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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Saturday sunshine crowds ’em in

By | April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Through the looking glass with Gryphon.

What a difference a day makes.

In the weather at least, because despite going from a torrential downpour to blazing sunshine, and blue skies, there was no difference in the turnout at the Vancouver Audio Festival. Saturday’s dawn broke with yellow rays of warmth slanting through my bedroom blinds, and a smile that spread slowly across my face as I became secure in the knowledge that the onslaught of greyness that has plagued the Wet Coast this spring seemed to finally be at an end.… Read the full article

Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Shelter from the storm on Opening Night

By | April 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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McIntosh Labs and YG Acoustics.

First the rain came straight down. Then the rain came sideways. Then it seemed to be coming up at me from the ground as I ran from a coffee shop to make my way to Hi-Fi Centre for the opening of the Vancouver Audio Festival late Friday afternoon. I was reminded of a scene in Forrest Gump where he describes similar rain experiences in Vietnam during his time in the war, and I was silently thankful to be taking shelter from the storm in warm, and cozy environs with like-minded audiophiles.… Read the full article

Vancouver Audio Festival 2018 kicks off this Friday

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Coming up fast…

Time is rapidly approaching for Vancouver-area audiophiles to get their sonic freak on with Hi-fi Centre  once again hosting the Vancouver Audio Festival which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. This year, Hi-Fi Centre owner Igor Kivritsky has helped to curate 10 demonstration areas featuring bleeding-edge high-fidelity equipment legends like Devialet, Focal, Naim, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, McIntosh Labs, Clearaudio, and YG Acoustics to name but a few.

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Vancouver Audio Festival returns April 20-21st at Hifi Centre

By | April 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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April 20th, to 21st: Vancouver Audio Festival

Hi-fi Centre is playing host once again to the Vancouver Audio Festival from April 20th, to 21st. This is the second time the downtown dealer has stepped into the void left by the cancellation of the Vancouver Audio Show by Chester Group. Owner Igor Kivritsky said it was a “no-brainer” after a successful trial run in 2017.

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The new Focal Kanta will be featured.

“We were extremely pleased with the attendance and reactions we received last year and have decided to make this an annual event. 

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: Sonos wants to get you into great sound

By | July 8th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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PLAY:5 making serious inroads for the sub-$1,000 home system.

Sonos had a strong showing at the Vancouver Audio Festival with it’s PLAY:5 speaker system, and the new PLAYBASE television sound base. I’ve seen, and heard the budget-oriented PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and PLAY:5 speakers a number of times, but almost always singly or in different rooms throughout a home, and the 5s were always on their side… not in the Hifi Centre demo room though. No, this time the PLAY:5s were on dedicated speaker stands, and had a matching wireless SUB.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: Classé and B&W spark synergy

By | July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Laptop feeding the Pre DAC.

Almost every time I go to a hifi show there they are. Like peas, and carrots: Classé and Bowers & Wilkins. Now, there’s a reason this pairing has been going on so long, and it’s because they work so well together. It was no exception at the Vancouver Audio Festival being put on by Hifi Centre, but there was a minor plot twist: Classé was showing off their new Delta Series Pre, and Stereo power amplifier.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: NAD shows off the power of a digital hub with Sonus Faber

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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NAD, BluOS™, and Sonus Faber deliver on MQA.

Lifestyle. The phrase keeps creeping into the audiophile conversation. Seems that regular people are being courted by traditional, stalwart high-fidelity manufacturers more, and more. There’s been a realization that there’s a lot of money to be made from a lifestyle audio product designed to woo neophytes listening to TV sound bars, and smart phone docks into spending hard-earned cash for something that sounds better.

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Sonus Faber Amati.

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Coverage of the Vancouver Audio Festival brought to by Hifi Centre.

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: Focal Stella Utopia with Naim Statement

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Naim Statement amplifier.

They were really big, really red, and I couldn’t tip them over no matter how hard I tried. They were the Focal Stella Utopia loudspeakers, and they weigh 365lbs a piece, so that explains why they wouldn’t budge. Also, if you had been checking out the Vancouver Audio Festival, and thinking it wasn’t going to be showing any big boys in high-end high fidelity, you were wrong. One look around this room, and between the Utopias, and the Naim Statement pre/dual-mono power amplifier (NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 mono power amplifiers combined into one chassis, 746 watts)  this set-up was designed to impress.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: Opening Day

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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In the shadows of the Naim Statement Amplifier room at HiFi Centre..

Waking up early to already warm temperatures, and sunlight slanting into my bedroom I couldn’t help but wonder if this rare sunny day in Vancouver would mean trouble.

It’s slated to be the hottest day of the year here – not a cloud in the deep azure sky – which you would think could translate into people being more interested in the beach or park that in the Vancouver Audio Festival that HiFi Centre is hosting this weekend.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: The gear to lend an ear to really hear

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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One amp to rule them all…

With the inaugural Vancouver Audio Festival hosted by HiFi Centre happening this weekend, I thought I’d get the word out on what Igor Kivritsky, and his good people were curating in the suites of listening rooms lined up for Saturday, and Sunday playback sessions, as well as the large headphone area being set-up.

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The 802 D3 by B&W

With an eye towards demonstrating multiple price points, digital, and analog delivery methods, and how to build a synergistic sound system, the rooms are being tailored to deliver a musical, engaging, and enlightening experience for not only newcomers to high fidelity, but seasoned pros as well.… Read the full article

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