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MONTREAL SALON AUDIO - DAY TWO - PART TWO

Show report

by Art Dudley  | Mar 22, 2016

 

Among the folks who took the microphone to speak about John Banks were Reinhard Goerner of the distribution company Goerner Audio (left) and Rich Zidel of Zidel Marketing. And here I must make a confession: Immediately after listening to the Harbeth speakers in the Son Ideal room, right before heading downstairs to the ballroom area, I visited the Goerner Audio room, where I enjoyed Wilhelm Backhaus, Karl Böhm, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Brahms Piano Concerto 2 through a system that included an Acoustic Signature Wow-XXL turntable ($CDN5000) and TA-1000 tonearm ($CDN2200), London (née Decca) Jubilee phono cartridge ($CDN4000), all Grandinote electronics, including the compact Shinai monoblock amplifiers ($CDN17,000/pair), and the Wiener Lautsprecher Manufaktur Rudolf loudspeakers ($CDN28,000/pair).

 

It sounded magnificent—so magnificent that I stayed longer than I meant to, listened through to the end of the first movement, and thanked Goerner and got up and left . . . and utterly forgot to photograph the system.

I am mortified. I am also tempted to lay no small amount of blame on the excellent playback quality. That said, and with extra apologies, I wish I had also photographed the Funk Firm Bo!ng isolation devices ($CDN260–500 per set, depending on turntable weight) that were under the feet of the Acoustic Signature turntable, and the Funk Firm Achromat platter mat ($CDN150), which seems to have been the most popular accessory of the show.

 

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