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MC312 Hero (Custom)

McIntosh has just introduced the MC312 Power Amplifier which promised many years of musical enjoyment.  Like the MC302 that it replaces, the MC312 is a 300 Watts per channel stereo amplifier and is a great choice to power virtually any home audio system. The full 300 Watts can be delivered to almost any speakers regardless if they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance thanks to its unique Autoformer technology.

The MC312 has received numerous improvements compared to the MC302. Most notably is that filter capacity has been doubled, which increases dynamic headroom an impressive 27% from 1.8dB to 2.3dB. This increase means the MC312 will be even better suited to handle wide dynamic swings in music. Distortion prevention and bass performance also benefit from the increased filter capacity.

While still looking very much like a McIntosh, the MC312 has received some key design updates. Direct LED backlighting now illuminates the front panel for improved color accuracy. The audio output Autoformers still straddle the power transformer but are now located in new enclosures that are capped by a single cover containing glass inserts that show the wiring diagram for each transformer.

Other updates include the addition of Monogrammed Heatsinks and an eco-friendly power management system. Numerous circuit components and internal wiring have also been upgraded. Balanced and unbalanced outputs have been added to enable bi-amping or tri-amping speakers; they can also be used to connect to a secondary system if the preamplifier doesn’t have enough connections, or to connect a powered subwoofer. The MC312 is packed full of other exclusive McIntosh technologies including: Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, Power Control, and patented Solid Cinch speaker binding posts.

The MC312 sits on a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis and features the timeless McIntosh black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, aluminum end caps and a pair of fast responding blue Watt meters.

Shipping begins in October.  $7,000 USD.

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If you prefer to hear sound, rather than “see” it, then you’ll be interested in this new BDI media cabinet.  Its design allows clear, evenly dispersed sound to come from the electronics, all while keeping them safely concealed and well ventilated. Now shipping nationwide, the new Flo Media Console by Matthew Weatherly brings a clean, modern aesthetic to BDI’s “hidden sound” cabinet series.

“Many consumers want media cabinets that allow for a full entertainment setup, but keep components hidden,” said Bill Becker, CEO and Design Director of BDI. “That is why we designed features like acoustically transparent doors, flow-through ventilation, and adjustable shelves in some of our latest media cabinets. These hidden-sound designs make it possible to keep electronics out of sight while still allowing them to operate at their best.”

Beneath Flo’s beautiful satin-white exterior is a highly functional AV cabinet that includes a host of innovative features to keep AV and gaming equipment perfectly concealed behind the doors, without interfering with the sound quality or IR signal accessibility. These features include:

• Perforated Steel Doors
• Center Channel Speaker or Soundbar Shelf
• Integrated Cable Management
• Removable Back Panels
• Adjustable Shelves
• Flow-Through Ventilation
• Remote Control Friendly

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Check out the latest issue of the NOVO Magazine!

Features inside this issue:

  • Exploring the Classroom of the Future – Today
  • What’s Really Behind the Vinyl Resurgence?
  • Made In Toronto: 3RIUS Design Innovation Lab, MGEAR and HOLOD3CK
  • A Musical Journey Back in Time with Kevin Rak
  • Outfitting Your Home with Smart Technology

Reviews inside this issue:

  • Triangle Elara LN01A Active Speakers
  • Monitor Audio Studio Loudspeakers
  • Angstrom Loudspeakers Suono 600SD On-Wall Speakers
  • Bryston BP-2 MM/MC Phono Preamp with the PS-3 Power Supply

Click the green VIEW button above to open this issue or view this issue using one of these phone / tablet apps:

Tablet / Smartphone Editions: Magzster app (iOS or Andriod) | PressReader app (iOS or Andriod)
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Bluesound Gen 2i Products Family (Custom)

Bluesound has just announced Bluesound Generation 2i (Gen 2i), building on the success of the brand’s previous platform. Gen 2i continues to strengthen the Bluesound line with dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Apple AirPlay 2 support, upgraded Bluetooth codecs, improved amplification and acoustics, and more.

