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Florida International Audio Expo
2023 Show Report
The fantastic Florida International Audio Expo 2023 took place from February 17th through 19th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore hotel.
Many attendees enjoyed their opportunity to experience 12 floors' worth of products from the world's leading luxury premium audio / hi-fi / stereo brands. The fourth annual Florida International Audio Expo
was a chance for audio and music aficionados to explore an exciting showcase of products such as
home and desktop stereo systems, headphones, loudspeakers, music
streamers, Hi-Res Audio DACs, cables, amplifiers and more!
---> Florida International Audio Expo
2023 Show Report.
Hi-Fi And Music Industry News
Essential high-end audio news you need to know.
Enjoy the Music.com posts audiophile news virtually every day.
Limitless Musical Pleasures
Roger Skoff writes about technology and music.
By Roger Skoff
performers or recording engineers talk about "cutting a track", those words can
be the literal truth. Making a phonograph record – the first kind of
sound recording – has always meant using some kind of a sharp object (most
recently a heated cutting stylus), to cut a groove into the surface of some
suitable material, and to wiggle that groove right, left, up, down, or, for
stereo, in all of those ways, diagonally at the same time, for the purpose of
recording sound. The recording material has ranged from Edison's
beeswax to a special lacquer, and the finished recording has been everything
from a wax cylinder through, currently, a heat-stamped vinyl disc, but the
process, itself, has always remained essentially the same. It's always been to cut a groove into something,
to modulate that groove analogously to the changes in air pressure at the
---> Limitless Musical Pleasures.
Where Do We Want To Go Next?
Using ChatGPT to mention audio enhancement applications.
Editorial By J. Martins
Among the biggest technology stories of 2022, it's impossible not to reference
OpenAI. This artificial intelligence (AI) research company from San Francisco, CA, founded in December 2015, has focused on artificial general intelligence
(AGI) applied to augmenting and outperform human skills. OpenAI cleverly made its efforts accessible to the general public as a way to simultaneously promote AI and improve it with actual human interaction — which in turn helps to reveal boundaries and usage restriction
needs. Among OpenAI's most interesting efforts is a trained model for human interaction through text input called
ChatGPT. Its proven uses span from helping us to debug code to answering questions, to writing essays about any topic and in any given suggested
---> Where Do We Want To Go Next?
Hi-Fi+ Welcomes A 2023 System Re-Evaluation
Periodic shake-ups of a system are beneficial.
Editorial By Alan Sircom
It's 2023 at last and most of us are glad to see the back of 2022, and perhaps a little trepidatious about what the New Year will bring. In the UK at least, as we
haven't had a new Prime Minister in several weeks (at least, at the time of writing), we are looking forward to a year of hopefully fewer bumps in the
road. The start of a year traditionally comes with New Year's Resolutions, that everyone is almost guaranteed to break sometime in early January. Even when I decided to game the system in my 20s and said my resolution was to drink more whisky, I quickly lost interest... and a couple of weeks. Fortunately,
I'm no longer that guy.
---> Hi-Fi+ Welcomes A 2023 System Re-Evaluation.
DALI Kore Floorstanding Speaker Review
Danish loudspeaker giant DALI had promised a state-of-the-art loudspeaker at the press event in
Review By Michael Lang
After the presentation of the DALI Kore, in a rare moment of complete agreement, the guests left the room with a big smile on their faces.
HIGH END audio show, May 2022, Munich, Germany – for someone from the press,
this equates to four hectic days, a race against time to discover as many
exciting new products as possible, to have them explained to you and to get hold
of at least a couple of short listening sessions from a suitable sitting
position. Despite these circumstances, the DALI showroom was packed
with press representatives when CEO Lars Worre and his team explained the
background and aspirations of the Kore. This was quite necessary, considering
that DALI is known for a down-to-earth pricing of its loudspeakers.
DALI Kore Floorstanding Speaker Review.
World Premiere Review!
Zesto Audio Eros 500 Select Class A
The Eros 500 is a neutral, realistic, and natural-sounding amplifier. true standard of excellence.
