CANADA HiFi 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – $500 and Up Gift Ideas!

2015-12-07T18:38:56+00:00December 7th, 2015|Features, Holiday Gift Ideas|Comments Off on CANADA HiFi 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – $500 and Up Gift Ideas!

VPI Scout Turntable, $1,995 US
The Scout turntable from VPI Industries has garnered an exceptional reputation for high performance and high value.  It is manufactured in the U.S. from high-quality in-house produced parts.  With a great track record for reliability and also an easy upgrade path, the Scout is the perfect table for those wanting to take their vinyl playback to the next level.  A gift that will surely bring smiles to the receiver.

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Bryston BDA-3 DAC, $3,495
A high performance DAC is the foundation of a modern music system since so many music fans now listen to digital music files.  This world-class DAC will extract the most accurate sound from all of your digital files whether they come from a digital music player, computer, home network or CD player.  The BDA-3 achieves superb sonic performance through re-sampling and re-clocking of the digital input signal, and also offers optional up-sampling.  In addition to PCM playback capable of 384kHz/32 bit resolution, the BDA-3 can also decode DSD-256 files.

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Monitor Audio Gold 100 Bookshelf Loudspeaker, $2,895 +
Monitor Audio, a British audio product company, recently refreshed their Gold Series of loudspeakers.  The Gold 100 is a two-way stand mount speaker that is designed to deliver performance that is beyond its small size.  Our recent experience with its sibling, the Gold 300 impressed us and the Gold 100, especially in its gorgeous Piano Ebony high-gloss finish would make an unforgettable gift.  $2,895 (standard finishes) or $3,574 in (Piano Ebony).

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Roksan K3 Integrated Amplifier, $2,500
A high quality amplifier / pre-amplifier is the foundation of every great music system.  The K3 is a compact and elegantly designed integrated amplifier that offers up a superb soundstage, engaging detail and excellent bass performance.  In addition to five line-level inputs, aptX Bluetooth technology allows you to stream high res music directly to the K3.  For record fans, the K3 also includes a moving magnet phono input, allowing you to plug a turntable right in.  The K3 represents a great value for your money and sonic performance to make your ears smile.


Sony HAP-Z1ES High-Resolution Audio Player, $1,999
This very well reviewed player will make a perfect addition to any hifi system.  Install the HAP software on your computer and every time you download new music, it will be automatically transferred to the player’s internal 1TB hard drive.  The HAP-Z1ES is happy to playback all popular file formats including high-res DSD files, it will also up-sample lower quality music.  A beautiful 4.3” colour screen and a free app make playback control a great pleasure.

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Focal Aria 936 Loudspeakers, $4,399
Ideal for in a 2-channel music system or a home theatre, these made-in-France floor-standing speakers will grace you with a highly detailed sound, fantastic dynamics, a spacious soundstage and impressive bass.  This amazing sound is in part a result of the brand-new speaker drivers with Flax sandwich cones and new TNF Aluminium/ Magnesium inverted dome tweeters with Poron suspension.  Available in three stunning finishes: high-gloss black, walnut and leather.  If these towers are out of your price range – take a look at the 905 and 906 bookshelf models.

Yamaha A-S2100 Integrated Amplifier

Yamaha A-S2100 Integrated Amplifier, $3,499
Yamaha’s experience in producing fine musical instruments continues to drive the company to refine their audio products.  The A-S2100 integrated amplifier reflects Yamaha’s continued commitment to fine craftsmanship and art.  With a classic integration of a metal front panel with wood side panels, the A-S2100 looks as great as it sounds.  The dials and tone controls are machined aluminum knobs that provide a tactile sense of quality.  The A-S2100 integrated amplifier is a pedigree breed that would be a lovely gift for anyone appreciating musical pleasures.

Wishing You Happy and Safe Holidays!
Suave Kajko and George de Sa
on behalf of everyone at CANADA HiFi

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