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Totaldac D1-Direct DAC Review

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

Expectations can be a tricky thing. Some people say they are essential, others are of the “don’t get your expectations up” camp. I usually fall somewhere in the middle, but when it was time to write the review of the totaldac d1-direct which sprang forth from the mind of French high-fidelity electronics guru Vincent Brient, I must say I had some serious expectations.

Totaldac D1-Direct DAC Review

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

Expectations can be a tricky thing. Some people say they are essential, others are of the “don’t get your expectations up” camp. I usually fall somewhere in the middle, but when it was time to write the review of the totaldac d1-direct which sprang forth from the mind of French high-fidelity electronics guru Vincent Brient, I must say I had some serious expectations.

Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamplifier

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamplifier

Pro-Ject, which hails from Austria, has been in existence since 1990. And while it isn’t the first audio firm to specialize in small modular components, it has been especially focused on miniaturized high-performance audio. Currently Pro-Ject has five different “lines” of components—the RS Line, DS2 Line, S2 Line, Classic Line, and Elemental line. All of these Pro-Ject boxes were designed to be used in conjunction with one another to form complete miniature systems. The Pre Box S2 Digital is from the S2 Line, which also includes a streamer (the Stream Box S2 Ultra), a disc player (the CD Box S2), …… Read the full article

Audio Fur and the Border Patrol DAC

By | January 6th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

Border Patrol SE DAC

Stereophile’s Herb Reichert posted a letter on the web version of an “As We See It” column written by his colleague Jon Iverson. I’m reposting it here (with linking and attribution) for several reasons, but mainly because I want to use it as a map to work out my … feelings.

The TL;DR of this (rather long) post is summarized pretty much entirely by Mr. Reichert’s comments. I have taken the liberty of then beating said horse past unrecognizability.

Why, you ask?… Read the full article

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Metronome Technologie Releases LE DAC D/A Conveter

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Metronome Technologie Releases LE DAC D/A Conveter

The following is a press release issued by Metronome. January 3, 2019 – LE DAC by METRONOME will not surprise anyone who had been interesting to the brand for some years. The external design is classic, and LE DAC dimensions and materials have already been seen on many products : massive alloy front plate, 2mm-thick steel chassis, Delrin® feet. Inside the box are also present the essential elements of a Metronome’s top-range DAC : Asahi Kasei’s conversion processor, high-end electronic components, and the famous Métronome’s power supplies savoir-faire.… Read the full article

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47 laboratory Flatfish CD player and Progression DAC

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

47 laboratory Flatfish CD player and Progression DAC

This article, as reviewed by Francisco Duran, Dave Clark, Larry Fisher, and Larry Cox, originally ran in Issue 1, June/July 2002 Positive Feedback

To say that the 47 Labs CD combo is unconventional in its design and looks is an understatement. The Model 4713 Flatfish player/transport is a rather small, rectangular, top-loading unit that is precariously perched atop three spikes. All of its controls are on the top front, along with its hard-to-read display (that is, hard to read unless you are looking down on it).… Read the full article

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iFi Audio xDSD DAC

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

iFi Audio xDSD DAC

Digital audio converters (DACs) come in all sizes, shapes, and prices. You can find simple digital converters on Amazon for as little as $7 or state-of-the-art units that cost as much as a comfortable middle-class home. To say that today’s audiophiles have choices is an understatement. But what price point offers the highest value or greatest bang for the buck? For some audiophiles, one of the best options in the past was to buy the most expensive DAC they could afford and then use it until it became completely obsolete.… Read the full article

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Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC

What does it take to build a good-sounding DAC these days? In general, it requires a mixture of the latest technology plus engineering practices that have stood the test of time. Some DACs focus on implementing the fastest sampling rates or on the latest file format or technology, e.g., MQA, DXD, and DSD256. Others might pay more attention to reducing electronic noise and vibration. But here’s another DAC for your consideration, the Mojo Audio Mystique v3, which focuses on delivering the basics as well as possible rather than trying to push the digital envelope.… Read the full article

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Parasound Adds Preamp/DAC to NewClassic Line

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Parasound has expanded its NewClassic series of two-channel power amplifiers with an analog preamplifier/DAC (digital to analog converter) that embodies a “new generation of affordable high-performance products.”
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MSB Reference DAC and Transport

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

MSB Reference DAC and Transport

Well, what do you know? I’ve finally found digital components I can live with! Of course, the MSB Reference DAC and Reference Transport under review here aren’t gonna push my record players and tape deck off the equipment stand, but they will occupy a place of honor right beside them. What’s changed? The thing that matters most: The MSB Reference DAC and Transport make digitized music sound like the real thing. And, thanks to MSB’s optional preamplifier module with multiple I/Os and world-class, constant-impedance, passive analog volume control, the Reference DAC doesn’t need to be hooked up to an $80k …… Read the full article

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