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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2015 0 comments
The Rega DAC-R ($1195) supports PCM resolutions up to 24/192 utilizing 2x Wolfson WM8742 DACs. The R includes asynchronous USB, 2x Toslink, and 2x Coax S/PDIF inputs and both digital (Coax S/PDIF and Toslink) and single-ended RCA outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2015 9 comments
The Dynaudio Excite X14A ($2000/pair) include a total of four 50W amps, one for each driver. The relatively tiny two-way is rated down to 45Hz, according to Dynaudio, and includes both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs. There are also a number of EQ settings to custom fit their sound to your space. Based on my experiences with other Dynaudio speakers, I want to get a pair in the barn asap.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2015 4 comments
Another nearly impossible to properly photograph piece of kit comes from the newly minted MiZiK. The current lineup consists of the dStream Streamer/Server, the dPlay DA Pre, and the dVin phono stage. Each component in the MiZiK lineup is projected to be priced at $3500. The digital MiZiK components support PCM resolutions up to 32/384 and double rate DSD. Inputs on the dPlay DAC/Preamp include 1x Coax S/PDIF, USB, and MiZiK Link for connecting to other MIZIK equipment. The dStream, at launch, will support up to 24/192 and double rate DSD while a future firmware release will add DXD and up to 32/384 PCM playback. In addition to its Ethernet input, the dStream has a 2.5” bay for SSD storage. Production units should hit the stores this summer.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2015 0 comments
All of my pictures, every last one, of the Le Son LS001 Streamer/DAC ($40,000) simply sucked so I'm using their photo instead. The LS001 supports up to 32/84 PCM and double rate DSD as well as WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, DSF, and DFF file formats. Control of the LS001 is provided thrugh an Android app. Inputs include Ethernet, USB (A and B), Toslink, AES/EBU, Coax S/PDIF, and I2S on HDMI. Analoh outputs consist of a headphone jack, single-ended RCAs and balanced XLR pairs. The SL001 utilizes 4 DACs in twin dual-mono mode, a fully discrete class A output stage with no global feedback, and can the unit sit horizontally or vertically according to your pleasure.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2015 1 comments
miniDSP, mainly known for their room correction and headphone products, was showing a prototype of their P-DAC125 ($375-$400) 125W ICEpowered integrated amp/DAC. The P-DAC125 includes DSP for basic EQ including four preset room correction curves, supports PCM resolutions up to 24/192, includes analog and digital inputs as well as an aptX Bluetooth input option. The P-DAC125 should be available by the middle of this quarter.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2015 0 comments
The lovely and understated looking Zanden Model 500 DAC (estimated $7500) was shown in prototype form at CES 2015. Based on the ESS 9018 DAC chip, the Model 500 supports PCM resolutions up to 24/192 as well as DSD. Inputs include I2S, USB, AES/EBU, Coax S/PDIF, and DSD. The DSD input is SDIF (sometimes known as DSD RAW) and requires a special Zanden interface and cable that converts RJ45 to BNC. Outputs include single-ended RCAs and balanced XLR pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2015 2 comments
The new Sony Walkman ($1200), model NW-ZX2, was on display in the Sony room. I happen to have a review sample at home, in the barn, and my initial impressions tell me I want to listen more. The new Walkman, which runs on Android 4.2, can hold up to 128GB on its internal storage which you can add to using the microSD card slot. The ZX2 supports PCM resolutions up 24/192 (MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, ALAC) as well as DSD and just one of its very cool features is the included dual-band Wi-Fi which allows you to a) connect your network, and b) access music on your NAS. Cool. I'll be talking about the Sony Walkman in the pages of Stereophile.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2015 0 comments
The Krell Vanguard Integrated Stereo Amplifier ($4500) was shown with the optional digital board ($6000) which adds USB, HDMI, coax S/PDIF, and Toslink inputs as well as Ethernet and apt-X Bluetooth streaming to the Integrated's 200-watt-per channel amplifier and Class A preamplifier for another mostly all-one-box solution. The digital side will handle PCM resolutions up to 24/192 (Toslink maxes out at 24/96) in AAC, WMA, WAV(PCM), FLAC, and ALAC file formats. Analog inputs include 1x balanced XLRs and 3x single-ended RCAs and there's an iOS and Android app for remote control.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2015 0 comments
The Burmester 151 Musiccenter ($25,000) is actually a music server and DLNA/UPnP network player with 2x 2TB of HDD storage in a RAID 1 array. There's also a SSD for system storage, fixed and variable outputs, WiFi, gapless playback, and an iPad control app. The 151 can play back Internet radio, from your NAS, and it supports PCM resolutions up to 24/192 and FLAC, WAV, AIFF, AAC, and ALAC file formats. Up front there's a CD slot drive for ripping your music and around back there's a USB input for playback from USB storage. The 151 offers both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2015 2 comments
There's been, and continues to be, a boatload of buzz over the Devialet Phantom ($1990 and $2390 for the Silver Phantom). And rightly so.

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