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Chasing, and Finding, the Dragon in Venice

By | June 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

by Darryl Lindberg

Every year-and-a-half or so, Catherine and I retreat to Venice for about a month both to enjoy a significant change of scenery and to recharge our batteries—such are they are. We have no substantive agenda other than to wander around in this fascinating, charming, culturally rich, and timeless city.  Of the few activities we do plan, music events are high on the list.  Venice is a city with a spectacular musical history, a tradition of great music and great music-making that appears to be as strong as ever. … Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The Expo Hall (Part One)

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Bigger and better
than ever, this years Expo Hall at AXPONA was alone worth the cost of admission. Vendors were pulling all the stops with their displays and demo exhibits. Traffic was consistent throughout the weekend, and I imagine the Expo Hall will be a popular destination for both attendee and exhibitor next year.
On with the show!

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AXPONA 2018 Coverage brought to you by Zesto Audio

Wynn Audio had six displays featuring ThalesTurntable, KalistaDigital Playback System, Karan AcousticsAmplifier, EntreqGroundbox (recently reviewed by Rafe), PenaudioSpeakers, and ZenSatiCables.Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Wynn Audio – and interviews with Metronome, Kiso, Zensati, Thales

By | May 5th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio out of Toronto, Ontario is always pushing the boundaries of high-fidelity preconceptions in some way or another. He likes to mix things up at audio trade shows with his presentations. His care, and attention to curating large, over-the-top systems has won him a number of awards over the years for “Best in Show” at venues such as TAVES, the Montreal Audio Show, and AXPONA to name a few.

I got to spend some time with Wong, and a few very special guests during my weekend in Chicago for AXPONA, so please enjoy these short video interviews with not only Wong, but Micha Huber of Thales Tonarm, Mark Johansen of Zensati Cables, Stig Bjorge of Kiso Acoustics, and Jean-Marie Clauzel of Metronome.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 2

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, proving again that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Axpona is to me an ensemble interpretation of beauty, ruggedness, finesse and power; all tangled in a whirlwind of song. Masterful as the grace of a ballerina, don’t let these good looks fool you, there is power beneath the skin. Today I want to highlight the sexy designs this industry has to offer. Let’s take a walk…

Feat.… Read the full article

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High End 2017: Von Schweikert Audio goes ultra

By | June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

I can tell when I get to speak to smart people and Damon Von Schweikert with Leif Swanson gave me that impression, of knowing what they are doing and better yet, knowing that brute force is not the answer to everything. But they brought in a humongous pair of speakers with a gazillion drivers you might say, and you would be right. Here’s the thing, they managed what Stenheim couldn’t do last year, make excellent sound in a room with remarkably bad  acoustic behavior.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Karan Acoustics, Goldmund, Penaudio, Zensati and a parlour trick

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Believe it… or not? The Penaudio Serenade Signature.

Magic shows.

Who doesn’t like magic shows?

As a child I was always impressed with anybody who could pull something even remotely magical: Pulling a quarter out of my ear? Check. Naming the card I chose out of a shuffled deck? Check.  I guess technically these weren’t magic, but illusions (to quote Gob from Arrested Development), but they still had the intended effect: To  make me believe something very special was happening, that I was in on a secret, or part of a cool club.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2016 Video: Bricasti introduces M12 digital source controller, M15 stereo power amplifier

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Bricasti Designs is on a roll with two new products at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year: The M15 Stereo Amplifier ($18,000 USD), and the M12 Dual Mono Source Controller ($15,995). Co-founder, and company president Brian Zolner was excited by the extremely positive response to the M12, and the M15 at the show, and said many painstaking hours had gone into the design, and construction of both.

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Bricasti M15 Stereo Amplifier.

The big power amplifier sits on beefy isolation footers, and looks the part of brute force, while the sleek pre-amplifier, and source controller M12 is a perfect visual match up.… Read the full article

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TAVES 2016: Wynn Audio wows with Goldmund, Tidal

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

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By Richard H. Mak

When the Bugatti Veyron debuted at the Toronto Auto Show in 2012, the $ 2 Million dollar price tag naturally generated a lot of buzz, it was the undisputed star of the show. If there is one system which can be described as the “Bugatti” of TAVES, it has to be Wynn Audio‘s Goldmund and Tidal system. The room is situated passed the booth exhibits, and right in front of the Sheraton Convention Center’s entrance. It is definitely the most eye-catching and most talked about room of TAVES 2016.… Read the full article

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