Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2019 is on this coming weekend. The “East Coast’s Favorite Audio Show”, CAF started out in 2010 as a very casual show and has evolved into a well-organized and well-attended event.

CAF is recognized as a fun, friendly and family-oriented show, where you often see families strolling from room to room listening to music, auditioning gear and browsing the multiple bins of vinyl records, CDs and accessories in the Atrium Marketplace. In the evenings they have live music in the bar and special live performers in the Theater, and local distillers offering tastings.

The show runs from 10am to 6pm on Friday 1st and Saturday the 2nd of November and 10am to 4pm on Sunday the 3rd November, with various events taking place each evening.

The show location is Hilton Washington DC/ Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center. Tickets are 20$ for one day, 30$ for two.


Parasound will exhibit and demonstrate many of their products in rooms 560. 554, and 501 with one of their top DC-area dealers, The Audio Hunters/The Vinyl Revivers of nearby Simpsonville, MD. Parasound will also be exhibiting in room 411 with the DC HiFi Group of Kensington, MD.

On hand will be Parasound’s Joe Finn, the Regional Sales Manager/Marketing Manager who joined the company in June; Russell Katz, the Managing Owner of The Audio Hunters and The Vinyl Revivers; and an eager staff of Parasound reps and dealer personnel.

In addition to Parasound products, rooms 554 and 560 will include NorStone stands and racks, which are now distributed by Parasound.

American Sound Of Canada

Angi Lisi’s American Sound Of Canada will be bringing Avantgarde Acoustic and Wadax to the show. This will be the USA debut of the Wadax Arcadia DAC.

Visit them in rooms 417,419 and 420. Jerome André of Avantgarde Germany will also be there to present the brand.

Wolf Audio Systems

At Capital Audiofest 2019 Wolf Audio Systems will showcase its new Alpha 3 SX audio server.

Visit Wolf Audio Systems at Capital Audiofest 2019 in Arion Audio Room 504 at the Hilton Washington DC Hotel. The room will also feature components from Chang Lightspeed, T+A elektroakustik and VPI Industries.

Wolf will also be providing a selection of audio servers in several other rooms throughout the show including: Room 523 — MC Audiotech, Audience, Pass Labs and VPI; Room 319 — EgglestonWorks, Primare and Rogue Audio; VPI Madison Room — VPI, Credo Audio Switzerland, EMM Labs, AudioShield; Room 317 — Mobile Fidelity, Quad and Rega.

The Alpha 3 SX audio server is the result of a collaboration between Wolf Audio Systems, Stillpoints and eXemplar Audio.

Wolf will be demonstrating DSD1024 playback with T+A’s SDV 3100 HV streaming DAC preamp in Room 504. Like all Wolf Audio servers, the Alpha 3 SX is compatible with a wide range of audio applications and streaming audio formats including Roon, Qobuz, Tidal, Deezer and more. The Alpha 3 SX comes with a 2TB solid-state hard drive (expandable up to 12TB), ninth-generation Intel processor and 32GB of RAM and can be equipped with an optional 24MHz OCXO USB clock output stage, a TEAC Blu-ray transport and other refinements.

Alta Audio

Alta Audio will feature its new 10,000$ Alec speaker in two rooms at Capital Audiofest.

Alta will share a space with VPI Industries and Krell Audio in room 238 (Lessburg Audio) and in room 410 with Caprice Audio, KR Audio, ANTICABLES, and Resonessence Labs – Vertrieb.

The new Alec was developed out of a company mission to design a floor standing speaker with a compact footprint (40 1/2”H x 15” W at the bottom x 8 1/2” W at the top x 12.5”D) that reproduces the detail, dimensionality, and feel of a live performance.


At Capital Audiofest 2019 Audience will be exhibiting a wide selection of its power conditioning solutions and cables including its new T4 adeptResponse power conditioner and the world premiere of its Hidden Treasure SATA data cable.

In addition, a wide variety of Audience analogue, digital, speaker and power cables, power conditioning and power distribution products will be on exhibit in the following rooms: Linear Tube Audio, room 526 and Tenacious Sound, rooms 315, 317 and 319. The Audience SATA cable will also be installed in all Wolf Audio Systems music servers, in rooms 317, 319, 504, 523 and the Madison room.


At Capital Audiofest 2019 Audio-Technica will be showcasing a wide variety of turntables, its award-winning AT-ART1000 phono cartridge, all-new headphone products and more, in multiple rooms throughout the show. Product highlights include the following:

Show attendees will be able to spin vinyl courtesy of Audio-Technica and used-record and CD dealer CD Cellar, located in the hotel atrium. Audio-Technica will have multiple AT-LP60XBT Bluetooth turntables and AT-LP60XHP turntable/headphone bundles on hand.

Just Audio will showcase Audio-Technica’s AT-LP120XUSB, AT-LPW40WN, AT-LP7 and AT-LP5 turntables in the hotel atrium.

The flagship AT-ART1000 Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge ($4,999) places its dual moving coils directly on top of the stylus tip. It’ll be playing in the VPI Industries Madison room as part of an ultrahigh-end audio system. The room will also feature the world premiere of the VPI/Audio-Technica Shyla cartridge, the first VPI model developed in partnership with Audio-Technica.

Audio-Technica will also be offering a sneak preview of new audiophile headphones. Go to the Just Audio booth for a listen.


VPI, Genesis Advanced Technologies And Merrill Audio

VPI, Genesis Advanced Technologies And Merrill Audio will be in the Jefferson Room featuring Merrill Audio Element 118 Monoblocks, Christine Reference Preamp, Jens Phonostage and Genesis advanced Technology Quartet Speakers.

Distinctive Stereo, Genesis Advanced Technologies, VPI and Merrill Audio are teaming together. They will be in room 406, and will use a system identical to that at the recent event at Distinctive Stereo, Merrill Audio Element 116 Monoblocks, Christine Reference Preamp, Jens Phonostage and Genesis advanced Technology Maestro Speakers.


Last year, VPI launched their Limited Anniversary HW-40 Direct Drive Turntable. The HW-40 was a tribute to the first VPI product and the journey VPI has made over the past 40 years.

VPI will be releasing the news of a brand new turntable on the Friday morning of the show, until then here is where you can hear their turntables at CAF 2019.

Adams – VPI Vanquish with KEF, Krell, Nordost

Jefferson – VPI Vanquish with Genesis Speakers, Merrill, Nordost

Madison – VPI Vanquish with EMM Labs, Credo, DS Audio, Kimber Kable

Democracy – VPI Direct Drive Motor with Robyatt

Monroe – VPI HW-40 with Gingko Audio

Library – VPI Prime Scout with Just Audio

Randolph – VPI Prime Signature, Daedalus, Modwright, WyWire

Montrose – VPI Avenger Reference with Odyssey

Truman – VPI HW-40 with CAT, Essential Sound System, KEF

Booth 24 – VPI Prime with Bob’s Devices

Room 238 – VPI HW-40 with Leesburg Listening

Room 242 – VPI HW-40 with Leesburg Listening

Room 315 – VPI Prime Signature with Tenacious Audio, Eggelston

Room 406 – VPI HW-40 with Distinctive Stereo, Genesis Speakers, Merrill

Room 422 – VPI Prime with Sweet Vinyl

Room 424 – VPI Prime with Pureaudio project, Pass Labs, Voxativ

Room 550 – VPI Prime Signature with Overture

Room 504 – VPI HW-40 with Arion Audio

Room 523 – VPI HW-40 with MC Audio Tech

Plaza 2 – VPI Cleaning Machines with Tenacious Sound

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