hanging with the super high end folks. I'm sure this will make them twitch and give us the evil eye but that's the way it goes and we came to really play.
We will have the new LSiM 707 Floorstander and 703 Bookshelf, as well as the Blackstone TL3 Satellite and MicroPro series subwoofers. I'll also have the cut-away models and press only items that were presented privately almost a year ago. These are cool because you can see how the actual loudpseaker is made and handle the individual parts, including the "sonic engine". You can find out more about the engine if you attend
The fact that we're introducing the new lineup it only felt appropriate to get some hardcore equipment to match up with them. Audio Research Corporation has been kind enough to send me a brand new REF CD8 CD Player & LS26 Tube Line Stage Pre-Amplifier. Along with my personal CTC BBQ Amplifier, our front and back end is rock solid.
We're also getting support from Joe Abrams & MIT Cables for the second year in a row. Joe has been a Club Polk regular supporter and I couldn't have asked for better help and guidance over the years. Joe's customer service rivals Polk's and that's not taken lightly. MIT is sending a full compliment of Magnum series cables and power cords.
As a bonus, Frank Dai from Signal Cable and Grant Vandermye from Mye Sound are both sending some goodies and products to show at the event.
You might remember Ken Swauger from the Polk Customer Service days....well he's pledged to bring some old school Revox Reel 2 Reel players with some rare tape recordings that we can enjoy as well. He might have retired from Polk but he's as busy as ever restoring vintage R2R and collecting more and more media. This is pretty special to me personally, since his Stellavox player is what created the bar standard of all things audio for me back in 2005. I'm very happy that he's joining our room and bringing some truly great stuff with him.
On top of all the aformentioned stuff I'll have a couple pairs of vintage Polk's on display, to include a pair of SDA CRS+ on custom stands by Grant of MyeSound. These are moreso to jog memories of folks in attendance but will be fully prepared to play and perform as needed.
I've been asked about SACD and that's not been hashed out yet but if we do go that route it'll be with a Sony SCD-1. We're going to be running digital media thru my iPad via the HRT Streamer or similar device. We used this quite a bit at last years event, as did 75% of the other rooms including Joseph Audio, and it performed beautifully. To those that are iHaters....get used to it because it's what you're going to hear more and more of at these shows like this, CES and CEDIA. It's just a fact.
This is from the first year... Capital Audiofest 2010
Exhibitor/ Manufacturer List - We are in the Whistler room.
Audio Research LS27 Tube Line Stage Pre-Amplifier
Audio Research REF CD8 CD Player
CTC BBQ Amplifier
Adona Corporation Custom Audio Rack
MIT Magnum Speaker Cables and Interconnects
Signal Cable Power Cords
MyeSound Spikes and Custom Speaker Stands
Bright Star Audio Isolation Gear
Revox A77/PR99 - Tapepath Modified - Reel 2 Reel Players
Here are some comments from last years event:
"The Polk Audio room was packed as usual!" - CAA 2010
"Mark of Polk Audio taking a break from the ever crowded room." - Gary Gill, Host/Organizer
"Polk Audio shows off their high end speakers on the second floor." - CAA 2010
"Polk Audio speaker lineup before the masses filled their room!" - CAA 2010