CES 2012 Report - Steven Stone on Digital Products

Disc players,
Multi-format disc players,
Digital-to-analog converters,
Music servers and computer audio,
Headphone amps and amp/DACs
McIntosh Labs MV891

Antelope Audio is well known in pro mastering suites for its DACs. Antelope’s top-of-the-line Gold ($4200) includes Antelope’s Voltikus external power supply, a dual-stage headphone amplifier, remote 384kHz streaming capability, eight inputs, a stepped-relay volume attenuator, balanced and single-ended analog outputs, and high-speed USB 2.0 support for up to 192/24 bit rates.

Teac’s new UD-H01 USB Audio DAC ($549) uses a pair of Burr/Brown 192/32 bit 1795 DACs, supports 192/24 via USB 2.0, has an asynchronous transfer mode for USB, and includes a headphone amplifier. It’s housed in a ¾-width case similar to the original Teac 500 series.

Micromega’s new MyDAC streamer/player ($479) combines a lot of technology in a small box. It supports up to 192/24 files via USB 2.0 as well as S/PDIF and uses two master clocks, one for multiples of 44.1 and the other for 48kHz.

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