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KLH, Rogers High Fidelity, VPI Industries, Wolf Audio, Bel Canto | AXPONA 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 KLH Rogers

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KLH Audio is back! And not to spoil the story, but nothing about the new KLH towers looks or sounds like a budget-friendly freshman effort. Working with Rogers High Fidelity amplification, the old adage of “spend the bulk of your money on the speakers” just went out the window.

AXPONA 2019 KLH Rogers

In 2017 KLH is was purchased by former Klipsch Global Sales President David P. Kelley, and is presently offering an all-new line of high-performance, value-oriented stereo, home theater and personal audio products.… Read the full article

Weiss Engineering, The Voice That Is! | AXPONA 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Weiss

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If you are a mastering engineer or have recorded an album in a world-class studio within the last thirty-five years, you are likely quite familiar with the work of Daniel Weiss. If your roots are instead more limited to the world of hi-fi, you should have come across a piece or two of Weiss Engineering‘s high-end hi-fi products somewhere over the last twenty years. At AXPONA 2019, Doug White of The Voice That Is!Read the full article

Zesto Audio, Marten, Merrill-Williams, Cardas | AXPONA 2019

By | April 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Zesto

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CHICAGO (PTA) — Zesto Audio was demonstrating the full gambit of their stunning high-end tube electronics, along with a new phono-stage. Marten brought their youngest Django XL loudspeakers out to play, Merrill-Williams brought reality to the music, and Benz-Micro came to fly. Cardas brought their new Beyond series of cable and the Nautilus power strip.

The new Andros Deluxe phono-stage is amazing device when you peel back the layers of its features and design attributes.… Read the full article

Four New Turntables from Pro-Ject | AXPONA 2019

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |


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CHICAGO (PTA) — With the official world-wide launch of Pro-Ject’s four new turntables scheduled for MUNICH (May 9th 2019), we were given early-access at AXPONA 2019, to look, touch, and feel the new spinners from Pro-Ject. Shipping on track for this summer. We take a tour of the four new turntables with company personality and all around great guy, Jeff Coates.


Starting with the new Pro-Ject X2, which replaces the 2Xperience SB at $1,599 USD.… Read the full article

Vana Ltd., Audio Physic, E.A.T. (European Audio Team), Okki Nokki | AXPONA 2019

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


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CHICAGO (PTA) — European Audio Team (E.A.T.) unveil a new ultra-high performance platter and tonearm, Audio Physic and Okki Nokki were also making a strong showing in the exhibit system.


VANA, Ltd. announced the arrival of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) F-Note tonearm as well as an optional high-inertia platter/bearing combo just days before Axpona 2019. The new tonearm is compatible with the company’s Forte’ and Forte’ S turntables, while the platter has been specifically designed for the Forte’.… Read the full article

Ayon Audio, Lumen White Loudspeakers, BBS Audio Rack Systems, USA Tube Audio | AXPONA 2019

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


CHICAGO (PTA) — Great new products once again top the list of what is happening in the Ayon Audio room at AXPONA 2019. Starting with the source, the new Ayon CD-35 SACD/DAC Preamplifier Steamer with DSD, along with the new Ayon Auris Preamplifier, handing off to a new pair of Ayon Epsilon Gen 4 Mono-Block Amplifiers, and finally an expertly finished pair of Lumen White Kyara tower loudspeakers, as shown in French Nut veneer for Axpona.


The Ayon CD-35 is a Single-Ended Triode vacuum-tube CD/SACD-Player combined with a fully balanced PCM-DSD DAC.… Read the full article

Wolf Audio Systems, Audience Cable, LTA, Ayre, Sadurni Acoustics, David Berning | AXPONA 2019

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


CHICAGO (PTA) — The Wolf Audio Systems room gets my vote for exhibiting the sexiest horn system at the show. Including and beyond the looks of the Sadurni Acoustics loudspeakers, everything in the system was dialed in and on time. The ultra-rare David Berning Siegfried amplifier opened up the entire system to new heights of texture and tone. Ayre Acoustics, Linear Tube Audio, Audience Cables, and Stillpoints did their fair share to round out one of the best exhibits at the show.… Read the full article

The Audiophile Socialites | AXPONA 2019

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |


CHICAGO (PTA) — Everything I love about audio shows seldom has to do with audio. As for Axpona 2019 in Chicago, it continues to prove itself as one of the more rambunctious of America’s Hi-Fi events. Axpona pulls in the largest crowd of industry partners and hobbyists from around the globe.

From sunrise to sunset, and those dark hours in between, this festival of sound is equal parts “High-End Audio Show” as it is “a Drinking Community with a Hi-Fi problem.” Invigorating and inspiring, it is the people of the audio-show-circuit that keep me coming back for more.

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VPI Industries Bingo | AXPONA 2019

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


CHICAGO (PTA) — Well before Axpona 2019 was under way in Chicago, the team at VPI Industries was diligently at work preparing over twenty turntables to show with various dealers, manufacturers and industry partners. From there, came a fun way to experience all things VPI had to offer, and possibly win a prize.


If you are in the market for a turntable or just interested in keeping apprised of the latest and greatest in analog reproduction, then it is likely VPI Industries is no stranger to you Google search bar.… Read the full article

Fidelis Music Systems, EINSTEIN Audio, and Stenheim | AXPONA 2019

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |


CHICAGO (PTA) — Stenheim unveiled their new ALUMINE THREE loudspeaker, and Einstein Audio Components displayed a full stack of tube deliciousness and a sharp looking turntable.


Stenheim was generous enough to choose AXPONA 2019 as the location for the world premier of their new compact tower loudspeaker — the ALUMINE THREE. The model THREE sits in the middle of the ALUMINE line just below the FIVE and TWO models. The FIVE is a bigger tower and shares more in common with the new THREE.… Read the full article