CANJAM NYC 2017
While there wasn't a lot of new digital gear, there were some new things and some things not new but new to me. Pictured above is the Innous Zen Mini Mk.II XL music server ($1299 w/1TB HDD standard, 2TB HDD available). The fanless Mini can function as network attached storage, CD ripper, and streamer running on "innuOS" (Linux variant). A quad-core Intel CPU with 2GB RAM handles the processing and all of the Zen MKII music servers run Roon Core and offer USB out.
There are two larger models; the Zen Mk.II Std (£ 1,799) which includes a number of upgrades from the Mini—linear power supply, anti-vibration treatment on chassis and electronic components, medical-grade mains filter, dual Ethernet ports, In-Memory playback with 2GB cache, and a quad-core Intel CPU with 4GB RAM. Comes with a 2TB HDD and an optional 4TB HDD (£ 1,799) is available. The top-of-line Zenith Mk.II Std packs a 1TB (£ 2,299), 2TB (£ 2,899), or 4TB SSD (£ 4,599) and ups the RAM ante to 8GB.
The Prism Sound Callia DAC ($2750), which has impressed me two times before (at RMAF and NY Audio Show), also caught the ear of AudioStream reviewer Alex Halberstadt who may be taking a closer look and listen.
Aune is new to me and their S7 Headphone Amp ($599) and S6 Headphone Amp/DAC (also $599) looked and sounded rather nice for the price. The S6 can handle PCM resolutions up to 32/384 and DSD128 while offering 4 digital inputs (USB, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, AES/EBU).
AudioStream reviewer Ola Björling was digging into the Aqua Acoustics La Scala MKII Optologic DAC ($7000) which will also be getting a closer look and listen.
Ola also moderated a panel on "The Future of Headphone Audio: VR and Beyond" that included Sankar Thiagasamudram of Audeze, Andrew Mason of THX, Jacqueline Bosnjak of Mach 1, and Jude Mansilla of Head-Fi.org.
Alex Halberstadt talking Russian shop talk with Stereo Pravda's Misha Kucherenko.
The left hall
The center hall
The right hall