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Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report
Canada's premium luxury audio / video equipment show.

 

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report

 

  The Toronto Audiofest 2022 show, held from October 21st through 23rd, featured Canada's luxury high-technology home audio showcase. The Toronto Audiofest is an acclaimed consumer electronics (CE) exhibition. It brought together hundreds of premium audio brands featuring the very best audio and video equipment from around the world. You can hear, touch, and compare it in many floors of demo rooms ranging from 240 to 2400 sq. ft. It was the perfect place to come if you're considering acquiring a complete system or only a new piece of equipment.

During the event there was wonderful live music plus Enjoy the Music.com sponsored the Saturday night industry dinner and press party! Everyone at the party enjoyed free live music and drinks before the main event opened to the public.

 

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Sneak Peek! Enjoy the Music.com's Rick Becker gives us an advanced look. Show Report By Rick Becker

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Sneak Peek!
With the Toronto Audiofest 2022 still in full swing, Enjoy the Music.com's Rick Becker has sent us some photos in advance. This is your chance to see what was at the show before Rick's extensive report. As always... enjoy the music!
---> Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Sneak Peek!

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 1  -- Fine sounds on the fourth floor.

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 1
Fine sounds on the fourth floor.
Show Report By Rick Becker
On a Saturday morning better suited to hiking up a mountain in the Adirondacks or enjoying the fall foliage on a bicycle in western New York, I cruised up to the Toronto Audiofest because, well, that's what I also do. And I hadn't been there since the 2019 show, what with Covid and border closures. It was really good to be back again. And at the industry banquet that evening, it was announced that attendance had reached 2500, more than double last year's show, so I was not alone in my priorities. People at the banquet were really happy about the attendance. The prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated... or unless I've made a mistake, which happens. Speakers are priced per pair. And unlike past show reports, I will refrain from identifying the Best Rooms until the end of the report to avoid awarding too many rooms in this more modestly sized show.
---> Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 1
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Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 2 Thirst for more on the third floor.

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 2
Thirst for more on the third floor.
Show Report By Rick Becker
First, to finish up a detail from Part 1, Mike Tang can be reached via e-mail at  by people in need of phono cartridge repairs. Mike will be glad to email photos of his previous accomplishments. And a tip of the hat to Vilip Mak of Audio Excellence for putting me in touch with Mike. (We will be getting to the Audio Excellence room much further on in my coverage.) Having completed the fourth floor, I returned to the elevator and dropped down to the third floor to maintain my orientation in the building. Room 325, hosted by Vinyl Sound was just to the left as I exited the elevator bay. Harbeth SHL5plus XD stand-mounted monitors were sounding good with the 20mm dome super tweeter that has transformed the XD series, bringing more presence to the treble range and making Harbeth more competitive in today's market.
---> Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 2.

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 3 Musical magic while listening in Level 2.

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 3
Musical magic while listening on Level 2.
Show Report By Rick Becker
Level 2 was comprised of a hallway of hotel rooms, a bunch of conference rooms, and a walkway around the atrium where there were a variety of tables with either silent or headphone displays. Stepping off the elevator, there was a table with a cable vendor in either direction. One was for Audio Sensibility — very familiar to me as I've very favorably reviewed many of their products since they first began. And the other was Neotech, a relatively quiet company on the high-end scene. It turns out Steven Huang of Audio Sensibility is now doing the importing and marketing for Neotech in Canada. Audio Sensibility bulk cable is built to his specifications by the same large Taiwanese cable company that owns Neotech (and also does OEM production for a number of big-name cable companies in the industry).
---> Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 3.

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 4 Lower level rooms and ground floor in part 4.

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 4
Lower level rooms and ground floor in part 4.
Show Report By Rick Becker
Coming down from the Second Level I stepped off the elevator and went to the KEF display near the registration area. I admired this presentation numerous times in passing during the show. Three pairs of colorful KEF speakers and a KEF subwoofer stood in front of a digitally created backdrop that was pure eye candy. As you can glean from the photo, the displays in this area were busy and the mezzanine to the immediate right looked like an extension of the restaurant with virtually no one there, even at this early afternoon hour. The grey KEF LS60 wireless floorstanders ($7000 USD) were the tight ends on this offensive line and I was caught off guard by their diminutive size.
---> Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 4.

