I hope that 2016 is cruising along nicely for you so far! It has certainly been a busy beginning of the year for me -luckily in the most exciting of ways. First, I've been working with my partner Simon Au and the growing TAVES team on the details and new elements of the 2016 edition of the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show. We expect to announce the 2016 show dates and some of the new show features before the end of February - so please keep an eye on www.CanadaHiFi.com for the news very soon.
Secondly, George de Sa, Sarah Ferguson and I have been hard at work on a complete redesign of the magazine that will launch around the middle of 2016. Along with a fresh new design, the magazine will offer additional pages devoted to the same consumer electronics topics that TAVES now covers, such as virtual reality, home automation, robotics, tech toys and more. Don't worry though, the magazine will continue to provide the same amount of content about audio and video that you've become accustomed to over the years – we'll just offer some great additional content. Finally, to reflect the expanded content, we will also give the magazine a shiny new name. I can't tell you just how very excited I am about all of this!
In the meantime however, this issue contains some great articles to keep you entertained during the cold months. Jeremy Phan takes us for a quick tour of the latest technologies showcased at the 2016 International CES – from the latest OLED TVs to 4K Blu-ray players and virtual reality devices. I can't wait for my Oculus Rift to arrive!
Whether you're looking to add your first digital to analog converter (DAC) to your music system or upgrading an existing one, you'll definitely want to read George de Sa's DAC buyer guide – this our most complete DAC guide to date; very informative and easy to understand.
Douglas Brown on the other hand offers a brief history of punk music and introduces us to some of the bands that helped define the genre in the early 1970s and 1980s. I listened to a lot of punk and rock music as a teenager so I particularly enjoyed this article and Douglas' perspective on the topic.
This issue also contains four very different audio I video product reviews, each one an excellent performer in its product category. Happy reading!