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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
Weiss Engineering had a number of new and updated products on display. Pictured above is the new flagship Medus Reference D/A Converter which can process PCM formats up to 24/192 as well as DSD. Inputs include USB, Toslink, AES/EBU, and Coax S/PDIF while outputs include RCA and XLR pairs. The front panel display shows the input source, sample rate, bit depth, DAC filter type, mute status, and absolute polarity. Also incorporates an analog volume control which you can control from the included remote.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
April Music was also showing the updated Aura Note v2 ($2,950) all-in-one "receiver". The Aura Note wraps a CD player, FM tuner, DAC (24/96 via USB and 24/192 via Toslink), headphone amp, and 125W/channel amp into one small sleek & shiny package. Trending...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
April Music was showing their new DA100 MKII DAC ($1,500 shown up top) that offers PCM playback up to 24/384 and 2x DSD. Inputs include AES/EBU, 2x Coax S/PDIF, and Toslink while outputs include RCA and XLR pairs. The DAC fits in with the other components in the Stello lineup in order of appearance from top to bottom the HP100 MKII preamplifier ($1,300) and the 50wpc S100 MKII amplifier ($1,200). The Stello lineup owes its rugged good looks to designer Neil Fey.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
How about slapping one of these bad boys on your desktop! The McIntosh MXA70 Integrated Audio System ($6,500 for the MXA70 + $1,500 for the speakers) wraps up everything you need into one McIntosh'd package. 50 watt stereo amplifier, headphone amp, USB DAC, additional S/PDIF inputs, analog inputs (XLR and RCA), and preamp out for adding a sub.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
While this mainly the purview of Tyll Hertsens over at InnerFidelity (make sure to check out his show coverage for all things personal listening), the drop dead classic looking (its the meters) McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier ($5,000) also includes a pair of speaker binding posts strapped to a 50W amp so you can "...enjoy your desktop speakers instead of your headphones" according to the MaIntosh marketing literature. You'd have to have one big desk. Also from McIntosh, "Employs new adaptation of McIntosh Autoformer technology to produce three headphone impedance ranges of 8-40, 40-150 and 150-600 ohms so every headphone will receive the optimal McIntosh sound." Inputs include Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, AES/EBU, asynchronous USB, as well as 2 analog inputs (XLR and RCA). Outputs include a 1/4" headphone jack, the aforementioned speaker binding posts, and a pre-out for connecting a subwoofer. The MHA100 can handle files with resolutions up to 24/192.
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The new classic looking McIntosh MB100 Media Bridge ($6,500) is a network player and a server with a 1TB internal hard drive for music storage while the music player and OS sit on an internal 64GB solid state hard drive. There's also wi-fi capability and "On-board embedded streaming services include Pandora®, SiriusXM®, Spotify®, Rhapsody, Last.fm and TuneIn". The MB100 can play back up to 24/192 PCM data. Inputs include 4x USB (2x USB 2.0 / 2x USB 3.0), 1x Network (10/100/1000), and 1x eSata. Outputs consist of 2x Analog (1 Balanced, 1 Unbalanced), 1x Coax S/PDIF, 1x Toslink, 1x HDMI for GUI only, and 1x DVI for GUI only. There's also a McIntosh supplied remote app for iOS and Android devices. Expect production models to be available by June.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
The solid state Audio Research CD6 ($9,000) offers up to 24/192 playback from its asynchronous USB and 3 S/PDIF inputs (1 Coax S/PDIF and 2 Toslink). The CD6 is, obviously, also a CD player which is great news for you disc spinners and there are both RCA and XLR output pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
From Japanese turntable manufacturer TechDAS comes the D-7 Supreme DAC ($8,600) that supports up to 24/192 PCM and 2x DSD. Digital inputs include USB, Coax S/PDIF, and Toslink while digital output consists of a single Coax S/PDIF. Fixed analog outputs include balanced XLRs and single ended RCAs, and there's also a variable single ended RCA output controlled by the D-7s front mounted volume control. The chassis is made from aluminum and brass with an incorporated super duralumin and DLC insulation base and the whole affair sits on three brass spikes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
cocktailAudio is another new company at least in my experience. On display in the Usher room was the cocktailAudio x30 ($TBD around 1,800) which is a network player, server, and a 50W integrated amplifier that arrives discless so you can outfit it with the 3.5” SATA hard disk, 2.5” SATA hard disk, or solid state drive (SSD) of your choice. There's also USB inputs to connect USB storage devices. Based on the Burr-Brown PCM1792a DAC, the x30 can handle up to 24/192 files and supports APE/CUE, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, PCM, MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC, AIFF, AIF, and Ogg Vorbis file formats as well as gapless playback. There's also a built-in FM tuner, two digital inputs (Toslink, Coax S/PDIF), two analogue inputs, three digital outputs (Toslink, Coax S/PDIF, AES/EBU), and two analogue outputs, as well as the obligatory speaker binding posts. And a 5" TFT LCD (800x480 pixel) front mounted display and a headphone amp. All.in.one.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2014 2 comments
The Cary Audio DMS-500 ($4,995), which we saw in prototype form last year, is a DLNA/UPnP compliant network player that also supports aptX Bluetooth streaming as well as offering Coax S/PDIF and Toslink DAC inputs. Capable of handling up to 32/384 PCM and DSD data, the DMS-500 includes 3 USB inputs for connecting USB storage devices, an eSata input for connecting a HDD, Coax S/PDIF output if you'd like to bypass its internal DAC, and both RCA and balanced XLR outputs.

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