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AXPONA 2024 High-Performance Audio, Luxury Premium Hi-Fi Stereo Audiophile Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com

AXPONA 2024 Show Report (Updated 04/12)
Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) 2024 three-day experience featured a multitude of floors, with a total of approximately 200 listening rooms. Special showcases include the Expo Hall featuring The Record Fair, The Ear Gear Experience, and a variety of seminars. Whether you're a very serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you found everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds. The Ear Gear Experience is the place to go to find everything from open-back, closed-back, in-ear headphones and accessories, as well as cables DACs and players. You can also shop audio accessories, turntables, cables and more in the Expo Hall. Plus find new and vintage vinyl in AXPONA's own Record Fair.
---> AXPONA 2024 High-End Audio Show Report.



Montréal Audiofest 2024 Show Report

Montréal Audiofest 2024 Show Report (Updated 04/12)
Canada's Montréal Audiofest 2024 Event Coverage
The Salon Audio Montreal Audiofest 2024, scheduled from March 22nd through 24th, will bring together over 5000 visitors who desire seeing, touching, and listening to over 300 brands of high-performance audio products all under one roof. As the largest show in Canada, you may experience the very best audio/video industry manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in Canada. Within each listening room, exhibitors are elated to share their passion for music with you by demonstrating some of the world's best sound systems from $5000 to $500,000. Montréal Audiofest is celebrating its 35th edition in 2024 and remains the must-attend event for audiophiles and music lovers.
---> Montréal Audiofest 2024 Show Report.



Southwest Audio Fest 2024 Premium Audio Show Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024 Hi-Fi Show Report (Updated 04/06)
SWAF's 2024 high-performance premium audio event coverage.
The Southwest Audio Fest (SWAF) arises from the partnership of Gary Gill (Capital Audiofest) and Lou Hinkley (Pacific AudioFest / Daedalus Audio) and their success with the Pacific Audio Fest event, which is destined to be an annual event for high-end audio in the Pacific Northwest serving the entire Pacific region. We are pleased to announce a new industry-operated show for another underserved part of the country... the Southwest Audio Fest in Dallas in Texas. The show promoters worked for over two years to secure a contract with an amazing event hotel, which is very safe, family friendly, and great weather in March too! Both Gary Gill and Lou Hinkley are confident that this show will grow and the Anatole has all the room a premium audio event needs.
---> Southwest Audio Fest 2024 Hi-Fi Show Report.



Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Progression S350 Stereo Power Amplifier Review

Dan D'Agostino Progression S350 Stereo Amplifier Review
The Dan D'Agostino S350 amplifier makes each musical selection sound spectacular!
Review By Tom Lyle
Dan D'Agostino Master Audio products are not the most expensive audio components on the market, but in my opinion, their audio products are some of the best sounding high-end audio components I've ever had the pleasure of auditioning. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review two D'Agostino Master Audio components in the past. In 2017, I reviewed the excellent-sounding Momentum Lifestyle integrated amplifier, which had an onboard DAC and could also be used as a streamer with its front-panel LCD metadata display. Also in 2017, I reviewed D'Agostino Master Audio System's Momentum phono stage, which I was highly impressed with its outstanding sound quality and very user-friendly front panel controls.
---> Dan D'Agostino Progression S350 Stereo Power Amplifier Review.



Songer Audio S1 Field Coil Point-Source Loudspeaker Review

Songer Audio S1 Field Coil Point-Source Loudspeaker Review
Singing a magnificent song.
Review By Bob Grossman
Do you remember as a kid when you first heard an excellent quality music system? It was exciting, right? That first time I heard music on a good stereo, I was completely mesmerized as if real musicians were performing in the room! It was an emotional experience beyond the thrilling sound. That feeling came back a few months ago at the Capital Audio Fest when I visited the Songer Audio room and heard the S1 Speakers for the first time. I had been listening to music in many different demo rooms with my good friend Ken Sternberg. We were also saying hello to industry friends and taking in the excitement of the festival. Something magical happened when we went into the Songer Room that distinctly grabbed our attention, like the first time I heard a stereo 60 years ago.
---> Songer Audio S1 Field Coil Point-Source Loudspeaker Review.



High-End Audio & Music Industry News

HIGH END 2024 In Munich Features Steven Wilson

HIGH END 2024 In Munich Features Steven Wilson
This just in from the world's most important and largest high-end audio event globally: Acclaimed musician and producer Steven Wilson will be presenting his most recent album "The Harmony Codex" in immersive audio reproduction at the HIGH END 2024, taking place from May 9 to 12 at the MOC Event Center in Munich. In cooperation with the organizer of the international audio show and the company PMC, which has exhibited at the HIGH END for many years, Wilson will be holding a series of seminars on all four days of the event, sharing his vast knowledge and experience of mixing in spatial audio with his guests. At the presentations, visitors will have the unique opportunity to become familiar with the creative use of reference level audio, guided by the Grammy-nominated spatial audio mix engineer and one of the world's leading songwriters and producers.
---> HIGH END 2024 In Munich Features Steven Wilson.



Southwest Audio Fest 2025 Announced

Southwest Audio Fest 2025 Announced
This exciting news just in from Lou Hinkley and Gary Gill, show promoters for the SWAF: Our first Southwest Audio Fest was a resounding success and we already have the contract locked in at the Hilton Anatole for March 21st through 23rd, 2025, with 30 more rooms! We appreciate your investment in this new show and sincerely thank you for being part of SWAF. We are confident that Dallas and the Southwest Region will support and promote the growth of a quality audiophile / high-end consumer electronics event. Looking ahead we plan to incorporate more lifestyle products including home theater, headphones, and personal audio to bring more families and friends to SWAF! Thank you to all of our volunteers including the many regional audio clubs, groups and societies! Lastly, thank you to the generous sponsors who have made the live music and much more possible including Enjoy The Music.com, Qobuz, and Snake River Audio.
---> Southwest Audio Fest 2025 Announced.



