Playback Designs

I always enjoy a stop in Jonathan Tinn's room largely because he seems to try to play music that a) I do not know and b) he thinks I'll enjoy. So far he's batting 1000 and this time the treat was Blood Sweat and Tears' magisterial "Blues Part II" from their self-titled 1968 LP. On active display was the Playback Designs MPS-3 ($8,500) which can handle resolutions all the way up to pure unadulterated 6.1MHz DSD (via USB). There's also PCM AES/EBU, S/PDIF and USB that can pass 24-bit/192kHz.