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Aardvark - July 31st Event

This Friday July 31st (5pm to 9pm) and Saturday August 1st (11am to 4pm) Aardvark Boutique Audio will be hosting a Special Preview Event at their new shop, located at 74 Broadway, Orangeville, ON.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the new store, hear good music, have a bite to eat and best of all, enjoy the company of others who truly appreciate music done well. A demonstration of Hi-Rez DSD files vs. vinyl will be given, which should truly be a ear-opening experience.

Please RSVP:
Email: aardvarkboutiqueaudio@gmail.com -or-
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aardvarkaudio

Genesis 2.3

Genesis Advanced Technologies (Genesis) has just announced their new Genesis 2.3 loudspeaker. Speaking of the new Genesis 2.3, Gary Leonard Koh, Cheif Designer and CEO of Genesis states that “The G2.3 is as close to the perfect transducer as we can make given the constraints of room size and budget.”

Genesis’ position is that a line-source loudspeaker has a huge advantage over a point-source loudspeaker due to there being no vertical dispersion of the sound-wave; this makes seating height irrelevant for listening to a line-source loudspeaker. As well, the attenuation of sound pressure level is -3dB with distance doubling as opposed to -6dB with a point-source, providing greater effective volume and dynamics at any distance and filling a larger rooms with sound.

In addition, a line-source has a lack of vertical dispersion resulting in no deleterious reflections from the floor or ceiling which can cause indistinct imaging. Since the new Genesis 2.3 is also a dipole, side-wall reflections are reduced, providing a more convincing and lifelike soundstage.

The Genesis 2.3 has been improved over the previous generation launched nearly 8 years ago primarily in the area of coloration, with the new 2.3 being more transparent to the signal, producing purer sound.

The new Genesis Ring Radiator Ribbon Tweeter (R3T) has lower distortion and wider dispersion up to 40kHz. The structure of the 48-inch ribbon midrange unit has also been strengthened and improved to further reduce distortion. As most rooms are acoustically asymmetric, separate left and right Servo-Controlled bass Amplifiers (SCAmps) are provided – with two channels per woofer tower. Improved power supplies from the development of the Genesis Reference Amplifier Series II have been incorporated in the SCAmp resulting in more impactful bass.

Structurally, the constraint-layer-damped composite sandwich that was designed during the development of the G-Force loudspeaker now reduces resonance in the cabinets. This improves the “launch blackness” of the mid/high frequencies making music sound like it is coming from a quieter background.

The Genesis 2.3 loudspeaker system comprises a pair of midrange/tweeter “wings”, a pair of woofer towers, a pair of Servo-Controlled bass Amplifiers, and connecting cables and accessories. It is custom built in “any” finish including carbon-fiber, rosewood and high-gloss black.

The new Genesis 2.3 loudspeaker is currently available for order with pricing yet to be announced. Look for more information at: http://www.genesisloudspeakers.com/

Rega - Queen 1
The Sound Organisation, European distributor for Rega has annouced that Rega was approached by the legendary rock band Queen to produce a limited edition, fully licensed turntable to coincide with the release of a new Queen 180g vinyl LP boxset of their 15 studio albums, which have been sourced from the original master tapes mastered by Bob Ludwig and cut at Abbey Road studios. The English based Rega brand perfectly reflects the English band, complementiong one anothers musical achievements.
Rega Queen 2
Turntable Features:
•Based on the Rega RP1
•Custom designed high gloss black acrylic laminated plinth with gold silk screened ‘Queen by Rega’ logo
•Hand built RB101 tonearm
•Factory fitted Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge
•Low noise low vibration 24v synchronous high performance motor
•Queen dust cover lid badge
•Silk screened ‘Queen Crest’ platter from artwork created by Freddie Mercury

