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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
NJ-based dealer and near-neighbor GTT Audio was showing the YG KIPOD™ II speakers ($49,000), Veloce Audio Saetta Lithio 400W monoblocks ($18,000/pair), Veloce Audio LS-1 Lithio linstage ($18,000), with the Luxman DA-06 USB-DSD DAC ($5,990) handling the digits.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Brooklyn, NY based dealer Wes Bender Studio provided the NY debut of the new E.A.R. SACD DAC and Transport (projected price $5,000 Transport and $8,000 SACD DAC). The SACD DAC, as its name suggests, can handle a DSD stream from the Transport's I2S output when playing back SACDs or you can stream DSD via its USB input. There's also an analog RCA input, Coax S/PDIF (RCA and BNC), and AES. DSD capability maxes out at 64x DSD and the SACD DAC upsamples all PCM data to 24/192.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
France-resident Jadis Electronics was showing their latest DAC the JS1MKIV ($17,000) that offers a tube output stage based on pairs of 6DJ8s and ECC82s. The JS1MKIV offers 4 digital inputs including Coax S/PDIF, AES/EBU on XLR, optical on ST Fiber, and USB. The USB input can accommodate up to 48kHz data but if you can wait until the end of the year a HD-capable USB input will be available.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Edison NJ-based dealer Care Audio had the Calyx Audio Femto DAC ($7,000) on display. The Femto DAC offers a variety of 24/192-capable inputs including 2 Coaxial, 2 Optical, 2 AES-EBU, USB, and XLR and RCA output pairs. Of course the Femto DAC also sports a femto clock for claimed super-low accuracy and jitter.
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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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