Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest Show Report Part
Room 2405 Erikson Home And Audiolab
The real attention magnet was the first new Thorens TD124DD direct drive turntable in Canada, No. 00183…so you can be sure there are more to follow.
Room 2407 Erikson Home And JBL
2414 Filtronique, Nagra, And Wilson
And if you're going to get a head start, why not start at the top of the mountain? Or close to it. I expected to see Peter McGrath here, assuming he would have set up the speakers at least, but I was told he was off on some exotic island, probably delivering a Chronosonic XVX or Alexx V. I thought these were the Wilson Sasha DAW speaker but was informed these were the new Alexia V. Clearly, the design leans closer to the Sasha than the Alexia V speakers.
The "new and good" from Nagra was my first chance to see their new suspended turntable. It has a large footprint and is styled to match the corporate aesthetic. The price tag was not surprising at 225k$, though I was told they will be coming out with a less expensive model now that they have invested in the R&D. The music playing was one of Leonard Cohen's later albums when his voice was pretty raspy, though the emotional impact certainly came through. I want to say the sound here was superb, but the volume was set too low for my ancient ears. It probably was excellent, knowing the brands involved, but I was reluctant to ask the men in suits who were running the show to crank it up. Perhaps I'll take the risk at AXPONA 2023 show in Chiacago.
I just had to add this redundant photo because it showed off the outstanding blue finish of the Alexx V. Also, I asked about an estimated time of arrival of a new Yevette, as that is the last speaker in the line to receive the magic touch of Daryl Wilson. I was greeted with a polite groan but not a word of confirmation. My guess is Axpona…and it is purely a guess.
2425 Audio Note UK
2427 Audio Note UK