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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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1 comments
I ran into Light Harmonic's Gavin Fish who had in-pocket a prototype Geek DAC ($299) that recently lit the Kickstarter site on fire raising a whopping $300,000+. Not bad for a Geek. I'm in line for a review sample and look forward to putting the little DXD/DSD endowed Geek through its paces.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
The folks at Antelope Audio had the new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC/Preamplifier ($5,500 includes Voltikus Power Supply and Remote control) on display. The Platinum houses a 64-bit DAC capable of handling up to 768kHz and 256x DSD formats and offers both analog and digital inputs including balanced analog XLRs, unbalanced analog RCAs, AES/EBU, 2x S/PDIF Coax, 2x Toslink, USB, and Atomic clock/Word Clock Input on BNC. Outputs include "De-jittered AES/EBU Output", "De-jittered 2x S/PDIF Outputs", as well as RCA and trimmable balanced XLRs. There are also dual front-mounted 1/4" headphone jacks and an analog volume control making for one full-featured preamp/DAC. I plan to get my hands on one asap. The Platinum DSD DAC is shown with its matching Voltikus Power Supply Unit.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
T+A (Theory + Application) was showing their new 80wpc Amp 8 ($2,800) which is the perfect mate for their matching DAC 8 ($2,900). The DAC 8 is a 24-bit/384kHz capable DAC and its inputs include 4 RCA S/PDIF, 1 Toslink, 1 BNC, 1 AES/EBU, 1 Asynchronous USB, and for T+A system owners the "Control Link". Outputs include balanced and single-ended RCAs as well as RCA S/PDIF. The DAC 8 can also act as a preamp as it includes an analog volume control. There's also 4 digital and 2 analog filters so you can shape the sound to your liking and a front-mounted headphone jack. There's also a T+A app for iOS and Android devices.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1 comments
Audioengine had the new USB flash drive-sized D3 asynchronous USB DAC ($189) in-room. The D3 supports resolutions up to 24/96 and will be shipping in November.

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