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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
The Krell Connect High End Network Streaming Device ($2,500 or $3,500 w/internal 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC) was on silent display in the Krell/Martin Logan room. Featuring up to 24/192 gapless playback from FLAC, Ogg, WAV, WMA, and MP3 files, the Connect is UPnP/DLNA-compliant and it can also stream from Internet radio sources. Inputs include Wi-Fi, USB, plus Toslink optical and coax digital inputs (DAC model only). Outputs include optical and Coax S/PDIF, and the DAC version adds RCA and Balanced outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Channel D, makers of Pure Music and Pure Vinyl, were spinning some sweet-sounding HD vinyl rips using the Lynx Hilo Reference A/D D/A Converter System/DAC ($2,495). The 24/192-capable Hilo is feature-packed and offers 12 inputs including AES/EBU, Coax S/PDIF, optical Toslink, ADAT, Lynx LT-USB LSlot for computer connectivity, and Lynx’s low jitter SynchroLock word clock. The Hilo also offers a total of 16 outputs and a headphone jack.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Colleen Cardas Imports was using the soon-to-be-reviewed-right-here MSB Technology Analog DAC ($6,995) with the MSB Universal Media Transport ($3,995). The Analog DAC offers Femto Second Clock Technology, 384 kHz Discrete Ladder DACs, DSD playback, modular inputs including Wi-Fi, Optical, Coax, XLR Balanced, MSB Network (for Data CD and UMT), Pro I2S (for Signature DATA CD), and 384KHz USB. There's also an optional analog volume control ($995) and optional Analog Power Base ($2,995).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
The ever affable Vinnie Rossi of Red Wine Audio also hooked up his modded Astell & Kern AK100 and played me some Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds off of their new and stunning LP Push the Sky Away (see review). Here's the details on the Red Wine Audio mod for the AK100 from the man himself:
We bypass the 22-ohm resistors in the output stage, and hard-wire (via Cardas copper litz solid core wire) from the output stage FETs directly to the pins of the headphone output jack. Besides bypassing the 22-ohm output resistors, this also provides the shortest, cleanest path from the output stage to the headphone jack - also bypassing the tiny circuit board traces, and the header that connects the main board to the smaller headphone jack board. It's essentially a direct connection from output stage to the headphone jack. Output impedance is now under 1 ohm...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
In the Red Wine Audio room, a pair of Red Wine Audio Liliana Monoblocks (5,995/pair) and Isabella 6H30 Preamplifier (starting at $3,995) drove a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30.1 speakers (starting at $5,990). Fronting this system was the Bricasti M1 DAC ($8,495) that was very favorably reviewed by John Marks in Stereophile as well as John Atkinson (see review).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 1 comments
Nyack, New York based Symbol Audio offers up snazzy retro mid-century modern looks with all of the modern conveniences in their Modern Record Console. Featuring a steel base and solid walnut construction, the Modern Record Console comes in a number of configurations and can incorporate nearly any DAC or streaming product along with its hand built integrated tube amplifier, turntable, and built-in speakers for a true all-in-one system. Prices vary according to the configuration but figure somewhere in the $16,500 range.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 2 comments
EMC-1UP CD Player $7,290.00

The Audio Doctor was also showing the Electrocompaniet ECI 6DS integrated amplifier/Network Player ($3,500). Featuring a 125W/Channel amp, a 24/192-capable asynchronous USB DAC, 24/192-capable S/PDIF inputs, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, balanced XLR and (3) single-ended RCA inputs, and a "graphic remote", this all-in-one player offers up a lot of connected convenience in one nice, simple package.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
NJ's own Audio Doctor dressed up the AudioStream Greatest Bits-endowed Auralic Vega DAC (see review) with some high heels and a four-cornered hat.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
The Chord Streamer DSX-1000 ($13,000) incorporates the same Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) driven DAC that's found in their QBD76 HDSD. The UPnP/DLNA enabled DSX-1000 streamer/network player can handle WMA-9, MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, ALAC, AIFF (96KHz), FLAC, WAV (including 176.4 and 192kHz support) files and includes Ethernet and Coax S/PDIF inputs, RCA and XLR outputsm and an analog volume control. I was very impressed with the AudioStream Greatest Bits awarded Chordette QuteHD (DSD) DAC (see review and the Streamer DSX-1000 appeared to offer a similarly smooth and natural sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Well Rounded Sound was showing off their new, diminutive Corgi Mini ($399/pair) and Jack Terrier SE ($349/pair) speakers. Both speakers use a single driver to reproduce 120-30kHz in the case of the Corgi Mini (pictured right) and 100-24kHz for the Terrier SE.

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