Welcome to AudioReview.ca

Reviews for you, by you.

All the latest in gear, music, and technology. From the audiophile's perspective

About AudioReview.ca

If you are new to AudioReview.ca please create your account. It's fast, easy and free.

If you already have an account please log in.

Add New Review

Latest Review

Sonist Audio Recital 2

Speakers  Bookshelf

Reviewer Rating:  A+

Review added by: dmitchell
Added On: 3/19/2016

Sonist Audio Recital 2Sonist Audio is an American speaker manufacturer located in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 2004 by a gentleman named Randy Bankert. His vision was to design affordable, high performance speakers that are easily driven by low powered SET (single ended triode) tube amps. Mr. Bankert unfortunately has since passed away, but his vision is a legacy that Sonist Audio to this day continues to deliver.

The Sonist philosophy is based upon a trio of complimentary tenants:

Fidelity
Designer Goal
Musicality

Fidelity:

“Sonist Audio loudspeakers are designed and fabricated to remain faithful to the musical intent of the composer, conductor, arranger, performer and vocalist who created the music embodied in the recording.”

Designer Goal:

“Sonist Audio loudspeakers are designed and fabricated to remain faithful to the musical intent of the composer, conductor, arranger, performer and vocalist who created the music embodied in the recording.”

Musicality:

“Sonist Audio loudspeakers create a deep and transparent soundstage with excellent stereo imaging and wide dynamic range, expressing the nuance and emotion of the performance in an involving way with natural tonality and lifelike presentation.”

I was fortunate enough to have a pair of Sonist Recital 2 monitors for an extended period of time to audition. They are what you would call the “entry level” of the Sonist line of speakers. But one man’s entry level is an ...
Read the rest of the review here!


Latest News

Site News

August/Sept issue of Canada Hi-Fi magazine is now out
Date:  Sunday, August 21, 2016

August/Sept issue of Canada Hi-Fi magazine is now out
The August/September issue of Canada Hi-Fi magazine is now out. Canada Hi-Fi is both an online and print magazine that specializes in all things home audio and video, as well as technology. Yours truly has joined the writing team, and you can find my debut review of the Precide SA Ergo 2 headphones inside. http://www.canadahifi.com/canada-hifi-augustseptember-2016-issue-is-now-available-online-and-on-your-tablet/ ...
Read more ...
Musical Paradise MP-D2
Date:  Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Musical Paradise MP-D2
This just in ... the followup to the wildly successful Musical Paradise MP-D1 DAC, the brand new tube-based Musical Paradise MP-D2 DSD DAC. The new MP-D2 features fully balanced circuitry and XLR outputs, as well as RCA, and also can function as a pre-amp.
Read more ...
Coming in soon for review - Sonist Recital 2 Speakers
Date:  Sunday, November 22, 2015

Coming in soon for review - Sonist Recital 2 Speakers
Sonist is an American speaker company founded in 2004, based in Pacific Northwest. Their philosophy centers around building high quality speakers that work well with low powered tube amps, as well as solid state amplifiers. Their goal is create loudspeakers that "create a deep and transparent soundstage with excellent stereo imaging and wide dynamic range, expressing the nuance and emotion of the performance in an involving way with natural tonality and lifelike presentation." Look forward ...
Read more ...
These just in - Totem Kin Mini Subs
Date:  Wednesday, November 11, 2015

These just in - Totem Kin Mini Subs
What's better than one sub? Two subs, in stereo, of course. Why try out just one Totem Kin mini when you can try out two? Their tiny footprint makes placement and fine tuning exceptionally easy. Who would have thought such a small sub with a 6" driver could go so low?
Read more ...
More Upcoming Reviews ...
Date:  Wednesday, November 11, 2015

More Upcoming Reviews ...
Watch for some new reviews in the very near future. Reviews for Gutwire cables including USB, speaker cables and XLR interconnects. Also coming is a review for the excellent Teac UD-501 DAC and Totem Model-1 Signature monitors.
Read more ...
Unity Audio Balanced Interconnects
Date:  Saturday, October 31, 2015

Unity Audio Balanced Interconnects
Just arrived recently is a very nice pair of XLR cables from one of our favourite cable manufacturers - Unity Audio based right here in Ottawa, Canada. Stay tuned for a review in the near future. unityaudio.ca
Read more ...
XLR's from BareNakedWirez.com
Date:  Monday, September 28, 2015

XLR's from BareNakedWirez.com
Just in for review are some brand new balanced interconnects from BareNakedWirez.com. First impressions are - they share the positive traits of other cables from BareNakedWirez.com; transparent as all heck. I noticed an immediate improvement in my system when putting them inline between my DAC and McIntosh MA6600 integrated. Excellent sounding, well made cables, at a sensible price. http://www.barenakedwirez.com/ ...
Read more ...
Yulong DAC from Grant Fidelity
Date:  Thursday, August 06, 2015

