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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 ($299), that essentially combines a pair of the company's A2+s with their B1 aptX Bluetooth receiver for a portable playback solution. Available finishes include Zebra (shown), American Walnut, and Black Ash. Production models should be available by mid-November.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 11, 2014 1 comments
The chiseled Astel & Kern AK500N ($TBD estimated between $9-11k) is a music server with 1TB of SSD internal storage (expandable to a max 4TB), a CD ripper (WAV or FLAC), DLNA complant for accessing network attached storage, a PCM/DSD DAC (dual Cyrus Logic 4398), and its battery powered for music playback to keep you running smoothly and quietly. The AK500N supports PCM formats up to 24/384 and up to double rate DSD. All incoming data is converted to DSD64 and that 7" WXGA (1280 x 800) touch screen is also part of the package. The AK500N supports WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF formats. And it looks really cool to boot (based on Switzerland's Matterhorn accord to Astel & Kern).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 10, 2014 3 comments
"It's like a modern Bitches Brew." is what I said to Stephen and John in an email about You're Dead! (Wrap Records) the new Flying Lotus album. But there's more, like touches of ethereal Alice Coltrane, Steven Ellison's (aka Flying Lotus) great-aunt, sax solos and Snoop Dogg. Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, and Niki Randa also join in for a lovely swirling mid-bending trip-o-delic delight.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 09, 2014 7 comments
DSD Over WiFi
The Auralic ARIES prototype debuted at CES 2014 and caused quit a stir with its ability to stream DSD over WiFi. The company prefers to call the Aries a "Wireless Streaming Bridge" but if we look at its functionality from a bird's eye view it is a network player or streamer. Essentially the Aries accepts your NAS-based music or streaming services via WiFi or Ethernet, its Lightning App acts as the control point, and it sends your musical selections on to your DAC of choice via USB, Toslink, Coax S/PDIF, or AES/EBU. Pretty straight forward stuff.

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