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Turntables Etc.

Turntables Etc. Ayre

Spiral Groove TurntableDPS Turntable from Ayre Acoustics. dps-"der Plattenspieler" ("The Turntable") is the brainchild of Mr. Willibald Bauer of Munich, Germany. The dps was developed over the course of many years beginning with the design of a unique zero-clearance spindle bearing, followed by a series of dedicated listening tests to fine-tune the structural elements. The dps turntable is stylish, compact, fluidly dynamic and incredibly quiet. Stable and musical, the dps uses a zero-clearance spindle bearing designed to provide a controlled silent resistance for the high torque detached synchronous 3-phase motor. This resistance protects the stylus from variations in the dynamic drag, ensuring a constant rotational speed. The acrylic platter is supported by a tungsten shaft which rests on the ruby bearing in a viscous oil bath all chosen for their excellent self damping properties.

 

Turntables Etc. Dynavector

DV 507 Tone ArmDV 507 Tone Arm from Dynavector. The new MKII version of the Dynavector DV 507 tonearm has made its long-awaited debut, building on the strengths of the original DV 507 which has enjoyed the highest reputation among audiophiles world-wide since its appearance in 1984.

As it is a bi-axis inertia controlled tonearm the DV 507, no matter the type of cartridge can trace the music signal grooves cut in the recording with extreme accuracy. The DV 507 also provides superb trackability on warped recordings. Resolution and musical detailing are quite remarkable.

 

Turntables Etc. Hanss Acoustics

T-10 TurntableT-10 Turntable from Hanss Acoustics is the only magnetically levitating ceramic bearing on a budget turntable (German made, adjustable). Heavy duty aluminum sub-platter, World standard acrylic platter, Super high quality European motor, Heavy duty isolation feet, Heavy duty dust cover and hinge, Optional high end phono stage (MM / MC) package available.

 

Turntables Etc. Rega Research

RP1 TurntableRP1 Turntable from Rega Research uses a manual speed change rather than an automatic mechanism - eliminates speed inconsistencies and reduces wear of the drive belt. Hand assembled RB101 tonearm, precision main bearing, phenolic resin platter and a high quality low vibration motor which would normally be used on a turntable costing two or three times the amount.

 

Turntables Etc. Rega Research

RP3 TurntableRP3 Turntable from Rega Research has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. Excellent build quality, reliability and ease of use combine to make a product which, if used correctly, will offer a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Omitting unnecessary gimmicks allows us to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce records accurately. The RP3 is fitted with a hand assembled RB303 tonearm, precision main bearing and a low vibration low noise 24v motor assembly which is individually hand tuned to its circuit to further reduce vibration.

 

Turntables Etc. Rega Research

RP6 TurntableRP6 Turntable from Rega Research has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. Excellent build quality, reliability and ease of use combine to make a product which, if used correctly, will offer you a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Omitting unnecessary gimmicks allows us to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce music accurately. The RP6 is fitted with a hand assembled RB303 tonearm, precision main bearing and a low vibration low noise 24v motor assembly which is individually hand tuned to its circuit to further reduce vibration. The minimalist design of the Rega RP6 and the use of extremely high quality components ensure that your turntable should last for many years.

 

Turntables Etc. Shindo Laboratories

Garrard 301 Player SystemGarrard 301 Player System from Shindo Labs uses a damped integral mat. The Shindo platter is 20mm larger than the stock unit, and about 3lb heavier. The Shindo bearing is higher mass, has a larger diameter and is machined to much tighter tolerances than the stock unit. It also uses a special oil. The Shindo plinth system uses layers of laminated hardwood glued together and lacquered by 6th generation master carpenters. There are no voids left under the table and literally the plinth fits the Garrard like a glove. Not only beautiful to look at but offers the highest performance. A must for every Garrard 301. The Ortofon SPU is a classic design dating back to the mid 1950's, considered one of the finest cartridges in the world due to it's amazing musicality and direct sweet sound. Shindo takes the Ortofon SPU and does some proprietary modifications to the damper, coil, suspension and cantilever. This makes the classic SPU sound more refined, extended and resolute.

