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The beauty of many... 
 
Revel f36
 
I learned half a year ago or so, that there are now over 3000 audio companies worldwide. I can only surmise that all new players think and live a dream only to find out the harshness of being in this business, sooner or later. I can also think that the vast majority are caring individuals that try to have some great sounding gear. Some of these companies are caring and artisans, some others are driven by the science and engineering, and some manage both. Point is, they all share textures and stories. 
 
A case in point is Revel. As stated elsewhere, Revel is now ready to be demonstrated. For us anyway, this is an important aspect of who we are. But one of these stories happened from the get go, when I set up the Revel M 16's to start burn in, I happened to turn the system on, and bent down to adjust the monitor, and once my head was beside this speaker, I happened to notice 2 things : One was how stunned I was at first, and second, how I was hearing many speaker companies in the same signature, but one that had me saying to myself, that at least one of our preferred house brands was in trouble. It happened to be a brand we really love here at the shop, like truly love amongst our team.
 
If we fast forward to May 6th Nordost show, I was heavy in thought the week before the show about what was to front that show speakers wise, would it be an F 36 Revel at somewhere above 3,000.00 or our 28,000 pair Volents. Now you know how and what we we think about Revel, we were ready to entrust a 3k pair of speakers to what was a great show. I choose Volent, because of the very exacting nature of this show. 
 
Point is, it is stories like those 2 that make lines special. Some particular lines have many more stories, and yes, we have already accumulated many stories on Revel. The Revel Concerta 2 series are new and are carefully crafted speakers. Their overachieving sound are due to the science behind Driver design, port and cabinet design, and a tweeter that evolved from great to marvellous. Aluminum woofer/drivers that are highly responsive.
 
 There are 2 things we have found to be unique with this series. Upon listening to these, one will find a little something of a lot of great speaker companies, so these folks have indeed done their due diligence. What struck us is their unique brand of coherency, something that one rarely hears at this pricing level. I know of only one brand that matches the Revel Concertas 2's at this price point. 
 
The other point that makes these interesting is their relative efficiency. Sporting an easy 90/91 DB per watt at 6 ohm, these can be mated with little but quality amplifiers. I tend to prefer Euro speakers with some exceptions of course ( Merlin's, Vandersteen ), but without a doubt, this new Series from Revel has something great to say.
 
For those that are on a relative budget, we say, try these out, I suppose that you will have your own story about them. If the start of these Revels are any indication, you will have your own stories to add. Effective now, they are all ready to be heard. 
 
This summer is about Revel, welcom


Welcome Roksan 
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We had been waiting in the aisle for this once since late 2016. As we were awaiting things to play out as expected, it became clear we needed to keep focused on one new partners that was focused on 2 channel only.
 
Looking at a purest 2 channel company that offers a simple, elegant but committed 2 channel lineup from Analogue to digital that have the pedigree of another line up we did for over 20 years. This is a different sounding beast than our other purest 2 channel British line : Cyrus audio ( entire systems on display ).
 
Roksan takes over from multiple and well branded line ups that we stocked and offered up until late March. We have simplified into 1 British offering that is still pure 2 channel. 
 
Burn in cycles will start in the coming days, and we are looking at an late August introduction date. We have stock from the K 3 to the Blak series. The investments have barely just started.
 


Magneplanar speakers
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For the second time in our Quarter Century that we will be adding planar type speakers. Speaker considerations in todays market place were seriously analysed before we got on board. Its a different world where import costs are associated with this type of product, from specially high shipping cost for what are flat crates being shipped, USD conversions, demo capability and storing our dems on our floor as these occupy far more floor space than regular box speakers etc etc. 
 
So we like to live dangerously, so it goes. Say welcome to our new Magneplanar line, and most of our fan base will know we will have more than 1 models on our floor and we will look forward to serving our service area with style. More info to follow, as we should have some of this by end of May, our floor models as being built for us as we read and write. 
 
So as the story goes, coming soon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fast Forward a little bit... et voila !
 
Digital technologies in amplification devices has not suffered the fool and the treachery of our CD players. Our poor CD players have more a less lived thought what may well be the equivalent of a witch hunt in our market place. There is much maligned and much disinformation we say at this level, yet few have heard a great CD player and despite this the accusation still come out, much untrue, and not based on actual reality, but when its a witch hunt, well, truth and reality plays little part of anything. 
 
