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The holidays are just around the bend and we’ll take a guess that you probably haven’t started your holiday shopping just yet. But fret not because we’ve got a complete Gift Guide for you, at least for the tech-loving individual on your gift list (such as yourself). Even if you don’t find that perfect gift on our list, it is sure to generate some ideas and point you in the right direction. Suave Kajko and George de Sa had a lot of fun writing it, and we hope you enjoy reading it just as much.

Season’s Greetings from Suave & George! Oh, and one wish from us – please help us brake 2,000 Likes on Facebook by clicking ‘Like’ in the upper right :)

Gifts Under $100

Netflix Subscription

Netflix Subscription, $7.99+

Lack of good content and ever increasing charges for cable and satellite TV have many viewers turning to streaming services like Netflix. Some viewers use Netflix in addition to their cable / satellite TV. With a cost of just $7.99 per month and a decent amount of content, the special someone on your list is sure to find something good to watch on Netflix. www.netflix.ca

Belkin WeMo

Belkin WeMo Home Automation Products, $29+

The WeMo range of products allows you to control a variety of devices around your home with your smartphone or table – for a tiny fraction of what home automation products used to cost. The quickly growing line-up of WeMo devices now includes light switches, outlets, LED bulbs, cameras, sensors, a coffee makers, a slow cooker and a dehumidifier. www.belkin.com

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Powerocks Magicube 6000 Portable Power Bank, $49

Remember the days when your cell phone would stay charged for days? Everyone loves today’s large smartphone screens but they consume battery power quicker than Santa can name his reindeer. The Magicube’s 6,000mAh capacity can recharge a typical smartphone 3-4 times before it needs to be plugged in itself – so you can even help some friends out in a time of need. Since it’s equipped with a USB charging port, it’ll actually recharge any USB powered device. www.powerocks.com

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Google Chromecast, $39

Chromecast is a compact thumb-sized media streaming device that connects via an HDMI port to a TV, essentially making it a “smart TV”. Using an Android phone, tablet, iDevice, Mac, Windows PC / laptop or Chromebook, the Chromecast lets you stream media and apps right onto the big screen. Buy and setup by January 31, 2015 and get a free month of Google Play Music All Access. www.google.ca

HM-101 3_4 (Custom)HiFiMAN Express HM-101 USB DAC, $39 US

Too many people go about listening to music through their headphones or desktop speakers connected directly to their computer soundcard because they don’t know any better. The HiFiMAN Express HM-101 lets you significantly improve the listening experience for a meagre cash outlay. Get more fidelity, a larger soundstage and better dynamics. Treat yourself, a friend or a loved one to better sound these holidays! www.hifiman.com

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JRiver Media Centre Software, $49 US

JRiver Media Center is an audio/ video media ripping, playback and library software that has been developed to avoid any degradation in the capture and playback of media files. JRiver MC is designed to be compatible with almost any file format. If you, a friend or a loved one is considering building a computer-based audio/video storage and playback system – this is a great place to start. www.jriver.com

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This October 31st to November 2nd, the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show is set to become the ultimate event for Canadians who are passionate about technology. The show will astound visitors with the latest and greatest technology, home audio, home theatre, electronics gadgets, digital photography, and a preview of many prototype products not yet available for purchase. New for 2014, the show will feature a “New Technology Arena”, the “Jolt Art Gallery”, a “Digital Photography / Imaging” area as well as a dedicated “Headphone / Portable Audio” section. Hosted at a brand new venue – the Sheraton Centre Hotel, in downtown Toronto – the show floor will greatly expand this year, featuring a significantly larger number of exhibitors than ever before who will showcase many previously unseen product categories. As the trend continues for consumers to purchase an increasing number of products online, TAVES is the definitive place to see these products with your own eyes – especially since many of these products are not even available at brick-and-mortar stores.