Yulong DAC from Grant Fidelity
In for review is the Yulong DA8 DAC from Grant Fidelity. First impressions of the DAC is that it really does live up to the all the hype and positive reviews. Very lush, wide open and almost "tubey" sounding. So far very impressed. Stay tuned for upcoming review.
Read more ...
More Upcoming Reviews ...
Date:  Sunday, July 19, 2015

More Upcoming Reviews ...
Lots of new stuff in lately at AudioReview.ca headquarters for review. Who says summer is the slow season for audio? Coming up soon: Bare Naked Wirez - speaker cables, interconnects and custom jumpers from this manufacturer of ridiculously good, but affordable cables. Yes, good cables actually do make a difference. Unity Audio Richmond floorstanding speakers - Easy to drive, tube friendly full range, single driver speakers. Unity Audio Inner Soul monitors - 4" full range, ...
Read more ...
Upcoming Review - Energy Connoisseur CF-50's
Date:  Sunday, July 19, 2015

Upcoming Review - Energy Connoisseur CF-50's
Up for review soon, the decidedly mid-fi, but surprisingly good Energy Connoisseur CF-50 speakers. Sometimes good things can actually be had at Best Buy afterall....
Read more ...

Industry News

Bryston Announces a New CD Player - The BCD-3
Date:  Friday, July 29, 2016

Bryston Announces a New CD Player - The BCD-3
In an age when people are buying less and less CD's, and when CD's are decidedly "uncool" and considered old technology, Bryston is planning on releasing a new CD Player. Bryston left the CD market a few years back when they decided to discontinue the very well received BCD-1 CD player, due to the fact that they couldn't stockpile enough replacement transports to support it. No word yet on a release date or pricing, ...
Read more ...
McIntosh Announces 3 New Products
Date:  Wednesday, June 29, 2016

McIntosh Announces 3 New Products
To add to their already bewildering line of home audio products, McIntosh have just announced three new pieces of gear; the C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, MP100 Phono Preamplifier, and the MVP901 Audio Video Player. Interesting that McIntosh would release an optical disc player in this day and age where consumers are increasingly moving from physical media to streaming and downloaded material. http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/us/Brand/Pages/NewsDetails.aspx?NewsID=206&Block=1 ...
Read more ...
Audiolab Releases the Updated M-DAC+
Date:  Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Audiolab Releases the Updated M-DAC+
Audiolab scored a home run with their universally acclaimed M-DAC. In a constant quest to improve an already excellent product, Audiolab has announced the updated M-DAC+. Like the previous M-DAC, the new M-DAC+ utilizes the ESS 9018 "Sabre" DAC chip. The M-DAC+ now features 11 filters (as opposed to the previous 7), and now supports DSD as well. http://www.audiolab.co.uk/product-detail.php?pid=17 ...
Read more ...
New BasX Line From Emotiva
Date:  Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New BasX Line From Emotiva
Emotiva, the budget oriented, online audio manufacturer has released a new line of uber-affordable power amplifiers and pre-amplifiers. The line includes 7 channel, 5 channel and stereo power amplifiers, as well as two pre-amplifier/DAC/Tuner combos. According to Emotiva. "A great audio system starts with quality components that deliver excellent technical performance and superb sound quality. When you break it down, audio components don’t need to have a lot of fancy features, complicated controls, or ...
Read more ...
Musical Paradise MP-D2 AK4490 XMOS DAC
Date:  Monday, May 09, 2016

Musical Paradise MP-D2 AK4490 XMOS DAC
Newly released is the follow up to the enormously popular Musical Paradise MP-D1 tube based DAC. The new MP-D2 features fully balanced circuitry (for those of us who prefer to run XLR cables), 4 6922/6N11 output tubes and tube rectified power. It also can feature as a pre-amp, albeit with the volume control only affecting the the RCA outputs, and a XMOS based USB receiver. It also fully supports DSD. At a ...
Read more ...
T+A DAC 8 DSD is coming to Canada
Date:  Saturday, March 19, 2016

T+A DAC 8 DSD is coming to Canada
T+A audio is a German company which "devise, create and fine-tune Hi-Fi components of the highest quality, with the aim of developing fully mature High-End products for our customers all over the world". T+A actually stands for Theory and Application, taking a scientific approach to audio reproduction. They have in the audio business since 1978. The DAC 8 can be considered "state of the art" and is probably the last DAC you will ...
Read more ...
Are Audio Light Roast 2.0 Speakers
Date:  Sunday, February 28, 2016

