November 2012

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CANADA HiFi December/January 2012/2013 Digital/Tablet/iPad Edition is Now Available!

November 30th, 2012, In Home, by

CANADA HiFi iPad edition small

The digital edition of the December/January 2012/2013 issue is now available in the Digital Editions section. Features inside this issue include:

  • Good Vibrations: Understanding How Vibrations Impact the Sound of Your System and How to Eliminate Them
  • An Introduction to Phono Stages
  • Annual Holiday Gift Guide from Editors Suave Kajko and Neil Underwood
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Krell in the Acura RLX

November 30th, 2012, In Home, by

Krell - Acura

Krell Industries, LLC, has announced that the 2014 Acura RLX will be the first-ever automobile to offer a premium audio system produced in collaboration with Krell Industries. Krell Industries purports that this new automobile-based system will be able to replicate the same high-end performance Krell is known for, within the luxurious interior of the 2014 … Continue Reading

Chord Electronics DSX1000 Network Streamer

November 30th, 2012, In Home, by

Chord DSX1000

Chord Electronics, out of the U.K. has just released their anxiously awaited DSX1000 – high-performance digital network streamer. The new DSX1000 incorporates Chord’s latest-generation Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture found inside the DSX1000, is the same advanced technology used in the highly acclaimed QBD76 HDSD DAC and the Red Reference MkIII CD player, giving … Continue Reading

Sony 4K Ultra HD Video Player (for home)

November 30th, 2012, In Home, by

Sony 4K Ultra HD Video Player

Sony Electronics has announced a new 4K Ultra HD Video Player. The 4K Ultra HD Video Player is a hard-disc server that connects easily to Sony’s 84-inch 4K LED TV (XBR-84X900) allowing consumers to view 4K resolution video content, such as movies and videos. This new Ultra HD player is made available as a bonus … Continue Reading

Meridian Audio Reference Upgrades

November 29th, 2012, In Home, by

Meridian Audio

Meridian’s research team has been able to achieve a number of performance upgrades. Products such as the 808 Signature Reference Compact Disc Player, 818 Reference Audio Core and 861 Reference Digital Surround Controller have been upgraded, resulting in the release of 808v5, 818v2 and 861v8. The DSP7200 Digital Active Loudspeaker has also had a performance … Continue Reading

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

November 27th, 2012, In Features, Holiday Gift Ideas, Home, by

2012 Audio Video Holiday Gift Guide 01

by Suave Kajko & Neil Underwood

Under $50

Blu-ray 3D Movie, $35-$40
Surely there’s a 3D movie fan on your shopping list this year! 2012 witnessed the release of many new 3D movies ranging from computer animated flicks to mega superhero films. Some of the titles to consider – Up, Transformers: Dark Side of the … Continue Reading

Audience Au24 SE RCA Interconnect Cables

November 27th, 2012, In Home, by

Audience Au24 RCA Interconnect Cable

Audience has just announced an upgraded Au24 SE RCA interconnect cable, which is said to provide a significant step up in sonic performance over its previous offering. The new Au24 SE have been improved from previous interconnects with ultra-low-mass, high-purity copper connectors. The new connectors allow a greater degree of low-level information to be revealed. … Continue Reading

Atlas Cables Element USB Interconnect

November 27th, 2012, In Home, by

Atlas Element USB Cable

Atlas Cables, in response to customer demand and leveraging the R&D performed to create their Element High Speed HDMI cable, has developed a ultra high performance USB cable – the Atlas Cables Element USB interconnect. The Element cable uses Atlas’ proven technologies, tested materials, R&D, and thorough listening tests to deliver the highest level of … Continue Reading

GIK Acoustics – Scatter Plate

November 26th, 2012, In Home, by

GIK Acoustics

GIK Acoustics has just recently announced what they claim to be a new breakthrough option in their absorption product line – the Scatter Plate. With the new Scatter Plate, scattering / diffusion can be added to all GIK broadband bass traps and acoustic panels. The Scatter Plate, is a wooden plate crafted with a mathematical … Continue Reading

Spin-Clean Record Washer MK II Review

November 26th, 2012, In Other Gear, Reviews, Turntables, by

Spin-Clean Record Washer MK II 01

Records and LPs are making a strong comeback in the music world and that’s no lie. I have personally re-introduced myself to playing records recently, thanks to the purchase of the fantastic sounding Rega RP3 turntable. My current record collection consists of some 100 LPs and has been growing consistently. As any self-respecting turntable owner, … Continue Reading

