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    Florida Audio Expo Show Report








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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Two dream systems. Congrats Mike! Just awesome.

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Both rooms looked and sounded exceptional, in totally different ways. 110% pro.
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    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Could someone please post the picture of back panel of MBL 101X Extreme Mk2 bass tower?

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Audio Group Denmark

    Photos from Audio Group Denmark Rooms at Florida Audio Expo 2022. Attendance at the show looks great even if the demographic is predictably slanted.

    Michael Borresen, the group’s chief designer is in town so hit him up with any questions you have on Borresen, Ansuz or Aavik products.

    A team of three has flown in from Denmark for the show, underpinning the rising status of the show and the rapid growth of the groups business.


    Room One - Kennedy Room, Partner High End by Oz




    Video credit: Jay’s Audio Lab, Pre-exhibition video, Kennedy Room, High End by Oz




    Room Two – Suite 615, Partner Next Level HiFi






    Video credit: Jay’s Audio Lab, Pre-exhibition video, Room 615, Next Level HiFi
    Borresen Acoustics Loudspeakers, Borresen Model 01 Compact monitor loudspeakers with Ansuz Darkz T2s Supreme resonance control, Audio Video Manufaktur GmbH (AVM) Inspiration amplifier & streamer, Innuos Zen MKII music server, Ansuz Acoustics cables & accessories. Please visit my system thread hosted on Audioshark for more details. Disclosure: The author is materially connected to Ansuz, Aavik & Borresen Acoustics via friendship with an owner.

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    Audio Group Denmark

    Photos from Audio Group Denmark Rooms at Florida Audio Expo 2022. Attendance at the show looks great even if the demographic is predictably slanted.

    Michael Borresen, the group’s chief designer is in town so hit him up with any questions you have on Borresen, Ansuz or Aavik products.

    A team of three has flown in from Denmark for the show, underpinning the rising status of the show and the rapid growth of the groups business.


    Room One - Kennedy Room, Partner High End by Oz

    Room Two – Suite 615, Partner Next Level HiFi
    I was surprised at how full sounding those stand-mounts were; imo they did not give up very much at all to the large floor-standers. If that was Michael in the Kennedy room he was fun to listen to, you can easily see the passion for the art and science.
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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Great photos,....thanks for posting!
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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Quote Originally Posted by jmusica View Post
    I was surprised at how full sounding those stand-mounts were; imo they did not give up very much at all to the large floor-standers. If that was Michael in the Kennedy room he was fun to listen to, you can easily see the passion for the art and science.

    Thanks for the report.

    The Borresen 01 stand mount speakers can work beautifully in a small room with often surprising bass for the size of cabinets.

    It might have been Ozan Turan (Oz), the owner of High End by Oz, you saw in the Kennedy Room. His passion for music and high end audio including reel to reel tape has no limit....
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    Whooa!!!


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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report




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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    My girlfriend, three brothers and I will be there today, so expect a lot of quality pics of the show posted up tomorrow. Maybe tonight, depending...
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    Thanks to everyone for the pics. I love seeing rooms with reel to reel decks.
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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Wow! Even with an off axis recording uploaded via Youtube - this sounds impressive. Von Schweikert Ultra 7 loudspeakers with multiple VAC Statement 452 iQ Musicbloc Power Amplifiers.


    Video credit: Jay’s Audio Lab
    Borresen Acoustics Loudspeakers, Borresen Model 01 Compact monitor loudspeakers with Ansuz Darkz T2s Supreme resonance control, Audio Video Manufaktur GmbH (AVM) Inspiration amplifier & streamer, Innuos Zen MKII music server, Ansuz Acoustics cables & accessories. Please visit my system thread hosted on Audioshark for more details. Disclosure: The author is materially connected to Ansuz, Aavik & Borresen Acoustics via friendship with an owner.

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Acora room. Enjoyed. If I were looking for speakers for a large room these would definitely get some consideration.



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    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Suncoast room, floor 2. Fantastic and gorgeous presentation.

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    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    MBL room. My first thought walking in was, "impressive". My thought listening was, "the sound is as big and impressive as the equipment". Some room!

