Kind Words from Scot Hull - PartTimeAudiophile
"Ive been to a lot of audio shows, its true. Doesnt make me an expert, however there are a few decades of these things that I simply dont have access to, having only been in the game since 2010. But one thing I have learned most of my audio-pals are quite happy to jump off their barstools, slam their stein down, and declaim to any and all who will listen that everyone knows that the sound sucks.
These negative-nancies are, of course, wrong.
I will admit, however, that there have been shows where the sound has been a catastrophic caterwauling of hate, fear, and pain. Happily, theres only a couple of such that come to mind from recent memory. Instead, my experience tells me that the sound at most audio shows is uniformly not bad (faint praise, eh?), and quite often edges into the pretty-good (yep, faint praise indeed). But I mean that across-the-board not some rooms, but all rooms, averaged if you will. At every show, there are many rooms that are much better than merely good. Sometimes there are enough good-to-great rooms that, when averaged out, the entire show comes off as a sonic thrill-ride.
Capital Audiofest is one of those.
Im really not sure what the deal is though everyone suspects that it is the superior leadership of Show-Runner Gary Gill or why it seems to be the case that this Hilton was such a bang-up hotel for an audio show, or even if its the venue. Like a magic-socks-wearing baseball franchise, however, Im not sure Id be interested in changing whatever it is, its working, so Powers That Be: please dont fuck with it!
So, what I heard at CAF this year was room after room absolutely killing it. I simply cannot remember a show that sounded as good, end to end, or room by room. Oh wait. I lied. There is another one. Last years CAF. Boom!......"
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