 

Turntables Etc. SME

SME TurntablesSME Turntables and Tonearms Ideally, a turntable should address all problems associated with extraneous vibrations. These vibrations emanate from numerous sources including airborne and structural vibration from loudspeakers, record groove modulation, stray electrical fields and mechanical imperfections in moving parts. The SME Model 20/12, due to its superb instrument quality machining, is allied with fundamental physics. By adhering to the premise that the higher the mass and stiffness of a body the less it will flex and vibrate; and the duration of a vibration can be shortened by suitable damping.

SME Tonearms

 

Turntables Etc. Spiral Groove

Spiral Groove TurntableSpiral Groove turntables rely in part on mass to control noise. Stainless steel and aluminum lend our ‘tables heft and solidity, an effective first-line defense against errant vibration. But mass alone cannot eliminate noise; though the metals we’ve chosen store and release energy in predictable ways, they need help in order to dissipate it effectively. We provide that assistance by sandwiching together the layers of our platform with a proven damping agent. Mechanical isolation contributes an additional measure of control. Motor, tonearm, and platter occupy discrete layers within the platform, a tactical separation that prevents noise generated by one mechanism from contaminating another. This strategic alliance — rigidity, compliance, and isolation — lays the groundwork for one of the quietest and most responsive turntables on the market today.

 

Spiral Groove CentroidSpiral Groove Centroid tonearms provide a new level of accurate vinyl playback by virtually eliminating the moment of inertia and it's negative effects on the phono cartridge. Structural rigidity and the efficient dissipation of unwanted mechanical energy are hallmarks of the Spiral Groove tonearms. Three criteria have determined our choice of tonearm materials: low mass, high strength, and the ability to transfer energy quickly away from the cartridge. Spiral Groove employs advanced computer modeling to simulate the forces exerted on the arm as the cartridge tracks the record. Understanding these forces dynamically has enabled them to compensate for the forces mechanically. They call their approach Balanced Force Design and with it they have greatly improved tracking and optimized cartridge performance. The tonearm also provide precision in the overhang, VTA, azimuth, zenith, anti-skate control and tracking force, which are all easily adjustable. A proprietary mirror setup gauge is included with each tonearm.

 

Turntables Etc. Well Tempered Lab

DV-500 TurntableDV-500 Turntable is a William Firebaugh (Well Tempered Lab) design which facilitates a high performance and stable platform for the Dynavector 507 Tonearm. It features dual layer acrylic / aluminium sandwich construction, servo controlled motor with anti vibration mounting, “zero tolerance” main bearing, 0.004 inches Polyester thread belt, and a predrilled tonearm mounting plate for DV 507 tonearm.

 

Amadeus TurntableAmadeus Turntable from Well Tempered Lab. The Amadeus tone-arm does not have a bearing in the normal sense. Many tone-arm bearings use high quality ball bearings that have clearances in the low micron range. However, that is where all the action takes place. The Amadeus bearing has zero clearance and damping for un-rivaled performance. The tone-arm is constructed with a golf ball partially immersed in high viscosity silicone fluid. Golf balls are very precisely made and are well-suited for this application. The degree of damping is adjustable. A tone-arm without damping will cause the cone of a subwoofer to pump markedly. Controlling The Resonance Within The Arm Tube The 10.5 inch arm tube of Amadeus is filled with a special grade of sand to eliminate any resonances within the tube. This technique is very effective and is unique to all Well Tempered designs.

 

DPS Power SupplyDPS Power Supply from Well Tempered Lab. The DPS (Dedicated Power Supply) for Well Tempered turntables features high quality components throughout to completely eradicate spurious noise for truly silent analog playback. Along with the dedicated output for Well Tempered turntables (Amadeus & Simplex variants) the DPS also features a pair of additional 12v outputs for running other audiophile components such as phono stages.

 

Homage T1 TransformerHomage T1 and T2 Transformers from Auditorium 23.