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    Zu IBIS speaker cable
    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Oz room, floor 2. One of my favorite rooms. Everything about this room sounded fantastic. Maybe, the bass was slightly much for me. Those stand mounts were incredible, very hard pressed to tell it wasn't the larger speakers. Guess at that price they should be.... Lars was fun to listen to.

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    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Thrax room. In top 5 for me. Absolutely loved.

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    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Don't think it would surprise anyone this room sounded phenomenal. Between Mike's two rooms I think this one was a little more to my own tastes. Great PRAT, punchy, very musical overall.



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    HiDiamond Genesis Big XLR signal cable
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    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Matterhorn from Cambridge brought two excellent sounding rooms. Never heard of most of this stuff but it was up there among the ones I liked most, and they were attentive, pleasant people.

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    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Handful of other rooms i dont remember as well.

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    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Few more not as well remembered.

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    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    These weird robot looking things were really, really great sounding. WAF for me at least would be a big, "um, no".

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    HiDiamond Genesis Big XLR signal cable
    Zu IBIS speaker cable
    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    I found this room kinda interesting. Much more minimalist than most.

    Graham Audio speakers, Moonriver integrated. I wasn’t familiar with either of these (not that that should be a surprise, I’m not familiar with too much).

    Speakers I wouldn't personally consider attractive (just a rectangular wood box and black cloth on an ikea-looking stand), turntable and an amp sort of buried in the shadows under a low shelf unit. Like they didn’t want anyone to actually see it; the man behind the curtain I guess. /shrug

    But gotta say…. to me this was one of the better sounding systems and very reasonably priced.

    Great sense of balance across frequencies to my ear, well controlled, tight but punchy bass, nice soundstaging, great vocal timbres. Just really musical.

    Would not make it thru WAF for me but was a sound I could very happily live with. Pleasant surprise of the show, imo!


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    HiDiamond Genesis Big XLR signal cable
    Zu IBIS speaker cable
    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    This was one of my top 3 favorite rooms. The sound was organic, relaxed yet dynamic, balanced, lush and infinitely musical.

    They tried to explain the tech to me but all I got was something like its class D amp inside a glass tube. /shrug, tl;dr my ears told me what I needed to know.

    Not to mention that imo its among the best looking esthetically I've seen. Speakers weren't as beautiful but they sure sounded amazing.

    I will consider both brands for future purchases.

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    HiDiamond Genesis Big XLR signal cable
    Zu IBIS speaker cable
    Ayre L-x5e Line Filter (amp and X1) | Keces P3 LPS w/ Uptone Audio Saphire DC cable (switch and L1)
    Shunyata Alpha ZiTron Digital, Transparent Premium Powerlink MM2 PCs
    Lumin L1 NAS | Qobuz

    Tweaks: Artesania Audio damper | Shakti Air | Shakti Onlines | Synergistic Big MIG footers | Alto-extremo Lyd footers | Ginko Cloud 15 (X1) | Carbon fiber shelf (amp)

    On the lookout for: SOtM sNHG-10G switch

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Last room pics for now and not only not least, but for me, first.

    If I could take home anything from the show it would be this system. Borreson speakers, Aavik electronics. Makes me want to go rob a bank, right now.

    This was not hit-you-in-the-head-wow shock value sound. It was to me by far the most musical, organic, crisp, balanced, extended without harshness or smear anywhere to be found, punchy yet non fatiguing.

    As close to perfection as I've personally heard. Next Level, indeed.



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    Handful of random personal observations and notes.

    Almost without exception the rooms I liked most were solid state electronics.

    With only one exception the rooms I liked best were digital/streaming/CD.

    Surprised that my 3 or 4 favorite systems had stand mount speakers.

    The effort made by room hosts was incredibly inconsistent. You had guys like Mike who clearly went all out to provide a highly professional and immensely enjoyable presentation, and you had rooms with zero acoustic treatment, no branding or decoration/room setup, sloppily thrown together systems, and/or inattentive hosts. I dont get it. You don't get too many shots to impress the public with this level of gear why short yourself? You had professional looking hosts who threw on decent outfits and you had guys in scruffy t-shirts and cargo shorts. I have suggestions for the organizers if they're interested in hearing 'em.

