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Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference Series 2 Now MQA Compatible

July 18th, 2017

The Field-Installable MQA Rendering Upgrade for the Alpha DAC Reference Series and Alpha DAC Reference Series 2 is now available.

The Alpha DAC Reference Series Field-Installable MQA Rendering Upgrade provides unmatched MQA Rendering capability and significantly improved audio quality with standard PCM, non-MQA recordings for any existing Alpha DAC Reference Series or Alpha DAC Reference Series 2.&n ... Read More.

Aurender Announces N100C Music Server with Digital Coax Output

July 10th, 2017

At Sound Lab we are very excited by this announcement.  Introducing the N100C Music Server/Streamer.  The N100C is a derivative version of the N100H and differs only by the addition of an SPDIF coaxial digital output using an RCA-type jack. This is in addition to the standard USB output. Now you have a choice of digital protocols and with SPDIF, can now interface easily with DAC's without ... Read More.

OSIRIS Rack - A New Reference Equipment Support System

August 4th, 2017

The Symposium Osiris Stealth Ultimate high end audio rack with optional OFC (Oxygen-Free Copper) Leg System.

Symposium writes: "The leg system of an audio rack is of vital and primary importance to performance. The rack support frame affects all aspects of sonics, including bass, imaging, harmonic integrity and more, through its capacity to efficiently drain vibratory energy to ground while serv ... Read More.

Moon by SimAudio Introduces A New Entry-Level Integrated Amplifier

July 28th, 2017

From Simaudio: Simaudio Ltd. is pleased to announce the soon-to-be-released MOON 240i Integrated Amplifier.

This is the entry-level modern integrated amp you have been waiting for. With connectivity accented on digital audio (up to 24-bit/352.8-kHz and DSD256), as well as a plethora of analog line-level inputs, plus a phono input, the 240i can easily become the one-box centerpiece (amplifier and ... Read More.

PS Audio Updates DirectStream DAC with MQA Unfolding and TIDAL

July 21st, 2017

From PS Audio:

DS, DSJ, PWD DACs taken to even higher level—at no cost to customers.

We are proud to announce an update which allows Bridge II-equipped DirectStream, DSJ, and PerfectWave DACs to fully unfold of MQA up to 192 kHz/24 bit, and provides access to the streaming service Tidal. Last year, we released the Torreys OS upgrade which created a Roon Endpoint in the Bridge II ... Read More.

Samsung QLED TV Lineup

July 14th, 2017

Samsung QLED Q9 Series Flat TV

At Sound Lab we have been a big fan of the Samsung QLED TVs announced in March.  If you have not followed the details below are some details and after installing a few we have been impressed.  Television rate of progress remains rapid to the consumer's benefit.

Press release from Samsung:

NEW YORK – MARCH 14, 2017 – Samsung ... Read More.

Samsung Electronics Launches Global Rollout of The Frame TV

July 10th, 2017

Press release from Samsung:

Samsung Electronics today announced its first exclusive launch of The Frame TV and will begin the global roll out, starting in Switzerland and Norway, then expanding to other global markets next week, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, the United States and Korea. The launch event will be hosted at a museum or a gallery in each country, to highlight the TV& ... Read More.

McIntosh Announces new MA9000 Integrated Amplifier

July 8th, 2017

Press release from McIntosh Labs:

Binghamton, NY – July 6, 2017– McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MA9000 Integrated Amplifier. Our largest integrated in both size and power, it offers 300 watts per channel and combines our amplifier and preamplifier expertise into one comprehensive unit ... Read More.

JCAT announces “world’s first audiophile network interface”

June 30th, 2017

For those of you who prefer to use a computer for playback thought you might be interested in this optimizing the network interface for audiophile purposes.

Setting up a media server on a PC or using a computer as a network audio renderer (endpoint) is easy nowadays. But the problem with computers is that they were never designed with audio in mind. While there are improvements for USB-based playback ... Read More.

Black Sabbath Releases New Box Set With MQA Files

June 23rd, 2017

This is certainly an interesting announcement of a Black Sabbath LP Box set that also includes MQA encoded digital files on a wicked USB key.

Press release:

“Black Sabbath – they invented heavy metal. And we should all thank them for doing it. In metal, it all began with them, and no-one has ever done it better.” Sir Christopher Lee

“There are some b ... Read More.