The digital amplifiers is one key area where many folks heard the potential despite hearing obvious constraints if not limitations from that medium. Fast forward a little bit, by the end of the second generation, limitations could still be heard, BUT the potential grew tremendously. What many heard were near perfect pitch definition, very linear but slightly dry delivery, much power on tap for what was little money, a wicked sense of drama and dynamics. 
 
Fast forward a little bit, then came like a wicked winter storm that was not expected, a B&O invention that was to define and show one elbow and middle finger to the witch hunters over 10 years ago: ICE POWER ! A digital chip which basically rendered null and bloody void all the Bullshit we were hearing from naysayers about this technology. Now mind you, people, when it comes to this, love to hear themselves play the same broken records, they simply needed to save face. The pros however were hit sideways on the temple, most will remember their first reaction to this B&O chip, I do. 
 
Fast forward a little bit, that thinking forward chip gave way to other chips that made the amplifiers even more musical and powerful, it could be said that some designers saw when they introduced a copper based power supply to back up this system, they actually took care of some of the slight flaws of such design. The fourth generation was born. 
 
Fast forward just a little bit again, the real catch happened only about 3 years ago when some of the boys tested overkill based trannies ( which is counter intuitive btw ). These wickedly huge trannies that are not needed for such designs most thought, but having fully explored this level of last gen amplifier design, I could not stay detached much longer.... and fast forward a little bit, nor could my staff. One thing for sure, digital amplifiers ALWAYS gave more for one`s money at any level it was bought at. From the pip squeak 300 dollar amps to the expensive multi thousand dollar amplifiers. 
 
The Trigon EXXACT is one of the latter. That winter storm I just wrote about, well, its happening now. This amplifiers is really the last gen of such design, and it has a wickedly big tranny at play within a perfectly well symmetrical design. It matters not about issues of batting things out of the field, which it does, what matters is what we hear and why the entire staff has converted to this German company. Having just heard the best sub 5 k CD player in my life that is to be partnered with this amplifier just last week, yes, from these guys Trigon, I can say that one will need to get used to these winter storms in ones listening room. 
 
Furthermore, it matters not what we feel and hear, its about what do you fine folks think about it dudes. Witch hunters may not apply for a demo, you mofos have been voted off my island far too long ago. Don't even show up Winking smile... I mean that !!! Of course one can discover where we stand on this Trigon gear, but these are presently burning it in for sure on Jean Marie Renaud speakers. Lovely match btw. 
 
Effectively we should fast forward a little bit, and try to stay seated and hold one thoughts and ones jaw when these marvellous piece's of gear play for us. Its making thing far to difficult for us to work at while these things are playing... who said our jobs were easy ! The other side, is that it will make things damn near impossible to make these witch hunters and nay sayers look smart ass they try to play another broken record about anything digital...did I say these folks will need to sing that tune elsewhere. 
 
For the serous music listener we say that is willing to commit. ON DISPLAY 
 
Trigon
 
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It is very rare that s line up within our walls takes us by storm, TRIGON has managed to do this. We are expecting our new TRIGON EXXACT line up any day now. By the time you read this they will be on hand. 
 
TRIGON EXXACT is slightly below the Energy amplifier that Kris has fallen in love with. Steve is eagerly awaiting his new EXXACT amplifier as well. I did say that what makes this line up special is that is tends to play higher up, in fact much higher up on the scale. I assure you, we know a thing or 2 on this very fact. Not cheap but not expensive for what it is. 
 
One may be surprised that their phono stages are amongst the best out there. They even make one that runs on batteries !! Real special.... and yes, plan on listening to this one on that one special event we have planned this April, oh boy, yummie yummie. This one phono stage will be accompanied beside giants, and its no accident I am using this component as I plan what will be played on that special evening. 
 
During our planned Nordost event, we will be using TRIGON gear for our Nordost colleague to use for demo purposes. Believe us when we say, no Nordost will be compromised by way or performance by TRIGON. Its also a great way to hear what is our first TRIGON introduction in our area.
 
