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Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Canada's luxurious premium audio / video equipment show.

 

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report

 

  The Toronto Audiofest 2023 show, held from October 20th through 22nd, is one of Canada's best luxurious premium high-technology home audio and video showcases. The Toronto Audiofest is an acclaimed consumer electronics (CE) exhibition. It brought together hundreds of audio brands featuring top rated audio and video equipment from around the globe. Attendees heard, touched, and compared various sound systems within many floors of demo rooms ranging from 240 to 2400 sq. ft. It was the perfect place to experience the ultimate in sound quality. If you're considering acquiring a complete sound system or only a new piece of equipment, the Toronto Audiofest 2023 was the place for you!

 

 

Preview: Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Enjoy the Music.com's Rick Becker gives us a sneak peek!

Preview: Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Enjoy the Music.com's Rick Becker gives us a sneak peek!
Show Report By Rick Becker
Soon we will be posting Rick Becker's parts 1, 2, 3, etc of his very extensive Toronto Audiofest 2023 show report. Until then, here are a few pics to whet your premium audio appetite. Our sneak peek coverage includes Artist Cloner from Canada, Bird-of-Prey tonearm on a Jean Nantais turntable, Bowers & Wilkins speakers / headphones, and Audionec Evo 2 speakers. We also have great pics of record vendor All That Jazz, plus Don Rhule of Kimber Kable Canada. Much Toronto Audiofest 2023 show coverage coming soon!
---> Preview: Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report.

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 1... The Fourth Floor Show Report By Rick Becker

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Part 1... The Fourth Floor
Show Report By Rick Becker
Driving up to Toronto on 4.5 hours of sleep on Saturday morning, the ‘Check Tire Pressure' warning light came on. I cruised into the Airport Westin at 10 a.m. and affixed my bright orange Enjoy the Music.com lanyard to my Press Pass. True to form, I started at the top on the Fourth Floor. The crowd was, shall we say, thin. Stepping out of the elevator and turning left, I stumbled into 426 with Artist Cloner, one of my favorite Canadian manufacturers. He was originally to be in 346 so I was lucky to be greeted by his lovely wife. The signage at the ceiling of each active room was excellent. And stickers on the carpet kept people from wandering down irrelevant hallways.
---> Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 1.

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 2... The Third Floor

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Part 2... The Third Floor
Show Report By Rick Becker
Dropping down to the 3rd Floor on the elevators to keep the flow in ascending room numbers, I jogged to the right beginning in Room 321. Only two of the three elevators were operational during the show, which was sufficient as the wait was never long throughout the weekend. There was a conglomeration of respected brands in the room of this retailer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. That's Leonid Yamborko riding herd on a Lumin streamer with Youn Sun Nah doing a very nice cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with the signal sent to the DAC in an Aesthetics Janus CD player. A pair of ModWright KWA 99 monoblocks ($9000) were driving either the Audio Physics Midex ($12,649) floorstanders from Germany or the Elipson Legacy 3210 monitors ($4781) from France with an AMT tweeter and a ceramic coated aluminum woofer.
---> Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 2.

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 3: The Industry Dinner And Lifetime Achievement Awards

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Part 3... The Industry Dinner And Lifetime Achievement Awards
Show Report By Rick Becker
As I started to browse the booths on the walkway surrounding the Atrium on the 2nd Floor, I faintly heard a sound. It grew louder. Wait! Can it be? Yes... it was Lyle Lovett singing.... So after returning to my room and setting up my batteries to be recharged, I headed off to the Industry Standing Dinner sponsored by Enjoy The Music.com and PMA Magazine (Power of Music and Audio). I picked up my ticket for the beverage included with the meal and surveyed the selection of bottled beers, honing in on the Peroni from Italy. It was a good choice, a nice lager.... Michel Plante assumed his role as Master of Ceremonies and talked about combining the Montreal and Toronto shows into a single organization since most of the same people were involved in running both shows.
---> Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 3.

