Martin Logan Renaisance

How About Another Renaissance?

By Geoff Woods

 

How many times have we heard the expression, “Everything old is new again,” or “There’s nothing new under the sun”?   How about this one, “I’m so far behind, I think I’m in the lead.”  Maybe that one’s just me.

Now, as I approach the half century mark on this planet, it’s become easier for me to see things that have come and gone do often come around again.  We call that “retro”. Unfortunately, not everything comes back though.  In fact, just the other day at the shop, the boys and I were waxing poetic about our misspent youth in the video arcades, and the vitally important role the local video rental shop played in our social development.  Of course, there are many things that SHOULDN’T ever come back – like mullets, huge shoulder pads, and an embarrassingly large number of the bands that I’m slightly ashamed to say I did listen to in the 80’s.

But whether it be pure nostalgia, or a realization that maybe we’ve thrown the baby out with the bathwater a few times (and we should make an effort to get that baby back again), there are some things that give “Retro” a really good name.  The Camaro, Mustang, and the Challenger – for a good first example.  They are all doing a great job of teaching young North American men all about proper muscle car envy.  Post Modern architecture, furniture design, and even some clothes can all remind us of the cyclical nature of great style too. TV shows like The Goldbergs, or Stranger Things capitalize on our tendency to look back with fondness and that’s good.  And obviously music.  I recently took in a Sheepdogs concert, and that totally pushed all my happy sense-memory buttons.  If you’ve never heard the Sheepdogs, give them a listen.  I bet you’ll get it.

What about Vinyl!  Nobody is happier than myself about the rebirth and rejuvenation of vinyl and the record store.  When I was in my late teens, the record store was one of those special places where I didn’t feel like a stranger from another planet.  Now 30 years – and a number of formats later, the venerable turntable has once again achieved its deserved place of honor in the style-conscious living rooms of music lovers. In fact, some of the turntables available these days not only deliver an exquisite musical experience, but are easily as beautiful as any sculpture or art object that you could otherwise clutter up a flat surface with.

So now, I would like to propose another retro revolution.  Perhaps more accurately, recognize it.  This time it’s with speakers. Are you ready for it?  Here goes. . .  They need to get big again, and we need to embrace it.

Now, not DOMINATE THE ROOM big, just “This is a space for music and I belong here” big.  I will admit that many of the big speakers of old were, well UG-LY.  Forty years ago, the equation was simple:  bigger box equals bigger bass, and pretty much every speaker manufacturer had us dancing to that tune.  As a result, there were a lot of big ugly speakers out there.  Then came the advent of mini-subwoofer-micro-satellite speaker systems back in the late 80’s, and we threw the baby out with the bathwater again.

Remember the demonstration where the smooth talking, mullet sporting, shoulder padded salesman played music through what looked like a pair of tower speakers, then he’d remove the tower speaker façade to reveal tiny little cube shaped boxes perched on poles to the surprised oohs and aaahs of his captive audience?  What was unfortunately missing from that demo was a decent pair of tower speakers that one could compare to, but let’s not dwell on that now.  It was a revolution. Almost every interior designer on the planet, and much of the female population immediately got on board with the idea of eliminating big speakers from the home.  Almost to a point of religious fervor.  Interior designers and significant others developed a vehement bias against the concept that a device that brings music into our home, (and thus enriches our life), should be in any way visible.

Now, before I alienate every interior designer and spouse (including my own), let me just clarify my thoughts by saying that some of you do understand that speakers don’t get big just for the sake of taking up more space in the living room. My point is, I think we need to officially take the next step and acknowledge that the space taken up by a full-sized quality speaker in the home, rightfully belongs to the speaker, and that is good. Why?  Because the speaker serves a great and noble purpose, and that purpose is important in our lives.  Spiritually, artistically, and aesthetically – they have great value.