"Without exaggeration we can say that it was simply the rediscovering of our vinyl collection, in fact this transformer literally transcends the cartridge. It serves a tone unbelievable open, dynamically and musically. The listening becomes a moving experience. In comparison to the competitors like the Shindo "Arome" or the Ortofon 3000, the Hommage T1 gives the impression instruments have more physical realism, the touch of the pianist is more distinctive, the play more mighty, vivid, expressive. The wonderful recording of Tchaikovski's Concerto for Violin with Szering and Haitink (Philips) makes one believe in a better reading of the cartridge that extracts information never being heard before. " ~ From the DIAPASON Review

 

Homage T1 TransformerStep Up Transformer from Auditorium 23.

Auditorium 23 step up transformers are available in three versions, two specifically for very low impedance cartridges like the Ortofon SPU and one for higher impedance cartridges like the EMT's, Denon 103, Shelter and many others. Auditorium 23 transformers in combination with a suitable phono preamp are simply amazing. Active gain stages will never capture the flow, texture, drive and overall musicality of a top shelf transformer like the Auditorium 23.

Phono Cartridges

A thought about cartridge demos:

I have often wondered how audiophiles choose their cartridges; based on reviews or other audiophile comments, etc. very confusing at best. I decided to help my customers by setting up a repeatable demo system that will let you hear the difference between cartridges.

I have mounted a Dynavector 507 Mk2 on my Nottingham Dais turntable. The Dynavector has a removable headshell system. I have currently mounted the Shelter 9000, EMT Jubilee, Lyra Titan I, and Dynavector DRT-XV-1s. These are all mounted on their own headshells. It only takes a few minutes to go from one cartridge to another. This insures that you will be hearing differences only in the cartridge, not cables turntables or other components.

 

Phono Cartridges Dynavector

Dynavector SUP-200SUP-200 step-UP MC Transformer from Dynavector is a superior quality step up transformer that will extract the very best musical performance from most moving coil cartridges. Although predominantly designed for use with Dynavector MC cartridges. The SUP-200 has 26dB gain and can be matched with all moving coil cartridges within the 3-35 ohms Impedance range and an output voltage of more than 0.1mV. The use of high permeability core material ensures ultra low distortion and maintains minimum power loss.

 

DV XV-1 DV XV-1 from Dynavector mono cartridge has been developed due to enthusiastic requests from mono record lovers, worldwide. The XV-1s mono has not been designed as a typical, old fashioned mono cartridge, but developed as a true high fidelity component. It is designed to provide the highest performance and extract the greatest musical expression possible from mono records. The XV-1s mono follows from the innovative design and technology of the acclaimed XV-1s stereo cartridge and incorporates the following details and considerations:

 

DV Karat 17D3 Karat 17D3 from Dynavector is the first cartridges built using 'dispersion' theory. Micro-Ridge stylus and very short (1.7mm) solid diamond cantilever give a huge reduction in 'frequency dispersion', unmatched dynamics and a high frequency extension all the way up to 100kHz. The latest patented magnet circuit design increases the output to 0.3mV with crystal clear mid-range and treble even during the largest symphonic crescendos.

 

DRT XV-1DRT XV-1 Cartridge from Dynavector. The original XV-1 cartridge was designed to take the reproduction of analogue recording to new heights. The XV-1 achieved a standard of performance that was clearly in a league of its own. Dynavector have always remained indifferent to the endless digital formats that purport to be the next breakthrough in music reproduction, safe in the knowledge that the vast heritage of music recorded on vinyl can easily equal, if not clearly out perform these new formats. Dynavector are seriously committed to ensure the vinyl enthusiast is well catered for and the XV-1s is further proof of this on going commitment; yet another ground breaking product, uniquely Dynavector and flagship of the brilliant Dynavector cartridge range.

