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The uncompromising Sistema M2 amplifier

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Sistema’s M2 is a dual-mono loudspeaker amplifier offering 85W per channel into 8Ω. Yours for €5000 plus taxes with optional 15-day money-back trial period. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? Not quite.

On inputs, there’s no analogue, just a single USB socket to play catch on PCM up to 384kHz and DSD64. No volume control or remote control either. Both are handed off to the connected PC/Mac’s software player. Think of the M2 as a digital-direct power amplifier.

Users must also provide their own 12-24V power supply to bring the M2 to life and there’s no on/off button on the unit itself.… Read the full article

The Reluctant Sommelier: On Summer Water and Other Things

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Nina Sventitsky

The week of April 23rd began with aromas of ripe strawberries, hues of onionskin, pale salmon, and deep ruby, all captured in bottles of chilled zesty freshness. For me, rosé season kicked off that week and I fully expect it to last through Thanksgiving.

It started out on a super-bright, warm Monday in Los Angeles. As a first-time ‘blind’ volunteer panelist for a well-known wine publication, I would be working through 33 wines, including 16 rosés, still and sparkling.… Read the full article

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Review: Acoustic Research M2 DAP

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: I received the Acoustic Research M2 DAP from Acoustic Research, for purposes of reviewing it for Headfonia. The M2 will be returned to its owner at the conclusion of this review. The pictures in this review are property of their makers, these are not our pictures. Dale is doing this as a guest review.


When I opened the shipping box, I was presented with a nice military-grade Pelican case containing the AR-M2 and accessories (USB cable and charger). The M2 itself is similar in size to the iPhone 6, but twice as thick and twice as heavy.… Read the full article

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