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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Pioneer was showing a number of components and mini and micro systems offering a mix of features including streaming capabilities, 24/192 and DSD-capable DACs, AirPlay compatibility, iPhone/iPad connectivity, and more, with many components coupling these features with integrated amplifiers. Pictured above is the X-HM81 Micro Hi-Fi System (€599) that delivers 2x 50W of Class D output power combined with AirPlay, DLNA/UPnP (Ethernet and Wi-Fi), an iPod/iPhone dock, up to 24/192 playback of MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, and AAC files, a free Smartphone app, and a USB input for mass storage devices.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Swiss company Revox had a room full of small brightly colored and beautifully minimally-designed wonders. Pictured above is the Revox Joy (great name!) S118 Network Receiver (€990). The Joy line includes three models that differ in output power ranging from the S118's 2x 25Watts, to the S119's 2x 60Watts, up to the S120's 2x 120Watts. The DLNA/UPnP compatible Joy Network Receivers all offer Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, Toslink, and Coax S/PDIF inputs and handle up to 24/192 data. Supported file formats include AAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, WMA, OGG, and MP3. There's a Revox S208 remote as well as a control app for iOS devices. You can even pick from a host of matching speakers like the desktop friendly Re:Sound G mini pictured above.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 1 comments
Wholly home? theater! by McIntosh.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments
Wadia's Intuition 01 was on silent display (rats!) but looking as sleek as ever. The Intuition marries a 350W/ch amplifier, preamplifier, and 32/384kHz and native DSD playback (via USB) that employs the ESS 9018 SabreDAC. There are a total of 7 inputs including the usual digital suspects (1x USB, 1x Toslink, 2x Wadialink/I2S, 1x AES/EBU, 2x Coax S/PDIF) as well as 2 analog inputs. The Intuition upsamples all incoming PCM data to 1.536 MHz using the Wadia Delta-SigMaster FIR 32-bit upsampling algorithm and counts as another entry in our "Simplification" trendspotting lineup.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 7 comments
The B.M.C. PureDAC ($1,600) that was first spotted at CES on silent display and will be shipping in June. The PureDAC is more than a DAC, adding a balanced preamplifier and balanced headphone amplifier while offering asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, Toslink, and Coax S/PDIF inputs, and balanced and single-ended outputs. The PureDAC can handle up to 384kHz PCM data as well as DSD, it includes a nice aluminum remote, and as you see from its mug shot is very nicely put together. All for 1600 smackers. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 0 comments
The Beast, "Der ultimative HighEnd Server", from ReQuest Audio of Switzerland is a music server and I must have lost the accompanying data sheet in my travels and have no other information besides "Coming Soon" on their website. Dammit! I do recall that ReQuest worked with MSB Technology and The Beast was on display in the MSB room. If I turn up more info, I'll update this pitiful post.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 0 comments
MSB Technology was pulling out all the stops with a stack of multicolored Analog DACs that Steve Plaskin recently reviewed (in just one color) very favorably. I'll be doing a follow-up review and the review sample Analog DAC is already here rarin' to go. If you're wondering why the follow-up, the reason is simple—interest. I wanted to hear the Analog DAC for myself after being repeatedly impressed at various hi-fi shows.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 5 comments
I was very happy to see and hear the Auralic Vega Digital Audio Processor ($3,500) that I so thoroughly enjoyed (see review) and continue to enjoy. The Vega was coupled with Auralic's Taurus preamplifier ($2,099) and two pair of Merak 400W monoblock amplifiers ($4,995/pair) driving a pair of YG Acoustics Sonja™ 1.2 speakers ($72,800/pair). All together, this system produced a clean, clear, and powerful musical portrait.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 0 comments
So often in Hi-Fi it’s as if we have no memory. Its as if we’re led around by the nose solely with whiffs of the latest and greatest (blame reviewers, I know). But there are companies and products out there that remind us of things past and Silbatone Acoustics (visit their website for a history lesson) is a champion among suchlike. For Munich 2013, Mr. Chung & Co. brought in a pair of Western Electric Mirrophonic theater speakers from 1936 and this room and this system not only reminds us of our shared hi-fi heritage, but it also serves to illustrate that progress in hi-fi is not always linear.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2013 0 comments
The active display in the Amphion consisted of a simple €10k setup featuring the Amphion Two15 professional monitors (€1500/each), Lindell Audio AmpX ($1,599.99), and the Antelope Audio Zodiac+ DAC/Preamp ($2,695). The desktop/near field (trendspotting again) strikes me as the new hi-fi frontier mainly because so many of us spend so much time in front of a computer monitor with terabyte-busting music collections of increasing quality. With speakers and systems like this Amphion-based rig, you can get exceptional near field performance without busting your bank account.

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