Acoustic Sounds

Features: Hi-Fi Shows

April 18th, 2023

Convergent Audio Technology at Axpona 2023

wonderful sound in a huge room

By: Dean Cacioppo

Convergent Audio Technology (CAT) has been producing top tier, triode preamps and amplifiers for decades, see what they brought to Axpona 2023

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April 7th, 2023

Montreal Audiofest 2023

Adventures At A French - Canadian Ear Party

By: Dave McNair

Visiting the Montreal Audiofest for the first time was a similar experience to my 2022 visit to the Toronto Audiofest. While in very different cities, the two shows have two important things in common: show organizers par excellence, Sarah Tremblay and Michel Plante, and a friendly, easy-going Canadian vibe - with lots of French thrown in to flavor the proceedings.Further similarities to the Toronto (and Tampa shows) were my inability to take notes on the model... Read More

March 28th, 2023

Montreal Audiofest 2023 Video Coverage Part 1 (Includes Interview With Chanteuse Anne Bisson)

first time attendee had a most enjoyable show experience

By: Michael Fremer

This is the first time I've attended the long running (34 years) Montréal Audiofest, which took place March 24th through the 26th. It falls around my birthday so the timing for me isn't ideal. This year I was asked to present a lifetime achievement award to Oracle turntable designer Marcel Riendau and felt it was an honor and a good thing to do, as an Oracle Delphi was my first high performance turntable, I've reviewed two iterations and Mr. Riendau is... Read More

March 7th, 2023

Two Must See Seminars at Florida International Audio Expo 2023

Finally! cavitation explained clearly and concisely and the 7 targets of proper cartridge alignment

By: Michael Fremer

What exactly is "cavitation" as applied to record cleaning? None of the novelty videos on YouTube explain what it is and most of them make recommendations that clearly indicate the advocates have no idea what they are talking about!  In fact, many of the "cavitation" machines do not actually cavitate.

What are the 7 alignment targets necessary to hit in order to properly align a cartridge? And what are the benefits of proper alignment in addition to better sonic performance?

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March 1st, 2023

Florida International Audio Expo 2023 Video Coverage Part 1

From the top 14th floor down to the 7th floor

By: Michael Fremer

Last week's Florida International Audio Expo in Tampa truly was an "international" event. Before the show, the "international" characterization seemed somewhat over the top. After all, this is a recent, relatively small regional show organized by non-professionals. But show organizers knew something most attendees didn't: it truly was an international show! Japanese speaker manufacturer TAD took a big room and even company president... Read More

February 26th, 2023

Florida International Audio Expo 2023

the best Tampa show yet, and my pick for the top rooms.

By: Dave McNair

Being inside a hotel for three days is not exactly the Sun and Fun in Winter that most make it out to be. No matter. This year I experienced an embarrassment of riches in the form of many impressive high-end systems - and managed to leave the hotel for some Tampa exploration.I started the days with trips to local coffee shops to quell my jonesing for top-flight espresso. I had some serious lattes and a nice cafe Cubano near the hotel. Saturday morning was all about... Read More

February 23rd, 2023

Ken Redmond's Florida Audio Expo 2023 Highlights

some notable rooms

By: Ken Redmond

I tip my hat to reviewers that do complete audio show coverage. The time/effort it takes to cover an entire show is enormous. Frankly, I am not that guy. Hey, you have to know your limitations. What I do want to share with you are some notable rooms that captured my attention and beckoned me to listen to the music rather than the equipment. Here are those rooms in no particular order.


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