At a glance, the XV-1 was always different from all cartridges that have gone before. Its magnetic circuit comprises 8 small ALNICO magnets. The magnetic path is divided into two - In the magnetic gap, a specially designed magnetic flux equalizing piece is placed. On the front yokes, magnetic stabilizing coils are wound. By this special combination, the magnetic field becomes widely homogeneous and more linear than the conventional magnetic design that is common in existing MC cartridges. The XV-1 has been awarded 'Golden Ear Award 2001' in the Absolute Sound magazine for its highly advanced technology.

 

Phono Cartridges EMT

EMT JSD 5Jubilee Series JSD 5 Gyger S Cartridge from EMT. Audiophile MC systems developed on the occasion of the 66th Anniversary of EMT.

Half opened casing made from and milled out of a massive block of purest special aluminum. Gold plated system components. Normed ½ inc standard fastening for the use with every quality tone arm. The JSD uses a bare diamond stylus in Gyger S.

The JSD series was not only developed and optimized in the laboratory but mainly in practice, partly with the assistance of committed test listeners who used their own records and partly by using legendary old record players and also t e most modern ones, as well as multitude tone arms during extensive listening and comparative tests. Great importance was given to maintaining the typical characteristics of EMT, stressing in particular the know how which is based on the large experience of our specialists. Special attention as also been given to t e consistent use of non exotic materials.

 

EMT CartridgeJSD 6 Cartridge from EMT. The JSD series was not only developed and optimized in the laboratory but mainly in practice, partly with the assistance of committed test listeners who used their own records and partly by using legendary old record players and also the most modern ones, as well as multitude tone arms during extensive listening and comparative tests. Great importance was given to maintaining the typical characteristics of EMT, stressing in particular the know how which is based on the large experience of our specialists. Special attention as also been given to the consistent use of non exotic materials.

 

EMT CartridgeJSD 6 Gold Cartridge from EMT. Audiophile MC-systems developed on the occasion of the 66th Anniversary of EMT. Half-opened casing made from and milled out of a massive block of purest special aluminium. Gold-plated system components. Normed ½- inch standard fastening for the use with every high-quality tone arm. Both types use a bare diamond stylus, the JSD 5 in Gyger S, the JSD 6 in Super Fineline version.

 

EMT CartridgeEMT XSD15 and EMT XOD25 (mono) Cartridges from EMT. The moving coil cartridges will be delivered in an accurate and resistant light metal pressure cabinet. They are all equipped with an extensive loupe and a small screen which reflects the light of the EMT studio turntables. Out of that, a wide and bright image of the record surface appears in the loupe for an exact positioning of the stylus. The sidewise mounted holder allows an easy handling.

 

Phono Cartridges Ortofon

Ortofon Xpression Xpression from Ortofon bridges the gap between SPU-type cartridges and High-End cartridges like the MC A90 and the MC Windfeld designed for headshell mounting. The result is a high-performance moving coil cartridge with the convenience of a standard headshell connector, which provides a simple and elegant method of directly connecting the generator and tonearm via the Xpression's one-piece body.

 

Phono Cartridges Lyra

Lyra Kleos Kleos from Lyra. The Kleos is the lowest cost Lyra cartridge to feature the full fledged Ogura manufactured boron cantilever and coil system with Lyra original line-contact (3 x 70μm) stylus. This is similar to what is employed on even the most expensive Lyra models.

Today there are only a small handful of master cartridge builders in the world, and Lyra's Yoshinori Mishima belongs to this elite group of individuals that are capable of crafting the highest level MC transducers on the planet. His assistant Akiko Ishiyama, who has undergone several years of apprenticeship, is also involved in the building process leading to each Kleos. The Kleos is not only hand made, but each cartridge is listened to extensively and "voiced" by the master cartridge builder, like the finest musical instruments.

Lyra offers a unique combination of capable, advanced cartridge design by Jonathan Carr and complete handmade execution by the above mentioned individuals.

