Salon Son & Image | Montreal Audio Show Coverage Part 1 | CANADA HiFi Magazine

Salon Son & Image | Montreal Audio Show Coverage Part 1

Like past editions of Salon Son & Image, the 2014 show presented a great opportunity for visitors to hear some of the latest audio components from many of the finest audio manufacturers from around the globe. This was the first year that the show was ran under the new ownership of British company Chester Group, which runs five audio shows worldwide. From the show signage it looks like the new company is preparing to rename the show to the Montreal Audio Show in the future perhaps since it better reflects the types of products you can expect to see on the show floor. As we headed to Montreal to cover the show, we wondered what sort of changes we would see under the new company but the fact is that the show had exactly the same look and feel as the previous years, albeit there weren’t quite as many exhibitors as in the past and very few video products compared to last year. Nevertheless, this year’s show attracted a very healthy crowd and was a great pleasure to roam through. Below I would like to share with you some of the more interesting products and demonstrations that we came across.

Plurison (www.plurison.com), the distributor responsible for importing some of the most interesting audio brands into Canada, featured the most extensive number of product displays at this year’s show. Take a look at these gorgeous new Rega RP1 and RP3 special edition turntables featuring original artwork by internationally renowned graffiti artist Zilon, based in Montreal. There are six different models, three of the RP1 and three of the RP3, that will be made in a limited run of 100 pieces each (or 600 in total). We love the connection this makes between music and art. The great news is that the price premium for each model is just an extra $100 over the price of the regular model, making them affordable to the masses. The special edition RP1 retails for $699 and the special edition RP3 retails for $1,299. Both models are very well respected for their sound quality and will make an excellent addition to any music system.

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