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  1. All, I am starting this thread for general discussion of LIO. There will be other threads specific to particular LIO modules that will follow, but this will be a fine place to post general questions about LIO. You can find a lot of information on our website: www.vinnierossi.com The PRODUCTS menu has a drop down to different LIO configurations (DAC, Phonostage, Preamp, Integrated Amp), a "Custom configure LIO" (make it exactly the way you want!), as well as a sub menu for the various LIO modules to learn about them in more detail. For example, LIO DHT PRE: DHT PRE - Vinnie Rossi Audio This is our Directly Heated Triode linestage module for LIO that was introduced last Spring. Many LIO customers upgraded to it and received 100% trade-in credit for their RVC + Tubestage, or AVC/Tubestage modules. If you want to learn about our Patent Pending ultracapacitor power supply that occupied half of the entire LIO, check out the LIO Technology page: LIO Technology for the Audiophile Most of the pages on our website have tabs, such as a tab for Features, Specifications, Options. You'll also see a FORUM link on our menu at the top. When you click it, it takes you to our forum on Audiocircle.com. It has over 80 separate threads, each with many posts, about all things LIO since 2014. So why the forum here on CA, you ask? While some of you are present on both forums, I know there are many who are not and I wanted to branch out a little. I've been a fan of CA for a while now and have visited here every now and then, and decided to start a sponsored forum for 2017. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for participating here! Vinnie
  2. Ayre Codex Headphone Amplifier/DAC/Digital Preamp AVAILABLE WITH HEADPHONE CABLE BUNDLE 30% OFF CARDAS BALANCED HEADPHONE CABLE of Your Choice With Purchase “I don't know if it's due to the "zero negative feedback" design or the killer digital filters Charlie Hanson dreams up, but with file resolutions of PCM up to 32/384 and DSD128 the Codex is just plain musical. Can't wait to get one up here for a long hard listen.” – Tyll Hertsens, innerfidelity.com Built in Boulder, Colorado, the Codex is Ayre’s most affordable and versatile product. It performs equally well as a stand-alone headphone amp, DAC and digital preamp. As a headphone amp it offers the latest state-of-the-art technology for which Ayre Acoustics is so well known. This includes featuring dual 3.5mm mini jacks that can be configured for balanced mode headphone listening, a fully-balanced signal path throughout the analog circuit that provided a whisper quiet background, Ayre’s exclusive diamond output circuit and a audiophile grade linear AyreLock power supply. When combined with their zero negative feedback design and minimum phase digital filter, the Codex provides pure musicality that is almost hard to believe and unheard of at its price. The Codex can also be used as a standalone DAC with fixed output and/or as a standalone digital preamp if you need a volume control. Whether being used as a headphone amp or as a part of a high performance home stereo, the Codex is an astounding achievement and is already one of our choices for product of the year. If you’re looking for a headphone amp or a new DAC, the Codex will definitely make a great addition to virtually any system. Ayre has been designing products like this for over 20 years. Listen and experience what Ayre and your music are all about. Output Level Headphone or Preamp Modes 7.2 volts balanced, 3.1 volts single-ended Output Level DAC Mode 4 volts balanced, 2 volts single-ended Input USB - PCM 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.8 kHz, 384 kHz (up to 24 bits), DSD64, DSD128 Optical input (Toslink) Dimensions 2.25"W x 9"D x 5.25"H (5.5 cm x 23 cm x 13.7 cm) This product qualifies for Free Shipping and 5% back when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  3. Evo PhonoDAC Two Phono Preamp + DXD-DSD A/D-D/A Converter ($1600) The new M2Tech Evo PhonoDAC Two combines a high-quality phono preamp, DXD A/D conversion, DXD and DSD D/A conversion that allows you to connect a turntable or digital sources (computer, streamer, CD player) to your stereo system to not only listen, but create digital recordings and vinyl rips at a very high level. It features 32 bits resolution, coaxial S/PDIF inputs, single-ended analog inputs and outputs on gold-plated RCA females, IR remote control with HID capability, external clock input with clock info output, phono EQ in digital domain, input gain 0dB to 62dB, input impedance continuously settable 10 Ohms to 50k Ohms, same form factor of all Evo Two products. It can also be powered by any 7.5V to 15V power supply, as well as achieve even better performance