A limited run of only 2000 turntables are to be produced at Rega’s England facility with just 200 to be made available to the US market. The new limited edition turntable will be available exclusively through The Sound Organisation’s authorized Rega dealers at an MSRP of $650 U.S. including RB101 tone arm and Rega Carbon MM Cartridge. Available now for pre-order, the turntable is expected to begin shipping in late September. Look for more information at: http://www.soundorg.com

Denon AVR-X4200W
Denon has just introduced a couple new network A/V receivers within their recently introduced mid-class X-series family: the new top-of-the-line AVR-X4200W and also the AVR-X3200W. Both new A/V Receivers provide a plethora of features, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via soon to be provided firmware upgrade. The AVR-X4200W and AVR-X3200W also sport 4K Ultra HD support, HDR and HDCP 2.2 capability.

AVR-X3200W:
The new AVR-X3200W delivers 105 watts on all seven channels and is equipped with a Dolby Atmos decoder and Dolby Surround upmixer to deliver captivating multi-dimensional sound through height speakers or Dolby Atmos elevation speakers. The AVR-X3200W is also ready for DTS:X and DTS Neural:X upmixer that have been developed to provide an immersive sound field, regardless of the number of speakers. The seven amplifier channels can be used to deliver new 3D sound formats, or alterantively to power a second zone. And, with a 7.2ch pre-out section, an RS-232 port and flexible amp assignment options, the AVR-X3200W is ideal for custom installers in regards to multi-zone listening and home automation. Audyssey MultEQ XT room equalization including Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ are included to perfectly match sound to a listening space.

The video section includes HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 specification inputs that are required for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content. Eight HDMI inputs, of which one is conveniently located at the front panel ensure easy connection of source components. 4K Ultra HD video and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR and BT.2020 pass-through are all supported. The AVR-X3200W also features a powerful video processor to upconvert standard-definition and high-definition video sources to full-rate 4k Ultra HD resolution. With two HDMI outputs, the AVR-X3200W allows playback of a surround movie in the main room and a separate stereo program with video from a different source in the second room. The AVR-X3200W is also certified by the Imaging Science Foundation for video quality, and is equipped with the full suite of ISFccc advanced video calibration controls.

The AVR-X3200W also comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and playback options, include Apple AirPlay, network attached storage devices (NAS), Internet Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify Connect. High-resolution audio files like FLAC, AIFF, or DSD are also supported and played back in impeccable sonic quality.

AVR-X4200W:
The AVR-X4200W resembles the Denon reference-class A/V Receivers visually with a larger form and hidden controls. Power on hand with the AVR-X4200W is up to 125 watts on all seven channels. All audio signals are delicately handled by famous Denon D.D.S.C-HD (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit High Definition) and unique AL24 Processing Plus, for the ultimate in sound refinement supported by the use of high-quality 192-kHz/32-bit D/A Converters. Denon Link HD Connection is provided for jitter-free transmission from a supporting Denon Blu-ray Player. A third HDMI output gives even more convenience in connecting multiple displays. Thanks to its nine-channel processing capability, eleven speaker terminals and 13.2ch pre-out connections, the AVR-X4200W offers huge flexibility in multi-room and amp assignment options. By adding an additional two-channel power amplifier, for example, it can run a big Dolby Atmos experience up to 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 configurations. And through a paid upgrade offer, the highly acclaimed Auro-3D sound processing engine can be added for another 3D sound experience. Professional installers will very much appreciate the fact that the AVR-X4200W comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32, including Pro-calibration option, Sub EQ HT and LFC (Low Frequency Containment).

The new X-series models come with a unique Denon ECO mode. It provides the ability to reduce overall power consumption and features an onscreen ECO Meter that lets you see the power consumption reduction effect if desired. The Auto ECO mode automatically switches between normal and ECO modes, depending on the volume level chosen.

With the exclusive Denon Setup Assistant along with the Quick Start Guide, setting up a Denon A/V Receiver is quick and easy. To conveniently keep control of all features, the Denon remote app is available for iOS and Android devices.