Review By Robert H. Levi
The more I immerse myself in this
hobby since I retired from the entertainment industry in 2008, the more certain
I have become that the amplifier is the most important and telling piece of
equipment in your system. It was in the late 1970s that J. Gordon Holt stated in Stereophile that
one should buy a very good speaker that fits your needs and then bust your
budget on an excellent amplifier. I have more or less followed that advice over
the last half century of reproducing music in my home. Lately, however, with the
maturation of really great tube and hybrid source devices, phono preamp sources
and superb LP pressings, extraordinary phono cartridges, SACDs, much improved
digital streaming with high resolution, and the maturing science of neutral and
high-definition interconnectivity, I have confirmed that JGH was 100% right.
Zesto Audio Eros 500 Select Class A Monoblock Review.
World Premiere Review!
Wells Audio Looking Glass II Level II Power
Feeling as if you can step into it and become part of the performance.
Review By Ron Nagle
If you are like me then you live in a multi-story
apartment building, then you are contaminated with junk in the trunk-line. More
than likely you are listening to your neighbor's dishwasher, air conditioner,
foot bath or God knows what. As a consequence have you ever thought your
expensive audio system has bad days when the sound is not so good? This is why
some of us audio guys prefer to listen in the wee small hours late at night.
Unfortunately, I have no choice, either fix my power source or become
crepuscular like my cat. Fire up your computer and do a search, you will find Power
Strips, AC line Conditioners, Surge Protectors, Re-Generators, and
Wells Audio Looking Glass II Level II Power Conditioner Review.
eXtremely Sexy Audio
(XSA) Labs Vanguard
Budget audiophile XXXtreme.
Review By Gary Alan Barker
Sexy Audio (XSA) Labs is a new old audiophile manufacturer. Old because it is
staffed by veterans of the industry with "over 110 years of combined experience
in the audio, electrical, and aerospace engineering fields". And their first
product to hit the market, the XSA-Labs Vanguard Loudspeaker is a classic indeed
with a solid tip of the hat to the famous Rogers LS3/5a which was designed by
the BBC to be the ideal studio monitor. Employing modern materials and manufacturing techniques to a
proven time-honored design, the Vanguard features a 130mm treated paper cone
woofer and a 28mm silk dome tweeter with a unique inverted Harsch transient
perfect passive crossover using premium components and voiced to provide a
balanced non-fatiguing sound signature with superb imaging and timing.
eXtremely Sexy Audio (XSA) Labs Vanguard Loudspeaker Review.
MK III ES Phono Cartridge Review
Unveiling the masterworks!
Review By Paul Schumann
Back when I
was starting to get serious about audio equipment, a long-time audiophile friend
of mine offered me his collection of back issues of The Absolute Sound. I
was a fan of TAS and eagerly accepted. For the next few months, night
after night, I read, from cover to cover, all of those issues in chronological
order. It was a fascinating dig into the early history of high-end audio and the
culture that developed around it. One of the important discoveries made by Harry
Pearson and his minions, was the sonic superiority of the old RCA "Shaded Dog"
and Mercury records. The acquisition of pristine copies of these discs became an
obsession for many audiophiles because, with the exception of a few reissues by
MoFi, the audiophile vinyl business wasn't in full swing yet.
Soundsmith Zephyr MK III ES Phono Cartridge Review.
Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
A special 4k video from Elton's Dodger Stadium show in
As the very last show within the USA by the legendary musician and singer Elton John, we're featuring his incredible recently uploaded 4k concert video! Taking place at Dodger Stadium on night three, this is his very last ever USA show with Brandie
Carlile, Kiki Dee, and Dua Lipa. Other appearances include Bernie Taupin and Elton's family David, Zachary, and Elijah. As always... enjoy the
Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour!
All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records Documentary
Thanks to Gravitas Movies you can now
enjoy this special documentary about Tower Records.
