R.I.P. Dave Wilson

June 8th, 2018
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

It certainly has been a rough time recently losing many industry icons.  We pay tribute to Dave Wilson and his impact on high end loudspeakers.  I met Dave at many shows and while I would not claim to know him there was a geniue warmth and kindness that was evident.  Reading the many tributes to those who did know him confirm these perceptions.  

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AXPONA 2018 Sights and Sounds

April 25th, 2018
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

The AXPONA 2018 show has come to end and I was there Friday and Saturday of the show.  Below are some pictures and there are many others out there from various sources.

First some general thoughts.

AXPONA was in a new location about ten miles further north at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.  I personally love ... Read More.

THE Show Anaheim is Postponed Till 2018

September 8th, 2017

By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

A Press Release sent out to Exhibitors on 7/6/17

Hello Exhibitors,

It is with deep regret that I must report to you that I have decided to postpone T.H.E. Show @ Anaheim for 2017 and move it to a new date in 2018. This was not an easy decision for me and the great team of T.H.E. Show to make but several reasons have come into play ... Read More.

Recent Hi-Fi Show Updates

July 18th, 2017

By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

As Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, the premier North American Hi-Fi show, is quickly approaching I thought I would share some good links from colleagues around the web summarizing other audio shows around the world in recent months.

Hong Kong High End Audio-Video Show

Michael Fremer fro ... Read More.

Musings from Streaming, Smart Speaker Land

June 17th, 2017

By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

There have certainly been several announcements, well actually most are pre-announcements, that have potentially interesting impacts on the market (probably just interesting).

Let's walk through a few of them.

Apple Announcements at WWDC and Other Nuggets

Apple finally enters the AI Smart Speaker ... Read More.

Nordost Playlists in TIDAL

Updated May 6th, 2017
Original article June 10th, 2016


By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

One of Sound Lab's favorite audiophile cable and power accessories companies is Nordost.  Recently Nordost has been publishing what is called the Nordost Playlists monthly. 

According to Nordost:

"Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers ... Read More.

AXPONA 2017 Sights and Sounds (some musings)

April 21st, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

The AXPONA 2017 show has come to end and I was there Friday and Saturday of the show.  I will share some pictures take and there are many others out there from various sources.

First some general thoughts.

Completely by feel of foot traffic and hallway congestion Friday attendance seemed a little lighter than last year and Saturday a ... Read More.

2017 Recommended Components - Stereophile and The Absolute Sound

March 17th, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

Two magainzes we are partial to at Sound Lab are Stereophile and The Absolute Sound.  Each yearly publishes a list of what they feel are the best gear.  We wanted to highlight a few of items available from Sound Lab.  Don't hesistate to contact us regarding this great list of audio gear.

First a word from Stereophile as to how they determi ... Read More.

If You Want MQA Option or Future Proof Device - Aurender A10 may be choice

February 24th, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

So there is obviously a lot of news about MQA and the pros and cons of MQA.  Whether you believe it will take off or fizzle and die you may want a digital transport and DAC that supports MQA.

Over at Computer Audiophile they just published a very good review of the Aurender A10 including the su ... Read More.

MQA Makes Software Decoding Concession at CES 2017

January 27th, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

At CES 2017 TIDAL announced that MQA streaming would be immediately available to their HiFi tier customers.  Read more here.   Both Roon and Audirvana announced software decoding support coming soon of MQA files.  Now if you have not followed M ... Read More.