KEY FEATURES – SUMMARY:

Denon AVR-X3200W
• 105W x 7ch (8ohm, 20-20kHz, THD:0.08%) high-quality discrete power amplifier for powerful and detailed sound
• Built-in Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2); DTS:X ready (via firmware update later in 2015)
• Advanced quad-core 32-bit DSP processor
• Latest HDMI 2.0a standard with 4K/60Hz full-rate pass-through on
4:4:4 resolution, HDR, BT.2020 on all inputs
• 8 HDMI inputs (1x front) and 2 HDMI outputs with full HDCP 2.2 support
• Advanced Video Processing with scaling of lower resolution signals up to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD
• ISF Certification
• Built-in Wi-Fi with dual diversity antenna, built-in Bluetooth
• Front-panel USB input
• Wide support for streaming formats including high resolution DSD, FLAC and AIFF
• AirPlay and DLNA music streaming
• Spotify Connect (where available); Internet Radio, Pandora and SiriusXM
• Advanced ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
• Audyssey MultEQ XT with Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
• Denon AVR Remote App (available for Android and iOS)
• Setup Assistant in 3 languages; Color-coded speaker terminals
• 7.2ch pre-out: 2 multi-room zones; RS-232 Control

Denon AVR-X4200W
• 125W x 7ch (8ohm, 20-20KHz, THD:0.05%) high-quality discrete power amplifier for powerful and detailed sound
• 9.2ch processing
• Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 (with additional 2ch amplifier) DTS:X ready (via firmware update later in 2015)
• Auro-3D, Auromatic (up to 9.1ch; paid Upgrade) Release timing: to be announced
• D.D.S.C.-HD Digital and AL24 Processing Plus; Denon Link HD
• High-quality 192-kHz/32-bit D/A Converter
• Audyssey MultEQ XT32 (Pro ready), Sub EQ HT and LFC
• 8 HDMI inputs (1x front) and 3 HDMI outputs with full HDCP 2.2 support
• Phono (MM) input
• 13.2ch pre-out; 3 multi-room zones
• Clock Jitter Reducer

Both the new AVR-X4200W ($1,499 U.S.)and AVR-X3200W($999 U.S.) will be offered only in black dress and are expected to be available this August. Look for more details at: http://www.denon.com

Marantz 1

Marantz, has announced three new Network A/V Receivers – the NR1506 and NR1606 Slim Design Network A/V Receivers and the SR5010 full-size receiver. All three incorporate the latest in audio and video technology, wireless connectivity and are energy-conscious as well as easy to use.

The new Slim Design NR1506 Network A/V Receiver is a 5-channel / 50W per channel receiver. It has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities as well as Internet Radio, Pandora, Sirius, Spotify Connect and AirPlay. The NR1506 is also capable of playing music files from a PC or NAS drive via DLNA and is compatitible with almost any music file type including: FLAC HD, ALAC, WAV192/24 and even DSD. The iPod digital-compatible USB input on the front panel provides extra connectivity convenience.

On the video side of things, the NR1506 supports next generation 4K Ultra HD high resolution video with the latest HDMI 2.0a specification including 4K 60Hz pass-through and HDCP 2.2 compatibility. HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Wide Color Gamut compatibility that are key components of the BT.2020 4K Ultra HD video specification are also incorporated. Six HDMI inputs, including one on the front panel make connections easy.

An on-screen Setup Assistant makes navigation through setup menus easy, including Audyssey MultEQ room calibration. A Marantz Remote App available for Android and iOS for system control and an ECO mode automatically conserves on power without influencing performance.

The NR1506 has a MSRP of: $499.00 U.S.

Marantz 2
The new NR1606 Slim Design A/V receiver is a step-up in performance and features over the NR1506, adding in Dolby Atmos decoding and Dolby Surround upmixing for multi-dimensional sound via height speakers, while prepped to support the new DTS:X via firmware update later in 2015.

