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Munich 2019 Show report

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Ah. Here we are again. Yet another show report…. [party time!]

This was an unbelievable experience. We are still fresh from the shock of the size and intensity of Munich. Hopefully I will be able to convey some of this here and describe what it was like so that those of you haven’t gone can understand what it is like – because it is not at all what we expected from all the show reports and videos we have watched over the years.… Read the full article

Acapella Sphäron Excalibur – The holy grail of high-end audio loudspeakers

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

Acapella Audio Arts has upped the bar significantly with their new statement-level loudspeaker, the Spharon Excalibur:

Frequency range: 15 Hz to 40K Hz.

4 x 18 inch woofers per channel

Sensitivity: 103-107 dB / 1 W / 1 m

Impedance: 8 ohms.

Over 2500 pounds. Each.

1 x ION plasma tweeter per channel

From $620,000 a pair. Active version available for additional cost.

The specifications really do tell the story here. Very big. Very efficient. And, given the Acapella brand sound, it will sound like music, and not a high-school science-day project or mad scientist’s laboratory experiment gone bad.… Read the full article

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Added HiFi Voice to the Audiophile’s Guide to International Magazines

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

HiFi Voice is in the Czech Republic (it is in the Czech language, so I am assuming)

All such non-English language high-end audio magazines:

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Capital Audiofest Nov 2-4, with Acapella LaCampanellas!

By | October 28th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

We’ll be at Capital Audiofest 2018 in metro Washington, DC next weekend — Nov 2-4 — with our newest Acapella Audio Arts dealer, David Cope of Old Forge Studio. Audio Federation is unbeliveably excited to welcome Dave to the Acapella family.

Old Forge Studio will be exhibiting, for the first time in the USA, Acapella’s LaCampanella 2 loudspeakers,  accompanied by electronics from Pure Audio (NZ), Wand, EMT, Innuos and Aqua.

Capital Audiofest will be held at the Hilton Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852​. … Read the full article

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Audio Quarterly Magazine returns

By | October 27th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Audio Quarterly Magazine…

AQ has a new lease of life. They were at one time the premium hifi and music magazine in the UK. Similar to say Fi in the UK.

Please see our their magazine site and journal. AQ will have a new publishing schedule for print 2019

[I never had the pleasure but LOVE seeing new magazines help cover our awesome industry / guilty pleasure]

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Show Report and Best of Show – Axpona 2018

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

I have not been doing a lot of ‘Best of Show’ reports lately. The ones I read out there in the wild internet chose rooms apparently at random [or as a function of how many advertising dollars were spent this year] and I do not want to be a participant in such a worthless and misleading tradition like this [and in public, on the internet, too! Have they no shame? ;-)].

But people like them and so I will contribute this version of what I think a Best Of Show might be like on Opposite Earth, where I used to live and where things were supposed to make sense and people were supposed to be honorable some of the time.… Read the full article

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Happier New Year 2018

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Neli and I wish all of you a happier new year and many, many Ultimate Musical Experiences.

We wish you:

Better, tighter, more yummy organic bass.

Clearer, more airier inspirational highs that perfectly integrate and disappear into the rest of the frequency band.

Awesome realistic dynamics that are both scary and convincing.

Harmonics, more tasty than the world’s best chocolate, that make you weep [when no one is looking],

and lots and lots of Musicality, an underappreciated delicacy that, when we do get to hear it, reminds us why we spend so much time searching for these experiences – and it is SO worth it.… Read the full article

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Google’s Music Genre Timeline

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Google’s Music Genre Timeline is very interesting.

Note how the popularity of Jazz has grown lately.

Note how there is not a single mention (that I could find) of classical music.

I wonder if the problem we have with music today [i.e. little innovation] is reflected in that there is no massive new genre – everything is kind of balanced in popularity these days.

The iconic albums they feature for each genre could use work, IMO [but, alright Dean Martin!

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EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player demo for sale

By | October 7th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

We are selling our demo EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player. Minty fresh condition.

XDS1 V1 NEW $25,000. Our DEMO $10,500 OBO.

Still one of the top players in the world, or you can upgrade to the recent V3 version for $7500 if you insist on the very best anywhere near this price range. [The V1 to V3 upgrade replaces the back panel and much of the internal circuitry].

We have a lot of experience with EMMLabs products (dealers since 2004), send us an email ([email protected]) or give Neli a call 303-546-6503 if you have any questions about the XDS1, or any of EMM Labs’ other pieces of exceptional high-end audio gear.… Read the full article

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More praise about the sound of our room at CAS 2017

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

the Acapella Audio Arts High Cellini (Acapella High Cellini CAS7 YouTube) driven by Acapella’s own integrated amplifier and Audio Note digital front end was just amazingly natural. Throw out all your audiophile terminologies and checklist. The sound was just so pure and natural. They really can fool you. For me, this room won the Best System Performance award, hands down.

Our thanks to Frank Cheng, a reviewer for Dagogo, who had those nice things to say about our room sound at the California Audio Show CAS 2017

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