MarkAudio-SOTA speakers

MarkAudio-SOTA invites you to “hear our difference” at the LA Audio Show June 2-4th. This showcase is also the US Market launch celebration of the company’s new Cesti MB monitor speakers, offering the rich midrange that is typical of a wide-range, single speaker design, plus the high-impact dynamics typical of multi-way speakers.  Here some of the highlights about these speakers, along with details about each model.

All cabinets, crossovers and speaker drivers are engineered in tandem to create an end product that exceeds the sum of its premium parts.

The wide dispersion and shallow-profile cone drivers replace conventional cone-woofer and dome-tweeter combinations. With matched dispersion and output characteristics, along with a low order crossover slope, the two custom-made SOTA drivers provide a seamless integration between high and low frequencies. This integration results in a smooth, natural output and soundstage that affords a wider range of seating positions, allowing several people to hear a top quality performance simultaneously.

MarkAudio-SOTA’s unique All-Range driver approach offers the rich midrange that is typical of a wide-range single speaker design, while providing a dynamic, full frequency range extending from 40Hz to 25kHz. The three dual driver speakers’ systems use different combinations of a custom-designed, 110mm (SOTA 11) wide-range mid-bass driver mounted in a ported cabinet along with an acoustically isolated 50mm (SOTA 5) tweeter. Both drivers use a low mass, mixed-alloy cone that generates exceedingly accurate audio transparency with incredible detail.

The company’s two-way speakers utilize a 2.4 kHz crossover frequency with gentle, 2nd order electrical and acoustic slopes that gradually blend the outputs, maximizing the advantages of the symmetrical, all-range wide-dispersion drivers. The simple design, with few reactive components, also aids in amplifier matching, allowing MarkAudio-SOTA speakers to be easily driven by low-power designs. The result is a 2-way loudspeaker without any obvious crossover transition, and a smooth, transparent, yet dynamic and natural musical response especially apparent in vocal reproduction.

Cesti MB
MarkAudio-SOTA’s small bookshelf speakers combine Italian style with British engineering design that follow the company’s “Hear Our Difference” audio philosophy.The speakers utilize a single all-range symmetric driver to create a full range loudspeaker in an elegant and finely finished cabinet.Our proprietary minimalist control network [MA1] intelligently controls the driver, delivering pure music to the listener while minimizing artificial processing. Laminated dual-core panels and space-age polymers provide enclosures of maximum strength and acoustic stability. The result is statement-level sound quality for the discerning listener. Available in three colors (black, red or white).

Viotti One
MarkAudio-SOTA’s flagship 2-way, stand-mount loudspeakers combine a unique Italian design style with British engineering that follows the company’s “Hear Our Difference” credo. The speaker utilizes custom all-range symmetric driver technology to create a full range loudspeaker in an elegant and finely finished cabinet. Laminated dual-core panels and polymers provide enclosures of maximum strength and acoustic stability. The result is statement-level sound quality for the discerning listener.

Cesti B
MarkAudio-SOTA’s medium-sized, two-way bookshelf speaker utilizes custom all-range symmetric driver technology to create a full range loudspeaker. The speakers use a Billow waveguide baffle for optimum dispersion and accurate sound replication in smaller rooms. Styled with a clean, minimalist industrial design, the speakers are available in a finely lacquered finish and in three colors (black, red or white).

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Want to learn about music technology and connect with industry veterans?  Then look no further than the Music Technology MeetUp, in partnership with Alan Cross, hosted in Toronto on May 30th.  The event is free but you need to register. This MeetUp will also feature a draw for a Fluance RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player!

The theme of this MeetUp is “THE BUSINESS OF BEING A BAND”.

The featured presentation will be given by Alan Cross, Former Program Director Edge 102.1

Talk title: How to Get Your Song on the Radio

Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.  In his 35 years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock and is a respected a musicologist and documentarian.  He’s written four books, works as a public speaker, wrote a national newspaper column in Canada and co-hosted podcasts and served as head of Canadian Curation for Songza.

The second speaker will be Alexandre Bonenfant founder of the Sleepless Records.

Talk Title: Building Your Team

Alexandre Bonenfant is a Toronto based Juno Award winning and Polaris Prize nominated music producer; engineer, recording studio owner, artist manager, and founder of the Sleepless Records.

A short Q&A session will follow the presentation, so have your questions ready!

StartUp Spotlight – Remix My Band 

Meet Josh Cook from Remix My Band! Remix My Band is a website dedicated to helping bands and artists find a remix producer that best suites the needs for any project.