The NR1606 has an advanced video section to upscale analog and digital source material up to Full HD 1080p or even 4K Ultra HD, with 8 HDMI 2.0a inputs and full support for second zone audio.

The new NR1606 has a MSRP of: $699.00 U.S.

Marantz 3
The SR5010 full-size A/V receiver is the first model in the standard 2015 Marantz full-size line-up. It is a 7.2ch Network A/V Receiver with 100 Watts-per-channel. Not only does it have significantly more power than the Slim Design models but it also has significantly high-quality audio performance through the use of carefully selected and employed very-high-grade audio components. The whole internal circuit further enhances audio quality by delicately handling all signals via the Marantz-own HDAMs in Current Feedback topology before they reach the speakers. Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology found on the company’s Reference Series components provides superior low noise wideband performance in an all-discrete configuration, compared to conventional op amp ICs. HDAM technology provides an ultra-fast slew rate for true wideband response and maximum dynamic range to deliver optimum sound quality with today’s high-resolution audio formats.

Another step-up in flexibility becomes obvious by a second HDMI output to connect a projector and a TV at the same time. A 7.2 channel pre-out section and the RS232 connection makes the SR5010 very attractive for custom installation purposes.

The new SR5010 has a MSRP of: $899.00 U.S.

All three new Marantz A/V Receivers will be available in July/August. Look for more information on these and other Marantz products at: http://ca.marantz.com

B&W 1

Bowers & Wilkins has announced three new custom installation speakers: the new CCM Cinema 7 in-ceiling speaker; CWM Cinema 7 in-wall speaker and; the CCM632 offers discreet musical fidelity, clever new fixings now make installation quicker and easier than ever before.

CCM Cinema 7 is designed for down-firing, in-ceiling left, centre and right speaker positions in a discreet home cinema system. It boasts two drivers: a 180mm bass/midrange Kevlar cone and a 25mm Nautilus™ swirl loaded aluminum dome tweeter.

Both drivers are angled to the mounting surface and can be directed towards listeners so they hear the correct balance of sound. That way, dialogue is crystal clear and special effects come across accurately.

B&W 2
CWM Cinema 7 in-wall speaker does the job of three home cinema speakers – front left, center and front right – yet is incredibly discreet. It can be mounted beside, above or below the screen, ensuring crystal-clear dialogue and dramatic special effects.

Both Cinema 7 speakers feature ultra-narrow bezels and magnetically attached metal grilles that can be customized to complement décor. CCM Cinema 7 is supplied with a round grille but this can be replaced with square.

Cinema 7 speakers are installed in the ceiling or wall using Bowers & Wilkins QuickDogs™ fixings – spring clamps that rotate and clip into place, so you can fit the speaker frames securely, tool-free, with one hand. As well as being quick and simple, they can also cope with almost any thickness of mounting panel.

B&W 3
The new CCM632 is ideal if you want the musical fidelity of a hi-fi speaker but the near-invisibility of an in-ceiling speaker. Its full-range 75mm driver elegantly sidesteps a common problem with custom install speakers: small drivers don’t offer enough bass but two-way speakers with a tweeter positioned in front of a bass/midrange driver lead to sound discoloration. The result is a beautiful, balanced and clean sound.

CCM632 is supplied in stereo pairs and comes with both round and square grille/bezel assemblies that attach magnetically.

CCM632 is also the first speaker to feature Bowers & Wilkins new ZipDogs™ fixings. These are similar to QuickDogs™ but they’re quickly fastened from the front with three cable ties. This lets you install the speaker without putting your hand through the mounting hole. This is perfect for CCM632 because it has an integral enclosure designed to minimize acoustic bleed into adjoining spaces.

