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Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2014  |  8 comments
Doshi Audio's $15,995 vacuum tube based phono preamplifier features three inputs, a full complement of remote controllable loading options and even memory to store settings for each of the inputs.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2014  |  2 comments
I met up at AXPONA with SOTA's Kirk and Donna Bodinet. They were part owners in the company for many years, buying the company outright from Jack Shafton in 1997, when depending upon your perspective, it was vinyl's nadir, or the beginning of its resurgence.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  0 comments
In a successful cross-branding debut, importer Musical Surroundings demoed the new $2000 AMG Teatro MC cartridge mounted on an AMG Lorenzo tone arm, itself mounted on a Clearaudio Ovation turntable.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  0 comments
At Munich's High End Show 2013 Franc Kuzma showed prototypes of a new cartridge line that has now been introduced at AXPONA. Mounted on a 4 Point tone arm on the Kuzma Stabi XL turntable, the new mid-line CAR-40 ($2900) sounded great playing a "TRON" test pressing.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  2 comments
Highwater Sound demoed TW Acustic's Raven GT SE Turntable featuring a chassis machined from a solid aluminum billet.
 |  Apr 27, 2014  |  1 comments
The under $2000 price-pointed heated up yet further with the introduction of Funk Firm's new $1495 Flamenca turntable and F6 tone arm.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  3 comments
Switzerland-based Thales recently introduced "Easy", a new moderately-priced tangential pivoting tone arm, that importer AAudio Imports introduced at AXPONA.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  0 comments
VPI's new $999 Nomad made its audio show debut at AXPONA 2014. The 'table features a built-in headphone amplifier and MM phono preamplifier as a well as a new gimbal bearing tone arm.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  0 comments
Though the Sparta AXPONA demo unit was still a prototype, a company spokesperson claimed the unit was "a few weeks away" from going into full production.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  0 comments
Acoustic Signature introduced at AXPONA a new look with the handsome Triple X Turntable.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  1 comments
Balanced Audio Technology introduced at AXPONA five new phono preamplifiers priced from $3500 to $12,500. The five models are variations on a theme starting at the bottom with the $3500 VK-P6 and ending at the top with the VK-12SE Superpak.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 26, 2014  |  9 comments
Friday at AXPONA appeared to be well attended. The event at the Westin O'Hare attracted a healthy demographic mix and excellent area dealer support —something last year's New York show failed to get, with most dealers preferring a parasitic show relationship.