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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
Fort Collins, CO based retailer The Audio Alternative hosted a room featuring the Audio Research Reference DAC8 ($4,995), Dan D'Agostino Momentum Preamplifier ($32,000), Momentum Mono-Block Amplifiers ($55,000/pair), and the Vandersteen Carbon loudspeakers w/M7-HP Balanced Crossover.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
The Primare NP30 ($3,499) supports WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, and ALAC file formats with resolutions up to 24/192. Inputs include 3x Toslink, 1x Coax S/PDIF, USB-A, USB-B, WLAN, and LAN (Ethernet). Outputs include XLR, RCA, Digital (192 kHz), IRout, and TRIGout. Control is through a Primare iOS remote app and the N30 supports gapless playback.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 2 comments
PS Audio's PerfectWave DAC ($3,995) shown sitting under the NuWave Phono Converter ($1,895) can handle up to 24/192 data through its 7 asynchronous digital inputs. The PerfectWave DAC is also "Network media DAC capable" which means you can turn it into a network player and stream music from your NAS or the Internet. It's also a digital preamp offering integrated volume and balance control and it sports a color touch panel display.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 3 comments
Benchmark was showing their DAC2 HGC ($1,995) and the new AHB2 High Resolution Amplifier ($TBD but under $3,000) which drove a pair of Studio Electric speakers. I've come to expect and enjoy this pairing each year at RMAF and this year was no exception.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1 comments
You may not know, but you most likely already do, that I'm friends with John DeVore of DeVore Fidelity. I also own his speakers, The Nines, and they are an integral part of my music listening and enjoying, daily. While we're disclosing, I am also friends with Jonathan Halpern who is the importer of the Line Magnetic line. So I refrain from reviewing anything imported by his company, Tone Imports, since you know we cannot tell the truth about anything to do with people we like (what about people we don't like?). So while I completely enjoyed my time in the DeVore Fidelity room listening to the Line Magnetic 502 DAC ($1,800), Line Magnetic 518 IA amplifier driving the DeVore Fidelity O/96 speakers ($12,000/pair) I will not say anything about the sound.
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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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