Go with me here. Aesthetically speaking, interior design doesn’t begrudge the existence of a sink in a kitchen.  You can’t have a kitchen without a sink, but let’s be honest, as a rule, sinks are not “pretty”.  Yes, you might be able to find some inordinately high priced artistic blend of sculpture and plumbing by Blanco that your interior designer will effusively gush over, but at the end of the day, whether it’s made of stone, steel, or porcelain, it’s still a spokes model for the sewer that has been built into a counter top.  It has a pipe sticking up out of it and a hole at the bottom.

By comparison, let’s look at a speaker:  not a gateway to the sewer, but a window to a beautiful view of the world.   It can soothe us when we’re anxious, it can inform us of current issues and events, it can motivate us to dance or call us to action, or simply put a smile on our face and a bounce in our step.  Every day.  In the same way that a kitchen cannot be a kitchen without a sink, I would argue that a living room has no life worth living without great music, and that comes from great sounding, proudly full-size speakers.

Today, we embrace the easy availability of music that modern life affords us.  If we go back 150 years, the only way to get any music in your house was to bring musicians into your house; as a result, it was something that was only enjoyed by the super-rich and only on special occasions.  They took up some space too. Then came the gramophone (talk about ugly!  They have a kind of antique charm now, to be sure, but . . . no, scratch that.  They were just ugly).  Then in the early half of the 20th century we started to see big console radios arrive in the home. Roughly the size of a refrigerator on it’s side, but styled to fit in with the living room decor of that era. A meaningful piece of attractive furniture for the day (perhaps some still a bit ugly by today’s standards) – nobody was judged harshly or looked down upon for having one.  It was a sign of success in fact, ushering in another new benefit of a modern society.  People were now able to enjoy the luxury of music and information on demand in their home for the first time, and they understood that modern equipment that occupied space was required to make it happen.

These days it can seem that the very idea that you would allow a music reproduction device to occupy space in your room is something to be ridiculed.  But often it’s because people have an image in their head of what that old console, or speakers looked like half a century ago. Nowadays, there are so many beautiful and different styles of speakers out there, that anybody who takes the time to look should be able to find something to suit their taste and appeal to their sense of visual design.

But again, to get there we first need to acknowledge that the full-size speaker DESERVES to have a dedicated place in our homes.  The amount of space they occupy—and the amount of investment that they represent—are a direct reflection of how important music is in your life.

I used the term Renaissance in the title of this article as a direct reference to my current favorite speaker – made by the Electrostatic Speaker company Martin Logan.  Big, and worth giving a listen to for no other reason than to remind us how lucky we are to live in this day and age where an incredible level of music reproduction in the home is so easily attainable.  They are simply amazing.  I opted for these full-size speakers in my home because they are brilliant sounding, and that is a function of their design/size. I couldn’t be happier with the sound or looks. I have no qualms about dedicating the requisite floor space they assume, to be rewarded with the enthralling musical experience they always deliver, on a daily basis.

There will always be those that will argue that a speaker need not be large, or even visible.  While it is true that speakers can be built into walls or ceilings or minimized into something the size and shape of a water glass sitting on a counter, it’s nowhere near the same experience.  If you could, honestly get the same performance out of a $199 Bluetooth enabled stocking stuffer that’s wedged between the vase and a lamp, I’d shut my mouth, pack up my shingle, go buy a squeegee and make my living on the corner of 17th Avenue, but the cold hard truth is that the level of the experience is fundamentally different.

To illustrate, let me go back to the plumbing analogy:  As Charlize Theron showed us in the film “Monster,” all you need to get clean is a small sink in a gas station rest room, but that’s not what we WANT!  We want a luxurious soaker tub or a glass walled shower with an 8-way adjustable massaging nozzle, and no self-respecting interior designer would ever try to talk us out of it.  By way of comparison, a little Bluetooth widget simply can’t do what a free-standing pair of full size speakers can do – both visually and sonically. In the same way that trying to fill a giant soaker tub with an eyedropper would ultimately prove futile, trying to fill an 1800 cubic foot or larger living room with rich warm sound from something the size of a can of coke will leave you just as cold.

