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Last Updated: 02/21/2020 07:30:02 AM EST

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GETTING PERSONAL: James Tanner, Vice President, Marketing, Bryston Limited

GETTING PERSONAL: James Tanner, Vice President, Marketing, Bryston Limited

The interview with Bryston's dynamo, James Tanner, began rather normally. Born in Toronto, he moved to Elliot Lake, ON when he was 10. His father, also named James Tanner, was a stationary engineer for the mines. He was laid off when the mines closed three years later and the family moved back to Toronto. But when I asked about siblings, James did not give me the answer I was expecting.

Saxe Brickenden Published: 02/21/2020 07:30:02 AM EST

 

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OK, Boomer!

OK, Boomer!

You know you're being insulted when anyone younger than you rolls their eyes and says those dreaded two words: "OK, Boomer." The quieter they say it, the more insulting it becomes. They don't take up a debate or present a passionate retort to whatever it is you just said. They simply reply with this of-the-moment phrase that essentially suggests "hey, you're old.

John Thomson Published: 02/06/2020 05:33:21 PM EST

David's Take: Why I'm Not Excited About Filmmaker Mode

David's Take: Why I'm Not Excited About Filmmaker Mode

Last year around CEDIA 2019 in late September, Hollywood and display manufacturers teamed up and announced Filmmaker Mode to the public. The idea behind it is that by having that mode, viewers can easily watch their movies and TV shows as directors intended.

David Susilo Published: 02/06/2020 08:59:25 AM EST

Retail Thoughts: They're Visitors, Not Customers

Retail Thoughts: They're Visitors, Not Customers

Something profound struck me the other day as I was writing an announcement. I was discussing the opening of a new storefront in Canada and typed the word "customers" in a sentence. I quickly hit the backspace key a few times and changed the word to "visitors." It sounds like such a minor, insignificant thing. But the reality of the copy change hit me instantly.

Christine Persaud Published: 01/31/2020 09:00:01 AM EST

Fitness Devices Abound Yet We Are Still Gaining Weight

Fitness Devices Abound Yet We Are Still Gaining Weight

According to Statista, 3.1 million Canadians are expected to spend US$244 million on dedicated fitness trackers in 2020. In the U.S., 39 million Americans own a fitness tracker and spend US$3.2 billion to count steps, measure heart rate, and analyze many other data points in a quest for a healthy lifestyle.

Christine Persaud Published: 01/30/2020 01:32:11 PM EST

David's Take: The Pow Audio Mo is Mo Versatile Than Most Portable Bluetooth Speakers

David's Take: The Pow Audio Mo is Mo Versatile Than Most Portable Bluetooth Speakers

I have a weird hobby. I like to sort of collect small Bluetooth speakers then complain about how bad they sound. I probably inherited the habit from my grandfather who used to do the same thing with tiny AM/FM radios. Nonetheless, it means I have tried tons and tons of them.


David Susilo Published: 01/29/2020 09:20:01 AM EST

Change of Plans: Sonos Will Try to Continue Support for Legacy Products

Change of Plans: Sonos Will Try to Continue Support for Legacy Products

Not even a week after Sonos announced that it would be ending software updates and support for its older "legacy" products, including the Bridge and Gen-1 Play:5, the company is changing its tune following massive consumer backlash.

Christine Persaud Published: 01/26/2020 08:31:30 PM EST

David's Take: Hands-On the Bluesound Vault 2i

David's Take: Hands-On the Bluesound Vault 2i

BluOS is now a mature streaming and multiroom platform, with Bluesound as is its lead brand. Its ecosystem includes compatible products like wireless speakers, soundbar/subwoofer combos, and streaming amplifiers made by manufacturers like Rotel, NAD, Dali, and a slew of other boutique brands. As a platform, BluOS has a reputation (and rightfully so) for sound quality above all rivals.

David Susilo Published: 01/23/2020 12:52:43 PM EST

David's Take: Tranya Rimor - Another Pair of True Wireless Earbuds That Outdo AirPods

David's Take: Tranya Rimor - Another Pair of True Wireless Earbuds That Outdo AirPods

Totally Wireless Stereo (TWS) earphones, otherwise known as true wireless, are hot right now. You can't find a company that doesn't make a pair, including many new companies that specialize in only true wireless.

David Susilo Published: 01/20/2020 08:50:01 AM EST

David's Take: Helm Audio DB12 AAAMP In-line Headphone Amplifier With THX Technology

David's Take: Helm Audio DB12 AAAMP In-line Headphone Amplifier With THX Technology

Let me start by admitting that as a THX Certified Professional, I am confident in buying anything that has a THX logo on it. However, this doesn't mean that I end up loving everything I buy with that logo. For example, when THX Certified DVDs with bad transfer were released, or THX Certified VHS tapes, I was sorely disappointed.

David Susilo Published: 01/14/2020 12:46:04 PM EST

Fun and Innovative Products From Eureka Park at CES 2020

Fun and Innovative Products From Eureka Park at CES 2020

One of my favourite areas to visit at CES every year is the Eureka Park exhibits, which feature innovative and exciting new inventions from start-ups from around the world. It can be overwhelming to sift through and find the hidden gems. But we located a few really interesting ones.

Christine Persaud Published: 01/13/2020 10:57:34 AM EST


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