iFi iSilencer 3.0 USB sound booster

We are told …. More and more audio products connect to devices like phones and computers via USB. This is convenient, but there’s a problem… USB connections are not designed specifically for audio; they’re electrically ‘noisy’ and swimming in EMI, which affects the quality of the audio signal. The iSilencer 3.0 solves this with Active […]

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iFi Stereo 50 music centre

We are told …. From iFi’s ‘Retro’ range, the Stereo 50 is a classically styled, feature-packed integrated amplifier, encased in laminated bamboo and fusing the warm sonic glow of valve amplification with state-of-the-art hi-res digital audio tech. It combines a range of digital inputs with convenient Bluetooth streaming, plus an audiophile-quality phono stage to connect […]

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dCS launches MQA support

We are told …. MQA, the digital audio technology that makes hi-res streaming a reality, comes to dCS components via a major software update. This unique implementation of MQA is the only way to unlock its full sonic potential, as explained in the attached press release. The update will roll out range by range throughout […]

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DCS: Vivaldi Version 2.0

Jacob Heillbrun wrote… Digital reproduction has long been the Achilles’ heel of the high end. The promise has always been there. A supernaturally low noise floor. No pops and ticks and cracks. Ease and convenience of use. But the actual execution has been another matter, which is a roundabout way of saying that “perfect sound […]

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dCS: Vivaldi digital playback system – test review

More than a decade ago, Data Conversion Systems, aka dCS, released the Elgar Plus DAC, Purcell upsampler, and Verdi SACD/CD transport, for a total price of $34,000. In 2009 came the Scarlatti—a stack of four components for $80,000, also available individually (see my August 2009 review). The latest variation on the English company’s theme are […]

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dCS: They launch limited edition Vivaldi One digital music system

They tell us: dCS proudly announces Vivaldi One – a limited edition digital music player specially designed to mark the company’s thirtieth anniversary. Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single box, together with state-of-the-art network streaming functionality. Vivaldi is the […]

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dCS: Flagship Vivaldi 2.0 System

  They say ….. The original Vivaldi was launched in late-2012 to widespread critical acclaim. Music industry professionals and audiophiles alike declared it to be the finest sounding digital front end on sale. Comprising the Vivaldi Transport, Vivaldi DAC, Vivaldi Upsampler, and Vivaldi Master Clock, this cost-no-object flagship system pushed the boundaries of what was […]

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