Bowers & Wilkins CCM Cinema 7 in-ceiling home cinema speakers are available in August and priced at $700 each

Bowers & Wilkins CWM Cinema 7 in-wall home cinema speakers are available in September and priced at $850 each

Bowers & Wilkins CCM632 in-ceiling home cinema speakers are available in August and priced at $250 each

Look for more information on these and other Bowers & Wilkins products at: http://www.bowers-wilkins.com

3Beez Wax Box

3beez has announced their new Wax Box 3 system, a new version of its Wax Music Management System for storage, maintenance and playback of digital music. The new Wax Box 3 is now smaller, yet retains the former modes 1 TB storage capacity. A Wax Box 2 remains in the product line for audiophiles who require 3 TB of storage. Both products incorporate a new DAC for superior sound quality.

Despite its small size, Wax Box 3 still provides automatic backups to a second internal HDD. Users can connect an external USB hard-drive to the USB port.

The Wax Box 3 system ships with the same custom Wax software that makes it easy to survey a collection for a desired recording and to distinguish multiple versions of the same work. Users can store as much metadata as they want for each recording, including members of a band or the cast of an opera. Music lovers who purchase downloads will appreciate support for liner notes. Auto completion makes it easier to enter metadata when necessary. The Wax Box now supports streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal as well as the welcome addtional of both DSD and multi-channel FLAC.

The new Wax Box system is still completely silent, with fanless cooling and a cache for sound files in a solid-state drive. The sound drive spins only long enough to transfer the sound files to the cache.

The Wax Music Management System Box 3 is available immediately at a MSRP of: $4600 U.S. Look for more details at: http://www.3beez.com

Integra DTR 40.7
Integra has just announced three new 7.2 channel network receivers that feature Dolby Atmos decoding and are primed for DTS:X. All three new models are also Ultra HD video and premium 4K content ready – featuring HDMI and HDCP 2.2 compatibility that can pass 4K/60 Hz video complete with 4:4:4 color space and High Dynamic Range support.

The DTR-40.7 7.2 Channel Network Receiver is THX Select2 Plus certified and Dolby Atmos-enabled, while being upgradeable to DTS:X. It features HDBaseT technology, which allows HDMI audio/video signals to be transmitted over much longer distances with a more-easily-installed cable than a conventional HDMI connection. The unit is optimized for whole-home distribution and can connect to compatible entertainment devices in the home via a single CAT5e/6 cable. This ability to span longer distances with uncompressed HD multimedia including 3D & 4K Ultra HD makes the unit ideal for custom integration professionals. The unit can also take digital audio (both coax and optical) and send to Zone 2, a great feature for custom installers as more and more source devices lack analog audio outputs.

The feature-laden unit includes 4K / 60 Hz-capable HDMI terminals for Ultra HD entertainment, including 8 inputs (1 front / 7 rear) and 2 outputs (4 K Ultra HD / HDCP 2.2). The receiver boasts 175 watts per channel at 6 Ohms and 110 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms, and a premium 384 kHz / 32-bit hi-grade AKM 4458 DAC unlocks the full potential of all your audio. The DTR-40.7 carries an MSRP of $1,400 US & $1,800 CAN.

The new DTR 30.7-7.2 Channel Network Receiver supports the latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats, 4K/ 60 Hz video and an array of network options, the DTR-30.7 combines next-gen features with stunning Integra sound. Getting 100 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms and 170 Watts at 6 Ohms, the DTR 30.7 features the same network connectivity as the DTR-40.7 but adds Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also matches the DTR-40.7 with a 384 kHz / 32-bit hi-grade AKM 4458 DAC as well as the ability to send digital audio to zone 2. The DTR-30.7 includes 3 composite video inputs; 3 digital audio inputs (2 optical / 1 coaxial); 7 analog inputs and a phono input for a turntable connection. The DTR-30.7 carries an MSRP of $1,100 US & &1,450 CAN.

