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Fabriq Chorus and Riff Alexa-equipped Speakers 01

Canadian company Fabriq has just revealed two covetable new speakers that are Alexa-equipped, and promise to outshine Amazon’s own Echo and Dot capabilities in a number of ways.

With all of Alexa’s smarts and core capabilities – including the ability to do everything from play music and read news out loud to third-party skills, smart home control, and yes, those terrible jokes – Fabriq’s two portable speakers are now available and offer plenty of tech appeal in a stylish package.

The key features of the Fabriq speakers, called Chorus & Riff include:
• Premium Sound Quality: Enhanced audio quality and deeper bass than other portable Alexa speakers, plus ability to sync multiple speakers (up to 10!) together over Wi-Fi for simultaneous playback.
• Sleek Design: Unlike other speakers they come in a stylish, fabric packaging that suits every style, including a Canadiana lumberjack plaid pattern and a subtle grey for better lifestyle integration.
• Enhanced Connectivity: Connect to the speakers via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (plus the Fabriq app). Bluetooth range maintains a strong connection from more than 50 feet away indoors.
• Added Portability: Easy to carry in one hand, and thanks to a built-in, rechargeable battery which lasts up to 5 hrs, you’re not tethered to an outlet.
• A Cool & Functional Light Show: An LED light ring at the base of the speakers pulses a rainbow of colours and also its current function: blue for Bluetooth, or white for Alexa. It also glows red when the battery is low.

Fabriq Chorus (larger speaker pictured) retails for $129 CAD and Fabriq Riff (pocket-sized speaker) retails for $69 CAD.

More information over at www.thefabriq.com

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Lyft Launches Today in the Greater Toronto Area (Custom)

Starting today, consumers in the GTA will have an alternative to the Uber ride-sharing service.  Lyft, the popular ride-sharing service will available for some time in the US, is now also available in the Greater Toronto Area.  Lyft cars will service the area from Hamilton to Oshawa, and reach as far north as Newmarket.

At launch, there will be five different cars consumers can choose, ranging from regular sedans all the way to a luxury black SUV.

For more info, check out www.lyft.com or download their app from the iOS or Android app store.

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Sonos One Smart Speaker with Built-in Alexa 01

Sonos is the world’s most popular multi-room music system, thanks to its rich set of features and affordability.  If you’re not familiar with the Sonos system, check out our article on Building an Affordable Multi-room Audio System.

The Sonos One speakers plays with a surprisingly rich, room-filing sound thanks to a pair of Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers, meticulously tuned to the speaker’s unique acoustic architecture.

However it is voice control via Alexa that makes this speaker special.  This means that you can use your voice to manage and control all your music with Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio and other streaming services (there are currently 48 online music services available via the Sonos app).

Amazon’s Alexa also allows you to check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.

The Sonos One can connect wirelessly with other Sonos speakers to play music in any or every room in your home.

More info at www.sonos.com

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XTZ, the Swedish manufacturer of loudspeakers, headphones and electronics has just introduced the new EDGE A2-300 Stereo Power Amplifier, breaking new ground on the legacy of amplifier technology. Thanks to state-of-the-art ICEpower technology, the power amp delivers 2 x 300W to 4 ohms, making it easy to power even the most power-hungry speakers. With a dynamic range of up to 113 dB, the amplifier offers perfect signal amplification with an absolute minimum of background noise. The damping factor is greater than 1500 to guarantee maximum signal control for a more natural and balanced sound. To minimize power consumption, the EDGE A2-300 can be used in automatic mode. Another highlight is the low output impedance of the EDGE A2-300, which leads to an even more precise bass control and is therefore superior to traditional amplifiers in Class AB circuit.

This compares with a standby power consumption of just 0.27W and an idle consumption of 6.8W. The compact design as well as the massive and excellently machined aluminum housing make the amplifier an adornment in any hi-fi rack.

The input gain control on the backside of the housing can be used to adjust the gain when the power amp is connected to sources other than ordinary preamps such as cell phones, media players, and so on. If you want to use the EDGE A2-300 in bi-amping, you can switch the output stage to mono using a switch on the back.

Finally, the mounting in 19″ racks is possible, which is important in particular for home cinema enthusiasts.

The EDGE A2-300 is very affordable at just 495 € (4790 Kr). For an additional charge of 100 € (1000 Kr), an extension of the 2-year warranty to 10 years can be booked.

In addition, there is a unique pre-order promotion until 29.12.2017 in which the 10-year warranty worth 100 € can be purchased free of charge.

