Other Digital Stuff
NAD rolled out a virtual armada of new digital products beginning with the $2500 M50 digital music player. NAD also added the $2000 M51 direct digital DAC and the $2000 M52 music vault to its Master Series lineup. The $300 DAC1, a point-to-point wireless USB DAC, and the $2600 C390DD join NAD’s C Series components. The C390DD incorporates many of the innovations from NAD’s M2 digital integrated amplifier, including its all-digital signal chain, at a much lower price than the original.
For $1495 Wired4Sound’s M-INT delivers 100 watts per channel and has a DAC built around the 192.24 bit ESS Sabre chip. It uses the same asynchronous USB technology as W4S’s wonderful DAC-2, and is housed in a ½-width case.
Red Wine Audio’s Audez’e Edition DAC and headphone amplifier ($3950–$4900) was designed specifically to drive the Audez’e LCD-2 and LCD-3 planar headphones. With two unique digital converters on one board, you can change from 192/24 to 44.1 non-oversampling with the flip of a switch.
With a redesigned user interface, greater graphic and sonic flexibility, and changes “under the hood,” the Amarra 2.3 promises to be better-sounding than earlier versions. Amarra also unveiled a new bundling program with several manufacturers, including Bel Canto. With the purchase of a DAC the customer also gets a free copy of Amarra with 96/24 capabilities.
Can Jam Stand-Outs
Woo Audio went all out for this year’s Can Jam. Not only did it unveil a new $1099 WTP-1 CD transport and new $1099 WDS-1 D/A, but also $10,000 single-ended monoblock tube amplifiers. The WDS-1 DAC uses the PCM 1795 chip set, claims 115dB S/N, and supports 192/24 through its USB and S/PDIF inputs.