Two Weeks with The Bel Canto e.One Stream and Roon

May 12th, 2019
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

We recently had a customer request the Bel Canto e.One Stream so we ordered a demo unit. I thought I would share some thoughts about using it with the native Seek app and also in conjuction with Roon.  Both were new experiences for me as I personally use Aurender music servers. While there is similarity the devices, both can ... Read More.

AXPONA 2019 Sights and Sounds

April 28th, 2019
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

The AXPONA 2019 show has come to end. I was there only Friday this year due to a death in family so had to work quickly through the ever expanding venue.  Below are some pictures and there are many others out there from various sources.

First some general thoughts.

AXPONA was in its new location about ten miles further north at  ... Read More.

Reactions to Two Months Using Qobuz....

April 3rd, 2019
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

As most of you know Qobuz has went into full launch for any willing subscriber to sign up.  The web site is still labeled beta and I suspect they are rapidly tweaking and certainly still adding content (more on this experience shortly).  This entry is written from the context of an existing TIDAL ... Read More.

AXPONA announces that spring schedule shall remain versus moving to fall

September 20th, 2018
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

Well it appears feedback from the industry has caused AXPONA to remain in the spring versus fall for the forseeable future.

2019

April 12 - 14, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center
​Schaumburg, IL

2020

April 17 - 19, 2020
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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.