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  1. Speakers
    One of the rarest sights in all the world of audio is a truly full-range, truly omnidirectional speaker system. Indeed, it's so rare that only two companies I am familiar with make such a product—MBL and Muraudio. What's more, the two companies take radically different approaches to achieving...
  2. 2-Channel Audio
    At TAVES 2016, a room put together by Wynn Audio contained electronics and speakers from German high-end specialists Tidal Audio, plus electronics from Swiss high-ender electronics manufacturer Goldmund, and a turntable/tonearm combo from another Swiss company, Thales. All told, the rig was...
  3. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    Unlike consumer-oriented high-end audio shows I attend in the US, Toronto's annual TAVES show is about more than just sound. It's almost like a micro-CES, with a home theater demo room, some robots and 3D printers, drones, and VR experiences. Samsung TVs were there thanks to a dealer-sponsored...
  4. Speakers
    Canadian affordable high-end audio electronics and speaker maker Bryston chose TAVES 2016 to debut the third iteration of its towering flagship Model T speaker system, one that's based on a dedicated electronic crossover. The company contends that many active speaker systems are compromised...
  5. Speakers
    The latest offering from Canadian speaker maker Totem honors the company's roots as a company that makes monitors. At TAVES 2016, the company introduced its latest product, the Sky Monitor ($1850/pair USD). The Sky Monitor is a compact, bookshelf-style speaker that combines a 1.3" soft-dome...
  6. Speakers
    Fans of affordable, high-performance speakers have much to be excited with ELAC's Uni-Fi B5 speakers ($500/pair USD), which have impressed me every time I've auditioned 'em. At the same time, Emotiva's Airmotiv T1 towers ($700/pair USD) are new to the scene and offer awesome performance per...
  7. 2-Channel Audio
    I've come to expect compelling demos from the KEF team, and was not disappointed here at TAVES 2016. On the same token, I've come to deeply respect the quality of the VPI turntables and electronics that serve as sources for these systems, including the VPI Titan ($48,000) that officially debuted...
  8. Speakers
    Yamaha's room at TAVES 2016 provided positive proof that the company can hang with the high-end crowd when it comes to designing amazing-sounding speakers. The show is the North American debut of the NS-5000 3-way speaker ($15,000), which Yamaha says is "more like a musical instrument than a...
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