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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.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Bryston's BDP-3 Digital Music Player ($3495, $1500 for just upgrade) got speedier with a "blazing Intel processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM". This allows for faster processing (wink) which should positively impact performance for people with large music libraries.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Micromega has gone and done it again; this year dressed in electric blue. Micromega added DSP to the M-150 Amp/DAC/Streamer/DSP/MM/MC phono Pre ($7495) which outputs an additional 50W of output power as compared to the M-100 (I love it when names makes sense).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
From Modwright:
Tube Modification for the Oppo UDP-205 4K Universal Player and DSD DAC!

Price: $2495 (Modification Only)

Tube mod includes:

  • Total redesign and replacement of op-amp based stock analog stage with a fully balanced, pure Class A, tube/transformer coupled analog stage (6922 driver tubes)
  • External PS 9.0 v. 10 with tube rectifier (5AR4, GZ34, 5R4GYS 5U4, 5V4 and equivalents)
  • Truth umbilical of our own design
  • Highest Quality resistors in key signal path applications
  • All MWI M-type capacitors in signal path
  • External supply available with optional hole to allow for use of taller, larger diameter tubes other than 5AR4/GZ34 (just ask)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
When you enter a room at a hi-fi show, what do you hear? More than anything else, you're hearing how skilled the people running the room are at setup.

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