Suave Kajko

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After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 2002, Suave turned his attention to his passion for audio, video and technology in general. Through hands on experience with an extensive number of audio video products, Suave provides a real world, expert perspective on the latest products and the technology surrounding them. As an enthusiast, he shows a true passion in his writing that is easy to understand by all consumers. Aside from contributing to NOVO, Suave has also written about audio for special sections of The Toronto Star, Son et Image Magazine (FSI Guide) and appeared several times on television. More recently Suave was interviewed and quoted in articles for the Globe and Mail and MSNBC.com. In 2010, Suave launched the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES), an annual consumer trade show that has witnessed tremendous growth year after year.  In 2014, the show was expanded to include a new technology & innovation pavilion and rebranded as the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show.  As of 2016, the show attracts over 7,600 attendees and exhibitors from around the globe.  TAVES showcases cutting-edge technology and innovation in the most exciting categories: virtual reality, drones, wearables, health & fitness, gaming, audio, home theater, robotics, 3D printing, personal transportation, smart devices and electric vehicles.  For more info, please visit www.taveshow.com.

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Gold Note XT-7

On Sat June 23 2018 (12-5pm) Star Electronics is going to reveal some hard facts between these 2 audio formats. This will be a huge opportunity to experience top-end gear on two competing state of the art technologies. We guarantee this will be something you have never experienced before! So drop in to the Digital and Analog Playback Event we have planned for you at Star Electronics!

• Two Digital/Analog technology seminars will be conducted starting at 1pm and the second starting at 3pm
• Seminar attendees will qualify to win a pair of Mitchell and Johnson headphones
• Refreshments and appetizers will be served during the event
• Free vinyl cleaning will be offered between 11am – 1pm & 4:30pm – 6pm
• Special pricing on new and used records

What brands will you experience during analog playback?
• Acoustic Solid, Linn and Gold Note turntables, Thoress and Gold Note Phonostages, Acoustic Solid tonearms

What brands and technologies will you experience during digital playback?
• Brinkmann Digital, Linn DSM streamer, Yamaha multiroom streamer, Gold Note Streamer, Roon, MQA, DSD

Amplification, loudspeakers and cables will include:
• Audiovector and Gold Note speakers, Accustic Arts, SPL, Belles, Unison Research, Adcom, Linn, Cardas, Synergistic Research

The event will be hosted by Star Electronics and Tri-cell Enterprises at Star Electronics, 1136 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1P7.

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Demystifying Analog and Digital Music Playback, June 23, 2018
Star Electronics invites you for an afternoon of fine music on Saturday, June 23, 2018 (from 12pm-5pm). This will be your chance to listen to some of the top audio brands and compare vinyl and digital music playback, through carefully selected high-end and mid-level sources. Which sounds better to you? There’s no wrong answer! Learn how a great music system can enhance your discovery of new music and breathe life into your old favorites. Two mini seminars will be hosted on the topic of “analog and digital” at 1pm and 3pm. Attendees will qualify to win a pair of Mitchell and Johnson headphones – a winner will be selected at the end of each seminar. Be sure to have some questions ready for the seminar presenters, and check out Star Electronics’ new & used records section which will offer some great recordings at event special prices. Brands highlighted during this event will include: Acoustic Solid, Accustic Arts, Brinkmann, Gold Note, Unison Research, Audiovector, Cardas and Transrotor (subject to changes).
Star Electronics, 1136 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1P7

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VRTO2018

VRTO – Canada’s leading international Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference is gearing up for its third successful conference this June 15-18 in Toronto!

Known for its ground-breaking talks,roundtable discussions, intensive training, onboarding workshops, structured networking events, and themed pavilions, it’s the largest conference of it’s kind on the eastern seaboard of North America. This year’s event features 80+ speakers, over 50 exhibitors, and collection of unique interactive installations.

