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Raven Audio | AXPONA 2019

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

I have known about Raven Audio and their tube amps for a number of years when I met Dave Thompson and friends at an earlier Capital Audiofest.  I was really impressed with the sound and look of his amps finding it hard to believe they were made in America and at the price point that was quite affordable.

I have watched the product line grow each year and surprised each year with all the new models.

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

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

AXPONA 2019 Zesto

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

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: , , , , , , |


AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

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

Rupert Neve Designs, from the world’s finest recording consoles right to your headphones | AXPONA 2019

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

AXPONA 2019 Rupert Neve

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

CHICAGO (PTA) — If it is true that we were all created in God’s image, some of us inherited more godlike ability than others. In terms of the ability to work miracles in the arena of audio engineering, many would argue that people like Rupert Neve were blessed well beyond that which mere mortals are typically endowed.

AXPONA 2019 Rupert Neve

If you are not familiar with Rupert Neve Designs, or the Neve Console, let me quickly fill you in.… Read the full article

Well Pleased AV, Rethm, Qualiton, Aqua, Innuos, GigaWatt, Swisscables, SGR Hifi Racks | AXPONA 2019

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


AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

CHICAGO (PTA) — Mark Sossa of Well Pleased Audio Vida once again demonstrated a stellar stable of components and show-stopping sound. Rethm loudspeakers continue to dominate my personal point-source category, Qualiton, Aqua, and Innuos make quick work of the hi-res streaming, while GigaWatt, Swisscables, and SGR Hifi Racks do more than support the system.


The big story is Jacob George’s new Rethm Maarga v2 loudspeaker. The updated Maarga now has a more advanced and in simple terms longer re-routed horn loaded labyrinth.… 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: , , , , , , , , , |


AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

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