Dealer Events in New Jersey Thursday and Chicago Saturday Sunday

On Saturday January 28, 10am–7pm, and Sunday January 29, 11am–5pm, the Paragon Sight & Sound Fine Audio Show will present world-class, high-performance, home-audio products in the private rooms of Chicago's world-renowned Symphony Center (220 South Michigan Avenue). Visitors will able to experience four unique digital and analog audio systems. Each floor has two featured systems, and our manufacturing partners will rotate their system presentations every 30 minutes. The first 200 guests each day will receive a complimentary Blue Tofu CD.

Featured manufacturers include: Wilson Audio (Alexia, Alexx, Sabrina, Sasha 2 Yvette speakers); Dan D'Agostino Master Systems (Momentum Preamplifier, Momentum Phono Stage, Progression monoblock amplifiers); Transparent Audio (Reference XL Level and Reference Level cables); Doshi Audio (3.0 Line Stage, 3.0 Phono Stage, 3.0 Tape Stage, 3.0 monoblock amplifiers); dCS (Rossini and Vivaldi System); Brinkmann Audio (Balance and Spyder turntables, both with Koetsu cartridges, Integrated Amplifier); HRS (Harmonic Resolution Systems); Playback Designs (Merlot DAC); and MoFi Distribution (UltraDeck and Ultratracker cartridge).

The Paragon event is free and open to the public, but everyone is required to register by clicking here. When you register online, you are automatically entered in the grand prize, and daily prize drawings. Visitors are welcome to register at the door, but they will not be eligible for the grand prize drawing, just the regular drawings.

On Thursday January 26, from 5pm to 8:30pm, Hi-Fi Sales (1732 Route 70, East Cherry Hill, NJ 08003) is hosting an event featuring Bill Voss, Technics Business Development Manager, who will be on hand to present the Premium C700 Series of components and the new SL-1200GAE/G turntable. Bill will discuss Technics' new coreless, direct-drive motor and other features of the legendary revitalized turntable. Hi-Fi Sales Company will also be giving away to one lucky winner a pair of Technics $1200 EAH-T700 high-end headphones, which Head-Fi calls "an impressive, high-end, 2-way headphone." (The winner must be present to win at time of drawing. Food and drinks will be served to RSVP click here.

Anon2's picture

Preface: I am not a dealer employee, nor an audio industry professional.

I have noticed that there has been some fast and loose about a non-Illinois/non-Chicagoland dealer being a "Chicago dealer." Territorial dominion as a "Chicago representative" has even been conferred by a manufacturer's representative, with my ears as my witness, at a recent major show. Now we have a "Chicago event" from this dealer.

Let's be honest. until this dealer opens a store in Chicago, this dealer is in fact 3 hours and 51 minutes (by Google Maps) driving time, and 241 miles distance, from the Windy City.

This dealer, generously, has offered an open house in Chicago. For this we should be thankful. However, I urge caution to confer the title of "Chicago dealer," or "Chicago representative" to an out-of-state dealer. In fairness, Stereophile has not made this declaration here; others have made it.

We don't say that a "Dallas dealer" is a "Houston dealer" or vice versa. The distance is almost equivalent. A dealer may do a show in Chicago. But make no mistake, you will be in your car for almost 4 hours to visit this "Chicago-area representative."