Of course details will follow on this key stone NORDOST/TRIGON event. 

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On display for the month of June


 
Copland 405A amplifier ( KT 120 based )
 
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We made the news official for the first time ever on Facebook. This is a line up that we were quite clearly looking forward to having. We have to start somewhere, but we did start with the most expensive piece of an amplifier, our KT 120 tube based component. Copland is far known to making sure that their amplifiers sound like tube amplifiers, with a sound that can be described as textured, organic, coloured and proud of it. As far as this KT 120 amplifier goes, its also one of the least expensive KT 120 amps around. Other similar amps cost 10, 12 even 16.000.00 more. Still made at the original factory, the 405A still offers a world class tube phono stage. Its not uncommon to have Copland amplifiers run on their tubes over 10 years. 
 
Always easy on the ears, burn in will take place the in my home and if I feel like it, then and only then, it will be shown ( just playing with you fella’s ). Introduction will take place under special circumstances soon this spring, and that one is not a joke. Also burning in will be the Copland 215 DAC soon as well. 

 


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Audio Note
 
 
Brothers in arms: Audio Note Speakers On display
 
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Monitor Audio
 
Monitor Audio new Silver series.
 
During the course of the summer, we will be introducing our new Monitor Audio new Silver series. We have been told this is by far the biggest and most important performance jump in any previous Silver series. We take note that these might be available in real Oak, we are crossing our fingers on this one.
 
Coming soon !
 

Acoustic Solid
 
Acoustic Solid
Acoustic Solid
20th anniversary edition (Limited and numberd)
Acoustic Solid MPX wood
On display

Monitor Audio Roksan
 

magnepan 20.7
 

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Follow up... Roger and I are back, somewhat !
 
Both Roger and I were affected by what happened here by way of waters. We are back, BUT not fully , it will take some time on my side to be relegated into the "everything is alright" column. We will be relegating cleaning up our website a little later, forgive us.
 
I am told the Nordost show was a success and many had fun... wish I could have been there. Take note that our calendar page will be in effect for the duration of our summer with pertinent information for our clients. We have begun to receive much by way of new gear at our shop, all will remain boxed up till I get back.
 
Thank you all for your patience, I am certain that you were all well taken care of by my crew. See you all soon folks.
 
Cheers
 
Luc 

Lounge 376
 
Audio Note
 
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As some of you know, we went through a small disaster at our home. Of course, this means that our Lounge376 operation will be affected for at least this summer if not more. In order to counter this, we will be bring some of our Audio Note and Cary audio overflow gear that are substantive and on the expensive side ( into 5 figures ), just in time so we can connect to our new AN speakers that we are awaiting very soon.
 
So, from preamplifiers, Audio Note Reference cables, a few AN 300B amplifiers, Cary Cd players and AN transport as well as other gear that we are burning in as this is being written. So it goes, our Lounge376 operation is being suspended till my home is back in fine order.
 
What does this mean... more gear to see at higher levels of play for what may be a limited time. From what we see, none of the gear brought forth can be seen much less listened to here in Canada other than our clients that have bought into AN. This will begin to happen sometime in June.
 

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Reference 3A De CapoI am quite certain that considering what the we have been through both behind our commercial curtain and our personal one, that most would find it forgivable to forget that we have other worthy lines that are highly musical and dignified a spot on our popular website. On the speaker front, we can also propose several venues, one of which stems from our own country. Again better known elsewhere than in it’s own country ( what else is new fella’s ), Reference 3A speakers are known for being an easy and very stable drive, and the type of speakers that will prefer tubes or above average transistor gear. 
 
It could be said that in a big picture way, 3A remains 3A, but the upswings in performance make the new 3A company quite clearly a cut above older 3A type in areas of transparency, resolution, details, quiet sound floor and the list of qualities continues. These speakers are not necessarily cable sensitive, but inversely if not paradoxically, they will rewards plenty those who feed them great matching cables. Great on Single ended tubes, or low power, many will prefer to mate 3A speakers with these amplifier types. Service is second to none, the owner has been selling these for over 30 years and is one of the true greats who happens to know his product first hand.
 
