Audio shows are more than new gear releases and demonstrations to me. They are a chance to connect with the strange personalities that embody what it means to be an eccentric. Sometimes our interests can be socially unfortunate, but it’s during these few moments of the year at audio shows where we audiophiles can feel normal in our priorities, lusts, and musical tastes.
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Joe Parvey of Wolf Audio Systems was having a very busy weekend at AXPONA 2018. His debut of the Red Wolf 2 was popular enough, but also Joe was coming to the rescue for other exhibitors at the show, but more on that later.… Read the full article
There are over 160 rooms and exhibits here at Axpona. Making this event the largest audio show in North America. For some this can be overwhelming and cause a bit of anxiety. But have no fear, the Part-Time Audiophile Dream Team of journalists, personalities, and humorists are ready to be your guide.
Here are some surefire rooms to get you started and off on the right foot.
HHR Exotic Speakers are single driver full-range audio speakers and components based upon the Walsh Principal.… Read the full article
Local Washington DC company Linear Tube Audio (LTA) had a big presence at the show this year. It seemed like every time I turned around, something of theirs was staring me down. Most notable was their dedicated room, in which a bevy of LTA amplification, together with the nifty Wolf Audio server and Mytek Manhattan 2 DAC, drove the super efficient Tekton Design Double Impact speakers to great heights.
Also on hand just outside of CanJam was LTA’s Will Schneider holding court over an array of MZ2 (that’s short for MicroZOTL2) headphone amp/preamp units set up and ready to drive a nice collection of ‘phones.… Read the full article
“Trusting your ears can save you a lot of money.” That’s my version of an old audiophile chestnut. Today this philosophy was proven true by Shayne Tenace of Tenacious Sound. One of the best showcases at Capital Audiofest was a trio of Shayne’s rooms featuring varying levels of refinement and cost. The two rooms of lesser prerequisite financial means were directly in my crosshairs.
Imagine just three components; an Naim All-in-One (streamer/DAC/amp), a pair of TAD bookshelf monitors, and some seriously divine Black Cat cables.… Read the full article
The high-end equipment orgy, now in its 13th year, runs Oct. 7-9 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. More than 400 exhibitors are expected, and they’ll be bringing gear ranging from budget models to borderline-insane assaults on the state of the art.
For quite a while, RMAF was the two-channel enthusiast’s primary major alternative to the increasingly video-, communications- and gadget-focused Consumer Electronics Show.… Read the full article