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The Future of Innovation, Technology & Creativity is back in Toronto this April 8-10, 2018!  Join FITC, an event that offers 70+ speakers, 1200+ attendees for three days and three nights of talks, workshops, networking events and more, including workshops with Jessica Walsh, beeple, PES and Grant Skinner.

Don’t miss the chance to TRANSFORM your career, your social circle, and how you approach your work at FITC Toronto 2018.  For details and to buy tickets visit www.fitc.ca/toronto

FITC is hosted at the Hilton Toronto on 45 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON Canada , M5H 2L2.

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The LittleZoe is an innovative amplifier that will see its world premiere at HIGH END HiFi expo in Munich, Germany, which runs from May 10th to the 13th.  Aside from its attractive appearance, this tube-based amp offers a distinctive architecture design which eliminates any noise that affects the tubes and promotes the rendering of dynamic and vivid sound.  Tubes are “living” components and they react with the other parts of the amplifier. They are affected by external sounds from the speakers and the environment. This resonance can cause microphonic sounds, ringing and distortion in music reproduction.  This is where the LittleZoe amp shines – it focuses on discarding noises that prevent the quiet operation of the tubes to promote sound purity.

For more info, check out www.littlezoe.eu

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Montreal Audio Fest 2018

Today, audiophiles and industry visitors will decent on the vibrant city of Montreal for the annual Montreal Audio Fest.  George de Sa and Suave Kajko of NOVO magazine will be roaming the show floor for the next three days, discovering exciting new products and having a good listen in the exhibit rooms.  We invite all of our readers from the Montreal area to check out the show this weekend!

The show runs from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montréal.  For more info, check out www.en.montrealaudiofest.org

 

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Gold Note mediterraneo turntable

If you’d like to learn how to setup a turntable properly, we invite you to check out this excellent video series by Richard Mak of AnalogMagik.  The series will guide step by step, from the initial mounting of the cartridge to aligning the cantilever at the ​proper angle, to fine-tuning every setup parameter using the AnalogMagik software.

The first video in the series begins with the cartridge alignment:​

To watch the entire series, please check out: www.analogmagik.com/turntable-setup

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The just-announced Audeze Mobius is the first high-end, fully immersive 3D cinematic audio and head tracking-enabled headphone designed specifically for gamers. Mobius is available to pre-order now on Indiegogo with early-bird, introductory pricing starting at $199 USD (retail value $399 USD).  With Mobius, Audeze is bringing their worldwide acclaimed audiophile sound to video gamers.

Mobius features full 3D emulation with support for surround sound modes along with a fully integrated 3D head-tracking system that interfaces seamlessly with today’s most popular video games. Coupled with state-of-the-art room emulation technology and anatomy calibration, Mobius is truly optimized for the way your brain processes sound, in a manner consistent with real-world listening. This means that you will be able to hear your gaming opponent sneaking up behind you as clearly as though they were in the room with you.

The headphones’ advanced technology and lightweight ergonomic design, deliver comfortable, long-term use and reduced listening fatigue. This comfort is enhanced by the inclusion of fully replaceable, contoured memory foam ear pads and an adjustable, durable, memory foam padded headband.

Mobius also comes with a flexible and detachable boom microphone with built-in noise attenuation, mute/unmute functionality, and independent microphone volume control in order to provide crystal-clear voice quality. This allows users to dictate team strategy without having to worry about the details getting lost in translation.

Other highlights of the Mobius include: planar magnetic audio quality, Bluetooth integration, USB-Cm USB-A and 3.5mm analog connectors, and 10+ hours of battery life,

The optional Mobius Creator Package comes bundled with the latest 3D audio plugins from Waves, including the B360 Ambisonics Encoder and the NX Virtual Mix Room; both crucial tools for anyone working with Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.

Distributed in Canada by Erikson Consumer, product will start to ship in June 2018. For more information about the campaign and to order Mobius, visit www.audeze.com

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Bryston TAVES

The annual Montreal Audio Fest is approaching this weekend and Canadian manufacturer Bryston will be one of the many companies showcasing its latest products on the show floor.  Although we don’t know the details of the system Bryston will be demonstrating, if past shows are any indication it is likely to be one of the top sounding systems at the show.  Bryston consistently manages to impress visitors of their room with an accurate, high-impact sound.  Equally as great as the sound usually is, is the chance to meet Canadian Hi-Fi legend James Tanner and the Bryston team inside their exhibit room.  Every year, James can be found in the “pilot” seat with an iPad in hand controlling the music, happy to connect with music lovers and provide insights about Bryston products.  Personally, I really enjoy his selection of music, which can vary dramatically – from rock classics to Nine Inch Nails and famous classical pieces.

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What we do know is that this year Bryston will show its highly anticipated SP4 Surround Processor (albeit on static display) to show goers.  The SP4 is currently under development in collaboration with French company StormAudio.  You can learn more about this upcoming processor at http://novo.press/bryston-sp4-surround-processor/.

Be sure to check out Bryston at the show (from March 23 to 25 in Montreal) or online at www.bryston.com.

