CES 2016

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Adcom has gone all Moona and the Junea with their new Luna ($599). The UPnP/DLNA enabled Luna can stream music from network attached storage, the Internet, Spotify connect, and USB devices. Inputs include WiFi, aptX Bluetooth, and 3.5mm analog input and the Luna includes a 3.5mm headphone jack for more private pleasures. The two full-range drivers are driven by 10Watts of Class D power and Adcom has included "an innovative wall mounting system" with the Luna: a piece of rope.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Source Systems Limited was showing the new Lumin all-in-one M1 ($1990). The M1 wraps a 60WPC (into 8 Ohms) Class D powered integrated amp, UPnP streamer and 32/384kHz and DSD128 capable DAC into a typically sleek raw brushed aluminum Lumin chassis. Inputs include Ethernet and USB for USB storage devices (Single-partition FAT32, NTFS and EXT2/3 only) and users can opt in on its DSD upsampling option for all files up to 96kHz.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
I reviewed the impressive Digibit Aria Server (see review) back in 2014. For CES 2016, Digibit introduced the Piccolo ($TBD) that fits in the company's line between the Aria mini ($2995) and the Aria ($6995). The Piccolo will come with your choice of 1TB/2TB (HDD) or 1TB (SSD) internal storage and a 32/384KHz PCM and DSD256 capable DAC or DAC-less. Inputs include Ethernet (DLNA), WiFi, Airplay, and Bluetooth. The DAC version offers RCA analog out while the DAC-less version offers USB out. Availability is scheduled for March/April. Classical lovers take note: all of the Aria products include access to the Sonata database and its extended classical metadata.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Cary Audio boards the all-in-one train with their new AiOS (pronounced a-ous) 60W integrated amp, streamer, DAC, headphone amp (target price $2500). The AOiS is the company's first product in their "Lifestyle" range and natively supports PCM resolutions up to 32/384kHz and DSD up to DSD256. You can also opt to convert PCM all the way up to to DSD256 or up to 768kHz and take your DSD up to DSD128 or DSD256. Inputs include Ethernet, 3x USB storage, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, WiFi, aptX Bluetooth, SD Card, and 2 pair of analog RCA inputs and a 3.55 analog input. AiOS supports Tidal, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, Pandora, among others and buyers can change the front color display to match their choice of colored side panels. The AiOS should hit the market in March.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Here's a quick pick of the EMM Labs DAC 2X ($15,500) which I have in-barn for review. The DAC 2X supports PCM resolutions up to 24/192kHz and DSD over DoP and houses a boatload of Ed Meitner's magic proprietary technology.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Lumin was showing their new U1 Audiophile network music transport ($7000), a DAC-less version of their S1 player. Offering Ethernet, 2x USB storage inputs and 2x USB, 2x Toslink, 2x Coax S/PDIF, and AES/EBU outputs, the U1 supports PCM playback up to 32/384kHz and DSD128. The U1 sports six "exceptionally low-phase-noise crystal clock oscillators" and delivers native Tidal and Qobuz streaming. Look for availability in a month.
 |  Jan 11, 2016
The gentlemen from EgglestonWorks mated their flagship "a bit menacing in a nice way" (from my notes) -4dB @ 13 Hz Ivy Signature speakers ($100k) with Momentum monoblock power amplifiers ($55k) and Momentum preamplifier ($32k) from D'Agostino and the dCS Rossini Player ($23,999).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Nagra introduced their new solid state Classic DAC ($14,995). Based on the company's more expensive DAC HD, the Classic does away with the HD's volume control and headphone amp while offering the same 24/384kHz and DSD128 support. Inputs include 2x S/PDIF (RCA and BNC), 1x AES-EBU, 1x Toslink, 1x I2S Nagra digital inputs, and the Nagra USB input module. Outputs are the increasingly standard RCA and XLR pairs. Availability is scheduled for April and you can look for a review of the Nagra Classic DAC from Steve Plaskin around the same time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
The UK's Mitchell & Johnson stacked their WLD+211T Lossless Network Player ($599) on top of their SAP-201V stereo integrated amplifier/DAC ($499). The UPnP Network Player offers Ethernet and USB inputs but "USB port is NOT Apple compatible" and supports PCM resolutions up to 24/48kHz. The Wolfson Micro WM8761 DAC in the 40W Amp supports PCM resolutions up to 24/192kHz via Coax S/PDIF and Toslink inputs. Company co-founder Paul Mitchell claimed, "it's impossible to tell the difference between hi-rez and 320kbps" on well recorded material and seeing as I was operating on about 3 hours of sleep due to flight cancellations and delays, I was not in the mood to debate this debatable statement.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Emotiva was also showing their 24/192-capable DC-1 DAC/Preamp ($499). Input connections include analog RCAs, AES/EBU, S/PDIF (1x RCA Coax S/PDIF, 1x BNC S/PDIF, 1x Toslink), and 1x USB. Outputs include one pair unbalanced RCAs, one pair balanced XLRs, and two front mounted 1/8” headphone jacks.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Emotiva was showing off their USB-powered Little ($160) and Big ($219) Ego DAC/Headphone amps. Regardless of the size of your Ego, it will play PCM resolutions up to 32/384K via micro USB input. There are three user-selectable digital filter options (Symmetrical, Asymmetrical Low, and Asymmetrical High), "Headphone blend mode", and analog volume control. The Big adds line level and digital outputs to the Little's 3.5mm headphone jack.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
The active and colorful Kanto Yumi speakers ($379/pair) pack a 30WPC amp and 24/96 capable DAC in one speaker while the other acts as slave. There are analog RCA and 3.5mm inputs as well as Toslink and Bluetooth. Frequency response is a claimed 60 Hz – 20 kHz from the 1 inch Silk Dome Tweeters and 5 inch composite Woofers. Available online from fine, and not-as-fine (Walmart), retailers.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
We first spotted the Micromega M-One ($3999) in Munich (see report) so I'll give you the short version here: the M-One comes in two flavors; the M100 and M150. The names reflect the amplifiers' power output into 8 Ohms. The M-One is another all-in-one combining an integrated amp, phono pre, streamer, DAC, and DSP for room correction. The digital section can handle PCM resolutions up to 24/768kHz as well as DSD. The M-One will available in the US in March. It comes in colors.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
Trend-spotting: We spotted this trend years ago and it continued at CES 2016 with the All-In-One adding streaming capabilities and more. The Simaudio Neo ACE ($3500) is an all-in-one integrated amp, streaming DAC, headphone amp, and phono pre. You can get your bits into the ACE via Ethernet, WiFi, aptX Bluetooth, 2x Toslink, and 2x Coax S/PDIF. PCM resolutions up to 32/384kHz are supported as well as DSD 256. There are also 2 analog inputs in addition to the phono input and pre/sub outs. The amp section puts out 50W into 8 Ohms and the ACE should hit the shelves in April.
MQA
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2016
MQA was among the loudest buzz at CES 2016 for a number of reasons; people are still not clear what it is, what it does, and why we should care. We'll be talking more about MQA in specific implementations shortly but the most important thing you need to know about MQA is this:

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