 

Phono Cartridges Sumiko

Sumiko Blackbird Blackbird from Sumiko. Designed for exceedingly low noise levels, wide dynamic range and the highest possilbe fidelity in its price class, Blackbird is destined to become an analog classic. Each cartridge is assembled using time honored, labor intensive techniques, hand calibrated and critically auditioned to meet the most rigorous standards of consistancy. The main advantage of high output moving coil cartridges is the elimination of any additional gain stages, resulting in an overall reduction of the noise floor. With 2.5mV directly driving a standard 47k Ohm RIAA phono stage, the best possible signal to noise ratio is realized. Nothing but music emerges from your most treasured recordings.

CD Players

 

CD Players, Etc. Audio Research

Audio Research CD-8REFERENCE CD8 Vacuum Tube CD Player from Audio Research stands in a class all its own. While retaining the lush, full embodiment of the CD7 sound, the CD8 adds new dimensions of transparency. It immediately shows greater transient speed top-to-bottom, purer resolution of low-level detail and expanded dynamic contrasts, with more bass slam, definition and extension. The soundstage is larger and more holographic because of the heightened ability of the REFCD8 to embody and locate instruments and voices. Rhythmically, the REFCD8 also picks up the pace compared to the CD7, with improved timing cues and better rhythmic interplay. You will find other sonic dimensions to marvel as you spend time with this enticing player.

 

CD Players, Etc. Ayre

CX-7e CD Player CX-7eMP CD Player from Ayre. No other CD player delivers music like the Ayre CX-7eMP. Its sophisticated single-pass 16x digital filter allows the subtle sonic details in your favorite discs to shine through. An exclusive fully-balanced, zero-feedback analog circuit combines breathtaking transparency with beguiling musicality. The fundamental tones that provide music's foundation are meticulously rendered by the Ayre CX-7eMP's twin massive power transformers—one handles just the digital circuitry; the other the analog. The Ayre CX-7eMP is the source for your music.

 

C-5xe universal stereo player
C-5xe universal stereo player from Ayre creates a completely new product category, the U2 player (universal stereo player). The first of its kind, this no video, no compromise design plays all existing optical disc formats including: CD, SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video (soundtrack only), and MP-3. This unique disc player is the ultimate playback machine for the music lover. When the music is paramount, the C-5xe sets a new standard. The C-5xe is truly for those of us who value the enjoyment of music above all else.

 

Ayre DX-5 A/V EngineAyre DX-5 A/V Engine from Ayre serves as the central source component for your system. It plays back virtually all digital formats, both video and audio, and it also provides a connection to provide the full advantages of computer-based audio playback. Thanks to its advanced technological features the DX-5 will extract the full measure of performance from all digital video and audio formats, maximizing your enjoyment both now and into the future.

 

CD Players, Etc. dCS

dCS Puccini CD/SACDPuccini CD/SACD from dCS is a revelation - a high end system in one box - combining the aesthetics of the Paganini with all of our upsampling, DAC, clocking and CD/SACD player technology in a single, easy to set up unit which delivers unbeatable performance. Built to the highest specifications, Puccini features a sleek solid aluminium fascia, high grade aluminium casing, all metal buttons and a smooth transport mechanism. CD or SACD, Puccini will extract every last bit of detail from your discs, bringing a reality to your music that you never heard before.

 

dCS PucciniPuccini U-Clock from dCS is a combination of a system clock with a sophisticated USB to SPDIF converter. You can use it as a clock or a converter or both together. Locking your digital system to the U-Clock reduces jitter and improves the sonic performance. Use the converter as a gateway for a PC, Mac or sound server to connect computer-based music into your system, while avoiding the high levels of jitter and other compromises commonly found in such sources.

 

CD Players, Etc. Musical Fidelity

M6CD/DACM6CD/DAC from Musical Fidelity has a very high quality 24-bit 192K true upsampling DAC which has outstanding linearity, ultra low noise, very low distortion and ruler flat frequency response. The M6CD/DAC is a very high quality DAC as well as being a CD player. Once you have created a very high performance DAC for a CD player it is relatively low cost to add 3 extra digital inputs so it can be used as a very high quality DAC as well. That's what we've done with the M6CD. It has inputs for USB, coax and optical. Given a reasonable quality digital stream the M6's DAC will make a huge measurable improvement to performance to any source. The M6's sonic quality is smooth and sweet. There is no harshness, excellent image. Great spatial recovery. Huge dynamic range. It's just so natural. Pairing the M6i and M6CD/DAC gives a really high quality basis for your music system.