For this week's Film Friday Enjoy the Music.com is featuring
All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records. Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with 200 stores, in 30 countries, on five continents. This documentary, directed by Colin Hanks, is about the rise and fall of this once great retailer. Many music lovers within the world are familiar with Tower Records, the company that
advertised its East 4th Street and Broadway New York City location as "The Largest Record-Tape Store in the Known World". This documentary also offers insights into the critical upheavals in the 21st-century recording industry and music
All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records Documentary.
Watch The Vinyl Nation Documentary
Thanks to 1091 Pictures, we can all enjoy experiencing an inspiring documentary about the vinyl LP.
Thanks to 1091 Pictures, we can all enjoy seeing the recent vinyl revolution. Not that the vinyl LP was ever a dead format, far from it! With that said, "dig into the resurgence of vinyl records, the diversification of vinyl fans, and the connective power of music.
The vinyl record renaissance over the past decade has brought new fans to a classic format and transformed our idea of a record collector: younger, both male and female,
multicultural. This same revival has made buying music more expensive, benefited established bands over independent artists and muddled the question of whether vinyl actually sounds better than other
---> Watch The Vinyl Nation Documentary.
eCoustics' Favorite Hi-Fi, High-End Audio, And Headphones At CES 2023
Exciting time in Las Vegas during CES
Brian and Emiko returned from CES 2023 in Las Vegas after scouring the convention floor for the latest in hi-fi, home theater, and home/portable audio. They discuss some of their favorites from CES, along with more high-end audio we got exclusive access to off-site. Within eCoustics' video Part 2, Brian recaps CES 2023 with Senior News & Home Theater Editor Robert Silva who spent four days in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show 2023. He covered everything TV & Home Theater related on the convention floor, and got exclusive access in some private demos where he gained further insights about what to expect this year and beyond.
---> eCoustics' Favorite Hi-Fi, High-End Audio, And Headphones At CES 2023.
Magnepan Ultra-Wideband Bass System First Listen
Tom Martin given his expert opinion on this new bass system from Magnepan.
Video By Tom Martin
From our good friends at The Absolute Sound and
hi-fi+ comes Tom Martin's recent video about the Magnepan Ultra-Wideband Bass System with 16 woofers.
Magnepan is setting out to solve more than one of the much maligned bass problems within some high-end audio loudspeaker
setups. Tom Martin is a long-time audiophile and began his reviewing career after acquiring the
The Absolute Sound magazine in 1997 (and hi-fi+ magazine in 2002). He has worked closely with Harry Pearson and Robert Harley at
TAS and with Roy Gregory and Alan Sircom at hi-fi+. Since Tom and his teams expanded the
TAS and Plus platforms in the digital domain, he has served as Chief Content
---> Magnepan Ultra-Wideband Bass System First Listen.
Primare A35.8 Multi-Channel Amplifier Review
An eight-channel amplifier for both audiophiles and immersivephiles.
Video featuring hi-fi+ Editor Alan Sircom and Terry Medalen of Primare
hi-fi+ Editor Alan Sircom speaks to Terry Medalen of Primare about the new A35.8 eight-channel amplifier. This bridgeable amplifier modules allow for a wide range of stereo and multi-channel system designs. Terry also argues why Dolby Atmos might just be the audiophile choice of the
future. Meanwhile, those who just want stereo can use the A35.8 as the ultimate bi-amplified option with 1500 Watt on tap to drive almost any stereo loudspeaker you can think of with power reserves to spare! With all eight channels, the Primare A35.8 features 150 Watts per channel @ 8 Ohms
and 300 Watts @ 4 Ohms. Analog inputs include both unbalanced RCA and balance
XLR. Has Primare just made the ultimate in multi-channel amplifier flexibility? Let's find out.
Primare A35.8 Multi-Channel Amplifier Review.
