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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2015 0 comments
The Creek Evolution 100A Integrated amp ($2195) delivers 100W into 8 Ohms and is now offered with the optional Ruby DAC Module ($599) for another all-in-one player. The Ruby DAC offers up to 24/192 PCM playback and includes 2x S/PDIF, 2x TOSLINK, USB, and Bluetooth inputs. The Ruby DAC Module is also available on the less expensive ($1195) and less powerful (55W into 8 Ohms) Creek 50A Integrated Amp.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2015 0 comments
The prototype Bryston BDA-3 DAC ($3195) was sitting on silent display in the Bryston room. The new BDA-3, coming this Spring, supports up to 32/384 PCM music and up to 4x DSD "natively". There are a total of 10 inputs including 4x HDMI, 2x async USB, Coax S/PDIF (BNC and RCA), Toslink, and AES/EBU. Outputs include both single-ended RCAs and balanced XLRs. Bryston claims their "custom re-clocking circuit engages all incoming PCM signals and strips off the embedded clock. We replace that information with our ultra high precision clock reducing jitter to nearly imperceptible levels."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2015 8 comments
Excuse this brief intermission from our CES coverage but I just couldn't let this one go by without commenting...I can't begin to tell you how tired I am of people who are obviously not interested in sound quality commenting on sound quality. Besides, it's 2015, haven't we learned that there's more to quality digital audio reproduction than dynamic range and frequency response? Apparently not.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
While I've covered the magisterial looking Antelope Audio Rubicon DAC ($40,000) before (see full report for details), another picture is always welcome in my book, er, site, and the Rubicon now supports DSD128 playback via USB.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
While I reported on the Avantgarde Acoustic ZERO 1 ($16,000) from Munich nearly two years ago (see report for full details on the ZERO 1), I thought I'd mention their appearance at CES 2015. The ZERO 1s wrap everything you need (DAC, preamp, and amp with USB, Toslink, S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and optional analog inputs stuffed inside a pair of horn-loaded loudspeakers) in one slick package.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1 comments
Burson Audio was showing both versions of their Conductor Virtuoso Preamp/DAC one featuring the Burr Brown TI 1793 DAC ($1495) while the other slaps the ESS 9018 ($1995) in its place. Gently of course. All three digital inputs, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, and USB can handle up to 24/192 resolutions and the Virtuoso also offers a pair of analog RCA inputs. Outputs include a 1/4" headphone jack, 1x RCA Pre out (variable output) and 1x RCA DAC out (fixed output).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
Stereophile's Herb Reichert asked, "What did you think of the new Technics?" I responded, "I have a soft spot for that stuff". That stuff includes essentially two systems' worth of brand spankin' new components, each system having its own network player. Pictured above are the R1 Series components that include the SE-R1 Stereo Power Amplifier ($17,000) and the SU-R1 Network Audio Control Player ($9000). Not pictured are the matching SB-R1 speakers. To my eyes, these reek of classic.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1 comments
Reader "beaur" asked, "keep an eye out for an integrated media solution. What I am thinking of is an Aurender/similar product that has [an] easy to navigate interface that would allow me to stream both music and movies etc. essentially what I want is a hires hi end AppleTV." Well here you go, Arcam introduced a prototype of their new Solo Movie all-in-one home theater/network player (around £2000). Offering 5 x 60W (into 8 Ohms), the ability to play Blu-ray, CD, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD discs, the Solo also includes a UPnP/DLNA network player and Bluetooth streaming. The Solo Movie will be available Q2 2015.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
Aurender also had a listening room across the hall from their silent displays featuring none other than the ever-elusive Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference Series ($16,000). The Alpha DAC can handle PCM resolutions up to 24/192 and Berkeley recommends converting DSD to PCM prior to sending it to their DAC. So there! Inputs include AES, 2x S/PDIF (BNC 75Ω), and Toslink while outputs include RCA and XLR pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2015 0 comments
ADL's GT40 got upgraded to α (alpha) status ($529) which includes the ability to record your LPs in 24/192 resolution (the GT40 was limited to 24/96) using the Cirrus Logic CS4270 DAC/ADC chip. The alpha version also comes with upgraded phono and volume stages according to the company. Inputs include USB Type B and an analog MM/MC input (RCA) and RCA outputs.

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