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 4... The Second Floor Booths And Rooms Show Report By By Rick Becker

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Part 4... The Second Floor Booths And Rooms
Show Report By Rick Becker
Sunday morning was like an early fall day, on the cool side with an early morning rain, but nothing to deter the faithful from coming to enjoy the show. I downed my breakfast food, packed my bags, and cleared out of the room so I could work the second half of the show without interruption. The second floor had a mix of enclosed rooms as well as booths at tables positioned around an atrium that was open to the Lobby Level below. Some of those rooms were converted sleeping rooms like the floors above, and some were conference or meeting rooms that ranged in size from small to large. You could take either the stairs or the elevators to reach the Lobby Level; at different times throughout the show, I took either one. Starting clockwise from the top of the stairs as I recall from my photos, which is different than the map in the program.
---> Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 4.

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 5... Lobby Level And Lower Level Show Report By Rick Becker

Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Part 5... Lobby Level And Lower Level
Show Report By Rick Becker
With Capital Audiofest coming up later this week, I am going to have to speed through this final part. Put on your speed reading glasses as there was a lot of good gear in these two levels. As you enter the lobby at the front entrance the registration desk is just up ahead on the left. Signage made it more obvious this year that there were rooms straight ahead up a small flight of stairs. I completely missed those rooms last year as it looked more like a restaurant up there than an audio show. It was a welcome change. However, most people approached the hotel from the parking lots behind the building. Signage encouraged them to circle the building to the right and enter from the front door, but savvy veterans entered directly from the door at the back of the building. From this direction, the Atmosphere North room was easily visible and marked with more signage. So let's dive in!
---> Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report Part 5.

 

 

Best Of Toronto Audiofest 2023 Awards Show Report Best Rooms At The Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report By Rick Becker

Best Of Toronto Audiofest 2023 Awards Show Report
Best Rooms At The Toronto Audiofest 2023
Show Report By Rick Becker
In my usual manner, I nominate a variable number of Best Rooms rather than select a First, Second, or Third place. This levels the playing field for sponsors of all rooms, large and small. Gives the guys with smaller, more economical rooms a shot at recognition. Big, expensive rooms don't impress me as much as rooms where the music moves me emotionally, though often there is a strong correlation. I made three cuts from the 49 rooms at the show, though there were more systems than that since several rooms had more than one presentation. And in some cases, speakers and amplification were swapped which would have given a few more unique presentations.
---> Best Of Toronto Audiofest 2023 Awards Show Report.

 

 

 

 

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. We sure you'd would have a great time too!

 

 

Here at the show, you discovered audio components for every budget, from a complete system for $5,000 to a single pair of speakers at $500,000 to satisfy all your preferences. Plus enlightening conferences, live music, a record fair, headphones lounge, and free ice cream, yes, free ice cream. On Friday at 7 p.m., many enjoyed their Prohibition Night, a unique experience that combines tasting six fine whiskies with carefully selected music for each bottle chosen, presented in three soundrooms on six different audio systems.

 

 

 

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

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors The Toronto Audiofest 2023 Exhibitor / Press Party
Enjoy the Music.com, premium audio's celebrated site for 28 years is pleased to announce that we're sponsoring the Toronto Audiofest 2023 Saturday night Exhibitor / Press Party. Show exhibitors and members of the press are invited to join us on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for fun friends, delectable drinks, and melodic music! Toronto Audio Fest 2023 celebrates the exciting fifth edition of its popular annual meeting from October 20th through 22nd at the Westin Airport Hotel. Back to the Westin Airport Hotel, the Toronto Audiofest isn't just the perfect place to discover, admire, and experience the world's finest audio components gathered under one roof.
---> Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors The Toronto Audiofest 2023 Exhibitor / Press Party.

 

 

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

 

More About The Toronto Audiofest 2023
Virtually all visitors share one thing in common, they have a deep passion for music! While some are longstanding audiophiles, many others are music lovers and/or just curious to discover the benefits of better sound quality. 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.

 

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

 

The Toronto Audiofest 2023 show organizers have more than five decades of experience within 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 2023 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 20, 2023:
$1 USD = $1.37 Canadian Dollar
$1 Canadian Dollar = $ 0.73 USD

 

 

Dates & Hours
Friday October 20 from 11am to 8pm 
Saturday October 21 from 10am to 6pm 
Sunday October 22 from 10am to 5pm

 

 

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

Voice: (416) 675-9444

 

 

 

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report

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