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04 Dec 2017

Rogers CAF Coverage from Stereophile

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“Rogers High Fidelity makes unique eccentric-looking tube amplifiers that always sound vivid and strong; but while you are listening to music you can’t take your eyes off their shapes and color. This year, I could listen without staring at the amps because Rogers was using the beautiful $20,000, 34S-1, class-A, 100Wpc, EL-34-tubed amplifier—but he was exhibiting with Burwell & Sons who were demonstrating the same $87,500/system Mother of Burl loudspeaker array that Ken Micallef and Art Dudley reviewed in October. Burwell’s “Mothers” seduce the eyes and soothe the mind. Every bit in the room was a joy to behold.”


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31 Oct 2017

2017 RMAF Report & Rogers 65V-1

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Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 Integrated Amplifier
“How about a single EL34 operated in single-ended mode? That’s what the Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 integrated power amplifier ($4000) is all about. Roger Gibboni is not your ordinary audio designer. He brings with him an extensive background in aerospace engineering, which is reflected in how products are designed and manufactured. The 65V-1 is intended as an entry-level product but is definitely not a watered-down version of one of Rogers’ big push-pull amps. The intent was to attract Millennials with a product that is not only affordable but also technically cool. I think that the combination of an iOS interface platform in the context of a single-ended tube amp qualifies as such. An iPad app that’s freely available from the Apple App Store allows the user to control volume, operating mode (ultralinear or triode), and to change inputs remotely. The combination of an EF86 small-signal pentode input stage and an EL34 power pentode has been fairly popular in musical instrument applications but has not been sufficiently explored in high-end audio. The combination of the 65V-1 and the Burwell & Sons Horn speaker sounded absolutely lovely.”


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“I roam the halls looking for that next big innovation, that highly complex DSP controlled newfangled way of doing things. Sometimes I find it. Sometimes it’s good. However all too easily we can overlook the solutions of the past… Burwell & Sons were one of the more memorable rooms at Axpona when teamed up with long time friends at Rogers High Fidelity. Albeit within this familiarity, something is different. For one, Roger’s national sales manager Robert Pleyer decided to power this system with their 65V-1 ($4,000 USD) all Class A, 25 watts per channel (EL-34 and KT-88) integrated amplifier, with enough app control and wireless features to convince you quickly that “younger generations” can welcome this blend of classic technology into their already tech happy lifestyles. Bravo! For two, this system’s sound is rocking. Here with less watts and headroom that what I’ve heard in previously, thoughts of doubt mingle. Ultimate control might suffer from lack of juice, but to my hearing, it is not. It should also be noted that friend and audio guru Jeremy Kipnis of Kipnis Studio Standard (KSS) was on hand to aid Gordon and Robert in the fine tuning and implementation of their exhibit. Whatever that costs, it was worth it.When you add in the VPI Classic 4 ($15,000 USD), cables from Transparent, Oppo’s Sonica DAC ($800 USD), you can easily cherry pick from this room to compile a system of highly esoteric quality with considerable savings further up the chain. As someone wise once said, put your money on the speakers.”

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Rogers High Fidelity will present with Burwell and Sons Loudspeakers and Davone USA Audio at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest


RMAF Date & Times:
October 6-8, 2017 in Denver, CO – Friday: 12-7, Saturday: 9-6, Sunday: 9- 4.


Room Locations:
Rogers High Fidelity + Burwell and Sons Loudspeakers – Room 5012
Rogers High Fidelity + Davone USA Audio – Room 3032


Products Presented:

Rogers High Fidelity + Burwell and Sons Loudspeakers
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Burwell and Sons “Plain Jane” Loudspeaker Array



Oct 6, 2017 / Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Room 5012:


Rogers High Fidelity will demo the high-performance twelve-tube Class A Integrated Amplifier, the 34S-1 together with the Burwell Plain Jane Loudspeakers at RMAF 2017.
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Powered by twelve EL-34 analog vacuum tubes, the 34S-1 amplifier delivers monster performance and a dazzling listening experience. Consistent with Rogers High Fidelity’s gold-standard requirements, this Class A integrated amplifier boasts superior precision, aerospace engineering and hand-made craftsmanship that present a new level of realism in audio reproduction.


Rogers High Fidelity is also demonstrating the 65V-1 —featuring a single ended design powered by twin EL-34 analog vacuum tubes, the 65V-1 amplifier delivers stellar performance and a dazzling listening experience. Consistent with Rogers High Fidelity’s gold-standard requirements, this Class A integrated amplifier boasts superior precision, aerospace engineering and hand-made craftsmanship that present a new level of realism in audio reproduction.
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The 65V-1 provides state of the art noise and distortion performance using all Teflon wiring and mil spec components. Another bonus feature is the interchangeable power tube selection to an EL-34 or a KT-88 with no changes, just plug and play. Even the most critical of listeners will enjoy the finest, organic tube sound quality with stunning three-dimensionality, low-level detail-retrieval and holographic sound staging.

