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    Acora Acoustics from Scarborough, Canada made their debut at Axpona with their top-of-the line $26,490 SRC-1 speakers. These 2-way bass reflex speakers use a 7-inch paper cone and 1-inch soft dome ring radiator tweeter housed in a 3 cm raw granite cabinets. Weighing in at a hefty a 246 pounds a side, the SRC-1 speakers are rated at a 8 ohm nominal load (6-12 ohm range). The rest of the system consisted of VAC's Signature SE preamplifier ($6500 optional phonostage included) and 2 X $14,500 VAC Signature 200 iQ power amplifiers (in mono configuration), $22,000 TW Acustic Raven turntable, $2500 Charisma Audio Musical tonearm and $3800 Charisma Signature One cartridge. A loom of Cardas Beyond cabling rounded out the system.

    Note in passing. I reviewed two "affordable" Charisma cartridges priced at $1500 and $2800 and the new Signature definitely piques my interest. Their earlier cartridges used a cross coil generator mechanism while the new Signature returns to a more conventional square former supporting custom alloy windings. The output is a usable 0.4 mV.




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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
    -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
    -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

  • #2
    Ze'ev Schlik designer of the Pure Audio Project speakers brought the more finished looking Trio 15 Classic speaker to Axpona this year.

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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
    -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
    -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    • #3
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      Magico had quite a presence at the Axpona Show showing much of their product line including speakers from the S-series (S3s, S5s), M-series (M6s, M3s), A-series (A3s). Here in Room 1621, Magico displayed the recently released $63,000 M2s driven by CH-Precision electronics complimented with top-of-the-line MSB digital gear.

      I wish Alon brought his Kronos table.
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      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
      -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
      -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        Art Manzano and AXISS Audio brought lots of fun toys to Axpona this year. One highlight from among the any lines Art represents was Air Tight's upgrading and revision of their product line. Atop that news was the first revision to Air Tight's ATM-2 Plus amplifier since the product's introduction. 30 years of service with no changes is a testament to the product's original design. Also seeing substantial revision were the ATC-3 preamplifier and ATE-3011 phonostage.

        The analog front-end consisted of Reed's $13,000 2-motor, friction drive, 1C turntable plus $20K, 9-inch 5T linear tracking tonearm. The high tech 5T arm employs a servo motor in concert with laser to control the arm's movement across the LP. The highly regarded Air Tight Opus 1 was used in the Reed arm while the relatively new Air Tight PC-1 Coda with technology derived from Opus 1 cartridge was mounted in the Reed arm used on the Transrotor table. A pair of Piega's $25K 711 speakers with their coaxial ribbon drivers finished off the system. Wireworld Platinum wire was used throughout the system.

        This was the best accounting of Piega speakers at a show. At other show, the Piegas sounded lifeless; at Axpona the speakers had a little more resolution and detail yet remained very smooth sounding.

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        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
        -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
        -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • Metamatic
          Metamatic commented
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          I always like the Reed 3C turntable with its cool green lights around the platter/plinth. How did the 1C sound?

      • #5
        This was--despite a slight thickening in the bass--one of my favorite rooms. There's just always something so smooth and beguiling--whatever else the sonic signature--that draw the listener into the music with Jeff Rowland's electronics.

        The news coming out of Jeff Rowlandville was the premiere of his new $8900 Conductor phonostage. Jeff's newest phonostage sports a "standard" gain figure of 68 dB plus four independent phono inputs. The Conductor comes with 2 options for MC cartridges, MM and transformers. Like all Rowland designs, the phonostage is fully transformer coupled so as the prevent EMI/RFI from reaching the circuit. EQ is purely passive and the phonostage also has two power supply options (a smaller $1000 AC supply or what comes with the Ares).

        The rest of the system included the 300 wpc Rowland Model 625 S2 Class A/B amplifiers, Corus preamplifier and Super Cap PSU storage system, Vivid's new $26,000 Kaya 90 3-way speakers with redesigned and curved bass absorbed section (definitely more WAF going on here) and the always impressive Grand Prix table, Tri-Planar tonearm and Lyra Etna cartridge. Rounding out the system was Cardas Clear and Clear Beyond cabling.

        There's something very apparent and magical about the sound of top direct-drive tables and the whole system allowed that quality to emerge. That was an extremely low noise floor and resulting transparency. On top of that, the system regaled in a huge soundstage and palpable, life like imaging along with a grain-free sound.

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        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
        -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
        -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • tima
          tima commented
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          Luv that GPA Monaco turntable!

      • #6
        George Vatchmadze owner of Kyomi Audio based out of Chicago put together a system consisting of EAR's unusual looking $9795 V12 integrated amplifier, Merrill-Williams'
        $8995
        101.3 turntable/$3655 Helius arm/$3495 Koetsu Rosewood cartridge and $10,000 Marten Django speakers. Cabling was provided Dave Magnan. New at the show was the $1895 (black)/$2595 (chrome) EAR Phonobox.

        One observation that bears mentioning here. The Merrill-Williams table might be one of the best tables out there that no one talks about. Year in and year out, the MW acquits itself well in the Zesto room (though I'd like to hear--and that's no knock on the Dyna XX or Koetsu Rosewood used here--what the table could really do with a bit better cartridge).



