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Montreal Audio Fest: Day Two, the wall

by Rafe Arnott in Canada

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 [...]



  • Montreal Audio Fest 2017: Arrival

    March 24, 2017 // 3 Comments

    Leaving the monochromatic rain of Canada’s Wet Coast, I boarded a flight at 9 a.m. Thursday from Vancouver, British Columbia eastward bound in search of colour. Two-thousand, three-hundred miles, and five hours later I was jolted from my in-flight reverie of movie watching by the big bounce of 240 tons of Airbus A330 introducing itself to a runway at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport outside Montreal, Quebec. The sun was shining brightly as I lifted the [...]
  • Oracle quietly rolls out Origine turntable

    March 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

    Canadian turntable manufacturing legend Oracle – who brought the world the iconic Delphi – released it’s first entirely new design in 25 years a couple months ago with the Origine, which also comes in at a budget-friendly $2,000 USD ($2,700 CAN). I’ve reviewed the company’s last previous all-new design, The Paris, which came out in the mid-90s, and was extremely impressed with it’s performance. The Origine draws on several disparate design cues from other Oracle [...]
  • Turntable designs are as different, and varied as suit designs. Both have a basic pattern that they must follow, but once those have been established, the sky’s pretty much the limit. I’ve seen all manner of turntables over the years, from low-mass skeletal designs, and high-mass platter concepts to suspension-enabled stalwarts. But I’ve rarely seen  turntables combining such solid design principles that are as beautiful sounding, and looking as Touraj Moghaddam’s [...]
  • Burmester Reference Demo in Vancouver

    September 24, 2016 // 6 Comments

    Got $400,000? Send it to me “Alright, alright… c’mon already,” I hear you say, half-groaning as you read the title of this post, and surmise (correctly) that this is another demo review of a ne plus ultra system from a European hi-fi manufacturer. Listen, I can’t help myself, and can you blame me? Edward Ku at Element Acoustics in Vancouver, B.C. was holding court at his über hip showroom, only this time instead of Tidal Audio from Germany, it was Burmester in the [...]
  • The man holding the CD wrapped in a handkerchief in one hand looked confused, and dismayed. In the other hand he had a paper bag full of hi-fi related brochures, what looked like a box of new interconnects, and a sandwich in tupperware. He couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t play the disc he kept waving in my face. I happily explained to him that I was only playing CDs, and LPs that had been brought by myself or my associates. He persisted. I smiled as I told him that I had no clue [...]



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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