Let me wrap my call to arms up by addressing if there are any decent custom install solutions for those that still feel speakers should be heard and not seen.  To that, I do have to answer a qualified yes.  Qualified by three very important caveats:

1) Preparation.  We need to think about it when the room is being built. Wires need to be run to the exact right locations before the drywall goes up,

2) Placement.  Careful thought needs to go into where the speakers will be and how they will project sound toward the finished listening area – without restriction. Arranging the furniture in the space later is not a good plan, it’s a lack of one. And finally,

3) Price.  High quality speakers cost what they cost. So, good in-wall or in-ceiling speakers are also not cheap. If the floor standing speakers that you like the sound of are $3,500 for the pair, you simply can’t expect to find an in-wall solution you will like for $800.  And even then, the very best built-in speakers still won’t match the imaging and performance capabilities of a free-standing tower speakers, because a speaker’s sound is so massively affected by its cabinet, and no high-quality speakers are made out of drywall for very good reasons.  Besides, you won’t be able to take those great sounding speakers with you if you move.

So, for all of these reasons I say, let us embrace the Renaissance of bringing breathtaking music via properly large speaker into our home again.  A beautiful, stylish pair of speakers needs to be warmly embraced in our living rooms again, the same way we happily welcome a beautiful piece of art, Persian rug or a remarkably comfortable, yet inexplicably expensive chair.

STR Amp in Silver and Black

Anthem STR Amp Review

Anthem STR Amp

NEW Anthem STR Integrated Amplifier Review

By Andrew Donald

 

Anthem, the Canadian hi-fi sister company to both MartinLogan and Paradigm, have just released an impressive new integrated amplifier, called the STR. It’s an entirely new architecture that elevates this new offering well above the amp that it replaces, the Integrated 225.

Integrating an advanced preamp with a high output stereo power amplifier, and adding advanced DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) functions, a Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono stage and the mighty ARC (Anthem Room Correction) room calibration system into one chassis, the new Anthem STR certainly covers a lot of bases for its $5500.00. The fact that it offers all of this capability and also manages to sound terrific, it’s a relative bargain at that price!

The STR is designed, engineered and built by Anthem at Paradigm’s impressive facilities in Toronto, Canada, and as such Anthem has a tremendous amount of control over the design and manufacturing process to deliver the best finished product. In the early stages of the STR’s design, Anthem decided it was time for their sole integrated amplifier to move upmarket and it’s fair to say that they’ve accomplished their goal admirably

Description:

Upon unpacking it, the first thing noticed is its heft. At 40lbs, it’s no lightweight. Peering into the internals through the top venting also illustrates the care that went into the internal packaging. With a large toroidal power transformer taking the center position, each amplifier channel and their accompanying heatsink flanks it on either side. Behind the aluminium front panel sits four large capacitors (two for each channel) on their own isolated board. The preamp, DAC and phono preamp are on another isolated circuit board near the back of the chassis. The front panel is quite clean with a very prominent display on the left side of the faceplate. It’s bright and sharp with decent contrast when viewed straight on and offers plenty of information over the amp’s functions, with nice graphical icons to liven it up a bit.

Interior of Anthem STR

The I/O offering is impressive for a stereo integrated amp. With one AES/EBU, one USB, two digital coax and two optical inputs for its built-in DAC; the analog section has a set of balanced XLR inputs and four sets of stereo single-ended RCA inputs. There are MM and MC stereo single-ended RCA inputs for the phono stage. The amount of analog outputs are truly luxurious, with single-ended RCA Left and Right, subwoofer Left and Right and line Left and Right outputs!

For firmware updates and control there is a USB-A, Mini USB, Ethernet, RS232 serial, and a 3.5mm 12V trigger Output and 3.5mm IR Input. There are also oversized insulated and non-conductive five-way binding posts for speaker connections free of any interference or ghosting.

