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Toronto Audiofest 2019 show report

This was the second year of the Toronto Audiofest held in Toronto in October 2019.

A weekend full of music and fun; a show done in Sarah & Michel’s Style! A huge thanks to the Motet dealers for their great contributions, and thank you to manufacturers who travelled from afar to support our show. This show was certainly another memorable moment for many of us.

Another system that did a great job at communicating music's gestalt was the one taking pride of place in the Toronto Home of Audiophile Ltd room. The system included a Lumin U1 streamer ($CAD8000), a Mutec Ref 10 Audiophile 10 MHz master clock with MC3+ smart clock/re-clocker/USB interface ($CAD7150 for both), a PS Audio DirectStream DSD DAC ($CAD9500), a Pass Labs XP22 preamp ($CAD14,000), a class-A, 30Wpc Pass Labs XA30.8 stereo amp ($CAD9800), and a pair of GoldenEar Triton One.R speakers ($CAD8000). Completing the system were a DirectStream Power Plant 20 power conditioner ($CAD14,700) and various cables from Gutwire and Siltech. On a track by Louis Armstrong and another with piano and double bass solos, the system produced deep, resonant tones, warm, natural sound, and prolonged harmonic trails.

The Synergy was demoed with VTL's 6.5 Series ll preamp ($CAD21,000), a pair of VTL 450 Series lll monoblocks ($CAD31,000/pair), a Lumin T2 streamer ($CAD6995) connected to an external hard drive, a pair of passive PMC Fact 12 Signature speakers ($CAD28,500/pair)

More great sound was had in retailer Audio Eden's room, where they were showcasing a system fronted by SME's Synergy all-in-one record player, which includes the SME model 12 turntable, SME lV arm with internal Crystal Cable wiring, an Ortofon Windfeld Ti MC cartridge, and a built-in phono stage made by Nagra ($CAD28,000 total cost)—but no kitchen sink.

I hate to say the price of the SME ensemble seems fair, but in hi-fi, where there are so many dubious places on which to plunk down 30 grand, the SME strikes me as a sure investment in musical pleasure. The Synergy was demoed with VTL's 6.5 Series ll preamp ($CAD21,000), a pair of VTL 450 Series lll monoblocks ($CAD31,000/pair), a Lumin T2 streamer ($CAD6995) connected to an external hard drive, a pair of passive PMC Fact 12 Signature speakers ($CAD28,500/pair), and Nordost cabling, the combination of which filled the room with warm, rich, and highly engaging sound.

Motet Distribution est une entreprise de Toronto qui distribue de nombreux produits audio de haut de gamme dont Lumin, VTL, PMC, Auris, IFI, Stillpoint, Triangle et maintenant les électroniques néo-zélandaises Plinius. La démonstration mettait en vedette une platine MusicHall, un streamer Lumin, des électroniques Plinius et des enceintes PMC. Voilà un ensemble qui avait de quoi choyer les visiteurs avec une écoute des plus raffinées. Cette chaîne offrait une merveilleuse présence et beaucoup d’assises dans le grave comme seules les enceintes PMC en ont le secret. Les électroniques à transistors Plinius en ont intriqué plus d’un puisqu’ils sont peu connus au Canada. Je peux vous assurer qu’elles ne tarderont pas à gagner le cœur des audiophiles. Avec leur présentation impeccable, des prix raisonnables, une qualité de construction digne d’une montre suisse et une sonorité de grande classe, ces produits ont tout pour réussir. Vous aurez certainement la chance d’en faire l’écoute lors du prochain Salon Audio de Montréal. Ne rater surtout pas cette belle occasion !

TED Magazine interviewed John Curl. We will keep you informed.

Music Hall Audiowas one of the sponsors for the Audioteens room.

Bruce Jacob from Stillpoints made sure all rooms sounded at their best.

Roger Skoff brought his newest collection of RSX cables.

As usual, Motet’s artists were active at the show.

Harpist Isabeau Corriveau with Lisa Liu, painter and photographer

See you all in Montreal March 27th-29th, 2020!

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