Are Audio Light Roast 2.0 Speakers
Are Audio is Canadian speaker manufacturer based in St. John's, Newfoundland. Are Audio was founded by Ross Connolly and originally specialized in manufacturing boutique, handmade guitar and speaker cabinets, that sold to local customers only. Today Are Audio has expanded to an online business with one simple goal: To create speakers that have compelling realism, all the way from extended treble to "larger than they look" bass. The "Light Roast 2.0" monitor ...
Read more ...
Wolf Ear Audio Kitoki Tube Amp
Date:  Monday, January 18, 2016

Wolf Ear Audio Kitoki Tube Amp
Canada is quickly becoming well known for crafting high quality, hand made tube amplifiers. Finale Audio and Ideal Innovations have been doing it for awhile, but now there is a new Canadian company on the tube amp scene. Wolf Ear Audio is a small, Aboriginal business located in Alberta that designs and builds high value tube stereo amplifiers and accessories. Their first product is the "Kitoki" single ended triode integrated amp. According the Wolf ...
Read more ...
Fluance Signature Series Speakers
Date:  Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Fluance Signature Series Speakers
Fluance - the speaker company that is the butt of many jokes on audio forums (fluance ... flatulence .... get it?), and is oft confused with "white van speakers" has release a new line of "Signature" series speakers. I actually have experience with Fluance speakers having owned a few pairs, and heard many others. They are anything but "white van" speakers, but are instead are a budget brand that delivers good sound and ...
Read more ...
Emotiva - Now in Canada
Date:  Thursday, November 19, 2015

Emotiva - Now in Canada
Emotiva products are now available here in Canada through Summit Hi-Fi: "We're lucky enough to be one of the only Authorized Canadian Dealers of Emotiva products; something Canadians have been dreaming of for years. There's nothing more appealing to us than great products that represent great value, and Emotiva stands atop that mountain. We're excited to hear from you, and love chatting with fellow geeks, audiophiles, and noobs alike. Feel free to drop ...
Read more ...
Danish Audio Design
Date:  Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Danish Audio Design
High end audio design from (where else?), Denmark. Danish Audio Design specializes in DACs, amplifiers and pre-amps, but the main focus of the business appears to be the the digital realm. According to the company website, Danish Audio Design was founded several years ago by a gentleman named Ole Nielsen, who "had a penchant for digital audio converters for CD players". Today he hand makes digital to analog converters, amps and pre-amps. The entry level ...
Read more ...
MP-S1 MK2 From Musical Paradise
Date:  Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MP-S1 MK2 From Musical Paradise
Musical Paradise is a Canadian based audio business that specializes in affordable tube gear, designed here in Canada but manufactured in China. Currently released is the MK2 version of their MP-S1 monitor speaker. This time the speaker is finished in a very attractive, high gloss dark cherry finish, it boasts a 5.5" woofer and a SEAS H0881 soft dome tweeter. Frequency range is 45hz-20khz and are rated at a moderate efficiency of 88 ...
Read more ...
Everest Audio is now a Sonist speaker dealer
Date:  Saturday, August 08, 2015

Everest Audio is now a Sonist speaker dealer
Everest Audio here in Canada is now carrying the line of Sonist speakers. Sonist are a "Manufacturer of high performance, high efficiency loudspeakers designed for use with low powered SET amplifiers, Sonist models also work well with push-pull tube amplifiers and solid state amplifiers up to 200wpc". Handmade in the USA, Everest Audio is offering a full line of monitors and floor standing speakers that are rated at 91 db sensitivity and above. The ...
Read more ...
New speaker line from Unity Audio now shipping ...
Date:  Saturday, July 18, 2015

New speaker line from Unity Audio now shipping ...
After hearing the prototypes of new Unity Audio speaker line, AudioReview.ca is very excited to announce that the speaker line is production ready and are now shipping. The new line up is as follows: Rockcliffe - 8" full range tower Richmond - 6" full range tower Westboro - 5" full range Soul - 4" full range tower Inner Soul - 4" full range bookshelf Check back with AudioReview.ca in the coming days for reviews on the Richmond and Inner ...
Read more ...
Sound Sommelier speakers from Kvart & Bolge
Date:  Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sound Sommelier speakers from Kvart & Bolge
If you are looking for a speaker design that is not just your normal "box with a woofer and tweeter and a crossover", and relies on large displacement cabinets and big woofers to deep bass, these speakers from Kvart & Bolge may be just the thing you are looking for. The Sound Sommeliers stand at around 32" tall, 4" wide, and use a single 3" Tymphany neodymium full-range driver for bass, midrange and ...
Read more ...
New DAC from Cary Audio - the DAC-200ts
Date:  Monday, April 06, 2015

New DAC from Cary Audio - the DAC-200ts
Cary Audio has announced the release of their new DAC-200ts digital to analog converter. Calling it "the pinnacle of digital AND analog circuit topology", it utilizes a 128 bit DSP engine with 7 selectable sample rates, all the way up to a whopping 768 kHz. 