The amplifier section of the new STR is a beast. With 200 watts per channel continuously into an 8ohm load, it can also “double down” when the speaker’s impedance halves, delivering 400 watts per channel continuously into 4ohms. It’s also 2ohm stable, continuously delivering a mighty 550 watts per channel! Now, that is serious power from an integrated amplifier.

The built-in digital-to-analog converter is no slouch either. Capable of accepting a hi-resolution digital bitstream up to 24bit/192kHz via its digital coax and optical inputs. It can also upsample non hi-res digital signals up to 24bit/192kHz! Set for the future, the STR can also accept a PCM signal up to 32-bit/384 kHz and a DSD 2.8 or 5.6 MHz digital bitstream through its sole asynchronous USB-B rear input.

Another feature that the vast majority of stereo amplifiers don’t offer is a way to equalize your system to the room it’s in. Anthem has extended their superb room correction system (ARC – Anthem Room Correction) that is built into every one of their surround receivers and surround processors, to the new STR. Instead of relying on an IC in the STR to do the calculations, ARC leverages the power of your PC running the ARC software. With an included tripod mounted microphone connected, ARC digitally compares a room’s acoustic signature to that of a reference.

It measures the response of each speaker relative to the space and eliminates the negative effects of obstacles in the room, adjusting response, correcting phase issues and the negative effects of problematic room reflections, resonances and standing waves caused by the shape of the room and the surfaces and obstacles in the room. It can even do separate EQ’s for two subwoofers in your system, which is perfect for audio systems with a stereo subwoofer configuration!

In practice ARC works extremely well and is very approachable and user friendly. It’s streamlined and easy for those that want that and extremely deep when you want it to be, allowing for a huge degree of customization. It’s a brilliant platform that allows for easy and intuitive experimentation with different speaker and listening positions, crossover, phase and level configurations in real-time while you’re in the ARC software. It’s a calibration system that caters to every level of user.

Anthem ARC Graph

Installation & Listening:

After unpacking the amplifier (the STR in black looks superb!) and connecting it to one of our reference systems comprised of Paradigm’s Persona 5F loudspeakers, a Bluesound Node 2 network music streamer (for accessing lossless CD quality tracks, as well as MQA, from our Tidal Hi-Fi subscription) and Torus RM20 line conditioner, it was set up and gently broken-in for several days. Afterwards we had very lengthy listening sessions and were quite impressed.

The STR’s damping factor is immediately apparent with fantastic control of driver motion that shows off the 5F’s great transient response. The amp’s authoritative bass is very good as well. It really grabbed the 5F’s from the collar and showed them who’s boss! Midrange warmth and smoothness, with a slightly etched character to high frequency detail characterizes the STR well and the soundstage was wonderfully deep and delineated, accentuating the 5F’s already great transparency and imaging capability.

The new STR amp is a power house that can drive a very broad range of speakers. It also has the control and finesse to create a truly enjoyable listening experience that keeps inviting you back for more.

Anthem STR USB Connection

Control4 EA1 SR260

The Control4 EA1 Sale

Sale Price Control4 EA-1

Get your Control4 EA1 Entertainment Controller Delivered today !

It’s a well known issue. The TV Entertainment system is central to any home, but controlling even the simplest system is needlessly complex.  Add in the growing number of interconnected devices in the home and it’s clear that you need an EA1 Smart Controller with the automation horsepower Control4 and K&W can provide.

We want to make it easy for you.  So, for the great sale price of only $999.00 (tax, delivery and installation included!) let’s get the most important room in your home running simply now.  We will end that pain of multiple remotes – or even worse, poor universal remotes that don’t actually do it all.  With the powerful new Control4 EA1 controller and sleek SR260 remote delivered and installed by us, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to get a simple to use actual smart system.

The powerful new EA 1 smart home controller easily operates the typical TV area. Included in the sale price package is the ability to simply control 4 devices, your TV, Cable box, Surround Amplifier, and Blu-ray/ streaming box from the Control4 SR 260 remote control.  Other items can be added any time too, at a very low additional cost.

