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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
MSB Technology was playing their Analog DAC ($6,995) that Steve Plaskin and I both raved about (see Steve's review and my follow-up). While the room was tiny...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
ModWright Instruments was showing a pre-production prototype of their 24/192-capable Elyse USB Tube DAC ($TBD). The Elyse is "fully asynchronous, transformer coupled in and out, Class A direct-coupled design".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
In the ENIGMAcoustics room, their electrostatic Sopranino Supertweeters ($3,690/pair) augmented the output from a pair of Magico speakers being driven by Pass Labs amplification while the Light Harmonic Da Vinci DAC ($20,000) took care of the digits.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Another room that always warms my show-going spirit is the VTL room hosted by Luke Manley and Bea Lam. They are at once warm, inviting, and deeply interested in music so a visit is to their room works wonders as a spiritual re-charge.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
dB Audio Labs had their Evolution battery-powered DSD DAC ($1,495) fed its digits from their modified Mac Mini server ($1,495-$2,295) paired with amplification from Dodd Audio and the physically overwhelming GR Research LSX Speaker System. I was running late for an appointment so I unfortunately didn't have time to get more info on dB Audio's intriguing products.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
I always enjoy my visit to the TAD room for two reasons; it always sounds great and TAD Director of Engineering Andrew Jones is always entertaining. And while you'd think these two qualities would be running rampant at a hi-fi trade show, they sadly ain't, in my experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Playback Designs had their in-production IPS-3 Integrated Playback System ($13,000) coupled with the Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne loudspeakers ($4,000/pair which I continue to think is pretty amazing considering how they sound) for another simple and superb sounding system. The IPS-3 is a DXD and DSD (up to 6.1MHz) capable DAC, preamplifier, and 130W/channel amplifier all wrapped up in one box.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
John Tucker at Exemplar Audio offers his own ground-up products like the eXception 4 input 24/192 tubed DAC ($4,000), eXception SE Line stage ($4,250), and eXception Integrated amplifier ($4,950) on display in his room shared with Eficon who showed their Eficon F300 Speakers ($18,100). He also modifies gear and here we see his Expo T105 ($4,750) which is obviously a modified Oppo 105.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
The Jospeh Audio room is always a treat, an oasis of good sound and good tunes. This year Jeff Joseph was showing with a gleaming stack of Jeff Rowland electronics.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
In the same Rega room, The Sound Organisation put together a small desktop system consisting of the Rega Brio Integrated Amp ($895), the 24/192-capable Rega DAC ($1,095), Rega RP6 Turntable with the Exact MM Cartridge ($1,990), with a pair of PMC Twenty.21 Loudspeakers ($2,900/pair). But that's not the cool part...

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