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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
The McIntosh MB100 Media Bridge ($6500) supports up to 24/192 data while providing access to multiple streaming services including Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Rhapsody and TuneIn. The MB100 sports a 1TB drive for music storage while a SSD takes care of OS and music player software. You can attach additional storage via eSata, USB, and Ethernet. The MB100 offers balanced XLR and unbalanced outputs as well as a COAX S/PDIF, Toslink, and USB audio outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio always manages something new at RMAF and this year was no different. Pictured on the right is the Crimson DAC with the new FPGA-based Q1 DoP/PCM DAC modue ($9000 or $1500 for the Q1 module upgrade for existing owners) which supports up to double rate DSD. The Quotient DSD module is also available for Wavelength's Cosecant DAC ($750).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
Vinnie Rossi of Red Wine Audio fame has branched out with a entirely new brand, Vinnie Rossi. Their first product LIO (starts at $3180), an integrated amp/heaphone amp/DAC (optionally), was on display at RMAF 2014 and one interesting aspect of its design is its powered by two banks of ultracapacitors. The 25 WPC (into 8ohms) LIO's design is also modular allowing buyers to build their own adding MM/MC Phonostage, PCM/DSD DAC capable of handling up to 32/384 and double rate DSD using dual AKM4399 DACs, Tubestage, Autoformer Volume Control (AVC), and more. The DAC module offers Coax BNC S/PDIF, Toslink, and USB inputs. Production models should begin shipping by the end of November.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 5 comments
The production LH Labs Geek Pulse ($3499 + $899 for linear power supply) DAC and headphone amp was shown in the Canjam room. Offering four inputs including Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, AES/EBU, and USB, the Pulse can process up to 32/384 PCM and 6.144 MHz DSD. The Pulse includes both unbalanced and balanced headphone outputs as well as RCA and XLR output pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
The new Sony Walkman ($299), pictured with their new MDR-1ADAC high-res stereo headphones with integrated DAC/amp ($399.99), offers 64GB of RAM and a micro-SD slot for memory expansion. The Sony Walkman does not support DSD, alas, but it does support PCM resolutions up to 24/192. From the quick listen I listened, the $299 Walkman will give some other more expensive portable players a run for their money. It's also a joy to hold, the small form factor and super lite weight practically disappear in your hand.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
Dr. Jeffrey Barish, founder and president of 3beez

The 3Beez Music Management System incorporates the company's music management software into their custom music server the Wax Box 2 ($5400). The software demo proved to be very interesting as the 3Beez system is very flexible in terms of metadata. Very flexible. For example you can view your library according to different values so that a Composer field will show up when viewing classical music then you'll just get Album and Artist when viewing pop or rock. All of this is up to you of course and you have the ability to add new metadata fields you define.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
ModWright was showing their production transformer coupled Elyse DAC ($6900). Elyse can handle up to 24/192 data using the Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC and sports a 5AR4 vacuum tube sprouting from its top (there's also a pair of 6922s in the gain stage). Ins include RCA and BNC for S/PDIF, ASE/EBU, and asynchronous USB. Outs include single ended RCA and fully balanced XLRs. Elyse comes in your choice of silver or black.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 1 comments
The woody side-paneled Marantz HD-DAC1 ($799) DAC/heaphone amp, which will be shipping this month, supports up to 24/192 and double rate DSD. Inputs include 2x optical, Coax S/PDIF, asynchronous USB, and an analog RCA pair while outputs include fixed and variable single ended RCAs. The HD-DAC1 uses the CS4398 DAC from Cirrus Logic and Marantz claims the headphone output will drive even high-impedance cans up to 600 ohm.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
The Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC (reviewed by Jon Iverson in Stereophile) with the new Audiophile 10M Atomic Clock and Voltikus Power Supply ($12,995/bundle) were used in conjunction with the Sound Science Music Vault M7 ($5695) server.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 1 comments
Your Final System's (YFS) Ref-3 ($12,500) music server is available with your choice of playback software and OS for a customized package. The Ref-3 offers "6-core processing, a 512 GB SSD drive (expanded storage is available), 32GB of RAM...and the SOtM USB PCI card". The Ref-3 supports PCM formats up to 32/384 and double rate DSD. For RMAF 2014, the Ref-3 used with the EMM Labs DAC2X for D to A conversion.

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