 

V-linkV-link from Musical Fidelity is a 24 BIT 96 kHz asynchronous USB to S/PDIF converter. It is an exclusive in-house, Musical Fidelity development. The V-Link offers perfect performance from USB. Jitter is eliminated. Data transfer is perfect. It really, really does the job. The V-Link has Musical Fidelity's unique proprietary asynchronous digital control system feedback technology software. When added to all the other elements, it produces virtual perfection. The V-Link (24 bit 96 kHz) produces performance equal to the most expensive and the most exotic on the market. It's true!

 

CD Players, Etc. Naim

Naim UnitiQute Audio PlayerUnitiQute Audio Player from Naim. It's a cliche we know, but good things come in small packages. The UnitiQute all-in-one audio player however isn't just good: it's a brilliant-sounding, uniquely versatile, seductively compact and, of course, irresistibly cute example of what contemporary music in the home is all about. Music downloads, high-resolution music files, internet radio, network music, UPnP servers, iPod/MP3 players, Wi-Fi streaming - everything that the new era of music delivery can throw at it, UnitiQute can play.

 

Naim CD5iCD5i CD Player from Naim, especially when partnered by the complementary NAIT 5i integrated amplifier, sets a thrilling new standard for the musical performance of entry-level hi-fi. This outstanding new machine, which replaces the previous CD5i in our line-up, brings worthwhile performance benefits for users but retains the functionality and straightforward usability of the classic player. This enhanced performance has been derived from a new DAC and power supply arrangement, optimisation of the output filter and star grounding pattern, and upgraded components in key areas of the circuitry.

 

Naim HDX Hard Disk playerHDX Hard Disk player from Naim. The HDX reads audio data from CDs, stores it on a hard disk, catalogues the artist, album and track titles and, at the touch of a screen, replays it with utterly uncompromised sound quality. The HDX's ease of use defines elegant simplicity and it even offers the option of operating as a high-end CD player by directly playing a disc loaded in its drawer.

 

D/A Converters

D/A Converters ACOUSTIC PLAN

DigiMasterDigiMaster from Acoustic Plan.

In spite of the small size of the CD transport/DA converter combination the DigiMaster and DriveMaster meets the superior quality demanded by high-end audiophiles.

The D/A converter DigiMaster has probably the most consequent high resolution digital audio processing related to simplicity of all converters on the market nowadays. The USB as well as the SPDIF inputs have 192kHz/24 bit receivers and they pass on the data stream to the 24-bit R2R PCM1704U-K converter. Neither upsampling nor oversampling is used and this keeps the data as pure as possible. The USB data transfer works in an asynchronous mode, whereby the clock is determined by the high precision clock generator in the DigiMaster. To avoid ground loops between the PC and the DigiMaster, the USB receiver circuit is powered by the PC, whereas inductive couplers (iCoupler)  provide the galvanic separation between the two units.

The minimalist philosophy of the circuit design is continued in the analogue filter and in the analogue output stage. For that reason, only analogue filters are used to cut off the undesirable ultrasonic frequency range. Depending on the sampling rate, the filters are switched to the proper cut off frequency. The analogue filters consist of custom made precision inductors and capacitors. A pure tube output stage amplifies the small analogue signals and provides a low output impedance to partnering electronics.

All devices of the Master series have an external high quality switching power supply as standard. They meet the latest energy saving directives and have a medical approval for low electromagnetic radiation. As an upgrade, a power supply with linear regulation of Acoustic Plan’s own production is available. This power supply is able to supply two devices of the Master series.

The software of both devices (DigiMaster and DriveMaster) is developed "in house" exclusively by Acoustic Plan.

 

DriveMasterDriveMaster from Acoustic Plan.

In spite of the small size of the CD transport/DA converter combination the DigiMaster and DriveMaster meets the superior quality demanded by high-end audiophiles.