Location: Shopify: 80 Spadina Ave #400, Toronto, ON M5V 2J4. Date: Tuesday, May 30th.

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Hafler (a division of Radial Engineering Ltd.) has just revealed the HA75-DAC, an audiophile-quality tube headphone amplifier and USB digital to analog converter.

The Hafler HA75 Tube Head headphone amp has already received critical acclaim from many of the ‘golden ears’ of the recording industry, including Alan Parsons, Chuck Ainlay, and Frank Filipetti. According to 22-time Grammy winner Chick Corea, “The Hafler HA75 Tube Head produces a richer, warmer, analog quality that makes listening to music with headphones more pleasing.” The new HA75-DAC builds on this legacy by adding a USB DAC for digital audio playback at up to 192 kHz resolution. This allows for connection to a laptop with high resolution audio files along with separate analog audio sources; a front panel selector switch chooses between the analog and digital inputs.

The heart of the HA75-DAC is still the on-board 12AX7 tube, which provides subtle but pleasing tube character, while also introducing natural compression when pushed hard. A non-radiating charge pump is utilized to apply 140 volts to the tube for optimal headroom and vintage inspired warmth. Also included is the innovative Focus control, which can be dialed in to simulate the effect of listening to live speakers in a room.

Another new feature on the HA75-DAC is the headphone load impedance selector. This can be set from 20 to 400 Ohms and allows users to set the optimal impedance to match all types of headphones. This is complemented with a three position voicing switch that can be used to boost low frequencies, increase overall loudness, or set to bypass for neutral voicing. The HA75-DAC features both XLR and RCA analog audio connections to allow the perfect blend of analog and digital in one outstanding headphone amplifier.

The HA75-DAC will ship this May for $1299 US.

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Nordost recently announced the latest addition to its line of QRT Power Products: the QKORE. The Nordost QKORE is the most effective, comprehensive grounding device in the consumer electronics market. It presents a simple solution to rid hifi systems of the incessant hum and relentless electrical noise that are caused by high frequency interference, noise, and stray magnetic fields contaminating AC lines. Nordost’s QKORE offers an effective ground point, which provides a solid foundation for your entire sound system. Introducing the QKORE to a hifi audio system produces immediate results: lowering the noise floor, increasing harmonic accuracy and clarity, and improving the overall musicality in performances.

The QKORE is a parallel grounding device, which provides an artificial, “clean” earth for hifi audio systems using both an electrical and mechanical approach. This unique product combines Nordost’s patented Mono-Filament technology with purpose-built, Low-Voltage Attractor Plates (LVAPs), constructed with a proprietary metal alloy and a passive electronic circuit, in order to draw stray high frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields to a manufactured earth point, leaving a clean reference behind. This passive system is contained in a mechanically tuned housing, and outfitted with gold-plated, WBT binding posts, which easily connect each component to an artificial ground. By providing for a balanced and very “clean” ground point, by-products of electrical balance imperfections between voltage and ground are no longer added to other pollutants, dramatically increasing high quality audio circuit performances.

Nordost’s QKORE is available in three distinct models. The QKORE1 is specifically designed to serve as a parallel ground for use with Nordost’s distribution block, the QBASE. By connecting the QBASE to the QKORE1’s singular binding post, it provides an effective, alternative ground on the primary side of the power supply. The QKORE3 is named for its three available binding posts, which can be used to ground any component in your system on the secondary side of a power supply, where the audio circuit is. For audiophiles who have monoblocks in their system, or are searching for an all-in-one unit solution, Nordost offers The QKORE6, making it possible to ground all elements of your sound system on its six binding posts, including one ground for your distribution block, two grounds for the left and right channels of your monoblocks, and three grounds for additional audio components.

In order to complete this comprehensive grounding system, Nordost has also designed a designated QKORE Wire, which is constructed to provide the path of least resistance to ground, for the stray, high-frequency, low-voltage potentials that can affect the performance of your sound system. The QKORE Wire is a mechanically tuned cable that utilizes Nordost’s patented Micro Mono-Filament technology, combined with extruded FEP insulation, and constructed with a 16 AWG, silver-plated OFC, solid core conductor. The QKORE Wire can be terminated with the following connectors: spade, banana, male-XLR, female-XLR, BNC and RCA (further termination options available).

