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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2016 0 comments
Regular readers know I have great respect for Germany's T+A. I recently reviewed their MP 2000 R DAC/Network Client + PA 2000 R Integrated Amplifier (see review) and enjoyed the dynamic duo's sound and build quality. The company's DAC 8 has been upgraded to include DSD processing up to DSD512 "using a dedicated T+A True One Bit Converter." The DAC 8 DSD houses eight 32-bit DA converters from Burr-Brown for PCM files up to 32/384kHz, user selectable filter options, volume control, and a headphone amp. Inputs include 4x Coax S/PDIF (RCA), 1x Coax S/PDIF (BNC), Toslink, AES/EBU, and USB. Analog outputs consist of RCA and balanced XLR pairs, and there's a digital Coax S/PDIF out for those who are confused about what the DAC 8 DSD does.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 2 comments
Graham Nash listening to Neil Young's "A Man Needs A Maid" on Audeze LCD-8s through the Chord Mojo. Graham was present during the recording of this lovely song

Keep an eye on Stereophile's show coverage and Jon Iverson's reporting where he'll talk about traveling the show with Graham Nash, the guy who put the "N" in CSN and CSNY and the heart in The Hollies. I was fortunate enough to be invited along for the listening in a number of rooms where we got to hear tracks from Graham's new album This Path Tonight. "Back Home", written for his friend Levon Helm after he'd passed, had me choking back tears with its beauty and sorrow.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Adcom has gone all Moona and the Junea with their new Luna ($599). The UPnP/DLNA enabled Luna can stream music from network attached storage, the Internet, Spotify connect, and USB devices. Inputs include WiFi, aptX Bluetooth, and 3.5mm analog input and the Luna includes a 3.5mm headphone jack for more private pleasures. The two full-range drivers are driven by 10Watts of Class D power and Adcom has included "an innovative wall mounting system" with the Luna: a piece of rope.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Source Systems Limited was showing the new Lumin all-in-one M1 ($1990). The M1 wraps a 60WPC (into 8 Ohms) Class D powered integrated amp, UPnP streamer and 32/384kHz and DSD128 capable DAC into a typically sleek raw brushed aluminum Lumin chassis. Inputs include Ethernet and USB for USB storage devices (Single-partition FAT32, NTFS and EXT2/3 only) and users can opt in on its DSD upsampling option for all files up to 96kHz.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
I reviewed the impressive Digibit Aria Server (see review) back in 2014. For CES 2016, Digibit introduced the Piccolo ($TBD) that fits in the company's line between the Aria mini ($2995) and the Aria ($6995). The Piccolo will come with your choice of 1TB/2TB (HDD) or 1TB (SSD) internal storage and a 32/384KHz PCM and DSD256 capable DAC or DAC-less. Inputs include Ethernet (DLNA), WiFi, Airplay, and Bluetooth. The DAC version offers RCA analog out while the DAC-less version offers USB out. Availability is scheduled for March/April. Classical lovers take note: all of the Aria products include access to the Sonata database and its extended classical metadata.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Cary Audio boards the all-in-one train with their new AiOS (pronounced a-ous) 60W integrated amp, streamer, DAC, headphone amp (target price $2500). The AOiS is the company's first product in their "Lifestyle" range and natively supports PCM resolutions up to 32/384kHz and DSD up to DSD256. You can also opt to convert PCM all the way up to to DSD256 or up to 768kHz and take your DSD up to DSD128 or DSD256. Inputs include Ethernet, 3x USB storage, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, WiFi, aptX Bluetooth, SD Card, and 2 pair of analog RCA inputs and a 3.55 analog input. AiOS supports Tidal, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, Pandora, among others and buyers can change the front color display to match their choice of colored side panels. The AiOS should hit the market in March.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Here's a quick pick of the EMM Labs DAC 2X ($15,500) which I have in-barn for review. The DAC 2X supports PCM resolutions up to 24/192kHz and DSD over DoP and houses a boatload of Ed Meitner's magic proprietary technology.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Lumin was showing their new U1 Audiophile network music transport ($7000), a DAC-less version of their S1 player. Offering Ethernet, 2x USB storage inputs and 2x USB, 2x Toslink, 2x Coax S/PDIF, and AES/EBU outputs, the U1 supports PCM playback up to 32/384kHz and DSD128. The U1 sports six "exceptionally low-phase-noise crystal clock oscillators" and delivers native Tidal and Qobuz streaming. Look for availability in a month.
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The gentlemen from EgglestonWorks mated their flagship "a bit menacing in a nice way" (from my notes) -4dB @ 13 Hz Ivy Signature speakers ($100k) with Momentum monoblock power amplifiers ($55k) and Momentum preamplifier ($32k) from D'Agostino and the dCS Rossini Player ($23,999).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 11, 2016 0 comments
Nagra introduced their new solid state Classic DAC ($14,995). Based on the company's more expensive DAC HD, the Classic does away with the HD's volume control and headphone amp while offering the same 24/384kHz and DSD128 support. Inputs include 2x S/PDIF (RCA and BNC), 1x AES-EBU, 1x Toslink, 1x I2S Nagra digital inputs, and the Nagra USB input module. Outputs are the increasingly standard RCA and XLR pairs. Availability is scheduled for April and you can look for a review of the Nagra Classic DAC from Steve Plaskin around the same time.

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