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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 2 comments
The Aria music server (€3,995) from Digibit offers unlimited extended metadata fields and access to the SonataDB of classical music extended metadata as well as AMG, GD3, Freedb, and Musicbrainz for a classical music lover's metadata dreams come true. The Aria provides automatic CD ripping using dBPoweramp, an iPad app for control, up to 2TB of SSD storage or up to 4TB of HSDD storage, DLNA/UPnP compatibility so you can also access music on your network-attached storage, and up to 32/384kHz and DSD playback capability. Aria uses a professional-grade Teac DVD-R drive, a custom ultra-low power industrial grade motherboard, an optional 24/192 and DSD-capable asynchronous USB DAC, S/PDIF (RCA and BNC), AES/EBU, and I2S outputs, all wrapped up in a fanless aluminum case.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 13, 2013 0 comments
Bel Canto Black represents a shift in the balance of power. Or maybe I should say a shift in DAC? The Black series consists of two components—the C1 Controller and the PMD1 Power DAC. The Controller can be viewed as a preamplifier/renderer which includes your standard digital inputs (Coax and Toslink), UPnP Ethernet, USB, and AES/EBU. The twist here is there's no DAC but there is a 32-bit digital volume control, multiple user selectable FIR filters, and an A to D converter for the analog input. Your signal gets re-clocked in the Controller and in the case of an analog signal gets converted to 24/192 digital before getting passed on to the monoblock Power DACs via ST Fiber or AES/EBU. The DAC portion of the Power DAC is capable of handling up to 24/192 data while the power side puts out 400W into 8 ohms and 1200W into 2 ohms. Projected pricing is in the neighborhood of $15,000 per box.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2013 0 comments
Swiss company mo°sound offers passive ceramic-clad spherical speakers that are destined for a classy desktop. The standard version MO°SPEAKER (€760/pair) comes in black and white as well as upgraded finish options including gold and silver.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2013 0 comments
The Dali Kubik Free speakers are sold as singles with an active version (€769/each) and a passive version (€349/each) so you can go mono or stereo and you can do so in your choice of nine colorful colors. You connect to your Kubik Free via aptX Bluetooth 3.0, USB, Toslink, RCA, or 3.5mm minijack, and their output comes courtesy of a 100W internal amp driving two 5" woofers and two 25mm soft dome tweeters.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2013 0 comments
Amphion was showing off some colorful versions of their Ion+ speakers (€500/each) that were hand painted by Danish artist Kristian Hornsleth in a limited edition (€3,000/pair). For those looking to brighten up their listening environment with aural and visual art, these speakers fit the bill on both counts.
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Jon Iverson Posted: May 10, 2013 57 comments
Register to win a Moon Audio Blue Dragon Custom USB Cable (MSRP $100.00) we are giving away.

$100 for 3 foot version USB A to USB B or USB A to USB Mini B (choice of winner depending on what they are connecting to). Moon will create a custom cable depending on what the user needs / user will be in communication w/Moon to get the connectors they need.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2013 0 comments
The NuForce Cube ($99.00) is a speaker, headphone amp, and 16-bit/48kHz-capable USB DAC all stuffed into a 2" cube. There's a rechargeable lithium battery for up to 8 hours of play, a 3.5mm minijack analog input so you can connect your phone or portable music player and use the Cube as a headphone amp or take advantage of its larger-than-your-phone's speaker. The Cube comes in your choice of black, silver, red, or blue and was on silent display so I cannot attest to the manufacturer's claim that the Cube, "...blows cheap plastic, low-quality portable speakers out of the water."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 09, 2013 5 comments
I couldn't resist sharing this even though its not "computer audio" but it certainly more than fits the big theme. The Opera Only amplifier is rated at (and I cut 'n paste this directly from the Pivetta Project Only Creative website) 2 x 60.000 watt RMS Class A (that's 60,000W in English) with a max power output rating of 160,000W. I did not get a price on this amp, but the previous version, the Opera One, was less powerful and cost $650,000, so I figure if you have to ask...When the Opera Only is powered off, it closes up into a 12-sided black monolith.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 09, 2013 2 comments
The Munich High End Show - so big you can drive cars into it

Don't blame me for this translation (blame Bing) or for simply pointing out the facts; Munich is big. I mean really big. When you walk into the M.O.C. and see all that there is to see, it can feel a tad overwhelming. But that's why man invented bier.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 07, 2013 0 comments
Last night The Breeders, Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, Jim Macpherson, and violinist Carrie Bradley splashed down at Webster Hall in NYC and played their platinum-selling album Last Splash before a sold out crowd. This tour represents the first time this band has played together since 1994 and its hard to believe 20 years have past since we were first treated to "Cannonball" which opens with Josephine Wiggs unforgettable bass line. The band and their songs were as tight as ever and as loose as can be, playing their hook-laden music that had the crowd singing along and some thrashing about like it was 1993.

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