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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Real "MEN" use room correction? The McIntosh Laboratory room was directly across from B&O, so I had DSP on the brain. The MEN220 ($5000) was in-use in the Mc system, which allows for 8 preset 'Room Perfect' settings while also offering Custom-EQ and 2-Way Crossover capabilities.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Lampizator's new statment DAC, the Pacific, made its debut at RMAF 2017. The version on display included the balanced/Preamp options (€ 28.000) which gets you a remote for volume control.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Stereophile's Kal Rubinson reviewed the BeoLab 90 from Bang & Olufsen and concluded, ..."I exhort every caring music listener to listen to the BeoLab 90 and hear what is now possible. It's that good." The BeoLab 50 ($39,170/pair) are the 90's little brother but they house much of the same technology. The 50's are active speakers + DAC (24/192) and employ sophisticated DSP for in-room correction.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
I like my hi-fi like I like my coffee? Bel Canto's new EX line trickles down from their flagship Black series. We're looking at the Black EX DAC / Control Preamp ($13,990) which includes a host of digital (USB, S/PDIF, Toslink, AES, Ethernet) and analog (line level, MM/MC) inputs. The Black EX DAC also decodes MQA.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Thanks to Mr. Weird New Pop, Stephen Mejias, for this heads up—you can stream the new Circuit Des Yeux album Reaching For Indigo for free for the next 9 days. Let Haley Fohr's exotic eeriness act as the soundtrack to our show report!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
ELAC's new electronics design by Peter Madnick of Audio Alchemy and Constellation fame will make their official debut at CES 2018. For RMAF, the prototypes were dressed up in their old Audio Alchemy clothes. I'm very much looking forward to getting my ears and eyes on these in-barn because Peter designs great-sounding gear and ELAC prices things aggressively.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
I like themes, don't you? The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier ($2495) houses an ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M) and supports PCM resolutions up to 32/384 and DSD256 (via USB) while pumping out 2x 160 Watts (@ 8 Ohms).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Continuing on our recent All-In-One theme, the AVM A30 integrated amp ($2995) adds a DAC and Bluetooth connectivity inside its 2x 110W Class A/B amp.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
the PS Audio DirectStream DAC ($5999)

One evening well after the show had closed, I found myself in the PS Audio room with a bunch of guys listening to music. Here's the catch; just for the fun of it.

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