Ken Micallef

Ken Micallef  |  Apr 25, 2024  |  1 comments
In the Innovation room, operated by Joe Corona of Chicago-based dealer Saturday Audio Exchange, two systems played, both featuring new components.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 24, 2024  |  0 comments
Ampsandsound’s Justin Weber brought a big pile of black vinyl to Chicago, lining the small room’s walls with album jackets. He had me at Sphongle, an electronic industrial act that churned out of the world-debut Ampsandsound Hudson 3-Way speakers ($18,000/pair) like dirty psychedelic water erupting from a broken sewer pipe.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 22, 2024  |  0 comments
Well Pleased AV’s Mark Sossa corralled me for an early-morning listen session. I'm glad he did.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 22, 2024  |  2 comments
In the Nirvana C ballroom, Nguyen Phuong of Clarisys Audio USA played his range of Clarisys Audio Panels, of which the smaller Minuet panel had so impressed me at the recent Florida International Audio Expo.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 20, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 17, 2024  |  0 comments
Legacy Audio of Springfield, Illinois featured not one but three systems at AXPONA including three show debuts.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 20, 2024  |  1 comments

The following interview, with Fyne Audio Technical Director Dr. Paul Mills and Managing Director Andrzej Sosna, conducted by Stereophile Contributing Editor Ken Micallef, was posted previously embedded in a report on Harmonia Distribution's rooms at AXPONA. Here, we present it on its own so that more people will see it.

Ken Micallef  |  Apr 19, 2024  |  4 comments
Affable speaker designer Andrew Jones held court in room 334, explaining the details behind his new SourcePoint 888 floorstanding speakers ($4999/pair), an AXPONA world premiere (review forthcoming). Unfortunately, he couldn’t play his speakers due to the hotel’s intermittent Wi-Fi, which plagued many rooms.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 17, 2024  |  2 comments
I typically attend Audio Note (UK) rooms not just to listen, but to learn.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 17, 2024  |  14 comments
First-time AXPONA exhibitor Sierra Sound was founded in 2020 as a distributor for strictly analog hi-fi equipment. Rather high minded, wouldn’t you say? Personally, I’m all in.
Ken Micallef  |  Apr 17, 2024  |  2 comments

Rhythm Distribution’s Craig Hoffman teamed up with Garrard, Goldmund, and Tannoy to unveil a beautiful-looking, primarily analog rig at AXPONA. Kat Ourlian—Global Head of Sales and Marketing for SME—was on hand to spin vinyl; she had Room 660 rocking from the first needle-drop.