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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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 1 comments
Wholly home? theater! by McIntosh.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Wadia's Intuition 01 was on silent display (rats!) but looking as sleek as ever. The Intuition marries a 350W/ch amplifier, preamplifier, and 32/384kHz and native DSD playback (via USB) that employs the ESS 9018 SabreDAC. There are a total of 7 inputs including the usual digital suspects (1x USB, 1x Toslink, 2x Wadialink/I2S, 1x AES/EBU, 2x Coax S/PDIF) as well as 2 analog inputs. The Intuition upsamples all incoming PCM data to 1.536 MHz using the Wadia Delta-SigMaster FIR 32-bit upsampling algorithm and counts as another entry in our "Simplification" trendspotting lineup.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 7 comments
The B.M.C. PureDAC ($1,600) that was first spotted at CES on silent display and will be shipping in June. The PureDAC is more than a DAC, adding a balanced preamplifier and balanced headphone amplifier while offering asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, Toslink, and Coax S/PDIF inputs, and balanced and single-ended outputs. The PureDAC can handle up to 384kHz PCM data as well as DSD, it includes a nice aluminum remote, and as you see from its mug shot is very nicely put together. All for 1600 smackers. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 0 comments
The Beast, "Der ultimative HighEnd Server", from ReQuest Audio of Switzerland is a music server and I must have lost the accompanying data sheet in my travels and have no other information besides "Coming Soon" on their website. Dammit! I do recall that ReQuest worked with MSB Technology and The Beast was on display in the MSB room. If I turn up more info, I'll update this pitiful post.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 0 comments
MSB Technology was pulling out all the stops with a stack of multicolored Analog DACs that Steve Plaskin recently reviewed (in just one color) very favorably. I'll be doing a follow-up review and the review sample Analog DAC is already here rarin' to go. If you're wondering why the follow-up, the reason is simple—interest. I wanted to hear the Analog DAC for myself after being repeatedly impressed at various hi-fi shows.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 5 comments
I was very happy to see and hear the Auralic Vega Digital Audio Processor ($3,500) that I so thoroughly enjoyed (see review) and continue to enjoy. The Vega was coupled with Auralic's Taurus preamplifier ($2,099) and two pair of Merak 400W monoblock amplifiers ($4,995/pair) driving a pair of YG Acoustics Sonja™ 1.2 speakers ($72,800/pair). All together, this system produced a clean, clear, and powerful musical portrait.

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