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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2015 0 comments
The Mark Levinson No 585 Integrated Amp/DAC (€14,000) houses an ESS Sabre 32-bit DAC capable of passing 32/192 PCM data and DSD. For low resolution files, the 585 borrows its Clari-Fi signal processing from parent company Harman which essentially is meant to make lossy files sound more like music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2015 0 comments
According to Constellation Audio's Peter Madnick, VP Engineering, it's best to keep their Cygnus Digital file player/DAC ($35,000) off of the network and use USB storage instead. The 32/192-capable Cygnus is a two-box solution with a separate network player/power supply which "provides two separate power feeds: an analog circuit based on an R-core transformer to power the analog circuits, and another power supply circuit to feed the digital and control circuitry."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2015 1 comments
The Devialet rooms look as if you've entered another world.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2015 2 comments
Chord unveiled their new flagship DAC DAVE (£7995) in Munich to a standing room only crowd. Pictured above are John Franks (left), Chord's Chief Executive/Senior Designer, and Robert Watts, "a digital design genius with 30 years' DAC technology development experience", who has collaborated on many of Chord's digital products since 1996. DAVE (Digital to Analog Veritas Extremus) replaces the Chord QBD76 HDSD DAC with technological advances and performance levels previously unavailable according to Chord.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2015 1 comments
The SOtM booth had on display a number of devices and cables meant to combat the noise that can infest our digital systems. Pictured above in-hand in-barn is the SOtM iSO-CAT6 LAN Isolator ($350) which is meant to remove any electrical noise traveling along our Ethernet cables.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2015 0 comments
AK380 shown sitting in the AK380 AMP with the AK380 Cradle charging station to the left

I reviewed the Astel & Kern AK240 for Stereophile (see review) and found it pretty fabulous with an equally fabulous price tag. The new AK380 ($3499) ups the price ante by a cool $1k while offering dual 32-bit AKM AK4490 DACs, 256GB [NAND] of internal memory and 1x microSD (Max 128GB), and "32bit/384kHz Bit to Bit Playback, Native DSD Playback, 20 Band EQ/0.1dB steps, VCXO Reference Clock (200 Femto Seconds), Extendible Docking connector, AK Connect App, and a Metal-touch sensor Home button."

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2015 0 comments
dCS introduced its new series, Rossini, which replaces the Puccini in the dCS product lineup. Rossini comes in two versions – the £15,000 Rossini DAC and £18,000 Rossini Player. I'm most interested in the DAC (pictured above) since the Player adds a CD transport which falls outside my area of interest. The Rossini DAC is also a network player capable of serving music from your NAS as well as streaming services including Tidal, Spotify, and Deezer. Rossini has inherited its latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform and the dCS Ring DACTM from the flagship Vivaldi which makes for a very good sound proposition.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 18, 2015 0 comments
I covered the Genelec active speakers last time I was in Munich so I'm only going to show a picture and share that I think I am finally one step closer to getting a pair in for review. Stay tuned.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 18, 2015 0 comments
I see Questyle at most Hi-Fi shows showing lots of interesting looking products and Munich was no exception. Their CAS192 DAC caught my eye as did their claim of "True DSD". What's that?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 18, 2015 0 comments
The portable audio market is certainly heating up and Alpha Design Labs has added another contender with the A1 (€499). The A1 can connect to Android, iDevices, PCs and Macs and its Cirrus Logic CS4392K DAC can handle up to 24/192 PCM data as well as DSD128. The headphone amp is based on the Texas Instruments TPA6130A2 offering max output levels of 70mW(12 ohm), 80mW(16 ohm), 65mW(32 ohm), 38mW(56 ohm), 9mW(300 ohm).

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