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Bryston BDA-3.14 Streaming DAC

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Bryston’s new BDA-3.14 DAC includes a built-in music player, an on-board digital volume control and features Bryston’s ‘Manic Moose’ interface. [Click on images to enlarge]

The Bryston BDA-3.14 is an enhancement of the multi-award-winning BDA-3 DAC that can decode up to 384kHz/32-bit PCM music and up to DSDx4 natively, so that each format is processed at its native resolution, without any fidelity-reducing sampling-rate conversions. As with the BDA-3, the BDA-3.14 has ten discrete inputs including four two-channel HDMI connections, asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, and digital coaxial, plus it includes Bryston’s network module, which facilitates control via TCP/IP and RS-232.… Read the full article

Nagra HD-DacX and Tube DAC launched at Perfect Hi-Fi

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

Marketing Directorj of Nagra Audio Metthieu Latour at the lanch of the Nagra HD DacX in perfect Hi-Fi's KL showroom yesterday.
Marketing Director of Nagra Audio Matthieu Latour at the launch of the Nagra HD DacX in Perfect Hi-Fi’s KL showroom yesterday.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Marketing Director of Nagra Audio, Matthieu Latour, flew in from Switzerland yesterday to launch the Nagra HD-DacX and Tube DAC in Perfect Hi-Fi”s showroom in Wisma MPL, Kuala Lumpur.

 

From the outset it has to be mentioned that these are really high-end DACs and they can take on some of the best and more expensive DACs in the market.… Read the full article

MartinLogan Motion 60XTi speakers and 800X subwoofers; Benchmark D/A DAC3 B DAC, LA4 line amplifier, AHB2 power amplifier, and Star-Quad speaker and interconnect cabling

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If you, like me, tend to associate MartinLogan with electrostatic transducers, you may be surprised to learn that their more traditional Motion line accounts for most of their sales. The upgrades to the Motion 60XTi speaker ($1599.99/each) are subtle, and termed “housekeeping” by the company’s Peter Soderberg. Designed by their head engineers, they are claimed to carry over the electrostatic voicing that distinguishes the company’s other models. Together with MartinLogan’s Dynamo 800X subwoofers ($799.99/each), Benchmark’s D/A DAC3 B D/A converter ($1699), LA4 line amplifier ($2499), AHB2 power amplifier ($2999), and star-quad speaker cables and interconnects, the system acquitted itself nicely on a 24/192 file of Lori Lieberman and the Matangi Quartet’s “Empty Chairs” and another hi-rez track from David Chesky, “Transcendental Tripping” from Jazz in the New Harmonic.

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MartinLogan Motion 35XTi speakers and 800X subwoofers; Benchmark D/A DAC3 B DAC, LA4 line amplifier, AHB2 power amplifier, and Star-Quad speaker and interconnect cabling

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If you, like me, tend to associate MartinLogan with electrostatic transducers, you may be surprised to learn that their more traditional Motion line accounts for most of their sales. The upgrades on the Motion 35XTi speaker ($649.99 each) are subtle, and termed “housekeeping” by the company’s Peter Soderberg. Designed by their head engineers, they are claimed to carry over the electrostatic voicing that distinguishes the company’s other models. Together with MartinLogan’s Dynamo 800X subwoofers ($799.99/each), Benchmark’s D/A DAC3 B D/A converter ($1699), LA4 line amplifier ($2499), AHB2 power amplifier ($2999), and star-quad speaker cables and interconnects, the system acquitted itself nicely on a 24/192 file of Lori Lieberman and the Matangi Quartet’s “Empty Chairs” and another hi-rez track from David Chesky, “Transcendental Tripping” from Jazz in the New Harmonic.

