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A short film about the DALI Callisto 2C

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What does a modern hi-fi system look like? If you’re Denmark’s DALI, a pair of active loudspeakers fed via a control hub fitted with a streaming module. No hi-fi rack full of amplifiers and DACs – they sit inside the loudspeaker – and no cable salad. In other words: unobtrusive.

Plus! The engineering prowess of a DSP crossover and an amplifier tailored to each driver’s input that no similarly configured and similarly priced passive loudspeaker system could touch. (Think about it: one of the most costly components of an outboard amplifier is its chassis).… Read the full article

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NAD’s C 658 houses BluOS, MQA, Dirac Live, MM phono, aptX Bluetooth

By | October 20th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

At RMAF 2018, NAD teased their forthcoming C 658 network streamer where company Product Manager Greg Stidsen referred to it as a “[Bluesound] Node 2/i on steroids”. NAD’s press materials are calling it a ‘BluOS DAC’. Price = US$1499.

Like its more affordable, cousin the C 658 adopts the BluOS platform to offer support for up to 20 streaming services.

However, with a full-width chassis in play, the NAD eschews the Node 2i’s Burr-Brown DAC chip in favour of an ESS model to add balanced outputs, DSD/MQA support, an MM phono stage, a dedicated headphone amplifier outputting via a 6.4mm socket, two way aptX Bluetooth (send and receive), volume control plus two MDC expansion slots for ‘future formats’ or improved digital and analogue circuitry.… Read the full article

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Future-Fi at IFA 2018: DALI Callisto 2C loudspeakers

By | August 31st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

DALI. Not the surrealist painter but Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries. This loudspeaker company wears the A-word proudly but at IFA 2018 I stepped over their new range of passive loudspeakers – the Oberon – to take a closer look at the Callisto 2C (€2800/pair): a 2.5-way active whose amplifiers and drivers were developed simultaneously.

On the inside, a DSP crossover splits the incoming audio signal between Class D amplifiers that drive a wood fibre mid-bass driver and soft-dome / ribbon tweeters.… Read the full article

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Future-fi for every budget: NAD embrace Roon, Dirac

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

How much would you expect to pay for an integrated amplifier that delivers 80wpc into 8 or 4 Ohms (Hypex UcD), headphone output, MM phono stage, 2 x analogue inputs and “eight channel DAC” (likely an ESS) fed by 2 x coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK or aptX Bluetooth (but no USB)?

For their identically specified full-width C368, NAD are asking €999.

Where this integrated amplifier takes a more interesting turn, making the leap to ‘super-integrated’, is with its optional MDC BluOS module (€499) from sister company Bluesound.… Read the full article

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