Digital

Primare NP30 Network Player

December 19, 2014
Primare NP30 Network Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Primare NP30 network player ($3750) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I very much enjoyed my time with the Primare NP30 network player and found it be very natural sounding and very easy to listen to for as long as time allowed. Offering a nice variety of music...
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AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge

December 19, 2014
AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge (~€1575) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: ” Without direct comparison to high-end CD drive differences are almost unnoticeable. Simple multi-format drives used in Blu-ray players when playing a CD sound surely worse then Aries playing rip from same CD. There is...
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Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC

December 19, 2014
Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC

Andrew Harrison has posted a review of the Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC (£6995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “This DAC will not be for everyone. As a digital convertor it is much more of a musical performer than a device for providing a technical rundown on how a recording was put...
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Cambridge Audio Azur 851D DAC

December 17, 2014
Cambridge Audio Azur 851D DAC

Jon Iverson has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Azur 851D DAC ($1649) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Cambridge Audio Azur 851D has bang for the buck all over the place. It approached the sound of DACs costing four times as much—closely enough, I feel, to satisfy most audiophiles on a budget. However,...
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COS Engineering D1 Preamplifier-DAC

December 15, 2014
COS Engineering D1 Preamplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the COS Engineering D1 preamplifier-DAC ($9000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “That thing is the peculiar absence of electronic grain. Here the COS for instance soundly trumped the AURALiC Vega which I’d otherwise never consider grainy at all. On temperament and virtues of timing and snap, the D1...
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Alpha Designs Labs (ADL) A1 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 15, 2014
Alpha Designs Labs (ADL) A1 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Alpha Designs Labs (ADL) A1 portable USB headphone amplifier-DAC ($599) at SounfStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “The A1 headphone amplifier-DAC is pretty much faultless in terms of sound quality; add in its flexibility and DSD capabilities, and I could happily live with one for a long while....
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 12, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

HomeTheaterReview has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199). Their conclusions: “You can tell most budget-priced audio components are less expensive merely by their looks, but the Oppo HA-1 is an exception to that rule. It looks slicker and is more beautifully finished than any DAC/pre near its price. The HA-1...
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Grace Design m920 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 12, 2014
Grace Design m920 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Brian has posted a review of the Grace Design m920 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1995) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “For its part the m920 includes a vast array of inputs, outputs and adjustments from its pro roots that are very rare for the latter category. Its DAC section is highly refined, accurate and nearly surgical...
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exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC

December 11, 2014
exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC ($3499) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “I would not call the exaSound Audio Design e22 a musician’s type of product, simply because it reaches beyond where musicians generally expect playback to peak, and extends to the domain of the engineer. Behind the...
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Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 10, 2014
Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Robb Johnson has posted a review of the Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I preset my mental expectations on par with the sonics I’d expect from a $300 DAC and hit the play button. Well, I found my jaw hanging after the first few notes. This little...
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Eastern Electric Mini Max Supreme DAC

December 9, 2014
Eastern Electric Mini Max Supreme DAC

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Eastern Electric Mini Max Supreme DAC ($1350) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Mini Max Supreme leaves little on the table, decoding all PCM rates, and double DSD, and it does them all without flaw. If shopping for a new DAC under $2000, you can...
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Ayon Stealth Preamplifier-DAC

December 8, 2014
Ayon Stealth Preamplifier-DAC

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Ayon Stealth preamplifier-DAC ($10,600) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In the pursuit of digital playback perfection, the Stealth ranks in the DAC elite. It’s all about the music and the Stealth delivers a superb musical experience. You could do a lot worse at a higher...
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HiFiMAN Audio HM-802 Digital Audio Player

December 7, 2014
HiFiMAN Audio HM-802 Digital Audio Player

Arlindo Borges has posted a review of the HiFiMAN Audio HM-802 digital audio player ($699) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The HM-802 may not look like the sexiest player on the market but I doubt those looking for a true hi-fi sound will ever care. Personally, I think Hifiman players with their retro look have...
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Sony MAP-S1 High Resolution Audio Player and SS-HW1 Loudspeakers

December 7, 2014
Sony MAP-S1 High Resolution Audio Player and SS-HW1 Loudspeakers

Eric Teh has posted a review of the Sony MAP-S1 high resolution audio player ($999) and SS-HW1 loudspeakers ($1199) at Stereo Time. His conclusions: “I really think that Sony got it right with the MAP-S1. It sounds good, and it’s internet / network play capabilities offer great flexibility. Performance wise, it punches well above...
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DigiBit Aria Music Server

December 7, 2014
DigiBit Aria Music Server

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the DigiBit Aria music server ($6995) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The Aria server delivered on what I’d expect of a high end music server and then some. Sonically, I found little if anything to fault, the Aria clearly bettering my MacBook Pro in important areas. The Aria...
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Marantz HD-DAC1

December 6, 2014
Marantz HD-DAC1

Tomasz Karasinski has posted a review of the Marantz HD-DAC1 (€799) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “Looking at Marantz one can have an impression that Japanese engineers designed a beautiful casing and then implanted a couple of elements from other devices. After a few days of listening I got an impression that the HD-DAC1 was...
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Graham Slee Majestic DAC

December 6, 2014
Graham Slee Majestic DAC

Janine Elliott has posted a review of the Graham Slee Majestic DAC (£1600) at Hi-Fi Pig. Her conclusions: “For £1400 you might not get all mod cons like 24bit/192kHz USB, Bluetooth or wifi, and it may well not look as exciting as some at the same price or cheaper, but this DAC is not...
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Teac UD-501 USB DSD DAC

December 5, 2014
Teac UD-501 USB DSD DAC

Paul Mah has posted a review of the Teac UD-501 USB DSD DAC ($949) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Teac UD-501 USB DAC has the ability to deliver an emotional impact and draw me into the musical performance. I have heard other DACs that can do one aspect or another better, but the UD-501’s...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 5, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “OPPO has always stood for solid engineering, great audio performance and smart packaging. The HA-1 headphone amplifier continues this tradition, and if anything, takes OPPO’s version of performance to an even higher standard than they have on...
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Monitor Audio Airstream A100 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

December 4, 2014
Monitor Audio Airstream A100 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Monitor Audio Airstream A100 Integrated Amplifier-DAC ($499) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “Monitor’s Airstream A100 is a honey of an amp that makes a compelling argument for never having to buy into traditional hi-fi of yore. With analog, digital, and wireless connectivity, an accomplished class-AB amplifier...
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