July 28: UHF No. 99 is outitem3
     The issue was completed Friday morning, and we began sending out the download links later that day.
     There were some glitches in the process. A few subscribers initially got e-mail messages with a faulty link (99/uhf98.pdf instead of 99/uhf99.pdf). We sent out a correction. Even so, as with every issue, we got a number of e-mail that bounced back. The usual reason: readers who changed e-mail addresses but didn't let us know.
     If you know you have a subscription but you didn't get our e-mail, let us know, and we'll update our file.
     If you don't have a subscription but you want to buy the issue right now, just click here.
     With the issue put to bed, we're taking a few days of R&R, and then we begin work on issue No. 100. We'll have the features you expect from us, but we'll take a nostalgic look at the modern hi-fi industry since its real beginning after the War. We'll look back at some key products and the people who created them.

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July 20:
How big a TV?
     It depends. As you can see from this diagram, normal human vision takes in a large angle, but that doesn’t mean your TV screen has to occupy your entire range of vision. Indeed, as we explain in an article in issue No. 99 of UHF Magazine, you don’t want it to occupy anything close to your full peripheral range.
     That’s the final article in the new issue, and it’s now done. We need to place some of your house ads and do such housekeeping as the table of contents, and the issue will be launched.
     If your subscription is still in force, you’ll be getting an e-mail with the download link, and your user name and password. Stand by.

BY THE WAY: On this weekend’s Flash Sale, on line from Friday 3 pm, a terrific deal on power cords. Really good power cords.

July 8: Sound all aroundSiriusBE6
     We’re not talking about film-style surround sound, but about speakers that can project sound over a 360-degree angle, for a seamless stereo image. There are only a few of them, and not all of them perform convincingly. You may recall one speaker that did, from Duevel. Pascal Ravach of Mutine showed them some years back at the Montreal show.
Mutine is still around, though Pascal described himself as semi-retired. He has been building a house in the Laurentians, north of Montreal, and when it is done (in late Fall, right, Pascal?), it will feature a new state-of-the-art auditorium, alongside the current one, for invited clients. He says it will be worth the drive.
The new Duevel speaker is the Sirius BE, based on the Sirius Pascal showed all those years ago. One notable change is the use of beryllium for the midrange driver. The two transparent acrylic devices are not drivers but horns, which will spread the sound over the whole room.
Pascal is still distributing the excellent electronics from Audiomat as well, and he promises new models to be launched along with the Duevel speakers.

BY THE WAY: There is one major article and a a few details to be completed in UHF No. 99, and then it will be launched. It is, as you know, an interactive electronic magazine, and this one will be more interactive than ever. We can hardly wait.

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June 15: UHF 99 FAQfaq
Q When will UHF No. 99 be sent out?

A In the next few days. In the meantime, can you make sure we still have your correct e-mail address (if it hasn’t changed, we do)? With each issue, we get some notification e-mails bouncing back. Note that your e-mail must be directly accessible: no captchas or other hoops to jump through.

Q Will UHF No. 99 be available on newsstands?

A No. Most newsstands have disappeared, and so there will never be new print issues.

Q What if I prefer reading print?

A Most issues up to No. 97 are still available in print form, and if you don't have them, you'll find lots to read. You can search the list on our back issue page. But mailing rates have risen so much ($10 to $20 and still rising) that we no longer offer print issues outside Canada.

Q If I buy an electronic issue, can I print it out?

A Sure, but you probably won't want to waste $15 of paper and toner to wind up with a pale copy of the magazine. And miss out on the interactive links besides.

Q Are back issues available in electronic form?

A All issues from No. 68 onward can be ordered in electronic form. Earlier issues included such elements as photographs, pasteups and films, and could not be transferred to electronic form. All electronic issues cost $4 (Canadian), plus applicable sales tax in Canada only.

Q is there any difference between Maggie's electronic issues and the new interactive issues?

A No, they're all from Maggie, but issues from No. 98 forward have interactive links, to music or to in-depth information. Because we no longer have to print the magazine, we can take advantage of newer technologies to enrich the reading experience.

Q Can I read the electronic issue even if I'm not online?

A Yes, just download it to your computer or tablet. However, the interactive features require a Web connection.

Q Will you be doing anything special for issue No. 100?

A Yes. We will have a number of articles looking back at the history if modern high fidelity, with roots in the 1940's and 50's. More on that in a little while, but we think it will be a collectors' issue.

May 23: Toronto show vs Toronto show
     We've been blunt about the fact that last Fall's Toronto show was a mitigated success. Which is not what some exhibitors called it. Next Fall's edition will be in a new venue, still close to the airport, still sharing space with things that are not high-end audio.
A few days ago, we told you that the people behind the very successful Montreal show, Sarah Tremblay and Michel Plante, are taking dead aim at TAVES, with a pure high-end audio show inspired by the Montreal Audiofest.
But TAVES is not sitting still. Like the Audiofest, it will feature free admission, and a number of features aimed at audiophiles

Fans of live music will be entertained with various live performances at the show, ranging from jazz to blues and acoustic rock.  For the first time ever, TAVES will also feature live performances that are recorded at the show and then played back through a high-end audio system.  If you’ve ever wanted to compare live music to playback on a high-end system, this is your chance.

If you enjoying spinning vinyl, then you'll love our massive Vinyl Marketplace where you can pick up new releases, audiophile records, older goodies and rare collectible records.  Many analog accessories and upgrades will also be on sale.  This year's show is set to offer dramatically more vinyl and accessory dealers than ever before.  TAVES will even offer a record cleaning service, so bring a few of your dirty favorites!

In the mood to expand your knowledge about high-end audio?  This year's show will offer a series of captivating audio seminars from top industry experts as well as a “Meet the Maker” series of talks from high profile individuals from the industry.  Get to know some of the people behind the products and learn what makes them tick!

Portable music fans will enjoy a great selection of headphones,  portable music players and accessories in the Headphone section of the show.

This fall, the Hi-Fi Audition Room on the main show floor will also receive upgrades which include an increased room size (15.5 x 23.5′), ventilation and a visual improvement from the outside.

With a considerable portion of the audio rooms already sold out, this year's TAVES promises to deliver many new, first-time audio exhibitors and never before seen products.

Two shows, both free, both near the airport, a week apart. What do you think?

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May 9: The Toronto Audiofesttorontoaudiofest
     Well, we knew it was coming. During the brouhaha over the unexpected cancellation of LAAS, the Los Angeles Audio Show, there was much discussion on Facebook and elsewhere over what led to the cancellation. There were articles from Stereophile and Analog Planet. And there was a broad hint of a new show to come from…Michel Plante.
     Now, you may know his name from the long-time (31-year) Montreal show, now known as the Montreal Audiofest. He and Sarah Tremblay once owned it. When its new owner ran it (almost) into the ground, Michel and Sarah came back with less than two weeks warning, and made it a big success.
     Since then, Michel left his day job, and now the two are at the head of a non-profit organization.
     The plot thickens.
     For some years, there has been a Toronto show, called TAVES (Toronto Audio Visual Entertainment Show). Michel and Sarah helped set up the first one, then at the King Edward Hotel downtown. But TAVES branched out into everything but hi-fi: robotics, 3D printing, drones, electric cars, and even mobile homes. The 2018 edition, announced for October 12th to 14th, will be held at the International Centre, near the airport. But it will have competition.
     The Toronto Audiofest, a non-profit like its Montreal counterpart, will be held a week later, October 19th to 21st, also near the airport, at the Westin on Dixon Road. Admission will be free with advance registration.
     Nobody will exhibit at both, we'd guess. So which would you choose?

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