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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
The Millenia CT 2 sub/satellite system ($849) from Paradigm delivers aptX and Bluetooth streaming, decodes Dolby Digital, and offers a "Music" and "Movie" mode. The CT speakers are based on Paradigm’s Reference MilleniaOne's and the CT 2 package includes a controller box with a Toslink and 3.5mm analog input. Owners of older Millenia CT systems can upgrage to the CT 2 status for $149.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
Erstwhile French speaker manufacturer Cabasse was showing a trio of new streaming products. Let's start with the Stream Source ($549) which is a full fledged DLNA network player that also supports wi-fi, aptX Bluetooth, data rates up to 24/96 and WAV, FLAC, WMA, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, and MP3 file formats. Outputs include Analog RCA and optical S/PDIF. The Stream Source also includes a USB Type-A input which allows you to connect USB Storage and turn it into Network Attached Storage for sharing around your house among other Cabasse streamers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
The iFi iDSD Mini DAC ($TBD but should come in under $1k) made an appearance in prototype form. Supporting up to 24/384 PCM and 2x DSD, the iFi iDSD Mini DAC offers an asynchronous USB input, Coax S/PDIF (BNC & RCA), AES/EBU, and Toslink inputs as well as aptX Bluetooth streaming and fully symmetrical balanced outputs. The included headphone amp pumps out 4Watts in Class A and incorporates "Tubestate Circuitry" as found in iFi's iCAN headphone amp.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
The Mainframe Music Processor ($4,495) uses "enterprise grade technology, error correcting RAM, liquid cooled enclosure, dual solid state drives, lithium ion battery power, and includes a 7" touchscreen remote." Darren Censullo from Avatar Acoustics explained that if you were to buy all of the parts that comprise the Mainframe Processor you'd end up spending more than its $4,495 asking price. According to a press release, the Mainframe can run 10-12 hours on its battery power, it can "play all formats", and handle up to 64/352 data.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
My notes for ReQuest Audio's The Beast ($44,000) say "see website" which I did and the Beast's product page is relatively brief and its not in English. Google translate to the rescue:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
The bamboo-clad Sprout DAC ($149.95) from Tri-Art Audio supports up to 32/384 playback according to their literature using the TI PCM5102A DAC and outputs 2Vrms into a 10kohm load. "The bamboo case is actually filled with unbleached, locally sourced sheep's wool for its acoustic qualities (dampening/insulating)".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 2 comments
While Light Harmonic's new Sire DAC was nowhere to be found, its always nice to sneak a peak at their more affordable Da Vinci DAC ($20,000).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
Japanese company Olasonic is another new one for me and the line is being distributed in the US by Axxis Audio. I unfortunately arrived in the Axiss room when it was unmanned and had to run before I could get any useful information (like prices). Pictured above is the Olasonic UA1 USB Stereo DAC Integrated Amplifier and from what I can gather online is capable of 24/192 playback using the Burr-Brown PCM1792 DAC while power is from the TI TPA3118 Class D amp.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
The BUC1 ($749) is Bryston's take on a USB to S/PDIF converter. The BUC1 supports files up to 24/192 and includes an asynchronous USB input, Coax S/PDIF (BNC & RCA) and AES/EBU (XLR) outputs. Available with silver or black faceplate.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
Aurender was showing their new Aurender X100 digital music player which comes in two flavors—the X100L ($3,499) with 6TB of internal storage, and the X100S ($2,999) with 1TB of internal storage. Both offer USB output to connect your DAC of choice and support DSD, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, APE, AIFF, M4A file formats. I have their recently updated S10 here for review which uses the same Aurender-developed app for control as the X100s and from the demo I got at CES, it looks to be a nimble beauty. Stay tuned...

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