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Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report

Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report
Florida's Fantastic International Audio Exposition In Tampa.

 

Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report

 

  The funtastic Florida International Audio Expo 2024 took place from February 16th through 18th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed experiencing 12 floors' filled with great luxurious high-performance sound gear produced by the world's leading premium audio / hi-fi / stereo consumer electronics brands. As their exciting fifth annual Florida International Audio Expo, this was the opportunity for audio and music aficionados to discover this sensational showcase of products that included home and desktop stereo systems, record players / turntables, headphones, loudspeakers, digital audio music streamers, Hi-Res Audio DACs, cables, amplifiers and more!

 

 

The Best-Sounding FIAE To Date! Florida International Audio Expo 2024 high-performance audio show coverage. SWAF 2024 Show Report By Maurice Jeffries

The Best-Sounding FIAE To Date!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 high-performance audio show coverage.
SWAF 2024 Show Report By Maurice Jeffries
For me, mid-February in Central Florida usually means a two-hour road trip from Orlando to Tampa to attend the annual (and now well-established) Florida International Audio Expo (FIAE, previously FLAX – I prefer the latter as it rolls off the tongue more easily). Warm sunny days, pleasant balmy nights, great tunes, good food, and more than a few libations typically define FIAE show weekends. This year's shebang delivered most of the expected thrills, but the awful weather (wet, dreary, and cold) dampened spirits somewhat, and the venue elevators seemed even slower this year. Still, and on balance, I thought this the finest sounding FIAE yet (I've attended all but one), with a fine (if perhaps slightly smaller) cohort of manufacturers, distributors, and dealers demo'ing high-performance gear from around the globe, and at all price points.
---> The Best-Sounding FIAE To Date!

 

 

FIAE 2024 Show Reports By Bill Hanson

Passion, Joy, And Music In Tampa Fine sounds at the Florida International Audio Expo 2024. FIAE 2024 Show Report Part 1 By Bill Hanson

Passion, Joy, And Music In Tampa
Fine sounds at the Florida International Audio Expo 2024.
FIAE 2024 Show Report Part 1 By Bill Hanson
It is easy to get distracted by the equipment at an audio show. Being my first show in several decades it was a bit overwhelming at times. Yet what is really at the heart of these shows and why this hobby is growing is a mix of the love of music, the passion and emotions music brings us. Music, like a good meal, should take us places and bring back memories. This weekend I had several of these reminders. Adding to the joy of the weekend was meeting the people creating art with soldering irons and other materials, making some new friends, running across old ones, and being able to finally meet a friend after three decades of talking. That sense of memory came very early on Friday. Coming off the elevator to my room I was greeted with Movement 8 "Hornpipe" from Handel's Water Music. As music does it pulled me into the Suite and I had my first exposure to Grandinote.
---> Passion, Joy, And Music In Tampa.

 

 

Surprises At The Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Music can open up the heart and soul. FIAE 2024 Show Report Part 2 By Bill Hanson

Surprises At The Florida International Audio Expo 2024
Music can open up the heart and soul.
FIAE 2024 Show Report Part 2 By Bill Hanson
As I alluded to within Part 1 of my FIAE 2024 report, audio shows can be overwhelming. Many of us have seen pics, read reviews, and perhaps even watched YouTube videos. Yet walking the halls, hearing each sound system we dreamt about, plus talking with designers too, it takes shows to a different level. With this being my first high-performance audio show in a few decades, there were times it was difficult to try to be objective and not just feel like a four-year-old in a candy store. There was a comfort in finding out I wasn't the only one as I had a gentleman come up to me and ask me questions about how to act at the show. It was his very first show like this of any kind and was worried he'd be too excited. I had hoped I would cross paths with him and find out what he thought, but it wasn't meant to be.
---> Surprises At The Florida International Audio Expo 2024.

 

 

 

Special Photofest From FIAE 2024

Fabulous Photofest From The FIAE 2024 A sensation

Fabulous Photofest From The FIAE 2024
A sensational selection of photos from the Tampa hi-fi event.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Here's three pages filled with exceptional photos of high-performance audio gear that was in Tampa during the Florida International Audio Expo 2024. As always... enjoy the music!
---> Fabulous Photofest From The FIAE 2024.

