• Denon Launches the DA-300USB

    Denon Launches the DA-300USB

    Mahwah, NJ February 19, 2014—Denon® Electronics, a premier manufacturer of high-quality home and personal audio products, announces the DA-300USB, the company’s first stand-alone USB digital to analog converter (DAC) that dramatically improves audio quality from ...
  • Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Finding an excellent digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for under $1200 used to be an audiophile fantasy. But with advancements in DAC design and reductions in the price of the high-quality parts needed to make these designs ...
  • AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor

    AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor

    AURALiC’s Vega Digital Audio Processor ($3499) is a powerful and versatile digital-to-analog converter that can also serve as a digital-input-only, balanced-output-capable preamplifier. Specifically, the Vega supports all PCM files from 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution to 384kHz/32-bit resolution, ...
  • Meridian Direct DAC

    Meridian Direct DAC

    It’s no secret that pocket-sized USB DACs have a lot going for them. I know from experience that Meridian’s Explorer is a superb little performer (Issue 234). But, miniaturization also has its limits. For example, ...
  • The Swiss Audio Juggernaut

    The Swiss Audio Juggernaut

    TAS has never done an in-depth examination of a geographic region that figures prominently in the world of audio, but it’s about time. America is fascinating for its entrepreneurial spirit and a business ecosystem that ...
  • CES 2014 – Digital Components

    CES 2014 – Digital Components

    Introduction Remember when everyone had to lug around a bunch of electronic devices just to get through the day? We carried pagers, flip phones, iPods, laptops, and—when needed—a camera. This was an unsustainable situation—and the ...
  • EAR-Yoshino 192 DACute DAC

    EAR-Yoshino 192 DACute DAC

    When Tim de Paravicini set out to design the DACute, I’m fairly certain that he sought to maximize its analog footprint. After all, analog is his métier. In fact, he freely admits to trying to ...
  • Parasound Zdac

    Parasound Zdac

    Pocket USB streamers are all the rage today. Feather-light and foolproof, they fit in your trousers, fanny-pack, or handbag, and, voîlà, high-res music on-the-hoof. However, they do pose problems for dedicated home-based high-end platforms. Sure, ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    What follows is a survey of new headphone, earphone, and related products seen and heard at RMAF. HeadAmp The Virginia-based firm HeadAmp was showing its newest product, which is the two-chassis, fully balanced, solid-state GS-X ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    Over roughly the past decade an alternate high-end audio universe has been emerging—a universe centered on very high-performance headphones, earphones, portable and desktop headphone amplifiers, and amp/DACs. In short, it is a world that might ...

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