Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: The gear to lend an ear to really hear

One amp to rule them all…

With the inaugural Vancouver Audio Festival hosted by HiFi Centre happening this weekend, I thought I’d get the word out on what Igor Kivritsky, and his good people were curating in the suites of listening rooms lined up for Saturday, and Sunday playback sessions (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as the large headphone area being set-up.

The 802 D3 by B&W

With an eye towards demonstrating multiple price points, digital, and analog delivery methods, and how to build a synergistic sound system, the rooms are being tailored to deliver a musical, engaging, and enlightening experience for not only newcomers to high fidelity, but seasoned pros as well.

Bryston big guy.
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Kivritsky is hoping that the festival experience HiFi Centre is hosting will not only be entertaining, and fun for Vancouver-area audiophiles, and gear addicts, but for those music lovers just starting to look into music-playback options as they realize there’s more options to listening than just using Spotify through their iPhone, or portable Bluetooth device. It’s his desire to make a positive connection with those exploring high fidelity for the first-time, and really show them how to bring an outstanding musical experience into their lives, and homes.

Clearaudio Innovation.

Here’s a quick glance at some of what festival attendees can expect to hear, and see this weekend:

Bryston Active System

Model T Signature Speakers
BDP2 Digital Player
BP26 Preamp
7B Amp (2)
14B Amp (1)
4B Amp (1)
BIT 20 line conditioner
Mcintosh/Sonus Faber
Sonus Faber Amati Tradition Speakers
Antipodes DX server
Mcintosh C2600 Preamp/DAC
Mcintosh MC275 Power amp (perhaps also a pair of mono MC275s)
Mcintosh MPC1500 Line conditioner
Transparent Cables
Focal Stella Utopia Speakers
Clearaudio Innovation turntable
Naim NDS streamer
Naim Statement Amp/Preamp
B&W 802D3
Classe Delta Pre amp/dac
Classe Delta Stereo amp
Audioquest Niagara 7000 Line conditioner
Audioquest cables
NAD/Magnepan/REL (This is room is still being curated, so it could change)
NAD C368 integrated amp/dac
Magnepan 1.7 speakers
REL T/9i subwoofer (2)
Headphone section
Audeze LCD4 Headphones
HiFiMAN Shangrila headphone system
Sennheiser Orpheus HE1 system
Focal Utopia Headphones
Plus many, many more over-ear headphones, IEMs, and headphone amps.

For more information please contact Igor Kivritsky at HiFi Centre via email at, or by telephone if you’re in Vancouver at 604-688-5502, or 1-888-232-9995 if you’re out of town.

Check back for further coverage of the Vancouver Audio Festival.

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1 Comment

  1. I’ve never seen anything that I could afford on here, it winds me up to keep seeing all this high end gear that I would never ever own unless I won the lottery, us poor people love hifi as much as the next person, to be honest i think we are even more passionate and dedicated because we have get the best sound we can and believe me when I tell you we do achieve it on a meager budget!! It would just be nice to see some of cheaper stuff for us paupers!!!

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