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2016 Axpona show report, Part 4 – Memorable Rooms

My favorite part of any show is that quest for something, anything, that stops me dead in my tracks and demands I take notice.  Better yet, a system that commands me to sit and stay a while. In that respect, I have to say that AXPONA 2016 had its share of riches. You could call […]  read more…


2016 Axpona show report, Part 3 – The Rooms

Read 2016 Axpona show report Part 1, Part 2   Legacy Audio / Raven Audio In a rather large ballroom, Legacy was sporting several different system configurations. The Legacy Aeris, actually my favorite of the line, was on display powered by a pair of Raven Audio 300B-based monoblocks, Metronome Transport, and Legacy Wavelet Preamp/DAC.   […]  read more…


2016 Axpona show report, Part 2

Audio Expo North America, 2016 When it comes to audio shows, both regional and “national”, putting one on and finding that ideal weekend that can mostly likely pull in the audiophile and pre-audiophile masses is a bit of a black art. In case you haven’t noticed, some of the more successful shows have been conveniently […]  read more…


2016 Axpona show report, Part 1

While the following is not exhaustive, it is a representation of the varied experiences I had at AXOPONA 2016. The show seemed a bit less crowded than last year, but not poorly attended. There seemed to be a balance overall on displays using digital and analogue sources. I was encouraged to see more youthful faces […]  read more…


2015 Axpona Chicago, Part 2

Each show venue has its own quirks and issues, and the Westin O’Hare Chicago/Rosemont was no different. The bugaboo was a rather noisy ventilation system, which in some rooms manifested itself nearly as a low howl. Some of the main and lower floor larger rooms were affected. Still, I would rather work with that background […]  read more…


2015 Axpona Chicago, Part 1

Axpona 2015 was chilly outside, but warm inside, where the audiophile masses and industry insiders mingled in a comfortable atmosphere of semi-seriousness and heart-felt devotion to the art of audio. Here are some memorable moments from the show as I experienced it. My time was quite limited, as I lost most of Saturday due to […]  read more…


Axpona 2014 Noteworthy Rooms for Doug Schroeder

Legacy Audio A need to retrieve a USB stick with programming for the Legacy processor used with the Whisper, run via Mac Mini took me to Legacy Audio. The Whisper had a more refined and extended presentation than last shows. This was not surprising, given that the cable and cap upgrade which I collaborated on […]  read more…


Axpona 2013 Exhibitor Rooms: Part 1

Axpona 2013 in Chicago was BIG! Well over a 100 rooms+booths to visit and listen to.  We did our best to cover as much as we could while actually obtaining some valuable listening time. Not to mention, time to talk about new gear, time to meet with long seen friends, time to eat and sleep.  To us it seemed the show went very well.  The overall vibe was up beat and positive.  Friday and Sunday attendance appeared to be pretty mellow but Saturday was only slightly less packed than a sardine can.  We even had a visit from the local fire dept. in the middle of Saturday when the fire alarm was pulled. Exciting!  read more…


Axpona 2013 Day Three Highlights

The final day of Axpona 2013 allowed those of use who wanted to listen to the rooms some actual breathing space. Unfortunately, there were still so many rooms to hear that it was nearly impossible to give a good listen to each. Here are some of the highlights of our third day. Starting with Von Schweikert’s ultra high end system.  read more…


Axpona 2013 Day Two Highlights

ay two of Axpona, Saturday, seemed to be the day everyone was out. We got an early start and were able to listen to a lot of rooms but by noon the rooms were almost too booked to get in. Several trends started to appear by mid-day. If you have a $10,000 budget, there is  read more…


Axpona 2013 Day One Highlights

Axpona 2013 audio show in Chicago is underway.  Offering a swelling 88 rooms, large array of booth displays, gear from over 400 manufacturers, and two 90-minute seminars a day, one almost feels like they are at CES and getting fair time infront of listening time in front of each system is nearly impossible.  Nonetheless, a strong showing of fantastic equipment throughout the event has been playing more than just your typical show off tunes, and many of the rooms do sound very good.  read more…