    I really wanted to hear the new 200 series T+A gear but the guy in the House of Stereo room abruptly told me "I may play those later this evening come back then" then turned away to do something else. I wasn't going to point out "there is no evening to this show". Even tho he was really kinda surly with me, I went back around 5:15 and anyway he was still playing the big stuff, with the new line sitting idle. Well, i guess it looked cool... One other room they were guarding the door at like 2pm smack in the middle of the show and wouldn't let me in as they were filming a video. "Come back later". Um, yeah, no... You couldn't arrange to film early or at the end of the day? Put on your pro pants; maybe I'll remember to come back maybe not, there's lots to see.

    This was my first show and I'm glad to have been able to go. Saw lots of great stuff, lots of frankly disappointing stuff, finally after 10 years met Mike in person, talked to lots of super people, and even had a Jay siting. Look forward to doing more of this kind of thing.

    Now I'm gonna go listen to some music on my own system. It may be humble, but it's in my living room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmusica View Post
    Handful of random personal observations and notes.

    Almost without exception the rooms I liked most were solid state electronics.

    With only one exception the rooms I liked best were digital/streaming/CD.

    Surprised that my 3 or 4 favorite systems had stand mount speakers.

    The effort made by room hosts was incredibly inconsistent. You had guys like Mike who clearly went all out to provide a highly professional and immensely enjoyable presentation, and you had rooms with zero acoustic treatment, no branding or decoration, hastily and sloppily thrown together systems. I dont get it. You don't get too many shots to impress the public with this level of gear why short yourself? You had professional looking hosts who threw on decent outfits and you had guys in scruffy t-shirts and cargo shorts. I have suggestions for the organizers if they're interested in hearing 'em.

    I really wanted to hear the new 200 series T+A gear but the guy told me "I may play those later this evening come back then". I wasn't going to point out "there is no evening to this show". Even tho he was really kinda surly with me, I went back around 5:15 and anyway he was still playing the big stuff, with the new line sitting idle. Well, i guess it looked cool... One other room they were guarding the door at like 2pm smack in the middle of the show and wouldn't let me in as they were filming a video. "Come back later". Um, yeah, no... You couldn't arrange to film early or at the end of the day? Put on your pro pants, maybe I'll remember to come back maybe not, there's lots to see.

    This was my first show and I'm glad to have been able to go. Saw lots of great stuff, lots of frankly disappointing stuff, finally after 10 years met Mike in person, talked to lots of super people, and even had a Jay siting. Look forward to doing more of this kind of thing.

    Now I'm gonna go listen to some music on my own system. It may be humble, but it's in my living room.
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    J,

    Many thanks for all the posts and photos. Well done, mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    J,

    Many thanks for all the posts and photos. Well done, mate.
    Thanks, was hoping folks who couldn’t make it could get a sense of the show. Meant to bring a real camera and forgot so just did what I could with cellphone pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmusica View Post
    Thanks, was hoping folks who couldn’t make it could get a sense of the show. Meant to bring a real camera and forgot so just did what I could with cellphone pics.
    These are just fine and much appreciated.

    Cheers, buddy.

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Positive Feedback has a report on the show up on their website, including coverage of the Suncoast Audio room.

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    Positive Feedback has a report on the show up on their website, including coverage of the Suncoast Audio room.
    He loved it (!!!) once we moved him to the middle and back row. The front row is too close. I’ll probably just remove it today. My little room is killing it and our MBL room is insane.


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    Thank you for the pictures

    Any headphones and headphone amps present at the show, just wondering
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    My little room is killing it and our MBL room is insane.


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    Hate to say it, but neither of those rooms/systems were impressive at all to us. Sure, they looked good, but that was about it. Not much in the way of sound, and that was sitting in the "good, better, best" seats. Then again, this was the same for many of the rooms/systems this year, hence why I only took about 13 photos at the entire show for the six hours we were there.

    Our top pics of the show from good to best were...

    1) Good imaging and sound stage, refined top end and surprisingly punchy and detailed...



