This show was also much bigger than I expected. There were over 150 rooms set up and the venue was top notch. perhaps some of the listening rooms were a little small and I wished for more space in many cases. The big stories and the most hype involved the launch of the new, affordable Elac speakers and Elac Alchemy electronics. There were very long lines each time I went by there. Legacy Audio’s Valor speakers are an impressive achievement that deserves evaluation by all serious audiophiles. The Gayle Sanders Eikon speakers with the Wavelaunch processor and pre garnered a bunch of well-earned attention among attendees at the show.
GoldenEar’s Triton Reference speakers made quite the statement being driven to high levels via a relatively small, single-ended integrated amp. I mean, we listened to pipe organ on that system and the walls were shaking. It was remarkable. Bryston broke out with a number of new product launches and their room was one of the stronger all-around performers. Also, you can’t beat their 20-year warranty! AURALiC’s system impressed as always. So much detail retrieval flowing forth from the YG speakers. And when in the world can I get a pair of AURALiC mono blocks? I want them now.
Technics had a strong showing with their all new direct drive turntables and matching electronics. I am working on some reviews of their gear right now and I can say they are impressive components. In the headphone arena, the HiFi Man Shangri-La Jr rig was the bee’s knees. And I will be reviewing the PSB wireless in ear monitors soon. They will be perfect to pair with my new iPhone. Emotiva had a major presence at the show and announced a nifty little executive system I need to sign off now but I definitely look forward to next year’s installment of Axpona. Great vibe, good crowds, and an appropriate venue. I don’t care if it snows either!