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Audio Limits, Thrax, Hemingway, Weiss Engineering, Antipodes, CEC, Sound Application | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

by Eric Franklin Shook™ in THE Show 2019

LOS ANGELES (PTA) — Audio Limits of Laughlin, Nevada was showing a nearly all Thrax Audio system, barring a few components from Weiss Engineering, Antipodes, Soul To Sole Audio, and Hemingway Audio. The Story Most exciting at THE SHOW 2019, was the Thrax Audio Spartacus 300B Amplifier, which is their most recent amplifier, running a loudspeaker system that is based on the combining of two platforms, the Lira two-way stand-mount monitor and Basus Motional Feedback Bass System. New for [...]

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    Wavetouch Audio | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

    July 16, 2019 // 2 Comments

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    Sanders Sound System | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

    July 13, 2019 // 1 Comment

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