Finally, the new DTR-20.7-7.2 Channel Network Receiver is Dolby Atmos ready and boasts many of the same high-quality components of its aforementioned brethren including the 384 kHz / 32-bit digital-to-analog conversion from AKM that unlocks the head-swirling realism of Dolby Atmos. Backed with 65 Watts/per/ch at 8 Ohms and 115 Watts at 6 Ohms the unit features includes 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output (4K Ultra HD / HDCP 2.2). Also onboard is an Advanced Music Optimizer to improve compressed digital audio quality and a proprietary CinemaFILTER that restores the correct tonal balance of a movie soundtrack in the smaller environs of your home theater. With its wireless capability, the DTR-20.7 is a great addition to any customized installation. The DTR-20.7 carries an MSRP of $800 U.S. & $1,050 CAN.

Look for more information on these and other integra products at: http://www.integrahometheater.com

Simaudio MOON 230 HAD
Simaudio has just announced the release of an all-new-product – their new MOON Nēo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier / Digital-to-Analog Converter.

The all-new 230HAD heavily leverages technology from the 430HA headphone amp and aims to fill a space in the current headphone market with exceptional performance-to-price and flexibility.

The integrated DSD256 /32-bit PCM DAC allows the MOON Nēo 230HAD to be used with just about any digital source including connecting a computer to an audio system for music streaming. The 230HAD can be used in anything from desktop audio systems right up to hi-end dedicated music setups, without compromise.

Those who already have a MOON system and need a control center for a secondary system or those seeking maximum performance from reasonably efficient, unbalanced headphones need to look no further than the 230HAD.

MOON Nēo 230HAD Significant Design Features:
● Inputs include 1 single-ended on rear-mounted RCA’s and 1 single-ended on 1/8” jack located on the front panel
● Outputs include a ¼” TRS headphone jack, as well as both fixed and variable single-ended line-level RCA stereo pairs
● Fully asynchronous DAC with four (4) digital inputs (S/PDIF x 2, TosLink x 1 & USB x 1) allowing for use with virtually
any digital source; Supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 (USB input only); Supports PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz
(all inputs) and 32-bit/384kHz (USB input only)
● Pure analog amplifier using a transconductance circuit
● An oversized power supply using 1 toroidal transformer in conjunction with 8 stages of DC voltage regulation
● Includes CRM-2 full-function remote control.

The MOON Nēo 230HAD is available now at a MSRP of $1,500.00 U.S. Look for more information at: http://www.simaudio.com

HiFiMAN 400S
HiFiMAN has announced a new full-size planar magnetic headphone – the HE-400S, which is their most affordable planar magnetic headphone, to date.

The new HE-400S weighs just over 12 ounces (350 grams), making it about 30% lighter than comparable headphones for added comfort and portability. A headband that fits most heads and new beveled velour ear pads ensure a good fit for comfort and improved sound quality.

Newly designed single-ended planar magnetic drivers in an open-back design provide clarity, lifelike soundstage and spatial imaging, while sensitivity is increased up to 98dB with an impendence of 22 Ohms. This allows the HE-400S to work with portable music players unassisted; however, even greater performance is achievable with the use of a dedicated headphone amplifier.

A newly-designed hybrid cable using Oxygen-Free Silver and Copper was chosen for HE400S to provide a higher level of performance. The HE-400S also has 2.5mm plug-in connectors for ease of use and quick connection as well as ease of replacement.

Key Features of the HiFiMAN HE-400S:

•Planar magnetic technology provides remarkable detail and lifelike clarity with superior soundstage and spatial imaging
•Lowest priced planar magnetic headphone on the market
•Increased efficiency so it is even easier to drive. Can be used with portable audio devices such as an iPod or smartphone or high performance amp
•Ergonomic headband provides optimum comfort and wide range of adjustment
•Lightest weight in class for increased comfort for hours of listening enjoyment.
•Beveled velour ear pads provide increased comfort and improved sound
•Newly-designed cable with easy plug-in connectors

The new HiFiMAN HE-400S headphones are now available at a MSRP of: $299 U.S. Look for more details at: http://www.hifiman.com