November 2011

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First Watt SIT-1 & SIT-2 Amplifiers

November 30th, 2011, In Home, by

FirstWatt SIT-1

First Watt is a Nelson Pass, of Pass Labs fame, audio product company that focuses on amplification products. First Watt’s aim is to provide high performance amplificaiton products that don’t fit into the traditional commercial product line-up, such as amplifiers with under 25 wpc output. Two amplifiers have just recently been released – the SIT-2 … Continue Reading


Soundmatters foxLv2 Pocket-sized Music System

November 29th, 2011, In Home, by


Soundmatters, founded by former NASA engineer/audio legend Dr. Godehard Guenther, has just announced a holiday sale for the foxLv2 purist non-Bluetooth ultimate portable. The foxLv2 will be discounted from Cyber Monday, November 28 up to December 31, 2011. The foxLv2 is a very compact – pocket sized – portable stereo speaker that has been designed … Continue Reading

Audioengine 5+ Premium Powered Speaker System

November 29th, 2011, In Home, by

Audioengine A5+speakers

The Audioengine 5+ (A5+) active speakers promise to deliver audiophile-quality sound and features at a price that appeals to just about everyone. The new A5+ incorporates the same award-winning design as the original A5 but includes customer-requested upgrades and features. With custom Kevlar woofers, silk tweeters, and hand-built cabinets, the Audioengine 5+ includes a remote … Continue Reading

CANADA HiFi December/January 2011/2012 Digital Edition is Now Available!

November 28th, 2011, In Home, by

Cover 10.pdf

The digital edition of the December/January 2011/2012 issue is now online in the Digital Editions section! Here’s what you’ll find inside this issue:
– Headphone Amplifier Buyer’s Guide + Suggested Portable/Desktop/Full-size Headphone Amps
– Holiday Gift Guide From the Editors! Plus reviews of:
– Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT30 55-inch Plasma TV
– Musical Fidelity Upsampling Digital-Analog … Continue Reading

Trends Audio BA-10 Bi-amp Audio System

November 28th, 2011, In Home, by

Trends BA-10

Trends Audio has just introduced their new BA-10 Bi-amp Audio System. The BA-10 System combines their PA-10.1D Tube Pre-amplifier with two TA-10.2 SE Power Amplifiers. In the bi-amplifier configuration, each TA-10.2 amplifier is presented with a defined/limited frequency spectrum to amplifiy, allowing them to operate with somewhat more ease, lending to enhanced performance. The BA-10 … Continue Reading

Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones

November 24th, 2011, In Home, by

Velodyne vPulse earphones

Velodyne, has just introduced its first product in a new line of high performance headphones – the vPulse in-ear headphone. The vPulse has been designed to provide high definition sound from portable media devices and audio/video products. Given Velodyne’s experience and success with its subwoofer products – we can most likely expect that the new … Continue Reading

Epson MG-850HD projector with stereo speakers and iPod, iPhone and iPad dock

November 24th, 2011, In Home, by


Epson’s new MG-850HD projector aims to deliver both an entertainment and presentation experience. This high-brightness projector is equipped with 10W stereo speakers and a built-in dock for iPod, iPhone and iPad, providing instant high quality sound and big screen images without wires. The versatile MG-850HD is an easy-to-use and flexible multimedia system for family home … Continue Reading

BenQ Joybee GP2 DLP LEP Mini Projector

November 23rd, 2011, In Home, by

BenQ Joybee GP2 DLP LEP Mini Projector

BenQ has just introduced a successor to its GP1 mini projector, called the BenQ Joybee GP2. The GP2 features the same elegant black and white housing while adding a number of enhancements including an intuitive user interface, 720p HD-ready video capability, short-throw projection, an integrated iPhone/iPod dock, an optional three-hour battery pack, and a multitude … Continue Reading

Energy Power Bar Elite Soundbar

November 22nd, 2011, In Home, by

Energy Power Bar Elite Soundbar

Energy, one of the audio product companies within the Klipsch Group, has just announced their new Energy Power Bar Elite, which is the second soundbar in the Energy Power Series. The new Power Bar Elite incorporates plug n’ play functionality, Dolby Digital Decoding, as well as, 3D Surround Mode. The Power Bar Elite is stated … Continue Reading

Onkyo CS-345 CD Mini System

November 22nd, 2011, In Home, by

Onkyo CS-345 iDock System

Onkyo has just release a new compact home music system for iPod/iPhone. The new system is the CS-345 CD Mini System. The CS-345 is very compact, allowing for it to be used in smaller rooms such as a bedroom or office. The system has a built-in dock for iPod/iPhone, an integrated amplifier, CD player (supporting … Continue Reading

