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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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
The new Rega Saturn-R DAC + CD Transport ($2,995) was making its debut at RMAF. I guess the target for these DAC/disc spinners is for those people who don't want to rip their CDs but who do want to play their downloads, too. The Saturn houses 4 S/PDIF inputs, an asynchronous USB input, and the Wolfson WM8742 DAC for up to 24/192 playback.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Cary Audio had their new prototype DMS-500 network player ($3,995 pictured on top) on display connected to their DAC-100t Vacuum Tube DAC ($2,995). The DLNA/UPnP DMS-500 offers all of the connectivity you'd expect from a network player including Ethernet, S/PDIF (Coax and Toslink), USB for connecting up to 3TBs worth of USB storage, as well as AptX Bluetooth so you can easily stream from a smartphone or tablet which I view as a very easy way to get more people involved with hi-fi—let them easily connect and play their music through it! The DMS-500 also houses a 32/192-capable DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
The Naim room featured their SuperNait 2 80/wpc amplifier ($4,900) and the NDX Network Player ($5,300) pulling files from the NaimUniti2 ($4,800) playing through a pair of Dali Epicon 6 speakers ($13,495/pair). But the really cool part was...

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