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Yamaha is one of a number of companies that will showcase its high-end muscle at the upcoming Montreal Audio Fest, between March 23 and 25 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montréal.

The stars of the system on demonstration will be the flagship Yamaha NS-5000 3-way bookshelf speakers, their design drawing on the tradition of the legendary NS-1000M speakers.  Powering these puppies will be the Yamaha A-S3000, the company’s impressive top-dog integrated amplifier.  Offering a remarkably accurate sound, this integrated amplifier stands out from the crowd by sporting an elegant, vintage appearance thanks to its analog meters.

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Yamaha GT-750 turntable (Custom)

Joining this dynamic duo will be a true Yamaha classic – the GT-750 direct drive turntable (circa 1984) – spinning vinyl, as well as the Yamaha CD-S3000 CD player.

The system will be cabled throughout using Luna Cables, and the room is set to feature a number of other interesting Yamaha products on display.

To learn more about these products check out www.yamaha.ca

To learn more about the Montreal Audio Fest, check out http://en.montrealaudiofest.org

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Tri-cell Enterprises, a distributor of many excellent hi-fi brands from around the globe, is one the many participants of the upcoming Montreal Audio Fest.  Tri-cell invites the readers of NOVO to check out their demonstration in the St-Leonard room which will focus on Joseph Audio, Gold Note, Acoustic Solid, Cardas, Synergistic Research and Dynavector.  Montreal Audio Fest runs from March 23 to 25, 2018 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montréal.

For more info about the show, please visit www.montrealaudiofest.org.  For more info about Tri-cell brands, check out www.tricellenterprises.com

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Montreal Audio Fest 2018

The annual Montreal Audio Fest will descent on the vibrant city of Montreal in just under two weeks.  Whether you are a casual music listener or a long time audiophile, the Montreal Audio Fest has something for everyone – from a $3,000 music system… all the way up to the out-of-this-world $1M system.  This year’s show will run from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montréal.

The organizers claim that this March, the show will feature over 100 exhibitors and 300 hifi brands, so there should be plenty of products and demonstrations to explore during the 3 day event.  In addition to the exhibits, visitors will also have a chance to attend one of numerous audio seminars presented every day.

Suave Kajko and George de Sa from NOVO magazine will make the annual trip in search of the latest and greatest consumer audio products the industry has to offer.

For more info, check out www.montrealaudiofest.org

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Monitor_Audio_Studio_Black_Lifestyle_Sideboard NOVO

The just-announced Monitor Audio Studio Loudspeakers offer a sleek silhouette, unique design features, and technologies found in the company’s flagship Platinum II series — all for a reasonable $1,799 for a pair.  The Studio speaker is a high-end loudspeaker offering absolute performance from a strikingly compact cabinet. The shape and configuration has been designed with the sole intention of delivering the most faithful sound reproduction possible. The grille-less design ensures the speaker’s voice is clear and true and lets the drivers become an eye-catching focal point. The two metallic-silver RDT II speaker cones deliver an optimum high-end performance that will delight audiophiles. The honeycomb tweeter cover adds a contemporary edge to the speaker’s form and the bespoke solid-metal logo at the cabinet’s base gives a stylish design touch. Handcrafted and available in a sleek satin black, white or grey finish, the Studio is a stunning addition to any room. To ensure a superlative performance an optional bespoke floor stand is available.

Driver design
The dual 4” drivers are those used in the flagship Platinum PL500 II speaker and they have been modified to produce bass, as well as mid-range detail. The RDT II cones from the Platinum II are housed in a bespoke cast polymer chassis which improves rigidity and damping characteristics. As with the Platinum II, the drivers are designed to be incredibly low in distortion and use the same magnetic design principles, as well as material choice. An MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) high frequency transducer has been designed to provide incredible articulation due to the low mass diaphragm. MPD transducers work like a super-fast accordion by rapidly squeezing the pleats to produce a smooth, wide, naturally fast response way into the ultra-sonic band. As a result, the sound is more lifelike, releasing the high harmonic
spectrum of every note without the distortion that blurs definition.

Mechanical and visual design
The super slim cabinet is tuned using two rear mounted HiVe II slot ports mounted at the top and bottom of the cabinet. This positioning ensures the pressure inside the cabinet is balanced symmetrically. The large port surface area prevents turbulence and subsequent air noise, which can be a problem in small size cabinets. HiVe II technology ensures air moves in and out much quicker than a conventional port,
resulting in fast, powerful bass coupled with superior transient response. Hi-grade Polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and laminated steel-core inductors have been selected to preserve the best possible signal integrity. The purist electrical chain is complemented by a pair of precisely machined terminals developed for the Platinum II Series. These have been Rhodium plated to provide the lowest contact
resistance and long-term consistency. The drivers are surrounded and clamped by a rigid die-cast aluminium sub-baffle, to provide rigidity. The mechanical structure is enhanced further using Monitor Audio’s bolt-through driver technology to provide the ultimate cabinet bracing.

The new Monitor Audio Studio Loudspeakers will retail for $1,799 when they become available this spring.

For more info check out www.monitoraudio.com

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