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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 3 comments
I'm not typically titillated by tweaks but the IsoAcoustics speaker stands (see review) continue to impress me with their performance and price. I use them with my ADAM AX3s and they clearly improve the sound of music. So I did not run by their booth which featured two new products; the Isolation Pucks for equipment ($TBD pictured above) and the Isolation Pucks for speakers ($600/four pictured below).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
In show reports past, I include all of these non-computer-audio-related photos in one big post at the end. This year, as you can see, I'm sticking them in my show coverage in mostly chronological order, ideally to give you a better feel for the experience of walking around the High End Show.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 1 comments
You mean Brinkmann of Brinkmann turntable fame? Yup (they actually made their first DAC back in 1986, the Zenith). The brandy new Nyquist DAC (€12,000), which is RoonReady and MQA-enabled, currently processes PCM resolutions to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD128 but since the Nyquist is modular in design, future upgrades can be done in the field with a simple hardware/software swap. Inside resides a hybrid circuit topology employing tubes in the output stage, leveraging their "instantaneous response to voltage changes."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
EMM Labs had their flagship DA2 ($25,000) at work in an EMM Labs/Lansche Audio system. I noted "effortless power" which makes sense seeing as the MTRX2 monoblocks ($85K/pair) deliver a "conservatively rated" 600W into 8 Ohms and 1000W into 4 Ohms and those Lansche Audio horn-loaded speakers house dual 19" woofers. Woof!.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
Grimm Audio whose hands, knowledge, experience, and products reach deep into the pro audio world, continue to improve their active (NCore-based) LS1 speakers. The new LS1be three-way (€36000/pair, incl VAT) add a new custom beryllium tweeter manufactured by SEAS, upgraded electronics, new cabinet material, and a digitally controlled motion feedback controlled woofer. The LS1be's price also includes the USB controller and all cabling for a plug and play solution (the DAC, DSP, and amps reside in one of its legs).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
One of three Atriums at Munich High End on day one/press day.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 2 comments
The Rockna Wavedream DAC SE ($5,700) was new to me but not so for Part-Time Audiophile's Scot Hull who dragged, nay pushed, me into the Rockna room for a listen. The Wavestream DAC is FPGA-based, look ma no off-the-shelf solution, which means it can be upgraded and improved over time via software updates akin to PS Audio's DirectStream, among others.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 4 comments
This system had an excellent soundstage which I attribute to a lack of EMI/RFI and jitter.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
The only real piece of additional information I have on the Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Digital Music Hub ($TBD) beyond my previous post/announcement, is this picture. Ayre exhibited in a booth in Munich, i.e. not a room, so the QX-5 Twenty sat and posed for this photo op. Ayre's Alex Brinkman will be reading a QX-5 for an in-barn audition in the near future.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 6 comments
While the Sonore microRendu ($640) did not make an appearance in Munich, it was waiting for me in-barn when I arrived back home last night. The first I did this morning, after making coffee, is connect the little microRendu to my hi-fi, set its output for Roon, and hit Play. First impressions: Wow!

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