by using it with the Evo Clock Twoand/or Evo Supply Two. So if you're looking for a one-box solution to handle your turntable and digital playback needs, as well as give you the ability to create high-quality digital recordings of your vinyl collection, then this might be exactly what you're looking for. It even has the ability to connect to a word and master clock generator, which is almost unheard of at this price. Summary of Features The Evo PhonoDAC Two is a very high value-for-money digital/analog combo capable of converting analog to digital up to DXD and DXD and DSD to analog. Bi-directional USB 2.0 Audio Class compliant port is natively supported (no driver needed) by OSX and Linux. ASIO-compliant driver for Windows is provided. High precision, low-jitter clocks allow for exceptional detail resolution, maximizing the 32-bit capability of the ESS Sabre ES9018K2M (D/A) and ES9102S (A/D)conversion IC’s. Versatile analog input stage allows for setting it’s gain from 0dB to 62dB, allowing for any low-output cartridge to be directly coupled to it, as well as line-level sources like CD players, tuners, tape decks, etc. Input impedance may be set to any value between 10 Ohms and 50,000 Ohms, accommodating all kind of cources. Capable of performing real-time, digital domain phono equalization, using any of the 26 EQ curves provided with it. Offers ancillary filters like anti-rumble, anti-hiss and MPX allow for best playback and ripping from warped, scratched or worned records, as well as from cassette tapes or FM and AM broadcast. De-jitter feature allows for exceptionally good performance from coaxial and connection. High quality polypropylene capacitors and a low-noise opamp in the analog sections (input and output) for best sonic results. IR remote control allows for accessing all Evo PhonoDAC Two features (volume, balance, muting, input selection and many other menu settings), as well as taking advantage of the HID protocol to control the player on the computer without manually accessing the keyboard. Improved performance when used with the Evo Clock Two and/or Evo Supply Two. High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
  4. The Peachtree Audio family of stereo integrated amplifiers, speakers and DACs all follow their modern sound design philosophy. Make it sound great, make it simple and make it beautiful. They achieve a unique balance of these qualities to offer what we believe are the best integrated amplifiers with DACs, headphone amps, power amps, speakers, and USB DACs for computer audio. A Peachtree stereo system complements any environment, whether it's used for desktop audio or as the HiFi in your living room. The unique look and sound of a Peachtree is as easy on the eyes as it is to your ears. Peachtree Audio nova150 - First of a New Generation In 2007 Peachtree Audio introduced a new integrated amplifier that immediately and forever changed the amplifier landscape. This amplifier - our original Decco - was groundbreaking for its time. It had a unique industrial design with an aluminum front panel, a simple button and knob user interface and a rounded wood case finished with beautiful veneers. Inside, it housed a class A/B power amplifier, a tube buffer visible through a window in the front panel and, most significantly, a USB input with built-in DAC to accept a direct connection from a Mac or PC! "Computer audio" was born, with Peachtree's Decco and Nova amplifiers on the leading edge, and with computer audio a defining part of Peachtree's identity. We now introduce nova 2.0 . . . a completely new generation of Peachtree integrated amplifiers that reimagines the original concept and takes it to an even higher level. Nova 2.0 is the culmination of everything Peachtree has learned as a leader in computer audio, plus a few new things they hadn't gotten to - until now. To take full advantage of the new engineering team, Peachtree moved the nova from a reputable manufacturer in China, to one of most skilled in micro and macro electronics manufacturer Canada. Peachtree will still have product like deepblue, remote controls, BT1 and the like manufactured in the far east, but the most complicated and important core product like nova have the advantage of the new factory. Peachtree PCB’s have been very nice the last few years, but by electrical standards, the new PCB’s are like electronic jewelry. And the grounding system is now better than ever allowing totally silent circuits to do their job. The new factory actually specializes in high-end medical equipment. The kind of equipment that if there’s noise on the line, or if it fails, people die. As detailed and complicated as the 2.0 circuits are, this facility was the perfect choice. The Integrated Amplifier… Reimagined Highlights ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility New generation ICEPower amplification - 150 watts per channel Extensive internal grounding Designed by a world-class engineering team Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices Phono (MM) input Home Theater Bypass Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path Discrete, custom-designed headphone amplifier Optional Wi-Fi module to be announced Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha, Natural Santos Rosewood and Piano Black Made in North America Stunning Results Peachtree Audio takes great pride in what they have accomplished with the new nova150. It accommodates virtually every type of music source people use today, from spinning vinyl at home to streaming audio from the cloud. They've ushered in an impressive new suite of technological advancements - from the DAC through the power amplifier and at every step in between. This new nova is designed around tried and true audio engineering philosophies to ensure exceptional sound quality and superb measured performance across the board. The new novas - there are more to come! - are truly the most beautiful and exceptional sounding products Peachtree Audio has ever made and are every bit deserving of the designation nova 2.0. We hope you choose to make one a part of your musical life. We are confident that if you do, you will love it! "Simply stated, If you haven’t heard Peachtree 2.0, you haven’t heard Peachtree." This product qualifies for Free Shipping and 5% back in points when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  5. Excellent DAC, Audiophile quality (Silver Model) Original Cost $1595 Asking $935 (or make offers) Features: 32-bit Sabre DAC; PCM up to 192k, 64xDSD, 128xDSD USB 1.1(up to 96k, Asynchronous) USB 2.0 (up to 192k/DSD, Asynchronous) Firewire 400/800 (up to 192/DSD, Asynchronous) Native DSD Playback Internal Asynchronous hardware upsampling, from 16/44.1 up to 24/192 Integrated high-current ultra low-distortion Headphone Amp Stepped Analog volume control (1dB increments) AES, S/PDIF, SDIF, WCK (Word Clock), optical ins/outs Audiophile-quality high current headphone amplifier Precision programmable analog 1dB step attenuator DSD ASIO drivers & DSD over USB software RCA and XLR outputs RCA Analog throughput this Pre-Amp model
  6. EMM Labs DA2 New Generation Flagship DAC is HERE! (please call for pricing and delivery options) "Based on what I'd heard I thought this system would reproduce live music very well. I cranked the volume up to what seemed like 100 dB and grabbed the center seat. What I heard literally sounded like a live Nirvana concert. The room in which this system was in was huge and so was the soundstage. The electrostatic panels sounded awesome with the huge EMM amps and the new DA2 DAC. The sound wasn't like a traditional audiophile system at a show, rather it was life-like with air and immediacy in a way that made other systems sound a bit closed in and boxy. I think I could have played the entire Unplugged album with my eyes closed and seriously felt like I was sitting in Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993." -Chris Connaker (computeraudiophile.com RMAF 2015 recap) Ed Meitner of EMM Labs proudly previews the DA2, his successor to the much beloved DAC2X The DA2 is EMM Labs next generation flagship DAC. Re-designed from the ground up, Ed Meitner has once again created a DAC that significantly moves the bar in terms of transparency, accuracy and overall sound quality. New in the DA2: 16xDSD MDAC™ Proprietary hardware galvanic isolation for the USB Audio interface Every other system from its proprietary jitter removal MFAST™ to its super accurate clock, MCLK™ has been carefully revised for better sound. Inputs -> 1xAES, 1xUSB Audio, 2xSPDIF, 2xTOSLINK Outputs -> Balanced and un-balanced analog outputs (both can be used at the same time) With EMM Labs' MDAT™ DSP engine and MDAC™ already running at 16xDSD (DSD1024, 45Mhz/49Mhz) this unit is basically future proof and now performs at a whole different level/generation of performance than the DAC2X. Finishes: Silver with titanium insert and buttons (pictured) Black with black insert and buttons Premium finish with plated inserts/buttons: 24K gold, Nickel/Silver and custom finish available. We're now accepting orders for EMM Labs next production run, so give us a call to see about getting on the list. 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  7. Hi, I'm new to this site. I discovered it in my search for a DSD DAC to replace my Oppo 105. I have a HAL MS3 running JRiver and Aurender S-10 and want to be able to listen to my ~12 TB of hi-rez albums without worrying about conversion, drop outs, etc. I have about 300 DSD albums, so would prefer native DSD. Ideally I'd feed everything through the aurender, as I like the UI better than JRiver, and I haven't gotten JRemote to work yet. I started looking at DACs below $2k used, but find myself looking at Meitner, PS Audio DirectStream, Bricasti M1, etc. Within my budget are Exogal Comet and Auralic Vega. Thanks, AC
