Show Reports Featuring Audio Alchemy
Several times per year, we travel to hi-fi shows, trade shows and other events to demonstrate Audio Alchemy products to audiophiles all around the world. We're thankful that so many journalists have mentioned our demos in their show reports, often giving us awards for "Best Sound on a Budget." Many of these reports are quoted below. Click on the name of the author or the publication to see the full article.
If there's a hi-fi show in your area, we strongly encourage you to attend ... and we hope to see you there!
2016 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Denver
Herb Reichert, Stereophile: "Surely among the best sounding systems at RMAF. Undoubtedly, Peter Madnick's electronics contributed to the vivid refined sound I experienced."
Scot Hull, Part-Time Audiophile: "...the AA gear is quite nicely turned out, almost to a fault, and the prices all fall in that sweet-spot of “expensive but not heart-breaking” zone. Does that make them the total package? Hard to say, but what it does say is that they really seem like something quite special."
2016 AXPONA, Chicago
Michael Fremer, Analog Planet: "The sound in this room was outstanding by any standard and sounded as if the assemblage cost far more than it actually did."
Greg Weaver, The Absolute Sound: "Best sound (for the money): Hands down, the best sound I’ve ever heard for the money was the stellar Audio Alchemy electronics driving the seductive Endeavor Audio Engineering E-3Mk II."
James Darby, StereoMojo: "This system had an overall musicality that was stunning at this price point and was more 'real sounding' than than some $50k- 100,000k we've already mentioned."
Scot Hull, Part-Time Audiophile: "The look and feel of [Madnick's] new lineup is rather slick. Big knobs, curved sides, bright displays — the whole line has the look of someone caring, of actually thinking about the way it sits in your life. I like that."
Peter Breuninger, AV Showrooms: Gold Show Award AXPONA 2016, Best Sound
2016 Bristol Sound & Vision, UK
Wilson Benesch: "Prior to the exhibition, we had listened to the Audio Alchemy in our demonstration spaces and like many others we had read the exceptional reviews and show reports which all identified that this was a remarkable product at a remarkable price. But setting up a system in the Conservatory each year teaches you new things about your own products and those partnered with them. This year Audio Alchemy was a lesson in affordable high end audio!
2016 International CES, Las Vegas
Alan Taffel, The Absolute Sound: "Best Sound (for the money): Andrew Jones’ new Elac Uni-Fi UB5 ($500/pr.) with Audio Alchemy electronics ($4500) and Audioquest cable sounded simply incredible."
Herb Reichert, Stereophile: "The surprising combination of the superb-sounding (but prototype) Technical Audio Devices Laboratories (TAD) loudspeakers with the wonderfully affordable Audio Alchemy electronics manifested some penetratingly beautiful Roy Orbison music."
Jim Hannon, The Absolute Sound: "Driving TAD monitors via Wireworld cables, the sound was very engaging, natural, and dynamic—undoubtedly owing to the [DPA-2] amplifier’s Class A discrete FET input stage with a separate linear supply in front of its Class D output stage. The DPA-2 is a great value!"
2015 TAVES Consumer Electronics Show, Toronto
Robert Deutsch, Stereophile.com: "And the sound of the KEF Blade Twos, in an all-Audio Alchemy system at TAVES, was simply superb: not ‘spectacular’ in a hi-fi way, but utterly natural.”
2015 Salon de la Haute Fidélité, Toulouse
Analog Digital High Fidelity: "The remarkable combination of the Audio Alchemy DDP-1 and DPA-1 amplifier offer a very nice size and a lot of natural listening ..."
2015 Hi-Fi Live, London
Ken Tajalli, diyaudio.com: "Needless to say they [ELAC Debut B5 speakers] were fed with £4000 new Audio Alchemy amplifiers, mounted on proper stands - for such little money they had unbelievable wow factor.”
2015 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Denver
Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound: "Best Sound (For the Money): Maier Shadi, the owner of The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, set up a system with Wilson Sabrina speakers, Audio Alchemy electronics, and modest Transparent cables. Files were streamed from TIDAL. At under $25,000, this setup was within striking distance of the best-of-the-best.”
Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile: "I believe Audio Alchemy’s products are very important to the market as a whole. The company offers very well engineered products (DAC, amps, phono-pre, source) that sound great at affordable prices.”
Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound: "Most Significant Product Introduction:
Back in a big way is Audio Alchemy with its new small chassis series. Led by Peter Madnick, credited with designing many of AA’s first-generation efforts, Audio Alchemy is offering a line of affordable, classy designs with excellent fit and finish that are going to make them highly desirable for all tastes.”
2015 California Audio Show, San Francisco
Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile: “'Do you two have a bodyguard?' I asked Elac speaker designer Andrew Jones and equally legendary Audio Alchemy electronics designer Peter Madnick upon hearing the tremendous sound pouring forth from their bargain system ($5500 including custom-made music server and cabling). 'If you don’t, you’d be wise to consider hiring one ... I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one high-priced manufacturer is tempted to do you in, lest you give the lie to the assertion that higher prices equate with better sound.'"