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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 4 comments
"Less is More" is etched into the surface of the Roksan Oxygene integrated amplifier ($6,000). In addition to its 3 analog inputs, the Oxygene also offers "Up to 16 Channels of Bluetooth input" while outputting 100W/ch into 8ohms. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
The Lindemann musicbook series of components provide most of what you need to play your tunes (minus the amp & speakers & storage). Luckily for simplicity lovers, the Lindemann musicbook:25 ($5,500) network player was paired up with the active Manger MSMs1 speakers (€15,000/pair) for one sexy system (to my eyes of course). The musicbook:25 is a "UPnP/DLNA based network music player, digital to analog converter with fully balanced control amplifier and class-A headphone output, and integrated CD-player. Remote control function: iOS and Android App, IR remote control". Just add NAS.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
The Vitus Audio RD-100 DAC ($11,250) was sitting pretty in the German Physiks room. The RD-100 features analog inputs and volume control in addition to a host of 24/192-capable digital inputs so it can function as the heart, or preamplifier, of a hi-fi system.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
In his review of the Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player, John Atkinson said, "When the Marantz arrived, I was using the fully loaded MSB Diamond DAC IV ($43,325) that Jon Iverson reviewed in the October 2012 issue. Setting up the NA-11S1 ($3499) and comparing the sound of its analog outputs with the sound of the MSB driven by a coaxial S/PDIF connection, I was astonished by how close the two DACs sounded." (read the full review). That's some mighty high praise.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
The Wyred4Sound DAC-2 DSDse ($2,499) can handle up to DXD and double rate DSD with its 9018 ESS Sabre DAC. The DAC-2 offers I2S, asynchronous USB, 2x Coax S/PDIF, 2x Toslink, and home theater bypass inputs, and analog RCA and XLR outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
I always enjoy my time in the MBL room for a number of reasons. First and foremost is the fact that Jeremy Bryan of MBL North America knows how to set up a room and have it and his gear make beautiful music together. The system in play was from the MBL Corona lineup and the sound did not disappoint being all big, bold, and dynamic as all get out while also conveying subtlety superbly.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
Mojo Audio teamed up with Atomic Audio Labs who provide custom 1" clear acrylic platforms. Pictured above is their Mac Mini platform that is "...tuned to the exact resonance frequency of the Mac Mini so that it cancels out internal resonances in addition to decoupling." What you can't see are the modifications that Mojo Audio makes to the Mini and include a Joule III ultralow-noise linear power supply, internal filter module, and optimized OS X. The price for the entire package is $2,589.85 with a 1M hard-wired power cable, 120GB SSD, 4GB RAM, and the Atomic platform. You can also buy the Atomic Mac Mini platform on its own for $349.95.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
Bryston's BDP-2 Digital Player/Server ($2,995 pictured on top) and BDA-2 DAC ($2,395) were handling front ends duties in their room at RMAF. The BDP-2 is an interesting product and according to Bryston its much faster than the BDP-1 due to increased processing power (8x that of the BDP-1) rooted in a custom Intel Atom motherboard making it better suited for larger music libraries. There are six USB 2.0 inputs, 1x eSATA drive input, optional internal SATA drive, 2x Gigabit Ethernet inputs, NAS support, and UPnP/DLNA server support (beta). Outputs include BNC S/PDIF and AES/EBU.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1 comments
The diminutive (I'd say we're looking at a trend) Resonessence Labs Herus USB Headphone DAC ($350) made its official debut at RMAF 2013. Offering "...over 100dB of SNR" according to the company, the Herus supports DXD and 2x DSD and "...is capable of driving 2.4V RMS, (ie 6.8V pk-to-pk) into headphones from 600 Ohms to 32 Ohms". My previous experience with the Resonessence Invicta (see review) and the Concero HD (see review) would suggest that the Herus is worth a serious listen.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
Vanatoo Transparent One Powered Speakers backside

I ran into the Vanatoo room to see if there was anything new and found the Transparent One Powered Speakers ($499/pair Black on Cherry Finish, $549 Natural Cherry Finish) pumping out some mighty hefty sound for their diminutive stature. I reviewed the Transparent Ones (see review) back in September 2012 and we'll have to wait a bit longer to hear what's next. If the Transparent Ones are any indication, whatever it is it will be worth the wait.

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