For those that prefer to shop Canadian, one can do no better in the area of high end speaker design. On Display
 

Audio Note
 
In our history of offering select tube preamplifiers, we have consistently offered Audio Note Brand. Should one be interested, we know the difference between Audio Note 0, 1 , 2, 3 and 6 level. Starting as low as 2,300.00 to 30,000.00, we can explain where one needs to focus depending on the criteria you desire.
 

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M1

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Audio Note

M3

Audio Note

M6

 
Same goes with the multiple levels of AN Conquerors, either the start of the standard AN Conqueror, The Conqueror Silver or the Silver Signature. Again, your call, and yes your budget.
We equally offer AN DACS, Integrated, most of the AN cables, other power amplifiers. Again, its your choice.
 
Audio Note
 We have several Conqueror models on display 
 

Some prefer triodes and tubes that are either of a different solace than Audio Note. Cary's skew is focused on what seems a wider range of offerings, but unlike AN, they do not offer Turntables, speakers and cables. But in kind, this American brand does offer on part gear, and this from a well respected American name brand. Its your choice.
 
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AN is our main go to choice, but where streaming and more power is preferred, we point directly at these folks. 

Trigon
 
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Cyrus
 
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 And more... 
 

Our second last Oxford set up, till spring 2015
 
PRIMA LUNA PREMIER, ADVANCE ACOUSTIC K 11’S AND AUDIO NOTE DIGITAL.

Advance Acoustic
 
This system proves that we can design Oxford level set ups that perform at a superior level than most other systems at this level of pricing. Note that we have chosen tubes in the mix, and please note we have chosen Audio Note source.
 
Our AN CD 3.1 X II is to say the least , one of the bloodiest fun CD players to listen. Many have turned their heads when this is playing. We have spoken plenty about this player. Simply stated, digital still has not stated its last word as plenty seem to be wrongly implying.
 
Now our PL Prologue Premier is STILL winning yearly awards for being perhaps one of the most well regarded tube amplifiers in the last 2 years. I was taken aback when I burned this unit in last Xmas 2013. I actually listened, and further, did not care listening to this very unit all the while I was off and on vacation. I rarely do this ever. When I am off, I am off or sorts. Plenty of beautiful things can be said, but I will insist that one comes to visit us.
 
Now if we have a special source as well as a special amplifier, we have an even better speaker. We can help help you define what special is, but these are absolutely wonderful, to my ears.
Full range and not exactly small, these play like an extremely small mini monitor that can batter closed doors wide open. These do nothing wrong, and this for less than 4,595.00. Again, we will insist on having you fine folks come in, bring music.
 
Other than our elaborate Linn set ups that will take place later in spring, hope you have enjoyed our Oxford level set up’s as much as we have. Our mission is also to educate that in the right hands, audio set ups can be made to sound stunningly beautiful, without spending your life savings.
 
Mission accomplished.
 
Sincerely
 
Luc M


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Nordost
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Moon award

Moon 650d

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Moon 700i

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Moon 740p

Moon award

Moon evo 600

Moon award

Moon neo 250i

Moon award

Moon Neo 430

Moon award

Moon ace

Moon 220i

Moon award

Moon 380d

 

Moon award

Moon 260 dac

We have both 260D (cd player) and 260D (transport only)

 
 Audio Note T2

Audio Note TT2

Audio Note T3

Audio Note TT3

Teac

Teac TN-500

Teac TN 300

Teac TN-300

Linn LP12

Linn LP 12

FunkFrim

Funk Firm Flamenca

Edward

Edwards TT1 SE

Edward

Edward T2 SE

  We also carry a vast array of over 15 TT mats , brushes, belts , phono stages and IN STOCK specialty items dedicated to your TT needs.

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Starting at and over $6,800

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Audio Note CD players, starting $5,500 up to $30,000

All on display

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AN-E and AN-K

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Audio Note CD players, CD 2.1x, CD 3.1x, CD 4.1x, CDT 3 transport, DAC 2 and 3

All on display

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AN-K on display and in stock

Audio Note

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Audio Note level 1, level 2, level 3, level 4, level 6

By appointment all on display


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Oxford

We have both, the only place in Canada to have these both ON DISPLAY

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Audio Note 1 and 2 level pre/power/ CD player or Table

Audio Note p1The problem with this line up on occasion with retailers are somewhat self created, and by doing this to themselves, the few retailers, penalize their client base. The issue is, when one entertains this line, they ( the retailer ) want to establish a rapport that this line up is for those that are well off... meaning only upper echelon Audio Note ( ie= more $$$ ) is the only route to go to get more AN magic ! Not sure about this. We have been offering and yes selling to upper echelons of AN gear, but we always, in all our history, supported level 1 and 2, and have let folks, at all levels, buy into this level of AN gear.