  8. NEW Peachtree Audio sonaDAC Digital to Analog Converter/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier and sonaAMP have arrived! Small Size . . . Huge Sound At Peachtree Audio they believe a Hi-Fi system should easily integrate into your home and provide exceptional sound quality without costing a fortune, weighing a ton or requiring a doctorate to use. Sona is based on a simple concept: build a line of audio components with audio performance similar to their highly-reviewed Grand Series, but in a chassis that is a fraction of the size, weight and cost! Using the latest advancements in DAC and amplification technology combined with clever engineering, they have successfully squeezed world-class performance into a small and highly appealing form factor that fits almost anywhere. The new sona products aren’t just the smallest Peachtree audio components – they are also the best sounding! sonaDAC ($1299) The sonaDAC is three components in one: a reference quality Digital-to-Analog Converter, a balanced line-level preamplifier and a high-performance headphone amplifier. The sonaDAC utilizes the highly regarded ESS 9018 Sabre Reference DAC designed for natural music reproduction and an extremely low noise floor. SonaDAC is also a personal audio listening station with an extremely powerful and noise-free built-in headphone amplifier that makes listening to music through headphones an absolute delight. In addition, the sonaDAC is a balanced line-level control center that can drive any power amplifier or powered speakers via its XLR or RCA outputs. For a complete Peachtree solution, the sonaDAC can be paired with their sonaAMP for a high-performance, fully-balanced Hi-Fi system that takes up roughly the same space as two hardcover books! sonaAMP($999) The sonaAMP is the perfect companion for the Peachtree Audio sonaDAC. The sonaAMP features an impressive 150 watts-per-channel stereo amplifier that easily drives any speaker with impedances as low as 2.5Ω and as high as 16Ω! Its balanced design, wide bandwidth and low-noise design provide exceptional sonic purity, ensuring that your loudspeakers are driven to their full potential. The sonaAMP also features a trigger input allowing it to be turned on/off automatically by the Peachtree sonaDAC (or other preamps that have trigger outputs). Save on Peachtree's sonaAMP when purchased with a sonaDAC! sonaDAC + sonaAMP - Save $300 when Purchasing Combo ($1999) Welcome to the Future The Peachtree sonaDAC and sonaAMP provide exceptional sound quality without taking up much space, weighing a ton or costing a fortune. The sonaDAC is equally at home on your desktop as a DAC/headphone amp driving high-performance headphones or, coupled with the sonaAMP, powering high-resolution bookshelf monitors or a pair of demanding audiophile-quality floor standing loudspeakers. A Peachtree sona system is easy to integrate into any room and is incredibly simple to operate - so you can spend more time enjoying your music and less time fiddling with controls. The innovative volume control bypass makes integrating streaming devices and traditional digital components a joy. sona by Peachtree: small, affordable and high-performance. The future of audio separates is here today! These product qualifies for Free Shipping and 5% back when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  9. There are lots of articles out there (mags/websites etc) debating the virtues of dsd vs pcm 'High-Res' quality etc. I'm trying to understand how it is that my eight year old (Win XP) laptop can play DSD files when a 'DSD' compatible DAC is 'required' to decode/playback DSD files. The laptop doesn't have an 'audiophile' soundcard, and I'm not claiming the sound is better than an external DAC, but I can clearly hear the difference between various formats (.mp3 Vs FLAC vs DSD etc). Why are DSD DAC's required when any pc (or Mac with the right software) can already play these files?
  10. We were just there exhibiting as always at a professional audio trade show (we make professional DSD and PCM ADCs and DACs in addition to this DAC). It was a very dynamic Show with a hint of Hi Res Audio talk and raised awareness about high resolution music formats. We had a hi res PCM and DSD computer playback system with some DSD recordings with Mytek DSD DAC driving closed Audeze LCD-XC (it's loud on the floor). Stevie Wonder stopped by, and listened for solid 10 mins to DSD recordings, he liked the sound very much... Cheers, Michal at Mytek New York