• AXPONA 2013 - Part 4

    AXPONA 2013 - Part 4

    For a vendor, an audio show is an expensive thing. There’s several thousand dollars they put out for the demo space, there’s the shipping and handling, the room and board, and the opportunity costs associated ...
  • AXPONA 2013 - Part 3

    AXPONA 2013 - Part 3

    I read too much, I think that’s fairly clear. Which might explain why, when a fire alarm goes off in a crowded hotel anywhere near Chicago, my first thought isn’t “grease fire over at Gibsons”. ...
  • Robert Harley on AXPONA Chicago

    Robert Harley on AXPONA Chicago

    The Chicago AXPONA show was a bit of a gamble—as is any first show in a city—but this is one gamble that paid off. The Doubletree Hotel at O’Hare airport featured many fine-sounding exhibits, excellent ...
  • AXPONA 2013 - Part 2

    AXPONA 2013 - Part 2

    Apropos of nothing in particular, let’s change things up a bit: what do you know about analog tape? The answer in my case is a solid “not much” – but I’m learning. Why? Well, mainly ...
  • AXPONA Chicago 2013

    AXPONA Chicago 2013

    Not since 1994, when the Summer CES stopped camping out yearly along Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, has the Windy City played annual host to a large high-end audio show. That situation will certainly ...
  • AXPONA 2013 - Part 1

    AXPONA 2013 - Part 1

    Chicago … in March. Really. Is it just me? Turns out, as my completely scientific survey of 5 randomly overheard conversations in a hotel elevator confirms, that there was quite a lot of head-scratching going ...
  • HRT microStreamer: Pocket Rocket

    HRT microStreamer: Pocket Rocket

    The world of digital streaming is one that I admittedly am not as comfortable with as other formats. I still cling to my analog roots and treasure the ritual and spirit of vinyl LP playback–with ...
  • Four DACs from $699 to $3600

    Four DACs from $699 to $3600

    When the first DACs (digital-to-analog converters) appeared in 1985 they were big and expensive. Sony’s first DAC, the Sony DAS-702ES, weighed over 11kg and was built to last a lifetime. Too bad the technology inside ...

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