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        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
        -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
        -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • #7
          Stenheim (now imported by Walter Swanbon of Fidelis) and Einstein electronics teamed up in Room 1534. New from Stenheim in the inside room was the new $29,900 Alumine Three floor floor standing speakers (top); playing in the outside room was Stenheim's $11,900 Alumine Two speaker. The Model Three is a three-way 2-8-inch woofers, 1-5.25-inch neodymium medium driver and a 1-inch neodymium tweeter and houses them in
          an Aluminum cabinet. The speaker's rated sensitivity is 93 dB and needs but a 10-watt amplifier to drive them.

          Driving the Model Threes here was a cohort of Einstein equipment including the $8500 The Tune integrated amplifier, the $16,500 The Phonoamp Phono Pre dual mono, the $13,000 The Record Player Basic with the $7900 The Tonearm 9-inch and the $5600 The Pickup Moving coil cartridge. The system was certainly plenty dynamic but kit was a touch edgy and lacked a little finesse.



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          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
          -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
          -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #8
            Jeff Joseph and Jeff Rowland continually team up to produce some of the best sound at Axpona and RMAF and this year was no different. Simply a music lover's dream room (perhaps because there is so much great analog played in the room?!?!).

            Headline news here starts with the debut at Axpona of Joseph Audio's new $15,000, graphene-based woofer, Perspective speakers. The original Perspective definitely packed a big punch and the newest Perspective continues in that vein. But the new Perspective goes beyond just the woofer material. The woofer (and speaker itself) was totally re-engineered incorporating design changes to the voice coils, former and crossover among other things.

            The story continues with the show debut (used in several show rooms) of the brand new and just releaased $15,000 VPI HW40 Anniversary direct drive table and gimballed arm combo. This table with the Audio Technica AT-1000 cartridge also packs a lot of punch in one package and it's extraordinarily low noise floor allows for more music to come to the fore.

            The rest of the system was similar to the aforementioned Jeff Rowland room including the new Conductor phonostage, Corus preamplifier and 625 power amplifier. Last but not least was the exceptional modded Technics reel-to-reel deck and outboard Doshi V3.0 tapestage. Everyone that walked into the room wanted to hear tape. Funny 'bout that.

            Sonically these speakers punch way about their pay grade and size. Speedy and resolving yet not in your face on the other hand. A perfect match for Rowland electronics.

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            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
            -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
            -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • #9
              Bending Wave Audio, distributor of CH-Precision electronics and Goebel speakers, gets an incomplete here because of this extremely sonically challenged room (one side wall was entirely glass). Analog records were played back on Techdas' Air Force One Premium table equipped with a Graham Phantom Elite arm and TechDas DTi cartridge.

              Drawing everyone's attention, however, were the $220,000 Goebel Noblesse speakers replete with their proprietary bass and midrange driver and customized AMT tweeter. The Goebel's were backed here by an all CH-Precision system too. Be forewarned though. While the speakers are darn efficient (95 dB efficient speakers and nearly a 4 ohm load), it'll take a moving crew to position these 570 pound per side behomeths.

              I did manage to catch 15 mins of the Air Force presentation. The first LP up was the classic Belafonte at Carnegie Hall. Fasten your seat belts right? Sadly, no. But when they were putting the LP on the table I noticed it had a Phillips label (?) and assume it was a Japanese reissue? Anyway it just lacked the aliveness, delicacy and sense of Carnegie that the original or Chad's reissue have in spades.

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              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
              -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
              -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • Metamatic
                Metamatic commented
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                partimeaudophile had this room as best in show?

              • Skylab
                Skylab commented
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                We heard some Stevie Ray Vaughan played on vinyl in that room and it was pretty spectacular, have to say.

            • #10
              One of two Martin-Logan rooms. Here in the Precision Audio and Video room, the $25,000 Renaissance ESL 15A electrostats with their 46 x 15 curvilinear Line Source XStat transducer and dual 12-inch PoweredForce Al cone woofers were driven by a $14,995 Luxman M-900u power amplifier, $14,995 C-900u control amplifier with an analog front-end consisting of their $6995 PD-171 turntable and $6495 EQ-500 vacuum tube phonostage. Cabling here as in many rooms was courtesy of Cardas cables.

              The sound, as with oh-so many Martin-Logan rooms at shows proved disappointing. (or maybe it's just an issue with trying to get a dipole to sound its best under show conditions?) I just wish Martin-Logan displayed their speakers better. Properly set-up, these speakers can do things other transducers can only dream off. For example. No other speaker captures the sound of a sax better than these stats.

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              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
              -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
              -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #11
                Nokturne Audio pulled a rabbit out of their hat bringing a pair of original Quad 57s (manufactured in 1958) to this year's Axpona. I sat there as attendee after attendee queried electronics designer Frederik Lejonklu if the 57s were modded; Frederik proudly proclaimed that the stats were pure as Chicago snow in April.