Audio Note M1So it goes, even at these lower levels, there is AN magic to be had in spades, and if one is open to letting the ego drop down a notch, plenty of years of AN listening will be set in the cards for you. Notice how so little of AN gear even at this level is found on selling forums, very rare. There are some reasons for this indeed. We had started this line up this way and we maintain this line up this way, still today.

Audio Note M2We will have in December in Steve demo room this exact set up, 1 and 2 level, all for you to listen. In fact Steve once owned this exact system with an AN CD 3 X player on Merlin’s speakers. The reason behind why I chat this one out, is the following : many will come down to listen to the upper echelon of AN in one of our demo rooms, but we say the following, do not let the above AN overshadow this system mentioned here, we may be able to save you a lot of money indeed.
 
So December it is, check out our Events page for details.

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Audio Note and Line Magnetic days, December 8th to 10th. A special X-mas gift to you.

 

London Decca

London Decca

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Welcome London Decca Cartridges


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Welcome Funk Firm Analogue


Audio Note

 
Audio Note Conqueror

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Full NEO system on display

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Sim Neo

Monitor Audio Gold 100


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C'mon live a little


Teac

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 Cyrus - On Display

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Tubes Gallore @ SPI
 
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Evo Reference series.
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Line Magnetic 216 IA
 
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Line Magnetic 216

LN 215

 


Audio note
 
Audio Note...2, 3, 4 and beyond
 

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Audio Note 2.1
 
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All shiny and NEW !

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Little tornadoes sweep and go !
 
Revel
 
After a somewhat tumultuous few months where we placed our exclamations points on folks asses, we were behind the scenes tending to new blood, new lines, simply new... fresh air. Without beating that dead horse again, we are proud to introduce all within the last 6 or so months the following line up.
 
Pathos, Magneplanar speakers, Jean Marie Renaud speakers ( our entire line JMR reference line up will be here or is here at time of reading ), Revel speakers, Copland tubes, Roksan, Acoustic Solid turntables, DRACoustic Cables, Trigon a relative newish addition, and we will not be finished quite yet. Our Nordost show will happen in a few short hours, and as most know, we tend to go all out with our shows. Enjoy it folks, don't be overly serious when you listen, its painful to watch you guys, just enjoy mates. 
 
New additions will also come in from the cold, a further investment in TARA Labs cables and Sim Audio and yes, our super duper Audio Note prestige brand. We have also cleaned up our website...but we needed to get ready to make room for all these new toys we have. The fine folks on CAM are keeping our Stevie Wonder busy, so we need to make sure we don't burn our SW out...he loves his job far too much.
 
So why this small blog you say...well, we maintain where there is death and fires, there is always new life. As you now see, new life it is. Enjoy our shop, our new lines, book an RV, see our logos on our soon to be released calendars page, there you can come in without booking an RV on the appropriate line. See you fellas soon Ok. 
 

 
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Our Nordost show and after show display ( in Steve's room )
 
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As we are about to prepare getting ready for our Nordost show, so it goes we are letting you know what will play and remain after that May 6th date. 
 
In our main room, we will have Volents Paragon 3.5 speakers providing an ultra wide and deep view of what our friend Bruno is doing. Our Volents speakers will leave nothing left to hazard, especially the folks we expect on that day. Our main amplifier will be the TRIGON Energy. A power house of finesse and delicacy, within a velvet glove. Source will be provided Sim Audio NEO level DAC and Transport. All cable, from power cords, USB to digital and beyond will be by Nordost. 
 