With highly curated talks and panels that are designed to flow from one topic into the next, the conference will explore a variety of ideas, philosophies, and real world examples. From discussions about ontology to Blockchain, healthcare to social activism, and Hollywood to game theory, there isn’t a day you’ll want to miss.

The conference represents a group from every age and walk of life across all industries.  A sample of some of this year’s speakers includes such industry leaders and legends as:

  • Philip Rosedale (Founder – Second Life, High Fidelity)
  • Academy Award winner Dave Cardwell (SPINVFX and BrioVR – Lord of the Rings, King Kong, I, Robot)
  • Joanna Popper (Global Head of VR Location Based Entertainment – HP)
  • Steve “Spaz” Williams – Academy Award winner (The Mask, Jurassic Park, Spawn, Eraser)
  • Alex Mayhew and Ian Kelso (Impossible Things – award-winning artistic AR developers)
  • Kent Bye (host of the Voices of VR Podcast)
  • Bill Perry (Digital Art Pioneer, Telidon / Computerese)
  • Paloma Dawkins (cartoonist, illustrator, game designer – National Film Board)
  • Irena Cronin (President – The Transformation Group)

Featured Attractions include:

  • FIVARS Festival of VR Stories Summer Preview
  • igloo Vision Theater featuring 360 moving art pieces
  • Battleverse multi-player Augmented Reality RPG arena
  • Katwalk Premium Arcade VR Treadmill (similar to the rigs in Ready Player One)
  • Escape Character – a live VR LARPING experience
  • Innovation Zone – prototypes and installations exploring the boundaries of immersive technologies in both arts and sciences from colleges and startups across North America.
  • And a variety of curated independent roomscale video game experiences and sneak previews

Use Promo Code: TAVES2018 for 15% off tickets!https://conference.virtualreality.to/

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Catch all the World Cup Soccer action in the comfort of your home with a Dolby Atmos theatre package featuring a massive 110” 4K theatre sized picture.

The package consists of an EPSON Pro4040 4K projector, Cirrus 110” fixed frame HD screen, Yamaha RXA770 Dolby Atmos surround sound receiver, Bowers & Wilkins 685s2 front speakers, HTM62s2 center speakers, 686s2 rear speakers, CCm665 in ceiling speakers and ASW610 powered sub-woofer.

All components have been carefully selected for the ultimate entertainment experience.

Regular sale price = $8890 CDN

PROMO SPECIAL PRICE  $7865 CDN

Offer ends July 15, 2018. Prices are exclusive of HST and installation. Financing available through Desjardins Accord at 8.99% financing.

For more details, visit http://www.audio-one.ca/special-package/

 

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Paul Morin posing beside the Triangle Magellan Cello loudspeakers

As a music and art enthusiast, I experienced something truly remarkable last night.  An event at the Paul Morin Gallery in Alton, Ontario led me through a musical journey spanning cultures from around the world accompanied by a dazzling, most unusual display of art. In the 14 years of publishing this magazine and writing about audio, I have never been so enlightened by sounds and sights – seriously!

The event was a collaboration between a trio of companies: the Paul Morin Gallery, Motet Distribution (Canadian distributor of high-end audio products) and Being There Audio (a high-end audio retailer in Orangeville, ON).

The Paul Morin Gallery is housed inside a historic church in Alton, Ontario, and provided an outstanding environment for the event, both visually and acoustically.  At the heart of the experience was a high-end audio system and an art video installation called “77 Million Paintings” by British musician Brian Eno.  The audio system consisted of Triangle Magellan Cello loudspeakers, a Finale niagara integrated amp and a laptop feeding the music.  The art installation was projected on to the back wall of a raised stage and – uniquely – stretched to the ceiling and the side walls.

Finale niagara integrated amp

The Finale niagara integrated amp packs a “mighty” 10 watts per channel.  It turned out to be a perfect pairing with the Triangle Magellan Cello speakers.

