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

Music Servers

The big news from Audio Research was its DAC Digital Media Bridge ($14,000–$15,000). With all the technological advances of the DAC 8, combined with the ability to access the Internet either via Ethernet or a wireless connection and full USB 2.0 connectivity, the Digital Media Bridge represents a major step forward in system design and execution for Audio Research.

Burmester had its new and very full-featured 111 MusicCenter ($50,000) on active display. It can handle three analog and six digital inputs and streaming via VPN, is UPnP compliant, and has an internal 1.5TB storage capacity via two mirrored RAID drives. With support for 192/24 via either S/PDIF or USB, a built-in 7” display, and its own iPad/iPod and Android apps, the MusicCenter was designed to be as flexible and ergonomically elegant as possible while still delivering Burmester sonic quality.

Auraliti had a passive display of its latest L1000-USB high-resolution music file player ($799). With no moving parts, the L1000 operating system is a small solid-state drive. It supports up to 192/24 files in FLAC, WAV, or AIFF, and is built entirely with open-source software so it can be easily modified and updated.

The new Weiss Man 301 music archive network player is available in two versions. With the equivalent of a

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