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
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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“We were extremely pleased with the attendance and reactions we received last year and have decided to make this an annual event.
A lot of them. Walking in circles, and randomly bumping into each other.
That’s what the Magnepan 30.7 demo event at Hifi Centre in Vancouver would have looked like if you peeked through the round window in the door to the room, and didn’t know what was going on. It was where Magnepan marketing manager Wendell Diller was hosting the demo event, and it was packed.
Luckily, I had been in the room when Diller gave his introduction to the company’s new flagship magnetic-planar loudspeakers, and understood why the 20-plus people inside the room where slowly shuffling all around it with slightly confused looks on their faces.… Read the full article
Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Remember the book by science-fiction legend Ray Bradbury? The story arcs through the tale of a small town gripped in blood-chilling fear following the arrival of a spectral travelling carnival lead by the sinister Mr. Dark who has the power to grant people’s secret desires – at a cost that is only revealed to be too high once the deal is done.
I couldn’t help but remember the classic novel when Hifi Centre owner Igor Kivritsky mentioned that there was a Magnepan Road Show travelling across North America featuring the Minnesota company’s flagship, and award-winning 30.7 planar-magnetic loudspeakers.… Read the full article
One of Vancouver’s most exclusive high-end dealerships – Element Acoustics – will be hosting a limited-seating demo event of the latest Vivid Audio Giya G1 Series 2 reference loudspeakers at their Richmond showroom tomorrow, Saturday February 24th.
Element Acoustics owner Edward Ku said “It will be a great opportunity to introduce Vivid speakers, their history and background to music lovers in Vancouver.” If you’re in the Vancouver area tomorrow, and don’t want to miss out what is sure to be a superbly curated audiophile event, contact Ku HERE immediately to see if any seats are left at the three sessions.… Read the full article
It’s a B&W 700 Series launch event, and it’s taking place at HiFi Centre in Vancouver this coming Saturday. HiFi Centre owner, and manager Igor Kivritsky said “We’ll have all models on display in each of our various demo rooms, hooked up to everything from Naim to Bryston to Rotel to Rega. We’ll have staff from B&W running the presentations which are taking place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. We’ll also be showing for the first time the B&W DB2D subwoofer.… Read the full article
Igor Kivritsky wanted to make a difference with the Vancouver Audio Festival, and bring some of the expertise that the staff at the Hifi Centre had to the uninitiated of high fidelity. The goal was to make an audio show accessible to the average music listener, not just audiophiles. So when he started putting together the festival, he kept one thing in mind: making it fun.
Looking back on the show, Kivritsky says they’ll definitely do another one next year, and the year after, and the year after that… you get the picture.… Read the full article
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
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
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.