December 2012

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LAMM LP1 Signature Phonostage

December 29th, 2012, In Home, by


Lamm Industries has just announced the release of their all new LP1 Signature phono stage. This new dual monaural phono preamplifier model is Lamm Industries ultimate statement of high end audio. Just like the ML3 Signature and LL1 Signature, the LP1 Signature is one of the best creations of its designer’s professional career. The LP1 … Continue Reading


MIT Cables – StyleLink Digital USB Cables

December 29th, 2012, In Home, by


MIT Cables has just announced two new USB cables that will be debuted at the upcoming 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place in Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2013. Designed with the computer audiophile in mind, these new cables feature premium materials for the highest error-free data transmission of your digital media files. Featuring … Continue Reading

Monitor Audio Gold GX 5.1 Speaker System Review

December 28th, 2012, In Reviews, Speakers and Subwoofers, by

Monitor Audio Gold GX 5

If you have an exceptional memory, you might recall reading about the Monitor Audio Gold GX series speakers in these pages before. I reviewed the GX200 floor standing loudspeakers ($4,995/pair) from this series back in the October/November 2011 issue. The GX200 proved itself as a very capable speaker in my two channel system and offered … Continue Reading

Philips Hue Connected Bulb

December 24th, 2012, In Home, by

Philips Hue Connected Bulb

It should be pretty obvious by now that the home of the near future will rely on smartphones and tablets. At the Guydster studio, we love to use our mobile devices to control various audio and video components. And now thanks to the Philips Hue connected bulbs you can also control lighting in your home … Continue Reading

ModWright Instruments KWA 100 Amplifier and LS 100 Tube Preamplifier

December 21st, 2012, In 2-Channel Amps, Preamps, Home, Reviews, by

ModWright Instruments KWA 100 Amplifier and LS 100 Tube Preamplifier

Earlier this year, in the April/May 2012 issue of CANADA HiFi, Phil Gold reviewed the ModWright Instruments KWA 150 Signature Edition Amplifier. He was so impressed by this amplifier that it ended up finding a permanent spot in his audio system. His high praise of the amplifier also inspired us to bring in a couple … Continue Reading

Earthquake Sound Cinénova Grande 7BR

December 20th, 2012, In Home, by


The new Cinénova Grande 7BR incorporates seven independent amplifiers for lower distortion, greater power and enhanced channel separation. Each independent amplifier block uses a variable filter from 20Hz to 5kHz; the filter can be set in high-pass, low-pass, or by-pass mode via a 3-way selector. Both RCA low level & XLR inputs are accomodated. A … Continue Reading

Introducing Guyster – the guy’s guide to everything!

December 20th, 2012, In Home, by

Home Audio Guide - Best Speakers Under $1,000

It gives me the outmost pleasure to introduce all readers of the CANADA HiFi magazine to a new project I’ve been working on for the last few months called Guydster – the guy’s guide to everything. The Guydster website is portal where guys can learn about some of the hottest and most unique new products … Continue Reading

YG Acoustics – the Sonja Loudspeaker

December 19th, 2012, In Home, by

YG Acoustics - Sonja

YG Acoustics has just announced their new flagship member of its family of loudspeakers, namely, the Sonja. YG Acoustics approach to development of the Sonja reflects the notion that form follows function in excellent design. The Sonja has pure and flowing lines, which complement the acoustics of the speaker. YG Acoutics claims that the Sonja’s … Continue Reading

Bits & Bytes – Digital Music Demystified Part II: An Introduction to Digital Music Playback

December 18th, 2012, In Audio, Features, Home, by

Bits and Bytes Intro

Back in the April/May 2012 edition of the CANADA HiFi magazine, within the article “Bits & Bytes – Digital Music Demystified: An Introduction to Digital Music Playback”, we explored the basics of digital music playback. This consisted of a conversation about digital music formats, sample rates and various source options. Hopefully, you found that information … Continue Reading

