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Stereophile Magazine, Blue Note Recording, Vandersteen Audio & Audio Research Corporation spend an evening together at the Fort Collins home of the Audio Alternative

More than 100 people attended the Music Matters Symposium at the Fort Collins, CO home of the Audio Alternative on May 21.  

Michael Fremer played both high resolution digital vs analog LP selections and reviewed the new Glass, Audio Desk LP cleaning system now on active display at the Audio Alternative.

Joe Harley packed the downstairs show room with an evening of classic jazz from the Blue Note classic reissue LP collection along with telling the Blue Note story and showing the high resolution images of Blue Note recording artists.

Richard Vandersteen entertained questions from attendees about Vandersteen loudspeaker design principles and the Vandersteen Model 7 loudspeaker.  Dave Gordon, from Audio Research Corporation answered questions about the ARC electronics featured in both systems used for the evening programs. 

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Michael Fremer, Dave Gordon, Richard Vandersteen, Rick Duplisea & Joe Harley in front of the Audio Alternative
Boris is happy the D'Agostino Preamp and Amplifiers are back at the shop.  He gives himself "Best of Show"
Rick Duplisea & Stig Bjorge President of Lyra.  
Stig delivering one of the 1st of the 3 new Lyra Etna MC Cartridges in the country to us at the 2013 RMAF.  Everyone agreed, "What a Sound"
Roy Gregory, European Editor for Audio Beat Magazine
"RMAF 2013 -- surely now accepted as the premier two-channel show in the continental US -- should serve as a timely reminder of history’s lessons for any audiophile who cares to listen."

"Fort Collins audio dealer The Audio Alternative, which put together a system consisting of an Audio Research Reference Phono 10 phono stage, Reference 10 line stage Pre-Amp, and a pair of Reference 150 stereo amps, biamping Vandersteen Model 7 loudspeakers. Sources were an ARC Reference 9 CD player/DAC  and an AMG Viella 12 turntable and tonearm carrying -- you guessed it -- another Lyra Etna . Harmonic Resolution Systems equipment supports were used throughout along with all cabling from Audioquest".  

"As someone who bangs on and on about coherent approaches to system support and cabling, this setup was (quite literally) music to my ears.  Roy Gregory".

Read what the reviewers and show attendees alike are saying about the Audio Alternative's rooms at the 2013 RMAF
Roy Gregory's thoughts...
"Rick, Mike & Nikki know what it takes to make great sound in a relaxed, no pressure environment, both at the show and at the store"  John & Janine M., Livermore, CO.
"This is my 5th RMAF.  I travel to Denver from Tampa, FL. each year to hear what the Audio Alternative has for me to hear.  This year was no exception, room 9030 sounded it's best ever.    
 Mike M., Tampa, FL.

"The short drive from Denver to Fort Collins to the Audio Alternative is so worth it. Their help and expertise is second to none"  Danielle B., Denver, CO
Read what Ultra High-End Audio Home Theater Review Thinks of the Audio Alternative ... 
In suite 9030. "The pairing of AMG, Audio Research, and Vandersteen that has proven so successful in the past, was again impressive, among the very best rooms at the show".  And in room 9026..."The second room sponsored by The Audio Alternative also featured Audio Research and Vandersteen 5a Carbons, D'Agostino Momentum preamplifier and Momentum monoblocks The analog source was the Rega RP-8 turntable with Lyra Kleos cartridge in front of an Audio Research Reference Phono 2SE phonostage. The digital source was the Rega Valve Isis CD player used as a transport feeding the Audio Research DAC8 the system made a lovely sound, particularly female vocals.
Robert Harley's Show Highlights...
"For some reason, I heard better sound at this RMAF than I've heard at any show in a long time.  Many rooms sounded terrific, all in different ways.  Here are some thoughts on the show's most compelling presentations...

I greatly enjoyed the Vandersteen Model 7 powered by the Audio Research electronics in the room of long-time Denver (Fort Collins) retailer The Audio Alternative.  The Model 7 is just a flat out great loudspeaker, and a bargain in the world of six-figure flagships.  

The ARC electronics sounded superb, bringing out the Model 7's best qualities.

Incidentally, the Vandersteen Model 5a Carbon, in another of Audio Alternative's rooms was also wonderful"
Robert Harley, Editor In-Chief
The Absolute Sound
New Products at the Audio Alternative
The New Wilson Audio Alexia, Sasha Series-2 and Duette Series-2 Loudspeakers are now on Active Display at The Audio Alternative! 

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The Wilson Audio Alexia with 8 and 10 inch Woofers, a 7 inch Midrange driver and 1 inch dome tweeter and the proprietary Wilson X & S materials for cabinet construction
The Wilson Audio Sasha Series-2 with two 8 inch Woofers, a 7 inch Midrange driver and 1 inch dome tweeter and Wilson proprietary X & S materials for cabinet construction
The Audio Alternative is proud to have the new Wilson Audio Alexia in Diamond 
Black finish, the Wilson Audio Sasha Series-2 in Carmen Red finish, the Wilson Audio Sophia 3 loudspeakers and just released Wilson Audio Duette Series-2 loudspeakers all on active display
Brinkmann Audio Now at The Audio Alternative
Come in and listen to the Brinkmann Balance with 12.1" Tonearm with RöNt tube power supply and Harmonic Resolution Systems Dedicated Base
Brinkmann Balance Turntable with 12.1" Tonearm and Dedicated HRS Base
The Brinkmann RöNt II Tube Power Supply, an optional upgrade
Brinkmann 12.1" Tonearm and Tonearm Base
"The 2014 RMAF Another Stunning Show"

Thank you to all of our friends and customers, both new and old for making the 2014 RMAF a show to remember. We also want to thank our friends Richard Vandersteen & Shane Buettner at Vandersteen Audio, Dave Gordon from the Audio Research Corporation, Peter McGrath from Wilson Audio, Andrea Brinkmann from Brinkmann Audio, Dan D'Agostino, Harry Chung and Francesco Rossi from D'Agostino Master Audio Systems and last but certainly not least Michael Latvis from Harmonic Resolution Systems for their support.  Thank you all!
 Jason Victor Serinus' Thoughts...

"This System Really Rocked Out"
"In one of their many rooms, the Audio Alternative of Fort Collins showcased a luscious system that paired an AMG Viella 12 turntable, a Linn LP12 table with Lingo Mk.III power supply both outfitted with Lyra Kleos MC cartridges, with a D'Agostino Master Audio Systems' integrated amplifier, Audio Research Corporation's Reference 2SE phono preamp, and Wilson Duette Series 2 loudspeakers with dedicated stands . With AudioQuest cabling and Harmonic Resolution Systems stands and bases completing the chain.  This system

Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile Magaine
really rocked out in a mean way on Jeff Beck's Debut LP from 1968...the system nonetheless succeeded in digging into the meat of the percussion on my SACD of Revueltas' Sensemaya, and conveying it wonderfully."