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Florida International Audio Expo's Industry Happy Hour
Enjoy the Music.com, high-end audio's celebrated online site
for 28 years and a leader in providing industry news, gear reviews, and show reports
is pleased to announce that we're sponsoring Florida International Audio Expo's Industry
during their 2023 event in Tampa. Exhibitors and members of the press are
invited to join us for complimentary food and beverages Thursday night at the
Since 1995, Enjoy the Music.com has been a major resource for information about
consumer electronics, including the high-end
premium luxury audio industry and high-resolution / streaming music. We are
deeply honored for the opportunity to support the Florida International Audio Expo 2023 show, and in teaming up to benefit
our outstanding premium audio industry exhibitors and many members of the press.
Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors Florida International Audio Expo's Industry Happy Hour.
Intro For Listener Magazine
Editorial By Art Dudley
Passions run high among music lovers. We vilify
(the ones we dislike), and we elevate marginally functional savants with a couple of
two-minute singles and some album
filler under their belts. When it comes to more unique and productive figures like Phil
Spector, Jimi Hendrix, Wilhelm Furtwängler, John Cage, or [insert your own heroes and
villains here], music fans either revere them as gods or dismiss them as meaningless.
Sometimes there are shades in between, but perspective is at a premium. This tendency to paint things black or white spills over to the equipment we use
to play back our favorite recordings. i've seen the cognoscenti dismiss people on the
basis of no more information than their choice of power amp, though I suspect few
of us are quite so one-dimensional in truth.
---> The Intro For Listener Magazine.
Editorial By Joe Roberts
These days there are more audio magazines around than ever before, yet one has to
wonder about the very future of print in an age where more than anybody wants to
know about most topics is accessible for free on the Internet. Paper magazines are
expensive and resource-thirsty to produce and circulate. It costs a few dollars to print
up a magazine and a few more to mail it, then it takes days if not weeks to get where
it's going. The same information minus the paper wrapper can be disseminated
electronically in seconds for almost free. For that reason alone, paper media are more or
less doomed to eventual extinction, sooner or later. It is an old story how economic considerations drove electronics design from the $20
tube to the 20 cent transistor. Well, the same forces are assuredly at work in the
information delivery business.
---> Alien Influences.
Month's Meeting @ VALVE
Editorial By Dan Schmalle
September's meeting was another
of our small and therefore very informal
meetings (which are among the
most pleasant we have). Dave and Steve supplied the audition
pieces, a PAS 3 stereo preamp, a
Fisher 50C mono preamp, a McIntosh MC40 monoblock, and a wacky Hungarian bookshelf speaker made to look like
a book, called the Musical Encyclopedia. The PAS 3 was brought In response
to the requests for a tube
preamp to use Instead of my Apt/Holman. In an NB comparison of
Beethoven's Violin Concerto on vinyl,
the two sounded pretty close, with the
expected results of a slight sweetening
of the strings with the PAS and a slight
increase In detail and transient clarity
with the Apt.
---> This Month's Meeting
@ VALVE Magazine.
Making Your Hi-Fi Gear Choice
Roger Skoff tells a happy truth about hi-fi.
By Roger Skoff
Years ago, when people would ask me which CD player to buy, I always told them that, for CD players, there are only two purchase options that should ever be considered: Either the cheapest you can find or the very best you can possibly stretch your budget to
afford. Don't bother with anything in-between, I told them. To make any kind of functioning CD player at all requires such a high level of technology that everything on the market is at least good. And, unless you want (and are willing to pay for) something truly exceptional, to pay more than the minimum for anything other than the very best you can manage may either be just to spend money needlessly or to pay extra for cosmetics; for bragging rights
("Look what, I've got!); for some final sonic nuance that you may particularly care about; or for something else, of value to you but not necessarily even
---> Making Your Hi-Fi Gear Choice.
Can Audiophiles Define Audio Nirvana?
Emiko takes a deep dive into trying to understand exactly what audiophiles are seeking in audio reproduction.
Video By Emiko
Emiko, a.k.a. ThatHiFiGirl
and eCoustics (one of Enjoy the Music.com's online partners) have
joined together on a new video series aiming to connect with the next generation of music lovers, audiophiles and hi-fi enthusiasts.
