CES 2014

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 07, 2014
Denmark's Gato Audio, distributed in the USA by Aerial Acoustics, hits on a theme we saw in Munich and RMAF I'll call convergence. Their DIA-250 ($4,500) and DIA-400 ($6,000) are each Class-D integrated amplifiers with the 250 offering 250 Watts of output power (I'll let you figure what the DIA-400 offers) as well as a 24/192-capable DAC based on the Burr Brown PCM1794 D/A converter. You can connect to the DIA via asynchronous USB, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, 2x analog RCAs, and a pair of XLRs while the outputs include single-ended RCAs, balanced XLRs, and gold-plated safety banana speaker posts.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 07, 2014
The Lumin Network Player that I recently reviewed (see review) is having siblings! The newly renamed Lumin A1, the original Lumin, is joined by the entry level D1, the middle tier T1, and the top of the heap S1. All players are UPnP compatible and can handle 2.8 MHz DSD (the S1 adds 5.6MHz), PCM rates up to 384kHz, and DSF, DFF, DoP, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, and AAC file formats. All players also support gapless playback and sport single ended and balanced analog outputs.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 02, 2014
The Big Show. The really, really, big show that is CES begins Tuesday, January 7, 2014 and runs through Friday, January 10. I'll be covering all things computer audio with a keen eye towards that which is new. With the recent proliferation of shows, it will be interesting to see how many companies have saved their product launches for CES 2014. My guess is a lot.