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Von Schweikert and VAC | High End 2019

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Decided to start my coverage with a big room, one of those all-out assaults (or close enough); this is what Munich offers after all. You see, visiting Munich evolved in recent years, no more a plain consumer’s show and more of a continuous show off of what each manufacturer is capable of. The Audio Company had Von Schweikert (website) bring the … modest … version of their flagship speakers, which were covered a couple of years back from yours truly.… Read the full article

Sunday Highlights | High End 2019

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by The LSA Group

I made it to the end of High End 2019 in one piece. It’s Sunday, the last day of the show, an abbreviated work day that only lasted six hours. There were no major mishaps or frustrations. I didn’t damage any costly components. I’m sitting in my hotel room while I type this, reflecting on my first trip to Europe, and realizing I had a wildly entertaining time–especially when I came to a uniquely nutty assortment of Uber drivers through the weekend.… Read the full article

Lee’s Best of Show | AXPONA 2019

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Let’s face it.  You need to read all the Best of Show articles to get a real sense of AXPONA.  The reason is that AXPONA has become a HUGE show.  Mere mortals cannot cover the whole show.  It’s just too big.  We can write about the best rooms but there is some chance we will miss a really good one.

But here are some items that really stood out for me…

Best of Show Sound

Wilson Alexx loudspeakers and the D’Agostino Relentless mono block amps.  … Read the full article

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Marc’s Best of Show | AXPONA 2019

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile, Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

AXPONA 2019 was a high-end audio show that had a little more meaning for me than usual, probably since the last show I did as an exhibitor was AXPONA 2016. I remember enjoying the 630 mile drive between Rochester and Chicago three years ago, along lakes Ontario and Erie, through states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. This time was a little tougher than usual since I had just returned from Hawaii the day before, thanks to Hawaiian Airlines’ new eleven-hour non-stop flight from Honolulu to JFK.… Read the full article

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Daedalus Audio with VAC, Lampizator, and WyWires | AXPONA 2019

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

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

Lou Hinkley’s musical epiphany came at the young age of 12. When he heard some Booker T recordings, he just knew his path had to involve music.  Lou became a musician and then started building speaker boxes for bands.  He developed his skills as a speaker builder and as a cabinet maker, developing quite a reputation as providing the best sounding speakers for music venues.

In 1992 he transitioned into the home audio genre, aiming to build to the highest standards. … Read the full article

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McGary Audio and Salk Sound | AXPONA 2019

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

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

“Wow…how much do those weigh?” the show attendee asked, and I thought that was a rather odd first question.

This was the McGary Audio and Salk Sound room at AXPONA 2019, and the relatively simple system on exhibit was exceptional in one respect–the appearance of the components. I’m talking mainly about the Salk 9.5 loudspeakers and the McGary Audio SA2 power amp, gorgeous pieces of high-end audio gear that seemed to imply “significant expense.” The sound quality of the room, of course, reinforced the idea that we were listening to such lofty gear.… Read the full article

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Ultra-Fi, Michael Fremer, and The Audio Company | AXPONA 2019

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Occasionally, you get lucky. Like falling into step with vinyl evangelist Michael Fremer as he’s on his way to a do an exploration of some “interesting recordings” on a mega-system. Like many of you, I’ve known of Mr. Fremer for my entire “career” in high-end audio, but it’s been a pleasure to actually make a friend of him — and that (more or less) started several years ago at AXPONA.… Read the full article

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Setup Day with Paul | AXPONA 2019

By | April 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

After months of planning, weeks of preparation, days of packing, the exhibitors unload their vans and trailers or the transport companies deliver what looks like an overwhelming amount of crates and boxes. The stuff that dreams are made of…. Or at least for the many of audiophiles and visitors that will come through the doors of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, for the next three days of AXPONA 2019, will have on their wish lists. 

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Florida 2019: Lee’s Best of Show

By | April 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wow.  What a great beginning for a much-needed, in my opinion, regional Florida-based show.  The weather was great, the sound was great, the people were great, the food and drinks were great.  Tampa in February?  Yes please.

But what were the standouts?  Let’s get going.

Most Dynamic System

What can I say?  Damon, Leif, Kevin and the Gents from Marietta’s The Audio Company again impressed with a huge and rich sounding reference system in the biggest ballroom at the show at the end of the second-floor hall.  … Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: The Best of The Show, and Wrap-Up

By | March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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To wrap things up, I think the major question of the show was answered. If the Florida Audio Expo was indeed an experiment, I think the results have given us a proof of concept. Attendance at the show was solid from hour-one on Friday through Sunday close. Exhibitors brought their A-game. The efforts from local dealers and manufacturers afar combined to offer up an especially engaging in-room experience. In some ways, all the factors of what make a great sounding and informative listening session were ticked.… Read the full article

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