Montreal Audiofest 2024

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Robert Schryer  |  Apr 02, 2024  |  8 comments
By noon Friday, the 2024 35th edition of the Montreal Audiofest had sold more admission tickets than it had the entire weekend last year, which is great news for the organizers and industry. For the audio reporter seeking a listening seat, never mind in the sweet spot or a good angle to take a photo, it required I do more strategizing than usual, including negotiating several out-of-show-hour visits with exhibitors.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  28 comments

I heard rarefied, potently musical sound (out-of-this-world sound? hehe) in the Moon by Simaudio room.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  0 comments

Atelier Audio's room was buzzing the couple of times I'd passed by to peer inside, and I don't mean some sort of transformer noise. I mean with people. It was consistently abuzz with visitors. Luckily, I was eventually able to snatch a seat during an Atelier Audio demo; then I understood why this room was so popular.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  0 comments

Another highlight of the Montreal Audiofest was the system in the Lemay Audio room, which included a pair of the company's electrostatic Dayton-Wright Hommage 9.3 loudspeakers ($68,000).

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  0 comments

It's always a pleasure to visit an exhibit room put together by Audiophile Experts because the retailer's setups and recordings tend to sound top notch, and you won’t hear these recordings elsewhere at a show.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  1 comments

Retailer Passion Audio just opened a few months ago on Montreal's South Shore, which is where I live. I couldn't be more pleased about that after listening to the artisinal, gorgeous-sounding, soul-of-the-music-capturing equipment it demoed at the Audiofest.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  2 comments
Gershman Acoustics are habitual show exhibitors and it shows. They know how to tease out good sound from an acoustically-challenging hotel room. They've also found a synergistic match for their products with those from their longstanding exhibit partners Eon Art, Oracle Audio, and Cardas Audio, with whom they reunited for this show to present two systems, a smaller one and a bigger one.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  0 comments
My memory isn't good to start with, but I could've sworn I heard substantially more bass coming out of the MartinLogan Expression ESL 13A hybrid electrostatic loudspeakers ($23,500/pair) in Planète Haute-Fidélité's room than during any other visit to the retailer's showroom in past years.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  0 comments
Saying Audio Group Denmark/Wynn Audio impressed at this year's Montreal Audiofest is an understatement. They brought the goods and then some. That "some" is what I perceived as the quality of the merchandise and its performance in relation to its price.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 30, 2024  |  4 comments
ArtistCloner is one of those audio manufacturers, like Audio Note, making complete systems from cabling to speakers to power conditioners. Its designs stem from one person's singular vision.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 30, 2024  |  1 comments
You want chunky sounds, vivid tone, socking bass, and a globe-like soundstage with notes that appear so solid and dimensional you might be tempted to try to pick them like an apple from an apple tree? If so, then step right up into the Altitudo room, which may look a little small for the amount of gear present and the size of the speakers I listened to, but make no mistake, the sound I heard from FLAC files streamed from a hard drive was clean, muscular, and colorfully diverse.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 30, 2024  |  0 comments
Technics was showing some delightfully high-end stuff. The turntables were more alike sonically than different, revealing a house sound marked by clarity, explicitness, transient speed, ambient cues, and vivid pictures.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 29, 2024  |  0 comments
The room shared by distributor Motet and PMC Speakers showcased a system—actually, two systems, but I only experienced one. This system surprised me, not merely because it delivered a full, big-picture sound but because the source of that sound was not what I initially assumed upon entering.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 29, 2024  |  0 comments
The Innuos/Asona room showcased and AB-tested two network streamers for me: the flagship Pulsar and the Pulse.
Robert Schryer  |  Mar 29, 2024  |  0 comments
TAD was demonstrating a beefy all-TAD system, beefy in looks and sound. The result? As I listened, "An iron fist in a velvet glove" came to mind.