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KLIAVS 2019: A few new toys…

By | July 30th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

There were several ‘toys’ that were new to most Malaysian audiophiles at last weekend’s AV show and many of them were analogue sources.

 

In Centre Circle’s room, there were two turntables fitted with cartridges which had lights glowing like headlights. These were the DS Audio optical cartridges which were launched in Malaysia quite recently.

 

The DS Audio DS-W2 was used with the VPI Prime Signature turntable while the flagship DS Master1 was used with the VPI HW-40 Anniversary turntable.… Read the full article

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The Return of the Arion Audio Apollo System | T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I first reported on the Arion Audio Apollo System at last year’s Capital Audiofest, when I had to be careful not to go into too much detail on the company’s proprietary technologies. While the Apollo System ($24,900/pair) looks like no other loudspeaker in the world of high-end audio, the sound is not typical of unorthodox designs. As I wrote the first time, “They have a smooth, coherent and musical quality to them that are about as far from gimmicky as it gets.” At T.H.E.Read the full article

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DeVore Orangutan Reference | High End 2019

By | May 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

DeVore Orangutan Reference

DeVore Fidelity‘s new reference speakers were one of the main reasons for me hitting the show in Munich. This, and drinking beer while eating crispy pork knuckles. Never met with John DeVore in person, we had a couple of chats through social media but not much more, I knew the guy is cool as he has great taste in watches and I can now confirm he is as good of a speaker designer as they say.

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

In one of the dreaded ground floor prefabricated rooms he managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the form of a 4-cabinet, 4-way, 5-drivers reference speaker system that worked marvels on both jazz and classical music.… Read the full article

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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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The Audio Surgeon, Bricasti, Dynaudio, Octave, Cardas, VPI, Sutherland, Torus | AXPONA 2019

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Audio Surgeon

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Since last years Axpona, the one thing I looked forward to one thing most, revisiting The Audio Surgeon room. For it is Dr. Andy Collen, “the audio surgeon” himself, that hosts a room like no other.

AXPONA 2019 Audio Surgeon

To re-acquaint for some, or introduce for others, let me tell you about Dr. Collen and The Audio Surgeon. The story could be a long one, but I’ll do my best to convey the important details while also moving along for the sake of reading time.… Read the full article

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A Qobuz-Worthy Interview with David Solomon | AXPONA 2019

By | April 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

Not too many miles down the street from me in the Atlanta burbs lives David Solomon, one of the nicest guys in audio. Lately, however, I am starting to see how he may be one of the most effective guys in audio.  Fresh off some success at Tidal, David has been working round the clock the past year or so at Qobuz, the French high-resolution music streaming service.  … 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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À La Carte Productions, Luminous Audio, Ortofon, Spendor, Tweek Geek, Vienna Acoustics, VPI – Florida 2019

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The story of this room was great sound. Despite the stated “Value Room” moniker dubbed by À La Carte Productions, and their exhibit room comprising of a system only totally $9,781 USD, I never felt like anything I was hearing was compromised at any point.

Most interesting was hearing the VPI Industries Player ($1,500 USD w/ Ortofon 2M Red) with both the 2M Blue ($236) and 2M Mono ($356) cartridges. I reviewed the Player in 2018, and had it in house for almost six months.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: Wilson Audio, Audio Research, VPI and Transparent

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

The Wilson Audio room was a bit of a reunion of sorts for me.  This room seemed to be the room that many visited first.  Bart suggested to many to start at the 8th floor and “work your way down”.  And no wonder as it offered, in my humble opinion, the best sound at the show.  But it was a journey to get this sound as I will soon explain.

The first familiar person I saw Peter McGrath who had not long ago set up my own Wilsons which was a tremendous success.  … Read the full article

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