The 2023 AXPONA Show: Jonathan Valin on Speakers $30k and Up
“I’m going to organize this report by floor, starting at the top (16), where Dr. Roland Gauder of Gauder Akustik introduced his four-driver, three-way, $149k DARC 200, driven by a complete suite of Soulution Series 7 electronics and sourced by a Soulution 760 DAC (one of my references) and an exotic Yukiseimitsu Audio AP-01 turntable. As it turned out, this room was a delightful surprise, as the DARC 200s were not equipped with Accuton ceramic woofers, as has been the case with the Gauder speakers I’ve heard in the past, but with aluminum-sandwich ones (the midrange, I believe, remains ceramic and the tweeter diamond). The characteristic ribs of the handsome chassis have also been changed to solid aluminum, with intermediate dampers between each rib. The sonic result of these changes to drivers and enclosures couldn’t have been more positive. Gauders have never lacked for detail, but in tone color they’ve tended toward the lean, cool, antiseptic side. Not the DARCs! The sound was extremely rich, smooth, dark, lovely, and listenable. And tremendously dynamic. It was just a matter of luck, but this very first room turned out to be a potential candidate for Best of Show.” —Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound
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Robert Harley’s Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object)
“Axiss Audio’s demo of the Gauder Akustik DARC 200 loudspeaker driven by Soulution electronics with a Transrotor turntable and Air Tight Opus One cartridge. Spectacular dynamics, hard-hitting bass, quick, clean, non-fatiguing, and just plain musical.” —Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound
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Nashville, TN—AIR-TIGHT A&M and AXISS Audio announce the North American launch and debut of the AIR-TIGHT ATC-7 Line Control pre-amplifier at the AXPONA 2023 tradeshow. The ATC-7 is the latest reference level pre-amplifier from AIR-TIGHT, and reaches a new level of performance and transparency
Said Jack Miura, Managing Director of AIR-TIGHT A&M, “This ATC-7 is the culmination of a project which we have been working on since 2018. We wanted to create a preamplifier with the highest level of precision and dynamics, while also adding line control features for our clients to be able to manipulate the sonic output to best match their room, system, or individual preference. We also wanted it to have a classic layout of the various controls while also featuring the most advanced volume control system we have yet created.”
Said Cliff Duffey, President of AXISS Audio, “We love how this new ATC-7 preamplifier allows more of the original music recording to come through with a kind of vivid reality. The ATC-7 allows top tier source components to showcase the maximum depth of detail while also keeping the 3-D holographic image that AIR-TIGHT is known for.”
At AXPONA 2023, AXISS Audio is exhibiting the ATC-7 along with other AIR-TIGHT reference level equipment. To experience the ATC-7’s elite level of performance, please visit AIR-TIGHT and AXISS Audio in Room 1628 of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel.
About AXISS Audio USA
Truly exceptional audio isn’t about sound… it’s an experience. It has the ability to transport you through time to re-live the original music event. AXISS Audio is committed to bringing unparalleled audio performance to the U.S. market as a distributor for some of the top brands in high end audio, including Accuphase, Soulution, AIR-TIGHT, Gauder Akustik, Franco Serblin, Zensati, Transrotor, Reed, Beaudioful, Yukiseimitsu Audio, Shelter, and Nihon Onkyo Engineering, and more. With its 30 year history of success, network of over 40 authorized dealers, and warehouses in California and Tennessee, AXISS has proven to be a market leader in the distribution of high end audio.
About AIR-TIGHT A&M Ltd.
AIR-TIGHT A&M Ltd. was founded in Osaka, Japan in 1986 during a time when the audio industry was shifting from valves to transistors. The initial AIR-TIGHT dream was to create products that provide the highest listening pleasure to all music lovers and audiophiles. Through exhaustive research and development, the AIR-TIGHT philosophy crystalized into audio products featuring refined cosmetics, select components, and PCB-free point-to-point meticulous hand-wiring, etc. The result of AIR-TIGHT’s approach is an infinite musicality that extends far beyond mere specifications, delivering a soundstage with the full depth and width of a live performance.
Call to Action
For members of the Press and Media who are attending the AXPONA tradeshow, please join AXISS Audio at 9:00 AM CT on Friday, April 14, 2023 in the 16th floor Aster Suite of the Renaissance Schaumburg hotel. This meeting will be a Press briefing for Jack Miura of AIR-TIGHT to answer any questions on their new ATC-7 product.