    2) Great dynamics and texture without being bright or "horny", and a shocking amount of low end bass grunt and detail from a 12" pro-audio driver, albeit a highly modified driver I'm sure.



    3) AJ's room was great. Though for that particular room, I feel the smaller towers were a much better choice. Those little towers were extremely impressive all around, well balanced and extended a whole heck of a lot deeper than one would think, especially at higher volumes. Excellent work AJ! Also, it was great to finally meet you and it was a pleasure talking with you for a bit.





    4) These had to be the most "full range" stand mount monitors I've ever heard, with the exception of maybe the old Wilson Audio Cub's from many moons ago. Though those didn't have anywhere near the extension and refinement of these. Truly excellent sound.




    5) Another well balanced, very musical system with great dynamics and punch...



    6) Very musical and relaxing system. With a sparkly top end that was still clean and smooth.



    The absolute best of show, and most likely one of THEEE best systems I have ever heard. Lifelike size and scale, even with large pipe organ pieces, most realistic reproduction of pipe organ I have heard from any system, other than listening to an actual pipe organ live in a large church. Guitar, piano, vocals, everything... It all sounded absolutely real and life-sized. Completely balanced from top to bottom, very convincing, expansive sound stage in width, depth, and most certainly height! Plenty of natural, realistic bass extension and reproduction at any volume, and plenty of output overall for effortlessly filling that large room without even breaking a sweat. This includes that also excellent, very natural top end from those tweeters.

    And all of this from a total of four small 6.75" drivers in two small ported granite enclosures that only cost $37k. Still a ton more than I can afford, but they are definitely worth it, and are far less expensive that the majority of far less impressive speakers that were at this show costing one to several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    We spent nearly an hour in this room alone! And the gentleman running the show in that room was equally as impressive. A complete joy to talk with.








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    Quote Originally Posted by chops View Post
    Hate to say it, but neither of those rooms/systems were impressive at all to us. Sure, they looked good, but that was about it. Not much in the way of sound, and that was sitting in the "good, better, best" seats. Then again, this was the same for many of the rooms/systems this year, hence why I only took about 13 photos at the entire show for the six hours we were there.

    Our top pics of the show from good to best were...

    1) Good imaging and sound stage, refined top end and surprisingly punchy and detailed...



    2) Great dynamics and texture without being bright or "horny", and a shocking amount of low end bass grunt and detail from a 12" pro-audio driver, albeit a highly modified driver I'm sure.



    3) AJ's room was great. Though for that particular room, I feel the smaller towers were a much better choice. Those little towers were extremely impressive all around, well balanced and extended a whole heck of a lot deeper than one would think, especially at higher volumes. Excellent work AJ! Also, it was great to finally meet you and it was a pleasure talking with you for a bit.





    4) These had to be the most "full range" stand mount monitors I've ever heard, with the exception of maybe the old Wilson Audio Cub's from many moons ago. Though those didn't have anywhere near the extension and refinement of these. Truly excellent sound.




    5) Another well balanced, very musical system with great dynamics and punch...



    6) Very musical and relaxing system. With a sparkly top end that was still clean and smooth.



    The absolute best of show, and most likely one of THEEE best systems I have ever heard. Lifelike size and scale, even with large pipe organ pieces, most realistic reproduction of pipe organ I have heard from any system, other than listening to an actual pipe organ live in a large church. Guitar, piano, vocals, everything... It all sounded absolutely real and life-sized. Completely balanced from top to bottom, very convincing, expansive sound stage in width, depth, and most certainly height! Plenty of natural, realistic bass extension and reproduction at any volume, and plenty of output overall for effortlessly filling that large room without even breaking a sweat. This includes that also excellent, very natural top end from those tweeters.

    And all of this from a total of four small 6.75" drivers in two small ported granite enclosures that only cost $37k. Still a ton more than I can afford, but they are definitely worth it, and are far less expensive that the majority of far less impressive speakers that were at this show costing one to several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    We spent nearly an hour in this room alone! And the gentleman running the show in that room was equally as impressive. A complete joy to talk with.








    ????. Number one on your list above is my room.


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    ????. Number one on your list above is my room.


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    ????. Number one on your list above is my room.


