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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The PSB Alpha PS1 Powered Speakers that I so thoroughly enjoyed (see review) now come as a very attractively-priced package which includes the matching Alpha Sub Series 100 subwoofer for a total system price of $499!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
NAD has upgraded their Master Series lineup and was showing the attractive M12 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC ($3,499). The fully balanced M12 is a modular design allowing for additional functionality including a phono stage and possibly a network player. The M12's DAC is borrowed from the NAD M51 which supports up to 24/192 playback via AES/EBU, Optical and Coaxial inputs, as well as USB. Outputs include single ended RCAs and balanced XLRs. Trendspotters take note.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Trickling in from the new Bluesound lineup, which we'll be taking a closer look at and listen to in the very near future, Lenbrook stable mate NAD was showing their C 390DD Direct Digital DAC/Amp ($2,599) with the optional BlueOS MDC module ($449) which turns the C 390 in a full fledged 24/192-capable network player. The C 390DD also offers up to 24/96 support via USB, 24/192 via Coax S/PDIF and Toslink, and 150 watts per channel.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Constellation Audio was showing their new Argo 125WPC integrated amp ($20,000) which included the optional USB DAC and phono modules. Additional inputs include 2x XLR, 2x RCA, and there's also a headphone output for intimate listening.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The fully differential PBN Audio Olympia DX DAC ($17,500) is based on a quad of the discontinued classic and increasingly pricey Burr Brown 1704 K-Grade DACs that support up to 24/192 data. There are a total of five digital inputs including AES/EBU, Coax and BNC S/PDIF, and 24/96-capable USB. The DX DAC includes an external power supply and provides both RCA and XLR filtered and buffered output as well as un-filtered and non-buffered RCA and XLR output (taken from output of I/V Converter).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Simaudio was streaming tunes through their Moon MiND (Moon Intelligent Network Device) ($1,250). The MiND is a DLNA compatible UPnP Renderer so you can stream from a NAS or the internet and play back WAV, FLAC, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA-9, and OGG Vorbis file formats up to 24/192. Connectivity is provided through Ethernet and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) while outputs include AES/EBU, Coax S/PDIF, and Toslink. There's also a custom MiND remote app for iOS and Android devices that can control multiple MiND zones. I have a MiND (two actually) in-house so look for a full report in the not too distant future.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Michael Yee designed Musical Surroundings MYDAC II ($1,200) utilizes the TI PCM1798 DAC and an FPGA for the "digital reconstruction technology". The USB input can handle up to 16/48kHz data while the Toslink input ups that to 24/96 and the Coax S/PDIF maxes out at 24/192. Output consist of a single pair of RCAs and the MYDAC II comes in black and silver.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
Primare was showing a number of network-ready products including the handsome Pre 60 ($10,000) which will be available by March. The Pre 60, as its name suggests, is a preamplifier with added networking and DAC capability including support for WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, and ALAC file formats with resolutions up to 24/192. Analog inputs include of 2x XLR and 3x RCA, 1x RCA HT bypass, while digital inputs include Ethernet, 2x Coax S/PDIF, 3x Toslink, and 2x asynchronous USB input. Control is through a Primare iOS remote app and the Pre60 supports gapless playback.
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The Ypsilon DAC 100 ($29,000) hailing from Athens, Greece, is a non-oversampling DAC with no digital filters offering up to 24/192 playback. The DAC 100 offers a single Coax S/PDIF input and a 5-pin connector for use with the Ypsilon CDT-100 CD transport. Outputs include RCA unbalanced and XLR unbalanced pairs. The analog output stage employs "...single-ended class A transformer coupled triodes with valve rectification and choke regulation."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2014 0 comments
The Audioengine A2+ powered desktop speakers ($249/pair) pictured inside the larger A5+'s add a TI/Burr Brown PCM2704C 16/48-capable DAC to the company's popular A2 active speakers. Measuring just 6” high, the diminutive A2+s deliver a claimed 65Hz-22kHz (±2.0dB) frequency response from the 2.75-inch Kevlar woofer and 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter per side. Inputs include a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, and USB. Jason Victor Serinus has a pair which he'll be reporting on in these pages.

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