Along with simple total control of your home’s media system comes the bonus of a world of great new streaming music choices for you, built right into your new Control4 EA-1.  They include Deezer, Napster, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and Tidal – supporting full rich 24-bit high resolution audio.  Your easy to use and great sounding new system has an on screen display that is beautiful and intuitive. It can also be controlled via an app on your iPad, smart Phone (IOS or Android), or PC too, and all that music and functionality is included, at no extra cost.

Banish your coffee table covered in remotes forever, we know you will love your simple system makeover!  Another great benefit of adding this Control4 platform is, now you can expand the system to automate and control as much of your home as you want, any time you want.  Control all your entertainment equipment in every room of the house, add in lighting control, climate control, door locks, cameras, fans, blinds and so much more. Control4 inter-operates with over 9500 digital products, so the sky is the limit.

This offer is only for a limited time, and ends May 15th, so call to arrange for delivery and installation of your Smart Home controller today!

 

 

Control4 EA1 SR260

Anthem AVM 60

Anthem AVM 60 shows ATMOS and 4K Blu-ray

Anthem AVM 60

Anthem’s first 11.2 channel pre-pro is the AVM 60, and it’s a real gem. This audiophile Canadian manufacturer has stepped up the entire game, with a high-performance Pre-Processor at a price that is as well unexpectedly affordable in Canada at only $3,299.99. If you need to add a bunch of quality watts to go with your new AVM 60 Pre, Anthem has another great deal to complement your new processor acquisition too – a full 10% off of any amp (or set of amps) you decide on. Very nice.

Looking deeper, the multi award winning AVM 60 is packed with premium components aimed at the discerning  person who really values faithful audio reproduction in their Home Theater system. The feature set is comparable to their top of the line MX 1120 AV receiver, albeit without the 11 channels of built in amplification. It supports up to 7 floor/ side level speakers, 4 subwoofers, and 4 (ceiling) height channels (7.4.4).  As one would expect from a leading edge, high end surround Pre-Amp, you get a full suite of latest expected connections including the option of using balanced outputs (XLR) for all channels, to connect to your chosen power amp, and the expected reduction in ground floor noise that gives a separates combination it’s higher performance level. Of course, it also supports all the latest HDMI 2.0a standards as well as 4k/UHD, HDCP 2.2, and offers every one of the latest sound codecs including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. She’s definitely all singing and all dancing.

But the very best feature of all may very well be Anthem’s Room Correction, known now as ARC-2. ARC-2 supports four speaker profiles (you could use these speaker set up presets in this way for example; Full ATMOS, 2 Channel Stereo, 2 Channel with the sub too and, good old 7.1), and you can even have them automatically selected for each input selection you make. Each AVM 60 comes with a calibrated microphone in the box, along with a surprisingly high-quality microphone stand. The mic has a unique calibration curve set up specifically for that single microphone alone, which compensates for any potential small manufacturing variances. No one else offers a literally bespoke mic for each pre-amp they produce, showing how important your sound is to these loony Canuk audiophiles. The new ARC-2 process allows you to print out a detailed report on your final configuration measurements, and you can even conduct ARC measurements from your iOS device. Cutting edge stuff from this moose loving, syrup sucking company… that we love!

Among the myriad of leading edge audiophile-friendly features on this puppy, we also find a honking toroidal power supply (getting harder to find these days), and premium differential-output D/A converters with 32-bit conversion and sampling rate optimized filters – for the very best hi-res sound. A whole suite of premium A/D converters with 106 dB signal to noise ratio for the outputs are also provided, ensuring the highest quality sound when using your analog sources. So they didn’t forget your old trusty turntable or cassette deck.