Hi-Fi+ April 2024

Hi-Fi+ April 2024 High-End Audio Magazine
Editorial: Editor's Choice Awards
Incoming! Your Views On Audio
The History Of hi-fi+
Paul Messenger 1949-2024 
Competitions: Four Ways To Win! 
Nordost QBASE Reference (QB 10) 
B.audio Alpha One Integrated Amplifier
Tannoy Super Gold Monitor SGM 10 
HiFi Rose RS130 Streamer / Transport
And Much More!
---> April 2024 Issue Of Hi-Fi+ Magazine.



RIAA 2023 Year-End Music Industry Revenue Report

RIAA 2023 Year-End Music Industry Revenue Report
According to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) that works for the music business and companies that create it in the United States of America, "Recorded music revenues in the U.S.A. in 2023 continued strong growth for the eighth consecutive year. Total revenues grew 8% to a record high $17.1 billion at estimated retail value.... Revenues from physical music formats continued to grow after their remarkable resurgence in 2021. Total physical revenues of $1.9 billion were up 11% versus the prior year. Revenues from vinyl records grew 10% to $1.4 billion – the seventeenth consecutive year of growth – and accounted for 71% of physical format revenues. For the second time since 1987, vinyl albums outsold CDs in units (43 million vs 37 million), even as revenues from CDs also show growth, up 11% to $537 million in 2023."
---> RIAA 2023 Year-End Music Industry Revenue Report.



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High-End Audio Show Reports

HIGH END Munich 2024 Audiophile Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2024


AXPONA 2024 High-End Audiophile Show Report


Montreal Audiofest 2024 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2024


Southwest Audio Fest 2024 Premium Audio Show Report
Southwest Audio Fest 2024


Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report
Florida International Audio Expo 2024


Capital Audiofest 2023 Show Report (CAF 2023)
Capital Audiofest 2023


Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023


UK Audio Show 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023


Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Show Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023


Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Highlights Report
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023




---> More Show Reports 



Avantgarde Acoustic UNO SD Hornspeakers Review The luckiest I've ever felt was when reviewing the UNO SD speakers. Review By Tom Lyle

Avantgarde Acoustic UNO SD Hornspeaker Review
The luckiest I've ever felt was when reviewing the UNO SD speakers.
Review By Tom Lyle
In the mid to late 1990s, I heard a pair of Avantgarde Acoustic horn loudspeakers (hornspeaker) for the first time at a local high-end audio showroom. I don’t remember the model of the speakers I was hearing, but I do recall that they were powered by a pair of Single-Ended Triode (SET) monoblock amplifiers. I assumed that these amps were a perfect match for these sensitive speakers. Sadly, I was not impressed with what I heard that day. The speaker's biggest sin was an exaggerated midrange, epitomizing the "cupped hands" sound. Fast-forward to 2024, when I was offered a pair of Avantgarde UNO SDs for review in Enjoy the Music.com. I was skeptical, fearing I would experience something similar to what I had heard at that local dealer many years ago. Before these speakers arrived, I shared my experience with Avantgarde's North American distributor, American Sound of Canada, about my experience with their horn speakers.
---> Avantgarde Acoustic UNO SD Hornspeaker Review.



AGD Productions DUET GaN-Power Monoblock Amplifier Review Defining your artistic sensibilities. Review By Dr. Michael Bump

World Premiere Review!
AGD DUET GaN-Power Monoblock Amplifier Review
Defining your artistic sensibilities.
Review By Dr. Michael Bump
Professional musicians have a first love, and it's usually not their mother or high school sweetheart, but rather the instruments they surround themselves with throughout their lives. Sometimes this serves a nostalgic purpose, though in most cases, it is because the instrument's sound defines them (The Harry Potter analogy of "the wand chooses you" comes to mind). Theirs is a uniquely personal relationship. We all identify John "Bonzo" Bonham through his style of drumming and the sound of his Ludwig drum kit. The size, tuning, shell material, cymbals, use of timpani, etc. were his calling card, inspiring his touch / gesture, helping define him, and in turn, helping define Led Zeppelin. For almost his entire career, Pablo Casals performed on but a single instrument – a cello crafted around 1700 by the Venetian luthier, Matteo Gofriller. And of course, who can imagine listening to Willy Nelson's music without the voice of "Trigger," his faithful Martin N-20 nylon-string guitar, on which he's been performing and recording for over 55 years.
---> AGD DUET GaN-Power Monoblock Amplifier Review.



Aric Audio Super 300B SET Stereo Power Amplifier Review

Aric Audio Super 300B SET Stereo Power Amplifier Review
To 300B or not to 300B, that is the Question.
Review By Ric Mancuso
Aric Kimball is an audio component designer and is a self-made audiophile. It is seldom to come across an audio designer who has eluded the radar among the audiophile community. His father somewhat inspired Aric to take a journey into the audio universe. Aric told me that his dad owned a Pioneer Rack system back in the 1970s that Aric had admired. Aric wanted to own one of his own. That compass point ignited his passion for ultimately designing his gear — a big step from the glitzy look of the Pioneer Rack system. I used to sell those in my previous life as an audio salesperson. Oh, those meters! So, I asked Aric who his mentors were and what components were his envy. He admitted to me that he had no mentors or any icons of audio that he worshipped. Here are a few answers to some questions I asked about his audio formative years.
---> Aric Audio Super 300B SET Stereo Power Amplifier Review.



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