Every aspect of Nordost’s QKORE grounding system is thoughtfully designed and manufactured in the USA to the highest standards in the industry, in order to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction. The QKORE will be available at select Nordost dealers, worldwide, in June. The suggested retail prices (in USD) are as follows— QKORE1: $2,499.99, QKORE3: $3,499.99, QKORE6: $4,999.99, QKORE Wire: $360.00 with $150.00 per additional meter.

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Are you interested in fast-tracking into the Virtual & Augmented Reality industries, leveling up your existing offering, or turning a corner into new ideas, networks, and opportunities?

VRTO (Virtual Reality Toronto), brings the best and the brightest from around the world under one roof for this internationally recognized and critically-acclaimed symposium in Toronto, Canada. Known for its ground-breaking talks, roundtable discussions, intensive training, onboarding workshops, structured networking events, and themed pavilions, it’s the largest conference on the eastern seaboard of North America, featuring over 65 speakers, and 10+ active rooms, halls and studios focused like a laser on VR & AR.

Maximize your time building a business or product, or expanding your research and development resources for Experiential technologies! Find out why Huffington Post wrote, “VRTO will change the face of VR.”

VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo – at Toronto’s Rogers Communications Center – June 25th-26th. Get tickets now at

Use promotional code VRTOAFF2017 at checkout for 20% off all regular ticket types (or bonus discount during Early Bird pricing)!




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Hafler (a division of Radial Engineering Ltd.) will launch a brand new series of multi-channel amplifiers, called the Hafler CI series, designed for the custom installation market this spring.

The new series will include three multi-zone amplifiers: the 6 channel CI-6120e, the 8 channel CI-855e and the 12 channel CI-1255e. Common features among the three models include a compact footprint that is only 3.5″ (8.9 cm) high, 17″ (43.2 cm) wide and 11.5″ (29.2 cm) deep, RCA inputs and an all-channel bus input for easy routing. Class-AB circuit topology for the most demanding listening needs, Hush-Tone fan cooling technology, rear-panel level controls and signal status LEDs, and easy to use detachable Euroblock (Phoenix style) speaker connectors for quick and secure termination are also features shared by all the models. To save energy, all three amps are equipped with ecoSYSTEM – an innovative circuit that shuts the amp off when not in use after 1 minute, and automatically restarts individual amplifier channels in less than 10 milliseconds.

The CI-6120e delivers 120 watts per channel to 3 stereo zones and is equipped with RCA throughputs and balanced detachable Euroblock connectors for greater connectivity options. The CI-855e delivers 55 watts per channel to 4 stereo zones and channels 7 and 8 may be bridged mono to power a subwoofer with over 120 watts at 8 Ohms. The CI-1255e also delivers 55 watts per channel but this time to 6 stereo zones and is equipped with the same bridge-mono functionality using channels 11 and 12. All three amplifiers are equipped with Omniport – a plug-in module that can be used to add various functions such as Euroblock connectors, Jensen-transformer isolated inputs, or a Dante digital networking card to connect the Hafler amp to an Ethernet hub. Power may be derived from either a 115V or a 230V supply via the internal dual-tap toroidal transformer to accommodate installations around the globe.

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Dynaco (a division of Radial Engineering Ltd.) is excited to re-launch the legendary tube amp, the ST-70 Series 3, this summer.  The ST-70 Series 3 builds upon the proven design philosophies of the original David Hafler-designed Stereo 70, with contemporary design techniques resulting in exceptional performance improvements that meet the requirements of modern audiophiles.

The new Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 tube amplifier is rated at 35 watts per channel and switchable between both 4 and 8 Ohm outputs and features a Class-A push-pull stereo topography.

Dynaco engineers have made extensive use of high-quality parts that were unavailable at the time of the original design including precision metal-film resistors, poly-composition capacitors and miniaturized high-capacity power supply electrolytic capacitors. In addition, many of the newer parts are also built to tighter specifications than the originals. For instance, the PCB is constructed of military-grade, double-sided epoxy fiberglass PC material. In compliance with modern practices, the speaker binding posts have been updated, and a heavy-duty three-pin detachable grounded power cord is provided. Signal ground is the same as electrical ground and chassis, and all signal connectors are gold-plated.

The latest rendition has seen a substantially overhauled power supply from the original version, employing a larger dual-primary power transformer with improved line regulation, increased filter capacitance, and a solid-state rectifier that results in a much more articulate response. The resulting bottom end is a dramatic improvement over the original Stereo 70’s low-end response. This is augmented with a three-position high-pass filter switch to allow listeners to tailor the low-end response of the amplifier to their personal tastes.

