California Audio Show 2019: Day 1 Pictures

Although the California Audio Show is admittedly a small, regional show, there was still plenty to look at for the attendees on Day 1. It was a beautiful day in Oakland, CA, and there was a steady crowd. So, here’s a look at just a few rooms.

Audio Federation

There was a chair waiting for some lucky listener in this room that featured the Acapella Audio Arts Campanile Loudspeakers. Audio Note UK provided electronics and the digital source. Audio Federation has recently relocated to Palo Alto from Boulder. Welcome to the Bay area!

Audio Note UK / True Sound

This all Audio Note UK system was put together by Peter Qvortrup, founder of Audio Note UK, and Nick Gowan, True Sound Dealer. It sounded great, and we hope to have more time to listen.

AudioVision SF

This San Francisco dealer was strutting their stuff a source from Naim and Focal speakers. We are looking forward to visiting them tomorrow for a listen.


The $50K Berhagen-Porter 10/12 semi-active speaker system was the star of the show in this room which also featured Marchand electronics a Bricasti Design DAC and Audio Reference cables.

Bricasti Designs / Tidal

The gorgeous Tidal Contriva speakers at $65K per pair were complemented by the Bricasti electronics.


A quartet of well-known brands combined in this room with the prototype speakers from Aurender, the source from Berkeley Audio Design, amps from Constellation Audio and power conditioning and cables from Shunyata Research.

Margules Audio

The theme for speakers at this show seemed to be gorgeous wooden cabinet fronts like these on the Margules Audio Orpheus speakers. Everything in this room was from Margules, and it was well worth a listen.

Tim Marutani Consulting

These MartinLogan electrostatic speakers with Doshi and Berkeley Audio Design made for very solid sound. We spent some time here listening and enjoying this system.

Old Forge Audio

Making the most of a bad situation, David Cope’s system still sounded very good. UPS lost a good portion of David’s system, and the turntable foot was broken during shipping. Speaker stands went missing. These SoundKaos Vox 3F speakers still sounded sweet, but they do look much better on their own stands.


Simple but simply some of the best sound on day one. This combination of Whammerdyne electronics and PureAudioProject Classic 15 Loudspeakers paired well. With a digital source, this system deserved some listening time, and we enjoyed it.

2 thoughts on “California Audio Show 2019: Day 1 Pictures”

  1. The Acappela Campanile has to be heard to be believed. The sound stage was incredible. SoundKaos Vox 3 was the most impressive bookshelf speaker I’ve heard. Really clear highs and mids with tight punchy bass. The Wilson Benesch and Aurender floorstanding speakers were very impressive. I am glad I went. Was able to hear speakers that I normally can’t audition. However, it just made me want to buy more audio gear.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.