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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
Pro-Ject was showing off a whole slew of same-sized digital goodies in their new "S" versions including the above pictured DAC Box S USB, DAC Box S F (standing for "Filterless"), Tuner Box S, and the Stereo Box S. Pricing has yet to be finalized for U.S. but figure "between $200 - $400". The DAC Box S USB is what its name says and features 3 Inputs (RCA, Toslink, USB), manual switching via that button on the front and will handle 24-bit/96kHz data.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
The Bladelius Embla CD Player/DAC/Preamp/Music Server comes in three flavors; Standard ($4,500), Basic ($6,000) and Classic ($9,000) all sporting a large touch screen display. The Basic model includes five digital inputs (AES/EBU, RCA, Toslink, USB, Ethernet and optional Blutooth) all capable of accepting up to 32-bit/192kHz data. The Basic model adds a 32GB Solid State Drive so you can rip your music to SSD or play it from disc and the Classic adds a 64GB SSD drive and 3 analog inputs. You can load up your Embla with up to 2TB of Solid State Storage goodness (I did not get the price for this but figure—a lot).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
The April Music EXIMUS DP1 24/192 DAC-Preamplifier ($3,195) is very attractive to my way of seeing in a subtly alluring way. Featuring 1 USB 2.0, 1 I2S, 2 Coax, and 1 AES/EBU input all capable of handling the full 24/196. The EXIMUS DP1 also offers a defeat-able upsampling circuit and a front-mounted headphone jack.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
In another Axiss Distribution room sat the much more serious Accuphase DC-901 Precision Multiple Double Speed DSD (MDSD) Digital Processor ($32,500). The DC-901 (sitting on the middle shelf) offers seven digital inputs (XLR, 2 Coax, 2 Toslink, USB and HS-Link). All inputs accept up to 24-bit/192kHz and up to 2.8224MHz /1 bit (2ch DSD) via HS-Link which is used to connect to the $32,500 Accuphase DP-900 transport.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
The Olasonic TW-S7 ($99.99) which are distributed in the USA by AXISS Distribution (among others), are USB bus-powered 10W egg-shaped speakers that sit* on silicon egg-cup-shaped stands and provide 60Hz - 20,000Hz frequency response according to Olasonic. *During the brief demo, the TW-S7s actually danced on those silicon stands because when cranked up to large room-filling volume they vibrate causing the egg to slide (run?) backwards.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
If you are interested in the Resolution Audio Cantata ($6,000) I'd recommend reading Jon Iverson's review on Stereophile for the full scoop. But in a nutshell, beyond being beautifully designed and crafted, the Cantata is a CD player and network player/streamer with S/PDIF (AES/EBU, RCA, Toslink), Asynchronous USB and Ethernet inputs. The news is all inputs now accept up to 24-bit/192kHz. When used with the Resolution Audio Pont Neuf Bridge USB-Ethernet adapter ($400), you can stream to the Cantata with either a direct Ethernet connection or by connecting to your wireless network through your router.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
The Cambridge Audio Azur 651A Integrated Amplifier ($799) offers 75W (into 8Ω), five pairs of unbalanced RCA inputs, RCA outputs, sub out, two pairs of speaker terminals, and here's the moment you've been waiting for, a USB input. The one caveat being the DAC in the Azur 651A Integrated Amplifier will pass up to 16-bit/48kHz and no more. Cambridge views the USB input as an accessory in their Integrated Amp and people who are serious about higher resolution can opt for an outboard DAC.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
Here's the T+A MP 1260 R - DAC/Network-Client from their "R" Series of components. The 1260 R DAC/Network-Client is a DAC/UPnP/DLNA Network Player with USB, Ethernet, and S/PDIF (Coax and Toslink) inputs and analog RCA and a S/PDIF Coax output. File formats supported incude MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC (24/96), OGG-Vorbis, and WAV (24/96) and you can also listen to vTuner Internet Radio Service.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
Eastern Westphalia, Germany-based T+A has been around for more than 30 years but for some reason they feel like news. It sure seems as if they deserve a higher profile here in the USA when you look at their extensive lineup of what appear to be handsome well-made products. I'll be taking a closer look and listen in the near future.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
MSB Technology had a roomful of computer audio delights and I easily could have spent the better part of a day and then some getting the full low down on the technology incorporated in any single piece (or part of a piece). I happened to hit the MSB room while Stereophile's Jon Iverson was there (Jon covered "digital audio" for Stereophile which these days pretty much translates into computer audio or vice versa) so we shared in a lively introduction to MSB's products.

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