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AXPONA Reverses Course On New Dates for 2020, Returns To April

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

In a surprise move, this Tuesday’s mailbox found a communication from AXPONA stating that their previously mentioned 2020 dates will now move away from 4th quarter and back to the originally planned April calendar month. The Chicago audio show had voiced a change that landed its mid west stronghold very close to nearly four other hifi-related events located within the holiday season (RMAF, Toronto, New York and DC).

The change came as a surprise to some, a relief to others. Travel costs and transportation from show to show in short time periods forces many exhibitors to make hard choices, but the April time slot for AXPONA will still leave them dealing with the international Munich show just on their heels.… Read the full article

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AXPONA Audio Show Moves To 10/29 For 2020

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

After years of continued growth the Chicago-based audio show AXPONA (run by industry event company JD Events) has decided to move its calendar date to Q4. AXPONA has retained their mid-April time slot since its relocation to Illinois in 2013. Its been quite a run the past few years and the expansion to a larger more convention-y venue at the Renaissance Schaumburg Center has no doubt opened the door to even greater potential for growth for the largest mid west show on the circuit.… Read the full article

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Los Angeles Audio Show 2018 Cancelled

By | May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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The 2018 Los Angeles Audio Show has been cancelled, and refunds will be issued immediately according to a personal, and emotional statement released late Wednesday night by the show’s organizer Marine de Rogez-Presson. What this means exactly for the fate of the show in 2019 still seems to be determined, but it looks as if there may be only one LA-area show – The Home Entertainment Show, June 1-3, 2018 at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum Hotel – for the foreseeable future.… Read the full article

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Audio Video Show Warsaw 2017 starts this Thursday!

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Audio Video Show Warsaw 2017 starts this Thursday! And yours truly will be there, covering the entire three days.

This might come as a bit of a surprise for many of our readers but let me give you some numbers just to put things into the right perspective. Last time I spoke with the organizers they told me that the number of booked rooms was more than 170! along with some 60 booths, divided in three locations, the Sobieski Radisson SAS hotel, the PGE National Stadium and the Golden Tulip hotel.

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AXPONA 2017: Rafe’s highlights, sounds, thoughts, and wrap-up

By | May 27th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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Australia’s Redgum RGi35ENR amplifier sets the bar high for solid state on a budget.

To say that AXPONA 2017 was anything but a success from the standpoint of exhibitors, attendees or the media covering the show in Chicago would be disingenuous. It was a well-oiled machine from start to finish, with a great vibe, an easy-to-navigate venue in the Westin O’Hare, and easy to set up, well-known rooms for those coming back doing the demos.

I had a thoroughly enjoyable show with exposure to some truly outstanding rooms whose sound was immaculately dialled-in, and played to the components’ strengths within a synergistic system.… Read the full article

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HiFi Centre steps in to fill void as Vancouver Audio Show pulled from Chester Group website

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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B&W is one of many brands being represented for the hifi event.

With the Vancouver Audio Show that was scheduled to run June 23rd to June 25th no longer appearing on show organizer The Chester Group’s website, Igor Kivritsky of Hifi Centre in downtown Vancouver is stepping in to put on a specialized high fidelity show in it’s stead.

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Igor Kivritsky of Hifi Centre in Vancouver.

Kivritsky will configure the large, multi-room Hifi Centre to feature five separate, uniquely -curated systems, demonstrate a number of high-fidelity products, and host a large headphone/amplifier area as well.… Read the full article

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DAR prize giveaway #9: a lifetime Roon membership

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

“Cliché – an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.” – Wikipedia


Dial-a-cliché. In the hifi demo music world, it’s Boz Scaggs, Rebecca Pidgeon, “Hotel California”, Gaucho, “The Girl From Ipanema”, “Take Five”, Dark Side Of The Moon, “Keith Don’t Go” and, queen of them all, Diana Krall.… Read the full article

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The Far Corners: The 2017 Gibraltar Audio Show Report

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

By Modest I. Predlozheniye

One of my favorite places to visit in all the world is Gibraltar since it is the intersection of so many different cultures. Where else can you stand on British soil surrounded by the Iberian Peninsula and stare out across the Mediterranean and view the African continent? The people of Gibraltar are equally fascinating. They have faint British accents and Italian surnames and love to order French pastries in Spanish. I always feel so invigorated by these sophisticates and I rarely visit this country without gaining a plethora of worldly knowledge.… Read the full article

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Montreal Audio Fest: Day Three, the goodbye

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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The sun came to shine and say goodbye.

My last day of the Salon Audio Montreal was spent somewhat in introspection. First off I couldn’t believe my time here was coming to end in what like such a short time, and secondly I get like this at every show because I realize that these gatherings of the tribe are like snowflakes: each infinitely unique, each lasting just a moment, relatively speaking.

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A tight squeeze on Sunday through every hall.

Organizers Sarah Tremblay, and Michele Plante had pulled off a solid hit with their second tour de force in the comeback of the Montreal Audio Fest following a seeming demise, and resurrection last year after being dropped by the Chester Group.

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Montreal Audio Fest: Day Two, the wall

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Something wicked this way comes: Koetsu Jade Platinum on Thales Simplicity gold tonearm at Wynn Audio.

I had started to hit it.

The wall.

The mental, and physical barrier you can find yourself pushing against (or in my case leaning against), at Saturday around 1 a.m. when you’re finally back at your hotel room desperately trying to make sense of the hundreds of photos, and the chicken scrawl that passes for my handwritten notes on bits of paper, and business cards after a day in Montreal at the Salon Audio.… Read the full article

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