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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
I always enjoy my visit to the TAD room for two reasons; it always sounds great and TAD Director of Engineering Andrew Jones is always entertaining. And while you'd think these two qualities would be running rampant at a hi-fi trade show, they sadly ain't, in my experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Playback Designs had their in-production IPS-3 Integrated Playback System ($13,000) coupled with the Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne loudspeakers ($4,000/pair which I continue to think is pretty amazing considering how they sound) for another simple and superb sounding system. The IPS-3 is a DXD and DSD (up to 6.1MHz) capable DAC, preamplifier, and 130W/channel amplifier all wrapped up in one box.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
John Tucker at Exemplar Audio offers his own ground-up products like the eXception 4 input 24/192 tubed DAC ($4,000), eXception SE Line stage ($4,250), and eXception Integrated amplifier ($4,950) on display in his room shared with Eficon who showed their Eficon F300 Speakers ($18,100). He also modifies gear and here we see his Expo T105 ($4,750) which is obviously a modified Oppo 105.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
The Jospeh Audio room is always a treat, an oasis of good sound and good tunes. This year Jeff Joseph was showing with a gleaming stack of Jeff Rowland electronics.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
In the same Rega room, The Sound Organisation put together a small desktop system consisting of the Rega Brio Integrated Amp ($895), the 24/192-capable Rega DAC ($1,095), Rega RP6 Turntable with the Exact MM Cartridge ($1,990), with a pair of PMC Twenty.21 Loudspeakers ($2,900/pair). But that's not the cool part...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
The new Rega Saturn-R DAC + CD Transport ($2,995) was making its debut at RMAF. I guess the target for these DAC/disc spinners is for those people who don't want to rip their CDs but who do want to play their downloads, too. The Saturn houses 4 S/PDIF inputs, an asynchronous USB input, and the Wolfson WM8742 DAC for up to 24/192 playback.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Cary Audio had their new prototype DMS-500 network player ($3,995 pictured on top) on display connected to their DAC-100t Vacuum Tube DAC ($2,995). The DLNA/UPnP DMS-500 offers all of the connectivity you'd expect from a network player including Ethernet, S/PDIF (Coax and Toslink), USB for connecting up to 3TBs worth of USB storage, as well as AptX Bluetooth so you can easily stream from a smartphone or tablet which I view as a very easy way to get more people involved with hi-fi—let them easily connect and play their music through it! The DMS-500 also houses a 32/192-capable DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
The Naim room featured their SuperNait 2 80/wpc amplifier ($4,900) and the NDX Network Player ($5,300) pulling files from the NaimUniti2 ($4,800) playing through a pair of Dali Epicon 6 speakers ($13,495/pair). But the really cool part was...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Simaudio was streaming tunes from through their Moon MiND (Moon Intelligent Network Device) ($1,250). The MiND is a DLNA compatible UPnP Renderer so you can stream from a NAS or the internet and play back WAV, FLAC, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA-9, and OGG Vorbis file formats up to 24/192. Connectivity is provided through Ethernet and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) while outputs include AES/EBU, Coax S/PDIF, and Toslink. There's also a custom MiND remote app for iOS and Android devices that can control multiple MiND zones.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2013 5 comments
that little cylindrical metal pimple on the face of the Bose is an HFT

Break out the incredulous powder and apply generously! Synergistic Research debuted their HFT - High Frequency Transducer Technology ($299/5-pack or $75/ea.) and FEQ - Frequency Equalizer Technology ($750) and applied it to the room and a Bose Wave radio. The HRT are tiny baby-fingernail sized metal cylinders that you stick to surfaces with Blu Tack and the FET gets plugged in and just sits wherever you decide to put it. I did try to take some notes during my visit and demo but I write too slowly for Synergistic Research's Ted Denny's thought-to-speak patterns. The only relavant scribble pertaining to these devices that I was able to note (legibly) is that they are "...reactive to all kinds of energy".

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