Music Hall

The Music Hall room featured a full, actually a very full system that comes in at under $4,000 and let's you play records, CDs and up to 24/192 (via S/PDIF) music files from your computer. I could personally live without the a15.2 CD player ($499) since we've got everything we need in this system (assuming we also have a computer) to make them sound better, i.e. rip 'em, but I suppose the CD offers some playback comfort food. Besides, the Music Hall MMF-2.2 turntable ($449) offers an even older-school kind of comfort and the ability to connect with your music in a way that lends itself to an appreciation of the record that has a tendency to get lost when converted to digits. If you go for that sort of thing. The Epos Epic 2's ($799) were driven by the Music Hall a70.2 integrated amp ($1,499) and this system also included the Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0 turntable power supply ($299) and Music Hall Cork Record mat ($50).

To focus on our piece of this very reasonably-priced and very good sounding system, the new Music Hall DAC15.2 d2a ($299) uses the Texas Instruments (Burr-Brown) PCM 1796 processor and provides you with three digital inputs - USB (24bit/96kHz), Coax and Toslink (24bit/192kHz). There's also a USB to S/PDIF converter so you can use the 15.2 d2a with your non-USB DAC or just hook up to the RCA outputs and connect to your hi-fi at 24/96.