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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
Omaha, Nebraska-based retailer The Sound Environment was showing the Linux-based Trigon Chronolog ($9,500) which is a UPnP network player/CD/DVD player/DAC with 120GB of internal SSD storage. The Chronolog supports WAV, MP3, FLAC, CDDA, NSV, M4A, AAC, STRM, PLS, RM, MPA, WMA, OGG, MP2, M3U, MOD, AMF, 669, DMF, DSM, FAR, GDM, IMF, IT, M15, MED, OKT, S3M, STM, SFX, ULT, UNI, XM, SID, AC3, DTS, CUE, AIF, AIFF, WPL, APE, MAC, MPC, MP+, MPP, SHN, ZIP, RAR, WV, NSF, SPC, GYM, ADPLUG, ADX, DSP, ADP, YMF, AST, AFC, HPS, XSP, formats with resolutions up to 24/192. Inputs include the usual suspects including S/PDIF (Coax and Toslink), USB, and Ethernet while outputs include a pair of RCAs and XLRs as well as HDMI and DVI for DVD playback.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
Importer Source Systems Ltd. of San Clemente, CA had a gaggle of audio gear including the intriguing Lumin Network Player ($7,200). The handsome machined aluminum Lumin can handle up to 32/384kHz files in FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, AAC, and MP3 formats, as well as single and double-rate DSD. Inputs includes Ethernet and USB while outputs include HDMI, BNC S/PDIF, unbalanced RCAs and balanced XLRs. The Lumin supports UPnP and gapless playback as well as on-device playlists while you need an iPad for remote control.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Rob Robinson of Channel D, designer of the popular Pure Music media player software and Pure Vinyl ripping software for the Mac, had his new battery powered Seta Piccolo DAC Buffer ($1,599) on display. The DAC Buffer is essentially a match maker for people looking to drive their power amp directly with their DAC and it works its match-making XLR input/output magic by optimizing your system gain in 6 dB steps from -6 to -30 dB all in the analog domain. This allows you to run your computer or DAC's digital volume control at its optimum level. Rob Robinson said, "The new Seta Piccola DAC Buffer solves a critical signal quality bottleneck problem for audiophiles who wish to connect their computer audio playback systems directly to their power amplifiers for a minimum signal path approach, while enjoying the convenience and performance of a digital volume control without compromising sound quality."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Along with a number of headphone listening setups, Woo Audio was showing their handsome WDS-1 Digital-to-Analog Converter ($1,199). The WDS-1 handles up to 24/192 playback from its asynchronous USB2.0, Toslink, AES/EBU, and Coax S/PDIF inputs. Outs include unbalanced RCAs and balanced XLRs. The WDS-1 also offers a digital volume control and user selectable sharp and slow digital filters.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
April Music set up a simple and to my ears relaxed sounding enjoyment inducing system consisting of the Eximus DP1 24/192 DAC/Preamplifier ($3,250) connected to their Stello S100 50wpc amplifier ($1,200) driving a pair of Solus Entre H-PAS (Hybrid Pressure Acceleration System) speakers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Core Audio Technology had their new Datasat RS20i Home Theater Processor ($18,885), Kratos MKII Fully Digital Amplifier ($2,500), their modified Mac Mini ($2,885) and associated Kora power supply ($599) on display. The 100WPC Kratos MKII amp offers 4 S/PDIF inputs (2x Coax, 2x Toslink) and a pair of speaker output terminals. Your digital musical signal enters the Kratos and remains digital right up until the speaker terminals:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
YFS was showcasing their $15,500 HD.Ref-3 Limited Edition (LE) music server transport. I neglected to ask how limited it is...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Another of my favorites from Munich (see report) making its first Atlantic crossing was the Grimm Audio LS1 Three-way System ($39,900). Imported and distributed by Bill Parish at GTT Audio & Video, the LS1s are another unique package offering high resolution AD/DAs, a CC1 clocking circuit, 6 NCore Amplifiers (3 for each channel) for a total of 180W/channel, DSP processing, USB input, preamp/switcher/controller, integrated bass modules, and cables. There's also an analog input that is converted to digital which accounts for the high resolution "AD" bit so all you need to do is add D and A music sources.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
the Bel Canto C1 Controller

I reported on the new and unique Bel Canto Black components in Munich (see report) and the version at RMAF 2013 have refined chassis design and will begin shipping in November. The Black components are necessarily a package deal consisting of the C1 Controller and the mono PMD1 Power DACs for a total cost of $50,000. The Controller is essentially a preamplifier and re-clocker taking your digital and analog inputs, the latter getting converted to 24/192 PCM, before sending off your digits to the PMD1 Power DACs via ST Fiber or AES/EBU for D/A conversion and amplification.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
exaSound Audio Design continually leads the charge for more and their e28 DAC ($3,299 pictured far right) is no exception. The e28 offers stereo and multi-channel playback support for PCM data from 44.1 to 384kHz and 2.8 to 12.2MHz DSD using the ES9018 Sabre32 reference DAC chip. Offering asynchronous USB and S/PDIF inputs (Coax and Toslink) and 4 pairs of RCA outputs, the e28 DAC is certainly designed with the forward-looking audiophile in mind.

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