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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Germany's AMI-HIFI was showing a number of music servers in the large Atrium 4 exhibition space. Pictured above is the Purist Musik-Server HDR 5D (starting at €7,995) which supports gapless playback, FLAC, WAV, WMA, MP3, ACC, AAC, and AIFF formats up to 24/192. There's a 64GB SSD, 2TB of hard disc storage, a Teac CD/DVD drive for ripping, Coax S/PDIF outputs, and a Purist control app for iOS devices. If you visit the AMI-HIFI website, you'll see there are many options including a model with an internal Burr Brown 1792A DAC (HDR 5DA €9,995), larger capacity Solid State Drives, a Blu-Ray drive, Wi-Fi, and much more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 4 comments
I admit to being more than intrigued by the Astel & Kern 24/192-capable AK120 HD portable music player ($1,400). The AK120 follows on the heels of their very successful model 100 and offers a number of improvements including dual Wolfson 8740 DACs, 64GB of internal storage and 2 micro SD card slots for a total of 192GB of music storage, and overall better specs and sound according to iRiver CEO Il Hwan (Henry) Park. Henry reminded me that iRiver developed one of the first MP3 players way back in 1999 to which he added, "MP3 has no heart, no soul. It is our job to bring this back." Amen.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
YBA had their Heritage Media Streamer ($1,999) on silent display which offers up to 24/192 playback of AIFF, WAV(LPCM), FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC (local file), and MP3. D/A conversion is handled by the Wolfson WM8740 DAC and there's a 320 x 244mm TFT LCD display for showcasing your album cover art. Inputs include Ethernet, Toslink, and Coax S/PDIF, Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g), and outputs are the standard RCA and XLR pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Everything But The Box makes passive speakers that are not in a box and are all playful-looking for it. Pictured from left to right are the Terra II (€1,799/pair), Terra MK3 (€1,999/pair), Venus D (€999/pair), Pluto (€1,999/pair), and Luna (€999/pair) in red/orange and green. You can just see the top of the Subterranean powered subwoofer (€2,999 w/250W amp or €3,599 w/250W + 2x 100W amps) on the floor on the left.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 4 comments
New Zealand-based Plinius was showing their Toko Digital Audio Player (€5,000). The DLNA-compatible Toko can handle up to 24/192 data in FLAC (up to 24/192), LPCM (up to 24/192), AIFF, and MP3 formats and there's one 10/100 Ethernet input and pairs of RCA and XLR outputs. There's also an old-fashioned disc spinner for those CDs that are in a pre-ripped state. the Toko is designed to be used Plinius' iPad-based Arataki DLNA compatible mobile media controller.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 1 comments
the full text across the top reads, "The Power of Clocking"

Antelope Audio was showing their Rubicon Atomic AD/DA Preamp ($40,000) that offers up to 384kHz playback via its USB input, DLNA streaming via Ethernet, 1 Phono Input on RCA, 3 RCA, 1 HiZ Input on RCA, 1 Combo Balanced Input on XLR/¼ TRS, 2 S/PDIF, 2 TOSLINK, 1 AES/EBU, and Word Clock Input. Outputs include 1 Balanced XLR, 1 Unbalanced RCA, 2 S/PDIF De-jittered outputs, and Hi-Speed USB on standard B type connector.

That Atomic Clock in the Rubicon is, according to Antelope Audio, a jitter Terminator, "Rubicon is the first DAC to integrate a Rubidium atomic clock, which is 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator. Coupled with Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology, the Rubidium achieves a breakthrough in jitter management, improving the sound quality in an unprecedented way."

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
France-based HD music download site Qobuz, one of my favorites, was on hand in Munich and while passing by their booth I heard the word "DSD" spoken. While I cannot confirm or deny this rumor, I wouldn't be surprised to see the major HD download sites offering up DSD titles in the near future.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Chord was displaying their Coupé Carry storage system that stacks and packs your choice of components from their Chordette range of products. I'd think I'd be tempted to pick the MX Series IX streamer, MX Series SX amplifier, and the DSD-capable Chordette QuteHD DAC (see review) which I thoroughly enjoyed. Careful readers will note that the Coupé Carry fits our "simplification" trendspotting nicely.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Pioneer was showing a number of components and mini and micro systems offering a mix of features including streaming capabilities, 24/192 and DSD-capable DACs, AirPlay compatibility, iPhone/iPad connectivity, and more, with many components coupling these features with integrated amplifiers. Pictured above is the X-HM81 Micro Hi-Fi System (€599) that delivers 2x 50W of Class D output power combined with AirPlay, DLNA/UPnP (Ethernet and Wi-Fi), an iPod/iPhone dock, up to 24/192 playback of MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, and AAC files, a free Smartphone app, and a USB input for mass storage devices.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Swiss company Revox had a room full of small brightly colored and beautifully minimally-designed wonders. Pictured above is the Revox Joy (great name!) S118 Network Receiver (€990). The Joy line includes three models that differ in output power ranging from the S118's 2x 25Watts, to the S119's 2x 60Watts, up to the S120's 2x 120Watts. The DLNA/UPnP compatible Joy Network Receivers all offer Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, Toslink, and Coax S/PDIF inputs and handle up to 24/192 data. Supported file formats include AAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, WMA, OGG, and MP3. There's a Revox S208 remote as well as a control app for iOS devices. You can even pick from a host of matching speakers like the desktop friendly Re:Sound G mini pictured above.

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