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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
Wadia has broken the mold and ventured somewhere new while incorporating the best their old. The Intuition 01 (projected $7,500 - $8,000) rolls up a 350W/channel Class D+ amp, 32-bit AD/DA digital preamp with a 1.5MHz sampling frequency, 32/384 and DSD-capable USB DAC, 6 additional digital inputs (1 Toslink, 2 Wdialink/I2S, 2 Coax S/PDIF, 1 AES/EBU), Wadia's Delta-SigMaster 1.536MHz upsampling algorithm, and 2 analog RCA inputs for a nearly fully functional and sleek one-not-a-box solution.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
The new Musical Fidelity M6 Series Reference DAC ($2,999) is one a few new Musical Fidelity devices that offers Bluetooth Apt X/48kHz technology that allows streaming from any Bluetooth-enabled device at rates up to 16/48kHz. This is very cool because a) most people have music on their phones, and b) its a snap to get that music to the M6. I had the music on my iPhone playing within a minute. And the M6 upsamples this incoming data to 24/192. The M6 also includes regular wired connections including USB, S/PDIF and AES/EBU. There are 2 RCA and 1 XLR outputs along with 3 Coax, Toslink, and AES/EBU.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
Pro-Ject was showing oodles of goods geared for the computer audio listener. Pictured above (clockwise from left): DAC Box DS ($549), Amp Box DS mono ($499), Tube Box DS ($699), Pre Box DS ($499), Amp Box DS mono ($499), and Amp Box DS ($499). The DAC Box DS can accomodate up to 24/192 data through its asynchronous USB input. There are also 1 Toslink and 1 Coax S/PDIF input and 1 pair of RCA outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1 comments
The Vienna Acoustics diminutive (10.5x8.3x3.5“) Berg passive speakers ($700/each) would make for a stylish desktop. The Berg's come in silver or piano black and can hang on the wall or with the optional stands ($50/each) stand on your desktop.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
Primare's I32 integrated amp and PRE32 preamplifier can come equipped with their MM30 multimedia upgrade module ($1,999) that turns the given device into a 24/192-capable DAC/network player. This is the case with the I32 Integrated Amplifier ($2,999) pictured above (on top). The I32 puts out 120W/channel and includes 2 pairs of XLR and 3 pairs of RCA inputs. The network option adds Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, 3 Toslink and 1 Coax S/PDIF input.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
The Phasure NOS1 ($4,500) is a non-oversampling 100% filterless DAC that uses 8 PCM1704U-K Burr Brown (Texas Instruments) multibit 24 bit D/A converter chips and was shown with their XXHighend Software Player ($100). The NOS1 can handle up to 32-bit/768KHz data and you can upsample to this rate by using the Windows version of the XXHighend Software Player (MAC is currently limited to 32/384 input). There's really a lot more to read about this DAC/Player combo so I encourage you to click that link.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
The CH Precision Digital to Analog Controller ($32,975) functions as a DAC and preamplifier and includes 2 S/PDIF inputs that support up to 24/192 data, and 1 CH-Link for use with the matching CH D1 CD/SACD player that supports up to 32/768kHz and native DSD. There are optional boards to add functionality including asynchronous USB (up to 24/192), analog in, and Network (supports up to 24/192).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
The Qualia & Company Indigo USB DAC ($35,000) from Qualia is new to me so let me quote from their brochure:
What does Qualia & Company stand for?
It is the suggestion of a luxurious lifestyle, a product that has an elegant feel but is functional and pleasing to the eye.
The luxurious Indigo USB DAC uses the ESS Sabre 9012 DAC and offers 1 Coax S/PDIF input, 1 Toslink, and 1 USB and can handle up to 24/192 via Coax and USB and 24/96 via Toslink. Outputs are pairs of XLRs and RCAs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1 comments
Naim was showing their new DAC-V1 ($2,300) that can also function as a preamplifier and headphone amp. The DAC-V1 has 5 S/PDIF inputs and an asynchronous USB input all capable of up to 24/192 playback. The USB input ups the ante to 384kHz.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
The new Hegel H300 ($5,500) is a 250W/channel integrated amp with a 24/192-capable DAC built in. There are 5 digital inputs (2 Coax S/PDIF, 2 Toslink, 1 asynchronous USB), XLR and RCA analog inputs, and an RCA preamp out and Coax /S/PDIF out.

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