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Axpona 2013 Day One Highlights

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Axpona 2013 Entrance with Man Cave speakers

Axpona 2013 audio show in Chicago is underway.  Offering a swelling 88 rooms, large array of booth displays, gear from over 400 manufacturers, and two 90-minute seminars a day, one almost feels like they are at CES and getting fair time infront of listening time in front of each system is nearly impossible.  Nonetheless, a strong showing of fantastic equipment throughout the event has been playing more than just your typical show off tunes, and many of the rooms do sound very good.

Here are high lights from Day One.

Man Cave speakers

Does Arnold know these exist? If not, someone should tell him.  With terminator styling, these are very interesting speakers that should speak to any rivet head out there. Unfortunately, they were not hooked up to anything.

man cave speakers tweeter

man cave speaker terminator hand gripping tweeter

 man cave speaker

man cave logo

Purity Audio Design

Purity Audio Axpona 2013 Room

Purity Audio Design PSE 300B monoblocks ($26k/pair), Silver Statement Series II line stage ($32k), Sony XA777ES SACD player, Playback MPD-5 DAC. With Daedalus Argo speakers ($13k/pair).

Purity Audio Design PSE 300B monoblocks ($26k/pair)

Purity Audio Design PSE 300B monoblocks ($26k/pair)

Purity Audio is showing off their new Series 2 preamplifier. The Series 2 uses all using new optimized circuit to run with either 6SN7 or 12AU7 tubes, and equipped with high current toroidal transformers, choke filtering and 100% polypropylene capacitor filter banks housed in 1/8″ thick aircraft aluminum. The result of high DAC processing power plus tube electronics via two 1-inch soft dome tweeter and midrange is a smooth and dynamic presentation. The dual-woofer arrangement lends credible force to the bottom-end. A room to return to.

High Fidelity proto-type interconnect cable

High Fidelity Interconnect Cable

Unfortunately, the new High Fidelity interconnect prototype was just on static display and not  yet plugged-in when we were there. However, judging from fellow Dagogoan Jack Roberts’ recent review of the High Fidelity CT-1E., we can only expect more good things to come from Rick Schultz.

One Response to Axpona 2013 Day One Highlights


  1. Great to see you Constantine. FYI, the interconnects you saw at the show are not prototypes but the finished product, ready for purchase.
    Have a great day.

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