Audio Shows


  • TAF2023: That’s a Wrap!

    The Toronto Audiofest 2023 had everything you could wish for in an audio show: great gear at all price-points, a communal and jovial atmosphere, overall good to great sound, friendly banter with peers or friends made on the spot, solid visitor traffic but not overcrowded, and plenty of coffee for dudes like me who were…

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  • TAF2023: Coherent Loudspeakers, Baetis Audio, Allnic, Saturn Audio, Kuzma, Corby’s Audio

    Prices listed in CA$. If you’re interested in speaker design, chances are you’ve heard the expression: “There’s no replacement for displacement”. Although today’s technology allows for speaker cones to be designed to very tight tolerances, there’s something to be said about the sound of a classic ”vintage” woofer. The sound reproduced by a 15″ diaphragm…

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  • TAF2023: Goldmund, Entreq, Crystal Cable, Kalista, Thiele, Karan Acoustics, Tidal Audio, Critical Mass Systems, Fono Acustica

    Prices listed in CA$. There are few exhibits at an audio show that immediately elicit a sense of prestigious luxury. Wynn Audio, which has Swarovski-style jewelry cases displaying some of the  highest quality audio products, had definitely one of those exhibits. The company had two systems on active demo this year. Wynn of Wynn Audio…

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  • TAF2023: Børresen, Axxess, Ansuz, Qobuz

    Prices listed in US$. Exhibiting in Canada for the first time at the Toronto Audiofest, importer / distributor Audio Group Denmark showcased the new slim, 2.5-way Børresen Acoustics X2 tower speakers ($8800/pair), which uses the same designed-in-house tweeter membrane as the higher-priced offerings in Børresen’s speaker line. Feeding the Børresen speakers were a 100Wpc Axxess…

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  • TAF2023: Paradigm, Anthem, AudioQuest

    Prices in CA$. When it comes to audio companies that offer great price-performance value along with cutting-edge technology and style, very few can do it better than Paradigm and Anthem. This year at the Toronto Audiofest, the two companies partnered up to present two rooms: One for music, which included a relatively minimalist 2.1 system that…

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  • TAF2023: PMC, Accuphase, PS Audio, Kimber Kable

    Prices listed in CA$. Importer Motet Distribution had a few exhibits at the show this year. One of them was showcasing two systems, situated side-by-side but separated by a large divider. After greeting representatives from PS Audio, Kimber Kable, Kennedy HiFi, and PMC, I settled in to have a listen to the first system. It…

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  • TAF2023: J.Sikora, Nagra, Gryphon, Audio Nec, Nordost, Modulum Audio

    Prices listed in CA$. Another room that served up incredible sound was that of retailer Bliss Acoustics, whose demo included a J.Sikora Reference turntable ($64,500) fitted with a KV Max 9″ tonearm ($16,450) and Nagra Reference cartridge ($24,500), a Nagra Classic preamplifer ($24,000), a Nagra Classic phono stage ($26,000), a Gryphon Essence stereo amplifier ($32,480),…

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  • TAF2023: Audio Note UK

    Regular visitors to the Toronto or Montreal Audiofest have come to expect something unique and special at an Audio Note UK exhibit: a live cello performance by the company’s music ambassador, Vincent BĂ©langer, who plays his instrument while accompanied by instrumental music played back by an all-Audio Note system. As usual with one of these…

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  • TAF2023: Clarisys Audio, CH Precision, Linn, Audioquest

    Prices listed in US$ except where otherwise noted. I heard more fantastic sound in the Audio by Mark Jones room, which displayed a pair of Apogee speaker-inspired planar-type Clarisys Audio Studio Plus speakers ($66,000/pair) allied to a stack of twin-chassis products that included a CH Precision 300Wpc M10 stereo power amplifier ($104,000), an L10 preamplifier…

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  • TAF2023: Focal, Naim, IsoAcoustics, Vicoustic, Monitor Audio, Rotel, Roksan, Audience, Solid Tech

    Prices listed in CA$. When owner of retailer EQ Audio Video Ed O’herlihy told me he and his team had painstakingly set up the Focal Grande Utopias EM EVO ($359,998) better than they’d ever been set up at a show, I believed him. Why? Because I recognized that glint of confidence in his eye that…

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  • TAF2023: Fyne Audio, Canor, EAT, Melco, Skyanalog, Swisscables, Gutwire, Plixir, Puritan

    Prices listed in CA$. Be honest: When you saw the speakers in the above photo, did you immediately think, “Tannoy”? Me, too. They’re actually the Vintage 15 model ($49,950) made by Fyne Audio, and they looked gorgeous — and massive — when I saw them in person in retailer Gramophone Audio’s room. They also sounded…

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  • TAF2023: Innuos, Fonica, CEN.grand, Analysis Plus

    Prices listed in CA$. I’m just old enough to be able to say that when I was young, I listened to music on cassettes and vinyl. Today, I enjoy the modern technology that companies like Innuos bring to music streaming and storage solutions. Innuos, in particular, makes what I consider to be products that are…

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