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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi Digital Music System ($999) is a 24/96-capable network player/integrated amplifier that delivers 40 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Besides its Ethernet input, there's 2x USB inputs, Toslink, Coax S/PDIF, BT100 Bluetooth receiver (A2DP plus aptX), 2x RCA analog inputs, and a 3.5mm analog input. Outputs include a headphone jack, speaker outputs, and a subwoofer output. The Minx Xi supports ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG file formats and employs the Wolfson WM8728 DAC. Available in gloss white or gloss black.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
XS standing for eXtra Small? The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS ($199) is a tiny aluminum enclosed USB DAC (a bit wider than a dragonfly but still small enough to easily fit into your backpack to take home from CES wink wink) that supports up to 24/192 play back and is outfitted with onboard physical volume controls ( + and -) as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. Minimum headphone impedance is rated at 12 Ohms according to Cambridge and "What's more a convenient LED shows current sample rate".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Not to be confused with the Musical Surroundings MYDAC, the Micromega MyDac ($399) can handle up to 24/192 data through its asynchronous USB input. The MyDac also includes Coax S/PDIF and Toslink inputs and a pair of RCA outputs. Available in Black or White.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
UK-based Cyrus Audio also makes a line of streamers (and matching CD players, preamp/DACs, integrated amplifiers, and amplifiers). There are four streamers to choose from—the Stream X2 ($1,999), Stream Xa ($2,100), Stream XP2QX ($2,400), and the Streamline 2 ($4,400). The Stream X2 is just a streamer, the Xa adds a DAC, the Stream XP2QX adds a preamplifier, and the Streamline 2 adds an integrated amplifier.

All of the Cyrus streamers support up to 24/192 playback and WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3, WMA, and AIFF file formats. Inputs and outputs vary according to the model but the Cyrus lineup has what you'd expect including Toslink, Coax S/PDIF, USB, and Ethernet. You can control playback via the included n-remote which houses a full color screen or use the Cadence app.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Cyrus Audio Lyric integrated amp/network player/DAC comes in two flavors—the Lyric 05 ($4,600) which houses an 80 watt per channel integrated amp and a 24-bit DAC, and the Lyric 09 ($6,200) that ups the power ante to 170 watts per channel and adds a 32-bit DAC.

Both players support up to 24/192 playback and UPnP/DLNA streaming so you can stream from the internet and/or your NAS. There's also and CD player and additional inputs including 2x Toslink, 2x Coax S/PDIF, 2x USB Type-A for USB storage, iPhone, iPod & iPad compatible, 1x USB DAC Type-B, aptX Bluetooth, and Stereo RCAs. Outputs include two pairs of speaker binding posts, 1x stereo RCA pair, 2x configurable line out, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Control is through the front black panel touch screen with fingerprint resistant glass or the free Cyrus Cadence iOS app. Throw in DAB radio, an FM tuner, and TuneIn Radio and you've got yourself one full function amp.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The wall hang-able Bladelius Mimer (3,000 Euro) also incorporates a touch screen, Ethernet input for accessing NAS-based music as well as internet streaming services including WiMP and Spotify, 2x Toslink input, 2x Coax S/PDIF input, 1 RCA analog input, and 1 USB DAC input that support up to 32/284 data. There's also an optional CD player and a free iPad app coming soon.
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Speaking of touch screens, the Pathos Musicteca ($9,995) offers 1TB of internal storage, a built-in CD drive for ripping, a 24/192-capable DAC, Ethernet input for accessing web-based metadata, and a USB input. UPnP functionality is in the works according to the Pathos representative so you'll be able to add NAS-based music in the future. There are both single ended RCA and XLR outputs as well as AES/EBU and Coax S/PDIF output. The analog output stage incorporates a buffer stage with ECC88/6922 tubes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
While everything remains the same inside, the Meridian Control 15 ($7,500) now comes in black. The Control 15 rolls up 500GB of internal storage (you can add NAS storage for larger libraries), a 24/192-capable DAC with a Coax S/PDIF output, and of course the slick Sooloos touchscreen app in one simple package.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The PSB Alpha PS1 Powered Speakers that I so thoroughly enjoyed (see review) now come as a very attractively-priced package which includes the matching Alpha Sub Series 100 subwoofer for a total system price of $499!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
NAD has upgraded their Master Series lineup and was showing the attractive M12 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC ($3,499). The fully balanced M12 is a modular design allowing for additional functionality including a phono stage and possibly a network player. The M12's DAC is borrowed from the NAD M51 which supports up to 24/192 playback via AES/EBU, Optical and Coaxial inputs, as well as USB. Outputs include single ended RCAs and balanced XLRs. Trendspotters take note.

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