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Gold Note announces a new product launch: The DS-10 DAC & Streamer with Headphone Amp!

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

FLORENCE, Italy: Gold Note – the Italian High-End Audio manufacturer based in Florence – is introducing DS-10, an innovative D/A Converter & Streamer with Headphone amplifier and analogue preamplifier stage designed for the contemporary audiophile.

First presented at the High End Show in Munich in 2019, DS-10 represents the state of the art among our digital signal decoding electronics, but it is much more than a DAC. The experience gained with the top of the line model DS-1000 and the addition of innovative features of the IS-1000 integrated amp and streamer have led us to designing this smaller all-in-one unit: a DAC/Streamer with AES-EBU digital inputs typical of the professional market, a headphone output and advanced connectivity to use all available streaming services and much more.… Read the full article

Gold Note announces DS-10 streaming DAC

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

As teased at Munich High-End earlier this year, Florence’s Gold Note has announced the imminent availability of their DS-10 streaming DAC, one that features an internal headphone amplifier and switchable analogue pre-amplifier.

The DS-10’s broad range of streaming inputs (Wi-Fi and Ethernet) includes Roon, UPnP/DLNA, Spotify Connect, Airplay and V-Tuner, plus Tidal and Qobuz from a supporting iOS/Android app. A Bluetooth input is also present but advanced codec support is unknown at time of writing.

On physical digital inputs, the DS-10 gives us the following: a suite of 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF (AES, coax, TOSLINK); an asynchronous USB-B input for connection to a Mac, PC or streamer that extends PCM capabilities to 32bit/384kHz and adds DSD128; a USB-A input for streaming from a directly-connected hard-drive.… Read the full article

Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

In 2016 the Chinese high-end audio specialist Cayin Audio introduced two impressive personal audio components: the fully balanced iHA-6 solid-state headphone amplifier and its sibling, the fully balanced iDAC-6 hybrid solid-state/tube high-resolution DAC. In the U.S. these components sold for $699 each—a price point high enough for the components to be taken seriously, yet accessible enough for them to be considered relatively affordable. Later on, in 2017, a third Cayin i-Series component joined the group: the iDAP-6 digital audio player ($799).… Read the full article

Hifime’s €80 S2 DAC is for smartphones, PCs, Chromecast Audio

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Looking at an AudioQuest DragonFly but wishing it had a TOSLINK input as well as USB? Hifime have you covered. Their matchbox-sized S2 USB DAC sports a microUSB input to work with PC/Macs and smartphones plus a mini-TOSLINK input for hooking in a TV, games console or Google Chromecast Audio (RIP). Only data can travels across a TOSLINK connection so the microUSB needs to see 5V of power from a ‘phone’ charger or battery pack.

The USB’s input power draw falls between 30mA and 50mA; well below the 100mA limit imposed by Apple on its iOS devices.… Read the full article

Cobalt Is The New Blue – AudioQuest Releases A New Dragonfly DAC

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt

It is hard to deny the wide appeal and success of AudioQuest’s original Dragonfly Series. What may have started as just another headphone USB dongle for the computer quickly migrated to a $99 sensation, no doubt thanks to the low power draw and compatibility with iPhones across the board.

The Dragonfly series started with a single black colored unit and spread its wings into another black V2, but also a red option as well. Both USB sticks had a solid organic feel to them, something somewhat unusually for the sticky portable size and price tag.… Read the full article

AudioQuest Introduces High-Performance Portable USB DAC: DragonFly Cobalt

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

AudioQuest Introduces High-Performance Portable USB DAC: DragonFly Cobalt

In 2012, the original AudioQuest DragonFly thoroughly disrupted the DAC market. For so many casual enthusiasts who had never previously considered the possibility of improving their digital-audio experience, DragonFly was nothing short of a revelation. Meanwhile, even the most experienced audiophiles were compelled to reexamine long-held notions of what a DAC could and should be. Stereophile’s Art Dudley enthusiastically summarized, “DragonFly is fun: It’s a thumb in the eye of those tea-pinky tyrants who would tell the rest of us what is and is not high end.… Read the full article

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

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

Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

In 2012, the original AudioQuest DragonFly thoroughly disrupted the DAC market. For so many casual enthusiasts who had never previously considered the possibility of improving their digital-audio experience, DragonFly was nothing short of a revelation. Meanwhile, even the most experienced audiophiles were compelled to reexamine long-held notions of what a DAC could and should be. Stereophile’s Art Dudley enthusiastically summarized, “DragonFly is fun: It’s a thumb in the eye of those tea-pinky tyrants who would tell the rest of us what is and is not high end.… Read the full article

Brief First Impressions from an Editor's Notebook: The LampizatOr Pacific DAC

By | July 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 05/16/2019

LOUDSPEAKERS

Evolution Acoustics Micro One Monitors.

(A new loudspeaker setup will be installed in the near future.)

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The Audionet PRE G2 Preamp.

ELECTRONICS

The PASS Labs Xs 150 Monoblock Amps and Power Supplies on Critical Mass Systems QXK Amp Stands

Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers; PASS Labs Xs Reference Phono Amp, Xs Reference Preamp, and Xs 150 Reference Monoblock Amps; Accustic Arts (components to be detailed); Audionet Pre G2 reference preamplifier, Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers, Audionet Pam G2 reference phono preamplifier with EPX power supply, darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier; Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amplifier (updated 2015).… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 3—The DAC Module)

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Before reading this post, please check back to the full review of the Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier. It’ll give you a better understanding of this DAC module review. It may be fun to read the Phono Stage module review, too. It’s the other plugin available for this fully functional and brilliant preamplifier.

The Phono and DAC modules’ MSRP is $3495 each. They are both plug and play. Unscrew the four screws, remove the plate, install the module. Click, rescrew, done.… Read the full article

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Moon Audio Goes V2 On Their Integrated and Streaming DAC

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

Moon Audio 700i vs and 780D v2

Moon Audio usually makes their mark with a distinctive silver and black look, and their component range isn’t afraid to pierce the $10+ range. Such is the case for both their new Integrated amplifier and streaming DAC, recently adorning a new V2 stage of life.

The 700i v2 Integrated will sport 175 watts of power per channel (into 8 ohms) and an “oversized dual mono power supply.” Ins and outs include 4 single ended RCAs and 1 pair of balanced XLRs.… Read the full article

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