 

 

 

FIAE 2024 Show Reports By Steven R. Rochlin

The FUNtastic Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Great gear, magical music and amazing attendance! FIAE 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

The FUNtastic Florida International Audio Expo 2024
Great gear, magical music and amazing attendance!
FIAE 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Before I begin reporting on the many rooms.... If you have not heard by now, this past weekend's Florida International Audio Expo was a resounding success by every measure! Was there an increase in attendance, yes. More gear to see and hear, yes again. A wide array of magical music and not just that 'audiophile-approved' stuff to hear and discover, yes once again! A record amount of press coverage is already making its way online, with print publications surely giving expensive physical paper space within their next edition. The weather was outstanding and warm for the week leading into the show plus during setup and Friday. Today is the Monday 'hangover' and yes there's sunny weather; so those who decided to stay an extra week with their family will bask in the sun while experiencing Disneyworld, Bush Gardens, Universal Studios, NASA / Space Coast... or just hang out and tan at the USA's #1-rated Siesta Key beach. It's all here for your enjoyment and pleasure.
---> The FUNtastic Florida International Audio Expo 2024.

 

 

House Of Stereo Features Naim Electronics And Focal Loudspeakers A one-two punch of top quality for your home, office, and outdoor living too! Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

House Of Stereo Features Naim Electronics And Focal Loudspeakers
A one-two hi-fi punch for your home, office, and outdoor living too!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
It was delightful meeting the folks at Naim / Focal and longtime Florida retailer House of Stereo based in Jacksonville. Have personally visited their previous location decades ago, and wow they have grown quite a bit over the years! There was a lot to see and hear so let's get right to it. As this is the Sunshine State and we do enjoy our luxurious Pooltopia with outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and gardens, my Muse / wife Heather and I listened to the Naim electronics with Focal's OD Stone 8 outdoor landscape speakers in sand color ($799 each, also available in Basalt and Limestone colors). These two-way 8” outdoor textured speakers are IP55 certified and have anti-UV treatment to withstand adverse weather and climates. The sound was quite good, with generous midrange and smooth highs. Four or eight of these within your property would musically fulfill your outdoor lifestyle.
---> House Of Stereo Features Naim Electronics And Focal Loudspeakers.

 

 

Gershman Acoustics 30th Anniversary Loudspeaker Celebration Florida is the place to celebrate Gershman’s thrilling 30th anniversary!

Gershman Acoustics 30th Anniversary Loudspeaker Celebration
Florida is the place to celebrate Gershman's thrilling 30th anniversary!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
The multi-award-earning Canadian company Gershman Acoustics favorably distinguished the Florida International Audio Expo 2024 with their new 30th Anniversary Black Swan floorstanding loudspeaker ($90,000). As their top-line reference loudspeaker, you know there's very special technology and advanced engineering within this new design. This wonderful work of audio art is the company's no-holds-barred loudspeaker design and has a very wide frequency response from a room shaking 18 Hz to a smooth 24 kHz. Sensitivity is 88dB/W/m, with driver compliment being a powerful 12" woofer, marvelous 5.25" midrange, and delightful 1" dome tweeter. Joining the party are the Convergent Audio Technology C.A.T. monoblocks ($70,000 per pair), C.A.T. preamplifier ($100,000), plus Wolf Audio music streamer and Aavik Hi-Res Audio DAC.
---> Gershman Acoustics 30th Anniversary Loudspeaker Celebration.

 

 

The Magnificent Margules Group At FIAE 2024 Makin' more deep bass than should be legal.

The Magnificent Margules Group At FIAE 2024
Makin' more deep bass than should be legal.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
It's always great to see long-timers like Bruce Ball during high-performance audio events. Representing the Margules Group here at the Florida International Audio Expo 2024, Bruce was able to achieve astounding bass from small stand-mounted two-way monitors. The masterpiece is their Margules U280 Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Amplifier ($12,000 as reviewed), which was joined by the Margules SF220 Special Edition Preamplifier ($8,000), Margules Music Server / Streamer ($3,000) and Margules Overture Century loudspeaker ($19,900). Viablue cables and accessories round out the stereo system. My wife Heather and I heard bass that simply shocked us with how deep and tight it was.
---> The Magnificent Margules Group At FIAE 2024.

