Issue 190 / February 2009

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2008

Jonathan Valin's Best of Show
Runner-Up: Nola Baby Grand References

In room 431, the $55k Nola Baby Grand References, ribbon/cone dipole with separate woofer towers, powered by ARC 210 amps, an ARC Reference 3 preamp, and an ARC CD7, were once again superb -- very neutral with a wonderful density of tone color. They sounded simply great on the music I played -- so lifelike in timbre and so dynamically alive and open and bloomy and airy that they came within a hair's breadth of winning my Best Sound of Show Award.