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Audiolab 8300CDQ CD Player/DAC

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audiolab’s new 8300CDQ CD player (click on image above for larger version) doesn’t just plays CDs… it also has a preamplifier built in, plus an MQA-capable USB DAC. But there’s more…

As well as performing as a traditional CD player, the Audiolab 8300CDQ can function as an external DAC/preamp, thanks to three pairs of line-level RCA analogue inputs and five digital inputs,’ said Raffi Keverian of Audio Visual Revolution. ‘There’s an asynchronous MQA-capable USB input and four S/PDIF digital inputs, two of which are coaxial and two of which are optical, but the 8300CDQ also has a dedicated direct-coupled headphone amp with current-feedback circuitry whose gain bandwidth and high slew rate ensure dynamic, detailed and engaging performance with all headphones.Read the full article

Parasound Halo P 6 2.1 Channel Preamplifier and DAC

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

It Even Makes Julienne Fries

It was a golden age for Television, or perhaps commercials in the 1960s. The Ronco Veg-O-Matic hit the market, promising  to ease the life homemakers everywhere. This food slicer did it all; its catch-phrase, “It slices! It dices! It even makes julienne fries!” became the go-to reference for multi-function devices for years. The real catch, however, is that the Veg-O-Matic did all of its functions well.  Modern devices are not much different than the Veg-O-Matic.… Read the full article

dCS Bartok Streaming Network DAC Arrives For Review

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I’d previously written in August of last year about the announcement from data Conversion Systems (dCS) that the company’s venerable entry-level Debussy DAC was being replaced after seven years of winning awards from the hi-fi press by the Bartók Network Streaming DAC. Think about that: A seven year product life-cycle in computer audio.

Totaldac Amp-1 to be revealed at Munich High End 2019

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I simply cannot. I know… and I’m sorry, but it’s quite impossible at the moment. I’ve received telephone calls and emails about it before even being able to publish this post – people want to know and I feel bad that I can’t say more.

Totaldac Amp-1 to be revealed at Munich High End 2019 – UPDATE

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I simply cannot. I know… and I’m sorry, but it’s quite impossible at the moment. I’ve received telephone calls and emails about it before even being able to publish this post – people want to know and I feel bad that I can’t say more. UPDATE – New specs received

TotalDAC to introduce AMP-1 at High-End 2019

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Vincent Brient of totaldac has a new product to introduce at the Munich show in May — and it’s not a DAC. This time around, it’s an amplifier, the AMP-1. No word on pricing, specs, or availability. That is, there is next-to-nothing on this, only the following images, and an injunction to show them in order.

More as details become available.

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T+A Elektroakustik DAC 8 DSD High End D/A Converter

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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The grandly named T+A Elektroakustik GmbH was a company hitherto unknown to me. After years in the business, many reviews, shows, events and store visits, I was surprised such a highly regarded company had escaped my notice. I’m going to set that straight with an in depth look at one of the company’s DACs, the DAC 8 DSD High End D/A Converter.

T+A is a German company founded in 1978 and produces a full range of electronics and loudspeakers. The company is based in Herford, very close to my old stomping grounds in Westphalia.… Read the full article

FiiO Q1 Mark II Portable DAC Review & Test

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the FiiO Q1 MkII Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

I had been planning to review the FiiO Q1 portable DAC and headphone amplifier, but before quite getting to it, the Chinese firm launched a successor. The FiiO Q1 Mark II is a huge upgrade over the original model. The old unit was a PCM-only device, limited to USB Audio Class 1.0 compatibility. That means it topped out at 24 bit, 96kHz sampling.… Read the full article

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Bel Canto Black EX DAC/Control Preamplifier and Black EX Amplifier

By | March 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Bel Canto Black EX DAC/Control Preamplifier and Black EX Amplifier

Reviewers in TAS are supposed to focus on sound quality and not on style and engineering. Fair enough, but if the sound quality is excellent in virtually every respect, then style and engineering should be given their due. The Bel Canto Black EX DAC/control preamplifier and Black EX amplifier both provide outstanding sound. What makes them particularly striking, however, is that they also provide outstanding features and achieve this in exceptionally compact packages with equally exceptional styling. This makes for a welcome change in an era where having the largest box and shiniest front panel often seems to be a …… Read the full article

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NAD D 3045 Integrated DAC/Amplifier Review

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $699


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Impressive power and sonics from a sub-compact design
Dynamic enough to handle a wide range of speakers
Useful Bass EQ/subwoofer filter options

Minus

Digital conversion does not extend to 32-bit/384kHz


THE VERDICT

The D 3045 is a surprisingly powerful compact integrated amplifier with an eminently capable onboard DAC that’s equally at home on the desktop or component rack.


Five years ago, when I examined NAD’s $399 D 3020, the progenitor of the D 3045 before us here, I liked it—a lot.

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