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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
Digibit's uniquely-designed fanless Aria Mini music server (starts at $3200) houses a 2TB internal drive or an optional 3TB SSD ($4200) and a 32-bit DAC capable of handling up to 32/384 PCM and double rate DSD files. The Mini uses the same app as its bigger brother the Aria server which offers unlimited metadata fields. I have the Aria here for review so I'll be reporting on that app in the not too distant future.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
The recently reviewed (see review) Cocktail Audio X30's digital output was leashed to an Accuphase DP-550 in a system that consisted of Pass Labs electronics and Usher loudspeakers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 12 comments
While my mission was to find "the new", I had to snap a pic of the lovely Nagra HD DAC ($22,130). The Nagra can handle up to double rate DSD, the DSD section was designed in conjunction with Andreas Koch, and up to 24/384kHz PCM. There's an integrated volume control so the HD can also act as a preamp while offering 2x S/PDIF, 2x AES/EBU, 1x Optical, 1x Audio USB (mode 2), and 1x I2S (Nagra format). Outputs include stereo RCA and XLR pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 1 comments
Mytek had their handsome new Manhattan preamp/DAC/Heaphone amp ($4995) on display. Capable of handling up to 32/384 and quad rate DSD, the Femto-clock endowed Manhattan's milled aluminum form also functions as a heat sink. There are a number of digital inputs including Firewire 400/800 (up to PCM 192k/DSD), USB2.0 (up to 384k/DSD256), USB 1.1 (up to PCM 96k), S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and Toslink (all up to 192k). There's also two headphone outputs and RCA and XLR output pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
Berlin, Germany's B.M.C. Audio showed off their PureMEDIA music server ($4890) which comes standard with a 2TB drive but you can add up to a whopping 24TBs! of storage. The PureMEDIA server supports PCM formats up to 32bit/384kHz as well as DSD64 and DSD128 and offers digital Coax S/PDIF and USB outputs. PureMEDIA comes with its own app and backup synchronization software making backups a breeze.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 3 comments
The PS Audio Sprout ($799) was on display in its own mood room. The 50W per channel Sprout also offers 24/192 capable USB and Coax S/PDIF inputs, a pair of analog RCAs, as well as a moving magnet phono preamplifier input and AptX Bluetooth (cool!) all in a package that's about the size of a good book.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
Cremona Italy's Norma Electronics DS-1 ($6300) is a combo disc player using a TEAC transport and a 24/192 capable DAC featuring USB, 2 x SPDIF RCA, Toslink, and AES-EBU inputs. The DS-1 uses the Burr Brown 1704 DAC in dual mono configuration and offers single ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
The DEQX PreMate+ ($5995) is a preamplifier, 24/192-capable DAC, crossover and speaker/room correction device all-in-one. The DEQX room also featured a pair of Magnepan 1.7s driven by a Plinius SB-301 amp and their demo with their room correction software on and off was also an exercise in increased and decreased naturalness respectively.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
ExaSound offered an interesting demo consisting of a comparison between stereo and multichannel music using five Magnepan 1.7 speakers driven by a Bryston amp. I found the surround versions to simply sound more natural and not at all gimmicky which you might expect from multichannel music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 14, 2014 0 comments
There was no information on the Exogal Comet DAC ($2500) which was on silent display when I was in the room other than to "check out the website". From that source we find that the Comet offers Asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink, and line level Analog inputs and supports resolutions up to 24/384 and DSD. Outputs include analog RCA and XLR pairs.

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