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.
Call to arrange your audition today!
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.

View Fullscreen

Learn More

Paradigm-F4-Speakers

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.

For more on the incredible Martin Logan Neolith click here. 

 

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!

Cary Audio SLI 80 Integrated Amplifier

Come hear the beautiful Cary Audio SLI-80 tube integrated amplifier!

It’s time to get a great stereo again! Offering the incredible detail and warmth of a tube driven 80 watts per channel in Class A/B ultra-linear mode, push pull amplifier design, and  a huge 40 Watts per channel in Class A Triode mode stereo integrated amplifier, the Cary Audio SLI 80 is all you ever need. Offering 3 stereo input pairs, a stereo sub woofer preamp output, in a beautiful black steel chassis, & KT88 output tubes as standard – listening to this incredible amp will remind you what you love about your favorite music every time. It comes standard with a remote volume control, and has 4 or 8 ohm speaker impedance switches, headphone jack, allows switching between triode or ultra-linear mode and exudes build quality right down to it’s very high end oil filled capacitors.

Come hear what you’ve been missing, and get lost in the music again.

Vicoustic Acoustic Solutions Products

Beautiful ways of making your Home Theater sound better!

Based in Paços de Ferreira, Portugal, Vicoustic has established itself as one of the most dynamic companies in the acoustic solutions industry. The research-based manufacturer offers a range of innovative products and services, representing the outcome of years of development, testing and optimization. Vicoustic’s engineers work in strategic partnership with other industry sectors, including science institutes and universities, as well as gaining regular feedback from some of Europe’s leading acoustic engineers.

In addition to outstanding performance, Vicoustic products have a revolutionary design and a high level of fire retardancy, which makes them suitable for use in a variety of venues.

Vicoustic’s mission is simple: Improve the way you listen to your music in an affordable and accessible way. “Many people buy expensive speakers, and use them in very bad acoustic conditions” says César Carapinha, Vicoustic’s CEO. “Now it’s possible to improve the way you listen to your music, in an affordable and accessible way. Vicoustic offers products for all budgets and highly specialized staff to help you create your ideal listening room”.

 

Vicoustic Acoustic Treatment – Before and After from Dina Santos on Vimeo.