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    Lumin X1 Streamer/DAC/Preamp

    If you do an Internet search for Lumin, “Lumin Music” will pop up. Its website headline reads, “The Audiophile Network Player Family,” which pretty much sums up what Lumin does—all Lumin’s product offerings are network-aware ...
  • Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

    If we were to rate audiophile firms on the basis of the strength of their brand identities, Chord would be near the top of the list. The letter Q has figured prominently in the nomenclature ...
  • Elac Adante AF-61VR Loudspeaker

    Elac Adante AF-61VR Loudspeaker

    The Elac Adante series of loudspeakers, especially the compact AS-61, have been the darlings of the press since the first one reached a reviewer’s listening room. Recently the AS-61 received the coveted 2018 EISA award. ...
  • Qobuz Comes to the U.S.A.

    Qobuz Comes to the U.S.A.

    As of January 8, 2019, Qobuz, the French streaming/download service became available to United States-based audiophiles for late-stage beta testing, with a final release date forthcoming. The elevator pitch is if Tidal and HD Tracks ...
  • Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

    Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

    Mytek was originally a pro-audio equipment manufacturer when it opened its doors in 1991. Its first flagship DAC for both consumers and pros was the Manhattan. Rather than abandon and replace this model when it ...
  • iFi Audio xDSD DAC

    iFi Audio xDSD DAC

    Digital audio converters (DACs) come in all sizes, shapes, and prices. You can find simple digital converters on Amazon for as little as $7 or state-of-the-art units that cost as much as a comfortable middle-class ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Digital

    RMAF 2018 – Digital

    In the past I’ve reported on both digital and personal audio at RMAF in one report. But as RMAF and CANJAM have continued to expand, so has The Absolute Sound’s coverage. Now Chris Martens of ...

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