Sharp ICC Purios LC-60HQ10 4K Ultra HD TV

December 18th, 2012, In Home, by


Sharp is joining the 4K Ultra High-Definition television race with their recent launch of a new flagship television – the ICC Purios LC-60HP10. The new 60-inch features consumer 4K (Ultra HD) resolution – for a total of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, as well as, Sharp’s ICC (integrated cognitive creation) image processor. In addition to being … Continue Reading

Mission SX Series Loudspeakers

December 17th, 2012, In Home, by

Mission SX Series

Mission, a loudspeaker company, has just unveiled its new range the SX Series, which is made up of seven models, including two standmount, three floorstanders and two centre speakers. Mission engineers designed new drivers for the SX Series that incorporate the latest research in composite metallic material technology. The design target was to generate a … Continue Reading

B&W C5 In-ear Headphones Review

B&W C5 In-ear Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is an audio product company that is based in its home town of Worthing, West Sussex, England and is part of the B&W Group. The B&W Group owns B&W and Classé Audio, distributing both of their products, as well as those of Rotel, a Japanese-based audio product company. B&W, as part … Continue Reading

Kaleidescape Store Internet Movie Service

December 17th, 2012, In Home, by


Kaleidescape, Inc. has just announced a new movie service, which Kaleidescape claims is an industry-first. What makes the new movie service unique is that it enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality equal to Blu-ray Disc and DVD. A multi-year license agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution … Continue Reading

Olive ONE – HD Touchscreen Music Player

December 14th, 2012, In Home, by

Olive ONE

Olive Media Inc. has just introduced their new Olive ONE, a all-in-one high definition (HD) music player / touchscreen device that provides simple and easy access to music libraries. Olive brings the high-end music server market to the music loving masses with theis new affordable device. Unlike other home music players, Olive ONE features a … Continue Reading

3beez Wax Music Management System

December 14th, 2012, In Home, by


3beez, LLC, a new company that specializes in computer audio technology, has just announced their new Wax Music Management System for storing, cataloging, and playing music. The Wax system provides a flexible metadata scheme to allow for effective cataloging of music collections. The system can be accessed remotely via a tablet, desktop or even smartphone.… Continue Reading

Schiit Audio Magni Headphone Amplifier and Modi DAC

December 13th, 2012, In Home, by


Schiit Audio has just released their new Magni headphone amplifier and Modi USB DAC. These two new products are high-value, affordable components that benefit from Schitt’s experience. The Magni headphone amplifier has been designed to be sufficiently quiet for driving most IEMs, but provides up to 1.2W into 32 ohms, which is plenty for many … Continue Reading

Bryston BP17 Preamplifier

December 12th, 2012, In Home, by

Bryston BP17

Bryston Ltd. is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012. As part of this commemoration, they have announced the introduction of the BP17, a state-of-the-art analog/digital stereo preamplifier derived from the preamp section of the B-135 integrated amplifier that was introduced within the past year. Basing a component preamplifier design on existing architecture enables Bryston to … Continue Reading

NuForce HP-800 Over-the-ear Headphones

December 11th, 2012, In Home, by

NuForce HP-800 Over-the-ear Headphones

NuForce  has just announced the HP-800, the company’s first over-the-ear headphones. The HP-800 is said to deliver the kind of performance that sound professionals require at a price point that’s easily accessible to audio enthusiasts. The HP-800 offers a natural warmth, realistic highs and visceral bass that only true accuracy is capable of attaining, thanks … Continue Reading

Samsung Galaxy Muse MP3 Player

December 11th, 2012, In Home, by

Samsung Galaxy MUSE MP3

Samsung is giving Galaxy smartphone users an amazing new way to enjoy music on the go with their all new Galaxy Muse MP3 player. With the new Galaxy Muse, using the Muse Sync Android app, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners will have an innovative new way of syncing music, freeing them from … Continue Reading

Bose SoundDock III With Lightning Connector

December 10th, 2012, In Home, by

Bose SoundDock III With Lightning Connector

Bose has just released the SoundDock Series III system, the company’s first SoundDock digital music system with the Lightning connector designed for the iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) and iPod nano (7th generation). Now, owners can enjoy the iconic Bose SoundDock combination of small size and full-range audio performance from any iPod or iPhone … Continue Reading

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