It also features 4 independent DACs for 8 channels of audio processing.The "dual independent analog topology features a separate analog output stage, as well as a tube output page (2 ...
Read more ...
Bare Naked Wirez
Date:  Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bare Naked Wirez
Looks like there's another company out there that's offering what appears to be good cables and sane and reasonable prices.

Interconnects start at 79.99 USD for a 3 ft, and speaker cables start at 259.99 for an 8 ft pair.

Check them out at:


According to Bare Naked Wirez...

"We've AB'ed our cables against many monstrously priced competitors, there is no comparison."

...
Read more ...
Grant Fidelity Selling Open Baffle Speakers
Date:  Thursday, January 15, 2015

Grant Fidelity Selling Open Baffle Speakers
Grant Fidelity is a Canadian based audio company who's slogan is "High End, Not High Priced". They specialize in Chinese manufactured gear, but offer, besides low prices, excellent customer service and warranty, should something go wrong.

Grant Fidelity's most recent offering is the PureAudioProject Trio15TB open baffle speaker. For anyone unfamiliar with open baffle speakers, think about "thinking outside the box". There is no box! No artificial emphasis on certain frequencies, no "boominess". ...
Read more ...
Audiolab's New CD Player/Transport - The M-CDT
Date:  Thursday, January 15, 2015

Audiolab's New CD Player/Transport - The M-CDT
Just when it seems every audio manufacturer in the world is embracing digital downloads, streaming and computer based audio, Audiolab has taken the seemingly backwards step of releasing a new CD player/transport. This is smart move on the part of Audiolab since there are still many audiophiles and casual music lovers that still love the tactile nature of physical media.

The M-CDT is being marketed as being the perfect mate to the M-DAC. ...
Read more ...
Like us on Facebook!
Date:  Monday, January 05, 2015

Like us on Facebook!
AudioReview.ca posts regularly on Facebook, be sure to "Like Us" and make sure you stay informed of all the latest news, reviews, photos, and contributions from other followers.




Read more ...
Fulla Schiit!
Date:  Thursday, December 04, 2014

Fulla Schiit!
These guys just keep the new products coming. Schiit Audio releases the "Fulla". It was inevitable in coming - the one hole in their increasing large product catalog was a combined amp/DAC. Here it is from Schiit now, all for the princely sum of 79 bucks. USB powered, and built around the AK4396 chip, it's really just a USB dongle with a volume control. But the volume control is an actual pot, ...
Read more ...
Flea Watt Audio
Date:  Friday, November 21, 2014

Flea Watt Audio
Flea Watt Audio is a small US based, one man operation that specializes in low wattage amplifiers. Each amp is lovingly hand crafted in the USA by the builder on a custom order basis. Thus, no two amps are ever exactly the same. Think of it as an audio cottage industry.

According the the founder, Flea Watt's philosophy is "building one of a kind, unique creations that sound amazing, but also have some ...
Read more ...

Schiit Goes Analog.... The Mani
Date:  Monday, October 20, 2014

Schiit Goes Analog.... The Mani
Schiit, the company that is known for (a) its sense of humour, and (b) designing excellent digital audio devices and headphone amps at affordable, real world prices, has released its first phono stage.

For those of us who have forgotten what a phono stage is, or even what an LP is, it's basically a device, a preamp really, that boosts the relatively low input level of a turntable to a listenable signal. It ...
Read more ...
Unity Audio is back with new speakers
Date:  Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Unity Audio is back with new speakers
Unity Audio is a Canadian audio company founded by Omer Humayun. A Canadian-born Australian/Pakistani with an educational background of no less than computer science and electronic technology, and has been in the audio business in one form or another since 1985. The company soon migrated into audio retail through a new umbrella called OZ Enterprises and started marketing its own creations in 2005 under the Unity Audio brand. Starting with cables and ...
Read more ...
Renonessence Labs - A Canadian DAC Company
Date:  Sunday, October 05, 2014

Renonessence Labs - A Canadian DAC Company
Renonessence Labs - A Canadian DAC Company

Renonessence Labs is a Canadian company, based in British Columbia. The principal founder of the company is Mark Mallinson, who according the Renonessence webite is - get this - former Operations Director for ESS Technology. Yes, this is the ESS Technology of the Sabre DAC fame. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. Not only that, the design engineers and Investors were were front and center in ...
Read more ...
Toronto Audio Visual Entertainment Show 2014
Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014

Toronto Audio Visual Entertainment Show 2014
Fall is here .. that time of year is once again almost upon us, the Toronto Audio Visual Entertainment Show 2014 edition.

Once again, AudioReview.ca is proud to be part of the official promotion network of TAVES.

The show runs from October 31 to November 2 (Friday to Sunday) at the Sheraton Center Hotel in downtown Toronto.

What is TAVES?

