• Axpona Jacksonville Part One

    Axpona Jacksonville Part One

    Please check out Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. As consumer audio shows go, Axpona Jacksonville was small scale in terms of scope (at least compared with Newport or RMAF) but big-hearted in its ...
  • Axpona Jacksonville Part Four

    Axpona Jacksonville Part Four

    Please check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The KEF exhibit was dwarfed in the Omni’s high-ceiled, lobby-level ballroom, but it didn’t seem to bother the cutting edge Blade loudspeaker–TAS’ current cover story-a ...
  • Axpona Jacksonville Part Three

    Axpona Jacksonville Part Three

    Please check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4. Summoning an audible gasp were the Audio Power Labs 833TNT monoblocks ($175k). Engineered and built in Columbus Ohio, nothing adequately describes what it’s like to ...
  • T.H.E. Show Newport Beach

    T.H.E. Show Newport Beach

    What do soft sea breezes, Tommy Bahama print shirts, and Wayfarer shades have in common with high-end audio? It could only be T.H.E. Show, Newport Beach. Fresh off its 2011 debut, this consumer-attended success story ...
  • Fritz Speakers Carbon 7 (TAS 219)

    Fritz Speakers Carbon 7 (TAS 219)

    I’m a small speaker guy. It comes naturally. My listening rooms have always been modest in size, and well suited to two-way compact speakers. Personally I like the quasi-nearfield experience which allows me to hear ...
  • Axpona Jacksonville Part Two

    Axpona Jacksonville Part Two

    Please check out Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4. I observed a different side of the YG Anat 3 Signature ($119k) at Axpona. In rotation with the YG entry level Carmel, the Anat was ...
  • Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian first appeared on the music scene as a preternaturally mature thirteen-year-old singing “Society’s Child,” a tale of an inter-racial romance that was swiftly banned on radio stations due to its perceived incendiary content. ...
  • REL T-5 2.1-Channel System (TAS 220)

    REL T-5 2.1-Channel System (TAS 220)

    Here’s the scenario: Small, cozy den with a generous love seat for you and your significant other, who, as it turns out, happens to love movies especially on the newly installed wall-mounted flat panel. And ...
  • Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits’ Bad As Me picks up where the inimitable singer/songwriter left off in with his rowdy Real Gone (2004) and lurid Blood Money/Alice (2002). The hiatus certainly hasn’t blunted Waits’ ironic brand of gallows ...

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