For more info, check out https://www.xtzsound.eu

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Pro-Ject Audio Juke Box E Turntable 01

Turntables and the analogue experience have gained in popularity the last few years and many consumers are searching for a simple plug-and-play solution. Pro-Ject’s solution to this problem is the new active turntable called the Juke Box E.  It offers built-in pre and power-amplifier, which allows you to place the speakers far away from each other to minimize the possibility of acoustic feedback and to create a real analogue stereo experience.

With the its full range of analogue and digital inputs, the Juke Box E is one of the most versatile offerings on the market. It’s a turntable, a preamplifier, a power amplifier and a Bluetooth receiver all in a single, attractive package.

The Line output even lets you relay the signal to a further amplifier, such as the Head Box S2, to become an even more complete setup.

The built-in high contrast display always tells you what volume-setting you are listening at and what input currently is in use.  The 32-step digital potentiometer gives you perfect feedback and allows you to fine-tune to your desired volume. Pressing the volume knob switches between the available inputs.

Specially designed turntable feet ensure that the record player is completely decoupled from the surface. Making sure that no vibrations can be passed on to the tonearm or the pickup, this way an undisturbed listening experience is given.

The included remote control gives you the freedom of setting the volume to your desired setting, switch between available inputs or even to adjust bass and treble frequencies to your liking.

More info over at www.project-audio.com

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Features inside this issue:

  • Tribute to Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip
  • Gadgets to Help You Keep Calm This Holiday Season
  • 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. From Record Players to Home Robots!
  • Oh Canada, Our Best Bands, Our Best Brands
  • VR is Here, Now What? Where Virtual Reality is Heading in The Future

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SVS has just announced the 4000 Series subwoofers, three new models loaded with advanced features and technology, at a price that redefines the cost of entry into reference quality bass for music and home theater fans. SVS 4000 Series subwoofers borrow heavily from the flagship SVS 16-Ultra Series.

Comprised of the SB-4000 sealed cabinet subwoofer, PB-4000 ported cabinet subwoofer and the PC-4000 ported cylinder cabinet subwoofer, each new SVS model features advancements to the driver, amplifier, cabinet and overall user experience that outpace anything available in the industry. The result is massive and effortless low frequency output below the threshold of human hearing, with accuracy in frequency response and pinpoint speed in transients, priced below lesser performing “reference” subwoofers.

Powering the 4000 Series is a commanding and sophisticated Sledge STA-1200D amplifier that combines the high current output of discrete MOSFETs with Class D efficiency. The unique design unleashes nearly limitless on-demand power while maintaining precise driver control, so the 4000 Series can be pushed beyond reference playback levels without flinching, and still achieve accurate frequency response.

Harnessing the fathomless power of the Sledge amplifier is a 50 MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56bit filtering, the most sophisticated DSP engine ever used in a home audio subwoofer. The vast processing power enables pristine output and refinement that’s true to the source material. The ideal amount of acoustic energy is produced at just the right moment with no overhang, at the exact playback level and frequency the artist, director or sound engineer intended. The DSP also unlocks subwoofer intelligence through precise tuning features, optimized frequency response curves, sophisticated user controls and more.

Drivers in the 4000 Series subwoofers are built for serious output and punishment. The proprietary SVS design features a dual ferrite magnet motor assembly weighing nearly 40 lbs. and delivering immense magnetic force to a 13.5-inch drive unit with long-throw parabolic surround for extreme excursion, SPLs and longevity. A lightweight and rigid composite cone with glass fiber dustcap moves massive amounts of air to create tactile sonic energy without ever flexing or losing control. The result is pinpoint accurate frequency response and speed in transients, even at the most intense listening levels.

Launched originally with the flagship SVS 16-Ultra subwoofers, the 4000 Series also feature convenient control and custom presets via the SVS subwoofer DSP smartphone app for Apple and Android devices. The SVS app controls polarity, room gain, phase alignment, volume, parametric EQs and stores custom music, home theater and other presets for easy one-touch tuning. It’s the simplest way to optimize bass response below the limits of human hearing from any seat in the house. No more back and forth from the subwoofer to the listening position to calibrate. For added convenience, bi-directional feedback shows updates in real time on both the app and subwoofer interface and Bluetooth connectivity allows adjustments to be made when the subwoofer is not in sight. Control is also available via IR remote and a front panel display.

Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) within the 4000 Series serves as a line conditioner, surge suppressor and voltage regulator, letting the amplifier deal with wide voltage fluctuations and ensuring the subwoofers operate flawlessly on any household circuit no matter how unstable the incoming current. An isolated circuit within each subwoofer creates a vanishingly low noise floor by eliminating the potential for ground loop hums from outside components resulting in absolute sonic transparency.

