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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
The new Mytek Manhattan II ($6,000, $1,000 for Manhattan owner upgrade) uses the same chasis as the Manhattan but changes have happened beneath the surface. The current Manhattan was designed and built before MQA rode into town, so it's not MQA ready (and will never be). Thus the MQA-enabled Manhattan II which can be looked at as containing all of the tech inside the less expensive Brooklyn, but made bigger and better. Changes over the original include a new motherboard, a new ESS 9038 Sabre DAC chip, a new 32-bit driveless (for Mac and Linux) USB solution, improved insulated clocks, new analog faders, and a re-designed phono preamp.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 3 comments
I'm not typically titillated by tweaks but the IsoAcoustics speaker stands (see review) continue to impress me with their performance and price. I use them with my ADAM AX3s and they clearly improve the sound of music. So I did not run by their booth which featured two new products; the Isolation Pucks for equipment ($TBD pictured above) and the Isolation Pucks for speakers ($600/four pictured below).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
In show reports past, I include all of these non-computer-audio-related photos in one big post at the end. This year, as you can see, I'm sticking them in my show coverage in mostly chronological order, ideally to give you a better feel for the experience of walking around the High End Show.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 1 comments
You mean Brinkmann of Brinkmann turntable fame? Yup (they actually made their first DAC back in 1986, the Zenith). The brandy new Nyquist DAC (€12,000), which is RoonReady and MQA-enabled, currently processes PCM resolutions to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD128 but since the Nyquist is modular in design, future upgrades can be done in the field with a simple hardware/software swap. Inside resides a hybrid circuit topology employing tubes in the output stage, leveraging their "instantaneous response to voltage changes."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
EMM Labs had their flagship DA2 ($25,000) at work in an EMM Labs/Lansche Audio system. I noted "effortless power" which makes sense seeing as the MTRX2 monoblocks ($85K/pair) deliver a "conservatively rated" 600W into 8 Ohms and 1000W into 4 Ohms and those Lansche Audio horn-loaded speakers house dual 19" woofers. Woof!.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
Grimm Audio whose hands, knowledge, experience, and products reach deep into the pro audio world, continue to improve their active (NCore-based) LS1 speakers. The new LS1be three-way (€36000/pair, incl VAT) add a new custom beryllium tweeter manufactured by SEAS, upgraded electronics, new cabinet material, and a digitally controlled motion feedback controlled woofer. The LS1be's price also includes the USB controller and all cabling for a plug and play solution (the DAC, DSP, and amps reside in one of its legs).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
One of three Atriums at Munich High End on day one/press day.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 2 comments
The Rockna Wavedream DAC SE ($5,700) was new to me but not so for Part-Time Audiophile's Scot Hull who dragged, nay pushed, me into the Rockna room for a listen. The Wavestream DAC is FPGA-based, look ma no off-the-shelf solution, which means it can be upgraded and improved over time via software updates akin to PS Audio's DirectStream, among others.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 4 comments
This system had an excellent soundstage which I attribute to a lack of EMI/RFI and jitter.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
The only real piece of additional information I have on the Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Digital Music Hub ($TBD) beyond my previous post/announcement, is this picture. Ayre exhibited in a booth in Munich, i.e. not a room, so the QX-5 Twenty sat and posed for this photo op. Ayre's Alex Brinkman will be reading a QX-5 for an in-barn audition in the near future.

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