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Introduced for the first time in 2014, the “New Technology Arena” will enable visitors to see groundbreaking technology products and prototypes – many funded by Kickstarter and Indigogo crowd-funding campaigns. This portion of TAVES will showcase innovative, futuristic technology products that consumers only ever read about online. Spearheading this new section will be a holographic display company from Montreal called Moon Media. Yes, you read that correctly, holographic displays are coming to TAVES this year! Our long-time dreams of playing ‘holochess’, just like Chewbacca and C3PO did aboard the Millennium Falcon, aren’t as far away as you might think. Moon Media is actually bringing much more than this to the show, but we don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Some of the other highlights of this section will include 3D printers, 3D replicators, an Oculus Rift virtual reality area with prototype video games being shown, the Tesla full-electric vehicle and even mind control devices that let you control your smartphone and tablet just by thinking about it. The Oculus Rift is bound to be a huge hit with technology and video game fans. This is one of the first times anyone will have the chance to experience first-hand what the media and insiders have been raving about for months. If you’ve ever wondered what the future looks like, the “New Technology Arena” at TAVES is something you simply can’t miss!

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Also brand new for 2014 is the “Jolt! Art Gallery”, presented and curated by OCAD U, York University, Centennial College and the Brockton Collective. The gallery will feature over 120 original pieces of artwork from top local artists, spread throughout the entire TAVES show floor, and draw a connection between consumer electronic designs and various forms of art. All of the artwork will be available for purchase at the show. A photography competition between students from the presenting schools will be held prior to the show using Sony cameras. The winning photographs will be displayed at TAVES on Sony’s 4K UltraHD TVs in their full glory. And if all of this wasn’t enough, TAVES will also include a “Body Painting To Music” area, where visitors 19+ will be able to look at live body painting, inspired by music. This section will feature a talented local artist named MagicFinnga Wong (www.magicfinngawong.ca). Wong will perform live painting on various canvasses, body painting as well as mural painting, in this special section of TAVES. The audience will be able to interact and paint together with Wong on certain canvasses. The atmosphere inside this room will be enhanced by a live DJ and body painted models. This “Body Painting To Music” area will present rare and exciting photo opportunities for all TAVES visitors who bring their cameras to the show.

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Another new addition to TAVES 2014 is the “Digital Photography / Imaging” area, where visitors will be able to discover some of the latest digital photography products and accessories, and speak to experts about brands including Sony, Canon and Nikon. Since TAVES will connect many of the consumer electronics categories this year and show you how they integrate together, this will be your chance to see how incredibly sharp and detailed images taken by a high quality camera look on a gorgeous big screen 4K UltraHD TV. Numerous free digital photography seminars will be offered to show visitors, focusing on how to choose the best camera for your needs and how to improve your photo taking skills. TAVES encourages all visitors to bring their own camera to the show and take pictures!

Rounding out the new additions to TAVES this year will be a dedicated “Headphone / Portable Audio” section. Inside this section, visitors will be able to discover what it means to listen to their portable devices, like smart phones and tablets, through a higher quality pair of headphones or earphones. With dozens of different headphones to try, we encourage music lovers to try their own portable devices loaded with music.

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As visitors have come to expect from past editions of TAVES, this year’s show will showcase the latest and greatest innovations in audio technology, home theatre and television that let you experience the full glory of music, movies and video gaming. TAVES is specifically designed to give consumers a sneak peak at the hottest products coming out for the holiday season and many product that won’t be hitting store shelves until the new year. This year’s show will offer the largest-to-date show floor, spanning four floors of the Sheraton hotel, where products from many of the major brands will be demonstrated. In addition to visual entertainment, many high quality audio brands that are well known among true music lovers will be demonstrated from companies including: Sony, Bryston, Paradigm, Anthem, NAD Electronics, ARCAM, Mark Levinson, Monitor Audio, Cambridge Audio, Focal Speakers and SVS Sound. We are delighted that Sonic Boom, one of Canada’s largest music retailers, will be participating for the first time at TAVES – offering a high quality selection of new and previously enjoyed LPs, CDs as well as accessories.

Retailer Canada Computers will also play a big role in this year’s TAVES, showcasing cutting edge innovations such as LG’s surprisingly affordable OLED curved screen TVs, a car racing game simulator frame that immerses the player with a panoramic view of three screens, Canon and Nikon digital cameras, as well as all sorts of other amazing audio and video products.

