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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
What is becoming an increasingly popular attraction, the NY Audio Show featured a room full of headphone gear for people to play with. Featuring kit from Audenze, Sennheiser, Astell & Kern, Quad, B&W, Mad Dog Headphones, Meridian and more, and booths sponsored by Sound + Vision, WCPR Radio, and SoundstageDirect.com, this joint was jumpin'. It's no wonder Tyll Hertsens InnerFidelity is so popular.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Audioengine wasn't showing anything new but they did have their popular (for a good reason) A5+ speakers (starting at $399/pair see review) and A2 speakers ($199/pair). In between sits the D2 Wireless DAC ($599 see review) while behind lies a fairly speculator view.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Cary Audio displayed their DAC-100 Solid State DAC ($2,495) in one system and their Audio Electronics Lightning DAC ($1,295) in another. The DAC-100 features Gordon Rankin's Sreamlength code for their XMOS-based Asynchronous USB inputs as well as 2 Coax S/PDIF and 2 Toslink inputs all capable of handling 24/192 data. There are RCA and XLR output pairs. The DAC-100t Vacuum Tube version ($2,995) is expected to make its debut in the near future.
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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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