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Acora Acoustics

Acora Acoustics at Common Wave Hi-Fi in Los Angeles | EVENT

“Jazz is Dead” a sign proclaims next to a picasso-esque portrait of Miles Davis deep into his horn. Duality is everywhere in Common Wave Hi-Fi, the Kissa-esque audio loft in Downtown Los Angeles run by Wes Katzir; rare Japanese jazz records line the walls, sharing space with vintage handheld game consoles, Parliament Funkadelic posters, Asian sculpture …

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The Roman Theatre of Orange

The Roman Theatre of Orange & FOCAL

The Roman Theatre of Orange (Théâtre antique d’Orange) in Orange, Vaucluse, France was constructed sometime in the earliest years of the first century, AD. It remains one of the most cherished, well preserved, and active theatres in European history. Playing home most recently to the well known Chorégies d’Orange since 1860, a summer opera festival …

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Bowers Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series, a Music Lover’s First Step into True Sound

Not everyone has to start somewhere, and for that reason “high-end home audio” for us begins with products like the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond flagship line of speakers. Throughout the history of their lineage, they have graced some of the most renowned recording studios in the world. Ever heard of Abbey Road Studios? …

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Avantgarde, Phasemation, Esoteric, dCS, American Sound of Canada | AXPONA 2023

Angie Lisi of American Sound of Canada, who has recently taken on Rethm, and had some hiding in a second system in her large top-floor suite at Axpona 2023 was also rocking a number of other cool brands. Among them, Phasemation, Esoteric’s Magne-drive magnetic drive turntable, a full dCS Vivaldi Apex stack, and a pair …

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Treehaus Audiolab, Innuos, Iconoclast Cable | AXPONA 2023

Treehaus Audiolab continues my theme of show rooms doing hifi different. Rich Pinto, who is fast becoming a familiar face to the INDULGR crew, were showing his irrepressibly organic approach to audio, which included the Treehaus National Treasure Field Coil Loudspeakers, an open-baffle full-range field coil speaker design which use a Fostex T90A super tweeter …

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Diptyque, Audia Flight, Michell Audio, NEO, Fidelity Imports | AXPONA 2023

Fidelity Imports was showing, by my count, six separate rooms at Axpona 2023 – and all of the ones I went into had very cool gear in them. The standout for me was the Diptyque Audio and Audia Flight room, which displayed a trait you really never expect from a panel speaker: bass. Reporting by …

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Rethm, Phasemation, Audio Research, HRS | AXPONA ’23

Rethm Audio’s Jacob George, one of my favorite people in the audio industry, was present at Axpona 2023 making a rather special showing. Having celebrated a newly inked distribution deal with Angie Lisi of American Sound of Canada, Jacob had every model in his current lineup present and was swapping speakers throughout the show. My …

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Peaks by YG Acoustics, Black by Bel Canto, Cardas | AXPONA 2023

All of us on the INDULGR team have become accustomed to the phrase “the jury is still out on this one“, meaning that enough data points have not been collected over time to say one has formed an opinion worth sharing. As far as new products go this is the norm, and especially so when …

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Bayz Audio, VAC, Taiko, Esoteric, Rhapsody Audio | AXPONA 2023

If you started off your Axpona 2023 experience by rushing to floor sixteen (the uppermost altitude-iness floor of the show) exiting the elevators to the short end of the hallway, and set off on your weekend tour, letting gravity take the lead, then you likely encountered Bayz Audio via New York City based ultra-high-end dealer …

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Vivid Audio, Audionet, Mola Mola, Kubala-Sosna, GTT Audio | AXPONA 2023

Vivid Audio loudspeakers and I have a long-standing situationship: readers familiar with my tastes will know my love for the avantgarde and whimsical in all things art and design, and there is perhaps no more beautifully designed speaker than the Giya range in one of the brilliant Oyster Matte colors. What I have so far …

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Alluxity, Chario, Monarch Systems | AXPONA 2023

Monarch Systems was running perhaps the most characterful room of Axpona 2023, decorated like a Tiki bar, with statues, grass table skirts, island-themed room treatment banners, and the crew from Monarch decked out in shorts, Hawaiian shirts and colorful Leis. When anyone talks about putting some fun in audio — this is how to do …

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Zesto Audio, YG Acoustics, Dr. Feickert Analogue, Stillpoints, Cardas | AXPONA 2023

Zesto Audio, a California based high-end electronics company, was debuting their new Eros 500 Select Monoblock amplifiers, sold in pairs for $35,000 pr USD. Showing in the system: loudspeakers from YG Acoustics, electronics from Zesto, turntable from Dr. Feickert, cables from Cardas, and support from Stillpoints. Reporting by Eric Franklin Shook The new Eros 500 …

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