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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 1 comments
The Prima Luna ProLogue Premium CD Player/DAC ($3,799) obviously employs vacuum tubes. While we've seen this kind of thing before, mainly in the analog output stage, the ProLogue Premium CD Player/DAC employs 2 tubes to reduce jitter. Interesting no? "...the SuperTubeClock™ replaces the solid state oscillator normally found in a CD player's digital clocking device with a mini triode vacuum tube. By using a tube, we have significantly lowered the amount of jitter and noise, resulting in superior detail retreival. This in turn yields superior detail and dynamics from top to bottom, and improved overrall musicality." (read more about it here).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Creek Audio Evolution 50CD ($1,495) is also a 24/96-capable asynchronous USB DAC. Featuring an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display that can read CD text where available, the 50CD also offers 2x Coax S/PDIF and 2x Toslink inputs (24/192), Coax and Toslink outputs, and single ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs. The Dacs in question are dual Wolfson WM8742 per channel and there are 5 user-selectable digital filters as well as an optional Bluetooth input ($150).

Creek will also be offering an optional DAC add-on package ($TBD) for their Evolution 50A amplifier. Trending.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Apologies for the lousy photo(s). The diminutive palm-sized Arcam miniBlink ($149) is an aptX Bluetooth receiver that allows you to add Bluetooth connectivity to your hi-fi via any available line-level input. The miniBlink sports a mini-USB power socket, a 3.5mm audio output jack, and a "pairing button". Arcam claims a 35-40' range for pairing up your smart phone, tablet, or laptop with the miniBlink. Trendspotters take note.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Devialet unveiled their full line-up of Audio Systems including the 110 ($6,495), 170 ($9,495), and the 240 ($17,495). The model names indicate the associated output power and you also gain more connectivity as you step up the line. The 170 adds a phono input to the 110 as well as a line level input, digital out, and sub out. The 240 can be run in mono block configuration for a total of 500WPC. Each model comes with 24/192-capable USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and a Streamer Board for network/internet connectivity. For the full scoop on Devialet, I recommend reading John Atkinson's review of the original Devialet D-Premier D/A integrated amplifier in Stereophile.
"Devialet's D-Premier amplifier is the most extraordinary product I have reviewed for Stereophile. Superb sound quality, future-proof design, everything you need in one box - it is the epitome of what a high-end audio product should be. Wow!" —John Atkinson in Stereophile Magazine
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Krell Connect UPnP/DLNA-compliant network player comes in two flavors—without a DAC ($2,500) and with a 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC ($3,500). The Krell Connect supports FLAC, Ogg, WAV, WMA, Apple Lossless, MP-4a, and MP3 file formats up to 24/192 as well as gapless playback. Inputs include 1 pair balanced XLR, 6 single-ended RCAs, Wi-Fi, and USB, while the DAC module adds Toslink, Coax S/PDIF, and AES/EBU digital inputs. Digital outputs include 1 Coax S/PDIF and 1 TosLink while the DAC module adds balanced XLR and RCA outputs. The front panel sports a 3.5-inch QVGA LCD screen and there's a free iOS and Android app for control.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The new Cambridge Audio Minx Go ($150), Air 100 ($449), and Air 200 ($599) are Bluetooth (Minx Go) and Bluetooth/Airplay-enabled portable speakers. The Minx go offers 2 titanium tweeters, twin 2” woofers, and a rear-mounted Active Bass Radiator (ABR). The Air 100 includes 2x 100mm (4") Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drivers and a 100W Class D amp, while the Air 200 doubles the 100s power rating and adds a 6.5" subwoofer to its 2x 2.25" Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drivers. All models come with a USB charging port and 3.5mm Aux input while the two larger units add an RCA input. Available in gloss black and white.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The new Cambridge Audio Azur 851D 24-bit/192kHz-capable DAC ($1,649) is Cambridge Audio's flagship DAC / digital preamplifier. Based on the Analog Devices AD1955 DACs in dual differential mode, inputs include asynchronous USB, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, BNC S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and BT100 Bluetooth. Outputs are your standard balanced XLR and unbalanced RCAs as well as a 1/4" headphone jack (supports 600 ohm headphones, however 300 ohms max recommended). The 851D upsamples all incoming data to 24-bit/384kHz and includes a Linear Phase, Minimum phase or Steep filter mode. Volume control is handled in the digital domain.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi Digital Music System ($999) is a 24/96-capable network player/integrated amplifier that delivers 40 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Besides its Ethernet input, there's 2x USB inputs, Toslink, Coax S/PDIF, BT100 Bluetooth receiver (A2DP plus aptX), 2x RCA analog inputs, and a 3.5mm analog input. Outputs include a headphone jack, speaker outputs, and a subwoofer output. The Minx Xi supports ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG file formats and employs the Wolfson WM8728 DAC. Available in gloss white or gloss black.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
XS standing for eXtra Small? The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS ($199) is a tiny aluminum enclosed USB DAC (a bit wider than a dragonfly but still small enough to easily fit into your backpack to take home from CES wink wink) that supports up to 24/192 play back and is outfitted with onboard physical volume controls ( + and -) as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. Minimum headphone impedance is rated at 12 Ohms according to Cambridge and "What's more a convenient LED shows current sample rate".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Not to be confused with the Musical Surroundings MYDAC, the Micromega MyDac ($399) can handle up to 24/192 data through its asynchronous USB input. The MyDac also includes Coax S/PDIF and Toslink inputs and a pair of RCA outputs. Available in Black or White.

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