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Newform Research R58 Loudspeaker

Newform Research R58

“This new model from Canada’s ribbon specialist, combines an 8″ ribbon driver with a pair of 5″ Vifa mid/woofers in a moderately sized sealed box. The ribbon, which could be called a “quasi-ribbon”, is a unipolar mylar diaphragm with voice coil imprinted on it, large magnets on either side, and absorptive material behind. It provides, wide, even dispersion, something I’ll expand on in discussing the measurements, and crosses over to the lower-frequency drivers at 1000 Hz…”

Supersounds (Fall 2003) - Classical SACD and CD

Malher Symphony #6 SACD

“This new SACD is to my ears the best Mahler recording ever. Zander’s reading has passion and impulsion, and the sound is simply amazing. The louder you play it, the better it sounds, and I didn’t have the advantage of discrete multichannel, listening through the Pioneer Elite DV-AX10, which preceded 5-channel SACD. However, I’ll take state-of-the-art 2-channel over mediocre multi any time. By the time we finally got to the “hammers of fate” in the finale, I was totally immersed in this immense symphonic conception…”

AIG Back Issues: Fall 2003

Fall 2003 Issue

Highlights Include: Bryston SP 1.7 Home Theatre Processor, Sunfire Ultimate Receiver, LG Electronics RD-JT41 Projector, NAD L70 DVD Player/Receiver, Totem Dreamcatcher Home Theatre Speaker System, Monitor Audio Silver 6S, Paradigm Cinema Home Theatre Speaker System, Newform Research R58 Ribbon Speakers, Audiophile APS 1000 Power Conditioner/UPS, Stager Silver Solids Interconnects and much more…

NAD L 70 DVD Player/Receiver

NAD L-70 DVD Receiver

“This new receiver is striking right out of the box because it abandons the traditional and conservative NAD style that has changed little over the years, 30 in all. According to a white paper issued by the company, “Because the L70 is a DVD receiver, some people might be tempted to try to squeeze it into the rather crowded `Home-Theatre-in-a- Box’ category…”

Sunfire Ultimate Receiver

Sunfire Ultimate Receiver

“A look at the back panel of the Ultimate receiver immediately tells you that this is a serious piece of audio/video gear; I’ve never seen a space so crammed with inputs and outputs. To run briefly through its main features, the 200-wpc unit offers 7 channels of amplification, Dolby Digital EX and Pro Logic II, DTS ES and NEO 6, capped with Bob Carver’s proprietary Sonic Holography in a new DSP-based version. The digital signal processing supports rates up to 96 kHz…”

LG Electronics RD-JT41 Video Projector

LG-JT41 Video Projector

“The attraction of front projectors is undeniable: they are compact, can be set up quickly (if they are DLP or LCD types), and do not dominate a room. The market for these as presentation devices (your “Powerpoint partner”) has opened up an even bigger market for more affordable home theatre display devices. The first of these reviewed in these pages came from Epson (Summer/Fall 2002, Vol. 21 #2), the TW100 LCD type…”

Audiophile APS 1000 Power Regenerator/Conditioner

Audiophile APS 1000

“Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) have become a part of computer operation over the last few years, and have probably prevented data loss in many instances of power interruptions. Here we have the next stage of evolution, the Audiophile Power Supply, this one the largest and most expensive model in a line of three, with further variations in battery power also available…”

Monitor Audio Silver 6S Loudspeaker

Monitor Audio Silver six S

“The Monitor Audio Silver 6S has its work cut out for it. Any slim, floor standing speaker with a price hovering in the sweet spot of the mid-market (around US $1000) does. While not as cluttered as the home theatre in a box segment, this is a very crowded part of the market and a speaker had better do more than look pretty if it expects a ride home from the shop…”

Bryston SP 1.7 A/V Processor / Preamp and SPV 1 Video Switcher

Bryston SP 1.7 Surround Processor/Preamp

“Like many manufacturers, Bryston has quickly moved to update its SP1 (Spring 2001, Vol. 20 #2) home theatre processor to accommodate the new surround formats and processing options, including Dolby Pro Logic II (Film & Music), DTS NEO:6, and THX Surround EX. There are also these DSP listening modes: Stereo5, Party, Hall, Stadium, Club, Theatre, Church, and Natural; in my view, all but the last of these should be ignored…”

