McIntosh Pre-Amp and Power Amp Combination for sale at K&W Audio Calgary stereo

“There is an art of listening. To be able really to listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, preformulations and daily activities…But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific: or with our daily worries, desires and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult to put aside our training, our prejudices, our inclination, our resistance, and, reaching beyond the verbal expression, to listen so that we understand instantaneously.”

-J. Krishnamurti

The First and Last Freedom

©1954 Krishnamurti foundation of America

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Ever since we first opened our doors, high quality stereo playback has been our passion.  We brought the first Electrostatics to Calgary (Dayton Wright), and the coolest high end amplifiers.  We understand music delivery systems from the turntable, to SACD or via a High Resolution music file via a NAS. We can explain the differences between a moving coil and moving magnet phono pick up or give you our opinion (all day long) on what went wrong with Neil Young’s doomed PONO… and we do love it all.  If a really good Hi-Fi system is your pursuit, trust us, we get it – look no further.

Today, we still offer the finest transducers of every major type.  From Electrostatics, (Martin Logan) to Horns (Klipsch) to incredible mini monitors made by beautiful people like Vince Bruzzese (Totem) and don’t forget killer towers (PSB & Paradigm) too! …Even fantastic sounding architectural options (Paradigm, SpeakerCraft and Martin Logan).

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Then there is vinyl.  Turntable setup is an art, but mostly a science, and we are not new to it at all.  We have offered quality turntable set up for four decades, and a few of us (only a few) used them extensively even before that. In addition to offering you the finest turntables at every meaningful price point, we have the proper setup equipment and expertise to service or set up your table just right, and ensure you get every nuance your analog deck is capable of resolving.  Here is a great example of a recent set up for a very happy client – from box to bench…

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On the digital end, we have the latest streaming music players from SONOS, to Bluesound & Kaleidescape too.  We demonstrate up-converting DAC’s and SACD players that still offer uncompressed music at the pinnacle of that technology (Accuphase, Marantz Reference and McIntosh).  When it comes to heavy iron to amplify those sweet sounds, we have that in spades too. You can choose from pre-amps, integrated and power amps to match, from manufacturers like Accuphase, Arcam, Anthem, McIntosh, and Primaluna – just to name a few.  Tubes (McIntosh and Primaluna) to solid state.

When you want to sit down and do some critical listening, we have five dedicated listening rooms for your unhurried auditioning.  No speaker comparitors here.  We are always happy to have you listen and help you to understand how it all best fits together. You are invited to come down and rediscover what hi-fi is all about.

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