Paradigm Defiance Subwoofers 01

Paradigm Electronics has just announced its new Defiance subwoofers. Featuring six subwoofers in two series (X Series and V Series), Defiance subwoofers deliver pure power, unleashed by clean, efficient amplification.  Here are some details about these new series.

Defiance X Series
Everything is maximized with the new Defiance X10 / X12 / X15 subwoofers. Output is massive, thanks to heavy-duty, internally-braced cabinets, and Active Ridge Technology woofer surrounds for maximum driver-excursion. Massive SPL levels are achieved with precision control, intense detail, and vanishingly low distortion, for cinema-quality bass. Crafted in Canada, Defiance X is the biggest subwoofer made on this continent.

Defiance V Series
For intense bass performance with no gimmicks, Defiance V8 / V10 / V12 subwoofers are an amazing value. Smaller footprints pack tons of technology into a compact powerhouse of low frequency impact. Pound for ground-shaking pound, Defiance V delivers the best bass at an unbeatable value.

All Defiance subwoofers (except the V8) feature app control, Anthem Room Correction (ARC), and optional wireless connectivity.

Subwoofer App Control: Simplify setup & tuning with the free Paradigm Subwoofer Control App. The iOS and Android app controls volume, low-pass filter, phase, room gain, and much more from the comfort of your listening chair. It features three preset listening modes, and lets you remotely turn Anthem Room Correction on and off.

Anthem Room Correction (ARC): Shape the bass to fit your listening space! ARC Technology is controlled via the free Paradigm iOs and Android smartphone app. ARC measures your space, compares it to lab standard responses, and instantly removes performance-robbing anomalies. The result is easy to hear: realistically blended, accurately rendered deep bass. ARC gets great customer reviews because it delivers professional results at the touch of a button. To provide even more accurate measurements, Defiance X subwoofers include an external ARC microphone compatible with ARC Mobile (for iOS and Android) and ARC-2 for PC.

Wireless Module (Optional): All Defiance subwoofers (except the V8) can benefit from the Defiance Wireless Transmitter System. The transmitter and receiver modules connect easily and allow users greater placement options for the subwoofer.

Defiance X subwoofers elevate woofer engineering via proprietary Active Ridge Technology (ART) Surrounds. The farther the driver can freely move, the deeper the bass it can generate. Patented ART driver design “overmolds” durable driver surrounds to allow the farthest possible throw without distortion or destruction. Greater excursion results in a measured 3dB gain in output, with a 50% reduction in audible distortion compared to drivers held back by standard surrounds.

Defiance is comprised of 6 subwoofer models:

Defiance X15 – $1499/each (US retail)
Crafted in Canada, X15 features a 15-inch flush-mounted driver with patented ART™ Surround and 900W (1800W dynamic peak) class-D amplifier in a down-firing ported enclosure. App control and Anthem Room Correction built-in. Inputs include RCA (Left, Right, and LFE), XLR (LFE), Speaker Level (Left and Right), and optional wireless (Left and Right/LFE). ARC microphone included.

Defiance X12 – $1299/each (US retail)$
Crafted in Canada, X12 features a 12-inch flush-mounted driver with patented ART™ Surround and 650W (1300W dynamic peak) class-D amplifier in a down-firing ported enclosure. App control and Anthem Room Correction built-in. Inputs include RCA (Left, Right, and LFE), Speaker Level (Left and Right), and optional wireless (Left and Right/LFE). ARC microphone included.

Defiance X10 – $999/each (US retail)
Crafted in Canada, X10 features a 10-inch flush-mounted driver with patented ART™ Surround and 300W (600W dynamic peak) class-D amplifier in a down-firing ported enclosure. App control and Anthem Room Correction built-in. Inputs include RCA (Left, Right, and LFE), Speaker Level (Left and Right), and optional wireless (Left and Right/LFE). ARC microphone included.

Defiance V12 – $649/each (US retail)
V12 features a 12-inch flush-mounted driver and 120W (250W dynamic peak) class-D amplifier in a down-firing ported enclosure. App control and Anthem Room Correction built-in. Inputs include RCA (Left and Right/LFE), Speaker Level (Left and Right), and optional wireless (Left and Right/LFE).

Defiance V10 – $549/each (US retail)
V10 features a 10-inch flush-mounted driver and 120W (250W dynamic peak) class-D amplifier in a down-firing ported enclosure. App control and Anthem Room Correction built-in. Inputs include RCA (Left and Right/LFE), Speaker Level (Left and Right), and optional wireless (Left and Right/LFE).

