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LAAS 2017: Rethm, Audio Hungary, Aqua create pleasing sound at attractive price

by John Stancavage in LAAS 2017

Looking at price tags at audio shows quickly can start your head spinning. Yes, this hobby is called the high-end, but really? That’s why I always enjoy finding rooms where the rig sounds great, but might not require a second mortgage. One of those systems at the Los Angeles Audio Show was put together by Springfield, Virginia-based distributor Well Pleased Audio Vida. It indeed was pleasing to add up all the equipment and get a total of around $20,000 USD. Granted, that’s still a very [...]

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