Micromega AS400 Integrated Amplifier Review

November 21st, 2011, In 2-Channel Amps, Preamps, Reviews, by

AS-400 Silver

My dad bought a Leak Stereo 30 amp, back in the sixties. It was one of the first, perhaps the first, stereo transistor integrated amp. Until recently, not much has changed in the world of amplification. Certainly there have been numerous refinements to the sound, and amps have become more powerful and better looking. Along … Continue Reading

Sennheiser HD200 and HD400 Series

November 21st, 2011, In Home, by

Sennheiser HD200 and 400 series

The well known audio product / headphone specialist company, Sennheiser, has just announced its new HD 200 and HD 400 series headphones. There are six new models, as follows: HD 219, HD 229, HD 239, HD 429, HD 439 and the HD 449 headphones. The new models combine functionality and acoustic improvements together with new … Continue Reading

PNY Smart Active High Speed HDMI Cable

November 18th, 2011, In Home, by


PNY Technologies, Inc. (“PNY”) has just announced a new cable in their Smart Active High Speed HDMI Cables line. The 16ft. White Smart Active HDMI Cable is an active cable with HDMI type-A connectors that comes in high-gloss white. Particularly designed with Apple devices in mind, included form and finish, and custom designed end-caps, the … Continue Reading

V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones

November 17th, 2011, In Home, by

V-Moda Crossfade Cans

V-MODA, has just released their latest product in their Live PlayTM series – the Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones. This new LP2 builds on the foundation of the former Crossfade LP, with DJ-approved acoustics, military-grade durability and customization options. V-MODA’s endorse yourselfTM customs program gives customers the option of expressing themselves through the choice of an … Continue Reading

Alpha Design Labs (ADL) iDevice iD-35SP and iD-35L 3.5mm Stereo Cables

November 16th, 2011, In Home, by

ADL iD-35SP-0.15M

Furutech has long had an outstanding reputation for engineering, build quality and performance, and has won the loyal support of audio enthusiasts worldwide for its finely made and transparent sounding cables and audio accessories. However many Furutech products are out of reach for those with smaller budgets. But Furutech is working on expanding its reach … Continue Reading

Klipsch Signature Lou Reed X10i Headphones

November 16th, 2011, In Home, by

Klipsch Lou Reed X10i

Klipsch, has just announced plans for the launch of a limited edition in-ear headphone in honour of Lou Reed. These new Klipsch Signature Audio Edition Lou Reed X10i headphones bear a facsimile of Lou Reed’s signature and look inspired by the Rock Hall of Famer. Klipsch is customizing Reed’s favourite headphone, the award-winning Image X10i, … Continue Reading

Wilson Audio Alexandria XLF Loudspeakers

November 16th, 2011, In Home, by

Wilson Audio XLF

Wilson Audio has just announced the Alexandria XLF floor standing loudspeakers, positioned above the existing Alexandria X-2 Series 2, which will continue in production.

The XLF designation refers to Wilson’s new bass management system. This simple system will allow users to optimize bass quality and extension to match the characteristics of the sound room. Since … Continue Reading

HiFiMAN Headphones Price Reduction

November 15th, 2011, In Home, by

HiFiMan HE-300

It’s not often that we see a company reducing prices on their audio products but when it does happen, it’s worth taking note. HiFiMAN, a company specializing in the manufacturing of high-quality headphone products has just announced a reduction on the prices of a few models of headphones in their product line-up. The official letter … Continue Reading

NuForce Dia DAC / Digital Amplifier

November 14th, 2011, In Home, by

NuForce Dia DAC

NuForce Dia DAC / Digital Amplifier NuForce, Inc. just announced their new Dia digital audio converter (DAC) & digital amplifier. The Dia was developed to simplify and reduce the cost of using a digital amplifier solution for streaming music. The Dia allows digital sources to be connected using optical or coaxial digital inputs and can … Continue Reading

T+A E-Series Music Receiver

November 14th, 2011, In Home, by

T+A E-Series Music Receiver

German manufacturer T+A has just introduced a new E-Series Music Receiver – an all in one component which incorporates a DAC, preamp, amplifier, CD player and networked music streamer. This receiver combines classic analogue technology with the very latest digital circuitry and forms the universal command centre of a modern, truly high-quality stereo system. At … Continue Reading

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