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    Axpona 2019 - Best of

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    Thanks Mike. So little show coverage on the forums this time. Usually a bunch of shutterbugs with comments in the past. Not so much this year. Nice to get a little feedback.
    I noticed that to. I said to Joe. We definitely are the leaders! Great coverage by RITMO and others too!


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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    Well done Mike. I felt like I was there with you guys.
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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    Thanks for the report and all the pictures.
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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post

    Best new amplifier:

    On looks, the DíAgostino Relentless, but Iím afraid on all three days I didnít hear great sound from this room. Music selection was likely the culprit.
    Mike,

    As a bunch of others have chimed in on this and the pictures thread, thank you very much for your time and work to share your experiences with all of us who were not there. It is truly appreciated.

    With respect to the Relentless....your experience is a shame IMHO as my wife and I have heard them at length a couple of times with music we are familiar with and felt (in our humble opinion) that they were absolutely magnificent. Actually, they are currently the best amplifiers that we have heard in our travels easily beating out mighty contenders. In fact, I have heard and read others stating that they are slightly better than Dan's M400s. IMHO they are seriously better than the M400s and a significant achievement in amplification that is in an entirely different class of products. To each his/her own though.

    If McGrath from Wilson was driving and spinning his usual, well let me be nice, selections; then maybe it was the music. However, I would expect these amplifiers based on my experience with them to shine regardless of what music you throw at them.

    What was it that you didn't like about the sound? I would really be interested in your details to see what I missed when listening to them.

    Thanks again for your show report and the time you took to share.
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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    Quote Originally Posted by laynesaddiction View Post
    Mike,

    As a bunch of others have chimed in on this and the pictures thread, thank you very much for your time and work to share your experiences with all of us who were not there. It is truly appreciated.

    With respect to the Relentless....your experience is a shame IMHO as my wife and I have heard them at length a couple of times with music we are familiar with and felt (in our humble opinion) that they were absolutely magnificent. Actually, they are currently the best amplifiers that we have heard in our travels easily beating out mighty contenders. In fact, I have heard and read others stating that they are slightly better than Dan's M400s. IMHO they are seriously better than the M400s and a significant achievement in amplification that is in an entirely different class of products. To each his/her own though.

    If McGrath from Wilson was driving and spinning his usual, well let me be nice, selections; then maybe it was the music. However, I would expect these amplifiers based on my experience with them to shine regardless of what music you throw at them.

    What was it that you didn't like about the sound? I would really be interested in your details to see what I missed when listening to them.

    Thanks again for your show report and the time you took to share.
    I voted it in my Best New Amp category. I just didnít hear great music selections the three times I went in. Very soft, simple stuff. Would love to have hear some ripping Eagles or big jazz. Iíll hear them in a different setting soon enough. I know how great Danís amps are. I owned them!


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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I voted it in my Best New Amp category. I just didn’t hear great music selections the three times I went in. Very soft, simple stuff. Would love to have hear some ripping Eagles or big jazz. I’ll hear them in a different setting soon enough. I know how great Dan’s amps are. I owned them!


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    Sorry, I misunderstood as I thought you only liked the cosmetics and were less enthusiastic about the sound. Given my misunderstanding, I was interested in in learning why.
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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    would love to know more about the Magico M2's from anyone who got a chance to experience them...
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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    Ive seen NUMEROUS reports on various Axpona threads about what a disappointment the Relentless room was so it aint just Mike's opinion. He's actually being very diplomatic about it...unlike some of the other "bashing" comments that are out there.
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    Re: Axpona 2019 - Best of

    The M2's were one of the highlights of the show for me. Bass was taut and impactful. Great sense of space and the speakers totally disappeared. I thought they sounded better than the M3's (which were also excellent) in a similar sized room with a similar front end. I was in the room twice and both experiences left me impressed. I heard a couple of other Magico rooms at the show, and all were excellent, but this was the standout for a medium to small room size.
    Morgan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billion$Baby View Post
    Ive seen NUMEROUS reports on various Axpona threads about what a disappointment the Relentless room was so it aint just Mike's opinion. He's actually being very diplomatic about it...unlike some of the other "bashing" comments that are out there.
    Everyone has different opinions and hears things differently. by Jason Victor Serinus

    Given that I had recently gushed over the pairing, at one of Definitive Audio of Seattle's Music Matters events, of Wilson Audio's Alexx speakers ($109,000/pair), Sub Sonic Subwoofers (two, at $37,500/each), and Watch Controllers (two, at $4000/each); D'Agostino Relentless monoblocks ($250,000/pair) and Progression monoblocks ($38,000/pair), plus Momentum phono stage ($28,000); a dCS and Clearaudio front end; and lots and lots of Transparent Reference XL cabling plus an HRS VXR-19213V-80 rack with two M3x base audio stands ($57,960 total), I didn't know if I would hear much of a difference from the AXPONA system put together by Michigan retailer Paragon Sight and Sound. If anything, I expected the level of sonic excellence to drop somewhat, because we were moving from a purpose-built, carefully treated store showroom to a far more challenging convention hall space.

    Oh, was I wrong. Although, on the dCS end, the system moved down a small notch by the replacement of the four-stack Vivaldi system with this room's not exactly shabby Vivaldi One ($92,000 with special nickel finish), there were two notable system additions: the brand new D'Agostino Momentum HD Pre Line Stage ($40,000), which I'm in line to review, and the Stromtank 2500 Independent Power Source ($19,500). Together with Clearaudio's Master Innovation Turntable with TT1-M1 tonearm ($54,000) and Goldfinger Statement cartridge ($16,000), this system made music like no other system I've ever heard.

    When I entered, Musical Surroundings' Garth Leerer was playing "If I Should Lose You" from jazz ensemble Sphere's LP Flight Path. The bass was solid beyond belief, the control absolute, and the tactile sensation of sticks and brushes touching the skin of a drum positively uncanny. No booming, absolutely no booming, whether from deep drums or double bass. No sense of a separate subwoofer or, on a file of an organ track cued up by Peter McGrath, an iota of strain. None. And the spaciousness was extraordinary.

    One more: McGrath's 24/88.2 live recording of a performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, on which the system's ability to separate the sounds of individual voices in a massed choir was beyond compare. I sat in total awe. If I hadn't been covering an audio show, I would have joined the group of people in the first row who had returned to this room for a second day, and were occupying all the best seats for as long as they could. Smart people, with the ability to recognize a system, conceived by brilliant designers, that can make reproduced music sound like the real thing.

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