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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Our new sister publication NOVO High-End (www.novohighend.com) is looking for passionate audiophiles, located in the US and Europe, interested in contributing articles to the new site.  NOVO High-End is devoted strictly to high-end audio topics and explores the virtues and musical experiences that are achievable exclusively through high-end audio.  Ideal candidates should possess excellent writing skills, own a high-end audio system with a value of at least $30,000 and be very well versed in all audiophile topics – from analog to digital.

As a NOVO High-End contributor, your job will be to write feature articles, product reviews, as well as travel to and cover local audio shows.

Prior writing experience is not necessary but a welcome bonus.

To apply please email a paragraph explaining what makes you a good fit for this position to the Publisher, Suave Kajko, at suave@novo.press

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Holod3ck Robeco & his MiniTwin2 720

The 2018 edition of the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show is set to highlight some remarkably innovative tech and home audio/video companies.  One these companies will be 3RIUS Design Innovation Lab (www.3rius.com).  3Rius Design Innovation Lab is a local Toronto start up founded by Robeco Clarete that began as a Design & Engineering  company and has since grown and opened its doors to support local ideas and early stage start-ups.

Currently at their Innovation lab, they are incubating a number of selected technology projects and housing early stage start-ups to grow and scale up into meaningful companies, offering resources in various stages of growth.

At this year’s TAVES, 3Rius Design Lab will be rolling out two of the latest product solutions that were incubated from their lab, MGEAR and HOLOD3CK.

MGEAR wallet

MGEAR www.mgear.io

MGear is a unique brand of customizable, multi-functional modern minimalist wallets that allows the user to create, configure and personalize them using a vast selection of designs, textures, gadgets and optional accessories.  Built from high precision cut materials, stainless steel and brass components and engineered military grade thermoplastic, this innovative modern wallet is designed with the most functional and expandable features in the wallet industry.  MGEAR hopes to bring a new level of experience and meaning for users to own a multi-functional wallet designed and built to represent their personal style or brand by allowing users to add their own logos, text and creative designs on the wallet.

3RIUS Holod3ck

HOLOD3CK www.holod3ck.com

Holod3ck is a portable full body 3D scanning solution that takes a full 360 degree digital scan of a person in ¼ of a second. From scanning to 3D printing, Holod3ck offers a full service solution to help you create your own high resolution full color personal 3D figurine. From the photo realistic scan you can memorialize yourself by creating your own 3D Action figure, Digital Avatar or 3D Selfie.  The Holod3ck 3D scanner is portable and can be assembled in about an hour.  The Holod3ck system is available to individuals, community partners and corporate businesses looking to capture and memorialize special events through 3D printing wherever the event is.

Register for your FREE ticket to TAVES at www.taveshow.com!

Totem Tribe Tower Speakers review 01

Totem celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 with a cosmic bang – the company introduced some phenomenal new speakers, demonstrated them at numerous trade shows and hosted a series of intimate events.  For the occasion, speaker rock star designer Vince Bruzzese managed to develop the Sky Tower, the Tribe Tower, a full series of KIN Architectural in-ceiling speakers and the commemorative Signature One speaker.  He’s been a man hard at work, along with the rest of his team.

I listened to the Totem Tribe Tower speakers for the first time when the Montreal-based speaker maker demonstrated them at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show in October of 2017.  The striking exhibit room was filled with people and noisy conversations and yet the brief listening session inside the room captured my attention like no other at the entire show.  There was something energetic, seductive and fun about the sound of these speakers that pulled me deep into the music and made me want to listen longer.  The fact that these were among the most beautifully styled speakers at the show only made them more attractive. Yes, there were far more exotic and expensive speakers at the show that sounded amazingly musical, but like a tractor beam straight out of a sci-fi film, Totem’s Tribe Towers had locked on to me and wouldn’t let go.  I knew right away that I had to listen to these speakers in the comfort of my own home and so I asked Totem if they could send me a pair to listen to after the show.  But Totem decided to keep me in suspense for several months – it wasn’t until May of 2018 that the speakers finally arrived at my house.  Luckily, thanks to my girlfriend’s love of Netflix crime shows, I do enjoy a little suspense in my life.

There are lots of reasons to get excited about the Tribe Tower speakers.  To start with, these speakers are gorgeous – just look at them!  Their modern, geometric design makes them a perfect candidate for the cover of a home decor magazine.  Interior designers, custom installers and folks that have an eye for high-design will find these speakers very easy to place in any home environment.  Rather than concealing them, as you might be inclined to do with traditional looking speakers, you’re more likely to think of how to best utilize them like pieces of fine art to enhance the look of the decor in the room.  Shiny or flat?  The Tribe Tower comes in a choice of four finishes: satin ($5,300 US; white or black) as well as gloss ($5,800 US; white or black, with WBT connectors in an annealed plate).  The cabinets are designed without any parallel sides, which not only give the speakers a distinctive, monolithic-sculpture appearance but the design also serves a practical purpose – the lack of parallel lines dissipate the distortion that causes standing waves inside the cabinets.  Acoustically, this is a big benefit. From an interior designer perspective, the Tribe Towers have a couple more tricks up their sleeves.  Their slim profile and compact footprint means they’ll fit easily into just about any room in your home.  And unlike so many high-end speakers that are very finicky with placement, Vince says that these speakers will sound great in just about any position.