"This October 31st to November 2nd, the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show will be the ultimate event ...
Read more ...
Marantz introduces the HD-DAC1 Headphone Amp/DAC
Date:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Marantz introduces the HD-DAC1 Headphone Amp/DAC
Seems lately every mid to high end audio company is branching out into the seemingly increasingly popular headphone amp/DAC space.

This past summer Oppo announced their HA-1 headphone amp/DAC/pre-amplfier, based on the ESS 9018 Sabre DAC. A sort of swiss army knife approach to designing an audio product.

The latest audio manufacturer to venture into this realm is Marantz, announcing the HD-DAC1, available in October 2014 for a list price of $799 USD. It's ...
Read more ...
Yulong DACs from Grant Fidelity
Date:  Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yulong DACs from Grant Fidelity
Grant Fidelty is a Canadian importer of quality Chinese audio components. Their motto is "High End, not High Priced".  Some of the benefits of buying from Grant Fidelity are first class service (I can personally attest to the excellent customer service), no retail markup, premium quality, and free shipping world wide.

For awhile now, Grant Fidelity has been expanding their digital source line, and most recently, entered into a partnership with Yulong Audio, ...
Read more ...
Schiit Audio Ragnarok
Date:  Sunday, September 14, 2014

Schiit Audio Ragnarok
The long, long awaited Ragnarok is now a reality.

For those of you living under an audio rock for the last couple of years, and on't know, Schiit Audio is a homegrown, grassroots American audio company that is fostering a rather cultish following, sense of humour firmly in hand. Founded by two legends in the audio business (yes, even audiophiles sometimes are prone to hero worship), Mike Moffat - of Theta fame (the ...
Read more ...
Bryston launches BDP-1USB
Date:  Thursday, September 04, 2014

Bryston launches BDP-1USB
It is no secret that for sometime now Bryston has been aggressively pursuing its expansion into the digital realm. First there was the BDA-1 DAC, and matching BDP-1 digital player, then the BDA-2 DAC, and now the BDP-1USB, which not surprisingly centers around USB as the main interface to the unit.

Whereas before the original BDP-1 played files off a USB thumb drive, the new BDP-1USB also has the capability to play files ...
Read more ...
McIntosh Music App
Date:  Tuesday, May 20, 2014

McIntosh Music App
McIntosh has launched what is essentially an online streaming music station. McIntosh calls it  a " ...24/7 audio stream dedicated to bringing you the best music from across genres and spanning the decades". You can't select the music or queue up tracks. You essentially load the app, and let the music play. The service is said to have a varied selection - stuff like  Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Black Keys and Mayer Hawthorne, ...
Read more ...
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier
Date:  Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier
Really looking forward to checking out the new Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier. This thing looks like it is just stuffed with features!

Before we even get into all of the features or specs, just check out that front panel display. It is a 4.3 inch flat screen display that can display an "analog" VU meter, a spectrum display, or detailed info on the current audio source. So cool....

Besides being an headphone amp, it ...
Read more ...
Musical Paradise Launches new Tube Phono Preamp
Date:  Sunday, March 30, 2014

Musical Paradise Launches new Tube Phono Preamp
After over a year of designing. prototyping and tuning, Musical Paradise proudly launches the new MP-P1 MM MC tube preamp.

Musical Paradise is a Canadian company that specializes in high-end tube gear, at sensible prices. They utilize the internet-direct business model that many audio manufacturers are using today. Middle-men mean higher prices, of course.

Here are the specs on the new MP-P1:
1. Passive RIAA network and zero global negative feedback design to provide extremely ...
Read more ...
Mies Audio - new Planet of Sound house brand
Date:  Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mies Audio - new Planet of Sound house brand
Planet of Sound is a brick and mortar high end audio shop with locations in both Toronto and Ottawa. Not only that, they are also online retailers of fine audio equipment, and not only that they are North American distributors of several well known product lines.

As if that weren't that enough, they have also launched their own in-house brand of amplifiers, speakers and headphones; Mies Audio. I had the pleasure of seeing ...
Read more ...
McIntosh Labs announces new products
Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2014

McIntosh Labs announces new products
McIntosh is expanding their ever growing product line and introduces a "Media Bridge" (more on this in a bit), a headphone amp and a new integrated system.

The MB100 Media Bridge is a sort of media streamer for pulling content from services such as Spotify, Pandora and satellite radio. It features a 65 GB hard drive that probably allows for buffering for uninterrupted streaming.

The new MA100 headphone amplifier also functions as a 50 ...
Read more ...
Tri-Art Audio - "Designed, Fabricated and Assembled in Canada"
Date:  Friday, January 17, 2014

Tri-Art Audio -
Here is a Canadian company that is based on the north shore of Lake Ontario in beautiful Kingston, Ontario.

