Digital

Luxman D-08u

Luxman D-08u

The D-08u is the newly remodeled version of the D-08, which was released in 2008. The flagship CD/SACD player has had both of its digital and analog circuits renewed for even higher performance. The new version also features a USB connection, ready for Mac and PC streaming at high quality.

The D-08u is equipped with the LxDTM our original and overwhelmingly sturdy disk drive mechanism, with a supportive, stable rotation. This is combined with the highest quality digital configuration and 32-bit signal processing makes a CD player perfect for the digital era.

This high-quality digital aspect is coupled with version 4.0 ODNF, which is the core of Luxman’s amplifier circuit technology ensuring a final high-quality analog output. With attention to mechanism, digital circuit and analog circuit, all bases have been covered to ensure a flagship CD player we’re truly proud of.

The D-08u produces an expression and detail unimaginable for CD players using any less than our high quality components, attention to detail and of course passion for high-fidelity audio. Equipped with both USB and CD and ready for multiple file formats and platforms the D-08u is a CD player in a league of its own.

Available through My Kind of Music, Toronto.

Oracle CD 1000

Oracle CD1000

Many of the problems that affect the accurate reproduction of recorded music derive from unwanted internal or external vibration. To address this issue the chassis of the CD 1000 series is sculpted in a massive aluminum block. The CD drive unit is decoupled from the main frame through delrin pillars. Urethane feet act as a suspension/mechanical filter to efficiently decouple the unit from its external environment. Furthermore, our disc clamping systems originally used in our analog turntables have been adapted for use in our “State of the Art” CD Players. The CD 1000 MkIII is a reference digital transport that uses the Phillips CD PRO2 drive.

Oracle analog and digital products have always been designed and built as “musical instruments” that can stand the test of time. It is our belief that achieving simplicity in design is a combination of knowledge and common sense. A properly designed device creates its own form; one that reflects the beauty of its function. True artistry combines these elements by means of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

“Most likely designed to resemble its more expensive older sibling, the CD 1000 is in reality a much better looking machine. As sleek as the Stealth fighter and probably containing nearly as much digital power, the CD 1000 is low slung like an Italian sports car, its hand-brushed aluminum in clear lacquer coating absolutely stunning to behold.”

 Ken Micaleff, 6moons.com – 2007

Pro-Ject Stream Box DS

ProJect Stream Box DSHighend audio with Wi-Fi, LAN, USB sources

• Audiophile grade 24bit/192 kHz highend audio streaming client

• Ethernet & WLAN

• Meets the Standards UPnP & DLNA 1.0/1.5

• USB input for flash memory and hard disk drives

• USB input for Apple devices using digital out

• Internetradio with automatic detection of local stations

• “Gapless“ playback for all formats

• Luxury 3,5” TFT colour display that shows album cover art

• Solid metal casework protects sensible electronics from vibration and RF interference

• Gold plated RCA connectors

• Wall-plug power supply (included)

• Control via IR remote (included) or Plug-Player, SongBook, Chorus DS, …

• Internet-radio platform: vTuner built-in

Reviewed by Gramophone UK…here

Hegel Music Systems HD12 Revealed

Hegel HD12With True DSD-playback, a high quality headphone output, true balanced design and a noise-floor below -145dB, HD12 represents unheard of value for the money. It comes with a system remote control you can use with all Hegel products. You can even use it to maneuver within playlists on most computer media players, or to control the output volume from the D/A-Converter. The HD12 can be used in combination with all receivers and amplifiers.

Now available for your enjoyment at My Kind of Music, Toronto.

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Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Series 2

berkely“My outboard converter of choice for both CD and high-resolution sources, regardless of price” – Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound.

The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC is arguably the best and most versatile DAC available at any price in high end audio.  If you are in the market for an outboard Digital to Analog Converter, the Alpha DAC should be at the top of your list!

Testimonials
“The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC is the best-sounding outboard digital-to-analog converter I’ve heard. The fact that is decodes high-resolution sources of any sampling rate is icing on the cake… The real story is that this performance and functionality is possible at $4,995… The Alpha DAC competes and outperforms much more expensive converters. At $5k, the Alpha DAC is a spectacular bargain. It is my outboard converter of choice for both CD and high-resolution sources, regardless of price.”
– Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, Issue #189

“There is a very valid reason why Berkeley Audio Design is selling Alpha DACs as fast as it can produce them. The Alpha DAC is simply stunning. The Berkeley Audio Design team is one of the most respected in the industry. They have succeeded in their goal of making a very high level of fidelity available to music lovers everywhere… At $5,000 the Alpha DAC is a high-end audio bargain.This level of quality and features could honestly sell for twice or three times the price. Every Alpha DAC owner and audiophile I’ve talked to who has heard the DAC has been very impressed. In a recent DAC shootout for the Bay Area Audio Society the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC took first place hands down. I would not be surprised to see the Alpha DAC ascend to the top of many lists and receive much deserved accolades in the weeks and months ahead. Whether I’m using Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows the Alpha DAC from Berkeley Audio Design is my reference DAC for the foreseeable future.”

Audio Aero LaFontaine

LaFontaine

Designed in Aix en Provence, LaFontaine is heavily based on Audio Aero’s award winning flagship, “La Source”, a music controller universally praised by critics worldwide. Complete with stunning design and audiophile sonic performance almost comparable to La Source, LaFontaine is an extraordinary integrated pre-amplifier / digital analogue converter and CD/SACD player being offered at a fraction of the price it costs to own a La Source. LaFontaine is a compelling combination of stunning beauty “a la française”, cutting-edge patented technology and exquisite three dimensional sounds.

Available exclusively for auditioning at My Kind of Music, Toronto.

EAR-Yoshino Acute Classic

EAR Acute Classic

The Acute CD player is reborn. When designing the new EAR Acute Classic, Audio Designer Tim de Paravicini took inspiration from the original EAR Acute. Building on its virtues, his all-new design was built from the ground up to provide an improved listening experience. An elegant design and EAR’s extensive knowledge, amassed over a thirty-year history, has culminated in the Acute Classic.

The New Classic

With sleek modern styling and more than a nod to classic quality, the EAR Acute Classic is built to last. Its details are lavished by a hand-polished mirror chrome finish, forming the basis of a timeless design. Its aesthetic is married to leading digital and analogue technology, creating a visual and audible feast for the senses.

The display and power light both emit a luxurious warm hue, providing subtle cues to the glowing valves within. The large volume knob is also a statement of the product’s analogue nature, emphasising the simplicity of interaction. This is honoured by the Acute’s interface, which makes it even more intuitive to experience your digital media.