Axpona 2019 Schaumburg IL

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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,078
    I just ordered 3 Andrea's Vollenweider CDs, along with Massive Attack Mezzanine. I heard these albums at the show last year and this year just cant recall which rooms they were being played in.

    I'm glad you guys brought this subject up as I Should have them in the next few days. Demo material for sure cant wait to hear them on the 2.3tls. That first track off that Mezzanine album is definitely was enjoyable I think they were playing that in the KEF room.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,297
    I ordered several as well:

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,717
    I just picked up that Andreas V record at a used shop in perfect condition for $5!

    Mezzanine is awesome
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,303
    Did anyone get to hear the Orangutans sing???

    this is the one speaker I could someday buy without ever hearing & after everything I've ever heard or read about them!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,297
    edited April 25
    @verb This was the Infected Mushroom song that Parasound played on the JC5 / S400 combo to close out day 2:

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • verbverb Posts: 8,240
    Very cool! And yes I just ordered the CD! Thanks Drew! :smile:
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  • verbverb Posts: 8,240
    edited April 26
    So @joecoulson I have to thank you for introducing me to Massive Attack! Hopefully the Mrs will like em! 3rd row main floor! 9/12/19 :smile:
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,717
    Nice bro!! Enjoy. Been listening to them for 20+ years. Never seen them. Have fun Dave!!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,297
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Something positive that I keep thinking about from the show, is the experience I had on Friday when I walked up to the Cardas booth in the exhibit hall.

    So anyone have any thoughts on whether or not I should buy those Cardas IEMs?
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,297
    edited April 27
    DSkip wrote: »
    I kinda got in trouble with Herb Reichert. He is sleeping next door and I was a bit too loud last night. Oops.

    He gave me a 10:00 curfew tonight.

    Looks like they sent out a special email for Herb regarding room reservations for next year.

    From Lou Mancini:

    "Sound & Audio Notice

    Please keep in mind that as the host hotel of the AXPONA event, this is a 24-hour audio file show & music may be played throughout late hours.

    As the hotel does the best to accommodate guest requests, it is impossible for all guests to be placed on non-exhibit floors. There is a good chance you will be on an exhibiting floor where there is ongoing noise and action. If this is a problem please consider another hotel property AXPONA offers."
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,117
    Clipdat wrote: »
    @verb This was the Infected Mushroom song that Parasound played on the JC5 / S400 combo to close out day 2:


    Definitely ate some very bad mushrooms........💩
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,370
    Or not enough. Lol
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,613
    voltz wrote: »
    Did anyone get to hear the Orangutans sing???

    this is the one speaker I could someday buy without ever hearing & after everything I've ever heard or read about them!

    I had to read this twice to realize you weren't talking about yet another New Age vinyl LP or maybe something from Diane Fossey's record label.

    ;)

  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,936
    gudnoyez wrote: »
    I got a e-mail from one of the Parasound reps yesterday that they got the XL size T-shirts back in stock and they will be sending one my way. What a company, proud to own some of their gear.

    I could of had multiple Emotiva shirt's as they were practically begging you to take them but never took one they were making it to easy. I will visit thier room wearing my Parasound Shirt next year. :D

    Difference between a painting shirt and hang out with people shirt 😉
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,303
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    voltz wrote: »
    Did anyone get to hear the Orangutans sing???

    this is the one speaker I could someday buy without ever hearing & after everything I've ever heard or read about them!

    I had to read this twice to realize you weren't talking about yet another New Age vinyl LP or maybe something from Diane Fossey's record label.

    ;)

    I should have said Devore Oranutans as I heard they were at Axpona B)
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,613
    I did realize that after but a moment's reflection.
    I'd like to hear a pair; based on everything I've read about them, I'd expect to like them.
    Too expensive for me to buy without an audition, though (FWIW). :|

  • warrenwarren Posts: 665
    joecoulson wrote: »
    warren wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Just thought I would throw this out there. I will be driving up from ATL and if anyone has a need for me to bring anything up from this area for them , PM me. Otherwise bring on the wise cracks.
    Now I’m glad we didn’t meet for lunch at Matthews Cafeteria.

    Why is that Warren?

    I'm to old for crass, I didn’t earn it.

    Some final words,
    "If you keep banging your head against the wall,
    you're going to have headaches."
    Warren
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,117
    warren wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    warren wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Just thought I would throw this out there. I will be driving up from ATL and if anyone has a need for me to bring anything up from this area for them , PM me. Otherwise bring on the wise cracks.
    Now I’m glad we didn’t meet for lunch at Matthews Cafeteria.

    Why is that Warren?

    I'm to old for class, I didn’t earn it.