Features aside, the proof is truly always in the listening… or in this case the home theater “experiencing”. We’ve set this unit up in our best theater at the shop (in a Martin Logan Renaissance based 7.1.4 system) and everyone here listened to it and agrees, the “experience” offered in 4k Atmos in our Grand Theater demo room is nothing short of… well  fantastic… no, stunning… What can we say? It offers a sense of space, air, depth, precision, accuracy and power not known before, all in great big unapologetic dripping gobs.

Just wow.

If you are a high-end Home Theater aficionado, you owe it to yourself to give it a try, and hear what this processor delivers!

AVM 60 - with great power comes great fun!

Laser 4K LS10500 projector

Epson LS10500 Laser Projector

Laser 4K LS10500 projector

STATE OF THE ART PROJECTION – BRIGHTER & 4K HDR

 

Home Cinema is improving by leaps and bounds. New projection technologies such as HDR, 4K and the move to the 2:35 aspect screen as the Home Theater standard are now taking hold. Epson’s latest top of the line offering is ready for it all, and more. Quite frankly this is almost certainly the best image you have ever seen. The best part? It can be that good at a 155″ size in 2:35 aspect. The new Epson LS10500 Laser 4K HDR Projector destroys any big screen flat TV. That’s just a media room, this delivers a truly immersive Home Theater event.

This is a full fledged pixel shifting projector. It’s 1080p panels fire twice, shifting the two (yes two) blue laser’s pixels 1/2 diameter, up to the right, to double the number of pixels to 4 megapixels. It’s laser unique laser light engine delivers a nearly completely silent and instant on experience. You won’t found that in rival offerings.

If a zero edge type screen is your preference, you know you need really precise control over throw to carry it off. No problem here. The masking ability permitted in the deep menu allows for a perfectly framed image. No light spillage. The LS10500 projector fully supports all multiple aspect ratios too. It’s nice to know there is always a way to get more, and if you want to raise the bar on the very best state of the art, you can. The addition of a Panamorph lens for letterbox movies can hot rod your image even further, delivering another 1/3 more resolution than any projector is capable natively. There are only a few projectors in the world that support that addition, which can be added any time.

Warranty is an industry leading 3 years, and the unit even comes with a ceiling mount, so the package comes complete. It’s older sibling (the LS10000) won the Best In Class Award in 2015 for the best projector period in it’s category from many critical reviewers.  With the addition of HDR, and it’s other refinements, the LS10500 builds on that heritage and forges it’s place even higher at the top of the mountain.
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Epson LS10500 Laser Projector

 

Martin Logan Renaissance ESL 15A

25183770310_eb1bbe1497_bA Masterpiece of Design & Engineering

Electrostatic speakers are one of the finest audio transducer philosophies invented.  The sound is effortless, dynamic, room filling and enveloping.  The finest electrostats take you further into the musical experience, and now with the introduction of the Renaissance ESL 15A, Martin Logan has truly upped that benchmark.

State of the art always comes at a price, so let’s establish right now – creating a new benchmark can’t be inexpensive – the field is just too good already.  Yet, in a world of 6 figure behemoth statement speakers, starting at $33,000.00 isn’t all that outrageous either.

The single largest advancement in electrostatic or just speaker technology is hard to pick out here.  How about the Advanced MicroPerf stator technology, which allows for almost twice the exposed electrostatic diaphragm surface as a traditional electrostatic panel of the same size?  Or the aluminum woofer section, powered by new dual 500-watt Class-D amplifiers, and controlled by a 24-Bit Vojtko™ DSP Engine and ARC™ (Anthem Room Correction)?  PoweredForce Forward™ bass alignment technology which controls the interaction between the rear-firing woofer and the wall behind that woofer with smart phase-shifting?

There’s more.  So the evolutionary and revolutionary pure technology is certainly here.  Let’s not forget, they look stunning too, available in 3 standard and 7 optional premium finishes.  So what is the most important aspect of these new benchmark speakers?

Simple – how they sound.

