Munich 2017

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Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
The Alluxity Media One (£8900 in black or white), which I reported on from Munich in 2015, is being covered again for two reasons; the photo of the custom orange finish is orangicious and Alluxity made the wise move of pairing up with Joseph Audio.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 24, 2017
Play & Display LP frames from Art Vinyl: intelligently designed frames for your records.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 18, 2017
I took a photo of my AudioQuest DragonFly Red before and after the MQA update ($free) so you can experience the change and not have to rely on what I have to say about it. Above is the before photo. Here's after:
 |  May 25, 2017
Xuanqian Wang

All new, all Auralic!

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
The Aurender High Fidelity Wireless Speaker ($3000/pair) is a battery-powered active speaker. What about that battery...
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 24, 2017
Serbia-based Auris' D2D High End DAC (£3,990) is all leather and walnut niceness so I hate to sully it with 1x USB, 3x Coax (RCA), 3x TosLink, and up to DSD128/32bit/384kHz for USB, max 24bit/192kHz for Coax and Toslink. You can also add Bluetooth or WiFi Airplay/DLNA modules.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 24, 2017
I like Ayre Acoustics. I own their AX-5 Twenty integrated amplifier, have met and interviewed Charley Hansen, and enjoyed their QB-9 DSD DAC and QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub. So it is with great pleasure and anticipation that I share the forthcoming Ayes AX-8 Integrated Amplifier ($TBD but think a double digit % decrease from the AX-5 twenty).
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
For all of the ins and outs on the CanEver Audio ZeroUno DAC ($7990), read thee Art Dudley's review in Stereophile (I think he liked it). I'm going to review a newer incarnation that includes a few upgrades including, but not limited to, MQA.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 24, 2017
Color! That, is a stack of CAD Ground Control GC1s ($1850/each). From the company:
Over the past 10+ years the amount of high frequency noise on our Mains power has increased dramatically due to the use of computers, routers, modems, wifi, switch mode power supplies, etc. The high frequency noise that is generated within our audio systems has also increased: DACs, Servers, Computers, NAS drives, Routers, WiFi, etc. are all connected directly to our audio systems.

CAD believes that one of the key reasons so many digital audio products “sound digital” is due to this high frequency noise.

What to do. CAD Ground Control to the rescue:
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 24, 2017
Leo (projected $5,000) is 560 Watts of Class D power, a 6.5-inch woofer, 2.5-inch midrange, and 0.75-inch tweeter for each channel, an MQA-enabled Roon Ready endpoint (24/192-capable), includes a MC/MM phono stage or analog input, a 24/96-capable Toslink input, and Chromecast/AirPlay/Bluetooth support into its angular (and nearly impossible to photograph in black but also comes in silver) 21.5 x 14.8 x 7.1 inch, 30 pound body. Leo can be stereo-paired.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 23, 2017
At €399.00, the new Dali Katch is a cute yet not inexpensive portable battery-powered Bluetooth (apt-X) speaker wrapped in aluminum and topped off with a leather handle that also includes an analog input, USB charge port so you can keep your phone juiced on the go, two " Audio Profiles" ('Clear' and 'Warm'), a place to stick your Chromecast dongle, 24-hour battery life, and stereo pairing for the well-heeled looking for stereo separation. But what about that price? How many people are really going to fork out 400 smackers for a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, let alone double that for two?
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 19, 2017
Pictured is the dCS Rossini Player, which received a favorable review from John Atkinson in Stereophile, just received a firmware update making it MQA-enabled. John Quick, General Manager at dCS Americas Inc., played some wonderful tunes, as usual, and the dCS/D'Agostino/Wilson system sounded superb, as usual. We then did a comparison between Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's "So Long Blues" from Soul Brothers; non-MQA vs. MQA.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
2017 marks dCS' 30th anniversary and so does their new Limited Edition Vivaldi One (from £55,000):
Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single box, together with state-of-the-art network streaming functionality.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Professor Edgar Choueiri of Princeton University and Bacch creator explains where it's at

I first reported on BACCH 3D SOUND from CES 2015. If you want some information on the technology, check those links. I'm here to simply talk about listening.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
While passive speakers are not on my watch, I'll still shout out to Dynaudio and their new Special Forty anniversary speaker (€3000/pair) just because (I like the company and they make good speakers).