But their beauty isn’t just skin deep, these speakers are designed to offer an outstanding musical performance.  The Tribe Towers are equipped with much of the same technology developed for Totem’s Tribe On-Wall speakers and high-end Element series.  The Element series have long been one of my favorite speakers from Totem, albeit their price points don’t make them accessible to everyone.  Perhaps the greatest technological achievement of the Tribe Tower is the dual array of Totem’s proprietary 4-inch Torrent woofers.  These woofers are derived directly from the Tribe III On-Wall speaker and do not require a crossover, which significantly simplifies the audio path and results in a cleaner, more accurate sound.  These Torrent woofers have been specially modified to match this speaker’s new cabinet, whose design follows the cabinet shape of the Element series.  Sitting atop the woofers is a 1.3-inch soft dome tweeter, mounted in a resonance controlling metal faceplate.

When the speakers arrived at my house, I opened the boxes with the enthusiasm of Bart Simpson ripping into a Butterfinger candy bar, and set up them up immediately.  Finally they’ve made it to my house!

Gold Note DS-1000 DAC and Streamer Review.indd

Florence, Italy based Gold Note produces an impressive selection of hi-fi products ranging from turntables to electronics and loudspeakers.  The company is renowned for accurate sound reproduction and elegant Italian styling.  Gold Note is also known for developing really innovative products such as the PH-10 phono stage, which is perhaps the most advanced upgrade you can serve to your turntable.  If you’re a regular reader of NOVO, you’ve probably seen a few pictures of Gold Note turntables – they are drop dead gorgeous.

Since my introduction to Gold Note about three years ago, I’ve had a chance to listen to a few of the company’s turntables and hi-fi components.  In fact, last year, I found the Giglio turntable so irresistible that I ended up purchasing it after writing its review, which you can find at www.novo.press/gold-note-giglio-turntable-review.  The Giglio now sits proudly atop the audio stack in my reference system and its luxurious appearance prompt a conversation with just about every guest, even those not quite as passionate about audio as myself.  With a price of $5,000 US, the Giglio (wood finish) may not be for everyone, but the great thing about Gold Note is that it offers a range of five turntables suitable for just about everyone’s budget – from the $850 US Valore 425 Lite all the way to the $6,050 US Mediterraneo (wood finish).

Gold Note’s electronics and loudspeakers on the other hand, are aimed at consumers with slightly deeper pockets.  The subject of this review is the Gold Note DS-1000 DAC (digital-to-analog converter) / Streamer, priced at $5,000 US, designed to deliver true audiophile sound from digital music sources.  Housed in a large rectangular aluminium box, the DS-1000 has the dimensions of Gold Note’s other full-sized components, like their preamps and amps.  It comes available in a brushed black or silver finish.  The top plate is adorned with a carved Gold Note logo, while the front plate is outfitted with a 3.5-inch color display.  Overall, the DS-1000 is a very attractive looking component, with a top-notch build quality.

However, it’s under the hood where things get even more interesting.  The DS-1000 is a highly advanced DAC and music streamer.  Its DAC functionality allows it to decode PCM audio files up to 24/192 and DSD files up to DSD256.  As a network player it is capable of streaming music from online services such as TIDAL and QOBUZ, your home network, internet radio and playback from USB flash drives and hard drives.  The DS-1000 is built on Gold Note’s modular design, which allow its functionality and performance to be upgraded.  Optional upgrades include: an internal preamp stage card (equipped with a high-end PGA single resistor dual-mono volume control), analog balanced stereo inputs, and for the ultimate performance, two different external balanced Class A tube output stages can be ordered.

The rear panel of the DS-1000 offers all the connections you would expect from a component in this class.  Its digital inputs include coax, optical and asynchronous USB.  Two additional USB inputs are located on the front panel.  Output on the other hand include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA.  The DS-1000 is happy to connect to your home network via a wired or wireless connection, and can be controlled with the single control knob on its front panel, the provided remote or an iOS/Android app.  Rather than repeating all the technical details from the Gold Note website, I invite you to check out www.goldnote.it for the deeper details.  Instead, let’s talk about functionality and music.

The Journey to Higher Quality Audio With Nordost Leif Cables.ind

Following the Ideal Path to Upgrading Cables.  Part 2 of 3: Interconnect Cables

You may not spend much time thinking about the cables behind your music system because they remind you of a snake pit from an Indiana Jones movie.  If you grab the wrong cable it just might bite you.  Or maybe your thoughts are less imaginative and you don’t think about the cable nest because it’s out of sight, out of mind.  What a lot of novice music listeners don’t realize is just how vital of a role cables play in the performance of an audio system.  But the truth is that if you ignore cables, you’re simply not getting the best sound from your speakers and electronics.

