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AXPONA 2017: Lee’s Best of Show

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This year’s AXPONA was the second one I attended and I thought it was a very well produced event.  Many manufacturers were represented and attendance appeared very healthy.  And there is no shortage of good out-of-the-hotel dining experiences in Chicago.  I am looking forward to the next one.

Our colleague John Stancavage has griped about he absence of CDs and I must agree.  I may be a bit biased about this format since I have been collecting them since they came out in 1982.  … Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Trends, rants and John’s Best of Show

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The audio-show year kicked off for me with an eardrum-flexing snare shot in Chicago at Audio Expo North America. If those three hectic days near the end of April are any indication, we’re in for a heck of a ride.

AXPONA was the first of what will be the most crowded calendar ever on the exhibit circuit, with three shows in California alone, as well as at least that many other sizable events elsewhere. And that’s just the domestic lineup — the huge High End Munich show also drew impressive crowds recently.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 3

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

You can’t just say “It’s awesome, buy it.”

Eliciting a gut reaction of confidence in consumers who speak your name in conversations of top tier service and products is neither straightforward, measurable, or paint by numbers. Decades of experience and market research at all levels of the supply chain are prerequisite to attaining a seat at the table with the most trusted names in hi-fi. Building a good product is not enough. Anyone telling you different has probably watched Field Of Dreams too many times.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Well Pleased with Rethm and Aqua HiFi

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Mark Sossa of Well Pleased A/V was, once again, show off his penchant for nifty-yet-affordable gear here at AXPONA. Mark is one of those guys with a reputation for exploration: all the brands he carries are just off the beaten path. Gems, all. But most are probably not “household names”.

Take Rethm. Rethm makes some interesting “Lowther-esque” loudspeakers that you will probably never have heard of — because no one writes about these Made-in-India marvels (well, no one other than 6moons).… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 2

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, proving again that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Axpona is to me an ensemble interpretation of beauty, ruggedness, finesse and power; all tangled in a whirlwind of song. Masterful as the grace of a ballerina, don’t let these good looks fool you, there is power beneath the skin. Today I want to highlight the sexy designs this industry has to offer. Let’s take a walk…

Feat.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: New products gush from Mark Levinson

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Mark Levinson has been on a comeback in recent years, adding top staff and developing an ambitious plan to revitalize its brand in the luxury home-audio market.

Those moves started about five years ago when parent Harman International hired Todd Eichenbaum from Krell as director of engineering and set up a 12-person design and development team. A new plant also opened in Connecticut, and Harman gave Levinson access to a $400 million R&D budget.

The fruits of those efforts are coming to market now in a flurry of new products.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: ZMF Headphones appeal to your ears, brain, soul

By | June 10th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

I first met Zach and Bevin Mehrbach four years ago at AXPONA as the young couple was just getting going with their new brand, ZMF Headphones.

I was in Chicago on my first assignment for Part-Time Audiophile and, not knowing any better, was trying to demo everything in the Westin O’Hare hotel. This included spending a couple of hours right before the show closed auditioning products in the EarGear Expo.

I checked out all the hotly tipped brands and then spied an unfamiliar name: ZMF.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Merrill Audio’s Christine preamp is ultra quiet, ultra cool

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Merrill Wettasinghe, owner of Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, is one of those guys in the high-end who seems able to coax a bit more performance out of his components than the average talented designer.

I’ve heard Merrill (we’re going to use his first name here, as it’s easier to type) demo his electronics with a wide range of speakers — everything from horns to cones. In addition, I was so impressed with his Class D Thor monoblocks that I bought the review pair and am getting great results whether I’m running my Revel Studios or Martin-Logan Prodigy electrostatics.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Less is more for Neat, Audia Flight

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Some audiophiles have an unfortunate tendency to judge equipment at first glance by appearance alone.

Often they are guilty of stereotyping products, as in, “Small speaker? Probably small sound.”

Some visitors to the High Fidelity Services exhibit at AXPONA might have made that mistake when they saw the diminutive Neat Acoustics Iota Alpha speakers ($2,380 a pair).

These uniquely styled transducers are floor-standers, but they still are just under 16 inches tall without spikes.

The Iota’s cabinet is internally split into two chambers.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Daedalus goes deeper with new 10-inch woofer

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

The last time I listened at length to a pair of Daedalus Audio speakers at a show, they were flanked by the company’s custom subwoofers.

At AXPONA, I again was impressed by the low frequencies coming from a Daedalus design; this time the new floor-standing Apollo ($14,250 a pair). As my aging eyes adjusted to the dim light, however, I noticed something: no subs.

“I’ve always wanted to do a speaker with a 10-inch woofer,” Daedalus owner and designer Lou Hinkley told me.… Read the full article

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