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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
April Music set up a simple and to my ears relaxed sounding enjoyment inducing system consisting of the Eximus DP1 24/192 DAC/Preamplifier ($3,250) connected to their Stello S100 50wpc amplifier ($1,200) driving a pair of Solus Entre H-PAS (Hybrid Pressure Acceleration System) speakers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Core Audio Technology had their new Datasat RS20i Home Theater Processor ($18,885), Kratos MKII Fully Digital Amplifier ($2,500), their modified Mac Mini ($2,885) and associated Kora power supply ($599) on display. The 100WPC Kratos MKII amp offers 4 S/PDIF inputs (2x Coax, 2x Toslink) and a pair of speaker output terminals. Your digital musical signal enters the Kratos and remains digital right up until the speaker terminals:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
YFS was showcasing their $15,500 HD.Ref-3 Limited Edition (LE) music server transport. I neglected to ask how limited it is...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Another of my favorites from Munich (see report) making its first Atlantic crossing was the Grimm Audio LS1 Three-way System ($39,900). Imported and distributed by Bill Parish at GTT Audio & Video, the LS1s are another unique package offering high resolution AD/DAs, a CC1 clocking circuit, 6 NCore Amplifiers (3 for each channel) for a total of 180W/channel, DSP processing, USB input, preamp/switcher/controller, integrated bass modules, and cables. There's also an analog input that is converted to digital which accounts for the high resolution "AD" bit so all you need to do is add D and A music sources.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
the Bel Canto C1 Controller

I reported on the new and unique Bel Canto Black components in Munich (see report) and the version at RMAF 2013 have refined chassis design and will begin shipping in November. The Black components are necessarily a package deal consisting of the C1 Controller and the mono PMD1 Power DACs for a total cost of $50,000. The Controller is essentially a preamplifier and re-clocker taking your digital and analog inputs, the latter getting converted to 24/192 PCM, before sending off your digits to the PMD1 Power DACs via ST Fiber or AES/EBU for D/A conversion and amplification.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
exaSound Audio Design continually leads the charge for more and their e28 DAC ($3,299 pictured far right) is no exception. The e28 offers stereo and multi-channel playback support for PCM data from 44.1 to 384kHz and 2.8 to 12.2MHz DSD using the ES9018 Sabre32 reference DAC chip. Offering asynchronous USB and S/PDIF inputs (Coax and Toslink) and 4 pairs of RCA outputs, the e28 DAC is certainly designed with the forward-looking audiophile in mind.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
PSB now offers the perfect matching mate to their very impressive and Greatest Bits award winning Alpha PS1 Powered Speaker ($299/pair see review) with the SubSeries 100 Subwoofer ($249). Capable of extending your listening pleasure down to 39Hz (±3dB) with a 50W internal amp driving its 5 1/4" woofer in a sealed box design, for PS1 owners looking for more musical enjoyment the SubSeries 100 Sub represents the proverbial no-brainer, imo. The SubSeries 100 offers RCA L/R and LFE Input Options and rear-mounted volume and crossover frequency controls (50Hz - 150Hz) to blend the sub's output to taste.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Newcomer Bluesound had their lineup on mostly silent display but their Vault music server ($999 pictured far right) was put into service along with gear from NAD and PSB. The Vault can handle MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF files with up to 24/192 resolution and comes with 1TB of storage and a CD drive for ripping. The Vault also offers an Ethernet input for accessing Internet Radio, streaming services (WiMP, rdio), and network shares. There's also a USB Type A input for connecting to USB storage and a free iOS or Android app for remote control.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Hegel also showed off their brand new Super Headphone Amplifier/DAC ($399) that promises "perfectly flat frequency response regardless of the load" according to Hegel. Capable of handling up to 24/96 via its USB input, the Super will be available just in time for Christmas.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2013 0 comments
Oslo, Norway based Hegel unveiled their new H80 Integrated Amplifier/DAC ($2,000) which offers 5 digital inputs (2 coax, 2 optical offering up to 24/192 playback, and one 24/96-capable USB), a pair of analog RCA inputs, a single XLR input, and a 75W/channel integrated amplifier in one nice understated package. We were treated to several comparisons including a head-to-head with the H80's predecessor the H70 which showed the newer unit to have a "sweater and smoother" sound according to my notes. Coupled with a McBook Air running Audirvana, a pair of Magico S1's ($12,500), and Nordost Red Dawn cable, the H80/Magico combo proved to be engaging and well-matched partners.

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