 

 

Audio Group Denmark Delights During FIAE 2024 Three thrilling rooms filled with Danish delights!

Audio Group Denmark Delights During FIAE 2024
Three thrilling rooms filled with Danish delights!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Drring the Florida International Audio Expo 2024, Audio Group Denmark had not one, not two, but three rooms filled with gear from Aavik, Ansuz, Axxess, and Borresen. Within one room they were showcasing their Axxess Forte 1 with Borresen X1 loudspeakers and X2-Level Ansuz cables and accessories. Next up was another room featuring Axxess Forte 1 with Borresen X2 loudspeakers, plus A2-Level Ansuz cables and accessories. And now, it's time for the Big Room....
---> Audio Group Denmark Delights During FIAE 2024.

 

 

Triode Wire Labs, Volti Audio, And BorderPatrol Audio Sensational system synergy wins again!

Triode Wire Labs, Volti Audio, And BorderPatrol Audio At FIAE 2024
Sensational system synergy wins again!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Year after year, show after show, this terrific trio comes together at high-performance audio events, and the Florida International Audio Expo 2024 is no exception. As usual, after taking photos I ask for a gear list. If there's one thing we can say, it is that they are very thorough at listing every bit of kit they had here at the Tampa show. Their Obsession premium audiophile power cords feature Furutech's FI-50 NCF connectors, used on the PI Audio Group UberBUSS power conditioner as well as the BorderPatrol S20 EXD Amplifier power supplies ($1499). Their Digital American II digital power cords are used on the BorderPatrol DAC, Innuos ZENith Music Server, and Innuos Phoenix Reclocker (starting at $549). There are also their American Speaker Cables, which are terminated with premium Cardas CAB bananas (starting at $699 per set).
---> Triode Wire Labs, Volti Audio, And BorderPatrol Audio At FIAE 2024.

 

 

Technical Audio Devices (TAD) Amazes At FIAE 2024 TAD brings a wide array of high-performance audio gear to Tampa.

Technical Audio Devices (TAD) Amazes At FIAE 2024
TAD brings a wide array of high-performance audio gear to Tampa.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Technical Audio Devices (TAD) began life as a project launched by Pioneer Electronic back in 1975 to create pro audio loudspeakers. According to the company, professional audio engineer Bart Locanthi felt that "genuine technology is true to the basics and that genuine technology places greater importance on sound quality than on technology for its own sake." Over 40 years later TAD is achieving its core goals with each new product it creates. Custom parts are designed and engineered to work in concert to seamlessly produce the very best sound quality possible given the size and cost. Here at the Florida International Audio Expo 2024, there's no doubt TAD has achieved its lofty goal of reproducing high-resolution recording studio quality sound.
---> Technical Audio Devices (TAD) Amazes At FIAE 2024.

 

 

Synergizing With Synergistic Research At FIAE 2024 New music server and new tweaks to enhance your musical satisfaction.

Synergizing With Synergistic Research At FIAE 2024
New music server and new tweaks to enhance your musical satisfaction.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
From his love of music and tweaks to mechanical timepieces, Synergistic Research's chief designer Ted Denny brought an abundance of enthusiasm and excitement to the Florida International Audio Expo 2024. The company's new Voodoo Streamer Server ($14,995) seeks to bridge the gap between true lossless high-resolution digital audio and the world's best reel-to-reel tape players and vinyl LP turntables. To quote Synergistic Research, "Namely, a sense of compression where digital streaming sounds flatter and with high-frequency limitations when directly compared to the best LPs and tapes." Am sure many Enjoy the Music.com readers have read our extensive reviews of Synergistic fuses, PowerCell, plates, footers, cables, room acoustic devices… the list goes on and on.
---> Synergizing With Synergistic Research At FIAE 2024.