According to the company's founder, Stephen Ginsberg, Tri-Art was conceived to fulfill the needs of audiophiles at 3 distinct levels of affordability (entry level, enthusiast, and the seriously afflicted audiophile). These three levels are dubbed:

"Pebbles" - The entry level
"BamBam" - Mid level
"The Block" - Top of the line, reference level

What is interesting about their ...
Read more ...
Another new offering from Schiit Audio
Date:  Saturday, December 07, 2013

Another new offering from Schiit Audio
Schiit Audio, the California based manufacturer of high quality, affordable headphone amps and DACs have done it again.

Their newest product is the Vali, a tube based headphone amp that uses the somewhat unusual 6088 miniature tube wired in triode mode. Coming in at just 119 bucks, it is the second cheapest amp in their ever-expanding line-up. Like all of their products, the Vali is hand made in the USA. Even the printed ...
Read more ...
New Floorstanding Speakers From SVS - The Ultra Tower
Date:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Floorstanding Speakers From SVS - The Ultra Tower
SVS is a company that is most widely known as a manufacturer of high quality subwoofers. They formed in 1998 to provide a quality alternative to the run of the mill mid-fi subwoofers at the time. Not limiting themselves to building only subwoofers, they also offer loudspeakers that would feel at home in almost any audiophile 2 channel set-up or home theater installation.

The SVS Ultra Tower aims at the "budget" category for ...
Read more ...
Special Promotional Code for TAVES 2013
Date:  Friday, October 25, 2013

Special Promotional Code for TAVES 2013
TAVES 2013 in Toronto  is coming up soon (November 1-3). As a media partner with TAVES we are pleased to announce a special promotional code for $4 dollars off the ticket price when you buy online at:

http://taveshow.com/purchase-taves-tickets/

The promotional code is "classical". Look forward to seeing you there!


...
Read more ...
NAD D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier
Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2013

NAD D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier
NAD has reworked the classic 3020 integrated amp, and following the trend of some of the other mass-market mid-fi players in the game (think Rega), squeezes it into a smaller "lifestyle" form factor.

In their product sheet NAD promises that this little amp will "embarrass amps costing 10 times more". I doubt that, but as usual, I could be wrong.

What's interesting is that NAD is using Class D technology for this new amp, ...
Read more ...
TAVES 2013
Date:  Thursday, September 12, 2013

TAVES 2013
It's that time of the year again for the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment show. In its 3rd year now, it is geared towards anyone who loves listening to music or watching movies.

This year it will feature over 60 different exhibitors, and nearly 300 brands, where you can get a sneak peak at some of the newest products on the market. You can also attend seminars to learn about various audio/video topics, as ...
Read more ...
New DAC from Emotiva - Stealth DC-1
Date:  Friday, August 30, 2013

New DAC from Emotiva - Stealth DC-1
This new DAC looks like a bit of a departure for Emotiva, abandoning the full-width form factor of their previous 2 DACs, the XDA-1 and the XDA-2.

The XDA-1 was reviewed favourably on AudioReview.ca before, so Emotiva is obviously capable of producing a half-decent digital front end. While eschewing some of the more garish visual accoutrements that Emotiva is known for, they still manage to get the blue lights in there in ...
Read more ...
Rogue Audio releases the new "Pharaoh" Integrated
Date:  Sunday, August 04, 2013

Rogue Audio releases the new
Coming to a Rogue Audio dealer near you ....

The new Pharaoh Integrated amplifier is based on their "Medusa/Hydra" platform, which presumably means that it is a hybrid tube pre-amp/Class D power amp section design. Interesting ...

Rated at 175 watts at 8 ohms, and a whopping 350 watts at 4 ohms, this amp will obviously drive any speaker load you toss at it.

$3495 MSRP.

Hopefully Rogue can address some of their quality control issues ...
Read more ...
Bowers & Wilkins Adds to the CM Line - The CM10 Loudspeaker
Date:  Sunday, August 04, 2013

Bowers & Wilkins Adds to the CM Line - The CM10 Loudspeaker
Coming in August - The latest addition to the CM line is the CM10. Being the big B&W fan that I am, and having owned speakers from the CM line before, really looking forward to hearing these.

From the B&W website:

"The top-of-the-range CM10 stands out from the crowd with its tweeter-on-top design - a feature shared with our 800 Series Diamond reference speakers. Isolating the tweeter aids imaging and dispersion for a ...
Read more ...
New products from Schiit Audio
Date:  Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New products from Schiit Audio
Schiit Audio, based in California, have quickly become popular for their mid-priced, but insanely good DACs and headphone amplifiers. There's been talk for awhile of them releasing an integrated amp, but until now it's only been promises and speculation. Now it looks like in the (hopefully) near future, their first integrated amp will become available. Following their tradition of using strange, Nordic sounding names for their products, the new amp is christened ...
Read more ...
Triode Lab - A Canadian Tube Amp Company
Date:  Thursday, April 04, 2013

Triode Lab - A Canadian Tube Amp Company
Triode Lab is a manufacturer of high quality tube amplifiers based out of Scarborough, Ontario (just north of Toronto).

