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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
from left to right: Art Dudley, Robin Wyatt, Jonathan Halpern, and Herb Reichert

Stereophile's Editor-At-Large Art Dudley did a wonderful job hosting a panel discussion titled Virtues of Vintage: Audio Gear from the Early Days of High Fidelity. Panelists included Robin Wyatt of Robyatt Audio, Jonathan Halpern of Tone Imports, Herb Reichert one of my favorite writers on hi-fi, and Jeff Dorgay of Tone Audio Magazine. The first half of the 1-hour session consisted of Art asking the panelists questions and the second half opened up the Qs to the full to overflowing crowd.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Todd Garfinkle of MA Recordings and Woo Audio are way ahead of the headphone listening at shows curve. They've been plying their trade for years, offering up a number of listening stations where people can sample their wares including some of the sumptuous-sounding and musically delightful MA Recordings. If you've never heard any of Todd's CDs or high rez files including DSD delivered on DVD-ROM, you owe it to yourself to give some a listen.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 1 comments
The always gracious Philip O'Hanlon was using the Luxman DA-06 USB-DSD DAC ($5,990 and I have one here for review) to spin some rare DSD treats. The DA-06 can handle up to 24/192 though its AES and S/PDIF inputs, and up to 128x DSD via USB. I was treated to some A/B type listening first comparing a SACD rip of a Rachmaninoff symphony via the PlayStation method to the same track obtained via download. And the downloaded file sounded much more open, airy, and nuanced. Next we compared a DSD download to the exact same recording but this time the B-version was the raw, unedited mix. Again the latter sounded more open, less compressed, and there was generally a greater sense of unrestrained dynamics. And we're not talking subtle differences.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
NY Dealer Innovative Audio had two rooms at the NY Show filled with gear & music. For the Stanford Room, I totally messed up the photo of the MSB stack of digital components in use so I'm showing instead the D'Agostino Momentum Ultra-Analog preamplifier with power base ($32,000). If you could see the MSB stack, you'd see the Diamond DAC IV Plus ($27,995), with the FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock (4,995), Diamond Stepped Attenuator ($2,995), USB2 Signature 384kHz Input ($1,395), Pro I(sup)2S Input ($995), the MSB Diamond Power Base ($5,995), Signature Power base ($4,995), and Platinum Data CD IV ($3,995).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Distributor Rutherford Audio displayed a Burmester/Genesis/Vertere system that retails for $425,000.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
One of the more intriguing products at the NY Show 2013 was the Weiss MAN301 music archive network player ($9,083 or $12,262 w/Internal DAC which is the Weiss DAC202). The utility of any music server/network player lives and dies by the interface. Daniel Weiss was kind enough to give me fairly extensive tour of the iPad Weiss MAN app and to say they've tried to not only think of everything but programmed it into their iPad remote, which is included in the MAN301's price, is an understatement. I could try to describe in detail what the remote app can do but I'd be writing a novella (and my memory isn't that long).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
What is becoming an increasingly popular attraction, the NY Audio Show featured a room full of headphone gear for people to play with. Featuring kit from Audenze, Sennheiser, Astell & Kern, Quad, B&W, Mad Dog Headphones, Meridian and more, and booths sponsored by Sound + Vision, WCPR Radio, and SoundstageDirect.com, this joint was jumpin'. It's no wonder Tyll Hertsens InnerFidelity is so popular.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Audioengine wasn't showing anything new but they did have their popular (for a good reason) A5+ speakers (starting at $399/pair see review) and A2 speakers ($199/pair). In between sits the D2 Wireless DAC ($599 see review) while behind lies a fairly speculator view.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Cary Audio displayed their DAC-100 Solid State DAC ($2,495) in one system and their Audio Electronics Lightning DAC ($1,295) in another. The DAC-100 features Gordon Rankin's Sreamlength code for their XMOS-based Asynchronous USB inputs as well as 2 Coax S/PDIF and 2 Toslink inputs all capable of handling 24/192 data. There are RCA and XLR output pairs. The DAC-100t Vacuum Tube version ($2,995) is expected to make its debut in the near future.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
The Krell Connect High End Network Streaming Device ($2,500 or $3,500 w/internal 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC) was on silent display in the Krell/Martin Logan room. Featuring up to 24/192 gapless playback from FLAC, Ogg, WAV, WMA, and MP3 files, the Connect is UPnP/DLNA-compliant and it can also stream from Internet radio sources. Inputs include Wi-Fi, USB, plus Toslink optical and coax digital inputs (DAC model only). Outputs include optical and Coax S/PDIF, and the DAC version adds RCA and Balanced outputs.

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