Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012 Coverage

October 15, 2012

The Jolida and Von Schweikert Room

Von Schweikert introduced its brand new modestly priced – but not modestly performing – VR-22 loudspeakers ($2895/pair) at the show. Relying on an acoustically transparent sock instead of a fancy cabinet allows him to pour his money into drivers and crossovers which would otherwise only be available at a significantly higher price point.

Music was served up using a Your Final System (YFS) HD Ref3 music server ($12,000). It is not going to win any design awards being mounted in a industrial rack mount case. I have no idea what is inside it that would warrant its price tag. The graphical user interface seemed awfully MS-DOS like for 2012. The HD Ref3 was connected to a Jolida Glass FX tube DAC ($489) (not shown).

Jolida also provided the preamplifier from its Fusion lineup ($1299).

The whole setup was controlled by the Jolida Fusion 3502 integrated amplifier ($2399).

Von Schweikert needs to up his game at trade shows. He is short-changing himself relying on Jolida electronics. It is a perhaps unfair fact of life that one is known by the company one keeps.

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