They appear to specialize in low wattage, pure Class A, single ended triode designs, offering both EL-84 and 2A3 units. Their line features power amps, integrated amps, as well as mono-blocks.

The EL84 amp was reviewed by 6Moons as the "ideal tube starter amp"

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/triodelab/1.html
...
Read more ...
Interesting New Product From China - QA660 Digital Transport
Date:  Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Interesting New Product From China - QA660 Digital Transport
Recently came across this rather affordable CD Card media player from China:

http://www.qlshifi.com/en/wzcapi/qa660.htm

The QA660 is described as "High end digital music transport". It uses a SD card as it's music source and a "proprietary single threaded software framework". We have no idea what the second part means, but we assume it is probably running a stripped down flavour of embedded Linux as an operating system.

It supports all the current lossless music formats from ...
Read more ...
Bryston BP17 Preamplifier
Date:  Friday, December 28, 2012

Bryston BP17 Preamplifier
Bryston has announced plans for production of a new preamplifier - the BP17. Not much detail is available at this time, but it appears to be derived from the preamp section of the B-135 integrated amplifier that was introduced earlier this year.
The BP17 utilizes a software controlled motorized balanced action analog volume control and integrated balance control, enabling the preamp to be operated remotely while still adhering to fully discrete analog circuits.  ...
Read more ...
Hi-Fi World Names NAD M51 Best DAC for 2012
Date:  Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hi-Fi World Names NAD M51 Best DAC for 2012
Hi-Fi World magazine gives the new NAD M51 DAC 5 out of 5, and names it the best DAC of 2012.

As an owner of this DAC, I do not find this surprisingly at all. It's an amazingly good piece. 


Read more here
Read more ...
Bryston Announces New DAC - The BDA-2
Date:  Friday, November 30, 2012

Bryston Announces New DAC - The BDA-2
Based on the success of the BDA-1, and the rave reviews of the BDP-1, it looks like Bryston is aiming to expand its market share of the digital domain. 

The BDA-2 appears to be more than just an upgrade of the existing BDA-1, but instead is a whole different beast altogether.

From my knowledge of the BDA-1, the new BDA-2 is using a completely different DAC chip - dual AKM 32 bit DACs. The asynchronous USB ...
Read more ...
Bryston Model T Bookshelf Speaker
Date:  Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bryston Model T Bookshelf Speaker
Bryston has launched a bookshelf version of it's new "Model T" speaker line.

It is probably common knowledge now that Bryston developed the Model T line in partnership with Canada's own Axiom Speakers.

Word on the street is the asking price of the Model T bookshelves should be around $3000.00.



Read more ...
McIntosh now owned 100% by Italian Equity Firm
Date:  Wednesday, October 10, 2012

McIntosh now owned 100% by Italian Equity Firm
Fine Sounds Acquires McIntosh

Fine Sounds SpA of Milan, Italy, has purchased McIntosh Laboratory of Binghamton, NY, maker of audio and home-theater electronics and speakers for more than 60 years. Owned by Quadrivio, a private equity firm likewise based in Milan, Fine Sounds also owns Sonus Faber, Audio Research Corporation, Wadia Digital and Sumiko, which together account for $70 million in sales and 250 employees worldwide. McIntosh was previously owned by D+M Group.

The ...
Read more ...
Musical Paradise MP-501 KT120 Amplifier
Date:  Friday, September 28, 2012

Musical Paradise MP-501 KT120 Amplifier
Musical Paradise is a Canadian company located in Edmonton, Alberta. They design their amps in-house here in Canada, but manufacture them (in all likelihood) in China, using only  "high quality and 100% genuine components".

The new MP-501 looks really interesting: 4x KT120 power tubes to push 55 watts. It also uses 4x 6J8P input tubes as well. Previous iterations of this amp used all point to point wiring, but this one uses printed ...
Read more ...
AudioReview.ca and TAVES
Date:  Tuesday, August 07, 2012

AudioReview.ca and TAVES
AudioReview.ca is thrilled to be named as a part of the promotion network of the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES). Make plans to visit Toronto September 28-30! For more information, please visit taveshow.com
Read more ...
NAD M51 Direct Digital DAC
Date:  Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NAD M51 Direct Digital DAC
Seems lately all the hi-fi brands are tapping into the new domain of computer based audio. The first stand-alone DAC from NAD looks really cool. This one is interesting in that it resamples the incoming signal from PCM to PWM (Pulse wave modulation) at an astounding 844kz. It also operates as a purely digital preamp as well. Very cool... Also includes both RCA and XLR outputs.