 

 

Endow Audio Two-For At the FIAE 2024 Enjoying music is fun, especially when you're well Endowed.

Endow Audio Two-For At the FIAE 2024
Enjoying music is fun, especially when you're well Endowed.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Wait a minute here, what did the page title say again? Hmmmm.... Moving right along with show coverage, during the Florida International Audio Fest 2024 it's always a pleasure to chat with the good folks at Endow Audio. It's a pleasure to see David and Tim Strunk's deep passion for music, it is a big factor in achieving longevity within the high-performance audio community. With David Strunk's vision as Chief Technology Officer and Tim Strunk as Chief Executive Officer with 30+ years of experience, this two-for team had two fabulous exhibit rooms at FIAE 2024. Am sure after you've seen the pic above you quickly notice there's something very special about Endow Audio's loudspeakers. The drivers are not only in their normal location, yet by adding audio girth with an array of drivers around the horn, their patent-pending Point Array speaker technology seeks to reveal even the most subtle sound.
---> Endow Audio Two-For At the FIAE 2024.

 

 

Playback Distribution: Amphion, Esoteric, Quadraspire, And More! Purity of sound that's clean and beautiful… like Finland.

Playback Distribution: Amphion, Esoteric, Quadraspire, And More!
Purity of sound that's clean and beautiful… like Finland.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
The great folks at Playback Distribution were at the Florida International Audio Expo 2024 showcasing a wide variety of brands they offer. Taking a peek at their website, they say, "Our mission is to enrich the lives of entertainment enthusiasts by providing them with unparalleled access to state-of-the-art playback systems. We are dedicated to elevating the way customers experience their favorite content." That's indeed something we can all agree upon. As I kept reading, they talk about passion and taking joy in the very finest playback solutions available. Once again something we can all aspire to. It was also wonderful to see Founder and CEO Anssi Hyvönen at the Tampa show. I've known Anssi for decades while reporting on the shows in Germany. Great gentleman and always smiling when music fills the room.
---> Playback Distribution: Amphion, Esoteric, Quadraspire, And More!

 

 

Wynn 'ing At The Florida International Audio Expo 2024 A truly International flavor that's delicious sounding!

Wynn 'ing At The Florida International Audio Expo 2024
A truly International flavor that's delicious sounding!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Virtually everyone within the industry knows Wynn Wong. Always a good word, a smile, plus Wynn is extremely passionate about music. On a personal note, he's also into horology (that means timepieces, or for your Floridians out there, wristwatches). Am a proud member of the NAWCC and AHCI too, and if you happen to be into horology go check them out and join. So where were we? Oh yeah, the fun-filled Tampa show. Based in Canada, Wynn Audio is both a retailer and an outstanding distributor. Founded in 2011 by Wynn Wong, his love for music and audio... and being both a retailer and distributor since 2011 proves he is truly 'one of us'. Have a look at the brands here and you'll see this is not your typical one-and-done kinda music lovers. The gear within his FIAE 2024 exhibition room includes gear made in Germany, Serbia, France, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.
---> Wynn 'ing At The Florida International Audio Fest 2024.

 

 

The Anticipated New PureAudioProject Trio10 And AGD At FIAE 2024 Sensational system synergy with AGD amps driving PAP loudspeakers. Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

The Anticipated New PureAudioProject Trio10 And AGD At FIAE 2024
Sensational system synergy with AGD amps driving PAP loudspeakers.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Weeks before the Florida International Audio Expo, PureAudioProject owner and brilliant audio engineer Ze'ev Schlik teased me with sneak peek pics of his new Trio10 open baffle loudspeaker. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, with this new design comes the implementation of the highly-regarded Heil AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeter. This tweeter is known for its incredible speed and transparency, with amazing sound that is silky smooth to the very top frequency range. The main speaker chassis for all drivers is extremely rigid, with the lower section of their well-reviewed Quintet10 loudspeaker design, yet at the top is the new AMT implementation. A pair of specially- modified Morel 10" midrange/bass drivers handle the lowermost frequencies.
---> The Anticipated New PureAudioProject Trio10 And AGD At FIAE 2024.

