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post #31 of 102 Old 03-11-13, 03:49 PM
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Fantastic coverage, Joe! I am sorry I wasn't able to make the trip, but my schedule has forever changed. Keep up the great coverage buddy, and thanks for doing so.


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Fantastic coverage, Joe! I am sorry I wasn't able to make the trip, but my schedule has forever changed. Keep up the great coverage buddy, and thanks for doing so.
Great to hear from you Brandon! Yeah, I completely understand those schedule changes. Hopefully, you can make it to Des Moines next month!


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My last stop of the day was at an exhibitor's room whose products I was familiar with - Salk Sound. The system equipment was provided by Audio by Van Alstine. Here are a few photos:

Jim Salk brought three speakers - the Supercharged Songtowers (in white), the Soundscape 8s, and the Soundscape M7s:

I have to agree here, the Supercharged Songtowers were absolutely wonderful and seemed to do everything right, irrespective of their size. I was truly impressed.

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The Von Schweikert VR-100XS Universe system was next - a few photos:

The front wall:


Totally agree, this system - room was brilliant. I could happily live with these forever and a day....maybe longer. If I ever come into money, I think some of the systems you are posting would find their way into my home indeed.

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Next up was the Nightingale Concentus CTR 2 speakers. A couple photos:


I hope I do not ruffle any feathers here by saying I just could not warm up to these speakers. Yes they were fast and detailed, but maybe too detailed. Some of the sounds actually hurt my ears just a tad as they were almost brittle on the music being played during my visit. I quietly left after but a few minutes. Not my cup of music.

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I hope I do not ruffle any feathers here by saying I just could not warm up to these speakers. Yes they were fast and detailed, but maybe too detailed. Some of the sounds actually hurt my ears just a tad as they were almost brittle on the music being played during my visit. I quietly left after but a few minutes. Not my cup of music.
Not at all Jack - we all know that when it comes to speakers, it really comes down to individual taste. I will admit that when they started playing the third opera-level female vocal in a row, it started to grate on me a bit. But, for me, that probably is more a function of my taste in music as opera has never really appealed to me personally. As those that are following along have probably surmised by now, I thoroughly enjoy detail - I want to hear everything! In some of the upcoming impressions, you will get a better sense of just how much.

How is that for a teaser post!


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This is absolutely awesome reporting Joe. I hope the Lone Star Audio Fest is a quarter as good as the Axpona show appeared to be. Great job!

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Wow Joe! great thread so far. I have no idea where you found the time to do all this. Its a realy amazing job, full of great information.

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Yeah... we absolutely have a star here... a natural show reporter.

Hey... we got dibs on him too, so those of you reading, don't get no ideas.
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This is absolutely awesome reporting Joe. I hope the Lone Star Audio Fest is a quarter as good as the Axpona show appeared to be. Great job!
Thanks Dale - I am planning on posting some closing thoughts on the show after I get all the system impressions finished. I did get an email yesterday that they already are planning for next year. They actually have a list of vendors who did not exhibit this year that want to sign up for next year due to the success of this one. Over 4,000 attendees.....

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Wow Joe! great thread so far. I have no idea where you found the time to do all this. Its a realy amazing job, full of great information.
Thanks Tony - the sad part is that I missed most of one floor because I really wanted to spend a bit of time in each room to get a good sampling of music. I did notice a few press members who popped in, took a picture, and left. Not sure how you get an idea of what a system is really capable of in that short a time frame. Of course, I am sure they were able to make it to every room unlike me.....

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Yeah... we absolutely have a star here... a natural show reporter.

Hey... we got dibs on him too, so those of you reading, don't get no ideas.
Thanks for the compliment, but one (of many - again, closing thoughts at the end - teaser! ) of the things I learned was that I have a LOT to learn.


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