Defiance V8 – $399/each (US retail)
V8 features an 8-inch flush-mounted driver and 75W (150W dynamic peak) class-D amplifier in a down-firing ported enclosure. Inputs include RCA (Left and Right/LFE) and Speaker Level (Left and Right).

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Gold Note P-1000 Solid State Preamplifier 01

As audio goes, line stages are a dodgy undertaking. In any 2-channel audio system, a preamp is the central connecting ‘hub’ between source components and amplifiers. The sound quality (or lack thereof) of any stereo system is highly dependent on the quality of the preamp. Get the design, engineering, or aesthetics wrong in this component, and there’s nowhere to hide. I’ve heard far too many line stages that sounded as incoherent and unfocused as a drunken one-legged tightrope walker trying to cross two skyscrapers during a windstorm.

Based out of Firenze Italy, Gold Note is renowned for fabricating ultra high-end turntables, tonearms, phono stages, amplifiers, and top shelf audio components. The company recently launched its new flagship P-1000 solid state preamplifier (MSRP $6,250 USD) and I got my hands on a review unit.

The P-1000 is a Class-A preamp with six discrete gain stages that uses a high-end Alps optical encoder volume pot (also known a volume potentiometer or volume dial). Four of the six gain stages are dedicated to the balanced XLR circuits. Two are devoted to the RCA circuits. Its internal power supply utilizes three transformers: one for control tasks and two for dual-mono audio. The unit’s individual gain circuits are designed to keep all signals separate, minimize possible distortion, and extend linear bandwidth. The P-1000 also has a color TFT display that noticeably heightens the unit’s ‘cool’ factor. No one does fashion and design like Italians and the aesthetics of this preamp proudly reflect that sophisticated heritage.

The P-1000 has 10 independent stereo inputs: 5 fully balanced sets of XLR inputs and 5 pairs of RCA jacks. It has three outputs: one pair of balanced (XLR) plugs; one set of single-ended (RCA) jacks; and one pair of balanced (XLR) *tube output* plugs. A mini-USB port comes standard to handle future software downloads. This preamp does not include either a phono stage or a headphone amp. A digital input and an internal DAC can be installed for an extra $1,000 USD.

Gold Note also offers a number of outboard upgrades for the P-1000. These include: two different valve (tube) output stages (the Tube 1006 & 1012) which connect to the balanced (XLR) *tube output* plugs; and two higher echelon power supply units (the PSU 1100 & 1250). As I wasn’t supplied with any of these upgrades, I cannot comment on their sonic efficacy. Still, it’s good to know that these upgrades are readily available.

The P-1000 comes with four unique sound modes, all of which can be bypassed. These include: one, a ‘pure mono’ mode to enhance the sound of old mono recordings. Two, a ‘channel inversion’ mode which swaps the left and right channels. Three, a ‘phase shift’ mode that inverts the absolute polarity from 0° to 180° to compensate for CD players that invert phase. And four, a two stage ‘bass boost’ function that increases the dB level in the low bass.

My P-1000 review unit came with a gorgeous black-anodized brushed aluminium finish. A color TFT screen is positioned to the left side of the front panel. If desired, the display can be turned off. Moving from input to input and changing modes was easy and intuitive. The individual inputs are forever titled XLR 1 to RCA 5 and cannot be re-named to personalize the unit.

The P-1000 has an analog bass boost at 45Hz with two gain levels: 2.5dB and 5dB. Although an amp will have to have sufficient headroom to use it, I found the booster to be invaluable. Instead of needing to buy a $5K+ level subwoofer, the bass boost energized the low end without negatively impacting coherency or resolution.

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PowerPoint Presentation

Meet the world’s first hybrid game that combines a traditional gameboard together with an Augmented Reality (AR) experience!  Designed by a Toronto-based company, Oracles will be launching in a few weeks on Kickstarter.  Oracles is a 2 to 10 player team-oriented combat strategy board game that promises a gaming experience like no other. The objective is to win the game by occupying your enemy’s tavern. Like a traditional board game, it has a gridded physical board for the tactile movement of the figurines, painted miniatures, character cards, tokens and die. The game comes with 26 figurines and 158 tokens.  When used together with the company’s AR mobile app (for iOS and Android), players will be able to see special characters and elements that are not visible on the gameboard.  Check out a cool preview video of the game below:


Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker

Wilson Benesch has just announced its highest performance, most luxurious loudspeaker to date, called the Eminence.  This loudspeaker retails for $226,000 US (approx.) and utilizes cutting edge technologies developed by Wilson Benesch over the last 30 years.  The result is an unmatched sonic performance combined with a luxurious automotive fit, finish and aesthetic.  For more details check out our sister site NOVO High-End.