 

 

Heaven = High End By Oz @ FIAE 2024  Heavenly sounds in Tampa thanks to Oz. Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

Heaven = High End By Oz @ FIAE 2024
Heavenly sounds in Tampa thanks to Oz.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
It's always a joy to chat with Oz Turan during shows. His endless enthusiasm and deep love for music shine warmly, and am sure everyone who visited his room experienced this too. There's always another song to play, something new to discover, and of course hours of listening pleasure during the Florida International Audio Expo 2024. Stopped into his room a few times during the show as the sound was very, very impressive. During shows, I like to 'sneak into' rooms and first want to thank show attendees for putting up with me coming in and taking pics, etc. As much as I try to be 'invisible', take pics fast, and get out of everyone's way. Sometimes I do find myself apologizing for my photo efforts that 'block' a speaker or ???  With that said, am so glad I took extra moments to revisit as the music was very engaging.
---> Heaven = High End By Oz @ FIAE 2024.

 

 

Audio Note UK: We Are The Music Makers And We are the dreamers of dreams. Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

Audio Note UK: We Are The Music Makers
And we are the dreamers of dreams.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Yes, the very famous words by none other than the original Willy Wonka, a movie-famous chocolatier who single-handedly saved a society. Mr. Wonka was quite the eccentric inventor, a man who demanded only the very best... including using a waterfall to mix and churn his chocolate. What does any of this have to do with Audio Note UK? Many within the industry have known Peter Qvortrup for decades; he is without a doubt a sensational showman. Peter is also the man who decades ago placed ads within print magazines with so many tweak / custom parts and bits that the text was nearly unreadable! Hand-wound silver transformers, Black Gate capacitors, non-magnetic Tantalum silver resistors.... The list read like Parts Porn for us solder-jockeys back in the day. It's like you'd call to buy an Oto SE and wind up buying an Audio Note Ongaku. How does something like that happen? Well, let me tell you....
---> Audio Note UK: We Are The Music Makers.

 

 

Astounding Acora Acoustics And Vibrant VAC In The Big Room When you achieve being at the top of your class.... Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

Astounding Acora Acoustics And Vibrant VAC In The Big Room
When you achieve being at the top of your class....
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
For those of you reading this who, for some reason, didn't attend this year's incredible Florida International Audio Expo 2024, the Acora Acoustics, LampizatOr, and VAC room was within the largest room at the event. It was impossible to miss since the bar area, live music, and smoking area all are within the same second-floor area. From the Thursday night party, which is sponsored by Enjoy the Music.com as are all major industry-operated events within the USA and Canada, you could walk into the Acora Acoustics and VAC room and enjoy the most expansive sound within the show! Acora's floorstanding loudspeakers, seen here in Sunset Fire granite, stole the show. My Muse / wife Heather said they were the very best-looking speakers, and she saw virtually every room at the event too.
---> Astounding Acora Acoustics And Vibrant VAC In The Big Room.

 

 

MC Audiotech, Pass Labs, Audience AV, And More At FIAE 2024 A great gear combo for your listening pleasures. Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

MC Audiotech, Pass Labs, Audience AV, And More At FIAE 2024
A great gear combo for your listening pleasures.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Back in July 2021, Enjoy the Music.com's Rick Becker reviewed the MC Audiotech Forty-10 floorstanding loudspeaker and said, "it is for the discerning music lover who is not afraid to think outside the box and seek out the unique as well as the very enjoyable." Here at the Florida International Audio Expo 2024, the company was showcasing a different model, the MC Audiotech TL-12. As a visually more normal style of loudspeaker, the T-12 features the company's wide band line source drivers mated with a 12" transmission line woofer. Operating as a dipole from 300 Hz to 20 kHz, the overall frequency response is from 28 Hz to 20 kHz, has a sensitivity of 93dB/W/m, and presents a nice 8 Ohm non-reactive load to your amplification. The great news is that 70 watts should easily bring high volume levels to all but the largest rooms.
---> MC Audiotech, Pass Labs, Audience AV, And More At FIAE 2024.