Subwoofers capable of such extreme performance levels require equally formidable cabinet designs so the 4000 Series are built with double thick MDF and rigid internal bracing to support the drive unit and ensure an acoustically inert environment. The highly reinforced internal design eliminates any chance of coloration or resonance from the cabinet, even when the deepest low frequencies are played at reference sound pressure levels.

The 4000 Series starts shipping in early December 2017. The SB-4000 and PB-4000 are available in a premium black ash or piano gloss black finishes and come standard with a protective, non-resonant steel mesh grille. The PC-4000 features a piano gloss black top cap.

Pricing for the 4000 Series Subwoofers:
SB-4000: Premium Black Ash – $1,499.99, Piano Gloss Black – $1599.99
PB-4000: Premium Black Ash – $1,899.99, Piano Gloss Black – $1999.99
PC-4000: Piano Gloss Black – $1799.99

For more info, check out www.svsound.com

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Gold Note IS-1000_lifestyle_1 (Custom)

Gold Note calls its brand new IS-1000 a Super Integrated Amplifier because it’s a complete high-end stereo system — all you need to add is a pair of speakers.  Boasting a beautiful aluminium chassis, the IS-1000 features a phono preamp, an high-quality DAC fitted with BurrBrown’s PCM 1796 chip, and a cutting edge streamer that will allow you to play music from the best online streaming services.

The IS-1000 is ROON Ready and features AirPlay, WiFi and Gold Note’s app available for iOS and Android: simply connect IS-1000 to your speakers, download the App and press Play.

At the heart of the IS-1000 a powerful integrated amplifier that offers 125/250W @8/4Ω developed using only the best audio grade components specifically chosen to deliver the ultimate performance.

Equally as impressive is the on-board advanced streamer based on the latest technology to guarantee perfect connectivity and access to high quality music on TIDAL, QOBUZ, SPOTIFY and DEEZER and also web radio with V-TUNER.

No other cables, no additional boxes. Just endless music in high resolution.

For more info, check out www.goldnote.it

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UNDER $100 US

Chemion Bluetooth LED Glasses, $59 US
Whether you wear these to a house party, a dance club or a Christmas party, these Chemion glasses are sure to be a big hit. The Chemion app (iOS & Andriod) let’s you choose animations, drawings and a music equalizer with the tap of your finger and sends them instantly to the glasses. You can also show off your creative side by crafting your own messages. www.chemionglasses.com

Auledio Portable 5- Inch Projection Screen (Custom)

Auledio Portable 50-Inch 16:9 Projection Screen, $56
This 16:9 ratio screen is so portable, you can take it with you just about anywhere. Set it up in the backyard on a hot summer night and invite the neighbors, use it at your office in the boardroom or create a temporary movie theater for the family in the basement. Place the screen on a flat surface, pull up the screen and project your favorite movie or work presentation in seconds, thanks to this screen’s easy setup. www.amazon.com

Google Home Mini 01 (Custom)

Google Home Mini, $49 US
Got some questions? Ask your heart away! Use your voice to look up information on Google, weather, news and more – the Home Mini has the power of Google Search, Maps and more built in. You can also use it to schedule meetings, alarms, make hands-free calls, and even control your favorite video entertainment from a Chromecast device. And what about controlling lights, switches and thermostats? Yes, the Home Mini can do that too. https://store.google.com

AppLights LED String Lights (Custom)

AppLights LED String Lights, $49 US
Show your love for the holidays with the coolest string lights… ever! The AppLights are controlled by your smartphone and can be set to display 140 different effects ranging from sparkle to starry night to glimmer and more. The app also lets you adjust the color scheme and turn the lights on and off. www.applights.com

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Amazon Echo 2nd Generation, $99 US
Having music wherever you are is wonderful but having a device that also lets you get the news, sports scores, make and receive calls simply at your voice command, is well, just amaz(on)ing. The Amazon Echo is a hands-free “smart” speaker, a virtual information butler with Dolby processing for immersive sound. Seven built-in microphones hear you wherever you are – a delightful gift. www.amazon.com

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Roku Premiere+, $89 US
Streaming is no longer the way of the future, it’s the way of the present and the Roku Premier+ HD, 4K, HDR streaming box is just the gift for the family or friend to make for an entertaining holiday season. This box will stream a wide range of content, from movies to TV shows and of course music and it even includes an enhanced remote. www.roku.com

JBL Flip 4 (Custom)

