Axpona 2015 – Day three

Carrying memories from Rick’s music room where the big Tidal speakers where offending every ear in the room, I stepped into the Bricasti room with doubt. Bricasti were showing off their new monoblcks, who, by the way, got a less than positive review from Micahel Fremer. Not that I care about what Fremer has to day, but on paper, the room did not have a good start. The 10 minutes I spent in the Bricasti room were wonderful. The small Tidal speakers sounded just about right for me with tons of slam and punch thanks to the Bricasti monos. Later I stumbled upon Wynn Wong and he confirmed that indeed, to his ears, the small Tidals sounded better.

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Bricasti DAC / Bricasti Monoblocks / Aurender / Tidal

 

exaSound / Magnepan / Pass Labs

George’s room had one the best sound at the show. The 3.7 Maggies sang bravely in a small challenging room. Most of the music was two channel but George also demoed four channel DSD with the smaller Maggies at the rear.

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Maggies 3.7 / Pass Labs Amps / exaSound DACs

 

Zu Audio / Luxman

Zu speakers are easy to drive, they sound big and do not cost much. Their had two big room that played the exact content. They also had a DJ who played some records on a Luxman PD-444 (when was the last time you have seen one…?). If someone wants to start building his first system, Zu audio will be on the top of my list.

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Luxman PD-444 Direct Drive table with a place for two arms

 

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Zu Audio speakers

Muraudio / Moon

New Canadian brand based in Ottawa. The system played loud and punchy. Its like MBL and Martin Logan had a child. Moon was used by many and I really like their new line. Build quality to sonic presentation. Good stuff.

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Muraudio / Moon

 

Last words on the show will be sent later. Got to catch the flight back home.