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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 13, 2016 2 comments
The Vinnie Rossi LIO Integrated Amplifier (starts at $4875) is a preternaturally modular component as it can start and end life as an integrated amp or add in a DSD DAC (+$895), the Sonore microRendu Power Output (+$345) to power your microRendu turning the package into a Roon Ready end point, a MM/MC phono stage (+$895), and a headphone amp (+$695). All that's left for you to add are a pair of speakers and music. The RMAF model included the directly-heated triode (DHT) linestage option (+$4805), which accounts for its nice glow.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 13, 2016 0 comments
Luxury goods. That's what I think of when I enter some rooms, Mark Levinson being one such salon. The No 519 ($20,000) is a full-fledged network and CD player/DAC/digital preamp offering wired, wireless, and Bluetooth (aptX) connections.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 13, 2016 1 comments
MOON by Simaudio had their Evolution 780D DAC ($15,000), which Michael Fremer reviewed in Stereophile, unraveling the bits into the 350Wpc Evolution 700i integrated amplifier ($14,000) which drove a pair of B&W 802 D3 loudspeakers ($22,000) to nice musical highs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 13, 2016 3 comments
Aurender were showing off their new A10 Server/DAC ($5500) which also happens to be MQA-enabled. Packed with 4TB of music storage and a 120G solid-state drive for caching music prior to playback, the A10 uses dual 768KHz/32bit Next Generation Flagship AK4490 DAC Chips to convert D to A. Outputs includes single-ended RCA and balanced XLRs, but you can bypass the A10's analog stage (why would you?) and send its bits to your DAC via USB.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 13, 2016 3 comments
Now that's what I call a cheat sheet!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 13, 2016 0 comments
I always enjoy a stop into the Audioengine room for a refreshing bite of affordable. New to RMAF 2016 were the HD3 powered speakers ($399/pair), a step up from the still available A2+ ($249), the smaller of the two speakers in the picture.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 12, 2016 12 comments
Whenever I need an audio show reality check, which happens at least once a day, I head to John DeVore's room. The first time I entered, I was treated to some Lonnie Johnson, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose ("Too Late To Turn Back Now"), and some other delectable treats like Lambert, Hendricks & Ross singing the alphabet by Tone Imports' Jonathan Halpern who imports, among others, Sugden. These selections were all on vinyl, and as I sat in the sweet spot I felt myself relaxing into my sweet spot.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 12, 2016 0 comments
Mytek Digital, makers of the recently reviewed Brooklyn DAC, have added a II to their Manhattan (see review) and along with it MQA decoding.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 12, 2016 0 comments
The 3beez Wax Box 4 Special Edition comes with a total of 4TB of storage (2TB music/2TB backup) ($6,000) but you can stuff up to a total of 12TB inside (6TB music/6TB backup). But 3beez is more than a hardware platform; the company has spent years refining their Wax System which includes their proprietary music management software, which, in a word, is all about extended, refined, and highly customizable metadata. The company's "Flexible Metadata" approach was granted a US Patent.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 12, 2016 1 comments
The DEQX HDP-5 ($6500) Roon Ready digital-preamplifier includes DEQX DSP-based room correction and DEQX digital crossovers and calibration. I'm not going to type any specs or explanations since you can find all that on the DEQX website. I will, however, share something of greater importance. From my notes about the A/B/C comparisons:

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