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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
The Bryston room featured their BDA-2 ($2395)/BDP-2 ($2995) digital combo (see review), 7BSST² Single-Channel (Mono) Amplifiers, BP26 Preamp, and the Mini T Bookshelf Speaker. My notes read "Nice!" which is all I cared to write, instead preferring to just listen and enjoy one of my favorite rooms of Munich 2015.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
Vincent Brient's totaldacs were in a total of four rooms at Munich 2015. Pictured above is the flagship D1-system-twelve (€39,500 incl VAT) which includes the d1-server music server. The d1-twelve DAC uses 6 discrete resistor R2R ladders per channel, for a total of 12 ladders for the system or roughly 600 Vishay Foil resistors per system.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
Swiss-made Orpheus Labs new Absolute Mediaserver (€18,000) houses a 4th-gen Intel i3 processor, up to 4TB of memory, and supports PCM playback up to 32/384 and DSD using 8x ESS Sabre 32 DACs per channel. There's 4TB of HDD internal storage as well as a SSD for the OS, and you can rip your CDs or play them from the front mounted CD/DVD/Blueray slot drive. File formats supported include DSF, DIFF, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, AAC, MP2, MP3, AAC, Vorbis, AC#, DTS, and WAV while supported video formats include MPEG-1/2/4, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, M4A, AAC, and OGG. There are 5 digital inputs (2x Toslink, 2x Coax, 1x AES/EBU) and 4 analog inputs (2x XLR, 2x RCA). That 7" (1280 x 800) display is 4K movie-ready quality and Orpheus provides a free iOS or Android app for remote control.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
It's always a pleasure to see and speak to Playback Designs Andres Koch, one of the inventors of the DSD format. Andreas pointed me to room K1b for a multi-channel DSD treat using daisy-chained Playback Designs IPS-3 Integrated Playback System 3s ($13,000/ea.) coupled with speakers from Germany's Musikelectronic Geithain and music from Pentatone, Channel Classics, Opus 3 and mor. I sat dead center for an extended and enveloping listening experience. Very nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
Another all-in-one UPnP network player/integrated amp this time from Germany's Trigon Audio. The Trinity (€2990) supports WAV, FLAC, AAC, and WMA file formats up to 24/192. Gapless playback is also supported and there's a front-mounted CD slot drive for spinning discs. Inputs include 3x line level RCAs, 2x Toslink, 2x Coax, 4x USB Type A, and Ethernet. The Trinity's amp puts out 125W into 8 Ohms and you can also choose to output via a pair of XLRs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
I've covered The Beast from ReQuest Audio before (CES 2014 and Munich 2013) a music server with either 1TB of SSD storage ($36,800) or 2TB of storage ($38,800). The Beast also houses a DAC from MSB. If I was ReQuest Audio, I'd add some information to the Beast's web page or provide a handout at the Show so we can better understand why we're looking at $30k+ music server.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
One of the more fascinating conversations I had at the High End Show took place in the CAD (Computer Audio Design) room with Scott Berry CAD's founder and designer. He spent some time explaining how he has spent considerable time addressing the issue of noise in his 1543 DAC (£7250) including high frequency noise (MHz to GHz) which he initially thought would not matter but it turned out when addressed it did. I asked Scott how reducing this noise impacted the DAC's sound and he replied that the most obvious improvement related to the depth of the stereo image and a generally more natural sound. Sound familiar?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 1 comments
I first covered this dynamic duo way back at RMAF 2013 but I wanted to cover them again because they offered some of my favorite sounds at the High End Show. Relaxed, easy, supple, fast as all get out, smooth, and musical. I'm also a fan of the simple system and this combo delivers on that count as well. Pictured is the DSD128 capable Lindemann musicbook:10 (€2800) with the active Manger s1 loudspeakers (€15,000).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
Germany's Canton (founded 1972) was showing their AM 5 Active Monitors (€399) on inactive display. Each speaker houses an 80W amp for driving this two-way (1x 115 mm aluminum woofer, 1x 25 mm aluminum tweeter) for a rated frequency response of 50Hz - 38kHz. There are RCA and XLR inputs, three high pass filter settings, three input sensitivity settings, and three filters for adjusting bass, mid-range, and treble to your liking.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
I was happy to see Pioneer still at it improving their already interesting N-50 Network Player (see review) by adding DSD128 playback in the N-50A (£500).

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