So much of the revolutionary part of this design has been around how your room interacts with the speakers, and how to optimise that always elusive combination.  This is the first time ever an electrostatic speaker introduces the integration of exclusive Anthem Room Correction (ARC) and DSP technology to address that goal head on.  The results are breathtaking.

We invite you to drop by for a listen and hear what you’ve probably never experienced before.  The new Masterpiece series is setting a new reference benchmark in each price point they offer. Here are just a few of the review of not only the new Renaissance ESL 15A, but it’s family siblings as well.

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Paradigm 4F Speakers

Paradigm-F4-Speakers

Paradigm unveiled their Concept 4F loudspeaker recently at Munich High End 2015. What was revealed is a genuinely ambitious and exciting project (one conducted with partner electronics brand Anthem).

 

Sporting a 25mm beryllium tweeter, a 178mm beryllium midrange driver and two front and two rear-driving 216mm woofers in a vibration-reduction layout, it may be a “Concept” today, but it shows what 33 years of R&D can deliver… and we hear rumblings of them going to production are very strong!

Disrupting the Paradigm

Paradigm is a company driven by innovation, a precedent established by co-founder Scott Bagby back in 1982. This passion never ebbs. But, there comes a time in every innovator’s life when the urge to disrupt the status quo becomes overwhelming. Where do we go from here? How can innovation change people’s opinion of what’s possible?

Unlike anything that has come before, the Concept 4F loudspeaker taps into a desire to go beyond the expected, in their words, to celebrate the technological abilities of Paradigm engineering, untamed. Like the original Paradigm loudspeakers, Concept 4F is Bagby’s personal will, manifest.

It is claimed to combine their over 33 years of groundbreaking audio innovations into one astounding loudspeaker concept. It is Crafted in Canada to their own strict standards, with every aspect of engineering and manufacturing under their control. From breathtaking design to no-holds-barred performance, it does embody the Paradigm ethos of power and art.

Glimpsing the Possibilities

This bold new concept, unveiled at Munich High End 2015, offers an exciting glimpse into the future of Paradigm engineering. The Paradigm & Anthem engineering teams have been working with a vision for more than five years now. This journey of research, experiment, design, and development has culminated in a loudspeaker that is the amalgamation of superior acoustic components with bleeding-edge technological innovation, and it is their most ambitious speaker design ever. The latest news on the Concept 4F states that it is a true full-range hybrid loudspeaker, the perfect balance of powered woofers with a passive upper register array. It features TruExtent® Beryllium 1″ tweeters and TruExtent® Beryllium 7″ midrange drivers with perforated phase-aligning lenses, and four Ultra-High-Excursion Differential Drive 8.5″ woofers in a vibration-cancelling configuration (two front-firing, two rear-firing). Each woofer pair is powered by a separate DSP-controlled 700 W RMS amplifier for a total of 1400 W RMS (2,800 W Dynamic Peak), and combined with exclusive technology like Anthem Room Correction (ARC™) capability. And then some.

The result is a unique sonic platform that would certainly live in the luxury performance loudspeaker market, and looks to be ushering in an audacious new no holds barred era for Paradigm.

Achieving Unlimited Performance

Completely designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada, Concept 4F is touted to “reveal utter transparency and realism; audio performance limited not by media, but only by imagination”. It seems to have a new level of  exceptional craftsmanship (even for Paradigm, with meticulous attention to detail) that makes a bold, really beautiful statement. The Concept 4F’s design direction explores the loudspeaker concepts around designing a combination passive, hybrid, and fully-active speaker platform. I bit of a holy grail for many in absolute speaker design. Looking at this concept, it seems that what they’ve made  possible is really exciting, and we look forward to hearing more of it… in person. When that time comes, we’ll let you know so you can hear them too!

Paradigm F4 Speaker Internals

Martin Logan Neolith

On Saturday April 25th we revealed Neolith for the first time in Canada!

Experience Neolith.