    Fixed it for you.

    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,297
    voltz wrote: »

    I should have said Devore Oranutans as I heard they were at Axpona B)
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    @joecoulson wasn't this the room that every time we were going to walk in to check it out we gave pause because the bass sounded so unnatural and boomey?
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,717
    I was thinking that too Drew. But I think they had a different finish. Can’t remeber what they looked like at the show.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,717
    warren wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    warren wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Just thought I would throw this out there. I will be driving up from ATL and if anyone has a need for me to bring anything up from this area for them , PM me. Otherwise bring on the wise cracks.
    Now I’m glad we didn’t meet for lunch at Matthews Cafeteria.

    Why is that Warren?

    I'm to old for crass, I didn’t earn it.

    If you would care to explain exactly what you are talking about, I might be able to own up to it. As of right now you seem very much like someone acting their age
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,619
    I had a more focused, more subdued AXPONA experience this year. I did not repeat the all-day, 3-day schedule I followed last year. This year I only attended for a few hours each day on Friday and Saturday. The rest of the time I was hanging out with friends in the area. I lived and worked in Lisle, Illinois for a while. I doubt that I will attend the 2020 AXPONA show. I will probably do a couple of the regional shows instead.

    This year I focused on:

    1. Sonus faber speakers.
    2. Focal speakers.
    3. PS Audio electronics and the new AN-3 speaker.
    4. Legacy speakers.
    5. Western Electric tube electronics.

    1. Sonus faber

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    Figure 1. The Aida IIs ($130,000) were, for me, the highlight of last year's show. I spent many enjoyable hours listening to them. This year, the Aidas were not set up properly. There was a high frequency harshness on most music that made them uncomfortable to listen to. I don't know if this was due to system synergy, room placement, or both. They were placed much closer to the rear wall than last year. I was glad to see/hear them driven by a pair of 1250 watt McIntosh solid state amps. The tactile sensation and bass speed and articulation that was missing last year was there in spades this year. But that hot, hot, hot top end was an ear driller. In spite of the poor setup this year, the Aida's are still my favorite conventional speaker.

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    Figure 2. Sonus faber Il Cremonese speakers ($45,000). These were set up with an all-McInosh system in a lobby area outside of four other listening rooms! Still, in spite of the harsh environment, the Il Cremoneses rose above the din and impressed me with their speed, articulation, tactile sensation, clarity and detail. Hopefully, I'll get to hear them one day without all the background crowd noise.

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    Figure 3. Sonus faber Amati Tradition speakers ($29,000). This was my favorite exhibit sound quality-wise.

    2. Focal

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    Figure 4. I finally heard the Grande Utopia EM EVO speakers ($120,000). I was underwhelmed. I kept thinking "this sounds a lot like my office rig". Beautiful speakers though.

    3. PS Audio

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    Figure 5. An all-PS Audio system...preamp, monoblock tube power amps, DAC, and the new PS Audio AN-3 speakers ($15,000). This was my third favorite exhibit. I also had the opportunity to meet and chat with PS Audio CEO Paul McGowan and PS Audio's DAC designer Ted Smith.

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    Figure 6. PS Audio's new Obsidian Ted Smith Signature DAC ($20,00), to be released late 2019. They are entering dCS territory price and size-wise.

    4. Legacy Audio

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    Figure 7. When my ears weren't being soothed by the sounds of Sonus faber, they were most often being soothed by the sounds of Legacy Audio. Shown here is the V speaker ($50,000).

    5. Western Electric

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    Figure 8. Gauder Akustik Berlina RC-7 speakers ($42,900) being driven by a prototype Western Electric 91E integrated amplifier ($9,995) with a Western Electric 203-C CD player ($6,195). Very impressive bass rendering.

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    Figure 9. Western Electric 91E integrated amplifier.



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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,917
    I really liked the WE room as well. I didn't make it the the Legacy room this year.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,613
    So -- are those WE amplifiers SE 300B?
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,917
    edited April 29
    Well they used the 300b tubes. ;)s3axh320gwn8.jpg
    All the empty sockets took 300b this was a massive amp. The other tubes for that amp are 6SN7 and one 6SL7 I believe

    Other WE products


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    Another integrated amp

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    This CD player was impressive although I was not able to listen. Build looked very nice
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,619
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Another integrated amp

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    This is the prototype 91E integrated amp.

    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,917
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Another integrated amp

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    This is the prototype 91E integrated amp.

    Yes I know the gentleman I chatted up for a good long time would not let me take any pictures straight down into it because the patent had not been approved yet. Those guys were great to talk to.
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,078
    Nice one!
    Which cables were being used?
    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
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