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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
Arcam was showing their prototype CDS27 CD/SACD player UPnP streamer ($1100). The CDS27 houses the TI/Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC and can handle resolutions up to 24/192. The network-ready CDS27 can stream music from your network attached storage, from USB storage, and spin your discs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 1 comments
The Simaudio Moon 380D DSD ($4900) DAC can also be turned into a streamer with the addition of the Moon MiND (+$1200 see review) as well as a balanced preamplifier (+$600). The 380D DSD supports file formats up to 32/384 and double rate DSD via USB using the ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
The pre-production Cary Audio DMC-600 (Digital Music Center) server ($TBD) supports resolutions up to 32/284 and double rate DSD via USB. There's a CD/HDCD drive, user selectable solid state and tube analog output sections, two Coaxial inputs (24/192), Toslink (24/96), AES/EBU input (24/192), and CSR aptX lossless Bluetooth input. Production models should be shipping "later this year".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
The sleek Wadia 321 Decoding Computer ($3000) was on silent display in the McIntosh room as both companies now fall under the Fine Sounds brand. The 321 supports resolutions up to 24/192 and offers two optical, two coaxial and one high speed USB digital input. Outputs include balanced XLR and single ended RCAs.
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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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