Add Blue Circle to your list. Would be my first choice.
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Canuck Audio, we have more than hockey, good beer, and oustanding "gentleman's clubs" here. Here's my all-star made in the-frozen-tundra system: Source components would consist of Oracle Delphi V turntable (arm and pick-up will have to sneak over the border from the USA), Oracle CDP, and Magnum Dynalab tuner. Verity amplifier, Bryston preamplifier, Totem speakers. Interconnect from Maple, power cords by Gutwire. Damned fine set-up all in all
I have to agree with Jtinn, I heard Tenor and Lammhorn in Montreal and New York and was astounded by the clarity and the realistic protrayal of upright bass on a good recording.
In fact, the Tenors appeared in a "dream" system I conjured while trying to sleep last night: Audio Aero CD player, Tenor Audio OTLs, and Conicident Total Eclipses, with Discovery cables throughout.
Yes, I know, I need a life. Cheers,
Sonic Fronteirs is the maker of the best Canadian Tube Gear.
Sim Audio makes the best solid state [Bryston being in send place] (IMHO). I have not heard Blue Circle.
A great inexpensive SS Preamp can be found made by Don Morrison of Canada, the Morrison ELAD.
I had a pair of Totem Model 1 speakers that did me well for many years. I am only familiar with Totem and Energy. Totem takes the Canadian speaker award hands down.
.... and no one has mentioned Gershman. GAP 520X's running on the big Blue Circle monos, Classe Omegas or the wonderful Sim W5 amp/preamp combo. True Class A stuff. And then there's Bryston and their 20 year warranty -- safest used purchase you can make, if SS is your kind of sound. And the SF factory is just a short drive down the highway, if you prefer your hifi bottled.
As a few of you may know, Canada made available government funded acoustic chambers for all indigenous speaker designers, which really made a difference in getting our hi and mid fi industries going in the 70's - 80's and 90's. I'll never forget those Dayton Wright electrostats of the 70's - forerunners to today's Quad and ML.
I would however still look south of the border for my wire and PC's, as Gutwire (which is 3 blocks from my house!) is about all we got to hook things together. Still, I could assemble a nice system and never leave Ontario. --Lorne
What about MIRAGE OM speakers ?
i think that mirage is one ofthe best bang/buck speakers u can buy when u are talking about the unpowere OM at 1200$CADfor a pair of OM-10 and 1500$ for OM-9
that's kinda cheap for the sound
they make also hot bipolar sub BPS series ..the BPS400 is a monster with excellent bass i think
i really can't wait to go at myfirst Son et Image hi-fi Montreal show this next march :)
looooooks WOWWOOWOWOW :)