• Wynn Wong is a very unassuming guy, who has a big smile, quiet charm, and an infectious smile that instantly puts people at ease. Every time I checked out his room at the Salon Audio Montreal he was in animated conversation with a showgoer about some aspect of the system he’d put together to showcase the wares he represents out of his showroom near Toronto – Wynn Audio. I’ve had the privilege of hearing Wong demo systems before, and this time it was just as compelling, [...]
  • Audio Note UK levelled it’s latest salvo at the mainstream audio industry during this year’s Salon Audio Montreal by launching Audio Note Music. The first album from the new label is Pure Cello, a 2×45 rpm LP, and CD by noted Canadian cellist Vincent Bélanger. The LP was recorded in a chapel on the grounds of the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut which is renowned for its acoustics, and signifies the British hardware manufacturer’s [...]
  • Harry Weisfeld is a household name in high-fidelity circles. The turntable designer, and manufacturing icon who started VPI Industries has been in the business for more than 30 years, and doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. I was able to catch up with him at the Salon Audio Montreal, sit down with him for a few minutes to talk about what he’s up to these days, and what’s in the pipeline for VPI. Since Harry’s son  Mat Weisfeld has taken over much of [...]
  • Montreal Audio Fest: Day Three, the goodbye

    March 27, 2017 // 2 Comments

    My last day of the Salon Audio Montreal was spent somewhat in introspection. First off I couldn’t believe my time here was coming to end in what like such a short time, and secondly I get like this at every show because I realize that these gatherings of the tribe are like snowflakes: each infinitely unique, each lasting just a moment, relatively speaking. Organizers Sarah Tremblay, and Michele Plante had pulled off a solid hit with their second tour de force in the comeback of the [...]
  • Montreal Audio Fest: Day Two, the wall

    March 26, 2017 // 3 Comments

    I had started to hit it. The wall. The mental, and physical barrier you can find yourself pushing against (or in my case leaning against), at Saturday around 1 a.m. when you’re finally back at your hotel room desperately trying to make sense of the hundreds of photos, and the chicken scrawl that passes for my handwritten notes on bits of paper, and business cards after a day in Montreal at the Salon Audio. This is usual for moi. It comes from covering an audio show all day, and then [...]



TAVES 2016

  • TAVES 2016: Closing thoughts

    December 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak At 5 pm on Sunday, I stayed behind to help DVL Audio as well as Audio by Mark Jones with packing up their equipment, and it was at that moment I realized [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Mundorf and the ANKITS

    December 23, 2016 // 1 Comment

    By Richard H. Mak Born out of Audio Note UK as the Audio Note Kit company, ANKIT is a separate entity operating out of Canada by company director Brian Smith.    The [...]
  • By Richard H. Mak Just like every other year, Tri-cell Enterprises always have the most number of room.  This year, I counted 4 but I was told there was 5.  The room that [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Truely Nola

    December 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

    By Richard H. Mak I wasn’t sure whether the sign posted on the door of Foldback Sound is meant to be humorous or sarcastic, let’s just say his creativity (or lack [...]
  • By Richard H. Mak For a second, I thought Monitor Audio had brought in a pair of Dynaudio Temptations into its demo room. They look remarkably similar. The Platinum Series [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Totem!

    December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Long gone are days with images of native Indian totem poles of the Canadian North.  Totem Acoustics has continued to be an innovative company, constantly [...]
  • By Richard H. Mak Here is a room which I would not have found if it wasn’t for the majestic sound of trumpets from Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollände (The Flying [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Focus Audio

    December 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak The Focus Audio Master 2 BE Speakers (USD$ 45,000) may look similar to the pair which was shown in last years’ TAVES,  these are in fact the next [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Triangle Art shines in Toronto

    December 5, 2016 // 1 Comment

    By Richard H. Mak Every time when I walk into Triangle Art’s  esoterically decorated room, it reminds of me of walking into Le Cirque at Bellagio or Red Square at [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Sonic Artistry and Charisma Audio

    December 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Bernard Li of Charisma Audio has always managed to bring in new products for display year after year, and his room often looks completely different from one [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Audio by Mark Jones

    November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Mark Jones has been in the audio business for over 30 years, and a few years ago he went independent, starting his personal brick and mortar shop, Audio by [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Nordost demos with Tannoy

    November 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Situated next door to Mark Jone’s room the Nordost team leaded by Michael Talyor, VP of North American Sales,  was busy doing A/B comparisons between [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Audiophile seminars

    November 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak There were many seminars this year at TAVES with great attendance by people who came to learn about new technologies and new trends in the Hi-Fi world.   [...]

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