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Rogers High Fidelity + Davone USA Audio – Room 3032
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Rogers High Fidelity / Davone Audio USA Room: 3032:


Rogers High Fidelity EHF-200 MK2 will be with Davone Audio USA – Room 3032
The EHF-200 MK2 uses four KT-150 power tubes at 200 Watts per Channel. The EHF-200 MK2 has all point to point wiring, Ultra Linear / Triode modes, Front inputs, Analog power meter, Machined Aluminum front plate, Powder Coated finish, Sub-Woofer output.



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Rogers High Fidelity PA-1A Six Tube Phono Stage will be in both room 5012 and 3032, The PA-1A is an analog tube phono stage with inputs for both MC and MM cartridges, Front loading adjustment controls, Dual R/L meters, Mute switch, Machined Aluminum front plate, Powder Coated finish, all point to point wiring, Matching Transformer network, adjustable Gain with tube selection.


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Partner Companies:
Burwell and Sons
VPI Turntables
Transparent Cables
Oppo Digital DAC
Audio Vault Racks
Acoustic Sciences Tube Traps



Here are the following products that partner companies will be presenting, along with setup configurations:


Room 5012
Amplifier RHF 34S-1 and 65V-1 – both will share one system
Phono Stage RHF PA-1A
Turntable VPI Avenger w Ortofon Cartridge 2M Bronze
Loudspeakers Burwell and sons Plain Jane speaker array
Cables Transparent Ultra
Power Conditioner PS Audio
Digital Decoder DAC – Oppo Brooklyn
Rack – Audio Vault
Room Treatment – Acoustic Sciences Tube Traps



Room 3032
Amplifer RHF EHF-200 MK2 + 65V-1
Phono Stage RHF PA-1A
Loudspeakers Davone Audio of Denmark


Roger Gibboni and our National Sales Manager, Robert Pleyer will be presenting on behalf of Rogers High Fidelity. Gordon Burwell will also be present from Burwell and Sons.


Recordings We Will Be Highlighting:


Kenny Burrell ‎– Midnight Blue

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Genre: Jazz
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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong ‎– Ella and Louis
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Genre: Jazz
Year: 1956



Ray Charles ‎– Genius Loves Company
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Genre: Jazz, Blues
Year: 2004



Sonny Stitt And Paul Gonsalves ‎– Salt And Pepper
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Genre: Jazz, Blues
Year: 1963



Other Upcoming Events:
Rogers will also be showing at The Capital Audiofest! Show dates are November 3-5, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville, MD. Come and see us, we will be in Room 104.

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Rogers High Fidelity presented with Burwell & Sons Loudspeakers, VPI Turntables and Oppo Digital at the seventh annual California Audio Show (CAS7) July 28-30, 2017. The show was a huge success with attendees spending extended time enjoying our systems. Small shows like the CAS are a huge contributor to the health of the high-end audio industry. Rogers High Fidelity was pleased to be a part of this listening experience.



Our National Sales Manager, Robert Pleyer, joined the team from Burwell & Sons to design and present the following systems at the show:



LARGE ROOM:
ROGERS EHF100-MK2 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
ROGERS PA-1A PHONO PRE-AMPLIFIER
-BURWELL & SONS PLAIN JANE LOUDSPEAKERS
-VPI PRIME TURNTABLE
-OPPO MUSIC STREAMER
-MYTEK DIGITAL TO ANALOG CONVERTOR
-AUDIO VAULT EQUIPMENT RACK
-TRANSPARENT CABLING



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SMALL ROOM:
ROGERS 34S-1 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
-BURWELL & SONS LIL’ BROWNS CONCEPT LOUDSPEAKERS
-OPPO MUSIC STREAMER
-TRANSPARENT CABLING



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The large room was dedicated to the traditional music lover complete with full analog capabilities with the Rogers PA-1A phono preamplifier and VPI turntable while the smaller room was geared more towards today’s younger music lover who may hold their entire music library on their phone.

 

The following is a playlist of the demo music we highlighted throughout the show:

Ronny Jordan ‎– At Last – At Last

Ronny Jordan ‎– At Last – The Limelight

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Emily Elbert – Proof – Lazy

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Yello – The Expert – Touch Yello

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Stevie Ray Vaughan + Double Trouble – In Step – Riviera Paradise

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Rogers EHF-100 Mk2 is featured in The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide to Audio Electronics 2017. You can read the review below:
 
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01 May 2017

What’s the Warmth in Tube Amps?

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Roger Gibboni Discusses: What’s the Warmth in Tube Amps? Featured in Copper Magazine’s 31st issue.
 
Why are we, as audiophiles, entranced by the reproduction of music using vacuum tubes?
 
As it turns out, noise is traditionally thought of as something to be minimized in all high end audio systems. However the proper reproduction of noise is actually the key characteristic that makes tube amplifiers sound so good. This article explores why noise is so important to the “tube sound.”
 
