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Ten highlights from the Warsaw AV Show 2017

By | November 20th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The 2017 Warsaw AV Show is in the books and its visitor numbers tallied: 14,000 people put their ears in the National Stadium, the Golden Tulip Hotel and the Sobieski Hotel during the show’s three day run. Click here for a video overview.

This is what a less congested room looked like:

Breaking it down: 1400 visitors (10%) dropped by on Friday, 8400 (60%) on Saturday and 4200 (30%) on Sunday.

The seriously impressive head count was felt particularly strongly in Warsaw’s National stadium on Saturday at 11am, a mere 60 minutes after doors clicked open.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: High Fives on Day Two

By | June 25th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Singing pretty with Sonus Faber.

Smiles greeted me from a number of manufacturer representatives as I headed into HiFi Centre for the second, and final day of the inaugural Vancouver Audio Festival. Seems those tasked with room demos had been making “genuine, and positive connections” with attendees, and were enjoying the more intimate nature of the show. Dedicated audiophiles were already checking gear out when when I arrived shortly after 10 a.m., and rooms starting slowly filling up for demo sessions not long after.… Read the full article

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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 listening impressions

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Beauty is in the eye of the Beo-holder.

Are lifestyle, and audiophile exclusive design terms from one another?

Is it a form vs. function debate?

I’ve been struggling a bit with the concept lately in the strictest sense of the words, and the BeoLab 90 I’m writing about here brought the question to the forefront for me again. The 90 is about as far as you can get from a conventional audiophile loudspeaker design, yet with it’s $90,000 USD ($118,000 CAN) price tag it is firmly planted in ultra high-end audio territory.… Read the full article

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CES 2017: Wirelessness at CES 2017

By | January 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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by Brian Hunter of Audio-Head

Even though 2-channel rooms at CES appeared slightly diluted to a few floors in the Venetian, the giant machine that is audio in general roared on in typical fashion across the giant electronics show that takes place in Las Vegas every year. Of particular note, wireless gains seemed noticeable, or at least pushed to the forefront given the post iPhone 7 world we now live in. The jackless market leader has forever changed the landscape, and much to the chagrin of audiophiles everywhere, appears to have gained a foothold in the popular market.… Read the full article

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Rare sighting of B&O BeoLab 90 – photo set from Vancouver

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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BeoLab 90 by B&O. $75,000 USD retail per pair.

I’d never seen them in person until this afternoon.

B&O BeoLab 90 active DSP loudspeakers are rare as hens teeth, so when I found out I could see a set in person, and that they were just a few blocks from my place in Vancouver, B.C. at the Bang & Olufsen dealer , I could hardly believe my good fortune. I’d had a brief conversation with B&O North American representatives at CES in Las Vegas about scheduling some time with a pair of 90s at their flagship store in Chicago when I hit AXPONA in April, so to have this opportunity appear was fortunate indeed.… Read the full article

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