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    Axpona 2017 Best Of

    Best speaker under $20,000:

    Avantgarde Zero TA XD

    Best speaker under $100,000:

    MBL

    Best speaker over $100,000:

    Von Schweikert

    Best Tube Amp:

    VAC Statement 450iQ monos

    Best Solid State Amp:
    Pass (heard some INT-60's and INT-250's)
    The new Audia Flight and Esoteric Grandioso (tie for second)
    Honorable mention to Bricasti and Tidal and Gamut.

    Best DAC under $10,000:

    AMR 777SE (new model coming. Does not do DSD)

    Best DAC over $10,000:

    Berkeley Alpha Reference DAC2 (lots of these were in use!)

    Best Super DAC ($100k range):

    MSB Select DAC II

    Best Turntable over $40,000:

    Kronos Pro

    Best Turntable under $40,000:

    VPI Avenger Ref

    Biggest disappointment:

    B&O Speaker

    Best Room under $100,000:

    Joseph Audio with Rowland

    Best Room over $200,000:

    VAC with Von Schweikert statement speakers (tie with)
    MBL with MBL electronics

    A terrific show! So many rooms and so much equipment. It was huge! Most importantly LOTS of people and great times!!




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    Thanks again Mike, great list!


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    Great list Mike , So " your " best sound of show , regardless of price is VSA and MBL ..... ?

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    Mike........Many thanks for the Axpona 2017 photo show. The dinner photos were cool, too. I felt the excitement and fun. It is quite an effort to snap so many photos of the different rooms and systems and get them posted to this forum. That effort is appreciated by me and I'm certain everyone else who could not attend. Kudos for a great job.
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    Re: Axpona 2017 Best Of

    Mike, (or anyone). What were the speakers and other components with the Audia Flight amps?

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    Re: Axpona 2017 Best Of

    As simply an audiophile with no commercial affiliations in this game, I can say my "best of" list would have likely been much different..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melbguy1 View Post
    As simply an audiophile with no commercial affiliations in this game, I can say my "best of" list would have likely been much different..
    You weren't there. How do you know for sure? The rooms/setup played a huge role. Watching the guys on the VAC/Von Schweikert room work until all hours of the night moving those gigantic speakers, tuning them using the adjustments on the back, moving room treatments and seating around was something. They were also blessed with a nice big room.

    Geez, I thought my list was very fair and unbiased. There were a lot of great rooms. But the ones that stood out to me are listed above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    Great list Mike , So " your " best sound of show , regardless of price is VSA and MBL ..... ?
    Yes. They just happened to be mega buck systems too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdandy View Post
    Mike........Many thanks for the Axpona 2017 photo show. The dinner photos were cool, too. I felt the excitement and fun. It is quite an effort to snap so many photos of the different rooms and systems and get them posted to this forum. That effort is appreciated by me and I'm certain everyone else who could not attend. Kudos for a great job.
    Thanks Dan. It's a labor of love. We all had a wonderful time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Melbguy1 View Post
    As simply an audiophile with no commercial affiliations in this game, I can say my "best of" list would have likely been much different..
    No doubt, everyone has their personal favorites. But you really need to hear the rooms for yourself before you make a judgement. A lot of systems with great components were not worthy of Best in show due to less than optimal setups.

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