Montreal Audio Fest 2022

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Robert Schryer  |  Mar 28, 2022  |  7 comments

Maybe the earth-toned, smoke-spewing phallus standing in the back of the room had something to do with it.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2022  |  4 comments

GO, KLH! The brand has become one of my coup de coeurs—which loosely translates as "darlings of the heart"—based on the two models I've heard at the show, the Model 3 in the Le Studio du Son room and now the Model 5 ($3750 w/stands) in this room.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 31, 2022  |  21 comments

This year's annual audio-industry cocktail/supper ceremony was held in a ballroom-like room that gave the proceedings a bit of an Oscar-night flair. (Our invitation to Will Smith was rescinded in light of current events.)

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 27, 2022  |  1 comments

Oh, là, là! It’s back!: the North American audio show with the Euro flair, the Montréal Audiofest—or as I like to call it, the sexy audio show. It’s at its usual illustrious spot, the Hotel Bonaventure. Boy, did I miss it—and miss covering it for Stereophile. It’s always a fun event to visit, and it’s my hometown show, the one I’ve been going to for thirty years—until the Big Bug stopped it. The show runs from March 25 to March 27.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 30, 2022  |  6 comments

Montreal retailer Studio du Son's room was a blast from the past, complete with peace-sign door beads, a 50s-style wood-framed Black & White TV—okay, technically it was a blast from at least two different pasts—vintage photos of old-school rock stars, and a fat-knobbed radio and record player console. Oh, and KLH speakers.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 27, 2022  |  3 comments

The room occupied by Canadian distributor Apple Tree was a revelation, and probably not in the way you might imagine.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 28, 2022  |  1 comments

You want magic? I'll give you magic. It won't cost you your soul, but it may touch it.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 30, 2022  |  0 comments

When I first saw the big black banner on the wall in importer/distributor Asona's room, which was, despite the chronological order of my postings, actually one of the first rooms I'd visited at the show, inscribed in big bold letters with Innuos across it, I thought: "Hey, Innuos, isn't that the company that makes streaming products?

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 29, 2022  |  2 comments

I never really got the sound of Klipsch speakers at past shows, but I did this time, in a big way, in the Capital Sound room, where the Klipsch La Scala III ($17,500) was making seductive, sophisticated music.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 27, 2022  |  0 comments

Quebec-based DR Acoustics is a relative newcomer to the audiophile scene, but the company been making headway lately with its line of cables and AC conditioners.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 27, 2022  |  0 comments

Without further ado, let's jump right in, starting with the system in the Hegel room, which was bright, clean, and crisp—and that was just the room.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 27, 2022  |  0 comments

The Lemay Audio room comes with a sweet story and a giant killer.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 30, 2022  |  0 comments

I seem to hear and read less about electrostatic speakers than I used to.

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 27, 2022  |  4 comments

The Moon by Simaudio room was playing music streamed from the company's Roon-ready, DSD- and MQA-decoding Moon 680D streamer DAC ($13,000), connected to a 740P balanced preamp ($11,500), both connected to a two-output 820S optional external power supply ($10,000).

Robert Schryer  |  Mar 27, 2022  |  1 comments

Rooms by distributor Motet always sound great, and this room, belonging to Motet and retailer Audio Présence, was no exception.