CANADA HiFi 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – $500 and Up Gift Ideas!

Gifts Under $1,200

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Paradigm PW 600 Premium Compact Wireless Speaker, $699
This wireless speaker is part of Paradigm’s very exciting new series of Premium Wireless speakers, designed to compete with and outperform the popular Sonos products.  The PW 600 combines wifi/DTS Play-Fi wireless streaming with convenience and performance.  It is equipped with Anthem Room Correction which uses a microphone to fine-tune the sound perfectly in your space.  Control it with an app and stream music from your home network and an endless choice of online music services.  It even supports better-than-CD quality 192kHz/24-bit streaming.

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Cocktail Audio X12 HD HiFi Music Server System, $899
If you or someone on your list has been looking for a way to consolidate, catalog, and play your music in an easy manner the Cocktail Audio X12 HD HiFi Music Server with database, CD ripper/player, network streamer and 60-watt amplifier is a hard device to beat at its price.  Simply insert your CD’s and they will be ripped, cataloged and stored to the X12s internal hard-drive for playback anytime at the touch of a finger.


BenQ HT 1075 Home Theatre Projector, $1,099 (approx)
Home theatres have been growing in popularity and larger TVs are great but nothing beats the truly theatre-scale image you can get with a home theatre projector.  The BenQ HT1075 1080p 3D projector lets you create a 100-inch image for a reasonable cost and thanks to integrated speakers, it allows portability for movies with friends or family or perhaps an outdoor ice-theatre.  Spending time over the holidays watching movies will never be more fun.

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Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera Kit, $799
The compact mirrorless Sony a6000 camera offers picture quality and functionality that betters full-size digital SLRs at its price and higher.  With great low-light capability, exchangeable lenses and a 24.3 mega-pixel sensor, it will make expert-like photo-taking easy for the amateur and enthusiast.  With a lightweight body and lenses, the Sony a6000 is a take-anywhere camera that will allow you or your friends to catch all the holiday moments, with ease.  $799.99 (camera kit) + Upgrade zoom lens DT 55-300mm $329.99.

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Gold Note Valore 400 Turntable, $995 +
Here’s a gorgeous Italian stallion that will allow you to spin records to your heart’s content without breaking the bank.  It offers a quiet motor, capable of 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds, as well as the same platter, bearing and spindle that are employed by Gold Note’s higher-end models.  Comes factory equipped with the tonearm and cartridge – so it’s ready to play out of the box.  The Valore 400 is available in a standard lacquer black or white version ($1,300) and two unique finishes – real Italian leather ($1,195) and acrylic ($1,295).  All versions come with a dust cover and a cartridge for a limited time.

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-AS710 AV Receiver

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-AS710 AV Receiver, $799
An AV receiver is the staple of a home theatre.  When the space doesn’t allow for a full-sized model, take a look at this slim, compact RX-AS710 model.  This 7.2-channel network receiver is designed for high quality sound and offers an attractive feature set, including: wifi and Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream music wirelessly from your home network and favourite devices, 4K compatibility with HDCP2.2, and even app control.