Haven't heard this one, but I'm really looking ...
Read more ...

Bryston launches a new integrated
Date:  Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bryston launches a new integrated
Looks the new B135 SST2 is a direct replacement of the B-100. Basically a 3B SST2 stuffed inside an integrated amplifier. Optional DAC or MM phono inputs. I wonder if the optional DAC is on par with the BDA-1? I'm guessing this one is going to go for around 4k new. Would really love to hear one of these!


Read more ...
New Bryston Headphone Amplifier: BHA-1
Date:  Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Bryston Headphone Amplifier: BHA-1
Typical of Brystons minimalist, industrial design, this headphone amp will certainly appeal to the crowd who prefer to listen with their ears rather than their eyes. Looks interesting ... dual mono configuration amp inside. From the Bryston website: "Advancing our tradition of unmatched audio performance and functionality, the BHA-1 is Bryston’s reference amplifier solution for the finest listening experience from your headphones. The BHA 1 is compatible with both traditional (single-ended) and balanced headphones. The advantage ...
Read more ...
Exposure Enters the DAC Market
Date:  Thursday, February 02, 2012

Exposure Enters the DAC Market
Exposure has stepped into the digital game with the release of its first DAC. Really looking forward to hearing this one! From the Exposure website:
"The Exposure 2010S2 DAC is the first digital to analogue converter from Exposure electronics, featuring 6 digital inputs (including USB input) and high quality headphone amplifier. This is a perfect match with the Exposure 2010S2 amplifier designed both to improve the performance of the 2010S2 CD player and ...
Read more ...
More New Stuff From Cambridge Audio
Date:  Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More New Stuff From Cambridge Audio
Looks like Cambridge Audio has even more new products coming out, especially in their line of digital products. Just recently they announced an update to the crazily popular DAC Magic, the DAC Magic Plus, and now a smaller, more compact DAC aimed at desktop computer systems it seems.
Read more ...
Rega Introduces the New Apollo-R CD Player
Date:  Sunday, January 08, 2012

Rega Introduces the New Apollo-R CD Player
Looks like Rega has revised the popular Rega CD player, as well as their line of integrated amplifiers. Interesting form factor... From the Rega website:

The Apollo-R is the result of many years of innovation, advanced ...
Read more ...

Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus
Date:  Sunday, January 01, 2012

Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus
Cambridge Audio has just released an updated version of their very popular DACMagic.  From the Cambridge Audio website:

"The world's best DAC just got better!"

I don't know if this is true, but I am a big CA fan. More from Cambridge Audio...

Improving on a legend is never easy, but Cambridge Audio has gone back to the drawing board to create the DacMagic Plus with exciting new features, wireless device connectivity, and best of ...
Read more ...
W4S Goes Computer Based Audio with a Music Server
Date:  Wednesday, December 28, 2011

W4S Goes Computer Based Audio with a Music Server
Looks like W4S is joining an ever growing list of audio computers catering to the latest trend in audio: computer based sources (aka "music server").

This one is pretty cool in that not only is it a media server, it also is a built in CD ripper. 1 TB of storage on board will give you plenty of space for all your music, with plenty of digital outputs and an ethernet connection. It ...
Read more ...
Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 DAC
Date:  Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 DAC

The TubeDAC-11 Turns up to 5 of of your source players into High-End Tube Source Players. 

This newly designed Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 is to replace the hugely popular DAC-09 but still keep all the popular features and will process 24/192 high res signal plus much more refined sound. 

High fidelity re-design from ground up, and still with budget in mind. This vacuum Tube Digital-to-Analog Converter will connect you with modern media storage technology without ...
Read more ...

Trends Audio Introduces New SA-10 Loudspeakers
Date:  Thursday, December 22, 2011

Trends Audio Introduces New SA-10 Loudspeakers
Hong Kong, December 12, 2011 - ITOK Media Limited's innovative Hi-Fi brand "Trends Audio" (www.TrendsAudio.com)today unveiled its first Loudspeakers - Trends SA-10 and SA-10R speakers. It is the perfect match with Trends Combo Hi-Fi System, Trends Bi-amp Audio System, Trends TA-10 amplifiers and the high quality amplifiers on the market. Offering superb performance for their incredibly modest price, the SA-10 designs are perfect ...
Read more ...
Ascend Acoustics Introduces the Sierra Tower Speaker
Date:  Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ascend Acoustics Introduces the Sierra Tower Speaker
From the Ascend Acoustics website:

Introducing our New Flagship Loudspeaker

Featuring our Exclusive Minimal Resonance
Solid Bamboo Laminate Cabinet and NrT Dome

...
Read more ...

Your Canadian source for tubes An innovative manufacturer of Hi-Fi audio equipment located in Edmonton Alberta Canada