Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest Show Report Part
Crossing over to the side with the Outremont and St. Laurent rooms, let's wander down through the Outremont rooms heading toward the escalators. These rooms were larger than the Westmount (except for Outremont 1, hosting Yamaha again, which was larger than the other Outremont rooms), but not as large as the Montreal rooms and only about half the size of the St. Laurent rooms across the hall from them.
Outremont 7 SonUltime
The speaker was supplemented with a pair of REL S812 subwoofers that were acoustically unobtrusive, which is to say they blended seamlessly with the main speakers.
New products here included the McIntosh MCD12000 two-channel SACD/CD player with their reference level DAC built-in, along with seven digital inputs. And yes, those are vacuum tubes for the analog output stage in the center window.
Also new here was Shunyata's flagship Omega speaker cable. Note the McIntosh speaker is set up for tri-wiring or tri-amplification.
Outremont 6 Audiophile
Was this the third Stable 33.33 turntable I saw or heard at the show? Sylvain Pichette must have been busy setting them all up. I noticed that an optional black platter was sitting on the lower right Solidsteel shelf. Sylvain reminded me the price on his turntable is 13,900$.
Zooming in on the photo revealed the Accuphase AC-6 cartridge.
And the rig featured the Scala V2 Utopia Evo from the Utopia III Evo line. Shown here in what appears to be the two-tone Noyer Naturel finish with wood veneer on the sides, it is also available in six others, most of which are the same color all-over.
It is hard to dispute the elegance and fine design of the Utopia III Evo line. Even Focal's lower lines feature design elements that raise them above their competition. The technology beneath the exterior goes deeper the higher up the line you go and is commensurate with the excellence of the exterior design.