NYAS 2019: Coverage from Steve Marsh of Part Time Audiophile
NYAS 2019 – Best of Show
“Sitting in the sweet spot, I was immediately drawn into a truly spacious soundstage that was almost unprecedented for such a modestly-sized showroom. Depth, air and image location were laid out in spades!”
CAF 2019: Coverage from Matthew Clott of Enjoy the Music
Standout Best of Show Award – CAF 2019
“This room wowed! Soundstage was insane, making the windows and walls melt away. Speakers just vanished.
Am trying to find something to criticize and I just can’t. The server brought the bits and just got out of the way. The VR SE integrated turned it into elegance, power and emotion and the QLN Prestige Three made it real; like holy sh!t real!”
CAF 2019: Coverage from Ken Micallef of Stereophile
“From teenage phenomenon pianist Joey Alexander to Louis Armstrong to some modern music I couldn’t place, this rig sounded natural, dynamic, and spatial, creating some of the best imaging in a small room of the entire show.”
CAF 2019: Coverage from Jack Roberts of The Audio Beatnik
Best Integrated Amplifier: Vinnie Rossi L2i-SE
“The L2i-SE, however, just shocked me. Yes, the system had the best sound stage at the show, and it had most of the other audiophile things. But what impressed me and made it “Best Product” worthy was the way this amp enabled the music to move my heart and soul.”
CAF 2019: Coverage from Grover Neville of Audiostream
“…absolutely flawless, without a hint of any strange timbral or dynamic irregularities. I haven’t heard much better from any speaker ever. The phantom image was solid and precise from any position in the room, even far outside the sweet spot, another incredibly tough trick to pull off, and full credit goes to Sossa and Rossi for the fabulous job they did setting everything up.
…the detail I heard in this system was among the best I heard at the show from any setup, analog or digital.”
RMAF 2019: Coverage from Marc Phillips of Part Time Audiophile
“Best of Show” – I am still haunted by so many things about that system.
“…A soundstage that was one of the best I’ve heard at a high-end audio show, deep and taut and with imaging that could not be more precise. My notes at the time just say “easy and natural,” but days afterward I am still haunted by so many things about that system.
The centerpiece… was easily the Vinnie Rossi L2i-SE, with its stunning industrial aesthetic, amazing fit and finish and astonishing flexibility. Vinnie’s amps have been thrilling my ears for many years now, but this is new, a sound so natural and fulfilling on so many levels.”
RMAF 2019: Coverage from David Robinson of Positive Feedback
‘Audio Oasis’ Award
“This award is given to due to the superior sound that I experienced in your exhibit space. Being in your room was a true Audio Oasis! moment… relaxation, and getting into the music, instead of being driven out of the room!”
RMAF 2019: Coverage from AVShowrooms
‘Gold Show’ Award
“…No surprise that the new Vinnie Rossi L2i-SE integrated amplifier was magical and, as usual with Vinnie’s electronics, dead quiet.
We played a track called “Liberty” by Anette Askvik and the sound was detailed, effortless and so emotionally involving that I lost myself, for the duration of the song, into the music.”
RMAF 2019: Coverage from Anthony & Jan Kershaw of Audiophilia
‘Best Sound of the Show’ Award
“This was the first choice by each of us. A musical oasis. We visited three times. The new Vilde Frang violin recording was incredibly lifelike, with wonderful transparency and superb bow and rosin timbres. Fantastic digital. Source was Qobuz HiRes. The room was always full and was set up beautifully.”
AXPONA 2019: Coverage from Chris Connaker of Audiophile Style
I immediately got goosebumps
“Listening to this system was so pleasurable. I requested several songs as show-goers came and went. I felt the need to stay and listen. It was so relaxing and effortless. One of my go-to tracks this year was Don’t Take Your one From Me off go John Coltrane’s album Standard Coltrane. The sound was almost ethereal as Coltrane’s sax oozed from the left channel and Jimmy Cobb’s drum kit and Red Garland’s piano sprinkled around the right. As one person left the room he said something to the effect of, great song selection. I take zero credit for this man’s enjoyment. It was all Coltrane and Rossi.
Vinnie played a Natalie Merchant track for me and I immediately got goosebumps. The richness in her voice came through this system, in a terrible sonic environment, wonderfully. Half way through the track I had to let Vinnie know this was something special…”
AXPONA 2019: Coverage from Marc Phillips of Part Time Audiophile
Best Sound of Show
“There was a room back in Chicago that spoke to me. It said, “Here is your system, the one that was made specifically for you and your audio tastes. It offers tons of features and flexibility, it looks great, and it has the sound you’ve always loved, a mix between the refinement of British hi-fi and a dynamic range…
I sat in Vinnie’s room for a while and I simple couldn’t think of anything else I wanted in a system. The Stilettos were still in prototype form, but I’m not sure what else can be improved. I can’t wait to hear them again. I sat in Vinnie’s room for a while and I simple couldn’t think of anything else I wanted in a system… I’m not sure what else can be improved.”
NYAS 2018: Coverage from Herb Reichert of Stereophile
Transparent beyond belief
“But today, I was sitting less than six feet from the big Harbeth 40.2s [fed from the Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier and Monoblocks], and they were throwing a soundstage that went through the window and over Central Park. They were transparent beyond belief.”
NYAS 2018: Coverage from Steve Guttenberg (“The Audiophiliac”) of CNET
He has raised the bar
Vinnie Rossi is one of the few that always gets great sound at shows, and this time he has raised the bar. His new L2 Signature tube preamp (center) and L2 Signature power amps could do no wrong.
RMAF 2018: Coverage from Jason Victor Serinus of Stereophile
Artistry and emotion
“Warmth and midrange smoothness were the strengths of a Vinnie Rossi / Triode Wire Labs / Harbeth loudspeaker system…
Drums and percussion were depicted with excellence, the low tones of piano and instruments were conveyed with perfection, and the artistry and emotion of all concerned came through loud and clear.
In fact, the brilliance of music and interpretation was such that, for one of the rare times in my 15 years at audio shows, absolutely no one left the room or even fidgeted during a long piece of relatively obscure, heart-rending German lieder that was impeccably sung with deep feeling. This is a tribute not only to Vinnie Rossi, Harbeth, and Triode Wire Labs, but also to the quality of show attendees whom Vinnie tends to attract.”
RMAF 2018: Coverage from Eric Franklin Shook of Part Time Audiophile
Best-in-show sound: Vinnie Rossi & Spatial Audio
“When we talk about Best-In-Show sound, I can’t help but take into account that what I heard here at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is not only a few extra inches of performance, but a few feet worth. How many other speaker and electronics brands can admit they’ve made those kind of gains?”
RMAF 2018: Coverage from Jack and Becky Roberts of The Audio Beatnik
Best sound at the show
“This is one of the systems at the show that really got my motor running. The whole system didn’t cost what many of the speakers at the show sold for, and it sounded better than most. It was dynamic, open, had emotional energy and was very natural sounding. These were great debut products.
This was some of the best sound at the show.”
RMAF 2018: Coverage from Anthony Kershaw of Audiophilia
Great rooms of RMAF 2018
“Lovely sound, typical of Harbeth and its legendary status. Great bass, too… Vinnie Rossi continues to make some of the most intriguing electronics, highly adaptable and sounding superb. Very good and reasonably priced.”