This will be our friends Bruno main working system during the day, in our main room. Bruno will proceed to demonstrate the escalating effect of demo techniques. This means, he will escalate within a very reasonable amount of time different types of Nordost offerings, from more affordable to less affordable. Demonstration length are approximately 1 hours or so per, and we believe there will be 4 shows during this May 6th date. I suspect the last demonstration to finish off towards 3:30 pm or so. If one comes in too late, we will have our next system on display late in the day as well as the following week. 
 
In our second system, we will have designed a system with several companies at the forefront. Line Magnetic amplifier, Jean Marie Renaud speakers, then Audio Note as source. It is this system that will be on display for an additional weeks time ( till May 13th ), and yes of course, on Nordost Cables. This system is being kept this way, for the folks that were not capable of showing up on May 6th.
 
It is from what we understand the only NORDOST SHOW at this time in Canada. We will try to have more if we see a positive response, as these shows carry much work and expense. 
 
Refreshments will be served, wine, premium beers and some finger foods mid day. Space is at a premium, but it remains an open invitation to all. We do hope to see many of you, lets us try to have fun, musically and otherwise. See you all soon. 
 
PS: We will warn new visitors for privacies sake, that our commercial operation is monitored by a security surveillance camera system. 
 
Cheers
 
Luc M
Stereo Passion International 
 


Turntables
 
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We will be selling off our supply of affordable tables, the great majority still sealed and most unused. We will be removing ourselves from this market. We will still carry a great many phono accessories, but alas our entry level table will be our Edwards tables and the pricing will go drastically up from there. Those looking for insane clearance Tables, please give us a call, see our CAM account or see our clearance page soon.

Our spring and early summer is looking good
 
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At the time you read this, it will be a boon for demonstrating our Reference level gear on a more sustained level than ever before. With the amount of real on display lines, we always made sure all of them shared a spotlight. With our very recent clean up of our lines , it opens the gate to focus and concentrate more on our first love, yes that is real high end more as a focus point of 5k and above.
To say that these recent changes to our line ups have no merit or effect, would be dead wrong. These things have already begun to make themselves felt with us behind the scenes and I speak for my crew, that we will be quicker to respond to demands at this very high end level. We can balance things out on a higher plane, be more focused, have less gear to burn in, push though new salient line ups that may prove a improvement in your set up etc. No more so than on our CD players and turntables will we see a major upswing both in performance and price. For instance CD players for Audio Note will start at above 10,000.00, Cary sources, will start at 8,500.00, Copland will also start at 3,500.00 and Sim Audio will start at 3,200.00 and up. All our lines ups will see the integration of Lounge376 plainly in our SPI midst. Its an irony that shows are being cancelled with us for what is likely a permanent way. But IN STORE demonstration cycles are not, nor is our highly active ways within our walls. You folks keep us busy for good reasons.
 
So after some necessary cleansing, your SPI will be turning to higher waters. Reality obliges to, and so we must and we will to continue to service our select client base.
 

Copland
 
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Moonlight
 
April will be a highly awaited and desired Lounge376 event, Strictly by invite and very limited seating for this key 2017 event. Remember those that wish to hear what folks heard that evening will be able to stop in the following day of this event. Very new products barely never heard before anywhere, several new lines will be making their introductions under the moon that evening. Even cabling will be Reference level Nordost and at least 4 other new companies will make their introductions. 
 
We will set something up for our clients that come the following day. Date will be provided very soon as it is being worked out as I write.

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As we are preparing our Sim Audio 2 week planned demonstrations, for those that visit us on during that March time will see and hear 4 Sim systems. Its quite important that we let all that visit us the opportunity to show off our NEO range. Some would call this the affordable Sim Audio. We will even have a Sim headphone station at the ready during all this time. The class and world leading Sim 430HA. Not to mention during week days play times, again the world leading Sim ACE streaming amplifier.
 
During both Saturdays, we will go all out with our Sim EVO level gear. Reference level gear by Sim. 2 pairs of speakers of choice will be chosen for both days where EVO will be on display ( or we will try our best at least. No appointment's necessary, bring your music. 

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Once again we stated in one of our most recent blogs, that we divide our machine called SPI into a few distinct levels. I for one admit, there are levels and or companies that I hear, see, accept into our midst that must not behave like slime balls. I look at the actors, the shows they do and at what level they do it at, and most of all, the level of passion and commitment they have for their products. In this case, I see JMR, and have stated as such, that some product demand to be treated right. Strong terms coming from a "sales guy ". I don't slum it when it comes from my job, nor do any of my crew.
 