The CD transport DriveMaster is equipped with the famous CDPro2 wich is also used in studio's, test equipment and continuous music reproduction units. Together with the special suspension of the drive module a highly accurate readout is ensured. The DriveMaster has two digital outputs, a SPDIF output with BNC connector and a non standard I2S output. The I2S connection to the D/A converter DigiMaster allows a direct data transfer without converting and converting back of the SPDIF signal.

All devices of the Master series have an external high quality switching power supply as standard. They meet the latest energy saving directives and have a medical approval for low electromagnetic radiation. As an upgrade, a power supply with linear regulation of Acoustic Plan's own production is available. This power supply is able to supply two devices of the Master series.

The software of both devices (DigiMaster and DriveMaster) is developed "in house" exclusively by Acoustic Plan.

 

D/A Converters Audio Research

DAC8 Digital-to-Analog ConverterDAC8 High Resolution USB S/PDIF Digital Converter from Audio Research.

Audio Research has maximized the USB capability of the DAC8 by incorporating USB 2.0 HS (High Speed) which runs at 480Mbps. USB 2.0 HS has a lower jitter specification than USB 2.0 FS (Full Speed 12mbps), consequently the DAC8 is capable of reproducing music at higher definition/resolution (up to 24/192) than products communicating at USB 2.0 FS speeds (24/96).

 

DAC8 Digital-to-Analog ConverterDAC8 High Resolution USB S/PDIF Digital Converter from Audio Research.

Audio Research has maximized the USB capability of the DAC8 by incorporating USB 2.0 HS (High Speed) which runs at 480Mbps. USB 2.0 HS has a lower jitter specification than USB 2.0 FS (Full Speed 12mbps), consequently the DAC8 is capable of reproducing music at higher definition/resolution (up to 24/192) than products communicating at USB 2.0 FS speeds (24/96).

 

D/A Converters Ayre

Ayre USB DACQB-9 USB Digital-to-Analog Converter from Ayre is destined to convert your computer into an uncompromised digital library of your favorite music. A simple USB connection engages the Asynchronous transfer mode ensuring accurately timed music with jitter levels over a hundred times lower than previous USB solutions. Our minimum phase digital filter and single-pass 16x oversampling technology release layers of musical resolution-uncovering the emotional soul of your music.

 

D/A ConvertersChord Electronics

Chordette GemChordette Gem from Chord Electronics is the first in a new range of lower cost products designed to integrate within any existing HiFi system. The Gem has unique Bluetooth Audio receiver technology to allow the transfer of music from a Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA or personal computer. The addition of a USB port also allows direct streaming of audio from a PC. Modern phones, personal digital assistants and personal computers now have the ability to transmit high quality audio using the Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile or A2DP for short. Using a custom designed Bluetooth receiver we have been able to extract and decrypt the normally unused digital audio information and input this directly into a high quality digital to analogue converter. Unlike the analogue audio outputs seen from other Bluetooth devices this gives us much better performance and enables CD like transfer of music from the Bluetooth device. Connection is a breeze and uses a very simple pairing procedure and with a range of up to 30 meters it can be used anywhere in the home.

 

D/A Converters dCs

Scarlatti DACScarlatti DAC One of the main drivers behind the extraordinary performance of Scarlatti is the patented dCS Ring DAC, which is a discrete balanced design and does not use any off-the-shelf DAC chips commonly found in other manufacturers' product. Scarlatti DAC uses an enhanced version of our Ring DAC, improved through increased processing power, faster FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), separate power supplies for all things digital and analogue and a quieter electrical environment. Scarlatti DAC features standard AES3, SPDIF and SDIF-2 inputs in addition to the IEEE 1394 interface. The digital volume control allows direct connection to a power amplifier, there is no need for a preamplifier. Maximum output can be either two or six volts to suit different amp/speaker combinations. Four filters are provided in DSD mode to allow listeners to tailor system response.

