Nagra‘s rooms are always on, and dialled to 11. They sneak up on you, and deliver a different something special each time, always changing it up a little. I still have vivid memories of the Nagra room at CES 2017, my best of show. Nagra plus Wilson plus the maestro Peter McGrath’s breathtaking recording. It doesn’t get better. Maybe it can….
Lions, tigers, and bears – Oh my.
Substitute the first three nouns in that sentence for women, teens, and children, and you’d get my drift about what I noticed over the weekend in Illinois. This was pretty much the first time I’d seen any of those demographics in any amount of numbers at an audio show in North America. And no, it wasn’t just because there was a large dance competition being held simultaneously in part of the host venue, these were women, teens, and kids clutching AXPONA merchandise, and making the rounds between the more than 150 show rooms.… Read the full article
Elite Audio Systems out of San Francisco, California created a very unique, and Zen-like listening space at the Los Angeles Audio Show. They had put up a large semi-transparent photographic background which transported you upon entering the room into an ethereal forest, and set the mood to one of chill out zone. A major departure from the usual plain-Jane hotel room with folding chairs that make up the bulk of demonstration rooms at hifi shows in North America.… Read the full article
Kharma has never been on my radar. Besides being wayyyy out of my league I have always considered the company to be more of a luxury proposition than a true high end audio manufacturer. I’m in this hobby because I enjoy music and showing off was never a goal, not even a secondary one. This year Kharma sent me back to school.
First of all the room and especially the new Enigma Veyron-4 speakers sounded damn good. Airy, open and coherent like never before.… Read the full article
I don’t know how Michael Fremer does it. The Analog Planet scribe, guru of all things vinyl, lugs around a bag full of rare wax to test equipment at shows. Me, I have a hard enough time getting from room to room with my 35mm Nikon D5300, a couple of lenses, batteries, two notebooks, event guide and five or six Flair pens that I somehow manage to lose by the end of the day.
And, after about a dozen auditions I’ve also usually accumulated a few pounds of brochures, gear lists and business cards as well.… Read the full article