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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 1 comments
Emotiva was also showing their 24/192-capable DC-1 DAC/Preamp ($499). Input connections include analog RCAs, AES/EBU, S/PDIF (1x RCA Coax S/PDIF, 1x BNC S/PDIF, 1x Toslink), and 1x USB. Outputs include one pair unbalanced RCAs, one pair balanced XLRs, and two front mounted 1/8” headphone jacks.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Emotiva was showing off their USB-powered Little ($160) and Big ($219) Ego DAC/Headphone amps. Regardless of the size of your Ego, it will play PCM resolutions up to 32/384K via micro USB input. There are three user-selectable digital filter options (Symmetrical, Asymmetrical Low, and Asymmetrical High), "Headphone blend mode", and analog volume control. The Big adds line level and digital outputs to the Little's 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
The active and colorful Kanto Yumi speakers ($379/pair) pack a 30WPC amp and 24/96 capable DAC in one speaker while the other acts as slave. There are analog RCA and 3.5mm inputs as well as Toslink and Bluetooth. Frequency response is a claimed 60 Hz – 20 kHz from the 1 inch Silk Dome Tweeters and 5 inch composite Woofers. Available online from fine, and not-as-fine (Walmart), retailers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
We first spotted the Micromega M-One ($3999) in Munich (see report) so I'll give you the short version here: the M-One comes in two flavors; the M100 and M150. The names reflect the amplifiers' power output into 8 Ohms. The M-One is another all-in-one combining an integrated amp, phono pre, streamer, DAC, and DSP for room correction. The digital section can handle PCM resolutions up to 24/768kHz as well as DSD. The M-One will available in the US in March. It comes in colors.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Trend-spotting: We spotted this trend years ago and it continued at CES 2016 with the All-In-One adding streaming capabilities and more. The Simaudio Neo ACE ($3500) is an all-in-one integrated amp, streaming DAC, headphone amp, and phono pre. You can get your bits into the ACE via Ethernet, WiFi, aptX Bluetooth, 2x Toslink, and 2x Coax S/PDIF. PCM resolutions up to 32/384kHz are supported as well as DSD 256. There are also 2 analog inputs in addition to the phono input and pre/sub outs. The amp section puts out 50W into 8 Ohms and the ACE should hit the shelves in April.
MQA
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
MQA was among the loudest buzz at CES 2016 for a number of reasons; people are still not clear what it is, what it does, and why we should care. We'll be talking more about MQA in specific implementations shortly but the most important thing you need to know about MQA is this:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 08, 2016 2 comments
I love Bob Dylan. From 1962 to 1975 he has me all in, hook, line, and sinker. After that, I lose track. Except: World Gone Wrong. World Gone Wrong, released in 1993 on Columbia, his last record to seal his decades old contract, has had me in its grips since I first heard it. We're looking at Bob his guitar and harmonica, singin' folk and blues classics. To my ears, it's classic.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 08, 2016 0 comments
The new Naim Mu-so Qb ($999) is a stylish well-connected little box of joy. Get your music in via your network (UPnP), Bluetooth/aptX, Airplay, USB, Toslink, or a 3.5mm analog input. Output is handled by two microfibre dome tweeters and two mid drivers, each having their own 50W amp, and a woofer with its own 100W amp. Bass reproduction is further augmented by a pair of passive radiators. The hard-wired digital side can handle PCM resolutions up to 24/192 and the Qb is multi-room ready.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 08, 2016 9 comments
Gordon Rankin (left) and Steve Silberman of AudioQuest talking critters

I began my first day of CES 2016 with a presentation from AudioQuest's Steve Silberman and Wavelength Audio's Gordon Rankin who also happens to be the chief designer of these AQ products; the subject? AudioQuest's new DragonFly Red v1.0 ($199) and DragonFly Black v1.5 DAC ($99). Both "critters" can handle PCM resolutions up to 24/96 (gasp, wheeze & horror) and, as you'll see in the next pic, bear more than passing resemblance to the company's original critter, the DragonFly DAC.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 05, 2016 6 comments
Serene Audio Talisman ($395/pair)

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