Bluesound’s new models are: NODE 2i (US$499 / £499 MSRP), POWERNODE 2i (US$799 / £799), VAULT 2i (US$1199 / £1099), PULSE 2i (US$799 / £749), PULSE MINI 2i (US$499 / £499), PULSE FLEX 2i (US$299 / £299), and PULSE SOUNDBAR 2i (US$799 / £799 in Black, US$899 / £899 in White).  All Gen 2i models will be offered in a choice of Black or White finishes.

All Bluesound models feature BluOS, a music management system that connects, organizes, and controls your music. Choose music from your favorite streaming service or from a music library connected to your home network. Bluesound integrates all these sources and sends the music to every room in the home. Featuring a family of dedicated multi-room, wireless streaming digital music players, Bluesound delivers a compelling high-resolution wireless digital music system with an audiophile-grade feature set.

New features for Gen 2i models include:

Apple AirPlay 2 Support

With AirPlay 2, Gen 2i owners can stream just about any sound from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to their Bluesound system — all in sync. Customers can stream music, books, and podcasts from their favorite Apps, or watch videos on their Apple device while streaming the audio through to their Gen 2i Player – imagine watching Netflix or YouTube on an iPad while filling the room with premium sound from a Bluesound system.

AirPlay 2 also gives users more options for control, including using Siri voice assistance. Once you add your Gen 2i Player to the Apple Home App on your iPhone or iPad, Apple Music subscribers can use their iOS device or HomePod to say things like: “Hey Siri, play smooth jazz in the Living Room” or “Hey Siri, turn it up in the Kitchen.”

By grouping a Gen 2i Player with older Bluesound Players in the BluOS App, existing customers can add AirPlay 2 compatibility to their entire BluOS system.

TWO-WAY BLUETOOTH

Gen 2i contains Bluesound’s most advanced take on Bluetooth to date – two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive capability allows users to wirelessly stream from their device to a Bluesound Player just like they’re used to doing with Gen 2. The Transmit capability means the user can now use their Bluesound Gen 2i Player as a source, sending what they are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless headphones. One exception: Bluesound PULSE FLEX 2i only supports the Receive functionality via Bluetooth.

aptX HD BLUETOOTH

While Bluesound has improved the Bluetooth connectivity in Gen 2i, engineers also made sure that audio quality improvements are part of the Gen 2i Bluetooth story. The advanced Qualcomm CSR8675 chip used in these new products also supports aptX HD Bluetooth wireless audio. aptX HD is an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit audio over Bluetooth and has been engineered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in lower background noise. With the ability to support streams up to 24bit/48kHz, a customer streaming from an aptX HD compatible device to a Gen 2i Player is actually able to listen to better-than-CD quality, wirelessly. It all fits into the Bluesound story – modern wireless convenience without sacrificing quality. Note that the PULSE FLEX 2i only supports aptX Bluetooth.

DUAL-BAND WI-FI

Bluesound has also upgraded the Wi-Fi chipset technology in its Bluesound Players to the latest and greatest Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) dual-band offering. Best-in-class products deserve best-in-class connection; with the new Wi-Fi chip onboard, Gen 2i owners can take advantage of the less noisy 5 GHz band if needed. This results in faster connection times and fewer interruptions from other network traffic.

PULSE FAMILY AMPLIFICATION

Who doesn’t like more power? All-new, custom-designed digital amplifiers in Bluesound’s  PULSE 2i and PULSE MINI 2i effectively double the available power used to drive these speakers. The difference is dramatic with improved bass response and more powerful sonic soundscapes as the new norm in Gen 2i.

New driver configurations in the PULSE 2i, PULSE MINI 2i, and PULSE FLEX 2i complement the upgraded amplification; the PULSE 2i and PULSE MINI 2i in particular now function as true stereo speakers.

Users also have better control over their audio settings with the PULSE 2i and PULSE MINI 2i. Popular DSP settings like Wide Mode, Late Night, and Dialog, much-loved and much-used in the Bluesound PULSE SOUNDBAR, are now available to these updated Gen 2i speakers.