SVS SB-1000 and PB-1000 Subwoofers

November 23rd, 2012, In Home, by

SVS SB-1000 and PB-1000 Subwoofers

SVS has just announced the SB-1000 and PB-1000, two $499 US subwoofers achieving new levels of value. Designed to produce deep, accurate bass in any size room, the new SVS subwoofers claim to outperform models costing two to three times as much and benefit from years of research on cabinet design, build materials and the … Continue Reading

Magico SCC Centre Channel Loudspeaker

November 21st, 2012, In Home, by

Magico Centre Speaker

Magico LLC has just announced its first center channel speaker, the SCC. Reflecting the performance of the recently introduced S-Series of loudspeakers, the SCC is the result of intensive research into home theater applications and is the beginning of a new direction for this hi-end loudspeaker company. Today’s movie soundtracks can place very high demands … Continue Reading

Pyle Retro Home Telephone Collection

November 21st, 2012, In Home, by

Pyle Retro Phone PRT35I

Pyle has just revealed its Retro Home Telephone Collection for smartphone users. Designed to resemble old-fashion rotary phones, the Retro Collection features simple-to-use buttons for answering landline and smartphone calls. Users can easily switch between the two devices, merging the simplicity of a landline with the feature packed smartphones of today. The Retro Home Telephone … Continue Reading

Jamo 360 Series Speakers

November 20th, 2012, In Home, by

Jamo 360 Series

Jamo, a Klipsch Group brand, has just announced their Jamo 360 Series speakers. The new series is intended to provide audio performance, while making a visual statement. Challenging traditional in box-speaker design, the Jamo 360 Series satellite and center channel speakers introduce fresh, high-design form factors that are intended to showcase simplicity and elegance by … Continue Reading

IsoTek Discovery Series

November 19th, 2012, In Home, by

Iso Tec Discovery Series

IsoTek, a company that specializes in power management systems, is launching a new entry-level range of products dubbed the Discovery series. The new Discovery series is intended to delivery highly effective yet affordable solutions that enhance sound and picture quality produced by audio / video equipment, together with providing protection from mains power spikes and … Continue Reading

Onkyo to Partner With Imagination Technologies and PURE

November 19th, 2012, In Home, by

Onkyo and PURE

Onkyo, Imagination Technologies and Pure have announced a strategic collaboration in connected audio technologies. This multi-faceted agreement will draw upon Imagination’s breadth of processor, connectivity, cloud and audio technologies to complement Onkyo’s market leading audio expertise, premium brand and geographic reach. These will be brought together to enable Onkyo to deliver industry-leading connected audio capabilities … Continue Reading

Monitor Audio MR Series 5.1 Loudspeaker System

November 19th, 2012, In Reviews, Speakers and Subwoofers, by

Monitor Audio MR Series Loudspeaker System

Monitor Audio is a British company that was founded in 1972 and quickly established itself as a credible manufacturer in the audio community. The company’s profile has evolved over the decades to include speakers within different budgets, all the while keeping consistent with both design philosophy and build quality. Monitor Audio is perhaps one of … Continue Reading

Sinclair Audio Soundbars and Bluetooth speakers

November 16th, 2012, In Home, by

Sinclair Audio Bluetooth Speakers

Canadian based Sinclair Audio has just expanded its product offerings with the introduction of the Sculptura TV1 and TV2 Sound Bars, and the WBT50 Bluetooth speakers. The TV1 is a dual woofer, dual tweeter sound bar capable of producing bass output without a subwoofer that defies logic. It’s equipped with Bluetooth to wirelessly send music … Continue Reading

JBL OnBeat and Venue LT with Apple Lightning Plug

November 16th, 2012, In Home, by

JBL OnBeat

HARMAN International Industries Inc., parent company of JBL, has just announced the availability of the first two new JBL speaker docks that include the new Apple Lightning connector plug for Apple iPhone 5, iPad Mini, new iPod / iPad models. These two new products from JBL are the OnBeat Micro and OnBeat Venue LT. The … Continue Reading

BenQ W1070 – 3D Projector Under $1,000

November 15th, 2012, In Home, by

BenQ has just launched a price-defying W1070 home entertainment projector in Canada. With full 1080p and 3D projection for under $1,000, the W1070 projector brings promises to bring a premium cinematic and multimedia experiences to home entertainment rooms — all at an exceptional value. Built to be center stage of today’s media-rich home entertainment lifestyles, … Continue Reading

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