The redesigned front end of the Series 3 amplifier replaces the obsolete 7199 pentode signal tubes from the original Stereo 70 with more commonly-used 12AU7 dual-triode tubes as part of a configuration that harkens back to the classic Williamson amplifier – this in itself has a long-storied history in the audiophile community. The output stage and EL34/6CA7 output tubes retain the same elements as the original Stereo 70 yet with the new design, the bias adjustment for the output tubes can be individually set using a front-panel recessed trimmer for each tube. After a warm up period (and with no input signal present), the bias is easily set by matching the brightness of the front-panel LEDs. Tremendous effort was applied to improving upon the original output transformers in an effort to increase damping and tighten up the low frequency response . A rear-panel switch allows the listener to select between 4 and 8-Ohm speaker loads. The feedback location is also configured by this switch, and the gain is adjusted accordingly. This results in an improved transient response when compared to older Stereo 70 implementations.

Building on the legacy of David Hafler’s enormously successful Stereo 70, the new Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 incorporates advancements in component quality, improvements to the electronic circuit performance and an all new design that is sure to please the most demanding audiophile.

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Features inside this issue:

  • What’s up with Wearables? Here Are the Hottest Wearable Tech Trends for 2017
  • Techtales
  • FutureWorld: The rise of robots, artificial intelligence and smart machines
  • Beginner’s Guide to Building a HiFi System
  • Why Virtual Reality is the Travel Industry’s New Best Friend

Product reviews:

  • Unison Research Unico 90 Integrated Amplifier and CD Due CD Player
  • Hafler PH60 Solid State Moving Coil Phono Stage
  • Mundorf MA30 Custom Made Speaker Kit SilverGold Series
  • Focal Utopia Headphones

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The TAVES Consumer Electronics Show is well on the way to produce the largest, most exhilarating event this fall (Oct. 13-15) at its new home, the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Many outstanding Hi-Fi and technology companies have already confirmed their exhibit spaces, and today we are delighted to welcome aboard for the 2017 edition of the show. is the reseller of premium 3D printing brands in Canada, serving education and small businesses via their dedicated showroom in the Greater Toronto Area. focuses on providing the best customer experience by providing expert resources before and after sales.

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Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless In-ear Headphones For Audiophiles 01

High-end sound and wireless transmission? Many would claim that’s hardly realistic. Until now…
For the technology produced by the Heilbronn-based audio specialist to play fully to its strengths, the transmission quality must meet highest standards. That’s why beyerdynamic has opted for Qualcomm aptXHD audio. The high-resolution audio codec allows for a quality of sound that is otherwise only associated with cables. It transmits 24-bit signals in full resolution. The excellent dynamic range belies the fact that player and headphones are connected wirelessly. The Xelento wireless switches automatically to aptXor AAC as a codec on playback devices that do not support aptXHD, thus allowing Apple users to also enjoy the best possible Bluetooth transmission.

The latest member of the Xelento family uses the same exclusive Tesla transducers as the wired Xelento remote. They have been redeveloped from scratch. Ring magnets – 16 times smaller than in the reference T 1 headphones – and ultra-fine voice coils deliver an impulse fidelity that is second to none among in-ear models. The extended frequency response makes every sound detail audible, while a powerful, precise bass rounds off the sound profile without pushing itself into the limelight. In other words: The Xelento wireless is the embodiment of technical feasibility in its class.

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As soon as put them on you realize – you can barely feel a thing. That’s because on the one hand, the Xelento wireless weighs just seven grams. But on the other hand it also feels as if its shape had been crafted for each unique user. Over the course of extensive test series, beyerdynamic has measured dozens of ears, produced silicone casts and evaluated computer data. This has resulted in anatomically shaped eartips in no less than seven sizes – from XS to 3XL. Their oval shape means they fit like a glove in the auditory canal without the otherwise usual feeling of pressure. The specialist Complyeartips are also available in three different sizes for fans of classic foam moulded attachments.

A remote control button positioned conveniently in the handle controls playback and allows phone calls to be conducted via the integrated microphone. Silver-plated cables with an aramid-fibre core are connected to the rechargeable battery pack, which can be secured to clothing using a clip. The slim aluminium cylinder supplies power for up to five and a half hours of permanent use. The USB port on the notebook or smartphone charger is then sufficient to top up its reserves again. And if charging is not an option on the go, the additional detachable cable converts the Xelento wireless into a classic in-ear with jack plug. All the various parts can be stored in an elegant carry case with magnetic fastener, which protects the headphones during transport and ensures appropriate storage.