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Monitor Audio_CI_V240_Multi (Custom)

The Monitor Audio Vecta V240 is a stylish, compact and versatile speaker that is weather resistant and designed for indoor and outdoor use. It cleverly combines architectural aesthetics with innovation and the high quality audio performance that Monitor Audio is renowned for.

The Vecta V240 features dual 4″ C-CAM metal cone drives mounted to a curved baffle to ensure a controlled sound field is delivered. This minimizes ceiling or wall reflections when mounted under eaves or in a corner, while still being wide enough for superior coverage when wall-mounted. The centrally mounted Gold C-CAM tweeter is horn loaded to ensure dispersion at the crossover point matches the mid-range, providing a smooth off axis frequency response.

The Vecta V240 offers incredible versatility and simple installation. Using cleverly designed brackets and a single point automatic connection system, the Vecta can be quickly and easily mounted horizontally or vertically. Users can fix the bracket to the wall, and then simply drop the speaker in place and secure with a single screw. Not only does this installation method save time, but it also simplifies the complexity of installing speakers at height or at difficult angles.

The Vecta V240 is priced as follows:

Vecta V240: $599 ea (MSRP)
V-Mount Bracket: $59 ea (MSRP)
V-Corner Bracket: $59 ea (MSRP)

For more info, check out www.kevro.com

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Cheer for BotBrawl’s Ravi Baboolal as he and his team The Red Devils compete in BattleBots, an American robot competition television series. In this series, competitors design and operate remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination tournament. Check out the series promo here.

BotBrawl, Ontario’s only robot fighting league, will also return to the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show this Oct. 12-14, 2018. Featuring DIY masters, weekend warriors and makers testing their metal on the show floor, if you’re tempted to join the league and brawl on the TAVES show floor, sign up here!

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RolliBot has just announced its RolliCool line of Amazon Alexa enabled “smart” portable air conditioners. Ranging from 10,000 to 14,000 BTU capacity, the RolliCool line consist of three models.  Each can be controlled with voice commands and also features an iOS/Android app that allows full control from anywhere in the world.

The RolliCool line aims to make smart-home climate automation an affordable option, incorporating many of the features of more expensive central cooling and heating systems in a sleek, portable design. All three units function as air conditioners, heaters and dehumidifiers. All RolliCool models also use eco-friendly R410-A coolant.

The RolliCool 100H, 310 and 208 give you the ability to ask Alexa to power RolliCool on or off, switch modes and adjust temperatures. Not home? No problem. Use the app from anywhere in the world to set heating and cooling schedules, switch between modes, adjust fan directions and change fan speeds. All models feature a 24-hour timer, remote and digital display, sleep mode, whisper quiet operation, high-efficiency filters, and fan-only and dehumidifier modes.  Available this June.

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Sonus faber Sonetto collection _Matte White

Sonus faber has just announced the brand new Sonetto collection of loudspeakers.  This new collection consists of eight models: Sonetto VIII, Sonetto V and Sonetto III, the floor-standing loudspeakers, Sonetto II and Sonetto I bookshelf loudspeakers, Sonetto Center II and Sonetto Center I, center channel speaker options, and the versatile Sonetto Wall, an on-wall speaker which can be used as a main stereo, multichannel surround or LCR solution.

For the Sonetto collection, the R&D team developed new technologies for enclosure tuning, created new transducers, integrated new materials and refined the production chain.  The series is said to offer the highest quality in music reproduction wrapped in a cost conscious package.

The new Sonus faber Sonetto line draws upon many iconic elements from speakers further up the Sonus faber range. First, it inherits from the Olympica Collection a top in natural leather, hand- sewn and embellished by the branded Sonus faber logo.

Next, for the first time in this price range, the new collection features the so-called “Voice of Sonus faber”, the iconic configuration of tweeter and midrange that features the DAD (Damped Apex Dome) tweeter technology and a midrange complete with our proprietary natural fiber recipe cone, previously only available on Olympica, Homage and Reference collections.

Sonetto is a true Sonus faber collection that features all of the iconic elements of the brand: natural sound, natural materials, the Lute shape, the pristine finishes typical of fine Italian craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology and manufacturing done completely in our factory in Vicenza.

A clean industrial design language has been used focusing on the elegant proportions of the wood cabinets.  The front baffle is an integral part of the cabinet creating a seamless structure with the curved sides. This form is accented by gun-metal finished aluminum aesthetic frames and a soft leather top. Solid aluminum hardware is used throughout the design to provide solidity and maintain consistency with the rest of the product portfolio. Down-firing reflex ports allow for forgiving room placement and consistent bass output throughout the listening environment.

Sonetto collection is available in three finishes: matte white, piano black and wood.  Prices start at € 1.000 +.

For more info please check out www.sonusfaber.com

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iFi xDSD Portable DAC

iFi audio raised the bar for portable, high performance audio systems back in 2014 when it introduced its original micro iDSD headphone amp, preamp, and DAC.  And the company has been hard at work developing new designs ever since.  At the end of last year, iFi launched the nano iDSD Black Label, with a host of new features including support for MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio. Now, iFi has excelled itself again with the launch of xDSD – the first in the company’s next generation of portable DACs.

With a pure analogue volume control retaining full-resolution at all volume levels, the xDSD is a major sonic step up for all smartphones, digital audio players and computers. Its selectable 3D+ and XBass+ functions bring both sensitivity and power to the careful listener. The artist appears in the room with music and lyrics flowing all around.

The xDSD has pulled off the task of being ultra-portable and wireless while supporting high-resolution formats, including MQA, and delivering 500mW of power per channel. By means of aptX HD and AAC, it brings hi-res streaming to Bluetooth.

Highlits of the iFi xDSD Portable DAC include:
• Burr-Brown Hi-Res True Native DSD DAC chipset for discerning listeners
• Dual-mono headphone amplifier with 500mW of power per channel, which can unleash the full potential of both 32ohm and 600ohm headphones
• High-resolution audio up to PCM 768kHz and DSD512
• MQA playback
• Wireless Bluetooth (aptX and AAC) for CD-quality wireless sound
• S-Balanced compatible 3.5mm headphone output brings the benefits of the balanced connection to single-ended headphones
• Advanced Analogue Signal Process (ASP), 3D+ and XBass+ headphone optimisation circuits
• Pure analogue volume control retaining full-resolution at all volume levels
• Audiophile Digital Filter ‘Measure/Listen’ selectable
• Large 2200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery providing six-to-eight hours of playing time

For more info, please check out https://ifi-audio.com

Distributed in Canada by Motet Distribution  www.motetdistribution.com

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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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LittleZoe amplifier munich high end 01

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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