 

Scarlatti UpsamplerScarlatti Upsampler The patent pending (GB0817141.5) Scarlatti Upsampler or digital-to-digital converter (DDC) converts digital audio data at one sample rate to a higher sample rate, providing listeners with higher levels of performance from any industry standard digital source, including PC and Media Servers. Upsampling to progressively higher sample rates makes progressive improvements to fine detail, sound stage depth and image separation. This means the sound quality increases as you upsample CD data first to 24/88.2, then to 24/176.4, then to DSD. Using Scarlatti Upsampler to present data with a higher information capacity to the dCS Ring DAC results in extraordinary performance as our patented dCS Ring DAC, which is a discrete balanced design, does not use any off-the-shelf DAC chips commonly found in other manufacturers' product.

 

D/A ConvertersMusical Fidelity

REL B2M1 DAC from Musical Fidelity.

The new M1 DAC is the fruit of 23 years experience of making top performance DACs. It has four digital inputs; coax, optical, balanced and USB.

The M1 DAC will lock on to any S/P diff signal at; 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz, 96kHz and 192kHz. The input sampling frequency is displayed on the front panel.

The M1 DAC upsamples to 24-bit at 192kHz. This is genuine true upsampling.

 

Debussy DACDebussy DAC The Debussy DAC is the future hub of your digital playback system. Debussy combines the legendary dCS Ring DAC and our patent pending (GB0817141.5) asynchronous usb technology in one box to deliver a DAC that will extract amazing performance from any digital source. Built to the highest specifications, Debussy features a sleek solid aluminium fascia, high grade aluminium casing, all metal buttons and is powered by dCS electronics. CD or Computer Audio, Debussy will extract every last bit of detail from your music collection, bringing a reality to your music that you never heard before.

 

D/A ConvertersWavelength

Cosecant USB DACCosecant V2 USB Digital DAC from Wavelength.

"The Cosecant is one of the coolest ideas I have in a long time. This allows your computer to be converted into a media central unit. That's right you can use the computer to play CD's in the CD drive. Or move songs to the hard drive and create play lists. Or you can stream music off the internet, play movies the list goes on.

One of the reasons this works so well is because ounce the track is ripped (copied) to the hard drive error free it just sounds better than any transport available.

The Cosecant does not use a USB DAC chip. It instead uses a non up/oversampling multibit dac with out the use of analog or digital filtering. The idea that what is on the disk is exactly what is going out without any math involved between disk and output."
- J. Gordon Rankin, Wavelength Audio

 

Wavelength ProtonThe Proton USB Digital DAC from Wavelength is for desktops, home audio, travel whatever! The idea is to make a dac that could run without a power supply and still sound wonderful. The idea is simple: we can use the USB power to provide for the necessities and then for the critical areas the LiION battery can supply the extra clean power for the dac and the headphone outputs. The Proton supports 24 bit data at 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96k and is indicated on the rear by four leds. The volume control icon for the headphone output will appear on the computer desktop. Setting the volume slider on the computer will result hardware in the Proton to set the analog volume control for the outputs to the desired setting.

 

Wavelength BrickThe Brick USB Digital DAC from Wavelength. Very similar to the 'Cosecant' above, except that the output stage of the Brick is a single 12AU7A dual triode in reactor follower mode that has the great ability to deliver the goods. The Brick uses custom code developed by Wavelength Audio to support USB ASYNC mode. The Brick has a very low jitter central clock that runs the entire audio section. The output 16/44.1K of the TDA1543N2 (5% top selected) multibit dac and passive I/V is directly connected to the 12AU7A/ECC82 output tube which in turns drives the reactor follower output for excellent drive and sound.

 

Wavelength CrimsonThe Crimson USB Digital DAC from Wavelength. The Crimson uses a more intellegent controller that has the capabilities of up too 24/96 operation. The Crimson has an upgradable DAC module that has the code to represent that module to it's fullest capacity. This code can be updated if in the future some changes are required. The DAC module also runs off of a battery for really low noise and the best possible operation. The battery is charged when the DAC is off or in Sleep/Standby mode.