Wallet 42 720

The TAVES Consumer Electronics Show (Oct. 12-14, 2018) is delighted to present a series of exciting technology and audio seminars/workshops, during this year’s 3-day event.

One of these will be the “Bitcoin Hardware Wallet Workshop” by Wallet 42.  This is an open source project that will allow you to create the world’s first “TRUE” DIY bitcoin hardware wallet!  This educational project is designed to show consumers how cryptocurrency wallets work and how to send and receive bitcoins.  Participants will be able to purchase parts kits at the TAVES workshop and will follow along as we build our bitcoin hardware wallets. Everyone will also create accounts on the free web application that Wallet 42 has created.  Participants will receive a small amount of bitcoins for free and will be shown how to send payments to each other, thus reinforcing the peer-to-peer transaction scheme that bitcoin was founded on.  Wallet 42 will also show participants how to view their transactions on the bitcoin blockchain, which will again reinforce the reason why bitcoin and blockchain technology in general has been embraced.

This workshop is open to everybody but if you want to create your own wallet, you must purchase a parts kit (available on-site for $65 CAD flat). The Wallet 42 Team accepts cash or Bitcoin only. Participants who plan on purchasing a kit should bring a PC laptop running Windows 10 and the Chrome Browser to participate fully.

For more info, please visit



Describing sound in words requires excellent technical knowledge, lots of listening experience and great artistic creativity.  A somewhat eccentric personality helps too!  If you want to learn how to describe sound and interpret audio critic reviews properly, then you’ll definitely want to check out this awesome article from Douglas Brown on our sister site NOVO High-End.  This is definitely one of the most informative audio articles we’ve ever published.  Click here to check it out!


Yanu A.I. and robot empowered bartending unit

Say goodbye to competing for the attention of the bartender at a busy bar!  Yanu is a fully autonomous AI empowered robot that is far more efficient than any measly human bartender.  It serves drinks, handles payments, asks patrons for ID and is capable of conversation.  The designers say that Yanu has an almost supernatural, yet very real, personality that is a pleasure to communicate with.  He is designed to serve up to 200 drinks per hour and stocks up to 2000 drinks and cocktails at a time.  Plus, Yanu looks like he’s straight out of a sci-fi world.  If this is what the future looks like, sign us up!




Check out the latest issue of the NOVO Magazine!

Features inside this issue:

  • Where’s My Oasis? The Search For the Ultimate Social VR Experience
  • How To Build A Great Sounding 2-Channel System For $5,000
  • The Journey to Higher Quality Audio with Nordost Leif Cables: Part 3
  • Shifting Cultural Acceptance of Privacy Invasion
  • Adventures In Sound With The Totem Tribe Tower Speakers

Reviews inside this issue:

  • Gold Note P-1000 Solid State Preamplifier
  • Roksan Audio K3 Integrated Amplifier
  • Audeze LCD2 Classic Headphones

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

Tablet / Smartphone Editions: CANADA HiFi app | Magzster app (iOS or Andriod) | PressReader app (iOS or Andriod)
Computers: PDF Edition (For printing and reading on your screen)



Sienci Labs are delighted to present the TAVES 2018 Design Challenge.  We want you to design something and we’ll make it for you live on the Mill One CNC milling machine at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show, Oct. 12-14, 2018, at The International Centre.   Sienci Labs would like every maker to learn just how easy it is to design for and use a CNC milling machine. And what better way to learn than to design something and have it made!

Click on the link below to jump to the #MillOneDesignChallenge page and submit your design today.  Chosen submissions will be made on the Mill One at the trade show and given to the artist/designer at the event.



Ed Stone Executive Stereo

When we listen to music on our audio systems, the last thing on most people’s minds would be what decisions were made by the recording professionals involved, in the process of recording any given piece of music. This is only natural, as we want to enjoy the music to its fullest, and not be distracted by the intricacies of the recording sessions. And yet, when the listener is informed of some of the why’s and how’s of the studio methods, it can often result in much greater enjoyment of the music. We can now listen for, and experience more fully, certain aspects of a recording which we might not have without this knowledge.  Read the full article on our sister site NOVO High-End!