The presentation was conducted by Paul Morin, owner of the gallery, artist, musician and writer – yes, he is a man of many talents.  Paul’s travels have taken him many times around the globe, in exploration of culture, music and art.  During this time he also acquired numerous exotic instruments that he plays for pleasure and employs in his recordings.  Just as importantly, Paul is an amazing storyteller that appeared to be delighted to share his stories with the audience.

The lights were dimmed and the presentation began…

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Paul Morin playing a few notes on the Australian Didgeridoo instrument

Paul played a curated selection of music tracks for the audience and provided a brief introduction about the artist and the instruments used, before each track.  He also pointed out various passages in the music to pay attention to.  The music literally spanned the world – from Australia to Africa, Japan, India and the US – his presentation exposed the audience to the types of music that many probably have never heard.  Paul also introduced us to a variety of exotic ethnic instruments, some with origins dating back hundreds of years.  At the beginning of the presentation he even played a few notes on an Australian Didgeridoo instrument, so that we could hear what the real instrument sounds like, before playing a recording for us that features the Didgeridoo.

Acoustically, this church / art gallery environment sounded incredible.  The Triangle Magellan Cello loudspeakers, together with the 10 watt per channel Finale amp, filled the space effortlessly with an energetic, highly detailed sound.  Every recording played with a remarkable presence.  Artist voices sounded palpable, at times giving the impression of the musicians being in the same space as us.  Instruments demonstrated outstanding texture detail and timber.  The high frequencies offered a deep insight into various percussion, wind and string instruments.  The Magellan Cello speakers were capable of filling the large space with a rich bass that reached astounding depths, yet they managed to maintain perfect control of individual bass notes and subtle variations.  Equally as impressive was the three dimensionality of the sound produced by this system.  The sonic landscape was enormous, stretching far to the sides and behind the speakers.

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One of the “paintings” from the 77 Million Paintings projection.  Notice how the image was projected on to the back wall and stretched to the ceiling and the side walls!

The visual presentation of the “77 Million Paintings” added a whole other element to music enjoyment, allowing the audience to get lost visually within the sonic and artistic landscapes.  With the images cleverly displayed on multiple walls and the ceiling, the presentation offered a fantastic three dimensional perspective.  What an amazing complement this was to the music!

I have had a great appreciation and respect for music and art from a very young age.  The presentation of this evening introduced me to an entirely different means of enjoying music – by merging it with art.

My only worry is that listening to music, without the visuals and Paul’s commentary, may never be the same.  This is one event I won’t forget anytime soon :-)

To learn more about the Paul Morin Gallery and upcoming events, check out www.paulmorinstudios.com

To learn more about Triangle loudspeakers, check out www.motetdistribution.com

To learn more about Being There Audio, check out www.beingthereaudio.com

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Peter Wolter of Being There Audio posing beside the Finale niagara integrated amp

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Gold Note XT-7

Star Electronics invites you for an afternoon of fine music on Saturday, June 23, 2018 (from 12pm-5pm).  This will be your chance to listen to some of the top audio products and experience playback through carefully selected high-end and mid-level vinyl and digital sources.  Learn how a great music system can enhance your discovery of new music and breathe life into your old favorites.  Enjoy the sonic bliss that each format offers!  Two mini seminars will be hosted on the topic of “analog and digital” at 1pm and 3pm.  One lucky attendee of the event will qualify to win a pair of Mitchell and Johnson headphones.  Star Electronics and Tri-cell Enterprises staff will be on location throughout the event to answer any questions you might have.  While you’re at the event, be sure to check out Star Electronics’ new & used records section which will offer some great recordings at event special prices.  Selected audio products will be offered at event special prices and Star Electronics will also offer a complementary record cleaning service – so bring along a few of your favourite, dirty records!

The event will be hosted by Star Electronics and Tri-cell Enterprises at Star Electronics, 1136 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1P7.

Add this event to your calendar by clicking the button below!


