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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
Onix was showing the latest version of their DAC 25, the DAC 25B (£850) which adds 24/192 capabilities to the previous version. Inputs include Toslink, asynchronous USB, Coax S/PDIF, and a USB Type A input for connecting an iPod. Outputs include RCA and XLR pairs. There's also a headphone jack around front and the DAC section comes courtesy of the Burr Brown PCM1792 DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 2 comments
This picture tells most of story (except the most important part) from the Genelec room. They hosted a wonderful demo where each of the four active speakers from their G-Series, the company's first "consumer range" destined for the home as opposed to the recording studio, plus their biggest brother 8260A ($5,639/each) were played for a few minutes and the sound went from good to bigger (right to left). I was actually surprised by how well the tiniest of the Genelec active speakers, the G One filled this large room. But as we went up in size, things got more and more involving and deeper (from a rated 73Hz in the G One all the way down to 45Hz in the G Four to 29Hz for the 8260A).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
Nagra, makers of exquisite hi-fi gear, is coming out with a 24/384kHz PCM/DSD-capable DAC (pricing TBD and "whose official name will be revealed in the fall"). This prototype was on silent display but I did learn that the digital section was designed by Andreas Koch while Nagra handled the analog bits. "The new D/A Nagra converter is planned for autumn release."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
The M2Tech battery-powered Vaughan DAC ($7,999) can handle up to 32/384kHz data and includes 1x USB, 1x I2S RJ45, 2x Coax S/PDIF (RCA), 2x Coax S/PDIF (BNC), 2x AES/EBU, 2x Toslink, 2x optical ST Fiber, and 1x external clock (BNC) inputs. Outputs include RCA and XLR pairs as well as a 6.35mm stereo jack for headphones.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
French company 3D Lab. was new to me but they offer a complete line of electronics from multi-format players, to Network Players, to DACs, to preamps, amps, and integrated amps. On display and in use was the Nano UPnP [Network] Player (€1,700), Millennium Preamplifier/DAC (€6,000) that offers 2x Coax S/PDIF, 2x Toslink, AES/EBU, and USB inputs that can handle up to 24/192 data. There are also 5 analog RCA inputs and RCA and XLR output pairs. A pair of the M Millenium monoblock amplifiers (€3,200/each) drove a pair of the Jean Marie Reynaud Concorde Supreme speakers ($14,000/pair).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
If you're having a hard time seeing the Crystal Cable Arabesque speakers (€75,000/pair) I believe that's part of the point of their 3/4" glass enclosure. The Arabesque were driven by the three-piece Siltech Saga Amplification System ($37,500 per unit) which is light powered! and Crystal Cable's own Absolute Dream cables (€75,000 for the entire setup) tied everything together. And if you're having a hard time seeing the dCS Puccini ($18,000) with the dCS Puccini U-Clock ($5,000) its because they were sitting on the floor behind the Siltech gear. The sound in this room was relaxed yet finely detailed and its one of the rooms I could have easily camped out in.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
the Constellation Audio Cygnus II Digital file player/DAC

Constellation Audio teamed up with TAD (which is never a bad idea) for an impressively authoritative system. Handling front end duties was the Cygnus II Digital file player/DAC ($29,000), next in line was the Virgo II preamplifier ($27,000), then the Centaur monoblock amplifiers ($27,000/each) which drove the mighty TAD Reference One speakers ($80,000/pair). Tying everything together was cabling from Shunyata while Phoneon room treatments ($1,300/each) kept the room at bay.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
The Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player and DAC ($3,499) is chock full O features and formats. This DSD-capable machine (via USB) can also handle up to 24/192 PCM files (WAV, WMA, MP3, MPEG-4 AAC, FLAC and ALAC) over your Ethernet Network, via its USB DAC, and lessor quality via AirPlay. There are user-selectable digital filters, an iOS or Android app, Coax S/PDIF and Toslink in/outputs, as well as single-ended and balanced outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 2 comments
Great name! The Marantz Consolette ($1,199) offers Airplay, DLNA audio streaming via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, a USB input for connecting to USB storage, an iOS dock, and 150 total watts of digital amp power driving 2x 2.6" BMR tweeters and 2x 4.3" woofers. The Consolette, I enjoy hearing that word, supports MP3, WMA, AAC, LPCM, WAV, and FLAC file formats, has an iOS and Android control app, and a highly polished walnut backside.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 2 comments
The Focal XS Book active desktop speakers ($299/pair) were sitting pretty but silent in the Focal room. A 2-way bass-reflex active loudspeaker, the XS Book offer a pair of RCA inputs, 3.5mm input, and come in your choice of black or white. Frequency response is rated at 50Hz–22kHz (+or-3dB).

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