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AXPONA 2011 Show Report
AXPONA 2011 Show Report -- Audio Expo North America

 

  Joseph Audio had their Pulsar ($7000/pr) uses a 1-inch Sonetex tweeter that has neodymium magnets and cast magnesium 5.5-inch woofer and wired with Cardas cable. They really sounded smooth and taunt while playing Christian McBride's "Night Train". These small speakers really can fill this 12 x 18 foot room. Was very impressed with their resolution; the music came through with clarity and excellent definition.

 

Jeff Joseph was working the tunes using a Mac with Channel D's great front-end software. If you still have not gotten aboard the ripping of your CDs, LPs, etc, now is the time as heir Pure Music software ($129) is great for most enthusiasts while the Pure Vinyl ($229) is excellent for analog junkies looking to make the switch to state-of-the-art setup. See our review of the Pure Vinyl playback and recording software at this link.

 

Randy Bankert had the new Sonist Concerto 4 floorstanders($5895) with the sweet Fountek NeoCD 2.0 ribbon tweeter and pair of 8-inch paper cone woofers. The woofers are proprietary and look the part. The poplar wood cabinet is finished nicely with rounded edges and medium lacquer so as to be not too glossy yet not too flat.

 

Audioengine had nothing really new, but then again why make changes when you already have great speakers for reasonable fundage? Check out our reviews of the Audioengine 5 powered monitors at this link, the Audioengine A2 powered minimonitors at this link, and review of the Audioengine W1 wireless audio adapter here.

 

The intriguing Smyth Realizer A8 ($3360 including a pair of Stax SRS 2050II system) is a unique room emulator that handles upwards of 8 channels. Inputs are strictly analog and the unit does not come with preloaded files as each one is custom to the person's ears. Basically, the unit runs through various freq sweeps through a surround sound speaker system and with mics in your ears; it analyzes the room's sound as you hear it from your own ears. The point is, you can capture different acoustic environment provided there is a sound system there or you just so happen to travel with one. The premise is that you use headphones to listen to your room emulations. The emulation is surprisingly good and even if you turn your head the headphones keep the proper location of the sound as it remains firmly in the imaginary space/place. Enjoy the Music.com reviewed the Smyth Realizer A8 as seen here

 

Clearaudio's new Concept turntable ($1400) handle 33, 45 and even 78 rpm records! You really get a lot of Clearaudio's longstanding expertise in analog replay in the package. Delrin platter, magnetic bearing aluminum arm, DC motor, etc etc and etc. See our Superior Audio Clearaudio special that includes a Clearaudio factory tour plus reviews of the Clearaudio Ambient turntable with Satisfy CF tonearm and Stradivari cartridge. Other reviews include Clearaudio's Reference MC cartridge, Clearaudio Sigma cartridge and our phono stage shootout.

 

Bob's Devices specializes in step-up transformers for phono cartridges. His prices seem right on target and these are personally hand assembled by the man himself.

 

Qualia & Co. Reference Pre-Amplifier INDIGO "Blue" has three inputs via RCA or XLR and one output. External power supply is also included and while they are looking for a USA distributor, I think they may have already found one as of this writing. The quality looks very impressive and perhaps one day instead of a static display I can hear it at a show or for review.

 

Aston Martin DBS and Lambo Supperleggera. Both car guys and gals spent time looking at these two beauties.

 

AXPONA will be holding their New York City show June 24th and 25th, so make plans to attend it now if you missed this Atlanta event.

 

YG Acoustics Anat Studio Reference ($118,000) speakers and Veloce preamp and dCS digital front end. Nice large room and this system was very effortless in producing wide dynamics and precise imaging. Well worth a visit if you are attending the AXPONA 2011show.

 

Speaking of reasons to attend this event, there is a wide variety of music that can be purchased.

 

GutWire is here with their entire line of cables. Their cables are made with high purity oxygen-free copper and the company uses unique wire-weave patterns. Shielding ensures 98% rejection of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).

 

And while you are at AXPONA, pick up some of the many accessories… like the Harmonix Real Focus RF-99MT mk2 tuning devices. So many tweaks, so little time.

 

Oracle came into Atlanta in full force with their new Paris turntable plus of course the Delphi MKVI (which btw i loved the MKV big time). You can see my review of the Oracle Audio Delphi MK V turntable with Oracle/SME 345 tonearm here, and Ron Nagle's review of the Oracle Audio CD 1500 MK III CD player here.

This system is wired with Kimber Kable all the way. See our review of the Kimber Kable PK10 Palladian power cord and a review of the company's budget-priced TONIK interconnects

 

Of course Acoustic Sounds was here with plenty of vinyl and the now famous bang for the buck Spin Clean unit.

 

Click here for Friday's AXPONA 2011 report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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