Home | High-End Audio Reviews | Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags | Daily News | Search     


  High-End Audiophile Review Magazine & Audio Equipment Reviews

  High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews
  Gear Reviews, News, Show Reports, And More!

  Celebrating 28 Years Of Service To Music Lovers




Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report

Suncoast Audio
Featuring Magico, Luxman, Lumin, AudioQuest, Critical Mass, Avantgarde Acoustic, Viva, Aurender, AVID, And Shunyata.
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Report By Steven R. Rochlin



  Suncoast Audio is a lovely store located in the heart of Sarasota's ever-growing Lakewood Ranch area. Store owner Michael Bovaird offers a wide variety of gear to this affluent area of Florida, and his exhibit rooms wonderfully reflect that. With two rooms, there was a lot of gear to cover here!





That marvelous Magico magic was in full swing as this system had wide dynamics, extremely accurate instrument portrayal, and instrument solidity. Magico's A3 were being driven by Luxman's cool retro look 509x integrated amp and Luxman D-08u CD player plus Lumin T2 network streamer. Cabling / power conditioning was by AudioQuest, with Critical Mass Soto Voce racks and CenterStage2 Feet rounding things out nicely. None other than Peter MacKay from Magico was running that exhibit room and have a feeling he wasn't all that appreciative of me saying nice YG Acoustics speakers (ok, that was a reeeeally bad joke and Peter should have slapped me for that one).





The new Viva Classico Integrated ($16,000) uses 300B power tubes that send the signal to their latest generation of transformers, which are custom-built to achieve "the full sonic potential of the 300B tubes". Producing 10 Watts per channel stereo, tube compliment is two 300B, two 5U4GB, a 6N1P and 6SN7.


Suncoast Audio's other room was manned by Michael Bovaird and included the Avantgarde Uno Fino X being driven by Viva Classico 300B integrated amp, which was a show debut! For front-end duties, Aurender's excellent  N10, MSB Premier DAC and AVID Ingenium Plug & Play ensured the room was immersed with great tubes. All Shunyata cables and power conditioning, plus once again Critical Mass Soto Voce racks and CenterStage2 Feet.



As for sound, these are truly epic hornspeakers by Germans and tube amps by Italians combined with a first-rate digital front-end. If you know, then you know because sure thing it had incredible dynamics. Sure it had a big soundscape. And yes the harmonics were glorious. Many audiophiles know an audio system is just that, a system. Bravo and kudos to Michael for knowing what gear works best together, as a system should.



---> Back to Florida Audio Expo 2019 show report page.







































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
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
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
HIGH END Munich 2023
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
AXPONA 2023 Show Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2023
CanJam Singapore 2023 Report
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2023
Capital Audiofest Show 2022
KL International AV Show 2022
Toronto Audiofest Show 2022
CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report
...More Show Reports


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


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


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


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


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2023  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.