• AXPONA Chicago 2013

    AXPONA Chicago 2013

    Not since 1994, when the Summer CES stopped camping out yearly along Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, has the Windy City played annual host to a large high-end audio show. That situation will certainly ...
  • AXPONA 2013 - Part 1

    AXPONA 2013 - Part 1

    Chicago … in March. Really. Is it just me? Turns out, as my completely scientific survey of 5 randomly overheard conversations in a hotel elevator confirms, that there was quite a lot of head-scratching going ...
  • HRT microStreamer: Pocket Rocket

    HRT microStreamer: Pocket Rocket

    The world of digital streaming is one that I admittedly am not as comfortable with as other formats. I still cling to my analog roots and treasure the ritual and spirit of vinyl LP playback–with ...
  • Four DACs from $699 to $3600

    Four DACs from $699 to $3600

    When the first DACs (digital-to-analog converters) appeared in 1985 they were big and expensive. Sony’s first DAC, the Sony DAS-702ES, weighed over 11kg and was built to last a lifetime. Too bad the technology inside ...
  • Micromega MyDAC USB DAC

    Micromega MyDAC USB DAC

    The term “USB DAC” is starting to become redundant the way “cell phone,” “digital camera,” and “flat-panel television” are anachronisms to one generation and “ink pen” is to those of us two (or more) generations ...
  • Meridian Introduces Dragonfly Contender

    Meridian Introduces Dragonfly Contender

    February 13, 2013. - Monday, England's digital specialist Meridian introduced a device meant to compete directly with Audioquest's wildly successful Dragonfly. Like that watershed product, Meridian's product, dubbed The Explorer, is an affordable USB DAC ...
  • Meridian Introduces Explorer USB DAC

    Meridian Introduces Explorer USB DAC

    February 11, 2013 - Meridian has announced the introduction of its Explorer USB DAC. The Explorer is a pocket-sized high-resolution USB DAC from Meridian that delivers best-in-class sound from any computer. Featuring a range of ...
  • NuForce DDA-100 Integrated Amplifier

    NuForce DDA-100 Integrated Amplifier

    Insomniacs must populate NuForce’s R&D department. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for NuForce’s rapidly expanding stable of new products. I reviewed its excellent DAC-100 in Issue 228, and now NuForce has ...

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