Category Archives: Toronto Star

Classic car champions at the Cruise Nationals

Juliana Chiovitti and Tom Henheffer check out classic cars, from Dodge Chargers and Z28 Camaros to ancient Ford trucks and Chevy convertibles at the Cruise Nationals championships during the Toronto Auto Show.

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Cool Gadgets at the Toronto Auto Show

 

Juliana Chiovitti and Tom Henheffer check out some new gadgets hitting the road this year from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Honda.

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Kids sitting in a $2.5 million Bugatti Veyron at the Toronto Auto Show

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Sitting in expensive cars at the Toronto International Auto Show

Tom Henheffer and Juliana Chioviti report on some of the world’s most expensive cars, the Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin 117 and Tesla Roadster.

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18 February 2012 · 6:31 pm

Concept cars at the Toronto Auto Show

Tom Henheffer and Juliana Chiovitti report on the Acura NSX and Jaguar CX-16 at the Toronto International Auto Show.

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18 February 2012 · 6:30 pm

Christmas Gifts 2011: Headphones

Smartphones mean always having a soundtrack in your pocket, but their out-of-the-box headphones are generally pretty mediocre. And there isn’t much point in having an HDTV when you can’t enjoy the full aural glory of explosions, witty one-liners and the crunch of bodies on a 20 yard line without bugging your significant other.  Audiophile or not, it’s always nice to have a good pair of headphones kicking around, so here, to help you sort through the hundreds of options available, is a list of the best units you’ll see on store shelves this holiday season.

Bose Quietcomfort 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones
Price – $349.99 On the Street
Six or less – Wow

I did not know sound could sound this good.  Solos wail. Drums pound. Explosions are like slap to the face.  These are excellent headphones that create a kind of cone of silence shutting out the world, making music sound like its originating inside your brain.
The 15s are also very comfortable to wear, but large, and a rigid design means they aren’t particularly travel-friendly. They also have a forceful built-in springiness—I got a painful smack to the head once when I lost my grip while putting them on.
The unit also irritatingly reqires a single AAA battery, and music stops when it dies. Despite a 35-hour charge, the 15s have no auto-off feature that I could discern, making it easy to drain their juice by forgetting to flip the power switch. But still, you won’t find anything sounding better for lsess than $400.

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Christmas Gifts 2011: Portable Speakers

You’ve got your smartphone, you’ve got your music, now you need some head-turning speakers with thumping lows, popping highs and mids that wrap you in a warm aurel duvet. Some are perfect to get feet stomping at the next kegger, others for wirelessly providing a soundtrack while you read in a park, and some are just right to envelope your family in smooth jazz grooves while they sip their morning tea. I loaded up my playlist with everything from Metallica to Kanye to John Hiatt, found the best portable speakers available online, and dissected the listening experience of each to help you pick the perfect gift for your tech-savy, music obsessed loved one.

Altec Lansing inMotion MIX iMT800

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