June 2012

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Pioneer SMA Series Wireless Music Speaker Systems

June 29th, 2012, In Home, by

Pioneer XW-SMA4

Pioneer has just announced three new SMA series wireless music speaker systems. The XW-SMA1 ($329), XW-SMA3 ($429) and XW-SMA4 ($429) will be available in Canada in August. They are equipped with the latest wireless technologies including Apple’s AirPlay, DLNA 1.5 and Wireless Direct. In support of HTC Corporation’s new exclusive HTC Connect program, the three … Continue Reading


DaVinciAudio NIFTY Mono Power Amplifier

June 28th, 2012, In Home, by


Swiss manufacturer DaVinciAudio has just released a new NIFTY Mono Power Amplifier, a component designed for connoisseurs and music-lovers who are looking for the highest standards of accuracy in music reproduction. This amplifier uses a special single ended class A design (20 watts) and an internal active regulated power supply. Features of the NIFTY Mono Continue Reading

Onkyo TX-NR5010, TX-NR3010 and TX-NR1010 Receivers

June 28th, 2012, In Home, by

Onkyo 3 Receivers

Onkyo, has just announced the release of three new top-of-the-line A/V receivers for 2012. These three new models include the world’s first full 11.4-channel implementation of DTS Neo:X, and the first use of Cisco Linksys’ SimpleTap technology in an audio/video component. This release includes a new lavishly outfitted nine-channel flagship, the stunning TX-NR5010 Network A/V … Continue Reading

Sony and Panasonic Team Up to Develop Next Generation OLED TVs

June 27th, 2012, In Home, by


As suggested by rumors a few weeks ago, Sony and Panasonic have officially signed an agreement to join forces on the development of next-generation OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays.  Sony and Panasonic plan to jointly develop next-generation OLED panels and modules by each utilizing their core and printing … Continue Reading

Linn Kiko Network Music System

June 27th, 2012, In Home, by

Linn - Kiko_System

Kiko is the latest music system from Linn. The Kiko has been designed to offer great sound in a sleek and stylish package that meets the needs of modern music enthusiasts. Kiko is a network music player that plays digital content and allows for control through the use of a smartphone, tablet or laptop. The … Continue Reading

Canalis Audio from Spinal Groove

June 27th, 2012, In Home, by


Canalis has just announced the launch of its new website, wwwcanalisaudio.com. The new Canalis website provides both details and images as well as news about Canalis Audio products and the company, which is a new division of high-end audio manufacturer Spiral Groove. Spiral Groove is a audio products design and manufacturing firm that has been … Continue Reading

Porsche Presents the 2012 TAVES and Demonstrates the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S with the Burmester Audio System

June 26th, 2012, In Home, by

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Ladies and gentlemen – start your engines and crank up the volume! In a ground breaking move for a consumer electronics show, the 2012 Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show will be presented by Porsche, one of the finest car manufacturers in the world. In addition to being the headline sponsor of this year’s event, Porsche … Continue Reading

Sony NSZ-GS7 and NSZ-GP9 with Google TV

June 25th, 2012, In Home, by

Sony NSZ-GS7

Sony Electronics has announced the availability of their NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV. In addition, Sony’s newest Internet Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV, the NSZ-GP9 is set to be released in 2012. Sony’s NSZ-GS7 and NSZ-GP9 bring the best of Google to your TV, with new experiences arriving every day through the Google … Continue Reading

Interior Designer Yanic Simard Joins the Growing List of 2012 TAVES Presenters

June 21st, 2012, In Home, by

Yanic Simard 2

Could your entertainment space use an interior designer’s touch? TAVES is very proud to announce that top designer and television personality Yanic Simard of the Toronto Interior Design Group has joined the growing number of seminar presenters to be featured at the 2012 Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show. Yanic has been featured in many Canadian … Continue Reading

Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR Solution

June 21st, 2012, In Home, by

DefTech XTS Soundbar

Definitive Technology, has announced the release of their new SoloCinema XTR sound-bar solution. The SoloCinema XTR system consists of the main soundbar, paired with a wireless subwoofer, and a convenient remote control. The self-powered main sound bar has a built-in processor (Dolby Surround, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby PLII, DTS, DTS-HD, Dolby Volume, Definitive Spatial Array, SRS … Continue Reading

