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  1. 2-Channel Audio
    Ready for AXPONA 2019? If you like electrostatic speakers, be sure to check out the thee MartinLogan rooms featuring ESL speakers. The 2019 edition of AXPONA, the largest high-end audio show in North America, is just a week away. Speaker maker MartinLogan has announced its intention to...
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    This is a continuation of the show coverage from AXPONA 2018, provided by AVS Forum members who attended. This section encompasses companies with names beginning with letters Q through Z. Click here for Part 1 (A-E) Click here for Part 2 (F-P) Raidho @Scotth3886 says: "Raidho was...
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    This is a continuation of the show coverage from AXPONA 2018, provided by AVS Forum members who attended. This section encompasses companies with names beginning with letters F through P. Click here for Part 1 (A-E) Click here for Part 3 (Q-Z) Focal @mtrot says: "One speaker I...
  4. Speakers
    This thread is intended as a pointer more than anything. Audio shows are very speaker-centric events for obvious reasons. This year, I'm at home in Philly playing armchair QB while AVS Forum members explore this year's event, which by all early accounts is the largest audio show that North...
  5. 2-Channel Audio
    AXPONA 2018 is over and by all accounts, the show was a great success. Doors opened on Friday the 13th of April 2018 for what has become the largest high-end audio show in the U.S. For 2018, AXPONA moved to a new venue to provide a weekend of acoustic thrills for attending audiophiles. AVS...
  6. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    No one brand rocked AXPONA 2017 quite like Emotiva . The ambitious maker of high-performance but affordable audio gear demoed its entry-level yet audiophile-quality BasX line at the show, including a demo of a 5.1 surround system. I first heard BasX gear at CES 2017 and it left an...
  7. Speakers
    While Cambridge Audio is extremely well known in the U.K., the brand is much less familiar to audio enthusiasts in the U.S. At AXPONA 2017, the company demoed its flagship AeroMax 6 speakers, driven by its Azur 851 series premium electronics. Although the company did not debut anything new...
  8. Speakers
    At the AXPONA 2017 audio show that took place this past weekend, I captured footage of various speaker demos using my trusty Sony FDR-AX53 4K camcorder ($898) and a Tascam TM-2X mic ($100). While it's impossible to convey what the various rooms at the show sound like through a recording...
  9. Speakers
    No speaker system at AXPONA 2017 could hope to compete with the 7-channel rig JTR Speakers showed at AXPONA 2017. It's not a practical outfit for someone like me who lives in a Philly row house. But, in terms of capability plus methodology, the system JTR founder and speaker designer Jeff...
  10. Speakers
    2017 is a huge year for the Emotiva Audio Corporation; I sometimes struggle to wrap my head around all the new products it's introduced in the past year. At AXPONA, the company showed off an impressive 3D immersive audio home theater system, powered by its XPA Gen 3 amps, with Emotiva Airmotiv...
  11. Speakers
    AXPONA has grown into the largest high-end audio show in North America, taking up six floors of the Westin O'hare hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Today I saw and heard the Volya NoLimits speakers, which take the prize for having one of the most unusual enclosures I've...
  12. Speakers
    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas I saw (and heard) U.S.-based Emotiva Audio Corp.  present a formidable spread of new gear, ranging from the affordable entry level BasX line to the high-performance yet still aggressively priced Airmotiv speaker line. Its expanding selection covers all the components...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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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