Dagogo is excited to cover the Axpona 2013 audio show in Chicago

We are excited to announce that Dagogo will cover the Axpona, 2013 Chicago audio show. Follow our coverage starting March 8th with daily show reports, live updates on Facebook and the Dagogo Forums, and full show coverage in the week to follow. Axpona 2013 is the first audio show to happen in Chicago in 14 […]  read more…


2012 AXPONA, Part III

YG Acoustics practically defied logic with their room. This was a very, very popular room. After attempts to enter the room on Friday and Saturday, I was finally able to find a lull on Sunday. The large and impressive $119,000 Anat III Signature speakers were wedged into a rather small, oddly shaped hotel room and […]  read more…


2012 AXPONA, Part II

Brett Bargenquast of Audioengine was showing their new line-up of unique lifestyle products that were both easy on the eyes and ears. The Audio Engine 5+ self-powered speakers ($399/pr.) defied their size with their big sound. A notable addition to their line-up is the all new D2 wireless 24-bit/96khz DAC ($599) and D1 24-bit wire […]  read more…


2012 AXPONA Coverage, Part I

AXPONA 2012 was held Friday March 9th through Sunday March 11th. Now in its third year, the AXPONA show organizers Steve and Carmen Davis have brought it back to downtown Jacksonville, Florida where the show debuted in 2010. This year’s venue at the downtown Omni Hotel has proven to be the best yet both in […]  read more…


2011 AXPONA Coverage VI

Bill Dudleston and Doug Brown of Legacy Audio were showing their newest offerings in the extensive Legacy Speaker line. In one system, were the $4650 Classic HD speakers in gorgeous Rosewood cabinetry and the entry level, Studio HD at $1450/pr., a two way mini monitor speaker that sports a folded ribbon tweeter. Both models had […]  read more…


2011 AXPONA Coverage V

The ever gracious Robert Lee of Acoustic Zen had a very sweet sounding room featuring their Crescendo speaker system mated with a Tri Pure Class A 20 watt per channel amplifier, upsampled tube CD player, and of course all Acoustic Zen interconnects. The Quad and Merrill-Williams gear set-up in one of the rooms hosted by […]  read more…


2011 AXPONA Coverage IV

While there are many approaches to speaker design, the true determinant of success is implementation. When it comes to open baffle speakers, few do it better than the legendary Siegfried Linkwitz. His Orion-4 speakers use two tweeters in a dipole arrangement, a single dipole midrange, and twin woofers mounted vertically in the bass of the […]  read more…


2011 AXPONA Coverage III

The second annual AXPONA, Audio Expo of North America, was held in Atlanta this year. The Atlanta Downtown Sheraton provided a substantially larger, upgraded, and more ambitious venue for this show when compared to the AXPONA Show held in Jacksonville, Florida a year ago. As was the case last year, the show attracted distributors, builders/manufacturers, […]  read more…


2011 AXPONA Coverage II

A company with which I was not familiar, but with which I ended up spending quite a bit of time, is Carnegie Acoustics. The company president is Ron May, whose prior company – Dr. Crankenstein – is well known in the car audio world. Ron’s goal in starting Carnegie was to bring high quality speakers […]  read more…


2011 AXPONA Coverage I

The second annual Audio eXPO of North America (AXPONA) was held in the Atlanta Sheraton Hotel from April 13-17, 2011. Though modestly sized with regard to both exhibitors and attendees, it was a great deal of fun, with some surprisingly good sound (given the difficulties of hotel room acoustics) and a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. There […]  read more…


2010 AXPONA Coverage

This is the first audio show I have attended in the USA in a number of years. In the past, I have attended various CES’s, the smoke-filled Sofitel Hi Fi Show in the UK, the Munich Show, and a few of the past Stereophile Hi Fi Shows. As a debut show, AXPONA, was not at […]  read more…

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