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RE: [dallasaudioclub] Axiom/Azzolina listening sessions Dec 21 -26

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  • Blair Chapman
    I live in Allen, and would love the opportunity to hear these amps. I am young (27) and very new to audiophile, but am eager to hear some nicer equipment than
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 11, 2006
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      I live in Allen, and would love the opportunity to hear these amps. I am
      young (27) and very new to audiophile, but am eager to hear some nicer
      equipment than is offered in local retail stores.

      Thank you

      Blair Chapman
      214-509-0896


      >From: Scott Sheaffer <azzolinaudio@...>
      >Reply-To: dallasaudioclub@yahoogroups.com
      >To: dallasaudioclub@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [dallasaudioclub] Axiom/Azzolina listening sessions Dec 21 -26
      >Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 12:47:06 -0800 (PST)
      >
      >Hello Everyone!
      >I want to extend an invitation to everyone to put
      >their ears on and come visit Wylie for a listen to
      >Chimera Lab's Axiom amplifiers and Azzolina Audio's
      >Gran Sfera speakers in their latest revisions. I am
      >extremely excited to get an opportunity to hear these
      >superb amplifiers and am equally pleased to share the
      >system with everyone interested in listening to some
      >new offerings from Chimera Labs and Azzolina Audio.
      >There will be listening all week and anyone is welcome
      >from the 21st to the 26th, but I am dedicating Friday
      >Dec. 22 from 6pm on and Saturday Dec. 23 from 3pm
      >onward for two "official" times. The address is:
      > 2203 Hideaway Ct. Wylie, TX 75098.
      >Call me at 214-907-4463 to confirm or for any
      >questions.
      >
      >Both Chimera Labs' Axiom amplifiers and the Azzolina
      >Gran Sfera speakers have had some recent
      >performance-related revisions and we'd like to learn
      >what you think of both. These will be fairly focused
      >listening sessions, so please bring your favorite
      >software/CD/LP/refreshments.
      >
      >From the feedback we received from the last Dallas
      >listening sessions about the speakers, they have
      >undergone several improvements over their entire
      >operating range. The Lowthers are now specially
      >constructed with copper voice coils and AlNiCo
      >magnets, both of these changes contribute to a
      >considerably larger sound space. The bass drivers are
      >now our own design and move more air, more cleanly.
      >The crossover now uses a heavier gauge air-core
      >inductor (22# of copper!), and all wiring is now
      >Chimera Labs Litz braid. We feel these revisions have
      >profoundly improved the sound quality of the speaker
      >top to bottom and I look forward to seeing members
      >from the last session to hear some impressions on the
      >new design!
      >
      >Thanks,
      >Scott Sheaffer
      >Azzolina Audio
      >
      >
      >
      >
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    • Tom Russell
      Scott A note of thanks for your hospitality and congeniality. Thinking on our conversation, I trust that you don t think that I think I know the way to the
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 23, 2006
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        Scott
         
        A note of thanks for your hospitality and congeniality.
         
        Thinking on our conversation, I trust that you don't think that I think I know the way to the absolute truth in these matters. There is none. Why anyone would think that a 6" or 8" or 15" or whatever in whatever inch driver is going to sound exactly like a piano or guitar or whatever is impossible for me to understand. What is in a recording is no more the real performance than what is in a painting or a photograph is actually the scene that is being depicted in the two dimensional art. We in the hifi game need to acknowledge that our systems are not reproducers, they are producers. The recording medium is not an approximation of some other thing, it is it's own art form. And, like other art forms, it has it's own disciplines.  Painting uses charcoal, acrylic, oils, watercolors, etc. on canvas, paper, films, etc. to produce images in styles such as impressionism, cubism, realism, dada, etc. Audio uses electrostatic, electro-magnetic, etc. power generators in horns, panels, sealed boxes, ported boxes, etc. to generate sound that is dynamic or bass heavy or zingy or occluded etc. Each is it's own art from. Each has it's own story to tell. Whether it is fine art or pulp art is ultimately the assessment of the beholder. It always comes down to us uns rightly know what is right and them uns wrongly don't know crap when they hear it. 
         
        Just to show how weird this stuff can be, when Rhythm Country and Blues was playing, I thought it was unrelenting and I was way ready for it to be over long before it was. But, I also thought Blackie and The Rodeo Kings was a bit on the soft side. I have no reasoning as to why I perceive one familiar recording to be produced on the hard side and the other on the soft side. I usually think of Van Morrison when contemplating these matters, "It's not why, why, why, why, it just is, it just is". Ain't this stuff fun?
         
        For myself, I simply want to avoid the most common pitfall in life, which is having a predetermination that your perception and judgment will be limited to existing only within the bounds of your current knowledge. 
         
        Tom
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