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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am going to Toronto next week. I will be there from the 17th to the 23rd, visiting friends and having fun.
One thing I wanted to do is check out some of the high end audio stores. In Oklahoma, selection is limited, we have a few here, but there is a lot of stuff out there that I would like to see.
I was just wondering if anyone knew of a couple good stores in the greater Toronto area that I should check out.
I really wanted to see some Classe amps, I might actually buy one.
post #2 of 17
Brack Electronics had a nice selection of stuff the last time I was there (about 2 years ago). According to their website they're a Classé dealer. They have 2 locations, 44 Wellington St. which is in downtown Toronto and 7616 Yonge St. which is about 30-45 minutes north of Toronto IIRC.

Canadian Sound in Brampton (about 45 minutes from downtown Toronto) has a really nice listening room with B&W and Krell speakers, all hooked up to nice Krell amps and SACD players.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Awesome, I found the website for Brack, seemed like a nice place, will check out both of those suggestions.
Thanks for the suggestions, that was a pretty quick reply.
post #4 of 17
Hey, I'll be in Toronto from the 11th to the 15th. I'll probably stop in there too.
post #5 of 17
My favorites are:

http://www.americansound.com/
http://www.applauseaudio.com/
http://www.audiogallery.ca/

Applause Audio is a real treat if you are into vinyl.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by aerius
Brack Electronics had a nice selection of stuff the last time I was there (about 2 years ago). According to their website they're a Classé dealer. They have 2 locations, 44 Wellington St. which is in downtown Toronto and 7616 Yonge St. which is about 30-45 minutes north of Toronto IIRC.
Lol, their second locations is minutes from me, and i never even knew what the place was! I gotta check it out!
Shame on me!
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by riffer
My favorites are:

http://www.americansound.com/
http://www.applauseaudio.com/
http://www.audiogallery.ca/

Applause Audio is a real treat if you are into vinyl.
http://www.executivestereo.com

Toronto Home of Audiophile Ltd. 100 Steeles Ave. W. 905-881-0101

hi fi fo fum
"Quite possibly the world's smallest British audio shop"
post #8 of 17
I know those two:

1) Bay-Bloor Radio - close to Bay-Bloor subway station
www.baybloorradio.com

They carry hifi home equipment. They have a wall of headphones - you can audition Sennheisers, Grados and other headphones. No Beyerdynamics though.

2) Long & McQuade - 925 Bloor St. W. (close to Ossington subway station)
http://www.longandmcquade.com/

They carry music equipment - mixers, amplifiers, etc. They also carry AKG studio headphones. Last time I was there I saw Benchmark DAC1 but I didn't ask about the price... not yet...

There are also Trew Audio Store (http://www.trewaudio.ca/) and Kromer Radio (http://www.kromerradio.com/) stores here but I have never been there.

Hope this helps.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
this is what i was afraid of, a lot of good suggestions

i was going to go to bay bloor radio, i want to audition some grados, i hear there prices are high though, true? friend of mine also wants some grados, so bay bloor radio is on the list.

with all the suggestions, it looks like i will have to take a day out to see all these places

this is going to be fun.

also, just to change the topic slightly, any event or attraction or something i should check out while i'm there? remember, i used to live there until 1998, so certain things i have not so much interest in (CN tower for instance).
i was thinking, since i am grown up now, a play or something would be nice, toronto theater district would be something to check out.
post #10 of 17
Well, you are coming in a good time! We have the Summer Festival on all July, so there's lots of activities such as my 2 faves:

1. Toronto Fringe Festival: One of the top fringe theatre festivals in North America if you are into grassroots productions and creative theatre

2. Summerlicious! Enjoy 15$ lunch and 20$ prix fixe menus at Toronto's best restaurants. Fit it in with your Bay-Bloor visit as that area is the shopping center of the city (that is if you are into Chanel, Gucci etc.) But there are also good bargains to be found in that neighbourhood if you dig hard.

Bay-Bloor is quite expensive. Service is great if you look like you could spend.
There's also a little hi-fi shop about 5 minutes north (ask directions to Bellair and Yorkville Ave. Its on the south-west corner) that has alot of audiophile systems with price tags to match.

Anyhow, welcome to Toronto!
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
thats some great info, i really appreciate it la_marquise

i'm not in Toronto yet, will be there the 17th-23rd (i'm actually driving up there, i know, i'm crazy ).

as long as the weather is nice (its not a 100 degrees like in OK is it?), i am a happy camper, you cant get me down about this trip, been waiting 7 years for this.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by pbalcer
I know those two:

1) Bay-Bloor Radio - close to Bay-Bloor subway station
www.baybloorradio.com

They carry hifi home equipment. They have a wall of headphones - you can audition Sennheisers, Grados and other headphones. No Beyerdynamics though.
Steve's music has beyerdynamics. They are in the downtown t.o. area.

Biggie.
post #13 of 17
Pretty damn close. We are 42 celsius with humidex, and it sounds like the heat's here to stay for 2 weeks... eek!

I can see heat waves when I look out. Put it this way, I can't line up a putt when I golf without seeing waves...

Have fun! I am sure your friends will also show you around!

Quote:
Originally Posted by slick
thats some great info, i really appreciate it la_marquise

i'm not in Toronto yet, will be there the 17th-23rd (i'm actually driving up there, i know, i'm crazy ).

as long as the weather is nice (its not a 100 degrees like in OK is it?), i am a happy camper, you cant get me down about this trip, been waiting 7 years for this.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by la_marquise
Pretty damn close. We are 42 celsius with humidex, and it sounds like the heat's here to stay for 2 weeks... eek!

I can see heat waves when I look out. Put it this way, I can't line up a putt when I golf without seeing waves...

Have fun! I am sure your friends will also show you around!
wow. i dont remember it ever being that hot there. its been 7 years since i have been in toronto, but from my last recollection, summer was very tollerable. i was able to stay out all day, not break a sweat, and not get any "tanner" (i'm indian, i got a slight tan already ). i can put up with the heat though, i do live in oklahoma, but for some reason, i was hoping for high 70, low 80 weather.
its okay, it can be 200 degrees for all i care, i'm going to have, been in need of a getaway.

thanks for all the help and suggestions for my trip, i appreciate it a lot, just reminds me of why this is such a great forum
post #15 of 17
You should have come before last weekend then.....The weather was so nice, now so friggin humid.
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