LATEST ADDITIONS

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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
I've covered Nagra's HD DAC before but it's always worth a look & listen.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
The Technics SC-C70 Premium All-In-One Music System ($999) is all you need to play CDs (Google CD if you're not sure what they are), stream from Tidal and/or Spotify via Ethernet, play AM/FM radio from the built-in tuner, connect your computer via USB, AirPlay or Bluetooth to it, and off you go.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
The Progression Preamplifier from Dan D'Agostino (starts at $22k) includes Bluetooth and digital inputs (USB, Toslink, Coax S/PDIF) in the optional digital module (+$4500) making it an almost all-in-one.

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