Magico, Tekton Design, Parasound, And Raidho
Magico brought their A3 small floorstander ($9800 per pair) to AXPONA 2018 that brings a lower entry price to their line of loudspeakers. This three-way, four driver full range speaker employs their 1" MB7 Beryllium Dome tweeter, a 6" midrange made with Graphene Nano Tec, plus a pair of 7" Bass Graphene Nano Tec woofers. The enclosure design uses a substantial sealed box using aircraft grade aluminum with spiked four point outrigger base. Magico's proprietary transducers/drivers are designed entirely in-house by Magico. Hegel electronics helped source / drive this system very nicely! My notes say the sound was fast and very transparent. Enjoy the Music.com reviewed the Hegel HD30 32-bit/192kHz DAC, seen at this link.
Tekton Design was showcasing their Impact Monitor stand mounted speakers ($2000 per pair) in a glorious bright orange color. This proprietary three-way loudspeaker design aids in controlling output sound directivity. Their proprietary polygon-oriented, triple-ring radiator high frequency array aims to disperses a precisely focused acoustical power pattern akin to a horn or waveguide "without the audible ringing influence of horn flare walls constraining the soundwave for acoustically superior mid-range high frequency performance" says the company. Tekton Design even has a patent on this interesting speaker too! My listening note say smooth high, extended too, plus a very nice focusing of images. Enjoy the Music.com reviewed the Tekton Design Brilliance floorstanding speaker at this link.
Alas, have a pair of photos of Parasound front-end gear, yet not sure if that's for Tekton Designs or another room. Sadly, no other info here on my tablet and so here's a pic for pic sake. Wish I knew more, yet even seasoned show reports miss something from time to time. Did e-mail and call Richard Schram of Parasound yet no reply to date and so here are two photos of Parasound gear at AXPONA 2018. Good news as we've reviewed many pieces of Parasound gear, so check out our archives for those.
Within the Raidho room at AXPONA 2018 was the industry's good friend Rune, a guy who is awesome at high-end audio gear representation. Raidho's D-4.1 speakers in Walnut Burl ($145,000 per pair) was joined by Chord's CPM3350 Class A/B integrated amp ($14,300) and other Chord gear plus an SME 10 turntable with SME 309 tonearm ($8700), Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge ($2000) and Nordost's excellent Valhalla 2 cabling within the entire system. My listening notes say excellent sound, with very fast transients, good bass support and a natural midrange. Note to self, check these out more while at HIGH END 2018 in Munich next month.