The innovative mix of amp upgrades, driver re-configurations, and updated DSP settings breathes fresh life into the PULSE speaker lineup and reflects Bluesound’s commitment to creating the best wireless, multi-room home audio experience available.

The POWERNODE 2i now features two TOSLINK/3.5mm Optical and Analog inputs while the PULSE SOUNDBAR 2i now includes HDMI (ARC and eARC). These provide improved connectivity and flexibility.

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An Interview With Recording Artist Sophia Pfister (Custom)

Andre Marc, a regular contributor to our sister site NOVO High-End, just posted a fantastic interview on his own site Fair Hedon, with recording artist Sophia Pfister from California.  Learn all about Sophia’s unique musical style and how she managed to produce a self financed vinyl pressing of this album. In addition to being a talented songwriter and recording artist, Sophia is also a visually artist, model and writer.  A great read!

http://fairhedon.com/2018/09/24/an-interview-with-recording-artist-sophia-pfister/

 

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Our sister site NOVO High-End just posted a fabulous review of the EAT C-Major Turntable & Jo No.5 MC Cartridge, by Andre Marc.  This is a killer turntable that offers an amazing build quality and wicked performance — and all without breaking the bank.  Give it a read HERE.

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Akiko Audio Power Conditioner Minelli front 720

If you have ever heard about the philosophy behind Akiko Audio’s tuning product designs, you won’t be surprised to hear that the new Minelli Power Conditioner is based on a design without electrical components. By doing so, it can passively tackle high frequency noise.

Named after the 17th century Italian baroque composer, the Minelli is never the less a product of its time: it’s compactly built and uses much the same techniques as its high-end brother, the Corelli. Designer Sander van Berlo explains the demand for an affordable power conditioner: “Even in a less expensive system, the right power supply creates a more beautiful listening experience by lowering the noise floor. We truly believe the Minelli provides excellent value for your money!”

Inside the Minelli you will find three units of woven carbon so the neutral, phase and ground are separately treated. Moreover, the device has been stabilised with black resin to repress unwanted microphonic effects and the aluminium front panel has been energetically treated. Connecting the Minelli is easy: simply connect it to any free socket in your power distributor.
What can you expect? By lowering the noise floor more high tones and small details become audible. This increases the recognizability of instruments and increases the emotional experience while you enjoy your music. Listening fatigue doesn’t stand a chance!

For more information check out www.akikoaudio.com

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Canada’s original critically-acclaimed Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) returns from September 14 – 16th for its fourth year.

FIVARS showcases a new wave of filmmakers, content producers, technologists and experience designers who push the boundaries of immersive arts and entertainment powered by Virtual and Augmented Reality! The three-day experience takes place at the historic Matador Ballroom–a venue that will be reopening after a decade long rest for this exclusive engagement!

Date: September 14 – 16, 2018

Time: 12 pm – 9 pm daily

Location: The Matador Ballroom – 466 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON M6H 2W4

Tickets are priced at $42.00 per 80 minutes of viewing material.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/fivars2018tix

Website: www.FIVARS.net

Social: @FIVARStories

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Tri-Cell Enterprises is proud to announce that it has been selected as the exclusive distributor of Estelon loudspeakers in Canada.

Founded in 2010 by the Vassilkov family in Estonia, Estelon is one of the world’s most luxurious high end loudspeaker brands.  Today Estelon loudspeakers are available in 25 international markets.

The Founder and Chief Designer Alfred Vassilkov, an electro-acoustic engineer, has been designing speakers for other companies for over 25 years. These experiences enabled Alfred to develop technologies and find materials with which to construct unique and innovative products. Alfred has been able to combine inspiration from nature and cutting-edge science to create gorgeous loudspeakers that deliver an unimaginable musical experience.

Estelon loudspeakers are highly praised at audio shows around the world, and winners of numerous industry awards.

For more information about Estelon, please visit www.estelon.com

For more information about Tri-Cell Enterprises, please visit www.tricellenterprises.com or call 905- 265-7870.

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