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AXPONA 2022

AXPONA 2022 Preview And An Interview With Linear Tube Audio

The Occasional Podcast dives deep into tube amplifier technology this week with Mark Schneider of Linear Tube Audio. Mark Adjusts our perspective on the possibilities of modern analog amplification with his latest creations under the […]

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AXPONA 2022

Julian Margules at AXPONA | AXPONA 2022

Margules has a history going back to 1927. In Mexico, the Margules family has been instrumental in developing and expanding radio throughout the country. I had a chance to speak with the fourth- generation engineer […]

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Best of AXPONA 2022 | AXPONA 2022

It’s been a while since I’ve had to assemble a “Best of Show” list at the end of a high-end audio show, and I was starting to have reservations about the process long before I […]

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Wynn Audio, Vimberg and Karan | AXPONA 2022

This report on the Wynn Audio room at AXPONA 2022 might seem a little photo-heavy. There’s a reason for this–we had five PTA staff members at AXPONA and every single one of them just HAD […]

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New Brands at AXPONA | AXPONA 2022

I decided to focus on the new brands exhibiting at AXPONA 2022, or at least some of the companies that had returned with completely new or redesigned product line-ups. Of those, three loudspeaker manufacturers caught […]

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Refined Audio, Pass Labs | AXPONA 2022

When I entered the Refined Audio room at AXPONA 2022, I was greeted by Cube Audio’s Nenuphar BASiS, a distinctive looking black speaker with a yellow driver ($26,900/pair). The sound of this intriguing system had […]

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Astonishing Avantgarde and dCS | AXPONA 2022

There is something undeniable about Avantgarde Acoustics horn loudspeakers. Something I find irresistible. They can be shoehorned into the most improbable spaces, and yet, I don’t care. I don’t see “cramped.” I don’t see “uncomfortable.” […]

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Quintessence Audio | AXPONA 2022

At the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, the Connection, Knowledge, Perfection, and Imagination rooms are all clustered under the escalator leading up to the main lobby. Quintessence Audio, a high-end audio dealer in the […]

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Rockport and Stillpoints | AXPONA 2022

The Rockport Technologies and Stillpoints room was rocking cool gear and playing Hans Zimmer’s haunting original soundtrack for Dune. [See, I wasn’t the only one at the show making people play Zimmer–Ed.] This was EPIC […]

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Fidelis and Lab12 and a Heretic | AXPONA 2022

A room full of Lab12 gear from Greece? Hey, I got that at home already. I didn’t travel all the way to Chicago to replicate my home system, dangit. I’m currently reviewing the Lab12 Integre4 […]

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Acoustique Quality, Amped, Music Hall | AXPONA 2022

I’ve been reporting on the Acoustique Quality, Amped and Music Hall partnership over the last few years, especially since I was able to meet everyone involved in Munich in 2019. (Note to self–quit referring to […]

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Gunny of Sonner Audio | AXPONA 2022

We’ve talked about Gunny of Sonner Audio before. Aside from making wonderful loudspeakers, Gunny Surya is also a music lover above all else. Whenever I see him, I’m treated to an in-depth program of music, […]

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Luxman and Magico | AXPONA 2022

In the Luxman and Magico room at AXPONA 2022, I drooled a lot. Luxman’s story over the last few years has been a treat for audiophiles all over the world–a legendary Japanese hi-fi marque re-invents […]

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J Sikora Joins Joseph, Doshi and Cardas | AXPONA 2022

It’s not the first time I’ve heard a J Sikora turntable in the Joseph Audio/Doshi Audio/Cardas room, and I feel like it won’t be the last. Joseph, Doshi and Cardas have forged one of those […]

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Focal Naim America | AXPONA 2022

Have you noticed the emerging Focal Naim America juggernaut? Ever since these two brands joined forces a few years ago, they’ve chosen a path of world domination, taking in such brands as Thorens, Musical Fidelity, […]

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Burmester Audio | AXPONA 2022

I haven’t checked in with Burmester Audio for many years, and it shows. I had no idea they’ve expanded their line so much over the last few years–they now have turntables as well as the […]

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Innuos Statement NEXTGEN | AXPONA 2022

When I visited the Innuos room at AXPONA 2022 to demo the Innuos Statement NEXTGEN music server, it was much like the very first Innuos room I visited back at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio […]

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The Gryphon | AXPONA 2022

Let’s start off this morning’s coverage with one of those montage sequences, a series of photographs that allow you to take a deep breath and appreciate the finer things before delving back to the show […]