Netgear NeoTV ProHD Streaming Player

June 21st, 2012, In Home, by


Netgear, Inc., has announced their new Netgear NeoTV ProHD Streaming Player (NTV200S). This is Netgear’s latest entrant to their NeoTV streaming player family and is the professed world’s first streaming player to offer wireless display capability using Intel Wireless Display (WiDi). With the NeoTV ProHD, users can choose from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, … Continue Reading

Microsoft Surface Tablet

June 19th, 2012, In Home, by

Microsoft Surface Tablet

Yesterday at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft announced its entrance into the tablet market. The company showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and … Continue Reading

Sharp Aquos 90″ LED TV

June 19th, 2012, In Home, by

Sharp 90-inch LED

Sharp has just introduced, what is the unofficial world’s largest production LED TV – the 90″AQUOS LED TV, model LC-90LE745U). Standing at nearly 4 feet tall and 6 feet and 8 inches wide, the 90″and delivering a 1080p image, this new AQUOS is sure to capture the attention of video enthusiasts. n available of 1080p.… Continue Reading

Perreaux Audiant DP32 Preamplifier

June 18th, 2012, In Home, by

Perreaux Preamp

Perreaux Industries Ltd., a New Zealand based audio product company, has just announced the U.S. release of their new high resolution audio preamplifier, the Audiant DP32. The new Audiant DP32 is a fully balanced analog preamplifier with on-board 32-bit/192kHz asynchronous USB DAC. Key to the performance of the new Audiant DP32 DAC is the ESS … Continue Reading

Bob Carver LLC – Little Black Beauty Amplifier

June 18th, 2012, In Home, by


Bob Carver LLC, has just announced that their new Little Black Beauty amplifier, model VTA20S, is coming soon. The Little Black Beauty is a 20 watt per channel vacuum tube stereo amplifier. A screen voltage regulator and DC restoration circuit minimizes crossover distortion and output tube power dissipation. With a 1.5 ohm output impedance coupled … Continue Reading

Onkyo HT-S6500 and HT-S7500 Systems

June 15th, 2012, In Home, by

Onkyo HT-S6500

Onkyo has introduced two new home theatre systems, their HT-S6500 and the HT-S7500. An all-new feature included with both these HT systems is InstaPrevue, which provides aid in source selection through a picture-in-picture display of all HDMI connected video signal feeds. Incorporating a Marvel Qdeo video processor provides both the HT-S6500 and HT-S7500 the capability … Continue Reading

Furutech Destat II Review

June 14th, 2012, In Other Gear, by

Furutech Destat II

There are numerous factors that may impede the optimum performance of various components in an audio and video system. Some are well known, while some not so clear cut. As avid audio video enthusiasts, many of us strive to seek and destroy any deleterious anomalies associated with our set up and there are literally hundreds … Continue Reading

Alpha Design Labs Cruise Portable Headphone Amplifier Review

Alpha Design Labs Cruise Portable Headphone Amplifier

Think of how many music fans listen to music using headphones or earphones plugged into their Apple devices, smart phones, PCs or Macs. As an increasing number of consumers become aware of the low fidelity sound coming out of these devices, many are looking to improve their listening experience by using portable and table-top headphone … Continue Reading

Nintendo Wii U Game Console

June 14th, 2012, In Home, by

Nintendo Wii U 01

Last week, at the E3 show, Nintendo released detailed information about its brand new Wii U game console, scheduled for launch before the 2012 holidays. A 70 minute video of the entire media event can be viewed below. But if you don’t have that much time to spare, check out the text below for all … Continue Reading

Sablon Audio Panatela Speaker Cables

June 14th, 2012, In Home, by

Sablon Audio - Panatela Cables

Sablon Audio has just introduced their new Panatela speaker cables. Panatela speaker cables are built by hand from bare wire up using an array of disparate conductors (metals, gauge, topology, dielectric, degree of cryogenic treatment) that are combined to form a harmonious blend of sonic qualities, within a 9awg/6mm low resistance cable. The new Panatela … Continue Reading

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