Digital

Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface

August 28, 2014
Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB interface ($1695) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Though the Alpha USB’s $1695 price is considerably more than that of other USB converters, the Alpha is a bargain when you consider that it provides a simple, foolproof path for creating a...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD Transport-DAC

August 28, 2014
Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD Transport-DAC

Terry London has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD transport-DAC ($3000) at HomeTheeaterReview. His conclusions: “Simaudio’s Moon Neo 260D is very impressive in its performance, particularly in the areas of timbres/tonality, accurate soundstaging, and punchy powerful dynamics and bass extension. It is a good-looking piece of equipment that was enjoyable...
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Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

August 28, 2014
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

John Iverson has posted a review of the Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-headphone amplifier ($6000) and Voltikus poswer supply. His conclusions: “In the end, Antelope Audio’s Zodiac Platinum with Voltikus power supply has a complete set of features for the modern audio system, performs flawlessly, and trades jabs with some of the best DACs...
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Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

August 24, 2014
Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 receiver-streamer-DAC (£3000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Lyric is a tour de force for Cyrus. The sound quality combined with the feature count and sheer ease of use puts it in the premier league. The amplifier is a major upgrade on virtually all...
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Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB Converter

August 23, 2014
Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB Converter

John Darko has posted a review of the Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB converter (AU$1325/€699) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “Oversimplifying for the sake of argument it seems the more you spend on your D/A converter, the more likely it is to feature circuits that provide considerable immunity to jitter and electrical noise. That...
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PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC

August 22, 2014
PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC

Art Dudley has posted a review of the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC ($6000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Time will tell if and when these levels of performance, flexibility, and luxury will become available for less than $6000. But today, for those who’ve waited for a computer-friendly DAC that offers, with every type...
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Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

August 20, 2014
Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Linn Akurate Exakt DSM player and Exakt Akubarik loudspeakers (together, ($41,000) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Exakt Link protocol is a digital audiophile’s dream in that it keeps the audio data in the digital domain unit the final amplification step at the loudspeaker. This near...
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Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

August 20, 2014
Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

Joel Chevassus has posted a review of the Lumïn S1 music streamer ($14,900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The S1 now competes directly with heavyweights like the Ayon S5 or TotalDAC Dual server + Dac whilst perhaps delivering a less romantic presentation. I am not fond of romance in audio playback. The small signs or...
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Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 20, 2014
Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Sony PHA-2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($595) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “For those audiophiles who strongly favor a difficult-to-drive headphone, the PHA-2 will be a better option than the headphone amplifiers built into most portable devices. Also for owners of highly sensitive, custom, in-ear monitors, who...
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TotalDac D1- Dual DAC

August 20, 2014
TotalDac D1- Dual DAC

Key Kim has posted a review of the TotalDac D1- Dual DAC ($12,300) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I don’t have firsthand experience of all other super DACs out there but the Totaldac D1-Dual DAC is the best sounding digital playback I’ve had in my home. It produced a transparent, delicate, and musically involving...
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Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA Vacuum Tube DAC

August 19, 2014
Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA Vacuum Tube DAC

Ken Micallef has posted a review of the Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA vacuum tube DAC ($1800) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “At $1800, I’d say the LM-502CA is a bargain, maybe a steal. You can go loco and tube-roll the 502. And I imagine dabbling in power cord fetishes might get you somewhere. The...
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Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player

August 18, 2014
Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player

Brian Kahn has posted a review of the Marantz NA-11S1 network audio player ($3499) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The NA-11S1 is a well-thought-out, easy-to-use DAC/network audio player that provided glitch-free performance with all input types. The quality of playback is extremely good and engaging. The energetic and dynamic capabilities of the NA-11S1 make it...
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Wyred4Sound Remedy S/PDIF Reclocker

August 18, 2014
Wyred4Sound Remedy S/PDIF Reclocker

John Darko has posted a review of the Wyred4Sound Remedy S/PDIF reclocker ($399) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “The Remedy is a genuine game changer for almost every entry-level digital audiophile so DAR-KO award assignation is the only way to wrap this review . And the review unit? It’s all mine!” You caan...
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Nagra HD DSD DAC

August 17, 2014
Nagra HD DSD DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Nagra HD DSD DAC (€19,900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Audio Technology Switzerland’s Nagra HD DAC is a truly full-featured very modern über DAC with remote-controlled analog volume to support amp-direct use; and a very good headphone amp that’s ideal for Sennheiser’s flagship HD800. With its FPGA...
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Norma Revo DS-1 CD Player-DAC

August 15, 2014
Norma Revo DS-1 CD Player-DAC

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Norma Revo DS-1 CD player-DAC (£3495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Digital is dividing into several niche markets at this time, and NORMA is taking an admirably pragmatic line with the DS-1. If you want to play your CDs, fine. If you decide to rip them to...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable Media Player

August 15, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable Media Player

Rad Bennett has posted a review of the Astell&Kern Ak240 portable media player ($2499) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “The Astell&Kern AK240 makes it possible to listen to high-resolution music practically anywhere. It’s pricey, but look at what it can do and what components it can replace, and see if that doesn’t lessen the...
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Sony UDA-1 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

August 13, 2014
Sony UDA-1 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Micahel Lavorgna has posted a review of the Sony UDA-1 integrated amplifier-DAC ($799) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The little Sony UDA-1 is a music maker of smile-inducing proportions. If you’re a Mac user and can live with using Sony’s app for playing back DSD files, as well as its relatively low output power, you...
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UFO DSD DAC

August 13, 2014
UFO DSD DAC

Brian Moura has posted a review of the UFO DSD DAC ($447) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “For me, the combination of its clever design, small size, portability, sound quality and price (under $500) make the UFO-DSD a very interesting option to bring high resolution audio with you on the road or even in...
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Wyetech Labs Ruby P-1 Phono Stage

August 12, 2014
Wyetech Labs Ruby P-1 Phono Stage

Ken Choi has posted a review of the Wyetech Labs Ruby P-1 phono stage ($6800) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “If, 30 years ago, you had asked me about the best way of enjoying analog playback, I would have said that the only real way is with a tubed phono stage, with or...
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TEAC PD-501 Digital Player

August 12, 2014
TEAC PD-501 Digital Player

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the TEAC PD-501 digital player ($850) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The TEAC PD-501 delivered more music in my systems than I would have expected from an $850 CD player. This was especially true when playing discs burned from DSD files. The TEAC is a very special product...
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