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L'ESPRIT DU MONTRÉAL HIGH END
by Spencer Holbert | Apr 04th, 2014
In the Goerner Communications room (distributor of mainly German hi-fi brands), Reinhard Goerner and Brian Tucker of Pro Audio Ltd had the best sound of any of the small rooms. Their Audio Physic Avantera floorstanders ($30k) were in several other rooms, but these were dialed in perfectly and stunned all passers-by with an incredibly precise image and wide soundstage. The speakers were toed-in almost 45 degrees and fifteen feet apart, which means that setup is probably a little finicky, but once they are set they shine.
Fronted by the Acoustic Signature Storm with Funk Firm FXR-II ’arm ($11k), Grandinote phono, preamp, and mono amps ($8750, $17k, and $50k respectively), this system shined on all types of music. They were also showing off their more affordable system, fronted by the Acoustic Signature WOW XL with Funk Firm FXR-II ($5k). Watch for my forthcoming review of this turntable, because it screams German precision and sounds like a work of art that is all wow factor without the bad “wow” jokes.
I have always found great pleasure in listening to Audio Physic speakers, and this year was no different when I visited the Goerner Communication room at SSI. Its Audio Physic loudspeakers offer an amazingly accurate sound that is sure to please anyone’s music taste, and come in price ranges that can be afforded by most music enthusiasts. In addition to Audio Physic, Goerner Communication is the distributor of numerous other fine audio brands including Acoustic Signature, Creaktiv System, Grandinote, The Funk Firm, Ava Media and Trigon. Many of these products were on demonstration inside this larger room. The headlining system showed a wonderful synergy between the Audio Physic Reference Line Avantera Plus+ loudspeakers ($30,000) and Grandinote electronics – Domino pre-amplifier ($17,000) and dual Demone mono block amps ($50,000 each).
The source was an Acoustic Signature Storm turntable with a FUNK FXR-II tonearm ($11,000), fed through a Grandinote Celio phono pre-amplifier ($8,750). Like many other music systems at the show, this one was wired up with Nordost cables. The room was very busy during my visit, but I did have a brief chance to listen. What I heard was a clean, detailed and fluid sound that was powerfully engaging. IMG_1510 (Custom) A The secondary system in the room demonstrated a more affordable approach to sound. This system contained Audio Physic Classic 10 loudspeakers ($4,190), a Trigon Epilog integrated amp ($12,995) and a Trigon Chronolog CD/DVD/media server component ($9,495). On top of the audio stack was an Acoustic Signature Wow XL turntable outfitted with a FUNK FXR-II tonearm ($5,000).
Comme d’habitude, Reinhardt a su recréer un bel espace de détente, ça sonnait plutôt bien, je pense que les enceintes acoustiques Audiophysic ont un potentiel extraordinaire.
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