 

 

Coax Highs And Deep Bass Thanks To SubDrum When is a drum not a drum? When it's a loudspeaker.

Coax Highs And Deep Bass Thanks To SubDrum
When is a drum not a drum? When it's a loudspeaker.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Here's something you don't see every day, drums and loudspeaker driver enclosures. The SubDrum is said to be an all-in-one sound system. You use a coax driver (tweeter and midrange) within the drum tom toms, and a woofer within the bass drum. A just like that, you have a satellite and subwoofer system of sorts. As a compact and complete all-in-one sound system, the SubDrum system attached speaker drives to drum heads, and then tightens the head a lot to keep it taunt. The float-in-head driver suspension 'technology' claims to "virtually eliminate cabinet resonance distortion". Produced from a single 22" wooden bass drum, their sound system is a single-point source for right and left channels as they mate an 18" rear-firing subwoofer with a pair of forward-firing 8" KOAX stereo drivers with integrated 1" silk dome tweeter.
---> Coax Highs And Deep Bass Thanks To SubDrums.

 

 

Suncoast Audio's Sensational Rooms At FIAE 2024 True reference gear with Clarisys Audio, VAC, MSB, and an MBL room too!

Suncoast Audio's Sensational Rooms At FIAE 2024
True reference gear with Clarisys Audio, VAC, MSB, and an MBL room too!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
As with virtually all shows, the local dealers come out strong to showcase their best gear and the FIAE 2024 was no exception. Suncoast Audio, based in Sarasota (FL), featured one room with MBL gear and assorted components while the other contained the Clarisys Audio Auditorium speakers, VAC amplification, MSB digital gear, etc. Since there's been a lot of cyberink about the MBLs, and most know of their excellent products, I'm going to focus on the Clarisys Audio room. Doing a double-take as the Clarisys Audio Auditorium speakers are quite large at 76" high and 36" wide, yet are only 4.3 inches deep. Why so thin? Because they use a custom-made and very special ribbon / panel driver that uses very strong neodymium magnets and a double-sided bass panel. This very strong magnetic field ensures a precise reaction from your amplification while ensuring the load is within about 6 Ohms.
---> Suncoast Audio's Sensational Rooms At FIAE 2024.

 

 

AGD Showcases Modern Innovations At FIAE 2024 GaN technology was on full display here in Tampa.

AGD Showcases Modern Innovations At FIAE 2024
GaN technology was on full display here in Tampa.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Will cut to the chase right up front and say that many attendees I spoke with had very high praise for Alberto Guerra's AGD exhibit room during the Florida International Audio Expo 2024. AGD's very innovative use of GaN technology was on full display, both sight and sound. Alberto's passion for both music and electrical engineering is what brought him to create AGD Productions, and in Tampa his featured products that earned many awards over the years were on full display. The GaN transistor-based tubes are the star of their amplification products, and while I could type detail after details about them....
---> AGD Showcases Modern Innovations At FIAE 2024.

 

 

Metaxas & Sins Aspirational Audio Art A love of art and a passion for music! Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

Metaxas & Sins Aspirational Audio Art
A love of art and a passion for music!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
We've all seen the black and silver boxes, perhaps they were bestowed wooden side panels and the like to make them more attractive. Now what if, and am just saying someone who is a true artist in the world of visual styling and sonic perfection decided to create a brand? Mr. Kostas Metaxas' audio products Metaxas & Sins truly deliver inspiring stylistic designs with a sense of humanity. His products would look exceptional within the most modern luxury homes... and the Museum of Modern Art. For those unfamiliar, Kostas Metaxas is a multi-award earning designer and artist, plus his deep passion for music means he is an electrical and recording engineer too. Kostas' incredible Tourbillon RX (T-RX) reel-to-reel magnetic tape recorder / player is an excellent example of his passion for achieving the very best sound fidelity and build quality.
---> Metaxas & Sins Aspirational Audio Art.

 

 

The Wow Factor Thanks To Wells Audio Jeff's journey in high-performance audio is impressive.

