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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Primare was showing a number of network-ready products including the handsome Pre 60 ($10,000) which will be available by March. The Pre 60, as its name suggests, is a preamplifier with added networking and DAC capability including support for WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, and ALAC file formats with resolutions up to 24/192. Analog inputs include of 2x XLR and 3x RCA, 1x RCA HT bypass, while digital inputs include Ethernet, 2x Coax S/PDIF, 3x Toslink, and 2x asynchronous USB input. Control is through a Primare iOS remote app and the Pre60 supports gapless playback.
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The Ypsilon DAC 100 ($29,000) hailing from Athens, Greece, is a non-oversampling DAC with no digital filters offering up to 24/192 playback. The DAC 100 offers a single Coax S/PDIF input and a 5-pin connector for use with the Ypsilon CDT-100 CD transport. Outputs include RCA unbalanced and XLR unbalanced pairs. The analog output stage employs "...single-ended class A transformer coupled triodes with valve rectification and choke regulation."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Audioengine A2+ powered desktop speakers ($249/pair) pictured inside the larger A5+'s add a TI/Burr Brown PCM2704C 16/48-capable DAC to the company's popular A2 active speakers. Measuring just 6” high, the diminutive A2+s deliver a claimed 65Hz-22kHz (±2.0dB) frequency response from the 2.75-inch Kevlar woofer and 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter per side. Inputs include a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, and USB. Jason Victor Serinus has a pair which he'll be reporting on in these pages.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 1 comments
The T+A CM Active two-way bass-reflex speakers ($2,000/pair) are some handsome lads with aluminum top and bottom plates sandwiching a black mesh grille cloth which covers a 150mm mid-bass driver and a 25mm fabric dome tweeter. The CM Active speakers include a pair of amplifiers, one for each driver, delivering a total of 70W with a claimed frequency response of 45 - 30,000 Hz. Input is handled by a single cinch/RCA connector per side.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Dali Kubik Free is available as a single unit ($1,295/each) or stereo pair with the addition of a Kubik Extra ($695/each). The Kubik Free is the active side while the Extra is passive getting its power from the the Free's 100W Class D amplifier. Inputs include aptX Bluetooth, USB, Toslink, and a pair of analog line level inputs. There's also a matching sub available ($595) and the entire package comes wrapped in a replaceable colored grille.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The HRT Stage Speaker System ($1,200) includes a separate Control Center which houses a 70W Class A/B amplifier, a 24/96 DAC with an asynchronous USB input as well as a pair of analog inputs. The Control is a modular design allowing for easy future upgrades and a Wi-Fi module is in the works. The speakers proper include three 70mm mid-bass drivers and a 28mm soft dome tweeter per side stacking up to one impressive desktop package. The Control Center also includes a volume control and source selection and an included remote mirrors these functions. Look for the Stage system to be available in the US by March.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2014 0 comments
While you can't see it (or hear it), there's DSD streaming over the air to the system on the left

From Auralic:

ARIES acts as a bridge between NAS and DACs
It will endow your existing high-end DACs with streaming function
With DSD, double-rate DSD and DXD
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 10, 2014 7 comments
Miles Davis + Jeanne Morreau + Louis Malle = Smoldering hot jazz.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 10, 2014 0 comments
ADL had their new GT40 MII DAC/ADC/headphone amp/full function preamp ($TBD but should come in around $800) on display. The GT40 MII can handle up to 24/192 and DSD playback through its USB input while also offering a "built-in low noise MM/MC phono preamp!"! (I added that second !). There's also a USB output that lets you rip your records to digits.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
Calyx, who brought us the Femto DAC (see review), had their new "M" digital audio player ($995) on active display which appears to take direct aim at Astel & Kern. The M can handle up to 24/384 and 2x DSD playback and supports FLAC, WAV, DFF/DSF(64DSD and128DSD-DoP), DXD, AAC, MP3, MP4, M4A, and OGG file formats. The M houses 64GB of internal memory and you can add another 128GB via SD card. That 4.65inch OLED display is also a touch screen and the M can double as a USB DAC in addition to driving your 'phones since it houses a micro USB input on its bottom. Battery life is reported at about 10 hours. Trendspotters take note.

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