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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 1 comments
Mytek had their handsome new Manhattan preamp/DAC/Heaphone amp ($4995) on display. Capable of handling up to 32/384 and quad rate DSD, the Femto-clock endowed Manhattan's milled aluminum form also functions as a heat sink. There are a number of digital inputs including Firewire 400/800 (up to PCM 192k/DSD), USB2.0 (up to 384k/DSD256), USB 1.1 (up to PCM 96k), S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and Toslink (all up to 192k). There's also two headphone outputs and RCA and XLR output pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
Berlin, Germany's B.M.C. Audio showed off their PureMEDIA music server ($4890) which comes standard with a 2TB drive but you can add up to a whopping 24TBs! of storage. The PureMEDIA server supports PCM formats up to 32bit/384kHz as well as DSD64 and DSD128 and offers digital Coax S/PDIF and USB outputs. PureMEDIA comes with its own app and backup synchronization software making backups a breeze.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 3 comments
The PS Audio Sprout ($799) was on display in its own mood room. The 50W per channel Sprout also offers 24/192 capable USB and Coax S/PDIF inputs, a pair of analog RCAs, as well as a moving magnet phono preamplifier input and AptX Bluetooth (cool!) all in a package that's about the size of a good book.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
Cremona Italy's Norma Electronics DS-1 ($6300) is a combo disc player using a TEAC transport and a 24/192 capable DAC featuring USB, 2 x SPDIF RCA, Toslink, and AES-EBU inputs. The DS-1 uses the Burr Brown 1704 DAC in dual mono configuration and offers single ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
The DEQX PreMate+ ($5995) is a preamplifier, 24/192-capable DAC, crossover and speaker/room correction device all-in-one. The DEQX room also featured a pair of Magnepan 1.7s driven by a Plinius SB-301 amp and their demo with their room correction software on and off was also an exercise in increased and decreased naturalness respectively.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
ExaSound offered an interesting demo consisting of a comparison between stereo and multichannel music using five Magnepan 1.7 speakers driven by a Bryston amp. I found the surround versions to simply sound more natural and not at all gimmicky which you might expect from multichannel music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
There was no information on the Exogal Comet DAC ($2500) which was on silent display when I was in the room other than to "check out the website". From that source we find that the Comet offers Asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink, and line level Analog inputs and supports resolutions up to 24/384 and DSD. Outputs include analog RCA and XLR pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 12, 2014 2 comments
The Goldmund ProLogos Plus WiFi speakers ($40,000/pair) contain more than a three way speaker (rated at 30Hz (-6dB) > 25kHz by Goldmund). There's onboard DSP, an amp, and a DAC so all prospective owners need do is add the computer. The ProLogos are capable of handling up to 24/96 data, the rate at which all incoming data is processed.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 12, 2014 0 comments
The La Rosita Pi ($13,000) is the company's flagship streamer. While there's no internal data storage, the Pi offers an internal DAC and an optional preamplifier with three analog inputs. The Pi connects to your network via WiFi (2.5GHz or 5GHz) and is capable of streaming 16/44.1 data. The company feels that CD-quality retains an essential aspect of "the flow" of music, at least according to my notes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 12, 2014 0 comments
Here's a nice little package, the Audioengine B2 ($299), that essentially combines a pair of the company's A2+s with their B1 aptX Bluetooth receiver for a portable playback solution. Available finishes include Zebra (shown), American Walnut, and Black Ash. Production models should be available by mid-November.

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