 

 

The Best Rooms At Toronto Audiofest 2022
In the past I've identified some of what I felt were the Best Rooms at the show as I wrote the report. There are always so many variables it is never a level playing field. I'm not comfortable crowning 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. because I know I have my shortcomings and maybe it was just the particular music that was playing at the moment that swayed my opinion one way or the other. Instead, consider the "Best Rooms" those I would recommend an enthusiast visit if they only had a short amount of time to experience the show. Where could they go in a two or three-hour time span and leave thinking "Wow! I really heard and saw some great-sounding gear at this show!"

So in no particular order, except working from the 4th floor down, here's where I would have suggested you visit:

 

Fourth Floor (Part 1)
Tri-Art Audio (432)
Coherent Speakers and Baetis Audio (437)
Muraudio, Constellation Audio, and exaSound (441)
Apple Tree HiFi and BSC Research (443)
Magnepan (450) Concept presentation

 

Third Floor (Part 2)
Angela Yeung-Gilbert Yeung (353) Concept presentation
Lii Song Canada and Galion Audio  (354)

 

Second Floor (Part 3)
Oracle Audio Technologies, Gershman Acoustics, Eon Art, and Cardas Cables (Mayfair)

 

Lobby Level (Part 4)
Acora Acoustics (Sutton C)
Wynn Audio (Carlyle)

 

 

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors The Toronto Audiofest 2022 Exhibitor / Press Party

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors The Toronto Audiofest 2022 Exhibitor / Press Party
Enjoy the Music.com, high-end audio's celebrated online site for over 26 years and a leader in providing industry news, hardware reviews, and show reports, is pleased to announce that we're sponsoring the Toronto Audiofest 2022 Exhibitor / Press Party. Show exhibitors and members of the press are invited to join us Saturday night at 6:30pm for good friends, delicious drinks, and magical music! Toronto Audio Fest 2022 celebrates the fourth edition of its popular annual meeting from October 21st through 23rd at the Westin Airport Hotel.
---> Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors The Toronto Audiofest 2022 Exhibitor / Press Party.

 

 

 

More About The Toronto Audiofest 2022
All visitors share one thing in common, they have a passion for music! While some are pure audiophiles, many others are just curious to discover the benefits of better sound. Approximately 60% of Toronto Audiofest's visitors are under 55 years of age and 20% are female; and so this event encourages families to discover the show together.

You may wonder what is the entrance fee? Since this event is operated by a non-profit organization, they are asking only $10 a day, or all three days for $20. If you want to contribute to their development, feel free to donate more.

The show organizers have more than 50 years of experience in the music and audio industry. Like everyone, they started with a love of music that soon became enlightened by better sound reproduction. Their passion for high-end audio started as a hobby but quickly became their career. Above all, the two entrepreneurs are driven by their care of people. They are fully dedicated at servicing their exhibitors as if they were family and this concern extends to making sure all the fest's visitors have a wonderful experience.

Toronto Audiofest 2022 is looking for ways to attract more consumers to quality audio systems. A very special Personal Audio Zone Personal Audio Zone is where you will discover many brands of portable / personal audio.

 

 

 

On October 23, 2022:
$1 USD = $1.37 Canadian Dollar
$1 Canadian Dollar = $ 0.73 USD

 

 

Dates & Hours
Friday October 21 from 11am to 8pm 
Saturday October 22 from 10am to 6pm 
Sunday October 23 from 10am to 5pm

 

 

Show Location
The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
950 Dixon Road
Etobicoke, ON
M9W 5N4, Canada

Voice: (416) 675-9444

 

 

 

Previous Toronto Audiofest Show Reports
Toronto Audiofest 2019 Show Report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

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