Add to Calendar
06/23/2018 12:00 PM
06/23/2018 5:00 PM
America/Toronto
Demystifying Analog and Digital Music Playback, June 23, 2018
Star Electronics invites you for an afternoon of fine music on Saturday, June 23, 2018 (from 12pm-5pm). This will be your chance to listen to some of the top audio brands and compare vinyl and digital music playback, through carefully selected high-end and mid-level sources. Which sounds better to you? There’s no wrong answer! Learn how a great music system can enhance your discovery of new music and breathe life into your old favorites. Two mini seminars will be hosted on the topic of “analog and digital” at 1pm and 3pm. Attendees will qualify to win a pair of Mitchell and Johnson headphones – a winner will be selected at the end of each seminar. Be sure to have some questions ready for the seminar presenters, and check out Star Electronics’ new & used records section which will offer some great recordings at event special prices. Brands highlighted during this event will include: Acoustic Solid, Accustic Arts, Brinkmann, Gold Note, Unison Research, Audiovector, Cardas and Transrotor (subject to changes).
Star Electronics, 1136 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1P7

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Looking for a great reason to go for a drive somewhere fun, enjoy music, art and wine? Motet Distribution, importer of fine hifi brands, has collaborated together with retailer Being There Audio in Alton, Ontario on a free event at the Paul Morin Gallery on June 6th (starting at 7:30pm). The event will highlight French manufacturer Triangle and its Magellan Cello loudspeakers, feature an entrancing art “playlist” of 77 million paintings curated by Brian Eno, and allow you to taste a number of selected wines and cheeses.

The event will be hosted on Wednesday, June 6th at The Paul Morin Gallery – 19471 Main Street, Alton.  Seating is limited.

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This October 12 to 14, the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show will offer FREE admission and bring together over 150 exhibitors from around the globe and offer a richer experience for audiophiles and casual music lovers alike.

Fans of live music will be entertained with various live performances at the show, ranging from jazz to blues and acoustic rock.  For the first time ever, TAVES will also feature live performances that are recorded at the show and then played back through a high-end audio system.  If you’ve ever wanted to compare live music to playback on a high-end system, this is your chance.

If you enjoying spinning vinyl, then you’ll love our massive Vinyl Marketplace where you can pick up new releases, audiophile records, older goodies and rare collectible records.  Many analog accessories and upgrades will also be on sale.  This year’s show is set to offer dramatically more vinyl and accessory dealers than ever before.  TAVES will even offer a record cleaning service, so bring a few of your dirty favorites!

In the mood to expand your knowledge about high-end audio?  This year’s show will offer a series of captivating audio seminars from top industry experts as well as a “Meet the Maker” series of talks from high profile individuals from the industry.  Get to know some of the people behind the products and learn what makes them tick!

Portable music fans will enjoy a great selection of headphones,  portable music players and accessories in the Headphone section of the show.

This fall, the Hi-Fi Audition Room on the main show floor will also receive upgrades which include an increased room size (15.5′ x 23.5′), ventilation and a visual improvement from the outside.

With a considerable portion of the audio rooms already sold out, this year’s TAVES promises to deliver many new, first-time audio exhibitors and never before seen products.

The TAVES Consumer Electronics Show runs from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018 at The International Centre on the border of Toronto/Mississauga/Brampton, Ontario.  This year’s show expects to attract over 7,000 attendees.

To register for your free ticket, please go to www.taveshow.com

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REIF ESTATE WINERY

Looking for a great reason to get out of the city, enjoy some music, art and wine?  Motet Distribution, importer of fine hifi brands, has collaborated together with Niagara-area retailer Electronic Depot on a musical event at the picturesque Reif Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake on May 25th (between 6:30 and 9:30pm).  The event will highlight French manufacturer Triangle and its flagship $95,000 Magellan Grand Concert loudspeakers, along with McIntosh electronics and music that will spin on a Technics turntable.

Motet Distribution is a big supporter of local musicians and artists, and the company will present two special guests at this event.  Renowned Canadian pianist and jazz singer Anne Bisson will perform live sets, while Lisa Liu will present some of her paintings inspired by music.  This is an event not to be missed!

