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2019 CAS Report by Richard Austen, Part 2

Also read 2019 CAS Report by Richard Austen, Part 1   Part 2 of my show report consists of normal sized hotel rooms.  I will not be mentioning the prices of the associated components or every piece of gear in the room.  For more details follow this link to each room with their price list  […]  read more…


2019 CAS Report by Richard Austen, Part 1

I was pleased again to cover the California Audio Show for 2019. The last time I covered the show was 2017 and due to scheduling issues I missed the first day of the show and thus was unable to spend much time in each room. This year I had the opportunity to cover each room. […]  read more…


2019 CAS Report by David Blumenstein, Part 1

The 2019 California Audio Show, “CAS9” as it unfolded, as it was and is destined to be in its past, present and future incarnations. CAS shall always be an intimate affair, not by design, not as artifice, but by its very core principles. It truly is a family affair. All one need do is look […]  read more…


2019 CAS Report by Dave Radlauer

Zesto Audio shines again in every category.  The sinuous beauty of their industrial design consistently blends yin and yang with dazzling élan. Through Joseph Audio speakers with Tchaikovsky playing from vinyl, Zesto’s glorious electronics display exemplary dynamics.  The overall sound is engaging and enveloping with reliable placement cues and strong ambience retrieval.   Tiny size […]  read more…


2019 CAS Report by Doug Schroeder

It had been several years since I attended the California Audio Show, as a particular Midwest show has grown quite large and I can attend without having to fly and stay in a hotel. However, Constantine Soo, Publisher of Dagogo.com and the producer of the CAS, was keen on having many of his reviewers present […]  read more…


2019 CAS Report by Byron Baba

California Audio Show 2019 Oakland Hilton Airport July 26th through July 28th, 2019 Produced by Dagogo California Audio Show 2019 took place at the Hilton Oakland Airport July 26th through July 28th, 2019 and judging by the packed rooms and hallways it was an astounding success.  I have enjoyed attending many California Audio Shows as […]  read more…


An Hour With Dr. Roger West (A California Audio Show 2019 Experience)

I was honored by Constantine Soo, Publisher of Dagogo.com, to jointly moderate with him a Q&A seminar with Dr. Roger West of Sound Lab, which has produced distinctive electrostatic speakers since 1978. It was an honor, since the speakers are legendary, and I had the pleasure of reviewing for Dagogo the Ulitmate 545 last year. […]  read more…


California Audio Show launches official YouTube Channel

Subscribe to the California Audio Show official YouTube channel: March 3, 2019: Founded in 2010, the California Audio Show is launching the official CAS YouTube Channel. Constantine Soo, founder and producer of the show, offers the following: ‘Back in 2010 when there was only the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in October in Colorado, I was […]  read more…


2018 CAS Report by Marc Silver, Part 3

Day Two CAS 2018 See Day One, 2018 CAS (CAS8), Pt 1 and Day One, Pt 2   I have to admit, I slept in this morning. Last night I hung out with Peter Soderberg of MartinLogan and a few other exhibitors from the show, talking about vintage audio gear and commiserating on what has […]  read more…


2018 CAS Report by Marc Silver, Part 2

See Day One, 2018 CAS (CAS8), Pt 1 Day One, 2018 CAS (CAS8), Pt 2   After a short break back at my room, I am now refreshed and ready to see some more demo rooms. Whammerdyne Heavy Industries/PureAudioProject Whammerdyne is known for its very high-end low-output power amps. On display was what they call […]  read more…


2018 CAS Report by Marc Silver, Part 1

Day One, 2018 CAS (CAS8), Pt I   I was able to start my morning at CAS8 a little before the show opened. This was Constantine Soo’s 8th show, and I for one was looking forward to seeing and hearing what was ahead for me over the weekend. Since I am writing this article post […]  read more…


2018 CAS Report by David Blumenstein

The California Audio Show 2018, affectionately known as CAS8 has come and gone, but not without a fair share of sadness and nostalgia. Regional Hi-Fi shows are the lifeblood of the industry. We are talking about an industry which has the number of brick and mortar foot trafficked dealers dwindle precipitously the regional shows fill […]  read more…


CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Final

The final part of my show report reveals the final two awards nomination, namely “Best System Performance” and the “Ultimate Cost No Object Design.” Both recipients come from the same room which were in Boardroom V. Since it is difficult to separate the components here I will say that CD sounded better here than anywhere […]  read more…


CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 5

Entering Boardroom 3, I found my choice for “Best Industrial Design” in the Whammerdyne Truth 2a3 amplifier and Best Value in PureAudioProject loudspeakers. This is a large, 69lb $25,000 amplifier that puts out 4.2 watts per channel. Cables were handled by Verastarr cables leading to the very impressive PureAudioProject Quintet 15 Horn1, each speaker utilizes […]  read more…


CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 4

Eficion Another room that I quite enjoyed was Room 5205 using Eficion F250 speakers ($9,950), Plinius SA103 power amps ($10,150), Exemplar Audio eXception SE preamp ($5495), Oppo UPD-205 4k Audiophile disc player ($1,299) and Line Magnetic LM-502CA DAC ($1,800). I happen to own this DAC which sadly will soon be discontinued. This system had a […]  read more…


CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 3

Spatial Audio/Vinnie Rossi Continuing with coverage of rooms with speakers under $10,000 that I feel offer good sound for the money, here is the Spatial Audio/Vinni Rossi room. This system generated a nice sweet sound with no bass issues. Unfortunately, they did not have a CD player which left me without the ability to play […]  read more…


CAS7 Frank Cheng Reports

Average Crazy Joe Audiophile attends CAS7 After a year of hiatus, the California Audio Show (CAS) returned to the Bay Area for its 7th iteration. The venue moved from hotels across the bay near San Francisco Airport (SFO) to the Hilton Oakland Airport, literally across the street from the Oakland airport (OAK). I’ve attended many […]  read more…


CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 2

Tannoy/Steven Lester Co. In part 2, I will be covering some of the best budget rooms and components. Budget is relative of course, so these are rooms where the loudspeakers were priced at under $10,000. All of these speakers and systems sounded very good and it is sometimes difficult to separate one as being a […]  read more…


CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 1

I’d like to start by saying that the overall sound of this edition of the California Audio Show has been the best yet and that several attendees mentioned to me that they felt it was the best sounding show across the board that they have heard. Perhaps being an airport hotel the construction to reduce […]  read more…


CAS7 Dave Radlauer Reports

Von Schweikert Audio/Valve Amplification Company – California Room, Bldg IV. Best sound of the show in my opinion was the Von Schweikert Audio statement loudspeaker in a large ballroom shared with VAC. The massive Ultra 11 ($300,000/pair) cast a huge and convincing image all the way to the rear wall nearly twenty feet back.  vonschweikert.com  […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 5

Finally, after two very frustrating years of poor planning and an airport stranding courtesy of Jet Blue Airlines, I actually made it back to the California Audio Show.   ASC First and foremost, I would like to begin my report by saying that many rooms sounded really fantastic. One really good reason for this high […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 3

The third floor had the most interesting stuff on it, maybe not the best, but the most interesting. Like last year, the most fun room was the Burwell and Son’s room. This year, they shared the big corner room on the third floor with Bottlehead and Tape Project. The source was The Tape Project’s Otari […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 4

Morning greeted me with a sunny warm morning in Sonoma County. As I got ready for my day at the Westin Hotel by SFO (that is San Francisco Airport for those who don’t know), I look forward to a day of complete immersion into audiophile bliss. But first an hour and a half of San […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 2

The rooms of the first floor and one on the second floor fall into this category. They are much bigger than any room you would find in a normal house. Then, there were five other rooms on the second floor and two on the third that would be considered large rooms in an average American […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 1

This was the sixth California Audio Show and during that time the world of Audio Shows has changed. To begin with, there are a lot more of them, and the California Audio Show have become more of a local manufacturers and dealers show. I know that attendees would like more rooms of equipment, and vendors […]  read more…


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports, The Two Best Vintage Sounding Rooms

Let start with the Burwell & Sons room; it was right there when you got off the elevator on the third floor and it sure seemed to be the best attended room at the show. From a few minutes before the doors officially opened on Friday until after the show was over on Sunday the […]  read more…


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Best Room Combining Vintage and Modern Sound

Music First Audio teamed up with TriangleART and Audio Note UK to produce the best sound I have heard from a pair of Audio Note E’s at a show, and that includes the Audio Note Level 5 system that was at the California show last year. The speakers in this system were some of the […]  read more…


Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Turntable Eye Candy


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Two Best Modern Sounding Rooms

As I said this year I want to cover the show a little differently. I‘ve posted some pictures of turntable eye candy and a thought piece, I called the blessings and curses of Audio Shows. Now it’s time to get to my six favorite rooms starting with the two best modern sounding rooms. Then in […]  read more…


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports

This year I want to cover the show a little differently. I’ll post some pictures and my usual turntable eye candy pictures. I’ll also give you an article about my six favorite rooms divided into the two best modern sounding rooms, the two best vintage sounding rooms, and the two best rooms that bridged the […]  read more…

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