Sony was using the EMM Labs XDS1 CD-SACD Player-DAC ($25,000) with music sourced from a laptop to showcase the Sony SS-AR2 loudspeaker ($20,000/pair). A pair of Pass Labs X600.5 600 Watt Class AB Mono amplifiers ($22,000/pair) and a Pass Labs XP-20 2 Chassis Preamp ($8,600) completed this relatively simple system.

In addition to playing back shiny disks and super shiny disks, the XDS1 CD-SACD Player-DAC offers 2x DSD upsampling for SACD and PCM playback as well as AES/EBU PCM and Toslink PCM inputs that can handle up to 24/192. There's EMM Optilink and AES/EBU outputs as well as a pair of XLRs and RCAs.

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The $25,000 EMM Labs  is on a thin piece of glass and the $500 laptop is put on 2" piece of granite??? A sign of the times I guess.

Anyway, curious as to what the laptop is actually sitting on?

Michael Lavorgna's picture's sitting on a piece of black foam.

And when I zoomed in on the larger original photo to confirm, I noticed that there was a Mytek Stereo 192-DSD DAC sitting on the bottom shelf which I failed to note in my original notes!

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"'s sitting on a piece of black foam."

Oh that's funny. It looks like a nice piece of granite. 

I found it interesting that Sony would use EMM Labs considering Sony has so many storied SACD player's. 

Great site Michael. I'll be tuned in.

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Sony has historically been notable for creating its own in-house standards for new recording and storage technologies, instead of adopting those of other manufacturers and standards bodies. The most infamous of these was the videotape format war of the early 1980s, when Sony marketed the Betamax system for video cassette recorders against the VHS format developed by JVC. In the end, VHS gained critical mass in the marketbase and became the worldwide standard for consumer VCRs and Sony adopted the format.  -Steven C. Wyer