                Front-end was a $23,690 Linn LP12 (geez am I the only one who remembers when the LP12 was $750) with every sort of modification--just for those keeping score--including the Harban movingui plinth, Klima Radikal, Keel, and Trampolin 2. An Ekos SE1 with Kandid cartridge was tasked with playing LP. Al Lejonklou designed electronics were used including the $4950 Tundra 2.5 amplifier and $4950 Sagarun preamplifier.

                New at the show was the Lejonklou's $42,700 SINGularity monoblock MC phonostage. This attack on the state-of-the-art in phonostage design has 71 dB of gain and comes in a pure copper case. No detail is too small when dealing with signal barely above the noise floor; each specially laid out and designed circuit board is hand assembled and takes a week to build.

                The sound? Well it was a challenging room especially given the Quad's dispersion pattern. I did get a chance to sit in the "headvise" spot but the sound just didn't send me. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Perhaps under different conditions.



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                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
                -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                • MylesBAstor
                  MylesBAstor commented
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                  Anything is possible and probable. Who knows? Could have changed something in the system or something changed between day one and two. Maybe the stock speakers just suffered because I had the sound of Tim’s or Kent’s 57s in my head.

                • Skylab
                  Skylab commented
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                  I had an audio buddy who was super into original Quads, and so I heard his set many times (including restated Quad II tube amps) - and if you weren’t in the sweet spot, the sound wasn’t very good. In the sweet spot, it was pretty amazing.

                • MylesBAstor
                  MylesBAstor commented
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                  Agreed. And I had the sweet spot.

              • #12
                Classe's soon to be released 350 wpc Sigma Class D mono amplifiers (first seen and heard at RMAF) were seen driving Magico S5 Mk. 2 speakers at the show. Room was always packed so didn't, unfortunately, get a chance to listen.

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                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
                -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                • #13
                  Alma Music and Audio from San Diego, CA made their Axpona debut with a system consisting of LinnenberG's of Germany's $18,500 Widor Reference ultra-wide bandwidth 150 wpc (8 ohm) Class A/B stereo MOSFET amplifier and $8995 DAC/preamplifier, D'agostino Master Audio Systems' $29,900 Momentum phonostage, Bergmann Audio's $35,900 Galder turntable/Odin air bearing arm/Air Tight's $15,000 Opus 1 cartridge and YG Audio's $47,900 Hailey 2.2s (making their Axpona debut). Wiring courtesy of Swiss Cables.

                  I really can't say anything about the sound, however, because no one was around to play any of my LPs.

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                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                  -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
                  -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • Alex Siufy
                    Alex Siufy commented
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                    hahahaha! warped records are not a problem with the Bergmann

                  • Rob
                    Rob commented
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                    Bergmann makes a sexy looking machine, its sleek even standing still.

                  • KLH007
                    KLH007 commented
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                    That room really rocked when I was there! Alex played some great classic rock tunes and the Widor had the best dynamics and bass control/extension of any amp on YGs at the show that I heard.

                • #14
                  Jonathan Tinn/Blue Light Audio was conspicuously absent from the last couple of RMAF shows and it was nice to meet face-to-face again at Axpona 2019. Blue Light Audio showcased several new products including Evolution Acoustics Exact Series $18,900 Maestoso 3-way speaker with external crossover, Dartzeel's NHB-108 Model Two Reference Stereo amplifier (North American premier) and Durand Audio's $14,950 Tosca gimballed tonearm/$1850 Tosca tonearm cable. Rounding out the system were Dartzeel's $44,000 NHB-18NS Mk. II Reference preamplifier with integrated phonostage, Wave Kinetics' $45,000 NVS Reference direct-drive table, Ortofon Century cartridge and Ampex's long discontinued ATR 102 1/4-inch reel-to-reel machine (tape from Leslie Brooks of analogaudioinc.com).

                  I wasn't able to get a lot of information on the new products but from what I was able to glean the new Durand tonearm is a gimballed (as opposed to Joel's earlier unipivot) design. Joel keeps experimenting with different tonearm materials and the his latest offering comes with a ~10-inch Carbon fiber tube and Tungsten counterweight. Kudos to Joel too for adding a less rather than more expensive tonearm to his product line.

                  Despite the rather small room, Jonathan and Kevin Malgren of EA managed to get very big sound from the system. The speed and transparency of Ortofon new Century moving coil cartridge shone through in spade. The Century definitely has more of the A95 attributes rather than being an updated Anna. Nor did the tapes Leslie was rolling on the ATR 102 hurt one bit!


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                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                  -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
                  -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • Rob
                    Rob commented
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                    Durand's new 'arm is kinda SAT-esque, don't you think?

                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    That’s been the comment on another forum but that’s about as far from the truth as possible. Check out Andre’s Show report for TAS where he got more of a scoop on the design than I was able. Kinda of like saying SAT copied the old Wilson Benesch CF arm of the 90s.. 😉

                • #15
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                  Gold Note Audio from Italy was represented by Rutherford Audio.
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                  -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
                  -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 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, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • Viva Hifi Scott
                    Viva Hifi Scott commented
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                    That's a gorgeous turntable. I wonder how it sounds compared to others in its price range.
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