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Axpona joining October Hi-Fi Show Madness

We got this email from Axpona today. I guess, in an attempt to give the Munich HighEnd show goers a break, they are trying to distance themselves further [than the month April 19th to May 14th] than they were before by moving their show to the Fall…

“The first-class Renaissance Schaumburg venue that was so well received in 2018 has now been secured as our permanent home, enabling us to move our dates to the fall beginning in 2020 and to accommodate an additional day on Thursday to be used exclusively as a professional industry only “Trade and Press Day”. Following the upcoming April 12-14, 2019 show, the next AXPONA will be held October 29-November 1, 2020″

So if 2020 is anything like 2018 we will have:

RMAF Oct. 5 to Oct 7 in Denver

Toronto AudioFest Oct 19 – 21 in Toronto

Axpona Oct 29 – Nov 1 in Chicago

Capital AudioFest on Nov, 2 – 4 in Washington D.C.

We [at least Neli, and maybe me too] is going to Capital Audiofest in D.C. this year to support Old Forge Studio as they are hoping to be able show the Acapella “La Campanella” loudspeakers.

Next year?

Will we start hearing about the press getting heart attacks as they try to cover 600+ rooms in one month?

Or the industry being stripped of cash reserves as they pay a fortune to shippers for overnight delivery?

Or maybe they will join us and all just stay home with a pillow over our heads. πŸ™‚


Audio Note and Audio Federation at CAS 2018

The sliver faceplates of the Audio Note components against the black of the equipment racks was an awesome thing to see – as well as hear πŸ™‚

[forgive me. new camera. new to lightroom]

The AN components were the two box DAC: The Fifth Element and Fifth Force, the two box M9 Phono preamplifier and the CDT-Five transport.

*happy ears*


Audio Federation – CAS 2018

We are going to pepper you with photos from the show for awhile here. Oh, and photos from our digs here as well.

Uh, hope you all like pepper!

[the show report is progressing apace – expect it to still be a week out or so]

Acapella Campanile 2 loudspeakers

Audio Note, HRS and Acapella

This is the path we had to use get to the light switches – between the right speaker and the LaMusika poster πŸ™‚

CAS 2018 Day 1 – The Boardrooms

First day was busy. A quick flyby of the boardrooms at the show…. Neli said that more people visited us the first day here at the Dagogo California Audio Show 2018 than the entire time at Axpona.

Margules Group


Triangle Art, Angel City Audio


Pass Labs, Zu Audio


Destination Audio, TriangleArt

AAudio Imports, Stage III, Ypsilon, Wilson Benesch, HB Cable Design

The Audio Note Fifth Element DAC and CDT-Five transport

See and hear both at CAS 2018 – the California Audio Show – Oakland July 27-29th. That’s next week, BTW. πŸ™‚



I was listening to this, the Decca Legends King’s College Choir (Willcocks) but the older non-super digital version. Always sounded pretty good, alwys kind of inspiring – but for the first time I could tell they were singing in English. I always assumed it was Latin or Italian or whatever. What a shock. I have heard this CD for literally 20+ years. I attribute this additional clarity to the arrival of the Audio Note Fifth Element / Fifth Force and the ability of the Acapella Campanile 2 speakers to ‘get out of the way’ of the music.