TAVES offers visitors insight from some of the best tech gurus in the business including broadcaster Marc Saltzman who will be delivering a seminar on the “Top 10 Tech Trends Worth Getting Excited About”. Other seminars from industry experts will showcase the latest ideas and technologies for wireless integration from mobile devices; and home theatre that will let you take your favourite mobile experience and integrate it seamlessly into a state of the art home theatre environment.

For more information about TAVES or to purchase tickets, please visit www.taveshow.com. Tickets are $22 for a one-day pass and $30 for a three-day pass.TAVES runs from Friday, October 31st to Sunday, November 2nd. You can save $4 off admission (until offer expires) here: http://canadahifi.com/save-4-off-taves-admission/

TAVES 2014 Show Highlights
– Explore a show floor of nearly 300 brands of consumer electronics products
– Enjoy a great selection of free seminars – covering topics of audio, video and digital photography
– New Technology Arena (3D Printing, Replicating, Oculus Rift, Tesla, Mind Control Devices + more)
– Jolt! Art Gallery curated by OCAD U, York University, Centennial College and the Brockton Collective
– Body Painting Area with Music
– Dedicated Digital Photography area
– Dedicated Portable Audio / Headphone section
– Meet distinguished tech expert Marc Saltzman
– and So Much More!

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First 10 people to sign up for this seminar will receive a free USB Headphone Amp!!

This Saturday, July 26th (at 11:30 am) retailer Star Electronics will host a free seminar about digital / computer audio. All music fans are invited! This will be your chance to learn how to achieve the best possible sound from your digital music, as well as what the latest digital to analog converters (DACs) and digital music players offer. The seminar will be hosted by Gaelen Andrews of the CANADA HiFi magazine.

Enjoy a laid back atmosphere, as well as hors d’oeuvres and beverages, while exploring the wealth of fine audio and video products on demonstration at Star Electronics.

Please sign up for the seminar by filling out the form below. Signing up is not mandatory but it will guarantee you a spot – and the first 10 people to sign up will receive a free USB headphone amp! Only those who actually attend the seminar will receive the USB headphone amp (if qualified).

Star Electronics is located at 1136 The Queensway in Toronto, ON (tel: 416-251-1111). You can visit them online at www.star-electronics.ca

Sign Up Here!

Completing the details below will guarantee you a spot at the free Digital / Computer Audio Seminar at Star Electronics in Toronto, July 26th, 2014. First 10 people to sign up for this seminar will receive a free USB Headphone Amp!! This form will also sign you up for the CANADA HiFi / TAVES newsletter.

The monthly CANADA HiFi / TAVES newsletter will keep you informed about the latest articles published on our site, share special offers, tell you when the latest issues of the magazine are released, and provide the latest news about the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES). We would be delighted for you to join our newsletter list!

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Celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the CANADA HiFi Magazine, Westside Publishing Ltd. is delighted to launch a brand new CANADA HiFi website. The new design offers readers a sleek, modern look & feel, as well as a very quick load time. Thanks to a new better organized layout, feature articles and reviews will be easier to locate than ever before, and the site will suggest similar articles that readers might be interested in. The new website is also designed to function more seamlessly with tablets, touch screen laptops and smart phones, making the content easy to read across all portable devices.

NEW – CANADA HiFi / TAVES Newsletter! To coincide with the launch of the new site, we will also begin to offer a monthly email newsletter to better connect readers with the new content added on our website. The newsletter will keep you informed about the latest features on our website, invite you to special events, tell you when the latest issues of the magazine are released, and provide the latest news about the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment (TAVES). Please sign up for the newsletter by clicking the blue “CANADA HiFi eNewsletter” button in the right sidebar.

Along with the launch of the new site, CANADA HiFi has employed the help of three new contributors in order to produce more editorial content for audio / video enthusiasts than ever before. More details about this will follow in the next few weeks.

If you have any comments about our new site, or would like to report a problem, please do so on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/canadahifi or on the CANADA HiFi forum at www.canadahifi.com//forum.

We hope that you enjoy the new look and visit us regularly. Happy reading!

