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AXPONA 2018: Stereo Haven lives up to it’s Name

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Keeping it real with Stereo Haven.

Stereo Haven is probably one of the most aptly named bricks & mortar outfits out there. I came across it late in the afternoon Friday during the AXPONA weekend at a time when I needed a stereo haven the most. If you’ve never been to one of the big audiophile trade shows, it’s hard to describe how tired you get from concentrating all day on listening. Usually around 4 p.m. I start to hit a wall, and need some sonic sanctuary in the form of a dark room, super-mellow tunes being played through an analog front end, and no interruptions.… Read the full article

Raidho Acoustics – Axpona 2018

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

The larger system in this suite was playing music, and I was impressed with the quality of the sound given the relatively modest Chord front end DAC and Integrated. Beautiful wood cabinetry on the speakers too 🙂

Raidho speakers

Raidho loudspeaker parts

Raidho loudspeaker parts

Raidho loudspeaker parts

Raidho loudspeaker parts

Raidho loudspeaker parts

Raidho loudspeaker parts

Raidho loudspeaker parts

Raidho speakers on Chord electronics

Chord DAC

Chord CPM 3350 integrated amplifier

SME turntable with Ortofon cartridge

Raidho D4.1 loudspeaker

Raidho D4.1 loudspeaker (rear)

Raidho D4.1 loudspeaker

Raidho D4.1 loudspeaker

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MSB Technology – Axpona 2018

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Neli and Mike Davis. Married. Audiophiles. Out-of-control. One of the world’s few experts on ultra ULTRA high-end audio. Enthusiasts. Importers. Dealers. Exhibitors. Reporters. Researchers. Focus: Extreme High-Fidelity. Extreme Expertise. Extreme Service. Extreme Satisfaction. Only the World’s Finest Stereo and HiFi Equipment.

Phone: 1.303.546.6503
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Acoustique Quality – Axpona 2018

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Neli and Mike Davis. Married. Audiophiles. Out-of-control. One of the world’s few experts on ultra ULTRA high-end audio. Enthusiasts. Importers. Dealers. Exhibitors. Reporters. Researchers. Focus: Extreme High-Fidelity. Extreme Expertise. Extreme Service. Extreme Satisfaction. Only the World’s Finest Stereo and HiFi Equipment.

Phone: 1.303.546.6503
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J&B Distributors – Axpona 2018

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KEF loudspeaker

Triangle Art turntable

Triangle Art turntable

Triangle Art turntable

Pioneer RT-707 reel-to-reel tape deck

Pioneer RT-707 reel-to-reel tape deck

Pioneer RT-707 reel-to-reel tape deck

LA Audio integrated amp

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AXPONA 2018: Ironically, it’s Technics taking me for a spin

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

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The new SL1000R and SP10R are definitely stars of the show in this room. Both debuting early this year at CES and creating a serious buzz for being a throwback to the SP-10 of yore. As well as advancing turntable technology, Technics is breaking away from norms altogether.

Starting with the more robust SL1000R direct-drive turntable, I want to focus on the four layer platter composed of Tungsten, Aluminum, Brass and Rubber. When Bill described it as superbly balanced and with nearly non-measurable flutter, I chuckled.Read the full article

Bryston – Axpona 2018

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Neli and Mike Davis. Married. Audiophiles. Out-of-control. One of the world’s few experts on ultra ULTRA high-end audio. Enthusiasts. Importers. Dealers. Exhibitors. Reporters. Researchers. Focus: Extreme High-Fidelity. Extreme Expertise. Extreme Service. Extreme Satisfaction. Only the World’s Finest Stereo and HiFi Equipment.

Phone: 1.303.546.6503
Email: [email protected]

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2018 AXPONA Show Report: Loudspeakers Under $20k

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2018 AXPONA Show Report: Loudspeakers Under $20k

Here’s an unanticipated finding: TAS’ Jonathan Valin, assigned the impossible task of covering all loudspeakers at the vast High End Munich show last year, observed that most were priced above $20,000 per pair. At AXPONA 2018, with the charge of finding new products under $20k, I found that all but two in that class were under $10,000. In his show report, JV concluded that “Munich High End is the black-tie event of the season for manufacturers worldwide, and no one wants to show up in less than his finest.” While there were plenty of six-figure loudspeakers for the multitudes to …… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi, New Statement Monos And Pre – AXPONA 2018

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Vinnie Rossi has me all tied up with the idea that I have to get my hands on a pair of Harbeths. Why? Because every time I hear his near field presentation at an audio show, it sound like angels singing…if angels knew 80s and 90s hits well enough, that is. Vinnie keeps the track selection fresh, fun and high fidelity. He knows now when he sees me that a good throwback to either of the previously mentioned decades will put a smile on my face and his selection is ripe with options.… Read the full article

Furutech NCF Booster Cable Elevator

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An Uplifting Performance

by Venoth Nair

 
At the highest end of the Hi-Fi spectrum, enthusiasts tend to look at too many technical and imaginative ways to try to further refine their systems. Considering the serious amount of dosh that’s thrown at each individual component in the system, it only makes sense that owners would want to arm their setup with accessories to squeeze out every ounce of quality from the respective components. This is where companies like Furutech play their part by providing specialized accessories that are precision engineered to ensure that your equipment is able to perform at their absolute best without any harm or degradation in sound quality.… Read the full article