Our goal is to inform, entertain and attract an entirely new audience that appreciates music, but is not quite sure how to begin its
journey. If you're old enough you might remember the ad slogan,
"Is it live, or is it Memorex?" The 1972 ad campaign for Memorex cassette tapes featured The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald singing a high note that could shatter a goblet — once during a live performance and again when played back via Memorex
---> Can Audiophiles Define Audio Nirvana?
Scansonic MB5 B Floorstanding Speaker Review
Sit back and enjoy the music!
Review By Tom Lyle
A couple of
months ago, Enjoy the Music.com head-honcho Steven Rochlin (his official
title is Creative Director) emailed the writing staff inviting us to review the
Scansonic MB5 B speakers. After viewing the photo of the MB5 Bs, but before
reading anything else about them, I replied to his RSVP as quickly as I could.
This was because the resemblance to the two different pairs of Raidho speakers
recently reviewed in Enjoy the Music.com was uncanny. In July of that
year, I reviewed the Raidho
model TD4.2, and Matt Clott reviewed a pair of Raidho
TD3.8s in December 2021's issue. The Scansonic MB5 B not only looks like Raidho speakers but is
designed and manufactured by the same company. Scansonic is owned by the Danish
high-end audio manufacturer Dantax, which owns Raidho and Gamut Audio. On their
website, Scansonic claims that all Scansonic products are "built on the
experiences, knowledge, and research gained from making Raidho speakers."
Scansonic MB5 B Floorstanding Speaker Review.
World Premiere Review!
Treehaus Audiolab Phantom Of Luxury
A very high quality speaker with unique sound.
and I had been thirsting for Capital AudioFest
2021 for a month. Being hyper-vigilant
and feasting on the science about Covid made it an on-again-off-again decision.
If we went for just Friday there would be fewer people and most of them would be
old farts like us who not only had the vaccine, but also the booster. Then a
distant family member died in upstate Connecticut. The funeral would be
Thursday. Linda and I would have to drive through NYC at rush hour to get to
Maryland that night. Tom would have to drive down from Rochester alone. It was
just a plan, but it was do-able.... But who the hell is Treehaus Audiolab?
Treehaus Audiolab Phantom Of Luxury Loudspeaker Review.
Taiko SGM Extreme Hi-Res Music Streamer Review
The best music server I've ever heard.
Review By Dr. Matthew Clott
Snap! Did he just say that in the title? Did he use the "best" word as a
reviewer? I didn't think they were supposed to do that.... A'yup. I did. But I qualified it!
SGM has been evolving for over six years, changing
development, changing production sources, and changing core processes of
implementation. When Taiko, with Emile Bok at its' helm, fully took over SGM
development and production, they raised the bar with an attitude of going
stratospheric or going home. Emile made it clear to me during our conversations
that he wanted to do it right, from layout to implementation, without concern
for cost or limitations in manufacturing techniques or pretty much any obstacles
that stood in their way. One look at the exterior and you're seriously
Taiko SGM Extreme Hi-Res Music Streamer Review.
Rotel A12MKII Integrated Amplifier Review
The night the lights went out in Long
Is the Rotel A12MKII the ideal amplifier to build a $3000 stereo system around with 2 great sources? I would say
you're foolish not to try it.
Review By Ian White
Have you ever been listening to your system and the lights go out?
It's not a good feeling because there is always the risk that when the power comes back on that something will be amiss.
I've used power line conditioners for almost 20 years but our experience with Hurricane Sandy here on the Shore was not a good
one. My wife thinks that I missed my calling as a Weather Channel talking head because
I'd scare the living crap out of everyone with my forecasts, but I had a bad feeling about Sandy with our home only blocks from the ocean and so many trees surrounding our
property. We didn't tell anyone that we were expecting our third child (Jewish custom is to wait
three months) at the time so it was on me to get the house ready and get anything of value out the way and on really high shelving in our
---> Rotel A12MKII Integrated Amplifier Review.
Audiophile Gift 2022 December
Audiophile Gift 2021 December
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