Welcome to part 2 of this 3-part series in which I suggest how to extract the very best sound out of your existing sound system by upgrading the stock cables, often included with audio components, to the Nordost Leif Blue Heaven series cables.  I selected this series because it delivers tangible benefits, it is attractively priced, and offers excellent value for your money.  If you followed my advice in the previous issue of NOVO, you should now be basking in the joy of improved sound from your existing system.  Perhaps you also took the time to clean up all the dust bunnies behind your system – well done if you did!  If you haven’t followed my advice, it’s not too late – you can read part 1 of this series at http://novo.press/the-journey-to-higher-quality-audio-with-nordost-leif-cables.

In part 1, I upgraded the stock OEM power cords with the Blue Heaven power cords and the results were significant.  I was rewarded with a lower noise floor; crisper, extended high frequencies; and tighter, more articulate bass frequencies.  The soundstage also improved by gaining a greater width and depth.  Combined, these benefits translated into sound that was more musical and allowed me to peer deeper into the music.  So why did I start by upgrading the power cords?  Because that’s where you’ll get the best bang for your buck.  When upgrading cables, audio experts suggest following the flow of the power / signal path.  This means you would upgrade the power cords first, then the interconnect cables and finish off with the speaker cables.

With the power cords upgraded, it was time to move on to replacing the interconnect cables.  To refresh your memory, my test setup included a: ModWright Instruments LS 100 preamp and KWA 100 amp; Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 integrated amp; Raidho C 1.1 speakers; Sonos system; Bryston BDA-1 DAC; and Gold Note Giglio turntable.  While I normally use higher-end Nordost and Skogrand cables with these components, the great thing about using high-end audio gear with entry-level cables is that the gear is so transparent, it allowed me to truly “hear” the performance of the cables.

As the next step in my upgrade path, I tested the Blue Heaven RCA interconnects ($374.99 US, 1 meter pair) between the DAC and my Jeff Rowland integrated amp, as well as the ModWright preamp.  These interconnects can be purchased with either unbalanced RCA or balanced XLR connectors.  Their construction employs four, 24 AWG, silver-plated 99.9999% OFC solid core conductors which are wound in such a way that eliminates the need for unnecessary fillers or padding.  Nordost uses high-grade FEP insulation in these cables for its superior dielectric performance.

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Trying the Blue Heaven RCA interconnects with my components resulted in another incremental improvement, over the upgrade that the Blue Heaven power cords brought on board.  The background became slightly blacker, which in turn allowed the vocals and instruments to offer a better presence, when listening to various acoustic tracks from the “Sons of Anarchy” soundtrack.  It was as if a faint fog had dissipated from in front of the music system, allowing a cleaner, more transparent sound to immerse.  The midrange, in particular the vocals on songs like “John The Revelator”, “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Hey Hey My My” sounded more organic, resolved and focused.  Similarly, instruments sounded crisper and more palpable, with a slightly brighter presentation, which gave the sense of increased resolution especially in the higher frequencies.  Thanks to the quieter background, the echo of the vocals on the track “House of the Rising Sun” also decayed at a slower pace, making it sound more natural.  The bass on all the tracks I listened to also benefitted from better definition and improved coherency. These qualities made these recordings sound a few steps closer to a live acoustic experience.

XLR interconnect cables are the preferred choice of many musicians, music technicians, and audiophiles because they resist picking up errand interference. This is particularly true over long cable runs.  Will XLR interconnects make your system sound better?  The truth is that this depends on your audio components and whether their internal circuitry is full balanced and well designed.  In some cases balanced XLR connections will sound better, in other cases unbalanced RCA connections will sound better – the only way to know for sure is to try both types and judge for yourself.  You could also look up your audio component online since reviews will likely make comparisons between the performance of the balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs.

The Blue Heaven XLR interconnects sport the same materials and construction as the Blue Heaven RCA interconnects, the only difference are the connectors.  When I tried the Blue Heaven XLR interconnects ($374.99 US, 1 meter pair) with my components, I observed a little more air and openness in the soundstage, which placed the instruments and vocals even further apart from each other.  The improvement was subtle, but noticable.  For someone who loves the three dimensionality of well recorded music, this was a real treat.  Orchestral and acoustic recordings benefitted from this improvement the most.

Whether you enjoy listening to the screaming of Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters or the smoothness and sophistication of Frank Sinatra, integrating good quality cables that match your components and speakers will ensure that your system will perform at its peak.  If you love your music and have never upgraded the cables in your system, you should really give it a try.  Your system will sound only as good as the weakest link, which is often the sneak pit behind your audio stack.  Many listeners take a step by step approach to upgrading, starting with a single power cord or by upgrading all the power cords at once, before replacing the interconnects and speaker cables.  I prefer this approach as well because it allows you to get a true sense of the improvement each cable brings on board and also helps to spread out the cost of upgrading over time.

The Nordost Leif Blue Heaven cables are an excellent choice for listeners looking to push the performance of their existing system to the limit.  Offering a high ratio of performance versus value, these cables are well priced and attainable to just about everyone that’s passionate about music.  To learn more about Nordost cables, check out www.nordost.com.

Join me in the July/August 2018 issue of NOVO as I move higher up the “sonic ladder” by integrating a Blue Heaven USB interconnect cable and speaker cables into my system.  In the meantime, happy listening!

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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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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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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