AIG Back Issues: Almanac 2003

Almanac 2003 Issue

Highlights Include: Canada’s only comprehensive A/V product directory. Complete prices and specifications for over 4000 audio and video components and accessories. Contact information for each manufacturer and distributor. This will be the last A/V Almanac so get it while you still can! Anthem TLP1 Tuner/Preamplifier, Aragon 3005 Power Amplifier, NAD T752 Home Theatre Receiver, TEAC Legacy DR-L700 Tuner/Processor record reviews and more…

Aragon Stage One HT Preamp and 3005 5 Channel Power Amplifier

Aragon Stage One Home Theater Processor

“These days, when one sees the name Aragon, visions of The Lord of the Rings come to mind. But, then, that’s Aragorn. Still, looking at the blue streams of light that seem to shine from deep inside the front panel of these handsome home theater components, one does get a sense of the mystical and the magical. I was captivated by this look the first time I saw the Aragon gear at the Festival du Son last March…”

SIM2 Seleco Grand Cinema HT300 DLP Video Projector

Sim2 HT-300

“It could be said that this new projector is a truly international product (at a truly international price, too), in that much of its technology comes from the US and it’s manufactured in Italy. It features the new Texas Instruments HD-1 Digital Micromirror Device 16:9 (1280 x 720 pixels) DLP chip to support 720p resolution, and uses the increasingly popular Faroudja/Sage DCDi chipset for deinterlacing and video enhancement…”

DVD Reviews - State And Main

State and Main

“This is a delightful film, and its real star is an audiophile favourite, singer Rebecca Pidgeon, who in the film doesn’t sing a note. She just steals the movie with her warmth and humour. State And Main is about the exploits of a film crew who descend on the small town of Waterford, Vermont, and their interaction with the locals, including Pidgeon as owner of the local bookstore…”

DVD Reviews - Thirteen Days

Thirteen Days

“There are two things that distinguish this film from other historical movies. The first is the remarkable performance of Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood as John F. Kennedy, and how much of a pain in the ass the mannered and historically inaccurate posturing of Kevin Costner as Ken O’Donnell becomes as the film proceeds. But the overall story is compelling, especially for those of us who lived through it; in my case, I was living away from home for the first time in university residence, and these events tended to add to the feeling of isolation and loneliness…”

DVD Reviews - The Russia House

The Russia House

“I’ve owned this film on laserdisc for years, and have actively sought the DVD for the past year or so, and recently found it at Future Shop. The reason for my desire to own it is something that overshadows even the performances, the story, and the star power: the locales. The cinematography is truly spectacular and the locations in and around Moscow and St. Petersburg, not to mention Lisbon, are breathtaking…”

DVD Reviews - The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Curse of the Jade Scorpion

“I knew this film reminded me of something but I couldn’t put my finger on it until I watched Charlize Theron trying to seduce the physically and mentally revolting character played by Allen: I was watching a high school play. Back at Aurora High a friend of mine wasn’t having much luck with the ladies so he joined the drama club, wrote a play, and made sure he played a character that got to kiss a pretty girl. The plot was irrelevant - some ridiculous concotion involving hypnosis and stolen jewels.

Acoustic Energy AEGO5 Home Theater System

Acoustic Energy AEGO5 Home Theater System

“At an audio show, it occasionally happens that I walk into a room and am struck by the quality of sound from speakers you can hardly see. That’s what occurred at the Festival Du Son et L’Image in Montreal this year when I first heard the AEGO2 stereo version of the Aego5 system. I simply couldn’t believe that the full range, extremely well defined, and dynamic sound was coming from boxes 2 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches high and 3 inches deep, and a single sub…”

Synthesis Pride CD Player and Ensemble Integrated Amp

Synthesis Pride CD Player

“Synthesis is an Italian company that, like many firms in that country, makes beautiful things. Theirs do not happen to be cars, or fashions, but high fidelity components. And there seems to be a certain sense of style in their product names, too…”

Pioneer Elite DV-47A Multichannel DVD-A/SACD Player

Pioneer Elite DV-47A

“I’ve argued that unless all DVD and SACD players are like this one, both formats will fail, or at best limp along for a few years like SQ surround sound did. The DV-47A combines both DVD-A and SACD multichannel capability, going a step beyond our reference DV-AX10, which offers only stereo SACD reproduction…”

Sony STR-DA4ES 7-Channel Receiver

Sony ES Receiver

“This is yet another complex A/V receiver that tries to make operation simple while introducing new features and maintaining those that have become standard. It’s a 7-channel design, with 110 wpc all around (8 0hms), with the new DTS 96/24, ES, and NEO:6 formats added to Dolby Digital EX and Pro Logic II. Though there are 7 Cinema and 10 music sound field programs, there are no THX ones, which is a blessing…”


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