On behalf of the CANADA HiFi team,

– Suave Kajko, Publisher / Editor-In-Chief –

Sennheiser has just launched the next generation of its HD 400 series over-ear headphones. The range includes the HD 451, HD 461 and HD 471, all closed-back models. These headphones are designed to provide isolation from ambient noise, which being stylish, lightweight, comfortable and durable – for easy of use and portability.

Each of the 400 series models employ Sennheiser’s proprietary neodymium magnets to deliver high performance sound. The HD 451 and HD 461 models feature powerful bass, whereas the HD 471 offers a more balanced, lifelike sound experience.

The new HD 400 series headphones are designed to be the perfect companions to mobile devices and for enjoying music on the go, with closed-back, over-ear designs which keep the listener comfortably isolated from external noise and prevent disturbance of others. Convenience and portability of the range are ensured by strong yet lightweight designs, well-thought ergonomics and tangle-free, single-sided cables, while the soft leatherette ear pads of the HD 461 and HD 471 offer greater comfort even for long periods of use.

The HD 461 and HD 471 feature detachable cables with inline remotes and microphones that make taking calls and controlling music playback on a smart device effortless. These models are available in dedicated versions for Android and Apple iOS devices. Reflecting its added appeal to the committed listener, the range-topping HD 471 also includes a 3m cable, a gold-plated plug and a 6.3mm stereo adapter to optimise connectivity with home Hi-Fi equipment. This model also comes supplied with a carry pouch for added protection and convenient storage on the go.

Pricing and availability has not been announced; look for more information at: http://en-ca.sennheiser.com.

YG Acoustics Carmel 2 Loudspeakers

You’ve read Car & Driver, Road & Track. Do you remember how many Ferraris, Bugattis and Aston Martin’s they review? Not because a lot of readers are about to plump down big six figure numbers for a supercar, but because we all just like reading about exotica. A guy can dream, can’t he?

Well today our fearless publisher has decided to indulge us in a similar fantasy. We are going to take a look at, and a listen to, a brand new model from one of the most exotic speaker manufacturers in the market. At $24,300 US, this is YG’s least expensive model, sitting below the Sonja 1.3 at $106,800 US and the Hailey 1.2 at $42,800 US. It is cheaper not because it’s cutting any corners, only because it is smaller.

Many of you will not recognize the name YG Acoustics. YG stands for Yoav Geva, the genius in charge here. Remember Thomas Carlisle’s definition of genius – an infinite capacity for taking pains. Let’s see if you agree. YG Acoustics competes with Wilson Audio, Avantgarde, Magico, Focal, Vivid Audio and a few others. Most of these are small businesses but Focal is the exception, being one of the largest speaker manufacturers in the world.

In this group, YG is one of the more recent entrants, being founded in 2002 in Denver, and having perhaps the smallest range of offerings. The three element range is a little deceptive, since the Hailey can come (in 1.1 form) as a compact monitor, or (in 1.2 form) as a system where the compact monitor is mounted atop a bass module. The Sonja comes in 3 versions. Sonja 1.1 is a compact module, 1.2 adds a bass module and 1.3 adds a second bass module. The Carmel 2, introduced at CES in 2015, has no such options, and it replaces the original Carmel which first surfaced, to great acclaim, in 2010.

This small floorstanding speaker, measuring just 103 cm high, 23 cms wide and 31 cms deep, sides tapered towards the back and curved away from the listener at the front, weighs an astonishing 34 kg a piece. These speakers are made in Colorado to the highest possible levels of finish and incorporate custom components of unsurpassed specifications.

