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Paradigm Studio 100 v2 Loudspeaker

Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v2

“Definitely designed to be a full range reproducer with very high dynamic capability, the Studio 100 uses a pair of 8″ polypropylene woofers with very large cast baskets, a 6 1/2″ woven Kevlar midrange, and for this second iteration of the Studio 100, a new aluminum dome tweeter identical to that used in the Active 40. All drivers are designed and made in-house, Paradigm, like API, a very vertically integrated company…”

Oracle Mentor Loudspeaker

Oracle Studio System Loudspeaker

“The Oracle speaker project goes back quite a few years, and the Mentor Studio system is the culmination of that project, and its sleek finish reflects (quite literally) the tradition of craftsmanship associated with Oracle. Our review pair were finished in a shiny burgundy lacquer that looked as if it had been lovingly rubbed and polished by skilled hands…”

Cliffhanger Audio CHS-2 Loudspeaker and W-2 Subwoofer

Cliffhanger CHS-2 Monitors and W-2 Subwoofer

“These monitor/subwoofer matched pairs come in a configuration that, as the width measurements suggest, stacks very neatly. And the neatness is augmented by the very nice veneered finish of the boxes, with their rounded corners and black front baffle. The subwoofer contains a high-pass filter, with an extra set of gold-plated 5-way posts to send it to the CHS-2. The speakers can also be bi-wired or amped…”

Paradigm Active 40 Loudspeaker

Paradigm Reference Active-40

“Now something of a pioneer in consumer active speakers, Paradigm is becoming very good at it, as the listening tests showed. Engineering a speaker from a line-level input onward gives the designers control of much more of the ultimate performance than when designing a speaker to work from an amplifier output. Of course, the amplifier(s) employed must be very good, or the design will be compromised…”

Paradigm Titan Loudspeaker & PDR 12 Subwoofer

Paradigm Titan Loudspeaker and PDR 12 Subwoofer

“You might think that this is the least expensive speaker model in the Paradigm Performance basic range, but, no it isn’t. The Atom ($199 pr) and the Micro ($169 pr) are below it in price. The last time we auditioned the Titan was in the Summer 93 issue, and then it was an all-wood box. The last time we auditioned the Titan was in the Summer 93 issue, and then it was an all-wood box. But Paradigm has had in-house injection moulding facilities…”

PSB Century 300i Loudspeaker & Century Subsonic 2i Subwoofer

PSB Century Subsonic 2i Subwoofer

“This is our first PSB review in a few years, though AIG contributors have been aware of the Canadian brand’s growth and success. For example, contributing editor and columnist Gordon Brockhouse has been proud owner for years of Stratus Gold speakers, and has just upgraded to the newest iteration of these. The Century 300i comes at the other end of the price and size scale, a budget bookshelf model that is a 2-way rear-ported reflex design that uses a 6 1/2″ woofer/midrange and dome tweeter, both appearing to be made or polyproplylene….”

D-Box Mini-Mammoth Subwoofer

D-Box Mini-Mammoth Subwoofer

“A year ago the Mammoth subwoofer dominated the cover of our first A/V Almanac, and now we have son of, a smaller powered version that attempts to put essentially the same performance into a smaller package. The essence of the original design was an 18″ electromagnetic driver in an enclosure designed to fully vent the backwave and really move air…”

Energy e:XL 25 Loudspeaker

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“I first heard these speakers at the Festival d Son et de L’Image in March after a recommendation from AAM; he’d been very impressed at what he heard from this particular model. Our review samples of the e:XL-25 came in the same attractive Northern Light Birch vinyl that graced the Sound Dynamics RTS-P100, much less of it covering this smaller, less expensive speaker…”

Bryston 9B Home Theater Power Amplifier

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“Until now, this Canadian company has relied on its several stereo models, its 4-channel (8B/$3500), and 3-channel (5B/$3050) amplifiers to feed the growing home theatre market. But with the powered subwoofer now a fixture, and discrete 5-channel surround sound coming on fast, Bryston decided it had to provide a matching power amplifier…”

Dahlquist Acoustix System One Dynamic Array

Dahlquist Acoustix Array Home Theater System

“As speakers, the 4 identical towers share a diminutive footprint and very narrow baffle, and all share the same drivers, a fabric dome tweeter, and 3 3 1/2″ cones for bass and midrange; the centre speaker is similarly slim laterally, with 4 of the 3 1/2″ drivers flanking the same tweeter. All of these are designed to operate down to a lower limit of 80 Hz. They are front-ported, but the real bass is reproduced by the subwoofer….”

Inouye Synergistic Power Line Conditioner

Inouye Synergistic Power Line Conditioner

“Power conditioners are one of those products which teeter on the edge of mainstream audio acceptability these days. While they probably have a better reputation than carbon fiber shelves or ebony pucks many audiophiles would lump them in the same shady category, labeling them as the foolish toys of misguided, obsessive compulsive and moderately paranoid audio freaks….”

Newform Research R8-1-30 Ribbon Loudspeaker

Newform R8 1-30

“Those close to me (who have fathomed my innermost secrets) know that I dislike THX, which in my view simply adds distortion to the system, particularly in the surrounds, and I also dislike the reason for this so-called “decorrelation”, the mono nature of the Dolby Pro Logic surround channel. These guys (Dolby and THX) learned nothing from the research of CBS Labs, Jim Fosgate and others into matrix surround systems. Sorry, Tom Holman, I didn’t get the gospel…”

Mirage OM-6 Loudspeaker

Mirage OM6

“It’s been a while since Ian Paisley, arguably the dean of Canadian speaker designers (but definitely no relation to Ulster’s rabble-rousing reverend) has introduced a breakthrough design, but here it is in the new OM-6. Described (and trademarked) as Omnipolar (Ian still regrets not registering “Bipolar”), this new speaker looks rather like a an electrostatic panel on top of a subwoofer, but it is a fully dynamic design, with double midranges and tweeters in the upper panel…”

Blue Circle Audio BC3 Preamplifier and BC3 Power Amplifiers

Blue Circle Audio BC3 Preamp

“There is no question that high end audio is usually a labour of love for the designer, this being a given where technology and art meet. What kind of love is another question altogether: sometimes love is blind, sometimes it’s tough, and as often as not, simply perverse. I guess that’s what makes for the remarkable diversity we find in components with such an emotional content. It is perhaps useful to view this pair from Blue Circle Audio in this light…”

Bryston BP-25 Stereo Preamplifier

Bryston BP-25 Stereo Since the new BP-25 preamplifier is in many respects identical to the BP-20 (Smr 94), this will be a quite short review. The new version differs mainly in its provision of a remote control, and comes in both phono and non-phono versions.

Bryston B-60 Integrated Amplifier

Bryston B-60 Integrated Amplifier

“The first integrated amplifier from Bryston, the B-60 has been almost two years in development, the long process of getting ST performance with preamp and amp on the same chassis delaying its introduction. Apparently, the signal layouts for lowest noise and distortion were harder to achieve in such close quarters…”

DVD Reviews - The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter

“If this film stops people talking about Mon Oncle Antoine and Goin’ Down The Road as great Canadian films, then it will have served a good purpose, as far as I’m concerned. The Sweet Hereafter is probably the best Canadian film ever, and so far the highest grossing one at the box office. Atom Egoyan has woven a complex web of recollections of a school bus crash by those who survived and those whose children didn’t, as they talk to a lawyer, played by Ian Holm, who is trying to get a class action lawsuit going against the bus company. Almost entirely composed of flashbacks…”


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