Once again, Ottawa and our expansive client base will be introduced to something that just floats beyond emotionally and musically than other key product. Clearly a LOUNGE 376, but a company that is in my mind, that must be, heard by many. 
 
Just in time for our Sim Audio weeks, and yes, we ask for those that come and see us, to get ready for a sonic buffet that I was about ready to explain on line, but that upon second thought, I would rather let your ears discover the true and real meaning of what musicality is... let us burn in our models and we will introduce them to you. You will hear what we have been talking about in our little corner of the world.
 

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Jean Marie Renaud family, sound is everything. 

What is not to like about JMR, clearly walking the line between organic and detail.

Our JMR Bliss, the near baby of the line, has in and for the past 3 months through its burn in process amassed a little army of fans. Coming at you at several levels of shadings, open dynamics, transparency, timbral richness and an emotional maturity that comes shining through the music. These we say are unique sounding, and equally at home with good transistors and yes, tubes. Somewhat inexpensive in high end ways, its will be for your emotional listener, and we really think they are superlative on classical and acoustic music, of the highest order. 

Their sonic signature of our Bliss as well as our Euterpe Supreme is reminiscent of our much more expensive Audio Note AN-E’s that so many love here in Ottawa.

Our Eutrepe Supreme : As many know we burn in our models near and fully, everyone of them. Unlike the JMR Bliss, our Euterpe Supreme held their secret for nearly a full month of burning in. Once the burn in was nearly and done with, the ES provide quite the homogeneous impression as well as being quite transparent. Spatial information was there in spades we all noticed, room ambiance as well as air around clapping hands. A clear window inside the room and the performance all the while maintaining JMR’s distinctive warmth. It relays abundant texture and a wide array of what some call diverse nodal interplay, something one does not get for the less than 4 k price. Typically French performer, offering spontaneity, naturalness of delivery, and what I hear is incredible nuance within the musical message. We expect to do well with this speaker, and for good reason. 

Our Cantabile Anniversary : What many Euro journalist call one of the best pound for pound speaker for the price anywhere. Spatial information and an absolute capacity to lay out everything that the music has to offer. Even if you want it or not. Incredible extension, and elegant in manner, style and precision in all matters of music. Note the word, elegant. For those that cannot afford the best, but who would want to have a hint of what other do at a much expensive level. More dynamic, than our ES, it offers plenitudes of imaging, and a word to the wise, gear begins to matter at this level. 

Our Abscisse Anniversary : Touching a tad less than 5 figures, and just when you think you have tempered the JMR line in ones mind, one clearly goes into another level. Think Volent but with less attitude, a more forgiving and organic delivery as well as that pure Volent predisposition to lays pretty much everything on the line... but our AA’s does it with more softness, some would call soul. Sonics play at what would say an entirely different level, and while one listen to our AA’s, one gets the picture why our Cantabiles come in where they come in, these hint at where our AA’s play at. Another level of texture, transparency, ambience, homogeneous delivery, utter extension and a smooth, organic and full midrange without being soggy, and a full and very clean bass line. A word to the wise, only incredible gear need apply to drive these. 

Should one be interested in listening to these marvels, by all means, give us a call. All of the above require an appointment with no exception.  


 LM 218A on display in April 2017 

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A while back I described 845/211 type amplifiers as having 3 distinct sonic signatures and or predispositions. One was a tubey romantic signature, the other was more or less a neutral and omnipresent signature and lastly, the other is a transparent, open, fleet footed and quick sound signature. Our Line Magnetic LM 218A is the latter. It will be for those that want certain things from that particular tube type, further in our estimation, its also the sonic signature that is less seen and heard out there at this time. 
 
The LM 218A is a highly tweak able amplifier, so it will provide leverage and even more important, its not a fussy amplifier speaker wise. Typical of these amplifier types, they can heat a small room up quite easily. The 845 as well as 300B type amplifiers can and must be experienced first hand. Either one will find lots to criticize or one will immediately fall hard for it. At days end, its your call, your ears will decide. 
 