JBL Flip 4, $99 US
Love listening to music when you are on the go and want to share the experience? The JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker is the next generation of the award-winning Flip series. It can provide up to 12 hours of continuous, high-quality audio and has waterproof fabric materials in 6 vibrant colors. Perhaps give a few Flips to friends and have a party, as you can even wirelessly link more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers together for a massive experience! www.jbl.com

1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone 01 (Custom)

1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone, $99 US
Looking for a pair of in-ear headphones for a friend or yourself and don’t want to break the bank? The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone is the way to go. I like them so much myself that I own a set and wouldn’t recommend any other at their price. With three micro-drivers you won’t miss anything in your music or your phone conversations, if you use them for hands free calling. Get one for yourself and a friend. https://usa.1more.com

UNDER $300 US

Nordost Purple Flare Power Cord (Custom)

Nordost Purple Flare Power Cord, $155 US
It’s no secret that upgrading the power cords on your hifi components can dramatically improve the sound of your system. What improvements can you expect? A cleaner background, greater musical details, a better defined soundstage and a deeper bass. The Purple Flare cable represents remarkable value from expert cable maker Nordost. A perfect gift for that budding audiophile on your gift list! www.nordost.com

Sennheiser RS 5000 (Custom)

Sennheiser RS 5000 Wireless TV Earphones, $250 US
It’s unlikely that your sleeping habits match those of your significant other or your kids. The RS 5000 earphones are designed for those times when you wake up early on a Saturday morning and everyone else is still dreaming about unicorns. These wireless earphones give you the freedom to move around your home and offer 3 different listening profiles to enhance TV, movies and music. A unique Speech Intelligibility function increases speech clarity. www.sennheiser.com

REM-Fit ZEEQ Smart Pillow 01 (Custom)

REM-Fit ZEEQ Smart Pillow, $199 US
Help improve the sleep of that special someone on your list this year. This smart pillow detects snoring and gentle vibrations encourage you to adjust your sleeping position, without ripping you out of sleep. It can also wirelessly stream sleep music or your music from your favourite streaming app without disrupting your sleep partner. The ZEEQ app tracks sleep motion and snoring levels and provides you with a report of sleep duration and restfulness. There’s also a built-in alarm and a customizable memory foam fill. www.rem-fit.com

Dash and Dot Robots Wonder Pack (Custom)

Dash and Dot Robots Wonder Pack, $279 US
These remarkably cute robots are designed to teach kids about robotics, coding and problem solving in a fun, entertaining fashion. Dash responds to voice commands, navigates around objects, dances, sings and even plays the xylophone. His companion Dot is equipped with multiple sensors and a quirky personality. Dash and Dot can be programmed to move, light up, make sounds and interact with each other. An incredible gift for the younger on your list! www.makewonder.com

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Kenwood DRV-410 Dashboard Camera, $199 US
Regardless of your age, if you drive or know someone who does, you will likely be impressed by this dash camera. Not only will it record while you drive but it also has collision warning and lane departure warnings. Make interesting videos of your travels while keeping yourself safe and record it all in high definition video with the 3 megapixel camera. With a gift like this, you’ll definitely make a friend or family member happy. www.kenwood.com

Yamaha YAS-207 02 (Custom)

Yamaha YAS-207 DTS Virtual: X Sound Bar, $299
If you love watching movies or know someone that does, but just can’t do the multi-speaker surround sound thing; this sound bar should be on your shopping list. It is the world’s first sound bar to use DTS Virtual:X, which allows it to create a 3D sound experience that includes overhead effects through an object-based soundtrack. The YAS-207 is so capable it will likely make a movie lover / gamer out of anyone. www.yamaha.com

Isoacoustics Gaia II (Custom)

Isoacoustics Gaia II (Set of 4), $299
If you want the most sound out of your speakers you need to consider what they sit on. The Isoacoustics Gaia II are designed to work with speakers up to 120 lbs (54Kg), providing needed mechanical isolation and maximizing loudspeaker performance. If you or a friend is looking at upgrading your speakers, you might want to try these before changing anything else; you are likely to be pleasantly surprised at the positive results. www.isoacoustics.com

UNDER $600 US

Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security System 02 (Custom)

Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security System, $420 US
Whether you’re looking to improve the security of your home or just curious about what your pets are up to when you’re not home, this Arlo system can help. The Arlo security system is delightfully easy to set up and remarkably flexible. The package includes two completely wireless cameras that can be set up indoors or outdoors. You don’t have to run any wires at all. The rechargeable batteries inside the cameras can last up to several months. By default the cameras will only record when they detect motion and store the footage automatically in the cloud. The accompanying iOS/android app will send you alerts when motion is detected and allows you to preview the feeds from the cameras on your smart phone screen. www.arlo.com