Martin Logan had the first say. “Our Truth in Sound Tour came to Canada with exclusive demos of our newest flagship speaker, Neolith, starting at one of the finest audio dealers in the country, K&W Audio. Experience sound reproduction like you’ve never heard from a bold new loudspeaker—the product of an ambitious 3-year-long development process. Martin Logan representatives will be there to answer questions, give intimate demos and provide you with a glimpse into the exciting and unique world of electrostatic speaker technology.”

The gathering was a big success. Guests to these free events are always encouraged to bring their own music, and in this case to personally experience their favorite music again, for the first time, as performed on Martin Logans Flagship $110,000.00 Neolith loudspeakers. This was a once in a lifetime chance to experience something very special!

Please accept our thanks for having accepted this personal invitation to you.

See you at the next event!

Martin Logan Neolith

Martin Logan Neolith

Thanks for making the Canadian introduction of Sonos and Deezer Elite a success!

The worlds first uncompressed streaming music service came to Canada this month, in the form of Deezer Elite, offering CD-quality audio streamed to your home, and available exclusively via your Sonos the audio system.

Back when music downloading began, MP3s made music transfer and sharing easy, but those files needed to be compressed due to bandwidth limitations, leading to a very big loss in sound quality.

Now you can listen to musical performances as the artist intended, with no loss from the original CD recording. Deezer calls it High Resolution Audio, or HRA. This is a real evolution in music delivery, offering all of the conveniences of digital streaming, without sacrificing any of the original audio quality.

On Saturday March 28 factory Sonos representatives were on hand to answer all of your questions, and demonstrate the service. It was a resounding success with tons of people in to see and hear the revolution. Thanks to everyone who came out!

If you have a Sonos system, and would like to give it a try,  sign up for a 30 day free full trial here
http://dzr.fm/aff_c7qr9A

Finally, high-resolution audio that makes sense.

Martin Logan Neolith

Neolith is Truth in Sound, Embodied

April 25 only, drop by to experience the incredible Neolith sound for yourself!

Martin Logan Neolith IS one of the finest speakers on the planet.

TRUTH IN SOUND

For those who appreciate accuracy and realism in their audio, the electrostatic transducer is the grail. For those who understand this truth in sound, MartinLogan introduces their new flagship loudspeaker: Neolith.
Neolith is not for the faint of heart. As the embodiment of their philosophy of the truth in sound, its performance is completely unconstrained. It goes against the grain. In a world of small, Neolith says size is no impediment.
Neolith features one of MartinLogan’s largest electrostatic radiating surfaces, fully 35% larger than the Statement E2. Its proprietary curvilinear electrostatic transducer delivers an ideal wave launch; a detailed, ultrarealistic soundstage, reproducing nearly the entire mid-range and high frequency audio spectrum. It is utterly uninhibited by room limitations.

Neolith World Tour
Smoothly blended low-frequencies are provided by a 15-inch rear-firing ported woofer and 12-inch front-firing sealed mid-bass woofer. Combined, they deliver powerful, extremely accurate bass.
And this is just the beginning. The details demand your attention. The exclusive advanced-topology Vojtko Crossover uses hand-selected components for optimum power handling. The passive Neolith design gives you more control, allowing single-wire or bi-amp connections with silver filigree WBT Binding Posts, plus a unique system of audio adjustment jumpers. The audaciously sculpted Neolith frame is made of non-resonant Phenolic Resin Polymer, smoothly finished in a premium automotive gloss. Its hand-crafted woofer cabinet is wrapped in elegant soft leather.

Drop By For A Listen!
Prepare yourself for an astonishing new audio experience; a bigger, bolder, no-holds-bared experience of breathtakingly articulate performance. The bespoke Neolith is the culmination of over 30 years of MartinLogan passion, engineering innovation and dedication to the ultimate truth in sound.

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We will be the first place in Canada, and one of only 3 stops for the Neolith tour.  Mark your calendar to drop by and hear them – after all how often do you get the chance to hear a pair of speakers worth over 100K?

To reserve a private audition, call us today!