For more information and reservations, please contact Electronic Depot at 905-354-2767 (www.theelectronicdepot.ca; 6710 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 1V5).

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Check out the latest issue of the NOVO Magazine!

Features inside this issue:

  • Tech Fails to Avoid When Travelling: 5 Great Tech Gadgets to Take on Your Next Vacation
  • The Journey to Higher Quality Audio with Nordost Leif Cables: Part 2
  • FutureWorld: The rise of robots, artificial intelligence and smart machines
  • Meet the Maker: Italian Made Unison Research & Opera Loudspeakers
  • Totem Acoustic In-Wall vs On-Wall Speakers. How Do You Want Your Sound To Look?

Reviews inside this issue:

  • Gold Note DS-1000 DAC and Music Streamer
  • Skogrand Rachmaninov Interconnects and Speaker Cables
  • JBL 4312 SE 70th Anniversary Monitor Speakers

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Sonic Boom Toronto

The resurgence of vinyl records over the last several years has spurred many new record shops to open in Canada.  This in turn, spurred us to generate a list of the best ones we know in Toronto.  Please add to this list in the ‘comments’ section below this article.

Sonic Boom, 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7, (416) 532-0334, www.sonicboommusic.com

What we like: This is the largest, coolest record store not just in Toronto but in Canada.  Their selection of records is massive and includes just about every genre: rock, pop, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk, metal, electronic and more.  New releases come in all the time.  Plus they’ve got all kinds of other stuff like shirts, books, movies, record players, headphones and all sorts of trinkets.

dead Dog Records toronto (Custom)

Dead Dog Records, 1209 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N4, 1209 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N4, (647) 748-0748, www.deaddogrecords.ca

What we like: Great selection of new releases, rock, metal, punk, electronic, soul, jazz, blues, hip hop and even some country music.  They also sell used DVDs/Blu-rays, turntables and cool shirts.

Rotate This toronto (Custom)

Rotate This, 186 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7, (416) 504-8447, www.rotate.com

What we like: New releases from independent bands and artists from Canada, the U.S., England, and around the world.  Their selection include hip hop, punk, jazz, hardcore, reggae, electronic, indie, and rock.

Grasshopper Records Toronto (Custom)

Grasshopper Records, 167 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3, (416) 534-0180, www.grasshopperrecords.ca

What we like: A nice selection of new arrivals, hip hop, funk, rock, metal, new wave, jazz and soul.

Kops Records Toronto (Custom)

Kops Records, 592 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4, (647) 352-8523, www.kopsrecords.ca

Kops Records, 229 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z4, (416) 593-8523, www.kopsrecords.ca

Kops Records, 1811 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1J2, (647) 347-0095, www.kopsrecords.ca

What we like: All three locations offer great selections spanning just about every major genre: rock, punk, pop, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk, metal, electronic and more.  Lots of different records are also available for purchase on their website.

She Said Boom Toronto (Custom)

She Said Boom!, 393 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1, 393 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1, www.shesaidboom.ca

What we like: A nice selection of records, CDs and books.  Music genres alternative, electronica, jazz, reggae, roots, afrobeat and more.

BMV Books Toronto (Custom)

BMV Books, 471 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X9, (416) 967-5757, www.bmvbooks.com

What we like: A fantastic offering of new and used vinyl, CDs, movies and tons of books and comics.  This is one of our favorite night-time stores to visit in Toronto since they’re open pretty late every night!  They sell a lot of overstock items so you can score some really amazing deals, especially on books and comics.

Pandemonium toronto (Custom)

Pandemonium, 2920 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8, (416) 769-5257, www.pandemonium.ca

What we like: Awesome, large record store in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto that offers a great big selection of new & used records, CDs, books and more.  Lots of new releases and used vinyl come in all the time.  In addition to all the major genres like rock, hip hop, jazz, blues, you’ll find lots of indie and unique records here.