Home  Hi-Fi Audio Reviews  |  Audiophile Shows  |  Partner Mags  Music News       

  High-End High-Performance Audiophile Review Magazine & Hi-Fi Audio Equipment Reviews

  High-Performance Audio Reviews
  Music News, Show Reports, And More!

  Celebrating 29 Years Of Service To Music Lovers

 

 

 

AXPONA 2023 Luxury Premium Audio And Hi-Fi Stereo Audiophile Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com

A Music Professor's Assessment Of AXPONA 2023
Great memories of music plus a renewed energy, and inspiration for the art of premium audio.
Audio Expo North America 2023 Show Report By Dr. Michael Bump

 

 

Room 1533
There's something about Steve Norber that draws you in I feel this guy's on fire with a passion and determination to design high art audio that delivers incredible musical reproduction within attainable budget marks. I visited his room three times during my two-day visit, each finding, well... Steve! He was there every time, always among a full house, with his vibe fully energized, and always so happy to share his love of this art and great music. His gathering of pieces demonstrated lovely synergy, with his bespoke speakers in particular compelling clarity, spatiality, depth, and organic authenticity.

 

 

In addition to his house creations, which consisted of the PranaFidelity purna / ca full-function preamplifier with MM / MC phono stage ($14,500), PranaFidelity purna / ma stereo amplifier (400 Watts @ 8 Ohms ($10,500), and the PranaFidelity Dhara two-way monitors ($9,500), Steve's sources included the marvelous Kuzma Stabi R turntable ($11,139), with a Stogi Reference arm ($4,852), and Denon DL-103R +Fritz Gyger S stylus ($1000), as well as a digital stack, consisting of a Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 and Pioneer Elite PD-65 CD player / transport (both heavily modified in-house).

Jeff Smith's Silversmith Audio Fidelium speaker cables (2.5 meter @ $1,195/pair) and prototype Fidelium interconnects (1.5 meter $TBD) provided a sense of breath, clarity, and overall dynamic energy to the presentation that was second-to-none. Not to be overlooked were the Furutech DPS-4.1 power cords (2.0 meter @ $2,100 each), and the Furutech Power Distribution station, e-TP609 NCF ($2,200). This room sang so beautifully, garnering well-deserved attention.

 

 

 

 

Room 1509
Another of my Best Of AXPONA 2023 Award show experiences, this amalgam of Von Schweikert Endeavor SE speakers ($29,600 pr), WestminsterLab Quest balanced preamp ($25,100) and Rei monoblocks ($32,00 pr) powerplant, LampizatOr Horizon DAC ($50,000), Small Green Computer i9 (w/ optical connection) file server/Roon core ($3,499), Sonore Ultra Rendureclocker ($5,499), and a suite of WestminsterLab Ultra Series and Master Built Ultra cables, was nothing short of stunning.

 

 

Don't get me wrong, I love what was happening down the hall with the Ultra 7's, but the skilled craftsmanship involved in stitching these otherwise unassuming, modest-but-confident-looking audio pieces together to create an experience that placed you in the performance venue, and kept that venue around you as you moved about the room, was scary good.

 

 

 

 

It should be noted that, as did the prior Von Schweikert Ultra 7's, the ESE's were isolated with Critical Mass Systems CS2 LS footers (0.8 size)($650 each). I readily admit to being a huge fan of the Von Schweikert ESE speakers, having reviewed, then subsequently bought/hung a "Welcome Home" sign on them. Kudos to team Hear This, led by Gary Leeds, for crafting this exceptional experience for this year's attendees.

 

 

 

Ear Gear Expo
At the end of the day, and before heading to dinner with some Chicago-based friends, I swung by the Ear Gear Expo.

 

 

 

Though I did not partake with any of the companies exhibiting, I noted that it was exceptionally busy during my walk-through, with a plethora of companies and designs represented with easy access for both audition and education from knowledgeable representatives.

 

 

 

---> Next Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Premium Audio Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews

 

Videos
Our Featured Videos

 


Show Reports
Montreal Audiofest 2024 Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2024
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
HIGH END Munich 2023
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
AXPONA 2023 Show Report
...More Show Reports

 

Other
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

 

 


Industry & Music News

High-End Premium Audio & Music News

 

Partner Print Magazines
audioXpress
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

 

 

     

Home   |   Hi-Fi Audio Reviews   |   News   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2024  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.