Home  |  High-End Audio Reviews  |  Audiophile Shows  |  Partner Mags  |  Industry News  |  Search       
Enjoy the Music.com High-End Audio Equipment Reviews & News



























AXPONA 2016 Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com
AXPONA 2016 Show Report -- Audio Expo North America
VAC Tube Amps, Von Schweikert, MSB & MasterBuilt Audio


Emotiva DC-1 DAC, SP-1 Pre, PA-1 Amp And Airmotiv B1 Speakers AXPONA 2016

   At AXPONA 2016 in the lower level Burton Room was a wonderful setup with VAC's Master Line Stage preamplifier and Signature IQ 200 amplifier mated with the Von Schweikert Audio VR-55 Aktive loudspeakers. My listening note say majestic power and authority with a firm grip on the music. There was an abundance of tight and tuneful bass, with the highs being very extended and pristine.



Front-end duties were the Black Box Ultimate music server by Blue Smoke Entertainment Systems, MSB's Diamond DAC-V, plus a variety of cables by MasterBuilt Audio. They also made good use of room acoustic devices, which many rooms also wisely used to achieve good results. Over the years am hearing sound quality improvements, on average, over years past.



The mating of VAC amplifiers to Von Schweikert Audio speakers is another winner here at AXPONA! Manufacturers appear to be getting a fine understanding of what components work best together and thus mating up to showcase each company's products. Chief designer and engineer at VAC, Kevin Hayes, is also a camera buff and you can see his love of the visual arts within VAC's products.




Harking back to traditional styling with tastes of modern design is the VAC Phi 170 power amplifier. Showcased during CES 2016, the all-new VAC Phi 170 ($9900) at first glance may seem like a normal 85 watt per channel stereo amplifier. Sure, it can be switched into a 170 watt monoblock, and it has a fully balanced input mode too, yet the real breakthrough is inside! For the VAC Phi 170 is equipped with the company's revolutionary patented iQ Continuous Automatic Bias System. VAC's iQ is the only system able to hold each output vacuum tube's true underlying idle current perfectly steady at all times. Say goodbye manual adjustment, bias drift, thermal tracking effects, runaway tubes, and blown fuses. Say hello to more detail, increased extension and punch, lower noise, less distortion, and high reliability.

Truly enjoyed my time in this room as the sound quality was one of the very best during AXPONA 2016! And so they have earned Enjoy the Music.com's AXPONA Top 10 Award.



---> Back to AXPONA 2016 show report homepage.





























Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

Enjoy the Music.TV

Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
LAAS 2018 Show Report
High End Munich 2018 Show Report
AXPONA 2018 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2018 Report
Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2017 CanMania
TAVES 2017 Toronto Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017
CanJam 2017 Denver RMAF
KL International AV 2017 Show Report
LAAS 2017 Show Report
High End Munich 2017 Show Report
AXPONA 2017 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2017 Show Report
Montreal Audio Fest 2017 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2017 Report
CES 2017 Show Report & Videos
Click here for previous shows.

Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

Resources And Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions
High-End Audio Manufacture Links


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

Partner Magazines
The Absolute Sound
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

Contests & Join Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

Our Social Media & Video Channel




Home  |  Sitemap  |  Industry News  |  Equipment / Music Reviews  |  Press Releases  |  About Us  |  Contact Us


All contents copyright  1995 - 2018  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.