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AXPONA 2019: A Guide to the Best Sound

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The annual Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) show in Chicago has exploded into the biggest audio show in North America. 2019 was my first experience there, and it lived up to its reputation. The only show that’s now bigger, based on the number of exhibitors (though I understand it’s heavy on static displays), is May’s Munich show in Germany.
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Vancouver Audio Festival April 26 and 27

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

The Vancouver Audio Festival is back for a third year in a row April 26th and 27th with host Hi-Fi Centre promising to deliver more of everything that owner Igor Kivritsky and his staff have brought to this West Coast audio experience since the Chester Group left the city.

Muraudio, Hegel – AXPONA 2019

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Muraudio at AXPONA 2019.

Muraudio keeps on winning. Be it a massive stack of electronics, or a high-current Hegel integrated, the Muradio SP1 might be the new speaker to beat at around $15K.

This is not my first foray with The Muraudio SP1 full-range loudspeaker. Staying in their show-going path, I am all-in for the long term narrative. The SP1 was launched way back in March of 2018 and has since received many accolades from numerous publications in that time. Even from my own coverage of the SP1 at previous audio shows twice in 2018, and then again in 2019 ended up in my Must See Rooms.… Read the full article

Raven Audio, Two Speakers And An Integrated Amp – AXPONA 2019

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Raven Audio

Raven Audio is so much more than they were just a few years ago. Adding new amplifier models to their lineup and quickly becoming a serious player in the cable and loudspeaker industry is something I don’t even think Dave Thomas (founder of Raven) could have even predicted. If he did, the well kept secret is out now.

For many, this was the first chance to hear the two new Raven Audio towers that will surprise you to no end. Each included foam wave guides, and tuneful low-end.… Read the full article

F1 Audio, Magico, D’Agostino, Chord, Transparent – AXPONA 2019

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

F1 Audio, Magico, D’Agostino, Chord

I don’t even know where to begin. The guys from F1 Audio, Magico and D’Agostino aren’t playing a room, they are playing one of the largest open spaces on this convention center campus. There’s no practical explanation for this sounding as full and tight as it does, unless one were to point out the massive dual subwoofers, each weighing in at 575lbs. In the most absurd way, this would make one hell of a bedroom system.

Here’s the thing. F1 Audio is a high-end brick-and-mortar audio store located in Palatine for the Chicagoland area.… Read the full article

Logitech’s Alexa-Powered Harmony Express: A Remote You Can Live With

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Once upon a time, when you wanted to change channels on your TV, you had to actually get up, walk across the room, and twist a dial. While you were there, savvy users also wiggled the rabbit ears a little bit, and for good measure, whacked the side of the (wood) cabinet. Times have changed.
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EPV Introduces ISF-Certified Projection Screens

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

EPV Screens has introduced a series of reference-grade-white projection screens that have been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) to provide reference-grade picture quality
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Marantz’s Hi-Res Network Receiver Plays CDs

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Marantz has introduced a hi-res-capable network receiver that provides access to half a dozen music streaming services, supports whole-house wireless streaming, and plays CDs — all from a compact chassis that can fit almost anywhere.
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A HT Club for home theatre fans

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |



By Lam Seng Fatt


Remember Tan Chung Wei, the owner of Sound Fusion in Kuching who turned the performance of home theatre up a few notches at last year’s Kuala Lumpur International AV Show at the Movee Space room?


He is back in town. Yes, he will be an exhibitor at this year’s edition of the Kuala Lumpur International Show, but that is another story. Today’s story is that he has opened a club where he can demo his calibration skills on top-class systems based on Starke and StormAudio components.… Read the full article

Ultra High-End Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2019

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Each year AXPONA grows bigger and more exciting, and this year was no exception. As usual, Audioholics was there to see many of the spread of products that manufacturers brought to the show. In this segment of our coverage, we look at some of the highest of high-end loudspeakers. The manufacturers here brought out their showpieces to impress. Some of these speakers go well beyond mere audio transducers and veer into art and statements in industrial design. They may sound very good, but sound reproduction is almost beside the point in some of these fantastical designs.

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