The first sign that something special is going on is the all-aluminum chassis. Yes we’ve seen aluminum bodied speakers before, but not like this. Not where the panels have been carved by CNC machine out of a solid block of aircraft grade aluminum, incorporating subtle and complex curvature. The first aim is to provide a solid framework for the drivers while suppressing distortion-inducing vibration. The secondary aim is to provide something beautiful to enhance the room it sits in. The CNC machines used are no run of the mill devices. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. The models used include a 5-axis precision Gildemeister millturn, custom made in Germany, reputedly the most sophisticated CNC device in use in the audio industry, and a high torque precision machine from Japan’s DMG Mori-Seiki. The aluminum parts use pressurized assembly and range up to 1.375″ in thickness to support high output levels without flinching. This methodology is the only one of the six I will outline here that Yoav Geva has not trademarked. What stops other firms from doing this? Just the expense in time, machinery and materials. Magico also use an aluminum chassis in their upscale R line, but their speakers are shaped more like rectangular boxes. Magico claims an aluminum chassis can outperform a more traditional MDF enclosure because you need a lot of bracing to control flex in MDF, but the bracing adds to both energy storage and damping factor, both of which can be detrimental to sound.

Before moving on to the trademarked technology, let’s take a look at one design element rejected for these YG speakers but prevalent in the industry – the bass port. This is a method by which the low bass frequencies can be reinforced, allowing a greater bass output from a given volume of cabinet, all other things being equal. Take a look at your speakers. Is there an open port on the front, or one on the back – perhaps even a port pointing down, or maybe two or more ports? The problem with porting is that although it improves the quantity of bass output, it has the opposite effect on the quality of that output. It tends to slow down the speed of reaction in the bass, increasing the levels of distortion, and produces a much sharper and less natural cut off of low frequencies. With rear porting, the most common kind, it also makes it more difficult to locate the speaker in the room without causing unwanted interactions with the rear wall. So YG and Magico, unlike much of the competition, choose a sealed box approach instead, and use other methods to maintain bass output at low frequencies.

The most clearly visible of the trademarked technologies is BilletCore. The main driver here, a derivative of the very well known and highly regarded Scan-Speak Revelator driver, originally used a doped sliced paper cone material. Scan-Speak claims “sliced paper cone technology represented a breakthrough in midrange clarity and overall smooth frequency response characteristics. The slices are filled with damping glue, which dramatically reduce break-up modes in the diaphragm”. You’ll see various versions and implementations of the Revelator woofer in a lot of high end speakers from around the world, including earlier models from YG. Yoav Geva looked for a way to improve the rigidity of the cone while keeping it really lightweight. His solution, almost ridiculously difficult and expensive to achieve in practice, is amazing in its audacity. He takes a solid billet of aircraft grade aluminum, and with the aid of those CNC machines, machines away well over 99% of the material until all that’s left from a 16 lb block is a 7.25″ cone of .008″ thickness weighing under an ounce, so strong it can support a pressure of 400 lbs. I kid you not! The front side is smoothly milled but the billet is then flipped over and milled from the rear to incorporate rib strengthening. By milling the cones rather than stamping them, YG eliminate the micro-fissures that could lead to weak spots and eventual deterioration under stress. The result is a speaker cone with an unprecedented ratio of strength to weight. The cone is buffed and black anodized and you can see the result for yourself, protected by a narrow bar against accidental impact.

The next trademark is for ForgeCore, the technology used to modify the Scan-Speak Illuminator tweeter, but this time the technology is not visible from the outside. Using highly sophisticated computer optimized and very precise 3D geometries in the CNC cutting of the magnet system, distortions are lowered dramatically, making for a more relaxed sound. Conventional tweeter motors are usually stamped or laser cut using mostly 2D geometries.

Neither ForgeCore nor BilletCore technologies made it into the original Carmel, but one concept that did, and which appears again here is the DualCoherent crossover. Normally crossovers can be optimized for a flat frequency response or for phase coherence between the two drivers through the overlapping frequencies of the two drivers, but Yoav Geva has developed proprietary software to enable both to be optimized simultaneously. The closer the phase coherence, the cleaner the transient response (the response to sudden impacts) and the more natural the imaging. These things can be measured, and YG’s website includes comparisons measured under lab conditions. What matters of course is what we hear.

Trademark number 4 is ToroAir, probably the most difficult to explain. The problem is that the inductors in a tweeter circuit may pick up undesired electromagnetic energy from the low frequency circuit, introducing harshness and a loss of detail into the high frequency reproduction. YG’s ToroAir inductors have a toroidal geometry to eliminate this crosstalk, and by using a non magnetic (air) core they also eliminate a source of distortion.

