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Auralic Vega Digital-to-Analog Converter

The Auralic Vega DAC is a compact powerhouse, offering the latest in digital technology. At a list price of $3,495, it provides up to 32 bit 384 kHz decoding and upsampling and up to DSD256. The built-in volume control lets the Vega function as a preamplifier in an all-digital audio system. One key feature is a “Femto Master Clock” with only 82 femtoseconds (0.082 picoseconds) jitter.

Benchmark DAC1 D/A Converter

Several of you have sent emails to me with your comments about my preference for analog sources. These comments range from “Right on, Dude. You got it right!” to “Your reviews are worthless without including digital as a source”. There is quite a wide range of opinion out there in hyperspace. I appreciate all of your feedback, whether supportive, critical, or just informative.

Berkeley Alpha DAC Series 2 and KingRex UC384 USB-to-S/PDIF Converter

I do not want to make the brave new world of digital music appear more complicated than it is already, but this investigation into the audio quality of the Berkeley Alpha DAC Series 2, from Berkeley Audio Design, LLC, highlights the uncertainty that should be attributed to almost any conclusions for almost any digital component from almost any source.

Cary Audio DAC-200ts Digital-to-Analog Converter

The Cary Audio DAC-200ts, $3995, replaces the well-received DAC-100 and DAC-100t digital to analog converters. Where the DAC-100 is all solid state, and the DAC-100t offers a vacuum tube output stage, the DAC-200ts includes both technologies and the user chooses between solid state or tube outputs with a push of a button.

Marantz SA-7S1 and Cary 306 Professional CD/SACD Players

I had just about given up on CDs. There were some recent changes to my digital playback system and CDs were sounding better than they ever had in my system. Even so, vinyl LP playback still made CDs seem like second class citizens. Sure they have a place in the audio landscape, but for enjoying music to the fullest, those old long-playing records provided far more accomplished and enjoyable listening experiences.

Prism Orpheus Digital Interface

A long and winding road leads to this review. The road is by no means smooth and straight, bumping along with disappointing gear and side trips to failed technologies. The road is an analogy for this writer’s audiophile journey, which currently finds us in a very nice place thanks to the Prism Orpheus Digital Interface.

PS Audio Digital Link III D/A Converter with Cullen Circuits Stage 4 Modification

By way of introducing Cullen Circuits, please let me share a quote from their Web site:
“Rick Cullen has been building high-end home AV products for over 35 years, first as the production manager of PS Audio and later as the head of Cullen Circuits.

PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

The PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter is a very useful and, more importantly, very good sounding component for the digital age.

Spread Spectrum Technologies Thoebe II Preamplifier & Son of Ampzilla II Amplifier

Son of Ampzilla II

Spread Spectrum Technologies was founded by James Bongiorno, the legendary and colorful audio pioneer and engineer who was also directly involved with key designs at Marantz, SAE, SUMO Electric, and Great American Sounds (GAS). Several years ago, Mr.

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