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Butcher Block Acoustics & The New RigidRack – AXPONA 2019

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Butcher Black Acoustics Rigid Rack

Audiophile racks come in all kinds of shapes and colors, but at AXPONA’s marketplace expo hall a new alternative could be found from the Los Angeles-based Butcher Block acoustics.

The new line of component stands is a mix-and-match approach centered around the company’s core product – heavy, dense wood blocks. Available in maple or walnut, custom arrangements can be ordered up in a variety heights, widths, depths and leg material. Carpet spikes or rubber feet round out the show for a presentation that founder Jim Whithorne says is inspired by danish modern design elements.… Read the full article

Fern & Roby Send A Raven – AXPONA 2019

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

Fern And Roby Raven Floorstander

AXPONA 2019 was busy show from many who attended. Press and attendees were divided by 190+ rooms and a personal audio hall called EGX to cut up the time between a Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.

One of the highlights for me was visiting the Fern and Roby room who had two new loudspeakers on display. Lined up for most of Friday and Saturday was the Raven Floorstander ($9,500/pair) firmly attached to LTA’s MZ3 pre ($3,700) and ZOTL40 Power Amp ($6,800).… Read the full article

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

Joseph Audio Announces Updates To His Pulsar and Perspective Loudspeakers – AXPONA 2019

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Joseph Audio Pulsar 2 Graphene and Perspective 2 Graphene.

I bet if I could get all the attendees for the three days of Axpona in one room and asked who likes Joseph Audio speakers over 95% would raise their hands.

I can still remember the first time I heard the Pulsar’s a number of years ago at another show… and could not find my socks.  You first notice the bass – which is jaw dropping good – especially considering the physical restrictions of the case’s real estate. After the bass, you slowly come to realize that it’s a complete package… just a beautiful sounding speaker. … Read the full article

Legacy and Qobuz – AXPONA 2019

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Legacy Audio

Legacy filled one of the larger Axpona exhibit rooms with almost their entire lineup, and the “V” rig taking center stage. This 4-way system is the first to use the Legacy Wavelet Processor (an advanced speaker & room resonance correction system with a high-end DAC/Preamplifier) and features open-air dipole midrange, dual subwoofers with internal amplification, two Legacy 4” long AMT tweeters in a specially optimized post convergent array. The big talking points at the Chicago audio show was a first time showing for the new Legacy Powerbloc amplifiers in this configuration.… Read the full article

Technics SL-1500C & SL-G700 – AXPONA 2019

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Technics revealed a flurry of new products at Axpona 2019, building upon the linage of the well-received SP10 Series of Direct Drive Turntables. On display in the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center listening room in Chicago attendees could find new SP10R and SL1000R harnessing direct drive technology as well as a new “Grand Class Networking Super Audio CD Player with MQA” to help pick up the slack on the digital side of things.

Bill Voss, Business Development Manager of Technics along with Glenn Poor’s Audio Video of Champaign, IL hosted a great sounding space with all Technics electronics and the very revealing Harbeth speakers.… Read the full article

ZMF Debuts New Woods for Every ZMF Dynamic Headphone – AXPONA 2019

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

SE Edition of the ZMF Headphone

As a former student of the ancient Greek theater and film industry, ZMF headphones model names take me back to my younger-youth as an honorary Athenian. Flashing forward to present day, outward consciousness, and after giving many of the ZMF headphones a solid listen at AXPONA 2019, I can say that they all live up to their Hellenic names.

There is plenty of new happenings at ZMF Headphones to be excited about, so let’s get to it. The still-new Verite and Aeolus models still mop-up much of the attention at the ZMF booth with showgoers, but of particular interest to me are the new limited edition wood options now available for all of the Dynamic series of headphones.… Read the full article

The Stiletto 15 Emerges – Vinnie Rossi Launches A Loudspeaker! – AXPONA 2019

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Vinnie Rossi Stiletto 15

Absolutely shocking! Vinnie Rossi debuts a new open-baffle speaker that does so well to find the absolute truth in the music, that each recording we demonstrated with carried along with it the recording engineer’s unique personality. Vinnie’s new Stiletto 15 loudspeaker gets out of the way, imparting nothing of itself in coloration. It delivers stunning levels of detail from top to bottom. For a first foray into loudspeakers, Vinnie certainly has come in like a seasoned professional.

When it came to speaker design, I know Vinnie Rossi had to take the abilities of his own electronic components into concern.… Read the full article