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Naim DAC-V1 Review

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Naim has been on the home audio scene since the early ’70s when Oxford born and self-taught designer Julian Vereker brought the NAP200 power amplifier to market after his disillusionment with then current pro-audio offerings.

Naim DAC-V1 Review

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Naim has been on the home audio scene since the early ’70s when Oxford born and self-taught designer Julian Vereker brought the NAP200 power amplifier to market after his disillusionment with then current pro-audio offerings.

Cube Audio Nenuphar Loudspeakers, Teutron TU 2A3/50S-1 Amplifier, Lampizator Big 7 DAC

By | May 18th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

When I visited Pass Labs’ Nelson Pass at his Sea Ranch California hideaway, I was completely taken by his studio reference speakers; which, consisted of Cube Audio 8″ F8 Magus full-range drivers mounted on an open vertical baffle. Mounted face down on a small horizontal baffle about 5″ above the floor was a slot-loaded 15″ Eminence woofer. The woofer was separated from the wide-open full-range driver by an LX Mini active crossover and driven by a First Watt F7 amplifier. I told Nelson I could retire a happy man with that system.… Read the full article

Cube Audio Nenuphar Loudspeakers, Teutron TU 2A3/50S-1 Amplifier, Lampizator Big 7 DAC

By | May 18th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

When I visited Pass Labs’ Nelson Pass at his Sea Ranch California hideaway, I was completely taken by his studio reference speakers; which, consisted of Cube Audio 8″ F8 Magus full-range drivers mounted on an open vertical baffle. Mounted face down on a small horizontal baffle about 5″ above the floor was a slot-loaded 15″ Eminence woofer. The woofer was separated from the wide-open full-range driver by an LX Mini active crossover and driven by a First Watt F7 amplifier. I told Nelson I could retire a happy man with that system.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019: CanEver DAC-Headphone Amp

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I have not yet experienced the music-playback capabilities of CanEver’s ZeroUno D/A processor. But Art Dudley has. And he praised it at some length in the April 2017 Stereophile: “By the end of its stay in my home, it had pushed virtually all of my Happy buttons — not by doing everything I could ask of it, but by having a point of view that aligned with my own.”

CanEver’s ZeroUno original DAC caught my attention because it is from a small Italian company (I like small European companies) with a sharp-brained, designer-engineer named Mario Canever, who, I thought, might have an aesthetic-engineering viewpoint not too dissimilar from my own.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019: CanEver DAC-Headphone Amp

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I have not yet experienced the music-playback capabilities of CanEver’s ZeroUno D/A processor. But Art Dudley has. And he praised it at some length in the April 2017 Stereophile: “By the end of its stay in my home, it had pushed virtually all of my Happy buttons — not by doing everything I could ask of it, but by having a point of view that aligned with my own.”

CanEver’s ZeroUno original DAC caught my attention because it is from a small Italian company (I like small European companies) with a sharp-brained, designer-engineer named Mario Canever, who, I thought, might have an aesthetic-engineering viewpoint not too dissimilar from my own.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019: Totaldac Brings TotalPower to DAC Line

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

From the window in my Brooklyn bunker, Vincent Brient’s totaldac company looks like one of the coolest, most independent, audio companies in Europe. (totaldac is located near Mont Saint-Michel, France).

Mark Levinson Adds The No. 5101 Streaming SACD/DAC To The Line

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Mark Levinson No. 5101 Streaming SACD Player

Straight out of Munich, Mark Levinson by Harman is debuting a new disc spinner turned all-things-digital-audio called the No. 5101. Also enabled with the responsibility of digital streaming and digital decoding from an eternal source, the newest edition to the Levinson family offers everything you would expect from a modern day digital audio product and leaves little else on the table.

Outfitted with the latest round of ESS Sabre chips, the No. 5101 not only accommodates SACD playback but also allows for streaming with NAS drives, DLNA and UPnP over a wireless network or even wired directly.… Read the full article

Continuum Audio Labs Obsidian 'Table w/Viper Tonearm; Constellation Audio Cygnus Media Player/DAC, Andromeda Phono Stage, Pictor Preamp, and Taurus Monoblocks; Magico M2 Speakers

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In Munich, audio electronics company Constellation Audio was demoing with Magico M2 loudspeakers ($63,000/pair with M-Pod footers). Spinning vinyl was the Continuum Audio Labs Obsidian turntable ($35,000) w/Viper Tonearm ($10,000) and Ortofon A-95 Cartridge ($6,000). Phono preamplification was, of course, by Constellation—their Andromeda phono stage ($18,000). On the digital side, the source was Constellation’s Cygnus Media Player/DAC ($38,000). Constellation’s Pictor preamp was in use ($18,000), as was a pair of their Taurus monoblocks ($39,000/pair). The sound was fast, 3D, well-balanced, articulate—and much bigger than I’ve heard from these Magicos at other shows.

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Accustic Arts Power 1 Integrated and Player 1 CD Player/Streaming DAC; Fischer & Fischer 370AMT Loudspeakers

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

I wandered in to the room shared by, among other companies, Accustic Arts and Fischer & Fischer. The news from this room is two new high-value products—by which I mean that they’re cheaper than the company’s main lines, so there’s a good probability that they offer good value. High-end companies trickling down appears to be a Munich High End trend—note, for instance, the Mark Levinson No.5101 SACD player/streaming DAC I wrote about earlier today.

Shipping immediately after Munich High End, the Power 1 integrated amplifier is a classic integrated with an optional phono board and—maybe, apparently it’s not yet decided—an available DAC board as well.… Read the full article