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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
I went to the big Onkyo room in the Venetian Level 2 and saw and snapped (blurry I know) the Onkyo TX-NR609 THX® Select2 Plus™ Certified A/V receiver ($599). Connectivity includes...a picture's worth a thousand words (in this case more)....
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
"Machined chassis milled from a solid block of aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum", the Jeff Rowland Aeris DAC ($9,800) is a wavy wonder to look at. Accepts up to 24-bit/96kHz via USB and 24-bit/192kHz via Toslink and (2) Coax. Includes balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs as well as an integrated volume control for direct-connecting to an amplifier.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
Waterfall Audio makes glass baffle and aluminum speakers. On display was their new HFM 2.1 Active System that consists of the Serio satellites (shown with optional stands) and High Force HFM 2.1 subwoofer ($1,500/system including sub). The Serio speakers can also be wall-mounted and I find them cute but they are also undeniably tiny (5" x 3.5" x 5"). The new HFM 2.1 subwoofer includes 3 Class D amplifiers for powering the Serio speakers (2 x 60W) and itself (1 x 120W) as well as a 3.5mm jack so you can plug in and play from a host of variable output sources.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2012
Parasound was also showing some delectable stackable gear and sitting sandwiched between their Zcd CD Player ($400) and Zamp v.3 ($349) is the Zdac 192kHz Digital to Analog Converter ($450) that includes USB and S/PDIF inputs (Coax and Toslink) and RCA and XLR outputs. With a Sonos on top!
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.

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