February 2011

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PURE i-20, iPhone/iPod Dock

February 28th, 2011, In Home, by

PURE i20

PURE just recently introduced is their next generation i-20 digital iPod dock. This dock sets itself apart from the common folk, as it taps directly into the raw digital audio stream of your iPhone/iPod/iTouch. How’s that for pure? The i-20 extracts the digital signal from the iPod or iPhone and uses PURE Clearsound digital end-to-end … Continue Reading


Highlights From the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

February 28th, 2011, In Audio Video Show Coverage, Features, by

Highlights From the 2011 CES

The Consumer Electronics Show is over for another year and if the products demonstrated are any indication, the upcoming year will be a great one for home theatre fans. While in the past, it took a few years for technology to trickle down into consumers’ living rooms, the lag from prototype to booth demonstration to … Continue Reading

Electrocompaniet PD-1 Balanced DAC

February 27th, 2011, In Home, by

Electrocompaniet PD-1-DAC

Lately all I seem to be hearing is DAC, DAC, DAC…kinda sounds like a duck. It’s just where the industry is going to meet consumer demands data streaming products. That said, it’s nice to see some of the serious audiophile companies come out with new products in this space – and so it goes with … Continue Reading

Anthem MRX 500 AV Receiver Review

February 26th, 2011, In AV Receivers, Reviews, by


From a technical standpoint, the most exciting feature of the new MRX receivers is the ARC system, which is the same system that’s found in Anthem’s high-end components like the AVM 50v/D2v AV processors. The key difference is that the AV processors have twice the processing power of the MRX receivers which allows them to … Continue Reading

Studio Electric Monitor

February 25th, 2011, In Home, by

Studio Electric Monitor

At one time or another, we all long for things great from the past. This sometimes takes the route of retro styling. Studio Electric is a company that seems to have retro in mind when it came to the aesthetics of their new Studio Electric Monitor. This speaker model retains much of the sound signature … Continue Reading

Blessed Cables OMH-1 Speaker Cable

February 25th, 2011, In Home, by

blessed cables

Blessed Cables is a brand new Canadian audio cable manufacturer. Its first product is the OMH-1 speaker cable available at an introductory price of $325 for a 6-foot pair. Of course other cable lengths are available.
Each Blessed cable is hand made in Canada and uses wire that is a perfectly balanced high strand, oxygen … Continue Reading

Reference 3A MM de Capo i Speakers

February 24th, 2011, In Reviews, Speakers and Subwoofers, by

Reference 3A MM de Capo i Speakers

Now here’s a speaker whose origins date back to the 1980s but which benefits from dozens of design improvements over the years to keep it at the leading edge of bookshelf designs. That type of longevity is given to very few audio components so there must be something special going on here, right? French designer … Continue Reading

Fujitsu Launches STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet

February 24th, 2011, In Home, by

Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet

News about Tablets are continue to trickle out from the industry and the latest of these is from Fujitsu. The company’s STYLISTIC Q550 is said to be an executive class slate PC designed for the high-security requirements of mobile enterprise computing. It should be available worldwide starting in April 2011. The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Slate … Continue Reading

V-MODA Crossfade LP Headphones – Customs Program

February 23rd, 2011, In Home, by

V-MODA Crossfade LP Custome Headphones

These days fashion expressions seem to be fully integrated with new products and so it goes with V-MODA’s new Crossfade Customs personalization option for its Crossfade LP headphones. It’s fun to play dress-up! The V-MODA Customs Program allows customers to choose from six plate color options, four unique engraved designs with custom text on a … Continue Reading

Apple To Launch New iPad On March 2nd

February 23rd, 2011, In Home, by


Apple is expected to launch its second generation iPad on March 2, contrary to speculation of a possible delay. The speculation over the timing of the new iPad comes from reports that this could be because of Steve Jobs’ faltering health combined with the fact that component makers had to change their manufacturing processes after … Continue Reading

