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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The Wadax Hermes Digital Streaming Solution is a server/DAC/ripper/A to D converter/UpnP streamer that can be used in three configurations—as an add-on within the Wadax Pre One or Pre One MKII ($4,300), as a stand-alone Server ($7,670), or as a stand-alone Server and UPnP Streamer ($11,055). Hermes supports WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, WMA, and MP3 file formats and can handle up to 24/192 and 32/192 when the source is the Wadax musIC chip. I'd recommend a visit to the Wadax website because there's a lot more, much more than is appropriate here, to be said about Wadax's unique approach.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
Todd Garfinkle of MA Recordings was using the DSD-capable Korg DS-DAC-10 coupled with a Woo Audio WA-6 Headphone Amplifier ($620) to demo his always superb-sounding recordings. I say you can't have it here about the Korg because at present it is not being distributed in the USA. Pity, that.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The Ayon Audio S-5 Network Player ($17,000) is a UPnP streamer, DAC, and preamplifier all rolled up into one. Features include a QVGA 3.5” TFT display, Ethernet and Wi-Fi capabilities, an Ayon app for iOS and Android devices, a Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage, user-selectable Upsampling to 24bit/192kHz, S/PDIF (RCA), I2S , AES/EBU, BNC & TosLink inputs, 2 x USB type “A” inputs for Memory stick or USB drives, Digital output - S/PDIF (RCA), and RCA and XLR output pairs. Supported file formats include WAV (up to 192khz/24bit), FLAC (up to 192khz/24bit), AIFF, AAC, HE-AAC (up to 24bit 96 kHz), and LPCM (up to 24bit 192 kHz on wired LAN and up to 24bit 96 kHz on wireless LAN).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
Acoustic Arts was showing their new UPnP Streamer ES Network Music Player ($5,500) that supports WAV and FLAC files up to 24/192. There are 2 USB inputs to connect USB flash drives and hard drives, a Coax S/PDIF input, and Coax and RCA outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The Audio Electronics Lightning DAC ($1,295) hails from Cary's lower cost line that includes the vacuum tubed-based Constellation Preamplifier ($1,495), Hercules EL-34-based Amplifier ($1,895), and the Nighthawk Headphone Amp ($1,195). The Lighting DAC can handle up to 24/192 data via its Asynchronous USB input courtesy of Gordon Rankin's Streamlength technology, or via its Coax or Toslink inputs. The Lightning DAC employs the ESS Sabre 9023 DAC and offers a pair of RCA outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
Cary Audio of early Single-Ended Triode amp fame was showing their new DAC-100t and DMC-600 Digital Music Server. The DMC-600 Digital Music Server ($4,995) includes a CD/HDCD drive, and a number of digital inputs including USB (supports up to 32/384 and up to 128x DSD), 2 Coax, 1 Toslink, and 1 AES input (supports up to 384kHz). Outputs include Coax, Toslink, and variable out RCA and XLR pairs. There's also Blutooth AptX lossless wireless input so you can stream to the DMC-600 from any Blutooth-enabled device (like your phone) and a user selectable vacuum tube or solid state output stage. The DMC-600 Digital Music Server should be available April/May 2013.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The Music Server MS5 ($5,500 or $5,990 with included Android tablet for remote) from China's QAT Audio Technology is from their Radiance Series that includes two matching integrated amplifiers. The MS5 uses Exact Audio Copy (EAC) for ripping your discs to the included 2TB drives and supports FLAC, WAV, APE and "other no compression or lossless compression format" up to 24/192. D/A conversion is courtesy of the Analog Devices AD1955. Inputs include USB and Ethernet, outputs include RCA, XLR, Coax S/PDIF and USB.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The Soulution 540 Digital Player ($32,500) is another dual-purpose CD/SACD player with additional digital inputs for computer-based playback. The 540 also houses a digital volume control so it can function as a digital preamplifier. Inputs include Coax S/PDIF (RCA), AES/EBU (XLR), Toslink, and USB. Outputs include Coax S/PDIF (RCA), AES/EBU (XLR), Toslink, and XLR and RCA pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2013 2 comments
The Light Harmonic Da Vinci Dual DAC ($31,000) adds DSD to the Da Vinci's 32/384-capable NOS USB DAC. The new DSD section of the Da Vinci Dual DAC is completely separate from the PCM decoding engine so PCM playback retains Light Harmonic's preferred Non-Oversampling (NOS) topology while adding up to double rate 128x DSD playback. The best of both world's? We shall see as the Da Vinci Dual DAC is headed to AudioStream HQ for review. We'll also be publishing Steve Plaskin's review of the PCM-only Da Vinci DAC very soon. Stay tuned.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2013 0 comments
The new EMM Labs XDS1 V2 integrated player ($25,000) supports CD and SACD playback and adds five 24/192-capable digital inputs including Coax, Toslink, AES, and USB which adds DSD capability. Outputs include AES, XLR, and RCA.

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