The Wow Factor Thanks To Wells Audio
Jeff's journey in high-performance audio is impressive.
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
One of the many stories I love telling is when first meeting Jeff Wells. It started at his small table booth at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest where he was showing his new tube amplifier. There was something about it that spoke to me, as I could see the passion and attention to detail. When asking to see the internal wiring, many manufacturers hem and haw, perhaps they don't have the tools with them or ???? Upon asking Jeff to see the internals, he happily turned the unit over, removed the bottom plate, and there is where I saw a precise layout, technically correct placement (keeping signal wiring away from power), and the internal wiring was attractive too (in a good way we technicians and solder jockeys can appreciate).
---> The Wow Factor Thanks To Wells Audio.

 

American Sound Showcases A Lovely International Lineup A global grand tour of audio excellence!

American Sound Showcases A Lovely International Lineup
A global grand tour of audio excellence!
Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin
When the Tampa show first began, the word 'International' was not within the name. Thankfully, the show promoters quickly realized the error of their ways. This year at the Florida International Audio Expo 2024 were products from many different countries. Perhaps no single room better showcased this than retailer and distributor American Sound Of Canada with great gal Angie at the helm. Before I post a gear list, let's have fun and see a country list first: dCS United Kingdom, Oracle Audio Technologies Canada, Phasemation Japan, Avantgarde Acoustic Germany, Transparent Cables USA. To my ears, there's something about highly efficient hornspeakers that showcase immediacy, speed, and exceptional dynamic swings from whisper quiet to the guy blown away in the Maxell commercial.
---> American Sound Showcases A Lovely International Lineup.

 

 

More About The Florida International Audio Expo 2024
The Florida International Audio Expo, with many floors filled with exhibit spaces, will deliver plenty of great sound, plus various exhibit room will feature never before seen new products! Show attendees are the world's first to experience many of the best new high-performance audio products. With an outstanding 12 floors of demonstrations to explore, attendees can experience luxurious premium audio electronics, loudspeakers, turntables, and high-end audio headphones produced by manufacturers from all over the world.

The Florida International Audio Expo is within convenient driving distance to such local attractions as Tampa Busch Gardens, Disneyworld, and the Florida Aquarium. Don't forget about Universal Studios, and of course NASA to see a rocket launch! You and your family may see a SpaceX rocket launch live and in person. Let's not forget that America's #1 beach is close by too, and February is excellent weather in Florida (we promise you no cold snow)!

 

Fantastic Fun At The Florida International Audio Expo 2023 Great growth within the premium audio experience.

 

The Embassy Suites, originally built as condominiums, offers a luxury feel and the living suites are acoustically isolated — one of the key reasons this venue was selected. The audio rooms, Marketplace, and headphone/personal audio demo suites will all feature display areas that include a separate bedroom and kitchen, offering exhibitors the added benefit of a multi-purpose room as an interesting and affordable space.

 

 

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors The 2024 Florida International Audio Expo's Happy Hour

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors Florida International Audio Expo's Happy Hour
Enjoy the Music.com, high-performance audio's celebrated online site for 29 years and a leader in providing show reports, industry news, and high-end premium audio gear reviews, is pleased to once again sponsor Florida International Audio Expo's Industry Happy Hour. During their February event in Tampa, on Thursday evening both exhibitors and members of the press are invited to join us at the second-floor registration area for complimentary food and beverages. Since 1995, Enjoy the Music.com has been a major resource for information about consumer electronics, including the high-performance luxury audio industry and premium high-resolution / streaming music. We are deeply honored for the opportunity to support the Florida International Audio Expo for the third consecutive year in a row! Enjoy the Music.com continues to sponsor more high-performance audio events than any other publication within the industry.
---> Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors Florida Intl Audio Expo 2024.

 

 

 

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Price: $25

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Valid for all three days of the event.
Price: $35

Note: Students, children, and spouses are admitted free of charge.

 

 

When
Friday February 16: 10am to 6pm
Saturday February 17: 10am to 6pm
Sunday February 18: 10am to 4pm

 

Where
Embassy Suites by Hilton Airport Westshore
555 North Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609

 

 

 

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