Day 3 at AXPONA Apr 23 by Michael Broughton in Merging Preps for AXPONA 2018, News

Day 3. It’s Sunday. It’s been a great show so far. The cold weather has hit and thinned the crowds yet we have had quite a few people wander in and listen to the music in spite of the weather. These folks have the luxury of staying as long as they want to enjoy the experience and many do.

Once we located and placed all the equipment on setup day things have remained on and stayed that way, simply sounding better on each following day. The system is really rocking today and sounding great. As 4:00pm rolls around and it’s time to tear the system down there are bittersweet feelings. To have planned and labored so hard to assemble this wonderful sounding musical work of art only to take it apart just seems wrong! But that is the nature of these shows, isn’t it?

I have a few passions in Life. Guys, pay attention to this next bit. First, my wife. The wife is always first when talking of such things. 🙂 especially if you want that next expensive doodad for your system. And yes, the Wife Acceptance Factor is a real thing!!

Audio and photography are on pretty much equal footing as far as other passions for me. Generally when I’m done with a show like this I rest for a week or two and then head out to the desert for a few weeks to clear my head. I drive as far out into the middle of nowhere that I can and set up camp.

I pull out the ice chest, the chair, set up the umbrella to protect my very delicate skin from the sun, take a seat and pour a Pellegrino over ice and get the music going, there always has to be music, and promptly fall asleep ( my wife says I snore like a freight train so I’m not too worried about the local critters bothering me ) while keeping one eye open on what the light is doing. I can see many of you shaking your heads in sympathy. Yes, yes it’s a tough job!

Eventually I go wandering to see what I can see. When I find that next spot to set up the camera I pull out one of the many little devices that exist out there in the audio world and listen to some music, very quietly, just barely discernible, as I capture that next scene, and the hours pass. It just doesn’t get much better than this folks. See you at the next show, maybe RMAF.

All the best to you music lovers good luck in the hunt. Here are a few more pieces of NativeDSD music we played at Axpona, enjoy the discoveries!

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Michael Broughton

This is the third show that Merging Technologies of Switzerland has hired Michael from the Audiophile Source to produce for them. He has been working audio shows since the Nineties.

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