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Innuos Zenith Mk3 and Statement music servers and PhoenixUSB reclocker, Boulder 1161 amplifier, Ayre Acoustics QX5 pre/DAC, YG Acoustics Vantage loudspeakers, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling, and SGR Audio Hi-Fi rack

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Innuos Zenith Mk3 and Statement music servers and PhoenixUSB reclocker, Boulder 1161 amplifier, Ayre Acoustics QX5 pre/DAC, YG Acoustics Vantage loudspeakers, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling, and SGR Audio Hi-Fi rack | Stereophile.com


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Raidho Acoustics TD2.2 speakers; Moon Evolution 700i V2 amplifier, 780D v2 DAC/streamer, 610LP phonostage; VPI HW-40 Signature turntable, Van Den Hul The Black Crimson cartridge, Nordost Valhalla II cables

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In the Gaylord Hotel’s North Tower, where room after room, regardless of its size or layout, seemed conducive to good sound, Raidho Acoustics was making a major impression with the world premiere Raidho TD2.2 2.5-way loudspeakers ($46,000/pair in black). Designed by Benno Baun Meldgaard, who formerly designed loudspeakers for Gamut, the TD2.2 was intended for rooms just a bit larger than the hotel room in which it slayed visitor after visitor.

While the TD2.2’s exterior is similar to the previous version, the TD2.1, the drivers have a new motor design with better sensitivity (89dB), and, in Meldgaard’s words, “much lower Q for better amplifier control.… Read the full article

Pure Audio Lotus DAC5

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Pure Audio are a Taiwanese audio company with years of audio design experience under their belt. Despite not being famous amongst audio circles, the brand have attempted to break into international waters with their first successful distributor, Underwood HiFi, residing in the U.S. 

Part of their mission to win customers on a global scale has arisen from their firm desire to provide complete audiophile solutions using the best components. Enter the Lotus DAC5—which represents Pure Audio’s first stab at a hi-end DAC solution, complete with a full glass-front display.… Read the full article

PS Audio DirectStream DAC, P20 and P15 PowerPlants, AN3 loudspeakers, and AC Series cables; BHK Signature preamp, Stellar phono preamp, and Signature 300 Monos; VPI HW40 turntable

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Here, I regret to say, is another report not on the equipment but on the room.

The story in the PS Audio room was the company’s new loudspeaker, the AN3, various prototypes of which have been demoed at audio shows throughout 2019. The RMAF demo pair was described by the company as the final prototype. The design—strongly influenced by the late Arnie Nudell, the “AN” in AN3—includes servo-corrected powered woofers, a folded ribbon tweeter, a rectangular planar midrange, and an 8″ cone “mid-bass coupler.Read the full article

Spendor D9.2 Loudspeaker; SME Model 12A turntable; Ortofon Cadenza Bronze Cartridge; Aurender ACS10 Server; Audience cabling; Chord Symphonic phono stage Hugo TT2 DAC, M Scaler, and CPM 3350 Integrated Amplifier

By | September 8th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Two more winners from Bluebird Music awaited in that distributor’s inner sanctum: the new Spendor D9.2 loudspeaker ($11,495/pair) and the SME Model 12A turntable ($10,900) outfitted with an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge. I loved the Spendor’s midrange wall of sound and impressive low end. An evolution of the D9 that was introduced three years ago—it has the same drivers and cabinet—it uses a tweaked crossover, additional bracing, “dynamic damping” for both the cabinet and the drive units and sports a new magnetic grill.… Read the full article

MC Audiotech Forty-10 loudspeaker, Pass electronics, PS Audio DAC, VPI turntable, Air Tight cartridge, Luminous Audio phono preamp, Wolf Alpha 3 music server, Audience cabling

By | September 8th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Mark Conti’s MC Audiotech room was dominated by his company’s just-launched, Paul Paddock-designed MC Audiotech Forty-10 2-way loudspeaker ($35,000/pair including crossover). Hidden in the high-frequency spaced array are 10 identical bending wave drivers “of the latest generation,” covering everything above 100 Hz. In its Folded Cube low-frequency enclosure reside two “industrial type” woofers in a dipole arrangement. The speaker uses a dedicated hybrid external crossover with low-frequency level/contour controls.

With 4 ohms nominal impedance and a claimed efficiency of 95-96dB for the array and 93dB for the woofer, the speaker should be able to perform well with just a few watts of power.… Read the full article