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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
The Soledge Maestro (€14,000) from France incorporates 2x 1TB hard drives for music storage, a 8.4" color touchscreen display that pops up when it senses someone is near (using a proximity sensor), a slot drive for ripping your CDs, Coax S/PDIF and Toslink outputs, fixed and variable RCA outputs, and 3 USB ports for accessing music from USB storage. But the real story with Soledge is their components all talk to one another via power line communication (PLC) technology which they call the Canto system, kinda like Sonos but for grownups. The other thing of note is Soledge quotes Jean Paul Sartre on their marketing literature which is a first in my experience:
"We shall call emotion a sudden loss of consciousness into the magical." ~ Jean Paul Sartre
Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
The Orpheus Lab Vanguard Digital Audio Dock supports Firewire, USB (up to 24/192KHz), Bluetooth A2DP, iPod/iPad/iPhone, flash USB, LAN, Webradio, Toslink, ADAT, AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital formats. There's also a line in input for you analog guys and gals and a volume control so the DAD can function as a preamplifier as well. Nice!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
Trinnov Audio from France was showing off their Amethyst (€8,000) which is a preamplifier, MM phono preamp, digital media renderer, 24/192 DAC, room/speaker optimizer, 2-way active crossover, and Wi-Fi access point all wrapped in one sweet package. Inputs include 2x XLR, 1x RCA, 1x MM phono (RCA), 2x AES/EBU, 2x Coax S/PDIF, 2x Toslink, Word Clock in/out, and 1x DLNA/UPnP Ethernet (supports WAV, AIFF, OGG, FLAC, MP3 up to 24/192kHz).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
I first listened to this system at the NY Show (read my more in-depth report here) and remain impressed. The system consists of the The Weiss MAN301 music server ($9,083 or $12,262 w/Internal DAC which is the Weiss DAC202) which was directly connected to a pair of Klangwerk Ella fully active speakers ($7,495.00/each). The German-made Integrita audiophile music server ($5,500 for 10TB total storage/6TB for music storage) which is really a NAS stored the tunes and this all adds up to another addition to our Trendspotting list.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
The Pathos ClassicREMIX (€2,900, HiDAC option adds €515) is a Class A/B 70W/ch. integrated amp and with the HiDAC option also serves to serve your digital playback needs up to 24/192kHz.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
Some things are nearly certain and one such reassuring event is the TAD room at hi-fi shows which consistently deliver great sound. "Effortless, dynamically scary, piano and cello sound like piano and cello..." so went my listening notes. Zoomed in on in the above picture is the TAD C2000 Preamplifier ($24,500) that also houses a 24/192-capable DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 2 comments
I was first made aware of Dutch company Grimm Audio by Jared Sacks of Channel Classics Records who uses the Grimm AD1 on many of his wonderful DSD recordings. At the Munich show, Grimm was lighting up their room with the LS1s loudspeakers (€25,000/pair) which also house a DAC, preamp, amplifier, and subwoofer. So all you need to complete your computer audio system is a server and some music. The LS1s also have an analog input, which gets converted to digital prior to being amplified, so you can add a turntable if you so desire and there's also onboard DSP for equalization, crossover filtering, and time alignment for the two drivers (1” Seas dome tweeter and 8" Seas Excel bass-mid driver). The internal DAC can handle up to 24/192 and the 180W Class D Hypex NCore amplifier section designed by Bruno Putzeys of Mola Mola resides in one of the speaker's legs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
Burmester's components suggest (to me) that one needs to address them with a fair amount of reverence while being properly quaffed, properly attired, and with very good posture. The Burmester 111 Musiccenter ($50,000) combines a DAC, Preamplifier, CD drive for ripping, SSD system disk, mirrored 3TB (6TB total) of hard disk storage for music, UPnP Ethernet and WLAN connectivity, a 7" display, iPad app, 3x analog inputs, 6x digital inputs (3x Toslink and 3x Coax S/PDIF), supported file formats include "FLAC / wav / mp3 etc" and up to 24/192 playback. There's also a headphone jack and RCA and Tolsink output.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
Emotiva Pro was showing their Stealth 6 ($499/each) and Stealth 8 ($669/each) powered studio monitors. The Stealth 6 feature a 60 x 32mm airmotiv™ high-frequency transducer and a 165mm (6.5 inch) airmotiv™ low-frequency transducer and each driver gets its own amplifier (100W up top and 110W for the woofer). The Stealth 8 ups the ante on the bass driver to 8" and power gets pushed to 200W for each driver. These are not small speakers but I'm sure they'd make your desktop rumble.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2013 0 comments
That's about all of the information I have on these but you can check out the LZE website for more info on these stoic-looking sound devices.

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