DJI Spark Drone 01 (Custom)

DJI Spark Drone, $499 US
The Spark is a small but very intelligent drone, offering most of the same technologies as its bigger brother the Mavic. It’s equipped with a high performance camera, a camera stabilization system, hand gesture control system and ActiveTrack, a feature that allows the drone to follow you and film remarkable footage. Thanks to a multitude of sensors and an on-board GPS, the Spark hovers and flies with great accuracy and automatically avoids collisions with objects. www.dji.com

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QNAP TS-251+ Network Attached Storage (NAS), $349 US
A NAS mini-computer is the best way to store and organize your files, especially if you have more than one computer in your home and/or office. It is also the perfect solution for a modern home entertainment system. Rather than storing files in multiple locations, a NAS device allows you to store your movies, music and personal/work files in a single location. A NAS is basically your personal cloud that you can access from anywhere in the world, without monthly fees. Once you set one up, you’ll wonder how you ever got around without one in your life! www.qnap.com

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Nintendo Switch Gaming System, $299 US
Released back in March, the Nintendo Switch is the company’s most innovative console to date and has been nearly impossible to get your hands on for the first few months. At the heart of this new system is the Switch Console, a tablet-shaped device packed with impressive computing power. When at home, you can plug it into the dock and enjoy games on your TV. When you want to play games on the go, simply undock it and take it with you. Detachable wireless Joy-Con controllers allow two players to play at the same time. A great selection of fantastic games is already available, including all Nintendo favorites such as Super Mario, Mario Kart and Zelda more are coming in time for the holidays. www.nintendo.com

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Sony Playstation 4 Pro 1TB Ltd. Ed. – Star Wars Battlefront II, $449 US
If you or a loved one is a Star Wars fan then this might just be the perfect gift of fun and entertainment over the holidays. This limited edition Battlefront ll bundle is sure to thrill, with the latest gameplay in brilliant 4K video detail. With a fully customized Jet Black PS4 Pro and DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers, this system will impress when powered on or standing still. www.playstation.com

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Audeze LCD2 Classic, $599 US (Holiday special price)
The Audeze LCD2 Classic is a headphone for those that truly enjoy great sound. These lightweight headphones have just been improved and now offer greater comfort and improved sound while having that slightly warm sound that the original is so loved for. Treat your ears to the gift of personal music with these headphones with special pricing for the holidays. www.audeze.com

Apple Watch Series 3 + Cellular 42mm (Custom)

Apple Watch Series 3 + Cellular 42mm, $429 US
Could we have a gift list without an Apple product on it? I think not; and what cooler and innovative gift then the latest Apple Watch Series 3. This watch lets you answer a call or you can ask Siri to send a message for you. Streaming songs? No problem. With this watch not only can you tell time but you never have to worry about leaving your phone behind. www.apple.com

Oculus Rift + Touch System 01 (Custom)

Oculus Rift + Touch System, $399 US
Do you know someone who loves gaming? Well the Oculus Rift + Touch takes gaming to a whole new level with lifelike virtual reality. The days of VR being unattainable are in the past with Rift. You can step into a favourite game or watch an immersive VR movie. The Touch controllers follow natural gestures, increasing the sense of reality. Live and share the VR experience over the holidays, now with a lower price. www.oculus.com

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IMAX and Cineplex have just unveiled the new IMAX VR Centre (“The Centre”) at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto. The Centre, which marks the first launched in Canada, delivers guests immersive, multi-dimensional, virtual reality experiences, including movie entertainment content and games.

Located in the lobby at Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, The Centre features a unique combination of technology and world-class content that lets users see, feel, move and play in new worlds in an immersive and realistic way. Leveraging premium VR headset technology, 360-degree sound and sophisticated room tracking, players will be instantly transported into new and interactive virtual worlds.

From the Players’ Lounge to the 10 futuristic pods, The Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that enables multiple players to enjoy highly interactive, exciting, moveable VR experiences in a social environment. The pods, which are designed to optimize user mobility and interaction in virtual environments, can be adapted for specific content experiences – whether single or multi-user.

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Through its numerous partnerships with leading filmmakers, content creators and gaming producers, IMAX will provide The Centre an ongoing array of the most cutting-edge, immersive, multi-dimensional VR experiences that are each expected to range between 7 and 15 minutes in length. Content experiences coming to The Centre at Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre Toronto include Ubisoft’s Star Trek: Bridge Crew Rescue at Perseph, Skydance’s Archangel and Justice League: An IMAX VR Exclusive.
Tickets for all available IMAX VR experiences can be purchased on-site at The Centre. For more information, visit: Cineplex.com/VR