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Audio Thesis, Norma and Rosso Fiorentino | AXPONA 2022

I was excited to see Derek “Skip” Skipworth of Audio Thesis Distribution at AXPONA 2022–I hadn’t really talked to him since reviewing the Rosso Fiorentino Pienza two-way monitors last year. While I enjoyed the Pienzas, […]

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AXPONA 2022 Wrap Up And Best Of Show | The Occasional Podcast

Even though our written coverage of AXPONA 2022 is still cranking out to the site, the principal writers for room-to-room impressions of the massive audio show that took place this weekend in Chicago sat down […]

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The Moon Audio Booth | AXPONA 2022

I don’t always go down to that big headphone room on the main floor of most high-end audio shows, mostly because we have some real headphone freaks at PTA and they always beat me to […]

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The Audio Company Presents VSA and VAC | AXPONA 2022

Oh gee, another photo of The Audio Company room with Von Schweikert speakers and VAC amps? Phillips must have gone to another high-end audio show. It’s true that I often kick off my show coverage […]

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Magic with Triode Wire Labs, BorderPatrol, Volti Audio, Innuos | AXPONA 2022

One sure-fire way to make a great room better? Make things more affordable — which is not something you see every day. Yet that is precisely what the Volti Audio Razz (reviewed here and here) tries […]

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Rethm Loudspeakers and iFi | AXPONA 2022

I’ve listened to Rethm loudspeakers on two occasions, both many years ago. The first time I was amazed–I had just started to explore the idea of single-driver speakers and SETs, and Art Dudley (back in […]

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Audio Skies, Ideon, JMF and Vivid | AXPONA 2022

Michael Vamos of Audio Skies Distribution, invited me to visit his AXPONA 2022 exhibit room in the swanky Aster Presidential Suite, mostly because I reviewed Ideon Audio just a few months ago. This was a […]

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AudioShield and Credo | AXPONA 2022

At every high-end audio show, there should be something that’s a complete surprise to you. At AXPONA 2022, that came in the form of a small pair of Swiss loudspeakers in the AudioShield room. We’ve […]

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Audio Research Corporation i/50 Integrated | AXPONA 2022

Grover Neville and I had a chance to talk to Trent Suggs of Audio Research Corporation about the new i/50 Integrated Amplifier and future projects. Words and Photos by Graig Neville Besides coming in a […]

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Vinnie Rossi Brama Integrated and Qln Signature | AXPONA 2022

I’m only half-joking when I say that my #1 reason for covering AXPONA this year was to hear the Vinnie Rossi Brama integrated amplifier ($38,995) and the Qln Signature monitors ($18,000/pair). After staying home and […]

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Reviewers on Reviewing | AXPONA 2022

Julie Mullins, a Contributing Editor for Stereophile, interviewed Greg Weaver (The Audio Analyst), Michael Lavorgna (Twittering Machines), and our own illustrious Editor-in-Chief Marc Phillips for the new “Reviewers on Reviewing” seminar. The conversation, as you’d expect, […]

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Friday Highlights from AXPONA | AXPONA 2022

Friday highlights from AXPONA 2022. What a pleasure it is to write those words. It’s been more than two years since I’ve attended a high-end audio show. It’s been more than two years since I […]

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Big Iron from Krell meets grace from Estelon | AXPONA 2022

The new Krell KSA-i400 Amplifier made some breaking news at AXPONA 2022 — and not only for it’s back-breaking 160lb curb weight. The amp, which will retail for $35,000, features the latest in tech from Krell […]

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The Great Pre-Show Gathering | AXPONA 2022

For those on the audio show circuit, there is the legend of “setup day”. For those with particularly fussy gear, or an uncommonly complicated demo, setup DAY is more setup WEEK, but the point is […]

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Fear and Loathing | AXPONA 2022

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled It’s been a long time since I did the stroll Ooh let me get it back, let me get it back Let me get it […]

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AXPONA 2022 Preview | AXPONA 2022

For some of the Part-Time Audiophile staff, including yours truly, AXPONA 2022 in Chicago will be the first high-end audio show we’ve attended for over two years. We’ve had a couple of shows recently, including […]

AXPONA 2022

AXPONA 2022 Preview And An Interview With Linear Tube Audio

The Occasional Podcast dives deep into tube amplifier technology this week with Mark Schneider of Linear Tube Audio. Mark Adjusts our perspective on the possibilities of modern analog amplification with his latest creations under the […]

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