Cavalli Audio – Liquid Fire Headphone Amplifier

February 22nd, 2011, In Home, by

Liquid Fire Headphone Amp

A quick peek at Wikipedia gives you the definition of liquid fire as: an ancient Greek hot oil / fire weapon; an ancient Chinese petroleum weapon; Napalm; an eight piece rock band from St Joseph Missouri and; molten rock. Cavalli Audio, will soon be adding to this list with their new up-and-coming headphone amplifier.… Continue Reading

Marshall Minor Earphones

February 21st, 2011, In Home, by

Marshall Minor Earphones

Marshall Amps are very well known to muscians. Recently Marshall entered the headphone market with an over the ear headphone. Marshall now continues to build on their product line with their lastest entry to the in-ear headphone or earphone market. The Minor by Marshall, like it’s older brother the Major incorporates classic features from that … Continue Reading

Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter

February 21st, 2011, In Home, by

Onkyo UWF-1

We’ve all heard the saying that ‘good things come in small packages’, but do you really believe it? Well there are raisins…hmmm, maybe not the best example. Well, how about Onkyo’s new UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter? The new UWF-1 will be compatible with all Onkyo network-capable receivers that are equipped with a USB port, introduced … Continue Reading

Naim Audio UnitiQute All-in-one Player and UnitiServe Hard Disk Player / Server

February 19th, 2011, In Digital Music Components, Reviews, by

Naim Audio UnitiQute and UnitiServe

Digital convergence is really hitting its stride. This year I’ve come to know three products that bring it all together in exemplary fashion. First is the iPhone 4, which marries phone, email, GPS, internet, games and a whole lot more into a slender elegant package that’s a delight to use. Second, is the Sync package … Continue Reading

Suggested iPod and iPhone Docks and Speakers

February 19th, 2011, In Audio, Features, by

Suggested iPod and iPhone Docks and Speakers

Chances are you already own a portable media player and are using it with headphones and in the vehicle. So why not in your home? I’m always amazed at how many people will religiously use their iPod in the car and through headphones but rarely in their homes. With the availability of digital music and … Continue Reading

The CANADA HiFi Website Gets a Makeover!

February 19th, 2011, In Home, by

new website

If you enjoyed getting your fix of audio video information from www.canadahifi.com in the past, we hope that you will enjoy it even more from our newly redesigned website. The new CANADA HiFi website offers a modern, visually attractive interface that is a pleasure to navigate and makes locating news, features, reviews and buyer guides … Continue Reading

Panamax M5400-PM Home Theater Power Management System

February 18th, 2011, In Power Conditioning Gear, Reviews, by

Panamax M5400-PM

Over the past several years I’ve had the opportunity to work on northern power transmission line construction projects. While I’ve always had a hobby interest in radio, audio and electronics, I really did not know much about power transmission and distribution until my involvement with these projects. As an audio enthusiast I’m sure you can … Continue Reading

The Priorities of Good Video: What to look for when selecting a new TV or Projector

February 18th, 2011, In Features, Video, by

The Priorities of Good Video

Selecting a new video display can often be a difficult task. With the death of the all-too familiar CRT, one might find it daunting to sift through the information about the many new acronym technologies on the market. At a time when stores display walls of seemingly endless televisions, it’s tempting to simply close your … Continue Reading

A Complete Guide to Concealing and Hiding Cables

February 18th, 2011, In Audio, Features, Video, by

A Complete Guide to Concealing and Hiding Cables

Modern audio and home theatre systems are connected with dozens of cables – it’s the nature of the beast you could say. What separates one system from another is how the cables are managed and concealed. Many audio and video components are attractively styled and can look very pleasing even those that aren’t audio video … Continue Reading

Understanding Amplifiers

February 18th, 2011, In Audio, Features, by

Understanding Amplifiers

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Contemplate on, meanwhile let me illustrate how music and hi-fi share a similar relationship: long before Edison built a phonograph, man made music. So music first…but wait! Just the other night when I listened to Virgil Fox for the first time, I had an epiphany: there’s a … Continue Reading


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