Our model will soon be on working display again in April on Jean Marie Renaud speakers, see our event page on our website
 

 
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Many folks believe that AN gear is not affordable, in some case, yes, but its not always the case. SPI started to build this line up from the bottom up, and so we have done well at educating that not all AN gear is unaffordable. AN can be as affordable as upper echelon Prima Luna, mid level Unison Research, mid level Line Magnetics and the list goes on. The AN sound has to be experienced, as there is quite literally no other sound like it. There are these very kits around Ottawa, with folks loving these for what they are, even our own Stevie Wonder owned these on a pair of Merlins.
 
Again on display but for a week in April 2017. Take us up on our invite to listen to what can be deemed as affordable AN gear. 

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2017 will be starting up with a bang as promised. We are happy to offer the American brand Revel. Its reputation goes without question, so do their performance. As many of our client base know, we are incredibly loyal to our lines and brands and look forward too having the support of our region in making this most wonderful established brand grow and become our marque speaker brand in a general sense.

From offering Jean Marie Renaud, Triangle, Audio Note, Volents, Monitor Audio, few offer what we offer at any level anywhere where speakers are concerned. All our new models are going through a massive burn in before we start any demonstrations, but rest assured they should be all ready for a February count down.

So welcome Revel loud Speakers, and welcome yourself to a revitalized SPI, its barely just begun.

 


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I am heading in my 2nd week with this amplifier. I am listening to this on one of my 45,000.00 dollar speakers and enjoying what it has to say and sing about. I am bowled over...but rather than speak on its behalf, I think our Cyrus The ONE can more than speak for itself. Welcome, a worlds apart from anything else I have heard for the price surpassing our now past benchmark of the last 7 years! Come on in, let THE ONE sing just for you...

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You see, North Americans have a huge bias, they love big things, big cars, big speakers, big homes, in essence, big everything. Kudos comes from a different continent and it shows. Small in content and size relatively speaking of course, but they sound huge, and some would even say massive for the size. I will say that the X 2 from these guys are a classic pair of speakers and somewhat expensive pound for pound, but they DO put out massively. It is what placed Kudos on the map. Enter the X 3, about 40% larger, bigger woofer and same tweeter, easier to place, yes, but much harder to burn in. Our X 2's were no picnic but the X 3's gggaaaaaadddd !?! Our pair took a lot of time. 
 
We will be looking forward to demonstrating our X 3's to our client base in early 2017. No shows, just an honest the goodness set up with what is a not too shabby speaker sound for less than 4,700.00. Transparent, and suave, fleet of foot but with a foot that hammers down hard and yes, very fast and deep. Plenty of details abound, for those that love their music up close and personal ( like Triangle speakers ). Where our Jean Marie Renaud emotionally leads you where you need to go, our Kudos, lay it out with no guessing. Kudos leaves little unturned in your music, and yet it maintains composure at loud levels and also beguilingly sound MUCH bigger than any of their size.
 
Soon on display in 2017, pleasure folks !


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JMRIts not a secret I love French gear and speakers. Folks also know I also think that Linn does something special and sometimes magical, but sometimes business decisions are made despite our love. In fact with French gear and speakers, I am also willing to take chance in order to sell it. If I love it, I figure the rest will follow. Maybe not in droves, but most clients will notice that we actually love what we sell.
 
JMR is one of those lines, for me anyway. When I tested JMR at the beginning of summer at home, we all had a lot of our plate. I remember stating to my crew, that as I remembered, this product was indeed special. The JMR product I was listening to, had special qualities that grabbed you in, much like the Cyrus Signature phonostage. One of those rare lines that walk between both worlds of the sweet detail and ambience stage and absolute coherency together with a razors edge in letting you know what stands between your components AND the recording all at the same time. It was time for us to bite on this more than beautiful line. Despite what we may be hearing on the conditions of our world at this time, as I always say, we need to to our jobs.

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All lines we sell again, as I often think, are loaned to us to love and sell. With the present changes we see and hear about in our collective environment, we hope our support and love for this artisan French company will last a long time. I think that this line up as that something special like Volents and yes, our Merlins of yesteryear. It will be the start of a beautiful relationship for us anyway, and yes, maybe you.


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