AXPONA 2016 is history. It was a great show for AIX Records and partners Dolby Labs, Oppo Digital, DH Labs, Benchmark, JVC, and Harman. We had the best sounding system playing the finest recordings of the whole show. If you don’t believe me, you can read the following from an unaffiliated visitor:
I just wanted to drop you a short note to express my appreciation for all the time, work and dedication that goes into a show like AXPONA. I know you meet hundreds of people at the show but I chatted with you briefly on Saturday morning and mentioned that I attended the show exclusively to hear your room once again (I was AMAZED with the sound last year and had to hear it again). My wife and I just returned from holiday in Vienna (the city of music) on Friday night, but I knew I had to get up early to hear your room on Saturday or I would miss it (and regret it for a year!).
As always, the demo did not disappoint and your ‘straightforward, no BS’ style is so welcome in a world of mediocrity.
I also hope that you receive the recognition you deserve by having the best inclusive sound experience at AXPONA 2016. If the writers of any of the major magazines took the time to visit your room and NOT mention the wonderful music emanating from it, then they just don’t get it or they have something against you.
The same writer send the following “letter to the editor” of The Absolute Sound.
Just two thoughts that I would like to share:
This is my first letter to you and I have been a subscriber to ‘The Absolute Sound’ since the beginning and still have all the issues (which I have often referred back to) in my library. Your magazine has been one of the things that I still look forward to each month and you have never disappointed in your fun and insightful coverage. A very belated thanks!
Secondly, I had the privilege to attend AXPONA 2016 this year and loved it. The wide range of equipment and rooms were wonderful and made me feel like the proverbial ‘kid in a candy store’. One of the things that I hope does not get overlooked in your coverage of the show (and the millions of dollars of equipment) is the music itself. While I’m sure there will be a lively debate in your magazine about which room had ‘the best sound’, I hope the actual ‘recording’ itself will not get lost in the shuffle. I found one room, sponsored by AIX Records (Dr. Mark Waldrep) to be exquisite, not just because of the equipment (which was terrific) but due to the extraordinary recordings that were played one after the other. As I listened to music in other rooms, the sound really varied based on the quality of the recording, some were excellent and others you could clearly hear the limiting factors of compression or something else.
I truly hope despite the wonderful equipment reviewed that we never lose sight of the importance of great recordings and those who are committed to providing us with them.
P.S. I am not affiliated with AIX records in any way, it just reinforced to me how important great recordings are to our ‘hobby’.
We also got a wonderful write up at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity: Click here to see images and a great review.
Sadly…Stereophile, Enjoy The Music, and The Absolute Sound didn’t visit the room.