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  • Axpona 2018: End of the Road, Will Snow Prevent Me From Leaving?

    Axpona 2018 Standouts

    Top Five Show Sounds

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    1. GTT Audio lineup:
    YG Acoustics Sonja XV Jr. speakers
    Audionet Heisenberg amplifiers, Stern preamplifier, PAM 2 phonostage
    Kronos turntable
    Air Tight Opus 1 cartridge
    Kubala-Sosna cabling

    2. Quintessence Audio lineup:
    Wilson Audio Alexia 2 Speakers
    Audio Research Reference M160 amplifiers and Reference 6 linestage
    AMG Viella 12 table and 12JT 12-inch Arm
    DS W2 Optical Cartridge system
    Kubala-Sosna cables

    3. Paragon Sight and Sound lineup:
    Wilson Audio Sasha 2 speakers
    Doshi stereo amplifier, Doshi Audio V3.0 Linestage, phonostage and tapestage
    Studer A810 Tape Machine
    Brinkmann Turntable
    Koetsu Jade cartridge
    Transparent Audio Cabling

    4. Precision Audio Video lineup:
    Martin Logan Renaissance ESL 15 speakers
    Constellation Taurus amplifiers, Pictor preamplifier, Andromeda phonostage
    Continuum Obsidian turntable and Viper arm
    Ortofon A95 cartridge

    5. Magico lineup:
    Magico A3 Speakers
    Constellation Taurus stereo amplifier, Pictor preamplifier

    Best new product introductions

    Magico A3 Speakers

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    Doshi Audio Stereo amplifier

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    Audio Research Reference M160 monoblock amplifiers

    Playback Design Dream Series

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    Acoustic Sounds UHQR Jimi Hendrix: Axis: Bold as Love (acid not included)

    Pneupod NP-1 isolators

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    Analogmagik Test Record

    Equipment Would Like to Bring Home

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    Analog: Thales Statement tonearm

    Digital: Playback Designs MPD-8 DAC

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    Electronics: Audionet Heisenberg amplifiers

    Accessory (tie): HRS VXR Audio stand; Analogmagik test LP

    Cables: Kubala-Sosna Realization Series cables

    Budget analog: In The Groove Ultrasonic RCM
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor,

    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 440 mono amps
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

  • #2
    Did you get to see/hear everything? I appreciate it is quite a tall order!
    DIY TT w/ Transrotor mech, Roksan Tabriz Zi, SAE 1000LT
    Vacuum State JLTi phono stage, SAS B11a pre-amp, DIY 2A3 monoblocks
    DIY HD XMOS-based USB->S/PDIF converter, Danish Audio Designs 3-box DAC10
    DIY 3-way folded line speakers, DIY Open Baffles


    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Hardly! And will only get worse next year.

  • #3
    Many thanks for sharing. Would it be possible for your to share your impressions on the GTT room with Heisenberg amps especially in terms of timbres and microdynamics? thanks


    • ashandger
      ashandger commented
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      Do you mean the Stern preamp? Not familiar with Schrodinger preamp from Audionet?

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      Heisenberg and Schrödinger were both German physcists/theoreticians in the middle of the 20th C working on quantum theory. Each received a Noble prize. (Back when it meant something.)

      Given Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle I found it amusing someone would name an amplifier 'Heisenberg'.

      Schrödinger had a cat.

    • ashandger
      ashandger commented
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      May be their phonostage will be called Schrodinger....perfect for Myles' cat to enjoy!!!

  • #4
    Myles - Thanks for taking the time to cover the show with great pics and commentary.
    Primary 2 channel stuff: Atma-Sphere MP-1 Mk 3.3, Pass Labs X600.5 amps, Aerial SW 12 subs, True Sound Works Ultimate Apogee Divas, Dunlavy SC4s, VPI HRX Reference w Avenger mag drive and Reference footers, Gimbal Fatboy, Yamaha GT2000 for Mono, Miyajima Kansui, Miyajima ZERO, Fidelity Research MC-201 & 202, VPI ADS, Vendetta Research SCP-1, Audio Note UK- 3.1X II balanced DAC, Meridian Sooloos, Western Electric Speaker wire, mostly diy balanced interconnects, Furutech Power Cords


    • #5
      Great coverage !! Bravo !!


      • #6
        Bill always puts on a good show. His big room with the Sonjas (forget which version) is amazing!
        Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s


        • #7
          That was the Sonja XV Jr., which is a scaled-down Sonja XV (like an extreme version of the 2.2, instead of 2.3).
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