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    I had no idea that room was yours. I only saw you in the room with those Vivid Audio speakers that were lack-luster at best. And even though your room us "number one" on my list, that is actually only the "good" room. They get better as the list goes down... Obviously.
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    What a hatchet job from Charlie Choplin.
    Act like an adult and stop with the stupid name botching.
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    Thank you for the pictures

    Any headphones and headphone amps present at the show, just wondering
    There were a few rooms centered on headphones/amps. From quick visits they seemed to be getting good traffic, were nicely setup, and the hosts seemed enthusiastic and engaging. Different vibe from many of the other rooms; more energy somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmusica View Post
    These weird robot looking things were really, really great sounding. WAF for me at least would be a big, "um, no".

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    Anyone know what "streamer" and amplification system was for these speakers?

    It would be helpful to know what the components are in any given room.

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    are those Blumenhofer speakers? Nice, don't see those on this side of the pond.

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    4) These had to be the most "full range" stand mount monitors I've ever heard, with the exception of maybe the old Wilson Audio Cub's from many moons ago. Though those didn't have anywhere near the extension and refinement of these. Truly excellent sound.
    That's interesting but...what were they? You didn't say who manufacturer of these speakers is. Also be nice to have a listing of the other components being used. It is a "system" after, all.

    The absolute best of show, and most likely one of THEEE best systems I have ever heard. Lifelike size and scale, even with large pipe organ pieces, most realistic reproduction of pipe organ I have heard from any system, other than listening to an actual pipe organ live in a large church. Guitar, piano, vocals, everything... It all sounded absolutely real and life-sized. Completely balanced from top to bottom, very convincing, expansive sound stage in width, depth, and most certainly height! Plenty of natural, realistic bass extension and reproduction at any volume, and plenty of output overall for effortlessly filling that large room without even breaking a sweat. This includes that also excellent, very natural top end from those tweeters.

    And all of this from a total of four small 6.75" drivers in two small ported granite enclosures that only cost $37k. Still a ton more than I can afford, but they are definitely worth it, and are far less expensive that the majority of far less impressive speakers that were at this show costing one to several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    We spent nearly an hour in this room alone! And the gentleman running the show in that room was equally as impressive. A complete joy to talk with.








    Once again, what speakers are these and what is in the rest of the system?

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    Here's a link to about 130 photos that I took of most of the rooms we visited (some twice or more). Photographically, the light is artificial and harsh and just not good and one doesn't want to interrupt others visit to a room with photo stuff, so it kind of is what it is. These have been cropped a little and adjusted for light a little, but no color processing, etc. I took more pictures of things that were either sonically or visually interesting to me, but that's not a comment on anything I didn't photograph or anything of which I took several photos. You can download any of these you like for free and send the link to others. I think you can also buy prints (although they aren't that good), but I get no $$ if you do so. There is a button to watch it in slide show mode if you'd like. If you want the compressed MP3 via cheap ear buds and a bluetooth connection experience. watch it on your phone. If you want the uncompressed digital or vinyl version on a nicer rig experience, view these on a full screen (largest you've got, preferably with good color). Enjoy. It was a fun show.

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    I had no idea that room was yours. I only saw you in the room with those Vivid Audio speakers that were lack-luster at best. And even though your room us "number one" on my list, that is actually only the "good" room. They get better as the list goes down... Obviously.
    We’ve had a tonne of positive comments on all our rooms. All individual tastes at the end of the day.


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    All individual tastes at the end of the day.


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    That's interesting but...what were they? You didn't say who manufacturer of these speakers is. Also be nice to have a listing of the other components being used. It is a "system" after, all.



    Once again, what speakers are these and what is in the rest of the system?
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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    duplicate post/pic; can be removed
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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    Quote Originally Posted by chops View Post
    I had no idea that room was yours. I only saw you in the room with those Vivid Audio speakers that were lack-luster at best. And even though your room us "number one" on my list, that is actually only the "good" room. They get better as the list goes down... Obviously.
    So rude. That’s totally uncalled for.

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    Re: Florida Audio Expo Show Report

    A nice write up on my small room with the Kharma’s and the new Shunyata grounding system.

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