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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
While I reported on the Avantgarde Acoustic ZERO 1 ($16,000) from Munich nearly two years ago (see report for full details on the ZERO 1), I thought I'd mention their appearance at CES 2015. The ZERO 1s wrap everything you need (DAC, preamp, and amp with USB, Toslink, S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and optional analog inputs stuffed inside a pair of horn-loaded loudspeakers) in one slick package.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1 comments
Burson Audio was showing both versions of their Conductor Virtuoso Preamp/DAC one featuring the Burr Brown TI 1793 DAC ($1495) while the other slaps the ESS 9018 ($1995) in its place. Gently of course. All three digital inputs, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, and USB can handle up to 24/192 resolutions and the Virtuoso also offers a pair of analog RCA inputs. Outputs include a 1/4" headphone jack, 1x RCA Pre out (variable output) and 1x RCA DAC out (fixed output).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
Stereophile's Herb Reichert asked, "What did you think of the new Technics?" I responded, "I have a soft spot for that stuff". That stuff includes essentially two systems' worth of brand spankin' new components, each system having its own network player. Pictured above are the R1 Series components that include the SE-R1 Stereo Power Amplifier ($17,000) and the SU-R1 Network Audio Control Player ($9000). Not pictured are the matching SB-R1 speakers. To my eyes, these reek of classic.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1 comments
Reader "beaur" asked, "keep an eye out for an integrated media solution. What I am thinking of is an Aurender/similar product that has [an] easy to navigate interface that would allow me to stream both music and movies etc. essentially what I want is a hires hi end AppleTV." Well here you go, Arcam introduced a prototype of their new Solo Movie all-in-one home theater/network player (around £2000). Offering 5 x 60W (into 8 Ohms), the ability to play Blu-ray, CD, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD discs, the Solo also includes a UPnP/DLNA network player and Bluetooth streaming. The Solo Movie will be available Q2 2015.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
Aurender also had a listening room across the hall from their silent displays featuring none other than the ever-elusive Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference Series ($16,000). The Alpha DAC can handle PCM resolutions up to 24/192 and Berkeley recommends converting DSD to PCM prior to sending it to their DAC. So there! Inputs include AES, 2x S/PDIF (BNC 75Ω), and Toslink while outputs include RCA and XLR pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
ADL's GT40 got upgraded to α (alpha) status ($529) which includes the ability to record your LPs in 24/192 resolution (the GT40 was limited to 24/96) using the Cirrus Logic CS4270 DAC/ADC chip. The alpha version also comes with upgraded phono and volume stages according to the company. Inputs include USB Type B and an analog MM/MC input (RCA) and RCA outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1 comments
The Cocktail Audio X40 ($2695) is basically their X30 (see review) without the power amp. The X40 preamp/DAC/UPnP (DLNA) network player/server/CD player and ripper/FM tuner uses the ESS Sabre 9018 DAC, ESS is obviously having a busy year, and can handle up to 4TB of internal storage. The X40 also adds a MM phono input along with Toslink, Coax S/PDIF, analog RCAs, and USB for attaching storage devices. Outputs include RCA and XLR pairs as well as HDMI to connect to an external big-ass screen.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
apologies for the SPS (shitty picture syndrome)

Portable players were everywhere at CES 2015. South Korea's Calyx was showing off their M headphone amp/DAC ($1000) which can handle up to 2TB of storage via its SD card slot (if there was such a thing). The M also has 64GB of internal storage, a 1GB Cortex A5 625MHz processor, and supports up to 32/384 PCM and DSD128 playback using the ESS Sabre ES9018S-2M DAC. There's a nicely large 4.65” OLED touch screen (HD-Resolution 1280x720) and using the M's micro-USB output you can also use it as a stand-alone DAC for your hi-fi. The company claims 5 hours of play time from the 3100mA battery.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1 comments
The new Simaudio Neo 280D ($2200) asynchronous DAC supports native DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 (USB only) & PCM to 384kHz (32-bit on USB only). There are eight digital inputs including AES/EBU, S/PDIF x 2, TosLink x 2, USB, and Bluetooth aptX and you can add the Moon MiND module ($800 see review) to add network streaming capability. Slick. Outputs include single-ended RCAs and XLR pairs. The Neo 280D should be available by March.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
Speakers? On AudioStream? Dynaudio was showing off their flagship Focus 600XD speakers ($13,500/pair) which are in fact wireless (or wired) speakers that include a 24/192 (wired) DAC (24/96 via WiFi) as well as a 150wpc amp per driver for 600W of total output power per speaker. Dynaudio rates the 600XDs down to 20Hz and there's also built-in DSP for adjusting the 600XD's output to their position in-room. I noted the sound from the 600XD's was clean, clear, involving and powerful. I also noted that Dynaudio was using the Aurender N100 network streamer as its source.

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