Filtronique - audioquest Event
On Friday, September 4th from 6–10pm, Sonor Filtronique, located at 9343 Rue Lajeunesse, Montréal will host a special event focusing on hi-fi, music, and technology.

Manufacturer representatives, including Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio Specialties, John Quick of dCS, Dave Gordon of Audio Research, and Garth Powell of AudioQuest are expected to attend and discuss their latest products. There will be an opportunity to hear some wonderful music, ask questions and get answers from these well informed individuals.

The event will feature the Wilson’s Sabrina loudspeakers, dCS’s Vivaldi DAC, Audio Research’s GSi75 integrated amplifier–DAC–headphone amp, as well as, the serve as the North American dealer debut of AudioQuest’s new Niagara 7000 Low-Z Power Noise-Dissipation System.

If you are interested and able to attend, please be sure to RSVP, as follows: [email protected].

For more info, visit www.filtronique.com or call (514) 389-1377.


LG Electronics has announced pricing and availability of an expanded line of OLED 4K flat panel television in 2015.

The introduction of the EF9500 OLED 4K TV series marks a significant milestone in the expansion of the LG OLED TV portfolio, tripling the number of models in less than a year. The new series introduces flat-screen models to LG’s OLED line up, which also includes the EG9600 and EG9700 series of Curved OLED 4K TVs and its EC9300 Full HD Curved OLED TV model. LG now offers OLED TVs in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch class sizes, both curved and flat configurations, and 1080p and 4K resolutions.

OLED is a revolutionary technology that brings the highest levels of picture quality as well as perfect blacks and an incredible color palette that allows viewing from wide viewing angles unlike any LCD/LED TV. Blacks rendered by LG’s OLED TV are up to 200 times deeper than those of an LCD panel, creating an infinite contrast ratio and bringing colors to life like never before possible.

In addition to its flat configuration, another notable distinction of the EF9500 series is that it is the world’s first HDR-capable OLED TV, allowing consumers to display HDR content from both streaming content partners and external source devices. LG’s EG9600 Curved OLED 4K TV series soon will receive a firmware update that enables consumers to stream HDR content from current and future streaming content providers. LG OLED technology is perfectly suited for HDR content because it delivers the perfect black that only OLED TVs can achieve. By starting from perfect black, OLED is able to produce the required light ranges at lower peak brightness, resulting in an exceptional – and more comfortable – HDR viewing experience.

LG’s OLED TV lineup features its webOS Smart TV platform designed to make finding and switching between content options – including broadcast TV, streaming services and external devices – simple and fast. LG’s updated webOS 2.0 platform for 2015 models features an enhanced user interface, reduces boot time and allows users to personalize Launch Bar menus to make it easier than ever for users to access their favorite content.

LG’s webOS Smart TV platform launches apps quickly and seamlessly so users can view their desired content faster. It features simple switching to let users quickly shift to any content they’d like, as well as simple discovery to help find new sources of entertainment from 4K partners* such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and YouTube, and many more Full HD options.

LG is making OLED TV accessible to more consumers than ever before, offering models at prices comparable to many of today’s premium LCD/LED TVs. Even with new features and design enhancements, the 55EC9300 Full HD Curved OLED TV is now priced at $2,499 U.S. – more than 75 percent lower than the price of LG’s first-generation 55-inch class model, which first sold for $14,999 U.S. two years ago. Since then, LG’s OLED TV lineup has evolved into a new category of television to include multiple variations at lower price points available nationwide through big-box retailers, regional dealers and specialty and custom-installation retailers. Furthermore, the new flat EF9500 series and the curved EG9600 series will be available at the same price – $6,999 U.S. for the 65-inch model and $5,499 U.S. for the 55-inch model.

LG’s 2015 OLED 4K TVs combine the intense detail of 4K Ultra HD and the superior contrast and rich, accurate color that OLED provides, displaying the ultimate in picture quality. For impressive sound, LG’s 2015 OLED 4K TVs feature premium built-in speaker systems designed by harman/kardon to deliver a completely captivating audio and video experience. LG has also taken its state-of the art screen technology and transformed it into a work of art with its Art Slim design philosophy, making OLED a complement to any interior décor as the TVs boast an amazingly slim depth at only a few millimeters and a stylish, frameless design.

