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  1. 2-Channel Audio
    It's been a month since the AXPONA 2016 high-end audio show went down in Chicago. This weekend I finally caught a break and had a chance to go through my notes, photos, and video clips from the show. Eleven of the most interesting rooms at the show wound up with their own articles, which you can...
  2. Speakers
    When I was in high school in the late 1980s, I read Stereophile a lot and I frequented my local high-end audio dealers after school. At the time, Legacy was a relatively new brand, but its take-no-prisoners approach to speaker design had me dreaming of the day I could own a pair. As fate...
  3. Speakers
    One unavoidable truth of high-end audio shows is the price tags attached to gear often seem to come from a parallel universe where a can of soda costs fifty bucks. After a while, speaker systems with five-figure MSRPs start to seem reasonably priced, especially when they meet or beat what you...
  4. Speakers
    JBL’s Project Everest DD67000s ($75,000/pair) are speakers that can keep up with the finest systems in the world. I know this to be true from first-hand experience listening to a pair owned by Harry Weisfeld (founder of VPI Industries). As a result, what I heard at AXPONA 2016 was a bit of a...
  5. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Few companies challenge the price/performance paradigm quite like Emotiva. The company’s products span the audiophile gamut from amps and pre/pros to speakers and subs. At AXPONA 2016, the company had a wide variety of products on display and available to demo. Due to the sheer size of the...
  6. Speakers
    With all due respect to the 2-channel rigs at AXPONA 2016, the most impressively powerful system I heard at the show came from Mark Seaton, who brought 17,000 watts of thunder in the form of Dolby Atmos 7.2.4 immersive surround. Furthermore, Sony’s VPL-VW5000ES laser projector provided the...
  7. Speakers
    Music lovers seeking a pair of reference-quality speakers but who are not ready to join the five-figure or six-figure speaker club, KEF has a proposition for you: Check out a pair Reference 1s. Building on the foundation of KEF’s widely acclaimed LS50 monitor, the Reference 1 ($8000/pair) is...
  8. Speakers
    It’s hard to discuss high-end audio without bringing up Utah-based Wilson Audio. The company’s name has been practically synonymous with performance-oriented no-holds-barred high-end home-audio speakers for three-plus decades. At AXPONA 2016 I had a chance to audition the company’s latest...
  9. Speakers
    Audio shows are not just playgrounds for the rich, if you find the right rooms you’ll almost certainly hear affordable gear that can put a smile on your face. If Andrew Jones happens to be in the room with you, there’s a good chance you’ll actually be amazed by the price/performance ratio of the...
  10. Speakers
    Dear reader, if you find it upsetting that the best system at an audio show sells for $558,200, as is the case with the MBL Radialstrahler 101 X-treme, then I suggest you stop reading now. Cool, I’m glad you are still here. I just got back from AXPONA 2016 in Chicago and have dozens of...
  11. Speakers
    Priced at $14,000 per pair, Focal Sopra No. 2 3-way loudspeakers are positioned as a high-end product. However, the demo I attended did nothing to change my feeling that the brand’s speakers are a bit bright for my taste—I’m not a big fan for the company’s inverted-dome Beryllium tweeters...
  12. Speakers
    Folded-ribbon tweeters are extremely effective at rendering transients due to their low mass and large surface area. Adam Audio—a Berlin-based company that makes both high-end studio monitors and home audio products—demoed its active Pencil ($7000/pair) 2.5-way and passive Column ($7000/pair)...
  13. 2-Channel Audio
    It's time for North America's largest springtime audio expo, AXPONA (Audio Expo North America). With over 110 rooms and 377 exhibitors, the Chicago-based show promises to provide a cornucopia of 2-channel and surround systems to demo, not to mention a plethora of headphones to sample. This...
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