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    by Published on 05-26-2014 01:20 PM
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    I've cleaned out the Munich 2014 photo archive to published the best of what's left. The Munich show was full of great looking and / or interesting products and displays. Here are some that deserve attention. ...
    by Published on 05-19-2014 10:52 AM
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    Wow, what a show. The 2014 High End show in Munich was the best audio show I've ever attended. It was like Disney World for adults. It featured private rooms for controlled demonstrations and a large show floor with booths full of high end equipment, music, and services. Usually show floors are full of trinkets and iPhone cases. Munich is a different story. There were countless quality products from manufacturers I'd never heard of and several new product launches from well known known manufacturers. Devialet, Constellation Audio, TAD, Nagra, Auralic, Aurender, Dynaudio, Wadia, Audio Research, and Sonus Faber were some of the manufacturers with new products on display in Munich. It was truly a blast covering this show. I've already made plans to attend in 2015. ...
    by Published on 04-28-2014 11:40 AM
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    2. 2014 AXPONA Chicago
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    I attended my first AXPONA audio show over the weekend. The show was held at the Westin O'Hare about thirty minutes outside Chicago. I had a really good time at this show. The venue was terrific. It's always nice when luxury goods are on display at a hotel where a luxury goods buyer may actually stay. In other words, high end audio shows shouldn't be at rundown hotels or motels. The Westin O'hare is a very nice location. I hope to attend the show there next year. I spent much of my time at AXPONA searching for good sound and good music amongst a sea of subpar noise. I say noise because much of it didn't sound like music. A guy beating on some tree roots with sticks isn't my idea of a good time. I like music for its ability to bring out emotion and connect with people. Playing this music on a great audio system can really enhance the experience. Most of the rooms we just plain bad. The sound quality wasn't representative of the equipment on display and worse yet, the noise that was played through these systems was so unemotional I felt like I was in a laboratory. Oh wait maybe I was. One manufacturer was displaying his equipment connected to an audio analyzer so people could see the waves on a small green screen rather than listen to music through his components. Maybe I'm an outlier because I prefer to bring my own USB stick of music and play it on a variety of systems as if I was sitting in my own house. That brings me to another issue I had with people demonstrating equipment at the show. I had a difficult time getting manufacturers or dealers to play music from my USB stick. This is computer audio people, not rocket science. If your system is setup so bad it's nearly impossible to import audio from a patron's USB stick maybe you ought to spend some time getting educated on the ins and outs of computer audio. When it's easier for a user to order a component online, demo it for thirty days in his home at no cost, and ship it back if needed, something is wrong. High end audio should be on the cutting edge of sound quality, convenience, and customer service. The prices are certainly on the cutting edge, but not in a good way. Enough of the excuses about being "analog guys" who don't understand all this "new" digital stuff. It's time to adapt or die. ...
    by Published on 01-13-2014 03:34 PM
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    The 2014 International CES, no longer to be referred to as the Consumer Electronics Show by members of the press, is in the can. I had a wonderful time seeing and hearing the newest products from manufacturers such as Constellation Audio, Lumin, and TAD among many others. I enjoyed running into CA writer ted_b at the Hi-Res Audio Experience as well. However, this year I finally realized I can't cover the show and meet with manufacturers at the same time. Important meetings, to secure products for review and hear about undisclosed product plans etc…, consumed several hours each day. Thus, I missed way too much at CES in 2014. I've already started the process of hiring people to cover future shows. Fortunately I saw some great components during my run-and-gun show photography sessions. Here are my highlights from a very fun 2014 CES. ...
    by Published on 01-01-2014 10:17 AM
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    Happy 2014 to the CA readers around the world! CES starts Tuesday January 7, 2014 and runs through Friday the 10th. As usually there will be thousands of new products announced at the show. I'll be covering as much of the event as possible, focussing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the high performance audio sections and Friday focussing on the main convention center where all the computer related products and mainstream consumer electronics are on display.

    It's easy to get jaded after attending several audio and electronics shows, as evidenced by many writers complaining about the lines, the bad sound, the "hassle" of running from hotel to hotel, etc… However, we shouldn't forget these are first world "problems" that many people would love to experience. I'm looking forward to CES more than ever. I love technology, audio, music, computers, and the amalgamation of all of it into the next phase of high end computer audio. This is a major reason I got into the business. I live for this stuff. In November 2007 when I launched Computer Audiophile I dreamed of covering CES and writing about new products. I look forward to living this dream once again in a few days.

    Without further ado, here is a list of some products I'm looking forward to seeing at CES this year. ...

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