There are volumes of theory regarding how tube amplifiers saturate and produce harmonics and how their distortion characteristics affect listening. Here, we will explore how tubes reproduce noise and how this particular characteristic represents the basis of why tube amplifiers have a unique, characteristic sound that defines audiophile listening.
 
In order for us to explore the reproduction of noise, lets first define what we mean by noise. Noise, as applied to audio listening, is defined by three separate characteristics. For the purpose of this article, lets separate those characteristics and define them and their sources. Instead of using the generic term, noise, lets call anything that is not part of the desired soundtrack an artifact….
 
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To say our first show with Burwell and Sons Loudspeakers was a success would be a huge understatement. The speed and balance of the Mother Of Burl horn loudspeakers were perfectly matched with the warmth and power of our mid-level EHF-100 MK2 integrated amplifier and delicacy of our PA-1A phono-preamp. A special thank you to all of our show partners and visitors, we hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!
 
The full list of equipment and partner companies that participated in the demonstration were:
 
Burwell and Sons Loudspeakers- Mother of Burl vintage Altec/JBL 3 way horn speakers along with their Single Jack Sub-Woofer package.
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Rogers High Fidelity- EHF-100 MK2 integrated tube amplifier and the PA-1A six tube all analog phono stage.
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VPI- HW Classic 4 turntable with 12″ tonearm.
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Ortofon- MC BLACK cartridge.

Snake River Audio- Provided their world class cables. From interconnects to power cables, to speaker cables.
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Audio Vault USA- Provided equipment racks.
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In addition to all the analogue source, digital music was delivered from J Rivers via a Mytek Brooklyn DAC.
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Demo tracks played on the setup included:
 
Ray Charles with his album Genius Loves Company
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No. Title
1. “Here We Go Again” (with Norah Jones)
2. “Sweet Potato Pie” (with James Taylor)
3. “You Don’t Know Me” (with Diana Krall)
4. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (with Elton John)
5. “Fever” (with Natalie Cole)
6. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” (with Bonnie Raitt)
7. “It Was a Very Good Year” (with Willie Nelson)
8. “Hey Girl” (with Michael McDonald)
9. “Sinner’s Prayer” (with B.B. King)
10. “Heaven Help Us All” (with Gladys Knight)
11. “Over the Rainbow” (with Johnny Mathis)
12. “Crazy Love” (with Van Morrison) Van Morrison
 
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Kenny Burrell
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“Chitlins con Carne” – 5:30
“Mule” (Burrell, Major Holley, Jr.) – 6:56
“Soul Lament” – 2:43
“Midnight Blue” – 4:02
“Wavy Gravy” – 5:47
“Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You” (Andy Razaf, Don Redman) – 4:25
“Saturday Night Blues” – 6:16
“Kenny’s Sound” (reissue bonus track) – 4:43
“K Twist” (reissue bonus track)– 3:36
 
 

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Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 Amplifier won the 2017 Twice Picks Award in the High-Performance Stereo category!



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TWICE is proud to announce the winners of its third annual TWICE Picks Awards, honoring the best products at CES 2017. TWICE editors reviewed over 170 entrants, the most in its history, and chose winners based on the impact they’re expected to have at retail and the marketplace.


“The TWICE Picks Awards are the answer for anyone who wants to know about the most exciting, game-changing products at CES 2017,” said Ed Hecht, TWICE publisher/VP. “Our winners are chosen using deep perspective by some of the most experienced editors in the business. Each of the winning products demonstrated rich innovation and is expected to positively disrupt the tech market. We offer congratulations to the winners and all the nominees —standing out above the crowd at CES is an accomplishment in itself.”
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One of the chief reasons I fly to woebegotten Las Vegas, USA is: I love all the wild, eccentric audio persons that treat CES as a business-building pilgrimage site. The other is that CES is the best place to find new products to review. This year I found several, and the one that has me the most stoked is the Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 class-A, single-ended EL34/KT88 integrated amplifier ($3999). Not to mention: I have never seen an amp painted with industrial-black crinkle paint that I didn’t love.

I have met Rogers’ president and chief designer Roger Gibboni several times, at his New York dealer Stereo Exchange. I have auditioned his amps powering a variety of loudspeakers, including the fabulous DeVore Fidelity Gibbon XLs, and they always sound vivid and athletic—fast-moving and excitement-generating. But I’ve never felt the urge to review one, until now. This time it was love at first sight.
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Rogers High Fidelity introduced their new 65Wpc 65V-1 integrated amplifier ($4000) as part of a neat system: Besides the EL34 stereo Rogers amp, the system included a pair of EgglestonWorks Niko Bookshelf speakers ($2500/pair), and a Detroit-manufactured Shinola Runwell turntable ($2500). The components weren’t just made in the US, but beautifully made in the US. All combined, this system produced very pleasing sonics—and the Rogers integrated amplifier could be controlled from a Bluetooth-based iPhone app.
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