Series, models and suggested pricing for LG’s full line up of OLED TVs include:

EF9500 – OLED 4K TV
65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EF9500: $6,999 U.S.
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EF9500: $5,499 U.S.

EG9600 – OLED 4K TV
65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EG9600: $6,999 U.S.
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EG9600: $5,499 U.S.

EG9700 – OLED 4K TV
77-inch class (76.7 inches diagonal) model 77EG9700: $24,999 U.S.

EC9300 Series – Full HD OLED
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EC9300: $2,499 U.S.

For more information regarding LG’s 2015 OLED TV lineup please visit: http://www.lg.com

Audio Excellence will be hosting a special event on September 10 at 6 p.m. at their store showroom. The invitation details are as follows:

September 10, 2015 at 6 p.m.
‘Audio Excellence cordially invites you to an evening of music and technology to be held at their showroom, located at 661 Chrislea Road, Woodbridge, ON. A special demonstration will be provided by Steve Silberman and Frederic Pinsonnealult of AudioQuest, with a discussion on the components, applications and peripherals needed to transform a computer into a high-performance media system.

AudioQuest’s NightHawk headphones, new Beetle Toslink-Bluetooth-USB DAC and JitterBug USB Data & Power Noise Filter will be available at several listening stations for audition, at the store.’

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to [email protected] or 905-881-7109. The store’s website is as follows: http://www.audioexcellence.ca
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BlueSound Gen2
Bluesound International has just announced their all-new Bluesound Gen 2 multi-room music system platform that supports high-resolution audio. The Gen 2 is a complete reinvention of the original Bluesound product line-up and app and brings a new compact industrial design, enhanced feature-set and enhanced performance.

Using BluOS, a proprietary purpose-built operating system, Bluesound integrates all sources into a single music stream, and delivers studio-quality music to every room. There are six new models, three of which integrate with new or existing audio systems, and three work as complete plug-and-play music systems, as follows:

NODE 2 Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $499 U.S.)
POWERNODE 2 Amplified Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $799 U.S.)
VAULT 2 Streaming Music Player, 2TB Storage and CD Ripper (MSRP $1199 U.S.)
PULSE 2 Full Size All-In-One Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $699 U.S.)
PULSE MINI All-In-One Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $499 U.S.)
PULSE FLEX All-In-One Wireless Portable Streaming Music Player (MSRP $299 U.S.)

New feature enhancements and technologies of Bluesound Gen 2:
» Powerful ARM Cortex-A9 CPU running at 1GHz
» Improved connectivity with both Analog and Optical Inputs
» IR Sensor with TV Connect learning function
» Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX high-fidelity codec support
» Headphone Output with Dedicated Amplifier
» Coax Digital Out (NODE 2, VAULT 2)
» Gigabit Ethernet speed
» New advanced Wi-Fi design
» Best-in–class audio performance
» Industrial design by renowned designer David Farrage of DF-ID.

The TV Connect feature endows most models with the ability to connect to your TV and integrate its IR control functions for a seamless integration of TV sound. The ability to stream music and sound directly from your handheld smart device either via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is another great new enhancement to the Bluesound experience. Faster processing and network connections improve responsiveness of the Bluesound Controller App.

The Bluesound Controller App is also being redesigned with new graphics and an enhanced layout for even more intuitive operation. Fully backward compatible with Bluesound Gen 1, the upgraded Controller App adds many new enhancements. Presets, for example, allow a favorite playlist or program to start playing with one simple touch. The Bluesound Controller App is available on iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops. Control4 also certifies Bluesound for integration into advanced control systems.

The sleek new industrial design for Bluesound was created by renowned designer David Farrage of DF-ID. All models are available in both black and white finishes.

The Bluesound NODE 2, POWERNODE 2, VAULT 2 and PULSE MINI are available now, while the PULSE 2 and PULSE FLEX will be available in September 2015. Look for more information at: http://www.bluesound.com