AXPONA 2014: Wrap Up

May 13, 2014

Chicago in April is a capricious time to visit, but while we all got a bit damp here and there, at least this year we didn’t have to dump into the street while we all waited for the fire department. That is, we were able to stay inside for [...]

AXPONA 2014: Sweet Home Chicago

May 13, 2014

Part-Time Audiophile How hot was the gear at the 2014 Audio Expo of North America? So hot a fire alarm briefly cleared the four show floors of Chicago’s Westin O’Hare midway through day two [yes, that really happened, for the second year in a [...]

AXPONA 2014: Soundfield Audio

May 12, 2014

Ammar Jadusingh (AJ to those of us prone to slaughtering names) was showing a brand new loudspeaker from his Soundfield Audio brand, the $8,500/pair Variable Soundfield Tower 3 (VST-3). These are really interesting — powered bass in a [...]

AXPONA 2014: Denon & Marantz

May 11, 2014

D&M were here at AXPONA with offerings Denon, Marantz and Boston Acoustics. These guys are still on my go-to list for quality sound, great features, and reasonable prices — I have a Marantz receiver running my home theater, and I love it. [...]

AXPONA 2014: Sonist Returns

May 10, 2014

As you may or may not know, Sonist founder Randy Bankert passed away a bit over a year ago. Given that Randy was a one-man show, this was terrible news for lovers of his work. The all-wood ribbon-tweeter high-sensitivty loudspeakers were something [...]