The Audio Surgeon, Bricasti, Dynaudio, Octave, Cardas, VPI, Sutherland, Torus | AXPONA 2019

CHICAGO (PTA) — Since last years Axpona, the one thing I looked forward to one thing most, revisiting The Audio Surgeon room. For it is Dr. Andy Collen, “the audio surgeon” himself, that hosts a room like no other. The Story To re-acquaint for some, or introduce for others, let me tell you about Dr.… Continue reading The Audio Surgeon, Bricasti, Dynaudio, Octave, Cardas, VPI, Sutherland, Torus | AXPONA 2019

AXPONA2016: Avantgarde Acoustics, Bergmann Audio, and Sutherland Engineering don’t meet a horrible end

The coffee cup in the Avantgarde Acoustics room was very large, had no lid on it, and was filled to the brim with steaming coffee. It looked delicious, and I wanted to steal it, and have it for myself. But since I had a full coffee cup in one hand already, I decided against it.… Continue reading AXPONA2016: Avantgarde Acoustics, Bergmann Audio, and Sutherland Engineering don’t meet a horrible end

RMAF 2015: Avantgarde trumpets the horns with Sutherland and Bergmann

Trumpeting the merits of linear tracking

I like rooms at audio shows that have combos that I’ve never seen or heard, or never seen and heard together. Audio Pathways out of Richmond Hill, Ontario had an Ortofon Cadenza Black (approx. $2,729 USD) wired into a Bergmann Magne air-bearing tonearm and turntable (Approx. $18,000-$20,000 USD) feeding into a Sutherland Argentum dual-chassis, dual-mono… Continue reading RMAF 2015: Avantgarde trumpets the horns with Sutherland and Bergmann

RMAF 2014: Audio Pathways, two turntables and a chair

Audio Pathways, from Richmond Hill in Ontario, presented what seemed to be a charmingly minimalist system. Two turntables and a chair? What less could you ask for. Another glance showed Focal Diablo Utopias ($12k) being driven by the no-analog-here Bel Canto Black stack ($50k). Strangely, there was no digital here. Ron Sutherland‘s Phono Blocks ($10k)… Continue reading RMAF 2014: Audio Pathways, two turntables and a chair