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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The DSPeaker AntiMode 2.0 ($1,099) loudspeaker optimization system is a DAC/Preamp/DSP device that offers an asynchronous USB and Toslink inputs, RCA and XLR inputs, and RCA, XLR, and Toslink outputs. There are a number of sound optimization options including a house curve design tool, linear-phase full spectrum tilt, and several parametric EQs as well as fully customized options. The DSPeaker Anit-Mode 2.0 can also function as a tone control offering a Loudness option, and bass and HF settings in 1dB steps. And the included remote control allows you to control volume as well as EQ settings.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The Linux-based Auraliti L1000 Music File Player ($5,000) will accept FLAC, WAV, and AIFF file formats up to 24/192. Input options include USB, AES, S/PDIF (Coax and Toslink), Firewire, ST Fiber, and I2S. There's no internal music storage provided on the SSD boot drive so you need to connect your USB hard drive or NAS and navigate your music library through a browser-based interface or any number of free remote apps for iOS and Android devices. The plain silver box below is the L1000's external power supply.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 1 comments
The new Renaissance Edition Red Wine Audio Bellina Pro battery-powered DAC ($2,495) incorporates two DACs in one—a NOS DAC for 16/44.1 playback and a 24/192k Wolfson DAC chip for HD playback which are user selectable with the flip of a switch. The Bellina Pro DAC features USB, Coax, and Toslink inputs and RCA outputs and comes in your choice of cherry, maple, or walnut finishes. Also pictured up top is the new battery-powered Renaissance Edition Signature 16 Integrated Amplifier ($1,995).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 1 comments
Playback Designs was showing off their very new and intriguing IMS3 (Integrated Music System). Combining a 128x DSD-ready DAC, 130W amplifier, preamplifier, 3 analog inputs (2 RCA 1 XLR), USB, Toslink, and AES/EBU inputs, the IMS3 ($13,000) will be available by the summer 2013.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 1 comments
No trip to THE Show is complete without a layover in the NFS Audio room where good tunes and great spirits of all shapes, sizes, and proof await the weary audio show traveler.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
The new Ratoc Audio Lab RAL-DSDHA2 DSD & PCM 24bit/192kHz USB DAC ($2,000) is what its long name suggests—a USB DAC capable of handling 64x DSD and up to 24/192 data coupled with a headphone amp and digital preamp. There's also a Balanced Headphone Output and word clock BNC input. The RAL-DSDHA2 should be available by April 2013.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments
When I entered Germany's Audionet room at THE Show, I was surprised to see the sheer number of components produced by this company that was new to me. As I shuffled along from left to right photographing their players and digital network amps and preamps all on silent display, I heard the opening notes from Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing sneaking around the corner from the heretofore didn't know it was there large back room. I quickly made my way to the front row center seat, sat, and closed my eyes to drink in the rest. A smile pinned to my face as I sat amazed that I was not hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan's audio-show approved version. Hendrix. Nice.
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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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