Thoughts from The Audio Beatnik: Listening to a System that Attempts the Ultimate!

On Friday evening at AXPONA, Becky and I spent a little over two hours listening to an ultra high-end system that dubbed “the ultimate in Read More …

Wrapping Up AXONA 2018; We’ll see You Next Year

AXPONA 2018 in Chicago was a new high-water mark for high-end audio in the U.S. The show was huge and extremely well attended. Personally, I was Read More …

AXPONA 2018 The Beatnik Bongo Awards, Part 2

Part 2 of our award winners from AXPONA focuses on systems and products that can realistically fit in an average home both in terms of Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Beatnik Bongos Awards, Part 1

As you know if you’ve followed me over the years, I give my Beatnik awards based on the price point of the system because I Read More …

Seven Sweet Dream Systems at AXPONA 2018

I’m not sure which is the bigger dream for me, the opportunity to hear these seven dream systems at AXPONA, or the opportunity to review Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Show Report Six; More Systems I Have to Mention

OK, so there were so many rooms at AXPONA that I just have to do a part two of this post to recognize a few Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Show Report Five; Systems I Have to Mention

As has been noted by other reviewers, it was a challenge at AXPONA this year to spend much time in individual rooms due to the Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Turntable Eye Candy, A Baker’s Dozen of Beautiful Turntables

I love traditional looking turntables, so it should come as no surprise that to me, this was the most beautiful turntable at AXPONA. It’s the Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Show Report Four; Very Good Things in Small Boxes!

Every year some of the best presents are in the small boxes under the Christmas tree. This post focuses on some of the best products Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Show Report 3; Horns Come to Chicago

There weren’t 76 trombones leading the big parade that is AXPONA to quote a line from the musical, The Music Man, but horned speakers were there Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Show Report 2; More Product Debuts and First Finds

Walking into a room at a show with Magico speakers being powered by Constellation Audio electronics is nothing new, but hearing a pair of Magico floor Read More …

AXPONA 2018 Show Report 1; Product Debuts and First Finds

At most shows, I start with a picture of the hotel taken from the outside. The problem is that the weather in Chicago was so Read More …